I didn't have an exhibit to supervise this time so wandered the haunted halls as a free spirit
like thousands of other attendees. The weather outside was pleasant which made waiting
in long lines much more bearable. The only scheduled event I attended on Friday was the
TrickorTreat Studios panel. Company president Chris Zephro and his creative team discussed
all their new mask offerings for 2015 while images of them were projected on a large screen.
The enthusiastic audience applauded each mask like they were celebrity guests. It was big fun!
TrickorTreat also had a space in the Dealer's Room with many new products on display ~
Their official 1933 KING KONG mask wasn't available yet but its creator Justin Mabry
did have a sample on hand ~
Several other new TrickorTreat masks could be seen at Mikey Rotella's table.
That licensed JAWS mask is scary cool ~
I attended five events on Saturday including a tribute to late makeup man Dick Smith.
Film clips of his artistry were projected on screen and industry pros who knew and
worked with him offered loving testimonials ~
In between panels, I killed time in the Dealer's Room visiting with old friends. At Dimensional
Designs' table, Dan Soracco cracked me up with the story of someone who freaked out when
his Zuni Fetish doll seemingly "came to life" ~
Our lord and master CreepingDead had some cool masks up for sale nearby ~
My ol' pal Kelly Mann was easy to find all weekend, demonstrating makeup techniques
at the Premiere Products booth ~
There was a giant "Cousin Eerie" character stomping around the convention center,
promoting himself as Big Oly, the party monster ~
Stationary figures on display included these Howard Senft creations
from "Back to the Future" ~
In my perpetual quest for interesting masks to photograph, I discovered
this QUASIMODO for sale at the "Girls & Corpses" table ~
I attended four fun events on Sunday, the first of which was a poetry reading by
Chris Hannan with projected images from popular horror movies. I wished my
wife was there with me, being a poet herself. At one point, Michael Myers joined
Mr Hannan on stage!
The evening's final event was a promotional preview of director William Malone's
new movie project "Thallium's Box". The panel gathered for a quick photo op
after the presentation ~
Two from the production's cast even posed with the mysterious "Box" itself ~
By Sundays convention crowds usually thin out somewhat, which
made photography in the Monsterpalooza Museum a lot easier:
That Greystoke Gorilla is just one of many Rick Baker lots to be sold at auction
in May. Artist Jordu Schell was especially enamored of that Troll mask at right ~
This stunning Westworld figure's face would periodically detach,
exposing the robotics within ~
Behold the airbrush mastery of Jim Lawrence ~
'Much more to see in the Museum's creepy corridors ~
MonsterMayhem members I met and greeted throughout the weekend included Guy the Ghoul,
Wizard of Ooze, CreepingDead, JLitening, Hans Beckert, Ghastly Jeff, DahOne, Mr & Mrs zotzcoin,
akrut, gracebuster, Klung1, azgillman, Mr & Mrs Manheim Wolf, GREEN GHOUL, and of course
BROD101 who overawed us as always with his showmanship. I hope they'll all reply with memories
and images from MONSTERPALOOZA 2015 and you're welcome to do the same.