It’s no secret that I’m a big dork when it comes to movies, and I go to various horror conventions when I get a chance (just search this blog for conventions, and you’ll see. Or just click here because I did the work for you).
Having gone to so many cons, there’s not many guests that I get excited for, as I’ve pretty much met all the people in the genre I want to meet that do the circuit, with few exceptions. One of the exceptions was Katharine Isabelle, star of the Ginger Snaps movies, among others. (Should that be “amongst”? I have no idea). So when my buddy Zig shot me a link to the Monster Mania con a couple months ago, I immediately agreed to go, because in addition to some pretty cool guests, Katharine, or Katie as I call her — SUCK IT TOM! — was going to be there. Bonus was the con was only two hours away, and the big money bonus was my other buddy, Kevin, told us that the show was dead the last time he went. Since Kevin was a vendor, that was bad for him, but potentially great for us because it meant no big lines.
Zig and I got to the con about 11ish, and went straight to the celebrity room. Oddly, there was no one collecting money for entrance, and we just walked right in. This wasn’t really our fault because the way they had it set up is the celebrity room was right off the main entrance to the hotel, and where you purchase your ticket was in another room altogether. At the time, they neither had signs, nor security at the door, so it wasn’t intentional. As Zig was talking to one of the actors from Friday the 13th Part V, I finally noticed a staff member (who happened to be eyeballing me, looking for my wrist thingy showing I paid), and I asked them where to purchase the tickets. He was pretty cool, and mentioned that he knew he shouldn’t have let “Talky” watch the door, so he wasn’t surprised that we just walked in. He pointed out where to buy the tix, and I went and bought one. Very cordial staff there, so I give them thumbs up (those who’ve been to a Chiller show know what assholes staff can be).
Anyways, by the time I got back, Zig was just wrapping up with the Ft13th stars and, after some pics, we walked over to Katie’s table. Now, one thing about Katharine Isabelle is that I crush on her. Ever since I saw Ginger Snaps, I’ve been loosely following her career, and I try to pick up (or at least watch) what she’s in. She’s a pretty good actress, but let’s face it, she’s also easy on the eyes. I was mildly concerned I would turn into a total boob when I started talking to her, but she was so damn sweet I felt completely at ease. I should note that I’ve only got tongue tied around one person I met, but it my defense, Tony fucking Todd is just as damn intimidating in real life as he is in Candyman.
I asked Katie a couple questions about her career, begged her for an interview for HorrorTalk (to which she gave me contact info of her manager, which rocks), got my stellar custom Ginger Snaps case (see Paul Champaign’s site for awesome work) signed and got my picture with her. I have to say, she was pretty damn spectacular. She was wearing sunglasses, which I asked if she could take off for the pic, and she was completely cool about it. I think it should be noted that it was evident she wasn’t wearing them to be all superstarry. Zig and I think she was hungover, which is pretty much standard at these cons. If you’ve ever been to one, there is a LOT of drinking by both guests and goers. I can attest to that. 😆
To be honest, at that point we could have left and I would have been a very happy man, but we decided to give the vendor room a whirl. Good thing, too, because I picked up a cool shirt and pint glass on the cheap:
Okay, the shirt is brilliant because it’s the pub from An American Werewolf in London. What makes it great is it just says “The Slaughtered Lamb”. That’s it. So you either know or you don’t. The pint glass is brilliant because it’s the name of the pub in Shaun of the Dead. Like the shirt, that’s all it says (aside from the writing, of course). But it’s still another one of those either you know or you don’t. I am not ashamed of my dorkness.
Also in the vendor room, I got to meet Lloyd Kaufman from Troma. I freely admit I’m not a big fan of Troma movies, but I’m a huge fan of Lloyd Kaufman, one of its founders. Kaufman has done so much for the low-budget horror genre, he is virtually unequaled in his contributions, not to mention Troma is one of — if not the — oldest independent studios. I have nothing but respect for the man.
That there is Lloyd, me (duh), Necropheilia (?) and The Toxic Avenger. For the record, Lloyd is the only celebrity that didn’t charge. Mad MySpace kudos to him.
We decided to walk around the celebrity room once more before rolling, and I broke down and paid for a picture and autograph with John Landis. Normally I wouldn’t, but the man rarely does shows, and I didn’t know if I’d have another chance to meet him. I still do not support actively working celebrities such as Landis charging, but I really wanted that picture with him. 😆
Please note that is not my arm around his. I know how it looks. 😆
I also met the director of such gems like Savage Streets and Friday the 13th Part V, Danny Steinmann. Dude was extremely gracious, and I’m really happy I got to meet him, as he’s up there in age and who knows how many shows he’ll be up to attending. I was happy to tell him how much I enjoyed Savage Streets.
Aside from the traffic up and back (some sort of motorcycle rally was holding us up on the way to the show, and there was a ton of game traffic heading to FedEx Field on the way home) and two of my friends who live up in the area that I don’t see enough sadly couldn’t make it, I had an amazing time. We were in and out of the con in about 2 hours, with virtually no lines waited in for the people we wanted to meet, and some good deals in the vendor room.
I have to give Monster Mania a big thumbs up. My first time was both a memorable and pleasurable one, and there’s little doubt that I’ll hit it again, should they have the variety of guests like they did this year.