The convention circuit is one I am very familiar with. I have been attending “Cons” for the better part of my adult life and I can safely say there is one that I look forward to every year without fail: Crypticon.
Crypticon is not your average con. It is the con that showcases and celebrates “the Pacific Northwest’s Darker Side.” This horror themed convention came from humble beginnings and has now grown to massive proportions. What I love about Crypticon is their willingness to help the arts. As a person who grew up immersed in the arts, this is something I truly appreciate. From their film festival, to their writing and special FX makeup contests, they foster a passion for talent of all kinds and encourage you to go beyond the boundaries of the normal and enter a world of weird, creepy, spooky and different.
With conventions comes celebrity guests and the lineup this year is a stellar one filled with titans of the industry and a few old favorites. With all the people to see and things to do, I made myself a “Must See List” to keep my easily distracted mind on a track for the optimum Crypticon experience.
People to See:
George A. Romero
A man who needs no introduction, but I will give him one in case you’re new here. George Romero is better known as The Zombie King. With directing credits such as Night of the Living Dead, Creepshow, Dawn of the Dead, and Diary of the Dead, Romero has made his mark on the horror movie industry like no other. He broke ground and racial stereotypes in the 1968 by casting an African American man as the lead hero in Night of the Living Dead and is well known for using his films as metaphors to reflect the political and social climates throughout the ages. Personally, he is one of my favorite horror movie directors of all time and I give him all the credit for my zombie obsession. To add to his very long list of accomplishments, he has also written a comic book (Toe Tags) and directed a music video for one of my favorite bands, The Misfits. This is one guest that I suggest you not miss. It’s not too often you meet The Godfather of zombie movies.
I have to say, when I heard Doug Bradley was coming to Crypticon, there was a little part of me that got so giddy I actually giggled. You have probably seen or heard him a dozen times and never even knew who he was. He is best known for playing the leader of the Cenobites, Pinhead in Clive Barker’s Hellraiser but he has a resume 10 miles long. Now, I might be a little biased on this considering Hellraiser has been one of my favorite horror movie anthologies for over 10 years, but there is no denying his contribution to the horror community and the immense talent he brings to the table. He has acted in numerous horror movies, narrated several songs for the English black metal band, Cradle of Filth, and lent his voice to the video game Star Wars: The Old Republic as Sith Emperor Vitiate. Now I just have to decide which piece of Hellraiser memorabilia I’m going to have him sign.
I have a love hate relationship with Bonnie Aarons. Mostly because I love her as an actress but she scared the crap out of me as the demon nun Valak in The Conjuring 2. Initially, you may recognize her as The Bum from Mulholland Drive. She also has a role in upcoming reboot of Twin Peaks which I am very excited out. In addition to acting she has been in several music videos including those of my favorite freak, Marilyn Manson. I have a painting of her as Valak in my living room and I expect it to come running at me any minute. Thanks Bonnie. I didn’t need sleep anyways.
There is no shortage of people to see at this year’s Crypticon. Some honorable mentions are Suzanne Snyder of Killer Klowns from Outer Space (A personal favorite and guilty pleasure), Russ Streiner and Judith O’Dea of Night of the Living Dead (“They’re coming for you Barbara!”), and Luchagore Productions (M is for Matador is awesome!). I will admit, meeting celebrity guests can be a bit of an investment but honestly, it is so worth it. My signed memorabilia are the pride and joy of my collection and it truly is an experience you cannot put a price on.
If you are interested in the full celebrity guest list and purchase tickets, visit their website at crypticonseattle.com!
Be on the lookout for my next article in the Crypticon saga, “The Road to Crypticon: Things to Do.”