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Crypticon Seattle: Event Review

 

Bitter Balcony is more than horror, but I, JAS, am a horror fan. And few events let us get our zombie on without making us fans feel like social outcasts or just another fanboy. But, we got our zombie on at Crypticon Seattle.

What can one expect from a horror convention? As you’ll see from the photos below, you can expect zombies, dead nurses, tattoos and fans of all thing gore. Us passionate fans see beauty in what other people call horror and see art in what other people shield their eyes from.

A short while ago we interviewed Eric Morgret from Crypticon and he gave us some insight into the world of horror films and Crypticon itself. These conventions always have
a host of things to do, see and purchase. You have famous folks from films past like Ernie Hudson (“Ghostbusters”), Margot Kidder (“Amityville Horror” and “Superman”), and Heather Langenkamp (“Nightmare on Elm Street”) to name a few. You can stop and chat, meet and greet, or get an autographed picture of these folks, usually for a small fee.

You can people-watch and get a kick out of the zombies and scores of "undead" who aimlessly roam the halls. You’ll also find people who fall into the "what the hell is going on there" category. You know: those people wearing costumes that make no sense, i.e., foil over their heads and around their waist.

Last, but not the least is the shopping. No, ladies I'm not talking about Prada here, but rare horror/sci-fi related comic books, novels, toys (er, action figures) and art by local artists. During our roaming of this coincidentally underground vendor hall, we discovered some fantastic found art-based work by Corey Urlacher, great digitally painted prints by Dusty Peterson, and intricate abstract work by Luke Green. Not to mention some fantastic (albeit pricey) vintage horror books and magazines.

There are also movie screenings, interviews with the talent and artists – and a martial arts demonstration. Wait, what? Yup, there was a slightly surreal moment with some thai-chi-meets-kung-fu that we are still processing.

Overall, Crypticon’s a worthy event to attend and, sadly, one of very few here in Washington.
Don't forget: if anyone mocks you for attenting Crypticon, they’ll also be begging you to save them from the zombie apocalypse. And nothing beats an “I told you so” when zombies are chasing someone – and you are in a safe place.

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Comments, rants and other stuffs below
Francine on Sat, 06/19/2010 - 8:36pm

My only regret is not getting a shot of the Zenmaster himself swillin' a glass of cheap wine before showing those guys how to chop bamboo placemats in half. Truly one of the most surreal moments of my life.

JAS on Sat, 06/19/2010 - 8:40pm

Yes, the technique of slice shit and loose grip of sword in a room full of people. He's lucky his pupil didn't make that thing fly at someone's head. That would have made it a bit too real a horror convention.

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