Not Quite Fear And Loathing At San Diego Comic Con (Part 2)

Saturday morning seemed to smack me in the face. Did I even sleep? I have no idea. Our second day of Comic Con was at hand. With a hop, skip, and a jump in the shower, we were quickly out of the door and checked out of the hotel. Ryan and I bypassed the stroll […]

Not Quite Fear And Loathing At The San Diego Comic Con (Part 1)

We had two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a saltshaker half-full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers… Oh who am I kidding?  We had two cups of coffee, a pen, two pads of paper, a camera, and our stuff in the […]

CONVENTION REPORT: MONSTER-MANIA 14

  CONVENTION REPORT: MONSTER-MANIA 14, March 12-14   The End of Days is Well Nigh Waking up that Friday morning of Monster-Mania 14, I was convinced the End of Days was here.  The skies had opened in truly Biblical form the night before, and as I drove into work, it felt as if the world […]

Convention Report: 2nd Annual Living Dead Festival, Evans City, PA on October 30, 2009

The Third Time’s a Charm… If the Living are Dead   My very first writing for Icons of Fright was a convention report on Pittsburgh, PA’s Monster Bash in 2007.  It was a decent show, a small-scale convention where I met Kyra Schon and Bill Hinzman of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, and it marked […]

CONVENTION REPORT: ROCK AND SHOCK, October 18th

Lots of Snow and Juggalos   Sometimes I go to a faraway convention and say to myself, “This was well worth the trip.”  Whether it be a long flight or car trip (not interrupted by hitting a deer, preferably), with weather variables, travel obstacles and bleary-eyed exhaustion added to the mix, the convention at the […]

Rock and Shock: Monster and Metal Mayhem

  It’s just two weeks until the next Rock and Shock, Massachusetts’ annual marriage of two perfect partners, horror and heavy metal.  On October 16-18, the convention/ marathon concert offers up a solid lineup of horror favorites signing autographs, and a veritable Woodstock of evil music that is sure to please any dark and brooding […]

Robert Englund: Recession-Proof, or Hollywood’s Most Offensive Monster?

On the heels of Mike Cucinotta’s recent article on how Patrick “Capt. Picard” Stewart and his handlers have the utter gall to charge $100 each for fans to take a picture with him, I felt it absolutely necessary to call out Robert “Freddy Krueger” Englund as well. As an offshoot of a local convention in […]

Convention Autograph Fees Reach New Low By Reaching New High

Who wants to have a good old heart-breaking laugh in the middle of an economic recession? You know Patrick Stewart, star of Star Trek: The Next Generation, X-Men, X2, X-Men: The Last Stand and that delightful one-man stage version of A Christmas Carol? Who doesn’t? What geek doesn’t wake up in the morning to "Tea, […]