Monsters are big business and Son of Monsterpalooza is one of the best conventions to catch them! It is the true kick-off, right as the Halloween scene starts in Southern California. This reporter only got to check out Son of Monsterpalooza one day of the three, but what a great day. Even with the popularity of zombies and vampires, being a monster lover is not always popular around the water cooler at work, so it is amazing to be surrounded by others with the same love of the macabre. Son of Monsterpalooza is a place to find monsters- but that is only the beginning. It is a celebration of everything horror: artists, new/old movies, props, haunts, costumes, special effects masters, classes, people from all walks of the horror industry and of course fantastic cosplayers. I usually see someone I know from the industry, something or someone I’ve wanted to see forever and always something unexpected: new, unique and wonderful.
Being a SFX makeup artist myself, I gravitate towards the makeup areas. I was excited to see my favorite Instagram makeup guy Sidney Cumbie at the RBFX booth doing a demo. Just walking around to all the booths and watching people like Sidney, Lawrence Mercado, Tim Gore and Mike Spatola and tons of others gave me lots of inspiration for future monster making. Demos from the EI School of Makeup, Cinema Makeup School, European Body Art, Premiere Products, RBFX and many others produced wonderful creepy creatures all day. There were more events then I would have time for in one day, so I just went booth to booth and enjoyed the artistry I saw.
The museum area with props and costumes from famous horror and sci-fi movies was fantastic. All of the creations were inspired by famous monsters or characters from films and TV, and some were the original props. I loved the Edward Scissorshands prop the best. Aisle after aisle of beautifully gory masks and monster art was overwhelming and wonderful. I want to have one of everything! Looking for cool and unusual merchandise to take home is a reason for many to come. That special movie memorabilia, a new mask or costume for your cosplay, amazing handmade artist creations and really any horror item you could want was available from the many vendors attending. My special favorite moment was meeting a young boy named Danny at the Eyeball Productions booth. He was drawing amazing monsters and I was awestruck at how talented he is at such a young age. I look forward to seeing his art get better and better. (see his photo in the slideshow)
Even though it was the last day when I went, there was still some terrific and creative cosplay to see. I think the amazing costumes that the cosplayers come up with make the conventions great as well as any famous person there. Attendees love to get their photos taken with them and the cosplayers are tireless about posing. My favorite was the guy (Dave Broido) with the bathroom wall from “The Shining”, that he could look through and say “Here’s Johnny!”
It’s a good thing that Monsterpalooza had its offspring, Son of Monsterpalooza. Next year it may be moving to Pasadena, but wherever it goes the monsters and the fans will follow. I look forward to next year! Happy Haunting!