Today, I had a first – I attended my very first Crypticon. It’s a horror con and it was celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.
I wanted to attend this con years ago, but honestly, I was intimidated by it. I like classic horror like Karloff and Lugosi and horror movies with a sense of humor, like “Slither,” but I’ve never been a hardcore slasher film fan. The point is: I really didn’t think someone like me would fit in.
In 2014, I attended the first Wizard World Comic Con here, as well as the one in 2015. Shortly after the 2015 con, I saw the dates for this years’ Crypticon. I thought, why not and added it to my calendar.
Next came deciding on a new cosplay – and there really was only one for me: Svengoolie!
Five months gave me plenty of time to put together Sven’s look for Crypticon. I found everything on eBay – except for the skeleton pin. It was made by Hallmark at least two decades ago and as a result, was very hard to find. But wouldn’t you know it, I found one on eBay the first week of October.
There were a number of celebrities appearing, but I wanted to see Denise Crosby (Lt. Tasha Yar from Star Trek: The Next Generation) and Doug Jones (Abe Sapien from the “Hellboy” movies). Unfortunately, Denise cancelled due to a filming schedule; Doug didn’t.
I was as ready as I would ever be. I had the clothing, the makeup and the rubber chicken. My original plan was to go yesterday, but a migraine sidelined any and all plans. Boo.
This morning, I woke up earlier than normal to get Sven’s face on. It surprisingly went on pretty well. The face paint I bought worked great. The tux jacket, the tux shirt and tux pants looked pretty good together considering all three were purchased separately from different sellers. Overall, I was pretty happy with the end result.
I left about 11:45am; luckily, I live less than 15 minutes from the hotel Crypticon was at.
Once I paid my admission fee, I walked into a main area with vendors and celebs, I was trying to beeline it to Doug Jones’ table as I knew he was leaving early, but it was challenging not to stop and look at the merch.
I did stop to watch Chris Mulkey play guitar as two women on the other side of the table. I asked if I could take a picture.
When it was my turn, Doug apologized for the wait and explained he had done a podcast with the group. He was very friendly. He asked if I had done my makeup, I said yes, and he said I had done a good job; the makeup around my eyes was very symmetrical. He signed a photo I had picked out and then his assistant took a photo of the two of us.
He’s probably one of the nicest celebs you’ll meet – and a hugger. I’m glad I got there as early as I did as there was a line forming behind me.
After my photo, I walked around, looked at the merch and talked with a few of the vendors. There were a wide variety of items for sale including little wooden chests with skulls on the top – they were beautifully painted. There were authors and artists. There were movies and jewelry for sale. I passed one booth and the vendor wanted to take my picture.
And right next door to him, I found a sweet monster T-shirt for just $10. I can tell this one’s going to get some mileage.
Next, was the panel discussion with Doug Jones. He shared with the room how he got started, movies he’s worked on and what he’s doing now. After him, was actor Michael Biehn – probably best remembered for his role in the first “Terminator.”
Once both panels were done, I took a jaunt through the prop room – very cool items, from Star Wars helmets to Star Trek guns.
After that, I called it a day.