Monday, April 12, 2010

The ghoul goes west, #9, #9, #9, #9, #9....

Two things.

-- My feet are destroyed.

-- MONSTERPALOOZA rocked... so hard!

Uncle Forry was a huge hit, and all of the business cards I left next to him were gone by Saturday night --  had to leave one taped to the frame for Sunday!

Of course, without Henchman Henner's audio gear, and his lurking about with flashlights and pliers (and a vehicle!) at the ready, it would have been very difficult to accomplish...

Had to toss in this one too... it encapsulates his personality very well:

I ran into so many great people, old friends and new...
The future of Classic Horror/Universal Monster art and fandom -- 
Adam 'KreatureKid' Doherty and Casey Wong.

Casey's great Forrest Ackerman bust made it to this year's 'Palooza as well:
 ... dressed up for a panel of Forry's closest friends regaling us with some of the lesser-known Forry Stories:
The panel was touching and funny, and most of the audience was made up of people who'd met him, and many who knew him well. It was a highlight of the weekend, and was put together by Forry's personal assistant for the last decade or so of his life, the inimitable Joe Moe.
Here's Joe to the right, Casey to the left, and Slimer from Ghostbusters making a 
non-green appearance in between them. 
The very cool John Gilbert, known as the Arizona Gillman for his encyclopaedic
knowledge of all things Black Lagoon. Oh and because he lives in AZ.

My friend (everyone's friend), actor Danny Roebuck (Lost, Rob Zombie's Halloween
 films, Matlock, a trillion other things). He led a hilarious and nostalgic presentation on 
the various goodies sold by the Captain Co. in the back of Warren Publishing's 
magazines (Eerie, Creepy, Famous Monsters of Filmland, etc.). 
Always a pleasure seeing him.

Author Lucy Chase Williams (The Complete Films of Vincent Price). I met her last year
and was very glad to see her again. A delightful and funny woman!

A last, long look...

The very fun and creative Bill Diamond of the Monster TV Network gave me a big laugh and a very fond final memory from this year's convention. He brought over one of his incredible handmade puppets, the chatty gargoyle Gorgo, to shoot an impromptu gab with Uncle Forry... and me!
Uncle Forry, yours truly, Gorgo, and Bill Diamond.
Here, Bill's cameraman John sets up the shot.

The moment I find the video (they shot it, I didn't) I'll let you know... it was short but funny.

But, as ever, all good things must come to the aid of their fellows, or something. 

This too shall pass. 

Everything has to end sometime...
Casey, how do you get into all these shots?

We broke down our little display, and packed up. It was nice to see family after a weekend of such great friendship and fun.

There are just a few more stories to relate, and I'll get to them this week (lots of family time and then a little travel and work come first)... but for now, random parting images:



  1. Awesome pictures! Looks like a blast! Wish I could have been there!

  2. Ya done good, Mike!

    Looks like everyone had a great time--including Uncle Forry. Look at the picture of Lucy Chase Williams--Uncle Forry is checking her out in the background. Looks like he likes her too.