Sunday, October 16, 2016

Remembering WCW Halloween Havoc

It seemed WCW never could win. Even when they were at their best, they always seemed to screw things up. Just when they took two steps forward, they took 5 steps back somehow. I could use the nWo as an example. Taking three outsiders and turning them into the top heels of the company. That is until they decided just to add every former WWF wrestler they could get their hands on. And Buff Bagwell. Great idea, right? Of course, their almost hilarious ineptitude didn't just pertain to the roster of wrestlers, No sir! Why if you looked at the entire history of the company, they always seemed to do something stupid and ruin any good progress they may have made. One of the greatest and yet irritating mistakes was how goofy the company got with one of my favorite PPV's in all of pro wrestling history: Halloween Havoc.

Halloween Havoc, started in 1989, was pretty simple. It was in October. Spooky and crazy shenanigans happened. That was it. That was all we needed to see. WCW would celebrate the favorite of holiday of many by sprucing up their stages with almost grade school-like decorations. Maybe a crappy tombstone or four, a haunted house entrance set for the wrestlers to waltz through and more times than most, even the announcers showed their Halloween pride. Just check out Jim Ross as a gangster and Paul Heyman, in his Paul E Dangerously days, as a vampire!

What's even better than Paul E as a vampire? Oh I don't know, maybe ELVIRA doing commercials for the first few PPV's? Yup, everyone's favorite Horror Hostess helped hyped this show and added some extra horror-Halloween cred to the show. 

So what went wrong? Well, WCW would pull out all the stops to further their storylines and offer sometimes what seemed like haphazardly planned gimmicks and spots. They didn't have an April Fool's PPV that they could pull the wool over the yes of fans. So what's the next best time to do it? Halloween! Of course! Lets take a look at just a few examples of their silliness, shall we?
The Man Who Wants to Rule The World.
No. Really. That has nickname for a while.

One of the most famous examples was from 1990. On top of still trying to get through the infamous Black Scorpion nonsense, in which a guy in an all black body suit haunted Sting and turned fans into tigers somehow, Sid Vicious was taking on the most popular star in the company, Sting, for the world title. When halfway through their match, Sid's fellow members of the 4 Horsemen decided to come out to the ring and abduct Sting for a while. And when I say "a while" it really felt more like four hours had passed. I swear that by the time Stinger came back to the ring, after escaping his villanous foes, I was prepared to start smoking and take drivers education class. Thankfully, my neon/dayglow colored hero was back and prepared to take out the giant goofball who would then scream about how he wants to rule the world. But it didn't happen like that. No. Sting lost to Sid! And even worse, it wasn't Sting! He was BARRY WINDHAM DISGUISED AS STING! And then...Sting came out and pinned Sid to retain his title. Confused? You should be. I'm pretty sure the bookers were too. I mean, I see what they were trying to do. Sure, it seemed like an easy switcheroo. But I guess not finding a way to detain Sting until at least the end of the PPV is the least of the Horsemen's problems. Technically, as soon as the kayfabe "WCW Board of Directors" saw Sting backstage, the match should've ended. But...ya know...wrestling and logic. Am I right, here?

Oh yeah, on top of that, Junkyard Dog came out wearing a weird werewolf mask.

That's hot.

1991 was another disaster too. But not as confusing, just annoying. Enter: The Chamber of Horrors match. For newer fans, imagine Hell In A Cell with well over 10 wrestlers, useless props but instead of getting a pin, you have to strap someone in an electric chair and flip the switch. Yup. Just a bunch of grown men essentially playing a game that was probably inspired by something in gym class. So, punches and kicks are thrown and after a fight of Batman 1966 level of fighting, Abdullah The Butcher is placed in the chair and the switch was thrown. Obviously, he didn't die, but fans came close due to just how boring this match really was. 

1992 was headlined by Sting vs Jake Roberts.  At the time, it was awesome to see Jake show up unannounced and go after Sting at a show in Baltimore. At the time, wrestlers from rival promotions didn't just pop out of the crowd and attack someone. They just sauntered out and fans were amazed. Jake had been a HUGE name in WWF for years so to see him jump ship was weird. What's even weirder is the mini movie that WCW produced to hype their feud and match for the PPV.

For the record, I love this video. It's so odd. Plus, lazer eyes.

The tagline of this years show was "Spin The Wheel Make The Deal" match. Imagine a giant wheel with matches that sound somewhat interesting with no real descriptions. But, just as you'd expect, WCW screwed it up quickly. instead of a "First Blood match" which could've really been fascinating to watch or a "Eat Aunt Betty's old Potato Salad Match" we got a "Coal Miner's Glove Match", a match where Sting and Jake fought over an old miners glove on a pole hanging from the turnbuckle to knock each other out. After an ok match, Sting made the climb to grab the glove while Jake reached into his old bag of tricks and grabbed his snake to bite Sting. But as soon as Jake turned around, he was met with a punch from Sting. This caused Jake's pet Cobra to bite his cheek and help assist Sting in vanquishing the slithering villain. 

What could've been a great match lead to a real crappy and dull encounter. WCW could've stretched it out and shown Sting and Jake exchange victories. But nope. Bad bad bad.

The 1993 edition was pretty bland but gave us a real bizarre intro video featuring Tony Schiavone welcoming children into his house and creeping them out. 

1995 was perhaps the worst offender just because it consisted of a chain of events that were almost intolerable. Allow me to just give you the bullet points:

  • Hulk Hogan vs The Giant for the WCW title.
  • A monster truck sumo match between Hogan and Giant on the TOP OF THE ARENA. That's a smart idea, right?
  • Hogan pushes Giant off the top of the arena.
  • Hogan comes down to the ring and the Giant reemerges to confront Hogan.
  • Hogan's manager Jimmy Hart turns on Hogan
  • Hogan's friend Lex Luger turns against Hogan.
  • Hogan is humped in the middle of the ring in a weird 3 way by The Giant and a debuting Mummy they insited on calling The Yeti. Except they'd actually refer to him as THE YET-TAY.
  • Hogan lost to Giant.
As you can see the weirdness of this night is all due to Hulk Hogan. I know that's shocking. I believe at the time, Hogan had a lot of control over his bookings, so I'm sure he had a LOT to do with these atrocious ideas. But hey, a monster truck showdown. That's a new one, right? Haven't seen that before...or after...thankfully.

As much as I tease this show, I do remember getting excited for it as a young kid. I loved Halloween and loved wrestling, so to have them combine both was pretty cool. I still wish WWE would somehow resurrect this theme for a PPV. Maybe they will, they've already brought back the brand split, so hey, we could totally see a new Halloween Havoc!

Just monster trucks or electric chairs...

Come back tomorrow. As goofy as these events were, I'll be looking at the biggest and worst blunder in Halloween Havoc history...

Be there...

Same Warrior time...

Same Warrior channel...


Sunday, October 2, 2016

MonsterVision In Rochester!

Last night, I had the absolutely joy to travel back to TNT circa 1996!

 No, not them. I already wrote about them. But I never turn down a chance to rep my love of the nWo! #4Life

If I'm not referring to the nWo, I must be referring to TNT's MonsterVision starring the B-Movie lovin', ex-wife hatin', Drive In Total countin' host, Mr. Joe Bob Briggs! The weekly series in which our friend Joe Bob introduced the best and sometimes worst in horror and scifi movies! Along with his trademark wit and extensive knowledge of these films, Joe Bob also had guest stars, "Mailbag Girls", and the famous DriveIn Totals, in which he'd put out the things to look for. While Joe Bob has contributed a lot to the world of cinema, it's from this memorable tv show that we all remember and love him the most. Although, if you ever want a great laugh, check out his commentary on multiple movies including I Spit On Your Grave!

the man himself

Sadly for us fans who watched this show, in the year 2000, TNT made a big format change and to become a more serious and respected network. So things like Monstervision was no longer need and eventually, the show was yanked and Joe Bob was shown the door. A very sad day for us all. But, while Joe Bob's 5 year reign as the king of the B's was never forgotten. In fact to this day, Monstervision is still invoked with nostalgia, joy and laughter. Which was, of course the goal.

So, fast forward to 2016. 16 years after the show was shut down, our friends at Fright Rags and The Little Theater were ready to screen the Warriors for their special feature, called "Saturday Night Rewind" where a favorite from the past is shown in delicious 35mm for all to enjoy. Past shows have included Raiders of the Lost Ark, Critters, Rock N Roll High School, just to name a few. But only one man could introduce last night's viewing and help kick off Halloween season properly. That's right. They called on the the man in the cowboy hat to bring back the Drive In Totals. They brought back...MONSTERVISION!!!

Oh and this was not just Joe Bob walking out on a stage and pointing to the screen. NO SIREE. Members of the Fright Rags team actually constructed a replica of Joe Bob's trailer to walk through, to which Mr. Briggs even commented this was the first time he's had a screening have a trailer on stage, so he could introduce the movie. And let me tell you, when he walked through that door, everyone lost it. We were all 14 year olds watching the show on TNT all over again. It was great.
Mr. Briggs provided a lot of information as to the origins of The Warriors, including the novel of the same name and the tale of Xenophon's Anabasis, which the novel itself was based off. Professor Briggs was indeed laying some cinema knowledge on all of us and providing that great humor of his as well. So after delivering his Drive In Totals once again, it was showtime!

Now, I can tell you that this is now the second time I've seen The Warriors in 35mm this year and it's truly the best way to see it. The raw feel of the film projected through crackling, dirty film just provides it's own character. If you ever get a chance to see this movie on the big screen, don't hesitate.

After the movie, Ben of Fright Rags conducted a very entertaining and informative Q&A with the man of night. Joe Bob shared the history of his fictional name, his experiences of being boycotted by a women's group, dealing with TNT brass, and my favorite, a story about how he feared airing Barbarella due to star(and Ted Turner's wife at the time) Jane Fonda's disdain of her famous role. One bad joke, you could've said bye-bye to Joe Bob much sooner. Thankfully, it turn out that way! After a fun question and answer session, it was time to say goodbye to the trailer park and Monstervision once again. But what a way to get closure!

Joe Bob took the time before and after the screening to meet fans and sign whatever was brought his way. I got to chat with him and hear stories about working for Turner in the WCW/Bischoff era and the fact that WCW was never really promoted on Monstervision. Which is still weird to me, considering the cross over audience. But he spoke highly of WCW and The Bisch. What a time to be getting a check signed by Ted Turner, huh?

Oh yeah and I couldn't leave without some Married with Children items signed. Under his real name, John Bloom, he portrayed "Billy Ray Wetnap", Kelly's boss and skeezy bug exterminator. I had him sign my Married with Children box set, an item I've wanted to start getting costars and guests on it. So what better way to start?

Also...thanks Ben Scrivens and his family proving a great background, I walked away with a fantastic photo op!

The Little Theater and Fright Rags put their biggest and best effort out tonight. And it showed. Everyone had such a great time, new friends were made, old friends reconnected, and old Saturday night traditions were resurrected. Perhaps this Saturday Night Rewind will be the new Monstervision for some? Who knows. But after going to many showings of movies at the Little, I can tell you that it's worth the trip. In fact, my buddy Morgan actually made the 2 hour drive to come by and check out the Little!

This was one of those nights that not also reinvigorated my Halloween spirit but made me love this town even more. Rochester may not be the biggest and most flashy town in the world but it certainly is one of the most comfortable and loving. The art/movie community of Rochester, NY is one of the most warm and welcoming groups I've ever interacted with. Both Fright Rags and the Little are two of my favorite aspects of Rochester, so to see them work together to deliver something so great and interactive for fans is just something so overwhelmingly enjoyable. I certainly hope this isn't the last fun event that both have in store for us. Then again, knowing them, it's not. They've only just begun!

So a major thanks to both Fright Rags and The Little Theater for providing such a phenomenal night. I cant speak highly enough about all parties involved. I'll be talking about this for years!

Oh...right...I couldn't resist running on stage and getting a photo...


Friday, September 30, 2016

Introducing: Halloween Fright Packs!

Introducing...The very first HorrorMovieBBQ Fright Pack!

It's pretty simple. I got a lot of cool stuff hanging around but I also have bills to pay. So what better way to make some extra cash than by putting together some neat fun boxes for my friends! I think you'll really enjoy these! But before I introduced the boxes, a few notes:

1.) Each box will be 26.95. That includes shipping.

2.) I'm doing a short test run. Only 6 will be available at this time. I'm more interested to see how well these are received before I do more.

3.) I cannot, at this time, ship outside the country. Sorry!

4.) These can only be purchased through PayPal, which you can find the link down below!

Ok, so that's the not-so-fun stuff. Let's check out the loot!

There's the entire loot! Enough to get you in the mood for Halloween! Some fun stuff from your childhood and the present! Let's dive deep!


Somewhat of a "cereal box prize" but for the Fright Pack, you'll get one of the three Monster Cereal cars! Car will be selected randomly. Keep 'em int he box, use them as a desk toy, or zoom them around as you eat breakfast!


 A spooky book! You'll receive a randomly selected book to read while you sip delicious warm apple cider or maybe a pumpkin beer!

  Remember the weird space vampire/zombie/sex film from Cannon films? Well, it certainly was a memorable piece of cinema and I'm sure if you had seen it, you wouldn't forget it. Now you tell the rest of the world how much you loved it by rocking this awesome button everywhere you go!


Can't have Halloween without window clings! You'll be the toast of the neighborhood!


These are fun. Think little green Army Men but with Dracula, Godzilla, Mothra, zombies, Wolfman, gravestones and more! Contents of bag will vary from photo You'll receive approximately 10 figurines .


To keep the nostalgic feel of Halloween going, you'll receive one randomly selected, sealed McNugget Buddy and an unused, mint condition Happy Meal box! You can't have the McNugget buddies without their cardboard home!


What fun and mysterious goodies will you find in here? Well, technically, you can see the goods up in that first photo. But not everything is shown! You'll get one Trick or Treat featuring candy and some other fun Halloween treats! It's like taking the effort out of going door to door! Instead, you can just stay at home and call it a night!

So there you have it! Some fun stuff ready to jazz up your Halloween spirit! I certainly hope you'll enjoy these. If so, I'll be able to do more int he future in larger volumes. You can pay for them right below and will receive some spooky goodness very soon!


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Fall Flea Market Finds!

This year has been a pretty crappy year for flea marketing. I don't know why but I can't say I've been to flea markets and walked out with gems. Seems like last year's adventures seemed to have been a giant peak period. A little disconcerting but I still kept at it. A dry spell started in July. But dry spells don't last forever. Thank goodness.

This past Sunday, my friend Sean was in town and he was interested in heading to the flea market. I was more than happy to oblige. I wasn't expecting much but I figured it would be a fun time with him. Maybe I could find a new VHS or a He-Man figure missing an arm, but I wasn't expecting to walk out with a complete Boulder Hill from MASK. Perhaps low expectations worked in my favor after all. Maybe being beaten down by the flea market fates for so long finally humbled me to just accept finding a worn out copy of Sleepaway Camp 3 and be happy about it. Humbling indeed. But today was my day.

So, let's take a look at what I found:


The ET card game was a real surprise to. It's not the most sought after piece of nostalgia but it's still a neat thing to pick up! I always enjoy finding stuff like this. I love ET and any retro games, so how could I pass it up? I'm totally down for an afternoon of this and other corny card games! I'll order a pizza and you bring the Reeses Pieces!


Trivia: The first date I went on in Middle School was to see Spice World with my high school girlfriend. Titanic was sold out. I can't tell if that was a good or bad thing. Because I sat through 90 minutes of that Spice-ploitation movie.

Power Rangers, Land Before Time and Star Trek are great and all, but the champs of this lot are the vintage Pepsi magnets. Owned in the Grandmothers everywhere in the 80s, these tiny replicas are a nice for magnet collectors such as myself. Plus, I'm a Pepsi guy so it's nice to add these to my fridge. Woo!


Somewhat of a "comfort food" when it comes to flea markets. Any collector knows it's the ultimate goal to find as many rare or old action figures as possible. It's not really explainable but ask any flea market junkie what they need to find to feel satisfied, they'll most likely say action figures of their youth. Thankfully after this flea market trip, I feel satisfied to the point that I could start smoking cigarettes again.

As you see below, I had to break them into groups. Just so many to go through:

Two animated Batman figures, Batman Returns figure and a Michael Keaton Bruce Wayne. That's a lot of suits for Master Wayne, but I think he's covered for future missions and battles. Assuming that stylish purple turtleneck isn't enough to intimidate the worst Gotham has to offer. I mean, as great of a Keaton likeness as that is, he looks like he should be a member of Colour Me Badd. That shade of purple only really works for Batgirl.

Also notice my bunny Charlie not letting Batman have all the fun and glory. Right after this photo was taken, he raced over and started licking these figures and refused to leave unless I gave him head-rubs. Bunny problems. I has them.

 A Batman Forever Robin and a Huntress from the DC Total Justice line. I must confess, I'm a big fan of Chris O Donnell as Robin. I thought he was a natural in the role, so this was a welcome addition. Any Batman movie universe figures are welcome. Well, except Batman and Robin. I actually left a Poison Ivy figure behind because I try to avoid that movie. Wasn't my favorite and until I revisit it, I don't think I want any part of it.

As far as the Huntress, I'm a lifelong fan of hers. I always found her to be a compelling character. And this is one of her best action figure representations from the Total Justice line, which was already an awesome line. Sadly, there haven't been nonstop releases of her like say a Supergirl or Zatanna, so a double win there.

At the same time, this figure looks like she belongs in an episode of Gargoyles or something. She's just so 90's I can't take it much longer.

More DC goodness! The Penguin is from the 2005 line The Batman which was perhaps the most bizarre interpretation of Batman yet. It was a fan favorite toy line and cartoon and offered some new wrinkles to the Batman lore. Good ol' Oswald here represents his fishy persona more than ever I mean, he's one step away from literally swimming and biting raw fish. Awesome.

Up next is the Joker from 1998's New Adventures of Batman toy line. This has always been one of my favorite Joker figures. The pose, the card in his hand, the expression in his hand and the paint job. What a flawless Joker. I'd totally put him in my top 5 Joker's of all time. Love that Joker!

Speaking of Joker, you can't have the Mistah J without his number one guy, Bob The Goon! Yes! From the 1989 Toy Biz "Batman" line. I can't tell you how long I've been wanting one of these but never pulled the trigger. As cheap as that early Toy Biz line was, it still marks the only appearance of Bob. Not he's an amazing action figure by any means, in fact he resembles more of George Carlin on his worst day than anything, but seeing as how much I adore Batman 89, I simply had to have him. 

This potpourri of figures including figures from Small Soldiers, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Visionaries, X-Men, a Burger King Simpsons Halloween, Beetleborgs(FLABBER!) and a Ninja Turtle Troll Doll. A nice handful of collection padding pieces but nothing personally amazing. Although, Flabber was a favorite even back in 1997 and even became a long running joke between me and my friends. So, I don't consider this a bad find at all. Plus, who can't use a Creature from the Black Lagoon/Willie mashup? That may be my favorite of the lot. I'm sure it's a favorite of my buddy Thomas of ShitMovieFest, He loves him some Gillman.

More Batman fun! A Joker suction cup figure that is somewhat reminiscent of his final scene in Batman 89(although, he was hanging from a helicopter rope ladder, let's not fight over petty semantics here) makes a fun figure for either hanging from my car window or the window in my office. He may be the villain in Batman, but he's a hero to those who hate boring windows. Although, windows are supposed to be boring. It's what you see forget it, I'm spending too much time thinking deep about windows, here. Moving on.

Darkseid is from Burger King's "Super Powers" promotion. He joined Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman as figural cup holders. Here's what they all look like:

Photo Credit: The Super Friends Wiki

Not bad for $1.27. Pretty impressive. You get a cheap cup and a neat Super Friends figure! Sounds like a great deal to me! Darkseid has always been my favorite DCU villain, so again, total victory here. Anything with the bad boy of Apokolips is an instant buy.

And hey...speaking of Burger King...

Yup, the Burger King himself was thrown in to the deal as well. Actually, I'm not convinced this design didn't inspire King Randor from Masters of the Universe and considering I don't have King Randor in my collection, this will just have to do. I mean he's fatter and more jovial than Eternia's ruler but hey, when you're in a pinch...


Well, duh. This shouldn't be a shock. I saw some tapes that I had never even heard of before, which is always the goal! Some kid friendly horror, a Christmas Babysitter's Club movie(I'm such a sucker for terrible Christmas specials) a documentary narrated by Orson Welles about Nostradamus, an 80s comedy called " Another Chance" and some fun wrestling finds. If you were to ask me to summarize my life in VHS, this would be the photo I'd point to. I don't know if that's good or bad but it's pretty much me in a nutshell.

New Kids on the Block Scrapbook:

How about that New Kids on the Block scrapbook? That's pretty cool. Something for any fan to put her favorite pieces of NKOTB memorabilia and photos. I mean, if you were like me as a teen, you were so unorganized and just put clippings and photos all over your wall. I feel like my entire wall was just plastered with Shirley Manson to the point that my wall may as well have been orange. No regrets. 

So how nice is it to have an already licensed scrapbook for your favorite memories? Well, as cool as this book was, what fell out tonight while I was taking photos was even cooler:



Of all the things to find in a NKOTB scrapbook, I find THIS. I swear as it fell out, a light shined and the "Hallelujah" started playing as I locked eyes on it. Stuff like this doesn't happen often. It probably happens once in a lifetime. And I'm glad I was the lucky recipient. This is definitely the find of a century. How can I follow this up? I mean...CAN I?

Oh I'll find a way. Believe me.

So thar she blows. Not sure if this is my last flea market trip for the entire year, but it certainly turned out to be the most successful! Very happy with the way things turned out. I guess it was worth the dry spell.


Sunday, September 25, 2016

Visiting Buffalo Comic Con!

Yay, it's comic con time!

I made the relatively short trip to Buffalo for the Buffalo Comic Con last weekend for a day of fun, comic books, toys, celebrities and awesome cosplay. Now being new player in the comic convention game, there were worries that Buffalo Comic Con was just gonna be a small show. I wasn't expecting a lot, I had just done Fan Expo in Toronto a few weeks before, which was a claustrophobic nightmare, so this would've been a giant change of pace no matter what. But my expectations weren't the highest. Which may have worked for me.

Me, Deadpool and JD

So upon entering the convention with my friend and fellow General Geekery podcast partner. JD, I was very surprised at the layout. The convention center itself was split into two floors. A main show floor upstairs and the bottom floor with rooms for meetings/seminars/panels/whatever it may be. Which worked big time. Sometimes in a convention space, everything's just thrown together and everything is just placed on the main convention floor. Not here. Everything was spread out, put in it's own spot, and felt very well organized. I sat in with JD's daughter for an anime panel and it was a nice throwback, considering my past anime con-going days. Very well done.

Also a nice addition was a kids room, which was put on by the local library, I believe.They had activities for the younger geeks in attendance such as coloring superhero masks, cardboard cutouts for photos, tunnels to crawl through, lightsaber battles. All the kind of stuff youngsters of any age would want. I was very impressed by this.

The vendor/celebrity/artists/writers were upstairs on the main floor and much like any convention, was no doubt the main draw. Where else will you get the opportunity to hang with fellow fans, rifle through musty, old comics, buy about 17 back issues of NFL SuperPro and meet your favorite writers? I also finally got to hold the first appearance of the Punisher! See my joy:

So the main draw for me, really, was the addition of some of the Nightmare on Elm Street 3 stars. It's of no surprise that I go crazy for anything Freddy related and when I have the opportunity to meet the stars of the series, I take it! In all my time of convention going, I've actually never met Ken Sagoes and Penelope Sudrow, who were guests at this show, and I could finally add them to my prized Freddy's Dead poster.

Yes, I'm sure it drives poster enthusiasts insane, but I wanted something I could get every member of the NOES series on and I kinda like the simplicity of the born-dead date. Kinda reminds me of a tombstone! It looks great with signatures!

So I finally got Ken Sagoes who admired all the signatures on my poster and even laughed when he saw the Freddy doodle, done by Robert Englund. Ken was super nice, as I've been told multiple times.

Up next was Rodney Eastman who played Joey in Part 3 and 4, who I've met before but never got his signature on my poster. He looked at my poster, which I always request the character name and the actor's favorite quote, and said "well, I only had one line" to which he gave me THIS:

Also, I refused to leave without a photo with Joey and Kincaid. And our photo turned out great, mainly due to Rodney suggesting I sit down due to my height. Neat!

Too awesome.

Penelope Sudrow who played Jennifer in part 3 was very...memorable. She kept asking me about the names on my poster and even pointed out how she thought every time Robert signs "Welcome to Prime Time, Bitch!" she should get a dollar. She also gave me a rather interesting signature and quote on my poster. Which I get since she didn't really have any memorable one liners.

 She also posed for a rather memorable photo op:

With my main goals accomplished, I now needed something to keep my attention and excitement. Thankfully, the huge maze of local vendors and artists selling their wares. It didn't take long for me to run into Mike Smash of Curious Goods, an artist known for his amazing figures and shadowbox illustrations. It was a pleasant surprise to see Mike, it's been years since I've seen him last. It was great to catch up and see his newest offerings, including a NOES 3 poster/shadowbox!

I could rant and rave all day about the Cosplayers. But instead, just check out these rad photos I took:

Buffalo Comic Con certainly isn't the biggest convention but its a very, very comfortable convention. I feel very confident in saying it's been the best convention experience in quite some time. I'm very excited to see where the show gows int he future. I have no issue pointing to this show and saying "My hometown comic convention".

This show gets a solid 10/10 score for me!

Hope to see you next year! I'll buy you some wings after!