[photo post] Masquerade & Days of the Dead

Summer convention season is approaching its end, leaving us with nothing to look forward to until the Fanboy Expo Halloween show coming up in October. I apparently didn’t post any photos because I didn’t take very many at either show, but this year took us to Mad Monster Party in Charlotte back in March, Marble City Comic Con back in April, Fanboy Expo in Knoxville in June, and now, Days of the Dead in Louisville, KY. When it was announced this show’s guests would include Nightmare On Elm Street’s Heather Langenkamp and Amanda Wyss, there was no question as to whether or not we’d be attending this show (our first at this event) so we got tickets and a hotel room almost immediately.

But then we found out that the Thursday before the show, all the way down in Atlanta, GA, an event would be held at the Center for Puppetry Arts to celebrate the 30 year anniversary of the release of the Jim Henson classic Labyrinth, starring the great space man-turned-Goblin King, himself, David Bowie. Not just any event, however. No, this event would be a masquerade ball in tune with the famous scene from the film. I say “famous” but to be honest, I had never seen the movie until I started dating Erin. Hell, I’d never even heard of it.

If you’ve given me a 5-star face palm just now, hear me out. While I watched Sesame Street and the Muppets growing up, I wouldn’t appreciate puppetry until I was much older. And Labyrinth is mostly a musical, which was a no-go for me for a very long time. I turned my nose up at most Disney movies because they involved so much singing. When I was little, I was convinced that if a movie had singing in it, it was for sissies. All music was to be heavy metal or at least very hard rock and roll, or else it was too wimpy for my taste, and Disney movies were neither heavy nor hard.

Even though I know better now regarding both musicals and puppetry, and I know what a righteous rock star Mr. Bowie was, the fact remains that I still somehow never knew anything about this movie. And then when I was 18 I started dating a woman that proudly claimed Labyrinth as her favorite movie.

Favorite.

All I’m going to say here before I post a few photos is that we went. If you want the specifics and more photos, you can read Erin’s much more passionate review of the evening on HER blog (that’s right – she has a blog now and you’d do well to subscribe to it!). I’ll also say that even though it’s still far from my all time favorite, the evening was brilliant, beautiful, and in some respects, even magical. They really did a great job pulling together something special for the lucky few that were able to score tickets.

As usual, if you want to see all of the photos in high res + a few extra, head over to My Flickr account.

The only other thing I have for you in this post are a few snaps we took at Days of the Dead. Mostly Erin with her Scream Queens and us with the Mistress of the Dark, herself, Elvira. Days was a great show at a pretty nice venue. It seems there are lots of freaks that are bitching about something or another, but we had a great time. It was a very big show with lots of talented artists, tattoo artists, and vendors set up alongside an impressive guest list in a clean, very accommodating hotel located in a city I grow fonder of with each visit (this was our third visit to Louisville for various horror cons). I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us next year!

I have some great photos to share some time next week of a photo shoot I was fortunate enough to do for a group of lovely ladies a few weeks ago. Look for them here or follow me on Instagram.

On a final, more vain note…

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