Is our extended weekend already over? That’s how I am feeling right now as I type this. Since the pandemic, my husband and I have not enjoyed one of our full blown horror con weekend getaways. We did a random one day drive to Flashback Weekend last year and prior to that we hadn’t enjoyed a full horror con weekend since Days of the Dead in 2019. That was until this past weekend when we decided to take some days off work, extend our weekend and take a road tip back to Indy for another Days Of The Dead con.
As in the past, I was especially excited to gift some of my original art pieces to those who who would be attending and inspired my work. Unfortunately Lori Petty cancelled at the last minute so this Tank Girl fanatic will have to wait until our paths hopefully cross one day in the future. However the guests who did attend that received my work were incredible and made the experience and road trip so well worth it.
First was John Kassir. It felt so great to be in his presence again (we met him in 2018 in Chicago). There are just some people in this world that you encounter that you get all the good vibes from and John is definitely one of those people. I had shared my “Deadtime Stories” art piece with him via the link to my blog post which he was so kind to stop by and comment on. He recognized it right away when I approached his table with the original and told me how impressed he was with my work and that not all things “Tales From the Crypt” that he collects/owns get put up on full display in his home. However, my piece most definitely will be. He gifted me a 8×10 signed Crypt Keeper picture and took this great photo with Frank and I. Later on we even had the honor of enjoying his company in the hotel bistro and he displayed my work on his table all weekend long. Seriously.. I can’t say it enough.. John really is the greatest!
Later after Patty Mullen arrived and was settled in at her table we visited her and I was able to gift her my “Tossed Human Salad” art piece. She also recognized my work and told me that she had seen it posted on Instagram. She said she was impressed with the way I captured her likeness in such a unique way. Especially her eyes. She said for some reason people have difficulty getting them right but I got her spot on. She was a blast to talk to. Even her interacting with the fans before us in line was a trip to watch. Especially when she was in full Frankenhooker inspired fashion from head to toe! So much purple I was loving it. She too gifted us a 8×10 signed Frankenhooker print and took this adorable photo with me. She was so sweet and so much fun to meet!
If that was not memorable enough. Frank and I decided to enter the That Damn Tattoo Contest that was taking place at the convention. Originally I talked Frank into entering his new They Live tattoo and the people hosting the event insisted I enter my Pee Wee’s Playhouse tattoo as well. We BOTH ended up winning in different categories. Frank took home Best Horror Sci Fi Tattoo and I won Best Small Color Tattoo. The judges who we met on stage during the show had nothing but great things to say about our work. We are now so excited to be able to share these plaques with our tattoo artist Luke Reubelt when we see him next.
It felt all around great to finally have a horror con weekend away just the two of us and experience such lasting memories in the process. An all around great weekend that went by way too fast. Thank you again Days of The Dead for another killer event and to John and Patty for being so kick ass!
Even though Paul Reubens aka Pee Wee Herman cancelled his appearance for Horrorhound we still made the trip to Indy this weekend. It was a nice little getaway for Frank and I to be in our element of horror and we had already purchased our weekend passes and booked our room. The guest list also kept growing including a few celebs I had wanted to gift my art to.
Here are a few highlight moments from the weekend…
This moment of meeting Doug Jones was worth every single wrinkle I had to draw on the Baron’s face ha ha. He has got to be one of the kindest souls we have ever met. He was so fun to talk to and he remembered seeing my Night On the Town art piece online. He even did a Baron impression when I gave it to him. He was so appreciative that he got to keep it and kept giving us thank you hugs. If you get the opportunity to meet him don’t pass it up. He really loves his fans and takes the time with everyone he meets. This photo really sums up how great it was to meet him….
I was reunited with my idol. That’s right Elvira was at the convention and this was the 3rd time I have met her but this time I got to meet her as Cassandra! Which I found to be appropriate for gifting her my Yours Cruelly portrait. I have always found her to be so beautiful in character and out of character. That is why the inspiration behind the piece was Cassandra as herself and then her transformation as Elvira. When I gave it to her she told me I was very talented and when I showed her the photo of us from 2008 with my SINderella portrait she actually remembered me giving it to her.
When I found out that Kristy Swanson was added to the guest list I was stoked. As you all know I recently finished my art piece called The Chosen One. As someone who is a supporter of originals over remakes I will always back up the statement that Kristy is the real Buffy. I have been a fan of the movie and the cast all these years. I even had to make it a point to rock my Buffy ’92 tee which she and so many other attendees had never seen and absolutely loved. But she seemed to be even more impressed with my drawing and kept hugging me and saying how talented and sweet I was for making it for her. I showed her how the split face vision works by putting your hand over one side of the face at a time and she was in awe. Even more so that she got to keep it. Not many celebs gift back so I always like to give them a shout out when they do. As a thank you Kristy signed and gave me a free 8×10 Buffy and Pike picture made out to Frank and I.
Some more celeb related highlights included sharing an elevator ride with Tobin Bell aka Jigsaw from the Saw films, getting to see another Henry Rollins show in the 3rd row and meeting Robin Tunney from The Craft and Empire Records which are also two more of my favorite 90s films.
As I post this High On The Hog photo I would like to say that Sid has been on our mind all weekend long. Yes we made the most of our time having fun at the convention but our minds were also elsewhere at the same time. As we were on our way to Indy we got a message that Sid was put in ICU and Suzie was asking that everyone please pray for him. We have been sending positive healing vibes into the universe ever since. So no matter what higher being you believe in please do the same. As you know I have become close to Sid over the years. What started as a fan/celeb moment when I first met him in 2004 has turned into a friendship that I never expected to grow over the years. I find myself very lucky and grateful to be able to say that. Yes he is an amazing actor and his career is what I have to thank for bringing him and Suzie into our lives but he is so much more than that. At times he has been like a Grandfather figure in my life with his advice, stories and always believing in my talents. And even though we may not talk everyday we always play catch up when he is in town and those moments are ones I really cherish. He is an all around good hearted person and one helluva a fighter but he needs us all right now. So please send those healing vibes and prayers his way!