Toylanta was this weekend—it’s a big annual toy convention held in Atlanta over a weekend. It started as a hub for GI Joe collectors but expanded to include vintage toys across the board. I have friends that attend, friends who are vendors, and friends who attend with me, so it was an all-around fab time Saturday! Here are some highlights:
Well,I didn’t intend to have this be part of the countdown, but this man was a master of capturing horror and should be included wherever people are making tributes to classic monsters.
Basil Gogos,American illustrator best known for his portraits of movie monsters on the covers of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine in the 1960s and 1970s, has died, aged 78.
His art on the covers of Famous Monsters portrayed many, of not most, of the classic horror monsters and creatures such as Dracula, The Wolf Man, The Mummy, King Kong, Godzilla,Frankenstein’s Monster, The Bride of Frankenstein,The Phantom of the Opera, The Creature from the Black Lagoon and now-legendary horror actors including Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, and Vincent Price.
What a master of color and mood. He could instill dread simply with a monster portrait’s color tone. His portraits are so unusual because they feature their subjects in often unconventional colored light sources. Gogos also strove to portray these characters as both frightening and sympathetic.
I had the pleasure of seeing his work at a couple of horror-related cons but never had a chance to talk to him. What a missed opportunity.
I shall now leave you with some of my favorites of his work. Enjoy.
My main mission at Walker Stalker Con was to get Kane Hodder’s book, Unmasked. Holy crap I can hardly put it down. He has had an amazing and tragic life. Long story short,a stunt went awry in his early career and he ended up with third degree burns over sixty percent of his body,and the crappy hospital he was taken to had no burn unit; his doctor had no idea how to handle his condition and royally,horribly screwed up his treatment and recovery. Once he was near death,he was transferred to a hospital with an actual burn unit and because of their care he survived. He is a big,gnarly,severe looking dude with very leathery scars all over,but he describes the constant pain,depression and despair with such eloquence the book brought me to tears. And he became such a go-getter,deciding if he wanted something he was gonna go for it,no matter what. He is a very inspiring person. And quite funny. Tonight I am finising up the book.
I fully admit I had, not a boring, but relaxing Dragon Con this year. I hung out with Phrog almost the whole time, and because we are both kind of “need our own space” people we are comfortable giving each other space while still hanging out and having fun. It’s a delightful arrangement, really. Plus, I had to work a couple of days during the event and either couldn’t attend or had to come in later in the day.
There were no celebrities I was interested in seeing this time, and no projects to make. It was the most stress-free, agenda-less DC I have had!
I will probably post a few pics later, but I really don’t recall taking pics of any costumes, just pics of me and my friends, which is now kind of the reason I enjoy going.
Of course I did make the annual Dragon Con Book, which is nowhere near as spectacular as last year’s, but I think it’s because I wasn’t doing as much as I did last year, and I saw less people I knew to sign it and had less to see and do. It’s okay, though; it was still a lovely weekend!