What I’m writing here on my personal blog is sparse because I have to do a write up of the conference for TheKoalition. That being said I cannot contain myself because Neverending Nightmares won my heart. I was fortunate enough to get a chance to play the demo at The Mix, an indie dev party I attended last night. The incorporation of art design and sound made for a great psychological horror game demo.
Keep a lookout for this game and help fund it if you’d like. Unfortunately, I’ll have to wait until next October for its release, but I can do it. Neverending Nightmares will be available on Ouya, PC and Mac. I’m sending a very big thank you to Ouya for helping make the creator’s dream a reality.
I love horror anything and this beats the monotony of zombies and other horror gaming trends, enjoy the teaser trailer.
I have to admit that Megabus is one of the best deals around; I don’t have to drive, free wi-fi, electrical outlets and I can sleep. One word to the wise, it is always freezing cold on Megabus so bring layers and a blanket. The drivers always say they have no control over the air, when the bus goes on so does the air. And it is cold. I did see one clever thing today, a guy brought clear packing tape and put it over the vents so the air wasn’t blowing as hard on him.
I know flying would be quicker, but honestly Union Station tends to be closer to where I’m usually going. There are no security lines, liquid limits, etc. So if I can spare the time I’d rather take the bus, did I mention that it only cost me $10 to go from SF to LA? It’s kind of a no brainer, price-wise. And I’ve never paid more than $38 one way.
I’m staying at a new place via Airbnb, I like it and it’s within walking distance to the LA Convention Center. This may become my go to place for conferences and conventions.
I’d really like to say that I’m going to just relax the rest of the evening; nope, I have to try to get closer to finishing a few gaming reviews, doing my homework for interviews and networking during the WIGI WAM meetup in a few hours.
WIGI = Women In Games International
WAM = Women and Men
The Son of Monsterpalooza Edition
First off, I must say someone cosplayed as Sam from Trick ‘r Treat! Most people that know me know that I absolutely love that film. I think that it’s a must watch every Halloween season. It’s a great horror anthology that deserved a theatrical release. *sigh*
I have had a blast getting to see the crazy talent that is here at The Son of Monsterpalooza. The best part of this convention is that I can walk up to an artist and ask him/her all the questions I have about their work and they actually want to talk about it! I know shows like Syfy’s Face-Off shine a light on some of the professions here at the convention, but it’s not the same as being able to really see people’s talent.
Universal Studio’s The Thousand Faces
I will be honest and say that I’d never heard of Universal Studio’s The Land of a Thousand Faces. So naturally, I was ready to learn something new and I have to say that this show sounded wonderful. The show ran from 1975 until 1980, and basically gave audiences a behind the scenes look into the world of cinema makeup. This presentation was so much fun because it did its best to recreate the original show by having a “volunteer” couple from the audience, one of the original hosts, and two of the original makeup artists using the original molds and makeup for Frankenstein and their uniquely created Bride of Frankenstein. After the recreation of the show, we were treated to a panel of the creators describing how they invented a new form of polyethylene foam for masks that made quick production of the molds possible. And this new invention made mass production of the molds possible and it ultimately made the show possible. Throughout the panel we were treated to the problem solving skills it took to bring the show to life.
The Costume Contest
Right off the bat, I will say that the kids dominated the spotlight during the costume contest. The little Bride of Frankenstein was three years old. That little girl’s parents were amazing because not only was she decked out but she had two older sisters who were Carrie and Clara from [REC3]. (By the way, shame on the judges for not knowing [REC]) There was a 12 year old boy who made his own prosthetic mask and it was very well done. Then there was the teenage girl who convinced her brother to wear her design of Norman Bates and his mother. (All of these pictures can be found here.)
I was very happy with the winning costume, which had a $1000 prize attached to it. The creators were very friendly and actually remembered me from Friday because I recognized their female take on Rocksteady and Beebop from TMNT, the 90s animated series versions. It was purely by chance that I got photos of the setup of their costume 😀
The 2nd place winners, who took home $600, was beautiful and yet I kind of felt that it was a little unfair because that costume was put together with the big booth students from The Cinema Makeup School and Face-Off contestants. I know that biased me but it just seemed that they had a lot more resources at their disposal, which isn’t their fault. I know. I’m just a sucker for the little guy. The underdog.
The 3rd place winner, who took home $300, was just creepy, had a working saw hand and was a high school student! This girl has talent.
Offsite: 8 Ball Retro Horror Show
After everything shut down Saturday evening, I went to a horror-ish retro pinup store. This store was really neat. It had vintage inspired clothing with a Dia de los Muertos theme. In addition to a clothing and accessories this store also displays art and has a small bar set-up in the rear. Some of the work I found in the art gallery was remarkable and creepy.
This vendor was very passionate about her craft of creating creepy dolls and I thought they were very well done, but I really don’t like dolls, especially old fashioned porcelain dolls. I can handle clowns but I’m not a fan of dolls.
I have more pictures that you can view on my Flickr.
I generally don’t listen to music when I’m on a road trip; I tend to enjoy listening to audio books so I began to look around to see if one of my favorite scary story books as a child was available and what do you know I found it. I hope you enjoy this as much as I will driving down to LA.
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