Last weekend I drove for I don't even know how many hours to visit Monster-Con in San Antonio. Not only was this my first time at Monster-Con, it was my first time visiting Texas! I'm not ashamed to say that my expectations for the Lone Star State were a wee bit skewed, and that I was more than a little disappointed that I wasn't immediately met with dancing cowboys and tumbleweeds when I crossed the Louisiana/Texas border. Thankfully, the unconventional convention I was there for more than made up for the lack of stereotypical Texas landscaping. In addition to being a free event, Monster-Con takes place not in hotel conference rooms or a convention center or even a warehouse, but in a shopping mall. Yep, you read that right. The Wonderland of the Americas apparently hosts several events throughout the year in addition to the horror convention, and while it was a bit weird, they managed to make it work much better than I expected.
|The children's Zombie Pageant was full of enthusiastic ghouls!|
Feathered for the Earth was even there with a live owl for photo ops and education. For a small donation (that goes to the care of the birds), you could have your photo taken while petting this gorgeous creature! Rescued at only a few weeks old, Phoenix was incredibly well behaved and a favorite for fans of all ages.
While I was wandering the hallways full of vendors, I received a message from my next-door neighbor asking me to seek out a guest at the con, William Instone. It turns out that in addition to being a film maker, actor, and (for that weekend) a makeup artist, Instone also happens to be an ordained minister and had performed my neighbors' wedding ceremony a few years ago! He was at Monster-Con promoting his film, Among the Dead (which looks like it's going to be tons of fun), and was just as surprised and delighted at the random connection we had as I was. It's a tiny world we live in, folks! You never know who you're going to bump into!
|The kids from the San Antonio School of Rock had a captive audience, and two of those talented kids were awarded scholarships to the camp from the convention last year!|
One of the best parts of this convention for me was meeting the people who organize it. I didn't know a single one of them before I set foot in San Antonio, but I can honestly say that by the time I left we were making hilarious memories and getting into shenanigans together! During a late night trip to Target for some TV dinners and emergency supplies (the con life is a glamorous life) we saw a man nearly kill himself by angrily slamming the door to the kid's meals so hard that he knocked the blade of a display windmill onto his head (don't worry, he was fine):
|I cannot make this stuff up.|
|That pink and blue monstrosity was literally the only pair of bottoms left!|
Now, here's some of that fun cosplay I mentioned:
|Check out this nugget of adorable! She made the costume with her dad!! I died.|
...and how about a few vendors for good measure?
1. Tiger Galindo Art - This guy makes beautiful, sparkly art with GLITTER! For reals!
2. David Prieto - Handmade sculptures and wall art fit for any haunted house!
3. La Santa Luna - Gorgeous head pieces to adorn your dome!