So after letting everything sink in, here is my Mad Monster Party Weekend recap. I decided to also include some tidbits on Charlotte, the city that hosted the event, since it too was a big part of making this an awesome weekend. So if you are not interested in my mini-road trip skip on down to the half way point ;)
Thursday March 22ndI left Philly around 8am on Thursday morning.This trip to North Carolina would be the longest I have ever driven by myself so I wasn't too sure what to expect in my travels. That is why I gave myself the extra day. For one, I didn't want to show up to the Mad Monster Party too late or get there and be way too tired to enjoy myself. I'm happy to say my trip down went off without a hitch. I only made a few stops on my way. The first break I took was in D.C. so I parked outside the Nationals Ballpark aka "Citizens Bank Park South" (dubbed that because anytime the Phils are in town they outnumber the Nats fans by about 30,000).
Comfiest Bed Ever!
I drove some of my buddy Mike Smash's stuff down to the show so after dropping everything off to him I went back to my room to freshened up. I then took the hotel shuttle into downtown Charlotte to see what the city had to offer in way of a Nightlife and also to catch some Sweet Sixteen NCAA action. The driver recommend the EpiCentre that had some good bars such as "Howl at the Moon" and "Whisky River".
But the place I enjoyed the most was the sports bar, Carolina Ale House . . .
It's a 2 Floor bar with hundreds of TVs and over 60 beers on tap. If I could have tried them all I would have. I had a "Fat Tire" but I mostly stuck with Crispin Cider.
Friday Morning (March 23rd)
Now, while Charlotte is maybe the cleanest and most beautiful city I have been to there isn't shit to do in the daytime! I took some pics around town, but when the Carolina Ale House opened up at 11am I found myself back there for a few hours.
Friday Night at Mad Monster!
Since I didn't grab tickets online I had to wait in a nice sized line to get into the show. It moved pretty fast though so no complaints. While in line I got a good look at all the special cars near the front door. The "Christine" was the best I one I saw. It started up on her own and played songs such as "Bad to the Bone" and "I Hear You Knocking But You Can't Come In" on the radio, very nice touch. Her owner had without a doubt the biggest collection of Christine movie memorabilia I have ever seen, just check this stuff out . . .
Had no clue about half of these Book Covers!
I got this Shop Rag for my Dad, who's a big fan of the movie.
When I got inside I looked for Chris Ott (London 1888) 1) to catch up with him and 2) to get the "Hobo With A Shotgun" print he put out to get it signed by Rutger Hauer.
(Link to Chris' Hobo Print)
Chris has been hard at work since I had last seen him at Monster Mania in Jersey a couple of weeks back. I also got a "Child's Play" print he just did. I'll share that in a bit with you.
After getting the Hobo print I found my way to Hauer's table. There was a nice size line, but I figured since he was the reason I came to the show it was a good place to start things off. I don't get starstruck very often. I used to when I first started attending Cons, but not so much anymore . . . But meeting Rutger was as surreal as it gets! Here's a guy that taught me never to pick up a Hitchhiker or go on a hunting trip with strangers (Surving the Game), and I was sitting next to him!
You even got a tax receipt from him for you donation, unreal!
The other big name at the show that I have never meet, but always wanted to was Brad Dourif. A really nice guy, I was shocked when I saw his table and his line wasn't packed. The dude is a ICON! Than again it was early Friday, but still.
Since I got the Child's Play off of Ott earlier I got that signed.
To Tom . . . Friends To The End
Also that night I met Mary Woronov (Rock 'N' Roll H.S. and Night of the Comet)
I asked her to sign my VHS copy but she spell spelt "Dr. Radier" instead WTF? Oh well The Eradicators can fix that for me . . . Good times nonetheless lol
My final 'meet and greet' for the night was Angus Scrimm aka The Tall Man from the Phantasm series . . .
Without a doubt the best guest I meet all weekend, so kind and our picture turned out perfect (I am not a photogenic person by no means so this al makes me happy) . . .
I didn't buy all that much besides the prints the first night, but here's what I did get . . .
From the VHS Preservation Society (VHSPS)
Rock n Roll Wrestling, Rocktober Blood, Deadly Prey, and Night Breed
A Couple of old Fangorias "Videodrome" and "Pummpkinhead" Covers
After the show I hung out with Sean VHSPS and Chris Car in and around the hotel. I think I had more fun shooting the shit with those two on Friday night than anything else that weekend. I love hanging out with my online friends at these shows. It sucks that we all live so far apart that these weekends are the only time we are able to get everyone together.
That's all for Thursday/Friday . . . Saturday/Sunday will be up tomorrow :)
- Tom Bryce