Special-effects makeup and horror con Son of Monsterpalooza sold out the Marriott Burbank Convention Center for a weekend's worth of makeup, memorabilia and general scary shit fandom. Besides the industry's best monster makeup artists and their stunning transformations, the Sept. 15-17 weekend was replete with celebs from the world of horror, grom The Walking Dead's Steven Yeun and The Craft's Fairuza Balk to Gremlins director Joe Dante and Booger himself, Curtis Armstrong. There was also an art gallery and vendors selling all sorts of spooky stuff. It was a fittingly gruesome way to kick off the Halloween season.
All photographs by Hannah Verbeuren
This month marked the 40th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, and Southern California fans gathered at the annual Elvis Festival on Historic Main Street in Garden Grove for its 18th year on Sunday, Aug. 27. Highlights included performances by Elvis tribute artists Scot Bruce and Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies, plus the King of Cadillacs Car Show, vendors selling wacky Elvis memorabilia and the final round of the Creme de la King Elvis karaoke contest. Singing contest winners included George Thomas, Lloyd Aron Douglas and Donovan Chavez, and there were more rhinestone jumpsuits than you could shake a stick at.
All photos by Shannon Cottrell
According to conservative estimates, attendance at this weekend's CatCon L.A., held at the Pasadena Convention Center, topped 30,000 humans and 162 cats (not to mention the odd human-cat hybrid, like original Catwoman Julie Newmar). Squees filled the catnip-rich air, and booths on the convention floor sold everything from cat art to neon litter. All eyes were on feline celebs like Oskar the Blind Cat, Lil Bub and Moshow the Cat Rapper, who took their rightful places atop proverbial pedestals where they could bask in the gaze of their adoring fans. Here are 37 of the most purrfect moments from CatCon, where it is always the Year of the Cat.
All photos by Star Foreman.
Freebie secret to success? "No means nothing."
As always, Comic-Con attendees let their fandom flags fly and sported elaborate get-ups celebrating pop culture franchises new and old. On the convention floor, we spotted a spot-on Cersei Lannister (flanked by the Mountain, Littlefinger and Robb Stark), perennial favorite Gandalf the Grey, a muscle-bound Darth Maul, a bearded Batman, and lots more. Here's a selection of photos that capture the lengths to which fans will go to prove their mettle.
Photos by Ryan Orange
For the Westworld experience, yes. For the panels in Hall H, not so much.