Warriors of the wasteland and others seeking an event to don their savage apparel gathered at the historic Globe Theatre on Saturday, Sept. 23, for the Post-Apocalyptic & Mad Max themed Doomsday Ball. L.A. Fashion & Fetish Ball and Batcave Hollywood hosted the event, which had fetishists and cosplayers drinking the night away while bands, go-go dancers and theme-bound characters of all sorts forged an impressive spectacle.
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
For 20 years, Jareth the Goblin King has presided over his subjects during his annual eponymous masquerade ball. Combining historic and fantasy elements from across a wide spectrum of fandom — including, of course, Jim Henson's 1986 film Labyrinth, starring David Bowie as Jareth — Sypher Studios' Labyrinth of Jareth is one of those events you have to see to believe. Some participants (like local favorite Bobby Love, who wears six different costumes over the course of two evenings, Aug. 25-26) spend all year and lots of dough preparing for the two-night event. Multiple performance spaces, showcasing everything from bellydancers to bawdy jugglers, surround the large ballroom of the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, where thousands dance the night away — trapped under the spell of the Labyrinth.
On Sunday, art deco enthusiasts of all ages took to the Queen's Salon aboard the Queen Mary for a wild afternoon tea party that closed out the 13th annual Art Deco Festival. Before the music, dancing and libations began, folks strolled through the Vintage Bazaar along the boat's Promenade Deck.
All photos by Jared Cowan. Follow Jared on Twitter at @JaredCowan1.
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.