In 2011, the first Dapper Day at the Disneyland Resort had a few hundred people attend. At 25,000 strong, it's now one of the park's most popular unofficial theme days, and the Southland's sartorially minded and retro-crazy residents can't imagine it not existing.
The idea behind Dapper Day, conceived by founder Justin Jorgensen, is simple: to make the park populace resemble the people in the original sketches the park creates before it opens a new attraction. Now the event has grown into a weekend-long celebration, with an expo sponsored by Pin-Up Girl taking over the Disneyland Hotel Ballroom and multiple parties leading up to the official day in the parks.
Just six years after the first Dapper Day, there are now many offshoots and similar days at the resort, such as May 6's Pin-Up Parade at the Park. However, we think these photos prove that the original is still something to see. Speaking of seeing Dapper Day, the fall soiree is just six months away, on Sunday, Nov. 5.
Fifty-five years ago there was no such thing as a renaissance faire. People didn't ever spell fair with an e. It was a dark and dreary time with no giant turkey legs, no jousts, not even a tightly laced bodice. If not for Ron and Phyllis Patterson's love of teaching...
Fifty-five years ago, there was no such thing as a Renaissance Faire. People didn't even spell fair with an e at the end. It was a dark and dreary time with no giant turkey legs, no jousts, not even a tightly laced bodice. If not for Ron and Phyllis Patterson's love of teaching, the Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Irwindale would never have been born. Now it is a sprawling 20-acre, 16th century–style party with 20,000 patrons attending every weekend between April 8 and May 21. We visited during this year's opening weekend and documented revelers partying like it's 1599.
Monsterpalooza scared the dickens right out of us on April 8. From its one-of-a-kind Monster Museum to Adobe guru Russell Brown's photo booth to the giant dealer floor at the Pasadena Convention Center, Monsterpalooza has shown that it is exactly the type of scary crap we need to help us forget the real horror show D.C. has become. Though if you look closely, Drumpf does make an appearance. *shudder*
All photos by Star Foreman.
Comic-Con sibling WonderCon returned to Anaheim over the April 1-2 weekend and, naturally, cosplayers from all over the world joined the fun, repping their favorite characters from TV, film, anime, video games and comics. We spotted superfans dressed as everything from Baby Groot to Mary Poppins, Barf from Spaceballs and such perennial favorites as stormtroopers and Deadpool.
Photos by Ryan Orange
Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds left us three months ago, and let's face it, we'll never get over their sudden passings. A private memorial took place on Jan. 5, but from the outset the family said that a public memorial would be planned for the fans who meant so much to both Fisher and Reynolds. That promise came to fruition on Saturday, March 25, when fans along with invited friends and family gathered at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills to celebrate the lives of two extraordinary women whose legacies reach far beyond the silver screen.
People began lining up in their cars at the cemetery gates well before 8 a.m. Once situated outside the Hall of Liberty, fans shared stories of flying long distances to be there or leaving home in the middle of the night to make the drive into L.A. Once inside the hall, musical performances, eulogies from family and friends — including Griffin Dunne and Dan Aykroyd — and even a visitor from a galaxy far, far away celebrated the lives of Fisher and Reynolds. It wasn't a memorial per se, said Fisher's brother and Reynold's son, Todd, because "the girls" would have wanted a show. Afterward, fans were invited to visit Reynolds' and Fisher's final resting place.
We were at Forest Lawn well before the gates opened and spent the day with the fans because, hell, we are fans.
All photos by Jared Cowan. Follow Jared on Twitter at @JaredCowan1.