I have been to quite a few CINEMA WASTELAND conventions in glorious Strongsville, OH and apart from traveling to Melt, Mind’s Eye Records, and various Exchange stores, Ohio will always be the home of Ken Kesey’s CINEMA WASTELAND for this movie bastard. It is, by far, the greatest fan-friendly convention in all of the Midwest, if not the entire fucking country.
This was the (more…)
I decided to give the EXXXOTICA Expo a try this year, as I go to conventions all the time, they have mostly been for horror & cult films or comic book conventions; EXXOTICA was my first porn star convention. As stated on their event page, (more…)
Somewhat of a “spur-of-the-moment” decision, my girlfriend and I decided upon embarking on a journey to Cincinnati, OH for a one-day visit to the (more…)
Sometimes, there comes a time when one goes to a convention that is, by no means cheap (in terms of weekend ticket prices, parking offered on the grounds of the hotel, and hotel rates and available food options within the hotel), but one still has a great time…and almost forgets how much this good time has cost. I find in life that any convention or concert or film or event can always be made a great deal more enjoyable by (more…)
The Horror convention DAYS OF THE DEAD, getting its start in Indianapolis in 2011, has now branched over the past few years to not only just include Indianapolis but also has branched out to include Chicago, Atlanta, and most recently, Los Angeles on its roster of cities it stops in. One of the key organizers and promoters, (more…)
SHU-IZMZ attended WALKER STALKER CON last year, which was held at the McCormick Center and posted photos and its critique of the whole weekend event right HERE and I did enjoy the event, most notably because I was granted press passes for myself and my photographer. There were some very interesting Q&A panels there last year with knowledgeable people asking the questions. My biggest complaint probably had to be the prices of autographs and photo-ops (some of which did not allow any pictures of any kind to be taken) and the fact that the interview panels for the guests to speak were not located in a separate area with better acoustics for sound. It was hard at times and very distracting having the interviews out in the middle of the floor with only curtain dividers to give the area its own boundaries. I have never been to any convention of any kind at Navy Pier, the location of which the upcoming WSC is going to be located at so I am very curious to see (more…)
For those of you in the Michigan-area and the surrounding Midwest, you might want to check out the GRAND RAPIDS COMIC-CON in Grand Rapids, Michigan from November 21-23, 2014 at the DeltaPlex. SHU-IZMZ ran into the guys from Grand Rapids this year at C2E2 and because they were so cool, we decided to help spread the word about their convention. After all, Michigan is not THAT far away from the Chicagoland area and is part of the Midwest family. Here are the first few press updates with some guest announcements and info about the convention. So far, they have (more…)
As a diehard fan of film (horror, cult, and exploitation films specifically), I almost say it with regret and shame that I do watch AMC’s THE WALKING DEAD each week with my girlfriend (who I feel is a much bigger fan of the show than I am) because of the show’s enormous popularity and the fact that so many fans of the show don’t really give two-shits about the horror genre in general. The Norman Reedus Fangirls/Fanboys come to mind when I think of some of the negative connotations and feelings myself, and others who have voiced their opinions and feelings on the subject, associated with the cable television series. Personally, I think the comic book is far better.
Hearing time and time again that because THE WALKING DEAD is (more…)
If there were not already enough horror-related events to attend to in the Chicagoland area, one need not be alarmed because a convention dedicated to the most popular television show on the planet right now featuring zombies, or “walkers” as the show based upon the comic book THE WALKING DEAD calls them, is coming and it is all things WALKING DEAD-related. Or so I had thought! (more…)
Day two of DAYS OF THE DEAD was upon us. There is no whining about lack of sleep at horror conventions. One just deals with what the morning brings and suffers through it because good horror conventions don’t always come through one’s hometown too often.
Waking up from a night of (more…)
With the awesome help of Jason Hoover and Jabb Films, I got my press pass and was able to get into the show ahead of the massive line of horror and metal fans, alike. It really was quite a bit more crowded than I remember it being from last year. More fans, more guests, and more merchandise. With a little bit of freaking out after seeing (more…)
SHU-IZMZ is getting packed and ready to head out to this year’s DAYS OF THE DEAD Chicago at the Chicago Marriott in Schaumburg, IL . Some of the highlights to this convention will definitely be the live performance by the (more…)
SHU-IZMZ will be attending C2E2 again this year! We have been given a press pass and I will be taking along my trusty cameraman and videoographer to document the convention. We are both stoked beyond belief and very fortunate to get access with press credentials.
Of course, our focus will be the entertainment aspect of the convention, as well as the dealers. We always go shopping at these types of conventions and want readers to know (more…)
This past weekend me and my little lady decided to check out the DAYS OF THE DEAD convention in Schaumburg, IL (a northwest suburb of Chicago) because, frankly, it had a solid line-up and it involved little traveling. We were able to crash at my family’s house when we were done with the con’ for the day and not have to pony up money for a hotel room. As well as free room and board, there was a filled refrigerator with lots of goodies to munch on. As much as we tried to keep things cheap, we still ended up having a few lunches and dinners at the Marriott Chicago (where it was held) at the bar and restaurant. The food was pretty good (if only the usual high hotel prices) and it wasn’t a hassle to get a table.
The focus for the convention for me was to see (more…)
The following post is just a plethora of some of the pictures that were taken by my ever-so-brilliant photographer while the crew at SHU-IZMZ were at C2E2, enjoying our press pass courtesy of the organizers. Having a press pass saved the website a bunch on money (which we have little to none of) and gave us a chance to cover a Chicago entertainment event that is in its infancy (only its third year) and save our money on autographs, food, and other collectibles.
We started our journey (more…)
As some of you may know, SHU-IZMZ received press passes from C2E2 and allowed for us to spend three days this past weekend immersed in the glory and nerd funk that Comic Cons offer…which is awesome! Myself and the site’s photographer had an excellent time at the convention and here is the entire WALKING DEAD panel that I recorded via my trusty digital tape recorder. Fans of the show will enjoy hearing two of its cast members talk about some of the in’s and out’s of working on the show, one of AMC’s most popular programs on the network. There was a fan Q&A after the moderator let the fans have the floor and it never ceases to amaze me what some people will be so bold as to ask celebrities. Hope everyone enjoys the recording and disregard any snarky comments that may have been uttered during the panel. I swear it was not me!
WALKING DEAD C2E2 Panel in its entirety:
Anyone that knows about SHU-IZMZ knows that as much as the website loves twisted films, metal, and the three B’s (Bush, Boobs, and Blood), the site also has a great fondness and respect for comicbooks and the geek culture of comicbooks. Hell, horror conventions (which I love going to!) has just as many geeks involved with the scene as those involved with comicbooks does. I am not saying that as a bad thing, but more of a title to be revered. A geek of any sorts is so immersed into something that they neither notice nor care that they may have lost all touch with the rest of civilization who is not aware of the awesome comicbook, film, or subject of interest that they are specifically into. Hell, I call geeks the elite of the horror, comicbook, sci-fi, and metalheadz. A geek is a term of endowment and envy. If someone calls me (more…)