Yay! LA Embraces the Madness at Monsterpalooza 2016

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Preview of the Monsterpalooza horror con at the Pasadena Convention Center, which runs April 22nd thru the 24th.

By Daniel Barron


Halloween is cool and all, but for dedicated goths, metalheads, horror fiends, and gorehounds you don’t need an excuse to embrace the dark side. For masters of the macabre it’s a lifestyle, not a costume, a sentiment familiar to the founders of Monsterpalooza, an ongoing celebration of all things spooky. Since its inaugural event in 2009, the horror/sci-fi con has become internationally known as the place to be for fans and professionals of film, makeup, special effects, collectible toys, art, and monsters. Each Monsterpalooza event hosts dozens of celebrity guests that have become synonymous with genre cinema and fiction among them people involved with such iconic films as Alien, Fright Night, An American Werewolf in London, Godzilla, and Night of the Living Dead.

On Friday, April 22nd thru Sunday the 24th, Monsterpalooza will descend upon the Pasadena Convention Center for another weekend of panels, screenings, and presentations. Over 200 vendors will hit the show floor to sell collectibles, showcase memorabilia, and in some cases perform live makeup demonstrations. These include fan-favorite horror visualists such as Chet Zar, Jason Edmiston, Matthew Levin, and Terry Wolfinger. On the film side, attendees can expect groundbreaking makeup artist Tom Savini, David Naughton (An American Werewolf in London), Adrienne Barbeau (Escape From NY, The Fog), and Lance Henriksen (Aliens, Near Dark). Some of this year’s panels include a conversation between Blumhouse Director of Development Ryan Turek and Fangoria‘s Rebekah McKendry, a Godzilla tribute, and retrospective on Starship Troopers with members of the cast and crew in attendance.

Since few if any of us will be going to Heaven, Yay! LA Magazine will be on hand to promote the site and our Yay! Horror Movie A Day art series from last October, as well as build anticipation for this Summer’s sci-fi/fantasy-themed Yay! Legends Every Day project. Say “hello,” scope some art, buy some Yay! LA merch, and purchase prints by our guest Hal Hefner, whose work can be observed below. Hal has already shown us his Fantastic Planet and Bladerunner pieces for Yay! Legends Every Day and it’s okay if you want to get excited.


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As die-hard genre fans, we’re super excited to have a booth at Monsterpalooza and we hope its the start of an increased con presence throughout this year and beyond. Tickets are $30/day or $70 for the whole weekend. Purchase them HERE.

We look forward to seeing you!


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Featured photo by Steve Jennings. “Aurora Wolfman” makeup by Mike Hill.

Learn all about the various artists and vendors as well as future events on the Monsterpalooza website.

Follow Monsterpalooza on Instagram and Twitter.

“Like” Monsterpalooza on Facebook.

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Rudderless college graduate Daniel Barron founded Yay! LA Magazine on a love of writing, passion for the arts, and a firm belief that people really like talking about themselves. He contributed to a number of publications, including LA Music Blog and the defunct The Site Unscene, before deciding to cover arts and entertainment the way he wanted to read it. He works as a freelance writer and digital PR consultant in his current home of Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter at @YayDanielBarron.

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