Saturday, August 25, 2007

Scouting Rue Morgue's Festival of Fear

This weekend I attended Rue Morgue Magazine's annual Festival of Fear horror convention in Toronto. Accompanying me was Jill Cooper of, on her first foray into the FOF. We're here partly to gawk and be fans, and partly to do scope it out to get a dealer table for FOF 2008.

For the uninitiated, the FOF is part of the monstrous Fan Expo Canada convention that covers Comics, Sci-Fi, Horror, Gaming, and Animé. An estimated 40,000 bodies crowd through the turnstyles during the 3 day weekend.

I'm not sure if that number represents just those in the horror section or all sections combined. But that's a lot of serious geeky fanboy/girl types all under one roof. Feels like home. Tons of dealer booths, celebrity autograph opportunities, screenings, games, costume contests, and more.

My convention highlight: meeting legendary Famous Monsters of Filmland cover artist Basil Gogos [pictured, right]. Lovely man. Way too many memories bubbled up while going through his decades of artwork.

Can't wait until next year.
Basil Gogos
Rue Morgue's Festival of Fear

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