Spooky Empire 2018 was a huge success and we had a terrific time! Filled with spectacular cosplay costumes, celebrity guests, and amazing vendors, who could ask for more?
On Friday at noon, we opened for business. It was a good crowd for a Friday, a day which is usually slow due to schools and businesses still in session, but our booth, along with others, were pack with avid shoppers and cosplayers looking for new characters.
Then on Saturday, the crowds arrived, in full force, with outlandish costumes and scouting for things to buy. ELVIRA’S appearance drew such huge crowds, that the sheriffs were called in to do crowd control.
Our friends, MIKE and CYNTHIA ARSUAGA, came to help us with our booth. MIKE wrote the sequel to “The Time Machine” called “Come Find Me” which describes, in fascinating detail, the life of Weena the Eloi who lived 800,000 years in the future. It is an absorbing account and a perfect companion to H.G. WELLS’ incredible saga. We sold my illustrated version of “The Time Machine,” together with MIKE’S book, at a special convention price.
Our lovely “Starflake,” ALICIA SAGE, arrived, cutting her trip to Ganymede short in order to sign books and chat with the conventioneers. As always, her charm and beauty were a big hit and girls were especially drawn to her as a role model since our novels chronicle her triumphant adventures in outer space. As a Cosmic Sprite, she is young girl who can easily live in space or on alien worlds because she hasn’t any need for life support. The novels and comics about her voyages went zooming off the table and can be found on line or in many of the libraries in Pasco and Hillsborough Counties. Several young conventioneers told us that they actually did their book reports based on her exploits.
Since it was the Halloween season, our Halloween themed horror books, comics and magazines, such as KEVIN GLOVER’S “Lady Frankenstein” and “Fractured Scary Tales” did especially well in sales. We nearly sold out of the Captain Cosmos saga “Halloween Hollow” and when a little girl won an action figure on our “Wheel of Destiny” she asked if she could trade it for a copy of our special Halloween edition of KEVIN GLOVER’S “Monster-Kids.” Our answer? Of course!
Saturday was also “Trick or Treat” day and NAKOMA had brought a huge shopping bag filled with packets of toys and candy, which we gave out to the kids. The costumes were as terrifying and inventive as they always are, but the theme seemed to be frightening clowns in anticipation of the soon to be released STEPHEN KING’S “IT” Part 2. Michael Meyers was also well represented since the new “Halloween” movie has proven to be a blockbuster. My two personal favorites were the blonde girl with a black tattooed face, which she told me was only paint, and the bizarre mouthless girl who herded a vicious, meat-eating sheep with her. Each day NAKOMA wore a different costume from a kitty cat lady, to “The Dragon with the Girl Tattoo” (Bob's Burger's Louise's Halloween Costume) to a bright pink cracked porcelain doll. MIKE’S daughter and granddaughter entered the costume contest, but we had to pack up our booth before we were able to find out the contest results.
When we were able to get away from our booth and explore the convention, we found the expected booths of DVD’s, Pops, horror toys, costumes, and comics but also lots of original spooky art and sculptures such as the Weird Garden Gnomes and a slew of ceramic Jack O’ Lanterns.
When the convention ended on Sunday, we were exhausted since we’d been living on pizza, coffee, and soda and going non-stop for three days, but our conversation was all about Spooky Empire 2019. We know it’s going to be—get ready for the pun-- spook-tacular!