WonderFest 2010 – what a Scene!

Whatever you might have heard about some of the challenges of this year’s WonderFest event – such as key talent cancelling at the last moment and tight-fisted attendees seemingly less willing to open their economically-embattled wallets – the event was, nevertheless, charged with excitement and anticipation.

Since this journal is focused on Monster Scenes (‘natch), at WonderFest there was plenty of activity and interest around Dr. Deadly’s dungeon. A visit to the Moebius Models booth put fans face-to-face with the resin prototypes of “Gruesome Goodies” and “Pain Parlor,” both kits now in styrene test-shot phase and readying for a Fall 2010 release.

Pain Parlor    Gruesome Goodies

A look around the dealer’s room revealed plenty of Moebius kits for sale, Monster Scenes being visibly on sale at most booths. 

Just through the doors of the Make-It and Take-It room, young modelers were busily building Moebius kits of Dr. Deadly, The Victim, The Pendulum, and more. One tender young waif proudly proclaimed, “This is my very first model kit,” as she posed for a photo.

Across the hall in Dealer Room ‘B’, Cortlandt Hull had brought his famed Witch’s Dungeon travelling museum. Visitors were greeted by full size “models” of the Red Death, the Fly, and the Phantom of the Opera, all exhibits of Hull’s own handiwork. A key attraction of the Witch’s Dungeon booth, however, was the Wonderfest Exclusive premiere DVD, “Aurora Monsters – the Model Craze that Gripped the World.” Anticipated for months, Hull arrived with 100 copies of the new documentary that collected the ruminations and revelations of Aurora stalwarts including box artist James Bama, product manager and archivist Andy Yanchus, and original Aurora kit sculptor Ray Meyers.

         

Fans who purchased the premiere release DVD also received the limited Monster Scenes Transparent Green Frankenstein kit and a limited edition commemorative “Aurora Monsters” poster.

Aurora Monsters DVD  Monster Scenes Transparent Green Frankenstein     

Of course, the other special attraction of this year’s WonderFest was that 91-year-young Meyers was in attendance and happily greeting fans with smiles and autographs. Surprised by and pleased with the reception he had been given throughout the weekend, Meyers humbly shared, “This is so wonderful – they’re treating me like a celebrity. I don’t deserve all of this.” Of course, Meyers’ contributions to the lives of “monster kids” from around the world were acknowledged by his receipt of a Rondo Award as well as the WonderFest Special Award, given only a handful of times before.

   

On Saturday night, the “Aurora Monsters” DVD was given it’s world premiere, showing to a packed house. The audience “ooh’d” and “ahh’d” and the images and information that unfolded in front of their eager eyes, much of it never before seen or heard. At several times in the program, the audience burst into rousing applause. Credit Cortlandt Hull and Dennis Vincent for producing and delivering such a stellar documentary.

Concerning Monster Scenes in particular, archivist and original series developer Andy Yanchus opened his vaults to reveal many of the series’ secrets and unseen elements, those that never saw light of day due to the kits’ hasty and untimely demise back in 1971 (although Andy now shares some of those tantalizing tid-bits in the Monster Scenes ‘From the Vault’ feature).

Attendees were also surprised when yours truly handed out over 150 official Monster Scenes lanyards, complete with a limited set of Monster Scenes pinback buttons. Recipients gladly draped the lanyards around their necks and wore them throughout the event (look at the various photos posted in my Facebook album and well as in others’ shared albums and you’ll see the lanyards – thanks to all who proudly wore them).

All told, it was a terrific event. There were many old friends on hand to greet and many new friends who freely shared their enthusiasm for Monster Scenes. Thanks to everyone who made it such a monstrously fun weekend.

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2 Responses to “WonderFest 2010 – what a Scene!”

  1. Brad Stroden Says:

    Loved the photos. Met Cortland and Bill Diamond at HorrorHound Weekend, and they couldn’t have been nicer. Now where do I get that rad Monster Scene’s t-shirt???

  2. James Nichols Says:

    Dennis–

    Any chance of seeing those Monster Scenes lanyards in the Gruesome Goodies online store? Seems like a good idea to me…

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