Events: Geek Spot – Introducing…

Here is a new feature that might interest you all..or not!

Since I live here in Los Angeles, I thought I would take you along with me to  some of my favorite places and events

Some new, some old, some current, and some upcoming… but always geek-centric!

Now the events or places visited are not only limited to here in L.A.

My fellow contributors from around the globe here at Fanboy Confidential are more than welcome to  share their own “GEEK SPOT”.

To inaugurate our new feature, first up is CREATURE FEATURES . This is actually a re-opening  of a store that  first opened up in Burbank CA. in the 1980’s…Where artists ,sculptors ,and model builders would sell there wares on consignment.It was also a retail store to get all of your monster magazines and paraphernalia .The old store was frequented by the likes of legend  Bob Burns and others on a regular basis .Well, CREATURE FEATURES has resurrected …this time ,10 miles east in Sierra Madre.The recent grand re-opening was attended by such luminaries like Frank Darabont,Greg Nicotero and Mike Hill.

Another “GEEK SPOT” event that is happening this weekend is Eliot Brodsky’s  MONSTERPALOOZA

April 8-10th at the Marriott Burbank Hotel and Convention Center.

Geeks and Ghouls,let me tell ya…

If you are a fan of creature effects,make-up and models,this is one event that you will be kicking yourself in the ‘nads or insert female equivalent body here _____ if you miss this convention.

It is a con where professionals  and fans alike  all congregate for a weekend all in the name and love for all things horror.

I was fortunate enough to attend last years con and I kept on pinching myself and kicking myself in said ‘nads for not knowing about this sooner.Throughout the course of the weekend ,there will be horror-centric films and workshops to entertain the fortunates who are in attendance.But that’s not the best part…within the  exhibit hall are vendors,crafts people and artisans that make their living transforming nightmares into reality. MONSTERPALOOZA  brings out the Big Guns all weekend long.Not only have makeup masters like Steve Wang,Jordu Schell,Mike Hill been exhibitors here  but artists like William Stout,Drew Struzan, and Berni Wrightsen have attended ,along with sculptors like Simon Lee,Gabriel Garcia,Javier Soto,and Tim Gore to name a few.And walking amongst the attendees were Horror icons and fans  like Guillermo del Toro,JJ. Abrams,MIke Elizalde, and Rick Baker.

I cannot wait to see what this horrific weekend has in store.

so ’til next time…release your inner fanboy and do something geeky!


Gary “El Boy” Deocampo provides insightful profiles & reviews with his own original tongue-in-cheek, macabre, fan-boy style.

Gary was born in the City of Angels and raised on a healthy diet of Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, Night Gallery, The Hammer Horror Films, and his favorite, Universal Studio’s Monster Movies.

But alas, it was a film that was released in the winter of 1973, where his love and perception of all things Horror would personally change him forever. William Friedkin’s, The Exorcist was that film. To this day The Exorcist still gives him the heebie-jeebies.

Presently, his affinity for the horror genre has broadened and spans the globe. His love and appreciation for director’s Takashi Miike (Audition) and Chan-Wook Park (Old Boy) from the Far East to Sweden’s Tomas Alfredson (Let The Right One In) to his favorite, Mexico’s very own Guillermo del Toro (Cronos, Devil’s Backbone, Pan’s Labyrinth).

In his spare time he likes to exercise and/or exorcise his inner demons. The little devil still resides in the City of Angels, in a suburb founded by Puritans (!) with his lovely and patient wife, his two equally lovely and patient children, two hounds and his pet Cthulhu.

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