Photo Credit: Wes Shill
Far south within the depths of the Sea-tac Double Tree, something creepy stirred. Hooded figures, macabre silhouettes, and spooks of all kinds came out to partake in this gathering. They rode in on gothic rat rods, hearses, and of course public transportation. Crypticon has come and gone once more!
Crypticon is the biggest horror convention within the Pacific Northwest, and though horror is the main focus they also do things on the sci-fi, goth, and fantasy sides of the convention spectrum. This year it attracted around 5,000 people coming to share their love of horror and all things spooky, dark, and creepy.
A smaller convention compared to some of the comic conventions that occur locally, this intimate setting makes it very easy to talk to and get to know fellow convention goers who are there for their love of the genre in one respect or another. Vendors are also more talkative at this convention as there are quite a few less of them than at other conventions that happen at the main convention center downtown. Wandering the halls it was easy to strike up conversations of all sorts, and observe a variety of people from plainclothes con-goers to cosplayers, vendors and a juggler.
This year’s guest roster was full of celebrity guests from all facets of the horror community. They included William B. Davis, Jason Brooks, Harry Manfredini, Brian Thompson, Mitch Pileggi, Nicholas Lea, Jonah Ray, Dee Wallace, Ray Wise, Sheryl Lee, Adrienne King, Amy Steel, David Howard Thornton, Barbara Steele, Amelia Kinkade, C.J. Graham, Eugene Clark, Mr. CreepyPasta, Keith Tucker, Chad Scheres, Blacky Shepherd, Nick “The Hat” Gucker, and Mick Strawn. All of these celebrity guests were available for various photo ops and signings, and some held panels on what their experiences were like in the industry. These were just some of the events held this weekend.
Events are a big part of why people go to conventions and this one did not disappoint in the slightest. The Anubis Hearse Club was present with several of their hearses in the parking lot, showing off their prized cars and of course being happy to talk about them in the process. An Iron Man art contest occurred, a crowd directed contest where the artist must create a piece fitting the title that the crowd gave to them within 90 minutes. A cosplay contest where costuming fiends who love to make their own outfits (as 60% must have been made by the contestant) competed for prizes. A makeup contest where artists had access to pro makeup kits and two hours to create their best faces from a limited pantry selection was also held. This year, the entire 13th floor was rented, opening the convention to all kinds of late night party shenanigans that many indulged in!