A while back, on one of my various trips down to AC with Miss Sexy Armpit, I grabbed a promotional card that caught my eye. I immediately zeroed in on it merely based off the graphic on the front of the card. The card was advertising an event called Bizarre A.C at The Tropicana in Atlantic City. When I got home from the trip I kept checking out the website that was listed, but nothing was loading on it. I wondered if this was another event that hyped itself up and crapped out before it even took place? Actually, not at all. It turns out I was jumping the gun, I was too early and the site wasn’t even live yet! Now, finally, the Bizarre AC Expo is upon us! If you haven’t heard about it yet, continue reading and I’ll tell you all about it!
This inaugural expo couldn’t come at a better time for me. After October was over I fell into the abyss that is the post-Halloween syndrome where I’m left in a funk wondering if I’ll ever regain the same zest for life that seems to overcome me from September 1st through October 31st. Since this Halloween season was the best in recent memory, (possibly the effect of the spooky 2013?) I was affected more profoundly than ever. Fortunately, the holiday spirit is beginning to build me back up and I’m so ready to take on the Bizarre AC Expo.
It might sound odd to be looking forward to a horror convention in the middle of December, but it actually can’t come at a better time. I know a lot of you would love to be able to get a taste of the horror and macabre usually associated with October in December. Here’s to Bizarre becoming a big success that way there will be awesome cons in New Jersey in August, October, AND December. Santa Claus and his elves can take a break from making toys, say peace out to Mrs. Claus for one weekend, and get BIZARRE in A.C.
As many of you know, I’m an avid convention attendee. In fact, I was recently a guest on the Nerd Lunch podcast episode that focused on convention experiences. Take a listen! Over the summer, I blew a lot of money at Monster Mania, but then I didn’t make it to Chiller in October, so I’m looking forward to experiencing a brand new horror convention.
One of the best things about the Bizarre A.C Expo is that I have no idea what to expect from it. I’ve been going to Chiller Theatre conventions since I was a little kid and Monster Manias for the past 10 years, so I’m excited to experience a totally new event that could become a staple for local horror fans. Being billed as a “horror expo” – it’s shaping up to be much more than that. Hopefully it’s namesake will help it stand out from the rest of the cons. Yes, there’s definitely going to be some freakish costumes, sideshow spectacles, and celebrity guests, but the vibe of the scene will be completely fresh.
Although Bizarre will offer up similar features as other conventions, I have a feeling this one will take on it’s own personality since it’s set in one of my favorite places in the state, Atlantic City. What this means is that when you’re done walking around the expo you can go have a gambling sesh, enjoy a few drinks, and then head back to the expo for one of the screenings or Q&A panels hosted by the Jersey King of No Budget Horror, my pal Armageddon Ed. In addition to movie screenings, there will be oddities, a costume contest, and vendor tables.
Aside from this year’s zombie walk, Atlantic City is basically an untapped haunt in the horror community. Its built-in party atmosphere is much better than going to a hotel with awful parking on a random highway like most other cons. The A.C destination offers other stuff for you to do as well. If your significant other isn’t into going to the con, he or she can gamble, get pampered at a spa, go shopping, or get tanked at one of the bazillion opportunities to drink all over the city. If you feel brave enough to eat some weird shit, they’ll be offering Bizarre Bites. This is an event that Bizarre bringing to you along with the eateries and chefs in the Tropicana as they present “odd dishes and revolting cocktails” for you to devour – that’s an extra ticket though.
Since most people’s minds are on holiday shopping and having family gatherings, December is not traditionally the time for horror conventions, until now! Even thought we’re still a few weeks away, Bizarre is already beginning to carve out it’s own niche in the landscape of horror cons in the Garden State, using a giant machete. Their Facebook page is blowing up and word is spreading like a zombie virus. Plus, the expo is an excellent chance for you to get some holiday shopping done for the horror lover in your life. I’m sure you’ll find some cool gifts and stocking stuffers in the dealer room. We’ll see you there!
Some of the celebrity guests appearing at BIZARRE AC include:
Doug Bradley, Kane Hodder, Tony Todd, Heather Lagenkamp, Bill Mosely, Tom Savini, Michael Berryman, John Kassir, Alex Vincent, Fred Williamson, Ryan Scott Weber, Joel Reed, Jay Lee, Brian O’Halloran, Stephen Geoffreys, Tiffany Shepis and many more!