Chiller Theatre '09

4/17/09 - 4/19/09

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Wow. What a strange month April was. First off, for those who don't know, I've been working at Big Apple Conventions as the Director of Operations. It was something I did in my spare time and it was a lot of fun. Then Gareb Shamus (owner of Wizard Magazine and Wizard World Conventions) acquired Big Apple. I wasn't so much out of a job, because Wizard was only going to be running the Fall convention of Big Apple. All the other Big Apple shows, Mike Carbonaro and I would still run.

So, I went to a meeting with Wizard to give them some ideas of things that we always wanted to do with Big Apple, but could never afford... and then they offered me a job. A FOR REAL job. Like a Monday to Friday, 9-5 job. I haven't had one of those in over 10 years! Well, it took a lot of negotiations, and I finally agreed to give up my freewheeling lifestyle to become the Convention Coordinator for Wizard World! I would be the guy running Wizard World Philly, Chicago Comic Con, and the newly re-designed Big Apple Convention. Wow.

I started on a Wednesday and mentioned that this weekend was Chiller Theatre show. I asked if they had a rep going there who would talk to the vendors, hand out fliers to the attendees, and invite some new Media guests. Apparently, they had no one. So they asked if I wanted to do it. Really? Have Wizard pay me to go to a convention and schmooze? Hells yeah!!

I realized after the fact that it was almost 9 years ago to the day that I attended my first Chiller Theatre and was roped into working there as a Volunteer. Over the years I've worked all sorts of jobs (for free) at various conventions. From checking wristbands, to working security, to working at registration. And now, a mere 9 years from that first humble experience as a volunteer, I'm now the Convention Coordinator for three of the biggest Conventions on the East Coast.

Inspiring, isn't it?

First off, here's a pic of how my dog sleeps. She burrows under a blanket, and for some reason has one part of her body sticking out. This time it's her nose. Other times it's her leg or tail.


Here's Anthony relaxing at the bar.

The main dance floor!

Z makes a new friend in a room party!

Photo time!

Leopard skin? Before Labor Day? Faux Pa.


I didn't have a lot of time to set it up, but I was able to turn 2 Big Apple tables into a Big Apple table and a Wizard World table. At the table we gave out magazines, comics, and we had hourly raffles to give away all sorts of toys, and at the end of the day, a giant statue!

Christina shows off the new Wizard Magazine.

Allison having some fun handing out some freebies.

That's just disturbing.

Scary costumed people!

Jasmine Mai stopped by for a free copy of Wizard.

And then rubbed up on Joaquin.

Our hourly winners.

Z giving himself a morning boost.

Another winner!

The... Hulk?


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