The Crypticon Experience

"You can do anything, but you can't do everything." 

When choosing to attend a con, there are many possibilities. Some attend to network with horror creators, others to meet a favorite horror celebrity, and still others to bond with fellow horror fans over a mutual appreciation of the genre. In attending Crypticon here in Seattle, I am pleasantly surprised to report that they offer something for everyone! In fact, there are so many opportunities that a horror fan will find themselves presented with some tough choices over what to do, what to see, and what souvenirs to take home. 

This year's Crypticon was held at the SeaTac Airport Hilton. This provided a convenient location for both travelers and locals alike with a friendly staff and quite a few rooms for panels, screenings, vendors and fans to walk around and enjoy. 

A Crypticon Monster in the lobby! 

A Crypticon Monster in the lobby! 

Panels: Indulge your inner horror fan, acquire a few new skills, and engage in spirited discussion! 

First up was the Horror Comics and Graphic Novels panel, moderated by local artist Denis St. John and featuring commentary from Ren Cary, Rebecca Brown, and Julie McGilliard. Each of them presented intelligent analysis, and Ms. Cary generously passed around a few comics that brought classic horror stories to life. In addition, the panel also gave a great discussion about horror comics and the challenges of the genre as opposed to horror film - that the comics provide powerful visuals and imagery since they do not use sound or special effects the way a film can. 

Next up was the most spirited panel I attended this weekend: Who Would Win? This panel was moderated by Jasen A. Mortensen and featured Brittany Mosley, Charlie Kruger, John M. Lovett and Kaj-Eric Eriksen. This one definitely included the most interaction, as the audience debated and discussed which horror movie monsters would win in the ultimate cage match! 

And the winner is...the Xenomorph Queen!

And the winner is...the Xenomorph Queen!

Another panel, Black Representation in Horror was moderated by fellow Dreadful Isabella L. Price, with contributions from Ren Cary, Abie Ekenezar, and Crystal Connor. Each of the panelists provided insightful education on the influence of Black lives and culture in the horror genre. Video of the panel will be available soon! 

In addition to horror fans, there were many attendees who were interested in making their own horror content, and there were plenty of panels for them on topics ranging from screenwriting to production, to how to get your film out once it's done. 

Finally, there were numerous screenings of material from local and national filmmakers, giving attendees all the best the Northwest horror scene has to offer. 

Vendors: Supporting entrepreneurial artists and unique souvenirs! 

By far, the most challenging part of Crypticon is deciding which souvenirs to take home with you. Whether you want to take home movies, clothing (especially T-shirts), comics, movies, books, or even soap, the vendor tables provide you the opportunity for truly unique items to remind you of your experience. 

Souvenir soaps courtesy of Deeply Dapper. Favorite titles of the author include: "Make It Soap," "Gross Busters" "Clean Me Up, Scotty!" and "A Soap of Ice and Fire."  Check them out at http://deeplydapper.storenvy.com/

Souvenir soaps courtesy of Deeply Dapper. Favorite titles of the author include: "Make It Soap," "Gross Busters" "Clean Me Up, Scotty!" and "A Soap of Ice and Fire." 

Check them out at http://deeplydapper.storenvy.com/

The Sayer of the Law. Courtesy of Tim Peirson, Cast of Thousands Studio. Learn more at http://castofthousandsstudio.com/

The Sayer of the Law. Courtesy of Tim Peirson, Cast of Thousands Studio.

Learn more at http://castofthousandsstudio.com/

Additional work from Cast of Thousands and Tim Peirson

Additional work from Cast of Thousands and Tim Peirson

Conclusion: A great experience for fans 

Many different types of horror were represented at Crypticon: from movies to literature, to comics and makeup, Crypticon offers so many opportunities to enjoy the horror genre in the great Northwest! This review only represents only a fraction of the exciting events that are offered by a well run convention. 

Next year will be at the SeaTac DoubleTree, and we at Cascadia Dread are very excited!