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LVL Up Expo Las Vegas 2017

There are a lot of expos and conventions that hit Las Vegas and each have their own special niche, sometimes more than one.  But if you want anime and a whole lot of cosplay the LVL Up Expo is the place to be! There you will also find amateur wrestling matches, video game tournaments, air soft target practice, and panels with anime voice over artists like Sean Schemmel (Dragon Ball Z), Christopher Sabat with a whole bunch of voices also including some Dragon Ball Z, and Jennifer Hale (Mass Effect and Star Wars: Clone Wars).  Hale’s work alone is staggering and could take a whole day to cover. There were more panels filling the three days lining corridors with every manner of character in every way, shape and form.  There was plenty of understanding and no shaming for those who wanted to be a character that wasn’t their size, there were no issues about male or female characters, as a matter of fact the most popular Spider-Man cosplayer was a woman.

The LVL Up Expo in Las Vegas was a great event whether you were or were not into anime and comics.  My photographer didn’t understand many of the costumes she saw but loved them all and I even managed to win a hat at CrossFire… maybe next year I will do better in the tournament or take on one of the wrestlers. Time will tell!

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Scare LA Tickets Half Off Pre-Sale

LOS ANGELES, CA – May 16, 2017 – All monsters can still take advantage of our Halfoween sale to receive 1/2 OFF General Admission and Fear Freak tickets (using the code HALFOSCARE at checkout). Fans must purchase tickets now before the extended treat expires!

The August 5-6 convention where all monsters come together attracted over 12,000 last year and is on track to be the biggest and most exciting yet and will be coming to one of the largest venues in Southern California, the Los Angeles Convention Center! As registered guests, all will receive exclusive updates of spooky thrills that will be part of the gathering.

ScareLA’s 2017 theme, “Monsters Come Together,” celebrates diversity, unity and tolerance. Created to bring people together in a celebration of the scary and unusual, the convention aims to build and strengthen community ties across diverse groups, backgrounds and interests.

For more information, visit www.scarela.com.

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About ScareLA:

ScareLA is the world’s first summer Halloween convention. Situated in the entertainment capital of the world, the event celebrates the American scare season traditions and the diverse cultural heritage of the Greater Los Angeles region. Featuring hundreds of specialty vendors, education programming, world-class industry presentations, ScareLA draws thousands of professionals, fans and families from the U.S. and abroad to celebrate Halloween early every summer. ScareLA is one of the fastest growing independent fan conventions in the U.S. addressing a $10 billion Halloween industry worldwide.

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Official Hashtag: #ScareLA

ScareLA Website: http://www.scarela.com

ScareLA’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ScareLAcon/

ScareLA’s Twitter Account: https://twitter.com/scarelosangeles

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ScareLA’s YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/scarelosangeles

Indie Picnic Announced for E3 2017

THE PARKING LOT ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE LOS ANGELES CONVENTION CENTER’S SOUTH HALL AND NEXT DOOR TO HOOTERS – May 15, 2017Semi-truck enthusiasts at Devolver Digital opened their impressively defined arms today and announced Indie Picnic, a free indie games showcase across the street from the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), June 13 – 15, as the company has gleefully obtained the lease to both of the remaining and coveted parking lots.

Indie Picnic is free to badge holders of any kind and will be located in the front parking lot located directly across the street from the Los Angeles Convention Center’s South Hall and will run each day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Indie Picnic includes the Devolver Public Access area offering a hand-selected lineup of stellar indie game demos from Devolver Digital and extended families Indie MEGABOOTH, X-Split, and Gambitious with hardware for the event sponsored by NVIDIA, Logitech and Alienware. The Devolver Public Access area will also include choice music, food trucks, cold beverages, an indie arcade by Polycade, and carnival games with prizes provided by Special Reserve Games. Devolver’s usual by-appointment-only game demo oasis will still be located in the back lot.

“This is the week the entire industry and fans everywhere celebrate video games as entertainment and art with numerous events now happening across Los Angeles,” said Mike Wilson, co-founder of Devolver Digital. “Indie Picnic is our way of giving back to the fans and celebrating a mutual love for games and art.”

The Devolver Public Access area of Indie Picnic is set to be live-streamed and full of questionable content for the duration of the event in partnership with best friends X-Split. All those watching from home who want to see what’s going on the week of E3 from the vantage of the outer reaches of the indie bubble will be able to tune in live all three days.

Be sure to hit up Devolver Public Access at https://www.twitch.tv/devolverdigital and X-Split at https://www.twitch.tv/xsplit to catch the shenanigans.

More information on the Indie MEGABOOTH can be found at http://indiemegabooth.com/ or follow @IndieMEGABOOTH on Twitter.

Become acquainted with Gambitious’ sweet lineup of indies at www.gambitious.com.

Get the latest semi-truck trailer news at www.devolverdigital.com or follow Devolver at @DevolverDigital on Twitter.

MonsterPalooza 2017 Photo Gallery

MonsterPalooza once again graced the Pasadena Convention Center with its presence. This year, the convention saw “Freddy Kruger” himself, Robert Englund, in attendance as well as Cassandra Peterson and many others. The convention had some terrific celebrity signing tables setup, and the main floor of the convention center was lined with exhibitors selling their Halloween/monster/genre related wares. There were booths from people like theatrical makeup company Ben Nye to silicone mask makers Immortal Masks. This year also saw the return of the museum which housed all manner of scary creations. While not being “scary” in the traditional sense, the sculpt of Robert Shaw as Quint from JAWS was easily the most striking. Check out the photo gallery below for a look! If you would like to attend MonsterPalooza in future years, check out their official website.

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2016 Scare LA Wrap-Up and Photo Gallery

As we move closer to the Halloween season, one of the great Southern California joys is going to Scare LA, a Halloween / horror convention. Now in its fourth year, Scare LA has grown quite a bit from its meager beginnings. Scare LA creator Lora Ivanova has crafted this show into a huge event and it brings in some top talent for its panels and classes.

There were a number of panels to take in – with all the names in the haunted attractions industry showing up. Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights and Knott’s Scary Farm gave a few more interesting tidbits about their upcoming events and we even had panels featuring Elvira herself! Elvira was the big name and host of Scare LA 2016 and she took a lot of time signing autographs on the exhibit floor.


Speaking of the exhibit floor, the Pasadena Convention Center is a very large space and they did a great job of filling it with vendors and even mini-escape rooms! We are big escape room fans and it is great to see them get floorspace in these events. Last year, there didn’t seem to be as many vendors as I had hoped – this year was a huge improvement. The Decayed Brigade (a group of “sliders” originally from Knott’s Scary Farm) were back again this year and put on some great displays of athleticism in their shows.

As usual, there were several mini-haunted houses at the event – with amazing showings from the folks at Creep LA as well as an all-new, in-house haunted house directly from the creators of Scare LA! Blood Offering featured some great set pieces, very good runtime – especially for a mini-haunt, as well as some nice acting components. Scare LA teamed up with former Knott’s Scary Farm maze designer Brooke Walters and Hollywood prop maker Donald Julson for the walk-through (and crawl-through at times).


You could even purchase a “Scare Student” pass to the event and take in a variety of classes pertaining to haunted attractions. Haunt music creator Jon Autopsy taught a course in crafting music for your haunted house while makeup artist Ken Frankling taught a course in airbrush makeup. There were, of course, a lot more to attend, but these were just a couple examples.

Overall, the 2016 Scare LA was a great time for horror and Halloween fans alike and I can’t wait to check out the 2017 event.

Check out Scare LA’a website for more information!

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2016 Midsummer Scream Photo Gallery

The first annual Midsummer Scream Halloween Festival has concluded and it was a wallop of a hauntingly good fun. We braved mini-haunt experiences from the likes of Perdition Home, Spooky Hollows, DeadZone 805, and several others. We took in various panels from haunted attraction professionals such as John Murdy from Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights. We walked the floor of the Long Beach Convention Center, sorting through a variety of vendors selling hauntingly fun items. And even though it took a good two days of our time to see everything, it feels like it was over in a flash. Midsummer Scream was a terrific time and I look forward to attending the event’s second annual showing next year!

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Midsummer Scream Halloween Festival Announced

April 5, 2016 – From the creative minds of CreepyLA and Theme Park Adventure, comes an all-new chapter in terror: Midsummer Scream Halloween Festival. This weekend-long celebration of everything Halloween, haunts and horror makes its debut July 30-31 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California.

Midsummer Scream features more than 100,000 square feet of event space that will showcase vendors, makeup demonstrations, stage presentations, live entertainment, a screening room, haunted attraction experiences and more.

“We’re combining all of our talents, production knowledge, and years of experience to create an amazing show that we know fans are going to love,” said David Markland, Executive Director of Midsummer Scream. “Each week from now until our July debut, we will be announcing more participants and unveiling different aspects of the show that are going to have people counting down the days with great anticipation.”

Already confirmed for Midsummer Scream include Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor, Ten Thirty One Productions(Los Angeles Haunted Hayride/Great Horror Campout), Dread Central, Sinister Pointe, Ghost Train (LA Live Steamers), Scott Ramp/The Scream Team, SoCal Valley Haunters, Drunken Devil, Decayed Brigade slider team, Motel 6 Feet Under, Season Pass Podcast, Spooky HollowsRotten Apple 907, Fear Station,Figment Foundry, magic of Jimmy H./Mudd the Magnificent, Screenshot Productions, The Empty Grave,Cross Roads Escape Games, Higgins Manor, Dark House Entertainment (The Basement), Girls and Corpses, Evil Twin Studios, and Garner Holt Productions. Our list of partners grows each day, and will be updated on the Midsummer Scream website regularly, as well as announced via social media.

A highlight of Midsummer Scream will be its main stage auditorium, which will accommodate more than 600 horror fans gathering to witness a world-class lineup of panels and presentations, which will include exciting reveals looking forward to the 2016 Halloween season in Southern California.

Guests looking for additional thrills and chills may venture into the Hall of Shadows, a large “scare zone”, with monsters lurking in the dark, and a host of haunted attraction previews/experiences that will soothe your Halloween cravings. Bone Yard Effects, Inc. led by Larry Bones will bring terrifying creatures to life throughout the day via makeup demonstrations on the show floor, and release them into the Hall of Shadows to wreak havoc on terrified fans.

“We are beyond thrilled to bring the Halloween and horror community together here in Southern California,” said Rick West, Creative Director of Midsummer Scream. “The entire team is fueled by the same fundamental passion for the holiday and the macabre; we met and became friends while covering various haunt events and have enjoyed strong personal and business relationships for the past several years as a direct result. Midsummer Scream is the festival this community deserves, and we cannot wait to unveil everything we’ve got planned.”

Tickets go on sale soon, and new information regarding Midsummer Scream is being updated daily at MidsummerScream.org. Fans may sign up on the site for email notifications and announcements, including discounts and other special offers.  Be sure to follow Midsummer Scream on social media as well – Twitter/Periscope: @MidsummerScream, Instagram: @MidsummerScream, and Facebook: facebook.com/midsummerscream.

Former producers of ScareLA, Midsummer Scream’s creators are David Markland, Executive Director; Gary Baker, Executive Producer; Rick West, Creative Director; Johanna Atilano, Producer; and Claire Dunlap, Associate Producer.

About Midsummer Scream Halloween Festival

Midsummer Scream is a large-scale summer festival celebrating the spirit of Halloween and horror, drawing thousands of guests to Southern California for a weekend of thrills and chills. Featuring a massive show floor of vendors and exhibitors, haunted attractions and experiences, live entertainment and world-class panel presentations, Midsummer Scream is the West Coast’s premier Halloween/horror event, offering something for fans of all ages. More information can be found at MidsummerScream.org.

Fans can follow Theme Park Adventure via social media on Facebook, Instagram (search our posts with #ThemeParkAdventure), Twitter, and Periscope for live streams of our travels and special events! Our most popular and unique Periscope broadcasts are archived and may be viewed on our Katch channel.

2015 GameStop Expo and Conference


“It’s like a mini E3!” our photographer said as we entered the GameStop Expo Hall and took in our surroundings. The big boys of Sony, EA, Blizzard and many others had not just made an appearance at the event but had made a proper show of it.

Originally a conference to train GameStop managers, the event had expanded to interacting with the vendors that have products at the shop and demoing games so that the managers could accurately inform the GameStop shoppers as to what the games are like. They also have an onsite shop of older product for the managers to pick up at great discounted prices. A few years ago GameStop decided to open the last day of the event to the public and from there on it was a little known expo that quickly drew a crowd of gamers and geeks in the know.


This year had such great moments as Imperial Stormtroopers playing Star Wars Battlefront, a Rock Band 4 stage complete with surprise star players, and legends of the comic world signing autographs and joyfully talking products. Dean Ambrose walked along chatting with Robert Horry, Ryback proudly showed off his title belt while signing autographs, Anthony Daniels hung out answering questions. The biggest geek moment for us was standing next to Todd McFarlane when Stan Lee came up to his table to chat. Todd tried to look composed but even he had to geek out when Stan Lee stops by to chat.

The deals to be had in the GameStop/ThinkGeek store were amazing, a lot of people left with Batman Arkham Knight Special Editions with the statue for under $20, Gears Of War shirts for $5 and Funko figures for as little as $9.

If you didn’t come with cash in hand there were tons of prizes to be won from numerous booths. a personal favorite being the McFarlane The Walking Dead miniatures and play sets that have me playing “connect the walker body parts” at home.

The only way the Expo could be more fun is if it were open more days to the public or longer hours which after being open for the managers for days before might be a bit much for vendors. I’m already looking forward to next year and hoping it hops to a location I can visit again.


Son of Monsterpalooza Announces Hollywood Treasures Exhibit


If you are attending the upcoming Son of Monsterpalooza event in Burbank, you might want to check out their Profiles in History “Hollywood Treasures” exhibit. There you will find all sorts of movie and pop-culture memorabilia. If you don’t know about Son of Monsterpalooza, be sure to check their official website out for ticket information and more. The event runs September 18 through 20 at the Marriott Burbank Hotel and Convention Center.

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ScareLA 2015 Schedule Revealed

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July 1, 2015 — It’s “big reveal week” here at ScareLA! You can skip ahead and see the lineup on our website here, or keep reading for compelling details.

For starters, we’re excited to return to one of our favorite topics, The Haunted Mansion, with a discussion about the ride’s legendary character, The Hatbox Ghost. On Saturday, August 8, join Tony Baxter (Former Vice President of Creative Development of Walt Disney Imagineering), fan favorite artists Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily, and moderator Doug Barnes from the Season Pass podcast as the discuss the origin of the legend, and why it took over 40 years for him to make it to the attic of Disneyland’s most famous house. For more spooky details read Theme Park Adventure’s announcement of the presentation here.

On Sunday, August 9, ScareLA has collected a lineup straight out of Springfield, as the writers behind The Simpson’s annual Halloween episodes, known as theTreehouse of Horrors, take the stage. Among those joining us are Jay Kogen (“Hungry Are the Damned” and “King Homer”) and Mike Scully (“The HΩmega Man”). More denizens to be announced soon, but Comic Book Guy is already proclaiming, “best panel ever!”

And on Saturday or Sunday (we’re still deciding!), the amazing makeup team that put the Horror in American Horror Story will pay a visit to ScareLA, discussing their favorite character creations over the past four seasons, and offering their own tips on how you can use their techniques for your own Halloween makeup and costumes.

All these, plus 91 Reasons Live!, a look at L.A.’s creepiest cemeteries, and more on the schedule.