Remembering an awesome October...

Okay, so typically, I'm the kind of guy who doesn't get out much. As a matter of fact, I like to consider myself a bit of a shut-in or as being slightly eccentric, but I digress. The past couple of months have been pretty hectic; some of it being planned, though most of it not...

First, during a trip to Asheville, NC, we were randomly treated to a visit to the Biltmore Estate, which was one of the filming locations for the 2001 Silence of the Lambs sequel, Hannibal. And it would be an understatement to say I was giddy like a demented schoolgirl, what with it being not only the biggest privately owned (not to mention nearly self-sustainable) estate in North America, but also because I really like the Hannibal movies.

No pictures were allowed inside the Biltmore (understandably, due to the rapid depreciation of the many antiques and historical items within), so enjoy these outside shots.

The front lawn.

Shuttles and strangers, oh my!

The view from the third floor balcony... fucking amazing.
I would urge anyone (fans and non-fans alike) to visit this huge and amazing estate at some point, given the ability. At the very least, check out the website. Order some wine or something.

Next, and a bit less horror related, I finally got a new job. And while that doesn't sound like such a big issue, do consider that this means I'll eventually be able to move to somewhere with more space, collect more books and movies and talk more shit about them over the interwebs. I'd call that a happy little WIN, wouldn't you? And speaking of which, I recently came across a print of 1984 that couldn't be passed up. As I've only seen the movie, the book is thus far like walking through a familiar room with your eyes closed, minus the bruised shins. Don't worry, we will talk about it more later...

The final excitement of the month was a trip to what I can easily consider one of my favorite events, GMX. Having been to a similar event previously (MTAC), I thought I knew what to expect. I was half right, at best.

There were, of course, the cosplayers. The many, many cosplayers.

There were also a few panels that grabbed my attention. There was a Horror Trivia panel, hosted by Ms. Veronica Belmont herself, Merilyn Ghigliotti. Since I only had my mobile at the time, I don't think I got any decent shots, but rest assured, it was a fun, albeit simple experience. Big thanks to Merilyn and all who participated! Later, We got to sit in on two panels that were sort of related (but neither less hilarious than the other): Ron Paulsen (solo) and Billy West & Ron Paulsen (together). The laughs almost never ended; barely to ask the guests a question. I'm still starstruck to this day just being in the same room as Pinky and Stimpy. The big moment hit when a lucky fan got to sing Yakko's World dressed as Yakko with Rob. I'm sure it's happened before, but fuck you! It was still awesome!

 As I'm not a huge Star Trek fan, I didn't expect too much from the Garrett Wang panel, but in all honesty he's a pretty down to earth, funny guy. The anecdotes ranged from the origins of the boots he began on the show with to his never-ending battle with the Next Generation episode "Code of Honour". During the Q&A there was an interesting discussion about the similarities to devices used on Star Trek many years before their commercial inception (think bluetooth earpieces and pads/tablets). Here's a list of some more items that will make you think. ...and because (again) I had no good shots whatsoever, I'll be relying on the GMX website for some visuals.

Ron Paulsen and Billy West, respectively

Mystery chick and Garrett Wang...respectively.

After the panels and sitting through the second half of Ali's Power Hour was the pinnacle of the night: a wonderfully bizarre, Alice in Wonderland themed show put on by the lovely ladies of Clocktease Burlesque. Again, pictures and video were not permitted, but as it stands, they will be at GMX next year, so suck it up and go! It's a pretty amazing scenario and coming from a guy who hates being around people usually, that's saying something. I'm going to end this on a bunch of random pics of cosplayers and whatnot because November was pretty much just me adjusting to the new job and I'm pretty sure nobody really gives a shit about that...


At that Power Hour I mentioned earlier...

Wait...would it still be a nightmare...?

Local go-go dancers. Yay!

This cake was not a lie.

"Make it fuckin' so."

Personal favorite...and, coincidentally, winner of the costume contest.

Big shout out to all those who showed up and stayed for the Plus-sized Cosplay panel. It wasn't what we expected, but it turned out to be more than we could have hoped for!

P.S.: If you ever see this pair on the street, shake their hands or something and tell them the guy who won the Green Lantern goblet says "Hello". They were really fucking awesome and I hope they're at the next event!

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