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April 1st - 3rd, 2005

Finally!  After 6 years of doing these shows, I finally have something to complain about instead of just going on and on about how great these shows are.  Ready?  Here goesÖ.

There were too many damn people walking around the whole weekend!  Usually there might a few slow parts in the day, where I can get out from behind our table and walk around.  But I didnít get a chance to get out that much to see the Q&Aís or even get that many photos of the guests!  There was hardly a time when there wasnít a crowd of people moving around through the aisle, or standing in front of my table.  Unfortunately it was because Xploited Cinema was at the table right across from us, so all I got to see were a lot of backsides!

In all seriousness, the only complaint that I could say was that some of the guests, mainly Robert Quarry, didnít have a Q&A session.  Now whether or not some of these guests wanted to do a Q&A, Iím donít know.  But I do know that Mr. Quarry was more than happy to answer any questions you asked him while at his table.

So I guess if thatís my only complaint, Ken and Pam, and the rest of the Wasteland crew, should be happy and proud to know that they put on another great show.  While we always have fun, it seems this one even topped the normal amount.  Like I told Ken over the weekend, this show is more like a family reunion / party.  What a great way to have like-minded people get together and drink, watch movies, meet the guests, buy cool stuff, and have long and thought-provoking conversations with fellow fansÖ.well, maybe not as much of that last part, but something like that.

Of the Q&Aís that I did get a chance to sit in out briefly, they were very entertaining.  The first one was with Gary Kent, Greydon Clark, and Bud Cardos, and they were talking about working with Al Adamson.  They all had great stories.  The second one was the with the same guys, along with William Smith, where they were talking about stuntwork.  Once again, great stories, most of them very funny.  One story that Clark recalled where a stunt man actually died, shows us that the stuff these guys are doing behind the camera is very serious stuff.

And of course, how could we not mention Reggie Bannister, one of the nicest and friendliest, and just plain old down-to-the-earth kind of guy.  Reggie is always a pleasure to sit and talk with, and always has some great stories.  Hopefully weíll get to see him kick some more PHANTASM-Ass in this new series/remake/sequels thatís kicking around.

This time around, I think we spent less time watching movies than we normally do.  We did catch most of KINGDOM OF THE SPIDERS, which is a favorite of mine.  But after a few minutes of THE CREMATORS, we decided to go back out in the bar and chat with some old friends, and made some new ones as well.

Two of these new friends, were Joseph Vargo and William Piotrowski from Nox Arcana.  If youíre not familiar with them and you like gothic music, then you should be.  Check out our Soundtrack Reviews to hear about their newest release, Necronomicon, or their website HERE.

As we said, we werenít able to get as many photos as we usually like to, but here are a few to show you what you might have missed.  Hopefully weíll see everyone again next year, as well as a few more!

 


JOHN "BUD" CARDOS

  

 

GREYDON CLARK

 

GREYDON CLARK, GARY KENT, WILLIAM SMITH, BUD CARDOS

  

        

 

REGGIE BANNISTER

  

 

WILLIAM SMITH