I got an email from the head of Ninja Con about a new event that was being put together. It took place in the same area, the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center. A friend of mine performed some songs with her band! They performed songs such as, “The End of Heartache”, by Killswitch Engage, and, “BYOB”, by System of a Down.
I had no idea what to be this year, but as this wonderful holiday came closer, I got a random idea to combine two of my cosplays: Vash The Stampede and Napoleon Dynamite.
Why? Because I can (because I couldn’t think of anything else).
Only two people understood the combo. Most people recognized the Napoleon part, but it was still awesome.
There is also that $3 burrito deal at Chipotle if you are wearing a costume.
I have another year to figure out what I want to be next Halloween!
My friend, The Steel Shark, told me about this event and he showed me photos that he took of some cool participants. I had interest in covering it, but the last one that he attended was in 2011.
Much to my surprise, it came back! It took place in Elysian Park, next to Dodgers Stadium. I took the metro, so it took time to get there and find the correct location. I went up this hiking trail and realized that I was going the wrong way when I got high enough to see the festivities in the distance.
Seeing the race was fun and there were some cool soapbox cars.
Ah, my Summer Halloween. It was great. I saw The Rhythm Coffin. They rocked as always. As my friend and I wandered for photos to take, I heard music in the distance and I became curious. It sounded metal with some Southern influence. I discovered a band called, Graveyard BBQ. They do live entertainment…AND catering!! The music sounded awesome, and I talked to the band (one guy, specifically) for a while. He was awesome and we had a nice conversation. He has a song on the first Guitar Hero game called, Cheat on the Church.
There is a comic magazine called, Fractured Scary Tales. It is described as, “Robot Chicken meet Tales from the Crypt”.
There were also cats. Yes, you read that right. There were cats. In cages. They were adorable.
The awesome folks at Dystopia Rising were there, though I didn’t participate in any Zombie Tag this time.
I randomly came across the booth of voice actor, John Kassir, also known as, The Crypt Keeper! My sister and I loved watching Tales from the Crypt as kids. It was quite an honor to meet him.