Its that time of year again, convention time where all of the best companies are pulling out all the stops to create even better fan-focused events in the science fiction and horror genres. This past weekend Rhode Island was all the rage with the horror convention, Terror Con held at the Rhode Island Convention Center.
The event took place over the course of two days, Saturday and Sunday, and were complete with hundreds of vendors and a dozen celebrities including, Russell Hornsby (Grimm), Linda Blair (The Exorcist), Kane (WWE Superstar), Lita Ford (Rock Goddess), Nicholas Brendon (Buffy The Vampire Slayers), Dee Wallace (ET, Cujo), Tony Moran (Holloween), Iron E. Singleton (The Walking Dead), and many more.
The Rhode Island Convention Center was the perfect place for such an event as it is spacious and allowed for the convention to use multiple floors for their various panels, photos and more. Fans came out in droves dressed to the nines as their favorite characters from comic books, movies and television. There were dozens of Rick Grimes walking around the convention center and a few Freddy Kruegers, which frightened this writer to no end.
Some of the vendors included sellers of comic related items, memorabilia and one booth selling exotic creatures including Scorpions, Bunnies and Tarantulas. This was a booth that this writer passed by multiple times as she has a debilitating fear of spiders, one that runs her life and keeps her from enjoying the outdoors.
Of course, seeing the tarantulas was terrifying however, in an attempt to overcome this fear this writer took a leap of faith and opted to hold one of the tarantulas. It took a lot of coaxing by both the booth runner and a friend of mine who was in attendance of the event as well, but eventually the brown tarantula was placed in my hand. It was a strange feeling having this creature that has put such a damper on outdoor activities sitting in this writer’s hand. It was soft, fuzzy and completely light as though it were only a bird’s feather. While the fear is far from gone at least it was a step in the right direction.
After this incredible event it was off to the row of celebrities including one of the most entertaining of celebs, Iron E. Singleton. The actor, who played T-Dogg in The Walking Dead, seemed to be having perhaps even more fun then the fans in attendance. He was lit up with excitement as fans made their way to his booth and couldn’t be happier to take pictures with them and of course sign a few autographs.
As a former fan of the hit TV series, Buffy The Vampire Slayers, this writer and her friends were thrilled to see that Nicholas Brendan, who played Xander Harris, was in attendance at the event. Naturally it was only fitting for us to purchase a photo op ticket with the actor, who turned up nearly half an hour late to the session. It turned out he was at his booth mingling with fans and couldn’t step away. He was kind, a bit frazzled and frayed, but extremely gracious and patient, which was a wonderful thing to see.
While the panels were few and far between the enormous slew of vendors more than made up for it as they offered a variety of experiences for attendees. Of course, the actors were the highlight of the event but in all it was well worth the trip to Rhode Island.