It has been a rare pleasure to have been documenting the Cosplay and general fantasy, science fiction and horror loving fans for a number of years now for the joltleft.com. My title as the “Sacramento Cosplay Examiner” has given me the opportunity to interview the many pivotal figures in the Sacramento scene such as Jason Dube(“Scattered Comics”) Carly Michelle Breslin(“Carlyfornia”), Jazel Gonzalez, Rob Bolster(“Team LoveHATE”), Amy Slockbower, Christy Savage(“Planet of the Vampire Women”) and many others too numerous to mention here, but just as important as those mentioned. The many conventions covered have included Sac-Con, Sac-Anime, Sac-Horror and recent upstarts like the Kintoki-Con and the controversial Decepti-Kon(of which a full and very revealing three-part report will appear in this column).
What conclusions can be drawn from being an insider in the Sacramento scene? The most immediate response is that the scene is still a nascent one at this moment. It is still too early to place your bets on what form the future of fandom will blossom into! My observations on the present state of Sacramento fandom is that it is dominated by the art of Cosplay, its practitioners and fans. Typically the best venue to see the cosplayers in the capitol city is the bi-annual event known as Sac-Anime. The convention is usually three days in length and is held during the Labor Day weekend in the first week of September and also in January. The convention is a virtual showcase of the best cosplayers in the area and this is especially evident during the talent and fashion segment of the con. If your intent is to see the best that the region has to offer in Cosplay then this convention is definitely a must attend event!
The recent convention called Kintoki-Con proved that fledging challengers to the more established conventions can succeed. A more detailed report on the newest convention to invade Sacramento will appear in a future article in this column. Unfortunately all is not well in the convention scene as another convention called Decepti-Kon proved that not all fans have the best intentions of other fans in heart. My investigative three part series on that convention will appear in a future column in three parts chronicling the deceit, outright fraud and heartbreak many vendors, fans and guests unfortunately experienced!
The Sacramento scene is also home to talented filmmakers such as Amy Slockbower, Christy Savage and Darin Wood who created one of the year’s most entertaining film called Planet of the Vampire Women. The rest of the country surely needs to experience this sexy film and the fact that the film has or will be shown in the greater Los Angeles area is a step in the proper direction. The crew is also in charge of the annual “Trash Film Orgy” film festival which this year’s event will also include a much beloved world wide horror fan Cosplay tradition known as a “Zombie Walk”. What is a zombie walk? It is usually a “flash mob” event where individuals dress up as zombies in various states of decay and walk a stretch of a major metropolitan city puzzling and menacing bystanders who are unaware of the joke. This year’s zombie crawl will occur on the July 9th before the festival showing of the classic film, “Return of the Living Dead”. Further details can be leaned at the website link below.
Team LoveHATE have been Sacramento favorites ever since they raced onto the scene several years ago. I have been impressed by this group led by Steve Crain, Jazel Gonzales and Rob Bolster ever since I interviewed them over a year ago at a Sac-Anime convention. Beyond the fact that the cars are amazing, these gentlemen have huge hearts as evidenced by their various efforts in the name of charity such as the recent benefit to help the people of Japan overcome their horrific earthquake and tsunami. They are accomplished businessmen whose hearts truly beat in synch with the various worlds of fandom that include gaming, cosplay and genre films.
There are many stars within the world of Cosplay and Sacramento can surely claim that the talented seamstress and business owner, Carly Michelle Breslin is one. Breslin belongs to a select group of cosplayers that design and construct their own clothing. She is also the best walking advertisement for her fashions because of her impressive height, stunning model good looks and cheerful disposition. Whatever convention or film that decides to showcase her talents will indeed be enriched by her imagination as manifested by her “Gothic Lolita” style!
Comic book artist and business owner, Jason Dube who publishes his own titles under the umbrella of his Scattered Comics comic book company is another one of Sacramento’s finest. If this was Dube’s only claim to fame it would be more than enough, but he also helps run what is arguably Sacramento’s finest series of convention experiences. It should be noted Dan Houck brought in Jason Dube into this organization and that he will be interviewed about his various conventions in the future. Most, if not all fans in the Sacramento area have at least gone to one of these cons called Sac-Con, Sac-Anime and Sac-Horror. These conventions are smoothly run machines that never disappoint fans. Unlike machines these events celebrate the imagination and heart of fans everywhere. It is especially appreciated by all that attend just how the celebrity guests genuinely enjoy interacting with fans. Mr. Dube should be especially proud of all his accomplishments, but most of all-he is an exceptional human being who reminds us that you can advance in this life without exploiting your fellow man.
The future of fandom is in good hands with these talented individuals leading the charge. Whatever arises from this creative explosion, there can be no doubt that once the dust settles the true victors will be the fans who have all to gain and absolutely nothing to lose!