Day two, and I still had lots of spring to my step. Which was definitely a good thing, as this was the busiest and most packed day of the weekend.
Lots of exciting things happened throughout the day, including an impromptu train of people with a cake going to sing Happy Birthday to Lianne Spiderbaby (and seriously, look at that HOMEMADE cake.. amazing right? Well I can say with confidence that it was also super delicious).
One of my many screenings that took place during the day included Vagrancy Film’s personal project, Sparkling Girl Stealers, which just happens to be the one in which I get die in, oh and do the terrible voice acting for the girl with green in her hair. It was pretty funny to watch again, and funnier to hear the crowd’s reaction.
One of the biggest appeals of Shock Stock as a convention (especially over other genre conventions), is just how personal, and relaxed the atmosphere is. It was great to see celebrities cracking jokes with each other, and just strolling up to talk to different fans too.
Although there were not a tonne of costumes walking around, the ones that were there were fantastic. Some of the costumes did come from Sinister Laboratories, who are in the business of prop making, some were Scary Larry (who everyone knows is hardcore about elaborate costumes), and others just happened to wander in from the streets.
More burgers were kicked this day than I had ever personally seen (I did miss Grim Brother Jake’s hours of practicing he must have done in order to be a master burger kicker). So it is actually hard to pick a burger kick of the day.. but here goes!
I also attended a few Q&As, including Joe Pialto’s, Kane Hodder and Joanna Angel. But, of course everyone was talking about big events that were taking place Saturday night: Joanna Angel’s Zombie Dance, followed by GOBLIN live in concert.
So, about an hour before the event is scheduled to take place we hear the terrible news: Joanna Angel is NOT allowed to dance, she is not even allowed on the stage, lest she do anything that might arouse anyone (time to get your modest clothes out ladies). I have to say, being “behind the scenes” a little bit was exciting, but it was also mildly stressful. No one knew what exactly was happening. Phone calls were being made to a lot of different people, the organizers were running around, possibly trying to play politics or find some loop-hole to fit Joanna through. It was looking pretty bleak, with cops waiting at the event location, ready to arrest a beautiful woman simply for doing a suggestive dance to adults. There are a lot of local politics swirling around this issue that we were all well aware of before Joanna even stepped foot in London. London is definitely a conservative city, and there are a lot of people with loud (and powerful) voices that want to keep it that way. Honestly, I do not think I have been more disappointed in my city, and more frustrated by the constant hypocrisy. I could probably go on and on about this topic, but I don’t want to drag my positive post about a fantastic event down with so much complaining. But if you are interested in this, you can check out this mediocre London Free Press article about it, or you can write a local London politician or councilman, voicing your concerns.
Back to Shock Stock:
So, James and Jake had to run to the event location in hopes of fixing it *a little bit*. We really had no idea if Joanna Angel would even be allowed to attend the event at all (about half an hour before it was supposed to start). I guess local authorities thought it was okay to allow her on-stage for a brief explanation and apology (since fans were there expecting the zombie dance), considering they had two by-law officers and two uniformed police officers “keep an eye on things” from the crowd.
After all the chaos and confusion about Joanna, no one even knew that there was another fiasco going on behind the scenes. This delayed GOBLIN only slightly, and once they started the entire crowd forgot about the wait.. because GOBLIN. It is actually impossible for me to only pick one photo from the concert.
But, our crazy night didn’t end there! We got to go into the super nice hotel suite where a bunch of people were meeting for drinks after. Unfortunately, the room key was deactivated when we got there, fortunately Santa Claus was just across the hall and allowed us to eat our pizza in his hotel room until the other one was unlocked.
The party was crazy and a lot of fun. I got to talk to a lot of different people. It feels great to over come my anxiety and fear of socializing. Even a year ago I would not have been able to hold so many varied conversations with people I had never met before (let alone have such an engaging conversation with members of the band GOBLIN!).
After all was said and done, my partner and I crawled (quite literally) in to bed around 4:30am (or was it 5am? I don’t quite remember). The next morning was going to be rough, but it was totally worth it. Shock Stock day two was one of the most crazy, memorable and surreal days that I have ever had in my life. But there’s still one more day to go! Thanks for reading, and for being patient with my updates while I re-organize some things in my life.