April 11, 2017

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The April Cinema Wasteland Movie and Memorabilia Expo is now in the rearview mirror and in six short months, we will be rounding out 17 years of CW Shows with our 32nd show. Thirty two shows… Never in a million years would I have figured that. Especially since nothing has ever changed with a CW Show. We are still the same show we started out as, and only a couple of conventions can make that claim after almost 20 years.

There are always a few glitches to get past with every show and the weather threw us a nice curveball this time around. But despite that, it would seem that CW attendees roll with things beyond their control just as well as I do as the show’s promoter and another great time was had by all.

Even though Trivia Night wound up in the restaurant by the time we started thanks to crowd noise from the lobby, it sure was a success as far as I’m concerned. Expect it to continue next show if we can figure out just where to run it.

Guests were all smiles. CW fans always make sure our guests feel the love so give yourself a big shout out for being one of the best groups of fans on the planet. You always make us look good in the eyes of our guests and they take that with them when they leave the show and never forget you for it.

Vendors all seemed to do well this past weekend and several had their best show ever by what I was told. CW has one of the best vendors rooms left and fans are always telling us they can’t believe that we jam so much cool stuff into 10,000 square feet. We take that as a complement since it seems most cons just fill their vendor’s room with anybody that will buy a table.

We also had lots of new faces this time around, so here’s hoping we turn a few of them into new regulars and we see them again soon.

As always, big props go out to the CW Staff, who always do their best for us. Unlike some shows where I’ve seen the clueless staff more interested in taking selfies to post on their FB pages than actually representing the show or doing much of anything, the CW Staff is always on point to make sure everyone has a good time. You’ll not find a better group of people anywhere and I’d like to thank them once again for a job well done.

The Fall Show is already looking good, and with eight Guests on the list so far, we’ve got four brand new Guests making their first CW and/or show appearance along with a couple of requested returning Guests lined up so far.

Who do we have on the Fall Show Guest List so far you ask?

Producer and director, DAVID DeCOTEAU, will be joining BRINKE STEVENS to celebrate the original Golden Age of the “Scream Queen.” The term has been used, abused, trampled and left for dead since the late 1990’s but Dave and Brinke are the real deal. There would not be the original 80’s “Scream Queen” movement without them.

70’s and 80’s Adult Starlet, VERONICA HART, ventured into mainstream films and the B movie universe more than most of her contemporaries. From the B movies of Chuck Vincent (Deranged, Death Mask, Slammer Girls) to Bloodsucking Pharaohs in Pittsburgh, and on to mainstream Hollywood films like Boohie Nights, Veronica has shown she’s a genuine actor and not just a porn star.

CRAIG MUCKLER is a Producer and Writer that brought the world Drive-In films like Malibu High, video era stuff like Microwave Massacre, and action fare like The Flesh Merchant.

Where do you start with actor CHRIS MULKEY? You may not recognize his name right away, but you damn sure will know some of the films and characters he’s played. With well over 200 film and television credits to his name, you’ll find him in everything from films like First Blood, The Hidden, Firefox, Full Moon Rising, and Broken Arrow, to cult TV shows like Twin Peaks, and Lost.

It’s been at least five years since her last appearance, so DYANNE THORNE, the infamous “Ilsa” will be back with us this Fall. From Ilsa She Wolf of The S.S. through Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks and Tigress of Siberia, the infamous Ilsa trilogy continues to be popular with fans, and we’re always happy to have Dyanne with us. As usual, husband HOWARD MAUER will be with her, giving fans the chance to get a couple signatures on their Harem Keeper and Tigress items since you’ll find Howard in both films.

And of course, what would a CW Show be without animator, artist, and effects guy, TOM SULLIVAN, who has been with us since our first show and continues to make new fans and friends twice a year.

That’s who we have on board so far. Stay tuned for additional Guests to be added in the weeks ahead.

OK, that’s it for me this time around. Other than the fact that now is the time we hold the usual “early bird special” for 3-Day Passes, I’ll just get back to the usual Show Reminders next month.

Spring is finally here, so get outside and enjoy some sunshine!