I just witnessed my 4th Crypticon KC weekend. It's been going 5 years & each year keeps getting stronger!
I unfortunately missed its 1st year because I found out about it too late.
I went to their 2nd year and I was only able to attend one day. I stopped by there on my way to St. Louis to see KISS and Mötley Crüe. It was a Sunday and I felt pretty nervous for them cause there were not many people there. One of Horror's biggest icons, Doug Bradley was there and not once did I see someone at his table. I thought for sure their convention was doomed. Other than that, I still had an awesome time and met Crypticon staple, Night of the Creeps star Allan Kayser, who without a doubt, remembers every person he meets! Incredible.
Year 3 for them (2 for me) was a much better year. With quite a few cast members from The Devil's Rejects and a slew of other great guests, I was much more impressed with the turnout. I was pretty happy for them cause it meant that they could come back another year.
Last year was my 2nd time staying the whole weekend and I even got to play with my band Johnny Legion which was a dream come true to play at a Horror convention (thanks Chazz). This line-up had a few people from The Walking Dead which lead to another splendid year for fans to hangout and get to meet some of today's biggest Horror stars. Oh yeah, I also won best male costume!
This year, I had to revert back to only being able to attend on Sunday and to my surprise, the place was packed!!! I've been to many conventions and I've come to learn that Sundays are easy, lazy days that not many people attend and most vendors and celebrities start packing up. Nope! Not this time. I felt like I was walking into the beginning of the party. Being greeted by my Horror community family. God damn! I love my Horror community family! It never goes to fail, either... James Balsamo always tricks me into buying one of his movies! I'm just kidding. He's an indie filmmaker and I have to support those people!
I can't say personally how the hotel experience was this year but hearing from a couple friends and dealing with this in the past, the hotel is not up to a very good standard and the staff doesn't quite know how to handle such crowds and they become very moody. Maybe with this being Crypticon's biggest year, they'll possibly upgrade. That's the only negative thing that I and others I've talked to can say.
Crypticon is one of the last good, homegrown, down to Earth cons out there. Thanks to those who support this show. I will see you there next year!