How far would you go to see some stuff about Halloween in March and potentially pay to get an autograph or a picture with people you are aware of but don’t really know? Well apparently my own personal answer to that question is: “about 15 miles” because in a few weeks I am totally going to the Mad Monster Party right here in Charlotte. With a website that bad the show will have to be awesome.
I went to Comic Con in San Diego in like, 1999 I think it was. I would love to say it was this glorious experience but I had no idea what was going on. I probably squandered a great chance to meet some nerd. But I will make up for that with a vengeance when I hit the show floor and take in some of these awesome events:
- Evil puppets
- Costume contest
- An exhibit of the world’s largest collection of screen-used Jaws props and memorabilia.
- The macabre magic of Zabrecky
And no, I am not being sarcastic. I learned how not to be too cool for school when I was actually in school. Since I went to a Jesuit high school I had to go on retreats. And there is NOTHING you want to act too cool for more than a retreat. But once you realized you were trapped there and everyone was in the same boat, you could have a good time and not get molested by the teachers. All that training has prepared me to have fun and not get molested at the convention so I am pretty excited.
A guy I work with goes to these kind of things in NYC all the time. He has seen the Iron Sheik 100 times. But look at the lineup I’m going to be rocking (in no particular order of awesomeness)!
Well, it’s the end of a year and the beginning of another. Time for me to take stock of the year that was here at the Gallery and then ridicule it mercilessly. If you’d like to see how things shook out in 2010 or 2011, just click those links. Holy crap, I’ve been here for 3 years?! Most people come here, write a post or two, then disappear into the abyss never to be seen again. Speaking of which, those new writers I mentioned in last year’s post? Yeah, didn’t last. Shocker, I know. On the flipside, we did gain two new writers this year, Eva Halloween and Princess Peach. They’ve been around for most of the year so I’d wager all the money that Acadia doesn’t pay me that they stick around.
The site layout is new. Acadia decided to mix it up a little and also changed the header pic. Then he stripped the mine down to the bare essentials, which in this case means he took out the pictures that no one ever looked at and were just taking up bandwith. When all was said and done, he ended up getting rid of more pictures than he kept.
Overall, the Gallery built on the success of last year and managed even more hits this year than 2011. The contests we ran this year (Halloween Costume Contest & Picture Perfect and the February Picture Perfect) were also very successful. I think the best thing to come out of either of those contests was this picture:
Looks like that’s all the yearly news. Guess it’s time to get down to business then. As usual I’ve got two top 10 lists here, one for multiple picture posts and one for single posts. The reason for doing it like this is that on multiple picture posts, it counts each picture view as a hit. That makes it a little hard to compare it to stuff with all it’s content on one page. I should also mention that these are all posts made in the year of 2012. There were some posts made in previous years that managed to still get tons of hits this year, such as this Kate Beckinsale Bikini Sunday post from 2011 that managed way more hits than anything else this year. Of course, the all time heavyweight champion of Superficial Gallery is still Ice Road Trucker Girl Lisa Kelly. But I digress. Hit the jump for lists.
Now I know Acadia thinks Halloween is a pretty big deal around here. I think my site, The Year of Halloween, might have the edge when it comes to Halloween enthusiasm But I have to hand it to you Superficial Gallery readers – you folks know how to mad dog a contest. This year’s Halloween Picture Perfect featured nearly $1,000 worth of prizes from cool places like Kingston and Uncommon Goods and got close to 100 photo submissions, with 8 out of 12 winners playing from Superficial Gallery.
Great job, cheaters.
Anyway, big sloppy thanks to everyone who played from both sites. Of course, I expect a full rematch next October – sinister plots are already being hatched! Now, on to the prizes!
- Superficial Gallery reader Matthew H won a 16GB Kingston SD Card for submitting the first contest entry.
- Superficial Gallery reader Christy R won an UncommonGoods.com Moon Clock for participating in the scavenger hunt.
- The Year of Halloween reader Misty Layne won two bottles of Demitri’s Bloody Mary Seasonings for her response to Superstorm Sandy vs. Halloween.
- Superficial Gallery reader Kevin D won an 8GB Kingston thumb drive for participating in our October Google Hangout.
- Superficial Gallery reader Amber O won a bottle of Demitri’s Bloody Mary Seasonings for participating in the scavenger hunt.
- The Year of Halloween reader Sandee won two bottles of Demitri’s Bloody Mary Seasonings for her response to Superstorm Sandy vs. Halloween.
- Superficial Gallery writer Ami B won two UncommonGoods.com Face Mugs for Most Blatant Attempt to Bribe the Judges.
- The Year of Halloween reader Jenny M took first prize in the Costume Contest with her Snake Charmer costume and won a $150 gift card to Bettie Page Clothing.
- The Year of Halloween reader Alexander Wolfe took third place in the Scavenger Hunt with 68 points and won a 16GB Kingston Portable Wi Drive and a bottle of Demitri’s Bloody Mary Seasonings.
- Superficial Gallery reader Angie P took second place in the Scavenger Hunt with 113 points and won a 16GB Portable Wi Drive from Kingston, a set of UncommonGoods.com’s
Himalayan Salt Tequila Glasses, and a bottle of Demitri’s Bloody Mary Seasonings.
- Superficial Gallery reader Pamela T took first place in the Scavenger Hunt with 114 points and won a Solid State Hard Drive and an SD card from Kingston, plus a bottle of Demitri’s Bloody Mary Seasonings.
Hope everyone’s wishes come true. Except for that guy who was gonna eat the 100 women. Not him.
I walk around my back yard sometimes and when I’m not thinking about where I would shoot from if Red Dawn ever really happens I’m thinking about turning the whole thing into a haunt. You know. Haunted house? Have people come through and get scared. It gets more popular and elaborate every year. I become obsessive about it and work on it all year round until I am just “the crazy Halloween guy”. All that kind of thing?
Well I’m too late. Apparently people already do this. All the time. And this movie follows three of them in some podunk Massachusetts town. This movie follows all three families. And it does all the things good documentaries do. Especially with the treatment of the harelipped guy who lives with his elderly father. Yeah, I know that sounds like a bad joke or an even worse porn, but it is actually pretty touching.
Anyway, I know there are plenty of horror movies you can watch, but if you can find it and have some room to squeeze it in, give it a shot. They even bleep out the swears!
Well, you knew it had to happen eventually, what with the name similarity and all. So, just in time for the Halloween go home edition of YouTuesday, I present to you Mike Myers, of Austin Powers/Wayne’s World fame, as Michael Myers, the villain of the Halloween movies.
You all be safe this Halloween and we’ll see you in November. And don’t forget the Gallery’s costume contest!