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Show Me Some Love, Festival of Fear

on March 16, 2009 - 1:09pm

Festival of Fear 2009

There aren't many Canadian events for Haunters, Horror fans or Halloween freaks. Even in my busy city of Toronto, home to countless conventions and festivals, the pickings are slim so I'm always keen to stay on top of what's happening.

In August, as part of Hobby Star's FanExpo, Torontonians are treated to the Festival of Fear (brought to us by our beloved Rue Morgue).

They haven't posted their list of exhibitors or guests yet (more announcements coming in May) but I do know one thing that might be different about this year: I'm hoping to attend as both a fan and an exhibitor.

They say the only way to get what you want is to tell the universe. And that's what this blog post is all about.

At the expo, there is a section called Artist Alley where amateurs rub shoulders (or tables) with professionals. It's designed to allow new artists to promote their wares and services. I've sent in my application and deposit in the hope of procuring a spot.

If accepted, I'll be promoting this website and all its free resources. As well, I hope to sell a few genuine Ghoul Friday creatures and bobbles.

I've toyed for years with the idea of selling some of my work. I'm finally being brave enough to give it a try, but I've had trouble finding a good fit when it comes to local events. I can't see finding a home in galleries, and I'm curious if I would scare the knitters and doll makers at craft shows. Festival of Fear seems like the perfect place for my first big step. Let's just hope they agree.

What happens if I get rejected? Well, let's cross that ego-crushing bridge when we come to it, though I have toyed with the idea of selling online.

They say I should know in a few weeks if I've been accepted. Cross your claws for me, and light a candle (preferably inside a jack o' lantern).

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