As I set out for Terror Con I wondered to myself how this event would compare to the big dog on the block; Comic Con?
As I walked in to the RI Convention Center, I noticed the big attraction was Glenn Thomas Jacobs -- AKA WWE superstar: Kane.
I am a wrestling nut from way back and I wanted to see the 7'0" half-brother of the Undertaker. But then I saw the line to meet him running the length of the floor. I stumbled into Hall C which was hosting a Magic the Gathering tournament hosted by Star City Games. I saw rows of people and referees playing for keeps there was even a vendor; Hurley Burley Alters who makes custom 3-D cards for the fantasy game. This set the tone for my day.
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I finally made it to the main exhibition hall where customers were having their bodies painted with things like Jaws, or the Terror Con logo on their backs. Heck, they even had the Coney Island Freak Show in full bloom; freaks to the right of me, freaks to the left of me, young, old, and in different... yes, I'm home!
Terror Con featured everything; from the Providence Roller Derby to an Army recruitment booth. The one thing stood out was the abundance of talented artists. From cold cast bronze sculptors to fantasy illustrators and painters-- each extremely friendly. The artists were great and it showed in their works. They were a joy to speak with.
I finished my day at Terror Con with Wrestler Papa Shango (AKA the Godfather) Charles Wright-- a great guy who showed me the ins and outs of the Con stuff. He told me that he lives in Vegas and owns a topless club called Cheetahs; life intimating art.
He told me that he is doing fine, that he travels to certain venues where I know the people running them and the assistants with whom I will be working. They fly him in First Class, pay for his room and remunerate him with a flat appearance fee, with the and the bookers keeping the net revenue. Wright said that he does this because he finds it to be fun. He doesn't need the money, but notes that part is fun too!
Papa told me that everyone has different deals to make appearances. For instance, Terror Con paid $25,000 to the WWE for Kane and flew him and his assistant First Class to the event. Kane will probably get $10,000 for a four hour appearance. Wright told me his booking agent broke even yesterday and everything brought in on Sunday was profit.
Then he pointed out to me the Boogieman (another wrestler); "See him? He is not having fun," said Wright. "His assistant is never around." Just as he said that, the Boogieman asked Wright to hold his belongings so he could pose for a photo.
Overall, Terror Con had a friendly fun theme that I found to be more than Comic Con, though I had a blast at both.