Saturday, April 28, 2012

Monsters from the Vault #30 Now Available!

Monsters from the Vault #30 is now available. All subscriber copies and single issue orders have shipped. Wholesale copies have shipped to Scary Monsters, Creepy Classics,, Creature Features, My Movie, and Hemlock Books and The Cinema Store in the UK. Diamond Comics received their copies and the issue is on their ship list for May 2nd (as is Little Shoppe of Horrors #28 and Bela Lugosi's Tales from the Grave #2). Sorry for the delay and I hope everyone enjoys the new issue!

New Monster Kid Documentary!

Check out the trailer of the new documentary from Bob Tinnell on Monster Kids, That $#!% Will Rot Your Brain: How the Monster Kids Transformed Popular Culture. Also, access the film's Kickstarter to contribute to the film's production cost. Here's a description of the film from Kickstarter:

That $#!% Will Rot Your Brain! aims to tell the untold story of who the Monster Kids were, how they came into being, and how they transformed the world around them. It focuses on the history of the Shock Theater Package and why kids were so drawn to the Classic Monsters. It goes on to chronicle the creativity Monsters sparked amongst kids and how Classic Monsters, with the help of kids around the globe, invaded pop culture.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The 2011 Rondo Award Winners Announced & Monsters from the Vault #30 Status

On Monday, April 2, 2012, the winners of the tenth annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards (for work done in 2011) were announced. I was truly excited to find out that Monsters from the Vault had won the award for Best Magazine-Fan Market for the second consecutive year! A HUGE thanks to everyone who voted for Monsters from the Vault this year (and in the previous years) for Best Magazine! It was extremely close this year as MFTV bested runner-up Little Shoppe of Horrors by only 4 votes. Again, Marian and I are deeply honored to receive the 2011 Rondo for Best Magazine-Fan Market, and I can't wait to put it on my award shelf next to our Rondo Hall of Fame Award, last year's Best Magazine-Fan Market Award, and my Monster Bash Award ("The Forry") from 2008! Also, congratulations to Gary Rhodes for his runner-up finish in the Best Article category for "The Curious Undead Life of Tod Browning's Dracula" and Daniel Horne for his win for Best Cover for HorrorHound #27 (and Honorable Mention for his cover for Monsters from the Vault #28). Finally, a big shout out to all of this year's winners and for the fans who took the time to vote! To check the complete list of winners at the Official Rondo Award Web site.

Now for the latest news on Monsters from the Vault #30. I signed off on the proof today and the issue will be printed on Friday, April 6th. Early next week it will go out for the UV coating on the cover then to the bindery. The issue should be ready on April 12th and will ship to Diamond Comic Distributors then and it should be at your local comic book store by the end of the month. Unfortunately, when the issue is ready I'll be in Hollywood and Burbank California for the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival and the Monsterplooza Convention and won't return home until the 18th. So subscriber issues, single issue orders, contributor copies, and smaller wholesale orders won't start shipping until April 18th with everything shipped out by Monday, the 23rd. Thanks for your patience in regards to this long overdue issue, and the additional shipping delay due to my much needed vacation. Enjoy the issue when it arrives and as always, I look forward to receiving some feedback.