Niagara Gazette —
It's all an effort to turn some tough news to swallow into a great thing.
Of course, comic book conventions like Niagara Falls Comic Con in Ontario this weekend are about more than just those passionate fans who dress like their favorite characters.
A number of celebrities were present Saturday, including actor Corey Feldman, Adam West (Batman), Lou Ferrigno (the Incredible Hulk), David Prowse (Star Wars), Jeremy Bulloch (Star Wars), Tim Russ (Star Trek: Voyager), Sam J. Jones (Flash Gordon), Lee Meriwether (Catwoman), Mick Foley (WWE Hall of Famer), the “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase (WWE Hall of Famer), Tom Savini, Larry Thomas, (Seinfeld’s Soup Nazi), Jason David Frank (Green Ranger in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), and Madison Lintz (The Walking Dead).
This weekend's gathering is also about art. And the Niagara Falls version had plenty of artists on display from those who enjoy fantasy to those who showcase their talents in horror.
Offering his own take on classic horror, Toronto-based artist Chris Roberts took scaring viewers back into the old days of movie-monster magic.
"It's called the Monsterbatory World of Chris Roberts," he said. "My inspiration comes from my love of classic art and of classic horror movies. Mashing them together seemed like a good idea. People seem to enjoy it."
In his favorite piece to display, and arguably his most popular, he said, several classic horror movie characters from Frankenstein's Monster to the Creature from the Black Lagoon are all sitting for dinner along a rather long table, talking amongst themselves. In other words, they're enjoying "The Last Supper."
It's a daring piece of art, but it's received notice from popular art and horror magazines in recent months, he said.
But while Roberts is trying to be creative and gory, including turning the Mona Lisa into a skeleton in one of his pieces, Tyler Hojberg, a 22-year-old Port Colborne, Ont. artist, is too busy spilling coffee on his black-and-white comic book.