Cast Your Vote in the 2016 Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards
For the past 15 years, The Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards has honored those who strive to keep the genre of Classic Horror vibrant via research, creativity and film preservation. Truly the Oscar, the Emmy and the State Fair Blue Ribbon, the ‘Rondos’ is essential for us Monster Kids! The Rondo Awards ballot is an essential way for fans to support their classic horror fandom.
I’ve voted in the Rondos for years, and find that, every year, the ballot is a source of discovering new films, books, podcasts and websites. The ballot is a bounty of high caliber monster kid media and I encourage you to visit the Rondo Award website to give it a thorough read and see what new gems you discover!
Friends of Collecting Classic Monsters on this year’s ballot:
Supporting creators that you discover via the Rondo ballot is a worthy endeavor, but voting in the Rondos is also important.
All of the artists, writers, film makers and creators who keep the genre alive and vibrant are doing this from a love of the genre. Let’s face it, no one is getting rich in the classic horror genre!
To that end, I’m recommending the following “friends of CCM” for your consideration as you cast your Rondo ballot this year:
Christopher R Mihm is a Minnesota-based independent film maker with the noteworthy accomplishment of releasing 11 films in 11 years (with his 12th scheduled to release later in 2017). That is a remarkable achievement in it’s own right, but even more important, his films are all loving homages to 1950s and 60s drive-in genre cinema all set within the shared ‘Mihmiverse.” His 2016 film, Weresquito: Nazi Hunter” is a slightly darker film than many of his predecessors, and feels more late-60s than many of his previous light-hearted Sci-Fi / Horror romps like The Giant Spider (a personal favorite of mine) or his first film, The Monster of Phantom Lake. I highly recommend all Monster Kids watch his films and vote for his latest as Best Independent Film.
Frank Dietz and Trish Geiger are the driving force behind Benevolent Monsters Productions whose previous team-up was BEAST WISHES, about Bob and Kathy Burns. This time, the pair give us a loving tribute to the original movie monster, King Kong, through the stories of fellow Monster Kids. The film is currently making the film festival rounds and I was fortunate enough to view it earlier this year. An easy choice for Best Documentary in this year’s Rondos.
David Weiner was the last editor of the most important monster magazine of them all, Famous Monsters of Filmland, and he did a stellar job. Until David took over the editorial helm of FM 3.0, I found the writing inconsistent and frequently missing the tone of the magazine I loved so much. With David’s writing and overall editorial leadership, the magazine regained my interest and again captured my subscription support. As a true Monster Kid, it was always evident that David was ‘one of us’ and his deft balance of classic and contemporary genre filmdom made the magazine appeal to me as a life-long reader as well as a fan of modern genre films.
His article on the making of American Werewolf in London is an excellent example of his journalistic ability blended with his fandom. It’s unfortunate that the publisher canceled the magazine just as David had established this balance of readability, tone and content. David deserves your vote.
This painted cover by the one-and-only Rick Baker of his legendary SFX creation is one for the ages and, in my opinion, stands alongside the classic Warren era covers by Gogos and crew. Simply awesome!
If you read this website, then I assume you listen to this podcast. I you don’t then I highly encourage you to stop reading this and subscribe immediately. For over 300 episodes, Derek and an expansive rotation of guests have discussed a classic – and sometimes not-so-classic – genre films from the silent film era up to the 1970s. I have listened to every episode and I can honestly say that I anticipate the new episode of Monster Kid Radio as a highlight of my week every week!
Not only should you vote for Derek in this category but you should subscribe and listen to his podcast; I promise you won’t be disappointed!
Yup! We are nominated for Best Website! It’s our first Rondo nomination and it is a HUGE honor! But you know what would be an even bigger honor than being nominated? WINNING! There are a lot of GREAT blogs and websites nominated in this category, many of which I read weekly and urge you to support).
That said, I believe that the quality of this website stands up against any of them and my passion for these iconic movies, characters and collectibles is always at the forefront of my efforts. If you agree, then I would appreciate your vote on the Rondo ballot!
Sorry if this is self-serving, but it is my website after all and, if I don’t ask for your vote, then I don’t stand a chance of winning. This category includes some big media heavyweights so it’s a long shot….but you can help!
Category 29. The Monster Kid Hall of Fame:
The is a write-in category and you can include up to 6 people on your ballot. In 2016, we lost Vince Rotolo, founder of the B Movie Cast podcast and a true pioneer in terms of bringing focus on classic genre films to new media. His podcast continues in his absence and inducting Vince into the Monster Kid Hall of Fame is a great way to honor his innovation and contributions through the years.
How to Vote
The easiest to vote is to copy-and-paste the ballot from Rondoaward.com into an e-mail, mark your choices and send your picks to David Colton, at email@example.com by Sunday night at midnight, April 16, 2017 (that’s this coming Sunday, folks!)
You do not have to vote in every category. Vote for all or a few.
One vote per person, please. Every e-mail must include your name to be counted. All votes are kept strictly confidential.
Feel free to spread the word about the Rondo on social media.
But please do not mass-produce ballots; suspicious ballots will be rejected at the sole discretion of Rondo organizers. Let’s keep this a fun vote!
Please take 5 minutes this week and vote in this year’s Rondos. To vote, email firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what discoveries you make on this year’s ballot!
Collecting Classic Monsters Nominated for Best Blog & Website of 2016
For the past 15 years, the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards have honored the best in classic horror research, creativity and film preservation. The awards are the brainchild of David Colton, founder of the Classic Horror Film Board, and the spectacular sculpt of the iconic actor Rondo Hatton is by legendary artist Kerry Gammill.
I have voted in the Rondos for years and ! was completely shocked to see this little work of passion of mine nominated for the Best Website/Blog category this year — I don’t even know who nominated us, but I am so grateful. I found out about our nomination as I was reviewing the ballot over the weekend! It isn’t an exaggeration to say that I shouted in surprise when I saw our website included among the very best of the web! What an honor!
The Rondo Awards are an effort to honor and recognize those people and projects that keep the classic horror genre alive and vibrant. It is not so much about ‘favorite actor’ or ‘favorite monster’ but about the latest scholarship in books and magazines, the fun and creativity in writing, art, music, special events and horror hosts like yourself, and in the efforts to preserve the classic films.
Every vote is our attempt to thank and recognize all the creative people — fans and pros alike — who work so hard, often without any pay at all — to keep the classic monster genre young and vital.
Who Can Vote?
Short answer: everyone! To cast your vote in this year’s Rondo Awards, simply copy and paste the ballot into an email and send it to David Colton at email@example.com by 12AM Midnight, April 16, 2017.
You aren’t required to vote in every category to participate so vote for what you know and love! To view the official ballot of the 15th Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards, click here.
It’s truly an honor to be nominated, but it would fantastic to win too! I’ll stop short of groveling, but I would really appreciate your vote and spreading the word about our nomination. We are in a very competitive category with a lot of great websites and blogs, so every vote helps. Regardless of who you vote for, we hope you will take the time to cast your vote and spread the word.
Less Than One Week Until This Geek Collector Series Premieres!
Contrary to public perception, collecting is a social sport. One of the most enjoyable aspects of being a collector is being part of the larger collector community. Thanks to social media, the proliferation of collector events and comic-cons, collectors have an abundance of options to commune over every collectible imaginable. It’s always a treat to see pictures of other collectors’ stuff – from new finds to creative displays. Now, we have our own TV series hosted by Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill.
Turns out Mark is a collector himself and his new series will feature him visiting some majorly impressive collectors as well as taking us behind the scenes of some of our favorite pop culture creators. The show is called Mark Hamill’s Pop Culture Quest and if debuts on November 15 on Comic-ConHQ, the streaming service owned by San Diego Comic Con.
Yep — you saw that right, Mark is going to take us for a tour of Bob’s basement with the one-and-only Bob Burns! The series’ Executive Producer and vintage monster toy collector Scott Kinney assured me that there are LOTS of monster goodies in this first season.
You have to subscribe to watch the show, but it’s free for 30 days, so binge the first season and then you decide if you want to keep the subscription. You can subscribe at Comic-ConHQ.com
We wrap up the Monsterama series with a monster movie that is near and dear to me. On the heals of Star Wars, I was space crazy like most other pre-teen kids of the late 1970s. But I had never lost my love for monster movies. Famous Monsters of Filmland had effectively (to younger readers) folded the Star Wars generation into their world of classic monsters to stay relevant but also because George Lucas was himself a monster kid who had grown up under the influence of Uncle Forry and crew. Then, in 1979, the perfect merger of sci-fi and monster movies arrived to scare all of us Star Wars fans out of our seats.
My parent’s dropped my younger brother and I off at the theater and bought us tickets, giving permission for us to see Alien. It was terrifying. I was twelve and it was one of the first monster movies I had ever seen on the big screen. It was also the first R rated movie I had ever seen.
Needless to say, Alien had a huge impact on this monster kid and I take great pleasure in knowing that so many of the original props used in this terrifying monster in space movie are in the possession of the one and only Bob Burns. This episode of Monsterama takes us back inside his collection for a closer look at his amazing collection of movie memorabilia from the Alien franchise.
Brian Penikas is a talented practical effects artist best known for his design of the Creeper in Jeepers Creepers. Like many modern make-up artists in Hollywood, Penikas fell in love with practical effects thanks to the magical work of his predecessors. For Brian, it was John Chambers‘ brilliant work for the original Planet of the Apes films that set Brian on his career path.
This episode takes a look at Ape Mania, Brian’s tribute company that honors the work of John Chambers and the seminal science fiction franchise, The Planet of the Apes. Since 1996, Brian and his crew have been making film-quality PoTA replica props, masks and memorabilia as well s appearances at events.
Planet of the Apes was one of my formative Monster Kid events as a youngster and it’s great to see professionals honoring their own influences and keeping us modern monster kids well stocked with museum-quality collectibles.
Watch the episode here:
Ape Mania Collectibles
Apemania.com is still the place to go to see their officially licensed merchandise. The site hasn’t been updated in quite a while and many of the products are quoted price, but it’s well worth a visit to check out the full line of products as well as a great link resource page for other Ape-related websites.
Ape Mania’s line of resin kits are available in three styles:
Bronze finish $159
Signature Series Fully Painted & Detailed by Ape Mania artists $275
Our Favorite Modern Collectibles of Classic Monsters
We live in a wonderful time for genre fans and collectors. Our fellow monster kids have created companies who specialize in modern collectibles of classic movie and TV characters that are great to collect in their own right. We also know not every monster kid or collector has the time or inclination to spend big bucks on the beloved monster and sci-fi toys, magazines and movie posters of our youth.
As a collector, I try to balance vintage with modern memorabilia and I take the same approach here on Collecting Classic Monsters. Anyone who has been with us for awhile knows we love to talk about vintage collectibles and memorabilia here on CCM, but we also make a concerted effort to not get stuck in the past.
With that in mind, we created our inaugural holiday gift guide as a resource for our fellow collectors and fans of classic monsters. We spent a lot of time putting this together and curating some of our favorite monster kid stuff – from vinyl kaiju figures to classic sci-fi model kits as well as must-have books, magazines and DVDs that classic monster fans need to have in their library.
Through the wonders of digital publishing, we were also able to embed hot links for each and every item in our gift guide. That means, if you see something you can no longer live without, you can simply click on the link within the gift guide and wind up at the website where you can order it. All the images are clickable links too!
Here’s a sample of the what’s inside the gift guide:
Our goal is to curate some of the coolest collectibles out there and then make it really easy for you to add them to your collection.
We had a ton of fun designing this guide and made it a tribute to those wonderful mail order ads in the back of our favorite classic monster magazines or yesteryear. Modern-day monster collectibles presented in a guide that looks like those old Captain Co. ads from of Famous Monsters. T’s exactly that balance we are aiming for here at CCM.
Our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide is entirely free for our readers. All we ask is that you subscribe to our weekly newsletter in return. It’s our gift to you for making our first year a great one!
If you’re already a newsletter subscriber, you still need to enter the email address you’d like us to send the holiday gift guide to. Sorry to ask you to do this extra step, but those spam filters out there don’t like us sending emails with attachments so this helps us get the gift guide to everyone who wants it and no one who doesn’t.
Basil Gogos is THE Artist for Generations of Monster Kids
Like a bizarro-world Norman Rockwell, Basil Gogos artwork changed the face of classic horror. For 25 years, Monster Kids delighted in his horrifying yet dazzling images of their ghoulish heroes on their favorite magazine covers. His film monster portrait art of Frankenstein, the Creature from the Black Lagoon. the Phantom of the Opera, and countless others graced the covers of Famous Monsters of Filmland from 1960 until the end of Warren’s publication in 1985. His intense colour and bold, impressionistic brushwork gave a unique sense of drama and sophistication to these iconic characters.
In this episode of Monsterama, Elvira takes us on a journey back to those days when Basil Gogos’ artwork beckoned to us from the magazine racks like sone ghoulish siren calling us into the wonderful world of Horrorwood Karloffornia. Enjoy:
Collecting Basil Gogos Artwork
Basil is still with us and has kept much of his artwork within the family. While original paintings from the Famous Monsters era are quite hard to come by, some of his more recent work from the 1990s and 2000s are available here at Artnet – price available on request. Good luck!
Limited edition lithographs signed by Basil are currently available on eBay for $100 each. Here’s the Bela as Dracula version:
Watch this video and see why collecting the Creature from the Black Lagoon is such a passion for classic monster collectors.
The last of the great Universal Monsters to come along, the Creature from the Black Lagoon swam his way into our Monster Kid hearts in glorious 3-D in 1954. This episode of Monsterama highlights the wondrous toys and collectibles made in the likeness of this classic monster and takes us on a tour of the greatest Creature collection of them all with the “Arizona Gillman” himself,creature collector John Gilbert.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll dive deep into collecting the Creature and cover everything from original movie posters to the more recent Sideshow Collectibles figures. Oh and don’t worry, we’ll spend some time with Hasbro‘s paint by numbers set and a little company called Arak Hamway along the way.
Toho Studios gave us the King of the Monsters in 1954 and it’s the gift that keeps on giving. While the monster’s character has evolved and morphed as many times as the monster suit, Godzilla remains an incredibly popular as evidenced by the commercial success of the Legendary Pictures 2014 release Godzilla. Toho purists might have been distressed by the American reboot but they are counting on the 2016 release of the next Toho installment in the Godzilla franchise.
The breadth of Godzilla, and related kaiju, collectibles is pretty overwhelming. With the ever growing popularity of Japanese vinyl and sofubi. kaiju figure collectibles of every size, shape and color are available. In this week’s series, we’ll focus primarily on Monster Kid related collectibles from the 1960s and 70s during the Showa period of Godzilla’s film catalog. In future posts, we’ll explore the modern collectible market and the impact of Godzilla and his pals in this increasingly popular urban vinyl category.
I highly recommend both of these books for anyone interested in Godzilla and other kaiju collectibles.
This Singularly Unique Promotional Item Captures the Essence of Monster Kid-dom
Since it’s Halloween week, and Daylight Savings is this weekend, we’re falling forward in our Monsterama series today to stay on the subject of Don Post Studios, the legendary monster mask maker that filled our young lives with desire and lit our imaginations.
This episode focuses on a unique promotional item the studio released in 1966 and the corresponding line of masks. Yes, it’s the Don Post Monster Calendar and the Don Post “calendar masks” as they’ve become known:
Collecting Don Post Calendar Masks
There’s a surprising number of the calendars available on eBay as of this writing. For a 50 year old piece of ephemera, several of them look to be in quality condition. The prices are all over the boar, but at least one listing for a high-grade calendar is less than $50.
Click here to see current eBay listings for the Don Post Mask Calendar as well as masks from the calendar collection.
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