I’ve just been nominated for one of the world’s coolest awards: the Rondo Classic Horror Award for Best Magazine Cover for my werewolf cover to Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine #252.
There is also a possibility of my winning four other Rondos that depend upon write-in votes: Writer of the Year 2010; Artist of the Year (Pro); Monster Kid of the Year; and Monster Kid Hall of Fame.
Did you read that part where I said “that depend upon write-in votes”? For your ballot, please go to http://www.rondoaward.com/rondo/rondos.html
The Rondo Awards are very special to me for a number of reasons. One, they’re voted on by the fans, the passionate followers of All Things Monster who keep their angry villager torches burning despite any other public trends in film genres.
Two, I’m a real Monster Kid. I’ve been crazy about monsters ever since I saw my first movie, the 1952 re-release of the original King Kong at my local Reseda Drive-in Theater when I was three years old. Years later (when I was eight) I viewed the classic Universal monster movies presented by the Shock Theatre syndication package. From then on it’s been monsters, monsters, monsters in my life. I lived for the arrival of my subscription copies of Famous Monsters. Amazingly, I grew up and eventually got to actually create monsters for the movies. The most prominent creatures I had a hand in creating are the Tarman (from The Return of the Living Dead), Edgar (the big bug at the end of Men In Black), the Predator (from the first Predator), the Faun from Pan’s Labyrinth, the dinosaurs from Disney’s Dinosaur, the drones from Invaders From Mars, some of the creatures from the Conan films and the evil villains from Masters of the Universe.
A real Fan Boy dream-come-true occurred when I became friends with Ray Harryhausen, Richard Matheson and Ray Bradbury and got to collaborate with them on several projects.
Three, I have a real connection to the namesake of the Rondo Awards. My dad worked with Rondo Hatton. In between films Rondo worked with my dad at an aircraft parts factory. My dad told me that Rondo was a very quiet, gentle man with “the biggest hands I ever saw”.
I’ve never campaigned for any other awards before but this one means a lot to me. If you’re a monster fan, you should be aware of the Rondos. Even if you decide not to vote for me, visit the site and check out the past recipients. You’ll probably find some old friends there.