Friday, November 12, 2010

The Sideshow Gathering 2010: Media compilation

One of the major drawbacks of Facebook - aside from the restricted-access cocktail-party format - is the strictly linear nature of its structure:  what you posted today gets buried beneath what you post tomorrow, and as the days, weeks, months, and years roll by, things get buried deeper and deeper with no real hope of finding them, and no easy way to search for them.

There was lots of great media coverage at the 2010 Inkin' the Valley Tattoo Convention and Sideshow Gathering.  Everyone's been sharing it back and forth.  But my concern is that in time this stuff will get buried and lost, if it doesn't get outright deleted by the content suppliers themselves.  So, in an effort to preserve these things for future reference, I will use this post to collect all past, current, and future media pieces on this year's event.

James Mundie's official press release contains excellent background material on many of the acts, as well as tons of valuable links:

The Weekender had a great article ahead of the show.  As part of what was apparently a running gag, Magic Brian was featured prominently in photos throughout, but was never mentioned by name:
Inkin' the Valley and Sideshow Gathering a perfect pairing The Weekender, Northeast PA

The Sunday Times Leader (November 7, 2010) had another great article featuring photos and interviews from the event itself.  And this time Magic Brian (who again was prominently featured in the main photo) was "the Blockhead":
More than ogling at oddities The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, PA

AOL News was the first national media outlet to put out a story on this year's event.  This story focuses on the record-breaking Mass Human Blockhead event, but includes footage and interviews from throughout the weekend.  I didn't realize when I first saw it that the person reporting is Mark Hartzman, the author of the excellent book American Sideshow (which has significant material contributions by James Mundie!):
AOL News: Human Blockheads Nail World Record

The Associated Press followed up with this article, locally carried in the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader:
Sideshow performers unite at weird Pa. convention - Associated Press - The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, PA

Yahoo! News has also done a video post, featuring interviews with the Reverend Tommy Gunn of Freakshow Deluxe, Martin Ling of the Olde City Sideshow, and Della Deadgirl, among others.  (The link may be a little wonky - it has a habit of going to another entry entirely, called "Robot Actor", but the entry I'm talking about is called "Sideshow performers bring wackiness to light"):
Yahoo News: Sideshow performers bring wackiness to light

Coverage from Philadelphia's WPHL, channel 17:
The Sideshow Gathering Pictures from Wilkes Barre, PA - WPHL

A pre-show article on
Tattoos, piercings and wild sideshow acts - Features - the570

John Robinson's Sideshow World continues to give excellent coverage to this event.  Here are the postings so far:

Walt Hudson's review:

If you have any photos from the event, please post them to the official Inkin' the Valley Tattoo Convention and Sideshow Gathering Flickr page (or post a link to one of the sites below):

And, of course, there are the official sites for Inkin' the Valley Tattoo Convention and Sideshow Gathering:

Dates for 2011 have just been announced!

The eighteenth annual Inkin' the Valley Tattoo Convention and TENTH ANNUAL Sideshow Gathering will be held November 4th, 5th, and 6th, 2011!

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