A mash-up poster of Troll Hunter and The Walking Dead has Syracuse fanboys and fangirls shivering with anticipation for this year’s Horror and Sci-Fi Garage Sale. On Saturday, June 30, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., 40 tables of local and out-of-state vendors will be selling horror and sci-fi memorabilia, including graphic novels, toys, artwork, movies and more. The event will be held at the American Legion, 1951 W. Fayette St.
Horror and sci-fi enthusiasts Jason West and David Royal have been gearing up for the sale, which they hope will be even more successful than last year’s debut. “We’re hoping to double each aspect of the festival every year what we had the year before,” said West, meaning number of vendor tables, raffle items and the like.
The event welcomes all age groups. There will be free goodie bags for younger children and two raffles geared toward adults, plus the legion’s bar will be open. West and Royal plan to premiere a faux trailer for their movie The Fumigator at the event.
Valuing old-school 1980s-era horror, their aim is to bring back classic VHS-ready film. All of the movies under their production company, Vultra Video, will be shot on tape, not digitally. In support of that cause, a film crew is attending the event to discuss their feature-length documentary Adjust Your Tracking: The Untold Story of the VHS Collector, directed by Levi “Dabeedo” Peretic and Dan Kinem.
Through word of mouth, social media and a handful of posters scattered around Syracuse, West and Royal were able to attract more than 500 people last year.
This year, they have used these methods to raise money to cover the cost of a larger venue, as well as possible celebrity appearances. More than $200 has already been raised through a fundraiser posted on their Facebook site, not to mention the vendors that have responded to their request for raffle prizes. Although there will be no Hollywood celebrity appearance at this year’s event, the duo hopes to eventually gather enough donations to fly in some directors and actors from California for their next sale.
“It’s all about who you know in the community,” noted West, who has attended horror conventions in New Jersey and Ohio over the past eight years and has befriended like-minded horror and sci-fi fans. “We have people promoting in Utah and California, and we have people driving in from Florida and Massachusetts,” he added.
West and Royal hope to make this an annual event, and to look for larger venues to accommodate more vendors and appearances. Their second film GoreGEOUS is also in line for a preview, date to be announced. To get in touch with West or Royal, or learn more about the event, visit facebook.com/HorrorScifi315.