We live in interesting times.
Early in January 2017 my wife Nancy and I traveled to New Orleans for a Personal Appearance at Wizard World. Nancy toured a Mardi Gras museum while I met with fans and posed for selfies. Then we flew to Key West for R&R.
Our first Valentine special was a big hit. A new limited edition Valentine card plus matchy-matchy necklaces will be available soon.
In March we were in Seattle. While I appeared at Comic Con, Nancy connected with far flung family, friends and fabulous fauna.
In early June we flew to Niagara Falls. Nancy and some co-stars got misted on the Maid. “Where’s the bourbon, bitch?” Afterward we drove to NYC and caught the Tony-award winning musical Dear Evan Hansen.
In late June I acted in Spain for director Alexandre Aja on a virtual reality project Campfire Creepers. VR requires a different pace of film acting. It was an interesting challenge. When not on the set in the mountains, I hobbled around Madrid, eating splendid food.
In August we journeyed to Chicago for a PA. We saw the Takashi Murakami show at the Chicago Art Museum. The “Andy Warhol” of Japan, I’m sure most of you are familiar with his work, particularly his use of bold graphics and colorful anime and manga cartoon styles.
We also saw the new gender-bending play HIR at Steppenwolf Theatre. Then on to Red Bank, NJ, which is a gem of a town. Restored buildings are filled with chic shops and restaurants. And of course, Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash on Broad Street. I caught up with the Comic Book Men to guest-star on their show. My bastard children Anders and Asia brought Nightmare Gloves to give as gifts.
In late September I worked at Scarefest in Lexington, KY then a quick turn around and in October we were guests of the International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia in Sitges, Spain. What an honor to attend the 50th anniversary of this influential festival. We arrived just in time for the premier of Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape Of Water. Wow! We also saw Ghost and Marjorie Prime. I got to meet the legendary director William Friedkin who was being honored at the festival. We relished a four-day layover in NYC on the way home. Saw Bette Midler on Broadway in Hello Dolly and Carrie Coons (Leftovers) in the powerful Mary Jane off-Broadway.
November? Rhode Island? Nancy and our dog Maizy stayed in Laguna and I ate Portuguese kale soup and spread love to my fans at Rhode Island Comic Con.
In late November we embarked on a three-city tour. I worked at Milan Comic Con in Italy and Weekend of Hell in Dortmund, Germany. My wife got caught in the snow and nearly froze at the sprawling Weihnachtsmarkt in Dortmund. We spent the intervening week in London; saw Venus in Fur, a two-hander starring Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones) and The Ferryman and delighted in Mayfair’s elaborate Christmas decorations.
Who says California doesn’t have seasons? We have four seasons: Pilot Season, Awards Season, Fire Season and Summer.
As we head toward the Oscars, we’ve been holed up watching screeners and bingeing: here are some of my favorites, in no particular order:
Shape of Water, The Florida Project, Bladerunner 2049, I, Tonya, and Good Time,
Bingeing: Black Mirror, Dark, Peaky Blinders, Berlin Station, and Stranger Things
Looking forward to seeing my fans and Freddy-ettes at the Mad Monster Party in NC, February 16 – 18.
— Robert Englund