Once again I was called upon to design a poster for Seismic Sideshow, a benefit "of earth-shaking proportions" for the 11th Annual Sideshow Gathering — the world's only convention for sideshow and variety performers. This year's poster is based on the volcano logo I came up with last year, but this time it is a trifle more atmospheric.
Presented by Shocked and Amazed! On & Off the Midway and sponsored by Ripley's Believe It or Not!, this performance will happen on Friday, 5 October 2012 at Washington DC's Red Palace.
Featured on the bill will be: "Coney Island" Todd Robbins, star of the recent stage hit Play Dead — playing now in Mexico City and opening soon in London; the world's most adorable sword swallower, Heather Holliday — fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Coney Island's Sideshows by the Seashore, and Pretty Things Peepshow; the demented diva of Valentine Candy Burlesque, Rev. Valentine; from the award-winning Cheeky Monkey Sideshow: Mab Just Mab, Mr. Eon, Sally the Cinch, and Swami YoMahmi; and special surprise guests!
The idea for Seismic Sideshow (and the title) came from James Taylor, publisher of Shocked and Amazed! On & Off the Midway, after Franco Kossa, founder of the Sideshow Gathering, passed away suddenly last May. Every year, Franco had paid out of his own pocket most of the expenses entailed in making the Sideshow Gathering happen, but in the wake of Franco's death his widow Kim was unable to take on that financial burden herself. However, as that year was to mark the 10th anniversary of the Sideshow Gathering, everyone involved wanted to do what they could to make the event a success and a tribute to Franco. So it was that James Taylor came up with the idea of mounting benefit performances in the weeks leading up to the Gathering with the proceeds gathered helping to offset the considerable nut for the Sideshow Gathering itself. Many performers, including the Lucky Daredevil Thrillshow and Olde City Sideshow, enthusiastically contributed their talents. Last year, there were Seismic Sideshow events held in Washington DC and Baltimore. A potential Baltimore gig for this year fell through, but a Philadelphia incarnation is presently in the works.