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Fan Conventions For The Weekend of Aug. 10

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RidgeCon 2019 August 9-10, 2019 Ridgefield Library
Ridgefield, CT
Steel City Con 2019 August 9-11, 2019 Monroeville Convention Center
Monroeville, PA
TerrifiCon 2019 August 9-11, 2019 Mohegan Sun Earth Expo & Convention Center
Uncasville, CT
FarleyCon 2019 August 10, 2019 East Ridge Community Center
East Ridge, TN
Rah-Con 2019 August 10, 2019 St. Thomas the Apostle Byzantine Catholic Church
Rahway, NJ
ICT Comic Con and Science Fiction Expo 2019 August 10-11, 2019 Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center
Wichita, KS
Soda City Comic Con 2019 August 10-11, 2019 Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
Columbia, SC

Foy's Variety Halloween Store Featured In Party & Halloween Retailer Magazine

NCA member Foy's Variety Halloween Store of Fairborn, Ohio, is the "Shop Talk" column feature story in the May/June edition of Party & Halloween Retailer magazine. 

Profiled in the article was Michael Foy, grandson of the shop's founder. Foy's opened in 1929, just before the stock market crash "and the recessions that followed," the magazine commented.

Foy's Variety Halloween Store covers 4,300 square feet just outside of Dayton, Ohio. Two locations were added in the 90s: "Foy's Costume Store (is) in 4,000 square feet of space, and Foy's Kids Costume Store (takes up) 2,900 square feet."

"'Our saying is if Foy's doesn't have it, you don't need it,'" Michael Foy told the magazine. 

Click here to read the May/June edition. The Foy's story begins on Page 8. 


Coming To The NCA Conference? Bring A Bathing Suit & Join The 'Porpoise Revue'


The National Costumers Association is looking for five more willing participants to join us in doing a “Porpoise Revue."

What is a Porpoise Revue and who who can join? ANYONE with a bathing suit, willing to laugh, no swimming required (we stay in the shallow end! The Porpoise Review is the "NCA version" of synchronized swimming -- these movements are very simple!

Please let us know you're interested: email [email protected]



NCA Welcoming Special Effects Artist Rj Haddy To 2019 Annual Conference

The National Costumers Association is thrilled that special effects artist Robert J. "Rj" Haddy II will present at next week's NCA Annual Conference in Kansas City, Mo. He will speak on "Everything You Wanted To Know About Airbrushing & Airbrushing Techniques" and "Prosthetic Application and Makeup Techniques," and he'll also serve on a panel of makeup experts. 

Haddy is a multi-disciplinary, award winning creative who has worked as an Actor, Director, Producer, Writer, FX Makeup artist, Costume Designer and fabricator, Puppeteer, and Production Designer. Definitely a Jack of all artistic trades, but Rj’s career as a creative started well before any professional credits were added to his resume. Making puppets from tennis balls in kindergarten, then moving to costumes and make up by the time he was 12 , to racking up trophies for theater conferences during high school (in an era when none of that was cool) does offer some legitimacy to his claim of “being cosplay before it had a name."

No matter what the artistic endeavor or challenge -- read more about Rj on his NCA bio page here -- he just likes to create and do things that please his aesthetic and he's always ecstatic (not to mention shocked) that someone else thinks so too.

Register for the full conference here. Also, if you're in the Kansas City area, sign up for one or more of the sessions -- our a la carte menu registration page is here. 




Welcome To Kansas City, Part II -- 1st Happy Meal, 1st Multiplex and Truman's Haberdashery

Kansas City is home to the 2019 Annual Conference of the National Costumer Association. But ... did you know the following

  • You probably know about the famous shuttlecocks on the lawn of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, but did you know that the museum is supposed to be the net in the badminton game?
  • By the late 1940s, 86 factories were manufacturing garments in Kansas City.
  • In 1963, what is widely believed to be the first multiplex movie theater opened in Ward Parkway Shopping Center.
  • More than 25 colleges and universities call the Kansas City area home.
  • Before Harry S. Truman went into politics, he owned a Kansas City haberdashery.
  • The Happy Meal was invented in Kansas City. Bob Bernstein, founder of local advertising agency Bernstein-Rein, got the idea after noticing his son staring at a cereal box during breakfast.

Source: KC Parent Photo: Wikimedia Commons


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