Shock Pop Comic Con Brought Elvira, John Waters, and Horror Greats to Fort Lauderdale

It was fitting that John Waters performed his one-man show, This Filthy World: Filthier and Dirtier, at the inaugural horror-focused Shock Pop Comic Con in Fort Lauderdale. And on Valentine's Day.

The obvious was the ironic pairing of very unsexy sex jokes being told to a crowd of horror movie fans on a day dedicated to romance. The less obvious is that Waters has always put those on the fringes of society on a pedestal. He doesn't sensationalize the differences; he admires them. His work, much like this comic con, makes the "horrific" human.

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Cons generally attract those who maybe once were the nerds of their classes but now are kinda cool. They've found a community of same-minded people with similar interests. When they dress up like some mystery-to-me anime character, they're imbued with a sort of power. Much like the wonderfully weird freaks in classic Waters films.

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Liz has her master’s degree in religion from Florida State University. She has since written for publications and outlets such as Miami New Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Ocean Drive, the Huffington Post, NBC Miami, Time Out Miami, Insomniac, the Daily Dot, and the Atlantic. Liz spent three years as New Times Broward-Palm Beach’s music editor, was the weekend news editor at Inverse, and is currently the managing editor at Tom Tom Magazine.
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