A Nightmare on DragonCon Street 2011: Children of the Con
Posted on September 10, 2011
ConCrud: noun, The condition one finds oneself suffering from after being around thousands of people at a convention, some of who do not embrace proper shower etiquette and who enjoy spreading germs that make you feel like they look.
So, a little update before getting to the rest of the DragonCon 2011 adventure. Do you remember that Wil Wheaton blog post I wrote earlier this week? There are those who enjoyed it and those who are a part of Wil’s acknowledged Geek Army–or cult as I call it–who didn’t. They are legion. But I’m satire, so the Farce is with me, which means they can suck it.
Right. Shall we get to the rest of the good stuff?
Miss Jenn-Jenn and I arrived, hitched a ride to the hotel, unpacked, grabbed our badges and prepared for Friday. First thing I did then (Friday) was attend a panel with actors Tony Todd (Candyman), Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street) and Lance Henrickson (Aliens). Very awesome! Unfortunately, I didn’t have a seat conducive to recording any of the conversation, but I have met all three of them before.
A neat thing about Tony Todd is that a film like Candyman or Final Destination 5 allows him a year to a year and a half to go and do stage or other non-horror films that he’d rather be doing and he’s wonderful at. He’s a wonderful dramatic actor. Same with Robert and Lance. Robert and I spoke while he signed my copy of his book (he’d spent some time here in Michigan going to college) and he mentioned he’d love to get an apartment in Rochester for a bit during Christmas one year and perform A Christmas Carol at Meadowbrook. I’d go to see that.
Now, Lance Henrickson did a pretty cool thing. I brought my copy of his book, Not Bad For A Human, to have him sign and he refused to charge me for it. Most celebrities will charge you regardless, but not him. He even told his assistant “Don’t charge anybody for signing the book if they brought it with them. They already paid for it.” How awesome is that? I also attended a separate panel for Lance and recorded the beginning of it, which turned out to be a good thing because the marines from Aliens presented him with an award.
Next up was a Star Trek: Voyager panel with Garrett Wang, Kate Mulgrew and Robert Duncan McNeill. Poor Garrett still couldn’t get a break from his first-in-command not being able to pronounce his last name. Ugh. It also seemed two years ago that Kate didn’t think much of Garrett, but they had a pretty decent comradery despite having differences of opinion. Kate got along and stated she liked Rick Berman. The rest of the human race did not. Kate went to bat for Robbie directing episodes–he’s now directing Chuck. Garrett was never given the opportunity to, which is a huge sore spot with him. It’s almost a little ironic that it didn’t come up.
I had my picture with them that night, too. All I know is that when I walked up, Garrett leaned forward and said “Just look ahead. Trust me. You’ll love this.” So I did and this is the picture–and he’s right, I loved it!
Saturday consisted of too much time gathering signatures, rubbing elbows with folks and getting a little shopping done for friends’ birthdays. I had two more photos lined up to boot. The first is the one that inspired the Wil Wheaton Cult Blog.
The second is with an absolutely beautiful gal regardless of whether or not she’s in or out of costume; Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.
I also had the pleasure and honor of being on my first panel at DragonCon along with fellow author T.C. Blue Saturday night. It was the Same Sex Fiction panel for the Writer’s Track. We had a blast! There were two things that bothered me about it, though. First, it’s treated a bit like the red-headed stepchild and scheduled at 11:30pm. Second, it was scheduled on the same night as the Rainbow Flag Party, so there went a chunk of your audience. Word is a couple of the other authors are going to approach the track director and see about increasing and improving our programming. Folks are attending, so why not capitalize on it?
Carrie Fisher was a stitch! So many people attended her panel that she was only able to be on for about 25 minutes instead of a full hour. I wished I’d been able to ask her a question, but time didn’t allow for it. At one point, she brought up a missing chapter from her forthcoming book about celebrities pimping themselves out selling autographs at conventions. The irony is that she was charging $65 for an autograph. Hmm… Still, she’s a hell of a personality and handles a crowd brilliantly.
Ohh, I’ve got a couple more things to share with you. If you ever wanted to know what the DragonCon parade looks like in terms of how many people show up for it, I shot some video footage from my balcony. It barely scratches the surface of the parade, but it does give you a bit of its flavor.
Until next week (still sick and blowing my nose)!
Kristoffer Gair (who formerly wrote under the pseudonym Kage Alan) is the Detroit-based author of Honor Unbound, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To My Sexual Orientation, Andy Stevenson Vs. The Lord Of The Loins, Gaylias: Operation Thunderspell, several short stories featured in anthologies (to be combined in a forthcoming book), the recently re-published novella Falling Awake, its sequel, Falling Awake II: Revenant and Falling Awake III: Requiem.
One Response to “A Nightmare on DragonCon Street 2011: Children of the Con”
September 10, 2011 at 3:03 pm
And just where did you leave the hand sanitizer? Should have used it after touching things like I did. 😉