The thing about Dragon*Con is that there is always so much to see and do. And most of it is happening at the same time something else cool and fun is happening too. It can take a year to prepare for it and within a few days it is all done. So I want to wrap up the con with a less than coherent report, giving shout-outs and thank yous while mentioning all the other cool stuff that happened too.
First, a special "Thank You" to a core of super sweet people who brought you the swag this year. They are the ones who made it happen for the rest of the fans. So in no special order:
Aaron Poole, Alma Balderas, Squarerootofpi, The Mantis-Eye Experiment
, Michelle Buckner, Lee Carr, DalekEmpress/Cadette V, Cody Clontz, Kuiosikle, Fiawol, Adrienne Orpheus (VentureCosplay.com
), DoomsDayDevice, Debora Kerr, Nala Serenity (check out her Etsy Firefly store), Hal Mayo, Majikthise, Ken Plume (asitecalledFRED.com
) and... did I miss anyone?
A lot of other people donated at the table and I don't have their names before me to thank them all, but THANK YOU!
Others who deserve a mention include John McDonald for his most magnificent H.E.L.P.eR. Constructed with a variety of products and materials, the finished bot not only lights up but "talks" while his jaw moves. He brought this wonderful creation to the convention for everyone to enjoy and set the little (not so little) fella up at the Adult Swim Central/Venture Bros. Blog fan table. Later, John escorted H.E.L.P.eR around to a number of panels including the Venture panel on Sunday. Functional H.E.L.P.eR.
As always, Deborah Kerr just goes above and beyond and her father was just the most fun. Her support on so many different levels was very appreciated. And taking over the Astrobase Cadet job assignments made table set up much easier. :D
Dean's Girl (Ryan) just did so much to pitch in. Year after year she offers so much help and really did me a solid this year running the fan table when I had to leave early on Monday. And she always has such fun costumes.
Stewart Haire, it's always a pleasure to see you. I'm sorry I didn't get to see more of your family this year. But your support and help has always been appreciated.
Mark Ingram was a new friend this year and I was so happy to meet him. Very nice, very sweet and wonderfully costumed (but I never saw your 4th Venture outfit). Thank you Mark for dropping by. I hope you come by next year too. I had a wonderful time talking to you.
The Two Girls from the People's Republic of China. :) Yes, that is right. Their English was spotty. My Chinese was worse. But they were Venture Bros fans and they just got the biggest kick out of the PRoV being the People's Republic of Venture. They were sweet and charming. I hope they return next year.
Paul and Michelle were the wonderful people who not only helped me set up but kept me company a good bit too. And I look forward to working with both of them in the upcoming year. I also plan to be visiting Michelle's Drop By Dragon
LJ. It's a great group focused on those who are looking for support as they seek to improve their lifestyle and eating habits in time for Dragon*Con.
Claire, Katy, Tim Burgess and a host of others, old and new. No offense if I don't mention you all, there were just so many wonderful, wonderful people I met. I just don't remember all the names.
Gonzo Quiz Show - Did you see this? If not, put it on your calendar for next year because it is hilarious. It's a "quiz show" with various celebrities competing to out bullshit each other. And we all know how Doc Hammer is. He can talk the paint off a post. But it was Sylvester McCoy who upstaged him this year by doing the whole panel "drunk". He took off his jacket, put on his jacket, dressed his microphone, gave his microphone a drink, fell asleep on Doc... on and on. He was so delightful, I just laughed until I cried. Next year, check it out if you can.
Finally - Many of you are on Facebook. You can friend me there if you like, but I don't recommend it. Most of what I use FB for is keeping in touch with family and blathering on about kayaking and bikes and other such nonsense. However, there is a People's Republic of Venture group on FB at PRoV
. Any contests, any craft projects, any cool news and just handy-dandy information will be not only posted here but there as well. It's a good way to keep up with what is going on. I recommend you join it as a simple way to keep track of what is happening on this LiveJournal.