Friday, August 15, 2008

Gen Con, Day 2

So, Day 2 was just as much fun as Day 1. The best part about these conventions is that you can really just spend your time doing whatever you want (to an extent), and it's been even more fun because I haven't really followed any type of schedule. I've just kind of gone with the flow and whatever happens, happens. I made it to the exhibit hall soon after it opened in full costume. I've tried to dress up as something at least once during the con the last few years. This year, I decided it might be fun to be one of Dr. Horrible's groupies. If you've seen the Internet phenomenon that is "Dr Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog", then you know what I'm talking about. If you have no clue at all, then just take a gander at the pics below, and you'll kind of get an idea of the zaniness that is Joss Whedon's latest musical/fantasy series creation. The last part of the costume I needed was the goggles on my head, and luckily, there were all types being sold around the exhibit hall. Today, I found some real steampunk leather and brass goggles that were amazing, but I'm sure were much more expensive than my plastic welders' goggles. Plus, mine more closely resemble Dr. Horrible's goggles, so I was satisfied with my outfit. I only had one person want my picture, and she just so happened to be dressed as a Dr. Horrible groupie, too! It was kind of ironic that we ended up sitting in on the same seminar, since I think we were the only two dressed like that at the entire con today. I did actually see a "Dr. Horrible" roaming the exhibit hall floor at the end of the day, but he passed me before I could get a picture, and the next time I saw him, I was passing him in my car in the parking garage. Oh, well. Maybe he'll be there tomorrow. I just mentioned a seminar I sat in on, this afternoon. When you attend Gen Con, you can go to all sorts of workshops and seminars on just about anything related to gaming or the sci-fi/fantasy genres. Today, there happened to be a seminar on The Dead Gentlemen and their latest and future projects. Six of the "DG" led it, which was one of the funniest experiences I've had in a very long time. As I said in my previous post, their latest movie, "The Gamers: Dorkness Rising", was released on DVD at the con, yesterday. Today, they spoke a little on the distribution process and why it took them a while to get the film released to their adoring fans. They also talked about The Demon Hunters RPG, a role-playing game based on the first movie they ever made (while still in college) called "Demon Hunters". While the seminar was partly a plug for their current projects, they also spoke a little on what they have planned for the future. I'm not going to go into specifics, but some of the things they have in store for the world just sound totally awesome! By the way, I highly, HIGHLY recommend anyone reading this to find a copy of "The Gamers: Dorkness Rising" and watch it with all of your pals. It's a great film for anyone who loves playing games and/or loves funny, fantasy films. Because they signed with Anthem Pictures to distribute their movie, you'll now be able to add it to your Netflix queue or even buy it on or from your local video store. Hopefully, this wider distribution will give them an even bigger fan-base. Which means more money for them. Which also means more great movies and other products they can create for the rest of us! Yay for independent artists and their lovely creativity! Speaking of independent artists, I also took a picture of my friend and fantasy artist, Steve Prescott, at his booth this morning. He's been busy there signing "Magic: The Gathering" cards and selling originals and prints of some of his artwork. He received the "Best in Show" award at Gen Con, last year, so he gets to judge the artwork of his fellow artists at this year's show. It'll be interesting to see who gets the ribbons, tomorrow. Besides talking to friends and enjoying that seminar this afternoon, I did take the time to sit down and demo a couple of games. It's hard to demo at some of the exhibits because they're always so busy and full of people. However, a friend of mine and I were able to find a few places where we could get a quick demonstration of the companies' latest games. I left the con exhausted from all the walking and from the little sleep I got last night, but it was all worth it. I'm really looking forward to tomorrow, when I can share the day with my hubby! Yay!

Before I ramble on even more than I have, here's a look at the day:

Steve Prescott at his booth in the "Art Show". He wanted me to make sure it looked like he was "working" in the pic!

Me as a "Dr. Horrible" groupie! Yes! That is me in that picture!

I met Angela from Louisville at the Dead Gentlemen seminar, who just happened to be dressed as a "Dr. Horrible" groupie, too! What a crazy, random happenstance!

I wanted a picture OF the Dead Gentlemen. They made me get in the picture WITH them.

Then, the person taking the picture told them to look "disturbingly" at me. I had no clue what expressions they had on their faces until after I saw the picture! Yeah, that's pretty much how the entire seminar went! They are just wacky, funny guys!

Pictured with me (from left to right): Scott Brown, Nathan Rice, Brian Lewis, Don Early, and Matt Vancil. Thanks, guys, for brightening my day!

Oh, and I can't forget the reason(s) why they gave their seminar: "The Gamers: Dorkness Rising" and The Demon Hunters RPG.

And, finally: "I'm a monster! Rawrrr!!!"

I probably won't get home in time to blog, tomorrow, so I'll see ya all on Sunday or Monday (depending on how exhausted I am when we get home!).


Ben said...

Thanks for the update. Sitting up here in Seattle it's awesome actually seeing some pictures of the DG at work!

Amanda C. said...

Yeah, and they've been working really hard at this con! Well, if you call sitting around and signing autographs "working". ;) Seriously, though, they've done a great job of selling the movie and RPG, and the screening of the movie last night was just incredible! I'll try to post about that later. Oh, and thanks for stopping by my humble little blog! It means a lot.

Miss P and Baby E's Mama said...

Looks like you had fun! Thanks for the pic of Steve - he is such a celebrity. :)

So, any goodies?

Amanda C. said...

Oh, we got lots of goodies! Check out the latest post, and you'll see what I mean!

Anonymous said...

I was looking for Dr. Horrible pics from GenCon and yours were some of the ones that came up. Me, my boyfriend and my daughter were at GenCon and he happened to be dressed as Dr. Horrible! As a matter of fact we saw the other groupie, the one you have a pic with.

So anyway just thought I would say hi!