High point of the night was the giveaway for the best questions of the night. We had three copies of my book, a severed head for some reason, and a pair of gift certificates for Ford's legacy technology (roughly a $500 value). The best question was by a 12 year old named Ollie (hi, Ollie!) from Florida, who wanted to know how old you had to be to participate in LARPing. This kid was enthralled the whole time. Anyway, Aaron offered him a choice - my book, the SEVERED HEAD, or the gift certificates. After a few moments of indecision, he says, "I'll take the book!" My natural reaction was to stand up, double barrel point at Ford (he's the bearded guy on the end), and shout, "BOOM! TAKE THAT OLD MAN!" Not me at my most professional best, but then again, I'm not necessarily the most professional person at the best of times. Comic Con asked to video the panel for marketing purposes, and promised us a copy when they've got it all done. I fully expect to make a GIF out of myself getting all up in Ford's face.
Sunday morning I had a second panel, over at Camp Conival, the parallel event at Petco Park organized by Nerdist and Geek & Sundry. It had fun camp stuff like Archery, Laser Tag, and board games, as well as autographs, burritos, and, of course, panels. When I first got there, the Rachels (Heine, EIC of Nerdist, Romero, Director of Marketing...Hi you two! <3) got me all set up in the Green Room so I could hang out, get free snacks, and avail myself of the open bar. And, as it happens, embarrass myself in front of real celebrities. Upon first discovering my internet geek-crush Felicia Day sitting next to me, the best I could do was wheeze at her, and even after getting the courage to go up and introduce myself I didn't get much beyond "You're so awesome." I did, however, manage to get a selfie with her.