IKKICON and KATSUCON were busy conventions that made me do a lot of traveling in a short amount of time, but I had a blast at both cons and was glad that I attended. The staffers were great, the attendees I met were awesome and it was great to see a lot of old friends on both sides of the table.
IKKICON may have been the con I seem to have caught the flu at, but I had a great time there and would gladly return. My special thanks to Jen, my fellow vegan, who helped to hook me up with many tasty treats, as well as the folks at the con who took the time to buy vegan goodies in the first place. I'm lookin' at you, Liz. And it's always a blast to hang out with my buddy Xero, whose awesomeness defies description, as well as Jon, who is equally awesome and let me play Rock Band til the wee hours of the morning. Amelie may have defeated my entire team for the Iron Artist competition, but I battled her into a draw. No pun intended.
KATSUCON had the pleasure of hosting me while I was battling the flu. I could barely speak at times but I managed to power through my panels, meet a ton of great readers and not get anyone else violently ill. I think. My kudos to the great staffers there who also took the time to make sure I had vegan goodies to munch on. My thanks to everyone else at the con who was thoughtful enough to bring me herbal teas, cough drops, saltine crackers and even some soup to help me feel better. I have to say I felt downright spoiled.
Here are the good peoples I hung out with at KATSUCON. Do me a favor and show them some love.
Because I thought I peed my pants in Ananth's house.
Because they're f-cking metal.
Because Robitussin throat drops are like crack.
HOOKIE DOOKIE PANIC
Because I can't repeat anything Brian Wilson says in public.
Because Rob was as sick as me and Jamie hooked me up with falafel.
Because Garth knows how deeply I geeked out in the presence of Phil & Kaja Foglio.
Because Steve always hooks me up in random, awesome ways.
Because bringing video games to cons makes you a celebrity.
Because Dave was trapped in a cage of his own making all weekend.
BLUE AND BLOND
Because Chris was defeated by two girls with an iron grip and a penchant for tickling.
Oh. And I totally fanboyed out when Phil Foglio came up to my table, shook my hand, and told me he was a big fan of the strip. It was all I could do not to squeak. I almost coughed all over him, though. Stupid flu. It took me two more days to finally meet Kaja Foglio, who had very nice things to say to me and that only restarted the fanboying process. I think I played it cool, but still... Squeak!
Anyway, those are my convention adventures. I've got two more coming up in March and another in April. More news on that later.