Monday, September 17, 2012
Post Comic Con and Fandom
Of course, hearing others like Malcolm McDowell speak was a fantastic treat and I also met Mike Magnola (creator of Hellboy). What I didn't quite expect was meeting Tom Savini. Late in the evening while most we either at the Steampunk Mixer After-party or the 'Hardcore Nerdism' Comedy Show, the wife and I went to see 'Smoke & Mirrors: The Story of Tom Savini'. We were coming out of the game room but the movie/documentary had already started so the room was dark with the exception of the projector screen. We took a couple of seats and enjoyed the documentary very much.
As a kid, I used to watch a lot of blood/gore movies and Savini was pretty much a household name in connection with the genre. A friend and I used to look over the issues of Fangoria and, of course, we were both hopeful that someone would eventually do a Freddy vs Jason movie. I mean who knew that would actually end up happening so many years later, right? At the time, while there were many that he was involved with that I liked and thought was 'cool', one of my favorites was Creep Show. I can't remember when I first saw it but it was a few years after it was released. I was probably 13 when I saw it for the first time. Tom Savini was the guy that did all the makeup and special effects and is best known for this type of work.
Well, the lights came back on at the end of the movie and walking to the front was the man himself. I knew he was at the Con but I didn't know he was going to be at the screening. The great part of all of this was the fact that we may have been a total of 20 or so people which made his chat afterwards much more casual and open. People there were people genuinely interesting in the work he did and he opening asked for thoughts and criticisms on the documentary (not yet in a finished / final form).
Fandom is an interesting thing and, I met people of all types. Everyone seemed to be very pleasant though and I got a chance to meet and talk to a bunch of strangers -- people who simply enjoyed many of the same things in a lot of cases and, while at the con, we were also all friends in a way. It's kind of the same sort of comradery you can find amongst gamers and it's great to share a passion or hobby.
As for stuff... well as anyone who goes to these knows, every kind of convention like this acts as a blackhole when it comes to ones finances. Aside from the professional pictures taken with Shatner and Patrick Stewart and a few signings here and there... the wife and I came back with some T-Shirts, comic books, artisan jewelry and apparel, some prints, and a couple sets of Game Science dice. Found a new distributor based in Montreal that started up which carries the line. I made sure to get the business card to suggest a couple of local games stores to contact him and start carrying the lines he distributes -- like more GAME SCIENCE DICE! I only picked up two sets (I would have picked up more if they had the color I was looking for) but would love to increase those numbers.
Of course, as someone who runs and plays games, it'll be hard to give up the set I currently use. Natural 20's and 1's seem to come up with a bit more frequency than some of the other numbers (that chessex tumbling process again. Given that the 1 comes up as often as the 20 does, others don't seem to mind as much but it has resulted in the death of a couple of my characters as well as the death of many a critter and, well, other player characters. But, the Game Science dice will look 'bitchin' once I've inked the numbers. ;)