Friday, April 02, 2010

I’m Cool. Really.

You may not believe it from my gruff, masculine exterior, but once a year I like to mingle with the lesser people among us, and attend a little thing called I-Con.

For those of you who DON’T have trouble getting laid, I-CON is Long Island’s biggest (and really only) Science Fiction convention.

It’s also the place where one year I got to check out Mr. Sulu’s penis, among other things.

For one weekend a year, everyone who you have ever beaten up in gym class all converge onto the StonyBrook campus to partake in all manner of nerdy endeavors from dressing up like a Vulcan, or full-scale LARPing, or sitting in on a panel discussion to discuss if Greedo really DID shoot first.

And before you ask: No, I most certainly do NOT dress up.

But I DO like to walk around and people-watch, just to reinforce my belief that I am so damn much handsomer than most everyone else.

I also like to sit in on the panel discussions and the meet-and-greets that they have with whatever celebrities they can rope into coming each year.

This year I was lucky enough to sit down and chat for about 15 minutes with Tony Todd.

If you recognize him at all, you probably will know him from the Candyman movies. He also did a lot of work on Star Trek, and he played the big bad guy last season on ‘24’.

I, however, know Mr. Todd from his awesome work in the 1990 remake of Night of the Living Dead.

Tony was a SUPER cool guy, and he listened to me patiently while I gushed about how much I love that damn movie. Meeting Tony Todd was just about worth the cost of admission alone. I even went completely fanboy and got his autograph on a picture. It says:

“Dear Andrew,


Tony Todd”

At least I THINK it says ‘Peace’. He wrote it kind of sloppy. He may have called me a “Penis”.


Next up I sat down with Charisma Carpenter.

Pretty much anyone who knows her will know her as Cordelia from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. She seemed pretty cool, and she looked every bit as yummy as she does in the picture above. She said that her next big role is with Sylvester Stallone in this summer’s big action movie, The Expendables. She ALSO strongly implied that Sly is an asshole, but then stopped herself noting that she still hopes to be in Expendables 2.


I capped off the weekend sitting down with Ron Moore. Ron is the guy who created and wrote the new Battlestar Galactica show, which I think is aces, and is currently writing the new Caprica show.

He seemed very cool, and was answering everyone’s questions quite nicely and thoughtfully. In one response, he mentioned how he used to write for the HBO show Carnival.

I never knew he wrote Carnival, but I use to LOVE that show. I decided to ask him a question about it. I had always thought that the first season was very slow, but the show got to all kinds of awesomeness in its second season. Then it ended in a cliff hanger and HBO soon after cancelled it, so the viewers never got to learn what happened.

So that’s what I asked him about.

As soon as I mentioned how I felt about the first season, I saw his expression change, and I knew something wasn’t kosher.

After I finished my question, he stared me down and said, “I ONLY wrote the first season. I have no idea what happened at the finale of the second season, nor do I care. NEXT QUESTION!”

The temperature of the room dropped about 30 degrees. Everyone else got a 5 minute flowery response to their questions, and I was basically told to “Fuck off!”.

Oh well, at least I didn’t get escorted out by security this time.

There’s always next year.


Lifeofkaylen said...

I remember being so excited about the show Carnival and it really was painfully slow that first season and we were left really frustrated every week, but we were so into it and knew that it would just get better if we hold out a little longer....but we stopped watching halfway through the second.

Your comment to him was the most hilarious thing ever!!! Way to make yourself remembered.

Slyde said...

holy shit Kaylen!

You must have REALLY felt strongly about that....!

Janine / Being Brazen said...

I so want to go to a sci-fi convention...but we dont have things like that in South Africa...

Ps - Happy Easter x

Verdant Earl said...

Your blog is having comment issues today. That is all.

Kimberly said...


Heff said...

Oh, you've lost points with me now, sir.

Well, except for that awesome "Mr. Sulu's Penis " story that I honestly never tire of hearing, lol !

Kirsty said...

Wow. Kaylen was really freaking excited. And I can see why.

Ahhhhahahah Ron Moore. Nice one.

The Invisible Seductress said...

Dear Andrew,

Oh wow!!! Now I will have visuals every time I watch original star trek episodes.....



laughing..........Actually maybe he was calling himself a penis..shrugs..

sybil law said...

I could've told you Ron Moore was a narcissistic little prick just from that picture alone.
I loved Carnivale. Stupid HBO!

Chris H said...

Blogger issues I see above with the multiple comments! I had similar problems this morning!
Now what was I going to say...
Oh yeah... so glad you didn't go staring at anyone's penis again this time! Or commenting on it. *hugh sigh of relief*.

Michelle's Spell said...

Hi there,

Thanks so much for the comment! I'm glad to get to check out your blog. Cool pictures and lots of good stuff -- I'll be back soon!

Susan Higgins said...

I had no idea that you were a closet geek. Sorry you asked the wrong question; telling Ron what you thought of the first season of Carnival was akin to telling Ron that he has an ugly baby... oopsie.

Dr Zibbs said...


meleah rebeccah said...

OMG! you met and chatted with Tony Todd? I am SOOO jealous!!!!!!!!

terri said...

It wasn't the question you asked Ron Moore. He was just jealous of your looks, I'm sure.

Tamara said...

Whatever i was going to say has been outdone by the multiple comments above.

Classic foot-in-mouth syndrome. Glad I'm not alone in suffering from it.

Nej said...

Every morning at the gym, one of the tv's in front of the treadmills have old episodes of Angel playing. I always wondered what happened to her.

Faiqa said...

Wow. This post just made me realize I'm a closet nerd. I would have loved to have been there.
Damn. Did I just say that out loud??!

Cocaine Princess said...

"But I DO like to walk around and people-watch, just to reinforce my belief that I am so damn much handsomer than most everyone else."

You crack me up!

Tony Todd- I'm a big fan of The Candyman franchise.