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:
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.