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We’re Not Dead and We Don’t Want to Go On the Cart

DragonCon 2009 Backstage at the Hyatt
Moments after this picture was taken, Shatner and Nimoy's entourage of security ninjas descended upon us. We barely escaped with our lives.

Normal posting is starting to return. But a moment to recover and recap from the madness that is DragonCon, however.

Special thanks to all of our wonderful guests, who were all extremely cool to get to meet and chat with: Scott Adsit, Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff, Bill Corbett, Terry Gilliam, Doc Hammer, Neil Innes, Mary Jo Pehl, Jackson Publick and Adam Savage.

My Con shining moment was going to be Neil and Terry discussing getting older like (and I didn’t originate this description–I’ve forgotten who did) two of your uncles at a family wedding. But then Doc Hammer and Terry got into this spirited discussion of art that probably went on for 30-45 minutes. It was…amazing. I want to pitch it as a show idea to an A&E channel that no longer exists.

Thanks also go out to the many Needcoffee staff members who were there on the ground, not only providing content in the form of panels, but also providing logistical support for events like Gonzo Sound + Vision and the Nuts on the Road Panel Show. As I was discussing with the DragonCon support folks–DragonCon is like a very, very large and manic theatrical production. There will always be problems with such a production, but the goal is to keep those from interfering with the enjoyment of the audience, i.e. the congoers. So the staff folks go above and beyond to make sure if you’re attending one of our events, you have a time that doesn’t suck. You may not see them front and center unless they’re handing you a prize or berating each other on a panel, but believe me: without them, this damn thing can’t get off the ground.

Also, a huge thank you goes out to Jon and his (seemingly) 55 Unique Geek members. We’re going to have video and audio of many of our events on the site, and when you see those, travel over to The Unique Geek and give him a big cookie. Or better yet, follow him on Twitter.

And of course thanks are due to all of you fine folks who turned out in droves for our stuff. We even had a pretty good crowd at the final Make the Bad Men Stop panel at 2:30pm on a Monday. A freakin’ Monday! If you liked what you saw, please let us know in the comments. Twitter to your friends about us, post us on Facebook, or become a sponsor. For those who missed the announcement, I’ll be putting a video up here–but your support will be more important than ever come November 1st.

Thanks again everybody.


  • Gonzo Sound + Vision was the icing on the cake for my first DragonCon! Loved it all. It was freaking awesome.

    But for the sake of pete, can you please help me find that darn video of the strange foreign (perhaps German?) music video with the one guy playing a shell of some sort and an older guy dancing behind the singer. It’s driving me nuts because I can’t figure out what it is.

    Also, I apparently own a chair exactly like the green chair in Fernwood 2 Night. I didn’t realize I had such…taste…

  • I do believe it was I who created the “two uncles at a wedding” description.
    Glad to see it’s sticking :)

  • I had a great time at the Gonzo Sound + Vision!!! This was my first Dragoncon and you guys made it great!!! I loved the Gonzo live panel with Doc Hammer, D. Synder, and Adam Savage! It was great to see Adam talking about why UFO abductions were real! I will be definitely keeping up with from now on! Thanks everyone for a great Dragoncon!

  • We found you late this year and found a new must do for Con. Thank you so much for all the many laughs. Is there a list of the programming. Some of us are on a quest for it now lol. Thank you again. We really enjoyed it.

  • Had a blast at the Con. I am so glad I stopped by to read the comments. Now I don’t have to beg Plume for the name of Jozin z Bazin.
    I really do think that Ken and Widge sheduled a better, or at least more interesting and varied con, than the “main” programming. Thanks a ton