I was sitting five feet away from voice actors Rob Paulsen and Maurice LaMarche of Pinky and the Brain in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency Denver when my son’s diaper failed. He was sitting on my lap at the time. If that’s not a metaphor for the convergence of childhood and adulthood, I don’t know what is. It couldn’t have been more perfect if it was an anxiety dream, which is exactly what it felt like. That was just one of many adventures I had at the Denver Comicon this year. Rob Paulsen is a lovely human, being by the way. I met him on the street before this event and he couldn’t have been more gracious, I just hope my uttering the words “YOU WET MY PANTS” in public didn’t disturb him or his companions from their relaxing evening.
I don’t really know what to say, last weekend is still kind of a blur. There was a lot of baby stuff we never had to deal with before, attempting to work on a spec script submission due at the end of the month, walking with scrums of fans dressed as everything from Wonder Woman to Howard the Duck and catching economically priced meals wherever we could. It was like any past comic convention I’ve been to really. Unfortunately, due to parenting duties, my wife and I missed all of the panels we had wanted to check out, but that’s fine. It’s not as if there weren’t things to hold our attention in between feedings and naps. Below are a few of the highlights.
-I met Jimmy Palmiotti, long time writer of Jonah Hex one of my favorite comics of all time. Mr. Palmiotti was wonderful and had a real…Andrew Dice Clay air about him. I mean that in the best way possible. I wanted to chat with him more about his writing and ask for advice but the line of Harley Quinn fans was mounting behind me and I couldn’t keep them waiting. He was great, and maybe I’ll get the opportunity to chat with him again down the road.
-Because of where we were staying I got to see many of the celebrity guests in between gigs. I saw Kelly LeBrock (Weird Science) in the lobby many times, saw several voice actors meeting for cocktails as well as too many writers, artists, and actors to name here. It was surreal but…neat. It was kind of like being backstage at a play.
-The costumes are always a highlight for me. The effort a lot of these folks put in is astounding and the fact that you can see these folks walking around downtown Denver is a treat unto itself. Eating at Anthony’s Pizza alongside Spider-Man, Bizarro and Totoro makes it feel like you’re on another planet. Planet awesome.
-It was my son’s first comic convention. I didn’t get to attend a gathering like this until my late 20s, and it was a joy to see his face light up at all of the hoopla.
It was a lovely weekend, but I’m whipped and I still have a script to finish, edit and submit before the end of the month. For now, I’ll have to do that while *not* sitting next to someone dressed as Han Solo folding a slice of pepperoni pizza into his gob. Until next year…