Friday, December 7, 2007
On meeting Gaiman

I realized today that while I did tell the story of when I met Neil Gaiman, I didn't actually post up any proof. No photographic evidence that I'm not just living an elaborate fantasy world contained entirely in my mind.

Wait, I guess I am. Living in my own fantasy world is kinda what they pay me for. But my point is that my rich personal fantasy life did not include meeting Neil Gaiman, that was a real bit that actually happened in my not-fantasy world.

And here's the picture to prove it:

(I am the one with the Muppet-like beard.)

First, I would like to state, for the record, that I am not about to bite Neil Gaiman with the intention of devouring a piece of him, thereby gaining some of his power. I am actually laughing. Or I might be doing my Prince Vultan impression. Or both.

For those of you who have not squandered your lives watching bad movies, this is Prince Vultan from Flash Gordon.

Also this:

Uncanny, isn't it? It's like we're twins.

You'll also notice in the picture that I'm keeping a careful distance between myself and Gaiman. I read somewhere that if you touch him, God strikes you dead for your impiety. That's why he's carried everywhere on a platform supported by six burly Mameluke slaves.

Lastly, just to prove that I can look civilized when I have to, here's a picture of me looking like an something other than a fictional character or a hobo:

Awww.... Look at me. I'm cute as a fluffy puppy.

This is back in 2002 at the Writers of the Future award ceremony with my fellow winner Neddi Okorafor. She's one of the handful of cool writers that I got to know before my book came out and I got all popular and shit. Nnedi gave me advice on early drafts of my book, and has just generally been all-around cool over the years. Her second book, The Shadow Speaker, just came out. It's good stuff and you should definitely check it out. She was also on the cover of this month's Locus, so you know she's a heavy hitter.

That's all for now. I've got to get back to work...



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Anonymous Gehennaheretic said...

Great pictures! And don't knock the beard! It's the source of your powers, I'm convinced!

December 7, 2007 6:48 AM  
Blogger Josh Anderson said...

Awesome, and somewhat freaky, photo comparison of you and the mighty Prince Vultan. Any reference to one of the finest movies ever made, Flash Gordon, deserves high praise. If only you referenced Clash of The Titans...

-- Fellow bad/awesome movie buff

December 7, 2007 7:15 AM  
Anonymous notcreepyJess said...

that made me want to watch Flash's been too long

and I vote for the wild hair and beard look, it's more author-y, like some Russian novelist... although, also, a little like my crazy uncle

December 7, 2007 8:11 AM  
Blogger Brian Blomlie said...

Wow, you suddenly seemed a lot younger. ^^

You don't have a bigger picture so we can get a better look at that beard?

December 7, 2007 8:36 AM  
Blogger Haplo Peart said...

As long as you don't take the same life path as Brain Blessed and devolve into some kind of cross between a lizard and Dominar Rigel, you ought to be ok!

December 7, 2007 8:53 AM  
Blogger Ben said...

Yes, you DO look like Brian Blessed! It's so funny that he was Vultan because he's actually Shakespearean actor of high regard.

Just look at it this way .. if you can't beat them down like Vultan then you can confuse them with the Queen's English. :D

Hope your holidays are good. And come to St. Louis when you can!

Ben Rosenberg

December 7, 2007 9:24 AM  
Blogger Brian Blomlie said...

I suppose this is is a terrible blasphemy but...

Who is Neil Gaiman? Written any good books?

(No, this isn't a joke)

December 7, 2007 11:28 AM  
Blogger Mary J. said...

You are still as cute as a little fluffy puppy- if it weren't for Sarah I would have really enjoyed trying to vamp that memory stick away from you! ;-)

December 7, 2007 11:28 AM  
Blogger Ben said...

Brian .. Neil Gaiman has written some of the best novels published in the last 20 years .. he's also the author of the DC comic Sandman. :D

I'd say Amazon is your buddy.

I would also throw my 0.02 in and say that although Gaiman is quite good .. he's not as good as some would say. He's an awfully nice fellow though.

December 7, 2007 11:49 AM  
Anonymous chris pierson said...

I wish I looked like Brian Blessed when I grew a beard. I'd love to command the Hawkmen in battle.

Instead, the last time I grew a full beard, I looked more like Bip Bippadotta.

December 7, 2007 12:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow pat I did'nt realise you were an actor as well as a writer. You never mentoined you played in the vultan film.

December 7, 2007 12:32 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

... you look scary in the last one.

December 7, 2007 1:04 PM  
Blogger Steve Weyerts Jr. said...

For a moment there, I almost thought you were going to tell us that was your real Halloween costume.

December 7, 2007 3:12 PM  
Blogger Aidan Moher said...

Do I see Patrick Rothfuss, Neil Gaiman, Drew Bowling and David Anthony Durham all in the same photo?

Good times must definitely have been had...

A Dribble of Ink

December 7, 2007 3:44 PM  
Anonymous CL said...

I was at Fantasy Matters. I was too chicken to talk to anyone, though. All I did was stare like an idiot. I was also big with the lurkage. was still a good time.

December 7, 2007 10:52 PM  
Anonymous AndyB said...

I really, really, really want to post some certain pictures of Pat in a certain costume but I am not sure he'd approve...

December 8, 2007 12:55 AM  
Blogger Pat said...

Heh. This is why Andy is such a good friend.... because he has blackmail material, and if I stopped being his friend he would use it....

As a handful of close friends know, I dressed up as Prince Vultan not long ago as part of a group Flash-Gordon-themed costume.

Do you have a good picture of everyone, Andy? If so, could you e-mail it to me?

December 8, 2007 2:20 AM  
Blogger Brian Blomlie said...

Watch from 03:03 - 03:16

Gives you a pretty good impression of Prince Vultan.

December 8, 2007 6:40 AM  
Blogger Steve Weyerts Jr. said...

OMG. I was semi-right. You did wear that costume.

December 8, 2007 1:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey is neil gaiman an actor? He was in a film ive seen. I thought he was an author or something.

December 8, 2007 3:33 PM  
Anonymous AndyB said...

You're wrong about the blackmail plan, Pat. "Buy low, sell high." Your first book only recently came out and is still selling briskly. You have two books in the pipeline (and I've heard rumors of more). You have a movie agent. Why would I cash in my blackmail material now?

December 9, 2007 12:15 AM  
Blogger Christian said...

Muppet-like beard? I'd say that one's worthy of Middle Earth!

December 9, 2007 5:53 AM  
Anonymous Kalligenia said...

That is a photo just waiting to be captioned! Eerie resemblance to Prince Vultan... He could be your twim from another world.

December 9, 2007 2:30 PM  
Anonymous Chad said...

Just wanted to state the obvious. The book's awesome. Plain and simple. I'm about halfway through and I've already feigned sickness to stay home from work to keep reading. If I get fired, I blame you =]. Keep doing a kick ass job and you're guaranteed at least one buyer.

December 11, 2007 3:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chads right that is the obvious, hell i was up untill 6 in the morning reading it (for the second time) when I have to leave for work at 7:30! So if I fall into any machinery or vats full of scary crap (like bone-tar) then it's you're fualt pat.

December 11, 2007 3:31 AM  
Anonymous Taliesin said...

I'm much more interested in these announcements that you are about to make Pat, especially if they pertain to the unexpected delay of WMF.

December 11, 2007 3:42 AM  
Anonymous Ann S. said...

Hello, Pat. Just letting you know that I found your blog through the Whatever and I'll be lurking. I realize that announcing I'm lurking defeats the whole purpose, but I don't want to be rude!

December 11, 2007 9:19 AM  
Blogger Pat said...

Welcome. Feel free to lurk to your heart's content. I am, by nature, a bit of a lurker myself, so I can appreciate the impulse.

December 11, 2007 1:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Pat did you realy recomend the Kama sutra on amazon?

December 13, 2007 6:35 AM  
Blogger Pat said...

Sure. Why wouldn't I? It's a great book.

December 13, 2007 6:40 AM  

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