Wednesday, July 23, 2008
On not being one of the cool kids.

A lot of folks have been asking if I'm going to be at San Diego Comic Con this weekend. This is to let everyone know that I'm not.

Yes. I know. Everyone cool in all of god's creation is going to be there. All the authors. All the actors. All the geeks of different creeds and nations. All the Joss Whedon.

I've never been to San Diego Comic Con before. This was going to be my first year, but in an act of true selfless love, I agreed to perform my friend's marriage ceremony, and it happened to land on the same weekend.

Don't get me wrong, I don't regret it. This is one of my very best friends, the guy who helped keep me sane during the two years of burning suck that was grad school. We live in different parts of the country now, but I still miss him, and if it were possible I would transplant him here in central Wisconsin. But alas, raised in the Pacific northwest, he is like a delicate hothouse orchid. One of our winters would either kill him, or throw him into some terrible psychosis.

So I'm looking forward to the wedding.... but... well.... the whole Dr. Horrible crew is going to be there. It would have been really cool if I'd managed to get to say howdy to Felicia Day in person, buy a copy of the Guild DVD, and get the cast to sign it.

Then this morning on my daily troll through the interweb, I see that just about all my favorite webcomic artists are going to be there too. I feel like the kid who forgot his permission slip. And believe me, I know what that feels like. I was always that kid.

So if you're going, have an extra portion of geeky fun on my behalf. Tell Joss Whedon I love him, and I'll catch y'all there next year.


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Blogger marky said...

I am gutted for you dude. This probably means that you are a proper grown up now. The selfless act of an adult who puts friends before much, much, much fun and frolicking.
Really cool your performing the ceremony. Is this just a one off thing for a friend, or is anybody able to be taken up the isle, under the righteous, holy beard?

That was not meant as a double entendre!

July 23, 2008 3:55 PM  
Blogger Mary J. said...

Erm, are you ordained?
Very mature and well behaved of you either way!

July 23, 2008 4:03 PM  
Blogger Robert Crandall said...

What would you do if you found out Joss Whedon were visiting Wisconsin? It's a relevant question - honest.

Joss Whedon is to you, as you are to me. Well, minus anything sexual, if there are sexual parts to that analogy.

Back to the question. I happen to live in the Pacific Northwest. Just south of the largest city in the Pacific Northwest. Any chance that's where you're performing the wedding? And if so - any chance for a very quick signing? I'll even bring Captain Crunch.

Congrats on performing the ceremony. I think it's best to have a close friend/family member play that role.

July 23, 2008 4:32 PM  
Anonymous Plucky said...

When i was in middle school i forgot that very same permission slip once.

For some reason the teacher was mad as hell at me. Probably because she had to stay behind with me as the others left.

But as soon as they left she was in a good mood. Thinking about it, i guess it was probably just a show, I mean the field trips cant be that fun for the teachers having to watch a bus load of excited hyper kids. I enjoyed the day as well but i can't remember why.

errr..... My point....

Seeing a good friend u havent seen in a while beats a convention any time. Well except maybe if u meet them at a cool convention... Nah its just not personal enough.

but of course you could tell my point from my story....

July 23, 2008 5:17 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

Most of those webcartoonists will be there next year, and with any luck so will Joss, and you'll be the toast of the show because you'll have WMF, hopefully.

I don't think your friend's wedding is going to be an annual event.

July 23, 2008 6:31 PM  
Anonymous tanabrus said...

Well, you can go to San Diego next year... think of me, I live in Italy and probably I'll never go to San Diego :(

(But in my city there's one of the most important Comic Con of the Europe, so I can survive... :P )

Anyway, maybe next year you can go to San Diego with your just_married_friend... wouldn't it be great? ;)

July 23, 2008 10:47 PM  
Blogger Touchstone said...

Friends come first, right? *sigh*

July 24, 2008 5:51 AM  
Blogger Captain Joe said...

The real reason Pat isn't going is because he understands the subtle dynamics and risk of what I'll dub the 'awesome-bomb'.

The awesome-bomb (or A-Bomb for short) is a weapon of unsurpassed coolness. With Joss Whedon, The Guild AND Dr. Horrible crew in attendance, as well as various web-comic artists, the levels of awesome are already in the red.

The Patman knows that adding his own considerable aura of awesome into the mix will trigger a chemical reaction in the awesomic-matrix that will reduce San Diego to a bubbling toxic wasteland. Pat's selflessness is not only a pure model of restraint, but a valiant sacrifice to thwart the legions of chaos.


In all seriousnessnessity, Pat, that's a tough break. Everything comes full circle in the end though - think of the good karma that's coming your way from this.

July 24, 2008 9:07 AM  
Blogger Me said...

I hear Con for me either
:( It's tragic.

July 24, 2008 10:45 AM  
Anonymous E said...

That's a bummer, but it's good you can be there for your friend.

I live in California, and I wish I could go.. But hopefully I'll be able to go next year and you'll be there as well!

July 24, 2008 11:51 AM  
Blogger Summer said...

In situations like this, Pat, always remember - the road to Tinue is fraught with perils. You may trip over a concealed spike pit at one moment, only to be bombarded with delightfully ramen-scented raindrops the next. And, really, a wedding ... that's almost as cool. Almost.

July 25, 2008 12:04 AM  
OpenID kilks401 said...

today's penny arcade comic about felicia day is so spot on. If I ever met felicia day I'd feel exactly the same way.

July 28, 2008 7:17 PM  
Blogger Pooka said...

I live in San Diego very close to the convention center. I was sad to find out that you would not be attending. I hope that you will be able to attend next year and that I have the opportunity to meet you. The next book is scheduled to be out just a month after my birthday. The wait is agonizing!

August 1, 2008 1:12 AM  
Blogger paranoyd said...

Pat, you didn't miss much this year. Last year was great, this year not so much. (After going for 9 years, this was the second worse year - only eclipsed by what I call "The Sam Jackson Incident")

All those people will be back next year, and the year after, ad nauseum. So don't feel sad. Now you have something to look forward to all year.

August 1, 2008 9:32 AM  

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