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Back to day one!

WHY IS HE CLIMBING A MOUNTAIN!? Man. Friday started very early. Not as early as I was anticipating it starting, since [livejournal.com profile] scifigirl decided that she didn't want to get up at 4:30 to be in the Shatner/Nimoy line at 5am, but early enough after very little sleep. As an added plus, though, I got to talk to unexpected![livejournal.com profile] hermione_like for a short while as we were both waiting for our groups.


This is the view from the 36th floor of the Marriott at 6:30 in the morning. It's not a bad view.


Even though we had heard that they weren't allowing people to line up for panels more than two hours in advance, when we showed up to the Shatner/Nimoy line at the Hyatt at about 7:45 it was already wrapped well around the building. This was incredibly misleading though, as when we were actually let into the room we were in the first set of chairs. This is me and [livejournal.com profile] scifigirl waiting calmly for The Experience.



You guys, William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy are hilarious together. You can tell they've been good friends for a long time, the way they meander off on personal tangents and keep each other riled and in check. William Shatner actually reminded me a bit of my father, in that he's funny, and you can tell he thinks he's funny, and you're not sure whether you want to chuckle at him or kick him in the shins for that. Some guy brought up the Priceline commercials and received the finger. Of course, Nimoy reprimanded the Shat for this lapse in decorum, but Shatner said innocently that he was merely scratching his head. And then proceeded to demonstrate.


There was also some jocularity involving the moderator's beard. Shatner asked 'what kind of character would have a beard like that anyway?


After that it was off like a shot to the Gareth David-Lloyd/James Marsters panel over in the Sheraton. There was some issue in exiting the Shatner/Nimoy panel so we were afraid we were going to miss it, but we ended up screeching in just in time to see them start. Sadly, I have no photos from that panel that came out, because I was kind of far back. (Much thanks to [livejournal.com profile] theemdash, btw, for saving some seats, or I'd have been EVEN FARTHER back.) There is video of James Marsters singing, which is going to be in my recap/mash up vlog this week. There is not video of Gareth David-Lloyd doing 'If I Had a Hammer' in a Nimoy voice, but I highly advise you to search for it if you're a GDL fan.

My favorite part of that panel was when they were asked what their least favorite questions to answer were and Gareth put on this hilarious falsetto and said 'what's it like to kiss John Barrowman?' ♥


This is a picture of the rather impressive Hagrid costume we ran into on our way to the Marsters/GDL panel. I don't even know how this guy walked around like that.


After that [livejournal.com profile] theemdash and I tried to get into the steampunk overview panel and were thwarted by people spilling out into the hall. It seems like there are more people interested in steampunk this year, which makes me happy. Not only is it an exciting and lovely movement, both visually and in a hands on creator sense, but as someone who would like to sell a novel in that genre in the next year or so, I'm glad it's growing.

Being turned away from that panel we wandered over the dealer room, where I resisted the urge to buy all of my co-workers 20-sided die. See, my co-workers always bring everyone back something small when they go on trips. Magnets or jars of locally made honey jelly or something like that. I knew I was going to be in the mecca of nerd love for the south east, and could not think of a single thing to get them--because my co-workers are decidedly straight-laced and not fun like that--so I joked with one of them that I would get them all 20-sided die. It turns out dice are cheap, so that was tempting.

Then Em and I hightailed it back to the Sheraton to see the first 'An Hour with Draco Malfoy' panel. I was slightly mortified when the moderator asked Tom if he thought Harry and Draco secretly had the hots for each other, but I understand that if she just got it out of the way it might stop someone else from being infinitely more creepy.


The moderator asked him who he'd want to play, if he wasn't playing Draco. Without missing a beat he answered: 'Hermione!'


The thing is, Tom Felton is an utterly adorable person. He's attractive and charming and well spoken and very well settled for this being his first con experience. I mentioned his adorableness to a friend on the elevator later that evening and one of the strangers riding up with us kind of sneered at me and said: 'There comes a point when you stop calling a guy adorable and start calling him hot.' I waited for her to get off before giving the British salute to the closing doors. Thank you, adjective nazi on the Marriott elevators, for entirely missing the point.


Someone asked Tom if he'd heard the Draco and the Malfoys song 'Tom Felton is Kinda Hot'. He said that yes, Erin Pyne (of The House of Black) had had him listen to it, and he would love to work with Draco and the Malfoys on a song in the future. That makes my wizard rock loving soul happy.



Here's a video I put together of some of my favorite clips from the panel. I didn't record everything, because my card only has so much space, so I apologize if I missed your favorite part:



As we were leaving, Em and I spent some time loitering in the Sheraton hallways. Because, you see, the Sheraton had something going for it that the other hotels didn't, and that, was a TARDIS.




Sadly, it was not bigger on the inside.



From there we spent some time just wandering around and gawking at things, killing time before our ten o'clock panels.








There's nothing like shouting 'OI, TRIBBLES!' down a crowded room to get yourself noticed.




The sparklepire baseball team! I'm sorry, sparkly vampires will never, EVER cease to be funny.


I shouted 'OLD GREGG' and went skipping across the food court after this guy after I noticed him. Poor thing. I did not ask to see his mangina.






Zombie Abe Lincoln made me squeak with joy. I think some of you know why.


[livejournal.com profile] barbed_whispers and I went to a True Blood panel that evening, but we only stayed for about fifteen minutes. I'm not invested in the books at all, and that's basically what they were discussing. Plus, one of the people who loves the books and not the tv show said that the tv show wasn't funny, which a lot of people agreed with. I decided at that point that I was probably in the wrong place, because I think that tv show is one of the most hilariously cracky things I've EVER SEEN. Whether it wants to be or not.

After slipping out of that we employed the strategy of crashing panels we know nothing about. Here's [livejournal.com profile] wiccanslyr, [livejournal.com profile] sorcha_gaia, and [livejournal.com profile] theemdash with their serious 'I'm on a panel' faces on in the Stargate track room.



After that [livejournal.com profile] barbed_whispers and I slipped off to a panel on Tattooing in the Eastern World, which could probably have been much more interesting if the panelist had delved into the whys and wherefores instead of just showing pretty pictures (and some utterly horrifying pictures of what happens if your tattoo gets infected. I wasn't in the habit of getting dirty tattoos, but that'll turn off the urge real quick).

But it was all just filler, you see, until the main event of the evening for us, Abney Park.





By the time I got to this show I was running entirely on caffeine and giddiness. Some of the friends who'd only met me at the end of the AP set last year came with me for the whole thing this year, and I think I can count a good five new converts to the cause of rocking and awesome.

I spent most of the show dancing around like an idiot with [livejournal.com profile] scifigirl and Corey, but I got some video too, for Em, who wasn't able to make it because SHE'S OLD.



Abney Park performing what I have been told is called 'Building Steam'. I believe it's from the yet to be released album. (I am way excited for that album, btw.)



Abney Park performing Sleep Isabella.



Abney Park performing Airship Pirates.

After the show, Corey wanted to go get an album and get it signed, but I am old and it was three in the morning, so I stumbled back up to my room to try and get some sleep. I had moderate success.


From here, head on to day three, which is a day heavy in steampunk and rocking out to awesome, awesome music, including more Voltaire and Abney Park, with a little bit of the Hellblinki Sextet sprinkled on the side!

Date: 2009-09-09 06:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ninepointfivemm.livejournal.com
Oh hai, that Sirius you have a photo of below the Hogwarts cheerleaders? [livejournal.com profile] mishlai, and he is awesooooome.

Date: 2009-09-09 06:30 pm (UTC)
ext_289215: (Being Human George/Mitchell heart)
From: [identity profile] momebie.livejournal.com
Oh, good to know! His costume was really well done! It spawned a discussion between Lisa and I about how Gary Oldman should come to the con dressed as one of his characters. Then, of course, Lisa decided that the person who should really do that is Nathan Fillion, because he'd be all 'why yes, I do look uncannily like him, only more handsome. How can that be!?'

Date: 2009-09-09 06:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] count-to-seven.livejournal.com
You stole my entry opening line! Noooooo!

Date: 2009-09-09 06:31 pm (UTC)
ext_289215: (UmAcad Seance ...)
From: [identity profile] momebie.livejournal.com
We can totally share.

Date: 2009-09-09 06:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sweetnovicane.livejournal.com
REAL HOLOGRAPHIC EVIL LINCOLN IS BACK!

And I feel so lost on the Shatner Climbing A Mountain thing. I missed out on some grand Dragon*Con in joke!

Date: 2009-09-09 06:36 pm (UTC)
ext_289215: (Abraham Lincoln!)
From: [identity profile] momebie.livejournal.com
Hee. The climbing a mountain thing is based on a remix of a Shatner interview the band Fall On Your Sword did, that was played before the Shatner/Nimoy panel. And before other panels, I imagine.



And hey, these are yours:
You and Voltaire 1 (http://pics.livejournal.com/momebie/pic/002z8b56)
You and Voltaire 2 (http://pics.livejournal.com/momebie/pic/002z935w)
You and Voltaire 3 (http://pics.livejournal.com/momebie/pic/002za0ah)

You guys kept moooooving, which my camera didn't like in that light! So those are the only three that turned out.

Date: 2009-09-09 06:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sweetnovicane.livejournal.com
Ahhh...okay. I'll have to watch it later.

I actually took a sneaky look at them earlier and have showed them off already. Still, I'm super grateful. :D <3

Date: 2009-09-09 06:51 pm (UTC)
ext_289215: (MCR Frank :D)
From: [identity profile] momebie.livejournal.com
Haha, oh good! Go ahead and steal them and all if you like. I mean, they're OF YOU.

Date: 2009-09-09 06:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ficwize.livejournal.com
Sweet! Glad you got to see Abney Park. I saw a tiny bit of that set, but alas, I didn't see you! *fails*

Date: 2009-09-09 06:41 pm (UTC)
ext_289215: (Friendly Hostility Derringer rainbow)
From: [identity profile] momebie.livejournal.com
Yep! Saw them that night, and the next day at the concourse. And you know, I don't think baby jesus wanted us to see each other. It was a conspiracy.

Oh hey, have you ever seen a show called Leverage? My friend keeps saying I should watch it, and it sounded like it would be something like Burn Notice, from the way she was describing it.

Date: 2009-09-09 06:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ficwize.livejournal.com
*sadface about conspiracy*

As for Leverage, I have, it is, and I LOVE it. It's not quite as well thought out as Burn Notice, in my opinion, but it makes up for that with cracky awesome characters made of WIN!

Date: 2009-09-09 06:44 pm (UTC)
ext_289215: (Star Trek McCoy ORLY?)
From: [identity profile] momebie.livejournal.com
OH, well if there's crack involved you know I'll be there!

Date: 2009-09-10 12:34 am (UTC)
ext_1548: Reid playing cards (Star Trek_ do you have a flag?)
From: [identity profile] scifigirl.livejournal.com
But who needs well though outness when you have cracky characters who are made of win. I may or may not have spent the entire weekend as Nate. O_o

Why do I still have no Leverage icons?!

Date: 2009-09-09 06:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jedi-iwakura.livejournal.com
ALJFLKSJFLSJ ZOMBIE ABE LINCOLN

Date: 2009-09-09 06:42 pm (UTC)
ext_289215: (MCR Frank OMG)
From: [identity profile] momebie.livejournal.com
I KNOW, RIGHT!?

Date: 2009-09-09 06:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] paragraphs.livejournal.com
Not only is it an exciting and lovely movement, both visually and in a hands on creator sense, but as someone who would like to sell a novel in that genre in the next year or so, I'm glad it's growing.

Tap. Tap. Tap. /stern look/

Indeed.

(LOVE Sirius!)

Date: 2009-09-09 06:45 pm (UTC)
ext_289215: (FOB Pete Hide)
From: [identity profile] momebie.livejournal.com
*hides under my arms and looks shiftily away*

Date: 2009-09-09 06:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] paragraphs.livejournal.com
*YOU CANNOT HIDE FROM ME!!!!*

I know where you are.

AND what your car looks like.

I will find you.

Date: 2009-09-09 08:05 pm (UTC)
ext_289215: (MCR Bob Eep!)
From: [identity profile] momebie.livejournal.com
YOU'LL BE PROUD TO KNOW, MISTRESS, THAT I JUST SPENT AN ENTIRE MEETING WORKING ON A CHARACTER. It uh...wasn't one of the steampunk characters *cough* but I've got them mostly figured out anyway.

(It was a prohibition era Scarlet Pimpernel-ish character! This is going to be fun. *rubs hands together gleefully*)

Date: 2009-09-09 08:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] paragraphs.livejournal.com
And what is this FOR, my dearest?

I wish I could work on stuff during work. I've finally learned to take my lunch hour, and take myself away from my cube and hide in the empty office and literally shut the door.

After doing this several weeks, I have my mystery plotted out, and have progressed wonderfully on ballet boy.

Of course i was writing this and the boss trots into my cube.

Anyway! Somedays, that's all I get is that one hour at lunch. Time just gets away from me...now that I am staying later though cuz of taking lunch hour, I note my boss always leaves around 4-4:30...I conceivably could very easily without anyone being the wiser turn that last 30-minutes to an hour into additional writing time. That is the next game plan.

I really hate having to bill all my time. UGH!

I want lessons on making a medieval world turn steampunk. It would be so cool I think to make my historical fantasy go steam. But HOW does one do that and make it beautiful? Mmmm...

Date: 2009-09-09 08:21 pm (UTC)
ext_289215: (PATD Brendon bowler)
From: [identity profile] momebie.livejournal.com
Hm...there's this character Em and I have been toying with called Mission LePont. Right now we're thinking of doing a paper doll sort of three panel comic sort of thing for him. It would be something kind of flip though, and not take up a lot of time, because our first love is the steampunk and that needs to be tweaked and finished like woah.

(I saw something on a romance blog last month or so that was talking about what publishers were looking for and the answer was: steampunk, steampunk, steampunk. Which doesn't surprise me, it just shows me I need to work faster, though. We're what? A year and a half since I had the idea and Em attacked me and told me she wanted to help me make it real, and we haven't done that much actual writing. Need to light a fire.)

I know how you feel about there only being so much time. Yargh.

And I don't know that we could make a 'medieval' world 'steampunk'. It's too far back, too far away from the inventions and machines that those sorts of alternative histories are grounded in. I do, however, think we could come up with some other sort of kick ass alternative history for a medieval time period. We'd just need to play with it.

Date: 2009-09-09 09:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] paragraphs.livejournal.com
I am hijacking your post. Silly since I see you RIGHT THERE IN GREEN!

How far along are you? Are you a loser like me and dropped out of GYWO? I regret Life zapping me! I regret not doing just the basic word count so I could still be doing it. Ah well.

I like the sound of it--you are bursting with ideas, and that is cool.

Mainly I meant I have a start to a book that is medieval, but it is so new that I can rework it completely--literally the first chapter is in a prison cell, so it would be easy to modify. LOL. Kinda Shakespeare's world/boy players meet steampunk fantasy.

Date: 2009-09-09 09:29 pm (UTC)
ext_289215: (Ouran Tamaki/Kyouya pinky swear)
From: [identity profile] momebie.livejournal.com
IN GREEN. I'm going to the store in just a moment though, so not always green. I can IM you when I'm back though. :D

Ugh. I don't even want to think about how far behind I am in GYWO. I also should have chosen the path of least resistance, but I'm crazy. I currently have 60,267, and am at 24.11% of my goal. NOT EVEN TWENTY-FIVE PERCENT. If I get to 50% by the end of the year it'll be a miracle.

I like ideas, I have a lot of them. I just never do much with them, which is my major problem. It's probably why Em took over the choreographing of the steampunk. She knew I'd just let that idea sit forever and she thought it was good.

Oh, that would be easy to reorganize then! And I like your general gist. I'm not an expert on steampunk, but I've been inhaling things for over a year now, so I can probably poke you and help you with that if you like.


Date: 2009-09-09 07:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hermione-like.livejournal.com
My friends and I had that Shatner song in our heads the entire weekend. XD It's took bad we didn't run into each other more often, but I'm glad I got to see you for those few minutes at Starbucks! :D

Date: 2009-09-09 08:08 pm (UTC)
ext_289215: (True Blood Godric pleading)
From: [identity profile] momebie.livejournal.com
That was the theme of the con for me, really. Near misses and short meetings.

And ugh. I was only saved from the Shatner song by the fact that the Hellblinki Sextet 'Bella Ciao' song earworms in a more invasive way. That didn't stop me from doing that to [livejournal.com profile] scifigirl whenever I saw her, though!
Edited Date: 2009-09-09 08:08 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-09-10 12:37 am (UTC)
ext_1548: Reid playing cards (Star Trek_ VULCAN DEATH GRIP!)
From: [identity profile] scifigirl.livejournal.com
CAPTAIN KIRK IS CLIMBING A MOUNTAIN, WHY IS HE CLIMBING A MOUNTAIN?

Date: 2009-09-10 12:44 am (UTC)
ext_289215: (Star Trek Kirk !!!)
From: [identity profile] momebie.livejournal.com
BECAUSE HE'S IN LOVE.

Date: 2009-09-10 12:51 am (UTC)
ext_1548: Reid playing cards (Star Trek_ are you out of your vulcan mi)
From: [identity profile] scifigirl.livejournal.com
HE WANTS TO ENVELOP THAT MOUNTAIN.

Date: 2009-09-09 08:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] starsystems.livejournal.com
SOMEONE DRESSED UP AS OLD GREG. MY LIFE IS MADE.

ALSO: ZOMBIE ABE LINCOLN OMG YESSS.

okay, back to reading. :3

Date: 2009-09-09 08:28 pm (UTC)
ext_289215: (Mighty Boosh Vince record)
From: [identity profile] momebie.livejournal.com
Ha! I'm glad I could make your day!

Date: 2009-09-10 12:36 am (UTC)
ext_1548: Reid playing cards (Merlin_ Merlin smile)
From: [identity profile] scifigirl.livejournal.com
I am still peeved I didn't get to see Shatner on the Mount on the big screen, but really, if that's one of the only things that pinged on my peeved radar then I had an EPIC weekend.

I still have to sort through my nine million pictures and edit video, but I will do that tomorrow.

Date: 2009-09-10 12:45 am (UTC)
ext_289215: (Mighty Boosh Vince Still My Heart)
From: [identity profile] momebie.livejournal.com
THE WEEKEND WAS SO EPIC. Could have used more Sara, but what are you gonna do? :p

I take it you're back safe at your own home now then. Good work!

Date: 2009-09-10 12:53 am (UTC)
ext_1548: Reid playing cards (Criminal Minds_ Prentiss)
From: [identity profile] scifigirl.livejournal.com
IT WAS LIKE THE MOST EPIC DC EVER. Mine could have used way more KL, clearly the answer is wrock house party next month.

I am safe, woo!

Date: 2009-09-10 01:23 am (UTC)
ext_303: ([hp] muggle artifact)
From: [identity profile] barbed-whispers.livejournal.com
i looked up "adorable" in the dictionary today and the picture of you and em in the tardis was there!

Date: 2009-09-10 01:26 am (UTC)
ext_289215: (Being Human George/Mitchell heart)
From: [identity profile] momebie.livejournal.com
LISA, STOP VANDALIZING BOOKS.

Date: 2009-09-10 01:38 am (UTC)
ext_303: ([etc] wiki weki wookie?)
From: [identity profile] barbed-whispers.livejournal.com
you're not the boss of me!

Date: 2009-09-10 03:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mikailborg.livejournal.com
Well, maybe it's a good thing I didn't get to go to DragonCon. I'd have probably tried to move into that TARDIS prop, which might have mortified Starr a bit.

"Hey sweetie, come in here and join the Five Billion Years In The Future Club!"

Date: 2009-09-10 01:02 pm (UTC)
ext_289215: (Torchwood Gwen Umm....)
From: [identity profile] momebie.livejournal.com
Ha. Unless you're both contortionists I don't know how well that would have worked. :p

Date: 2009-09-10 04:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marilla82.livejournal.com
OLD GREGGGG!

Seriously, never missing a D*C again.

Date: 2009-09-10 01:03 pm (UTC)
ext_289215: (Mighty Boosh Vince record)
From: [identity profile] momebie.livejournal.com
There were like, a million Hitchers too, we were sitting near two of them in the Dollhouse panel, but I didn't like any of them enough to get pics of. I was actually really giddy about the amount of Mighty Boosh stuff, but then I was reminded that it was on Adult Swim recently. :p

Date: 2009-09-10 03:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] canellaphile.livejournal.com
GIANT FLAIL. D*con sounds like utter fun!!! LOL, the Tom Felton panel... dude, what a blast.

GDL and James Marsters on a panel! Whoever thought of that is a genius. I mean, the connection is only a few episodes thick, but GENIUS. Was there a topic or theme?

ALSO YOU WENT IN A TARDIS.

Please accept my jealousy as the highest form of flattery. I never thought I could feel jealous after Comic-Con, BUT FLAIL. What fun!

Date: 2009-09-10 03:10 pm (UTC)
ext_289215: (Being Human George/Mitchell cuddles)
From: [identity profile] momebie.livejournal.com
YOU SHOULD COME TO DRAGON*CON. And I mean you. I think you'd really enjoy it. Plus, I like hanging out with you. :p And we'll call it even for me being jealous over Comic-Con. They had a Being Human panel at D*C, but it was a fan panel. No stars for us.

The James Marsters and Gareth David-Lloyd panel was originally titled 'The Captain Jack Experience', but they didn't really do that much discussion of John. I really wish I'd gotten to one of the other GDL panels. I meant to go to one Sunday morning, but slept through it. He is my favorite person to see at a con. ♥

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