Things I heard at Convolution

photoI got back from Convolution last night and I’m still excited from the event.  This was a wonderful creative, low-key convention.  I made a lot of new friends – special thanks to Convolution VP Erik Bigglestone, from Games of Berkeley, who saw me failing to mingle at a party (I mingle by standing awkwardly in a corner – it’s my way).  Erik personally introduced me to people I was much to shy to approach.  And although I’m singling out Erik, that general attitude – warm, friendly, hey everyone let’s have fun – pervaded the event.  In the words of M. Todd Gallowglass, toastmaster:  “There are no snobs here”.

This is Convolution’s second year and although they are still having some growing pains (registration was not pretty, and the Hyatt has very limited and ridiculously expensive food options even by fancy hotel standards) in general it was smoothly run.  It was large enough (about 900 estimated attendees) to feel exciting and busy, and small enough to feel intimate and friendly.  There were hands on workshops and panels, and parties, parties, parties.  And of course, there was the Goblin Ball, featuring live performances and a DJ and me jumping around like a very, very happy idiot with bad feet.

I’ll be writing more about this event next week, plus posting pictures ASAP, but here’s a few of the funniest things I heard:

Staff:  “Candy eyeball?”

Me:  “No thanks, I had candy for breakfast”.

Wendy Froud:  “Jim Henson called me and asked if I wanted to work for him, and I said, “Yes!’  I mean, I was gonna be a waitress.”

A very blurry picture of Wendy Froud and fan.

A very blurry picture of Wendy Froud and fan.

Cosplayer to a friend:  “Check out my tail!”

Friend:  “You don’t have a tail!”

Cosplayer:  “No, I mean, my coat tail!”

(I just find it hilarious that in this context not only might someone ask another person to check out their tail, but it can mean at least 3 things with equal likelihood).

Remember Baby Toby from Labyrinth?  That’s Brian and Wendy Froud’s son, who’s name is really Toby.  Here’s a Toby story from Wendy Froud:  “I don’t know if Toby ever used his Labyrinth celebrity to get girls, but I do know that he gave out autographs to his classmates in kindergarten.  Also Jennifer Connolly (and her mom) babysat him – it was her first babysitting job, and the first time we left him with a sitter.”

Toby, as a baby in Labyrinth.  Wendy assures us he was perfectly safe and in no danger of falling, or of being eaten by goblins.

Toby, as a baby in Labyrinth. Wendy assures us he was perfectly safe and in no danger of falling, or of being eaten by goblins.

More pics later, but here’s one of The Babe With the Power, Toby, all grown up, with his baby.  DUDE.  TOO MUCH CUTE.

Toby, grown up, and his insanely cute kid!

Toby, grown up, and his insanely cute kid!

A quick photo from Convolution

photoLast day of  wonderful weekend at Convolution in San Francisco.  Here’s a quick photo of Jareth and Sarah from last night’s Goblin Ball to tide you over until I drink more coffee and post more stuff:



Amazing.  It’s OK now, Internet, we can all go back to bed.  More from Convolution coming soon!

Geeky Wedding Roundup

My baby cousin is getting married tomorrow.  Technically, she is no longer a baby, so it’s not a creepy wedding of gothic horror.  But, you all know how this goes, she’ll always be MY baby, blah, blah, weeping into keyboard…

Sorry about that.

ANYWAY, in honor of the occasion, and the many, many times we watched Star Wars together when I was babysitting, here’s some geeky wedding pictures for you.  It’s not too late, Cousin, you could still dress up as Princess Leia!

The Dresses

I like this link because the dresses are the ones the fictional characters wear as opposed to the recreations.  I also like that they include some dresses that aren’t actually wedding dresses, but could work.  Seriously, if you are a child of the 1980’s, you cannot tell me that you did not dream of getting married in this dress from Labyrinth, and to David Bowie, in a bubble full of muppets:


We live in a bubble now? Seriously?

The Details

If you’re really serious about planning a geeky wedding, this tumblr site is a must.  And Mental Floss has ideas for gorgeous ring boxes, like this one:

Wall-E ring box

The Stealth Approach to Geekery

Finally, I believe that of all the elaborate geeky weddings I’ve seen online, this subtle approach may be my favorite.  On the surface, this wedding seems pretty traditional, but then there is the reveal!

Secret Indenty groomsmen