Just got back from Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle. In my small Convention experience, the last 3 days have topped all! We were crazy busy the whole convention, I didn’t get to participate in the many cool things going on which kinda sucked because there were so many awesome things on the schedule. I only got my hands briefly on the Warhammer demo and that’s it as far as games went. On a show note though, it was SPECTACULAR! We had a huge demand for the DVD, especially during signing times. Seeing a line formed for me and Zaboo down the length of the hall was so exciting! At the same time, we introduced a lot of gamers to our show, which was a huge boost for us, because PAX attendees are people who would like our show. I gave out Bookmarks generously 🙂 Friday night we screened the show in front of 250 people I believe, they even had to turn people away. (I couldn’t believe that!) Seeing The Guild episodes back to back in front of a live audience was such a thrilling experience because we’d never done it before. Part of me couldn’t believe the crowd actually laughed in places I wanted them to when I wrote it! It was phenomenal! We’ll have an audio of the Q and A after the screening posted on The Guild site as soon as we get it. All in all, the trip really helped the show and it was wonderful to meet fans in person.
A few highlights for me:
I can’t rave enough about the staff at PAX. The Enforcers, the VIP escorts, were pretty much the nicest most helpful volunteers I’d ever met. We were privileged to be working with Macca, Matt, Mari, Mojo, Klayton, Biran, Jason and especially our man Nels. You guys saved our butt so many times over, and we love you for it! Thanks especially to Gabe and Tycho, Penny Arcade creators, gurus and all around luscious human men. Tycho was especially nice and groomed me, something I’ve been waiting for since they posted this comic. I’m not as frightened as I look. It was an expert brushing.
Also, I was Bad Horse’d! What an experience! During one of the signing sessions I was handed a letter and asked to stand in front of the booth. As I opened it, well…this happened:
Couldn’t have been more floored in my life! It was a total treat and surprise! The Chorus was kind enough to pose for a picture with me later. They said they were going to do it to a bunch more people at the Con, can’t wait until that video is uploaded as well!
Another treat was meeting Edgar Garcia, my co-opted webmaster of The Guild and this site 🙂 He helps me out so much, and getting to hang out, have him help us with the booth, it was so fun! He also made that creepy shirt he’s wearing there. I laughed so much when I saw it! Sandeep was amused, but less so, HA!! 🙂 He gave me a shirt for myself, I haven’t worn it yet, but I promised him that I would upload a picture soon 🙂 Jamie Chambers, another champion volunteer of The Guild who has sold The Guild DVD and screened it at Gencon and Dragoncon, also made me a kick ass shirt, so I have so modelling to do in the near future!!!
And last but not least…well, if a musician you kind of are a fangirl of suddenly emailed you out of the blue and asked you to sing on stage with him, what would you do? MMm, same thing I did when Joss emailed me and asked me to do “Horrible.” Yes please!
Jonathan Coulton, brilliant singer-songwriter, hero to geeks and musicians everywhere, asked me the week before PAX to sing “Still Alive”, the song from the end of “Portal”. Coincidentally I had just played the song at a Rock Band party the week before, so the universe was trying to tell me something. I was pretty nervous because I’d never sung on stage live with a mic, it was quite a learning experience. But the minute I walked out on stage, 3000 people or so cheered and instantly I knew why people become rock stars! I had so much fun, the crowd basically sang along with me, and standing next to JoCo was a thrill beyond compare. I can’t claim to have done justice to the song (one of my faves), and in fact performing with a monitor and a mic was totally new to me. It’s on my list to have that skill set prepared for the next time someone cool asks me to sing 😉 Still, this was an amazing experience. Here’s video:
Couldn’t have been more spectacular! Hmm, now I want to join a band…lol.