Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Story

I said I have a story. And the year is almost over, so I need to get on with it.

On the first day of Origins, Barb took me two aisles over from the Kenzer and Company booth to meet Larry Elmore and Ken Whitman. Sometimes I can't believe this is even me. And I haven't reached the part with Kevin Sorbo yet.

I met Ken once before, a few years ago. Face introduced me then. He knew Ken from driving him and Larry around Germany in his Mini Cooper after winning the national Dungeons and Dragons championship.

This is where I say I swear I'm not making this up. Any of it. Even that last part.

I wasn't happy. I traveled alone. I was in trouble. I was in a familiar place. Lots of friends. Still alone. I plodded over to the table where Larry was signing big prints of his beautiful art. The last time I saw Larry, Face bought a signed piece for his mom. He's my favorite fantasy artist.

I felt like I was walking around in someone else's world. Best way to describe it. Stuff like this doesn't happen to me. I don't spend a convention weekend with the creators of Knights of the Dinner Table, the artist who painted all of the Dragonlance covers, and...Hercules. I had major guilt feelings for having fun.

It was fun, though. Originally I was staying at one of the Marriott hotels a few blocks away, but Kenzer and Company had more room space than they needed and Steve said I could trade booth work for a place to crash where I wouldn't have to walk blocks in the dark. He even got me an exhibitor badge. Moonshadow was there with her daughter and daughter's BFF. Hanging out with them and Barb reminded me of going to Geek Girl Con in 2011. It became a girls' weekend. :) I got to do things I never knew about before. Like Jolly got us press passes so Barb and I could meet Kevin Sorbo. They sneaked me into the Origins awards. We went out for ice cream with the awesome guys from Crystal Caste. It was different than when I worked for the HMA. All things change, I guess. 

Ken was bouncing off the walls about the web series he works on, The Brothers Barbarian. Jolly and Barb have a cameo in the new season. He was kicking around a new idea. I sort of thought I shouldn't be hearing this new idea. I pretended not to hear the idea, even when Ken kept coming over to the booth to discuss the idea. I pretended not to hear it the whole weekend. I wasn't supposed to hear it just like I wasn't supposed to have any fun. Then I was eating breakfast at the hotel before going to the exhibit hall and ran into Ken. And he told me the whole idea.

And now the idea has a Kickstarter.

There is a link to the KoDT Live Action Series Kickstarter page in the sidebar. There are lots of cool things available for backers of all levels. They keep revising the reward levels, too. I wish them all the luck in the world with it.

I wish us all better luck in the next year.


"I wish you a brave New Year.
All anguish, pain, and sadness
Leave your heart and let your road be clear."

I Believe in Father Christmas
Emerson, Lake & Palmer