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20 Things I Learned at Dragon*Con 2008

August 30, 2008  |  12:19pm
I attended my first Dragon*Con (or anything remotely like it) yesterday with no idea what to expect. Here's what I learned:

1. That the costumes generating the most excitement among fans are sometimes the most simple and innocent—like the Yip-Yip Martian Muppet or Lego Man.

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2. That the woman walking around carrying this is very disturbed.

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3. That Adam West draws a bigger crowd than anyone else at Dragon*Con. Sean Astin and Nathan Fillon come in second and third. And Lou Ferrigno isn't as popular as he used to be.

4. That men in chain mail rarely break character when interviewed.

5. That multimedia producer Kevin Keller is way better than me at recognizing obscure costumes of comic book and video game characters.

6. That I'm pretty good at recognizing obscure characters from Dr. Who and Stargate, but that pretty much stretches the limits of my sci-fi geekdom.

7. That a lot of people own a Captain Jack Sparrow costume.

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8. That Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans really don't like Michelle Trachtenberg*.

9. That Virginia Hey, the blue priestess from Farscape has made a cottage industry out of selling perfumes and illustrations to fans who really were just curious what she looked like without all that make-up on.

10. That 2008 is the year of the Joker, and that women are about three times as likely to dress as him than men. And that the Jack Nicholson Joker is almost as popular as the Heath Ledger Joker. And that I should call it the "Warner Brothers Joker," not the "Jack Nicholson Joker."

11. That it's not about sci-fi or fantasy; it's really just about a good costume.

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12. That an autographed George Takei photo is $30.

13. That one of our writers, Jesse Jarnow, was published in a comic book.

14. The difference between campaign and non-campaign RPGs.

15. That I should have dressed like Dr. Who. I've got the glasses.

16. That Storm was a guy in drag.

17. That you can buy a stuffed 20-sided die.

18. That Anne McCaffrey is alive and well.

19. That no matter if you were invisible inside a Chewbacca uniform or played a young Anakin Skywalker, if you were in a Star Wars movie, you can bank on your celebrity at sci-fi conventions.

20. That even Batman needs a break sometimes.

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* except all of the Buffy Fans who love Michelle Trachtenberg

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