All my life I have been a nerd. Sure, I tried playing it off from time to time. I’ve even denied it on occasion. However, nothing can change the fact that I’m a nerd. It’s in my blood. It’s coded in my DNA. My fiancée is built the same way. Hence, Nola Nerd Couple.
Recently, I’ve been re-watching Buffy and Angel in chronological order of course. I never made it out of the fourth season the first time around and that’s where I’m currently in my viewing. One day, Cristina asked me who my favorite character was. Spike, I answered. For our Christmas, which was December 19 due to Cristina’s NYC trip, she surprised me with a James Marsters VIP pass to the New Orleans Comic Con.
With the exception of Star Wars Weekends at Walt Disney World, it had been over a decade and a half since my last convention. At the last one I attended, a Star Trek convention in which the featured guest was James Doonan aka Scotty, I nearly got into a fist-fight with a woman who looked like Newman from Seinfeld over the merits of the fictional writings of William Shatner. In other words, sci-fi conventions are wonderful entertainment.
We woke up early Saturday morning and heading to the Earnest Morial Convention Center. We got our tickets and went to look for food. Convention food is horrible. If we had more time, I would have suggested Couchon Butcher but we were pressed for time. Dried hamburgers and chicken sandwiches would have to make due. I then got Walter Koenig’s (Chekov from Star Trek) autograph. I went to a panel for James Marsters and realized quickly that this guy gets it. He wasn’t ashamed to be there…why should he be considered how much money could be made doing this? Next up, was the coolest guy in the convention: Mr. Billie Dee Williams. He did confirm that for him, at least, Colt 45 worked each and every time. We then went to the autograph booth and got his picture. Collecting Star Wars autographs is one of Cristina’s hobbies, so this was a nice early birthday present for her. We then split ways. I went to another Buffy panel while Crisitna went meet Adam West and Burt Ward. She recommended Drago’s to Burt Ward but he doesn’t like oysters so I don’t think he took her advice. I wonder if she told him she doesn’t like oysters either. We got more autographs from the Buffy cast and went to more panels.
For supper, we just walked to the Riverwalk. This is when I love living in New Orleans. Other people’s malls have Sbarro’s, Taco Bell and if they are fancy they might have a Ruby Tuesday. I ordered from Mike Anderson’s Seafood. While it’s not as good as the Gonzales restaurant, ordering fried oysters and alligator in a mall is just really (for the lack of a better word) cool.
We headed back to the Con and watched the costume contest. If I were from anywhere else I would have been amazed. Living in and around New Orleans, I wasn’t that impressed. We finished the night with a James Marsters concert (who knew?) and then went visit friends at the Half Moon.
Day 2 started with the lovely Julie Benz of Dexter and Buffy fame. She was very chatty when we met her. We met more actors; we looked at and bought plenty of art work. I got to meet David Pirner of Soul Asylum which is when I turned into a true fan boy. I think I hid it well though and just thanked him for the music he’s made over the years.
Overall, it was a great two days and a wonderful birthday present. I loved the fact that the actors were happy to be there. Two of them, Marsters and Koenig, knew the bigger reason for those conventions. They are not for the fans to meet the actors and artists. It’s for them to meet each other. It’s for nerds to get together and enjoy each other’s company.