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Tycho / on Fri, Jul 20 2018 at 11:38 am

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I Feel It Still

We salute those who are now serving their fandom in San Diego.

It’s not even a joke, in the classic sense; a linguistic construction whose purpose is to excavate - to unearth - the mirth.  I genuinely feel like SDCC screwed me up.  Once I got a splinter and by the time I’d got around to extracting it the skin had grown over it.  It may be entirely too late to process this; it’s just synonymous with my body now.

A lot of people, on boths sides of the booths, derive tremendous value from the show.  But it’s not healthy for me, and I suspect many others: it started as a make or break proposition, when I literally parked in different places because they were threatening to repossess my car.  Well, technically, their car.  You know what I mean. I came home and paid them off.  And that good feeling, or the memory of it, kept me in attendance a couple years too long.

I love meeting new people.  I don’t even mind being yelled at, necessarily, provided my interlocutor is sufficiently animated.  But the context in which it happens isn’t a zero factor.  I wanted to be as available as possible, but I’m that weird Myers-Briggs coordinate that is like an Introverted Extrovert.  It didn’t feel “right” to have specific “signing hours” or something when a person might only have the few moments they came by the booth.  The first couple years I simply didn’t eat.  Then I ate under the table, when forced.  Then I started going on breaks and feeling bad.  And in the background, the show got so dense and cold that it started to feel something like an experiment.  It was a kind of psychic abrasion, to the extent that I’d get back there a year later and feel like I was starting where I left off.  There was just the metal part of the pencil, anymore; even the eraser had been chewed away.

Our pals Frank & Becky are holding down our old post at booth 1334, and they’re young people whose global wastrel lifestyle requires a profundity of untraceable cash - if you’re still in the mix down there, stop by and check out a couple webcomic legends.

Today at 3pm PDT, we’re posting the entirety of our epic - and I do not use the word lightly - crossover of Acquisitions Incorporated: The “C” Team and Chris Perkins’ Dice, Camera, Action.  Elyssa and I were trying to figure out if we should release it in episodes, but ultimately we decided that would be cruel and/or unusual: placing in a continuum with punishments strictly contraindicated in the Constimatution.  Like an audiovisual Pringle, it may be difficult to stop post-pop.  It’s a massive amount of custom content that does what Chris and I like to do best: freak people out while delivering massive nods to the D&D’s incomparable history.  It’s something you want to make time for.

(CW)TB out.

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