Today was the day I made my promised appearance at The Timeless Gathering of Fans and Friends (not to be confused with The Timely Gathering of Friends and Foes, or The Timeless Gathering of Fans, Fiends, and Lycanthropes) where I gave a talk to a roomful of well over 25 fans – although, to be fair, I believe a good part of that number was spill-over from Jewel’s preceding panel. Speaking of Jewel, she was kicking back in the media room when I arrived. Apparently, a fan wanted her to sign his box set of Firefly but, alas, had to go out and buy one first. While she awaited his return and I awaited my panel, we chatted about Comic Con, San Diego, and my blog. She was surprised to hear about the weekly chocolate shipments I receive from fans who have learned of my chocolate passion by reading my entries. I suggested she start her own blog or, better yet, allow me to mention Jewel’s passion for Pinot Grigio on mine.
At one point during our conversation, I overheard one of the other invitees, a martial artist and actor, inform a group of enthralled fans: “Using my head, I flattened all six nails before she got around to hammering down one.” Now how the hell was I going to compete with that?
Surprisingly, Jewel didn’t stick around for my panel (I can only assume husband Matt was feeling under the weather and required her attention otherwise I can’t think of any reason why she wouldn’t have attended) which went very well. Even though the turnout was approximately 0.5% that of the Comic Con panel, the majority of the questions were incisive and well thought-out.
One hour later, I was back in the media where I posed for pics, chatted with some fans, and signed autographs (“To Priscilla, Enjoy the buffet! Sincerely, Joseph Mallozzi” and “To Glenn, Those weren’t capers!!! Sincerely, Joseph Mallozzi”).
All in all, a fine day. I looked forward to next year when the event will be expanded and renamed The Timeless Gathering of Fans and Friends and Merpeople and the guy who flattens nails with his head and Joseph Mallozzi.