Finally booked my hotel for Comic Con next month which means I WON’T be sleeping on the floor of the convention center after all.  On the one hand, it’s nice to know I can look forward to a mattress, a hot shower, and room service cookies and milk, but on the other hand, I was kind of looking forward to being in the thick of things – somewhere between the Sharknaconda booth and the Yosemite Sam memorial display (I didn’t even know he was sick!).  Still, it’s nice to know I’ll be well-rested.  I fly in on Friday the 13th (I didn’t realize until I just typed that), spend the afternoon checking out the con, and then it’s dinner with –

Editor extraordinaire (Swords & Dark Magic, Masked, and many, many more) Lou Anders.
Uber-talented illustrator John Picacio.
And New York Times bestselling author (and present writer of Astonishing X-Men) Marjorie M. Liu

Saturday afternoon (provided I behaved the previous day and will still be permitted on the convention grounds), I’ll be doing a signing for my comic book series, Dark Matter,  from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Dark Horse booth.  Come on by to say hi, ask me any burning Dark Matter or Stargate-related questions, and have a shot at some Stargate goodies.

Oh, yeah.  Speaking of Stargate goodies, I promised yesterday I would announce the winners of our Greatest Mid-Season Two-Parter in Stargate History contest.

In first place: Atlantis’s first mid-season two-parter, The Storm/The Eye with an impressive 196 votes.

In second place: Atlantis’s third mid-season two-parter, The Return I/The Return II with 130 votes.

In third place: Atlantis’s fourth season mid-season two-parter: This Mortal Coil/Be All My Sins Remember’d with 116 votes.

Since 5 out of the 6 winners were Martin Gero joints, I can only assume the results were somehow skewed by Marty G’s rabid fanbase (I believe I’ve mentioned he is writing/directing/producing a series called the L.A. Complex airing Tuesday nights at 9:00 p.m. on the CW!).

Congratulations to Martin and the rest of the The Storm/The Eye team.  Also, congratulations are in order for the following individuals who have won signed scripts…

The excitement is overwhelming, no?  Relax.  Take a breather with Jelly –

Caught your breath?  Good.  Let’s proceed.

These individuals have won signed copies of the following scripts:


Line Noise


The Perfectly Imperfect One





Again, congrats to all the winners. I’ll be getting in touch soon to make arrangements.

Now, I’m off to complete the rewrite on the SF miniseries (it goes to camera next month!) and start thinking about my next pass on that horror script.

26 thoughts on “June 20, 2012: Dark Matter (and me!) at Comic Con! Take a breather with Jelly! Winners of the Greatest Mid-Season Two-Parter in Stargate History contest!

  1. so what about season finales/next season start episodes? Or maybe a discussion about best/worst sci fi series premieres. After you recover from Comicon, have your script in production, and we move on with the Atlantis discussion of course. Congrats to the winners and an a bow to you for your generosity and consideration for your fans. You is good people, as most, if not all who frequent here will testify to.

  2. Congratulations to Stargate Atlantis who had the podium covered with the top three wins!!! No surprise there. Atlantis ruled! And congratulations to all you lucky dogs who won a signed script! Pretty cool!

    Thanks Joe for doing the contest. It was fun.

  3. Wow! Thank you, Joe! I’m all excited here…so excited that I’m calling it a day and getting away from the packing for the big move. 🙂 Nice ending to a hard day, thanks so much! 🙂

  4. I figured The Storm/The Eye would probably win. Congrats to all the winners!! And glad that things have worked out for Comic Con. I wish I could meet you, but I will send my brother with some things for you to sign for me.

    And now, I would like to ask for thoughts/prayers from everyone. Starting to get concerned about hubby’s health again, and all of you who are regulars know about what we went through at the end of 2010 and into 2011 with his surgery and recovery. I really appreciate it.

    Hope everyone has a great night!!!
    Lisa R.

  5. Congratulations Deni! and congratulations to all of the other lucky script winners! What a cool thing to have.

    Hey, Joe! We went out and tracked down some macarons at Vanille Patisserie today: Cassis, Earl Grey, Vanilla Bean (a shocking shade of blue), Nutella, Coffee, and Pistachio. They also had rose and lavender, which were intriguing but just didn’t make the cut. Jeff can tell you how they compare to the fabulous ones both of you had in Vancouver. I have only tried the pistachio so far. My impression: a bit chewy, but tasty. I’ll see if they are a bit less chewy after they sit overnight.

  6. Congrats to the winners!!! 😀

    Very pooped…big day. But, Joe, before I turn in I just wanted to ask if you could tell John Picacio how much I love my Elric sketch – I have it hanging right above my monitor where I can see it every day. 🙂

    Now, I gotsta get some shut eye. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…


  7. “Now, I’m off to complete the rewrite on the SF miniseries (it goes to camera next month!)”

    Awesome! 🙂

  8. Well, I shall have to contact John Picacio and ask if he’ll have room for me to send along some San Antonio goodies.

  9. Wow! Thanks Joe! I did actually go and rewatch The Storm and The Eye after voting for them and they were pretty bloody good! Poor Torri Higginson didn’t look like she needed to act like she was cold on that day!

  10. What a great surprise to wake up to! Thank you, Joe! 😀

    Can’t argue with the overall result as Atlantis was and still is a great show.

  11. Yay! Well done Atlantis! It shows how much we all still love the series!

    Congratulations to Line Noise/The Perfectly Imperfect One/GraemeQ and Deni 🙂 I hope guys enjoy the scripts!

    Thanks for holding the competition, Joe. I had fun taking part 🙂

    –Country Gal

  12. Congrats to the lucky winners!! Thanks for sharing Jelly~! what a cutie pie. Wish I were going to the con. Have a wonderful time and take a few pictures. hotel room coffee is blech…(mine is this morning)

  13. Strange that Atlantis got top three when you’re in the middle of your Atlantis memory lane.

  14. @Spendrup

    Noticed that one myself. I voted for The 4th Horseman 2-parter, which I think came last!

  15. Congratulations Winners! Woo-hoo!

    Great that you have a room. Sleeping in the lobby would not be my first choice.

    Jelly needs a nail trim and a hug 😉 .

    Good luck with the writing, Mr. M..

  16. While you certainly won’t see the names Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie attached to the best mid season two parter awards, certainly thats because you didn’t do very many Joe!

    You and Paul would have a good shot if you did a best season finale voting thing. I would go for Camelot in that regard if it was just SG1 being covered.

    Though I think Lost City would win it.

  17. Joe – while you’re in Cali…

    Buy some good PURE olive oil!!

    I just ordered some from here:

    And looking into these other award-winning olive oil producers:

    Learned about them here:

    I’m not even going to bother with the international ones because shipping would be too much, and I don’t have time to go hunting for local shops that may carry the stuff (probably not in my area anyway). But hopefully I’ll be pleased with these domestic oils.

    (See, I told ya that the olive oil thing worried me! Now just look at what YOU made me go and do! Buy expensive stuff. 😛 )


  18. PS to the olive oil thingy…

    In talking with the guys at Chacewater, I learned that those ‘syrupy’ balsamic vinegars are very high in lead. Just one more thing to worry about! 😀 😛


  19. @Spendrup

    Probably best Atlantis has the best mid season two parters. You could see it as the writing team more specifically Martin Gero upping his game and releasing quality episodes to keep people interested. I mean after all Atlantis was just a fledgeling show at the time Season 1 came around and it grew into a well loved and respected series. Something everyone should be proud of, be it the Writing staff, production staff(People like the Camera guys, costume guys and about a billion other jobs people have), misc staff, actors, and everyone at MGM, Bridge, Syfy etc.

  20. How did you know the excitement would be overwhelming? But…

    Jelly! She took my excitement and held it in, IDK, a state of suspension. Drew it out. Didn’t lift a paw to abate it. She tormented me with questions: “Who won the scripts? Was it you, DP? Yoooou don’t know, do you? Would you like to know? Hold on, I’m not done breathing yet. Hold on. You still don’t know, do you?”

    Jelly took my excitement over being about to know who won the scripts and whipped it into a crescendo of torment over not knowing. How was that supposed to help?

  21. I know it’s late, but congratulations to all the winners, AND the video of Jelly made me smile A LOT. Thanks for that. I feel like I won something, too, by seeing that sweetness.

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