Greetings from FXShow

In Book Reviews, Complete Waste of Time, Conventions on January 27, 2008 at 3:19 am

-edit- Part one of “Stalking Nathan Fillion” is up as well as a post about the second day of my FX eperience.

What I learned at FXShow today:

Nathan Fillion is a popular guy.
Nicholas Brendon is sad his project Kitchen Confidential never made it big.
My MAC is very heavy when I have to carry it around four to five hours in my giant granny purse.
Linda S. Cowden and Stokely Gittens are great authors.
Chartruz Lovelace makes my new favorite crafty toys.
People actually ride the streetcars in Orlando.
Ming Court has great, reasonably priced sushi.
Riding in the pedal carts in Orlando is kind of scary-fun.
Greg Grunberg likes either sushi or Chinese food.

I’m typing this in my hotel room after a very busy day.

Last night, I discovered neither of my photographers were able to come, due to Gasparilla and work. (Gasparilla is a pirate festival in Tampa that consists of parades, a pirate invasion, and drunken women taking off their shirts for beads. There are also some art, music and film events mixed in there to prove it’s not really a weekend full of debauchery.)

Knowing I couldn’t handle video, audio, and still pictures all by myself while conducting an interview, I then proceeded to ask every single person in my cell phone’s directory if they could come down with me and share a hotel room I only had to pay 1/3 the price of. (Thank you, photographers.)

No one came. I’m all alone, but it’s given me the opportunity to explore Orlando a bit.

I started out today with the goal of getting an interview with Nathan Fillion of Firefly and Serenity. I ran in, paid to get my picture taken with him, and quickly asked him who I could schedule an interview with. (My email went kaputz last week when I was expecting his agency people to get back to me.) He didn’t know.

I ran to the information booth which directed me to Katie Jarvinen, my contact these past few weeks with FX International. Katie is my new hero; she got me an interview with Nicholas Brendon immediately and started me along the path towards getting an interview with Fillion, who is, by the looks of things, the most popular celebrity at FXShow this year. Over 600 people registered to get his autograph… Today. It’s the power of the Browncoats.

Nicholas Brendon was my favorite interview so far. He was witty and took time out to ask me questions about my life (mostly revolving around my geeky hobby, LARPing). After Brendon’s interview, I talked to Nell Wilson, or Fat Momma, who was my most requested star to interview during the con. I’m going to interview her tomorrow; my photographers might be able to make it tomorrow, which would be a plus.

I then wandered around the vendor and artist booths, where I spotted Chartruz Lovelace’s cute hand-made toys. She got the idea for them when she was pregnant with her son. They’re soft and sturdy, especially the cell holders. The cell holders are perfect for me, because I drop my phone a few times a week.

I picked up review copies of Stokely Gittens’s Peter Paul: The Chase Begins, Linda S. Cowden’s Grimmie, and M.B. Weston’s A Prophecy Forgotten. I also bought a copy of Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc’s Michael, which I’ve heard interesting things about. So far Peter Paul and Grimmie are the best out of the bunch.

After the con, I checked in to my hotel, then caught a pedal cart to Ming Court and had a sushi dinner that calmed me down and made me quite cheerful. For $27, I received my trademark water with lemon, soup, salad, edamame, and a variety of rolls that left me so full I almost rolled out the door.

And, apparently, Greg Grunberg of Heroes was spotted by my sushi chef as he entered the restaurant. So, now at least I know he has good taste.

I’m thinking of writing a post for The Musings of Wendy Withers entitled “Stalking Nathan Fillion” as a chronicle of the con, focusing on my attempts to interview him. However, I’m worried the title would make me seem too creepy. What do you guys think?

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  1. I think we should leave “creepy” for the courts to decide. Until then, so long as you’re not hurting anybody, papa-yer-razzi off! (Hey, that was good!)

  2. Glad you were able to grab a Japanese meal amongst your chaotic day. Hope your $27 was worth it. Would you have rather been at Gasparilla or the FX show?

  3. I was happy I could go to FX. Gasparilla has too many drunk people; if I want to get my pirate on, I prefer Renfair and Pirate Fair. Plus, I’m a Browncoat, and Buffy got me through some pretty hard times.

    I also got to talk to some awesome artists and authors this weekend.

  4. I loved that you “almost rolled out the door.” Sushi is amazing, isn’t it? Almost sounds like an elixer. I think “Stalking NF” is a brilliant title because that’s exactly what you were not doing (not really anyway).

  5. Yeah, out of all the people there, I was probably one of the least invasive of his space. Although, in my picture, it looks like he was kind of unhappy, probably because I’d just asked him where I could go to interview him instead of telling him how much I love his work. If I can get my hands on a scanner or take a decent pic of the pic, I’m going to include the pic in my Nathan Fillion post.

  6. Is Nathan Fillion the Kyle MacLachlan of our generation? If so, I’ll start stalking him too 😉

  7. I hope you eventually get that interview with Nathan. Looking forward to reading “stalking Nathan Fillion”. Someone described the FX show as “NathanCon”, would that be about right? I was not able to attend:(

    So, you are a Browncoat. Please to meet ya.

    A bunch of us Browncoats are rallying over at the Universal HD forums to get a sequel to Serenity or maybe a Serenity TV series. We want to show Universal that there is a huge fan base. It’s called Operation Full Burn. http://boards.nbcuni.com/universalHD/

    Hope to see you there.
    Have a Shiny day!

    Brenda (Fireflyorama)

  8. Jeremy,

    Kyle’s roles seem much more gritty, while Nathan has a mischievous charm about him that always seems to poke its way through. Nathan’s quirky humor makes it hard to compare them, because it seems like he’s always in on some cosmic joke.


  9. Brenda,

    It did seem like Nathancon. The Nathan line was constantly swamped, even when it was for $30 posed pictures with him. I felt sorry for some of the other actors, artists, etc., because there was always a huge crowd around Nathan and the rest of the con seemed kind of empty compared to other cons I’ve been to. I did get some great interviews, though. I’ll probably post “Stalking” tomorrow on a different blog and post a link to it on here.


  10. Hi Wendy, good to see you here! Glad you’re liking the book, too. I’ve started a blog in WordPress myself, and stumbled across this page. I still need to send you a zine promo, too. Hmm… sorry for the delay on that, I’ve been hideously busy!

    Anyway, thanks for the kind mention on Grimmie, and I’ll catch you later. I’m learning the ins and outs of MySpace, too, and man is that involved, in the addicting sense! LOL.

    – Linda S. Cowden, author of Grimmie.

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