Well, for one major thing, I’ve been on another blog. I haven’t abandoned my personal blog by any means. No, there will certainly be things that I want to get off of my chest (like this) or talk about that won’t fit there and thus will be placed here.
Oh, where’s “there” exactly?
That would be here.
Little start up that was looking for content and contributors. They needed someone who likes horror and was willing to do a lot of horror content for October and Halloween. Enter me.
I have a few article up with them already. I have more in their pending file. Most of what’s up right now has a little bit of humor about it, but there will be a few things I have planned for submission that are serious in tone as well. I even snagged an interview for an upcoming book about the ghosts that haunt some of downtown Richmond’s most famous buildings.
It’s going to be an interesting October. If they want me around after that? Well, that should be interesting as well, but with a little less content to provide.
The other thing was a trip down to NC. Adrenalin‘s new feature film, Fix it in Post, is underway at last. Spent a fun weekend camping out on the set and filming the movie within the movie. We were doing the fake film Ninjas VS Zombies and the shoot was fun. We were supposed to be acting like we had no clue what we were doing and N VS Z is supposed to be Ed Wood level incompetent film making, so there was a lot of room in there to improvise some ridiculous slapstick. And my son finally got to play an onscreen role, so he had fun with that.
By nightfall, we were filming the scenes that set up the initial kickoff for the main plot of the actual film. Less improve, but just as much fun.
There’s nothing like a challenge to kick the brain into working at things from angles you never really looked at before. In this case, it was a simple conversation that ended with a friend of mine questioning how something so well-known and well established could even be argued against.
A friend was discussing possible panel discussion topics about horror and, when zombies came up, another friend suggested a discussion about who created the zombie as we know it. He was blown off with a quick answer as to who did it and how silly the idea of even debating it was. There was, he was told, simply no questioning the fact that George A. Romero created the modern zombie. There are, after all, entire books and documentaries dedicated to just that fact.
My comment in response to this was that, hey, they’re still arguing over whether or not the Wright Brothers were really “First in Flight” in America. If that can be seriously debated by various scholars and newspapers; why not this? I put on my devil’s advocate’s cap and a day later told him that it might actually be easier than he thought. This is the result.
I should note, as if it wasn’t already somewhat apparent from the above, that this is pretty much just an exercise in looking at this from a different POV than the one I usually hold. It’s also maybe an opening for fun debate. I love George and think he doesn’t get enough credit in some areas and I certainly respect his well-earned reputation as the father of the modern zombie. Keep any angry typing and any offended INTERNET SCREAMING to yourself here. We’re likely on the same side of the actual argument. However, friendly geek debating is always welcome.
This is also going to be a bit rough as a read. I’m a bit busy and I’m supposed to be working on other things right now so I’m not working this out or refining it much beyond first think through and first draft. I’ll leave the polishing (or crushing) of the thing to any debate it might invite.
So, without further ado…
Did George A. Romero really create the modern zombie?
The generally accepted answer is usually a resounding “yes” and given faster than one can think. But the answer may not be as cut and dry as that. As a matter of fact, one very authoritative source has repeatedly stated that George A. Romero did not invent zombies back in 1968. That source would be George A. Romero himself.
Romero has, in many interviews over the years, stated that he never intended them to be zombies. Zombies to Romero were the still living Voodoo slaves of such classic films as White Zombie. His film was partially intended to be a riff on Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend with updated concepts and contemporary themes thrown in. But Romero didn’t want to use vampires. So after some thought about what to do, the decision was made to make them ghouls.
That’s actually an extremely important point. Romero knew what his creatures were and he named them. They were ghouls. And ghouls, even as portrayed in Night of the Living Dead, were not new or original by any stretch of the imagination.
Ghouls, particularly as seen in NotLD, date back centuries, if not millennia, in legend and lore from all around the world. You can find stories of the ravenous dead in ancient cultures that have been nothing but dust and ruins for longer than anyone reading this has been alive. And in many cases, they were also depicted as the departed friends, family or village-folk that came back mindless and with a taste for the flesh of the living. That’s not a story new to 1968 or even American storytelling. There were even a few of the pre-code horror comic books in the 1950s that at least played with the concept even if they didn’t dance fully into on panel, full gore body devouring.
So George A. Romero himself has for years said that he never intended these things to be “zombies” and didn’t even call them that himself in the early years and yet they still became “zombies” to the movie going and horror loving public. So how and why did that happen?
Romero has answered that one as well. The press basically did it. It was the press, both professional and fanzine, that labeled the ravenous dead of Romero’s film with the “zombie” tag.
But, Jerry, I hear you saying, they were new to film. We had never seen such a sight in films before; certainly not American films at any rate and not films that had any sort of mainstream coverage and release. And to that I answer simply…
Did James Bond not exist as a fully realized creation until the films came along? Yeah, they changed him quite a bit in the transition from page to screen, but it has always been acknowledged that James Bond was based on a book, on pre-existing stories, created by Ian Fleming. The film Beastmaster and Marc Singer’s Dar are nothing like Andre Norton’s books or Hosteen Storm in any way but the most superficial, and changed far, far more of the story and setting than Romero’s ghouls were changed from some of the ghouls of legend, but it’s still widely acknowledge that Beastmaster is Andre Norton’s creation. So how are we not to also acknowledge that Romero’s “zombies” existed so fully and firmly in story and legend that he knew what they were well enough to name them as ghouls himself even if a host of press people felt the need to give them a hipper name?
But, you say, the origin makes them different. The ravenous dead were supernatural. These were brought about by natural, if slightly cosmic and exaggerated, means. That means that they are different based on the “birth” as it were.
No they weren’t and no they’re not.
A lot of people who call themselves big zombie fans and big Romero fans often seem to trip themselves up over that one. They’ll tell you that the zombie plague was created by radiation brought back by a satellite that broke up on re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere. This is not true.
The satellite is referenced in NotLD, but it’s never actually established as the cause for the zombie outbreak. Romero himself has even said that the satellite was not the cause and inserted commentary by an expert into the early parts of Shaun of the Dead shooting down that idea. The cause of the zombie plague of Romero’s world is to this day exactly what Romero himself has stated he wanted it to be. It’s an unknown and hotly debated source. And, again, no matter what else is said, we still have this.
GEORGE ROMERO: “They haven’t. When I did the first film, I didn’t call them zombies. When I did Night of the Living Dead, I called them ghouls, flesh eaters. I didn’t think they were. Back then zombies were still those boys in the Caribbean doing the wet work for Lugosi. So I never thought of them as zombies. I thought they were just back from the dead. I ripped off the idea for the first film from a Matheson novel called I Am Legend which is now back with us after a couple of incarnations prior. I thought I Am Legend was about revolution. I mean this is a 60s guy sitting there [pretends to take a toke, laughs] and I said if you’re going to do something about revolution, you should start at the beginning. Richard starts his book with one man left. Everybody in the world has become a vampire and I said, “No man, we gotta start at the beginning and tweak it up a little bit.” And I couldn’t use vampires because he did so I wanted something that would be an earth shaking change, something that was forever, like this awful shit, something that was really at the heart of it. I said what if the dead stop staying dead. Again it’s just an idea that comes to you. And I just never thought of them as zombies in the first place. This film goes back theoretically to that first night. I mean I didn’t use the word until the second film and that’s only because people who were writing about the first film called them zombies and I said maybe they are in a way, but to me zombies were separate in the rainbow. I mean they were not even undead, they were just people that were … You blew this shit up with blowfish powder which would put someone in a state of suspended animation and then you get them to do your chores for you. I just thought it was completely different.”
It’s kind of hard to argue with the man himself when he says that he never intended them to be “zombies” and in fact thought that they were just ghouls. He also addresses the fact here that he only decided to use that word himself because other people were describing his ghouls as zombies in their writings on the first film.
You’ve built a car. A bunch of people who don’t know any better call it a plane. You finally give in and call it a plane. Did you really invent the modern plane?
No. No you did not. And Romero may not have created the modern zombie. He certainly had a hand in it and might be honestly labeled a co-creator who has had the good fortune of having many other co-creators who were far more unknown than he was and, in some cases with the passage of time, mostly forgotten.
But certainly he can be credited with creating the “Romero Zombie” and thus still have the title as the “Creator of the Modern Zombie” that has been bestowed upon him, right? Maybe not. The truth may be that we’ve never really seen a “Romero Zombie” on film.
The closest thing that you can make the claim of being a “Romero Zombie” about would be the first zombies of NotLD, creatures, again, that Romero himself has stated were never zombies, and that after that film we saw the creature drifting away from what it was and into the pop culture created narrative of what the zombie was.
Think about the evolution of the “Romero Zombie” for a moment. The zombies seen in Night and the zombies seen in Dawn could almost be different creatures. Yeah, they both rise from the dead to munch warm, living flesh, but there’s much more about them that’s different.
Other than the two child zombies at the airport in Dawn, the zombies of Night show the ability for faster movement than their counterparts in Dawn. In NotLD, the very first zombie we see jogs at a fairly nice clip after the departing Barbara. He also shows us zombies in Night that are more physically capable and that show more signs of intelligence in the moment. Jogging zombie, upon catching up to Barbara’s car starts rapid-fire pounding on the window like a jackhammer. He then, after figuring out that his knuckles ain’t cutting it, steps back, rapidly looks around the ground, picks up a rock, hauls back, and then smashes the window with the rock. Throughout Night we even see the undead using basic tools (sticks and stones) with regularity. They also seemed a wee bit light sensitive.
By Dawn of the Dead, the concept of the NotLD ghoul being instead a “zombie” has seemingly infected their presentation on screen. They’re slower, they’re more lumbering, they’re more clueless, they seem to have forgotten what tools are, and they resemble the lumbering Voodoo zombie of films gone by insofar as their general actions and movements much more so than their NotLD counterparts did. It was as if the very idea of labeling them zombies in turn affected the way they were written and performed.
The argument could be made that Romero allowed others and their descriptions of and ideas on his creatures to shape the development of his creatures, either consciously or unconsciously, rather than keeping them what they were and expanding on that. They changed in between NotLD and DotD into being closer to something you might see in White Zombie or King of the Zombies.
By Day of the Dead, the transformation of the creatures from being a ghoul to simply being a deader, hungrier version of the Voodoo zombie was more or less complete. We’re even treated to the lone zombie breaking through the haze of its clouded zombie-state mind to start remembering aspects of its previous life and to start displaying facets of its old, pre-zombie personality.
By the time the modern era of the zombie film came around (skipping Land of the Dead even though I actually liked that one more than most) and George Romero reclaimed his cinematic kingdom, we saw him using zombies that were in every way respectful of what many call “Romero’s Rules” for zombies. Surely these zombies are in fact Romero’s zombies, right? Hey, they follow Romero’s Rules for crying out loud.
Actually, if anything, these “Romero’s Rules” zombies from Diary of the Dead and Survival of the Dead are the least like Romero’s zombies in NotLD than any to come before them and are actually fairly different from even the zombies of Dawn, Day, and Land. These zombies do in fact follow the “Romero’s Rules” as defined by a legion of hardcore zombie purists in pop culture, but the problem is that Romero himself never really followed “Romero’s Rules” all that closely in his first three zombie films. What we see in Dairy and Survival is Romero using the zombie demanded by the purists and what we saw was even the purists ranking these two films as the worst two films of his (so far) six films.
What we have is a man who set out to use ghouls, slowly allowed the pop culture forces of the time to shift his creatures closer to their “zombie” moniker, and, after many years, finally set out to use “his” zombies based on “his” rules when the rules in question were never really his rules in the early days. So where does this all leave Romero insofar as being the “creator” of the modern zombie?
He’s certainly a great filmmaker. He’s made three fantastic films, two pretty damned good ones and one kinda clunker. But the reality of the situation is that he’s a co-creator of the modern zombie at best and, when looking at his first film VS subsequent films, he’s not even the majority co-creator of what is today considered the Romero Zombie.
He laid the groundwork, the well established groundwork, and so many others filled in the blanks. He headed the team, but a lot of other technicians added the fine details. Godfather of the modern zombie he may be, but he is at best only the unintentional co-creator of the modern zombie and not in fact the creator of the modern zombie.
Oh… A little bonus debate starter… Do you want to hear something that’s really insane sounding but very likely true? It’s quite possible that the single biggest thing that created the modern zombie as we know it, even the modern Romero zombie and the zombie craze as we know it right now was a simple mistake with copyright. Yeah, you read that right. You may in fact owe your favorite current creature’s success and relevance on the horror landscape to a screw-up.
It’s A Wonderful Life is a Christmas staple. For years you couldn’t turn the television on in the Christmas season and not channel surf into it on at least two or three channels. Everyone was airing it from your short on funds local PBS station to superstations like WOR, WGN, and WTBS. The thing is, Life was a flop. It was a failure at the box office and it was savaged by most critics at the time. No one cared about it and somewhere along the lines the film fell out of copyright and in to public domain. At that point, just about anyone who wanted to could air the thing day and night without putting the least little dent into their budget. And slowly over the years this “Holiday Classic” was aired so much and so many times that almost everyone had a chance to see it. It actually found an audience on television and it built a bit of a nostalgic following for some as the movie that they always watched in the Christmas Season when growing up.
And then the popularity got it noticed and it slipped back into copyright. Nice DVD versions were released and the cost of airing it went up. Suddenly it’s not on TV as much each December and its popularity has been noticeably slipping.
Night of the Living Dead sort of did the same thing. Night fell out of copyright almost immediately thanks to a fairly large screw-up. As a result, it cost basically nothing to air. Channels that were willing to air it, occasionally “uncut” but slightly edited to avoid bare zombie butts, could do so every Halloween season or on their local horror host’s program on the cheap. Drive-Ins and theaters now called Grindhouse Theaters but not so much known as such then could get prints cheap if they knew where to look and show it on special occasions with a much better profitability bang for their original layout buck.
When VHS came along, every fly-by-night company put out their own print. The same thing happened when DVD came along and put a bullet in the head of VHS. Hell, some of the DVDs were the VHS prints copied over with all of the tape defects intact. You could buy it on DVD for a whopping $1.99 or get it in a collection of ten, twenty-five or fifty films for the cost of any one or two big studio release DVDs.
Night of the Living Dead was everywhere when I was growing up. Everyone that was a horror fan saw it because you almost couldn’t not come across the film on TV or in a friend’s video collection.
It was a good movie to be sure. But the film also had a much better than average chance at finding and building an audience. Would it have been popular if it had never fallen out of copyright? Yeah, I think it would have been. It’s a good film after all. Would it have been as big if it had stayed in copyright? I really don’t think so. It would have been aired less on television and there would have only been higher priced VHS tapes and DVDs on the market with almost no mega collections containing it until the most recent years of DVD distribution.
It would have found an audience, but the audience, just based on the reduced exposure, would have likely been smaller in the early years as well as into the 80s and 90s. Without the larger “cult” following, we don’t see the same rise of the cheap zombie horror that we saw in the 80s. Hell, we may not even have seen Return of the Living Dead. Without these things, we don’t see the same demand for Day, which may still have been made, and Land, which may not have still been made, and the blossoming love affair with all things zombie that we’ve seen from the major studio heads. The zombie genre isn’t as strong as it is now and we maybe don’t see The Walking Dead on TV even if we do maybe see the comic with a less successful run from being released to a less rabid zombie fandom.
The zombie craze we see now can be traced back to Night of the Living Dead. But do we see an in copyright NotLD making the same impact in the two decades after its creation that we saw from the cheaper to air/print/distribute version? Probably not.
Voltaire has enlisted an impressive group of musicians to help with this album. I heard him play the title track live at Dragon Con 2013. Really looking forward to when this CD drops.
Both of my kids would absolutely love this thing. The Scary Godmother DVDs are a Halloween staple in our house. Not only is the success of this project going be a great thing because of the dolls, but every Horror Host fan and wrestling fan out there should check out the perks for $20 donations.
The 27th Dragon Con is now in the books and we’ve spent the better part of the last week recovering from all the fun. Well, by “we” I mean the wife and I. Thing 1 and Thing 2 have been in nonstop hyper-spaz mode since we got home and Thing 1 only managed to go about half of a day before asking when we would be going back to Dragon Con again.
This year was big with a lot of changes. Some of the Fan Tracks have been tweaked and altered, there’s a whole new layout with the addition of the old AmericasMart Atlanta building added in and the dealer space now moved into its first and second floors, there’s new ownership that’s actually the old ownership trimmed down a bit that’s also brought a new spelling along with it, and the general view of the fans that Thursday is the new Friday is fast becoming semi-official for most. It was also big in attendance this year. I don’t know the official figures yet as they’ve not been released, but I’m guessing that 65,000 was somewhere in the ballpark if not a little low.
And, like with every Dragon*Con that I’ve attended before this year’s Dragon Con, there was plenty to see and do. The guest list was stacked with half of Starfleet in attendance, two Doctors and a few companions on hand, a Highlander, a MacGyver, an SG army, some visiting dwarves, a host of vampires, denizens of the Enchanted Forest, at least a couple of prominent time travelers represented, and an industry’s worth of artists, writers, and creators of all stripes crossing multiple generations of fandom. And that’s just for starters. Activities ran the gamut from both paid and free courses in how-to to fan panel discussions ranging from the joyfully silly to the absolutely serious, hands on (and occasionally fairly physical) fan participation events, nonstop gaming for gamers of every kind, and joyfully geek-centric concerts (Two horns up for Voltaire’s show this year!) playing well into the late night. And, of course, the LifeSouth blood drive. We cannot leave out the LifeSouth blood drive. (Mention required by order of She Who Must Be Obeyed.) And then there was the cosplay. One cannot discuss Dragon Con without including at least some mention of all of the wonderful cosplay.
And I did a lot of all of the above either (occasionally) on my own or most often with Jenn and the kids.
I could easily do a blog entry following the “what we did” and “who we did it with” template covering the above, but I don’t think I’ll do that this year. I think I’d rather write about what Dragon Con is. There’s a vibe at Dragon Con that you either get or you don’t get when you walk through those hotel doors and into the convention itself for the first time. Most people, the vast majority of them, get it. It’s why so many people love Dragon Con so much and come back every year. You see, Dragon Con is a bit special. That vibe given off by the Dragon Con community, from the owners and volunteers to the attendees and on up to some of the guests, is that this is basically time spent with a giant four day family in an amazing four day home away from home.
This year that vibe was even more noticeable or at least it seemed that way to some. Maybe it was simply the fact that we were finally there in 2013 and able to enjoy the convention after the stupidity and ugliness attempted by some in the first half of this year. Maybe it was the increase in the number of people attending this year. Maybe it was a combination of the above or maybe it was something else entirely. But, whatever the reason, that vibe was not only there this year but tangibly stronger than it has been in most years.
Yes, you are definitely going to Dragon Con to enjoy the convention activities. You are definitely going there to see the panels and the celebs. You are very likely going there to scour the dealer area for nifty things. But first and foremost, if you’re a regular, you’re going there to share Dragon Con with everyone else who is there. That was the vibe I felt the first time I walked through the doors when I first attended Dragon*Con in 2006, like having welcoming arms wrap themselves around you, and that’s the vibe I and others have gotten from it on every subsequent visit. You go to Dragon Con to see friends, family, and friends who have become family that you may only be able to see there. You go to see a group of people that you may only be able to see all in one place at one time together there. And you go there, as we did this year, to meet new family and friends.
And, again, everyone else who’s there is there to be there with and share with everyone else who’s there. That’s really the point of it above and beyond anything else. Sure, you’re going to run into a few bad eggs here and there with both attendees and guests. The law of averages says that you have to with an attending population in the high tens of thousands. But the vast majority of the Dragon Con attendees and guests are there to share and enjoy (Note: Not the “Go Stick Your Head in a Pig” version.) the Dragon Con experience with everyone else there. They go there to go to their four day home away from home and spend time with their friends and their other “family” members.
And that’s what we did with our Labor Day weekend this year. I could have easily hit the generic, fill-in-the-blank laundry list of panels seen, activities enjoyed, and unique items grabbed in the dealer area, but the truth is that we did so much more at Dragon Con than the laundry list typically covers and have done so at every Dragon*Con before now. What we did was went to our once a year, four day home away from home, we caught up with old friends and family, touched base with newer friends and family, and added a few people along the way that will be on next year’s list of people we have to see and spend time with over 2014’s Labor Day weekend.
And that’s what Dragon Con is. You can go to their official website to see everything that is there to see and do at the con, but the only way to know what Dragon Con really and truly is for those that “get it” when they walk through those doors and to truly understand the love and loyalty it inspires in those who attend is by going and attending and allowing yourself to be a part of that family and getting it yourself.
And to all of my family’s Dragon Con friends and family out there… We’ll see you all again in, as of right now, 354 days, 18 hours, 5 minutes. And to all of the new Dragon Con family and friends yet to come… Can’t wait to meet you down the road.
Edit – Nice post-convention article on Dragon Con written for the Collider news site.
5 Things You Might Not Know about Dragon Con
by Allison Keene
From the makers of the PBS documentary Four Days at Dragon*Con comes a look at the world of Cosplay. Looks fun. Can’t wait to see it.
And here’s their Facebook page to keep up with news and developments.
It’s been an interesting day insofar as events changing plans. I originally had a different post in mind for today. See, I’ve had an interesting two weeks and I was about to get out the hammer and nails and nail someone’s butt to the wall.
Two weeks ago someone who will now, thanks to today’s events, go nameless apparently decided to see just how much they could piss me off if they really tried to do so. The person in question is someone connected to the boycott movement. And they’re not just a drone in the works, but a fairly major name in the thing.
The first thing they did was go after my five-year-old son. They took a photograph of him, screwed with it a bit and decided to use it as a pro-boycott photo piece. My wife dealt with that in very short order. So, of course, they then harassed my wife, who has not written on the boycott anywhere on the web, via Facebook PM. In the messages this person sent, they used foul language, declared that I was not really a cop, informed my wife that she should be concerned (pedophile implied warning) about protecting our son from me, made threats of legal action and, double fun given the deceleration that I wasn’t a cop, said something that strongly implied, if they were to be believed, that they were fishing through the police departments in my area to find out where I worked so that they could file a bogus complaint.
My wife handled the PMs by reporting them. In the meantime, I’ve spent bits and pieces of the last two weeks lining up all my ducks to be ready for any issues that this person would try to create. I sent notification up my chain of command and to the appropriate personnel that a bogus complaint might be coming in. I collected various needed materials, including the screen caps of the PM exchange, to show that the complaint was bogus, and I spent a few hours here and there discussing some things with a few lawyers.
Basically I made sure that if the complaint was made that I had enough to launch successful legal action of my own ready and prepared. Since the complaint could be shown to be a part of a pattern of personal harassment, I was told that not only was it doable but that I had more than a good chance of seeing some nice cash by the end of it.
So today, while working some overtime, I was mentally composing what I was going to write and had plans to use the screen caps and other materials to, as I said above, nail someone’s butt to the wall. But something interesting happened while I was working.
When I got home, my wife met me at the door and told me to check the net. I asked her what was going on and she just told me that Krista had sent her a message and that I needed to check some stuff on Facebook. So I sat down, logged on, signed in and in short order saw this.
DragonCon/Ace Inc. doesn’t exist anymore.
With Kramer’s legal action against Dragon*Con now out of the way, they were able to take DragonCon/Ace Inc. and merge it into a new company, Dragon Con, Inc., in a buyout/merger. Kramer was cashed out and cut out. He’s staying true to form though and doing what everyone said he would do in such a situation. He plans to sue.
The new company is now run by the five remaining co-founders. They’ve been laying the groundwork for this and ensuring that contracts with DragonCon/Ace Inc. and other commercial and business entities transferred over and are still in play. The convention gets to continue, grow and prosper without this around its neck anymore.
And I don’t care one wit about what happened two weeks ago anymore.
A very good friend of mine had already told me something that made me look at what had happened two weeks ago in a completely different light. He pointed out that if they were going after me, someone with no real fame, following or true influence, like that, then they must be in a position to see that their boycott was failing. If things were going as successfully as they had claimed, they wouldn’t care about me. Anything I wrote would be seen by them as nothing more than spitting into the wind.
At that point I decided that I was going to write one and only one more Dragon*Con Boycott post. That post would have been the one describing in greater detail what had been going on in the last two weeks and actually naming names. But other than that I pretty much decided I was done with it.
After all, I’d said everything that I thought I could say in just about every way it could be said. I’d even been reducing my presence on various forums and websites where the boycott was being discussed. In over a month, I had only written two posts about the boycott. One actually had nothing to do with the boycott and was more about being amused by Ron Marz’s Twitter actions and the second, while a wee bit sarcastically written, was a three paragraph warning to anybody that might decide that filing a bogus lawsuit against Dragon*Con that the results could be financially devastating. Hey, I’m a bit of a bastard but not enough of one to just sit back and smile as some fellow geek that I disagree with destroys their finances for a year or more.
But other than that? I have things to do that require my writing time elsewhere and all I wanted to think about with regards to Dragon*Con was getting ready to enjoy the vacation with my family. If I wrote anything else in the next two months, it would only have been if something huge came up or if something came out of the events that I had originally been planning to detail with the now aborted post on the subject.
And now I’m going to get about enjoying the next two months, working on some really cool things and looking forward to a great convention weekend. I’ve seen a few comments from some boycott diehards who are trying to drum up a new reason to keep going, but they don’t seem to be having any great success. The fork has been put in this and it’s done. Hopefully, despite Kramer’s threats of new legal action, it’s done for good.
And now I’m going to go to bed. And tomorrow I’m going to enjoy my day off with the family, work on those projects, and keep chugging along with getting ready for Labor Day weekend in Atlanta, Georgia.
See you all at Dragon*Con.