There was one big reason I wanted to attend U-Con @UConn on Saturday: to meet Doug Walker, the Nostalgia Critic/Chester A. Bum/Dominic the Barkeeper. I was hoping to get to the campus in time for the “That Guy With The Glasses” panel. I was so looking forward to it.
So naturally I was a half-hour late. Which means I missed this bit.
So I never show up in the video. Luckily, I did catch the rest of the panel, and did what I wanted to do: give Doug the original artwork of the Jake & Leon comic he guest-starred in.
I actually came in just as he was doing the “Bat Credit Card” bit, too. 🙂
So what did I get out of the panel?
- I already knew this from another interview/panel he posted, but Channel Awesome/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses.com is currently his only source of income. The same goes for Spoony of the Spoony Experiment. Linkara, however, still works at the bookstore in-between his comics and Atop The Fourth Wall.
- There are no plans to have another Critic/Nerd face-off or joint review. They reviewed the “Coming Out of Their Shells” behind-the-scenes video (which really wasn’t), but Doug hasn’t seen the actual concert/stage show. I have both videos, and the review is spot on. As for the event itself, I haven’t watched it in a long time, but it’s better than the “making of” video, and I throw it a curve for what it is. Also, they actually have different costumes for the actual tour video.
- If I heard him right, and despite James/AVGN’s bashing the music, he actually has the audio tape. So do I, and “Skipping Stones” happens to be one of my favorite songs. Yes, I’m strange.
- They’ll probably post the panel at some point (which I shall also do for an easy post the benefit of those who missed out), so I’ll move on to the autograph session.
We were in line for a long time. Eventually, Rob got up from the table and was talking to those of us otherwise willingly trapped in line for almost an hour.
I actually ran into him a few more times and got to ask him a question that I forgot to ask Doug when I was getting his autograph. (I nearly forgot to give him the web address for the comic. I just hope he could find it and actually checked out the final comic.) It was about how they came up with the concept for Video Game Confessions, most notably the part where Dominic is drawing out the story he’s telling. Apparently, Dominic was originally going to be a cartoonist, but after three months of tweaking the story (he was even going to be a therapist at one point), they actually settled on the barkeeper in a darkened area of the bar doodling while telling the story. It’s amazing how something so small can actually make a production, and it’s why I like that series.
Finally, I got to meet the Nostalgia Critic himself in person.
And then I got to meet Doug Walker.
It took long enough. Between all the questions and people making Doug stand up every few minutes to have their picture taken with him, it took forever to get up there. Why would people monopolize a star’s time like that?
Hey, I got to him before he sat down again. Totally a different thing.
Seriously, though, he was the nicest guy to all his fans, and was in the autograph room for hours signing autographs, answering questions, and having his picture taken with us little people. He’s totally cool, and so is Rob, who put up with me a few times when I came across him. Not that I was being superfanboy or anything. I’m sure the restraining order was all in fun, although my wrists are still a little sore. The head wound’s clearing up nicely.
All-in-all, it was worth the trip up, and I’m sure the convention will get better as they see what works and what doesn’t, and passes the data to the next club members who take their place after graduation. I had a good time, and added to my autograph book. See you all next year.