What happens at DragonCon….

Okay, a lot of you asked about the picture I posted up about a week ago:

True, the vast majority of the questions were variations on the theme of “what the hell?” But I still figure it could do with a little explanation.

While cruising around DragonCon, I tried to find a good present for Sarah, my girlfriend. I picked up the catgirl hat for her because I figured she would get a kick out of it.

About half an hour later I wander by a bookseller, and who do I see sitting at the autographing table but John Scalzi and Tobias Bucknell. Both authors, bloggers, and acquaintances of mine, it’s safe to say that the sheer awesome manliness radiating out from the two of them combined was overwhelming.

Perhaps I exaggerate slightly. I can’t honestly say it was overwhelming. Truth be told, it was just whelming. I was whelmed.

Anyway, I started to wander over to chat with them, then realized a golden opportunity lay in front of me….

Needless to say, they were horrified and amused. Scalzi actually borrowed my camera and took this picture of me, while Toby snapped his own.

That picture Toby posted up on his own website, offering a prize to the person who posted the funniest caption. There were over 80 of them there last time I looked, and I have to say, it’s been a long time since I laughed that hard.

You should go check it out.

Later all,


This entry was posted in conventions, meeting famous people, my dumbnessBy Pat22 Responses


  1. Captain Joe
    Posted September 8, 2008 at 10:54 AM | Permalink

    85. Sean Lindsay on Sep 3rd, 2008 at 9:45 pmThough he was useless in battle, Beowulf insisted on taking Ferrik, the only gay Viking, on every long sea-voyage.*~*~*~*I laughed. Out loud. Then felt guilty. Then laughed again, and tried to think of a caption. And failed.What can I say, Pat, save well played. You win at internet.

  2. marky
    Posted September 8, 2008 at 10:59 AM | Permalink

    My new word for the year. Whelmed. I’m whelmed. You seem whelmed. We were all whelmed. Whelmed was I. If I appear whelmed, please don’t disturb me! Oh, whelmed is me. To whelm or not to whelm, that is the question. Whelmed-mageddon…. Ok. Too far.In other news. Podium. Again!

  3. Kip, poke-master extraordinare of awesomeness
    Posted September 8, 2008 at 12:06 PM | Permalink

    *catches this one in a pokeball too*Now I have 2 of them….I wonder if I can get them to mate?

  4. Pete
    Posted September 8, 2008 at 12:22 PM | Permalink

    now we know what tribbles will originate from…

  5. Steve
    Posted September 8, 2008 at 3:12 PM | Permalink

    I like the caption “INVIZIBL STEERING WHEEL”

  6. Mary J.
    Posted September 8, 2008 at 7:06 PM | Permalink

    It was fun even without the explanation! <3Off to read captions!

  7. black Sunshine
    Posted September 8, 2008 at 8:06 PM | Permalink

    my contribution:DEATH AWAITS YOU ALL! With nasty, big pointy teeth . . .first thing that came to mind!

  8. Todd Moses
    Posted September 8, 2008 at 8:48 PM | Permalink

    Yet more photographic evidence why it is Pat rules all. Let’s just be glad that there was not a pink merkin to go along with it.

  9. Josie
    Posted September 8, 2008 at 9:56 PM | Permalink

    I love that you can laugh at yourself Pat. It just makes life more fun.

  10. killajulz
    Posted September 9, 2008 at 1:06 AM | Permalink

    YES! Catgirls FTW. Good gift choice.hmmm… my word verification asked me to enter “mdqyhkz.” That’s not a word. What constitutes a “word?” Does it have to mean something? ::sigh:: Stupid philosophy degree…

  11. shadowwhys
    Posted September 9, 2008 at 1:47 AM | Permalink

    Okay, I’m curious… What is the strangest thing you ever dressed up as for Hallowe’en??It’s got to be stranger than this… right?

  12. Jana
    Posted September 9, 2008 at 3:44 AM | Permalink

    one of my favorites was:“Not quite understanding the finer points of cosplay, Patrick begins a very long day at Dragoncon.”i laughed for like ten minutes.my own contribution was:Gimli: “It’s true you don’t see many dwarf women, and in fact, they’re so alike in voice and appearance, that they’re often mistaken for dwarf men!”Aragorn: “It’s the beards.”

  13. Cuppa Jo
    Posted September 9, 2008 at 1:46 PM | Permalink

    Phew…from the out of focus shot on this site, I thought you were wearing a fuzzy pink bikini top as part of the ensemble. Thank you for the link to the clearer picture on the other site – now I am just whelmed instead of overwhelmed with laughter.

  14. ripshin
    Posted September 9, 2008 at 2:51 PM | Permalink

    Sigh…I too went with the familiar Gimli reference…Forget Pat, though, I want to know what that guy behind him thinks he’s going to run into during the convention. It looks like he’s wearing bandoliers, holsters…I think I can make out a canteen. I mean come on, apparently the biggest threat he’ll run into is a fuzzy pink dwarf-kitty-man-thing!

  15. Kip, observant?
    Posted September 9, 2008 at 5:08 PM | Permalink

    are you talking about the guy with the LAPTOP BAG slung over his shoulder? no I don’t see any bandoliers

  16. Anonymous
    Posted September 9, 2008 at 6:59 PM | Permalink

    Grrrr someone’s allready used Blessed for the caption contest.

  17. Anonymous
    Posted September 9, 2008 at 7:01 PM | Permalink

    Wait I’ve got one.“Are you sure you want to know what I’m wearing under the kilt?”

  18. ripshin
    Posted September 9, 2008 at 9:30 PM | Permalink

    Kip – you have to go to Buckell’s site to see him, and…cough cough…I may have exaggerated just slightly. But he does appear to be wearing some extra gear of some sort.rip

  19. marky
    Posted September 10, 2008 at 9:37 AM | Permalink

    I won a runners up prize! There were so many more funny captions than mine, so I was very surprised. Thanks for dressing like a loony, thus helping me to win a book.Happy minion Marky, over and out.

  20. Bard: Minstrel of the Medieval Band of Moo
    Posted September 25, 2008 at 10:33 AM | Permalink

    a little late, as usual, i went ahead and posted one, even though the contest itself was over…and here it goes.127. Bard: Minstrel of the Medieval Band of Moo on Sep 25th, 2008 at 5:27 amCheshire Pat: If I were looking for a white rabbit, I’d ask the Mad Hatter.Tobias: What the hell, Pat?Cheshire Pat: Or, you could ask the March Hare, in that direction.Tobias: I’ll sign any book you want, as long as you leave… You’re scaring the fans away…Cheshire Pat: Of course, he’s mad, too.Tobias: Seriously…Cheshire Pat: Oh, you can’t help that. Most everyone’s mad here.[Laughs maniacally; starts to disappear as he takes the signed book.]Cheshire Pat: You may have noticed that I’m not all there myself.John: Who’d have guessed it? [Stifles laughter.]

  21. Steffan Eubanks
    Posted December 16, 2010 at 12:15 PM | Permalink

    HAHA! thats just classy right there Pat, i have to say next time do that in the “cat in the hat” hat and boom you got a funny but kid like pic.



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