Regardless, he had fun, we did, too, and here are some of the highlights for which we managed to take pictures.
We did other stuff, too.
I saw Gillian Anderson.
We also met (and got an autograph from) Katee Sackhoff. So pretty. I had her convinced for half-a-sec that my son knew her as Bitch Pudding.
My favorite autograph is still this one from the Shat back in '09:
The Star Trek: TNG panel with Jonathan Frakes, Michael Dorn and LeVar Burton was a riot, the Saturday Galactica panel with an unscheduled Aaron Douglas filling in for Katee was hilarious, the big Lord of the Rings/Hobbit panel was funny ... Oh, and the Masquerade. I nearly forgot.
Stuff-wise, my son got a purring Tribble and an Adventure Time map, my wife got some jewelry and I got a signed Batman print from Neal Adams.
I realized after all was said and done that I missed something. No, not a thing that was there and I missed but something that just plain wasn't there. I knew going in it wouldn't be there but I didn't expect it to dampen my enjoyment as much as it did. What was it?
The lack of Mystery Science Theater 3000.
Seriously. This was our fifth trip to Atlanta for Dragon*Con and for every other trip, there was some contingent of MST3K vets there to talk about the show, present some Cinematic Titanic or Rifftrax stuff and sign things. In a day or two, I'll post the thing that really made me appreciate their coming.
In the meantime, Dragon*Con 2012. It was fun.