I was disappointed when I saw none of the Brains were coming this year and I was even more surprised when I emerged from the weekend with a Satellite-of-Love-shaped hole in my heart.
There's a legit reason for this and it's all about my son, James.
When he was about two (maybe less), he toddled into the living room and saw me watching an episode. He saw the 'bots goofing around on the bridge. He looked at me and asked, "What's that?" I answered, "Robots." He said the word himself and plopped onto the floor and kept watching. He got bored during the movie but he always perked up during the host segments.
Since I watched one episode every week at that time, he sat with me and watched with me. He said the "La, la, la"s in the theme song, laughed at the shenanigans and said, "Robots silly." After a couple of months, I had an idea. I'd make a MST3K storybook for him. We read a couple of books to him every night so why not one about MST3K? I got the lyrics to the theme song, pulled some screencaps and made the thing.
Here it is.
I kid you not, he learned how to count to six because of the door sequence on that page.
I planned on making a Mike version, but time got away from me. (In case you're wondering, James doesn't have a preference.)
So, you're wondering, exhaustedly, what the poopie does this have to do with Dragon*Con?
Beginning with our first trip some years ago, I took the book with me to Atlanta. It was just me and my wife; the boy stayed with relatives given his age, natch. But since folks from both Cinematic Titanic and Rifftrax were there, I got them to sign the book. Bill and Trace signed Crow's page; Kevin and Josh signed Servo's page; Frank signed the Mads' page; Mary Jo signed the page with the feather cannon. (Haven't met Mike, Jim Mallon, Patrick Brantseg or Paul Chaplin yet.)
One year, Joel was there. I had gotten a couple of the CT crew's signatures and I moved down the table. He saw the book and immediately seemed intrigued. He said, "Tell me about this." I explained, in condensed form, how James first saw the show, his love for it, how he learned to count to six ... Joel smiled, nodded and said, "That's really cool." And then he signed a page:
Couple ALL of that with the fact that this year, the first of any year we went to Dragon*Con, was the first we took him with us ... I think you'll understand why I came away disappointed that nobody was there.
"'Waa, waa, waaa,' emo-Trey." Yeah, I know. James had fun and he's eager to go again. Maybe next year he can meet the Best Brains himself.