To be absolutely honest, I pretty much decided I had to go to Dragon*Con when I found out Judd Winick was going to be there. I adore Judd Winick. I pretty much babbled about Judd Winick nonstop, to the point where people were threatening physical violence if I kept it up.
Sunday morning I announced, "Today is a good day to stalk Judd Winick!!"
So, off to Artists' Alley with a ton of comics to get signed in tow. The first writer I met was Greg Rucka, who has done tons of stuff I hear is very good but all of his I had read was Gotham Central.
All you Homicide fans need to check this book out. I mean, it even has the Board! I told Greg about my favorite scene in the series so far and how it reminded me of Bayliss and Pembleton and he confirmed my suspicions by telling me that "Allen is a low-rent Pembleton." Very nice guy.
Then I mistook poor Ivan Cohen (Greg's editor on Wonder Woman
, which I have since checked out and it is fabulous!) for Judd because he was sitting in Judd's chair. I was so embarrassed, but Ivan was really nice about it and we had a terrific chat. At the end I asked him if he would pose for a picture with me and I think he was a little flattered.
Then a while later I got to meet Peter David and told him I thought Q-In-Law
was the best physical comedy I had ever read. He told me a funny story about when they did the audiobook for that with John de Lancie reading Q's parts and Majel Barrett reading Lxwana Troi's parts. After they recorded it, Paramount told them they couldn't do it with two perfomers because they didn't have the licensing for it. Peter said they responded with "Fine, we'll just do it with John de Lancie because he has the stronger voice, and you
can tell Majel Barrett -- as in Majel Barrett Roddenbery -- that she's off the project!!" Paramount relented. Oh, and he admired my "Jaava the Hutt" t-shirt. Perfect thing to wear to a con. People were stopping me in the Dealers' Room.
Then, at last, it was time to meet Judd Winick. Unfortunately, the first thing I said to him was "I've been walking around the con for an hour saying to myself 'Don't be a squeeing fangirl in front of Judd Winick. Don't be a squeeing fangirl in front of Judd Winick.'" He very charitably said that I was doing fine. Then I gushed over Pedro and Me
and how it made me sit down and cry in the middle of a Barnes and Noble and how the first time I read Barry Ween
, I laughed till I cried. Yes, I was a gushy fangirl. Among the things I'd brought for him to sign was the collected reprint of the first two issues of Outsiders
and Judd got really excited. "I haven't even seen this! Can I show this to the guys?" He announced he was having a fanboy moment. I gave Judd Winick a fanboy moment.
After such a momentous occasion, there was nothing to do but sit down at the PanFandom table and snark with edie22
, and misswindy
before taking a well-earned nap.
I still can't believe that I met Judd Winick!!