I usually don't post photographs from conventions that I attend as a fan, but in this case I wanted to make an exception. Last weekend, Alison and I took our daughter to WizardCon in Orlando so she could meet her idol -- Matt "The 11th Doctor" Smith. This was a pre-birthday gift, and we're so glad we took Maddy because she had an awesome time.
Over the years I've attended a lot of conventions and met a lot of celebrities, and on most occasions it's been great. However,every once in a while, you meet someone who turns out to be a jerk. Not so with Matt. This poor guy had been run ragged for hours signing autographs or taking photos with literally thousands of fans. The convention organizers had his events scheduled so tightly that if you got to spend five seconds with Matt, you were lucky. When it was the turn for our group to get their photo taken, the three of us waited in line for almost an hour while hundreds of others ahead of us filed in. It was finally our turn. Maddy walked up to Matt and asked if he would hold her sonic screwdriver. Matt grabbed the screwdriver, flipped it open, hugged her close, and struck his Doctor pose (see below). A second later, the organizers ushered her back into the main hall. Maddy dropped to her knees, gave a double fist pump in the air, and screamed, "YES!!!" Many thanks to Matt Smith for being an awesome human being and making a fan girl's day.
And Alison paid for me to have a photo with Cassandra "Elvira" Peterson.
Maddy with a Dalek.
Maddy the Time Lord arrives at the convention.
Maddy faces down a Weeping Angel.
Maddy and I with a replica of the Bat Mobile (notice who gets to hold the bomb).
And while Maddy and Alison waited in long lines, I find ways to amuse myself.