So yes, I went out and had glorious fun this past Saturday. I got up at 5AM so I could get into Manhattan for ComicCon, and I managed to snag a relatively decent spot somewhat close to the front of the packed mob they called a “line.” That meant I actually got into the convention shortly after their official opening time of 10AM. One of the things I found out that these big conventions do is hand out “swag bags.” This was my first really big convention in over fifteen years, and I don’t remember swag bags from that big Star Trek con I went to in Boston back when I was in middle school. Anyway, this year’s ComicCon swag bag is one of those nice re-useable shopping bags, and it contained an Official Con Freebie T-shirt, a pack of popular name-brand bubblegum that has interesting commercials on TV, a single-color starter deck of 30 Magic the Gathering cards, and various advertising pamphlets. I added some free books, some pins, and another good reusable bag to my personal swag, and I managed to pick up a couple extra bags for friends who weren’t able to make it in. I did finally get an official Chewbacca t-shirt! It’s very cool, but not as much as the photograph I got signed by Peter Mayhew. In case you didn’t know, that’s the name of the man in the Wookiee suit, and yes he is that tall. He was sitting down when I met him, but I got to shake his hand, and it’s HUGE! I haven’t noticed that much of a hand-size difference since I was a little kid. I also got to meet and pay my respects to Stephen Lang. Yes, yes, he was the bad guy in Avatar (and my favorite part of the movie, by the way) and the new Conan, and is currently starring in the TV series Terra Nova, but I’m a fan of his work in Gettysburg and Gods & Generals as George Pickett and Stonewall Jackson respectively. Now I just need good picture framed for my signed photos.