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The Englishman's Pickup Line.

Reading some of the blogs for Continuum has been funny. It appears that the only thing happening down there in Melbourne is Neil Gaiman (it really should have been renamed Gaimancon), who has a bit of the rock star going with the hordes of Neil Gaiman groupies that have swept into the con to meet him. All young and impressionable and, I'm sure, totally uninterested in Australian Speculative Fiction. Rightly so. Still, My favourite of the comments I've read so far, belongs to Erika Lacey (owlrigh), who was told that, "If he invites you up to his room for a cup of tea, take it!"

Brilliant.

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benpeek
Jul. 17th, 2005 10:08 am (UTC)
well, in fairness, he's worked for his status. he's put in the work for years before reaching this, and by all accounts, is quite friendly towards his fans, and treats them with respect (with or without tea, even).

local stuff is always dead. when there's a local con, the attendence of fans is pretty small. it's mostly authors, publishers, and those wanting to get into it. if you want to meet some, go down to the bar. you come across deb biancotti, call her a cunt and say hi from me, and i'm sure she'll point out people for you.
(Anonymous)
Jul. 17th, 2005 01:35 pm (UTC)
fuck i hate to see the mess that is his signing at galaxy on wednesday.

i heard last time he did a signing/talk at brazil the crowd stormed the stage and he had to get carried off by a bouncer.
benpeek
Jul. 18th, 2005 04:43 am (UTC)
you going?
(Anonymous)
Jul. 18th, 2005 11:14 am (UTC)
after seeing the people enquire about it i wouldn't

but damn i'm rostered on to work that day.

benpeek
Jul. 18th, 2005 11:24 am (UTC)
i'm thinking of going. not to met gaiman or get anything signed. that's not my thing, no. rather, i'm thinking of going to take photos of the crowd and watching that.
(Anonymous)
Jul. 18th, 2005 04:12 am (UTC)
Neil Gaiman seemed remarkably patient and good-natured about the fan-mobbing he encountered at all points. His book-signing queues were of almost biblical proportions. I guess he's used to all this by now...

Oh, and he gave an excellent reading from his new book, Anansi Boys. Sounds like a fun story.
benpeek
Jul. 18th, 2005 04:44 am (UTC)
yeah, he sounds on his blog to be remarkably patient and good natured with it. how could you be otherwise, i wonder?
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