The pandemonium is still in the air, the giddy excitement from winning again. Wow!
But I thought I'd share some random thoughts about worldcon.
First off, thanks for the Hugo! It is a privilege and honor to be nominated, and to win. I was actually wishing and hoping that Taral Wayne would win. It felt like his year - since he was fan guest of honor at worldcon. He doesn't get to a lot of worldcons - despite his years of service to fanzines and the fannish community, this year's was the first Hugo ceremony he actually attended. I've mentioned him several times on this blog, and interviewed him for Chris Garcia's fanzine "The Drink Tank" to promote him. But, alas. Sorry, Taral. The most heart-breaking thing was when he came up to me after the awards and gave me a copy of the acceptance speech he would have given. Sorry, Taral.
My various panel discussions went really well. A smashing success was the panel on the greatest graphic novels of all time. At the beginning, Bri and I ran into the room, down the aisle, screaming, with toilet paper wrapped around her head and a white blanket around mine. I quickly sat down, threw off the blanket and announced, I am Moon Night, smiling demurely. Bri announced she was Storm Shadow from G.I. Joe. Another panelist, Howard Tayler, of Schlock Mercenary, said it was the Best. Entrance. Ever.
The panel went well - I was moderating - and I completely bluffed my way through it - because I actually know very very very little about graphic novels (why was I on this panel?). When someone first mentioned Will Eisner, I screamed out enthusiastically, "A Contract with God!" even though I knew nothing about it - but had read about it on wikipedia the night before. When someone mentioned that some comix had minimalist art, I shouted out "Too Much Coffee Man!" because it was the only minimalist comic I'd ever read.
In the end, I lead everyone in a vote for the best graphic novel of all time, shouting out titles I'd never read. In the end, Maus (one of the few I've actually read) won over The Dark Knight Returns after Bri switched her vote.
More on worldcon later. It was an awesome con, even apart from the Hugo. Bri sold out her art show - again! And made a chunk of money off her originals. Yeah!
It was cool to see underdogs win at the Hugos - Weird Tales (yeah! Stu Segal!) beat Locus. Cheryl Morgan (yeah! Cheryl!) beat David Langford. She'd long said that she hoped that David (who's won two dozen times) would NOT decline a nomination, because she wanted to beat him fair and square. Now she has!