To anyone who might be going to Dragon Con and might be interested —
I’m on the roster and until a few weeks ago had planned to go, but I’m dealing with a weird health problem right now that would make being there for a few days difficult. The details are not that interesting, but if anyone is curious: in July I started wondering if I’d had a stroke or a brain tumor after a few weeks of not being able to see right, with a side of severe migraines / neck pain. I was diagnosed with a paralyzed nerve; cause mostly unknown. It’s making me literally see double, so I have to wear an eye patch (not as cool as Snake Plissken made it look!) in private and strange wedged glasses when I don’t want to look like a lazy pirate cosplayer in public. Neither quite do the trick, as I learned in our RiffTrax Live show a few days ago. I made it through that show by keeping focused pretty hard on my script, which was printed in a ridiculous 18-pt. type. But prepping for the show was an exhausting and uncomfortable few days of headaches, neck pain and straining to see, so it was difficult despite my awesome, friendly and understanding colleagues.
So I apologize to anyone who hoped to see me there, if such people exist! Also very sorry to my host Ken Plume who was once again kind enough to invite me, and gracious when I told him I couldn’t make it. I also feel sorry for myself (downright whiny, I fear) that I won’t be able to hang out with pals I don’t get to see anywhere but there during most years.
BUT if all goes well my weirdo eye problem will be gone in six months or so and I hope to make it to Dragon- and other -cons next year, especially since I’m excited to get my new comic book out into the world. In the meantime I’ll be keeping a fairly low profile except for the RiffTrax Live show in October, where my onstage script will probably have one -and only one- word on each page. Hopefully this is all part of me mutating into some new, highly-evolved form of life. That could happen, right?