Neil Gaiman was a great guest and had for his GOH speech previews of the film he and Dave McKean did in conjunction with Jim Henson's Creature Shop: Mirrormask.
Mirrormask looks cool. Obviously a film that needs to be seen on the big screen. Equally obviously, Sony have decided that there isn't enough of a market for it in Australia and won't be releasing it here.
The Great Debate on Friday night (That Humans Are Unnatural Creatures) was huge fun. Kim Wilkins opening for the affirmative offered the example of... anal bleaching. No, really, she did, and she was serious.
Well, as serious as you could be amidst the gales of laughter convulsing the room.
But the best image of the debate came later. So, you have this lectern in the middle of the stage, right? And on each side it has one of those bendy microphones that are meant to be used by the person standing behind the lectern.
Said person being Jack Dann trying to moderate whilst doing his usual schtick.
And then Kim Wilkins on the right reaches up from where she's sitting and pulls the righthand microphone down to where she can use it to interject. Or Rebut. I forget which but it was funny.
So then Neil Gaiman on Jack's left (from the audience perspective) grabs the other microphone to rebut Kim.
Hilarity ensues whilst Jack is temporarily bereft of both microphones.
A well run con with few glitches and a sense of fun pervading the atmosphere. Very little gaming, and only an overnight video program but hey I actually enjoyed going to the panels so no loss.
If you cannot see the causal relationship between "I have chocolate" and "Life is Good", you simply aren't trying hard enough. Pirates of the Burley Griffin