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  1. Absolutely bizarre. The #1 reason why writers/creators/artists ect. should carry canes. One good
    swing…but not that I’m condoning that sort of thing.

  2. james james

    that poor little girl is going to be sooo screwed up :(

  3. Staldo Staldo

    Could it be Billy Boyd is used to
    dealing with toothless lunatics,
    growing up in Scotland and all?

  4. […] Geeks, of course, don’t like conflict. They’ve been bullied and put down all their lives, and cons are the place where they can feel free of that. You’re still running a business, folks, and that means you not only have the right to refuse service, you have the responsibility to do so. That’s no excuse to allow the kind of awful behavior Colleen Doran and company talk about in the comment thread. These aren’t kids we’re talking about, but grown adults, people who should’ve learned about things like manners and personal space and proper goddamn hygiene. […]

  5. Dan Dan

    Based on Colleen’s post I’d bet the “fan from hell” isn’t simply lacking social skills, the fan is very likely mentally ill (to the point of receiving disability). I doubt that she has sufficient insight to know or understand that she was acting inappropriately. What is needed is a way to respond compassionately and allows everyone else to not be made uncomfortable. Regrettably, the mental health “system” in the United States is totally inadequate.

  6. Jay Jay

    The creepy stalker fan story that really sticks with me was your tale about Claudia Christian being shot at a convention.

    I have tried to make sure that my meetings with comic professionals at cons have been polite and appropriate; mostly because I know I can geek out if given the opportunity, and I’m sure the last thing an Alex Ross or Mark Waid needs is another gushing “ohmygodILOVEyourworkcanyousignthese800booksIbroughtwithme?” idiot.

    I had a very pleasant conversation with Brent Anderson about ASTRO CITY when he, Alex Ross, and Kurt Busiek were at the Portland Comic Convention. The other two had long lines stretching in front of them, while Brent seemed pretty much ignored. (Hell, he’s only the interior artist for the comic!)

  7. Wow. I used to work for the company that put these shows on. I was never at ELF, but I was at numerous other cons, including ORC, the LOTR con on in Los Angeles. I remember thinking how normal most of the LORT fans were, at least compared to Trekkers and Xenites. Guess there’s an exception to every rule.

  8. Andrew Andrew

    Xenites = Fans of Warrior Princess Xena

  9. I am reminded of Harlan Ellison’s essay Xenogenesis, which recalls a number of insane-fan stories, some of which are horrifying. I think it’s printed in Angry Candy or Slippage.

  10. Being in broadcasting, having aired every season of Xena in syndication at least three times, and being privy to the THOUSANDS of fan letters that get sent to the TV station (because, y’know, that’s where the celebrities live), I would venture that being a Xena fan may just qualify as a psychological disorder.

  11. Jim Tuck Jim Tuck

    Jeff Patterson:
    I would venture that being a Xena fan may just qualify as a psychological disorder.

    I would imagine that soap opera fanatics are worse. I’ve met a lot of hard core Trekkies, a few Xena nuts, plenty of band groupies. But they don’t strike me as so horribly over the line as some of the soap opera people I’ve met.

    Anyone remember that apocryphal story of Lorenzo Lamas and the woman dry humping him in a shopping mall screaming gibberish?

  12. I can imagine a new public service announcement telling parents how to detect Fannish Personality Disorder in their kids. (“She was such a bright girl until she sat through an entire Dark Shadows marathon. Now . . . now it’s like she’s someone else, and Johnathan Frid’s lawyers have taken out a restraining order.”)

    Followed by an advertisement for a new psychopharmeceutical that cures it. May cause dry mouth, dizziness, public rubbing of personal area, and explosive ear wax discharge.

  13. “Xenogenesis” is in SLIPPAGE, I think, which I don’t have to hand – I know it’s not in ANGRY CANDY.

  14. Yikes, I thought there were scary fanlings in the fetish industry…

  15. Jason K Jason K

    Xenogenesis is in over the edge. Later collected in the first Edgeworks reprints which is why you probably think it was one of his later books.

  16. Jason’s right. It’s in Over the Edge/Edgeworks Vol. 1. I originally read it in Asimov’s, the only time an essay has been the cover story. It’s not in Slippage, at least not in the US Trade edition I have.
    Anyway, having attended a large number of cons, insane fans are an inevitable occurance. At Readercon a few years back I met a guy who told me he had recently gotten into “sci-fi” and wanted to learn more. I went off to attend several panels and ran into him later that day. I asked “so, what have you learned?” he said “I’m dissappointed. Most of the folks here have a low opinion of L. Ron Hubbard and the Gor novels.”
    I was also at a con in Springfield Mass when, on Sunday morning, we were all herded into the main ballroom and informed by two guys in suits that President Clinton would be giving a speech at a park two blocks away, and con attendees we expressly NOT invited. They went so far as to say that anyone dressed as a Klingon seen anywhere in the park would be taken into custody by the Secret Service immediately.

  17. MrP MrP

    “They went so far as to say that anyone dressed as a Klingon seen anywhere in the park would be taken into custody by the Secret Service immediately.”

    Hahahah. That’s brilliant. Sounds like they’re speaking from experience.

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