We came as FOFs - Friends of Freezepop. It was fun to chat with FOF Dr. Nick, who teaches English and Sci Fi at UNCW and whose wife is also a kidlit scholar. We missed The Duke, who had to stay in Boston to work on the next Harmonix game, but the very talented Boy in Static was there to fill in.
When we got to the Freezepop booth, I had to do a double-take - they were right next to Wil Wheaton! No way!!!
Funny, he looks so different in person. Bye bye, Wesley Crusher, he's all grown up.
Freezepop was third on the concert roster, and it was clear, by the nearly 6,000 people who had gathered, that Freezepop was the main event!
People were going crazy out there. We snuck out into the mosh pit for some live footage of Stakeout (not sure if this will work, it's my first attempt uploading phone vid to a blog):
It was incredible, from seeing our friends to Wil Wheaton (who, apparently is also an author), to watching this dude DDR the hardest song on expert level on not one but two dance pads, to overlooking a tabletop RPG game (oh, the memories...), to the interdit 9pm latte, to hanging out in the official rock star trailer (kind of like a regular trailer but with rock star mojo and free cookies), to walking through a surreal lobby of gamers on bean bags and tiny 3x5 gaming screens where you could have run naked through there and not one single person would have noticed. Wow. Crazy.
And I realized, I have got to have a game girl in a book someday, because it was totally weird, totally exhilirating, and totally awesome to be there, as a FOF and a former (and sort of really still current) game girl geek. Yeah.