Live From Slay-a-Thon: The All-Day Blog

I don't really want to call this a live-blog, since I'm not going to be live all day, more like popping in and out. Despite my travel adventure yesterday, and some construction-related traffic on I-290, I managed to get here just in time to see the intro from the Make-A-Wish family.

Follow along throughout the day - Update #1 | #2 | #3 | #4 | #5 | #6

Check back throughout the day for more updates.

UPDATE, 10:45 p.m.: Last update of the night. We're in the middle of "Chosen", the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" series finale right now, and next up is "Not Fade Away", the "Angel" series finale. I'm complete exhausted right now and kind of wishing my flight home tomorrow wasn't a 7:50 a.m. departure. Fortunately, I'll be able to sleep when I'm home in Connecticut, because there's no way I'm leaving this event early. I don't know if I'll be back next year (this is my first trip here since 2006) but Slay-A-Thon will always be on my radar.

UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: The live auction is always a hit at Slay-a-Thon and there were some seriously unique items this year. The auction started with a pre-release Malcolm Reynolds Tonner doll. The retail version won't be out until October, so I had to jump on this thing. I ended up winning for $200, which, honestly, was kind of a steal (retail on this thing is $160). Some of the most opular items were the multi-autographed pieces, including a Dr. Horrible promo poster signed by Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion, Felicia Day and Joss Whedon. I wasn't keeping exact records, but I'm pretty sure the highest priced item was a laser-etched SDCC exclusive Dollhouse promo piece that will be personally signed for the winner by Eliza Dushku. I think it went for $475, but don't quote me on that (and no, I didn't win that, though I did briefly consider going up to $500 on it... remember, it's for charity!). OK, on to "Smile Time". The restaurant just brought in more chairs, so stop on by!

UPDATE, 6:30 p.m.: I'm always amazed at how much I can remember from "Buffy" and "Angel". We just did the trivia game, and I managed to survive until the fourth round. Part of it is luck of the draw on the questions, as there was at least one in the first round that I didn't know the answer to, and that number grew each round. Of course, after I was eliminated (on which song Lorne sung in his first appearance), I knew the answer to at least the next five questions. Again, luck of the draw. Still, it's not about winning, it's just about having fun, which it was. It was also hot, since the projector was shining in our eyes. Then again, this whole room is hot, and just about filled to capacity. Still, if you're in the Chicagoland area, come join us -- Dave & Busters on North Clark. "The Gift", my all-time favorite episode of any TV series ever, is up next!

UPDATE, 4:05 p.m.: Well, I have to thank everyone who committed to donating and bought items on eBay, because as it turns out, I brought in the most donations via PayPal for Slay-a-Thon this year. Of course, it's not about me, ti's about the Make-A-Wish foundation, and so far we've been able to grant two wishes this year, with silent auctions and live auctions still to go. Speaking of live auctions, they've auctioned off life-size stand ups of Angel and Spike, and it's clear who the fan favorite is. Angel went for $60, which isn't bad, but Spike blew him out of the water with a $100 bid.

UPDATE, 2:30 p.m.: Game Time! We just wrapped up the first game of the day, "Buffy's Crypt" (a Buffy-themed version of the $10,000 Pyramid). I didn't get selected (insert "awww" sound here), but all three teams that made it on stage got through all six categories, so it was still lots of fun. Some of the categories were pretty creative too. Much credit to the organizers for not making things too easy or too hard.

(oh, and I'd have better pictures, but I forgot to bring the cable or the SD reader for my good camera, so it's iPhone photos until I get back to CT)

1:30 p.m.: As I write this first update, we're on the second episode of the day, "I Will Remember You" (Angel Season 1, Episode 8) (you can keep up with the schedule here, though right now we're running about 15 minutes behind). We started with "Prophecy Girl", which I like more every time I see it. Yes, the Hellmouth demon does look cheesy, but it's got some of the best Joss-written banter of the entire series.