Slay-a-Thon 2010: The Aftermath

Now that I'm home and not completely exhausted (yes, there were more travel misadventures on Sunday), I can wrap up my Slay-a-Thon trip posts.

If you missed the plausibly-live blog on Saturday, then I highly recommend checking it out, because the event was a lot of fun. But, more importantly, we raised more than $15,000 for the Make-A-Wish foundation (we won't know the final number for awhile, but the last number that was announced was over $15,000, which is enough to grant three wished).

A huge part of that number was the live auction, which featured some really incredible items, that, in retrospect, I kind of regret passing on -- though my credit card balance is happy I did. My personal favorite, among the items I didn't get, was a laser-etched 12-by-24 Dollhouse Aluminum Graphic. The piece was a 2009 SDCC exclusive, and this particular piece was slated to be personally signed by Eliza Dushku (and by "personally" I mean made out to the winner of the auction, with a message chosen by that winner). As I mentioned in the blog, I think it went for close to $500. There was a also a similar set of "Once More, With Feeling" laser etchings that went for a pretty penny. The only reason I passed on them, aside from the price, was that I have almost no room to hang anything else in my condo.

That didn't stop me from bidding on a framed copy of "Angel: After the Fall" #5, signed by Alexis Denisof (Wesley) and Joss Whedon. It's removable from the frame, so at some point I'd like to get it signed by Amy Acker too, since the cover has both Wesley and Illyria.

Signed items were a big hit at this year's event, and I came away with 3: the above-mentioned comic, and signed 8x10s of Emma Caulfield (Anya) and J. August Richards (Gunn). That gets me closer to my goal of having a signed item from any actor or actress who ever appeared in the opening credits of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", "Angel" or "Firefly". I also bought a yet-to-be-released "Dollhouse" essay collection (which will be sent to me from the publisher, so no pictures yet) and, as mentioned in the live blog, the upcoming Malcolm Reynolds Tonner Doll. I opened Mal today and set him up -- for a packaged doll, there are a lot of clothing accessories (socks, shoes, holster) that need to be put on  -- and the likeness looks better in person than in the online photos. I'll have a separate post on Mal later this week, but there are some pictures in the slideshow below.

Oh yeah, pictures. Check those out... they're, picture-tastic. And maybe think about planning a trip to Chicago next year for Slay-a-Thon 2011. We can have Whedon-verse fun together!