So, I'm at the H.P. Lovecraft film festival in Portland Oregon this weekend. I've gotta say, it's been a blast so far. They have a lot of famous Lovecraft-inspired stuff (John Carpenter's "In the Mouth of Madness" and "The Thing"), and they have lots of short films (most of them tense and very well executed), and we even had a chance to see the new movie "Cthulhu" which should be released to theaters soon.
Now, this isn't a full report on the festival (I hope to do that later, with pix and everything), but I wanted to share a great moment with you guys.
Now, I've been very surprised by the reaction I've received from people at the fest. Several people have asked for my autograph, and a couple wanted to take a picture of me with the puppet.
There's a film producer (Edward Martin III, he makes real films, not just hand-puppets) who was really excited to meet me. Turns out he's a fan of the show. I gave him a DVD, and he put it on his DVD player in the merchant section (which was really kind of him). After a few hours, he asked me if I had any other DVDs, because passersby were asking him where they could buy it. I had brought about ten with me, and he was kind enough to make a place on the table to display them.
A couple of hours later, I walked past the table, and saw that my DVDs weren't there any more. I figured he moved them to make space for something else, but then he caught my eye and said, "Hey, you sold out! Way to go!"
He started counting out money for me while I just shook my head in disbelief. Then he smiled at me and said, "You really don't get how popular this show is, do you?"
That was a really cool feeling. Right up there with the girl in the full-body Cthulhu suit saying, "Hey, you're the Calls For Cthulhu guy? I love that show!"
Don't worry, I'll have pix of her as well as a full report as soon as the fest is done and I pull all the images off my camera.