Meeting Doug Jones
Perhaps I should start from the beginning.
the weeks leading up to MCCC I had been keeping track of who would be
there and who wouldn't. Though the guest appearances are only part of
why I go, they do figure into the equation and so I'm always curious
as to who would be dropping by. This and and also because my mother,
who always seems to enjoy going, continually asks me; "whos at
the convention this time?!" It may be a big part of why she goes,
but oh does she love to people watch, she has said as much many times.
"We could just come here to see people in costume." And upon
checking the guest list this time I was quite delighted to see quite
a few names, but the one that made me quite happy to see was Doug's.
Upon telling my little sister and mother they both seemed to share at
the very least a small amount of my enthusiasm. More-so my sister than
up to the con my personnal financial situation was going south more
and more. I have been long out of the job. And my bank account is continually
shrinking, it has leveled off in the lower double digits. So my certaintly
in attending the con had virtually shriveled up to ... well, nothing.
However my mother and sister were becoming more confident by the day.
The week before the con came and they began speaking about it more and
more, not only including themselves but me as well. My sister even invited
one of her friends along. I had my doubts though, up until the day before
we went. Than it sank in a little, "I'm going and I'm meeting Doug
Jones, oh %$#", (insert your own four lettered word there). I didn't
sleep that night, I'm often an insomniac, this was nothing new. But
my thoughts did wander onto Mr. Jones. Late night became early morning.
And no sleep became, at best, three hours. I heard a knocking at my
bedroom door "Justin, you coming to the convention?" I quickly
got up, showered, dressed, re-dressed. I'm terrible at dressing when
I won't throw every little detail, and hilarious moment, of my time
at the Motor City Comic Con at you. But do know that quite a time was
had. No, why you have read this far is to hear of my very FIRST encounter
with Mr. Doug Jones.
It was near the end of our time at the Motor City Comic
Con. We were unsure of what we would do next. My sister and her friend
had returned from their adventures run around the floor. My mother and
I had been laughing, from awkward moments and a previously unknown moment
from my mother's mysterious past. I wish I could discuss it in great
detail but she has sworn me to silence. &^%$. Just trust that it
is FANTASTIC. At least to me it is, to her, not so much. We had walked
past the booth shared by Doug, John Alexander and Carrie Fisher. Though
Ms. Fisher was secluded behind a black curtain. She IS Princess Leia
and it WAS a Convention. So I by no means judge her for that. But in
our wanderings my mother would often ask; "Didn't you want his
autograph?" pointing at Doug. "Not yet" I would say,
I wanted to look around some more of course, but primarily because I
was still half asleep and I really didn't want Doug's first impression
of me to be that largely associated with a Romero Zombie. We continued
on with the day though and by the end it was time. After much debate
amongst themselves my sister joined me in line while her friend and
my mother went back to walking the the room, as we went about purchasing
our autograph ticket and chossing a picture for Doug to sign. Pale
Man, baby .
I noticed Kusanivy in line. We had over the course of
the week said how fun it would be to meet up, and here we were. My sister
and I entered line. Kusanivy looked at me, not completely sure, and
I reached out my hand "Hi, I'm LobsterJustin", shaking hers.
At first we talked about our time at the con, getting there, how she
had already met Doug. I asked about the rather sizable boxes on the
ground in front of her. She explained it was a gift for Doug, but she
couldn't tell me what it was. And the line continued forward.
Eventually Kusanivy left the line and got back into
it right behind my sister and I. It was here that we really began to
geek out. We talked about everything from DTF to TORN to early 90's
animation, to how much of a GOD Parker is, to her chosen vocation of
Makeups, to what was in the box. Needless to say when she told me, I
freaked. I just couldn't believe it, how GREAT. I tried as hard as I
could to keep myself from begging to see it. I couldn't wait! It was
here also that she asked me "Would you like a button?".
"A button? You have buttons?" I asked.
"Yep" she opened her backpack to reveal bags
filled with, I beieve, Hellebration buttons. She explained how she had
a sack of easily 80 or so, and showed me the selection she had with
her. Nuada, Nuala, HB2 logos, and DTF. After some thought, I chose a
DTF button. Just gorgeous.
"I feel like an official member of the site now"
"You already are an official member."
"Yeh, but now I have a button!" My sister
also got a button, Nuala, and while terrific doesn't beat my DTF button.
Eventually the line became shorter and shorter in front of us. We continued
to talk and before I knew it we were the front.
"I'm suddenly very aware of where I'm standing"
I said. Kusanivy and my sister both laughed.
There I was, the two in front of me had their autographs
and left. I suddenly was nearly frozen in place, until I rushed forward.
"Hi" Doug said to me.
"Hi" I said back. We shook hands. The moments
that followed almost blend together but I'll recall what I can.
My excitment was at fever pitch, as my mother and sister
would later point out, I was glowing. He saw the PaleMan picture I had
"Big Pans Labyrinth fan?"
"Oh yeah, absolutley, Pans Labyrinth and
The Orphanage both made me tear up at the end." I said.
"I haven't seen The Orphanage yet, so
don't spoil it for me" he smiled.
I than told him how I'm a huge fan, he smiled. "Who
is this?" he asked looking at my sister.
"This is my sister!" She ran forward.
"Hello sister" he took her hand and kissed
it. She told him her name and they had a wonderful moment. Later she
would tell everyone, "Doug Jones, kissed my hand! I shall never
wash it again! It is a holy object!", she has since washed her
hand of course. But her giddy happy feelings are still there. I continued
on, reitterating that I am a big fan.
"You look familiar ... have we met before?"
"No we haven't" I answered. I added that I
post on DTF, Kusanivy suggested I do this.
"Do you?" he said,
"Yes, under LobsterJustin."
And in a moment I will never forget he looked up at
me and pointed "YOU'RE LobsterJustin!!!"
"Yes I am."
"I thought you looked familiar ..."
Doug Jones knows who I am. A fact that would later be
retold by my sister to my mother and by my mother to my father. No one
seemed to really believe it. We continued talking and I owned up to
posting the rumor of his involvment in the Green Lantern movie
in the Doug Jones thread. He asked me if I read his response, I had,
and while he again said that he didn't know what was going on he'd love
to be part of it. I than went on saying how he'd be perfect and that
there were just a number of characters that he would be great as. My
sister pulled out the camera. We stood side-by-side. And took our picture.
What followed was one of Doug's patented hugs. Just
lovely. This was something that would also confuse my mother as I would
later find out that she had been watching the whole time.
"Why is he hugging Justin?" she admitted saying
to herself. With that my time with Doug had come to an end. But as my
sister and I went to leave we remembered Kusanivy's gift. Well she
remembered, I was still in Happy Land. We moved a few feet away and
watched. If you've seen her video and pics of the moment than you have
an idea of what happened. It was so very wonderful. And another memory
from the day that I won't soon forget. Everyone applauded. John Alexander
came over to inspect the amazing gift with Doug. Just incredible. After
her own time with Doug Kusanivy came over to the group and after a moment
we said our goodbyes. Later my group would leave the con and head home.
Laughing and joking and talking like little children the whole way.
And even hours after the day's events, even as I was being sprayed with,
essentially, a sprinkler of human feces (long story) I was still smiling.
It was a great day. And I met Doug and Kusanivy. Best Motor City Comic
Thank you Doug and Kusanivy for being there. What a
South Lyon, Michigan, U.S.A.
20th May, 2009