So Tuesday night I was sitting down on my recliner enjoying a rather good episode of Agents of SHIELD when I received a text from a friend.
It read: “Nathan Fillion? Is this an April Fool’s joke?”
I immediately hit pause on my DVR. What did this text mean? I knew my friend was texting me about Salt Lake Comic Con. We had discussed earlier what guests we would choose to have at the Con and Nathan Fillion was at the top of my list and near the top of his list. But honestly we never considered it a real possibility. Mr. Fillion is a busy guy. And deservedly so.
So I immediately checked my Twitter feed and sure enough SLCC was announcing that Nathan Fillion would be appearing April 18 at the event. I was a bit leery. You see, throughout the day SLCC had been posting April Fool’s jokes about upcoming guests. They had posted that Paula Deen and Richard Simmons would be attending. So I wasn’t sure how to take the announcement. It seemed foolhardy if it was another prank because it would make a lot of people angry.
It wasn’t like the other postings. Nathan Fillion was a legitimate get. So I got on their official site and he was listed. I still wasn’t convinced because there was no caveat from the Con that this wasn’t an April Fool’s joke. So my wife and I got on their Facebook page to see if we could gather more information.
Here for your enjoyment are some of the comments on the Nathan Fillion post:
“I swear to Odin if this is a joke I will burn the whole state to ash with my rage.”
“Only Satan would take an April Fool’s joke this far. There are a few things you don’t joke about with fangirls, and Nathan Fillion is one of them!”
“If this is another joke, I swear by my pretty floral bonnet I will end you.”
“If this is an April Fools joke, there is a special level of hell…”
“I have a screaming, dancing daughter standing next to me. She has offered violence if this turns out to be an April Fool’s joke. And she is not violent. This better be real.“
“If this is a joke we’re burning this mother down.”
“If this is an April fools I WILL CUT SOMEONE!!!!”
“Omg, omg, omg! Reallly! if this is an April Fools Day prank, I’m going to punch you in the face!!! you don’t joke about Nathan Fillion!!!”
“I hope this doesn’t turn out to be another april fool’s joke…or worse, this is an April Fool’s joke, but the Paula Deen/Richard Simmons appearances are real.”
There were over 1500 comments to similar effect. Needless to say, people did not want to be jerked around on this issue. Myself included. Still there was no official denial from anyone associated with the Con. A short while later, people starting asking about the process of updating their tickets so they could include Friday. Now money was involved and Con reps were giving answers. This solidified it for me. It was real.
Oh April Fool’s Day, how you vex me!
I un-paused my Tivo and went back to my program with a wide grin on my face. The captain is coming.
Anyway, I guess the point of this post is to acknowledge that despite the earlier uncertainty, SLComicCon has done good. I can’t imagine this news won’t noticeably improve their already high attendance numbers. Get your tickets now because it sounds like Nathan Fillion will not be the last name added to the guest list.
My plea/suggestion: They need one more captain who is also a professor. Let’s make it so.