So I proposed to my girlfriend, Amelia, yesterday. The twist was that I did it in front of a crowd with the assistance of Chip Zdarsky and Matt Fraction.
Thank you to all the well-wishers and another huge thank you to the brimpers who attended the panel and played along to make it work. A totally unintended bonus to this whole thing has been reading the posts from folks who were there- we’ve been having a lot of fun reliving it thanks to those. (I’ve reposted a couple pics I found via twitter and credited the original posters- if there are any issues with that, let me know.)
Of course, I also have to say thank you (again) to Chip and Matt for making this whole crazy proposal thing come off absolutely perfectly.
For those that weren’t there, below the cut is a long-drawn out explanation, starting at the beginning…
The first issue of Sex Criminals was one of the best first issues of a comic I had ever read. When Amelia got home from work on the day it was released, I immediately told her she had to read it that night. It quickly became our favorite comic.
When she found out both Matt and Chip would be at HeroesCon, she made up her mind to cosplay as Suzie-as-Freddie-Mercury from the “Fat Bottomed Girls” musical sequence in issue 3. She posted some in-progress pics to Instagram and was extremely excited when Chip “liked” one of them. So as I was brainstorming a good way to propose, hitting on the idea of getting Chip and Matt involved seemed not just perfect, but like the best idea I would ever have in my life.
I emailed my buddy Chris with a few ideas, but he felt I wasn’t going big enough. It was Chris who suggested acting out being in The Quiet during the panel and damned if that wasn’t a stroke of genius. I contacted Chip and Matt and they agreed to help, which in and of itself was crazy, seeing as I was a total stranger.
The first day of the con, Friday, we dressed up in our Suzie and Jon outfits and went to their table for pictures, swag, etc. We got a hilarious sketch of The Flash from Chip and all six issues of Sex Criminals signed/doodled on by Matt and Chip, plus the con-exclusive hardcover, some Cumworld hand sanitizer, and an amazing picture with the two of them:
Seeing how excited Amelia was for that, I felt pretty good about how the proposal would go over. I just had to make it through the rest of the weekend acting as casually and relaxed as possible.
Sunday finally came around and we got front-row seats to the panel, which ended up being, unsurprisingly, hysterically funny. I nervously checked the time on my phone throughout, continuing to psych myself up. Towards the end, Chip announced that they wanted to have us, cosplaying as Suzie and Jon of course, run around as if we were in The Quiet, with the audience staying absolutely still. Amelia was as shocked and excited by just that as I had hoped, suspecting nothing, and got super into it. I played along for a bit and then hopped on stage (with Chip whispering “do it! do it!” to me as I did so) and called Amelia up there, then went into my prepared speech as best I could remember it, before dropping onto one knee and proposing. When she said yes, “Fat Bottomed Girls” unexpectedly came blaring over the PA, a perfect touch by Matt and Chip. Thank you aganej2 for capturing that moment:
Then we hopped off stage and Chip dropped on one knee for Matt (photo by Girls Reading Comics, @girlsreadcomics on twitter):
I’m sure I’m leaving stuff out, the whole thing was kind of a blur (which is another reason why seeing pics and reading posts by other Brimpers who were there is so great!) It really couldn’t have gone better. Oh yeah, and the moderator of the panel, Doug Merkle, gave us the sign as a momento, which was really sweet. We had to get that autographed too of course:
I thanked Matt and Chip repeatedly, in person and online, but seriously, it’ll never be enough. These guys really went above and beyond and were so gracious. So again, thank you mattfractionblog and zdarsky for making me look good and helping create such an unforgettable proposal.
EDIT: More pics here!