For all the coolness of the industry’s largest convention, the coolest thing for me was getting the opportunity to shake the hand of Howard Tayler, creator of the Schlock Mercenary web comic, who was at the Margaret Weis Productions booth.
I don’t read his comic (which was the focus of his booth presence), but, as I told him, his keynote address at the 2008 Utah Open Source Conference was an epiphany for me, and has completely changed the direction of where my company is headed.
He seemed genuinely thrilled to have someone thank him for that keynote, rather than his webcomic efforts.
Here’s the video of the keynote. Watch it.