Good News, Bad News

I've been seeing lots of messages on Twitter and Facebook from people who are really excited to come see me tell stories and perform at the upcoming Denver Comicon. I love it that so many people are excited to see me do my thing… and I feel terrible that I have to cancel my attendance this year.

I am under an NDA, so I can't disclose exactly why at the moment, but I got an absolutely AMAZING job that conflicts with the convention, and there just wasn't a way to make the schedules work out.

I don't cancel convention appearances lightly, because I know how disappointing it is for the people who are attending. I assure you that this isn't a ploy to win a game of Mystic Warlords of Ka'a, or even a bowling match… this is just something that happens from time to time when someone like me is lucky enough to land a dream job that conflicts with a planned trip out of town.

I'm really sorry, and I hope you still have a great time at the con. Hopefully, I'll be able to be there next year.

83 thoughts on “Good News, Bad News”

  1. I assure you that this isn’t a ploy to win a game of Mystic Warlords of Ka’a, or even a bowling match… this is just something that happens from time to time when someone like me is lucky enough to land a dream job that conflicts with a planned trip out of town.
    I have only one word for this …
    WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEATONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!

  2. As Sheldon: “WHEATON!” – Come on, you know someone was going to do that. :-)
    Congrats on the job. I hope it’s very successful and your fans know you don’t make those decisions lightly so we understand buddy. Have fun with the new project and we can’t wait to see it! :-)

  3. Well.. this sucks pretty hard.
    It also means that all the folks (not me) who bought VIP tickets so they could get their thirty seconds of Wheaton time are gonna be sad.
    But, hurray for new project! I know whatever it is has got to be AWESOMEASHECK for you to cancel a con appearance.

  4. Hah, I signed up just a few minutes ago at the recommendation of friends, saw you were going to be there…then saw you weren’t right afterwards. Guess I won’t wear my PAX shirt after all. Grats on the job, though!

  5. As someone unaffected by your cancellation, I can whole-heartedly congratulate you. You and your super-secret jobs, Wil! I’m getting tenterhook-ache, which I just decided is a thing.

  6. I think it is really nice that you even take the time to explain and apologize for not making an appearance. This is why your fans like you.

  7. Don’t be too sad, folks. I suspect that whatever Wil has going on is going to be well worth it for the rest of us. Good luck, Wil!
    And if you want one more opportunity to see Wil in person, check out JoCo Cruise Crazy. Tickets are on sale now!

  8. You gotta do what you gotta do! Ive never had a chance to see you at a con, but I would feel bad if you couldnt make it to one im going to. But I would totally understand. AT least I Wont hold a grudge like Sheldon for 15 years!

  9. Congrats on the job! Looking forward to finding out what it is! Just beware of all the Sheldons in the world that have now dubbed you their enemy. At least you’re kind enough to warn them. ;)

  10. I’ve been going to cons for years and I’m always surprised when fans get upset that one of their faves can’t come because they got a gig. Don’t you want your faves to succeed? Aren’t there tons of other fun stuff to do at the con? Luckily, the fans are getting savvier and I don’t hear that complaint very much anymore. You are awesome for explaining it though!

  11. NOOOOOOO!!! This is going to be my first con and I was super excited that you were going to be there.
    But big congrats on super exciting thing. :) There’s always next year right?
    Also, I’m currently reading Ready Player One, and I can almost hear your voice in mt head narrating it. :) I would totally vote for you to be VP of OASIS.

  12. Dang it! Was just telling my 9 year old that we would get to see you at the con. We’ll see this may still be his first con anyway.
    Glad you have a dream gig.

  13. I’m happy for you getting a dream job. As a fan, I actually think the NDA means something awesome is in the future.
    Enjoy your new job, and DON’T forget your towel.
    Sincerely,
    A Fan.

  14. ooooh! Intriguing! I think I speak for most readers of this blog where I know that your new job will be FREAKING AWESOME for you to cancel something like that. I look forward to it immensely. First thing that came to mind was Star Trek or Who. What can I say? I’m just a fan! But no matter what it is, it will be awesome, of that I have no doubt :D

  15. That stinks…
    I was one of the people that bought a VIP membership for Denver Comic Con based partially on your planned attendance. Your being there was the tipping factor of normal vs VIP membership. Oh well, C’est la vie. I’m sure the Con will find a way to make it up to us.
    Congrats on the new gig Wil. One of these days I’ll manage to see you in person.

  16. Wow, I can’t wait to see what you have coming up that will make you miss the comiccon! definitely something big!

  17. You know what? I can deal with that. Denver’s patience will show its love and support for all the positive opportunities in your career…
    That being said,
    Dude, come back and do Denver StarFest 2013!!!
    That is where to be good sir,
    Come down and witness the true power of the battle station we call Starfest. We also have the most independent microbreweries in the whole country!…mmm, git some sir.

  18. Aww, I was really looking forward to hear some fantastic tales! Its alright though if you are doing something bigger. Good luck with your future happenings, whatever they might be! Just never stop being beautiful! :P

  19. It's my understanding that the con organizers are planning something cool for VIP members, to ease the pain a little bit.

  20. at least you took the time to give an explanation as to why you had to cancel your appearance (to the best of your abilities). I look forward to seeing what this “dream job” is your refering to, because thats not a phrase people tend to use lightly. GOod luck chief.

  21. I’m going to take this as a good omen, I have a shot at a new job right now (that doubles my current salary) but I’ll have to move out of town and not get to see my favorite band play in the next town over.
    If Wil Wheaton can land a dream job and have to miss something he really wants to do, then by golly so can I.
    PS: I don’t even play boardgames, but I freaking LOVE Tabletop, keep it up!!

  22. This was going to be my first con, and I was going specifically to see you. I wanted to thank you in person for allowing me to embrace the young geek in me that I thought I lost so many years ago. But alas that is not to be, I’ll just thank you here instead (thank you). Excited to hear about you getting amazing work, it’s a worthy cause. Keep up the geek, and go KINGS!

  23. Hmmm…no Wheaton at the not-a-full-w00tstock in Boulder (2010) and now a can’t-be-missed opportunity keeping you away from ComicCon JUST as I’m about to buy tickets. Is this a it’s-not-you-it’s-me situation, Wil? Whatever I did, I’m sorry. So sorry!
    Truly, I’m glad for your new gig. I know you wouldn’t have shunned us were it not worthy. Looking forward to seeing whatever it turns into!

  24. I have to be honest, that is some disappointment right there. I’m happy if you’ve got an amazing job though.
    Please feel free to come by to some of our other lovely conventions – StarFest is a big media convention. GenghisCon, on the other hand, is a fun tabletop gaming convention that’s pretty big.

  25. Just an idea if you’ve got time. Make a short video for your fans to be shown at Denver Comicon expressing your regret at not being there.
    I’ve been on your YouTube channel and your videos are better than some folks’ appearances! :)

  26. 2012 great year! Congrats on your great opportunity, and glad everybody seems to be keeping it into perspective. Speculation abounds that this will be another great opportunity to enjoy your work.
    Speaking of … You teaser Wil Wheaton! I have been trying and trying to buy a copy of The Happiest Days of Our Lives, but even your link here will not let me buy one. I’m not really in a position to pay $80-$90 for a copy (Amazon marketplace) or (gasp – choke) $200 (eBay). Are there any plans to release another printing, or an e-book edition? (a lot of people complain about ebooks, but they never sell out ;-D )
    Thanks, and all the best with your secret project!

  27. I was going to say along the same lines as Craig – Could you do a video conference presentation? You could totally do it in your underwear, and Nobody would know….until you stood up to let the pets in or something.

  28. Stealing that, “tenterhook-ache”. Awesome.
    And I’m just crossing my fingers that this big secret will be something I’m in on the awesome of – I mean, there are plenty of things that would be cool just because of the presence of wilw, but still not my cup of tea, like if you’re narrating hockey best-of-moments-compilation DVDs. Then there’s that whole category of thing that, with Wil included, would be facemeltingly awesome; Dr. Horrible 2 or IRL life-form teleportation device demonstrations.
    Crossing my fingers.

  29. Reading through these comments and thinking, “Wow – he has some really cool fans”.
    Don’t think I’ve ever seen so many nice comments (especially over something that’s disappointing to some) on the Internet before.

  30. I'm working on an eBook version, a reprint of the expanded edition, and a new and updated audio version!

  31. I live in Perth Western Australia, I’m SO pro any work that will get out to fans far a field. Apart from the personal and financial benefits tv/net/movie/writing work provides it also
    makes so many more people happy than a con can.
    Although I do understand, I’d no doubt be disappointed too if I missed out in this way.
    I’m so happy that your being so appreciated Will, your work is hilarious, thoughtful and very interesting.

  32. Hmmm, I don’t think they’re allowed to complain until you’ve begged off three times… >.>
    Seriously though, good luck on the dream job. My household is highly anticipating the Redshirts audiobook!

  33. First of all, congratulations on your Super Sekrit Gig!
    Second, since you’re on the topic of conventions you’re (not) attending, I thought I might ask if you were planning on going to GenCon this year.
    I was horrifically sad to hear that you went to GenCon last year (or was it 2010?) when I could not be there! And I’ve been hoping against hope that perhaps you will be there this year since I actually WILL get to go. So, anyway…I know it’s probably too much to hope for, but will you be going to GenCon Indy 2012?

  34. You, YOU, YOU ACTOR! I can imagine the things you go through juggling The Actor, The Author, The Dad, And Life. At the end of the day, though, it’s The Actor that’s in the driver’s seat and drives the rest of the roles. Except, of course, for The Dad. THAT is truly in the driver’s seat and trumps all. I can’t wait to hear how (gig redacted) goes!

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