The Worst Saxophone Player Ever

[GameSetWatch columnist Mister Raroo and his family continue their report on San Diego Comic-Con International with a chronicle of the third full day of the convention. If you missed them, be sure to check out their account of Preview Night and The First Day.]

On the walk to the convention center this morning, we were serenaded by the worst saxophone "player" ever. I'm using quotes because that was definitely not music we heard.

I felt bad for the guy. When I stopped to snap his photo, he must have thought I was going to give him a tip, because he posed for the camera. But his rendition of "Happy Birthday" or whatever the heck that squawking was supposed to be was not the least bit worthy of even a penny. Sorry, sax guy.

Thankfully, the saxophone "music" we were "treated" to was not at all representative of how the day would turn out. In fact, it may have been the best day of the convention yet for us!

Rockin' Android Booth

My highlight of the day was stopping by the Rockin' Android booth and getting into a totally nerdy discussion with staff member Adam Milecki about the types of niche doujin games the company is known for releasing. I also joked with Adam that he looks as if he's fourteen, but in truth he's actually almost double that age. Go figure!

While at the booth I spied some super secret footage of possible upcoming games the company is considering releasing. Nothing is confirmed or official at this point, so unfortunately I can't describe what I saw, but let's just say I was having a total geek-out about them. If you like off-the-beaten-path games, you should keep your fingers crossed and perhaps soon you'll be enjoying some truly awesome doujin goodness compliments of Rockin' Android.

Mister Robezzoli and Mister Raroo

After parting ways with Rockin' Android's Adam, I met up wtih a different Adam: Adam Robezzoli of Attract Mode fame. Adam and I spent spent some time together last month at E3, and he is single-handedly responsible for my newfound coffee addiction.

4-Player Coat Hanger

Adam even brought along the amazing 4-Player Coat Hook he had given me at E3 but I had accidentally left in his trunk. Missus Raroo was kind enough to assemble it this evening and it is absolutely amazing. What a neat gift!

I think it's safe to say Adam and I are both officially proud parents, because most of the time we ended up just talking about our kids. It's cool to know another dad who is into video games, but not as much as he is into fatherhood--like me! Sadly, the two of us didn't have a chance to get coffee together again (though I did enjoy some when I got home in the evening!).

San Diego Public Library Booth

For the second year in a row, the San Diego Public Library has had a booth at Comic-Con, and my friend and fellow librarian Christina and I worked a shift together during the afternoon and evening. We were pretty busy the whole time, which is good!

Mister Raroo's Custom Bookmarks

Just to see what would happen, I drew some "one-of-a-kind bookmarks" to pass the time between visitors and put them out on our table for people to take. Surprisingly, the bookmarks got snatched up fairly quickly! One lady even took two of them at once.

We set out a sketchbook to allow attendees to draw pictures for us, and it was pretty amazing to see some of the talented artwork provided by visitors to our booth. But none of the sketches involved an alligator eating a book and declaring it "yummy," so I think I have every contributing artist beat in that category.

My shift ran until the end of the day, and it was a little bit eerie being in the convention hall after the bulk of the attendees had been cleared out. What were previously congested aisles were now ghost towns. After getting the booth closed down and secured, I said goodbye to Christina then went to grab dinner before heading home to rest up for yet another day at Comic-Con.

[Mister Raroo is a happy husband, proud father, full-time public library employee, and active gamer. He currently lives in El Cajon, CA with his family and pets. You may reach Mister Raroo at [email protected]. For all your Game Time With Mister Raroo needs, visit Club Raroo!]