Drew Dernavich, cartoonist for the New Yorker, really wanted to be sent to the San Diego Comic-Con this year. He didn’t get that lucky:
Unfortunately, I was sent to cover the 2009 Romantic Comedy-Con,
held—where else?—at the top of the Empire State Building, the place
where Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks finally met in “Sleepless in Seattle.”
It’s a little crowded for a convention, but it’s being catered by—who
else?—Katz’s Deli, the scene of Meg Ryan’s famous “orgasm” in “When
Harry Met Sally.” Every joker up here thinks it’s so funny to eat a
grilled cheese and then do their best fake moaning scene, and it’s getting tiresome.
When people go to the Comic-Con, they make these elaborate costumes
and attend as Spider Man or Ninja Turtles or Darth Vader, so I thought
I’d try and attend the Romantic Comedy-Con in the same spirit. I’m
dressed up as Jeremy Piven in “Serendipity” (John Cusack’s sidekick
friend). I’m wearing jeans and a dark T-shirt. It’s spot-on, but I
don’t think anybody has noticed.