One of the best Comic Con parties was the Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy party that Hyperion Books threw for Eoin Colfer's continuation of Douglas Adams' classic series. We drank pan-galactic gargle blasters and talked comic space opera with Colfer.
The party included a whole Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy-style screen full of explanations of common terms in the series, but nobody got a good picture of that.
Colfer talked to us about how he'd been incredibly reluctant to take over the Hitchhiker's series, but finally acquiesced after Adams' widow and daughter both asked him to do it. He has absolutely no plans to do any more Hitchhiker's books, and this isn't the first volume in a whole new series of adventures for Arthur Dent, Zaphod Beeblebrox and company — just a one-off. But Colfer does feel there's a lack of fun, silly space opera in the world right now, and he'd love to see more of it. He hinted he may try and write some more in that genre at some point. He's also hoping his book will introduce Adams' original books to the readers who follow him from the Artemis Fowl novels.
The party also included black hand towels with (what else) "Don't Panic" written on them, suitable for framing, or using to dry your hands.
There was a "Tweet to the Galaxy" interface, which allowed you to Twitter and have your tweets sent out into space. I'm still not entirely sure how this was supposed to work, but you can try it out for yourself here. So far, no aliens have responded to people's tweets about three A.M. hookups or dental hygiene, although that doesn't mean they're not reading.
Here's Colfer, tweeting actual Vogon poetry out to the presumably horrified galactic community. And in the background, you can see the bar, where they were serving actual Pan-Galactic Gargle Blasters. Which, we have to admit, didn't cause any feelings of gold bricks with lemon slices smashing into our head. We asked the bartender what's in a real-life Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster, and basically it's vodka, lemonade and a bit of seltzer. Zaphod would have been sad.