(photo by gentristar)
This was the main reason I went to Momocon: to get a potato signed by Ellen McLain, the voice of GLaDOS. I know it won’t last forever, but the point was simply to acquire this GLaDOS-autographed potato. Besides, I like the way that potatoes sprout when you leave them out for months. She suggested that I plant it. I may indeed do that, though the internet says that potatoes dislike the hot weather we’re heading into now.
Ellen McLain talked about a lot of things in her panels on Sunday:
- her careers in theater and opera
- The Marriage of Figaro, her favorite opera
- the human need to tell stories
- video games as the great emerging medium of storytelling through interaction
- character voices slipping into real life
- always getting cast as the villain
- always looking for work
- meeting her husband (John Patrick Lowrie, author of Dancing with Eternity).
There was one beautiful moment when she talked about her husband’s ability to do regional accents. (Her husband voices The Sniper in Team Fortress 2.) She said he could do a tour of the Southeast US with accents alone, going from Virginia through the Carolinas to Louisiana and Arkansas. But most importantly to her, he could do a perfect imitation of her father’s accent. Hearing her father’s voice through her husband, she could still feel connected to him, even though he had passed away. As she spoke, her voice held so much love, both for her father and her husband.
Ellen McLain is doing what she loves, with people who love her by her side. She shares that love with others through teaching and through her work itself. She is a great and caring woman. Some day when I grow up, I wanna be like her.
Maybe you could grow the potato indoors - I don’t know if that works, but it’s possible. Do you know if anyone filmed this panel? She’s kind of my hero, so I’m hoping someone recorded it.
I know someone on Momocon staff filmed the panel on Sunday at 11:30 AM. The other panels that she did throughout the con were probably also filmed. I don’t know where these videos are available, though. I couldn’t find anything on the Momocon website or with a You Tube search for “ellen mclain momocon.” There might be something on her website in the next few days, but there’s nothing up yet. Hopefully some recordings will surface soon!