TrogdorCon '97

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More like TrogDork-on

Strong Bad heads to the comic book convention. Why? To make fun of nerds, of course!

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Bad, The Cheat, Homestar Runner, Strong Sad, The Poopsmith, The King of Town (Easter egg)

Places: Booth 101, The King of Town's Booth (Easter egg)

Date: September 5, 2005

Running Time: 4:00

Page Title: Con as in Convention!

Contents

Transcript

(Strong Bad and The Cheat are seen behind a booth with a banner saying "TROGDOR-Con" above them.)

STRONG BAD: All right, so here we are at TrogdorCon! Got booths set up and lookin' good! So, The Cheat—these cons... what exactly is gonna go on here?

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises}

STRONG BAD: Geeks and nerds?! That doesn't sound like anything I wanna be a part of!

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises}

STRONG BAD: Ladies in skimpy sci-fi costumes? That sounds like everything I wanna be a part of! Are you sure they're in the same place as the geeks and nerds? That doesn't make any sense. Ladies in skimpy outfits should be hanging out with me... and to a lesser degree, football players and rappers. Not geeks, nerds, or any of their smelly brethren.

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises}

STRONG BAD: Yeah, I'll see it when I believe it.

{Homestar Runner walks up. He has a paper star taped over his normal star and is wearing a red beanie with propeller similar to Old-Timey Homestar's over his usual cap.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oooh, Booth 101! My favorite booth! Hey, guess who I'm supposed to be!

STRONG BAD: Um... Homestar Runner?

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Hey, you got it! First try! Was it my star {he shows off his paper star} or propeller cap {he bends over and shows off his cap} that gave it away?

STRONG BAD: It was your unbelievably loose grasp on the world around you.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Yeah, I guess I do have one of those. Hey, what kind of cool stuff do you guys have here? Got any pewter figurines, or maybe some magna?

STRONG BAD: Nope, just hangin' out and seeing what walks by.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh oh, I can walk by! Here, watch! {Runs offscreen to the left, and instantly returns, walking slowly and staring at his feet. As he moves, his words are not in time with his steps.} Left, right, left, right, right, right, no—left, right, left, right. {exits}

STRONG BAD: So, by the way The Cheat, what are gamertags? Why do we have boxes of them behind us?

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises}

STRONG BAD: So we're not really selling gamertags?

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises}

STRONG BAD: What're we really gonna be selling? Some of those million sided dies?

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises}

STRONG BAD: So, us hanging out selling gamertags is a front for us plain ol' hanging out.

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises}

STRONG BAD: The Cheat, you're a genius! I don't pay you enough!

THE CHEAT: {glares at Strong Bad} {angry The Cheat noises}

STRONG BAD: Oh right, I don't pay you at all. That's what I meant to say. Now let's kick back and see if we can't summon some skimpily clad ladies to ye olde gamertag booth.

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises}

{The Cheat jumps onto the table and plays an alpine horn}

STRONG BAD: Oh! Where'd you get that bad boy?

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises}

STRONG BAD: Booth 709, huh? I'll have to go check that out!

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises}

STRONG BAD: They've got axes and swords!? Man, this con just keeps gettin' better all the time! {Strong Sad enters from left, wearing a pair of semi-transparent Trogdor-style wings, an armband, eyeliner, blood teardrops, a tribal-tattoo style design around his belly button, and with his toenails painted black} Oh, and we've hit a snag.

STRONG SAD: What are you guys doing here?

STRONG BAD: Hangin' out. Don't tell nobody, but secretly we're really just hangin out.

STRONG SAD: But didn't it cost money to get a booth?

STRONG BAD: Look, I don't know where The Cheat got 500 bucks or where your missing 500 bucks is. All I know is that we're hanging out here at TrogdorCon '97! Or in your case, Trog-dork-on '97.

STRONG SAD: It's not called TrogdorCon and it's 2005!

STRONG BAD: It might be for you, but {pause} you're... a butt. {smiles}

STRONG SAD: That's a good 'un, Strong Bad. Okay, I'm gonna go buy some {with exaggerated inflection and movements} anime!

STRONG BAD: It's called Japanimation! Least it was last time I checked, which was 1987. {The Poopsmith walks by in shadow in his Sleestak costume.} I don't know about all this, The Cheat. Maybe it's time we filled up that horn of yours with pea soup and tried to shoot it all the way over to that Godzilla guy's booth.

{The Cheat holds up a can of pea soup and the horn. He and Strong Bad run off. The word "endeth" appears over the screen, and The Cheat's horn is heard in the distance.}

Easter Eggs

  • Mousing over "New Short" on Main Page 22 during the week of the update displayed The Cheat's horn off to the right side.
  • Clicking the 'tag?' on the "gamertag?" sign at the end will result in this:
THE KING OF TOWN: {drenched in pea soup and speaking very angrily} Ohhh, somebody picked the wrong authorized Godzilla reseller to mess with today!
  • At the end, click on the period in "endeth." to see Strong Bad criticising people's costumes.
STRONG BAD: Hey, loincloth, please to be putting on more clothes... Ugh... like five or six... more clothes... {cut}
STRONG BAD: Oh, what's up, ironic costume? I suppose you think you're cooler than everyone here! Well guess what: You're also here. At the comic book convention. {cut}
STRONG BAD: I never thought I'd see the day where a tattoo was a bad thing, but you madam, have shown me the light. {cut}
STRONG BAD: Just for fun I think I'm gonna start throwing boxes of gamertags at dudes wearin' kilts. {cut}
STRONG BAD: The fact that your costume is accurate down to the tiniest detail does not change the fact that that TV show sucked. {cut}
STRONG BAD: Man if I see another person in a diaper... {cut}
STRONG BAD: Oh, hello Rotunda! Your physique certainly merits you wearing that leather bikini and fishnet hose.

Fun Facts

Explanations

  • Manga is the Japanese term for comic books, literally translated as "whimsical pictures." Outside of Japan itself, it specifically refers to comics of Japanese origin (and sometimes comic books drawn in the Japanese style). Homestar's "magna" is a common misspelling and mispronunciation among English-speaking comic book fans.
  • Similarly, anime is the Japanese term for animated cartoons, used outside of the country to specifically refer to cartoons of Japanese origin. "Japanimation" is an American term for anime that is now rarely used and is considered outdated.

Trivia

Remarks

Inside References

  • The Poopsmith's Sleestak costume was first seen in "Pumpkin Carve-nival".
  • The King of Town is shown to hate peas in different town.
  • Strong Bad mentions 1987 as being the last time he checked whether anime was the same as Japanimation.
  • Homestar's chant of "left, right, left, right, right, right, no—" is similar to the description of 50K Racewalker on the Videlectrix games catalog page.

Real-World References

  • "Gamertags" are accounts used by Xbox Live subscribers.
  • "Million sided die" is in reference to the Dungeons and Dragons style of roleplaying game, where the dice can have anywhere up to 100 sides.

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