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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Dragon*con countdown: Chad Vader, day shift manager

THE FORCE IS STRONG WITH THIS ONE. AND IT IS ON SALE. Chad Vader in the produce department
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  • THE FORCE IS STRONG WITH THIS ONE. AND IT IS ON SALE. Chad Vader in the produce department
Every year, Dragon*Con’s celebrity guest list includes more than TV/movie actors with cult followings. Culture Surfing counts down to the Labor Day fantasy convention with a series of short profiles of Dragon*Con guests who specialize in more surprising disciplines.

What’s your title, and where are your from?

I am Chad Vader. I am the Day Shift Manager of Empire Market. I don't like to tell people where I live because I have had stalkers. Believe you me, I have been stalked.

Are you close to your older brother, Sith Lord Darth Vader?
I try to be. But his heart is cold, man. He's a cold-hearted snake. I try to write letters and get back into his life, but I rarely get a response. He's busy, I guess.

What do you do in your job?
I command a crack battalion of stockboys and cashiers. I oversee the operations of the day shift with an iron fist. No sale is too big, no endcap display too small. Anyone who disobeys my commands is severely dealt with. I fired a guy once.

How did you get interested in this vocation?
I have always been interested in the food retailing industry. Also, they said that a college education was not necessary, so that really made me interested. And the application form was easy to read and fill out. I had found my dream job.

Have you been to Dragon*Con before, and what will you be doing as an official guest?
I have not and I looking forward to it. I will likely be mobbed by my fans and probably kissed by several ladies. I plan on sternly walking about and generally being intimidating. I may also LARP. I've never done it before and don't know what it is, but it intrigues me.

Do you have a message about your vocation that you’d like your fans to come away with?
If you put an item into your shopping cart and then decide you don't want it, PUT IT BACK WHERE YOU FOUND IT. Don't just leave it on the nearest shelf. This is especially important for meat products.

Is there an aspect of genre fandom or Dragon*Con events that appeals to you from outside your professional field?
I love all kinds of Fantasy and Sci-Fi. I read lots of graphic novels because I like pictures. I love it all, man.

What is your relationship to Blame Society Productions?
Blame Society Productions consists of these two toolbags, Matt Sloan and Aaron Yonda. They are kind of dumb and they are riding my cape to fame. Undeserved fame. I deserve all the fame and the credit for their success. But I continue to hang around with them because they don't have any friends. They make videos and I guess they are pretty good at it.

What’s your web site?
I am on Facebook, as well as on Twitter at realchadvader.

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