If you’re getting Wil Wheaton’s autograph today or Saturday, don’t go in for a hug.
According to his blog, Wheaton is not doing local press for Gen Con. The Stand By Me star and Internet icon will not hug, kiss, shake hands or otherwise touch any of the fans seeking his autograph.
To be fair, Wheaton says he contracted the swine flu at an earlier convention and doesn’t want a repeat performance.
“I have Epstein-Barr, so my immune system isn't as robust as a normal person's,” Wheaton wrote on his website. “It is very easy for me to catch viruses and other nasty things. I'm not going to apologize for not wanting to get sick, especially after two weeks of swine flu. If you can't understand that, it's your problem, not mine.”
With his series Eureka cancelled (SyFy, you are dead to me forever), Wheaton no longer has access to top-secret cures for most modern medical maladies.
If you want to give Wheaton some multi-sided dice for his collection, he’s still game, but please don’t blow on them first.