I am really terrible at parties, so I relate to this. Seriously. It's especially bad during the rare times I go to comic-related parties full of professionals whose work I enjoy but I can't do much but babble at them, and ... it ends badly. Parties are horrible for people who are horrible at them.
Also: Hey, it's comic strip #50! Take that ... um ... whoever doubted I could make it to comic #50! Which was probably nobody.