Sunday, April 18, 2010

Starfest Day 3

Just getting started this morning. Had a couple of late nights with some sleep deprivation thrown in but I'm having a great time.

There wasn't a whole lot going on at the con on Friday so we got registered, checked out the art show/auction/sale (and picked up a couple of cute prints), checked out the dealer's room, then went for some dinner before going to see Gabriel Iglesias. The 8pm show sold out so we ended up at the 10:30 show which didn't start until after 11 and he ran 30-45 min long so we didn't get back to the hotel until after 2am but it was so worth it and I got a T-shirt too [sharp inhale of oxygen].

Getting back after 2am, tossing and turning most of the night, and wanting to be at the con bright and early meant that yesterday ran on less then 4 hours of sleep. But what is a con if you're not exhausted and halucinating that the half dozen Mandalorians (think Boba Fett with different colored armor) running about are tracking you and out to freeze you in carbonite?

It was really a lot of fun. We got to see Christopher Judge (click pics to bigify)

and Summer Glau.

We got both autographs and listened to both talk on stage. We didn't get to see Summer finish her time because of a fire alarm. They cleared the events room so I took Shelly back to the hotel (she was tired). I wanted to see some of the later events so I went back to the con. By the time I returned the chaos was over and Summer had already gone back on stage and finished her talk.

She was followed by Mr. Tim (look him up on Youtube), then the costume contest. Some of the costumes were lame, some were good efforts, some were alluring (and revealing), some were elaborate and some were just downright kick ass - like this guy who won best of show:

I didn't get to bed until 11:30pm last night and survived the entire day without a nap. Not bad for a guy my age (not tellin').

These people really know how to run a con. Big stars, well organized autograph process, Late-night events (there was a dance after the constume contest), and at the very least videos running 'round the clock. If they aren't going to flood the con with stars like Trek Expo does, I would like to see more panels/discussions on things like their talk on the new Star Trek movie and how it altered the timeline. Or talks by authors on the guidelines they have to follow when writing for this or that franchise. Or maybe even a healthy debate/discussion on movies from comics or whether remakes and reimaginings are a good or bad thing.

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