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    Fan Expo 2014 – Day 4

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    Last day of the con and had to pack up before we could go. This went well, and we still made it there before 1030, dropping right into the line up for Elijah Wood’s signing. And I got a lovely little sound bite.

    We also lined up for John Dimaggio, who, among many other things, is the voice of Jake the Dog on Adventure Time. I thought I got sound there, too, but my Zoom appears to have eaten it for the first time ever. More likely, I screwed up with the buttons.

    Missed the MLP panel, but spent time gaming with my son instead and found something we might like to play again.

    A little shopping, but not much, before the Elijah Wood panel, and I was a little surprised (and amused) by the number of F-bombs dropping from the gentle hobbit’s mouth. He was fun, but again not on stage nearly long enough.

    My son talked me into the ticketed event of Shatner and Stewart on stage. Funny that. My son talking me into something Star Trek related. But we went, and in spite of the mediocre seats (since there wasn’t as much time to line up as we would have liked after Mr. Wood’s Q&A) they were great. This session, at least, ran a little longer, though I felt like it zipped by.

    As I’ve said before, I don’t intend to ever miss an opportunity to hear a member of the original series crew speak if I can avoid it. I feel the same way about Sir Patrick Stewart as well, and I’m not too far off for the rest of Next Generation crew. Heck, if it’s Star Trek, I’m probably there.

    But now the con is over. I shouldn’t be as sad as I am considering how irritated at certain things I’ve been, but I am sad. And maybe it’s because I know I have no intention of going back next year. Not to this particular con, anyway. There are others.

    A more detailed report soon, and more pictures going up tonight.

    Be well, everyone.

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    Fan Expo 2014 Day 3

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    Lokai and Bele on the loose.
    Lokai and Bele on the loose.

    A few more photos, but not as many as there might have been with my son and I in costume. A crowded day, but a good one, mostly. But I’ll get to that.

    Late to the con this morning due to how much time we spent on makeup.

    Hulk Hogan, who arrived a little late but spent a lot of time and care on his responses. Most of the Q&A was wrestling based, surprise, surprise.

    Managed to meet Garrik Hagon, who might be known best to geeks for playing Bigs Darklighter in the original Star Wars movie, but has almost 150 credits to his name. Nice fellow. Very personable.

    I’ve seen the whole floor now, I think, but maybe not in enough detail. One more day of potential shopping.

    A little line up confusion for Shatner, but wound up with pretty good seats for the thirty-minute Q&A.

    Yup, half an hour. He seemed a bit surprised when given a five-minute warning but covered it well, and was entertaining and active for the whole time he was on stage.

    But that might be the last straw between me and Fan Expo. It’s not the first super short panel this weekend, and now it seems like that’s the plan. Sorry guys, I know money makes the world go around, but there’s a limit to how much people are willing to put up with. You’re over mine now. I know I said that last year, but adding this on top makes us done until you bring the pendulum back.

    Tomorrow: Sailor Moon (maybe), My Little Pony, and Elijah Wood. Beyond that, we’ll see.

    All the photos I’ve uploaded so far here.

    Be well, everyone.

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    Fan Expo Day 2

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    More photos today, but it seems like I spent more time standing in line while I was at it.

    Fan Expo a little more crowded today. A few backups in the transit tube giving us a taste of what’s in store tomorrow.

    Ed Greenwood, who started his panel early (ten minutes before his moderator even got there), ran until they kicked us out of the room.

    The Dynamic Duo, Adam West and Burt Ward, were fun on stage together, but weren’t on stage nearly long enough. Less than forty minutes, in fact, and I wonder if there are health issues we’re not aware of. Hope everything is fine there.

    Stan Lee was engaging and hilarious, but, due to a massively delayed flight, half an hour late getting. And even though he was the last thing scheduled and his fans had been waiting a long time to see him, the Fan Expo powers that be didn’t let him go very long. It was far more important to get him to the photo op that he’d agreed to, I suppose. More money for the con that way. (Does that sound too cynical? I recognize that money makes things happen in pretty much any business, but I think some conventions are taking it to new depths.)

    I’ve still probably only seen a third of the main floor of the convention, but detected a lot of things I want.

    Tomorrow: Hulk Hogan, William Shatner, hanging out with an old friend, and my son and I do a classic Star Trek cosplay.

    Be well, everyone.

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    Fan Expo 2014 Day 1

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    Didn’t take a lot of photos today, but I’ll probably make up for that tomorrow.

    So after having to wait an extra hour for our hotel room to be ready, we proceeded to have the worst underground parking lot experience of our lives. Four interconnected buildings (or maybe three?) each with their own P1, P2, and P3 levels, and each labelled identically. Signs and arrows that pointed everywhere, some of which were only for pedestrians but most of which were actually completely unlabelled and meaningless. Doors that only opened in one direction. Dead ends that appeared out of nowhere.

    But the con, when we finally got there, wasn’t too crowded, which was nice.

    Ray Park is tremendously entertaining and animated on stage. Got some good pictures, video, and audio. He’s also tremendously nice in person.

    Our cruising of the convention floor was cursory at best, hitting a few specifics, not finding a couple of others, and then checking out some of the video game demos. I’m particularly looking forward to Shadow of Mordor and Evolve.

    More cruising the floor tomorrow, Batman and Robin, Ed Greenwood, and I have to make a decision between Stan Lee and the Prisoners of Gravity reunion. One after the other, but in different buildings and no time in between.

    Oh, and the high point: the poster tube that substituted for a light saber for Darth Maul on stage.

    "The Schonberg Family. 'Feel the Force.' Thanks for the help! Ray Park
    “The Schonberg Family. ‘Feel the Force.’ Thank you for your help! Ray Park”

    A few more pictures can be found in my Fan Expo 2014 Album on Facebook.

    Be well, everyone.

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