• Days of Geek,  Podcast

    DoG Ep 14: George Takei at Fan Expo 2013

    by 00:00 Episode ID Days of Geek, Episode 14: From Fan Expo 2013, actor, activist, and breaker of stereo types, George Takei.   00:10 Music Split In Synapse courtesy of Kevin McCleod at incompetch.com.   00:18 Intro A brief intro to Uncle George and how, to me, he’ll always be Mr. Sulu. Of course, you probably also know him as a social media giant and human rights activist.   01:02 The Q&A George Takei speaking to the fans and taking a few questions.   39:50 News Sadly, we missed Montreal Comic Con. I whine for a moment in hopes that someone captured some audio. I have found a teensy bit…

  • Conventions

    After Action Report: Fan Expo, Day 4

    by Sunday, crowd-wise, is a lot like Friday at Fan Expo. Crowded, but you can still move around. It’s also the last day of four at the con, so the overall speed of the crowd is often a little faster since time is now very limited. But some things aren’t faster. My son and I got in line at the top of the escalator to go to the bottom of the North Building and The Walking Dead panel. The line did not move. At first, this seemed to be because the escalator was malfunctioning. Again. After a few minutes, staff made it clear that the panel had no seating left.…

  • Conventions

    After Action Report: Fan Expo, Day 3

    by A little delayed, but lots of time for the first paragraph to contain useful advice. If you’re only going to Fan Expo one day next year, don’t make it Saturday. Really. It’s the most crowded day and suffers from the most line and traffic mismanagement by staff, not to mention the escalator breakdowns that happen every year. Saturday is the reason Fan Expo and I are on the rocks. Well, the ticket price is getting a little steep, too. My wife and daughters getting trapped outside the building because apparently they were over capacity, and then suddenly they weren’t. My son got trapped in a line up to get…

  • Conventions

    After Action Report: Fan Expo, Day 2

    by Friday is the first big day of Fan Expo. The crowds have come and it gets worse the later in the day it is. The con floor is pretty huge at Fan Expo. If you spent two minutes at every booth, you might be able to see them all in one day, but not after you add travel time in and only if you ignore Artists’ Alley, which is absolutely impossible to do. And there’s a little more in the hallway just outside the giant area enclosing the con floor. Which is where we found half the cast of Sailor Moon signing autographs. Sailors Moon, Mars, and Jupiter, plus…