• Days of Geek,  Podcast

    DoG Ep 11: Stan Lee at Fan Expo 2013

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    00:00 Episode ID

    Days of Geek, Episode 11: From Fan Expo 2013, Stan “The Man” Lee.

    00:06 Music

    “Split In Synapse”, courtesy of Kevin McCleod at incompetch.com.


    I mention that I’ve been seduced by Fan Expo again this year and promise to talk more about it after the Q&A.

    00:44 Main

    “Excelsior!” Crediting Stan Lee as more or less the creator of the Marvel universe as we know it, and spending a couple of sentences about how I’m an X-Men fan and don’t know where my comic tastes would have wound up without him.The first couple of minutes of the Q&A are missing due to a small technical mishap, but the rest is intact through the applause and he comes through quite clearly.

    02:14 Main

    The Q&A itself.

    45:47 News

    Fan Expo, where the crowd and traffic flow gets worse every year because the con gets bigger every year and the company running things doesn’t seem to worry about how tightly they pack us in or how small a space they make us all walk through to get from one building to the other.

    But they are bringing in a lot of famous folks I’d like to see this year.

    My “must see” list: William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, Adam West and Burt Ward.

    On the family “must see” list so far: Elijah Wood, Ted Raimi, Dan Parent, Andrewa Libman and Tabitha St. Germain (My Little Pony), Brental Floss, Trina Nishimura (Attack on Titan). But we’re waiting for a final schedule.

    My “really want to see list”: Hulk Hogan, Nathan Fillion, Stan Lee, Matt Smith, Bruce Campbell, Richard Dreyfuss, Ray Park, Robert England, Ed Greenwood, Rick Green, Tom Cook. Those last two weren’t on the list when I recorded but have been added to theFan Expo website since.


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    Closing music—George Street Shuffle, courtesy of Kevin McCleod at incompetch.com

    Creative Commons licensing info (Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 Un-ported License).

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  • Musings

    Silver Surfer Pickles

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    It’s very unusual for me to remember my dreams, or even that I had dreams at all, which is partly why I feel the need to share this one.

    I wander into a hotel that happens to be hosting a Science Fiction convention. Signage identifies it as Philcon (where I’ve never been but hear good things) and the colour scheme of the walls, carpet, and furniture is a variety of dark reds.

    It’s very early in the con and many things are still being set up, but there are people lining up for panels and a large amphitheatre type room starting to fill for a special presentation of some kind. As I wander down one aisle, I come across a booth labelled Silver Surfer Pickles, where Stan Lee is sitting having lunch by himself. No one seems to have noticed. There are also no pickles present.

    But since it’s Stan Lee, and he’s by himself, I walk up to the booth and say hello. He’s quite friendly and we spend several minutes talking until I look down at his lunch to see that it consists entirely of sliced red pickles.

    Of course I asked, and Mr. Lee explained that these were from an earlier trial batch. They tasted great, but came out the wrong colour. The process is down now and the silver ones would be arriving at any moment. Either way, I thought they were an interesting idea and mentioned that my wife (who has a fondness for all kinds of pickled things) would probably love them.

    He suspiciously looked around then hunched over an empty jar with a black marker. When he straightened up again, he’d signed (and personalized) the label, slipping it into a small box which he then pressed it into my hands. A forklift came stuttering down the aisle with a skid of shrink wrapped pickle jars and Mr. Lee told me to make sure I came back to try the real thing.

    We shook hands and I wandered off down the aisle to the sound of breaking glass, clutching my treasure.

    Strange that I woke up just then. I wonder what I planned to do with the jar.

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  • Conventions

    After Action Report: Fan Expo, Day 1

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    Been quiet lately. The real world and family, and perhaps a demon or two. I’ve also been prepping a couple of things. More on those very soon, but at the moment I thought I’d put a couple of notes up about Fan Expo, the biggest con we go to and this was our fourth year in a row as a family. And since we’ve been back for a week and I’ve had a full work week since, things should be back to normal, right?

    If only I knew what normal was.

    Fan Expo runs Thursday to Sunday the last full weekend of August. Thursday is the most relaxing day at Fan Expo. There are lots of people, but the crowds really haven’t arrived yet. The Con opens at 2 for those who have bought weekend passes in advance, four for the single day and people buying their tickets at the door.

    We tried to take it easy, just relaxing and enjoying the atmosphere of the con, and making it to the doors at about quarter after two.

    The delay to get in wasn’t too bad (one thing they’ve improved this year) and we moved inside to check out the first displays—KITT and the Batmobile, the 501st and the Ghostbusters, plus a little Doctor Who. In our first divide and conquer of the weekend, my wife, son, and youngest daughter stood in line for photo op tickets we should have bought in advance, while my oldest daughter and I walked across the smaller of the two buildings to pick up tickets for the vocaloid concert on Sunday.

    The first panel on the list was James Hong. Managed seats in the front row, and I think it’s the only panel the entire family attended together. When I first pointed out the panel, no one had any idea who the Mr. Hong was, at least until I started going through the acting credits my wife and children might recognize:

    Mr. Ping from the Kung Fu Panda movies.

    Chen, the restaurant owner, from The Big Bang Theory.

    Guest star on half the TV shows they’ve ever watched.

    James Hong
    James Hong

    He stands out for me as Hannibal Chew in Bladerunner and Lo Pan in Big Trouble in Little China, but Mr. Hong has an acting career that reaches back to the mid-1950s and he’s literally been in hundreds of shows and movies.

    My wife and son went to see Stan Lee a little later while the girls and I got our picture taken with Mr. Hong who was pleasant and friendly though he had to be exhausted by the time the whole thing was over.

    Stan Lee and his drink courtesy of Subway
    Stan Lee and his drink courtesy of Subway

    Right after that, we headed back to the same room we’d listened to him in so we could enjoy a panel Q&A with Cathy Weseluck and Andrea Libman, two of the principal voice actors on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. They’ve both done a lot of other work as well, but nearly all of the questions asked were about MLP, and there were a surprising number of Bronies there, asking a lot of those questions.

    Cathy Weseluck (left), Andrea Libman (right)
    Cathy Weseluck (left), Andrea Libman (right), two of the principal VAs for MLP: Friendship is Magic

    All in all, the first day at the con was a slow paced, relaxed one. That would change in the afternoon on Friday.

    Be well, everyone.

    The girls and I with James Hong.
    The girls and I with James Hong. I should have found a Lo Pan t-shirt to wear.
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