Continuing my tradition of always being the last to finish their con report from SD..
Figured I'd add my comments in here, since James already covered a lot of what we did.
A couple personal highlights to add:
Saturday night dinner with EIer's & friends was a definite highlight. I'd like to once again thank G1223 for his generosity!
I wish we had all been able to sit closer together so we could get more of a group talk going, but as it was it was so great to get to talk to Jill so much that night! Even if there are some shows and colors on which we will never agree...
I was able to get my copy of Jill's book that night (which made my suitcase about twice as heavy
) and I can say that my resistance to the purple remains as strong as ever, no matter what Jill tells you!
Anyway, thanks again to all the EIers who were there- Gordon, Heropa, White Tiger, scruffylookin & Jill (and James of course
)- for making that such a fun night! It was great to see you all.
As far as the con itself went, one of my favorite parts was getting to view the new episodes of Sci-Fi friday (Stargates & Eureka) at the con with thousands of fellow fans.
(Our hotel room did not have the SF Channel, so there was no question we were going to the Con's viewings
) First up was Eureka, which the guy who plays the sheriff (name escapes me) introduced to us all. I wondered if he stuck around to watch the premiere with everyone, I think he would have been happy with the response, as everyone seemed to really enjoy it.
Then the Stargates, which of course were great.
People cheered for each actor during the opening credits, and if I'm remembering correctly, Vala, Daniel and McKay got the loudest cheers. Anyway, it was just a lot of fun getting to watch the shows with fellow fans.
And of course the Stargate panels were a hoot, as always. Wish more of the SG1 cast had been able to come, only Christopher Judge, Gary Jones and Cliff Simon (never heard so many "Ba'al" jokes before
) were there along with a couple writers and a SFC representative, though both Stargate panels were joined by Robert Picardo.
I was thrilled to see Gary Jones there, as I've read about how funny he is in person, and he did not disappoint.
It's just too bad we didn't get to see the season premiere of Battlestar Galactica too (is it October yet?), but we did catch the panel, which I believe was Edward James Olmos' first con experience, IIRC?...
He was very cool.
Along with Olmos, there was James Callis, Lucy Lawless, Aaron Douglas, Ron Moore, and a couple other of TPTB. The BSG people assured us that the next season is quite dark (shocker
), but there are moments of hope as well. Another BSG related highlight was courtesy of Aaron Douglas
aka Chief Tyrol- It is very cool when the stars walk amongst the rest of us on the dealer's room floor. And that's exactly what Aaron Douglas did on saturday. We first spotted him at the Sci-Fi booth (actually before that he sort of crashed the Stargate panel by walking on in the middle of it, picking up a left-over BSG poster from the stage, stopping at the mic to accuse someone of being a cylon, and then walking off again. It was quite hilarious
). And then he appeared at the booth and interacted with the fans there. I tried not to stare too much, but I don't think I succeeded.
I thought that would be the last of it, but no, he appeared to be following us! Ok, not exactly, but we happen to depart the con right after that to go find some much needed sustenance, and who appears directly behind us as mobs of people are waiting to cross the street outside? Aaron Douglas! He actually walked near us for a little while before the crowd started moving in different directions and we lost sight of him. I half hoped he'd end up in the same restaurant as us, but if he was there, I didn't see him.
And, while we were walking to our restaurant, I did a bit of a double take as Seth Green
walked right by us going the other way! (He's about as tall as I am, which isn't very...
) So there were my celebrity close encounters of San Diego 2006.
Speaking of celebrity encounters
it was definitely awesome to see Ash again!
Wish he had been able to come out to dinner with us all, but maybe next time.
I was disappointed to have missed Robert but I got the feeling he was very busy and hard to track down on saturday.
Again, maybe next time!
A few other things that stand out- a couple panels on Star Trek with Gene Roddenberry's son, Rod. He was very eloquent and friendly and I think really made everyone remember why Star Trek was such a positive and important show.
We also attended a panel on Star Trek books (wish KRAD
had been there!), and it was a nice treat to see Peter David, who's always been one of my favorite Trek authors (So glad New Frontier is thriving.
). And finally, we attended a panel with Walter Koenig which focused on his life and career. He told some great stories and reminisced on being on both Trek and B5.
Another panel we attended was on the Filmation Company and various animated shows they worked on, the highlight for me being She-Ra, which was one of my beloved childhood shows.
Some of the people who worked on the show talked about it a bit, and the whole thing cemented my urge to get myself the "Best of She-Ra" dvd, which I promply ordered when I got home.
Anyway, that's all that comes to mind for now... If I think of more, I'll add it, but stay tuned for some pics.
for a few special pics!
Edited by bobdylanite, 02 August 2006 - 09:21 PM.