Friday, March 21, 2014
Monday, March 17, 2014
I was able to make a couple of very informative panels. I found actress/dancer, now interior designer - Femi Taylor (of Star Wars and Cats fame) to be a sheer delight to listen to as she recounted her time as Oola in Return of the Jedi. Her description of the difference between her original shoot on a actual sound stage and being asked to return several years later for the re-shooting of her scene for the Lucas "upgrade" to Jedi was quite telling.
I was afforded the opportunity at the end of the Con to a few moments of private one-on-one with Eddie McClintock out on the exhibitor's floor and I must say that he is an original, engaging, funny and down-to-earth guy just like you and I. He is the genuine article, no facade, no Hollywood face -- a real human being. If someone doesn't hire him soon for a gig then it is they and us who are the losers because he still has so much more talent to share with the rest of us.
There were a ton of other fine guests that I wasn't able to see due to time constraints and, unlike Q, I was only able to be in one place at a time so had to pick and choose what to see and pass up for the limited amount of time I was present. Stargate: Atlantis and Firefly's Jewel Staite had her panel as did Doctor Who number 7 - Sylvester McCoy. Wil Wheaton had a solo panel. Also on hand were the erasable and multi-talented John Ratzenberger, duo LeVar Burton and Brent Spiner doing their unique brand of comedy with song and dance. Everyone's favorite 70's Lois Lane, Margot Kidder made an appearance and many more well known celebs graced the various stages set up in the massive Kansas City Convention Center. There were special events such as an entire room set up for Table-Top Gaming, a Doctor Who Timey-Wimey Puppet Show, a study into the Fandom of Sherlock Holmes, Vampires and, of course Cosplay and costume contests, as well as what these Cons are all about -- Comic Books galore along with a whole bevy of well-known and newly rising artists throughout the multiple galleries on display on the massive center floor of the Con.
And yes, I did walk away with an original Rick Mittelstedt print of the TOS and Alternate Trek crews divided by the heroic bow of the U.S.S. Enterprise.