FanExpo 2012, Day 3

Held up at the front door this morning. Ultimately some access/crowd control, I think, but no explanation given. In general, FanExpo seems to have taken a page from the book of Ikea: one way in, one way out, one path in between. Organizationally, I have noticed a little improvement this year, though. Particularly, lineups are managed better, occasionally with an iron fist. All beside the point.

The whirlwind tour:

So You’re a Gamer and No One Understands You. Awesome panel. Came out of this fired up on a bunch of topics and with a tonne of ideas for essays and commentary. Thanks to Jay Acevedo, Marissa Roberto, Shaun Hatton, Adam Kleinman for a great discussion. I made a waffly semi-promise to try to come to another of Marissa’s panels, knowing how much kid related stuff I had to cover the rest of today and tomorrow. I felt bad. Still do. Recorded the panel and it sounds as good as the author panel I managed to record yesterday, which is to say listenable but not really good audio quality.

Kate Mulgrew was brilliant, funny, and amazing. She was filled with anecdotes and stories and has a deep understanding of Star Trek and what it means to its fans. And she was wonderful to listen to. I also tried to record this. Big room, very echo-y, but understandable. Wish it had occurred to me for Levar Burton and John Rhys-Davies.

I decided to get Stan Lee’s autograph to go with Lou Ferrigno’s. Lines ran fast and were shorter than anything I saw yesterday. Very cool and it’s going to look pretty awesome framed.

Levar Burton was just as personable one on one when I stood in his autograph line and it was wonderful to shake his hand, especially since he offered it well before I had a chance to ask.

I had the opportunity to speak briefly with Richard Comely, the creator of Captain Canuck, and walked away with a great memory, a photo of us standing together, and a signed copy of the original Captain Canuck #1. Awesome.

Gamer Boy found a bunch of League of Legends cosplayers and spent a good chunk of the day hanging out with them, even helping to organize a LoL phoshoot.

I took a lot of pictures today, but tweeted less than I originally intended, and I’ll blame the power draining abilities of the MTCC. Returned to the hotel with 9% battery availability. The link to today’s Flickr stream. There won’t be a stream tomorrow as I’ve apparently hit my monthly storage limit and have to wait until the first to upload to Flickr. I’m uploading to Facebook, too, so I’ll link to that instead.

And, if you’re interested, I did a separate set in Flickr for the League of Legends photos.

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FanExpo 2012, Day 2

I let Gamer Boy sleep a little and came in the front door a touch after 11. Again, the full pass is a beautiful thing. Did a little floor cross-crossing to check some features and timing and do a little browsing.

Stood in an absurdly short line to get Lou Ferrigno‘s autograph and elected not to stand in an absurdly long one for Levar Burton’s. Gamer Boy talked me into the Lou Ferrigno/Stan Lee picture and, as of this writing, I’m still debating getting a matching signature from Mr. Lee on it as well. Had too much on the go to brave the lines (one to buy a ticket, one to get the picture signed, and one to get a letter of authenticity for Mr. Lee’s signature).

Live Action Anime (Thousand Pound Action Company) was plagued by a technical difficulty for the first few minutes, but the crew just jumped in to a Q&A session until they lose got solved. These guys are really passionate about their work and having a good time with their creative work. A quote from a member of the time (I couldn’t see who at the time): if you’ve seen our first video, turn to the person next to you and tell them how cool it is. A project they’re working on, Clandestine, looks pretty cool.

Levar Burton was a funny and entertaining guy, patient with everyone and even sharing a bit of news (he’ll be on another episode of Community and Big Bang Theory each). He strikes me as a very passionate and committed man who cares a great deal about education, kids, and his fans. Took about fifty pictures in hopes of getting a few good ones. Think I succeeded.

John Rhys-Davies was also very engaging. Not nearly as many questions got answered as the people in line waiting to ask were hoping, but he spoke at length and eloquently for each one. Two quotes to share from him: “find something you would do for free then make sure you get paid for it” and “there’s no cure for stupid”. I agree on both counts. I’ll also note that at one point during the panel, he joked about the beard he had to wear in Lord of the Rings, saying, “it’s that bloody stupid elf again” then paused for a second, looking straight at me, and said “sorry about that, dad”. A little later, he let the word “bastard” slip out and again looked down at us in the front row before apologizing directly to my daughter. The wonderful Carrie O’meara (please let me have spelled that correctly) has promised me a copy of the audio she recorded for Radio Humber, for which she will win an eternal fan of whatever she does in me.

We did not attend the Revolution screening. By the time we got out of the John Rhys-Davies Q&A, there were hundreds of people lined up to see it. Gamer Boy believed there were probably more lined up than would fit in the room (same room as Live Action Anime had been in earlier in the day). Instead, we spent a little more time (and money) on the convention floor before heading back to the hotel and dinner.

For pictures today, I’m going to do something a little different. Uploading them to WordPress was very time intensive. Actually, the ‘insert into post’ process was time intensive as each photo had to be done individually so its size could be selected at the point of insertion. Tonight, I’m going link to the set I created on Flickr for today’s survey of photos. Hope you enjoy.

That’s it for tonight. Tomorrow’s plans include “So You’re a Gamer and No One Understands You”, Kate Mulgrew, almost certainly Stan Lee, possibly Billy West and rose McGowan, and maybe another panel or two, time allowing. Oh, and more photos. And maybe more Twitter than today—today, I tried to force connectivity where there really wasn’t much and it sucked the battery drier than it should have. I’ll try to do better tomorrow on that.

Be well, everyone.