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This was my first Comic Con experience. What can I say – I missed last year’s inaugural Denver Comic Con because I was on a film shoot that weekend, but I made sure to keep my calendar open so that I could attend this year’s DCC! The convention was somewhat overwhelming, given the sheer number of people attending, long lines and some organizational shortcomings (especially on Friday), but it was still an amazing event. »»» Click here to read the rest of this post »»»
For me, some of the highlights of this year’s StarFest convention included seeing Deep Roy (Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Star Trek, Star Trek: Into Darkness) and Ben Browder (Farscape, Stargate: Continuum, Doctor Who). Both of them had great Q&As, and genuinely funny. I also got to meet and briefly talk to Seth Gabel (Fringe), who also seemed really nice.
The costume contest was a blast, as always. And, of course, there was plenty of cosplay and other fun shenanigans. Below is a slideshow with some of my photos from Saturday (make sure to watch it in full-screen mode for a better viewing experience). Enjoy!
Growing up, I never imagined that someday I could be standing a mere few feet away and talking to Darth Vader himself – David Prowse, or that I would meet Jonathan Frakes (Commander William Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation), but on Saturday it’s exactly what happened.
I’ve been going to StarFest since 2003 and I still can’t help being overwhelmed by how awesome that event is, and how great it is to be surrounded by thousands of people who love science fiction as much as I do. It’s always amazing to meet iconic characters, movie and TV actors in the flesh, to see the ingenuity and craftsmanship of all the costumes, to check out movie props, models, toys and other geekdom objects of desire, and to mingle with like-minded people who come from all over, united by their love of imaginative science fiction and fantasy worlds. One of these years, I’ll have to make my pilgrimage to the San Diego Comic-Con, the holy Mecca of sci-fi entertainment, but Denver’s StarFest will always have a special place in my heart.
Some of the other guests at StarFest this year included John Noble (Walter Bishop on Fringe and Lord Denethor in Lord of the Rings), Dee Wallace (E.T., The Howling, Critters) and Jewel Staite (Firefly, Serenity). Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to see Jewel, as her flight arrived late and by the time she got to the fest on Saturday, my friends and I had missed her.
Still, there was plenty to see and do, so much that it was impossible to go see something without missing another cool panel or event in the other part of the building. And, with the recent additions of Comic Fest and DigiFest, things have gotten even more complicated! I guess it’s all part of the fun of attending an entertainment convention.
You can see the entire set of photos that I took at StarFest on Saturday in my Flickr gallery, or check out some of the highlights below.
It makes me happy that every year at Starfest I get a chance to see in person some of the actors from my all-time favorite science fiction TV shows and movies. This year was no exception, with Morena Baccarin (Firefly, V), Mark Sheppard (Firefly, Battlestar Galactica), Luciana Carro (Battlestar Galactica), Peter Mayhew (Star Wars) and Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator, Star Trek: The Next Generation) in attendance.
Meeting Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca himself), was definitely one of the highlights. It may not come as a surprise to most, but that man is very tall!
Luciana Carro (Kat from Battlestar Galactica) also seemed really nice and happily agreed to pose for a photo. It’s funny to see an actress who played a ragged, worn-out, battle-hardened pilot in BSG (who rarely appeared out of a flight suit on screen) wearing a pretty dress, looking beautiful and not having much resemblance to her tough-as-nails character :)
Jeffrey Combs was also very cool; it was an honor to meet such a cult character actor in the flesh. I told him that Re-Animator is one of my favorite horror films and is a true genre classic. I also remember Jeffrey as a star in the Lovecraft-inspired From Beyond, which scared the crap out of me when I was in my early teens.
I was sick at home for most of this week, so to battle cabin fever and to kill a little time, I dug up some footage from last year’s StarFest convention that I shot with my little Canon PowerShot SD780IS and put together this little montage. Enjoy!
StarFest is always a great time, and I’m really looking forward to April 15th. This is probably the closest thing Denver has to Comic-Con!