MegaCon 2007 – Opening Day Continued

Says he, “I’m just going to download the photos off the camera card and be right back.” I should’ve known he was sneaking out to beat me to the first post. LOL

megacon 2007 farscapeSo why I don’t I pick up with where the Masked Blogger left off. We did indeed catch the “Farscape” panel. I’d only seen a few random episodes but I was interested in seeing what made this show so popular. The small conference room was packed when the four actors entered to a round of applause. Since the actors on the series were mostly in costumes and body paint to portray their alien characters, this was the first I’d seen what the actors really looked like. My second surprise was finding out they were all Australian. Even though I wasn’t that familiar with all the storylines it was interesting hearing about what it was like filming the show, including working with the puppets that portrayed certain alien characters. It became very apparent that the castmembers – Gigi Edgley (Chiana), David Franklin (Captain Braca), Wayne Pygram (Scorpious/Harvey) and Virginia Hey (Pa’u Zotoh Zhaan) — were all good friends from working together and they quite often made personal jokes at each other. After hearing what went into filming the series, I think I’m going to add it to my list of DVD boxsets to look for.

MB and I were going to catch the sing-along panel to the Buffy episode, “Once More With Feeling,” but it was abruptly cancelled with no advance warning. With nothing else on the schedule that looked appealing, we decided to call it a day.

Some of my personal highlights from Day 1:

megacon 2007 browncoats1] Holy Batman! And Wolverine! And Black Cat (the lovely Amanda pictured in MB’s blog below)! And more! It was only day one and the MegaCon sales floor looked like it was an unofficial superheroes’ day off. Some really well made and worn costumes were making the rounds of the convention center. Major kudos to all those who got their geek on with the look. I’m really tempted to bring my fairy wings tomorrow.

2] Getting to talk to the artists who actually made such beautiful art. I can’t draw for anything, so I’m totally amazed to watch these people sketching out a new creation while holding a conversation with me. If I tried to do that, I’d need full concentration and I’m sure my tongue would be sticking out to help me do that.

megacon 2007 ent3] Browncoats represent! I’m a diehard fan of the Firefly/Serenity universe and was thrilled to see these ladies with some unique handmade merchandise that I hadn’t seen before.

4] I met an Ent! I’m still surprised this costume didn’t win first place in this afternoon’s contest. Though at least the Fruity Oaty Bar girl placed. She was my second favorite costume of the day, so congrats to Tami Salame for a well-done outfit.

megacon 2007 duplis5] Speaking of which, it was great meeting the incredibly funny Chris Duplis who emceed the contest. He reminded me of Greg Proops (from “Whose Line Is It Anyway”) and it turns out he and his wife run a “he-said, she-said” podcast on all things sci-fi. I will definitely check it out after this weekend is over.

6] Talking famous robots from film and TV, courtesy of the SciFi Robot Invasion. Seriously cool stuff.

It’s going to be a full day tomorrow – hope to see some of you out there.

2 Comments so far

  1. Jason Dorough (unregistered) on February 18th, 2007 @ 9:47 pm

    Hi Michelle! Thanks for the post about Megacon. I’m really sorry we had to cancel the Buffy musical screening this year. I was really looking forward to hosting it, and then a bunch of things went wrong, including but not limited to the loss of the actual episode in the event room. We tried to get another copy and resolve the other issues, but it just wasn’t to be. I posted the cancellation as soon as I knew, but I know that wasn’t enough time for everyone interested to find out. On the upside, I heard Saturday that a fan came to the room with his own copy of the musical on DVD and did an impromptu and unofficial screening after we’d shut down Friday evening.

    Thankfully, I think that’s the only thing that went horribly awry with my event track this year, and I’m glad you were able to come. Again, I’m really sorry about not being able to run the musical, but hopefully everything else was a fun time. Thanks again for making the post!

  2. Forest of Symbols (unregistered) on February 19th, 2007 @ 11:05 am

    Hi Michelle!

    Farscape is an awesome show and I am pleased to hear that you are thinking of adding the DVDs to your collection. However, the DVDs can be complicated to figure out (ADV has reissued them several times) so I thought it would help if I let you know that the best Farscape DVDs to get are the Starburst Editions (12 of them, 3 editions per season).

    The Starbursts have the most extras, are of equal or better quality than the originals, are cheaper AND you can order them direct from ADV, or Deep Discount DVD (or your online retailer of choice).

    I hope you enjoy the series. I really did. Still do – in rewatches. Farscape is one of the very few shows that I can rewatch and see something new every single time. Enjoy!

    And thanks for sharing your experiences at Megacon. Almost like being there myself. I share your disappointment at the cancellation of the Buffy sing-a-long. I have the DVD and play it in my car often (and yes, I sing-a-long). :)

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