As I mentioned in an earlier entry, I made it to GalaxyCon II today. This is a Fan-run Con (the best kind), and featured a lot of great guests, including someone from about every Universe Whedon has created. If you are anywhere near Washington,D.C., I urge you to get there Sunday, before it is over!
The Guests include Gigi Edgley of Farscape, Richard Hatch of Battlestar Galactica, Robia Lamorte of Buffy, Mark Lutz of Angel, and Jewel Staite of Firefly. And that was just the actors! Click the MORE button for my review of the Con.
The crowd is small, which makes this the most intimate Con I have ever been to. You can actually talk to the Guests as people, rather than see them from across a crowded room; and they can actually be themselves and have fun, rather than being in a business environment. A win-win, except for the chance of not having another Con of this level for financial reasons (because the Guests cannot afford the out-of-pocket, or the Con itself depleted their piggybank for the next decade to make it happen). So please join us, and support your local Con!
Every one of the actors who made this event are people who have found it in themselves to become characters near and dear to my heart. Sometimes it was because who they were meshed with the characters they played, and sometimes because they were just that good at becoming those characters. But in all cases, they took a role in a story and made it their own, to the point where we believed in them. I don’t have any higher praise I could offer them, except maybe to say they showed their personal side at this event, and it was even more worth knowing!
Still reading? OK, the specifics, from my point of view… The core of the gathering for me was the Whedon team, from all its incarnations. They had 3 folks representing for them, and they had obviously all spent time together doing it. Watching them interact, both on and off stage, was a hoot. Gigi may have been the lone Farscape rep, but she had enough energy and intelligence to more than make up for the missing members. Richard Hatch displayed both a knowledge and an understanding of SciFi and the business of Movie/TV production as a whole, and was teaching the details to anyone with the ears to hear. All of them added up to an amazing day, one which I am honored to be part of!