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Vegas 2008 Convention Report Part 3

Posted in Conventions, Deep Space Nine, Vegas 2008 with tags , , , , , , on January 6, 2009 by TrekkieGirl

And finally, part 3 of my Vegas 2008 convention report:

Seeing Avery Brooks on stage was awesome. He also presented a teacher recognition award, and the winner had submitted an essay. While they were presenting the award, a convention organizer on stage said that they’d read her essay if they had time at the end, but Mr. Brooks insisted that the winner stay on stage and he read her essay right then and there, insisting that we had time, *now*. And it was a great essay.

Mr. Brooks had his funny moments on stage, and also some “deep” moments. What I loved most was a question from a fan who asked what was more important to him, recognition from his peers, or recognition from his fans. I don’t remember everything he said, but he did say that he really enjoyed meeting fans, meeting with all of us backstage getting his autograph, getting to know and meet people was very important to him, and if we ever saw him on stage at some big awards ceremony making a big deal out of some award he’d gotten, then we should stop going to see him at conventions.
There was also a kid who came up to ask a question but kept stumbling over his words, so Mr. Brooks brought the kid up on stage, sat the kid down in the celebrity’s chair, handed the kid a microphone and told him to ask his question. I can’t even remember what the question was, I just thought it was really awesome that Mr. Brooks brought the kid up on stage, and someone is going to have a great convention story to tell…

Mr. Brooks was a tough act to follow, but Alexander Siddig did a great job anyway. He hasn’t done a convention for a long time because he has been so busy with the various films and shows he’s been doing. But he had some great DS9 stories to tell, like while filming a scene in “If Wishes Were Horses”, he and Terry Farrell kept falling off the bed laughing, probably because they were both horrible kissers. And he also had a great story about riding around in a limo with Colm Meaney on St. Patrick’s Day and hitting all the pubs in LA. At one pub Sid insisted on buying the next round, but the bartender wouldn’t serve him. So he goes back to Colm all confused, saying that the bartender must think he’s black or something and wouldn’t serve him. And Colm tells him no, it’s not because he thinks you’re black, it’s because you’re English.

Speaking of being English, Sid did mention that he has one English parent, and one Sudanese, and he did shorten and change his name because he was tired of people reading it and saying, “Hi Mr….. ummmmm…. uhhhh…”

Aefter Alexander Siddig, my day was over. There was a dessert party and the convention also took over the Star Trek Experience for that evening. I kinda wish I had plunked out the $200 for that because it would have been my last chance to go, but I heard that it was really crowded and that they jacked up the price of drinks for it, so maybe I was better off spending the $200 on the autograph tickets.

So, that’s my Vegas convention story. If Colm Meaney or Cirroc Lofton show up to next year’s convention, I will probably go (if I can convince a friend to go with me, I hate traveling alone and it’s cheaper to split a hotel room), because I really want to complete my DS9 cast autograph collection. Otherwise, I’m not sure if I’m going next year or not. It worked out well this year as my boyfriend and I have a mutal friend in Vegas we were going to visit and it was the same weekend as our anniversary, but the stars may not align for us next year. We’ll see.

Anyone else go to the convention? Have some great stories to tell? Did I miss anything good in my report? Leave a comment!

Live Long and Prosper

=/\=TrekkieGirl

Vegas 2008 Convention Report Part 2

Posted in Conventions, Deep Space Nine, The Next Generation, Vegas 2008 with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 30, 2008 by TrekkieGirl

And here is part two of my Vegas 2008 convention report:

After Walter Koenig I believe there were two of the writers on stage, Brannon Braga and Ron Moore if I remember correctly, and they took lots of questions from the fans, and of course some complaints too for things they did, and things they did not do, on the shows they wrote for. After them came a composer for the show, but he didn’t take questions from the audience, only questions from some convention organizer who sat on stage asking questions. I wasn’t paying too much attention to that part as I was waiting in line for an autograph with Walter Koenig, who was backstage signing. I did get my autograph from Walter, and he offered to personalize it too, which  the “big” stars with the expensive autograph tickets and long lines typically don’t do.

After Walter, Rene Auberjonois and Armin Shimerman were on stage. And yes, I tried getting pictures, but I had such awful seats none of them came out right, and they wouldn’t let you move forward for a moment to take a few good shots, so I’m not posting any pictures. But what I go to conventions for are autographs anyway. I’ll get front row seats and take lots of pictures after I’ve completed my DS9 cast collection and when I’m making lots of money and can take 5 days off work to get gold seats. But unfortunately they don’t sell single day gold seats 😛 I’d pay $100 for one day gold seats, but I can’t get time off school to be at the convention for all 4-5 days.

Anyway, for most of Rene and Armin’s talk I was standing in the autograph line for Avery Brooks and Alexander Siddig, and I was chatting with a guy in line (who was also an Air Force captian and he said it was really cool when he became a captian in the Air Force to *really* be a captian of something, not of the swim team or things like that, but in the military). But I do remember that they both were a lot of fun on stage together, and Rene mentioning that “The Ascent” was a really great episode for both of their characters, and in fact the only episode that both characters had. Despite the great dynamic between the two of them and how they were known for their constant insults back and forth, their entire relationship (up until “The Ascent”) was developed through a scene or two in each episode, one episode Odo would show up in the bar and insult Quark, the next episode Quark would show up in the security office and insult Odo.

So after waiting an eternity in the autograph line, I got to meet *Mr.* Brooks, and he really took time with each of the fans to shake hands, ask your name, chat with you for a moment, sign your autographs, and thank you for coming out to the convention. Alexander Siddig was signing at the next table, and either he wasn’t quite as talkative or I was too tounge tied to say much. But I will say now that he is sooooooooo *hot* in person!!! The camera doesn’t do him justice!!! I was about to pass out in the autograph line just from glancing in his direction! But somehow I got his autograph, and he also noticed that Armin had personalized my DS9 cast photo (I got Armin’s autograph years ago at a convention in San Francisco, so I didn’t get his autograph at this convention).

After Rene and Armin were on stage, Nana Visitor came out and took some questions, and then sang a few songs from her nightclub act. I would have stayed longer, but I had seen Nana on stage before at another convention in San Francisco many years ago, and I had heard while waiting in the autograph line that Brent Spiner was in the dealer’s room promoting his new album and signing the album for people. Okay, so it wasn’t a picture of him as Data, but he is an incredible actor and I loved his character on TNG, so I made a run for the dealer’s room and got a copy of the CD (which isn’t produced by an RIAA label!!! Wooohoooo!!! Boycott the RIAA!!! Support independent music!), and told Brent that I was thrilled to see some independent music and he mentioned that he has his own recording studio so he doesn’t have to deal with a record label. Of course it is a bit pricier than the typical CD because he has to recoup the costs, but at least in his case it’s actually going to the artist (rather than $15 to the record label and 30 cents to the artist). And I also got it autographed, so the CD and the autograph together were a pretty good deal, money-wise at least.

While in the dealer’s room, I also got Natalia Nogulich and Barry Jenner’s autographs. I spent a few minutes talking to Barry about Vegas, the convention, and all that good stuff. We both agreed that Inter Arma Eniem Silent Leges was a great episode (his favorite episode that he was in), and he mentioned that he hadn’t seen much of DS9 before his role in it, so I suggested the first season episode “Duet” as a great episode from DS9’s earlier seasons. He also mentioned that he hasn’t done a lot of conventions, that they’re fun, but by only doing a few it’s a real treat to see him there. I mentioned that I had driven to the convention from the Bay Area, and he also mentioned that once a year he commutes from Los Angeles to San Francisco, and yes that drive on I-5 isn’t too bad, just downright boring, and you shouldn’t just drive it straight through, stop and check out a few places along the way (like the restaurant at Harris Ranch 😉 must go there if you’re driving down I-5 to Vegas or LA).

After browsing through the dealer’s room and not finding a whole lot of anything I was willing to shell out lots of $$$ for (lots of nice Trek Hallmark Christmas ornaments, but they were all double the retail price and I’m happy with my Defiant ornament), I headed back to the main auditorium and caught the last of Nana’s talk on stage. After Nana they decided they were running early, so we had a long break before Avery Brooks came on stage.

Part 3 will be coming soon, I hope! We’ll conclude with Avery Brooks and Alexander Siddig on stage!

Until then, Live long and prosper!

=/\=TrekkieGirl

My Vegas 2008 Autograph Collection

Posted in Conventions, Deep Space Nine, The Next Generation, The Original Series, Vegas 2008 with tags , , , , on August 27, 2008 by TrekkieGirl

Hey World!

My apologies for not posting sooner. I got home from Vegas and the convention and promptly came down with a nasty summer cold. And then I started school the week after that. So I haven’t had a chance to type up a convention report yet, but I did scan all of the autographs I got so I could post them here to show off 😉

I’ll try to get a convention report posted in the next couple of weeks and see about uploading some of my Star Trek Experience soon. But it could be a while as I have school keeping me busy and a camping trip coming up soon.

Live Long and Prosper,

=/\= TrekkieGirl

 

 

My Convention Tickets Are Here!!!

Posted in Conventions, Deep Space Nine, Vegas 2008 with tags , , , , on July 24, 2008 by TrekkieGirl

So I checked my snail mail today, and my tickets for the convention in Vegas next month are here!!! I’m just going on Saturday, so I got a general admission ticket and autograph tickets for Alexander Siddig and Avery Brooks. I’ll be sure to scan and post my updated photo of the DS9 cast with my new autographs when I get back! I’ve already got 4 out of 8 autographs, so when I get back it will be 6 out of 8.

I may also plunk out for another Alexander Siddig autograph ticket at the convention. I was going to pre-order two tickets for him (one for my group photo and one for my solo photo) but when I saw all the convenience fees I figured I’d just get one now and save myself $7.25 and get the second one at the convention.

I can’t wait!!! It’s only… 16 days away!!!! Yippie!!! I have been waiting for this since last December when my boyfriend and I decided we’d go to Vegas this summer. Well, I’ve been waiting for a lot longer for a chance to go to this convention, but the dream only started becoming a reality last December. I haven’t been to a convention since 1998, and this will be my second trip to Vegas.

And I’ll be sure to bring my camera along this time with lots of extra batteries and a 2 gig memory card. I didn’t have my fancy digital camera at the last convention I went to or the last time I went to Vegas, so I’m really looking forward to not being limited to how many 30-shot rolls of film I can carry. I suspect I’ll fill up my 1 and 2 gig memory cards with 2000+ photos… Now how good they will all turn out is another question…

Just 16 days left!!! See you in Vegas!
=/\=TrekkieGirl