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    Well, it's all over but the shouting. Dragon*Con 2004 has come and gone, and all that's left is exhaustion and dirty laundry. Here's a brief (okay, maybe not so brief) wrapup for those interested:

    Thursday, I registered and just ran around seeing people and doing stuff, waiting for Jan to arrive. I helped poster the American SFTV track room - we had three B5 posters in there, including the old fan club ship recognition poster. Jan arrived pretty late on Thursday, so we decided to poster and flyer for our guerilla B5 track events the next morning.

    Friday, we ran around the convention areas postering and flyering until panels started around 1. The first panel I went to was the needcoffee.com guys doing "Make the Bad Men Stop: Hollywood vs. Sci Fi" - this is a recurring panel, and every year they discuss what movies are being made of sci fi properties, and how much they're probably going to suck. I heard some interesting tales of preview showings of footage at other cons that drew a lot of ire from the crowds (Star Wars ep. 3, Constantine). It's just a great, hour-long snarkfest, and it was a fun way to kick off the con. And, I won a couple of DVDs (Predator, and the anniversary edition of Destroy All Monsters!).

    Later that day Jan and I went down to the Walk of Fame and Artists' Alley to pester the cast members and Peter David about our social that night (and Jan filled them in about her fundraising efforts for the Biggs family). I gave flyers for the social to Peter Jurasik, Peter Woodward, Jason Carter, and Peter David. Then we found dinner somewhere, and went to Peter Woodward's Q&A.

    Then it was time for the social. Jan and I had scheduled a Babylon 5 Diplomatic Mixer as the Friday night kickoff event for our guerilla track, "Doctor Zathras's Traveling Babylon 5 Medicine Show." We went to the hotel bar we'd chosen and advertised as the place for the social, and things started to go a little badly. They didn't seem to want to give us any tables, they didn't have a karaoke machine anymore (I was promised karaoke!), and they just seemed, in general, very unfriendly and unaccomodating. So there we were, in perhaps my least favorite kind of nightspot - a sports bar, smoky and loud and with sports on tvs all around us! I was sure the evening was going to be a disaster. Still, I put up the "Doctor Zathras" poster near the front of the bar, watched as Jan secured a table and sat down with the few others who'd already arrived, and went to get myself a drink...

    And was pleasantly surprised to see Peter Jurasik come in! And then Jason... And then Peter Woodward. All three of them showed up to the social - you can't imagine how surprised and delighted we were! So, we bought them drinks, made sure they were comfortable, and starting socializing!

    It was a long, bleary night, and I'm sure my recollection of events will be somewhat muddled, so I'll just say that a lovely time was had by all, and when I get some pictures from it (one of the people there was taking pictures and promised to e-mail them to me), I'll post them somewhere.

    Peter W. only stayed for a little while, but Peter J. gave us a good chunk of time, and Jason was there the entire evening. A couple of choice recollections from the later, more lubricated part of the evening include talking about Jason's theory that Marcus is "Space Jesus," and Jason calling me a "wannabe pole-dancer." :-p

    It was a _lot_ of fun, and a very nice feather in the cap of our guerilla track. As I said to Jan later that night, while we were basking in the glow of our success, "Does Doctor Zathras deliver, or _what_??!!" <g>

    So that was Friday. Saturday, we went to an event that was supposed to be a panel with Harlan Ellison and Peter David called "In the Beginning was the Word" (about writing for television and film), but Harlan and Peter decided they wanted to sing instead. Seriously. So they did.

    Then came the first of our two "official" (i.e. on the American SFTV track) panels: Babylon 5: Moments of Transition. We had a full room, and an hour of spirited discussion. Jan and I shared the panel with one of the track members, and John Snider, an editor at SciFi Dimensions (an online sf magazine).

    Immediately after that, we had our first guerilla track panel, so I dashed over to the Marriott to secure a space in the tenth floor lounge. I think we had about a dozen people there, and we had an open discussion.

    My next hour was spent at an Adult Swim event - some of the voice people were there, artists, musicians...and we even got Billy West! It was a great hour - if any of you are Adult Swim fans, we had Zorak there (C. Martin Croker), and Sealab 2021's Hesh (MC Chris)! George Lowe (Space Ghost, among other things) was at Dragon Con too, but he didn't come to the panel.

    After that, I went down to the Trek Trak for "Enterprise: The Verdict," but I left after a half an hour. There was just nothing interesting being said. It wasn't that people were overly positive in that Star-Trek-fannish way; it's just that no one was saying anything of substance. That was pretty disappointing.

    I spent a little time relaxing after that, because I'd planned to spend all night at needcoffee.com's Gonzo Film Fest. It was madness and fun, with giveaways, laughter, shouting, creepy 1970s ads (including one of OJ Simpson stumping for Big Brother), and even celebrity guests - Billy West and MC Chris were there to hang out and sign copies of stuff. I stayed at the Gonzo Film Fest until it was time for the Babylon 5 videos (and I won a bust of Marge Simpson for doing the best Marge impersonation). The B5 videos were supposed to show at 1 AM, but due to techincal difficulties it was more like 1:30 before they started. John Hudgens introduced each of them, and explained how he had come to make them. He started with the Richard Biggs tribute video, then ran all eight of his B5 ones, then ran the Biggs one again. There were a lot of tears in the audience.

    By now, it was 2:30 AM, so I bailed on going back to the Gonzo Film Fest. Next year, I'm determined to stay all night! I think they ran until 6 AM this year...

    On Sunday, I skipped the yearly Breakfast in the Village (the Brit Media track's Prisoner panel), and opted instead to get down to the Centennial ballroom early, to get a good seat for the B5 Reunion event. That was Jason, Peter J. and Stephen Austin (the Pak'ma'ra), but Peter Woodward did run in and shout a little bit for a few minutes (he was scheduled to be somewhere else at that time and so couldn't do the Reunion). We got some funny stories - some we've all heard at cons dozens of times before, some new ones. I got Peter to tell the joke script story (he did a short version) - because I wanted to hear how/if it differed from JMS's telling, and Andreas's telling. Jason recited some poetry. Stephen talked about the time he had to throw up on Dr. Franklin (well, not exactly _on_ him, but I didn't want to nitpick). And, they all reminisced about Rick Biggs for a bit at the beginning of the panel. It was a very nice hour.

    After that, I spent an hour arguing at a panel called "God vs. the Floppy Bunny," which was a Wonderfalls vs. Joan of Arcadia event.

    Next up was the last Doctor Zathras panel, which we halfheartedly tried to limit to "Babylon 5 and Religion." People were dying to talk about "The Memory of Shadows," so I reminded them to come to our later, on-track panel: "Babylon 5: Where It's Been, Where It's Going, & Where You'd Like it to Go."

    I spent some time in the dealers room and exhibition hall with friends, shopping. Then it was time for that last panel. The room was packed, again. People were clamoring for info about the film, and we were really happy to be able to announce the news about the Crusade DVD box set to them.

    After that panel, I was done - I grabbed my stuff and took the MARTA train to the airport (and I'll never leave the con early again! I missed a Blake's 7 panel this morning! Grrr!)

    Besides the B5 cast and Harlan and Peter, I had a fair number of fun celebrity encounters. Off the top of my head, I can recall riding the elevator (and when you're going to the 47th floor, riding the elevator is a significant chunk of time!) with June Lockhart, Jewel Staite (from Firefly), and Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, etc.). I had drinks with Jewel Staite and Adam Baldwin (and got to tell him how much I enjoyed his performance in "Next of Kin," the film he did with Andreas). I walked past Dr. Demento on Saturday night, and yes, he was in his characteristic top hat! Those are the ones I can recall now. Oh, I also walked past Nathan Fillion of Firefly - once again, when I see people I know from film or tv, I'm struck by how much more attractive they are in person. It's like the camera doesn't just add ten pounds - it also seems to strip away some degree of their glamour. It's almost as if you have to be ethereally, incredibly beautiful to show up as attractive on screen. And Nathan, and Jewel and Adam as well, were really striking in person.

    I guess that's about it. At some point, I'll get the energy to post some pictures. I woke up with a horrible cold, and no voice to speak of, and I feel really crappy - which obviously means I had a GREAT time at the con! :-D

    Aisling

  • #2
    Anything about TMoS?

    Being that word on the street says that TMoS is going to feature Technomages and elements from Crusade, did Peter Woodward give any indication that he was going to be involved in this project? inquiring minds want to know.

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    • #3
      All of the actors who were questioned - including Peter Woodward - did their best Sargeant Schultz impressions: "I know nothing!" Even alcohol didn't loosen anyone's tongue (hrm, but now that I think about it, maybe _that's_ why Peter Woodward stuck to orange juice...).

      Harlan Ellison and Peter David said the same.

      DRAT!



      Aisling

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      • #4
        <<It's like the camera doesn't just add ten pounds - it also seems to strip away some degree of their glamour.>>

        Staite was forced to gain twenty pounds to get the role on Firefly. She lost it after the cancellation, and since she already had the role of Kaylee, they let her keep it off for the movie. I like my women a little bigger, so I am afraid to see how thin she is now.
        Recently, there was a reckoning. It occurred on November 4, 2014 across the United States. Voters, recognizing the failures of the current leadership and fearing their unchecked abuses of power, elected another party as the new majority. This is a first step toward preventing more damage and undoing some of the damage already done. Hopefully, this is as much as will be required.

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        • #5
          She is absolutely wraithlike. Almost too thin. She looked like she would snap like a twig in a stiff breeze.

          Aisling

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          • #6
            Originally posted by AislingGrey
            She is absolutely wraithlike. Almost too thin. She looked like she would snap like a twig in a stiff breeze.

            Aisling


            That sucks. I've always thought that being so thin is caused by one or more of three different things:

            1. Strong metabolism.
            2. Eating disorder.
            3. They just plain don't like to eat (also known as insanity)
            Recently, there was a reckoning. It occurred on November 4, 2014 across the United States. Voters, recognizing the failures of the current leadership and fearing their unchecked abuses of power, elected another party as the new majority. This is a first step toward preventing more damage and undoing some of the damage already done. Hopefully, this is as much as will be required.

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            • #7
              Just got home myself. Thankfully, no damage and the power's (obviously) on. My cat's are really miffed, though....

              Nothing really to add to Aisling's account. I went to one event of Jason Carter's on Saturday morning that I discovered at the last moment. He recited poetry and talked about Rick Biggs some. According to Jason, Rick had no life insurance so I'm even *more* glad I got involved with the fundraising.

              I also managed to do 'commercials' for the fundraising auction as often as I could - even in a *large* room full of people before the Reunion. I was terrified but people were very sweet. I'm hoping that when they all get home they'll remember the raffle.

              On a related note, I took the 'bird' photo to the Con with me and Steven Austin, Peter Woodward, Peter Jurassik and Jason Carter all donated an autograph on it.

              I was really happy to meet as many online folks as I did, including our own DougO! Thanks for coming and introducing yourself, Doug! And HEY! All you lurkers....I know you're out there now so you'd better start posting! :-)

              As I was relocating to an airport hotel in Atlanta I ran across Jason getting ready to leave himself and was able to thank him for a great time and for coming to the social.

              Time to unpack and do laundry,
              Jan
              "As empathy spreads, civilization spreads. As empathy contracts, civilization contracts...as we're seeing now.

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              • #8
                I'm there next year.
                Recently, there was a reckoning. It occurred on November 4, 2014 across the United States. Voters, recognizing the failures of the current leadership and fearing their unchecked abuses of power, elected another party as the new majority. This is a first step toward preventing more damage and undoing some of the damage already done. Hopefully, this is as much as will be required.

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                • #9
                  Awesome! One more member of The Body. "Joinnnnn us...."

                  Aisling

                  (p.s. - glad you got home okay, Jan!)

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by AislingGrey
                    All of the actors who were questioned - including Peter Woodward - did their best Sargeant Schultz impressions: "I know nothing!" Even alcohol didn't loosen anyone's tongue (hrm, but now that I think about it, maybe _that's_ why Peter Woodward stuck to orange juice...).

                    Harlan Ellison and Peter David said the same.
                    Thanks for the quick reply. I find it interesting that they wouldn't talk about it, especially Peter Woodward. If Peter Woodward were not involved would he need to remain silent?... very interesting. Let the rumor and speculation begin.

                    So glad that the B5/Crusade universe is stirring again.

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                    • #11
                      <<Adam Baldwin (and got to tell him how much I enjoyed his performance in "Next of Kin," the film he did with Andreas).>>

                      How was Adam in person? He is a really good actor and he's been in a shitload of movies and shows. His Jayne on Firfefly was great.
                      Recently, there was a reckoning. It occurred on November 4, 2014 across the United States. Voters, recognizing the failures of the current leadership and fearing their unchecked abuses of power, elected another party as the new majority. This is a first step toward preventing more damage and undoing some of the damage already done. Hopefully, this is as much as will be required.

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                      • #12
                        How was Adam in person? He is a really good actor and he's been in a shitload of movies and shows. His Jayne on Firfefly was great.
                        Aherm. Actually, I had to leave after awhile because I was concerned I was going to get into a brawl with him. I'd arrived while he was already well into a conversation with some other fans, and so after I chatted with him a bit he got back into his conversation. Which was basically him arguing rather obnoxiously his pro-life agenda. Now, don't get me wrong: I think it's fine to be pro-life (as long as you don't try to keep others from being pro-choice), and to discuss the matter with pro-choice folk like me. But he was being fairly obnoxious (constantly calling them "pro-abortion" no matter how many times they corrected him), and it seemed like the only reason they were willing to take it was because...because he's cute Adam Baldwin, Jayne on their favorite show.

                        It was a bit disgusting, and I kind of wish I _hadn't_ run into him, actually.

                        Also, of note is the fact that he left the con early to go work on some film shooting in South Africa.

                        Aisling

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                        • #13
                          << But he was being fairly obnoxious (constantly calling them "pro-abortion" no matter how many times they corrected him), and it seemed like the only reason they were willing to take it was because...because he's cute Adam Baldwin, Jayne on their favorite show.

                          It was a bit disgusting, and I kind of wish I _hadn't_ run into him, actually.>>

                          Cool! Sounds like I'd like him!
                          Recently, there was a reckoning. It occurred on November 4, 2014 across the United States. Voters, recognizing the failures of the current leadership and fearing their unchecked abuses of power, elected another party as the new majority. This is a first step toward preventing more damage and undoing some of the damage already done. Hopefully, this is as much as will be required.

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                          • #14
                            Edit
                            This part has been nipped in the bud.
                            Thanks to a PM what was here has become unnecessary.
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                            Thanks so much for the info on the con.
                            Last edited by Capt.Montoya; 09-08-2004, 10:05 AM.
                            Such... is the respect paid to science that the most absurd opinions may become current, provided they are expressed in language, the sound of which recalls some well-known scientific phrase
                            James Clerk Maxwell (1831-79)

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                            • #15
                              If we could nip the abortion debate in the bud right now, that would be peachy. As several said, it is OT.

                              I appreciate the reports, Jan and Aisling. Interesting and well-written (especially the topic-starter). One of these days, I am gona make it to one of those cons.
                              I believe that when we leave a place, part of it goes with us and part of us remains. Go anywhere in the station, when it is quiet, and just listen. After a while, you will hear the echoes of all our conversations, every thought and word we've exchanged. Long after we are gone .. our voices will linger in these walls for as long as this place remains. But I will admit .. that the part of me that is going .. will very much miss the part of you that is staying.

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