I attended the preview night on the 18th and the full weekend of the event. The preview night was fun, with a number of guests being introduced in the opening ceremony. I don’t have an extensive background in Anime, so the appearances of Vic Mignogna, Travis Williams meant little to me, except for enjoying their banter up on stage. However, a true highlight was Michael Winslow, Jones from the Police Academy movies, whose humour had the crowd, myself included, in stitches. The other highlight of this evening was my first experience of how obsessively people get into cos play. I did not have a camera with me, though took some mobile phone pics.
The Saturday was largely about lines for me. A main goal of the weekend for me was to enjoy what the Whedonverse stars (Eliza Dushku, Summer Glau, Charisma Carpenter, Dichen Lachman, and Mark Lutz) had to offer. More specifically, I was obsessed with getting my photo with both Summer Glau and Eliza Dushku. I succeeded, waiting 2 hours from 10am fo Summer, subsequently missing Charisma Carpenter’s Q& A (d’oh!), and then a further three hours of waiting for the Dushku photo. Luckily, I was in time for Summer’s Q & A, proving my 10 second photo experience of her being sweet but shy. Getting the photo with Eliza was also really cool. She was so cool about all these obsessed fans taking her time, and happy to strike up a quick chat in the 10 seconds of the photo. I was not expecting this and was a bit dumbstruck, but still a great memory!!
As mentioned earlier, I managed to attend a number of Q & A sessions. The first I attended was with Summer Glau, the only one I saw on Saturday, and Sunday I attended sessions with Lou Ferrigno (TV’s The Incredible Hulk), Eliza Dushku, Michael Winslow, and Dichen Lachman (Dollhouse’s Sierra). Prior to Ferrigno’s session, there was a surprise discussion on Squirrels from Mark Lutz (Angel’s Groosalugg) and Shane McCarthy, and Australian comic book writer. Photos from these sessions (those that could be salvaged) are below.
The rest of the weekend was all about geeking out. Buying merchandise for various sci-fi favourites like Serenity and Doctor Who, as well as looking at all the cosplay that was happening all around. My Jayne Cobb costume is shown above, and the following images are of all the rest of the fun that was had in general.