Topic: Other Cons
TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3250:
Today's post is the 3rd in a series of blogs on the recent CONjecture 2010 that was held in San Diego this past weekend, October 1st through 3rd.
My thanks to my wife, Tina LoSasso, who wanted to blog about her experiences at this Sci-Fi / Fantasy Con, the first convention of this genre that she has attended! Here's Tina's guest blog post:
I was a Sci-Fi Convention Virgin...Until This Weekend!
This year marked my 10th Anniversary with San Diego Comic Con, but until this weekend I was still a Sci-Fi Con virgin.
Friday night Michael practically begged me to go with him to Conjecture 2010, a gathering of sci-fi and fantasy fans at a hotel in San Diego.
Finally, I gave in. As we drove down that morning, I asked him if he would consider this an advance on his Anniversary present. (We celebrate 9 years together next month!)
He didn't exactly accept the offer, but after this guest blog, I think I win!
We spent a slow morning checking out the vendors, some intriguing books and fantasy jewelry, and perusing the art show, (as seen to the left).
(Someone, PLEASE tell me: what's with all the cats in the artwork? There were drawings of cute little kitties, prints of cats in fantasy settings, even textile cats, there were cats in at least one-third of the exhibits! I don't get it: do cats have some significance in Sci-Fi that I'm missing?)
The good news is: I think I now understand what Steampunk is. I know I'm not into it although I dig some of the gadgets. I'm fascinated by anything with clocks and gears, not sure what that means! But the Steampunk look is just too much buttons, lace and granny glasses for me!
The afternoon was taken up by Now That It's Over panels where fans of recently cancelled Sci-fi/fantasy-influenced shows get to gripe about the networks and how the show runners did us wrong. Naturally, this was my favorite part of the day!
I confess: I led the revolt at the LOST panel.
Kudos to Amy Berner, (pictured in photo), for her bravery in sharing the panel with two obvious non-fans of the show.
Once I couldn't contain myself any longer, (You expected answers, had you actually watched the show before?! No, they were NOT all dead. Weren't you listening when Christian Shepard explained everything to Jack?! What happened to the polar bear? Duh, Sawyer shot it.), the audience kicked in with their theories and insights.
Oh, what fun to talk about the best show of all time again!
Robert J. Sawyer, author of Flash Forward, the inspiration for last season's cancelled show, gave a well-prepared presentation on his involvement with the show. Not having read the book, I'm now itching to check it out.
Sawyer explained what changes the network insisted on to make the concept appealing to American audiences: change the novel's physicists (main character Lloyd Simcoe) and engineers to TV's cops (FBI agents), lawyers (Demetri's financee) and doctors (doctors, doctors!). The other big shift was changing the timing of the Flash Forwards from 20 years in the future to 6 months for the show.
I was fascinated to learn that America's favorite character wasn't Mark Benford played by Joseph Fiennes, but John Cho's Demetri! C'mon, we loved John Cho too, but Benford was the main character and hero of the story!
The Heroes panel was way more fun than Season 3, thanks to Tadao Tomomatsu, (pictured at the left in the photo), who had a bunch of silly stories about appearing on the show.
He also explained something I admit I never knew -- that the original intention was to replace the cast with each new season.
Wow! what a different show that might have been with new characters discovering their powers and how to use them.
Panels for Dollhouse and the new season's Sci-Fi shows, plus a brief but well attended Masquerade rounded out the day for us.
For such a small show, the Masquerade contestants sported some seriously detailed costumes!
I left my first Sci-Fi Con anxious to get my hands on some tapes of Dr. Who and wondering what will be on the agenda next year.
Still don't know what 'filking' is. But, hey, there's always next year!
~Tina Lo Sasso
Thanks again, Tina, for sharing your thoughts on your attending your 1st ever Sci-Fi / Fantasy Con here in this blog today!
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