I didn't see Hardwick in Orlando but I did meet him during his signing at C2E2 this year...SUPER cool guy, one of the best for sure!My friend running into Chris Hardwick and then giving me a ticket to the Star Wars Transmission from Celebration VI show Chris was hosting. Got to watch the webcast live and then get a picture and autograph with Chris. Real down to earth guy and one of my favorite geeks. My friend knew I was a fan, since I've been watching him since the "Singled Out" days and currently watching "The Nerdist" and "The Talking Dead".
Had a blast hanging with you and Tom several times over the weekend Sean!I think the best part was meeting some new folks that I've only traded comments with online. Putting faces to names is great and I look forward to meeting up with those guys again in the future. As for the con itself - seems like I did a lot less this time than at CV namely because I hit multiple collectors panels and those took an hour at a time plus the 1/2 hour-to-hour in line. I saw McDiarmid on Thursday afternoon and then Kevin Smith. And that was it outside of the closing ceremonies. At CV I hit the CW panels, Hamill, model makers, sound panel, etc.
But I still had a blast.
For C7 I'm going to hit fewer collectors panels and try and get back to the other side of the convention center more than once or twice. :awesome:
Cad Bane, I think that would be a dream come true for me. Too bad I didn't make it to CVI, but a combination of finances, school, and work did not allow it. Maybe if there is a C7 i can make it (he said hopefully).So many memories but I'll start off with the poster boy and main icon of star wars Mark Hamill. His photo op was the only one that I actually paid for. I waited on the line for about an hour and 40 mins. The photo shoot was scheduled for 4 but he showed up at 4:40 due to crazy auto line. Anyway, I got my pic with him and then the camera guy yells out "done, NEXT" and then I ask Mark what his favorite movie is? He said "probably Empire". Then I say thanks and good bye. An hour later I see him chilling with some other signers like Bulloch. This kids Mom pushes her son to say hi to him. Then there was this weird awkward silence for a few seconds. Mark breaks it by asking the kid his name. The kid responds Graham and then Mark says spelt
like the cracker? Kid timidly replies yes and then runs off lol. I approach Mark and tell him that I purchased a photo op but would please like another pic. I even busted out the receipt lol but he says "No, you don't have to show me" so in theory I could have gotten the pic for free lol. This is all subject to the actors current mood though. Anyway, Mark Hamill posed for a pic with me and started going on his tippy toes. I crouched down a bit but he said "It's ok Darth you can stand straight". Lol. I'm almost 6 foot three inches and I'm not exactly sure about Marks height but He was real nice to me. I saw his daughter too.
Sorry you got you *** kicked at the Star Wars Trivia World Championship Contest. I have to make the questions hard or we would still be there. Well at least you know how it's played and will be ready when we do it again, and were will that be?? Es ist ein GeheimnisIt was so mindblowing, the dust has finally settled so that I can share a few thoughts. My head felt like it was going to explode. I almost felt overwhelmed. I wanted a piece of everything, and there's just no way to do and absorb all of it.
Got autos from Hamill (as friendly as you could ever hope for), Baker (so slow to sign, and showing his age, but what a warm, genuine smile he gave me), McDiarmid (initiated a handshake and was very softspoken but kind), Bulloch (a class act), and Ben Burtt (so nice, somehow feels like he could be a member of my family).
My favorite panel was the Cantina panel. They showed lost footage of a gorier end for Walrus Man. Did you know they filmed his decapitated head on the floor spewing blood and white pus leaking from his mouth? Priceless. Why wasn't that on the Blu Rays?
Carrie Fisher's panel was a howl. She is nuts in a good way, but you can tell she has a real heart and care for her connection to Star Wars.
Oh and I got my *** kicked at the world trivia contest. But I did take second place in the musical trivia contest. Really enjoyed the costume pageant.
It was nice to see and meet Jason and Jimmy from the ForceCast. To be honest, I'm actually inspired and considering starting my own podcast.
The collector panels were a mix for me. Dang, those Star Tots are addictive, but I would love an affordable option to pick up the set at the con.
A big shout out to Mark McHaley and Jeff Carlisle for their kindness and for a friendly chat.
I got carbon frozen by Disney, and picked up a bunch of nice vintage buttons and a vintage Threepio and artoo poster. From the store, picked up the magnets and the basket of Ewoks for my daughter.
Hung out at the r2 builders for a while, and learned a lot, and refocused my goals for that project.
Really enjoyed building a Tusken Raider hut with my daughter at the Tatooine Diorama.
The 501st Banquet was really great. The lifesize Vader cake was delicious and amazing. Even the lightsaber was made of watermelon candy. McDiarmid, Daniels, and Mayhew all made appearances, so that was legendary.
My only regret is that I didn't get a chance to meet more Scummers and online friends. It was difficult because I was there with my family, and sharing a car made it inconvenient for me to attend gatherings after the con. Next time I will make involvement in get-togethers more of a priority.
As amazing as CVI was, Disney World was just as incredible for me. I rode Star Tours 20 times befor finally seeing all 8 segments. That ride is incredible!
I'll end with this picture of me with my childhood hero. I think the dorky expression on my face accurately conveys the state of nirvana I was in.