It's hard to say if I liked it as much as last year. Last year, I met George Takei and Brent Spiner, both of whom I have loved almost my whole life. And I got to chat with them. That was just.. Well, actually, I lack the vocabulary to describe the level of awesome that was.
This year, I took my brother. He's autistic, and it was for his birthday, so the day was all about people he wanted to meet. So, while there was one REALLY big Star Trek name there, as well as a smaller but no less loved one, the day took on a decidedly more Star Wars tone.
Don't get me wrong. I love Star Wars. No, that's not right. I LOVE Star Wars. If anything were to touch my feelings for Star Trek, it would be Star Wars. But that's the thing: it doesn't quite. Misses it by a hair. So while I was absurdly excited about meeting Billy Dee Williams and having him sign my brother's copy of Return of the Jedi, it wasn't quite the same fervor as last year.
|Still, this man is a freaking Icon!|
I did get a pretty big surprise, though. One of my friends has a bit of a crush on one Sam Witwer, and has ever since I introduced him to Being Human (US version) sometime early last year. I thought he was good but, while I appreciate vampires, I never really got the whole appeal of the bloodsuckers. Things with them always gets gross. Plus, I like a lot less brooding. So I liked Josh (Sam Huntington) better than Aiden (Sam Witwer). But the latter was the one at the Con yesterday. So, because I'm awesome, I headed over to get a signed photo for my friend who was stuck working.
Turns out the guy is cool. Very, very cool. Did everyone know he was the voice of Starkiller in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed? 1 and 2? Because I didn't! Maybe because I've never played? Nah. That can't be it. He had a sweet picture *sort of* from the games up at his table. I didn't have the money to get it and the one my friend wanted, but my brother was all about that picture. So Sam and the guy helping him (are they managers? Media specialists? Assistants? I have no idea...) gave it to my brother. For free. Awesome, right?
But it gets better! My brother was so geeked about the gift that he decided we were going to listen to Sam's Q&A panel a few minutes later. I expected something vaguely entertaining for me and outright boring for J (the brother). I was wrong! It was a blast! Jokes and shenanigans for everyone! Even a Darth Maul imitation! I left feeling a very strong urge to play both of The Force Unleashed games, and kind of crushing a bit myself!
So yeah. Maybe it wasn't as much of a Trekkie adventure as last year. And maybe, under normal circumstances, that would drop my enjoyment of the Con down a (small!) rung or two. But how can any sane person complain about watching their brother shake hands with Billy Dee Williams? And what sane, straight girl can complain about getting a hug from a very good-looking Star Wars nerd who just happens to have a great TV show of his own?
Oh, and just so we're clear on this point: Dwight Schultz? You made my day.