CNN Beams Up Preview of Weekend's Comic Con With Mr. Spock, Princess Leia and Stan Lee
I've been to enough of these -- for the kid, swear ... no, you shut up -- to know this one's the big deal. Sure, William Shatner and Nichelle Nichols have been to Ben Stevens and Mark Walters's cons in recent months, but Spock and Leia and the co-creator of Marvel Comics's most icons heroes -- that's quite the Holy Trinity of Geekdom right there. Hence, perhaps, the CNN sneak peek, which predicts a turnout of more than 10,000.
I remember my first sci-fi convention -- 1978, NorthPark Inn. A Star Trek confab. Gene Roddenberry was there, showing off that blooper reel you could only see at conventions back then. I also remember going to one at the same hotel in '85, after a Judy's show at the Arcadia. We'd had a few too many Boone's Farms. My date thought it would "be funny." I vaguely recall running into George Takei in the hallway, talking to a tribble. Though it might have been the Boone's Farm.