Damnit. NBC keeps making these limited run BSG toasters, always priced just slightly beyond justifiable for a gimmicky household appliance. That being said, for a mere $90 you can own your very own BSG chrome toaster, complete with a red LED evil eye that lights up while emblazoning your toast with “Frak Off” on one side and a cylon on the other. It’s so bloody useless. I must have one.
I’ve only been to two conventions in my entire life. The first was a Battlestar Convention in Chicago, which I attended by myself and felt very, very…out of my element. It was a smaller convention, and housed in bizarre hotel by the airport. While seeing Katee Sackhoff and Tahmoh Penikett speak was quite fascinating, I uttered not a word to a single person and geeked out silently to myself. My second convention was the Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas, which I attended with my sister. We had a blast, though it was a lot of hard work (resulting in these photos- look under the “projects” section). You can read more about my experience here. If I were to attempt another convention, it would probably be Comic-Con. From my outsider perspective, it seems like a good place to disappear into the crowd and watch all of my various interests converge in a series of panels, discussions, and screenings. Even though Comic-Con seems to have grown into a monstrous platform for big movie studios to preview their stuff, it would be worth braving it to find the pulpy, geeky core of the convention.
Of course, I can’t attend this year for only a gazillion different reasons, but if you’re going, here’s what you should check out for me:
1. Bill Willingham, creator/writer of Fables. When I can’t afford shoes or expensive meals, I buy Fables. These are the luxury items that make a girl happy.
2. James Jean, artist/illustrator, Fable covers. Seeing a theme here? Those Fables covers are freaking beautiful. This is the guy who made them.
3. The Discovery Channel’s panel on Science and Science Fiction. Science fiction is at its best when it takes the time to legitimately extrapolate future technologies from present-day discoveries. Featuring Kevin Grazier, science advisor for BSG and Virtuality, and Jane Espenson, scifi writer,producer, and frequent tweeter. You can read more about the others on this panel here.
4. A supposed screening of James Cameron’s Avatar. All the hype says this crazy experiment in 3D filmmaking will rearrange your neural pathways into a 6-lane highway with no exits. Sounds worth checking out. Read more about it here.
5. Costumes, costumes, costumes. I guess people go to this convention in awesome costumes. This might your only chance to stand in a line to buy coffee with wolverine, wonder woman, and the green lantern.