Poet At Large Reviews: Convention: Salt Lake Comic Con 2013   1 comment

I would have had this post out sooner but it has taken me longer than usual to recover from the convention and to go through the costume pictures. I will also state that due to my good camera failing all of these pictures are taken with cell phones.  Some of them are blurry.  Also many of them were taken by my niece so I may not have gotten permission from everyone to post their picture.  If you see your picture in this entry and wish it to be removed please contact me by the e-mail at the bottom of the article.

On September 5th, 6th, and 7th the Salt Palace in down town Salt Lake City, Utah was filled beyond capacity with all members of Utah fan-dom that could find their way in the door.  They were there to meet legends Stan Lee, William Shatner, Adam West, Burt Ward, Kevin Sorbo, Peter Mayhew, Lou Ferrigno and many others.  I managed to get short interviews with Writer Kevin J. Anderson and Actor Dwight Shultz.  Most of the really big name celebrities were not giving interviews and you could not get within 20 yards without paying for a ticket.  I understand why, but it makes it hard for a blogger on a vendor’s pass to get what she wants.

I was there with ‘The Seventh Fleet Star Trek Fan Clubs’ and the ‘Artemis Bridge Simulator’.  The simulator was run by the Tooele chapter of the Seventh Fleet, or U.S.S. White Buffalo.  Once people learned that it was free to have a go at the Artemis it was hard to get everyone who wanted to play a slot.  By the evening of Saturday every slot was taken and if you were not there to take your slot someone else would get it.

One of the fun things about a multi day convention is the opportunity to ware more than one costume.  On Thursday I was a Neko or Japanese cat person, on Friday I was a Ninja and on Saturday I was a Steam Punk.  Here is one woman that my niece caught on camera two different days as two different My Little Ponies.

Here is Pinkie Pie.

Here is Pinkie Pie.

Not sure which pony this is but she has an atitude.

Not sure which pony this is but she has an attitude.

On the first day I saw something big and scary roaming between booths and just had to get a picture.  In the process I was knocked down and slightly trampled.  This was only my first trampling over the course of the convention.  I suffered a spine injury in 2007 and must use a cane to walk.  My cane got kicked out from under me by crowds that were over the capacity of the building.  A friend of mine who needs a cane and leg braces was also knocked over and trampled more than once as well.  Fire Marshals made the convention stop selling tickets and kick 3,000 people out of the building on Friday and on Saturday they made them kick out 7,000. Hopefully next year they will run everything through the Fire Marshal before hand so that no one gets seriously injured.

This animatronic dinosaur was cool to watch but dangerous to some crowd members.

This animatronic dinosaur was cool to watch but dangerous to some crowd members.

Contributing to the danger of the situation was a  company handing out free energy shots.  Many members of the crowd were hyper from excitement already, the addition of caffeine and crowding  can cause a frenzy in a person with anxiety issues.  I did not accept any energy shots myself as I have a heart condition and caffeine makes me dreadfully ill.  Sadly not everyone is willing take responsibility for themselves.

The raptor was not the only thing roaming the isles.

The raptor was not the only thing roaming the isles.

On Friday morning my Niece and I got to speak with Actor John de Lancie.  He was a very nice person and he complimented Tatiana on her fake teeth.  Which she had made with a bobby pin and some fake finger nails that she had filed to points then hot glued to the bobby pin.  Mr. de Lancie also stopped by the Artemis to have his picture taken with the group running it.  I do not have permission to post the picture so I will not out of respect.

Look Closly at the girl's teeth...

Look Closely at the girl’s teeth…

The Mandelorian Mercs  were having a jail and bail to raise money for the Make a Wish Foundation.  The whole point of Make a Wish is to give children who are very sick one Wish while they have the time to enjoy it.  I didn’t have much cash on me as most of the time I only use a debit card but it was worth a few dollars to put my niece and nephew in position for this photo.

Partners in crime.

Partners in crime.

It is a poets nature to share profound parts of them self with total strangers.  When Two poets cross paths and each recites one of their best works it can be a very special moment.  They are kindred souls even if they will never meet again.  They will remember each other and be glad for a rare moment when they know someone understood.  Someone saw a piece of their soul laid bare and knew the emotion that had caused inspiration.  This Gentlemen and I shared one of those moments.  May he always be inspired.

I am the Ninja in this photo. I don't know Tony Stark's real name but I know he is a fellow poet.

I am the Ninja in this photo. I don’t know Tony Stark’s real name but I know he is a fellow poet.

On Saturday Tatiana and I both dressed as Steam Punks.  Steam Punk is a genera of Sci-Fi that involves modern inventions that are steam powered and Victorian dress with gears or machine parts as accents. We tried on some very lovely corsets from Damsel in this Dress.  Too bad they were almost $300 a piece.  I have since looked at their web site and found a slightly cheaper corset style that they make to the measurements you give them.  I’m hoping that I can buy it for future use with the idea that I might wear it over jeans on a regular day just to feel pretty as well as part of a costume or two.

My Niece and I trying on corsets from Damsel in this Dress.  www.damseldress.com

My Niece and I trying on corsets from Damsel in this Dress. http://www.damseldress.com

If you look closely at the photo you will notice a Star Trek com-badge with a black ribbon on it.  The ribbon is because the Seventh Fleet lost one of her ship Captains on the morning of Monday Sept. 2nd.  Captain K’Ruth Burns of the Ursa Major suffered heart failure on Memorial day morning and she will be missed by many local Sci-Fi and fantasy fans.   Myself among them.

The interviews I got were a pleasure even if they were short.  It is with great joy that I share them with you now.

Kevin J. Anderson is one of the most prolific writers of Science fiction.  We first met at Life The Universe and Everything in 2006 and I have reviewed some of his more recent novels for this blog.

Q: What age did you decide you wanted to be a writer?

A: I knew I wanted to be a writer when I was five years old.  I saw a science fiction movie, ‘War of the Worlds’ and I knew from that point on I wanted to create stories like that.

Q: How did your collaboration with Frank Herbert’s son Brian come about?

A: I was always a big Dune fan, read all of Frank Herbert’s books.  I loved them and wished somebody would finish the story Frank left incomplete at his death.  When Brian and I discussed completing the story, we brainstormed and came up with so many ideas we have now done more than a dozen novels.

Q: Where did Dan Shamble Zombie P.I. come from?

A: I have written so many big sf epics and major serious novels that I Wanted to do something all out FUN.  I love the humor and lighthearted spirit in this series. and Dan shamble is a lovable and hilarious guy.  I have several more adventures in mind.

Just for the record I look forward to those adventures.  While reading the first two Dan Shamble novels I laughed so hard I needed my Asthma inhaler.

Upon seeing that Actor Dwight Shultz was at the con I must admit to suffering a Fan Girl Squee moment.  It was very hard to maintain my professionalism long enough to ask for a few short questions and I am glad that we agreed to do the interview the next day since this gave me time to compose myself.

Q: What age did you decide you wanted to be and actor?

A: Since the age of six.

Q: Your two most beloved roles are Murdok from ‘The A-Team’ and Reginald Barkley from ‘Star Trek’  How much of yourself is in each character?

A: Murdock is more of a fantasy but there is a great deal of the real me in Barkley.

Q: We talked about ‘The Long Walk Home’ is there anything you would like to say for the record about your role in that very powerful film?

A: The important thing about the movie was showing that ordinary people harbored racist feelings, not just the KKK. That is what allowed racism to thrive.

Now we come to my top costume pics of the Con.  There were so many good costumes that it was hard to pic and I had to add a group or couple category just to be fair.  First Honorable Mentions.

This gentleman looked so much like Thor from the movies that many young boys demanded his autograph.

This gentleman looked so much like Thor from the movies that many young boys demanded his autograph.

Now that Ferengi woman may travel and wear cloths one actually traveled all the way from her home planet to seek profit on ours.

Now that Ferengi woman may travel and wear cloths one actually traveled all the way from her home planet to seek profit on ours.

At least this Wookie was not sweating gallons under his costume like the more realistic Wookies at the Con.

At least this Wookie was not sweating gallons under his costume like the more realistic Wookies at the Con.

In the Single Cosplayer catagory I will start with number 10.

This Kagamine Rin is well detailed but I real don't blame the girl for making the shorts longer.

This Kagamine Rin is well detailed but I really don’t blame the girl for making the shorts longer.

Single Cosplayer Number 9.

This Hatsune Miku was just lovely.  Her only problem was she asked a male friend to come out her wig and he was making it worse till I took the comb away and did the combing myself.

This Hatsune Miku was just lovely. Her only problem was she asked a male friend to comb out her wig and he was making it worse till I took the comb away and did the combing myself.

Single Cosplayer Number 8.

Doctor Strange is one of the more interesting Marvel characters.

Doctor Strange is one of the more interesting Marvel characters.

Single Cosplayer Number 7.

There is a wrong way for a woman to do Steam Punk, making the woman look like the town whore.  This lady on the other hand does Steam Punk proud.

There is a wrong way for a woman to do Steam Punk, making herself look like the town whore. This lady on the other hand does Steam Punk proud with a certain level of modesty.

Single Cosplayer Number 6.

This Sith Lord is so believable that you quake in fear.

This Sith Lord is so believable that you quake in fear.

Single Cosplayer Number 5.

This is a very Classic and Classy Wonder Woman.

This is a very Classic and Classy Wonder Woman.

Single Cosplayer Number 4.

This Captain Jack Sparrow was such a good Johnny Depp Impersonator that he had the character down pat.

This Captain Jack Sparrow was such a good Johnny Depp Impersonator that he had the character down pat.

Single Cosplayer Number 3.

I have seen this lady dress as Chi from 'Chobits' before.  She really does look much like the character.

I have seen this lady dress as Chi from ‘Chobits’ before. She really does look very much like the character.

Single Casplay Number 2.

Beware the Silence...  The Silence come from "Doctor Who" and if you notice them they will get you.

Beware the Silence… The Silence come from “Doctor Who” and if you notice them they will get you.

Single Cosplayer Number 1.

This Scout Walker from 'Star Wars' had to be difficult to wear.  It was also unexpected. So give props when they are due.

This Scout Walker from ‘Star Wars’ had to be difficult to wear. It was also unexpected and most likely home made. So give props where they are due.

Now we come to the point where I Share my pics for group costume.  I love some of the winners so much that it was hard to limit myself to ten.

Group Cosplay Number 10.

The Enderman and the Creeper.  both monsters from the video game 'Minecraft"

The Enderman and the Creeper. both monsters from the video game ‘Minecraft.’

Group Cosplay Number 9.

Asoka and Kiyoshi from 'Avatar: The Last Air Bender'

Katara and Avatar Kiyoshi from ‘Avatar: The Last Air Bender’

Group Cosplay Number 8.

Apple Jack and Rainbow Dash from 'My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic'.  This show has brought up controversy as boys have began liking what was at first a girls cartoon.

Apple Jack and Rainbow Dash from ‘My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic’. This show has brought up controversy as boys have began liking what was at first a girls cartoon. Yet all my life it has been just fine for a girl to like boy cartoons.

Group Cosplay Number 7.

Leia and the Wookie.  I guess this could also be called Beauty and the Beast, but that would really be a different story.

Leia and the Wookie. I guess this could also be called Beauty and the Beast, but that would really be a different story.

Group Cosplay Number 6.

Lelu and Lelu.  each wearing a costume from a different part of the movie 'The Fifth Element'.

Leeloo and Leeloo. each wearing a costume from a different part of the movie ‘The Fifth Element’.

Group Cosplay Number 5.

The Mad Hatter and his Alice.  This married couple know what cosplay is about.

The Mad Hatter and his Alice. This married couple know what cosplay is about.

Group Cosplay Number 4.

this Lynk and Zelda make a fine couple.  maybe one day Nintendo will let the characters marry.

This Lynk and Zelda make a fine couple. Maybe one day Nintendo will let the characters marry.

Group Cosplay Number 3.

The Salt Lake Ghostbusters  were trying to raise money for the Utah food bank by trading pictures for donations.  I don't know how much money they got but I hope it was enough to keep a few people from starving.

The Salt Lake Ghostbusters were trying to raise money for the Utah food bank by trading pictures for donations. I don’t know how much money they got but I hope it was enough to keep a few people from starving.

Group Cosplay Number 2.

Jareth and Sara from Jim Hanson's 'Labrynth'.  I watched the movie recently and the costumes are very good.

Jareth and Sara from Jim Hanson’s ‘Labyrinth’. I watched the movie recently and the costumes are very good.

Group Cosplay Number 1.

Oogie and Sally from 'Nightmare Before Christmas.'  This one wins because little Sally is too cute and Oogie is so well done.

Oogie Boogie and Sally from ‘Nightmare Before Christmas.’ This one wins because little Sally is too cute and Oogie Boogie is so well done.

In spite of the tramplings and the fact that the concession stands were not compatible with my allergy to capsaicin I had a very wonderful time.  I would go to Comic Con 2014 so long as they don’t oversell the building again.

From The Poet’s Mouth,

Lyda Mae Dameron

You can contact The Poet and her friends by e-mailing (ravendove922@yahoo.com)

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One response to “Poet At Large Reviews: Convention: Salt Lake Comic Con 2013

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  1. Yay, I was an honorable mention!

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