7th September 2004 at 3:56 pm #40149
After a bit of last minute excitement, the long awaited “Lexx, Welcome to the Dark Zone – Volume 1” written by Dennis Valdron was a high light of this first day at Dragon Con 2004.
The day began in its typical pre-con fashion, wake at o-dark-thirty, get a late start off to the airport, drive around for thirty minutes looking for a parking space, walk to the other end of the state, find out you read the ticket wrong and are at the wrong gate… oh wait, that is a new one. But happily, by making a determined effort, we were able to walk back across the state and get to the right gate just in time to board.
Arriving in Atlanta, theBrother waited only until I had shown my id to the hotel desk clerk, before ripping it out of my hand and disappearing, leaving me to deal with four suitcases and two carry-ons to wrestle up to our room. Light? What is this travel light thing I have heard of? Anyhooo, yet again I remind you… never go pick up badges with out the state id of everyone on your list. If you don’t have them, you are in for a long wait for nothing. Fortunately, the callous abandonment of me with the luggage meant that he was able to nip in before the crowds, get our badges in short order and accompany me to the mall food court for a quick snack, and then over to the Hyatt.
The panel “Dead, but DVD’d,” featuring our own Aleck Bennet from Acorn Media was the first event of the convention. Literally. I arrived there with a cart full of wall posters… No, not all Lexx, although you can never have too much Lexx. I was merely heeding the cry for decoration that Ms. Harkin of the American Sci-fi Track had put out. Arriving a few minutes before the panel, I met up with Mike_L and he assisted me in hanging the various posters, making sure of course, that Lexx was prominently placed. They needed to be… Apparently the StarGate people had kicked it into over drive and we were faced with an Egypt-centric motif that was trying to take over the track room, complete with flanking cardboard pyramids that were six feet tall. 😉
Aleck’s panel was well attended and quite lively. He, Kelly and the other panelist discussed the various legal issues that kept certain shows from being released, discussed how changes by production houses may ease dvd releases in the future, and chatted about long awaited upcoming releases. Then accompanied by Mike_L I made a hasty retreat to the Marriott, to beat the 4 p.m. deadline to check in for our fan table.
Good heavens what a mess! Apparently, there had been a rule change about two weeks ago, that if you did not take the table for Friday, you would not get one at all. It was all explained in the email that we never received. I must have told the gate-keeper youngling a dozen times, “Fine, we will set up right now,” without it penetrating his understanding. Luckily, a less harassed volunteer pointed out to him that we were going to do it, what was the problem, give us our table assignment. The problem was of course that a few extra tables had been snagged by the various Dragon Con entities, like the charity auction and they were now short tables. Just as we were about to be banished into obscure corner hell, I mentioned that I needed, and had requested electric. After assuring them that I understood it would cost bucks and that I had no problem paying the $70.00 fee, I was escorted over to a prime… and I do mean prime location right between the Exhibition Hall doors. Very nice. 😀
I nipped up to my room, while Mike guarded the table and picked up all our Lexx gear. The table was a bit smaller that the normal tables, which meant, our banner was not displaying quite as I would wish, but… it was such a great table, it didn’t really matter. We had a large open area in front of us, which meant people could congregate, without blocking access to the table. It also meant we had a fine view of people arriving down the escalator, good people watching place for our Lexxian volunteers.
I was setting up the display material when Mike got his first look at Valdron’s book. Surprise!! Yes, volume one of the Lexx Episode Guides was making its first public appearance. 😀 My, my, my…. The thoughts that raced through Mike’s head when I told him it was a private printing and not available for sale. Mike’s mom would have been proud of the way he edited these on the fly, and did NOT say what he was thinking. It was not unlike watching a badly dubbed kung-foo flick… his lips writhed forming certain words, but ‘other’ more moderate words came out.
The Lexx Fan Club was of course honored to be allowed to unveil Valdron’s book. Permission was granted to sell this copy as long as the funds went to a good cause. What better cause than promoting Lexx activities, those benefit all at some future convention? But to be fair; it was held unsold and will be placed on ebay. That way any one who is interested will have an opportunity to bid on it and not just the fans that made it to DC. As far as I know, there are currently no plans at this time to make this book available for public sale.
After the table shut down and dinner was over we joined up to wander over to the Hyatt to costume watch, drink and chit-chat. Aleck, who had disappeared after his forum to get something to eat and ended up being a no show that evening, he later confessed that he had been a bit nervous about his first ever public forum and needed to make up some of the sleep he had missed the night before.7th September 2004 at 6:01 pm #69940AnonymousGuest
‘Tis true. I hadn’t slept at all Thursday night, and hadn’t eaten anything since 7pm Thursday for fear of spewing food all over the panel. Me + public speaking = The Fear.7th September 2004 at 6:03 pm #69941
You could NOT tell it to look at him though. He did an excellent job in both panels. Very calm and concise. We were all much impressed.8th September 2004 at 3:45 am #69944JhevzParticipant
Hi Fellow Lexxians,
I’m back safe & sound in CA & just in the nick of time; if I had stayed over there a day later, I wouldn’t have gotten out of there. I wanted to let you know so you wouldn’t worry & so that you’d know I’m ok; it’ll only be a week, then it’s off to Toronto.
I had tons of fun there, met some really nice people, went to some really interesting panels & helped man the Lexx table; tomorrow I’ll download my pics on my computer & post them as soon as I can. When I wore my Keyeo costume (for daytime), it fell apart, so I used safety pins, till I got home & tack them down; but I had lots of complements on my wig & had pics taken when I wore my dressy Keyeo costume. 🙂 I also danced, went to some really interesting panels & listened to different kinds of music; later on, I’ll do a better write up on the fun I had & tell about 2 confirmations for next yr’s Dragon*Con.
Jhevz 😉8th September 2004 at 5:53 pm #69948AnonymousGuest
Aww you did just fine. Now if I could learn to keep my mouth shut and remember shirts =p I have no idea why Patrick looked at me like I was forgetting something???
’Tis true. I hadn’t slept at all Thursday night, and hadn’t eaten anything since 7pm Thursday for fear of spewing food all over the panel. Me + public speaking = The Fear.12th September 2004 at 4:48 am #72829”HisDivineShadow” wrote:
Now if I could learn to keep my mouth shut and remember shirts =p I have no idea why Patrick looked at me like I was forgetting something??? HDS
You mean like the Shirts Mr. Lowe gave us for the Con? 🙂 I imagine that is why he was glaring at you. He very much wanted one. 😆12th September 2004 at 4:49 am #72830
Saturday Day two – After waking up remarkable rested I was up and at ‘em. I packed up the convention cart (don’t leave home without it) and went down to the snack center for a very tasty, if slightly over priced breakfast. Chocolate cake and orange juice, the breakfast of champions… or at least convention goers. ;D
Since I was in the same hotel as the Fan tables, I was able to get set up in just a very few minutes. The new banner looked nice, but would have looked nicer over the table where people could see it, instead of on the front of it. But happily, Mike, Kroudelka, HDS, Tree and Todd showed up at about that time. Apparently, HDS was running late so he could not drop off the display items if he was going to make it to the parade in time. Mike and the ladies wandered out to get them and then with Todd’s help we quickly finalized the table. Having one banner overhead and one on the front of the table helped people to find us. Jkd172, Goblin Moon, Type13 Planet, Jhevz and many other Lexxians soon started popping over to help out watching the table and picking up their ‘Security Guard 4th Class’ name badges. Well except for poor Type 13 Planet, I have no clue what happened to her badge. But I did promise to send her one if she emails me an address.
Before the badges were all picked up, we had lots of people trying to buy them and the Lexx posters off of us. ;D And being major bummed that we had none for sale. Late Sunday our Travis had still not yet surfaced from the game room to get his badge, so another Lexx fan named Travis begged for it. Badges and Posters? Hummm, something else to think about for next year?
We had a steady stream of non cyber-Lexxian who stopped over to visit. They were particularly captivated by the new Kai Kaption screen saver I put together and all of the Lexx music videos we played, including some by our very own Pet. ;D We passed out tons of S3 post cards given to us by Acorn Media, as well as mini Lexx buttons and magnets made for us by Rene and Sadgeezer key chains, hats and t-shirts.
One surprise Lexx fan was a sculptor for WizKids Games. We had a nice chat about Lexx and then I think I surprised her by discussing her employer WizKids, and the monumental bobble they almost made by attempting a last minute blow off of Dragon Con. We also had many employees of the hotel stop by, including one chef who was too excited for words at picking up the post cards and a few of Rene’s buttons. He likes Lexx but apparently, his wife is a big, big fan.
What can I say? Yet another DragonCon gone by and I still have not been to any other forums but ours. My bad. There is no need to worry about your fellow Lexxians getting bored here. With twenty-eight tracks running from 10 am to 10 pm it is just not possible to be at loose ends. Couple this with the huge exhibition hall and art gallery/show upstairs, the dealers room downstairs, and the entertainment hall at the Hyatt there is lots of neat stuff to see. So much so that theFather is planning on attending next year. ;D He is a big Babylon 5 fan, but I love him anyway.
Saturday evening, after a bit of costume watching many of us attended a Klingon party at the Marriott. They had a suite of rooms on the party level…. Something to keep in mind for the future? What can I say, it was dark and hot and there were not enough chairs for my taste, but many of us spilled out on the balcony, chatted, drank and nibbled cookies while enjoying a few breezes wafting up from some open windows on the far side of the atrium below. While I am not much of a drinker, I understand from Mandara K that the Romulan ale was particularly yummy and potent. Or was it Klingon Punch? Whatever. They did have a small buffet table of normal stuff interspersed with a few odd things like the boiled eggs that looked like they had been boiled, broken and then dyed. Supposedly to resemble some kind of alien eggs I am sure. Interesting, but I passed on them. ;D Anyhow, much sooner than the others, I faded and wandered up a few floors to bed. So ends Saturday.
Have I mentioned yet what great beds they have at the Marriott? Yes? Ah well, I took this afternoon off from writing this, to go out and get new mattresses from the same company. 😀14th September 2004 at 4:53 am #72840JhevzParticipant
Hi Fellow Lexxians,
I agree with theFrey about the beds in the Marriott; they’re so comfy.
As soon as I get back from my Toronto trip, I’ll be posting my Dragon*Con report & possibly pics along with it.
Jhevz 😉16th September 2004 at 8:34 pm #72856iStanParticipant
It sounds like a great time, theFrey. I wish that I could have been there. Thanks for the report and the info about the auction for Valdron’s book.
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