Wednesday, May 12, 2021

StarPodTrek Episode 6



On this exciting episode of StarPodTrek, we and our guests discuss the content of Starlog magazine issues 11 & 12 from 1978, including Star Trek Phase II, Susan Sackett's interview with Gene Roddenberry, and special guest Larry Nemecek brings his vast knowledge of Trek!







Follow along with us by pulling out your copy of Starlog, or read it free online at: https://archive.org/details/starlog_magazine-009/page/n11/mode/2up

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Larry "Dr. Trek" Nemecek and Dan "The Scotch Trekker" Leckie discuss the Star Trek Report.
Check them out at:
https://m.facebook.com/thescotchtrekker/
https://larrynemecek.com

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Computer guru John Lotshaw considers the digital age of the 1970's by reviewing the article: The Computer's Game.
Subscribe to his YouTube channel!
https://youtube.com/channel/UC23BFGfUDfX_wg5sg2kchZg

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Galtrol joins us again to talk about the connection between Sputnik and Star Trek.

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Star Trek fan film producer David Miller reports on what fans were looking forward to in Star Trek Phase II.
Here's how to support his latest project!
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/davidmillerstudios/star-trek-amazons?fbclid=IwAR3rvO0tibDHb40xMi144ATZlx_dsFSjyemUyr0NIC5tsrBrVGKD1_1dNpk
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All this, plus Susan Sackett's interview with Gene Roddenberry, Richard Mathenson's Incredible Shrinking Man, and more!

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Topics: Star Trek, Starlog Magazine, fan films, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek Phase II, Sputnik, Gene Roddenberry

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Publication date-Stardate 2021.05.12
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Thursday, May 6, 2021

Can You Say “Metrotham Con”?

 

Metrotham Con was a fan-run, multi-fandom convention in Chattanooga, TN. What a cool name for a con, combining “Metropolis” and “Gotham”! In honoring their theme for 2021, “Oh The Horror”, they had guest actors from movies like Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street. It was a small con, but there were plenty of things going on. Besides the usual vendors’ room, gaming room, and costume contest, there were special “After Dark” panels, karaoke, an adult vendor hall, and a dating game, plus much, much more. There were numerous panels all day long for all three days, plus celebs signing autographs and doing photo ops, and cosplayers roaming the halls. We were happy to be delivering two panels: “StarPodTrek Presents Star Trek on Paramount Plus” and “StarPodLog Presents Starlog- The Worlds Greatest Sci-Fi & Fantasy Magazine”. We were grateful for the friendly staff that helped us get set up with a projector and screen for our panels. One small disappointment was that we somehow missed Star Trek guest, Lisa Wilcox, who played Yuta on the TNG episode “The Vengeance Factor” (and was also in A Nightmare on Elm Street 4). After the con, we visited the River Valley Sculpture Garden in Chattanooga. We loved the exquisite metal sculptures and landscaping.

By The Honorable Kavura

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

StarPodLog #6


On this exciting episode of StarPodLog, we discuss the content of Starlog magazine issues 11 & 12 from 1978, including discussions about Logan's Run, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Star Wars, Superman, and more!
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Follow along with us by pulling out your copy of Starlog, or read it free online at: https://archive.org/details/starlog_magazine-009/page/n11/mode/2up

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Meet us at these upcoming conventions!

Methrotham Con: https://metrothamcon.com/

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Anthony Rooney will examine tv's most controversial sci-fi series - The Prisoner!

https://youtu.be/DJIluC7TjIw

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Paul Haber tells us what went wrong with the Logan's Run TV Series though the eyes of David Gerrold.

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Billy Hogan chronicles the activities of Superman: The Movie producer Ilya Salkind.
https://thesupermanfanpodcast.blogspot.com/?m=1

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Did Star Wars save Marvel in the 70s?
Former Marvel Comics Editor in Chief Jim Shooter discusses the connection between Science Fiction and Comic Books. We interviewed him at the Huntsville Comic and Pop Culture Expo.
https://www.shooterswork.com/
https://www.hsvexpo.com/

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Nathan Allan covers the amazing computer vector animation that Larry Cuba used in creating the Death Star!

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Kevin Packard is joined by Grant Baciocco to discuss the Superhero shows of the 1970s.
https://www.checkpointcharley.rocks/
http://www.doctorfloyd.com/

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All this, plus Close Encounters of the Third Kind, UFOs. Makeup Artists Stewart Freeborn, Rick Baker, Dan Striepeke, Dick Smith. The Pressman Movie & TV Makeup Kit and more!

Topics:

Star Wars
Superman
Superheroes
The Prisoner
Logan's Run
Close Encounters of the Third Kind

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Star Wars
Superman
Superheroes
The Prisoner
Logan's Run
Close Encounters of the Third Kind

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Nice to See Ya at ICCC



        The Imperial Commissary Collectors Convention, aka ICCC, is a Star Wars focused event that is held annually in Nashville, Tennessee. It was held most recently on April 16-18, 2021 at the Sheraton Music City Hotel. More that just a convention, this has turned out to be an international family reunion with people coming from all over the globe. Showrunners Michael and Andrea Havens were gracious hosts that greeted everyone at the entrance. There were so many attendees this year that the line to get in wrapped around the building! 

The vendors’ room was filled to capacity with rare, high-end toys and collectibles from around the world, including Model Trem, Lili Ledy, Palitoy, and more, thus demonstrating for the third time in a row why this con is THE place to be for Star Wars collectors. Cosplayers were also in full force with brilliant costumes representing everything from Star Wars to Star Trek to GI Joe. The model-makers with their remote controlled droids were a huge hit!


Many actors, artists, movie, toy, and gaming industry professionals were in attendance to mingle with fans, sign autographs, take pictures, and present panels. Dungeons and Dragons writer Jeff “Duck” Leason was a really nice and funny guy. Angie Mayhew was also in attendance with The Peter Mayhew Foundation to discuss this charity origination.

https://www.mayhewfoundation.org/

Given the choice to attend the next Star Wars Celebration or ICCCon, we would definitly choose ICCC!

https://iccollectorsconvention.com/


-by the Noble Nayr and the Honorable Kavura




Saturday, April 17, 2021

Huntsville Comic & Pop Culture Expo 2021

This was our third trip to Huntsville Comic & Pop Culture Expo in Huntsville, AL. On the drive down from Nashville, TN, there were several huge model rockets along the roadside to welcome us to the city nicknamed Rocket City. The city earned its moniker by being home to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. We attended the con sporting our replicas of NASA uniforms worn by the crew of Enterprise, the first space shuttle, which takes its name from the famous spaceship from our beloved Star Trek. We always enjoy this con for its laid back atmosphere and its great location at the Von Braun Center. Huntsville is also the hometown of our STARFLEET Internation ship, the USS Wernher von Braun. One of our shipmates, Laura, is a yearly vendor at the con, greeting everyone with a smile, and always being the most Trek-stocked vendor out of the huge vendors’ room.

This is one of the best cons for comic book collectors, having comic book guests and loads of vendors selling comic books of all kinds from all eras. We even did an interview with comic book writer Jim Shooter. Star Wars was represented by fan tables by the 501st Legion and the Rebel Legion. Both groups are there every year trouping in costume and happily taking pictures with fans.

We presented two panels this year. The first was “Star Trek 101”, a primer on all the Star Trek TV shows and movies for anyone new to Star Trek or anyone who just needs a review of this classic show that has endured over fifty years and has so much content that only the truest of fans can keep up. Our next panel was “Starlog: The World’s Greatest Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine”, covering all the things that were great about this magazine that kept us informed of all things geeky before there was an internet. We had a great time at our panels, receiving positive and enthusiastic feedback from the audiences. Next year’s expo has been scheduled for April 22-24, 2022. We plan to be there in costume and making a boom in Rocket City!

-by the Honorable Kavura

Saturday, April 3, 2021

StarPodTrek Episode 5


On this exciting episode of StarPodTrek, we and our guests discuss the content of Starlog magazine issues 9 & 10 from 1977, including discussions about William Shatner, NASA, STARFLEET International, and more!








Follow along with us by pulling out your copy of Starlog, or read it free online at: https://archive.org/details/starlog_magazine-009/page/n11/mode/2up

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Our Upcoming Cons!

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We will be presenting two panels at the Huntsville Comic and Pop Culture Expo in Alabama: Star Trek 101 and Starlog- The World's Greatest Science Fiction and Fantasy Magazine.

https://www.hsvexpo.com/

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Join us at the Imperial Commissary Collectors Convention in Nashville, Tennessee!
https://iccollectorsconvention.com/

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We will be presenting the panel Star Trek on Paramount+ at Metrotham Con in Chattanooga, Tennessee
https://metrothamcon.com/home

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STARFLEET International

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NASA Contractor & STARFLEET International Region 2 Fleet Captain Lauren White covers the legacy of Doctor Wernher von Braun. SFI members Admiral Richard Trulson and Commander Laura Peterson on being part of chapter named after von Braun.
https://sfi.org/
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We consider the contents of Starlog magazine issues 9 and 10 including:

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Chris Kroznuski is the Visual Effects Artist, Music Composer, and Associate Producer for Potemkin Pictures. He compares the methods for visual effects in 1977 to what is being used today in Fan Films.
http://www.potemkinpictures.com/
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Galtrol is a lifelong Science Fiction and Astrophysics fan. He considers Isaac Asimov's faster than light principals. Can they truly work in Star Trek? Do these principals stand up to how we understand them today?
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What was William Shatner up to after he recorded his college tour album in 1977? We discuss his life after Trek and rumors surrounding original cast getting together for the Star Trek TV movie.
Check out his record album here:
https://youtu.be/Tz542sWJKtc

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Topics: Star Trek, Starlog Magazine, NASA, William Shatner, Isaac Asimov, STARFLEET International, fan films, sci-fi conventions

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Thursday, March 18, 2021

StarPodLog #5




On this exciting episode of StarPodLog, we discuss the content of Starlog magazine issues 9 & 10 from 1977, including discussions about Lynda Carter, Space: 1999, Logan's Run, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Space Academy, and more!






Follow along with us by pulling out your copy of Starlog, or read it free online at: https://archive.org/details/starlog_magazine-009/page/n11/mode/2up

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Meet us at these upcoming conventions!

Huntsville Comic & Pop Culture Expo: https://www.hsvexpo.com/

ICCC: https://iccollectorsconvention.com/

Methrotham Con: https://metrothamcon.com/

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Cohost of the Starburst TV Zone Plus podcast, Paul Mount, reminiscences about the life and amazing career of Gerry Anderson.

Check him out at: https://player.fm/series/tv-zone-plus-podcast

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Lynda Carter video that was mentioned in this episode: https://youtu.be/fHnBc8OcjyA

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Author and podcaster Mark McCray of The Best Saturdays of Our Lives covers weekend Sci-Fi and cartoon programming for the '77-'78 season. Purchase his book and listen to his podcast at: https://tbsool.com/

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Bob Langer, administrator of the Starlog Magazine Facebook group, examines the Golden Age of Science Fiction on television. Join this awesome group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/303578380105395/?ref=pages_group_cta

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Check out Anna's Magical Moments! https://www.annasmagicalmoments.com/

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Glen Williams and Jason Wasulko, hosts of the Smuggler's Galaxy podcast, discuss the facts, anecdotes, and behind the scenes information about the Star Wars portfolio. Listen to their podcast at: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/smugglers-galaxy/

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Author of War Eagles- The Unmaking of an Epic- An Alternate History for Classic Film Monsters, David Conover, gives us insight on the career of Ray Harryhausen, the father of Dynamation. Purchase his book at: https://www.amazon.com/WAR-EAGLES-Unmaking-Alternate-Monsters/

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Mythology, Science Fiction & Fantasy artist Scott Alan Evans reminiscences what it was like to hear about Ralph Bakshi's Lord of the Rings animated movie. Check out his work at: https://www.facebook.com/ScottAlanEvansArtAndWizardry/

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Musicians Kevin Packard and Joey Cassata, along with Professor Scott Essman discuss the connections between Sci-Fi and Rock music acts such as David Bowie, KISS, and more. Check out Checkpoint Charley (and look for Kavura in The Balad of Han and Leia video) at: https://www.checkpointcharley.rocks/

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Purchase Joey Cassata's book, Start With a Dream: A Drummer's Journey from Rock & Roll to T.V. to Broadway at: https://www.amazon.com/START-DREAM-Drummers-Journey-Broadway/dp/0578410303

Topics:

Star Wars
KISS
David Bowie
Space Academy
The Best Saturdays of Our Lives
Wonder Woman
Lynda Carter
Logan's Run
Close Encounters of the Third Kind

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Star Wars
KISS
David Bowie
Space Academy
The Best Saturdays of Our Lives
Wonder Woman
Lynda Carter
Logan's Run
Close Encounters of the Third Kind

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Sunday, January 31, 2021

StarPodTrek Episode 4



Nayr and Kavura discuss the Star Trek-related articles in the exciting classic Starlog magazine issues 7 and 8 from 1977. 





Nichelle Nichols Recruits for NASA:

Nichelle Nichols took on a new role of recruiting women and minorities to work for NASA.

Screenwriter Allan Scott Co-Writes Trek Movie Script:

Starlog interviews Allan Scott, who, along with Chris Bryant, is writing the new movie script. Surprisingly, neither of them were familiar with Star Trek or science fiction when they took the job.

Enterprise Model at Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum:

Nayr and Kavura discuss the original model of the USS Enterprise that is at the Air and Space Museum, along with other amazing historical models the museum houses.

“Ordinary” People in Space:

NASA starts its new “Payload Specialist” program which allows “ordinary people” to accompany astronauts on outer space missions. Well, as long as they meet the physical requirements, that is!

The Late Harlan Ellison:

Starlog’s printed interview with this angry writer is as entertaining as it is enlightening. Nayr and Kavura also discuss their own stories of Harlan Ellison.

Starlog Had So Much Trek Stuff:

Nayr and Kavura take you through these magazines looking for anything Trek or NASA-related. They find miscellaneous ads for Star Trek merchandise to be delightfully whimsical! Also, letters from Starlog readers, Star Trek conventions, and well-known Trek extraordinaires David Gerrold and Susan Sackett! 


Topics:
Nichelle Nichols
Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Smithsonian
National Air and Space Museum
Gene Roddenberry
David Gerrold
USS Enterprise

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Nichelle Nichols
Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Smithsonian
National Air and Space Museum
Gene Roddenberry
David Gerrold
USS Enterprise

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Saturday, January 30, 2021

StarPodLog #4



Starlog issues 7 and 8 from 1977 kept us up to date on the world of science fiction. We discuss articles on Robby the Robot, Space: 1999, Man From Atlantis, Rocketship movie, Star Wars, Saturday morning TV, The Fly, James Bond, and so much more! What a great magazine for sci-fi fans!

Topics:
Space: 1999
Robby the Robot
Man From Atlantis
Starlog
Rocketship
Star Wars
Saturday morning TV
The Fly
James Bond

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Space: 1999
Robby the Robot
Man From Atlantis
Starlog
Rocketship
Star Wars
Saturday morning TV
The Fly
James Bond

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StarPodTrek Episode 3


We had a great discussion about the Star Trek articles in Starlog issues 5 and 6, published back in 1977! It was the era when fans started arguing about "Trekkie" or "Trekker". The first Trek movie was highly anticipated. We also discuss the Trek animated series, David Gerrold, and Dorothy Fontana!

Topics:
Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Susan Sacket
Star Trek: The Animated Series
Starlog
David Gerrold
D.C. Fontana

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Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Susan Sacket
Star Trek: The Animated Series
Starlog
David Gerrold
D.C. Fontana

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StarPodLog #3


The science fiction articles of Starlogs 5 & 6 covered some amazing stories. Published in 1977, there was a UFO TV series episode guide, Space: 1999 season 2 episode guide, Fantastic Journey interview, Robert Heinlein talked about Destination Moon, and, of course, the upcoming Star Wars movie!

Topics:
Space: 1999
Fantastic Journey
3-D visual effects
Starlog
Destination Moon
Robert Heinlein
Star Wars

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Space: 1999
Fantastic Journey
3-D visual effects
Starlog
Destination Moon
Robert Heinlein
Star Wars

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Thursday, September 24, 2020

StarPodTrek Episode 2

Listen to our review of the Star Trek articles in Starlog magazine issues 3 and 4. Learn all about the Bicentenniel 10 Star Trek convention in New York in 1976 and what the actors and the fans loved about it!

Topics: geeky, sci-fi, Star Trek

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Star Trek

Publication date-Stardate 2020.09.24
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Friday, September 18, 2020

How To Have Fun When Your Favorite Convention is Canceled

Dragon Con is a large sci-fi/pop culture convention held every year in Atlanta, GA. Typically topping off at 85,000 people, it’s the largest con in the southeast. Star Trek has always had a large presence at Dragon Con. The con organizers decided to go virtual this year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It was called “Virtual Dragon Con”. Even though the con went virtual, my husband Nayr & I decided to go to Atlanta during the weekend that Dragon Con would’ve been, & what an adventure we had!

We visited Ares Studios, the home of the Axanar set. Trek fans may remember the fan film “Prelude to Axanar”, which was filmed in California, and had the late Richard Hatch as Klingon Commander Kharn. The set was moved to Atlanta in 2017. Alec Peters, creator of Axanar, took us inside the studio to see the bridge set. We got to sit at all the stations, touch the displays (which actually lit up!), & take pictures! The LCARS displays were full of Easter eggs, such as “Ludicrous Speed!” Being Trek collectors, we were able to acquire quite a lot of Axanar merchandise as well.


The fan film “Star Trek First Frontier”, made in Atlanta, was to be shown at Dragon Con this year. The film focused on Robert April, captain of the Enterprise before Pike. The prop-builders for this film, Scott Lyttle & Matt Green, showed us a model of the shuttle bay used in the film. It was big enough to fill a whole dining table. The model was super cool, with four walls with numerous openings allowing peeks inside. There were 2 shuttle crafts that fit inside. Keeping in line with the naming convention of Trek’s shuttle Galileo, the shuttles were named “Tyson” after Neil deGrasse Tyson & “Sagan” after Carl Sagan. Scott & Matt also made an 11-foot Enterprise model for the same film that was displayed at Dragon Con 2016.




During the times we got a break and got back to our hotel room, we watched Virtual Dragon Con (which everyone is able to subscribe to via www.dragoncon.org). A panel that we submitted, “The State of Modern Star Trek on CBS All Access” was part of the programming. We watched a few classic panels, like the one with Carrie Fisher & the one with Stan Lee. The new “Orville v. Trek” panel was a joy to watch. One of the most popular Dragon Con events, the parade, was also virtual. They asked fans to submit a video for the parade a month before, so we had submitted a video of ourselves in Star Trek: Picard uniforms. Viola! The whole parade was very cool with eye-popping costumes!

There was lots of fun to be had in Atlanta, both virtual and real!

By the Honorable Kavura

 




Friday, August 14, 2020

StarPodLog #2

Here we discuss Starlog magazine issues 3 and 4 from 1977! What a great magazine for sci-fi fans!

Topics:
Space: 1999
Bionic Woman
Six Million Dollar Man
Starlog
Outer Limits

Tags:
Space: 1999
Bio
Outer Limits
Six Million Dollar Man

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Sunday, August 9, 2020

The Little Con That Kept Going

     Did you know there was an in-person comic con in Huntsville, Alabama? Well, we did, and we are so glad we attended! Huntsville Comic & Pop Culture Expo 2020 was at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, AL, the same place where we attended the con last year. We were planning to go to this con before the pandemic started. Once the pandemic of Covid-19 happened, a lot of things for the con changed. It moved from April to July. The main Star Trek guests, Gates McFadden and Marina Sirtis, canceled. In fact, all of the “main” guests, aka actors, canceled. But there were still a few guests signing autographs and doing panels. The most notable guest was renowned X-Men comic book writer Chris Claremont. Trek fans know him as the writer of Debt of Honor, a well-crafted Star Trek graphic novel about Klingons, Romulans, and Feddies. Oh, my! Chris Claremont spoke very highly of Star Trek. Like many of us, he has been a Trek fan since childhood. He did a panel in which he talked about writing for Spider-Man and X-Men comics. There were also a few fan tables around, including the 501st Legion and Rebel Legion. We spoke with them, traded swag, and hung out at their cool panel where they talked about their clubs. Then, we ran into a few Starfleet do-gooders. We love running into our friends in STARFLEET International! We even made some new friends in Starfleet uniforms. We spent some time in our Star Trek: Picard uniforms and in our TOS Klingon cosplay. Yes, we like both sides! It’s our way. The aisles in the vendors room were fifteen feet apart, a result of COVID-19 precautions. We were very thankful for all the precautions. Even the panel rooms were set up with the chairs six feet apart. Fear of the spread of Covid kept many people away, but it was a fair sized con. It wasn’t too crowded, so it was pretty easy to keep our distance from people. It was a two-day con. We only spent one day there, but we were very happy with the turnout and all the good-spirited people who were there! 

 -by The Honorable Kavura