If you haven’t been to a small con and want to see/meet Ben Browder then Gatecon would be a perfect opportunity. Is the cost worth it you may be asking? As an experienced con goer who loves the big cons like#SDCC ,#DragonCon , and #Fedcon theyy are big experience and great for meeting other fans etc. Some wonderful panels but you do spend much of your time waiting in line. You get a few minutes to speak at the autograph table where actors like #BenBrowder try to make sure you get your moment. Not all actors bother but he does as do the guests scheduled for #GateconLondon. At the smaller cons like this there is a meet and greet included Thursday night for the deluxe ticket. American fans these are not what you have experienced.if you have attended a cocktail party or meet and greet. They more closely resemble a real life party. Laid back and relaxed. People standing in groups with or without a guest. Conversation is wide ranging like a “real” party. Events can be a couple of hours which allows for expanded discussions. So check your bank balances and passports. UK fans the hotel is near Twickenham so you may know some reasonable accommodations in the area and it is on the Picadilly line. The last con I attended had 75,000. I had the second tier ticket which means nothing really in a crowd that size. Fun? Yes. Memorable? No.
The last of the videos are up on YouTube — the Adelaide trio panel features the word chlamydia which was a first for me at this type of convention!
I have a few more pictures from the trio panel in Adelaide , hopefully a bit clearer! The panel was fun and different from the one the week before in Perth not just because of the questions but the actors themselves and spending a week together. Michael Shanks is always pretty honest and was on a roll this trip, which Ben mentioned at the beginning of the panel. My favorite question of the con was asking Ben if his personal experience in moving to Australia was like Crichton’s experience in arriving in the Uncharted Territories. David Kemper has alluded to this but it is the first time I remember this question being asked either as an audience member or watching a video of a con. Ben warmed to the question with an enthusiastic Yes! He went on to discuss the language issues and how every day there were words and phrases he didn’t get even when he thought he did. At Adelaide once again he, Michael Shanks and Cliff Simon lamented their lack of romantic scenes with Claudia Black. At his solo panel Ben once again spoke of the project he is working on — a video game (newest installment of a popular one) and the incredible technology that will keep him looking 27 years old 🙂 More info coming in June at E3.
A few more pictures from OzComicCon Perth’s panel featuring Ben, Michael Shanks and Cliff Simon. Photos thanks to vinegardog!
Today was the Adelaide trio panel featuring Ben, Michael Shanks and Cliff Simon. All three of these guys do their best to give fans a good experience which means non-stop talking from Friday night, all day Saturday until 10 pm after the theme dinner and all day Sunday. I can’t imagine doing it yet they still gave us a good panel Sunday afternoon. Here are a few photos with more to come. Keep in mind a 5 minute rule for taking photos and if you share just link please 🙂