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Super Mega Fest - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
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Super Mega Fest
Well, my housemate and I headed up to Framingham for a big media con. I've never been to a general media con, and she'd never been to a con at all. This wasn't a good starting point. Not because of a lot of weird fans--I think she was prepared for that, and when the 501st is the "weirdest," you're not really in hardcore territory. It was just... all it was was a dealers' room and a bunch of older celebs selling autographs. I got Billy Dee Williams'--he's still looking good, but was kind of sullen, which I guess I can understand if I imagine what it's like to be stuck selling autographs at the Framingham Sheraton all day. I didn't get one from Elvira, Mistress of Halloween (I thought it was "Mistress of the Dark," but her sign said Halloween), and Erin Moran had other things to do despite her committment to appear. There were also, for some reason, a lot of wrestling stars. But there were no panels or anything, and it didn't even look like there was a board for parties or a con suite or anything. Just a lot of stuff for sale. Which is fine, but not what I think of when I think of cons!

TF.N had a booth, but I don't know what they were doing there, exactly, and they didn't care when I introduced myself as a former fanfic editor there, so screw 'em. There was a very good Dagobah Luke costume, unfortunately accompanied by someone dressed as Mary Suea Jade, and some good Darth Mauls running around.

I'm fannish, but I'm not spending $95 on a toy lightsaber. Hundreds of hours on AU fanfics, yes. $95 on a toy, no. And with that, it occurs to me why my part of fandom isn't catered to...
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murasaki99 From: murasaki99 Date: November 18th, 2006 07:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Too bad to hear the media cons haven't changed since last I went - and it's been over 15 years.

Our local con is run by the USS Rubicon, and its a nice blend of gamer's stuff, art show, dealer's, panels, the usual fun stuff.

And I didn't buy the $95 toy lightsaber, I bought $100 worth of parts and made my own... just 'coz I wanted an Imperial Lightsaber to go with my Imperial Jedi costume. Oy, geekiness, yes. :D
ladyelaine From: ladyelaine Date: November 18th, 2006 10:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Probably the best con I've gone to, it wasn't even specifically Star Wars related. Covered a lot of shows/fandoms/genres. What actually made it good was going with my friend, and attending a bunch of discussions (as opposed to just walking around noodling around stuff I wasn't even going to buy anyway).
lazypadawan From: lazypadawan Date: November 18th, 2006 10:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've been to a few "cons" like that, which were little more than a dealer's room and autograph tables. But even those had the actors get up and answer questions on a stage or something for a while. There were "antique shows" in Gaithersburg, MD that would feature celebrities from old movies and t.v. shows (a few OT second/third tier actors have shown up at those things) selling autographs alongside the folks peddling Civil War memorabilia, Depression glass, quilts, weird junk, and overpriced stuff from the '60s-'80s.

Then you get very spoiled after attending Celebration and ComicCon...
darth_pipes From: darth_pipes Date: November 19th, 2006 03:54 am (UTC) (Link)
You usually see a lot of wrestlers at those media-related events. Anyone in particular?

I've never been to any of those media conventions although I'd certainly like to. I went to a Star Trek convention in 92. Michael Dorn was there and they were doing a big push for DS9, which would debut in the next year. On the top floor was a great exhibit of old toys. Star Wars, Planet of the Apes, etc.
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