Grand Slam XIII

Last year I went to Grand Slam XII (the local sci-fi convention in Pasadena) to be a fan boy and hopefully meet one of the other Metblogs writers. Turns out, I meet two of them, one of them happened to be on Star Trek for a few years. So this year I decided to go again, talk with Wil and listen to him speak.

Now, Wil was great, he is funny and entertaining and I talked with him for quite a bit about his book and why he plans to self publish his next one. However, the rest of the convention sucked. I mean, it was a sucking like opening the door to the Space Shuttle while in orbit. Last year the convention was probably three times the size at it was this year, not to mention what it was like ten years ago.

Half the reason to go to sci-fi conventions is the fans. They dress up and are generally great to watch. Also, it is one of they only places where I can go and feel like the coolest person there. This year that wasn’t so much the case. I still felt like the coolest one there, but there were few people dressed up. When I went when I was a kid, there were tons of Klingons and Borg and all sorts of other fancy creatures. Now the only people are a few Starfleet officers and the one random Rebel pilot.

Next year, I don’t think I will attend Grand Slam XIV, there doesn’t seem to be a point. Maybe if they fire Rick Berman and create a good Star Trek series the fans will come back, and then the cons will be fun again. Until then, I think I’ll just stay away.

3 Comments so far

  1. Ken (unregistered) on March 13th, 2005 @ 9:27 pm

    I guess I’ll be the first to say it: I’m jealous!

    You went to Grand Slam AND you talked to Wil Wheaton (a demi-god of sorts to geeks)! Must’ve been fun!


  2. Danielle (unregistered) on March 14th, 2005 @ 9:23 am

    I passed on going to Grand Slam this year. My friend picked up Wil’s book for me(I wanted it signed damn it no book store buying for me,hehehe)because I heard how small the convention was going to be this year I did not want to go.. Heres to hoping that Wizard World this weekend does not sucks!


  3. Jill (unregistered) on March 14th, 2005 @ 11:47 am

    Yeah, the con was really quite bad. Like Grant said, talking with Wil was pretty cool, he’s a really nice guy. But I too will not be going next year. ORC (the LOTR con) was better, and even that one kinda sucked. At least Wil was there!



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