Last weekend was another great time at the annual Motor City Comic Con. As always, there were a lot of great media guests, eccentric fans dressed as random characters (most were cringe-worthy), loads of comic artists and creators, and vendors packed together like sardines.
My first stop at the media guest tables this year was Cliff Simon, who plays the character “Ba’al” on Stargate: SG-1. He was very friendly and sweet. My crush on him definitely grew after that experience. His South African accent aided that too. Cliff also talked to us a bit about the upcoming Stargate: Continuum movie. He wouldn’t tell us what happens to his character. But when I asked about the clones, he did say that there wouldn’t be any others left by the end of the movie. He seemed excited about the premise, where his character travels back in time to stop the Stargate program from ever happening.
Cliff Simon and I
Anthony Montgomery was another fun and outgoing actor. Anthony played Ensign Travis Mayweather on Star Trek: Enterprise. In this photo, he wanted to try taking the picture himself. It turned out pretty well!
Anthony Montgomery and I
Next to his table was another Trek personality – Avery Brooks, who played Captain Sisko on Star Trek: Deep Space 9. His table always had a long line attached to it. But I was pleased to find that he spent time chatting with each fan and was very gracious and charming. He told us that he had just finished up a 6-month run in a Washington theater and was now taking a break. With that deep, powerful voice, I’d love to see him perform live.
Avery Brooks and I
Walter Koenig (Chekov from the original Star Trek) was also there. I had him sign a photo of us from last year’s Grand Slam Convention in LA. But I forgot to snap a photo of him this time.
And of course, the person I was most excited about meeting was Billy Dee Williams, whom I’ve had a crush on since I was very young. Lando Calrissian, from The Empire Strikes Back, had that irresistible, bad-boy charm coupled with good looks. While talking to him, I’m sure I had a silly fangirl grin on my face the entire time. Unfortunately, he didn’t seem to be doing well. He didn’t move or talk much. I’m hoping it was just a little fatigue.
Billy Dee Williams and I
Another real treat was Margot Kidder, whom everyone remembers fondly as Lois Lane from the original Superman movies. She also had a brief guest appearance on Smallville. Kidder was wonderfully spunky and friendly. I love meeting these childhood icons who turn out to be so down-to-earth and gracious.
Margot Kidder and I
Speaking of childhood icons, I don’t know if this picture needs any explanation:
Erik Estrada and I
Yes, that’s Erik Estrada, “Ponch” from CHiPs. He was very gregarious and, um, affectionate.
And I was able to meet up with my friend SolShine7 this year. We had a great time hanging out and visiting the different booths.
Karen and I
And here are some shots of some of the rest of the media guests. It was wonderful meeting them as well and discussing their current projects: