Grand Slam (Not the Breakfast)

March 24, 2004 at 2:46 pm in Uncategorized

Wanted to mention that this weekend is Creation’s 12th Annual Grand Slam: The Sci-Fi Summit (after you click the link, go to the right column, look under “Pasadena, CA,” and click on the link to get to the actual convention page), which starts on Friday and will be at the Pasadena Center, across the street from the Paseo Colorado. General admission is $35.00 a day while preferred seating is a whopping $57.00 a day.

Featured celebrities include William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, and Brent Spiner (“Star Trek”), John Rhys-Davies (“The Lord of the Rings”), Ray Park (“Star Wars”), Andy Hallett and Mercedes McNab (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel”), Michael Rosenbaum (“Smallville”), Anthony Michael Hall and Nicole de Boer (“The Dead Zone”), Amanda Tapping and Michael Shanks (“Stargate SG-1”), and Gina Torres (“Firefly,” “Angel,” “24”). The “Hellboy” promotional tour continues on Saturday with an onstage appearance by Guillermo del Toro, Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones, and Mike Mignola.

I should add that contributor Wil Wheaton will be there, appearing onstage and signing copies of his book “Dancing Barefoot.” He provides additional details here and here. :)

Two things I noticed about this particular convention:

  • Brent Spiner is actually signing autographs. I don’t recall him ever signing autographs at a non-“Star Trek” convention (because I’ve read about him signing autographs once with Patrick Stewart and Jonathan Frakes at a NAPTE or VSDA convention).
  • Brent’s autograph ticket was selling for $80.00 apiece, and they’ve since *sold out* of them. Let’s say Creation sold 300 tickets. That’s a whopping $24,800.00! Holy shit! While we’re at it, the prices for photos with the actors is ridiculous. William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy’s prices are $70.00 apiece, and Brent’s is $60.00.
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