Grand Slam (Not the Breakfast)

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.

2 thoughts on “Grand Slam (Not the Breakfast)”

  1. I just want to say that I think “Hellboy” is going to kick ass.

    Unlike the apparently awful “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen,” the just-plain-silly “Daredevil” and the in-production, by-all-accounts stomach-churning adaptation of “Hellblazer” (rechristened “Constantine” and so bad it prompted creator Alan Moore to not only remove his name but REFUSE ANY MONEY generated by the film), the filmmakers took the visionary step (for Hollywood, anyway) of letting a comic creator design the movie based on his work. Thanks to Mike Mignola, this movie may actually look and feel like the comic it’s based on.

  2. “Sin City” (which began production this week) looks to be an exciting comic book-based film as well, because Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, and Frank Miller (yes, Frank Miller) are apparently all directing a segment of the film.

    In fact, Rodriguez reportedly resigned from the Director’s Guild (Quentin was apparently already not a member of the DGA) so all three of them could share co-directing credit:

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