So here I am in Houston enjoying myself tremendously at Galaticon 3 and Comicpalooza! What fun I’m been having! I’ve never considered myself a part of the BSG fandom, though I wrote fanfic for it a long time ago. Man, have I been missing out!
Nicki Cline, on being asked if she’d ever felt overwhelmed by fans at a large convention like this commented on the fact that she’d heard from fellow actors how fans in some fandoms didn’t respect an actor’s personal space, but that she never felt intimidated or threatened by the fan’s love of this show and their enthusiasm to discuss it. She went on to say that she found the fans to be some of the nicest, most respectful and generous people–and that since she had no other point of reference, she couldn’t say if it was particular to the BSG fandom, but she suspected it was true of sci-fi fans in general.
I had a fantabulous time at Richard Hatch‘s acting workshop–but it was so much more than that. Hatch brought his own personal experiences to bear on this metaphysical journey to teach us how to tap into our inner selves and act from the heart–and despite the lateness of the hour due to program delays–gave the participants of the workshop 110% of his energy and enthusiasm for the subject. He spoke of how most of us are like Cylons, with pre-set programming that we learned quite young–impressions and false notions embedded into our psyche through life experiences and the things that might have been said and done to us. These false ideas often lead us onto the same paths of self-sabotage and blocking our own success in life because fundamentally, our life ‘coding’ doesn’t allow for happiness or success. It was a powerful, energetic presentation about how we needed to first recognize that we were doing this in the first place, and then how we must begin asking ourselves the right questions and seek out the right information and teachers to help us change the programming. His passion for helping people to break free from destructive patterns of thought was deeply obvious. His class resonated with a lot of the audience, myself included. Of course, the fact that I went on stage during one of the improvs and got to use some life experiences to mold a scene might have something to do with the impression the class made on me! I had fun and I learned something too. 🙂
The actors themselves have been a delight. Everyone is so down-to-earth! Dirk Benedict is ever-the-charmer, and he came late during the opening ceremonies, running down the line of actors on stage and slapping everyone’s hands as though it were a sporting even as he went. This morning, he showed up at the press conference wearing a Starbucks T-shirt. Some thing never change, which for some reason deeply satisfies me in a way that is hard to explain. Like all is right in the universe or something. 🙂
A lot has been said by the actors for the gratitude they feel for the fandom and the power of the love of the show and what it has meant to Battlestar Galactica as a whole. Edward James Olmos has the ability to command a room, and that’s no lie. He just comes in, starts speaking, and we all sit up and listen. And when he says, “So say we all!” in no time flat, the crowd is chanting–no, roaring–the words back at him, pumping fists in the air. It’s kinda amazing and very cool.
I decided today to capitalize on a slight resemblance to Mary McDonnell and dress as President Laura Roslin today. It’s been funny to get a few double-takes! Everyone is having so much fun that it’s hard to remember that Anna Butler and I are here to do a workshop and panel discussion on fanfic! Aside from catching up with old friends and chatting with the actors about the things they are passionate about in life, there’s so much to see and do! The exhibition floor is pretty amazing, with a half scale model of a Cylon Raider and all kinds of wonderful vendors (steampunk hats! Corsets! Comic books! Jewelry! Must. Keep. Checkcard. In. Room.). One of the most amazing vendors we’ve seen so far has been this table–the artists are twins who’ve been drawing for years and finally decided to start their own business. They’re called Reinke Arts (you can find them at email@example.com) and they sell fandom art and do commissions as well. Aren’t they astonishingly good?
I’ll have more as the weekend unfolds, but it’s time for the Ambrosia party now! And I hope to get a ‘reading’ done from someone who’s created Galactica tarot cards! And pictures of the steampunk hats! I have to get a picture even if I can’t afford to buy one! Oh yes, and I’ve got that panel discussion tomorrow! In the meantime, I received the most awesome review today–The Boys of Summer has been Gaylisted! Do check it out! It is really a delightful review–I’m very honored and pleased by it! 🙂 I almost forgot too, it’s now available in print form on Amazon and other outlets.