Day 2 at Phoenix Comicon was the one day we all knew would be the long one. Twelve plus hours of awesomeness. Jeff, Sam, Dino and myself carpooled arriving shortly after 10:00 am.
Upon arrival we all immediately split ways. Sam was going to the Manu Bennet Spotlight. Jeff to the Film School: Financing and Fundraising Panel. Myself to exploring the Exhibitor Hall. And Dino was after Chris Claremont’s autograph.
My exploration of the Exhibitor Hall included talking to Ryan Cody, a local Flagstaff artist who is also looking to fund a documentary, he does a Wonder Woman print which I promised a friend I would buy a copy for,
Jeff’s Fundraising Panel was a great wealth of information and very interesting.
Sam’s Manu Bennett spotlight was more exciting than he thought. As he and a bunch of other people were taught a Haka chant on stage.
At this point we had no idea where Dino was.
But we were in line for the Richard Dean Anderson Spotlight. Which turned out to be more amazing and entertaining than I thought. This is the guy who I grew up on and the reason I use MacGyver’d as a verb. But that was a long time ago. And since Stargate has been off the air for awhile I had no idea how he’d look. And you don’t want that vision in your head spoiled by reality.
Well reality was a great ending to the fantasy I remember. RDA was a very entertaining, heartfelt, funny guy. The entire Spotlight was a Q&A. He talked about the shenanigans he and Chris Judge pulled on the set of Stargate. Specifically the gaseous farting outbursts they would have. Sharing one particular story involving the two of them in an elevator.
He left Stargate SG-1 to be with his daughter in L.A. which you can’t be upset at him for.
MacGyver was his favorite show to make. His favorite gadget/item he made on the show was an Ultralite out of bamboo sticks. Which he also really enjoys Mystbusters and the episode where that gadget was busted.
When asked his favorite MacGyver episode he said the pilot. The reason being was he was horrible at the audition reading of the episode. He had driven his Harley to the studio for the reading. And in those days you never wore helmets. So he walked in with his brown leather jacket he wore while riding, his hair a mess from the drive and spit out the lines. That hair and the brown leather jacket were exactly what the producers were looking for. And the jacket became part of the character.
Once the Spotlight was over we were able to catch up with Dino whom we found out had scored at bartering for a comic to have signed by Chris Claremont. From there it was on to more exploring before we enjoyed the Film Festival Comedy Block III. Which I will go on record as saying it had a better Sci Fi short film in it then the actual Sci Fi block I was at the previous night!
We made our way to 3rd Street for the delicious food trucks and a quick bite before rushing in to see the Phoenix Comicon Film Challenge.
The Film Challenge had some great talent. I know we all really enjoyed the amount of Film Festival style events and panels going on at Phoenix Comicon this year. Next year we will have to make sure we have a film to show.
Sam ditched out for the day and left Dino, Jeff and myself to wonder the streets. We ended up in the Pueblo Room of the Renaissance hotel. Our first time ever checking out the hotel events. The Pueblo Room was a 18+ room where alcohol was served. Tonight was a stand up comedy showcase. We spent a good 45 minutes here laughing and having a well deserved drink.
Our last big event of the night was the Four Eyed Radio Network’s live podcast show. On the way back to the convention center we past the Hard Rock Cafe where Dino ducked into to see the live band they had playing and never made it back out. Jeff and I continued on.
The night ended with the Socially Awkward crew doing the same Haka chant Sam learned that morning. And then we all made our way to the Hard Rock Cafe where a few rounds of drinks ended off our great day at Phoenix Comicon.