Sunday at Gatecon! Opening ceremonies after the announcement of who won the costume contest. The contest was yesterday morning and those who entered wore their costumes all day so we could see them and vote. The difference between the grand prize winner and first place was one vote!
First panel: Steve Bacic, Andee Frizell, Cliff Simon and Garwin Sanford. Lots of good questions and very interesting answers! Garwin Sanford has been teaching (at Bill Marchant?) and now is directing. He did a 15 minute short and now is going to do a feature film. Steve Bacic has a PhD in Math! Near the end of the panel Dean Aylsworth showed up and asked if he could join the panel. They asked him why he was late and he said he couldn't say or he would cry. Steve had a good story about working nude with Teryl Rothery. They have worked together many times and known each other for a long time. He was glad that his first naked bit was with her because they worked on it so it would be comfortable.
Later in the morning, RDA had a panel. He was just getting started when Amanda Tapping showed up and surprised us! I think he knew, though. Lots of hugging and kissing. :)
They spent the hour answering questions. His daughter, Wylie was there and made a few comments from the audience then joined them on stage at the very end. She just turned 10 this month.
RDA is building a house, he likes comedians, heroes were hockey players - loved Bobby Orr. Someone asked if Legends was going to come out on DVD. The few of us who knew the show cheered loudly! He explained what happened to the show as it was one of UPN's opening shows. It was his first time as a producer and he didn't have the experience to get things done to keep it on the air.
Amanda's hero growing up was Carol Burnette, of course.
At the end of the panel, they talked about Don and what he meant to them. RDA told a story about one of the first times they met. Amanda told a story about when they were waiting for a plane to go to a con and Don started telling them a story and they laughed until they had tears streaming down their faces and were, literally, on the floor pounding the carpet with laughter. Garwin Sanford came up to the stage and gave a nice tribute to Don. There was a show of pictures and quotes from friends on the big screens, then his wife, Ruby came out. She thanked everyone for their messages and emails. She could barely talk for crying. Amanda teared up as did some others. By then my eyes got all blurred, too.
Closing ceremonies had everyone come on stage and there were a couple of speeches. Richard said that, as we know, he rarely comes out like this. He said that he went to Aurora con(?) but it was...blah. But here he actually had lots of fun, like us a lot and would like to do it again! Naturally, we stood and cheered!
Then they played "Absolutely Everybody" again and the actors got to see it. The volunteers and others began dancing around the room in a line to the music as the actors all escaped out the back way. ;)
Autographs after lunch! VIP tickets got to go first, of course. But there were so few in line that I got in the door within half an hour. I looked at everyone around the room at their tables but only wanted Garwin Sanford, of course. Had to wait in line for a bit. He never comes to cons, either, but I think he will come again, too. He would sign 3 things for $15 but he only had a stack of one b&w photo. I had him sign the photo for me and also my booklet from the con even though he was a 'drop in' and wasn't in the book. I thanked him for coming to the con so we could meet him. Also told him that my cable has RTN: Retro Network and is showing Airwolfe eps on weekends. I just saw part 2 of Stavograd a couple of weeks ago. He laughed at that. Also told him that I had seen Replica recently on iTunes and that the room at the beginning with Peter Outerbridge was Narim's apartment! He is so charming...and gorgeous! Phwar!!!
Gatecon is over. Loved it and am so glad they came back to Van and that I had a chance to go see it. I really hope that they have one next year and all these guests return. I am happy and sad at the same time.