San Jose Super-Con 2008 Recap

Bonnie Burton | May 20, 2008

Never one to turn down a comic book convention, I spent this past Sunday at Super-Con 2008 in San Jose, Calif. hanging out with fellow comic book fans, writers and artists, as well as celebrity Star Wars fans Go-Go’s guitarist Jane Wiedlin, actor/author Wil Wheaton, Bongo Comics Creative Director Bill Morrison and Star Wars actor Daniel Logan.

Super-Con is pretty small in scope compared to the bigger conventions like San Diego Comic-Con. It reminded me of Alternative Press Expo and WonderCon used to be before all movie marketers and Hollywood publicists figured out that their key demographic is all in one spot. I got to have real conversations with artists like Adam Hughes and Allison Sohn about their Star Wars art.

(New work from Adam Hughes)

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Jane Wiedlin’s new comic Lady Robotika and posing with Yoda!

As always, I had a blast hanging out with Go-Go’s guitarist, geek goddess, Star Wars fan Jane Wiedlin! She and Bongo Comics Creative Director Bill Morrison were at the con to promote her upcoming comic Lady Robotika which is about Jane being “abducted by aliens and transformed into a sexy cyborg superhero!”

For Jane’s birthday, the Super-Con folks had a Lady Robotika cake decorated for her, which they presented at the end of her Q&A session. I also gave Jane a little Yoda doll for her birthday, since I know how much she loves that Jedi Master.

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Bill Morrison poses with his velvet Krusty portrait, and his comic Roswell.

Bill Morrison also had this fantastic velvet painting he made of Krusty the Clown wearing an Elvis-inspired Las Vegas jumpsuit — truly a thing of beauty! Being a die-hard Simpsons fan (I’m the dork who listens to all the commentary tracks on The Simpsons DVD box sets), it’s such a thrill for me to see Bill’s work. I mean, the guy is an amazing writer and artist for “The Simpsons,” “Futurama,” and his own comic creation Roswell for crying out loud!

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Actor/Author/Web Celeb Wil Wheaton reads from his book The Happiest Days of Our Lives at the San Jose Super-Con comic book convention.

Another highlight of convention was watching actor and author Wil Wheaton read from his latest book: The Happiest Days of Our Lives. In a chapter about conventions, Wil told the crowd about some rather memorable and hilarious events attending cons as a kid and as a Star Trek actor. He also read his “Star Trek: The Next Generation” review of “Datalore” that he wrote for TV Squad which had everyone in hysterics. When you see Wil run around the stage as Wesley Crusher screaming “Weeeeeeeeee!” you can’t help but be entertained. His fans will be excited to hear that he’s publishing all his “Star Trek: TNG” reviews from TV Squad in two books! Yay!

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Wil also answered questions from fans during Q&A about his favorite episodes on “Star Trek: TNG” and why he wishes his character had more of a chance to show his angsty side like a normal teen. He also chatted about how much fun it is to play evil and crazy characters on TV shows like “C.S.I.” and “Numb3rs,” as opposed to the usual nice guy roles. Of course, Wil also had plenty to say about Dungeons and Dragons, Star Wars, acting and writing.

Do yourself a favor and go see Wil Wheaton speak at conventions and book signings near you. The guy is beyond entertaining and is super-nice to his fans. In fact, I was lucky enough to get him to chit chat with me about “Trekked” out hybrid cars at his booth while he signed all three of his books for me, and gave me a book of Star Trek: The Manga for one of my buddies at work.

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Actor/Author/Web Celeb Wil Wheaton has torrents at San Jose Super-Con comic book convention.

Wil is one of those guys who not only loves to write about geek pop culture culture, but lives it. He had an online radio show — Radio Free Burrito — long before podcasting was the norm. His work with the Video Toaster 4000 was nothing short of revolutionary for would-be mobie makers. He had a blog long before everyone else, and his books read like a primer on all the cool things we love — roleplaying and arcade games, sci-fi books and films, and so on. He’s a true geek in the best possible sense of the word. Plus his Star Wars stories are hilarious. Be sure to read his story about Star Wars action figures here: “Blue Light Special.”

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Gypsy, Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo!

Other highlights of Super-Con included spotting the “Mystery Science Theater 3000″ robots and saying howdy to Boba Fett actor Daniel Logan!

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Attack of the Clones Boba Fett actor Daniel Logan.

Check out the rest of my photos San Jose Super-Con 2008 here!

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