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Phoenix Comicon SUNDAY

I will admit that by Sunday, I was getting just a little bit tired. Not bored, or anything, just tired from lack of sleep and poor nutrition (I kept forgetting to eat lunch, then would make up for it with chocolate or something).

The highlight of my Sunday was finally getting the picture with Gil Gerard and Erin Gray of Buck Rogers fame. I’d been chatting with both of them quite a bit throughout the weekend, but didn’t want to carry a signed picture around for fear I’d let it get wrinkled or lose it or something. Like many of the other media guests and artists, both Gil and Erin had brought along the glossy photos that they would sign and sell for a small fee. Erin, however, was also promoting a charity that she’s involved with called Haven House. From their site:

The Mission of Haven House is to help abused women and their children on their way towards a life free of violence by providing a safe haven for them.

Haven House was founded in 1964 by a local Alcoholics Anonymous group to shelter families of violent alcoholics, making it the first program of its kind in the Country.

For a small donation to the charity, attendees got to pose with BOTH Buck Rogers stars. Not that I’m star-struck or anything, but it IS a good cause, so, you know, I was just being philanthropic…

Erin Gray, me, and Gil Gerard
Erin Gray, me, and Gil Gerard

Even though the programming went on all day on Sunday, I was just wiped out and left mid-afternoon. Luckily there wasn’t much traffic, and I made the drive home in just over 2 hours.

I would have liked to see the end of the trivia contest, I would have liked to attend a few more of the writer’s panels, and I would have liked to get the photo op with Brent Spiner and Marina Sirtis, but these will have to wait until next year. Phoenix Comicon 2010 is going to be even bigger and better. A new venue at the Phoenix Convention Center (instead of Mesa) means twice as many rooms for programming and a large room that can hold 3,200 people at a time. They were already selling tickets this weekend for next year’s event – $20 for all three days plus the preview night. If I get to go (pending potential schedule conflicts) I will definitely sign up to volunteer again

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