Photos from Calgary Comic Expo 2017

Comic Expo 2017 was a ton of fun (it always is for me!).  This year's media guests that caught my eye were:
Highlander and Highlander fan!
Set phasers to FUN!
Me pretending to be the Doctor's Sonic-mechanic (hence the Corner Gas shirt)
The Grand Nagus and I!  It was so great to meet Shawn.

Photos from Comic Expo 2016

Brandon Routh - Superman from Superman returns, and Atom from Arrow / DC Legends of Tomorrow

Peter Mayhew, a.k.a. Chewbacca from Star Wars!  He's 7'3"!

Clark Gregg - Agent Coulson from Avengers, Agents of SHIELD

Connor Trineer - "Trip" from Star Trek Enterprise

Garret Wang (Harry Kim) and Robert Duncan McNeill (Lt. Tom Paris) from Star Trek Voyager

Getting mugged by the Malfoy's!
Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) and Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) from Harry Potter.

Karl Urban (Dr. "Bones" McCoy from the new Star Trek movies)

Some wisdom from a wonderful piece of cinema

Day 51

The only real failure is the failure to try.

And the measure of success is how we cope with disappointment, as we always must.

Can we be blamed for feeling too old to change? Too scared of dissapointment to start it all again?

We get up in the morning, we do our best. Nothing else matters. 

But its also true that the person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing.

All we know about the future is that it will be different. But perhaps what we fear is that it will be the same.

So we must celebrate the changes.

Because, as someone one said, "Everything will be alright in the end, and if it's not alright, then trust me, it's not yet the end!"

- Evelyne from "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"

Photos from the 2015 Comic Expo

In Memory of Leonard Nimoy

I was lucky enough to have met Leonard in April 2010 when he visited Calgary Canada for our local Comic & Entertainment expo.  I was also very fortunate to have attended his "homecoming" which was held in Vulcan, Alberta, about 1 hour south of Calgary.

Leonard's homecoming celebration on April 23, 2010 was the day before the Comic Expo.  Vulcan, normally a small town of about 1800 people, swelled to over 5000 fans and well-wishers!  The town held a special parade in Leonard's honour, complete with a float "The U.S.S. Extendicare", a replica of the Enterprise built on the back of a pickup truck, constructed by the good folks from the local seniors' home.

Click here for a home-video of Spock's homecoming to Vulcan.

After the parade, the town presented Leonard with the key to the town, and also dedicated a bronze statue of Mr. Spock, which included an imprint of Leonard's Vulcan salute in the bronze.

My dad always said "photos are better with PROPS!"  So for my photo op at the Comic Expo,  I came prepared with two tricorders, one for each of us.  I asked Leonard if we could scan eachother with the tricorders for the photo.  He very kindly obliged, and now I can say I was scanned by Mr. Spock!

Leonard, thank you for creating and sharing Mr. Spock with us, and for teaching us to be better human beings, and to be better to each other.

You lived long and prospered, and boldly went where no one had gone before. But now you have passed beyond the stars into the final frontier. May your next adventure in the great beyond be forever "fascinating"!

A Sad Day for the Star Trek Universe - Farewell Leonard

Today is a sad day as Leonard Nimoy passed away.  I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to meet him and have a tiny bit of fun with him at the 2010 Comic Expo.

Leonard and I scanning each other with tri-corders at the 2010 Comic Expo.  What a fun guy he was!

I was also lucky enough to attend his "Vulcan homecoming" in 2010 the day before the Expo.  Here's a link to my photo album from that event.

I think I'll head down to Vulcan tomorrow to lay some flowers at Leonards' statue and have a moment of silence.

Rest in peace Leonard.  And thank you for your inspiration.  IDIC

---- Addendum ----

I visited Vulcan February 28, 2015 to pay my respects to Leonard.  The town was still adjusting to the shock of Leonard's death.  There were some flowers at his statue, I added a few candles, and with a few friends, we raised a glass to Mr. Nimoy.  May your travels beyond the final frontier be forever fascinating!

Ronnie Burkett's "Daisy Theatre" is absolutely brilliant!

Tonight I attended the "industry night" show of Ronnie Burkett's latest marionette improvised creation "The Daisy Theatre", starring Ronnie Burkett, his unbelievable collection of beautifully crafted marionettes, and a few lucky souls from the audience.

I have been going to see Ronnie Burkett shows since I moved to Calgary.  Each show is a unique piece of art in it's own right.  And this time is yet another totally unique, touching, and utterly hilarious show.  He brings each character to life, some of whom will touch your heart, freak you out, demand your absolute diva-worship, and show us things about life that we in modern society have mostly forgotten in our hustle and bustle.

This is a puppet show, but it is NOT for kids...AT ALL.  This is puppet theatre for adults at it's absolute best.  So many tongue-in-cheek double-entendres my cheeks were aching 10 minutes into the show because I was laughing and smiling so much.

I loved this show. I've collected a few pics from the internet of some of the characters from The Daisy Theatre, but they really don't do them justice.  The life that Ronnie (and one audience member) breathes into his characters is absolutely magical.


Edna Rural from Turnip Corners

Major General Leslie Fuqwar

Esme Massengill

Schnitzel and his bear

Fritz (?) and Schnitzel

Esme Massengill reclining on her chaise.

The librarian / volunteer stage manager

Ronnie the marionette master-genius.Thank you so much for another wonderful creation!

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