Toronto SF Expo – This Weekend

Off to the Toronto SF Expo for the next 3 days.
The Expo features guests from the worlds of SF, Horror, Comics, and Anime. Some headliners include Leonard Nimoy, Bruce Campbell, Mary McDonnell, and Linda Hamilton.

Going in with a press pass so hope to get close to Leonard Nimoy – a lifelong hero of mine. One interview that has been arranged for sure is with Robert Duncan McNeill aka Tom Paris of Star Trek:Voyager. Recently McNeill has moved from acting to directing and is one of the core Chuck directors.

Hope to get some detailed answers from him on directing duties as well as his reactions to the recent announcement of Brendan Routh aka SuperMan being cast for a multi-episode appearance in Season 3. Very appropriate that Chuck, now with SuperPowers is to be mentored by the ManOfSteel himself.

Not being an interviewer by trade I am somewhat nervous. I have prepared an interview outline and hope to be able ask all my questions but must be prepared to modify it on the fly depending on time restrictions.

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Busy WeekEnd – Polaris 23

Attended a local SF con – Polaris 23. Formerly known as Toronto Trek this was my first time attending this one. The focus is more on the media side of things with Michael Hogan of Colonel Tigh/BSG fame as the headliner. The con provides autograph/photo op opportunities with genre stars of film and TV. Here is a link to all the guests.

Not being an autograph hound I bypassed these sessions and concentrated on the writers present. Attended several readings and an interesting panel on the business side of writing related to negotiating rights for alternate forms of publishing ie media tie ins, ebooks etc. This was hosted by local writer Doug Smith and was very interesting.

Attended some panels in relation to Chuck – this was a lot of fun and most-Awesome, a Quantum Leap panel – also a lot of fun, and a in depth presentation of the upcoming Shane Acker/Tim Burton animated flick – 9. The animation was done by a local Toronto animation studio – Starz Animation. They walked us through the process of movie making and explained how the storyboards are brought to life by these talented artists. Very interesting. This seems like it will be a great flick based on a short film created by Shane Acker.

Here is the original short the upcoming movie is based on:

The short has no dialogue unlike the movie which will. And a pretty high powered voice cast at that – Elijah Wood, John C. Reilly, Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau and Jennifer Connelly.

Here is the trailer for the upcoming movie version:

Looks very unique and fresh. Can’t wait till this September.

Heads Up – Toronto – Ad Astra 2008 – PreReg Available

Ad Astra 2008 runs in Toronto on March 28 – 30 next year. Its a writer focused con covering SF/Fantasy and horror.

A great little con that attracts ~ 2500 people. This will be my third year attending. Here’s hoping some of the
you fellow journalists plan to attend it.

Pre-Reg is $35 until the end of September.

Here is the link to –  http://www.ad-astra.org/pdf/AdAstra2008PreRegForm.pdf – the form and here is the link to – http://www.ad-astra.org – the con.