Hey all you crazy kids! This weekend brings to the Denver area my favorite Convention of the year, and also MayTheFourth Star Wars Celebration all in one location……StarFest!
What is StarFest? – StarFest started in 1977 and is host to 6 Cons wrapped into one show. ComicFest, HorrorFest, DigiFest, RoboFest, GameFest and the Model and Art show. Over the years, StarFest has had some amazing Guests. Summer Glau, Sean Astin, Francis Ford Coppola, Christian Bale and many more. It’s also the very first Convention I ever attended. I started going to this amazing show in 2010 and have been back ever since. I’ll highlight some of my favorite moments in a bit.
I can’t even highlight all the amazing panels, Guests, activities and fun that is to be had over this weekend. Lets start with a few of the Guests im excited about. Nichelle Nicholas, Sam Witwer and Billy D Williams. Each one has been people I’ve always wanted to meet.
Nichelle Nicholas – Best known for her role on the original Star Trek series and movies as Lieutenant Uhura, she helped groundbreaking the way for Female African-Americans Actresses. That alone should be reason enough, but She is also a Voice Actor and any chance I get to speak with someone in the VO/VA world, it just sets a fire under me to continue pursuing a career in it.
Sam Witwer – Its DOOMSDAY! I was/am a huge Smallville fan and enjoyed the portrayal of Davis Bloome/Doomsday. Lets not forget his roles in Angel, Dexter and Darth Maul on Star Wars: Clone Wars. As if getting to voice Darth Maul wasn’t enough, he also provided his voice for Star Wars: Unleashed as Darth Vader’s secret Apprentice, and Emperor Palpatine. Getting a chance to sit down with him would be something special.
Last but not least, Billy D Williams – Yep, Lando Calrissian the Original Owner of the Millennium Falcon or for some of you out there, the Colt45 guy. This Mans credits are plentiful, going as far back as the early 70’s he has appeared in many Movies and TV shows and even a few Video Games. My favorite role outside of Lando was in Titan Maximum as Admiral Chester Bitchface – I don’t know why, but every episode i would bust into laughter hearing his lines. I’m really hoping we are treated to a song or two during his panel.
Now onto my favorite moments over the years attending StarFest
While looking at purchasing a Ninjto or Katana sword in the Dealers room, a gigantic hand landed on my shoulder. I followed an arm up to the face of Peter Meyhew – Chewbacca himself – and in a soft English voice, he asked if would mind stepping aside for a moment….I looked at him, a bit star struck and said……You’re Chewbacca, go right ahead! The look on my Friends faces were to die for! None of us could belivie believe that it just happened and that I didn’t bust out a Chewie grunt.
After going to StarFest for a few years, last year i was granted my First Press Pass and conducted my very First Interview. Who was the lucky Guest? Final Destination writer, Jeremy Reddick. i was so nervous that i called him Jeremy Roenick….Yep, the hockey player. After correcting me and starting over, the Interview actually went really well – I’ve talked about this Interview on the podcasts before and how i was set up for an embarrassing moment by my Friends
Which brings me to my favorite part of Convention Season, making new Friends. I’ve met more people who I consider Friends at StarFest than any other Convention. It’s where I first met who we know as Star Wars Kristy, The entire crew of GirlsOfGeek12.com, Jake the TIE Pilot, who’s part of the 501st Mountain Garrison, Rianna Melton the Duct Tape artist and last but not least, Robin Childs, creator of Leylines webcomic. All oh whom are Geeks in their own rights.
This years StarFest is looking to a step up from last year, with the Con falling on MayTheFourth, the Star Wars love is going to be out of control. I’ve never really been anyplace for MayTheForth other than watching Star Wars at my house with Friends so this year should be a blast. This year, ill be joined by Che and Katie and we will be taking pictures, recording segments for the podcast as well as interviews and much more. We will be updating our Twitter and FB pages all weekend, so be sure that you’re following us! And if you’re in costume, we want to take your picture! If you’re an artist, we want to talk to you! And if you’re Nichelle Nicholas, Sam Witwer or Billy D Williams, we want to talk to you!
Ger your tix HERE – See you this weekend!!