|Buster, my puppet making an appearance!|
I have been the co-director of Timegate for the past three years. It has honestly been a life changing experience. three years ago I jumped into water that was WAY over my head and Since then I have came up to the surface a bit. As a person it has changed me to be a bit more personable, a bit more outspoken, and a bit more critical of what I say. I have seen different ways to run presentations, and I have found myself to be more versatile. As a director you have to be many things, a Carnival caller, a mediator if problems arise, a moderator to try to let every one have their chance to talk.
This year at Timegate has been no different, it was a great time being on "that side" of the panel room. The guests were all GREAT! the attendees all came with GREAT questions! It seemed that everyone went away happy. As always I walked away from the weekend with new friends.
Of course you don't want to hear my fluffy ramblings about life changes, YOU want to hear about the convention. . . So, fearless reader, I give you my thoughts on the weekend, but you have to realize I was in my panel room most of the time.
Timegate is a convention full of costumes, and friends and love for the two franchises it represents. The weekend started on Friday. My favorite part is always coming down to the lobby for the first time. you see the people registering, and picking up their badges, and you see friends. this year was no different immediately I was greeted with the faces of my dear timegate friends that I see once a year. The people who run the con, and the people who help with my tracks. all of them are fantastic people and seeing them is an event of it's own.
|Getting started with the first panel of the weekend|
|$25000 Pyramid of Mars|
|Countdown to 50 panel|
Sunday continued to be great and panels went on, but on Sunday we got the best quote ever from a young attendee, when asked what his favorite thing about Doctor who was he said "The TARDIS - it travels through time and space. . . Isn't that enough" it was GREAT! the enthusiasm of the younger demographic was fantastic!
Every thing about the con out did itself this year. The dealer room was great, I will be doing another post about some of the things I picked up this year.
The whole con was great I do want to give a few shout outs to some people who made it great! and this is not an extensive list, and I apologize if I miss some people.
Alan Siler is such a good friend and is the guy that makes Timegate happen, so big props to him!
Marten Hennessee is my partner in crime and my co-director. I couldn't do it without him!
Check out Mad Norwegian Press where Lars Pearson is the publisher
Josh Wilson also works as an editor for Mad Norwegian and is also my co-host on The Oncoming Storm podcast
Scott and Sacha both participate in The articles of the Shadow Proclamation Podcast and have a very cool new project coming very soon!
George Cockrell is the best unpaid scientific adviser a con could ask for!
Bill Ritch and the Atlanta Radio Theater Company helped us TONs. If you get the chance to see one of their productions please DO!
Ken Spivey of the Ken Spivey Band has some great music!
Kathy Sullivan shares a last name with dear Harry, and really knows her stuff! Check out her books!
Denise Bagley who is usually our only staffer who could not be there this year, but she showed up anyway! Thanks Denise!
I would be remiss if I did not thank my wife as well for letting me participating in this even every year over our anniversary weekend. THANK YOU!
Also ALL of the people who attended the con and the panels. There were lots of new who fans who have an interest for the new series AND have a huge respect for the classic series! I am so glad to see that, so if you guys have any questions ASK!