I (heart) Hal-Con.

The 'bot is back! Hal-Con rocked the coast after returning from the grave!

Well, Hal-Con was a blast!

I’ve had the good fortune to get to attend comic conventions this year in San Diego, San Francisco, New York, Toronto and book events in NY (and soon Miami) and I can’t imagine a more lovely group of people than the ones at the Halifax Convention.

Here we see the greatest bounty hunter in the universe, and Bobba Fett was there too...

Friendly people, passionate about their loves, a good mix of sci-fi, fantasy, comics, gaming and other fun geek-y pastimes and truly interested fans. I had one amazing conversation after another.

I also wanted to give a shout out to the organizers of Hal-Con who took on the enromous task of resurrecting a long-dead convention (the last one was 15 years ago). They did it with style, with astonishingly few misteps for their first time out of the gate and with grace, humour and a real enjoyment for all the genres they were featuring.

And they also raised  over $2,500 for local causes at a chairty auction – including a MIND-blowing $300 for a signed poster of Nathan Fillion (Serenity, Castle). Fillion also called in to the show to help win one of the Geeks vs Nerds debates….

The most amazing thing I saw. The Leonov from "2010". This could easily have been a model used for the movie. The work done on it was incredible!

Wait, what IS Geeks vs Nerds you ask? Well I am happy you did.

This fantastic live show pits panels of “Geeks” vs “Nerds” against each other, arguing topics like “whose the least effective military force? Stormtroopers, or Star-Trek redshirts?” Or “Who is the best smuggler in the universe? Han Solo or Mal Reynolds?” Or even the more business case orientated — “Who is the better second in command? Vader or Spock?”

I got to argue on behalf of the Stormtroopers arguoing that while yes, they have a tragic targeting issue, they were still way better to have then the redshirts, who after all, spend all their on-screen time dying as soon as they materialze on to whatever planet or ship they’ve been sent to. I’d call them cannon-fodder, but that’d be an insult to cannon-fodder.

I’m trying to get the show out to Fan-Expo next year, so Toronto fans — you NEED to check this out! I’mhoping for a Donald vs Daffy Duck debate as well as a Man in Black(Dread Pirate Roberts) vs Zorro… but that’s just me…

There were also some INCREDIBLE fan efforts, from the dozens upon dozens of brilliant costumes to a massive replica of the Alexei Leonov – the main ship from 2010. This was done by Robert LePine and it was crazy-good!

Uh, did I mention they had an opening night party where authors and guests could mingle and eat lobster on rice-crackers? I didn't? Well they did. And it was good.

Enjoy these photos from the show — and make sure you check out the Hal-Con site for more. And if you are looking for an excuse to travel to Canada’s Ocean Playground – this is a good one.

I’ll post some more on this soon, with a few links to some new talents I met who I hope you might be interested in.

  1. PigMonkey PigMonkey
    PigMonkey replied on November 9, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Cheers Conor! Thanks for getting the word out. You did an amazing job Championing Stormtroopers.

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