CC @ C3 Spectacular
- Part 1
Posted by: Bill Cable
Oh man... where to begin?
Well, as you already know, I went to C3 last week. The nice folks
at GenCon gave me a press pass to the event, so I figure I owe
them a write-up. I took well over 100 photos at C3, so I'm gonna
do this as a photo diary of sorts. All the images are thumbnails,
so click away.
So, in addition to covering the
event for CC.com, or perhaps I should say in spite of that endeavor,
I was there to pimp out PSWCS.
And the first thing I did after arriving was set up the PSWCS
booth. I'm not gonna go into that much here, but you can see
it all on the PSWCS
Celebration3 events page. The booth turned out fantastic.
We gave out our swank PSWCS/DCSWCC/OSWCC
exclusive C3 patch (the most limited LFL licensed exclusive
available at C3!!!), raffled off a carded figure and recruited
all sorts of people. It was great. But that's neither here nor
there... just figured I'd plug the PSWCS
one more time...
Now for my CC C3 write up. And
now we face the dilemma. Do I post the sexy babe photos
now, save them to the end to make everybody read through the
whole thing, or scatter them throughout? Each approach has its
advantages and disadvantages... Ah well, I like to be nice to
my readers, so here you go...
One of the first photos I took was of
this very attractive female Jedi. I don't know what it is about
her, but she just really does it for me. Pretty face. Smoking
body. I saw her three different days, and each day she had a
different Jedi outfit on. Unfortunately, I only had my camera
out for this one. But it does a good job showing what I'm talking
Now, I really can't go on writing
an entire paragraph for each and every photo like that. Hell,
80% of the photos require no explanation whatsoever. And I guess
the babes would be among those. So here's a gallery of some of
the women of Thursday and Friday...
You're welcome. Moving on with business...
I guess it was Wednesday night that I went to Hooters for the
first time, for the JediDefender
"get-together." I really only popped in and out...
after having had a few too many at dinner... but I did have the
time to get a nice shot of some of the JD staff, including the
Even though no one offered to
buy me a drink... well, not that I can recall... I did have fun
and it was nice to put some names to faces.
Then came Thursday. Opening day.
And who wouldn't be blown away by the incredible costumes. Whether
it was standing in the store line waiting for Obi-Wan to direct
me to the appropriate queue, or roaming the halls, they were
everywhere. And actually, the store line ended up being a particularly
productive place to snap some costume photos. Aside from Obi,
I ended up being about 6 or 7 people back from the most esoteric
costume of the Con - ICMG!!
And I ended up right next to a fantastic Dengar. And a few lines
over I saw... well... you may want to avert your eyes.
Even outside the line, there
was a good assortment of costumes. My favorite - Grizzly Obi-Wan!!
there was Thursday night... the "Star Wars Collectors Social."
Before the thing even started, I got two of my coolest photos.
The first is of the best shirt in the show. It was a "Hooters"
style T-shirt that read "FemtrOOpers" - with appropriately-placed
Os. It was just... fantastic. You can't read it too well in the
photo, but you get the idea. And I also stole a shot of Nick
Gillard as he was getting mobbed.
Then the social began. It was
a blast. Vintage collectors EVERYWHERE. And Ewoks animation cels.
You should have seen the chaos. I was handing out the cels in
my role as an official "Collecting Track Volunteer,"
and a couple of the times when I extended my hand with a nice
cel I wondered if it'd come back with all five fingers. YOU GUYS
WERE SAVAGES!! The funniest part is that even the nicest cel
I handed out at the social wasn't a shadow of the coolness we
found the next day. But that's another story... Here's some of
the collectors. Don't ask me how Jeff got in just about every
And it wouldn't be a party without
the CreatureCantina.com SUCKS sign. I conned a few suckers into
mugging for the CC.com camera. These are, from left to right,
Steve "pr0n King" York, Lisa "more money than
God" Stevens, Tattoo "The Pose" Shane and Ron
"not the one that killed Chewbacca" Salvatore.
Thursday night wrapped up with a little
soiree in a local collector's abode. In attendance
was the esteemed collector and author John Kellerman, whose book
if you haven't purchased you should go over and pick one up RIGHT NOW!! It's hands-down the single most comprehensive
and spectacular guide to Vintage Star Wars action figure collecting
ever written in the history of mankind. Besides John and a couple
dozen dedicated collectors, I also saw this nice set of Glasslite
Droids cardback negs. These were made to manufacture the Glasslite
cardbacks in Brazil. Very cool prototype pieces. But I had to
see where else my money might end up going before committing
Friday was the first BIG day
for CC.com. Because that was the day I decided to run over to
the Autograph Hall and take my celebrity photos. And that task
ended up being a HUGE success!! Every celebrity I went
to was happy to cooperate. And some even took the opportunity
to ham it up. Now, I still need to go through and format them
all for the Cantina Celebrities gallery,
so I'm just going to splash them all here for now.
Now... my only mistake here was
that I didn't take photos of Gerald Home or Femi Taylor. I already
have both of them and I usually only take one per celeb, but
I found myself breaking that rule on Mary and Nalini. Granted,
who wouldn't want to take as many photos as possible of either
of them... but that's another issue. I still should have taken
photos of everyone I could... and especially Gerald Home! I mean...
I'm his favorite artist and everything now. I should have asked
someone to take a pic of us together. Damn my 20/20 hindsight!!
Anyway... there were more costumes
on Friday. Some great... even prize-winning. And some that were
comprised solely of fez hats with Darth Maul horns on them. The
Biker chick scout in hot pants was a particular treat.
For lunch I treated the CC.com
staff... those who weren't too busy to attend... to lunch. This
was my second trip to Hooters! And boy, do those Hooter Girls
love Star Wars!! I had a blast talking to Tronzo and Sandy for
an hour and downing a couple brews. The company was well worth
the price of admission. And of course, I got the critical photos...
Oh yeah... they were all over
us at that place. Hooters LOVES CreatureCantina.com. On the way
back from lunch, I came across yet another photo opportunity.
And what can I say... sometimes you just need to take one for
Friday wrapped up with the now
legendary "room sales," where Vintage prototypes flowed
like wine. I walked away with a hand-painted internal first shot
Droids C-3PO... my FIRST 4"
Vintage figure prototype. I saw it in Andy Loney's display case
Friday afternoon, and immediately knew that it had to be mine.
And I cut a great deal for it. I was just glowing the rest of
the night. I'll take some photos to share when I get the chance.
The halls of the hotel were chaos...
packed shoulder-to-shoulder. And the booze was flowing almost
as freely as the cash. The people were BSing as much as they
were dealing, and I met a lot of great people, and ran in to
a number of old friends I hadn't seen since C2. Here are a few
shots of the festivities...
Around 1am I hit the hay, knowing
I had big things ahead Saturday morning. My Press pass promised
wonderful things early the next day, and I wanted to make sure
I was awake for it. Tune in next week as I explore the rest of
Celebration 3 when CC @ C3 concludes!!!