CC @ C3 Spectacular
- Part 2
Posted by: Bill Cable
Welcome back! Ready for
more C3 insanity? Good. Now, before we get to Saturday, I have
something to take care of...
Now, if you remember from last week's story, on Thursday
night I attended the Collectors Social Hour. At that event some
of the guys from the collecting track, myself included, handed
out Ewoks animation cels to those in attendance. I posted a couple
pics of the people hunting through some of the cels I laid out.
Well, it turns out I was captured in the process by my friend
Tom Garvey from across the table. So you saw my POV last week,
and now you can see his!
Look at that guy control the
crowd and keep those rabid dogs at bay!! That was one masterful
effort... if I do say so myself. Now... moving on to...
Saturday was the "big"
day at C3. And it couldn't have gotten off to a better start.
Friday afternoon, I stopped in the Press Room to do a quick E-mail
check. I had a Press Pass, after all, and intended to use it
to it's fullest benefits. But up until that moment, the benefits
of the Press Pass really hadn't amounted to jack sh*t. Yeah,
I could get into the building early, but I didn't get access
to anywhere cool. Couldn't get into the Exhibitors room. Couldn't
get into any of the talks or presentations without standing in
line. I was expecting to be treated like a prince, but I was
being dealt with no differently than your average plebe. And
that sucked. But on Friday, the benefit of the Press Pass was
finally revealed to me. And that benefit came in the form of
admittance to an audience with the Flannelled-One himself!
I had been tossing around the
idea of standing in line waiting to see Lucas, but really didn't
want to deal with the weather and lack of sleep. So I'd pretty
much resigned myself not to go. But on Friday, as I was checking
my E-mail, a string of press people came in for details on Lucas.
And I overheard the tale 3 or 4 times... "Show up in the
morning at the main doors. Display your press pass, and you'll
be escorted to a holding room. And then you'll be taken up to
the ballroom for the talk." That's right. No rain. No sleep
depravation. And the choicest seats in the room. I KNEW
this web site would end up being good for something some day!!
So I rolled out of bed at around 6:30am. Showered. Grabbed a
muffin and some juice. And strolled over to the convention center
where I walked right in and sat down in a cozy meeting room.
After about 30 minutes, they paraded us past the thousands of
people lined up inside the building and up to the front of the
ballroom, just to the left of the stage.
And that's where I ran in to
my first batch of idiots. It seems the "press" is incapable
of figuring out how to choose a row and sit down. Everyone was
sort of jockeying for position, nearest the aisle, and as a result
there was just a mass of humanity. Being one of the few alpha
males in the room, I chose a row and told the guys milling around
ahead of me to move their asses. And then they started whining..."I
don't like to be pushed." "Don't yell at me."
Waaaa waaa waaa. After all the store lines I suffered through,
I wasn't about to stand there and wait for these dips to get
their sh*t together. I ended up making out pretty well... by
herding a line of guys down the row I found myself just two seats
from the aisle. And in a better seat than the whiners I moved
out of my way. Score one for Cable!
we ended up sitting there for almost 30 minutes, waiting for
the crowd to get seated and Mr. Lucas to get in the building.
It seemed to drag on a bit, but considering all the people who
spent the night in the rain, I won't complain much. Here you
can see the PowerPoint slides that entertained us with such phrases
as "He's here! Really!" as well as the crowd getting
in behind me.
Then it was the big moment. First Emcee
Jay Lagaaia ran out to prime us a bit. Then Rick McCallum
came out. He flubbed up his part during the first talk. He was
supposed to introduce a movie, then call out Lucas' kids who
would then bring out Lucas. Instead, he went right to the kids,
who called out their dad, who said from behind the curtain "What
about the movie??" His mic was on. It was funny. So then
they did the movie and Rick called him out again... it was just
Lucas came out, and started mugging
for the cameras. It was a blinding blast of flash bulbs for almost
two straight minutes... which wouldn't be half as funny except
for the fact that 99% of the people taking photos were well out
of flash distance for their respective cameras. I was in a pretty
good place... out of flash range but still close enough to get
the money shot:
Yeah baby! I rule. So Lucas did
his thing... made the big TV announcements... fielded a few questions
from a few completely indecipherable fans. Maybe all the rain
had soaked their brains... but the things they were asking were
just... odd. And then they ushered us out of the room. I mean...
I don't want to sound all negative. It was a great experience.
And it made filling out the Press Pass application a worthwhile
endeavor. I mean, I wouldn't have even been able to attend at
all without the Press Pass due to a conflict during his two later
talks. But before we get to that... enjoy a few more shots of
So I was out of there around 9:30-ish.
And I had my big talk at 10am. That left precious little
time for me to get prepped. The first thing I need to do was
find a photographer... and thankfully CreatureCantina.com staffer
Sandy Rivers was
more than happy to help! So first thing I needed to do was demonstrate
how the camera works. He insisted I include this shot in the
My presentation was on Character
Collecting. I was up there with Mike Mensinger and Chris Fawcett.
And it was a fun talk. Mostly we just showed off our own collections,
but we also gave some pointers on how to be successful and good
stuff like that. I demonstrated some advanced eBay search tips
that I actually got some compliments on afterwards. And people
laughed at my jokes! That was a joy! Because I am the worst joke
teller you'll ever meet. I know... you wouldn't know it based
on this site... but I just can't deliver the standard "A
guy walks into a bar" joke, or the ice breaker public speaking
joke. It just never works for me. But when I did the bit asking
if anybody knew where I could find a MOC ROTJ removable limbs
C-3PO with an Anakin sticker offer... I had them rolling!! Unless
that was just a pity laugh... but it sure didn't feel like one.
So here's us. I'm in the center.
Mike is in the dark shirt. Cj is the other guy. And check out
the photo of the fully-engaged, standing-room-only crowd! (It's
not a good thing, being scheduled opposite the Lucas talks and
during the time everyone was in line for C3 Vaders). The
crowd wasn't the biggest in the hall that day, but they had a
As you can see, Sandy doesn't
really grasp the whole "flash doesn't work from more than
12' away" thing, either. But I do appreciate his efforts!
Whew... this is a lot of typing.
I think it's time for a babe break. Enjoy these babes, and other
various costume pics!
Nothing better than an Asian
female Count Dooku. And that girl in the black Mandalorian armor
had RED contacts... it looked freaky as hell.
The Gamorrean Guard was probably my favorite (non-sexy) costume
from the entire weekend... just TOP NOTCH!
the day I ran into a couple other celebs. I saw Steve Sansweet
walking down the hallway and bugged him for a photo. He initially
said no, until I introduced myself as Bill Cable. Then he was
more than happy to pose. I also made my way into the Autograph
Hall, where I scored a photo of Leeanna Walsman. I knew Tronzo
took one of her earlier, but I wasn't about to pass up the chance
to walk up and say hello to her.
Then there was the mustache
contest! I was approached to provide one of the prizes, so
I decided to stop by and take a few photos. And man... I've never
attended a mustache growing contest before, but even with my
limited experience I know this was a really weak field. I've
never seen a sorrier set of mustaches. I can't grow a decent
stache to save my life... but had I known this to be my competition
I probably would have made a go at it. And it didn't help that
Aaron shaved his two days before the judging. Everyone was so
neatly trimmed... I was expecting some beastly staches. Just
disappointing all around.
Check out these sad staches...
I do have to give some credit to Tim.
The Star Tours uniform was fantastic! The gold glasses with attached
sideburns was a bit overboard... but the uniform itself was spiffy.
After about 30 minutes of waiting
for people to show up, we finally got around to meeting our "Celebrity
Judge." And said celebrity was none other than Shannon
McRandle (formerly Shannon Baska)! And she recruited the
help of Michonne
Bourriague and Leeanna Walsman on the final decision. The
winner (FIXED) was contest organizer Dave Myatt! And his
prize - THE
BAG!! But Dave was gracious... passing around the bag
for each contestant to pull out a prize. And I was pretty happy
that my art ended up with Andre. I thought his was the best stache.
I mean, Dave had a good one... but he was working the cowboy
hat and everything. Andre was just like "I'm here... and
here's my stache." You gotta be impressed by that gumption.
night, and it was more hanging out at the Omni. I got together
with almost 30 of my favorite Vintage collector buddies for a
meal at the hotel restaurant. The food was top tier gourmet.
And priced as such. But it was worth every penny. I took a bunch
of photos on Mark S.'s camera... but that fat Aussie bastard
decided to tour the United States for the next month... so I
can't get those photos from him yet. I had a couple Vintage guys
pose with the sign before heading up to my room to get ready
for dinner, but that was it. And damnit... I can't even get to
my Blue Snag photo! I guess I'll just have to link
And then it was up to the hallway
for some more wheeling and dealing. I hung out for a while with
James and Josh... admiring one of James' Vintage carded figures
I needed (a Luke X-Wing I sent payment out for this Monday)...
and being serenaded by Josh's incomparable musical stylings.
It was a lot of fun!
After hanging out in there listening
to tragic stories for WAY too long, I decided to call it a night.
After a very long day, I hit the hay.
By Sunday, I was completely exhausted.
I barely broke out my camera at all. I got a couple good costume
shots, including some amazing Padme costumes, and that neat Taun
Taun that clogged up the main hallway most of the day. But that
was just about it.
Sunday after cleaning up the
PSWCS booth, some of us went
out to dinner, then hung out for a while afterwards and had a
blast. And then Monday it was a 9-hour drive back to PA. And
that was the trip. It was one hell of an adventure.
I can't express enough just how
much fun I had at C3. I tried to split my time between my PSWCS
friends and my Vintage friends, and I think I struck a pretty
good balance. Part of me wished I'd had another week to enjoy
the company. The other part was so tired that I couldn't wait
to get home to sleep in my own bed. That said, going to C3 was
a blessing from beginning to end, and I enjoyed everyone's companionship
I'd like to send out apologies
to the people I may have offended. I think I pretty much assured
that I'll never be adding a couple of desperately-desired prototype
pieces from Todd C's collection to mine after calling him a "bastard"
repeatedly for having them. I was saying it in a joking manner...
but I don't think he was amused. That was before he learned from
Mark that "bastard" is a term of endearment Down Under.
And I almost brought Joe Y to tears by commenting that he'd scare
away anybody who might think to attend a panel he hosted on bootlegs.
Again, I was saying it in a joking manner... but he seemed genuinely
hurt. You may not be "generic," but you're still beautiful,
man!! To all the women I ogled - that was your own damn fault...
if you didn't want me to look then you shouldn't have been wearing
I left C3 with some really killer
pieces added to my C-3PO collection. I picked up items that I
wouldn't have even dreamed of scoring when I crawled into Mike's
minivan before dawn on Wednesday. The only other thing I could
have hoped to find was a MOC ROTJ removable limbs C-3PO with
an Anakin sticker offer. I repeat... I'm looking for a MOC
ROTJ removable limbs C-3PO with an Anakin sticker offer.
If you know where I might find one... please send
me an E-mail...
I'm already looking forward to
C4 in 2007. I can't wait to hang with you guys again. Maybe next
time the Press Pass will be worth a damn. Until then, I guess
I'll have to keep pressing on with this CreatureCantina.com web
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PS: Hope you enjoyed the write-up.