That's Brent Spiner, Wil Wheaton and Levar Burton from Star Trek: The Next Generation. It was great. All three of these men are dynamic, personable and funny.
Here's a photo of the great souvenirs we bought:
Do not adjust your screen. This is my way of showing that I am the only nerd on the planet who went to a comic/sci-fi con and bought NOTHING. This is not because I have great restraint. Rather I bought nothing because I said to my sons, "Let's leave the convention centre and get a healthy lunch then come back and buy our souvenirs." Oh, how naive I was to think that having a ticket guaranteed me entry into the building. How naive I was to think that organizers would cap ticket sales and not just keep taking money and selling passes with nary a thought that a finite number of people can fit into a convention centre.
You know who wasn't naive? The fire marshals. Mid-day Saturday they shut the doors, cordoned off sections of the building, and waited until enough people had left that public safety was no longer compromised.
I find this statement from Steven Hodges, Expo employee, a bit boggling:
“We were projecting crowds of about 45,000 this year and it’s safe to say we shattered that”
Calgary Herald, April 29, 2012).
They had no idea how many tickets they'd sold! What the --?! This is not rocket science. You look at the maximum allowable occupancy for the facility and then sell only that many tickets. It appears that the organizers of the Calgary Expo decided to hedge their bets that not everyone would show up at the BMO Centre during the convention and (GASP!) expect to use their tickets to enter the building. Instead they kept selling tickets.
I'd intended to use this outing as fodder for a blog post called "Beginners Guide to Attending a Star Trek, Sci Fi, Comic Expo with Children." Sadly the only advice I am comfortable offering is:
I wouldn't recommend going to next year's Calgary Expo because it might be a repeat of their 2012 clusterfuck. Save your money for a few years and go to ComicCon.
I will however be writing a blog post called "How my 'Patrick Stewart Hotel Amenity Algorithm' saved our Calgary Expo experience from being a completely lame, extremely expensive exercise in frustration."