Fan Expo Bonus: Nichelle Nichols Talks About The Interracial Kiss

There are more photos coming later tonight but as a quick bonus to tide you over, I took some video with my phone at the Nichelle Nichols Q&A. The quality isn’t amazing, but this is a clip of her telling the story about the first interracial kiss on television between Uhura and Kirk.

It’s a pretty cool story so I thought I would share it. I wish I could share her whole Q&A session, she was a blast to listen to. Funny and sassy and clearly at ease, and we all loved her for it. Hit the jump for a very poorly shot video.

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Fan Expo Vancouver: Day Two

There’s something very special about day two of the Fan Expo. I noticed it last year too, but I put it down to only discovering that I was really into comics in the second part of Sunday. This year was very different – once I’d sorted out David Prowse’s autograph on my limited edition translucent-helmet electrified Darth Vader figurine (OH YES), I headed straight for the art and spent most of Saturday picking through my favourite pieces. Somehow, today was far more relaxed (even if, at times, it didn’t feel any less busy) and I had a great time chatting with all the cool people that surrounded me, as well as waiting two hours to again meet David Hayter, AKA Solid Snake (who jointly holds the title of Nicest Celebrity Ever with Micha Collins).

So, thanks to the organisers for making today go much more smoothly, and a huge thank you to all the cosplayers who posed instantly when I went in for my photo. See you next year!

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Battle of the century

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FanExpo Vancouver in Tweets!

So for those of you who don’t have twitter –is that many?– or who follow us via Facebook, here’s (almost) all the tweets we made from FanExpo Vancouver this weekend plus a few we retweeted!

Enjoy!!

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FanExpo Vancouver Cosplay Photos

Today at Fan Expo I spent a great deal of time walking around with my friend and talented photographer Mark. Together we took a boat load of cosplay photos. Well, to be fair, he took all the photos and I helped wrangle people. But either way let’s face it: there’s lots of cool things going on at FanExpo (Simon already posted some photos and his take on the day ) but the cosplay is what you want to see photos of. There’s nearly 50 photos after the jump so get comfy!

Here’s a beautiful Lara Croft to get you started, the rest are after the jump.

Lara Croft

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Fan Expo Vancouver: Day One

Owww.

Sorry, in times like these, my back gains a voice of its own. I’m pretty sure that buying advance tickets should mean that you don’t have to wade through three line-ups in 90 minutes just to get through the main door.

Grumble.

Anyway, I’ve just got back from a long day pacing the aisles of Fan Expo Vancouver, checking out the shiny merchandise and trying not to gawp too much at the cosplay (pretty sure I failed). It’s always a strange mixture of feelings, being jammed in with a mixed crowd of average Joes and Super Heroes/Villains/Animals/Robots. It’s so busy, and everything is so focused on the price tags, that it’s very easy to let cynicism overtake as the day’s main emotion. However, what saves it is the subject. Actually, it’s the people and their love for the subject. What Fan Expo gives you – me – is a weekend of pure relief, from not resisting the urge to talk about the colour scheme of an X-Wing or comment on the merits of the ninth Doctor. Really, I’m not in the same league of geekdom/nerdvana as many of today’s willfully obsessed attendees, but it was such a pleasure to absorb their enthusiasm for a short while.

So, here’s a collection of tasty snaps from my camera. Matt will have plenty to add here, so watch this space!

– Simon

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Kasumi!

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