Emerald City Comicon is my relaxation con. I love being able to just be an attendee, and there are a lot more people I have the time to enjoy talking shop with.
Sorry, Sakuracon, but our support for tabletop games and model-building kinda sucks. I also don’t really get to see panels (or anything) that happens before 7PM at S-con, I’m too busy down in my troll-hame under the stairs.
This year I didn’t get to see all I would have liked at ECCC; Tudyk’s panel was choked with bodies and had people still lined up halfway around the 6th floor wating for an opening. Just wasn’t worth it. Still, the ones I hit were more than worth it, especially for the commentary on acting strategies and goals.
Oh, and a language warning: Both I and Mr. Perlman say “fuck”. A lot. Now then…
First off, as a public service announcement:
Stop fucking asking about what voice acting is like. I’ve only done classes and I can tell you: boring. You sit in a booth and get fed lines and direction through headphones. If you’re really lucky and doing a dub, they’ll project some footage for you to work to. Otherwise, it’s an entirely masturbatory exercise: you’re in there by yourself, having a moderate amount of fun but wishing there were other people there, and you can do it with no pants on. Yes, working on video games is basically voice acting, and no, it’s not going to change based on how much you liked the game.
I have now saved you, and all the rest of us at Q&A panels, a good 5-10 minutes that can be used for interesting questions.
Friggin’ hilarious panel. Lots of interesting little tidbits.
Apparently he actually got fired from the A-Team before the show was picked up, but he turned out to be one of the most popular characters in the pilot during test screenings, so they re-hired him and fired Tim Dunigan (who was replaced by Dirk “that “r” should be a “c”” Benedict). Also, Whoopi Goldberg actually got him into Trek: he commented once that he loved the show, and a script showed up with his name on it not long after – no audition, just “come on in”. He auditioned for a part in a new Peabody and Sherman cartoon the Monday after the con; I hope he got it, I love his voice.
Nichelle Nichols was amazing. None of my pics came out, and due to a self-induced scheduling error, we only got to see half the panel. I was not pleased with myself.
Still, we walked in on a proposal on-stage, at the end of which she turned to the girl and said, “Honey, this ring has been on my finger for over 50 years and I just about said ‘yes'”. She spent about 1/2 her time on-stage rambling about how awesome the space program is (while repeatedly apologizing, and being told very loudly by the entire auditorium to keep going..).
Right after her was John De Lancie. Now, everyone has a different personality on-stage; Nichelle was relaxed and chatty, Perlman was a little uncomfortable but clearly having fun, Dwight was pretty much joking around and nerding it up with us and talking over his career with the MC. De Lancie? He walked out owning the stage. The MC quickly got pushed aside, and he commanded that frigging hall for an hour.
At the end he told a story about his work on The Wild Thornbirds that managed to be dirty as Hell and still age-appropriate for the audience (because ponies). Also, he apparently shot the brony documentary specifically as a “fuck you” to Fox News, and didn’t initially know that Discord was going to be Q – just took the spec script and thought it was funny. The day the episode came out, he got ~400 emails, and he’d already forgotten he’d done the job..
Speaking of ponies, at one point two little girls (sisters) came up; he hauled them up on stage and asked them what their questions were..
Oh, he tried to blow her off as politely as he could – “I didn’t really get to meet the other actors, I don’t watch the show..” and the like. Turns to second sister:
“Right, you’re not going to let me get away with this, are you. Let’s say Fluttershy, because she taught me about friendship” *entire room erupts in cheers and applause*.
I also got more background on the Doug Drexler incident (his blog is dead now, sadly). See, Doug’s first day on Star Trek was Q-Less.. which was being shot the day before Thanksgiving. Doug was coming off of Dick Tracy, as a make-up guy; John, meanwhile, was being filmed “naked” (in a jock) on the bridge of the Enterprise, as Q’s been stripped of his powers. Apparently the makeup on DeLancie’s ass was running, “because olive oil soap really works..”. After he’d taken a shower with shitty dishsoap, they re-situate him on his little cart. This was Drexler’s first day, and Midnight is fast approaching. They call in Drexler to patch the makeup mess on John’s arse; the director shouts (as Doug is dabbing DeLancie’s ass-crack with a cotton ball soaked in foundation) “Ladies and gentlemen, Oscar winner, Douglas Drexler!” (killing the room). But.. well, the straps on the jock are screwing up the shot, and they only have an hour left at this point.
So he ditched it.
Apparently the take was perfect, and done much sooner than the previous ones…
He also talked a good bit about “Alien Voices”, his other misadventures as Q, and getting into acting.
Sonoda Kenichi. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE-
This is the entire reason I sprung for tickets. The man is one of my artistic heroes; his body of work includes both of my favorite mangas and one of the first mecha shows I fell in love with.
There were only about thirty of us at the panel, which made me kind of sad, but he told several stories about his early work with Artmic and Gainax. He kept focusing on me while telling the stories (I suspect it was because, other than the translator, I was the only one in the room using aizuchi), which was disconcerting but awesome.. My questions were about Cannon God Exxxaxion and its realistic protrayal of PTSD – which has actually helped a couple guys I know deal with it more effectively – and thanking him for his work. Other questions focused on his work on Gall Force, Otaku no Video, and Gunsmith Cats; Bubblegum Crisis got a bit less love – although apparently his favorite character ever was Priss’s hardsuit, followed by Catty from Gall Force. Most of the reason he liked the Riding Bean/Gunsmith Cats OVAs was the level of creative control (which actually explains a lot, looking at his work as a whole). He’s working on a new series, for the sake of which he exhorted us all to pester Bandai.
We also got to talk briefly after the panel; dude is cool as fuck. One more box checked off the bucket list :3
Now if only I can find some way to get Takada Yuzo dragged over here…
Michael Dorn’s pics didn’t come out either :/
Panel was fun but I don’t remember much of it, due to lack of sleep and caffiene: he helped with a proposal as well earlier in the weekend. Told some amusing stories about prune juice, reminded us to push for Captain Worf (which I want to see happen rather badly).
Quote of the night, “It wasn’t lying there in the BLOOD that was the problem, it was the other guys’ piss, really.”
He really, really does not want to fucking talk about Sons of Anarchy and/or his exit from that show, and people just wouldn’t stop asking him questions about it. We’re talking visibly furious by the time the third idiot asked him how he felt about the show. Apparently, during the filming of his death scene, they made him lie perfectly still in a pool of fake blood, and several people felt it was an appropriate time to whizz on him.
On what turns him off on a film: “Shitty fucking dialogue. I became an actor to do Ernest Fucking Hemingway.. not this crap.” Talked a lot about his relationship with Del Toro and City of Lost Children. I was too busy swooning to remember a lot of what he said :b
More ECCC (cosplay/Legos/models) next post.