Last weekend was one of my favorite weekend events in Seattle: Emerald City Comicon!
I do believe they outdid themselves this year, with some amazing celebrity and media guests and epic programming over all three days.
Highlights? Well, I have to say that the best part was meeting Karl Urban. He plays Bones in the new “Star Trek” movies – but, more importantly (in my humble view as an admitted LOTR freak), plays Eomer in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. I stood in line for a good hour before doors opened, and for another 45 minutes once I showed up at his signing booth – but given that I’d pre-bought an autograph ticket the day before, the wait was vastly improved over what it could have been!
Karl is just as handsome (more so, even) in real life than he is on screen! (Yes, had to get that fangirl moment out.) We chatted briefly and I was able to share my favorite Eomer moment – when he finds Eowyn on the battlefield and thinks she’s dead. Morbid, maybe, but that is one of the most gut-wrenching scenes on film I’ve ever seen! (And he was very appreciative to hear it. So there.)
Other highlights included meeting Alan Tudyk (Wat in “A Knight’s Tale” and Wash in “Firefly”), and Mark Sheppard (Badger in “Firefly” and Curtis Hagen in “White Collar”). I also caught both of their panels, and do believe Mark could make the phone book sound interesting – he has a lovely Cockney accent and is a bit of a smarty-pants. Alan, of course, is … well, Alan. The best part of his panel was at the end, when a young boy – maybe 8 or 9 years old – came up and asked him a question. I don’t remember the question, but they ended up reenacting the dinosaur/”This Land” pilot scene together on stage. This little boy completely nailed it! It was awesome!
Author-wise, I particularly enjoyed meeting Kevin J. Anderson and Cornelia Funke. Anderson has written a number of sci-fi/fantasy novels, but my favorites are the Jedi Academy trilogy and Tales of the Bounty Hunters. (Boba Fett! Best. Character. Ever.) A friend and I went to one of his booth signings, and were the only ones in line for a good ten minutes or so, so we enjoyed discussing Star Wars canon with him at great length accordingly.
And Cornelia Funke … what a lovely lady. She’s German, and has a divine accent; I think I could listen to her (with Mark Sheppard? hehe) for eons. Which was good, in the panel she co-hosted!
Funke is the author of the Inkheart series, the first of which was made into a (sadly forgettable) movie. Brendan Fraser played Silvertongue; he was apparently her dream casting in this role, and how she always envisioned the character sounding. I will heartily agree with her on that point! It was just unfortunate that the movie didn’t do the book justice. Regardless, the series is fantastic, and I’d highly recommend it for junior high readers and beyond. (I actually first read the series as an adult and fell quickly in love.)
She has a new series out, called Mirrorworld – all exploring fairy tales from around the world. I can’t wait to get started on the books! And the poster for it was gorgeous! Have any of you read this series yet? So far just Reckless (Mirrorworld) is available, but it’s slated to be a six-book series. Squee!