The first time I went, I dressed as Luke Skywalker (Ep. 6). I got to meet a lot of really cool people. Here are some pictures below.
|Ray Park. Though you should recognize him as Darth Maul. He was a very nice guy!
|Peter Mayhew. He was the man in the Chewbacca suit. He was about to undergo knee surgery when I met him, so he couldn't stand, but he is extremely tall.
|David Prowse. This is the man in the Darth Vader suit. It was very cool meeting him and he also had a lot of interesting stories to share. Look below for an example.
In this short clip, David Prowse explains the scene at the end of Episode Six where Darth Vader lifts the Emperor up over his head and throws him to his final resting place. Apparently the stunt men had something a lot more complicated in mind...
In this next video, Ray Park tells us about his disappointment at Darth Maul being killed in such a... lack-luster way.
In the second Salt Lake Comic Con (termed "Fan Xperience") I got to meet even more of the Star Wars cast! Though I didn't dress up as Star Wars this year (I was Scoprion from Mortal Kombat), I still made sure to attend anything and everything Star Wars.
This is Jeremy Bulloch who is the man in the Boba Fett suit. Yep. This is Boba Fett. He was awesome and British.
This is Daniel Logan. He played Boba Fett in the prequels and was his voice in the animated Clone Wars series. If you ever get to meet him, you should know... He's definitely a wild card.
This photo is with Nick Gillard. He was the Stunt Coordinator for all the prequel movies. In other words, all of the fight scenes were written by this man.
Another person that I got to meet was Tom Kane. He's a voice actor for the Cartoon Network, but more importantly, a Jedi Master is he.
Here is a really cool clip from the Nick Gillard panel. Even though he doesn't really have a role in the movies himself, he had a lot of insights on the films and was very interesting to listen to.
Billy D. Williams, or Lando if you didn't know, was also at Comic Con. Unfortunately they wouldn't let you take a picture with him unless you emptied your wallet. But I was still able to attend his panel (which was awesome!). Billy D. Williams is still one of the coolest guys on the planet. Apparently he's also an amazing painter... The question was asked "Who would win, Han Solo or Lando?" and this was Billy's response.
There were countless other Star Wars panels that I was lucky enough to go to, but one in particular was pretty awesome. If you've never heard of the Full of Sith podcast (website here), then you should check it out. They did a live podcast from the Comic Con and Jeremy Bulloch was their special guest. He tells a good story about his famous line "Take Captain Solo to the cargo hold." Oh Boba.
Anyway, that about sums up my Star Wars experiences with Comic Con. If you ever have an opportunity to go listen to and/or meet someone involved with Star Wars, I really recommend you do. The stories are always worth it!