Len Wein has a post up on his blog about this past weekend’s Phoenix Cactus Comicon:
On Friday evening, after the convention preview, all the guests were treated to a thank you dinner from the convention staff, which may well have been the highlight of the weekend for me, since I found myself with Bret Blevins and his lovely wife Patricia sitting to my left side and, on my right, the original Lois Lane herself, the incredible Noel Neill and her charming husband Larry. Since I’m one of those kids who grew up on The Adventures of Superman, seeing Noel again was a real treat. She was even kind enough to pretend to remember me from our last meeting many months earlier. It always freaks me out a tad to realize that, thanks to Noel, I’m only three degrees of Kevin Bacon away from movie great Clark Gable, since Noel and I both appeared in the DVD super-hero feature Surge of Power, and she had appeared in the aforementioned Superman series with the late, lamented George Reeves, who in turn had appeared in Gone With the Wind with Gable. Anyway, the dinner was a hoot, and I hope to post some photos from same here soon.
I myself am three people away from Kevin Bacon … but I digress. The Prescott Daily Courier reported on the con:
Matt Solberg, convention director, said more than 70 vendors, 20 publishers and more than 50 guests who are active in the industry participated in the event.
Solberg said the first convention in September 2006 drew 2,400 people and he was optimistic about attracting 3,000 visitors to the show this time around.
“The hope is fans want to see them,” he said. “It’s not just a comic book show, it’s not just an anime show, it’s the signature pop culture convention in Arizona.”
Also from the Phoenix con comes this sideways YouTube video of anime voiceover actor Crispin Freeman signing opera: