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Space City Comic Con 2016: Weekend Recap

The final two days of Space City Comic Con were very eventful. We not only got to take a picture in the famous “Jurassic Park” jeep, but saw some great panels as well!


Recap by Catherine Gonzales and ChinLin Pan

Meet Shawn Ashmore

Shawn Ashmore, not to be confused with his twin brother Aaron Ashmore, took the mic for his Q&A panel on Saturday, May 28. When asked about whether he preferred working on TV or film, Ashmore replied that he feels “it’s the golden age of TV” and that “there’s something really satisfying about developing a character [on TV].” Having seen him on Fox’s cult drama thriller “The Following,” I’d love to see more of Ashmore on the small screen. His upcoming project is ABC’s drama “Conviction” this fall.

Meet William Shatner

William Shatner

Well William Shatner is definitely charismatic, despite having a crazy schedule, that he described to us before starting the panel. He had just flown in at 4 a.m. from Canada and previously from Italy! He proceeded to tell the audience, “Anyway, that’s what I’ve been doing, what about you guys?”

Definitely not jet setting Shatner! Shatner is a very thorough storyteller. Questions came from the audience, and he not only gave an answer, but went into a very elaborate answer, which I thought was very giving of him.

When asked an awkward question, “Why are autographs so much?” he simply replied, “I don’t know and I’m sorry, but it’s capitalism.”

Z Nation: Michael Welch

Michael Welch

While this was the last panel of the con, devoted “Z Nation” fans made it out to see Michael Welch. (Quick note: Emilio Rivera was scheduled to appear, but ended up not attending.) We want to give Welch props for showing up to his panel, despite it being Sunday afternoon with a low audience turnout. He was professional and still enthusiastic to talk about “Z Nation” and his acting experiences. We enjoyed this panel a lot because Welch shed some light on not only “Z Nation,” but how he’s been able to sustain 18 years in the business. Despite his “Twilight” success, he didn’t let it go to his head and kept working hard to not let it be his last. For those of you who have not seen “Z Nation,” I highly recommend giving it a try. If you’re a die-hard “Walking Dead” fan, don’t worry, this is not a rip-off, but a different take on a zombie apocalypse. And it’s on Syfy, so anything can happen!

Tips for next year’s con (hint hint hint)

Be prepared for last night minute changes and having to run across to nab a spot when talent doesn’t show up on time and panels have to be moved! It’s annoying, but we’ve been to many cons and this is not going to change, so might as well be prepared!

Question tip: Please do not be like the person who asked “Why are autographs so expensive?” You have one moment that some die-hard fans will never have and that’s what you want to ask? Be more creative and thoughtful when asking a question!

Also, if you’re all about the Snapchat and taking photos, be prepared with a phone charger and external battery charger that you can charge your phone with while waiting in line! Trust us, the worst thing that can happen is waiting for your favorite actor, from your favorite show, to get on stage, and your phone turns off! Don’t let this happen to you!

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