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Comic Con Videos & Photos: Spiner Staredown + WTF Trek + Trekkie Cosplayers + Headline Fail July 25, 2010

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Comic Con wrapped up in San Diego today. Although there were no panels on Star Trek, we have been sharing the new Trek merchandise and comments from Trek celebs from the event. To wrap up we have some more Trek celeb and product video of the less than serious kind, plus lots of costumed Trekkies and a total Trekkie headline fail. Check it all out below.


Brentgolina? + Spiner Staredown

Next Gen alums LeVar Burton and Brent Spiner attended the Tweethouse event Friday on the USS Midway, and gave an interview to EA talking about the fun of Comic Con, and Brent spun a yarn about hanging out with Angelina Jolie. (video from lucidelusion)

Also fan Metapunker dropped by the Lightspeed booth which had various Trek celebs signing and doing paid photos. As Metapunker was not paying to shoot Spiner, he got the android staredown from hell.

Sulu Cologne rates a 10 on G4’s WTF scale

G4TV combed the Comic Con floor for ‘WTF’ items for sale, and their favorite was Genki Wear’s Sulu Pour Homme, here is the video.

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Trekkies Hit Comic Con

Lots of Trekkies Trekked to Comic Con this year and of course many of them were in costume to show their love for the final frontier. Here is a collection of some of the Trekkies in and around Comic Con from Flickr and other sources (all sources noted for each).

Star Trek
[via Docking Bay 93]

Star Trek Cosplayers
[via uncle shoggoth]

[via San Diego Shooter]

[via San Diego Shooter]

[via San Diego Shooter]

[via San Diego Shooter]

[via San Diego Shooter]

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[via Thomasthanes

[via merhawk

Is There in Beauty no Truth?
[via Joe Wilcox]

Red Shirts
[via homie bear]

Star Trek
[via Docking Bay 93]

Star Trek
[via ComicsAlliance]

Trek Wars Headline FAIL

Finally, there is this headline from the Daily Mail’s coverage of Comic Con.

Star Trek


1. Scottydoo - July 25, 2010

How could you NOT be delighted,

2. Eric - July 25, 2010

Yeah, God hates the Jedi and especially the Jedi from Episodes I, II, and III.

3. Luke Sutton ("The Doctor") - July 25, 2010

I LOL at the headline fail. The researcher for that should be feeling ashamed…

4. Frank - July 25, 2010

Re: the “God Hates Jedi” photo, at the risk of going a bit political, a friend of mine sent me the following item from the New Republic magazine, photo included. Not exactly Trek, but priceless. I think most folks here will enjoy a chuckle.

5. Kenji - July 25, 2010

Brent Spiner is the best.

6. Phaser Guy - July 25, 2010

Wow. Brent was possessed!

7. Lukas Ketner (formerly Spock with a Crowbar) - July 25, 2010

I was at SDCC this week and saw the Baptist folks.

The funny reaction from Con-goers made my weekend; it was great to see that no one was going to let a hate group ruin their fun.

8. CarlG - July 25, 2010

Love the “God hates Jedi” sign!
Those Westboro Baptist “Church” fools got absolutely owned, geek-style. Bravo, Comicon-goers!

9. Andy Patterson - July 25, 2010

Love all those uniforms and the girls in them. Love the fact the emphasis seems to be on TOS. Anybody hear what the new news Rodenberry productions was supposedly unveiling yesterday?

10. Red Dead Ryan - July 25, 2010

There seems to be a lot of Red Shirts (and skirts) at the convention. Hopefully they all made it out alive!

11. CmdrR - July 25, 2010

Serious hottiosity at Comic-Con. I hope they come to DragonCon.

12. 4 8 15 16 23 42 - July 25, 2010

Does that mean that God hates the Sith?

13. 4 8 15 16 23 42 - July 25, 2010

I mean, does that mean that God hates the Sith, too? Or does God love the Sith because they slay Jedi?

I guess that would confirm that Christianity is the Dark Side of the Force….

14. Joe Sidney - July 25, 2010

Did Sulu ever say “Oh My” in TOS or the movies?

15. memi - July 25, 2010

4 8 15 16 23 42

That comment is totally uncalled for there are christians in this room you know

16. 4 8 15 16 23 42 - July 25, 2010

Come on, the whole comment is a joke… clearly not to be taken seriously.

17. Phaser Guy - July 25, 2010

Will someone tell Adrienne Curry we don’t care? There’s far better looking Slave Girl Leias than her.

18. Scooter - July 25, 2010

Spiner giving that camera the stare down was a little creepy. As far as the Sulu cologne goes…I’ll pass.

19. Hat Rick - July 25, 2010

What happened with the Spiner staredown, anyway? Update, please.

20. S. John Ross - July 25, 2010

While the headline may cross the franchise wires, I doubt it’s actually incorrect … similarly, the “As Trekkies well know …” line in the article is probably demonstrably true. You’d be hard-pressed to find many Trekkies who _don’t_ know that.

So, no fail, not really. I like to think the writer was just yanking a well-known chain, going for the easy rise (insert your own Slave Leia joke here).

21. Sheldon Cooper - July 25, 2010

The Bajoran Prophets hate Jedi, too. Look it up. The Great Bird of the Galaxy sayeth it, and it is so.

Hey, #15… lighten up. Let the poison out.

22. 4 8 15 16 23 42 - July 25, 2010

#14 — I’m pretty sure Sulu says “oh my” in response to some good-looking ladies (maybe some of Mudd’s) in TOS….

23. DonDonP1 - July 25, 2010

Cool! I was once a Trekkie and a Warsie.

24. ZudoBug - July 25, 2010

What does God need with a Jedi?

LOL! :p

25. KJTrek - July 25, 2010

There were some cute Trekkies at Comic Con!

26. LL - July 25, 2010

I was at the Lightspeed Booth a few times during the convention and tried/almost paid for a photo with Levar Burton..below are some key notes:

a) On Wed night/preview night–u could walk by and take a quick picture of all 3 of them with your camera..then told to move along.

b) During the rest of the show, the ‘staff’ of Lightspeed took active measures to prevent people from taking pictures of them with your own camera when walking by…at times, they seem to suggest that doing so was ‘illegal/improper’— Joke..

c) My friend asked one of the reps from Lightspeed if he paid for an autograph (with Levar Burton), afterwards, could he take a picture with his personal camera…the rep said: probably, but ask first..then after getting his autograph from Levar, he asked and he said ‘no’…

d) Many fans wanted to just say ‘hello’ or wave to the 4 of them (Brent Spiner, Levar Burton, Marina Sirtis, Michael Dorn)–and at times they were dismissive, arrogant altitude, rude–Unless you paid–boy, they must be desperate.

e) After I saw what they did to a few fans, I changed my mind, and put my wallet away (and I’m a big Trek fan)–walked away.

f) At one point, Marina reached out to a guest-fellow actore from the crowd–the gentleman asked if he would be getting in the way, and she said ‘no’ that we were “nobody”-

g) Another person I know, paid to have a photo taken with Marina and when he showed up, the first comment from her–arrogantly was something like she knew she was hot (and he should worship her)—he almost cancelled the photo -try to get a refund (which they probably would not have offered)—*shaking head*–recommend avoiding this booth at Comic Con2011..

27. Jim Nightshade - July 26, 2010

could it be marina was joking? Hard to believe they were all that rude–at creation vegas paid for a breakfast with sulu,chekov n rand–they allowed cameras when they first came in–we asked grace lee whitney if we could take a pix she said creation wont let them cuz of the paid photos–n she wasnt even one of the paid photo ops-we asked george takei he said sure n we got a awesome pix with him at the breakfast-later we also had pic with him n uhura n chekov he remembered us from the bfast–sulu became one of our faves for his gregarious kindnesses towards us-

28. Hat Rick - July 26, 2010

Well, sometimes actors are caught in the act of being human. It must not be easy to sit around signing autographs all day in the face of a constant parade of somewhat overexpectant fans who want a piece of your fame and feel quite entitled to it through payment of lucre.

Whether or not the negative comments about certain actors are true or false, it should not tarnish our image of the characters they portrayed.

The “Star” in “Star Trek” refers to actual stars, not the human beings who once inhabited the characters who trek among them.

You couldn’t pay me enough to sit around waiting for fans to look at me.

…. Well, that’s not actually true. You COULD pay me $200.00 an hour, net. But would you?

29. Scruffy the Janitor/Vampire Slayer - July 26, 2010

Sulu never said OH MY

Takei said it on Howard Stern as a guest before he was a regular.

Ever since then, it’s been a catch phrase.

No one ever said “Beam me up, Scotty” either. That was a bumper sticker.

30. Phaser Guy - July 26, 2010

I think what Brent did was kinda dumb. I mean, you’re at a public place with tons of people. No kidding someone wants to take your pic. How can you not take a pic at comic con?

31. LL - July 26, 2010

@27– Jim:

The difference (and I have noticed it–when I went to Comic Con 2009 and then went to the Creation Convention in Vegas– is that @ Comic Con–the TNG actors are not that ‘special’–not the center of attention of ComicCon –they don’t present in Hall H..

but at Creation Con–they are the main ‘stars’–and their persona just changes..

–BTW-last year at ComicCon Nicole DeBoer– Ezri Dax and Nimoy were there..very nice people..but these 3–sad– very disappointed in Brent and Marina…and it seemed they didn’t want to be there (except to collect $)
but I was

32. 4 8 15 16 23 42 - July 26, 2010

My memory must be playing tricks on me: I did the research, and found no TOS reference to “Oh My”. I do seem to recall a scene where Sulu kind of ogles a woman in TOS, but all I can remember definitely is that he’s wowed by Ilia in TMP, just like everyone else….

33. MP - July 26, 2010

Is the one red shirt girl with green paint on in the second photo Jessica Corbin from The Screen Savers?

34. John Gill - July 26, 2010

VERY nice to see special emphasis on TOS, and I must say “These are hot chics”…

35. Nick Cook - July 26, 2010

@ 26 LL. I’ve met Marina on a couple of occasions and found her very funny but also very, very sarcastic. Maybe she was trying to be funny, or maybe she was having a bad day, I don’t know.

36. philpot - July 26, 2010

26 – LL

dude Brent Spiner, Dorn , Marina etc are GODS amongst men! its almost like their come down from Mount Olympus to allow mere mortals to look upon them and have photos taken along side them

what do you expect them to be like? do you seriously think they gonna sit and chat and lets fans look at and touch them?! for free?!!

dude you were sharing oxygen in close proximity to COMMANDER DATA, LT WORF, CONCELLOR TROI AND GEORDIE LA FORGE for christsake!

get some perspective here!

37. Victor Hugo - July 26, 2010

Paying or billing for a photo or an autograph is just wrong, isn´t that enogh that we supported all these guys for so many years?

38. Victor Hugo - July 26, 2010

PS: George Takei and Walter Koenig did attended to da Star Trek convention down here in Brazl and were true gentlemen, and at the end they didn´t charged for any autographs, and yes, they did signed hundreds of autographs in there.

So that´s why i find surprising and shocking that they´re charging for something that should be given as a gratitude gesture.

39. Horatio - July 26, 2010

LOL! God hates Jedi!

Gotta love the Trek/SW rivalry.

40. Hat Rick - July 26, 2010

I have to think what Spiner did was in jest. Right? Right?

Oh well.

Data still rocks.

41. davidwebb - July 26, 2010

If Brent Spiner were human, his response would be, go to hell. If he were human.

42. philpot - July 26, 2010

Metapunker is lucky Brent didnt come over and stab him

43. Steve - July 26, 2010

After watching the video, I think Spiner’s just messing around.

And the behavior of the Trek stars at Comic-Con reminds me of the old saying, “You can tell a lot about a person’s character by the way they treat people they don’t have to treat nice.”

44. philpot - July 26, 2010

someone shouldve worn a suit and an official Paramount badge and gone over to Brent and Co said they were from the Paramount film division and started dropping hints that the guys had ‘best get their spacesuits ready’ cos anyday JJ gonna be acallin and they needed an idea of ‘who wanna get paid’

45. Losira - July 26, 2010

As a “true” christien I say love thy neighbor trekkie,Jedi and all others including gaters too. As for the celebs I don’t think they were speaking completely for themselvies but more creation paranoia. At Dragon con they were wonderful and charming and sincere. Somehow Dragon Con brings out the best in everyone. Be it trek, SWs, Gaters etc. We just have good ole geek fun. And creation has nothing to do with us. Nor will they at our 2nd trek stand alone con on President’s day weekend. The celebs will feel a lot more at ease with no external pressure from Creation. And they will have fun just like the rest of us.

46. bill hiro - July 26, 2010

“And the behavior of the Trek stars at Comic-Con reminds me of the old saying, “You can tell a lot about a person’s character by the way they treat people they don’t have to treat nice.””

Well said, and that’s not just true for Trek stars either.

47. Hat Rick - July 26, 2010

41, that is classic!

43, I tend to agree. In fact, I think Spiner has a great sense of humor and is completely unlike the android character for which he is known.

If I were to channel Spiner in response to the video, I would come up with something witty like, “I was hoping Metapunker would make my day.” (Clint Eastwood / Dirty Harry reference.) But I’m not channeling Spiner and I’m not nearly as witty as he.

48. Jamesb3 - July 26, 2010

Fans need to keep in mind that these actors don’t attend these events out of a burning desire to connect with complete strangers – they are there to make money from autographs and photographs – to earn a living, just as you do not drag yourself to work everyday out of a sense of charity to whatever company you work for. Having worked with a few such celebrities who have to make a living this way, and having sat behind the booth with them on a few occasions, I found it shocking how often fans would expect something free from them. It can get very frustrating for these celebrities after a while, the sense of entitlement from the fans, who seem to take the attitude that they have been charitable to the actors by watching their shows and are owed something. And when the celebrities insist that the fans must pay for the privilege of a picture or autograph, the fans respond like petulant children who can’t get what they want. All the while these actors are just trying to make money to pay their mortgage or put their kids through college, and they would much rather be at home with their families than to be thousands of miles away at conventions. Acting is a spotty business; while they may make good money while doing a series, after it ends they are essentially unemployed, save for the occasional job. So the gig really isn’t as lucrative as it seems when you consider they may have to live off of that money for some time. That is why you often see actors playing hardball to negotiate substantial salaries; they realize that might never have steady work again. As for the Next Generation cast, with the exception of Patrick Stewart, they are all journeymen actors who have never repeated the consistency of their seven years on the series, and they count on the convention money for a large part of their income. Frankly, you might be surprised to find that you are living better than some of these celebrities behind the autograph booths.

49. Losira - July 26, 2010

I also cannot help but wonder if the fact that trek did not have disscussion panel for them. Like other celebs from their shows might have a lot to do with how they felt. They may have felt more at ease with open disscussions with fans the just hanging loose at autograph booths hustling pics and autographs. Signing pics are important yes but a seated panel affair would have aloud more dignity and a creature comfort or two.

50. Ensign Obvious - July 26, 2010

The first photo of people in costume, the woman in blue…my heart stopped. WOW! Such beauty…..

51. NuFan - July 26, 2010

I saw Spiner buying Ugly Dolls. So I guess he collects Ugly Dolls.

52. Paul - July 26, 2010

I think it all depends on their attitude and the people that come to them. After going to comic-con for a few years now and getting a few autographs from them I’ve learned, don’t attack the light speed table when they first arrive. Wait until the crowds die down and they have a chance to get comfortable and relax a little bit. I made the mistake of doing this one year because I was anxious to get an autograph from Jonathan Frakes, and he was so overwhelmed he screwed up the autograph. I came back the next day very nervous to ask him if he would do another and he was alot nicer as he had already been there for awhile and was glad to do another for me. Told me to speak my mind and he had felt kind of bad about messing it up the day before. So that was nice of him.

Brent Spiner always seems kind of up tight at the signings, I don’t think he likes the fans much. Or at least the hordes of fans. John De Lancie also always seems very serious and short also, that could just be his personality though, not everyone can be all happy cheery all the time.

The best experience I’ve had at comic-con with a Trek actor was Garrett Wang, he was at a different booth, not lightspeed art, just sitting by himself signing autographs, there was no one in line and no one was there talking to him, we walked up to him and he started talking to us, then after 10 minutes he asked if we would like an autograph, and of course I said yes. But that was great because he was not horded by fans or having face flashed, and in that 10 minutes I felt I can actually say that I met him, instead of just saying “can you make this out to…” “love the show thanks!” and getting prodded along by lightspeed employees.

If they had the trek actors upstairs for awhile signing in one of the rooms, it would probably be alot better experience rather than right on the show floor.

53. Lore - July 26, 2010

#11 & #25 If your a smart Comic Con organizer you hire some attractive young women to wear the short Trek uniforms. Therefore us geeks who attend think we might “have a shot” with a chick like that since you saw one a trek convention.

54. Hat Rick - July 26, 2010

My $0.02’s worth:

I’m learning a lot from these postings about the whole autograph table thing.

My last time at a Trek convention was some years ago. I remember enjoying it a great deal. It was in Vegas, as a matter of fact, and I enjoyed a number of other things there, too. (ST:TE, for one. But, um, also other things….) Before that, my main experiences were with the Creation operations in Pasadena and Los Angeles. For me, Trek conventions are fun. I’ve never been to a Comic Con, but I can’t imagine that they are much different.

The “Autographs! Get yer autographs RIGHT HERE!” experience as a whole is alien to me. I’m not an autograph collector, typically speaking, although I do have a few. It’s instructive to me, though not surprising, that some actors might find the experience a bit offputting, as I said above.

From what I gather, it depends on the mood of the place, the mood of the actor, and the mood of the fans. I really never thought of Brent Spiner as being “up tight” until someone wrote that he was. I suppose I will have to be more observant in the future, but my general feeling is the same: From what I’ve read, under less-than-ideal circumstances, it can be a real “meat market.” But under the right circumstances, it can be fun, and you can get to meet and have a few words with some of your favorite people. If you like that kind of thing, go for it. Really, besides realizing that actors can have bad days, what’s the worst that could happen?

55. Christine - July 26, 2010

I went to a local sci-fi con since I can’t afford to go all the way to ComicCon. xD I had an awesome time.

I actually went as Dax from DS9 (seasons 1-4 uniform-style) and a bunch of people complimented me on my costume. I never liked the idea of going in a minidress (too tight!) and besides.. Dax is my hero. She’s brilliant, pretty, and has a solid head on her shoulders.

But what am I talking about? Seems most Trekkie guys are like Kirk — they chase anything in a miniskirt. ;3 (Just kidding! ..Or am I? LOL.)

56. philpot - July 26, 2010

48 – last i heard Worf had his own F14

so yeah my heart bleeds alittle everytime i see him signing photos

57. Phaser Guy - July 26, 2010

The last autographs I got at a Trek con were Shatner and Nimoy, and the fast pass option was the best way to go. Hardly any waiting, and we were in and out. I thought that was a good deal.

58. philpot - July 26, 2010

last i heard Shatner was worth an estimated $800m due to his shares in so i guess he just digs being round his fans

59. B.C. - July 26, 2010

A few more photos from this past weekend:

60. Lt. Bailey - July 26, 2010

Most of the times we have been to these CONs for Star Trek have been in Vegas. Never has there been a bad experience with any of the actors at any time. Some of the best have been with the cast from ENT, every one of them have been kind and willing to speak with fans.

There was a Stars autograph show near LAX back in April this year which had 50 to 60 film and TV stars. There was a great line up from Star Trek: Marina Sirtis, Crystal Allan, Jack Donner, France Nuyen, Arlene Martel and Catherine Hicks. There was not one bad time with any of the actors at this show. We spoke to each of them at great lengths about the shows and what they did besides Star Trek. I have to say that each one spoke very highly of their ST roles and said that it was a lot of fun doing those. No one had a bad attitude nor made rude remarks to the public. After buying their autographed photos each was gracious to pose for pictures with us and more than one photo I might add.

The Anaheim Wizard/Comic Con had about the same people at the LightSpeed table including the Shat who was in fine form and doing jokes for each person who came up for his autograph. He even gave me one of his “Denny Cranes” and shook my hand.

I think it all depends on the venue and who is running it. I have heard good & bad about every CON and who ever runs it. Honestly, we all have bad days including actors. But you do have to respect them, if you expect them to respect you and treat you in kind. Sure they may come off as snobbish but that is part of the experience too. Not all actors are going to be as gracious and warm as John Wayne was when I met him back in 1977. He knew how to treat his fans regardless of how he feeling. Modern actors can take a good lesson from him.

61. Jamesb3 - July 26, 2010

You can pretty much figure out how well-off these celebrities are by the number of times a year they attend conventions. In a case like Shatner’s, Nimoy, Stewart, etc. al., you’ll only see them at a convention when it is to promote a current project, because, obviously, they don’t need it to make a living. In a case like comic-con, it is such a media event that it attracts stars tied to upcoming studio projects like no other sci-fi or comic book convention. It is really singular in that regard.

62. Phaser Guy - July 26, 2010

Shatner and Nimoy were very friendly when I got their autographs. I said thank you after they signed my pic, and Leonard even said a Thank you to me. Nice moment!!

63. Sam - July 26, 2010

I met Adrienne at con, while she was stalking a hot chick in a star trek outfit to get a picture with her. She is a nerd, and has every right to do what we all do. She was friendly, and took pictures with everyone. She was not there to work, just to have fun. Why is that bad? As far as their being far hotter leia’s Hello? Have you SEEN that body? My God! Meeting her while she was nerding out was the highlight of the con for me!

64. mikeypikey - July 26, 2010

I feel really sorry for those two with Brent in the video, how embarrassing for them and how rude of Mr.Spiner

65. Sebastian - July 27, 2010


No more rude than someone sticking a camera in one’s face and telling them (not asking them) to “do something!” I thought the ‘stare-down’ was kind of an appropriate response to that kind of rudeness. As for the ‘offended parties’ in the video, I’m sure they got their autographs.

I too, met Spiner and the others at Comic Con this year as well, and they were very friendly and humorous. Spiner even gave a knuckle bump! I think it depends on how THEY are treated as well. We fans often seem to forget that these are people and not performing monkeys.

I find that most negative experiences tend to occur when fans are rude, pushy or obnoxious (as sadly, they can often be at Comic Con). Treat people with respect, begin your greet meet with a “how are you doing today?” rather than a “sign there, and write this when you do!”

A little respect for people can go a long way! ; )

66. mikeypikey - July 27, 2010


I’ve never been to a convention so I have no experience in the matter, i really don’t understand the obsession with getting that autograph over having a nice memory of just saying “hello, how ya doin,”, it’s sad to hear fans can get obnoxious or rude over this, anyways you had a nice experience meeting Brent, so i take it back, he sounds like a decent guy…

67. Hat Rick - July 27, 2010

I like the comment about their not being performing monkeys. That’s exactly correct, in my view. Really, I’ve been in front of large-ish audiences before (public speaking, for example, and who hasn’t?), and it’s not a lot of fun. Waiting around for people to get to you while you hear and say the same thing over and over must not necessarily be fun, either.

I now get the feeling that Spiner was in fact miffed, and not joking. I get that feeling because I saw another YouTube offering in which he unmistakeably verbalized to a photographer that he did not wish to be photographed, apparently at the same convention.

It wasn’t a nice experience for the autograph-seekers, perhaps, but the entire situation could have been avoided had someone posted a sign saying, “Absolutely NO photography without prior payment,” or something to that effect.

Actors are human beings. Highly paid or not (and many are not), they have feelings, too.

I also saw another video in which he gave a funny and responsive speech, taking questions from the audience. He seemed very relaxed. Perhaps he does better in that format than sitting around signing autographs.

I’ve heard that people like Frakes and Wang are great at autograph-signings, and more power to them. I really respect that, as well.

Spiner is still an okay dude in my book.

68. Lord Garth, Formerly of Izar - July 27, 2010

No gianormously obese Klingons!

Thank the Lord!

69. Mikey1091 - July 29, 2010

Although I am a very avid Trek fan, I am also a very avid Star Wars fan, ESPECIALLY of the Jedi. The God Hates Jedi sign guy has now pissed me off. LOL, not really. Actually, I thought it was kind of funny, but still, I am both a Wars and Trek fan and at current I like one as much as the other so it’s equaled out you could say.

70. Ensign Obvious - July 30, 2010

So almost a week, I came back to look, and yep, the first photo of the woman in blue…damn…just breathtakingly gorgeoous. What a total delight to see such amazing beauty. is represented by Gorilla Nation. Please contact Gorilla Nation for ad rates, packages and general advertising information.