May to September is traditionally "summer convention" time and this year there are many events for Star Trek fans. Convention panels, collectibles, celebrity Q&As, and news help fans bide the experience of waiting for May 2009. See below for Trekmovie.com’s guide this year’s summer conventions.
|Collectormania||May 2-5||(Milton Keynes, UK)|
|Well attended, popular general sci-fi con, with guests available at tables and at panel discussions.|
|Trek Celebs||Max Grodenchik, Connor Trinneer, Paul McGillion (Patrick Stewart was scheduled, but cancelled)|
|Vulkon||May 16-18||(Orlando, Florida)|
|A traditional large-ish Star Trek convention|
|Trek Celebs||John Schuck, Jonathan Frakes, Erick Avari, John DeLancie, Vaughn Armstong, and Casey Biggs|
|Motor City Comic Con||May 16-18||(Novi, MI)|
|A well attended general con where celebs are at their tables all day and willing to engage fans. Small panels also good chance to talk to celebs.|
|Trek Celebs||Avery Brooks, Anthony Montgomery, Denise Crosby, Alan Ruck, Walter Koenig, and Chase Masterson|
|STICCON||May 22-25||(Bellaria, Italy)|
|An enthusiastic Trek-centered Italian con, was featured in Trekkies II.|
|Trek Celebs||Robert Picardo, Brent Spiner, Vaughn Armstrong|
|The Wrath of Con||May 30-June 1||(Panama City Beach, FL)|
|Small, relaxed, fan-friendly con.|
|Trek Celebs||Andrew Probert, Chase Masterson, Robert Meyer Burnett, Chip Chalmers|
|Trek Expo||June 6-8||(Tulsa, Oklahoma)|
|Popular, Trek-focused con with lots of time mingle with celeb at signing tables.|
|Trek Celebs||Zachary Quinto, Wil Wheaton, Vaughn Armstrong, Linda Park, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, Michelle Forbes, and more|
|FedCon USA||June 13-15||(Dallas/FW, TX)|
|Organized by the team behind Trek United, this brand new event has a focus on Star Trek Enterprise stars.|
|Trek Celebs||Connor Trinneer, John Billingsley, Anthony Montgomery, Bonita Friedericy, Menina Fortunato join Paul McGillion, Garrett Wang, James Cawley, and Larry Nemecek|
|Spock Days Galaxy Fest||June 13-15||(Vulcan, Alberta, Canada)|
|The town of Vulcan hosts a great family friendly event with fan art show and parade|
|Trek Celebs||Eugene "Rod" Roddenberry, Jr|
|Trek Fest XXIV||June 28-29||(Riverside, Iowa)|
|The future hometown of James T. Kirk, Riverside is a great town with a family friendly Star Trek country fair complete with parade and Star Trek fireworks.|
|Trek Celebs||One guest star, TBA|
|Junpcon||(starting) July 4th||(starting) Kalamazoo, MI|
|A new idea in sci-fi conventions, this a roving event will visit 13 cities in the East, South and Midwest over the summer.|
|Trek Celebs||(starting) Vaughn Armstrong, Casey Biggs, Ronald B. Moore, Richard Herd, JG Hertzler, Robert O’Reilly, Suzie Plaskon (varies city by city)|
|Shore Leave||July 11-13||(Baltimore, Maryland)|
|A famous fan-run convention known for its Star Trek book focus.|
|Trek Celebs||George Takei, Malcolm McDowell, W. Morgan Sheppard + many Trek novelists|
|Polaris 22||July 11-13||(Ontario, Canada)|
|General sci-fi con (formerly known as Toronto Trek), held in conjunction with the Constellation Awards (Canada’s science fiction award show)|
|Trek Celebs||Zachary Quinto|
|San Diego Comic Con||July 24-27||(San Diego, CA)|
|With over 100k attendees, SDCC is the mother of all cons and is actually more of a trade show for the genre TV, Film and comic industry. Paramount used SDCC to release the first Star Trek teaser poster in 2006 and announce the two Spocks in 2007. For this year there will be a Star Trek specific panel, likely with Abrams and much of his crew and some cast (+ hopefully new images or clips, but no details are nailed down yet). There is also usually a CBS products / Pocket Books panel and other smaller Trek panels as well. Also DST often do ‘exclusive’ SDCC Trek items.|
|Trek Celebs||TBA, expect many|
|Creation Star Trek Con||August 6-10||(Las Vegas, NV)|
|The premiere official Star Trek convention held at the Vegas Hilton (home of the Star Trek Experience). TrekMovie.com will likely hold a movie panel (like in Burbank earlier this month) with some special guests. Paramount chose to make a special poster for last year’s con so they take it seriously too.|
|Trek Celebs||Leonard Nimoy, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew, Malcolm McDowell, Brent Spiner, Jolene Blalock, and many other guests.|
|Dragon Con||Aug. 29 – Sept. 1||(Atlanta, GA)|
|Large fan-friendly convention known for its parades and panels with a dedicated ‘Track’ for just Star Trek.|
|Trek Celebs||Avery Brooks, Michael Dorn, Robert Picardo, Cirroc Lofton, Walter Koenig, George Takei, fan film crew and actors, and authors Peter David, Josepha Sherman, and Keith R.A. DeCandido.|
|Official Site||dragoncon.org & trektrak.com|
NOTE: Conventions and the guests are tentative, be sure to check for more information at the various websites
TrekMovie.com Con Coverage
As has been seen recently, TrekMovie.com has been increasing its coverage of various conventions. At this time, TrekMovie.com is confirmed for attending (and covering) San Diego Comic Con and Creation Las Vegas. We are hoping to cover some more of the cons and we are looking for convention reporters. If you are planning on attending any of the above cons and are interested in being a TrekMovie correspondent, then let us know ahead of time at tips [AT] trekmovie [DOT] com.
Come one come all to Toronto in July!!
This summer….Comic Con on my course heading. Or, as I say, “Heading out to Eden; Yay, brother!” We reach! Been to a handful, and while they are exhausting and “Mark of Gideon”- crowded (you could almost stand still and let the crowd MOVE you!), it’s always a blast. Makes the Creation Cons look like overpriced garage sales. And if you haven’t booked a nearby hotel yet? Don’t bother, the reservations are usually filled by February.
I bet they’ll show us the first images from Star Trek at Comic Con.
#3 That’s one of the 2,178 reasons I’m going! The first glimpse of ANYTHING big is usually spotted there. I remember seeing Natalie Portman in person shaved bald for V For Vendetta; and she pulled it off! You see some of the same celebrities and you see a whole bunch of new ones. But a LOT more A-list talent than you see at other conventions. Samuel L. Jackson was there once. Though I missed seeing him in favor of a 50th anniversary reunion of “Forbidden Planet.” God, I am such an old-school geek!
Just so ya know, FedConUSA added JG Hertzler and Robert O’Reilly today.
Ahhh,, if only there was a Star trek Con in New Zealand,,
Its Anzac Day here today,,
We will Remember them,,
Chekov and Sulu both!
I checked the official Dragon*Con guest list, and there is no mention of Michael Dorn. He _is_ listed as a confirmed guest, however, at the TrekTrak webpage. I hope someone can straighten out whether or not he will be there, I’m a big fan!
I remember going to a con when I was younger. I think in ’95. Wow! That long ago already. I was so excited because James Doohan walked off of the elevator right as we were getting on! Anyway, that was in Valley Forge, PA. Do they no longer have conventions there? I haven’t seen them advertised like they used to be during the heyday of Trek (and sci-fi) in the ’90’s.
this is a GREAT new column. Keep updating this for coming months and seasons.
Unfortunately, i’m not “near” any cons.
but i like to keep updated..cuz it would be awful to miss something that i actually could attend.
I’m in the northern panhandle of the great state of West Virginia. Anything in Pittsburgh, PA would be perfect…Columbus and Cleveland work for me as well.
Only 38% for Winona? C’mon, fellow trekkers. Where’s your style? (^_~)
I always go to the Vegas Creation Con but I’m also going to Comic Con this year. Should be insane although I doubt we’ll get as much Trek stuff since the movie has been pushed back. Bummer.
I stopped going to CC a few years back when the size of the crowds started freaking me out but I couldn’t resist this year.
Trekmovie has *got* to cover Dragoncon!! Y’all would have such a blast in Atlanta!!! The parade thru downtown alone is worth the trip!
Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|
Re the poll:
Um… I don’t want to flirt with either Ryder or Morrison. How ’bout a poll for the the “other team”?
Best Male Eye Candy in Trek XI maybe? Decisions, decisions!
Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|
Vancouver needs a GOOD sci-fi convention. It’s been over 15 years since the last GOOD one.
RE: cover dragon con
As mentioned, we hope to cover as many as possible and that is on the short list for additional ones. Not sure if I can make it but I will try and be sure it gets covered.
I do want people to send in emails who think they can help with con coverage, especially for the out of the way (far away from Los Angeles) ones. And especially ones with Quinto
Anthony- need/want Toronto Trek (uh, I mean Polaris…) coverage? Been covering it for years! MANY classic memories! Great people.
#8: Eric Watts, who runs the TrekTrak, tends to be more efficient than the guys who run the main D*C web page, so I’m not surprised that it went up on the TT page before it went up on the main con page. *laughs*
BTW, as stated in the post, for the three or four of you who are interested in TREK fiction *wry grin*, Shore Leave is the place to be. There’s always a Pocket preview panel Friday night that usually has some big announcements, and the Meet the Pros party Friday night is usually a great opportunity to meet and greet the authors and get their signatures.
This year’s author guests (which was too long to include up top) include:
# Christopher L Bennett (TNG: THE BURIED AGE, TTN: ORION’S HOUNDS)
# Kirsten Beyer (VOY: STRING THEORY: FUSION, VOY: DISTANT SHORES)
# Emily Bloch (STRANGE NEW WORLDS 9)
# Greg Brodeur (TNG: MAXIMUM WARP, SCE: AMBUSH)
# Diane Carey (TOS: BEST DESTINY, VOY: FIRE SHIP)
# Margaret Clark (TREK editor)
# Greg Cox (TOS: THE EUGENICS WARS, TOS: TO REIGN IN HELL)
# A.C. Crispin (TOS: YESTERDAY’S SON, TOS: SAREK)
# Peter David (TNG: BEFORE DISHONOR, the NEW FRONTIER series)
# Keith R.A. DeCandido (TNG: Q & A, KLINGON EMPIRE: A BURNING HOUSE)
# Kevin Dilmore (VGD: SUMMON THE THUNDER, TNG: A TIME TO SOW)
# John S Drew (SCE: PARADISE INTERRUPTED)
# Michael Jan Friedman (TNG: DEATH IN WINTER, the STARGAZER series)
# Dave Galanter (TOS: CONSTELLATIONS, SCE: BITTER MEDICINE)
# Allyn Gibson (TOS: CONSTELLATIONS, SCE: RING AROUND THE SKY)
# Robert Greenberger (TNG: A TIME TO LOVE, TNG: A TIME TO HATE)
# Jim Johnson (STRANGE NEW WORLDS 10, MIRROR UNIVERSE: SHARDS AND SHADOWS)
# Eric Kotani (VOY: DEATH OF A NEUTRON STAR)
# Jeffrey Lang (DS9: THE LEFT HAND OF DESTINY, TNG: IMMORTAL COIL)
# Kevin Lauderdale (TOS: CONSTELLATIONS, STRANGE NEW WORLDS 9)
# William Leisner (TOS: CONSTELLATIONS, SCE: OUT OF THE COCOON)
# David Mack (TNG: A TIME TO KILL, VGD: REAP THE WHIRLWIND)
# Steve Mollmann (TNG: THE SKY’S THE LIMIT, SCE: THE FUTURE BEGINS)
# Terri Osborne (SCE: REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST, VOY: DISTANT SHORES)
# Marco Palmieri (TREK editor)
# Scott Pearson (TNG: THE SKY’S THE LIMIT, STRANGE NEW WORLDS 9)
# Aaron Rosenberg (SCE: CREATIVE COUPLINGS, SCE: COLLECTIVE HINDSIGHT)
# Lawrence M. Schoen (THE KLINGON HAMLET)
# Michael Schuster (TNG: THE SKY’S THE LIMIT, SCE: THE FUTURE BEGINS)
# Amy Sisson (TNG: THE SKY’S THE LIMIT, STRANGE NEW WORLDS 8)
# James Swallow (DS9: DAY OF THE VIPERS, TNG: THE SKY’S THE LIMIT)
# Geoff Trowbridge (TNG: THE SKY’S THE LIMIT, MYRIAD UNIVERSES: ECHOES AND REFRACTIONS)
# Dayton Ward (TNG: A TIME TO HARVEST, VGD: SUMMON THE THUNDER)
# Howard Weinstein (TOS: MERE ANARCHY: THE BLOOD-DIMMED TIDE, TOS: CONSTELLATIONS)
# Richard C White (SCE: ECHOES OF COVENTRY, TNG: THE SKY’S THE LIMIT)
The novel TNG: GREATER THAN THE SUM by Christopher L. Bennett and the collection of novels MYRIAD UNIVERSES: ECHOES AND REFRACTIONS by Keith R.A. DeCandido, Chris Roberson, and Geoff Trowbridge should both be debuting at the convention, as well.
They just announced Manny Coto’s going to be at Creation in Las Vegas, along with his Enterprise precedecessor Brana Braga. It will be way cool to hear what Coto has to say, and yes I’m interested in what Braga has to say too.
Anyone else going to Vegas in August?
I got great seats for Pearl Jam in June, and Shore Leave in July, this summer is looking up already!! :?)
Vegas here I come!
Thanks, John Tenuto, for including TrekTrak in your report and to everyone else for their words of support.
I’ve been told I put on a pretty good show. Y’all come on down to Atlanta (pronouned “Adlanna”) and play with us for a few days.
Star Trek Convention Lodging available during the week of the Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas in August 2008.
We have two weeks available in a 1 bedroom vacation suite that sleeps 4 available for rent are August 1-8th 2008 and then August 8-15th 2008. The resort is called Grandview at Las Vegas and is next to the South Point Casino.
This suite has a fully equipped kitchen with full size refrigerator, air conditioning, 2 televisions, DVD, CD player, iron/ironing board, washer & dryer, has 1 king bed and 1 queen sleep sofa, hairdryer, and hot tub jtted roman tub and more.
Email us if you are interested rent one or both weeks.