Further proof that the current generation of fandom con-going takes its lead from decades’ worth of Star Trek conventions, William Shatner and George Takei headlined the annual Washington, DC, Awesome Con this weekend.
Thousands were in attendance, sporting a wide array of costumes from Star Trek/Wars, comic books, and a ton of anime stuff I didn’t recognize.
When Shatner took the stage on Saturday, he almost slipped off. He joked to the audience, “How great it would be for you if you were here when he died?”
Photo credit @nkann01
He recounted a variety of stories familiar to long-time Trek fans, such as visiting NASA at Cape Canaveral, paid homage to the late Leonard Nimoy, and answered questions from fans. He expressed concern for the safety of the Awesome Con volunteers (who all wore red shirts).
When a bird flew through the convention hall, he quipped, “The Klingons have sent that bird to spy on me!” One fan asked him to repeat the infamous Saturday Night Live “Get a life” sketch, which he did to great applause.
The Shat was also on hand for autographs and photo ops (photo credit @WesJohnsonVoice)
George Takei spoke Sunday, but alas Trek Movie was unable to attend.
Also attending the con was Stacy Lemery, a life-long Trekkie (her label). When she was a kid, TOS came on at 8 pm and TNG followed at 9 pm. Star Trek inspired her to become a career diplomat, and she works now at the US State Department, chronicling her adventures on the blog Trekkie Wonk.
— Stacy Lemery (@StacyLemery) June 1, 2015
She described Shatner’s convention appearance as “a very thoughtful stand-up comedy show with energy and humor.” Were she to choose between taking Captain Kirk or William Shatner on a diplomatic mission, she said she’d choose Shatner. “Captain Kirk had a very one-track mind,” she joked. “When he met any female alien with a pulse, it was all over.”
Local news outlets are doing their duty of creating awkward, slightly off-the-mark reports for their “normal” audience. Awesome Con captured the attention of The Washington Post with the article “The ultimate sign that the geeky has gone cool,” proving that headline writers at the Post a) are lamer than when my mom tried to make a reference to “Boyz ‘N the Hood” and b) haven’t seen the inside of a movie theater in 15 years. ABC’s local station had this report: