Smartphone killed the trivia star
AM shouted me entry to the 10th anniversary Supanova pop-culture convention. CM sprung for an autographed photo from Natalia Tena (Osha in "Thrones", Nymphadora Tonks in "Potter"). She was more tanned and British-sounding than I expected. Friendly and sweet. The con was very crowded and you had to squeeze your way along the dealer aisles. There was a noticeable growth in fan illustrators flaunting copyrights and I could smell future cease and desists. Noah Hathaway's Q&A was excellent. The former child star of "The Neverending Story" still does some acting, but is now a tattooist, bike builder and serious martial artist. He was full of freaky/funny anecdotes and jokingly accepted a marriage proposal from one besotted audience member, promised to tattoo the Auryn medallion from "T/N/S" on another, and agreed to give a seminar at the karate school of another (he holds black belts in two styles). Comic writer/artist/nice guy David Mack ("Kabuki", "Daredevil") was interesting, too. There was a groan from those in attendance when the official called time on his revealing discussion of life in the comic-book industry. CM and I chatted to him further at the Kings table, where I purchased a coupla prints, one of which was his version of Gaiman's Death character. We were impressed with the talents of muso Kirby Krackle, who sang about all kinds of geek-tastic stuff and could play guitar and sing well in a number of genres. (Though his uke needs work.) Sample choon - http://goo.gl/wn9yf. I later ordered his CDs from Amazon. Cosplayers were ubiquitous, with "Sucker Punch" and "Adventure Time" popular new source material. My favourite was a chick doing the Log Lady from "Twin Peaks". She said I was the 12th person to recognise her over the weekend. There was a special on framing signed snaps, so I went a tad nuts... Tilda Swinton in battle dress as Jadis in "The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe", a classy B&W promo shot of Stephen Fry and Emma Thompson from "Peter's Friends" (autographed by both!), and a multi-pic celebration of the career of Joanna Lumley (Purdey, Patsy, etc.). Best. Supanova. Ever.
Happy 100th birthday to the shade of Alan Turing.
Edit: I think I like this KK ditty even better - http://goo.gl/m0ev8