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I've been to more comic book and sci-fi conventions than I can count. I rarely turn down the chance to spend the weekend geeking out with fellow comic book fans, writers and artists, so on Sunday, May 18, I attended San Jose Super-Con 2008. Plus I got to geek out with some rather awesome geek icons -- Go-Go's guitarist Jane Wiedlin, actor/author Wil Wheaton, Bongo Comics Creative Director Bill Morrison and Boba Fett actor Daniel Logan.

As far as conventions go, must admit I had a lot of fun! For once I got to be at a convention that wasn't uber-crowded with smelly, noisy, rude, obnoxious fans. Super-Con was more like what Alternative Press Expo and WonderCon used to be before all the corporate guys discovered it. I got to have full conversations with artists like Adam Hughes and Allison Sohn about their Star Wars art, and with pinup artist Jim Silke about his illustrations of the rare photos in his new book Bettie Page Rules.

(Photos by Bonnie Burton)
Jane Wiedlin’s new comic Lady Robotika and posing with Yoda and Predator!

As always, I had a blast hanging out with Go-Go's guitarist and geek goddess Jane Wiedlin! She and Bongo Comics Creative Director Bill Morrison were at the con to promote her upcoming comic Lady Robotika which is about Jane being "abducted by aliens and transformed into a sexy cyborg superhero!" For Jane's birthday, the Super-Con folks had a Lady Robotika cake decorated for her, which they presented at the end of her Q&A session. I also gave Jane a little Yoda doll for her birthday, since I know how much she loves that Jedi Master.

(Photos by Bonnie Burton)
Bill Morrison poses with his velvet Krusty portrait, and his comic Roswell.

Bill Morrison also had this fantastic velvet painting he made of Krusty the Clown wearing an Elvis-inspired Las Vegas jumpsuit -- truly a thing of beauty! Being a die-hard Simpsons fan (I'm the dork who listens to all the commentary tracks on The Simpsons DVD box sets), it's such a thrill for me to see Bill's work. I mean, the guy is an amazing writer and artist for "The Simpsons," "Futurama," and his own comic creation Roswell for crying out loud!

(Photo by Bonnie Burton)
Actor/Author/Web Celeb Wil Wheaton reads from his book The Happiest Days of Our Lives at the San Jose Super-Con comic book convention.

Another highlight of convention for me had to be finally watching actor and author Wil Wheaton read from his latest book: The Happiest Days of Our Lives. In a chapter about conventions, Wil told the crowd about some rather memorable and hilarious events attending cons as a kid and as a Star Trek actor. He also read his "Star Trek: The Next Generation" review of "Datalore" that he wrote for TV Squad which had everyone in hysterics. When you see Wil run around the stage as Wesley Crusher screaming "Weeeeeeeeee!" you can't help but be entertained. Fans will be excited to hear that he's publishing all his "Star Trek: TNG" reviews from TV Squad in two books! Yay!

(Photo by Bonnie Burton)

Wil also answered questions from fans during Q&A about his favorite episodes on "Star Trek: TNG" and why he wishes his character had more of a chance to show his angsty side like a normal teen. He also chatted about how much fun it is to play evil and crazy characters on TV shows like "C.S.I." and "Numb3rs," as opposed to the usual nice guy roles. Of course, Wil also had plenty to say about Dungeons and Dragons, Star Wars, acting and writing.

Do yourself a favor and go see Wil Wheaton speak at conventions and book signings near you. The guy is beyond entertaining and is super-nice to his fans. In fact, I was lucky enough to get him to chit chat with me about "Trekked" out hybrid cars at his booth while he signed all three of his books for me, and gave me a book of Star Trek: The Manga for one of my buddies!

(Photo by Bonnie Burton)
Actor/Author/Web Celeb Wil Wheaton has torrents at San Jose Super-Con comic book convention.

Wil is one of those guys who not only loves to write about geek pop culture culture, but lives it. He had an online radio show -- Radio Free Burrito -- long before podcasting was the norm. His work with the Video Toaster 4000 was nothing short of revolutionary for would-be mobie makers. He had a blog long before everyone else, and his books read like a primer on all the cool things we love -- roleplaying and arcade games, sci-fi books and films, and so on. He's a true geek in the best possible sense of the word. Plus his Star Wars stories are hilarious. Be sure to read his story about Star Wars action figures here: "Blue Light Special."

In fact, it was his blog that motivated me to write my first book Never Threaten To Eat Your Co-Workers: Best of Blogs. Wil gave me permission to republish his essays "Spare Us The Cutter," "Reflections - Artificial Sweetener," and "When the Waiter Came" for the book anthology. I also interviewed him about why he loves to blog, in an interview for my book as well. While my first book wasn't a huge success, I thought it was pretty dang cool of Wil to take the time to answer my questions and offer his help. So thanks, Wil Wheaton. You rock!

(Photo by Bonnie Burton)
Bongo Comics plus Gypsy, Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo!

Other highlights of Super-Con included spotting the Mystery Science Theater 3000 robots and saying howdy to Boba Fett actor Daniel Logan, seeing Jorge Garcia (Hurley from "Lost") and of course hanging out with Bill, Jane, Adam, Allison and my pal Kate afterwards at the hotel bar drinking Cucumber Martinis.

Check out my photos San Jose Super-Con 2008 here!


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