SiliCon is the new name for the Silicon Valley Comic Con, hosted by Adam Savage of Mythbusters fame. Since I kind of fall into the nerd category, it should come as no surprise that I could not resist attending a con a mere 15 minutes from my house, especially when one of the key sessions was a Q&A with the legendary William Shatner from the original Star Trek. Anyway, I decided to splurge on the VIP pass, which would get me preferred access to sessions, access to a VIP lounge with refreshments, and an autograph session with a guest to be announced. I wound up getting an autograph session with Mark Sheppard, which I was excited about being a big fan of “Supernatural” (he played Crowley, the King of Hell).
A “convention” in the time of COVID was a little weird. First off, it was pretty small. I had attended this con a couple years back and it was packed. This year, the exhibition hall was about half the size, and there were very few attendees. Which was fine with me, since it made me feel more comfortable. Additionally, masks were required, and cosplay masks did not qualify. But in spite of these health restrictions, it was a fun couple of days.
Not surprising, the high point for me was seeing the great William Shatner. For someone who is 90 years old, he was in great shape, had entertaining stories to tell, and was just inspiring. Also, I really enjoyed Mark Sheppard’s session. He was really witty and eloquent.
On Day 1, I attended the following sessions:
- Opening Keynote Session with Adam Savage and astronaut Cady Coleman
- Q&A Session with Bruce Boxleitner (IMDB Page)
- Q&A Session with Mark Sheppard (IMDB Page)
- Q&A Session with Denise Crosby (IMDB Page)
On Day 2, I attended:
- Session with Adam Savage
- Everyone to Beam Up: Q&A Session with William Shatner
- How the Pandemic Changed Tabletop Gaming Forever
- Lana Parrilla: A Q&A Session with Once Upon a Time’s Evil Queen
I had also planned to attend Dirk Benedict’s session (IMDB Page), but that got canceled, which was a bit of a bummer, but OK. All in all, it was great to get back out in the world and gather with some fellow nerds.
Here are a few pictures.