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Marvel Comics founder Stan Lee will be comin’ ‘atcha Saturday. You can pay your US$30 and get wristbanded in to a Q&A session with Stan the Man. Several original Star Trek actors will also be beaming aboard, including Walter Koenig, who hosts something called “Stars Night Out” tonight. This deal includes a dinner with Koenig and–get this–second man on the moon Buzz Aldrin! This guy will go to the opening of an envelope! Koenig’s Star Trek colleague Nichelle Nichols, is also working Hollywood Xpo. A table full of her DVD was conveniently placed near the door of the dealer’s room.
No where near this thing: Shatner. He’s still working.
Because the original Trekkers are dropping off, even sons of Star Trek are boldly going to this thing. Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry, son of the creator of the series and Majel Barett, is booked for the show.
There’s also something called “A Star Trek: Of Gods and Men” reunion. Koenig, Nichols and a few of the later Star Trek series stars, including Alan Ruck, Grace Lee Whitney and Tim Russ, also also beaming down. ST:THG dudes Jonathan Frakes and Michael Dorn are likewise in on the celebrity cash grab.
The list goes on: Billy Mumy, Mark Goddard and June Lockhart (Lost in Space) are here. There’s even a bunch of Ferris Bueller folk joining Ruck, including Edie McClurg and Cindy Pickett. For those with even longer memories, Stan Livingston (My Three Sons) was in the house.
Beyond the celebs, there are also tons of Q&As and panels scheduled, as well as photo ops and dealer goodies. There’s even a “Moster Mash” costume party and costume contest happening Saturday night.
I’ve trolled the Hollywood Collectors Shows that have been housed in the Valley several times over the past 15 years or so and this Hollywood Xpo list is quite comparable. In past Hollywood Collectors Shows, some stars confided to me that they accepted invitations to these things basically for grocery money, taking the cash they got from signing autographs at tables inside the convention and heading straight to Trader Joes or Ralphs.
More surprising was this name on the list: Tim Kring, the executive producer behind what was the hottest show on television four years ago: Heroes. I stuck my head in today’s Heroes reunion Q&A session, where Jack Coleman and Nichols were also in attendance. There were about as many people in the cavernous banquet room as on the panel. That’s television: on minute you’re a Hero, the next you are signing autographs two tables over from Elvira and Buzz Aldrin. One small step away from celebrity, one giant leap into the Ballroom C of the Universal Hilton.