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Holy Cow, Batman. I don't even know where to start.

First of all, let me say that Thursday seemed to be bad luck for some, in tragic ways. A huge accident on the freeway, forty minutes out of LA, killed two people and stopped traffic in its tracks for most of the day. We missed Chris Yost at the X-Men panel because of that pile-up, and quite a few others who were supposed to be at the Con simply never made it, for the same reason. Axel Alonso was stuck in NYC due to weather. And then some giant drapes fell down in one of the halls and hit my friend's friend -- in the head. He's fine, I think.

Lucky for me, I made it through the day without any scrapes or bruises. The X-Men panel was so much fun! I got there just in the nick of time -- security made me run rings to find the right door, so I was hauling my backside in a dead race through crowded halls. But I got in, met the other guys, and the panel started. If anyone has pictures, I would love to see them. The crowd was huge -- and I admit, I froze a little in the headlights -- but it was like being a little kid, sitting up there with all the X-Men writers.

Later -- rode the hotel elevator with Jennifer Connelly. If Keanu Reeves had been with her, I think I might have died.

And then...and then...

Okay. Those of you who read this blog know I'm a Stargate fan. A huge, stinkin', Stargate fan. So guess what I got a chance to do last night? Guess what I did that blew my mind?

I worked the red carpet premiere of the Stargate: Continuum.

As in, I was there, less than a foot from Richard Dean Anderson. Ben Browder. Michael Shanks. Robert Picardo. Christopher Judge.

And Amanda Tapping talked to me.

EEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

Here's how it happened. The wonderful Barbara Vey of Publishers Weekly is working like a mad woman during Comic Con -- and as a member of the press, she received an invite to the premiere. Problem was, she needed an extra set of hands to handle the camera work while she did the interviews on the red carpet -- and I, being the sacrificing kind, volunteered my services for the event. Me, photographer. On the red carpet. For Stargate.

Barbara is going to post video of her interviews and conversations with the various actors. I also, however, have pictures!

First of all, the location of the premiere was incredible. The USS Midway is a retired aircraft carrier that has been turned into a museum, and given the support the military has shown Stargate over the years, there couldn't have been a better place to show off the movie.

You can click on the pictures to make them larger:


This is the line of lucky fans waiting to see the premiere.


The red carpet! The planes!


Barbara Vey on the red carpet!


Richard and Bob, two of the veterans who work at the Midway. Such sweet men.


The cast has arrived!




Richard Dean Anderson and Robert Picardo!


Michael Shanks and his wife.


Beau Bridges is a good looking man, and I'm sorry that every picture I have seems to have captured him in the middle of a sentence.


Jewel Staite! Firefly! Atlantis!


Ben Browder acted very sweet -- and wait until you see the video I captured between him and Barbara!


Richard Dean Anderson and Barbara Vey, just before the start of her interview with him.


Me, being a dork. But a happy, happy dork.


Okay, here's some creative editing. I was in the middle of telling Amanda Tapping how much my mom and I loved her on the show when this picture was taken, and you know what it looks like when pictures are snapped in the middle of sentence. It's bad! Horrific! And Amanda Tapping was so kind and gorgeous, and genuinely sweet. So, focus on her and ignore my deer-caught-in-the-headlights stare.


The deck of the ship at sunset, and in the distance, seating for the premiere.


So, that's the sampling of photos. I have a lot more, but I haven't had time to go through all of them yet. I want to say, though, that Richard Dean Anderson is a handsome, handsome man. He is so handsome. And he was incredibly nice. Oh, my gosh, he was nice. Genuinely, you-can't-fake-this, nice. And you know how you hear that some actors who look big on television are really tiny and short in real life? That is so not the case with the Stargate cast. All the guys are big and brawn, and Amanda was gorgeous and statuesque. And nice? Did I mention that already? Such nice people. I had an incredible, unforgettable, time.

On today's agenda:

1:00-2:00 - 
Looking at our World: Eye on the Present
Authors discuss how they use the supernatural in stories of contemporary society: Kelley Armstrong (Women of the Otherworld), LA Banks (The Vampire Huntress Legend Series), Kate Brallier (The Boundless Deep), Marjorie M. Liu (The Iron Hunt), C.E. Murphy (The Negotiator Trilogy), Justine Musk (Lord of Bones), Lilith Saintcrow (The Dante Valentine Series), and moderator Samantha Sommersby (Forbidden: The Revolution). Room 3

2:00-3:00
 - Looking at our World: Eye on the Present panelists autographing in the Comic-Con Autograph Area.

Have a great day, everyone!

Comments

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marthawells
Jul. 25th, 2008 03:08 pm (UTC)
Oh, cool! That's just awesome.
varkat
Jul. 25th, 2008 03:15 pm (UTC)
Wow, wow, wow! Sounds amazing. I'd be jealous, only I'd have been a way bigger dork, so it's best for my reputation that I was nowhere in the vicinity.
dangerous_47
Jul. 25th, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC)
Wow, what a cool place to have a premier. XD And lol, lucky you to meet all those people and stuff. :D

Awesome.

Nice to actually hear that they are nice. lol.
lovellama
Jul. 27th, 2008 03:05 pm (UTC)
Love your icon. :)
dangerous_47
Jul. 27th, 2008 08:00 pm (UTC)
Heh. Thanks. :D

It's by blimey_icons. :D
macbeaner
Jul. 25th, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC)
oh wow! How very cool. Richard Dean Anderson? *swoons* I used to drool over him in the MacGyver days. I'd want to bear his children!!! ;)

Sounds like you had a great time. Did you get to stay for the preimere? If so, how was it?
(Anonymous)
Jul. 25th, 2008 03:57 pm (UTC)
OH MY GOSH!!!
Fantastic!
robyngoodfellow
Jul. 25th, 2008 04:33 pm (UTC)
I am sooooooo jealous. MacGyver was my first crush!

Please, pay no attention to the little spangly hearts and stars floating around my head.
larcb
Jul. 25th, 2008 04:38 pm (UTC)
How fun!!
Well, except for the falling drapes and stuff.

Awesomeness with the pictures!
ruralwriter
Jul. 25th, 2008 05:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing! And, wow, Christopher Judge looks awesome with hair. *grins*
(Anonymous)
Jul. 25th, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC)
Min - Argentina
Thank youuuuuuuu sooooooooooo muchhhhhhhh.
You are amazing for sharing the magnificent pictures. So close of Rick. Thanks again for the photos.
albogdan
Jul. 25th, 2008 10:49 pm (UTC)
What fun! :-)
lijuun
Jul. 26th, 2008 12:36 am (UTC)
Dude, you got to see MacGyver?!!! WOW.

Also? OMGKAYLEE! I loves me some Firefly.
sharp2799
Jul. 26th, 2008 12:55 am (UTC)
Thanks SO much for sharing!
orbinglight
Jul. 26th, 2008 03:14 pm (UTC)
amazing pics!! you're on lucky girl :D
do you mind if i use the picture of lexa and michael for some icons? pretty please?
(Anonymous)
Jul. 26th, 2008 06:15 pm (UTC)
Fabulous photos!
I agree 100%! Amanda Tapping is wonderful. I've been blessed with an opportunity to talk to her in person at AT3 in May. It was an unforgettable experience. She's so warm and kind and make you feel at ease. She made me feel like I was talking to a good friend.
lovellama
Jul. 26th, 2008 11:11 pm (UTC)
Those pictures are wonderful, you lucky, lucky woman!

I got here via the link on Michael Shanks website; I run an unofficial Christopher Judge site, and I was hoping to get your permission to host the pictures you took that had Chris in them on my site, with permission and a link back to your sites.

Thanks!
webpetals
Jul. 27th, 2008 02:39 pm (UTC)
That would be fine! Please link to my official site (marjoriemliu.com) and this blog post. Thanks!

Marjorie
lovellama
Jul. 27th, 2008 03:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
dr_phil_physics
Jul. 27th, 2008 06:15 pm (UTC)
Got To Work The Premiere of Stargate Continuum.

Okay, official jealous of the Marjorie Liu Fangirl Lifestyle.

Dr. Phil
ajennuine
Jul. 28th, 2008 02:26 am (UTC)
Me Jealous
Shrrrriiiieeeek!

Girl, I'm going to pound you when I see you at RWA. I'm so envious! You're having too much fun ;-).
moschus
Jul. 29th, 2008 06:27 am (UTC)
Hey, I had no idea you were the livejournaler webpetals. :)

Wanted to say that it was so lovely meeting you & being on the panel with you on Friday, & then watching so many of your fans interact with you at the autograph session afterwards. You are inspiring! (And I love, love, love your work ethic...)

Hope we cross paths again.

warmest
Justine Musk
robgoodfella
Aug. 10th, 2008 12:58 am (UTC)
Huge huge SG and SGA fan of course and was at all the panels for them, but I can't believe you rock on the X-men and didn't mention meeting me. Ha!
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