When: Nov. 8-10 2013
Did you know that in early drafts of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Lando Calrissian dies in an exploding Millennium Falcon, taken out by the destruction of the second Death Star? If you already knew that, then you're probably the kind of person that'll be pretty psyched by the list of guests expected at this year's Hal-Con. Lando will be here, as his earthbound alter-ego, the super-cool Billy Dee Williams. If your sci-fi interest goes beyond a galaxy far, far away, Hal-Con will also feature actors who were in Star Trek (Garrett Wang), Firefly (Jewel Staite), Angel and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (J. August Richards), Battlestar Galactica (Richard Hatch---maybe Fat Apollo can meet original Apollo!) and even a Doctor Who (Peter Davison, #5). And that's on top of a host of authors, comic book creators and cosplayers.
It's all getting to be kind of a big deal, with Hal-Con having tripled in size since its first edition four years ago. More than 10,000 attendees are expected for the three days this November. There'll be gaming tournaments, the Stargazer Soiree, and, of course, the Costume Contest.
The biggest change for 2013 is admission for the first floor, the vendors' section, will be free.
"It'll allow people to take a look around and do some shopping, if they want to," says Joni Crocker, Hal-Con's director of communications. "We thought it was kind of a good way to get the general public interested."
It's hard to believe the general public isn't interested by now. Fantasy nerds are everywhere. Isn't The Big Bang Theory the most popular show on TV? Crocker concurs.
"If I have to explain the convention to, like, my Mom, I say, you know in Big Bang Theory, when they go to Comicon? It's just like that." —Carsten Knox
Price: $30 (day pass), $70 (weekend pass)