Okay, so another Polaris has come and gone and while myself and Mr. Green didn’t last the whole weekend, we sure took in quite a bit. Between body-slamming Spider-Man (and Teddy Wilson of InnerSpace), hanging with Robin Dunne, attending press conferences for Gepetto from Once Upon a Time and Fargo from Eureka, and getting captured by Daleks, we really didn’t have time to slow down for a single moment. As of this writing, this is the first time that I’ve had to stop and think about all the fun we actually had this past weekend.
Our adventure begins on a Friday Night (July 6th to be exact). Mr. Green and I were invited back to be presenters at the 6th Annual Constellation Awards, Canada’s only fan-voted Science Fiction Film and Television Awards Show. The show was hosted by the man with the record for most epic losses at the awards, actor Robin Dunne. Dunne kicked off the night by proclaiming that no matter what, he would be leaving the show a winner. Would his proclamation hold true. Only time would tell. As the evening progressed we saw some very talented presenters take the stage. Among them were the sons we never wanted, Alex and Sean, The Nerds with Guitars. They sang and played and made asses of themselves as per usual. It was fun to watch as always. Also appearing to accept awards on behalf of those who could not attend was the Amazing Spider-Man. But something didn’t seem quite right about this so-called wall crawler. I questioned his authenticity. I was sure he was an imposter by the time that Green and I hit the stage to present the award for Best Actress in a Science Fiction Film. The winner was Olivia Wilde for Cowboys and Aliens and faux Spidey came out to take the award away to wherever he was keeping them. I challenged him to prove to me he was the real Spider-Man. He then proceeded to put on piss poor display of his “powers”. I took matters into my own hands and wrestled the paperback hero to the ground and beat him into submission. Friendly Neighborhood one he ain’t .
After the action came to a head, it was time to announce the winner of the Best Actor in a Science Fiction Television Episode. Geek Hard’s bitter rivals, Teddy Wilson and Ajay Fry of InnerSpace, took to the podium to announce the winner and thankfully, the right man won. Robin Dunne was victorious and delivered a heartfelt thank you speech after doing a victory lap around the auditorium. The festivities were capped off with a reunion of two of the cast members of the classic Canadian sci fi series The Starlost, Robin Ward and Gay Rowan. They reminisced about the 16 episodes they shot so long ago and marveled at how far Science Fiction programing has come. They then gave out the last award of the evening for Outstanding Canadian Contribution to Science Fiction Film or Television in 2011 to the producers of Stargate Universe and accepted on their behalf. It was a great show and the audience in attendance had a great time.
After the show, Mr. Green and I interviewed a slew of presenters from the show. Unfortunately, due to some technical difficulties, a large portion of these interviews will not be seen or heard. But thankfully, our talk with Robin Dunne survived and will see the light of day. Stay tuned for that.
Day 2 was a much more relaxed affair. Mr. Green attended a few press conferences and asked some questions. He was lucky enough to be on hand for interviews with actors Tony Amendola and Neil Grayston. Both were fine gentlemen with fun and informative anecdotes to share. And what Geek Hard press conference experience would complete without Green getting the guests to pose with his stupid frog? These men showed they were truly good guys by agreeing to such a dumb request by my co-host.
As the afternoon approached, we found ourselves walking the floor and taking in the sites. We managed to meet up with some Daleks at the Dr. Who Society of Canada‘s booth and formed a short-lived alliance with them. It ended quickly because we didn’t really want to be minions to these rolling trash cans. And the Daleks proved they were all hype as extermination never came. We also got to check out the tables of comic artists in the basement of the hotel. Among the artists on hand was the lovely and talented Emily Ragozzino who we chatted with very briefly but were then cut off by some other attendees who stole our attention. Everyone out there should check out Emily’s comics as she is awesome.
This brought us to the end of our day. Sorry to the diehards out there but we did not attend the Sunday programing. That being the case, we still had a great time and would like to thank the many folks who made that possible:
The Organizers at Polaris – for allowing us to attend your con and partake in the fun.
The Doctor Who Society of Canada – for helping us out when we needed it, even though your Daleks did try to turn us into slaves.
Andrew Gurudata and everyone involved with the Constellation Awards – for inviting us back and letting us rewrite our script so we could make fun of Kristen Stewart.
Robin Dunne – for throwing in a ton of cheap plugs for us throughout the show.
And to the Spider-Man Imposter – for taking the beating like a man.
As some of you may know, Polaris will no longer be doing a summer con. This was the last one. Not sure when and what their next con will be, but rest assured, I and Mr. Green will probably be there.
And if you’re gonna geek out, GEEK HARD!