Wash and I have been very vocal on one of the major reasons for coming to the States. As you probably know by now, it was in great part so we could feel a little closer to our late fathers. Both of them passed away when we were still on the butting edge of becoming the people we are now and it gets us down pretty often to think about how they will never see what we made out of that awesome kick-start into life they provided us with. A lot we do, we do in the hopes that it would have made them proud of us.
Last week, Wash and I did something that would NOT have made our fathers proud of us. It would have made them turn green with envy! You see, our fathers were gigantic, complete, undeniable… trekkies. A condition they passed on without mercy to their children. Wash and I warship science fiction as the best fiction there is, no matter what medium it comes in and we have spent a great amount of private and academic time researching and producing in the genre. Genetic likenesses are nothing compared to the passion for science fiction when it comes to reminding us of our fathers’ connection to us transcending death.
Being trapped in a country that has only now that we left arrived at the conclusion that science fiction is mainstream-level cool, the one thing Wash and I have never managed to do before now was go to Comic Con. No difficulty imagining how tickled-pink we got when we heard Portland had its own Rose City Comic Con going on only two weeks after our arrival! Maybe you will have some difficulty imagining how hyperventilatingly excited we got when we learned that Nichelle Nichols was going to be there! For all those who don’t know (shame on you!), Nichelle Nichols played the amazing Lt. Uhura on Star Trek- The Original Series.
And we got our picture taken with her!
When it comes to describing why we adore her to the extent that we would pay $30 dollars to get into comic con just to see her, another $40 just to have a picture taken with her, and an additional $5 just to get a cover for the picture so it wouldn’t get bent, we are truly at a loss for words.
Meeting Nichelle Nichols and getting the chance to talk to her, even if it was only a brief exchange, was by far the highlight of our day at Rose City Comic Con. But that doesn’t mean that we didn’t get to spend even more money:
Or meet other cool people:
Some of the people had been in the business for a while:
Some of them had been “people”, more or less:
But love and hugs, it seems, knows no boundaries:
Disclaimer: Cheesy part ahead. Even though Wash and I couldn’t find anyone who wanted to go to comic con with us on such short notice, we didn’t feel like we were actually all alone. It will become one of those sadappy memories, more happy than sad, though.