Carl @robominister with Ron Glass

Carl with Ron Glass at Dragon*Con 2014.


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Once Upon a Time panel at Dragon*Con #dragonpartyline

The ladies (Cat and Stephanie) did not meet me after my long love affair with the High Velocity sign in the Marriott Marquis in my Morpheus costume, so I went to the Once Upon a Time: Let Us Tell You a Story panel and made them wait! I’m classy like that!


On this panel was Lee Arenberg, Beverley Elliott, Giancarlo Esposito, Robbie Kay, Rebecca Mader, and Sean Maguire.

DragonCon 2014 | Photos taken by Carl | August 29, 2014

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SFPL #190 True Blood and related Dragon Con information

True-Blood-Season-7-episode-almost-home-2On this week’s episode of the Sci-Fi Party Line Podcast, Cat and I discuss last week’s episode of True Blood, “Almost Home”. We debate the pros (Hanako) and cons (Cat) of a Hoyt/Jessica reunion, the possible consequences of Bill’s decision regarding Sarah Newlin and the cure for Hep-V, and the dramatic and surprising backstory behind the dynamics of the Tara/Lettie Mae relationship.

We also decide to place a couple of friendly wagers of what will happen at the end of the series (there’s only one more episode left, not counting last night’s episode, which we will review in the next 24-48 hours).

You can listen to the full episode here:

On another note, Dragon Con – the largest multimedia, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film – will take place in Atlanta next weekend, August 29th – September 1st. Several cast members from True Blood has been confirmed to attend: Kristin Bauer (Pam), Grant Bowler (Cooter, Season 3), Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette), and Michael McMillian (Steve Newlin) will participate in panels, photo ops and autograph sessions. You can find more information about Dragon Con on their website,

Several members of SFPL (including Cat and myself) will also be at Dragon Con; you can follow our Dragon Con adventures exclusively at

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Dragon Con adds “Harry Potter” actresses to guest list

10308072_10152305926823806_6126995956316945809_nIt’s about damn time.

After feeling a little bit of despair at the lack of Potter-related guests for this year’s Dragon Con, Potterheads received notice that not one, but two actresses from the series would be appearing at the popular convention held every Labor Day weekend.

The official Dragon Con Facebook page announced today that Evanna Lynch and Scarlett Byrne, known to Harry Potter fans as Luna Lovegood and Pansy Parkinson, respectively, would make first-time appearances.

Lynch first appeared in the fifth film of the series, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, as the eccentric but fiercely loyal Luna Lovegood. For all of Luna’s…erm, differences, she proves herself to be one of Harry’s staunchest supporters and one of the few people whose opinion he respects. She stands by Harry, Ron and Hermione in their greatest times of need and has the heart of a Gryffindor, even though she belongs to the witty Ravenclaw House. Harry and Ginny even honor her by naming their only daughter, Lily Luna, after her (Lily is the name of Harry’s mother).

10561698_10152305993778806_2102370234562264782_nByrne makes her first appearance in the sixth installment, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. She portrays the character of Pansy Parkinson, who is mostly known throughout the films as the girlfriend of Draco Malfoy. Her character famously offered to give Harry up to Lord Voldemort in an effort to keep him from killing more wizards in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2. It was her outburst that caused the Slytherin students to be locked in the dungeons while the Battle of Hogwarts brewed on.

Byrne is more recently known for her role as Lexi in the sci-fi TV show, Falling Skies.

Dragon Con is the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film. It is held every Labor Day weekend in the downtown Atlanta area. For more information regarding daily and weekend memberships, photo ops, and other events, check out the official website.

Side note: I will be speaking on two panels related to Harry Potter during Dragon Con. The first is Shipping Wars in Harry Potter!, which will discuss one of the largest shipping debates ever, Ron/Hermione or Harry/Hermione (I am of course on Team Ron!). This panel will be held on Saturday, August 30 at 10 pm. The second panel is Growing Up to Save the World, which will discuss the roles of teens from several different fandoms (Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Buffy, Teen Wolf, etc) and their roles in “saving the world”. That panel will take place on Sunday, August 31 at 1 pm. You can keep up with my Dragon Con adventures here or on my other blog, Confessions of a Grown-Up Fangirl.

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Dragon*Con Past: Sci-Fi Party Line Epic DragonCon Meetup

Sci-Fi Party Line #156 Man of Steel and Summer Film Complaints


“Superman is a …”
-Cat (@fancyfembot)

“Here’s the real reason why everybody has to come to Earth to jack stuff up because if they set a movie on Mars it wouldn’t make Box Office.”
-Carl (@robominister)

Today’s duo is Carl (@robominister) and Cat (@fancyfembot). Cat tells us about her iPhone 5S line experience and she is even going to DragonCon next year! Keep in touch with us to hear more about the epic Sci-Fi Party Line Epic DragonCon 2014 Meetup. In today’s episode we discuss Man of Steel (9:03) and Carl’s complains about the lack of amazing summer sci-fi movies. Yes, we discuss the Ben Affleck/Batman situation. Carl introduces us to Europa Report but he suggests we watch 2010: Odyssey Two first.

Houstonians get robbed while waiting in the iPhone launch line


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Dragon*Con Report: Carl’s Dragon*Con report from 2012

Sci-Fi Party Line #140 Dragon Con Report and Fall Shows

“It makes me tired. I’m exhausted thinking about the ridiculousness of it.”
-Cat (@fancyfembot) on Revolution

“It doesn’t make any damned sense.”
-Carl (@robominister)
on Revolution

“I kept waiting on Hercules and Xena to show up for some reason.”
-Anthony (@michant2)
on Revolution

It’s time for Carl’s annual Dragon Con report. Today’s crew is Carl (@robominister), Cat (@fancyfembot), and Anthony (@michant2). There are stories of Nichelle Nichols, David Gerrold, Jason Momoa, and Tembi Locke.

We also discuss the fall science fiction TV shows for 2012 (48:12): Falling Skies, Revolution, Grimm,

The State of Black Science Fiction @ Dragon Con
Bruce Boxleitner’s Lantern City


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Dragon*Con guests for 2014

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There will be great people to meet this year including Tricia Helfer, Ron Glass, Lou Ferigno, and the ever so grumpy yet lovable Richard Hatch!

Check the Dragon*Con guest list for everyone attending!

Call me a nerd but I’m excited about Tom Merritt being there!

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Dragon*Con Past: Carl meets Anthony

Carl meets Anthony at Dragon*Con 2012.


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Dragon*Con Past: Carl meets Hanako

Carl meets Hanako at Dragon*Con 2010.

Carl and Hanako
Carl and Hanako

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Dragon*Con Past: Hanako’s Dragon Con report from 2011

Sci-Fi Party Line #108 True Blood finale & Hanako’s Dragon Con Report

“No you said it exactly like you meant it. ‘You want to get ON’ Alcide. I want Carl to hear this.”
-Darrell (@thevoice123)

“I would love True Blood so much again if they brought back Russell Edgington. That was my mofo.”
-Cat (@fancyfembot)

-Darrell (@thevoice123)

“I’ve been going to Dragon Con since 2007 and this was the absolute best time for me.”
-Hanako (@hmrpotter)

“The a** shot was kind of an accident.”
-Hanako (@hmrpotter)

Darrell joins Cat and Hanako to discuss the shocking True Blood season finale. Hanako gives us her Dragon Con report (1:01:10). She got to interview the cast of Being Human and ran into Joe Manganiello, Jim Beaver, Wil Wheaton, and Colin Ferguson.

Dragon Con

Being Human

Jim Beaver on Twitter (@jumblejim)

Hanako’s Confessions of a Grown-Up Fangirl

Comic Book Roadshow and Darrell’s interview with Eureka‘s Eric Wallace.

—> Thanks to Ant (@michant2) for the picture of Alcide’s a**.


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Dragon*Con Past: Carl’s Dragon*Con report from 2011

Sci-Fi Party Line #107 Apollo 18 & Carl’s Dragon Con Report

“Ohhhhhh my god. They were moon crabs.”
-Steph (NiNi) (@stephbystereo)

“What Cat? I’m a dude and I’ve seen Little Mermaid.”
-Carl (@robominister)

Steph joins Cat and Carl for the first time and we discuss Apollo 18. There is a spirited difference of opinion of the enjoyment and quality of the movie. Carl tells us about his adventures at Dragon Con (@22:20). He had tales of costumes, Sexy Spock and plenty of star sightings.

Dragon Con

Georgia Ghostbusters

Pierre Bernard



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Dragon*Con Past: Carl’s Dragon*Con report from 2010

Sci-Fi Party Line #81 SGU, Caprica, No Ordinary Family, Fringe

“They are redefining science fiction where it’s not about science or that space stuff, it’s really about the interpersonal relationships of the people involved… with wrestling.”
-Carl (@robominister)

Carl joins Cat to discuss his adventures at Dragon*Con. He talks about costumes, lines, Ghostbuster population and meeting Pierre Bernard from Recliner of Rage.

We also discuss Stargate Universe, Caprica, No Ordinary Family and Fringe. No episode with Carl would be complete without a dig at The Event, a mention of Sad Hobo and Agent Jessup.

Here is the LONG line that Carl talked about. If I have to stand in that line, I’m never going to Dragon*Con. I couldn’t handle it.


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Countdown Sci-Fi Party Line at Dragon*Con


2014 is the year that the Sci-Fi Party Line crew will descend upon the annual Dragon*Con convention like a swarm of locust infected with a biblical plague. This will mark the first time that so many of us will be in the same vicinity of one another. Many of us are meeting each other for the first time and it is sure to be an event of epic proportions.

This website will be a space where we will post all things related to us and Dragon*Con including news, tips, pictures, thoughts, podcasts, videos, and anything that catches our eye.

Confirmed attendees are Cat, Stephanie, Hanako, Kai, Charles, and Anthony. Check out the ‘About Us‘ page for totally factual biographies on us all.

Are you going to Dragon*Con? Would you like to join us in posting here? YES YOU WOULD!

Please comment below or contact Cat (@fancyfembot) via Twitter. JOIN US!

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Cast of SyFy’s “Being Human” confirmed for this year’s Dragon Con

Fans of the SyFy Channel’s hit series, “Being Human”, were greeted with the following announcement on the Official Dragon Con Facebook group page:

Sam Witwer, Meaghan Rath, Sam Huntington, and Kristen Hager of the SyFy Channel’s hit series “Being Human” will appear at this year’s Dragon Con. Credit: SyFy

“Happy Monday morning! We hope everyone is keeping warm in these chilly Atlanta (and beyond) temps!! What better way to warm up than with a great guest announcement?! Joining us for Dragon Con 2014 will be the cast from Being Human, Sam Witwer, Meaghan Rath, Sam Huntington, and Kristen Hager. Only 234 days to go!”

“Being Human” is about the (mis)adventures of three unlikely roommates: Aiden (Sam Witwer), who is a vampire; Josh (Sam Huntington), who started the show as a newly-turned werewolf, who was able to reverse the curse and turn back human (by killing the werewolf who sired him), and was turned back into a werewolf at the end of last season; and Sally (Meghan Rath), who is a ghost that was briefly transformed into a reanimated corpse (but don’t use the word zombie, she hates that word) by the use of black magic, and eventually ended up “dying” again at the end of last season. The trio is rounded out by Nora (Kristen Hager), who is Josh’s new wife and became a werewolf in Season 2 as a result of being accidentally scratched by Josh. Did you get all of that?

Dragon Con 2014 will mark the second appearance for actors Witwer, Huntington and Rath; they attended in 2011. You can find my interviews with them by clicking the following links: Sam Witwer, Sam Huntington, Meghan Rath.

Dragon Con is the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film. Every Labor Day weekend, about 40,000 people crowd the streets and take over the hotels of downtown Atlanta to meet friends, celebrities, cosplay and totally geek out. This year’s event will take place August 29 – September 1. Ticket information can be found on the official website.

You can read more about my experiences at Dragon*Cons past at this link.

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It’s that time of year again: Dragon Con!!!

ImageI know I’ve been absent from the blogging scene for quite a while and I apologize. Real life and all that jazz. But now it’s August, and you know what that means for me…Dragon Con!!!

For those of you who are unaware of what I’m referring to, Dragon Con is the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film. Every Labor Day weekend, about 40,000 people (or more) crowd the streets and take over the hotels of downtown Atlanta to meet friends, celebrities, cosplay and totally geek out. Spanning the lobbies, convention spaces and streets of five hotels, there is literally something for everyone at Dragon*Con.

Once again this year, I have been privileged to be invited to sit on a panel to discuss Harry Potter. “Father Knows Best: Dads in Harry Potter” will discuss the fathers/father figures in the Harry Potter series. The panel will be held on Sunday, September 1 in the Atlanta Marriott, Room A707.

For those of you who’ve followed my blogs for the past few years and who share my interests, some of the notable guests for this year include Natalia Tena (Harry Potter, Game of Thrones), Kelly Hu (The Vampire Diaries, The Scorpion King, X-Men 2), Richard Dean Anderson, Christopher Judge and Teryl Rothery (Stargate SG-1), Kristin Bauer, Jim Parrack, Janina Gavankar, Lauren Bowles, Rutina Wesley, and Tara Buck (True Blood), and Keegan Connor Tracy and Raphael Sbarge (Once Upon a Time). There is also a large contingent of guests from Star Trek’s Deep Space Nine and The Next Generation, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Smallville, The Walking Dead, and so on.

This year will be a bit different for me, as I will be “working” during most of the convention, but I will definitely do my best to get out and about and find interesting stuff to blog about. For those of you who are interested in attending, membership information can be found at this link. Hope to see you there!!


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‘Vampire Diaries’ stars confirmed for Dragon*Con

You may as well call it the “Mystic Falls Takeover”. For the first time, it has been announced that most of the principal cast of the CW hit series “The Vampire Diaries” will appear at this year’s Dragon*Con convention, scheduled to take place Labor Day weekend in Downtown Atlanta.

Credit: The CW

Series regulars Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore), Paul Wesley (Stefan Salvatore), Kat Graham (Bonnie Bennet), Michael Trevino (Tyler Lockwood), Joseph Morgan (Klaus Mikaelson), and Candice Accola (Caroline Forbes) have all been confirmed to attend, via the official Dragon*Con website. They will take part in Q&A sessions, show panels, and limited autograph and photo op sessions. In addition to the stars’ appearances, Celebrity Authentics has announced that there will be a private autograph signing with star Nina Dobrev that weekend (who, due to personal scheduling conflict, has not been added to the Dragon*Con guest list). Celebrity Authentics has released ticket information for all of their stars (they also represent “Charmed” star Rose McGowan, who will also appear at Dragon*Con). Please note: These ticket prices are for pre-paid sales for autographs and photo opportunities, and are separate from Dragon*Con ticket pricing.

“The Vampire Diaries” premiered on the CW network in the fall of 2009, based on the series of books by author L.J. Smith. It tells the tale of Elena, a typical teenager who is the object of affection for a set of feuding brothers, who both happen to be vampires. Stefan and Damon Salvatore have a complicated history and their habit of falling for the same women has major consequences for Elena and the town of Mystic Falls. The end of season three saw the deaths (maybe?) of a few fan favorites, a few character surprises, and one very unexpected resurrection. The show, which is filmed outside of Atlanta in the city of Covington, just finished its third season; season four is scheduled to debut sometime in October and can be seen on the CW network on Thursday nights at 8pm.

Dragon*Con is the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film. Every Labor Day weekend, about 40,000 people crowd the streets and take over the hotels of downtown Atlanta to meet friends, celebrities, cosplay and totally geek out. Spanning the lobbies, convention spaces and streets of five hotels, there is literally something for everyone at Dragon*Con. Ticket information can be found at this link.

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Interview with Sam Witwer of SyFy’s “Being Human”

How do you play a character fighting to belong to two worlds? In the SyFy Channel series “Being Human“, actor Sam Witwer has to do just that as Aidan, a 207-year old vampire who is struggling to fit in in the human world. And when we say struggling, we mean it.

By day, Aidan is a hospital employee determined to appear as normal as possible to the outside world; in reality, he is struggling with his vampire side for dominance, while also being best friends/roommates with werewolf Josh (played by Sam Huntington) and a recently departed ghost, Sally (played by Meaghan Rath). Not exactly the stuff “normal” is made of.

When last seen, Aidan found himself an unwilling pawn in the quest for vampire dominance by his maker, Bishop (played by Mark Pellegrino). The decisions Aidan makes will have not only have huge consequences for himself, but also the people he loves, as he continues to fight to be the person he wants to be, not what others try to make him.

Witwer recently joined his two co-stars at Dragon*Con, a multi-genre fan convention held annually in Atlanta, for Q&A sessions, photo ops and autograph sessions for thousands of fans. got a chance to speak with him to find out what makes Aidan tick, and what fans can expect from Season 2, which will premiere in January 2012.

Hanako Ricks, Hi, this is Hanako Ricks with and again, I’m here live at Dragon*Con 2011.This time I have Sam Witwer, from the SyFy Channel’s “Being Human”.  Hi Sam, how are you?

Sam Witwer: Hello! How are you?

HR: Good! How are you enjoying your Draogn*Con experience so far?

SW: It’s been really, really cool. I wish I had a chance to walk around and see more stuff, but it’s been great. All the enthusiasm from everyone who’s been enjoying the show, it’s been quite heartening.

HR: Great. Okay, I asked this question of Meaghan earlier, um, how did you hear about the project and how did you get involved?

SW: Well I, I was just – apparently they were looking for Aidan for a long time and they were having a real hard time casting him, and so I guess the uh, casting director who cast me in “Smallville” was basically like, “Why have we not seen Sam Witwer for this?” So they just called me up, and wanted to have me come in and read.

HR: And what was it that attracted you to the role?

SW: It’s an irresistable role. The fact that really, I didn’t necessarily  you know, I read a few pages and saw that it was a vampire show. I’m like “well we have 15 vampire shows, we don’t need another one”. But then as I read it, I realized oh, this is a show about a man who’s battling addiction.; that’s cool. I really like that.

HR: Yeah, I – in your panels, you talked about approaching the characters from the human standpoint… 

SW: Totally. 

HR: …instead of the supernatural part.

SW: As people.

HR: Do you think that makes a difference with how the show is portrayed?

SW: I think it does. Yes. Absolutely. Because I mean, these – you know, we are. We’re making a show about people and their frailties and these are all – these vampire, werewolf, ghost things, they’re all metaphors for things that people deal with in real life. These are metaphors, so we really should approach from, you know, the human aspect first. It’s not to say we don’t give the werewolf, vampire stuff its due. I mean I spend a lot of time thinking about what it would be like to be 207 years old, you know? And I put a lot of effort into like, re-inventing the character in different time periods. For example, in this season we go to the 30’s.So we meet Aidan in the 30’s, and he’s a very, very different, strange, strange Aidan that we don’t know and uh, I kind of played it like this is him in his absolute prime.

HR: Do you like going back to the past?

SW: Love it. 

HR: Okay, because it gives you a different angle to work from.

SW: Totally.Yeah, and we just keep adding cool layers to the character. I really dig it.

HR: Okay, so what’s next for Aidan, without giving too much away for Season 2?

SW: What’s next for Aidan? Well, trouble…ah, backsliding. Danger, suspense, love, sex, all kinds of stuff. (Turns to camera) You should tune in!

HR: Which is par for the course for Aidan.

SW: Yeah, it’s just what he does. Yeah.

HR: Okay, well I thank you for taking the time to talk to me, and I hope you enjoy the rest of the Con.
If you haven’t had a chance to check out the show yet, you can watch full episodes via the official website, or you can wait until November when the DVD is scheduled to be released.
“Being Human” airs at 9pm on Monday nights on the SyFy Channel. Season 2 will premiere in January 2012.

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One-on-One with “Being Human” star Sam Huntington at Dragon*Con 2011

On the SyFy Channel series “Being Human” he plays Josh, the overly-cautious, somewhat insecure werewolf trying desperately to hide in life’)s background in order to avoid revealing his secret. In real life his portrayer, actor Sam Huntington, couldn’t be more the opposite.

In person, Huntington is funny, friendly, and generally seems to have a good time – all of the time.

Whether he is by himself or wreaking havoc during a Q&A session with his two co-stars, Sam Witwer and Meaghan Rath, Huntington makes it very clear that he loves his job, and his co-stars.

Huntington took a few minutes in-between greeting fans at this past weekend’s Dragon*Con convention in Atlanta to speak with me about his love for the show, his character and co-stars.

“Being Human” tells the story of three unlikely roommates: Josh, a hospital orderly who is also a werewolf; Aidan (Witwer), a fellow hospital employee who becomes Josh’s closest friend on account of his own secret (vampire); and Sally (Rath), a displaced ghost who finds herself an unwanted – but then welcome – roommate to the guys when they move into the brownstone in which she died. What follows is an unlikely friendship between the three which turns out to be what is probably the most normal thing in their lives.

Hanako Ricks, Hi this is Hanako Ricks with,and I am here at Dragon*Con 2011 with Sam Huntington from the SyFy Channel’s “Being Human”.Hi Sam, how are you?

Sam Huntington: Hi, hi.

HR: You totally photobombed that picture of me and Witwer.

SH: Yeah.

HR: But it was great.

SH: Yeah, that was the idea, yeah. But see he did it to me like, 100 times today.

HR: So I heard.

SH: So he can take one. And I apologize, because he was with you. But I’m in there now.

HR: No, it’s fine. It was a great picture, it was a great picture.

SH: Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, totally.

HR: So, Dragon*Con.

SH: Yeah.

HR: Your panels.

SH: Yeah.

HR: Hilarious.

SH: Thank you.

HR: Is the chemistry between you and Meaghan and Sam like that all the time?

SH: Yeah.

HR: Really?

SH: Literally.

HR: So you guys weren’t faking it?

SH: No, no, no.

HR: Oh that’s great! 

SH: That’s why we get off on those tangents. We can do that all day long.

HR: But it’s great because it shows that you guys really enjoy being here and interacting with the fans.

SH: Yeah, yeah it’s nice. I feel like – I mean, we love each other so much and I want people to see that and know that. 

HR: Oh that’s great. Okay, so, Being Human…

SH: Yeah.

HR: You play Josh the werewolf.

SH: I do

HR: How did you find out about this role and what drew you to Josh?

SH: It was a very traditional audition process in L.A. Um, I had to audition for it a bunch of times, it’s just I think they were uncertain what they wanted for the role, so um, I really lucked out – I was the right guy for the job. So,um, and here we are and I’m still feeling so lucky.

HR: Okay, and Josh’s storyline kind of went on some highs and lows last season…

SH: Yeah, yeah

HR: Endng with the big cliffhanger of Nora being pregnant…

SH: What’s happening with Nora, yeah yeah yeah

HR: …and so, are we gonna see more of that in season 2? Are we gonna find out more about what’s going on? Is their relationship gonna develop?

SH: Oh yeah, that’s a lot of what Josh’s plot is in season 2.

HR: And you mentioned there’s gonna be more werewolves this season.

SH: Yeah. Yeah yeah yeah. Different…types of werewolves.

HR: So it’s not just your basic, everyday thing?

SH: Well they…I can’t really elaborate, but it’s really amazing, yeah. You will like it, I promise.

HR: Okay, and you said the DVD is coming out in November?

SH: November.

HR: Tell us what we can expect on the DVD.

SH: I actually don’t really know. I’m hoping to get like, an advanced copy of it so we can tell you guys what’s gonna be on it. But I think there will probably be some deleted scenes, there’s definitely a lot of behind the scenes footage – lots! I think like an hour plus of behind the scenes stuff and interviews that we did throughout the season. I’m hoping there’s gonna be a killer gag reel on it, that’s always my favorite part of a DVD.

HR: There should be. If there’s not, that would be a crime. 

SH: I agree.

HR: After what I’ve seen this weekend, that would be a crime.

SH: It’s a little crazy. Um, um you’ll see that those antics are just what we do, and uh, and yeah sooo, yeah. I think it’s – beyond that it’s just the show.

HR: Okay, well the show is great. I love it, and our fans – the fans love it.

SH: Thank you, thank you.

HR: And we’re looking forward to seeing more of you in season two.

SH: We’re looking forward to seeing more of you.

HR: Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me.

SH: Thank you, come here. Oh my gosh, Examiner.

HR: Thank you.

SH: Thank you so much.

“Being Human” airs on the SyFy Channel on Monday nights at 9pm. The second season will begin in January 2012.

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One-on-One Interview with “Being Human” star Meaghan Rath

Dragon*Con, the annual multi-genre fan convention that takes place every Labor Day weekend, has come and gone until next year.

Photo of me with Meaghan Rath and Sam Huntington from the SyFy series “Being Human”

As part of my assignment with, I had a chance to briefly speak one-on-one with Meaghan Rath, one of the stars for the hit SyFy Channel series, “Being Human“. The show, which is an American adaptation of the U.K. series by the same name, is about three supernatural beings – a vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost – who have all become roommates sharing a Boston brownstone. Rath plays the recently departed Sally, a ghost who begins the season trapped in the home with no idea of how she became a ghost in the first place. Over the season, it is revealed that she is actually a murder victim, having been pushed down the stairs (by accident) during an argument with her irrationally jealous fiance, Danny. Along the way to discovering the truth, Sally begins to learn how to exist in the human world as best she can, with the help of roommates Aidan (the vampire) and Josh (the werewolf). At the end of the season, Sally makes a choice between her destiny and her friends, that will have emotional consequences for her to deal with in season two, which premieres January 2012.

Hanako Ricks, Hi, this is Hanako Ricks with and I am speaking live from Dragon*Con 2011 with Meaghan Rath, one of the stars of “Being Human”. Hi Meaghan.

Meaghan Rath: Hi!

HR: Thank you for speaking with us today.

MR: Of course! I’m happy to.

HR: Is this your first Dragon*Con?

MR: It is.

HR: It is, and how are you feeling about it. 

MR: Uh, clearly I’m feeling pretty great about it. (laughs)

HR: Oh yes, you got your wings today.

MR: I’m in the spirit. Uh yeah, it’s been amazing. It’s so nice to talk to the all the fans and have fun. We’re having a good time.

HR: Yeah, you guys look like you’re having fun. So, Being Human is a television show about a werewolf, a vampire and a ghost who are all roommates. How did you hear about the project and how did you get involved?

MR:Uh, I got the material from my agents and I – I never, I wasn’t aware of the U.K. series at all, and so I went home and I read the first few scripts, which is what they gave us and instantly fell in love with it. Fell in love with the character and uh, just knew that I had to be a part of it, and I worked my ass off to get it. Yeah.

HR: Without being too spoilery, because I know you guys have talked about a lot of changes coming in the second season, can you tell us a little about what to expect from your character for the next season?

MR: Um, I would say that it’s a lot darker, if you can imagine that. And um, I think we’re gonna see a lot of Sally exploring the afterlife, and the consequences of missing her door and what that means. 

HR: And is Danny like – will we see him at all in the second season?

MR: I don’t know, I cannot confirm or deny.

HR: Okay. Well I thank you for taking a few minutes out of your busy time to speak with us, and I hope you enjoy the rest of the Con.

MR: No problem. Thank you, you too.

HR: Thank you.
If you haven’t had a chance to check out the show yet, you can watch full episodes via the official website, or you can wait until November when the DVD is scheduled to be released.
“Being Human” airs at 9pm on Monday nights on the SyFy Channel.

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Dragon*Con brings Sci-Fi TV presence to Atlanta

That rustle of excitedness you hear is the sound of thousands of geeks, nerds, gamers, fanboys/fangirls and other fandom enthusiasts preparing for what is probably the largest geek party in the United States, and Dragon*Con looms closer.

Taking place in the downtown streets of Atlanta, Dragon*Con is the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film. Every Labor Day weekend, about 40,000 people crowd the streets and take over the hotels of downtown Atlanta to meet friends, celebrities, cosplay and totally geek out. Spanning the lobbies, convention spaces and streets of five hotels, there is literally something for everyone at Dragon*Con.

As always, Sci-Fi/Fantasy television will have a strong presence at Dragon*Con. One of the fan tracks that should be very popular this year at Dragon*Con includes the Dark Fantasy track, which will have panels and celebrity guests from shows such as the SyFy Channel’s Being Human (stars Sam WitwerSam Huntington and Meaghan Rath), the CW Network’s Vampire Diaries (stars Michael TrevinoSara Canning and David Anders) and is filmed locally in Atlanta, and HBO’s immensely popular series True Blood (stars Kristen Bauer van StratenJim ParrackDenis O’HareJoe Manganiello and author Charlaine Harris, who wrote the “Southern Vampire” novels that the show is based on).

For the first time, stars from the popular CW series Supernatural will also appear during Dragon*Con: series regular Jim Beaver will be joined by stars Misha CollinsMark A. SheppardJulie McNivenChristopher Heyerdahl andSamantha Ferris for fan Q&A panels, photo op and autograph sessions.

Fans of Joss Whedon and/or the Stargate culture (SG-1, Atlantis and Universe) will find whole tracks dedicated to those two sub-genres (Whedonverse and Stargate: Multiverse, respectively), while those who mourn the loss of shows such as LOST, V: The Series, and Battlestar Galactica can do so alongside other fans of those now defunct, but still loved shows during panels such as “BSG Universe: Evolution”, “V: Find Your Bliss”, or “Lost: One Year Later”.

Dragon*Con will take place Friday – Monday Labor Day weekend; most programming will begin around 10 am with the exception of Saturday, when the annual Dragon*Con Parade will take place. Host hotels include the Hyatt Regency AtlantaAtlanta Marriott MarquisHilton AtlantaSheraton Atlanta Hotel, and the Westin Peachtree Plaza. Full details on fan tracks, celebrity guests, and membership (admission) costs can be found at the official website.

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Fan Faves from “True Blood”, “Vampire Diaries” Added to Dragon*Con

After more than a week with no updates, Dragon*Con has added some fan favorites from two of the hottest current television series to the guest list.

And while you’re drooling over the photo at the left, I will shamelessly admit to adding this blog post with just a teensy bit of lust going on.

If you haven’t guessed by now, Joe Manganiello – who plays hot-blooded werewolf Alcide Herveaux on the HBO hit series “True Blood” – has been added to this year’s guest list for Dragon*Con 2011. This makes the third guest from the show, with Jim Parrack (Hoyt Fortenberry) having been added about a month ago, and Denis O’Hare (Russell Edgington, Vampire King of Mississippi), who was added back in April. Joe joined the show in season 2, and was quickly promoted to series regular for season 3. Expect for Alcide to play a larger role in the show, now that love interest Sookie is unattached. Season 4 of “True Blood” premieres June 26 on HBO.

Another fan favorite comes to Dragon*Con from the locally-filmed television series, “The Vampire Diaries”. Sara Canning, who plays Aunt Jenna on the show, has been confirmed to appear. SPOILER ALERT Jenna’s role on the show took a major, unforeseen turn in the last few episodes of the second season, beginning with her finding out that vampires exist to her being turned into one and eventually killed as part of Klaus’ ritual to become the first vampire/werewolf hybrid. Canning will be joined by fellow cast mate David Anders, who played John Gilbert on the show.

Dragon*Con is the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film. Every Labor Day weekend, about 40,000 people crowd the streets and take over the hotels of downtown Atlanta to meet friends, celebrities, cosplay and totally geek out. Ticket information can be found on the official website.

You can read more about my experiences at Dragon*Cons past at this link.

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Dragon*Con Implements New Measures to Speed Up Registration

If you’ve ever been to Dragon*Con in Atlanta, you know that it’s probably one of the best (if not the best) multi-genre, fandom, cultural, everything convention around. With over 30,000 (at least!) in attendance each year, registration is one of the biggest challenges Dragon*Con faces. Fans who purchase their memberships months in advance can wait upwards of 4 hours in line to pick up their badges, which is about the same amount of time that fans purchasing on-the-spot will spend purchasing their badges. And let’s face it: 3-4 hours in line, in September, in Georgia humidity, is not an appealing thought.

However, it looks as though Dragon*Con has taken steps to alleviate the problem, judging by a recently posted announcement on the official website:

Dragon*Con will be using barcodes to speed up the registration process for 2011. Those of you who have purchased your memberships in advance will receive (or have received already) a postcard with a barcode on the mailing label. Please bring that postcard (with the mailing label intact and legible) AND a valid government-issued photo ID with you to the registration area at the convention. That will greatly speed up your (and everyone else’s) registration experience at Dragon*Con 2011. Forgetting to bring the postcard or the valid government-issued ID will slow down your registration process.

For those of you who are paying on-site, you can shorten your time in line as well. Click here and fill out the form, submit it, and it will generate a .pdf file with a QR code that you print and bring to the on site registration area at the convention. This form is not connected to any database, it is merely a utility for printing your own QR code.  The QR code will contain all your demographic information, mildly encrypted and base64 encoded. As always you will need to have a valid government-issued photo ID with you as well to complete the on-site registration process.

I’ve had the opportunity in the past to speak with both fans and Dragon*Con staffers who have been frustrated with the delays in registration and genuinely trying to find reasonable solutions to make the experience better for everyone, and it looks as if they are traveling down the right path. We shall see this Labor Day weekend, when celebrities and geeks from around the world take over the streets of downtown Atlanta for the four-day fandom celebration.

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More “Supernatural” Guests Added to Dragon*Con Guest List

Wow! Looks like Atlanta will be a city of angels, demons, and hunters this September, as four more stars from the television show “Supernatural” has been added to the guest list for Dragon*Con 2011.

In addition to earlier announcements of guests Misha Collins (Castiel the Angel) and Mark A. Sheppard (Crowley the Demon), the updated Dragon*Con lineup now includes Jim Beaver, Samantha Ferris, Julie McNiven and Christopher Heyerdahl.

Beaver has become one of the favorites in a fandom well known for an almost obsessive fixation with the two main stars/characters, Jared Padalecki (Sam Winchester) and Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester). As fellow hunter Bobby Singer, he has become the father figure, reluctant hero, and pain-in-the-ass needed to keep the Winchesters on their toes and constantly thinking in a profession where a stray thought can easily get you killed.

Credit: The CW
Bobby and Ellen in “My Heart Will Go On”

As the tough-as-nails-with-a-heart-of-gold hunter Ellen Harvelle, Samantha Ferris has become one of the very few females on the show that the fans actually like. The Supernatural fandom is known for their extreme dislike of female characters that “take away” from the storyline involving the brothers; Ellen and her daughter Jo are exceptions. Both Harvelle’s were killed in action during the latter part of season 5, although we have seen Ellen return (in the season 6 episode “My Heart Will Go On”).

Julie McNiven’s Anna was the fallen angel; one of the first that Dean and Sam would encounter who’d convince the brothers that angels do indeed exist. Once an ally (and lover to Dean), she quickly changed sides once she regained her wings, going back in time to try to kill the brothers’ parents in a misguided attempt to prevent the Apocolypse. Needless to say, her character did not last much longer after that; no one survives for very long once the Winchesters have you on their hit-list.

Christopher Heyerdahl only appeared in three episodes in season 5, but made his mark known as the demon Alistair, who was responsible for Dean’s punishment/torture during his time trapped in Hell. Heyerdahl is also well-known for appearing on “Stargate Atlantis”, and he is one of the feared Volturi members in The Twilight Saga films, playing Volturi leader Marcus.

Dragon*Con is the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film. Every Labor Day weekend, about 40,000 people crowd the streets and take over the hotels of downtown Atlanta to meet friends, celebrities, cosplay and totally geek out. Ticket information can be found on the official website.

You can read more about my experiences at Dragon*Cons past at this link.

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