Phoenix Comicon: Wesley Crusher and Johnny Rico Approved!


Pheonix-Comicon-2012 banner - Click to learn more at the official web site!

Hello science fiction convention fans!Click to learn more about the Pheonix Convention Center at the official web site!

The numbers are in! Attendance for Phoenix Comicon 2012 was 32,000; up from the 2011 attendance of approximately 24,000!

Even though the economy is not doing too well, people chose to attend the convention, whether they were local residents, traveling from the east coast of the United States, or around the world for the fun in Phoenix Arizona, May 24-27 2012!

People, both celebrities and fans came from all over the world to visit the Phoenix Convention Center to see actors from various television shows. Science fiction fans came to the event so that they could dress up in their favorite Cosplay costumes.

Many dressed up as characters from graphic novels, comics, anime, and television series. Some came just to play their favorite video games.

Phoenix Comicon 2012 - Doctor Who Dalek!

The major attention grabbers of this convention were cast members from Star Trek The Next Generation and Eureka (Saturday). Science fiction legend William Shatner of Star Trek TOS also appeared on Saturday. The one-hour panels for the shows were held in the main ballroom which had a seating capacity of 4,000.

All of the Phoenix Comicon panels including Eureka featuring Jamie Paglia, Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-WhitfieldDebrah Farentino, and Wil Wheaton were at 100% capacity!

 Phoenix Comicon 2012 - Samurai Comics!

Some actors had separate panels in smaller rooms. Those panels were also very well attended with stand room only. Celebrities, Levar Burton, Marina Sirtis, Michael Dorn, and Colin Ferguson were all very popular and very well attended.

Phoenix Comicon 2012 - Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner, and Wil Wheaton

Another panel that met capacity was the “Women of Sci Fi” panel. Dina Meyer of Starship Troopers, Debrah Farentino of Eureka and Earth 2, Salli Richardson-Whitfield of Eureka and Stargate SG-1, and, of course Erin Gray of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century were in attendance. Debrah mentioned gleefully that this was her first convention.

 Phoenix Comicon 2012 - Debrah farentino and Salli Richardson-Whitfield

Not only is it the 25th anniversary of Star Trek The Next Generation, it is the 15th anniversary of Starship Troopers. Casper Van Dien and Dina Meyer were the panelists for this science fiction classic. I missed this panel in the ballroom due to a panel conflict with Herbert Jefferson Jr. who played Boomer on the original Battlestar Galactica series, however we include a portion of the panel below for your enjoyment.

Phoenix Comicon 2012 - Spock, McCoy and Kirk

Memorable Moments From the Panels:


Click to visit and follow Levar Burton on Twitter!Levar Burton announced an “app” that will be available for tablets and other devices so children can access his series Reading Rainbow.

Phoenix Comicon 2012 - Tony Amendola of Stargate!

Tony Amendola who said he has a love of theater, mentioned that it was never a good idea to be downwind from Chris Judge when filming Stargate SG-1.

At the Women of Sci Fi panel it was absolutely awesome to see Dina, Debrah, Salli, and Erin onstage together.

Michael Dorn said that he wants to produce and star in a Star Trek television movie or DVD where Worf is captain of his own ship.

Colin Ferguson mentioned that he has auditioned for a role as Herman Munster and then he did an impersonation of the character.


Click to visit Erin Gray at her official web site!Erin Gray said she was honored to play a female lead in a television series at a time when it was shunned. She was a domestic violence survivor from her first marriage.
Herbert Jefferson Jr. said that the original Battlestar Galacticacast members would not object to appearing in another BSG movie or series.

William Shatner commented on one of his first television acting roles in the original Twilight Zone series. He talked about how he re-enacts the scene in the airplane when traveling with his family.

During the Eureka panel when Jaime Paglia, Colin Ferguson, Salli Phoenix Comicon 2012 - Colin Ferguson of Eureka!Richardson-Whitfield, Debrah Farentino and Wil Wheaton walked out onstage, the crowd booed because Colin and Wil were wearing LA Kings hockey jerseys. That is just not done in Phoenix Coyote country!

Tony Amendola of Stargate SG-1 ended up as a panel of one because Alexis Cruz, who was to co-host the panel had to cancel his convention appearance. However it is always nice to see Master Bra’tac. Tony did a great job!

Star Trek The Next Generation celebrated the 25th anniversary of the series at the convention. Marina Sirtis said in her panel on Saturday that her worst moment in TNG was being raped twice: once in the series and then in the movie Nemesis.


Click to visit and learn more about Gil Gerard at his official web site!Gil Gerard of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century said that he shut down production of Buck Rogers to make sure background performers included women as crew members. He thought it was not right that Erin Gray was the only female on set, and only in a military role.

He also said that the Buck Rogers series is not owned by any studio and so he is writing a four-book story arc that goes back in time to find out what happens to Earth during the 500 years Buck was in suspended animation before arriving in the 25th century.Phoenix Comicon 2012 - Jamie Bamber of BSG

Wil Wheaton said that Phoenix Comicon is the best run and organized convention he has attended.

On the Battlestar Galactica panel with Jamie Bamber, he said his daughter is bilingual. She speaks American-English and Anglo-English. 

Closing my report on the fantastic fun this year, we include a fun look from inside Phoenix Comicon at the elegantly appointed Phoenix Convention Center. The venue is a place of pure enjoyment!

Click to visit and follow WormholeRiders News Agency on Twitter!I hope you have enjoyed my first convention news article. Special thanks to Patricia for helping with this report and to Kenn for final image staging and audio/video embedding.

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One thought on “Phoenix Comicon: Wesley Crusher and Johnny Rico Approved!

  1. Hi Sue! 🙂

    Thank you for this wonderful report from Phoenix Comicon 2012 and for contributing here at WHR about the fun had by all at this years event!

    Best Regards,


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