|Star Wars Spectacular:
Part III: Escape
July 29, 2004
After the Star Wars Spectacular presentation concluded, fans
quickly made a break for the exit, many of them wanting to high tail
it on over
to the Star Wars pavilion and be one of the first people in
line for the newly released, first ever Episode III product, the Revenge
The crazy part was, there were only a few doors open
in the back of the hall, not nearly enough to accommodate the crowds
rushing at the doors.
It was funny crowding out of there. Most people
didn’t even seem
to know where they were going, because they were too busy calling all
of their friends and family on their cell phone. It was quite a sight
Even though I had sat near the back during the
presentation, I did not make it out of there nearly as fast as I thought
I would. It was an arduous process for all. Every now and
then I’d hear someone futilely shout for people to stop shoving
their way out. Heh, yeah, like that was going to happen. I was
probably the only one who heard him over the din of the crowd, and I wasn’t
the one doing the shoving. Much.
I was eager to get out there for a different
reason from most people; my volunteer shift began at two o’clock, which was in eight minutes.
A couple of “Excuse me”s later, I had broken free of the
mob. Staff members were herding all of us outside, because
there was already a lengthy lineup for the next presentation in the hall.
|I reentered the convention center and remembered that Mark Hamill
was going to be signing autographs at the Star Wars pavilion from
2-4pm. My volunteer shift wasn’t over till five. Dang. I didn’t
want his autograph, I just wanted to get a picture of him. I’m
a fan of not only his Star Wars work, but his voice acting
work as well.
I raced over there, hoping that the folks at the volunteer
desk wouldn’t mind if I was a few minutes late. I got there,
and there he was signing autographs. It took me a while to shove
my way through the crowd, and find a good angle (I got quite a few
pictures of people standing in front of Hamill), but I got some good
pictures of him.
It was not until later that I found out that he was making appearances
later in other locations at the convention. Still, it turns out that
my efforts were not in vain, because I found myself to be preoccupied
the times in which he made his
appearances. So it worked out well.
I hotfooted it over to the volunteer desk. I was about fifteen minutes
late, and the position I had signed up for had been given away, so
I had to wait in a pool of volunteers for the next open position. I
ended up waiting for almost an hour, but it was well worth it. The
job I got assigned was pretty cool, it was at the freebies table on
the second floor. All I had to do was keep the tables stocked and tidy,
and occasionally hand free items like Xena videos out to people. There
was some pretty awesome stuff set out on those tables (ex. movie posters
for films like I, Robot, Alien vs. Predator medallions,
and other cool promos) and since I was working at the table, I got
first crack at that stuff. Yeah, Saturday turned out be a pretty cool
Photo © StarWarsSelect.com
Here's a picture of a guy standing
in front of Mark Hamill.
Photo © StarWarsSelect.com
Mark Hamill signing autographs at the
Star Wars pavilion at Comic-Con International.
My shift at the freebies table ended at 5:15pm,
and, of course, getting my very own Revenge of the Sith t-shirt
was at the top of my list. I
headed back downstairs to the Star Wars pavilion. I was mildly
surprised to find that there was no line up for the coveted t-shirt.
purchased a large Revenge of the Sith T-shirt for twenty bucks,
immediately put it on, and explored the rest of the convention until
the main hall
closed at seven o'clock that night.
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