Knoxville, TN
June 1-3, 2007
Story and Photos by David Syczylo (Boba Binks)

 

DEWBACK PATROL TACKLES ANOTHER CON
Just a week after Celebration IV there is another convention going on called AdventureCon in Knoxville, Tennessee. You might ask what is AdventureCon? I asked this very question myself since I have never heard of AdventureCon. It is Tennessee’s largest collectors show. There are things from toys, props, gaming needs, to costumes and autographs.

I drove down to the Con and met my party from Federation Toys. After saying hello and catching up on some old times I wondered around the convention floor to see what this Con was all about. First off I knew some guests were going to be there and I wanted their autographs. As usually I made my own collage up for the guest to sign. I made one for Anthony Daniels (C-3P0), Mathew Wood (voice of General Grievous), Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian) and someone who I have wanted to meet for a long time Director of “The Empire Strikes Back” Irvin Kershner. They all liked my collages and Mathew Wood did take down my information. Hopefully I will get some sort of message from him in the near future.

Within about on hour I got all my autographs and some. I got one from Kee Chan (Senator Male Dee) and one of Peter Mayhew’s (Chewbacca) on a print by Bryan Arendt from bryanarendtillustraions.com. He has about thirty different prints that he has created. Bryan has many wonderful prints of various Star Wars characters that he created in Illustrator. He is indeed very talented with the program.

At the Federation Toys booth that I helped at, I sat there talking with Dean Mitchell (Senator Cellheim Anujo) and Doug Wangler (Quinlan Vos). It was nice to sit and talk with them again. Dean shared all kinds of stories with me about some of the people involved with Star Wars and more. He is a rather nice and proper gentleman. We get along very well. It is nice to call him a friend.

Then there is Doug Wangler. Talk about a hoot. He is a crazy, down to earth guy. We talked about his character Quinlan Vos. He was kind of ticked that Hasbro messed up the action figure of Vos. He told me how there is not supposed to be a shield on his arm but that is a sleeve part of the tunic, there is not supposed to be paint on the left arm, it was supposed to be the hair ties, ect. He dressed up in his costume and sent lots of photographic reference to Hasbro. They said they would do something with it, maybe a fixed figure in the future? Also he informed me about a second Quinlan Vos figure but this time from the earlier days with his Jedi Robe and also another character from Legacy. Hint, Hint, Hint!

Anyways sitting there talking with both of them is always an honor. Not only do you learn some things but also you get to here some wonderful stories. Both Dean and Doug are both very nice people. I hope to see them more in the future and make our friendship stronger. Heck maybe I am up north and Dean is in the States there should be a Federation Toys / Sandtroopers pick nick!

INTERESTING STOPS
Around the convention there were many booths full of toys, props, costumes, fan clubs, and more. I stopped and talked to a few places that caught my interest.

The Force Among Us
I met up with Cristian G. Macht the Director, Writer, Producer, Clout, Blogger, Marketing and Promotion Mastermind, Public Relations, Visionary, etc..... of the film “The Force Among Us.” We talked about the direction the film it taking, what the fans are saying, to just everyday talk. Keep an eye out for this film in the near future.

Aresnal Models
For those of you who like model kits of various Sci-Fi props this is the place to get some rather inexpensive pieces made of resin.

Schuby's Galactic Props
This group makes armor. Some of their stuff is very unique in the way it is made and produced. What caught my eye were not the character displays of their armor but a white translucent Fett chest piece. They told me how it was made but I will not reveal their technique. Lets just say when you see it you think “WOW!”

So after a long day walking around the Con you would probably be hungry. You do not want a hot dog from the convention center. Why not go to YeOld Steakhouse? I cannot say from experience but from what I hear from many Rebels and Troopers this is the place to go for a juicy, melt in your mouth steak that is out of this world.
If you do not believe me just as Silent Bob who’s family owns the restaurant.

SUMMARY
Overall for a one-day trip AdventureCon was worth the trip. Not only did I get to meet up with some friends, I got to meet Irvin Kershner and get some autographs. I did not buy any toys or things like that. I mostly just walked around and had a great time.

Until the next trip, have fun and remember... United We Find!

PHOTO GALLERIES
To see the different photo galleries click on the links below.