November 22-23, 2008
Story & Photos by Mike Kearney & Jorge Stephenson

 

Boston Supermegafest 2008:
While most people are preparing for things like turkey dinners, high school football games and 'Black Friday' sales, here in Boston people are preparing one additional event... the annual Super MegaFest convention in nearby Framingham. Undeterred by unseasonably cold temperatures, a respectfully-sized crowd made their way to the Sheraton Hotel to do a little people watching, a little collectible shopping and everything else in between.

Autograph seekers were well rewarded with a decent array of celebrities from the world of science-fiction, pop culture and even professional wrestling. This years guest of honor was Mr. 'Naked Gun' himself, Leslie Nielsen. Other guests that people lined up to visit with included Jonathan Frakes of 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' fame, Peter Tork from The Monkees, and Dawn Wells who of course played Mary Ann on the TV classic 'Gilligan's Island'. The 'Star Wars' galaxy was once again well represented at this show. This year the invited guests were Garrick Hagon (Biggs) and "Mr. Sandtrooper" himself, Anthony Forrest. Not only were both of these fine gentleman available for pictures and autographs, but they also took a half-hour out of their day to hold an informal Q & A session with some of the lucky fans. Among some of the topics they discussed were the process they have to go through in order for LucasFilm to approve of their convention appearances, what it was like auditioning for 'A New Hope', and what kind of projects they're involving themselves with currently. It was a great opportunity to get up close and personal with a couple of the lesser-known but no less important stars of the Star Wars universe.

Also on hand were the local chapters for three of the national (and international) fan groups. The 501's New England Garrison was on hand raising money for the Jimmy Fund by accepting donations in exchange to have your picture taken with "Dewey", their custom built Dewback. The Rebel Legion's Alderaan Base was stationed in the lobby of the hotel with a life-sized landspeeder that people could have their picture taken with in exchange for a donation of a toy for the Toys for Tots charity. Also on the scene both days were the fine folks from the Massachusetts FanForce chapter. They were raffling off a wide assortment of Star Wars goodies to raise money for the Muscular Distrophy Association.

While this year's show didn't quite measure up to last year's offering, there were still plenty of celebrities to see and deals to be had in the main hall. Every one, both young and young-at-heart seemed to genuinely enjoy themselves the entire weekend. And with that I wrap up my report from this year's event. Once again I had a blast, caught up with some old friends and managed to walk away with a deal that I just couldn't say no to. Until the next time, remember... United we Find!

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