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 Posted: Mon Dec 6th, 2010 06:14 am

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Thank you! The theme for the evening dance was "Twisted Horror" but my friends and I decided we would just go Gothic, hence the vast amount of slap I am wearing!!
Jim was a real good sport cause he was the only guest that came to the evening do and he got mobbed! When things had calmed down a bit I wandered over for a quick chat and had my photo taken with him. He also joined in the dancing later! He was hilarious doing the "Time Warp" and the "Macarena"!! I think there's some footage on YT somewhere.



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Maya, I've just re-read the Megacon report and I'm a bit confused! (doesn't take much!) Was there 2 Lexx tables set up? Did you organise one and some russians do the other? Did you arrange for the guys to be there? Can anyone set up a table for any show at this covention?


Are there a lot of questions in this post?
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No problem answering your questions, hehe.

At Scifi conventions, there are 3 types of tables:

Cast tables or show tables from a tv show or  movie where the cast, writers or artists appear for a fee and make money.

Vendor tables where certified dealers sell merchandise, like Marvel or the TShirt companies.

Fan tables, which are paid for and run by a fan or someone off the street doing whatever to make money on the side. They don't have to be certified, unless they're selling copyrighted material. They have to have a vendor license and an IRS form to report the income.

 That was the problem we had at the Lexx cast table, a fan table had been set up and was selling UNAUTHORIZED Lexx memoribilia without the vendor license, IRS form or approval of the cast.  

The Lexx cast table was set up by BK(convention manager) and the cast members in conjunction with the promoter, Beth Widera. All we did was help man the table for the cast members when needed and set up the party in advance of Brian coming in, since he wanted the party. Those kinds of jobs are not just given out to people they don't know since they involve money and sensitive materials.



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mayaXXX wrote: The Lexx cast table was set up by BK(convention manager) and the cast members in conjunction with the promoter, Beth Widera. All we did was help man the table for the cast members when needed and set up the party in advance of Brian coming in, since he wanted the party. Those kinds of jobs are not just given out to people they don't know since they involve money and sensitive materials.


We're not as good as the US with conventions over here in the UK but we are catching up and there are now quite a few sci fi cons throughout the country.

Any chance you could sort something out for next year in the UK??

Pretty Please????:D



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Who gets booked for conventions is not up to us or even the cast. They have to be invited by the convention promoters, whose goal is to make as much money in personal appearances as possible. Unfortunately, a show like Lexx wouldn't bring in as many paying customers as Stargate SG1, Harry Potter or even Spiderman. It's their intent to maximize the amount of people thru the door with ticket sales. Lexx has been over for 10 years, and was never quite as big as Star Trek or Battlestar Galactica, so their appearances have dropped off over the years.

The promoters have to pay for plane tickets, hotel rooms and food, and the cast brings their own pics, etc, to get signed. If the cast wants a personal table, they pay for it themselves. It can get extremely expensive to bring in either Canadian or German cast members for a couple of days. Too bad for us, unfortunately.



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That's a shame esp as Michael said in his interview that he would love to do another con!

Perhaps we should just organise a party instead?? ;-)



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The fans are spread pretty thin and right now it's horribly expensive to travel. We've had mini-get-togethers over the years, but not everyone was able to attend because of work, school, money, logistics, etc...but it's a nice thought.

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It is a nice thought but then again, who knows what the future holds.



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lol..we can only pray a lexxian wins lottery..



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Ketana wrote: lol..we can only pray a lexxian wins lottery..
Why do you think I keep on buying those damn powerball tickets!



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And scratch offs!



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And I keep doing those customer service surveys you find on some store receipts, like at Walgreens. Sometimes you can win as much as $10,000! Every little bit helps. :O)

I've also entered and won a few church raffles in my day - which is fitting since I just finished up watching Michael as Fr. Rochefort in Forever Knight...  :xangel1:

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Some people just go to conventions... The cast of "Robinson Crusoe on Mars" got a table at the SanDiego Comicon a few years back, and then sold pictures and such. For them, it was easy; they were local.

Just saying...

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Maybe I should start checking under those sofa cushions again...



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NicaLMN wrote: Some people just go to conventions... The cast of "Robinson Crusoe on Mars" got a table at the SanDiego Comicon a few years back, and then sold pictures and such. For them, it was easy; they were local.

Just saying...

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