Kevin Shirley

Superman: An American Mythic Hero

Superman: An American Mythic Hero

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First, an admission: I have never read a Superman comic. My exposure to the character has been strictly limited to the 1950s television show and the Christopher Reeve movies. So I was intrigued by the possibilities of what I might learn by attending the 80 years of Superman panel in Hyatt International North on Saturday. Michael Bailey, along with Matthew Clark, Gail Simone, Alex Sinclair, and Thomas F. Zahler, led the audience through a lively and informative discussion of the
 
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Authority, Discipline and… Cigarettes

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Annabeth Gish (Agent Reyes) and William B. Davis (C.G.B. Spender, Cigarette Smoking Man) joined ML Bennett-Conover in the Sheraton Grand Ballroom on Friday to reflect upon their work on The X-Files. Over the course of eleven seasons and two feature films, Special Agents Mulder and Scully searched for the truth. Thwarting them time again was their great antagonist, Cigarette Smoking Man. Davis summed up the entire series from his character’s perspective when he pointed out that really everyone had it
 
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Star Trek: Must-Watch TV, Pulling People from the Darkness

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Star Trek alumni Garrett Wang, Ethan Phillips, Walter Koenig, and John de Lancie gathered in the Marriott Atrium Ballroom on Friday to share some memories of their time with the Star Trek franchise. The intriguing hour began with a simple declaration by Trek Track director and panel moderator Wang: “Dragon Con is THE best convention to attend in this world.” Wang was just getting started. He pointed out during the introduction that both his last name (Wang) and Koenig’s last
 
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The Great Jawa Build

The Great Jawa Build

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What does a “snarky” Facebook post get ya? The largest contingent of Jawas as part of the 501st Stormtroopers Legion. The 501st Legion is an organization for passionate Star Wars fans with a desire to serve others, now in its 21st year. You’ll find Georgia Garrison members not just celebrating Star Wars at conventions but working with organizations like the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Autism Speaks. When the 501st marches in Saturday’s Dragon Con parade, there will be a group of
 
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Star Trek: An Ever-Expanding Universe

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The penultimate panel of Trek Track at Dragon Con 2017, which convened in Hilton Galleria 2–3 Monday afternoon, featured Keith R.A. DeCandido. The author of over two dozen novels plus a number of novellas, short stories, eBooks and comics, DeCandido offered his insights into a more than 50-year-old universe that continues to expand. DeCandido began by pointing out that the vast majority of Star Trek books are available in ebook form, the only exception being some of the earliest original
 
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A Long-Awaited Return: Garrett Wang

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Garrett Wang has directed the Trek Track at Dragon Con for 8 years. He does so because he loves Dragon Con, loves entertaining people, loves science fiction, and is a nerd at heart. Usually his duties keep him so busy that he doesn’t even try to conduct his own Q&A. Even with a great staff helping him out, his job is challenging. Just ask him about trying to wrangle the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation at Saturday’s panel!
 
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'We’re All Nerds in Atlanta!': William Shatner

‘We’re All Nerds in Atlanta!’: William Shatner

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William Shatner fielded a wide range of questions Sunday morning in the Hilton Salon. He apologized for his limited movement but explained that a pinched nerve in his back, caused by an accident at a horse show in Kentucky, had slowed him down a bit. He may have slowed a bit physically but Shatner’s wit and stage presence were in full form. The questions launched with a question about Better Late than Never. The reality-travel show starring Terry Bradshaw, George
 
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The Masterpiece: 40 Years of Star Wars

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Fans gathered in the Hilton Grand West Sunday afternoon to discuss the 40th anniversary of Star Wars: Episode IV—A New Hope. Tom Hutchens, Caitlin Pleasher, Chadwick Miller, Charlotte Errity, Kevin Reitzel, and Michael Morris brought different generational perspectives and experiences that spanned the gamut of Star Wars fandom. Panel moderator Tom Hutchens began by asking the panel to share their first encounters/impressions of the film. Whether coming to it as part of watching the first six, seeing it in the
 
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