I had just finished videotaping a Stargate Panel and hoped to have time to dash to my hotel room, dump the footage, charge the battery and get back in time for the Farscape Panel – even if I ended up in the back of the room. I wish my favorite panels weren’t back to back!
Running out of one hotel, towards another, I noticed the long Farscape Panel line (okay, so I, like thousands of others, have learned to ask…what line is this?) when I spied two of my ‘Dragon*Con 2009’ friends – die hard, huge, and notable Ben Browder fans… one of which who comes from Australia yearly I skidded to a stop and chatted for a minute.
They were, of course, horrified I might miss the start, and I, of course, was running out of time. I decided to turn around and scope out the room for media access. I pushed through the crowd from the Stargate Charity Auction and found the Farscape Panel room. With my media badge in hand I grinned at the door person and asked if I could wander in the empty room and check out my options.
Surprised, I was ushered in. Finding the panel hostess, Diane, we stood at the front and talked for a few minutes. Then the early opening for our sometimes slower friends, or friends in wheelchairs, etc, began. I ended up chatting with a newly married couple from the UK, who chose to visit Dragon*Con for their honeymoon. There were about twenty to thirty people in the room by this time.
Then no one else came in. I saw that line… it went well past the main building and out in to the street, so I wondered what was going on. But, then, I turned and found Ben Browder standing in front of the stage. “Hey, what’er you guys doin’ here?” Yep, that’s right, he just walked in and come to the front and started chatting with everyone.
From then it got “Browder Crazy,” He was all over the place including directing the line traffic that finally arrived after being sorted out from another panel line.
You can see by the video offerings, that Ben is a funny and fun loving guy! Enjoy! First, the Panel. Later the really funny foolishness will be posted.