Five fantastic Friday events at FanX

September 7, 2018

The pop culture tsunami of FanX continues Friday with dozens of panel discussions, autograph sessions and celebrity appearances in the Grand Ballroom. Here are five(ish) things that stand out (as listed on the schedule Wednesday):

1: The galaxy of stars will continue to shine in the Grand Ballroom on Friday with spotlight appearances from all corners of fandom, including “Xena” stars Lucy Lawless and Renee O’Connor at 11 a.m. and “Power Rangers” stars Amy Jo Johnson and Jason David Frank at 8 p.m. Perhaps the most exciting appearance will be former “Doctor Who” star David Tennant at 3 p.m. While fans will certainly ask Tennant about his time in the TARDIS, there will hopefully be some questions about some of his other famous roles on shows like “Jessica Jones” or “Broadchurch.”

2: There are cosplay meetups scheduled throughout the weekend. One of the most interesting fandoms that doesn’t necessarily lend itself to cosplay is “The Office.” The notice doesn’t specify which version of the series people should dress up as (presumably the American version, but I would love to see someone dress as Keith from the original UK version). Fans of the show dressing in costume will meet at the East Lobby Stairs at 1:15 p.m. and then presumably go see Rainn Wilson’s spotlight panel at 2 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom. Wilson played Dwight on the American version of the show.

3: Recently, Wilson depicted the “Star Trek” character Harry Mudd in the CBS All Access series “Star Trek: Discovery.” Other Star Trek-related events Friday include a 25th anniversary panel on “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” featuring Chase Masterson, who played Leeta, at 2 p.m. in Room 151D. There will also be a panel discussion on “Star Trek: The Optimistic Future and Why We Need It” at 1 p.m. in Room 151D.

Illustrator and designer John Eaves will discuss “Designing the Starships of Star Trek” at 5 p.m. in Room 255A.

Speaking of ships and other fantastical vehicles, Chris Reed and Doug Willoughby will be presenting a discussion on “Behind the Wheel: The True Stories of Geekdom’s Favorite Vehicles” at 7 p.m. in Room 255B.

4: If you’re reluctant to tell others that Soylent Green is people or who Luke Skywalker’s dad is, you might be interested in the discussion “Spoiler Alert: This Panel is about The Philosophy of Spoilers!” at 11 a.m. in Room 255A. It might be worth attending to earn some “Good Place” points.

Another interesting panel related to the consumption of pop culture is “Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down: What Movie Critics Look for When Watching a Movie” at noon in Room 255A.

5: There’s always a lot of events geared toward the younger fans. A couple of events that stand out include actor Evangeline Lily discussing her new book “The Squickerwonkers: The Demise of Selma the Spoiled” at noon in the Grand Ballroom, and “Who’s Cooler: Iron Man or Spider-Man?” at 6 p.m. in the Kid Con area.

BONUS: There are so many different events if you’re interested in creating your own worlds. There are discussions on animation, screenwriting, freelancing and writing fiction. There are also panels on the various areas of cosplay, including working with foam, lighting and electronics and doing cosplay professionally. Check out the online schedule for more.

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