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June 1, 2010

Geek Out!: Getting my con on, TimeGate style

Posted: 02:38 PM ET

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Nothing like a long weekend to kick off the convention season!

I started my annual journey to conventions with TimeGate. TimeGate is an intimate, up and coming science fiction convention that focuses on two distinct fandoms: Doctor Who and Stargate.

Walking into the convention fans were greeted by a “Gate” in addition to tables filled with collectibles from Stargate and Doctor Who - but also Steampunk, "Battlestar Galactica," and several other space-faring genres. Among the guests at TimeGate this year was Carmen Argenziano, a fantastic actor who portrayed Jacob Carter/Selmak in SG-1. One of the things we discussed was what he drew upon to get the emotions flowing for the character.

Argenziano mentioned his uncle, who was in the military and lost a brother in the war, as a mentor and influenced on how he played the role of Jacob. He also mentioned the small steel mill town in Pennsylvania where he grew up as a place where he learned about honor and sense of national identity.

When asked what his favorite SG-1 tech was he said with a smile that he loved “being in the cockpit of the spaceships pretending to modulate dials and drive the ship.”

One of the biggest parts of any good sci-fi show is the music and there are few more notable theme songs than that of Doctor Who. One of the people who shaped the iconic theme is Dominic Glynn, composer and musician.

When asked what his favorite Doctor Who gadget is he responded that it he loved the TARDIS and that if given the chance to take the TARDIS anywhere he would like to see the end of the world. He promised, however, that he would help the Doctor save the world - as long as he was able to “write a really good piece of music to accompany it.”

In talking with several other people at the convention about what their favorite piece of tech from either Stargate or Doctor Who would be, the answers ranged from the Doctor's sonic screwdriver to the Stargate itself. The driving force behind those answers seemed to be the ability to explore new places and see new things.

Alan Silers, one of the co-founders of TimeGate even mentioned the Daleks as a great piece of tech - well written and with an important purpose in the world of Doctor Who.

When I asked him if he thought something like the TARDIS would be possible in our lifetime, he didn't seem too sure, saying with a laugh that “even with as much as technology changes and grows at a rapid pace in our life, gaining some sort of mastery over time … that’s a huge one.”

So, although we might not be chosen as a companion to the next Doctor or get the chance to travel to another universe, we can read about them, dress up as our favorite characters from the shows and even buy our own small piece of the fandom at not only TimeGate, but the other conventions that are getting ready to start. After all, summer is just starting and so is con season.

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Ken Cribbs   June 2nd, 2010 11:18 am ET

TimeGate was also the occasion for the public announcement of TrekTrax Atlanta, the new Star Trek convention in Atlanta:

Gail   June 2nd, 2010 1:13 pm ET

My second year at TimeGate con. It was user f friendly for geeks, friends, family, kids and dogs. Dealer's room had lot's of nice and interesting things, the costumers were amazing, the zombie/costuming makeup panel professionally and friendly run. The con suite was to die for, feeding the masses, security was awsome. One Convention not to be missed. Creativity was flying everywhere.Human chess game, what a great idea!
One of Atlanta's Best kept secrets is this convention!

Linda   June 2nd, 2010 2:32 pm ET

Summer is bookended by SF conventions, the 8,000 pound gorilla that is Dragon*Con and TimeGate, which is small, friendly and always fun. You can attend panels or videos, or just sit around the lobby area chatting with friends who will invariably pass by. A treat which we look forward to each year. Check out Louis Robinson's panels...always splendid. Jana Oliver is another excellent guest.

Ranger Damrod   June 3rd, 2010 8:55 pm ET

Princess is the Husky!!! she loved the con and recommends it to all!!

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