G & T Show SL – Shore Leave 2016
G & T Show SL – Shore Leave 2016 is now available to download. Check it out here. Nick and Mike sit down with Mike Schilling, the PR Director for Shore Leave 38. They discuss this year’s event, their guests, and favorite Shore Leave memories. Don’t miss this informative interview about the forthcoming Shore Leave Convention.
Nick starts off with introductions that included a personal memory of the first time he attended Shore Leave, which also had been his first time attending a convention. Mike talks about what makes Shore Leave special. Shore Leave in recent years has changed their dates because of conflicts with San Diego Comic Con and STLV. Nick talks about some of his favorite conventions and the best conventions in his opinion are the small ones with Shore Leave being his favorite. The best part of a convention is not the guests or panels and activities, but rather the people and the friendships that are made at conventions.
Shore Leave usually has 1500 attendees. It’s big enough to generate buzz and excitement, but it’s not large enough to prevent you from talking and getting to know people. Its the right size for the interaction that they want for attendees and their guests. Nick and Mike talk about Vic Mignoga and Star Trek: Continues and how each of them first met him at Shore Leave. Mike praises ST:C for their love and handling of TOS, which is his favorite series.
Nick asks about how much it costs in order to put on a convention like Shore Leave. Mike doesn’t have any numbers and can’t really talk about it, but putting on a convention is an expensive endeavor. They don’t make a lot of money for their efforts because of all of the associated costs. Mike talks about some of the other members of the Shore Leave team working together to put on the best convention they can. They are all volunteers and any profits are automatically used to plan next year’s convention.
Shore Leave is being held on July 15-17. The guests include Michael Forest, Barbara Bouchet, Robbie Amell, Anthony Lemke, Zoie Palmer, John Noble, and Anthony Montgomery. The big guest and the person Nick wants to meet the most is Karen Gillan, who will only be appearing on Saturday. They discuss each of the announced guests in turn before they talk about some of the science guests attending this year. Ariel O’Connor and Margaret Weitekamp are from the Smithsonian and will be talking about their experiences involved in the Enterprise Restoration Project.
They also mention the writer guests that will also be attending the convention. Shore Leave is a sort of reunion for the writers as they return year after year and tell their friends to attend. Every year they have more and more writers than the year before. This year, Terry Erdmann and Paula M. Block and Larry Nemecek will be attending Shore Leave for the first time. They also discuss some of the authors that they have good relationships with, such as Dayton Ward, Larry Nemecek, Scott Pearson, David Mack, Kelly Meding, Dave Galanter, Keith R.A. DeCandido, and many others. They talk about Kirsten Beyer. She had to pull out from the convention in order to write for the new Star Trek series. They discuss some of the panels and the workshops held at Shore Leave by the writers for the fans on a variety of topics including writing, self-defense, and more. They discuss Boogie Knights, the folk band that Keith DeCandido is a member of the group.
Mike highly recommends any attendee to grab the program book and start figuring out the panels and activities that they want to check out. He’s confident that they wouldn’t be able to attend everything that they would want to do, because they have so many things to check out and do. Sori points out that they have artists attending as well. They do it all in their convention, including a film festival. Mike talks about the film festival and how it began with the showing of bloopers from various episodes. The film festival focuses on fan films. He also talks about the tradition of fan films and how the creative endeavors of the fans have always helped fill the gap between the various series.
They discuss Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage concert and the music of the series. For Mike, Star Trek has been a friend that has always been a part of his life. He compares it to comfort food. When he pulls out a DVD, fond memories of watching those episodes come to the forefront. They talk about the new film and how much he’s looking forward to seeing it, although he was concerned about it based on the first trailer.
Nick shares what was his favorite guest memory from attending Shore Leave. He talks about the impact Katie Sackhoff had on him when he had just come home from Iraq. Mike follows it up with his own favorite guest moment. Leonard Nimoy’s Skype call to the convention was his final appearance and it was the most memorable moment for Mike. They lost him shortly after that. Mike also mentions Kate Mulgrew and James Edward Olmos, along with Shatner, and Robert Picardo among others. Mike also talks about the charities that Shore Leave supports and the generosity of fans even when the economy isn’t doing very well.
They talk about how accessible Shore Leave is. There are several nearby hotels even if you can’t get into the Hunts Valley Inn, where the convention is held. Pre-registration for the convention stops on June 15th. Tickets will be available at the door.
Sori talks about the dealer’s room. They have a great line up, including their friend Janice Sanborn. He asks what other charities do they support besides the Maryland Foodbank and the Red Cross Blood Drive? Mike isn’t exactly sure which charities they will be supporting, but he thinks that Service Dogs and the COPD Foundation are their charities of choice. They will hold a charity auction as well. All of that information is available on Shore Leave’s website.
If you’re in the Baltimore area, please stop by and check out Shore Leave. Sori mentions that Shore Leave is on his convention bucket list. Nick shares a story of broadcasting a live show and calling in to Trek Radio with updates from the convention floor. Mike talks about how many small conventions have closed down, but Shore Leave has continued to prosper. Shore Leave is held on July 15-17 and if you’re in the area, please check it out. You won’t regret the experience. It is a family friendly environment with activities for people of all ages, including children and teens.
Before winding down the interview, Nick asks what the theme for Gene Roddenbunny. Mike talks about the Shore Leave tradition of giving the Shore Leave bunny to their first time guests. He doesn’t know what the theme will be, but thinks it’ll be finalized soon.
Shore Leave’s website – http://www.shore-leave.com
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