The whole family traveled to Vancouver, British Columbia this weekend to attend Gatecon – the Stargate convention that proves Kevin Kelly‘s Thousand Dedicated Fans theory. The format was intimate – only a thousand attendees and access to the guests that is never seen at the big cons. Friday night saw a banquet where various Stargate players jumped from table to table mingling with the fans and taking picture after picture with unfailing energy and politeness. Saturday day included the panel Q&A sessions, including one long one with Richard Dean Anderson that was full of hilarity, and a winking "don’t tell anyone" statement about the possibility of a third Stargate: SG1 movie.
The highlight of the weekend was the auction Saturday night with proceeds benefiting the Sea Shepherd charity on whose board Anderson sits. A variety of Stargate-related memorabilia was auctioned off to a room full of excited fans by Anderson and the other guests, and bidding unfailingly went ballistic whenever Anderson wore, signed, or otherwise personalized an item. By the end of the evening, over $28,000 was raised, and a great deal of fun was had.
Enjoy the Flickr slideshow of images from the event, below: