Darth Elvis disguised himself as rebel scum to infiltrate the Capital Sci Fi Con 2018 at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange.
I’d only had a few hours sleep following a show the previous night at Monty’s Bar in Dunfermline, but it was time to set course for Edinburgh and Capital Sci Fi Con 2018. This was my second year visiting this excellent convention, which raises funds for the charity CHAS – Children’s Hospice Association Scotland, an extremely worthy cause in Scotland. The growing success of this con has seen it move this year to a much larger venue, The Corn Exchange – a venue I was lucky enough to catch Faith No More at, years earlier.
So Many Great Characters
The venue was beautifully laid out with a large room with merchants selling everything from Pop Vinyl, original artwork, autographs, vintage toys and sporrans. There was something there for all kinds of collectors to salivate over. This Dark King of the Sith collects many things but it was the TV and Film guests attending who I was most excited to meet. The organiser, Keith Armour, had really pushed the boat out once again with guests from so many different fandoms. Doctor Who and Hobbit legend Sylvester McCoy and assistant Sophie Aldred; Ian McElhinney from Rogue One and Game of Thrones; Jeremy Bulloch, the legendary Boba Fett; Jimmy Vee, the new R2-D2; and another Doctor Who Legend, Paul Kasey, who has played so many great characters in the new Star Wars films as well as Spencer Wilding to name just a few.
Jeremy Bulloch had quite a queue for his autograph so this was my first stop. I was picking up an autograph for my friend Peter’s new baby Nathan on behalf of myself and my autograph collecting family: Grant, Matt and Dave. Jeremy and his wife Maureen were in great spirits and were happy to sign a Bespin picture to Nathan with the quote “To Nathan, put Daddy in the Cargo Hold.” I posed for a quick picture in my Rebel disguise, thanked the King of Bounty Hunters and moved on.
My next stop was Paul Kasey who has played so many great characters in Doctor Who and the Star Wars movies but also acts as movement coach for the new films. My Raddus figure and picture were crying out for his autograph and I had a great conversation with Paul and good friend Brian Cameron from Fantha Tracks.
Wearing my Rebel disguise I had to stop by and say hello to new R2-D2 actor Jimmy Vee. Jimmy signed a picture for me and posed for a photograph. My suit jacket was worn in his honour on what happened to be his birthday. Following my visit with Jimmy, I made a new friend called Storm at the Owl-Magic (www.owl-magic.com) stand.
Puppets of the Lost Ark
After a whistle stop tour of the many stalls and attractions, I managed to catch the end of the Pop Up Puppet Cinema‘s performance of Raiders of the Lost Ark. This incredibly talented troupe take pop culture movies and turn them into puppet shows, which is sure to keep you entertained with jokes for kids and adults alike. If they happen to be performing near you, I can’t recommend them enough. I’m going to be hot dang lucky enough to catch them again at the Sci Fi Weekender in Wales at the end of March.
Following a large KING sized meal at the nearby Chinese buffet restaurant (no mynock wings or deep fried rathtar – disappointing), the Dark King paid a visit to the Baron suite which was hosting the panel interviews for the guests, costume group displays (Rebel Legion represent!) and was home after hours for the After Show Party!!!! A great space with plenty of room for visitors to enjoy the guests talk about their varied careers and get advice on creating costumes to join the UK Garrison and/or Rebel Legion.
He’ll Be Right Here
My band Darth Elvis & The Imperials (www.darthelvis.co.uk) were lucky enough to perform at this event with our good friends Blues Harvest who played a blinding acoustic set and DJ Elliot who came all the way from Florida to blow the roof off the Corn Exchange. Elliot wearing a stunning suit, had the crowd up and dancing in no time. His newly created Stranger Things was a highlight for me of what was a killer set.
Now we’ve been lucky enough to perform with Blues Harvest on a number of occasions but this was the first time we’d seen them play an acoustic set. Lapti Nik and General Groovus played a 30 minute set of their classic material from “Tatooine Sunset” through to “Footloose.” The audience and the Dark King were crying out for more! Be sure to check out Nick’s upcoming Star Wars story and art in the IDW comic Star Wars Adventures in April!
Milking a Thala Siren
It was my time to jump up onstage and perform with my Imperial brothers Darth Vegas, TK4468 and Tie Fighter Pilot. We played an hour long set of tracks taken from our debut album IV including “Tell that to Kanjiklub”, “Ewok Stole my Speederbike” and “Ackbar” alongside new songs from our forthcoming second album. The whole performance was filmed by our brothers from Fantha Tracks, Brian Cameron, Martin Keeler and Paul McQue. Check it out on our Facebook page and witness me milk a thala-siren and drink green milk – “milk was a bad choice.”
Sadly we were only there for the weekend but can’t speak highly enough about this great convention in Edinburgh. We were honoured once again to be asked to perform and eagerly await the final tally raised for CHAS.
Pictures courtesy of Sean Francis Photography (www.sfrancis.net) and Darth Elvis.