“In years past, I’ve attended [Comic Con] with the hopes of selling pictures and autographs, and taking home some desperately-needed bill paying money. I always tried to put the most positive face on it that I could, but the fact is, I was there as a has-been. That guy who “used to be” an actor. It was always humiliating and depressing for me to spend most of the day “under the sails.” I struggled to keep my chin up, and convince myself that I wasn’t a total loser.” Will Wheaton (STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION) on selling autographs at Comic Con.
As the TV Addict crosses another exciting Comic Con off his “bucket list,” our thoughts as they often do, turn to those less fortunate than us. The actors and actresses that spend their time at “the Con” selling signed photos and some might say their dignity away for twenty bucks a pop.
For those who have never been, it’s a Comic Con tradition. From that Orion Slave girl who has made a career signing autographs off one memorable guest appearance on STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES to current BATTLESTAR GALACTICA star Aaron Douglas, who fellow BSG cast members once joked has yet to turn down a convention invite, there’s something incredibly depressing about actors trying to hold onto, not to mention cash in on their fifteen minutes of fame.
Which naturally got us thinking about the current crew of the Galactica as this epic series inches closer and closer to its thrilling conclusion. Putting aside Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell who let’s face it, are the STAR TREK equivalent of Patrick Stewart and Kate Mulgrew. Who among the cast (both human and cylon alike) will have an actual career after the end credits roll on BSG’s series finale? And who will boldly go where far too many SciFi actors have ended up: to Comic Con… and beyond!
Post your predictions in the comments below.