I've lost count of the money I've spent at the event but it seems that autographs and memorabilia are a bit like craft beer. Each one has it's price and you're never quite sure if the end product is worth the layout.
I came away with 19 autographs.
So lets compare autographs to craft beer....
One picture of William Shatner and Walter Koenig(Kirk and Chekov for the non-trekkies among you) signed by both men.
|Me & Chekov!!!!|
One picture of Sir Patrick Stewart(Picard) signed, rather grumpily, by the man himself compares to a pint of Lovibonds, Sour Grapes.
Avery Brooks(Captain Sisko), by far one of the coolest men on the planet and my personal favourite Captain, was like sitting down with a pint of the first ever beer I helped brew, the now infamous Otley, Motley Brew!
A free(well part of the package fee we paid) unpersonalised signed picture of Ethan Phillips(Neelix) as part of our package - half a pint of Harviestoun Schiehallion - not wanting to either put down Ethan Phillips, who must've spent hours signing pictures before the event or Harviestoun Schiehallion, it's just I don't like getting autographs without meeting the person.
A personalised signed pic of Kate Mulgrew(Janeway) is as good for me as a glass of Cantillon Gueuze at the end of a nights drinking hop monsters.
Rene Auberjonois(Odo) signed a picture AND recited a Dylan Thomas poem when he saw I has a Welsh name, it was as joyful as a Beavertown 8 Ball Rye IPA and as awkward as a mate ordering a pint of Carling in The Rake.
meeting Nana Visitor(Kira) and getting her autograph could be compared to a refreshing bottle of Beaumonts Alcoholic Ginger Beer.
A Crew photo from Enterprise, signed by Anthony Montgomery(Travis Mayweather), Dominic Keating(Malcolm Reed) who greeted me with an 'alrite guvna' and Connor Trineer(Trip Tucker) was like having a session on Redemption Trinity.
A TNG crew photo signed by Brent Spiner(Data), with additional fist bump and Michael Dorn(Worf) is like drinking a couple of pints of Bear Republic Racer 5, at 7% you know you shouldn't but it's too good to not have that 2nd pint!
A signed and personalised photo of Cirroc Lofton(Jake Sisko), all growed up by the way is like an aged bottle of Fullers Vintage!
Getting Andrew Robinsons(Garak) autograph was like a sneaky lunchtime half of JHB.
Getting Denise Crosby(Tasha Yar) who turns up at a lot of these type of events could be compared to finding Sambrooks Wandle on draught at your local.
Having Casey Biggs(Damar) personalise and sign a photo was as good as a pint of Summer Wine Brewery's Diablo after a hard day at work!
My program was also signed by Marc Alaimo(Dukat) and John de Lancie(Q) which you could compare to being able to have the time to order a cheeky 3rd of the beer you've been ashamedly enjoying all night and have a couple of quid spare in your pocket for it!
I did not get Scott Bakula because our timing seemed to be off for both days and you could compare that to standing at the bar at 21st Amendment in San Franciso and watching someone order the last pint of Brew Free or Die IPA - Heartbreaking!
Now if you don't watch/like or give a shit about Star Trek you probably stopped reading if you love Star Trek, like me then let me know who's Autograph you'd like to get and what craft beer you might compare it to.