In October 2005 I attended my very first convention the guests in attendance were Rainbow Sun Francks, Torri Higginson, Alexis Cruz and Julie Caitlin Brown. This was my first event and so a few friends and I decided we would spoil ourselves so we brought VIP tickets which included a dinner with the guests the night before and what an experience and great way to start. The guests were all lovely they spoke about their time in New Zealand the weekend before, talked about acting and just other general conversations. Alexis Cruz loved hugging everyone, Torri wanted to come play laser tag with us after the Con (they went to Phillip Island instead though), after the dinner Rainbow stayed at the bar and we kept chatting he told us about his name and the meaning behind it, he gave a friend and I an American One Dollar note each after we commented on how strange the money was compared to ours, I still have the note! Once Rainbow left a group of us still left behind went into the city for some karaoke before heading off for sleep to prepare for the following day.
Dressed in a pretty basic Stargate costume I was ready for my first ever actual con, was great meeting other fans and likeminded people. I met so many new friends that day, one’s that I still call friends over ten years later. There were only few dressed in costumes, there was my friend and I in our basic SG-1 costumes, another in a Stargate Atlantis uniform (with an Australian patch) and someone who had made a fantastic Steve the Wraith costume, both of these people I class as some of my best friends now. The event was great we got photos with the guests, listened to them as they did panels and answered questions, we also started a tradition with our first con were we gave the guests Vegemite and had them taste it on Stage, Rainbow left calling us evil and that became our thing… we were then known as the ‘Evil Vegemite Girls'
Torri loved our costumes and so when we were getting our autographs she asked us if we would hang around until after they’d finished so she could take some photos of us. I decided to not only get my photo with them autographed but also my costume shirt as a memento and this started another tradition for me. Rainbow does amazing autographs they’re pieces of art in their own but they do take him a bit longer so we sat there for ages chatting and having a good time as we waited so Torri could get her photograph, it was fun being there until the end as we managed to be lucky enough to get to say goodbye to the guests as they left and got hugs from them, especially Alexis.
Complete Guest List: Rainbow Sun Francks, Torri Higginson, Alexis Cruz and Julie Caitlin Brown.