We get to do a really different type of entertainment PR when it comes to the media relations demanded of the comic-con (fan conference or convention) world. This past spring at Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo we hosted over 60K fans and the stars of Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Dr Who, Star Trek, Princess Bride, X-Files, and Star Wars (even Princess Leia herself, Carrie Fisher). You’ve never seen so many Slave Leia costumes! And then there was the concert for Weird Al Yankovic.
A highlight was doing the PR around Calgary’s first POW! Parade of Wonders – a parade built on the bizarre world of cosplay: Co-Marshalled by the Torchwood Trio: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, & Garret David Lloyd and Calgary Mayor Nenshi – who even rode in the ‘Back to the Future’ Deloren. Did we mention Mayor Nenshi even made our celebs honorary Calgarians in a White Hatting Ceremony.
There was also an interesting morning press circuit with Casper Van Dien who had a Stormtroopers flashback while hosting the morning weather report on Breakfast TV and when we stopped by to see Tarzan Dan at the KOOL FM morning show – we were all wide awake after he broke out a Tarzan cry and showed off his Casper tattoo. It’s not every day that a publicist gets to enlist the help of Will Wheaton to write Star Trek-centric interview questions for other celebrity guests. Oh the lengths we go to, to help our media friends get their interviews!