HERCULES / XENA CONVENTION:
RENAISSANCE CLEVELAND HOTEL
AUGUST 9, 1998
A WHOOSH! Report
By Ed Baker (Oshram)
Copyright 1998 held by author
SUNDAY, AUGUST 9, 1998
1:20: Creation's music video salute to XENA & GABRIELLE: "Sisters are Doing It For Themselves"
1:25: HERCULES & XENA: NEXT SEASONS PREVIEW WITH BRAD CARPENTER: long-time exective at RENAISSANCE PICTURES, and a guest star on HERCULES; THE LEGENDARY JOURNEYS
2:05: Creation's music video salute to ARES
2:10: The HERCULES & XENA "TRIVIA" COMPETITION
2:35: HERC & XENA: "Saturday Night's for Fighting!" Creation music video!
2:40: XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS Blooper Reels
2:45: Creation's music video salute to HERCULES
2:50: THE HERCULES & XENA NO MINIMUM BID AUCTION
3:15: Creation's music video salute to GABRIELLE
3:20: Creation's pick for TOP TEN HERC/XENA VILLIANS
4:05: Creation's music video salute to XENA
4:10: THE COSTUME COMPETITION
4:30: Creation's music video salute to IOLAUS
4:35: HERCULES: THE LEGENDARY JOURNEYS Blooper Reels
4:40: Creation's music video salute to SALMONEUS
4:45: ROBERT TREBOR
5:35: Autographs with ROBERT and BRAD
THE CONVENTION OVERVIEW
 The hall was little smaller than I was used to for a Creation venue, but I was still glad to see them come to my area, rather than me having to cross several states, which is the norm.
 The original guest was slated to be Ted Raimi, but he had to cancel due to filming (the best reason not to be there). We got Rob Trebor instead, who I have seen a few times and who is warm and funny and simply a great convention guest.
 The early part of the con was a bit of a stumble, as Brad Carpenter's flight was late, so Adam gave us a few music videos (including the excellent one featuring Joxer, which I had never seen) and clips from last season (essentially the advance reel they showed at Valley Forge last year with scenes from WARRIOR... PRINCESS... TRAMP [30/206] and THE FURIES [47/301]; the HERC eps were from TWO MEN AND A BABY [H65/406] and PRODIGAL SISTER [H66/407]).
 The highlight of the show for me was the great slideshow that Brad had from the fourth season. There were many pictures of Xena in Indian garb from "SIN TRADE," a few of Borias, and even a slide of Caesar. The two most unusual were Xena disguised as a Horde woman, and Gabrielle wearing a helmet, leather armor, and carrying a sword. Brad's presentation was similar to the other times I've seen him, but the clip where he carries out Lucy for her first tonight show appearance is a winner. After his presentation, Brad was nice enough to stick around and talk to people who would come up to him. In Burbank in January he said he would be moving on to another venture. I asked him about that, and he told me that it hadn't worked out, and he was still working for Universal/Ren Pictures. He told me he may be working on a movie in the fall.
 Rob Trebor was in his usual fine form. Many have seen him and can attest to what a great con guest he is. His spirit and humor really reached everybody, and he had the whole place in stitches (as usual for him!). This was the fourth time I have seen him, but he seems to improve with each show. I strongly urge any fans of either show who haven't seen him yet to make sure they stop by a con where he is appearing.
 The costume contest was interesting, as usual. The first and second place went to Xena and Gabrielle costumes (surprise!), but both costumes were really very good. My friend Patti from Pittsburgh had a great Julius Caesar costume, complete with a wreath (her suit looked like real armor!). She placed third (but was my favorite overall).
 The charity auction went well, with some real bargains being gotten. The best bargain, I think, was a person who got both Weisbrot books and both calendars for $30. The biggest item of the day was of course one of the limited chakrams, which went for $360 (relatively speaking a steal).
 All in all, though it was a smaller con (150-200 people), it was still a wonderful show and a great time. I only hope we don't have to wait another three years for Creation to return to Cleveland!
Ed Baker (Oshram@aol.com)
Ed Baker graduated from UVa with a double major in English and History and is thus doubly unqualified to function in the business world. When not watching XENA, he's watching BUFFY.
Favorite episode: DESTINY [36/212], Hands down.
Favorite line: "We all eventually become what we pretend to be." Xena; BLIND FAITH
First episode seen: A FISTFUL OF DINARS [14/114] Still one of my favorites.
Least favorite episode: Oooh, easy one. THE DELIVERER [50/304] You could substitute "hate most" for "least like" if you wanted. Loathe works as well.