It’s year 4 of Silicon Valley Comic Con, the annual science, tech, and pop culture convention nestled in downtown San Jose. I’ve had the privilege of attending all four years and each year promises to be bigger and better. Check out some highlights below!
Thank you to the SVCC team for press registration this year.
NASA vs Star Wars: The Science of Science Fiction
Ever read a scifi book or watched a scifi movie and started googling the realities of the science presented? This panel took us through some of the realities in robotics and astrobiology.
#SVCC 2019 – 1st panel of the weekend is NASA vs Star Wars: The Science of Science Fiction! pic.twitter.com/GqiVZqASMK— Christy Jane (@diamondxgirl) August 16, 2019
The Women of NASA
The NASA panels are always my favorite panels at SVCC and this year was no different! The women of NASA represented several types of work and entry into the field, showing that there are a lot of ways to join the space-capades. Oh, and you don’t even have to be a scientist! Future career, anyone?
Starting off the day with the Women of @NASA panel! pic.twitter.com/6gQ6Castjm— Christy Jane (@diamondxgirl) August 17, 2019
From Page to Screen
Ok, I’ve seen Andy Weir quite a few times and I own The Martian…But this panel is the panel that made me immediately watch the movie. I went home and watched it the same weekend. Totally loved it and picked up the audio, too. So, job well done!
From screen to page – ending the day with this great panel! Andy Weir. Lindsey Beer, & Gary Whitta are here to chat! pic.twitter.com/1inhTn0nBE— Christy Jane (@diamondxgirl) August 17, 2019
Star Wars was well represented this year, with Paul Blake (Greedo), Brian Herring (BB-8 & the PORGS!), and Gary Whitta (co-writer of Rogue One, amongst other Star Wars thing) attending the show. I had the opportunity to meet all three and commission a drawing from Gary’s daughter, Penny!
When my shelves are lined with her comics, I’ll be able to say I was one of her first commissions :). Thanks for the Triforce, Penny! https://t.co/lLFBUUsVED— Christy Jane (@diamondxgirl) August 17, 2019
Jason Momoa also attended and I had him sign an Aquaman pop plus took a photo with him and Andie (my trainer and Momoa enthusiast)!
The most surprising part of SVCC is the huge NASA installation. Well, maybe not a surprise considering NASA is here in the Bay Area. Each year, they bring a variety of projects and scientists to the con and we spend quite a bit of time chatting with the team and also attending NASA panels.
This year, a replica of the Mars Curiosity Rover (which I FORGOT to take a picture with) was on display in the NASA booth. NASA provides opportunities for guests to engage with scientists and engineers as well as see their projects in real life. It’s so cool and it’s why I come to this con each year.
Omg I love this! You get to go to such cool events and I’m always very jealous of your time spent there. But I’m also so grateful of you sharing so I can live through you! Hope you had oodles of fun!