OZ COMIC-CON PERTH & ADELAIDE
March 8-17, 2013
Richard returned to Australia to attend Oz Comic-Con, which was held on two consecutive weekends in Perth and in Adelaide, Australia.
At each convention, Richard took the opportunity to greet fans, pose for photos, sign autographs, and participate in Question & Answer panels.
In addition, before each convention began, Richard participated in a series of interviews for radio, television, and print to promote the upcoming events.
Below are some photos and media appearances from Richard's week-long visit to Comic-Con.
Before Richard's travels began, he completed an interview for news.com.au in which he discussed the lasting impact of MacGyver.
News.com.au - February 27, 2013
The article is available in the Archives c/o news.com.au.
Note From Rick
Richard left for Australia on March 4th. The day before his departure, he sent an email, sharing his anticipation for his return to the southern hemisphere.
March 3, 2013
I'm heading down under. Down under what, you might ask. Well, I got no answer to that. Just.......that's where I'm headed.
It's been a couple of years and I will be honest: I've missed being in the southern hemisphere, so I am looking forward to getting there....
Actually, I look forward to BEING there more than I am GETTING there. 14-16 hour flight? Oy. OY!!, I say.
Dogs licking my legs, gotta go.
Australian Associated Press & The West Australian
Richard had a few days to adjust to the new hemisphere and time zone, then on Friday, March 8th, he began a media blitz of interviews via radio, television, and print. Two of the print articles included interviews with the Australian Associated Press and The West Australian.
6PR 882 News Talk Radio, with Paul Entwistle
Richard spoke with Paul Entwistle on his morning radio talk show.
6PR 882 News Talk Radio, with Paul Entwistle - March 8, 2013
Video is available in the Video Gallery c/o 6PR Radio.
Mornings on Channel 9, with David Campbell
Richard spoke with David Campbell on Mornings, a breakfast-time TV broadcast.
Mornings - March 8, 2013
Video is available in the Video Gallery c/o Mornings.
Nova on Perth 93.7, with Nathan, Nat and Shaun
Richard spoke with Nathan, Nat, and Shaun on their morning radio talk show.
Nova on Perth 93.7, with Nathan, Nat and Shaun - March 8, 2013
Audio is available in the Video Gallery c/o Nova.
Sunrise on Channel 7, with David Koch
Richard spoke with David Koch on the morning talk show Sunrise.
Sunrise - March 8, 2013
Video is available in the Video Gallery c/o Sunrise.
Oz Comic Con Perth
On Saturday, March 9th, as Comic-Con got under way in Perth, Richard showed his support at the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society booth. During the convention, Sea Shepherd raised over $10,000 for the protection of oceans and marine life.
During the weekend, Richard met and spoke with fans. There was a Meet and Greet event on Saturday evening, and he spoke at two different panels on Saturday and Sunday. He also posed for pictures with fans, and signed autographs.
Caversham Wildlife Park
Following the convention, Richard had a few days to be a tourist before heading for Oz Comic-Con in Adelaide the following weekend. On Tuesday, March 12th, Richard visited the Caversham Wildlife Park near Perth.
Kings Park and Cottesloe Beach
On Wednesday, March 13th, Richard spent the day with fellow Sea Shepherd supporters from Sea Shepherd Australia as they visited Kings Park, Cottesloe Beach, and the home of Jeff Hansen, Director of Sea Shepherd Australia.
Richard completed his visit to Perth and departed for Adelaide on Thursday, March 14th. On Thursday and Friday he began a second media blitz of interviews via radio, television, and print.
Oz Comic-Con in Adelaide was held at the Adelaide Showgrounds on March 16th and 17th. The convention included many personalities from the world of science fiction, including William Shatner, Teryl Rothery, Jason Mamoa, Emilie Ullerup, and Colin Ferguson. Fans attending the convention had the opportunity to attend celebrity panels as well as to obtain photos and autographs of their favorite stars.
Channel Ten News Adelaide
Richard appeared briefly on the Channel Ten Evening News story featuring a glimspe into the guests expected at the upcoming convention.
Channel Ten News Adelaide - March 14, 2013
Video is available in the Video Gallery c/o Ten News.
2Day 104.1 Radio, with Dan and Maz
Richard spoke by phone with Dan and Maz on their morning radio talk show, and Maz could barely contain her excitement.
2Day 104.1 Radio, with Dan and Maz - March 15, 2013
Audio is available in the Video Gallery c/o 2Day Radio.
SAFM 107.1 Radio with Michael, Hayley, and Burgo
Richard spoke with Michael, Hayley, and Burgo on their morning radio talk show.
SAFM 107.1 Radio with Michael, Hayley, and Burgo - March 15, 2013
Audio is available in the Video Gallery c/o SAFM Radio.
Oz Comic Con Adelaide
On Saturday and Sunday, March 16-17, Richard greeted his fans at Oz Comic-Con in Adelaide. The convention included a panel each day, and Richard also posed for pictures with fans and signed autographs.
Richard decided to extend his visit to Australia by a few days so that he could travel to Melbourne and link up with Sea Shepherd Australia Director Jeff Hansen to welcome the victorious Sea Shepherd ships back to port.
For the past few months, the Sea Shepherd fleet of Operation Zero Tolerance had been patrolling the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary in the South Pacific to protect whales from illegal poaching by Japanese whalers. The campaign had come to a close, and three of the four ships from the fleet, including the Steve Irwin, the Bob Barker, and the Sam Simon, returned to port in Williamstown, near Melbourne, Australia. (The fourth ship, the Brigitte Bardot, remained in Tasmania.)
On Monday, March 18th, Richard flew from Adelaide to Melbourne to greet the returning Sea Shepherd fleet.
Note From Rick
During the earlier part of his travels in Australia, Richard was having difficulty connecting to the internet to keep in touch. However, when he arrived in Melbourne he sent an email joking that he had finally found "civilization" in the form of a strong WiFi signal.
March 18, 2013
I have reached civilization, finally, and all the comforts held within. Running water, running electricity, running tabs....
I've been outfitted with not just an internet connection with a strong WiFi stream, but A KEYBOARD to boot. Not such an oddity for travelers who lug a 'mouse' around, but on the road I have gotten used to bringing my iPad, a mouseless unit, upon which it takes forever to compose! Arragh, I say.... arragh.
A comment on the events of recent days passed is easy: Australians are the most patient and polite people I have encountered in the Southern Hemisphere. That's a fairly large chunk of the earth, children, and there is another half-dome not included in this scientific study.
But I stand by my opinion.
On March 19th, Richard participated in an interview with The Age, in which he talked about his support for Sea Shepherd and Captain Paul Watson.
The Age - March 19, 2013
Video is available in the Video Gallery c/o The Age.
Note From Rick
In the wee hours of Thursday morning, as his trip to Australia was drawing to a close, Richard sent another email to share his thoughts about the events of the day and about his return home.
March 21, 2013
Today was the return of three-fourths of the Sea Shep's armada. The party was tonight, an event from which I had to part early-ish.
It has been an absolutely glorious day! Except for the fact that Captain Watson could not join us because of the political issues that keep him at sea, ostracized and country-less, (Thank you, Japanese Whaling Industry for your unlawful and maniacal slaughter of the Whales of the Australian Whale Sanctuary) the day WAS near perfect. Some of us were surprised to NOT see the Federal Police of Australia, as we expected Paul to be arrested immediately if he showed his snowy-white head. But, no show for the Federalies..... OR Captain Watson.
I should try to continue my musing when I get home. We leave later this morning, Thursday, and of course, I am not packed. (I HATE THAT!!!!) But, I've kept it simple here in Williamstown, unpacking only one small carry-on suitcase which easily housed the clothing I nearly didn't need. I've rotated four Sea Shepherd black t-shirts, three pair of sun glasses, necessities, LA Kings Stanley Cup Champions hat, and some unmentionable contraband for the family.... heh, heh....
That's my story, and I'm stickin' to it.