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Published on February 27th, 2015 | by gareth


Leonard Nimoy Tribute And Panel From Phoenix Comicon 2011


It was a very sad morning when we learned of the passing of Leonard Nimoy. As a child I watched the reruns of the show and that combined with my love of Star Wars and Science Fiction set the path for where I am today.

in 2011 my wife and I had just moved to AZ to open our second office. I was preparing for my panel at Phoenix Comicon and after 14+ years of doing shows in Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia I was worried about how I would do in an new market where we were not known. I learned I was up against Leonard Nimoy and figured I was destined for a disaster but I found my room to be packed beyond capacity and that people were being turned away. The next year I was up against William Shatner and the same thing happened. Despite the capacity audiences for both of those legends, people still waited to see me and hear me which was a very humbling experience considering not all of them were those who could not get into the panels by Shartner and Nimoy.

Far beyond his work as Spock, Nimoy was an accomplished Director, writer, photographer, musician and poet and a humanitarian who will be greatly missed as he inspired countless people around the world.


I learned shortly after his panel that he was on his farewell tour from conventions but I am happy to say that thanks to Phoenix Comicon, we can share his panel below.



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Syndicated movie & game critic, writer, author and frequent radio guest. His work has appeared in over 60 publications worldwide and he is the creator of the rising entertainment site and publication “Skewed and Reviewed”. He has three books of film, game reviews and interviews published and is a well-received and in demand speaker on the convention circuit. Gareth has appeared in movies and is a regular guest on a top-rated Seattle morning show. He has also appeared briefly in films such as “Prefountaine”, “Postal”. “Far Cry”. and others. Gareth is also an in-demand speaker at several conventions and has conducted popular panels for over two decades.

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