Happenings: Silicon Valley Comic Con 2016

The first Silicon Valley Comic Con (now SiliCon with Adam Savage) was March 18–20, 2016 in San Jose, California. Rancho Obi-Wan had an exhibit of almost 300 items featuring electronics and computers, favorite toys and, as always, fan art.

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The centerpiece was a 4 foot tall x 16 foot wide photo collage mural which originated from The Target & Star Wars Galactic Experience at LA Live exhibit coinciding with the premiere of The Force Awakens. The mural was created by attendees (it was a free exhibit) posting a photo to Instagram with the hashtag #sharetheforce.

The photos were automatically sucked into a software program which used an algorithm to place the submitted photos into a larger image. The tiny photo, about the size of a business card, printed out on a sticker at the event. A volunteer took the photo and, finding the indicated square on the mural base, put them in place. The completed mural was donated to Rancho Obi-Wan to preserve forever.

When I first looked through our photos of this event I said “Whoa, I don’t remember Steve meeting The Woz!.” Then I saw the photo of him and Steve Jobs and I knew that wasn’t real. I recall now that these were wax figures from Madame Tussauds.

Anne Neumann is President and CEO of Rancho Obi-Wan, former Volunteer Coordinator and Fan Club Breakfast Manager for Official Pix, and previously a Systems Analyst at the University of Texas at Austin.