Silicon Valley Comic Con
Photo documentary from the first three years of Steve Wozniak’s Comic Con in San Jose.
“When I was growing up, it was hard to be a geek. It definitely wasn’t cool, and that wasn’t easy. I’m happy things have changed because now people are able to be proud of being geeks and being different. Silicon Valley Comic Con will be an event where fans of all kinds can celebrate the Age of the Geek.”
- Steve Wozniak, Friday, April 17, 2015
Steve Wozniak has earlier credited Star Trek and Star Trek conventions as a source of inspiration for starting Apple.
Photos from the first three SVCC events (2016-2018)
All photos taken by Teodor Bjerrang
Some of the highlights — Mads Mikkelsen, Christina Ricci, Martha Higareda, Krysten Ritter, Katee Sackhoff, Nichelle Nichols, Ray Park, Adam Savage, Jewel Staite, David Tennant, Dr. Mae Jemison, Dr. Michio Kaku and Andy Weir
Jessica Jones, and as Jane in the hit AMC show Breaking Bad.
Doctor Who and Jessica Jones
From Firefly, Serenity and Stargate Atlantis.
Best known as Kristin Ortega in the Netflix series ALTERED CARBON, and as Viviana Torres in Royal Pains.
A Star Wars panel featured Mads Mikkelsen (Galen Erso), Ray Park (Darth Maul), Temuera Morrison (Jango Fett), Daniel Logan (young Boba Fett) and moderated by Gary Whitta (co-writer, ROGUE ONE: A Star Wars Story).
Temuera Morrison and Daniel Logan — The Fetts
Daniel Logan, best known for his portrayal of young Boba Fett in “Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones” and Temuera Morrison, best known for his role as the bounty hunter Jango Fett in Star Wars: Episode II — “Attack of the Clones”
Best known as Darth Maul from “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace”
Best known as for his roles as Dr. Hannibal Lecter in TV series Hannibal, villain Kaecilius in Marvel’s Doctor Strange, & Galen Erso in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
He is an internationally recognized authority in two key areas. The first is Einstein’s unified field theory, which Dr. Kaku is attempting to complete. The other is to predict trends affecting business, medicine, finance, and our way of life, based on the latest research in science.
1st woman of color in space, now paving the way for human interstellar travel.
Dr. Mae C. Jemison broke more than the sound barrier in 1992 when she climbed aboard the space shuttle Endeavour and became the first woman of color to travel into space. She was also NASA’s first Science Mission Specialist performing experiments in material science, life science and human adaptation to weightlessness.
I believe pursuing an extraordinary tomorrow creates a better world today. — Dr. Mae
When Nichelle was cast by Gene Roddenberry to create Chief Communications Officer Lt. Uhura, fourth in command of the Starship Enterprise, in his legendary TV series Star Trek — in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King — “The first non-stereotypical role portrayed by a black woman in television history.” It was Dr. King who convinced Nichelle to stay on Star Trek when she got an offer to come sing on Broadway, calling her role a vital role model for minorities across America and around the world.
Using her Star Trek fame to bring good back to the world, Nichelle, at the behest of NASA, led a national campaign to recruit the first women and minorities into the space program. Many of her new recruits were women or members of racial and ethnic minorities, including Guion Bluford (the first African-American astronaut), Sally Ride (the first female American astronaut), and Mae Jamison (the first female African-American astronaut).
Best known for her role as Wednesday Addams in “The Addams Family”
Best known for playing Lieutenant Kara “Starbuck” Thrace on the Sci Fi Channel’s television program Battlestar Galactica.
Known as host of “MythBusters” and Tested.com
Pippin from Lord of the Rings trilogy
30 years of Star Trek
Buzz Aldrin is an American engineer, former astronaut, and Command Pilot in the United States Air Force. As Lunar Module Pilot on the Apollo 11 mission, he and mission commander Neil Armstrong were the first two humans to land on the Moon. Aldrin set foot on the Moon at 03:15:16 on July 21, 1969 (UTC), 9 minutes after Armstrong first touched the surface. One of his first missions was on Gemini 12 where he successfully proved that extravehicular activity (EVA) could be performed by astronauts, spending over 5 hours outside the craft, thus achieving the goals of the Gemini program and paving the way for the Apollo program. (Wikipedia)
Zoe from Firefly & Serenity, Jessica Pearson from Suits, Lauren from Westworld and Many More
Known for “Being John Malkovich”, “High Fidelity” and “Sixteen Candles.”
2016 — the first con
From Star Trek’s Captain Kirk to Boston Legal’s Denny Krane.
Known for The Avengers, Mission Impossible, Arrival and Wind River.
Back to the Future
Thanks Christopher Lloyd for the photo — Please go and support TEAMFOX — For parkinson’s research
The amazing Stan Lee
My photos have been used as official SVCC press photos along with several news outlets covering the event.
- SVCC Recap Announcement for the press 2018
- Silicon Valley Comic Con on Facebook album with my photos
- The Nerd Element: SVCC Press release
- PopCultHQ — Recap: Silicon Valley Comic Con 2017
- Action Figure Insider
- David Tennant News — PHOTOS AND QUOTES: David Tennant And Krysten Ritter Panel At SVCC
- Gary Whitta — co-writer of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, used my photo for his instagram.
Got to know Silicon Valley Comic Con over dinner with Steve Wozniak and Nolan Bushnell in Oslo, January 2016, Woz mentioned that he was planning his own Comic Con that year (2016) — The Silicon Valley Comic Con located in San Jose, something new, something different than other Comic Cons, a combination of pop culture and science. For me growing up with Star Wars, Star Trek, Blade Runner, Back to the Future, Indiana Jones, Dune, The Last Starfighter, WarGames, ET and TRON, to mention a few. Those movies has been a part of inspiring me to do what I do, so I ended up visiting my very first Comic Con that year :-) Thanks Woz!
The opening of the very first Silicon Valley Comic Con in 2016
Ending this post with some photos of myself from my golden geek years of the early 90s.
— Still a geek.