CatchCon, it’s happening today! From the Seattle Times Online…
The strangest catch: Fans of Discovery Channel show gather in Seattle
Skippers Sig Hansen, Phil Harris and the testosterone-charged Bering Sea crab fishermen from the Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch” will drop anchor in Seattle Saturday for CatchCon, the first convention for this pop-culture phenomenon.
If you didn’t know about CatchCon until now, then:
1. You are already out of luck — it’s sold out. And …
2. “Deadliest Catch” loyalists wouldn’t consider you a hard-core fan, anyway.
Fans of the “Deadliest Catch” look at CatchCon as their Trekkie convention, with die-hards coming from as far as Wisconsin, Maryland and Florida. It’s one of the hottest tickets in town.
On March 24, the Discovery Channel revealed to a few fan sites that the skippers, many of whom live in Seattle, would talk about their sea adventures, lead boat tours and sign autographs at a free convention for their fans.
Word spread through cyberspace. By next morning, 500 fans registered, the maximum capacity, with another 600 wait-listed, a Discovery Channel spokesman said.
For weeks, organizers didn’t reveal CatchCon would be held at the Bell Harbor International Center, for crowd-control purposes.
One of the lucky CatchCon ticket holders, Melissa Lobach, of Reading, Pa., is such a fan that she discusses each episode with her girlfriend on Skype between commercials.