It took me longer to get my legs back under me than I expected, but as promised here is the conclusion to my epic Supernatural weekend. (Let’s just say I will DEFINITELY go to another convention sometime soon!)
Here’s my photo with Kim Rhodes, who is just awesome. Seriously, what a funny and sweet lady she is. I just love her!
I left my last post just as we finished up the first part of the costume contest. For the Castiel part, of course Misha came out to judge and he asked each person to identify which Cas they were dressed as. One person said he was “Destiel Cas” and Misha claimed to not know what that was, so he recruited a fem!Dean from the audience to join Destiel Cas on stage to show him what that meant. The two kissed (consensual!) and the crowd went wild!
Then we settled down for Misha’s panel. I was in line to ask him a question so I can’t say that I remember a lot about what was asked or the answers he gave. I was behind the person who asked him to look into the audience and say “We’ve got a gif for that”, which of course, it now breaking the Internets as we speak!
I debated on whether or not to talk about my question in great detail on my blog, but after finding a video of it, I am incredibly proud of my courage to ask and delighted with the answer that Misha gave. Many people came up to me afterwards and gave positive feedback; I even heard that some people discussed it on tumblr and were emotionally moved by it. I’m glad. The naysayers that shared their negativity and wank can cram it. I’m old enough to not have to give a fu…
Here’s what I asked:
“We’re around the same age and we have kids around the same age. I’m a single mom though. Do you have any parenting advice or wisdom you could share from a dad’s perspective on raising kids?”
Misha was floored that we are the same age (actually Baby Misha, I’m just a little older than you!) and he tipped his hat to how hard it is to be a single mom. I was not expecting either of those reactions! We bantered for a bit and he teased me about coming to a Supernatural convention and neglecting my child.
But his answer was really great. He spoke of an older man in his neighborhood who took him and his brother under his wing and provided guidance and wisdom to them and his advice was to find people like that to surround my child. I’m lucky that I have a solid and wonderful base of people who do exactly that (shout out to the ones who read this blog – you know who you are!).
My question starts at 15:52 and runs about 4 minutes. I got 4 minutes of talking time with Misha Collins! Whoop!
I didn’t get to stay long enough to pick up my Misha photo so I’ll have to share that in a few weeks when I receive it.
Next up were autographs with Matt Cohen, who is just the cutest little thing, and Sebastian Roche, and Misha. The convention organizers wouldn’t let any of the stars do personalized autographs, but at least we got to speak with them a bit and make eye contact and it wasn’t as rushed through as the photos.
By this time I was on a pure adrenaline rush, so when it was time for the cabaret, I think I lost my shiznit! It was fun. Each star came out and sang but Gil McKinney stole the show.
Oh, did I tell you I inadvertently made a pass at Gil? If not, I did. I rode down in the elevator with him that morning and I asked him how his first time at convention was going. He said it had been good so I said “So what you’re saying is that we were gentle with you.” Then I immediately realized what I said and follow up with, “Well, that didn’t come out right, did it?” He just chuckled and said that he wasn’t awake enough for it to register so it was okay!
Gil was a music major in college (me too Gil!) and he serenaded us with John Legend’s “All of Me”. (YouTube the video.) It was beautiful. Gil is beautiful and so sweet! And kinda shy!
After the Cabaret was the After Party. I was dancing but not on the dance floor and I was doing something with my hips when I bumped into someone. I had hardly turned around before I was enveloped in a strong set of arms…which happened to belong to Matt Cohen! He told me I needed to take that shaking booty onto the dance floor!
I’m not even sure how I managed to get any sleep that night.
Jared & Jensen
Because I purchased Gold tickets, I got to have two panels with Jared and Jensen. They come across as so down to earth. Jared is the outgoing one and I appreciated that he really tried to answer everyone’s questions thoughtfully, unlike Sebastian who didn’t answer any! Jensen seems so shy but you can tell that Jared really brings out his sense of humor and they play off of each other. I can’t really remember specific things they said other than Jensen saying that Dean was so far gone there was really nothing that could be said to turn the boat around.
Here’s my photos with Jared and Jensen.
The one with Jensen just makes my heart so happy. It’s like his prettiness just rubs off on you and you can’t help but look pretty if he’s around!
Being hugged by Jared is like being wrapped in a big fuzzy blanket! Honestly his whole hand could cover my face. He’s so personable though, you just forget that he’s a celebrity and get lost in his hug!
We had another panel with Jared & Jensen and then with Misha & Mark. I was truly impressed by Mark Sheppard. He is like sci-fi royalty to me – he’s been in everything! I’ve seen interviews with him where I thought he came off very stand offish but in his panel he was very open and friendly. When I went to take my picture with him, I (inadvertently) “Hello, sweetie!”, which I honestly didn’t mean to do but he was so sweet I couldn’t help myself. He gave me a big hug in the photo – I’m eager to get it to see how it turned out!
In Misha’s photo, I stepped up and said hi and then asked him to dance with me! So we did a tango move! I’ll post when I get it.
One other thing that really stuck out – when I got Jensen’s autograph, he made eye contact with me and it was like he looked right into my soul. That man has some very attractive eyes! I know he does that to everyone during the autograph stint, but it really does make you feel special. I thanked him for taking time away from his family to do this convention for us and he looked up at me, first with a surprised look, then he told me thank you and met my eyes. No wonder Dean has such a beautiful soul – you can see it in Jensen’s eyes!
By the time I finished all of that, an announcement was made that the Jensen and Jared photos would be ready around 8, so I grabbed a quick dinner and picked up my photos. I was so tired and still had a 2-hour ride to make so I decided to leave early and missed Rachel Miner’s panel. I heard about 5 minutes of it and she seemed so nice. I wish I could have stayed.
I also missed Mark, Rob, and Richard’s autographs by leaving early. Next time I go I will make sure to stay Sunday night too so I can go to everything on the schedule.
This was the single best weekend of my life. I made some great new friends and was continually amazed at how sweet, friendly, and kind all of the Supernatural fans were. I sincerely appreciate how respectful they are of the stars. It’s because of that behavior that we fans get to have such up close and personal contact with them!
The stars of the show are so comfortable and down-to-earth. They are just regular people who happen to be on TV. Each one has a story and in some small way we each have a commonality with their story. I was also a music major in college, like Gil; I recently had a life-changing medical emergency, like Rob; I also have a 6 year old daughter, like Kim; I’m the same age as Misha; like Jensen, I identify strongly with Dean’s sense of loyalty to his family; Jared and I both play kinda rough with our kids. Each of us has something to share and we’re more alike than you might think.
If you are a fan of Supernatural, I strongly encourage you to save your pennies and go to one of these conventions. You will not regret a single minute of it. If you’re not a fan of SPN but of something else, find one for your interest and go. Hands down, one of the best experiences you could ever have!