Trip Start Oct 07, 2011
5Trip End Oct 09, 2011
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I started feeling a little better, so I went back downstairs and sat for part of Traci's panel. She was very nice, but the panel was kind of awkward because no one got up for questions. So she decided to troll the audience by getting the three sections to chant a word in tandem while she played drums.
So anyway, after the chanting was over I decided to go up the mic and get the ball rolling on the panel. But as I went to adjust the mic, it popped out of the stand and almost hit me in the face. She said, "Whoa! Watch your teeth!" lol. I was nervous because I was the only one standing up there, so I asked her to tell us about her experience on set. Very generic and lame question, I know, but whatever. I've never seen any of her panels on YouTube. In retrospect, I think I would've liked to ask her how she thought Bobby and co. explained to the paramedics how Panela's eyes got burned, lol.
But in answer to my actual question, she said it was a very fun set and it was nice working with J2, and went on to say what nice people they are, etc. I'm caught between finding it endearing and exasperating that the special guest actors always feel like they need to placate the fans by "talking up" the guys. I wanted to hear about her, lol.
Perhaps noticing that the panel was lagging a bit, Richard suddenly made an appearance. However, it was time for me to leave for Misha's meet & greet, so the last thing I heard from the panel was Traci telling everyone a story about how Jensen had eaten a Jollyrancher candy before their kissing scene as a courtesy to her. She had once tried to tell a European con audience about him doing that... but it got lost in translation, a la: "Kissing Jensen was like sucking on a Jollyrancher..
Click here to read about my meet & greet with Misha.
After the m&g was over, I had a little time to spare, so I thought I'd try and grab something to eat at the hotel restaurant. No such luck, I'm afraid. By the time the waiter came over with a menu, I only had 20 minutes to go before my photo op with Richard Speight Jr, and I knew that the food would take almost as long to be cooked. So, no lunch for me! ^^; (I did get to sit and chat with Tamara from the meet & greet briefly, which was nice. I hope the waiter didn't give her a hard time after I left).
The photo op with Richard was efficient, as always. I walked up to him and smiled and said hi, and he said "Hello, young lady," which I thought was sweet. And he really is short, LOL. He's not much taller than I am, and I'm not even 5 feet tall. :-) But yeah, it was over really quick but I made sure to turn back to him and say thank you and to have a nice day.
After that I was really and truly starving, so I went to the hotel convenience store and bought an icecream bar and it was the most delicious thing I have ever eaten, lol
Misha came on stage to wild applause and cheering, and he seemed honestly taken aback. He stood smiling and looking at the crowd for a long time, just taking it all in. This set the mood for the entire panel, because he was happy to be there and we were all happy to have him there, and we all laughed a lot and had a great time. It was awesome. <3
I won't talk about everything that happened, because I took a lot of videos of his panel and I think the footage speaks for itself, but some highlights include Misha being candid and open about his role as Paul Bernardo; Misha "stripping" to show a Justin Beiber T-shirt; Misha learning about Tumblr; about 10 Castiel cosplayers getting asked up on stage; and Misha reading a passage from Go the F**k to Sleep.
Oh, and also, I got called up on stage to "punch" Misha. He held out a hand for me like a gentleman and everything
After the panel, it was time for photo ops, and this was my first experience with a truly loooooong convention line, lol. We didn't have to wait very long though, which was excellent. AND, while I was waiting in line, I met Michelle from the Facebook group, who had very kindly left saltine crackers and water for me on the first night of the con because I was feeling so sick. <3
So, after waiting for about 10 minutes, it was finally my turn to take a pic with Misha. I had bought two photo tickets for him, and I'm glad I did, because the second one was a dud. I had no pose planned for the second one, so I just said to him "Um... whatever you want to do." Guys, NEVER DO THIS! It almost never comes out looking cool. (Well, he looked cool. I, on the other hand, look like I'm chocking him and trying to fart at the same time). The first picture is excellent though, and he smiled nice and wide in it. <3
And THEN (yes, there's still more to this day!), it was time for autographs
The autograph session started soon after. On the left side was Misha and Damon Runyan (whose panel I had missed because I was at Misha's meet & greet), and on the other side was Richard and Traci. Creation staff directed us to Misha's side first. I felt really nervous because it had been a last-minute decision on my part to bring the Castiel drawing, but I'm so glad I decided to bring it. I stepped up to Misha and placed my things down in front of him, and he said hi before turning to the handler next to him for a second to whisper to her something about how people shouldn't be saying that he won't do personalizations, and then he turned back to me and...
Okay, my brain kind of went to mush for this, and I don't really remember what was said, except that he was being cheeky about the fact that he was the only one to sign my photo album with a silver marker, and then he personalized it by writing my name with a heart next to it
Damon was next and I felt bad because I didn't know what to say to him, because I'd never heard of him before the con (he had a really small roll on the show). I said hi and apologized for missing his panel because of Misha (haha), but I told him that everyone I had spoken to said it was awesome, and he said thank you. :-)
Next, I walked to the other side of the stage to get to Richard and Traci. I was slightly awkward in front of Richard. He's a nice person, but I kept getting a kind of vibe off of him that he doesn't necessarily like Creation Ent. cons, so I just stood there quietly while he wrote what seemed to be a small paragraph on my album, lol. He handed it back to me and I paused to read it out loud. It said: "Hi, you're Lesley. I'm Richard!" (I had a post-it note that said "Hi, I'm Lesley!" for any of the actors who might want to personalize) I laughed and said thank you before stepping over to Traci.
Traci said hi and complimented me on the sticker layout inside my album
There was a looooong stretch of time between the autographs and the cocktail party, so my roommate and I went out for supper. I was still feeling a little queasy, so I didn't eat much, but I wish I had because Creation didn't feed us anything at the cocktail party. Colour me disappointed. :-(
Yeah, the cocktail party was... not so much fun, overall. It ran until past midnight and I was sooo exhausted and hungry; I felt like I was dying. A lot of time was spent on "judging" the different centrepieces, and because of that the actors only got to spend one minute (literally, 60 seconds) at each table. Definitely not enough time for everyone to get a chance to speak.
Case in point, Damon came by our table first, and the girl siting closest to him was like, "I'll ask my question first!" as though she thought we'd have enough time to take turns
Next came Traci, and she talked to me a little bit about my "centrepiece" (Translation: my tiny, lame Castiel drawing that no one even noticed was there until I pointed it out to a volunteer, lol), and asked me if I'd done any Pamela fanart, and I felt bad because no, I hadn't. Then another one of the girls at the table asked about her interest in animal rescue, and then it was time for her to leave too. Then Richard swung by. I don't remember what was said, except that I made fun of him for making fun of my centrepiece, and he was like, "Hey, I was tethered to a mic wire! I couldn't see it!" lol.
And then there was a long stretch of waiting, and waiting, and waiting. I switched seats with one of the girls, because I had a feeling Misha would be next and I'd already sat next to him during the meet & greet. She seemed very happy, lol. Eventually, at around 1 AM, Misha finally came to our table. He was like. "How is everyone?" and there were various responses of tired/drunk/DYING, etc., and he laughed at us about it. :-D
One of the girls asked something about West, and whether Misha would be able to handle monsters under the bed, and he was like, "Psh
And I knew shenanigans were about to go down, because he looked at me all Serious Face, and said, "Okay, well, first of all... someone was standing behind me, and they had their arms in my trench coat sleeves--" We nodded expectantly. "--which freed up MY arms so I could reach around... and stick my hands up my ass and into my stomach!"
.... I think I died a little. Right there at the table, was me dead from laughter. XD
And then he had to leave. The girl who I switched seats with got a hug from him, and some of the other ladies tried to squeeze out another question from him, but he had a hard time hearing them over the music. I also tried to give him my centrepiece, but he either didn't want it or just thought I was trying to get him to talk to me more (i.e "Pay more attention to meeee~!"), because he didn't end up taking it. So, FAIL on my part, lol. ;-)
So, I was really dead fucking tired at that point, but at least we didn't have to wait long for Corin to show up. He ended up talking to a Japanese girl about how crazy it was that you can actually buy beer out of vending machines in Japan, lol. And then before he left the able he took the time to shake all our hands, which was very nice.
And then I ran upstairs and had some glorious, glorious sleep, lol.