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Supernatural at the Paley Festival 2011

Supernatural @ Paley Fest 2011

This was our first time at the Paley Festival, although I’ve always wanted to attend one of their panels in the past. When I found out that Supernatural was coming back to the festival (and on a weekend!), I rounded up fellow Supernatural fan (and Defective Geeker), Gizzy– no way, we were going to miss out on this one. Erik Kripke, Sera Gamble, Ben Edlund, Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver and Misha Collins were all in attendance.

Supernatural @ Paley Fest 2011

We arrived at the theater a little before 2pm and the line already wrapped around the block. I felt pretty bad for the neighborhood who had to deal with the fangirl horde, littered infront of their lawn.

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Supernatural in LA, Day 2

SPN, LA Con 2011
Jensen Ackles, Space Pirate Queen, Gizle, and Jared Padalecki

Compared to when we went to the  convention in Vancouver, Los Angeles has proven itself to be a little bit crazier and somewhat more stressful. I missed the laid back atmosphere of Vancouver con! I forgot to mention that on our first day, two of the women that were running the registration/ticket table were incredibly rude and… well, quite bitchy. Their attitude pretty much told us that they may have been taking advantage of the situation to try and make other people feel bad by talking down on them (aka, as we call it, “power trippin'”). Luckily, the woman who I ended up purchasing my tickets from was much nicer than those first two.

Otherwise, the rest of the CreationEnt staff and volunteers we talked to for the rest of the weekend were much nicer, though somewhat more overwhelmed and stressed out by the bigger LA audience. Though I will have to conclude that I had a much better experience at Vancouver Con.

Sunday was the biggest day, much like Vancouver, because it is the day of everything Jared and Jensen related.

The first thing we did in the morning was our “J2 Sandwich” photo op. I admit, much like my first experience, I was extremely  nervous and quietly freaking out while we waited in line. Although, I did manage to look at Jensen directly (I know, it’s pathetic… I’m such a fangirl) and gave him instructions on how we wanted everyone to pose for the photo: FIERCE and FABULOUS! (like Zoolander!). The two actors were in a very playful and good mood that morning. They played along with our request very eagerly. The only unfortunate part of the experience was that by the time they got to us, CreationEnt had decided they needed to start rushing people and “banned” hugs. Which we felt was very much unfair, especially since we had to watch the people in front of us take their time with Jensen and Jared… and everyone paid the same price for this photo op. I understand the actors are on a tight schedule, but they can’t expect attendees to cough up all that money only to have their experience jilted just because they allowed a few people to linger longer than most. It is our money and time too.

Regardless, I got a little brave and gave Jensen a one arm squeeze around his waist before we had to walk away. I even heard Jared delcare, “I was the most fierce!” as I went pass him. I am quite happy with how the photo turned out too!

I have to give props to Chris, the photographer. Although he was much more accommodating when we were in Vancouver, I understood why he seemed less laid back at this convention. He does make sure that the photos are worth it for us paying customers though, which we very much appreciate.

By noon, Jared and Jensen were on stage at the main theatre, followed by a surprise panel with Jim Beaver, and then Brock Kelly at the end.

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Supernatural in LA, Day 1 (part 2)

SPN, LA Con 2011
Richard Speight Jr, Misha Collins, Traci Dinwiddie, Jim Beaver, Mark Sheppard...and us!

I decided to start this post with the magical photo-op we did at the end of Saturday. Instead of paying for individual photos with the Saturday guests, we decided to pool our money into the group photo instead. I forced/bullied/peer pressured Giselle into the hamster kigurumi. Mark Sheppard was most excited and his eyes lit up when he saw me. He said: “Pikachu!!!” I’m guessing his children enjoys the Pokemon. Jim seemed bewildered and Traci was giggling. Misha had already seen kigus in the past, and I am sure Richard has seen weirder things but he was very amused.

Our direction to them for the photo was to pose like we were all about to go into battle. Richard and Jim follows directions well. Traci is ready to kill Jim and Misha. Misha and Mark… well, something happened there that we did not witness. When the photo was done, Mark commented: “That was the most normal thing they’ve asked us to do all day!”

Mark and Misha were the last two panels of the day.

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Supernatural in LA, Day 1 (part 1)

Last August, Gizle and I traveled to Vancouver, Canada and with two of our friends, we attended our first Supernatural convention. Six months later (as in, this past weekend), we went to the local con, investing more money (possibly a couple or so hundred dollars) on tickets and photos with our favorite television stars. That is what you call fandom love… aka, a little bit obsessed. At least we stuck to a pretty reasonable budget and steered clear of the expensive GOLD ($549 per person) and SILVER ($399) passes that Creation Entertainment offered con goers. We are not that hardcore. Or rich. Or crazy. However you want to look at it, I suppose.

On Saturday, day one of the convention, Jim Beaver (Bobby Singer), Richard Speight Jr. (The Trickster/Gabriel), Traci Dinwiddie (Pam), Mark Sheppard (Crowley) and Misha Collins (Castiel) were all present. Each guests were on stage for about an hour, taking questions from the attendees and then off they go to be ushered off to their photo ops and autograph sessions.

It’s going to take me awhile to upload all the photos and videos, so here is the first batch!

Jim Beaver @ SPN LA Con 2011

Richard Speight Jr & Traci Dinwiddie

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SDCC 2010 / Supernatural

SDCC 2010 / Supernatural

I admit it, the first two days of Comic Con has been gearing up to the last day… the day of the Supernatural panel.

Yes, I did break my own rule of “AVOID CELEBRITY PANELS, KIDS!”

Supernatural is always going to be the exception to every rule on my book. Yes, go ahead and judge me– I know it’s a little bit sad.

At around a little after 6am, I woke up to Gizle’s text that she was on her way.

Along with a text from Cassie who was already inline for the panel (that does not start till 11:15am, by the way) to inform me that the line was already a million miles long. Apparently, people had been lining up since the night before. That’s pretty much equivalent to Twitard dedication. Eesh!

Before 8am, we were ready to go.

8:30am, Gizle and I were speeding our way to the convention center and made our way to the Ballroom 20 line. It was… HUGE.

9:30am, we were let into the room and got fairly decent seats. We sat through the Smallville panel, which was actually entertaining. I don’t really watch the series, but the fans’ enthusiasm was a lot of fun. I thought to myself: soon, I will be screaming just like these people.

10:45am, we have decided that since I am fast and wily, I would be in charge of getting up and finding better seats after the Smallville panel was over and people leave. It’s a pretty stressful tasks and I had a slight tummy ache worrying about it.

11am, I fought my way through the crowd and nabbed seats closer to the stage– so close that we could read their name placards on the table!

11:15am, cheering and screaming ensues. Hooray!

SDCC 2010 / Supernatural

SDCC 2010 / Supernatural

This is what fandom does to you, my friends. BEWARE! The panel was pretty amazing and was well worth all the work (and bruises). There were a lot of spoilers for the upcoming season 6, which the fandom has documented very well already. Check out the Supernatural Wiki for links that details everything what the writers and the actors shared during the panel.

Jensen, Jared, Jim and Misha were all charms and smiles throughout the whole hour. Although my favorite is Eric Kripke’s Swan Song (Season 5’s finale episode) story, in which he mentions being very proud of himself after the episode originally aired. Once he went on the internet and realized how much the fandom “hated” it, he confesses to a moment of “no one understands me.” Still, he seems to take this in stride and did not seem to blame the fans for it. It is obvious how much these guys do enjoy their fans and are grateful for their passion, whether it was good or bad.

Slightly embarrassed to say, but I was completely thrilled to see “the Boys” in person! Excuse my moment of fangirl, but man… Jensen is PUH-RETTY! We did not get to go to their signing because the autograph line was closed off at 10am (an hour before the panel… yes, I know, that doesn’t make sense but that’s Comic Con for you, I guess). Gizle and I managed to swim by the WB booth and caught a closer glimpse of them. Yup. Them sure are pretty boys.

SDCC 2010 / Supernatural

SDCC 2010 / Supernatural
Not sure why Jared handed his name card to Jensen....

At the very end of the panel, they showed the gag reel that will be included in the season 5 DVD boxset. It was beautiful and we were in tears from laughing. All I can say is: Confetti! It’s a PARAAADE!

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SDCC 2010 / Jim Beaver

SDCC 2010 / Jim Beaver!

I confess. I am a big Supernatural fangirl these days.

My friend tipped me off to a signing that Jim Beaver, who plays Bobby Singer in the show, on Saturday night at the convention at 6pm.

Around 5:00pm, I wandered over to the Shout! booth to scout out the situation. You know! Just in case a million Supernatural fans were already lining up. Surprisingly, no one was there and I chatted with the lady at the booth, asking about the autograph session. At that point, my friend, Cassie (whom I haven’t seen in YEARS!) sneaks up from behind me and we had a great reunion.

Since no one was lined up, we wandered off for a bit and came back to the booth promptly a little past 5:30pm. Still no line so we hung out and talked. We caught up a bit but mostly talked about Supernatural, of course. She checked Jim’s twitter for his status and we saw that he was stuck in traffic and he had a stomachache.

At 6pm, he finally arrives! He looked a bit tired from his long train ride to San Diego, but still eagerly sat down to meet his fans. Cass and I were first in line and more people had already lined up behind us. He signed copies of the Dark and Stormy Night DVDs and gladly took photos with us.

I wished I had prepared myself to have had more of a conversation with him instead of just shyly asking for a photo and thanking him for the autograph. I was so excited to meet my first SPN cast member in person that I reverted to the quiet version of me! I love the show so much! You guys need to understand that my last passionate relationship with a television show was with The X-Files.

Still, it is awesome to walk away with a photo and having met the Bobby Singer in person!

SDCC 2010 / Jim Beaver!

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