Sir Ian McKellan graciously answered questions live on Twitter under the hashtag #AskGandalf — this is why Twitter is a wonderful thing!
RT @shhhhgrogs: Sir Ian, is there anything special that you kept, like Gandalf’s staff or hat, either from the Hobbit or LOTR? #AskGandalf
I was given Gandalf’s hat by Peter Jackson. And his staff. And I already had Glamdring, which I keep with a couple of umbrellas and the sticks that Leigh Teabing used in the Da Vinci Code. And if you wonder why you don’t see the big keys to Bag End in #TheHobbit, it’s b/c they’re hanging up on my terrace overlooking the Thames in London.
RT @Allan_isumi: Have you ever said some quote of Gandalf in your routine day, Sr Ian? #AskGandalf
Visiting schools, I have warned students that if they don’t revise hard for their exams: “You shall not pass!”
RT @GilbertLowe: @TheHobbitMovie @ianmckellen I don’t have a dad. I always wanted my dad 2 b a wizard. Will u b my dad? R u my dad? #iloveu
I used to have hair like yours, so who knows… You should ask your mum.
RT @TrollingGnome: @TheHobbitMovie #AskGandalf DO YOU LIKE BACON GANDALF?
Yes, indeedy-deedy. Crisp and salty.
Oh, Sir Ian! Why are you so incredibly adorable and charming?
For the rest of the Twitter discussion transcript, go to The Hobbit Facebook fan page.
Our Lady DefectiveGeekers sympathizes with the emo viking and his love of flowers and kittens. Also, lots of zombie talk including how Giselle will one day be the town alcoholic zombie… just keep the weed away so she won’t get the ‘munchies’ for human flesh.
Long Beach Comic Expo came and went this past Saturday, a small convention dedicated to comic-lovin’ put together by the Long Beach Comic Con crew. Again, I am happy to have these conventions so close to where I live (I don’t have any stalkers out there, do I?)! My friend/co-worker, Liz Ohanesian, was covering the con for the hand that feeds us, LA Weekly, and I agreed to accompany her with my camera.
For me, the day started out extra early. I had bought a badge to be an extra for The Guild, season 5 since they were filming at the convention. All of us extras had to be there by 7:30am. Brutal. I was also on set the Thursday before the convention. It was a 8am to 8pm work day and I felt it. Shooting movies, films and webseries shows truly is a labor of love for these guys and I can not imagine doing it on a regular basis. I found newfound respect for the people of movie land.
Still, the experience to be an extra for my favorite web series was truly a dream come true! I’ve had fantasies about this, people! My mad love-girl-crush on Felicia Day is no secret! I can’t talk much about the details and what I witnessed but it’s all going to be coming out this summer time. That’s not too far away so hold on– I will probably make another blog post once the episode is out. Then I will reveal and tell all. I have to say that I did meet some awesome people on set, so shout out to all my fellow Guildie-extras!
Around noon time, I discarded my Hollywood dress and Liz and I met up and hit the convention floor. I love smaller conventions. I have been going to bigger conventions for many years and those experiences have prepared me for all-day-shenanigans… I often forget that this is not the case with small conventions.
In about two hours, Liz and I have walked in circles around the exhibit hall about 25 times and already met and talked to a bunch of creators. Liz’s articles are online:
It was real treat to meet Steve Niles (author of 30 Days of Night) in person. In my ‘woke-up-too-early-today’ daze, I completely walked by his booth and missed him. Luckily, he recognized me from my twitter account and flagged me down. I was fangirl-strucked for a couple of minutes (this only happens in front of comic book creators and theÂ Supernatural cast members… go figure) but quickly snapped out of my zombie state. We chatted with him for awhile and received copies of his newest project. Super cool and nice guy and I highly recommend tracking him down on the convention floor.
As Liz mentions in ‘Five Things We Love About Small Conventions’ – Long Beach Comic Expo was not only fun for comic book lovers, but a great way to meet some of the best artists, writers, etc. in the industry. Although the exhibit hall was somewhat crowded since it was a small one, it was completely possible to talk to the people at their booths and get to know these talents.
I can’t say enough good things about LBCC and everyone involved in the organization. Keep it up and I will be there every year!
I’ve jumped on the bandwagon and signed up for Tweeter.
Here’s a link to my account: Come and follow me on Twitter!
I didn’t think I would really get into the fad, but not only did I win a FREE printer from Epson on my first week Twitting (I AM A WINNAH!)– I’ve been delving in my geekdom and following people like Felicia Day, Neil Gaiman, Greg Grunberg, Nathan Fillion, and…William Shatner! Although it’s a little crazy and weird to keep up to date with some of the cooler celebrities out there on a daily basis…!
Seriously though, it’s been fun on there. Please let me know if you start following me!