August 14th, 2017

Vancouver BC

VanCon 2017: Saturday

The con is over so I have time to catch up on what happened...

Btw, sorry if I'm not super descriptive about panels. The thing about taking photos is that you're pretty much watching these panels through a camera lens the entire time, plus monitoring your settings so at least most of your shots come out with the right exposure. So I'm not able to really remember what all is said and happens during panels. This is why I rely on watching panel videos on youtube later, even for cons I've been to. ;)

We kicked off the day with a hilarious panel with guests Ruth Connell, Brianna Buckmaster, Alaina Huffman, and Gil McKinney. The best part? Gil doing a deep, sexy voice commentary on the hotel toiletries Ruth gave away to fans who asked questions. :P

Then we had a panel of Rob, Rich, and Matt. These 3 are always a delight and they didn't disappoint! All that comes to mind right now is them talking about creating donuts that would build up your abs if you ate a whole dozen of them. LOL

Watched the Costume Contest and there was a very small turnout. Adam surmised due to people participating in GISHWHES instead. There were only 3 contestants dressed as Castiel, the smallest I've ever heard of.

Next up was Mark Sheppard's panel. As many of you know, since the death of Crowely on SPN, Mark has decided to no longer do anymore SPN cons and is only fulfilling his 2017 commitments. So this is probably the last time I'll ever see him in person, which is a shame. There's certainly nobody else like Mark Sheppard. But he did seem a little different this time. There was no wandering around the room like he normally does, none of him telling people his traditional "No" to questions, none of the real fire and spark he usually has at a con. Sure, he was still sassy and unwilling to answer "stupid questions", but there was definitely something missing. Then he informed us he wouldn't be playing drums at that night's Saturday Night Special. A big shock! Sorry he didn't play, it was always a highlight for me during the SNS.

After Mark's panel, a lot of the room emptied out and they did the Yes/No Game. I've played this before and almost won (it was down to me and one other gal, but she won). Anyway, after they played one round I figured, what the hell, I was just sitting there, the room was pretty much empty...why not? Sure enough, I won the second round, winning a Creation certificate worth $200 on their merchandise at this or their other cons, for a year. Plus, I was automatically to play the 3rd round to see if I could win again. And I did! It was so crazy! Again, it was down to me and one other gal and we either kept both getting the questions right or both getting them wrong. The questions were really difficult, too. I was totally guessing at the end, including the final question (don't ask me what it was about). But indeed I was the winner, adding another 2 certificates to my other one, giving me a grand total of $600 to use in buying Creation's merchandise!

Now they had 2 tables in the Vendor's area, so you could only use the certificates there, and only on Creation products. So the choices were mostly shirts and glossy pics of the SPN cast...along with a few other odds and ends. No way could I spend all that on myself, so I invited a couple of friends to pick out goodies they wanted and we made a pretty good dent. Who knew SPN knowledge could be so economically beneficial? :D

After a very long break in panels, we finally had our final one of the day with Misha. Again, I'm fuzzy on most of what went on, though I do remember him telling of getting his GISHWHESers to pick blackberries for him and then having to figure out what to do with all the hundreds of berries! So he brought some fruit leather (which Rob and Rich later fought over) and some jelly, which Rich totally grabbed as his own at the end of the panel!

Right after Misha's panel I got my photo-op with Gil. He had mentioned in the morning panel that a lot of fans want him to do his best Jensen face during photo-ops and sure enough, several of the gals ahead of me in line asked for that. Gil said to Chris the photographer, "I've created this thing now, of doing the Jensen". But then I waled up to him and said I just wanted him to be himself. :D He was so nice! Pressed his face right up against the side of mine. *dreamy sigh* Ah, Gil...I do adore you.

Last thing of the day was autographs from Mark, Matt, and Misha.
Mark was doing his pretty fast, which he always does. But I did get a "Thank you, sweetie." out of him. :)
Matt's showing a little grey in his hair! Is that for his role on General Hospital or just his natural aging? Anyway, I noticed it right away (but didn't comment on it) instead I asked him about the bracelet he was wearing because it was similar to the skull bracelet Dean used to wear. He said a fan gave it to him. Cool!
Misha's line was quite long, stretching to the back of the room, but eventually I got there. And for the life of me, right now I can't remember what was said! *sigh* It was the end of a long day. That's my excuse.

Of course, the highlight of the evening was the epic Saturday Night Special, with surprise guests and a lot of new songs!
I shot video of pretty much everything, so I'll be putting them all up on youtube (along with lots of videos from Karaoke, Jason's panel, and a few extras). Some of the highlights: Emily Swallow singing with Rob, Ruth singing and dancing, Briana's new song, Robert Singer playing harmonica and singing, and of course....JENSEN ACKLES singing "Whipping Post"!!! Damn, but he is just full of passion and force when he sings like that. My video sadly, isn't perfect audibly, but the visuals are quite stunning.

Anyway, I've rambled on enough about Saturday. Gotta get to Sunday's post before I forget it.

Vancouver BC

VanCon 2017: Sunday

The final day of the weekend began with the Gold J2 Panel. Apparently Jared just flew up here, since he's been off all week from filming. Interesting. Jensen isn't too happy about that, of course. :P Lots of fun in the panel with the boys being their adorable, dorky selves.

Next were photo-ops:

I had an early ticket number for Jensen, so I went right up to the photo-op room. One of the best things about the photo-op line is that you get to see the actor posing with other fans before you have to step forward. More time to stare at Jensen! When it was my turn we said our Hello's and then he said, "Nice to see you again." Did he remember me? He's been doing this the past couple of VanCons, so it could be true. Anyway, it made my day. No more hesitating with the hug on his part anymore either, which is nice!

Had a much higher number for the J2 photo-op, so I had to wait a long time. But the boys seemed just as fresh as ever by the time it was time for my photo. Big smiles, "Hi's", and then I asked for a sandwich shot, hugged Jensen with Jared behind me and they squished me real good! Heaven!!!! :D And again Jensen said "Nice to see you again" as I was leaving. Maybe he was saying it to everyone, I don't know.

Had to wait a while for Jared's ticket number to come up as well. I do love Jared's sweet hugs! There's nothing else quite like them. So comforting and warm and safe-feeling. :)

The day's panels started with Rob and Rich, of course, and Rich somehow got onto singing about how Rob loves bottoms. LOL It was so crazy and silly and I'm so glad I got it all on video! Oh, and he also described the boys as "Sunshine dressed in flannel". So true! But first, we began with Rachel Miner, with Rob and Rich helping her to the stage and her chair. The audience gave her a standing ovation and she was so touched and said how much being here meant to her. She's so inspirational and a true champion for courage.

Then...The Boys!!!! Who came running into the room from the back! That was a surprise. They wanted to see what it was like. Hee! Such a fun panel! Wish I could remember it right now, but there were a lot of laughs. Oh! They got off on a tangent about butt puns. LOL

Our final panel was with Ruth and she brought along a few friends from the cast and crew: Trish, the Hair & Makeup gal, Robin (in charge of Props), and Erica Carroll and the actor who took over the roll of Hannah on SPN when she was returned to heaven. Naturally, Ruth was giving out more hotel goodies.

Last up, autographs with the boys. I didn't have time to prepare anything for autographs this time, so thankfully, I had a small stack of printed photos of the boys with me (some were of my own photos). And that's what I decided to have them sign. I had Jensen sign a photo of him from 2010's Gold Breakfast Panel (when he wore that great black leather jacket). He said he still has the jacket in his closet but hasn't worn it since that con! Why? Because it was too tight (as he demonstrated by flexing his shoulders and arms). But then I and my friends said it looked too good on him to just sit in the closet and he should wear it again sometime. He finally yelled "Alright!" Hee! I love exasperated Jensen. He was looking quite tan, just a t-shirt, arms all exposed. *swoons* Oh, and to me Jensen's voice was extra deep on Sunday...from singing on Saturday night perhaps? ;)

I had Jared sign another of my VanCon photos (but I don't recall the year) and he was impressed by the quality and pointed out how high resolution it had. Thanks, Jared! :D

And there you have fast as I could get it typed up before my sleepy brain loses it all.

I have a ton of photos and by my count, 42 videos to share (I'm already uploading a few right now). So goodies will be posted in the coming days and weeks. :)

Impala Love 4

Just 'Cause

This cap is from 12x11 "Regarding Dean".
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Should have posted this on Sunday, but ah, well...VanCon! So you get it a day late.
The pretty Impala in the last shot of the episode.
  • Soooo sleepy...and it's late. Didn't intend for it to be. Glad to be able to sleep in some for Monday. VanCon, you've done it to me again....zzzzzzzzz.....
  • VanCon 2017: Saturday's account and Sunday's.
Have a good Monday folks. *hugs*