the_other_sandy: Compass pointing north (Travel)
Normally I post my LJ entries from the con at the end of each day, but this year [livejournal.com profile] winchestmidwest happened to be the same weekend as New York Comic Con, so when I wasn't squeeing about Supernatural, I was scouring Tumblr for Teen Wolf and Sleepy Hollow spoilers (because I am a multifandom ho'). It was kind of like attending two cons at once, and while all that squeeing was epic, it was also exhausting and left me with no time to post anything about [livejournal.com profile] winchestmidwest. I shall rectify that immediately.

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the_other_sandy: Compass pointing north (Travel)
So I'm very late in posting this in that day 3 was actually last Sunday. In my defense, I drove directly from the con in Wisconsin to my BF's in Illinois for an evening of The Avengers on Blu-ray. I didn't get home until after midnight. Monday was spent paying many bills, running errands, and squeeing about Hawaii Five-0 because I am a multifandom ho'. ::nods::

Anyway, Sunday was a day of multitasking. I listened to many interesting panels while reading H50 spoilers and looking at pretty, pretty pictures of Chris Evans on my laptop.

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the_other_sandy: Compass pointing north (Travel)
We started off the day with an episode by episode discussion of season 7. It says something about the season that I had to open my laptop and read my own reviews of the episodes to remind myself what they were about. It just wasn't a memorable season overall. There were maybe four episodes I didn't need prompting for.

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the_other_sandy: Compass pointing north (Travel)
This is the first year the con hasn't been held a short drive from my apartment, due to the Ryder Cup people taking up all available hotel space in the Greater Chicagoland area. We're currently in Madison, Wisconsin. This is actually okay with me because I live just a couple of miles down the street from the Ryder Cup venue and my neighborhood has been a three-ring circus all week because of it. Too bad traffic on I-90 sucked so hard. There was a solid 62 mile segment that was under construction, followed shortly by a lane closure because someone had spilled something fluorescent yellow all over the road. The two hour drive took me four and a half hours. Hopefully, it won't be as bad headed home on Sunday.

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the_other_sandy: Compass pointing north (Travel)
I did not actually manage to drag my butt out of bed in time for the first panel I wanted to go to this morning, so my day started with the Donald Strachey room party. We watched "Ice Blues" and attempted to pimp people into the fandom (Donald and Timmy are just so darned cute together).

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the_other_sandy: Compass pointing north (Travel)
It definitely makes me sad that this con keeps getting smaller and smaller, but one of the side benefits is that panels are starting later in the day. No more dragging my butt out of bed at the crack of dawn to attend an 8:00 a.m. panel, only to discover that no one else had managed to drag their butts out of bed at the crack of dawn and I was the only one there.

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the_other_sandy: Compass pointing north (Travel)
As usual, I started out with a pass through the dealer room. Like last year, it's one aisle smaller than it normally is and some of the mainstay dealers didn't come for various reasons. I'm sorry to see fewer dealers, but I do like having the extra space in the aisles. And there were still enough dealers there that I only made it 3/4 of the way through before the first panel. My new favorite T-shirt? "Steampunk--What Happens When Goths Discover Brown." [livejournal.com profile] jennetj makes little pins and magnets out of people's LJ icons, and she surprised me with a magnet of my "sod today" icon. My BF and I saw that sign outside a lawn & garden center last spring. My BF took the picture of the sign for me, and [livejournal.com profile] jennetj made the actual icon after I posted the picture to my LJ.

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the_other_sandy: Compass pointing north (Travel)
The adventure begins.

I had a reservation at the Dad's Inn (formerly Day's Inn South) where I have stayed for something like seven of the last eleven years. My first clue that there was going to be a problem this year was when I pulled into the parking lot and it was nearly empty. Granted, hotels do most of their business Friday through Sunday, but I've checked in on Thursday before and it wasn't this dead.

My second clue that there was going to be a problem was that all the signs in the lobby were sloppily hand-lettered in Sharpie. Again, the hotel is under new management, but it's been under new management for a year. If nothing else, that's more than enough time to learn how to use GIMP or something.

Clue number three was the room I was assigned. The wallpaper was peeling off the walls, there were cigarette burns in everything, and the bathroom light was approximately two candlepower. When I called the front desk about the bathroom light, I was told to come downstairs to be assigned a new room.

The new room was the middle of a set of three connecting rooms, and all of the rooms on that floor facing south had windows that opened onto the roof of the restaurant on the floor below (probably to allow access for maintenance). Not only did my window not lock, it wouldn't even close all the way, so anyone in that strip of rooms could climb in through my window at any time. I did not exactly feel safe. That's when I gave up and checked out.

I was a little freaked out about being temporarily "homeless" in Lansing, but the con had sent out an alert yesterday that the con hotel had reached the end of the waiting list and there were still rooms available, so I made that my first stop and lucked into a room.

So, I'm now staying at the Causeway Bay, which has been so thoroughly renovated that it's making me feel underdressed. I'm in room 472 if anyone wants to say hi.
the_other_sandy: Chicago skyline (Chicago)
I had planned to post my con reports at the end of each day, but I'm on Day 12 of the galloping crud my coworker gave me. I'm feeling a lot better than I was, but I tend to fall asleep if I stop moving for any length of time, which is where large chunks of Sunday and today disappeared to.

Saturday )

Sunday )

As usual, I had a fabulous time even if I did spend most of the con sitting by myself in the back so as not to contaminate anyone else with my death plague. Here's hoping there will be a season 7 just so there will be a WinchestMidwest 6.
the_other_sandy: Chicago skyline (Chicago)
I'm now on Day 9 of whatever galloping crud my coworker gifted me with. I have missed more days of work from this than from anything else ever, including the flu and surgery. But I dragged my hopefully-no-longer-contagious self out of bed and over to Schaumburg because today is the first day of [livejournal.com profile] winchestmidwest. I think this is the first time the con has met outside of a hiatus, so we all got to watch the show together.

We actually started with a video presentation that condensed each of the first five seasons down to about a minute and a half, then summarized the theme of each season and the recurring characters we met there. Then we were supposed to have another discussion with the show's art department via Skype (something we did at the last WinMid), but they were busy with an episode and had to cancel, so we watched "The French Mistake" instead, and then turned on tonight's new ep. I was taking notes in the dark the whole time, so we'll see if I can remember what these scribbles mean.

Spoilers )

The last event of the con tonight was a variation of pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey, which involved pinning a pie on a target of Dean.

I'll have more con reports throughout the weekend.
the_other_sandy: Chicago skyline (Chicago)
For those of you who have read my con reports before, this will not be one of my obsessively detailed ones. For one thing, I'm still sick (have been since last Wednesday). For another thing, Supernatural fandom exhaustively documents fandom goings on like no other fandom I've ever been in. I have no doubt that the entire con will be up on YouTube by the time I finish typing this. I'll just hit the highlights. Meanwhile, try to find the YouTube vids of the main panel of the day. I really can't do it justice.

The original plan was for Jared and Misha to each do a half hour alone and to also do a half hour together. Creation kept telling us that Jensen wasn't scheduled to do a panel, but did anyone really think he was going to fly across the country just for autographs and photo ops? If nothing else, I didn't think he'd be able to resist the temptation to screw with Misha and/or Jared while they were on stage. I was right. :-)

Misha Collins )

Misha Collins and Jared Padalecki )

Misha Collins, Jared Padalecki, and Jensen Ackles )

Brock Kelly )

Shout-outs to [livejournal.com profile] agt_spooky, [livejournal.com profile] asyouleft, [livejournal.com profile] daneffew, [livejournal.com profile] seesmooshrun, [livejournal.com profile] zazreil, and Jeanne the LJ-less. It was nice to see you all again. Sorry if I gave any of you the plague.
the_other_sandy: Chicago skyline (Chicago)
So, you know how I said I wasn't going to be able to attend the con because I was sick? Well, Creation never got back to me about what would happen to my unused ticket, and several people told me that in their experience Creation would not give me a refund or exchange my ticket, so I skipped the first half of the con to sleep and ply myself with cold meds, and then my germs and I attended the second half of the con. Deepest apologies to anyone I gave the plague to. I would've stayed home if I could've gotten reimbursed somehow.

For those of you who have read my con reports before, this will not be one of my obsessively detailed ones. For one thing, I'm still sick. For another thing, Supernatural fandom exhaustively documents fandom goings on like no other fandom I've ever been in. I have no doubt that the entire con will be up on YouTube by the time I finish typing this.

That said, there won't be a Friday report (well, there was, but it was just me whining about being sick and not attending the con). Fortunately, I didn't miss much. I love Richard Speight, but I've seen him before. I'm not interested in Jason Manns, and Matt Cohen was doing a second panel today.

The first two guests of the day were Fredric Lehne and Aldis Hodge. I've seen them both before, so I skipped them in favor of some extra sleep and another dose of cold meds. The first panel I attended was for Matt Cohen.

Matt Cohen )

Travis Wester and A.J. Buckley )

Mark Sheppard )

Clif Kosterman )

This year was kind of a weird one for questions. There were a lot of people asking the same questions over and over again, and quite a few facepalm-inducing ones. It got to the point that if someone asked an interesting and intelligent question, the whole room would make sounds of appreciation and awe.

And just when I thought Adam Malin Gary Berman couldn't possibly get more annoying, he found a bell from somewhere (it sounded like a bicycle bell) and used it repeatedly during the auctions.
the_other_sandy: Chicago skyline (Chicago)
Sorry the report is late. I didn't get home until after midnight and my brain was fried. David Hewlett's autograph session lasted over 4 hours because he insisted on talking to everyone and personalizing every autograph even though Creation told him not to. I was #502 in line.

I had a convention first this weekend, which is saying something because I've been going to cons for 26 years. The button on my jeans separated into its 2 component parts during the first panel and fell off. Since I wasn't staying at the hotel (I only live about 25 minutes away) and had nothing else to change into, I had to hunt up a hotel maintenance man and borrow his pliers to put my pants back together. I'm sure that's a story that will be retold in the maintenance department for some time to come.

But on to the part you actually care about: the panels.

Joe Flanigan & David Hewlett )

Dan Shea )

Michael Shanks )

After Michael's panel, I waited 4 hours for David Hewlett's autograph. Michael started slightly after David and finished his whole line while David was on Row J. David was reading his personalizations out loud as he was signing, and it was like listening to a stand-up routine. I asked him how sorry he was that he'd ever introduced Joe to Twitter and he said he regretted it every second.

Then I went home and fell on my face and slept for 11 hours. I remember when I used to be able to do a whole con weekend on minimal sleep and food. Apparently I need to start acting my age.

Oh, and there won't be a report on Sunday because I only attended the con on Friday and Saturday.
the_other_sandy: Compass pointing north (Travel)
There weren't very many panels on offer Monday morning, so the BF and I headed straight for the art room where I got to wait in line for 45 minutes to find out I hadn't won anything in the art auction. Bummer. Then we made one more pass through the dealer room to make one more purchase before we headed out.

And so did the rest of the Midwest. I've never seen so much traffic on the way home! We couldn't even stop for gas before we left because there were lines at every pump of every gas station between the con hotel and the highway. Then it poured down rain for most of the trip, which only made traffic back up more. Our 4 1/2 hour drive home took nearly 7 hours. It would've been longer, but I couldn't take the parking lot that was the Borman anymore and bailed onto an alternate route I found a couple of years ago for just that purpose. At least the clouds and rain kept the BF and I from broiling to death on our way home because the AC in my car is broken.

The final tally on this year's purchases:

17 zines in 5 fandoms (2 Man from UNCLE, 7 Professionals, 5 Supernatural, 2 Stargate SG-1, and 1 Magnificent 7)

2 T-shirts (1 each for Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis)

2 baseball hats (1 each for Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis)

5 TV tie-in books (all Professionals)

1 button

2 key-chains (Bodie and Doyle from The Professionals, and John and Rodney from Stargate Atlantis)

1 magnet (Jack and Ianto from Torchwood)

Not a bad haul.

And now my flist is at skip=omg, so I guess I know what I'll be doing for the rest of the day.
the_other_sandy: Compass pointing north (Travel)
Today was the day where I wound up doing virtually none of the things I had originally planned to do. The day started off well enough with a Pros hurt/comfort panel. I came out of it with a list of stories to try, and I also ran back upstairs to one of the rooms that was having a big zine sale because I remembered seeing one of the zines that had been recced at the panel on sale there. So I now have yet another zine.

After that, I had intended to go to the John Barrowman panel followed by the Stargate rare pairings panel, but I somehow wound up at the Donald Strachey room party instead, where we watched the first movie, Third Man Out. Donald and Timothy are just so darned cute together.

Then I hit the art room a second time to fill out a ballot and place 2 bids. The items I bid on didn't make it to the auction, but that doesn't mean I wasn't outbid on them because I was the first bidder on both. I won't find out if I got them until tomorrow, because the line at the art room after the auction let out was still enormous at 11:00 p.m. I didn't want to wait in a line that long without knowing if I even needed to or not.

After a quick supply run and lunch, the BF and I went to the gen vid show. It was an hour and fifteen minutes long this year, which isn't as long as it used to be but was much longer than last year. I had to leave before the end of it for a Pros panel on where to find fic, vids, fan art, and whatnot on the Internet. That's the first time I've ever not watched the entire competition vid show.

Then I experienced panel fail. I intended to go to an A-Team panel, but the moderator didn't show up. I headed over to the Sherlock Holmes panel instead, but there was no place to sit, and everyone was talking at once so I couldn't make out what anyone was saying. So I decided to hit up the panel on TV remakes, but that room was totally empty. I tried to go through the dealer room again, but most of the dealers had left early for dinner. At that point, I just gave up and started reading.

After dinner, I watched a compilation of [livejournal.com profile] przed's older vids, followed by the second showing of the competition slash vids (sue me, I liked them). Then I went upstairs to meet the BF at [livejournal.com profile] jennetj's John Barrowman room party. It was already well underway when I got there, but I got to see a good chunk of one of his concert videos. Then [livejournal.com profile] jennetj offered up copies of any of her files to anyone who wanted them (that's what our supply run had been for--the BF and I both needed bigger flash drives).

And that is just about it for the con. We'll be stopping by the art room in the morning to see if I won anything or if someone won one of the BF's pieces, then passing through the dealer room one last time so I can say goodbye to all the things I didn't buy before we head home.

I just hope tomorrow isn't as hot as it has been the last couple of days, because the AC in my car died.
the_other_sandy: Compass pointing north (Travel)
The BF and I got to do a proper hall crawl today, which resulted in the acquisition (for me) of 2 Supernatural zines (new), 3 Pros zines (used), and 1 Man from UNCLE zine (used). There's still one person having a used zine sale that I haven't managed to catch in her room, so I'm going to try again tomorrow. Because it's not MediaWest if I haven't purchased my own weight in zines.

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the_other_sandy: Compass pointing north (Travel)
This con seems to get smaller every year. There's a lot more room in the aisles of the dealer room than usual, both because fewer people are crowding in there and because there are fewer tables.

The hotel is mostly broiling hot everywhere except the atrium, but at least they've moved a number of comfy couches in there and they're sitting under the AC vents. I will probably get to make good use of one of those couches at some point. I've been sick since a week ago Thursday and between my cold and my cold medicine, I tend to do a face plant in the late afternoon.

Today seems to have been the day for things to go wrong. They couldn't find my badge this morning because it turned out they'd put me down as a supporting membership instead of attending. Then I tried to buy some Stargate T-shirts from one of the vendors, but the credit card machine couldn't get a signal (I was the only person all day this happened to for her). Then I picked up my zine pre-orders from one of the vendors, and they'd given me 2 copies of one of the zines and no copies of another. Fortunately, all of it was pretty easily fixable, even if the T-shirt vendor had to take her credit card machine out to the registration area to get a signal.

So far, I've mostly bought zines (what a shock) and attended panels. The count so far includes 4 Pros zines, 3 Supernatural zines, 2 Stargate SG-1 zines, 1 Mag 7 zine, and 1 Man from UNCLE zine. I also bought a button (FANOSAUR--been there, done that, bought the zine). And [livejournal.com profile] jennetj was kind enough to bring me 2 big binders of Pros circuit fic to borrow.

The first panel I attended was on House and whether or not the show had succeeded in ruining all the characters. I seemed to be the complete opposite of everyone else in regard to which characters I liked and didn't like. Sorry, House fans, but it wasn't the end of the world (or the show) for me when Cameron left.

After that was a grammar panel on words commonly used incorrectly. It was nice to let loose (with two 'o's, not 'lose' with one 'o') my inner grammar nazi for awhile.

Then I went to a panel on obscure, short-lived TV shows. Most of the ones mentioned were from before my time and that have not seen much (if any) syndication, but it was nice to know someone besides me remembers Adderly and Probe.

I finished up with my first ever Pros panel on the action aspects of the show.

The BF and I were going to do a hall crawl tonight, but there didn't seem to be very many people ready to open their doors yet and not very many of them were decorated, so we decided to call it an early night (we both had to get up before the crack of dawn to make it here by noon).

Hopefully, there will be more people here tomorrow.

C2E2 2010

Apr. 18th, 2010 05:37 pm
the_other_sandy: Chicago skyline (Chicago)
This weekend was the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo. I hadn't really planned to go, but the con organizers offered professional passes to librarians, so Friday was free and a weekend pass was only $10. Good thing too. For a con that big, there really wasn't that much to do outside the dealer room. There weren't very many panels compared to other cons I've been to, and the stuff showing in the vid room was mostly nothing new or hard to come by. I got to go through the dealer room during professional-only hours before it opened to the public on Friday, so I got all my shopping out of the way early. (I miss you, Pegasus Publishing! Please come back to MediaWest!) Then I went to the 2 panels that interested me and called it a day.

All the walking did my feet no favors. I went hiking on Mt. Charleston with my dad a couple of years ago, and the trail was so long and steep that I actually managed to rearrange some bones in my feet on the downhill return. The chiropractor has been shoving them back into place and trying to keep them there ever since, but I think I just undid all his work. I haven't been able to walk on anything other than my super-spongy bedroom slippers since. Which sucks, because I need to go grocery shopping.

And because I can't seem to go to conventions anymore without running into people I know, I got to spend some time with [livejournal.com profile] asyouleft and [livejournal.com profile] loves_bitch. I also ran into one of my coworkers, who latched onto me like a limpet and prevented the rest of us from fangirling Supernatural by constantly interrupting us and not going away.

I was bored enough on Friday that I skipped the rest of the weekend. I think this is one con I can safely write off my future schedule.
the_other_sandy: Chicago skyline (Chicago)
Today was the last day of the con. Boo.

It started off with a spoiler panel, which I skipped because I didn't want to be spoiled for the end of the season. After that, prizes were handed out for the scavenger hunt and the annual raffle. The big raffle prizes were an autographed picture of Jared, and a book of Jerry Wanek's set designs that was given out as a cast/crew gift, neither of which I won. However, I did win a very nice Jensen & Jared mouse pad, which my John Sheppard mouse pad says I can't hang out with unless it's there too. That was followed by the Reader's Digest Condensed Version of Supernatural, consisting of one important scene from every aired episode to date edited together in order.

After lunch, we were supposed to get the world premiere of the newest Plastic!Winchester Theater episode, but [livejournal.com profile] ant3ka suffered technical difficulties with the file so we couldn't watch it. This actually worked out okay because we were running about an hour behind and that put us back on schedule. We ended with speculation about how we thought the season was going to end and what we thought was going to happen in season 6.

We also posed for the annual group photo. Usually we just take one or two with everyone smiling, but after we took the smiley photos, someone wanted a really serious 'we're about to go to our deaths' photo like the group shot Bobby took in "Abandon All Hope." That was going well until someone in the back said "platypus" and we all died laughing. It then took about 5 more attempts before we got a successful serious shot. People kept cracking up a nanosecond before the flash went off. I'm afraid we're not actually a very serious group. We also posed for a mock angsty 'weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth' photo, which turned out well if all the giggling from the people who saw it is anything to go by. The photos are supposed to be posted to [livejournal.com profile] winchestmidwest later, which I hope they are so I can snag them.

One thing to be said about a con this small is that you end up on a first name basis with everyone there. I'm going to miss seeing everybody when the show finally ends.

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