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 [ profile] agt_spooky, [ profile] asyouleft, [ profile] daneffew, [ profile] seesmooshrun, [ 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)
Last year, I was complaining that there were only 7 rows of general admission seating available on Sunday (Jensen & Jared's day). This year, there were only 4! And Creation oversold them like whoa. People were standing along the back and side walls because they literally had nowhere to sit. Creation staffers kept coming by and ordering them to sit down, and they kept explaining that they couldn't. After 3 or 4 rounds of this, Creation finally brought out extra chairs to place along the walls. I think the people who got them were lucky. I was crammed in so tightly that the only part of me I could move was my arms from the elbows down. It made taking notes entertaining. I could also only see about 2/3 of one projector screen. Thank goodness it was the side with Jared on it. ;-)

Jensen & Jared )

Julie McNiven )

Rob Benedict )

So that was my weekend. It was great amounts of fun.

And I haven't typed this much since I finished grad school.
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (J2)
I almost didn't get to go this year. I have bad luck with guest cancellations at Creation cons, and since the con hotels Creation regularly uses here are all within twenty minutes of my apartment, I always wait until I hear through the fannish grapevine that the actor(s) I want to see are actually in town and then buy a general admission pass at the door. Well this year, the Sunday general admission passes all sold out in advance (and no wonder--there were only seven rows of general admission seating!). Then on Friday afternoon, I got an email from a listmate on Yahoo!Groups who said the con might open up some Sunday general admission tickets, so I figured it wouldn't hurt to stop by the con hotel after work and see if that was true. It was! And so I got to go. Thanks, [ profile] leenys!

When I got in the car to drive over to the con hotel this morning, the song playing when the radio kicked on was "Thunderstruck" by AC/DC, which was the song used for the Impala retrospective at WinchestMidwest last August. It was immediately followed by a commercial for Jared, the jewelry store chain. Their tag line is "It can only be Jared." Every time I hear it, jewelry is the last thing I'm thinking of.

Jared's and Jensen's panels were preceded by an auction of things, both Supernatural and otherwise. Some of the vinyl banners that hung in the panel ballroom (with accompanying autograph ticket) went for over $500!

And then came the important part: the panels.

Jared )

Jared & Jensen )

Jensen )

And then it was over. And I was sad. 8-(

I'm going to miss these two together when they move on to other things in their hopefully long and successful careers.

the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Sam & Dean in Impala)
I just got back from Jensen and Jared's panels at the Creation con in Chicago. It was exactly what I'd hoped it would be like. The two of them are adorable individually, but together they achieve critical mass on adorableness.

I didn't even decide to go to the con until last night. I've had really bad luck with guests I want to see having to cancel at the last minute, so I waited until I heard on LJ and Yahoo!Groups that Jensen and Jared had actually arrived at the hotel before committing (I only live 10 minutes away from the con hotel). That meant I had to buy my ticket this morning at the door. When I got there at 7:45 a.m., the ticket line stretched down one hall, turned a corner, down another hall, turned a corner, down another hall, turned a corner, down another hall, turned a corner, then went 2/3 of the way up a flight of stairs. I was hoping to get to the front of the line before I retired, but I will say this about Creation--they have registration down to a science. I was out of the line with my wristband on within 20 minutes. \0/

The dealer room looked fairly big until you realized that most of the tables were selling the same things, namely Creation licensed merchandise. There was also some Steve Carlson merchandise (CDs and T-shirts) and some vendors selling things from other fandoms (Buffy, Angel, and Smallville, which are the other fandoms showcased at this con, but other fandoms too). I wasn't going to buy anything, but they debuted some new T-shirts this weekend that were actually nice for a change. I got one of Sam and one of Sam & Dean.

Fan songvids ran in the ballroom right before the Q&A, which I mostly didn't get to see because people kept milling about in the aisles. Gary Berman, one of the founders of Creation Entertainment, warmed up the crowd by asking if everybody had seen Jensen and Jared in the photo ops yet. "Are they even more beautiful in person? I'm attracted to them, in a very manly way." I'm creeped out by you, Gary, in a very fanly way. Gary is a little too 'circus ringmaster' for me.

And now for the part you actually care about: Jensen and Jared each did an individual Q&A for half an hour, followed by half an hour of both of them on stage together. They were giving each other crap right out of the gate.

Jensen )

Jared )

Jensen & Jared )

I really wanted to see Jared and Jensen on stage at the same time just once while the show was still in production and they were still close friends, and it was totally worth it. I had a great time.


the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Default)

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