What a marathon weekend this has been. I’ve gone to Fan Expo before in the past but only for one day, either on Friday or Sunday. Never have I tackled 3 out of the 4 days of this event but as I mentioned last week, I bought a 4-day pass in the hopes of catching some of Sam’s appearances. Be forewarned this is a doozy of a post.. lots of recapping with pics and videos and some swag giveaway!
I took so many photos of everyone’s costumes that it was easier to just upload them into an album.. so if you want to see the fantastic characters that I saw this weekend, click on over to here!
As soon as work let out at 1pm, my office friend and I zoomed down to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre to maximize our expo-time. Met up with Angel (Mermaid Vision Books) and Meg (Coffee and Wizards) for a bit and just wandered the vendor floor for the afternoon. Definitely my favourite part was going through the Artist Alley section. So many very very talented people with amazing works of art. My friend left in the late afternoon and Meg, Angel & I went to go line up for the Canadian exclusive pre-screening of JJ Abrams’ new show Revolution. Check out my recap on the show & preview screening over on Paper Droids! (My first contribution to the awesome site!)
Here’s a small clip of Billy Burke, who made a surprise appearance before the screening of the pilot episode!
Saturday was going to be a doozy of a day and, to be honest, I was dreading it. If there wasn’t so many things I wanted to see that were scheduled for Saturday I would have avoided this at all costs. It’s notorious for being the busiest and craziest day out of the 4 and I was worried about getting in in time for my photo-op with Gillian Anderson. Bright and early, got there just after 9am and the line-up was already down the block. Befriended a few pals in front of me which made the wait definitely better, and when I finally got in I met up with Meg & Angel (who had been lining up since 7:30am!) and then Christa (Hooked on Books) before making my way to the already-growing photo-op line. Kudos to the team running the photo-op line though.. huge line but whipped through all of them so quickly. I was so excited to meet Gillian Anderson and when it was my turn, I said to her how it’s so nice to meet her, took the picture, thanked her. Super fast, but what struck me was how she locked eyes with everyone. She even mentions it in her Q&A on Sunday, about how it’s nice looking into the eyes of all her fans and I absolutely love that. It wasn’t a quick bam-bam-bam photoshoot picture, but she took the time to look at every one that was coming through and acknowledging her fans. That small gesture leaves such a long-lasting impression.
After picking up my photo, I ran to get in line for the Nelsan Ellis Q&A panel (*sigh* … minus Sam :(). Nelsan Ellis (and as I learned, it’s pronounced Nel-SAHN) was hilarious in his Q&A.
“If I’m funny, it’s purely accidental. I don’t think I’m funny… I think I’m funny looking…”
Nelsan talked about finding out that Lafayette survives past season 1 (Watch the video of that moment here) and how he auditioned for the role at least 3-4 times, with the casting director telling him he sucked because he was playing Lafayette too much like a drag queen. In the end, the persona of Lafayette is based off his mom who was part sensual and part tomboy. He spills the beans that Alexander (Eric) and Ryan (Jason) are the biggest pranksters and if Lafayette were to have a threesome, it’d be with Arlene and Alcide! He teases that the finale of this season will see a lot of people die and that he has let himself get a little out of shape because he doesn’t want to get naked like many of his costars have. After some more questions from the audience (including an awkward request to reenact a scene by a “not a bunny”),
Once that panel was over, I was planning to hit up the James Marsters one, but there seemed to be a line-up pile-up outside that room with people lining up for both Alan Tudyk and the Buffy/Angel duo. It was too chaotic and in the end I just decided to try and find the girls and somewhere to charge my phone. After some mishaps with lack of signal, Angel finally found me and we hung out for a bit more before I was going to head to the writing panel about developing paranormal characters in the wake of Twilight and True Blood establishing so much lore already. As I sat there, I noticed the line starting to form quickly for The X-Files‘ William B Davis, so I opted to go wait in that line instead.
“The Truth is Out there… But Where?” panel was pretty interesting. William B. Davis is a self-proclaimed skeptic and he discusses what it was like to work on The X-Files being such a skeptic, and jokes how he thought the show would never amount to anything. [WATCH VIDEO] For a character that never spoke on the show, he’s got quite an eloquent way of speaking. While at times it seemed a bit on the cusp of a debate among the crowd with the Q&A, it was interesting to hear him speak about stuff this skeptic does believe in. It was a bit frustrating for those on his left, as he took every single question from the right side. I would have wanted to ask him what he thought of the paranormal investigators that use science to prove or disprove those mysterious claims. Davis quoted that “extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence”, so I would have wanted to hear what he had to say about those like Ghost Hunters who do use science and do approach that field as a skeptic, to a certain extent.
After the long day I had on Saturday, I was half-debating whether to go on Sunday at all. But Jenn (Lost in a Great Book) has been raving about the new show Arrow, and the screening for it was at 10:30am so my curiosity was piqued and dragged myself up and out of the house again. Boy am I glad I did. While I thought Revolution was pretty good, intriguing with potential, Arrow completely blew me away. I’ll write up a further recap/review closer to the October premiere but WOW. Guys, this is a MUST WATCH for the Fall season. It’s action-packed, funny, great cast.
Wandered a bit after the Q&A but Angel texted that the line-up for Gillian Anderson’s Q&A was already starting so I decided to park myself over there. Now, this is one of the biggest learnings I had from this weekend… I wasn’t keen on going by myself at first but it’s moments like this that I have been happy to be by myself. Only one single seat to find and people often don’t sit right up next to another so in both instances on Sunday, I managed to get great seats. Gillian Anderson’s Q&A? I was 3 rows back, 2nd seat in on the side. Win.
Looking gorgeous and radiant (which she attributes to yoga, when asked), Gillian graciously answered a whole slew of questions ranging from her character on the show and being a great female role model to her life now. Right off the top of the panel Gillian was asked about whether she was a shipper (how appropriately timed with my Swoon Worthy Sundays post yesterday!) . It was hilarious how she was so confused about the terms “shipper” and “NoRoMo”. She says she recently met with Chris Carter (creator of X-Files) and it’s looking good on their end for a 3rd movie! When asked what music she most attributes to her time on The X-Files, Gillian laughs infectiously as she tries to remember what song it was that she loved and blasted in her car all the time back then.
After doing one more loop around the vendor floor and getting my X-Files DVD signed by William B Davis, I decided to call it a day.
What I’ve learned from this marathon weekend?
- Not so bad going alone… easier to find good single seats in the panels!
- Don’t be self-conscious wearing a costume. I just had my Slytherin tie and felt less out of place instantly!
- Sundays are definitely the way to go. The most calm and relaxing day out of the three.
- Us geeks are so friendly and rule-abiding.. everyone was courteous, considerate and followed the crazy confusing mess of lines by not butting
Time for some swag giveaways!
I grabbed a bunch of things to share with my lovely blog readers so enter for one, some, or all!
(There is a different “Leave a blog comment” question to each giveaway)
Prize #1 & 2
- First winner drawn will win a set of 7 Once Upon a Time buttons
- Second winner drawn will win a set of 6 Once Upon a Time buttons (I thought I got a whole 2nd set but missed Red Riding Hood)
- Open to Canada and US
Prize #3 & 4
- First winner drawn: An EB Games/Halo messenger bag + iTunes download card for three free episodes of Dr. Who
- Second winner drawn: A reusable tote with Walking Dead on one side and Spartacus on the other + iTunes download card for three free episodes of Dr. Who
- Open to Canadian residents ONLY
- An 11×17 Big Bang Theory poster + a glow in the dark Revolution poster
- Open to Canada and US
- NOTE: Posters will be shipped folded in half, but fortified so it won’t bend or crinkle.
Good luck and I hope you enjoyed my recap of Just a Lil’ Lost… at Fan Expo 2012!