Saturdays can be tough at Fan Expo if you aren’t ready and prepared. Sue and I find that the real key to Saturdays is try to stay out of everyone’s way – stay off the floor as much as you can and enjoy the Q&As and photo ops.
Pick one thing you need and want to do that day, and count everything else as a bonus.
For us today, as well as our friends from France, Audrey and Marilyn, the one thing that HAD to be done is the Lost Girl panel with the show’s cast, Anna Silk, Ksenia Solo, Rick Howland, KC Collins, Kris Holden-Ried and Ksenia Solo. We scored our front row seats and then got to revel in the arrivals of fellow geeks and fans. We got to catch up with our friend Faenonymous, as well as meet fans from around Ontario, Canada and Stateside. It was a lot of fun!
The Q&A itself was fun, and introduced with a gag reel from Season 2. Last year, they were in a good-sized room on the 700 level, which they filled. This year, they put them in Hall G, the biggest event hall in the convention center, and they filled it to the rafters!
They delighted the crowd with their repartee, taking the mickey out of KC about being a ladies man, and taking pics of the crowd, and the sign Audrey and Marilyn had made for them.
It was a lot of fun, and you can tell that this group of actors really enjoy working together and have fostered this sense of family off-screen as well.
These are wonderful folks, who love their fans, and make as much time for them as they can.
Post panel, we slip over to the green room, for a chat and pics with the cast, as they meet and greet a couple of select fans. They spare us a few minutes, but we know they have to get ready for the enormous line forming in their autograph queue, so we clear out fairly quick.
From there, anything else we get that day is a bonus.
We jostle our way through crowds, chasing down interviews, including scoring one with our good friends Tim Doiron and April Mullen, along with the star of their new movie Dead Before Dawn 3D, Devon Bostick (Diary of a Wimpy Kid). This is Devon’s first convention, and he seems eager and excited for the day.
He is also deadpan funny, and a very good guy. He makes time for every single person who comes up to see him, and each one of them is delighted to see him.
The other thing I am hoping to see that day, as well as hit the autograph line, is the Continuum panel! Our previous guest Victor Webster, is joined by Eric Knudsen, Simon Barry and, oh man, Rachel Nichols (who is just as stunning in person)…
Sue and I get to say hi to Victor in person, and with the word that they’ve just been given a greenlight on season 2, hopes are rekindled, that perhaps we’ll be able to score a chat with Rachel as well.
We duck into a stream of photo-ops, Sue has one with the Boondock Saints – Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flannery, while I hold our spot for a pic with Alan Tudyk.
We introduce ourselves to him, and a short while later, when we’re in Gillian Anderson’s queue, he sees us, and says, hi, slaps me on the shoulder and tells me how good it was to meet us. It was a nice little moment, and really just added to all the cool things that were already happening that day.
We finish Gillian’s photo-op, and realize that this is it for the day for us.
Today, fans filled the convention center to capacity, and met some of their favorite celebrities, artists, and directors. We met some old friends, made some new ones, and at its heart that, to me is what these conventions are about. Finding those shared moments, with a new friend or Expo guest. It’s then, that the whole convention can be transcended from just an incredible weekend to an unforgettable weekend.
I also want to take this moment to sing the praises of the photography crew working for the Expo. Things got a little wacky this afternoon with the Boondock Saints photos, and they were taking longer than expected to get sorted, simply because they were taking the boys were taking their time with their fans.
Despite falling behind, within the hour, their schedule was back on track and the lines were moving smoothly, and quickly again.
I can’t give enough praise to them this year. Nice work!
Tomorrow is the final day…
So what do you have on the go?