BEST CON EVER!!!! And that is saying a lot…..
Alright….Let’s get down to business. First off, we decided early on that we weren’t going to even bother with attempting to see Robert Englund. Yes. I get that he’s Freddy from our nightmares, but a virtual queue is a headache and a half. People that did it unsuccessfully had a bad weekend; our decision of opting out of doing it might’ve saved our day.
Saturday is usually the busiest day of a 3-day convention, but it seemed as though the crowd wasn’t as crazy as it was back at HHW in March…I don’t know if that’s because only 3 Walking Dead stars attended this one or maybe because the line was for Englund above all else…Or because the prices are high (and getting ridiculously higher)….$50 for England will only get you an autograph (no posed pic & no personalized signature (what!?) )
My family and I might have made the most wonderful memories at this convention. Let’s just say that timing surprisingly was on our side. I can’t share every single moment on here because I don’t feel like writing a whole novel (tempting….tempting….nah). But I will happily share my highlights of the event…..Okay….it’s pretty much a book.
-- 3rd time meeting Robert felt like the other two times….He’s an honorary member of our family…
We talked a lot about Black Asylum and just his directions of pursuing the entertainment biz from behind the camera. Fascinating & intelligent fella…& so wild & crazy! I had already met Free Signer SEAN CLARK and got a signed pic of him. My mom got one, too. Well, Robert took our signed pictures and signed ’em on the house…..My brother got a DVD signed. Robert took individual pics with my family……But before I even went over to chat with Robert….Not too long after, while I was trying to take a great picture with Sean, Robert ran to jump into my pic….*laughing* So, we said that we’d try, again, so I could have a pic with just Sean…..And Robert ran into our pic, again…..Man, he’s quick!…..Alright…One more time. We took another picture and Robert tried to get in that one, but didn’t make it in….It’s not that I didn’t want Robert in the picture….I just wanted a normal pic with Sean, since I’ve never taken one with the guy….We were all laughing…The crowd that was gathering around kept laughing at Robert for his successful “photo-bombing.”
We also got to attend a recently added A Nightmare on Elm Street 2
Q&A with ROBERT RUSLER & MARK PATTON….Mark is a great person….He had requested the people running HHW if he could go, then flew on a 15 hour plane ride just visit with his fans….Both guys had interesting, inappropriate stories about the horror flick….I won’t bore you with a word for word reenactment, but let’s just say those men can dance.
-- Always fun to be around. He was hard to catch, actually. He just wasn’t at his table when we were near it…..We waved at him earlier in the day but didn’t see him until the very end. He signed & chatted with us. We gave him compliments. He talked about his personal life; we discussed my mom’s health issues…..He was so concerned about her…
Sweet, sweet man.
DANA ASHBROOK -- This man is nice! & just happy to talk to fans….We mainly talked about Psych….Y’know, the episode I’m talking about, Psych-O’s..."Dual Spires." Plus, I learned things talking to him. He gave me encouraging advice. I didn’t take a pic with him, because I didn’t want to ask for a pic without buying his autograph. I’m not made of money…But it’s not like Dana cared that I didn’t buy anything from him…We got to have a real, no-money exchange conversation.
-- Dave from Titus
!!!! I expected him to be off-the-wall, but he’s actually such a kind gentleman. We talked a lot about his writing and directing Protocol X and got autographs from and pictures with him….Boy, he’s cute!…
..He gave me a poster to scan the code to access his content.
BARRY BOSTWICK -- If you had told me we were going to become best friends with Barry Bostwick, I would’ve said, “Yeah, right.”……But guess what?…..Yeah…That’s EXACTLY right! He wasn’t in the best location of the convention for people to find him, but it sorta out worked to our advantage. When we first saw him, we just started talking….And talking….and talking…My mom, brother, and I each bought autographs & got pictures with him ($30 for each autograph & $10 extra for a personal pic….But he’s Barry Bostwick, so he’s well worth it). I had him sign my first season of Spin City, which sparked a conversation about that….Then, I even got him to sign the disc with him on it….He was happy to do it. I just love Barry’s voice…..It’s so distinguished.
He read my shirt, which I had made for a certain guest (to be revealed coming up soon). And then we started talking about this other guest, because Barry had worked with him on a TV show……..We shared a lot of laughs….I talked with him about a web series he’s a part of called Research
. Then, I told him that my brother and I are aspiring filmmakers currently making web series…..Barry said something so grand that shocked us & made our day….
Indescribable. He is a pure inspiration.
More about Barry soon….
And now I must discuss my personal fave & the very first person we met that day……JAMIE KENNEDY!!!!!!!!!!! We waited the longest for Jamie, because we were early….an hour before the show started, in fact…..I was the first person in line for Jamie on Saturday, and I wasn’t giving up my spot for anything. When Jamie entered wearing his shades, I thought I was going to faint….I wasn’t nervous nervous, but my meeting Jamie is a big deal….Probably my biggest….So, I’d say I had some butterflies swirling around for sure. Way before I started admiring Thomas Jane (even before I started my fanship for Tim Roth & Charlie Sheen), I developed a huge crush on Jamie Kennedy….I was in Elementary school when The Jamie Kennedy Experiment first premiered. I fell in love with the show & let’s face it….I fell in love with Jamie…And I’ve never stopped lovin’ the guy behind so many disguise who made me realize that even a recognizable face can be hidden.
Yes, my flirting level was at a record high….But Jamie is such a flirt…What am I gonna do? Be rude and not flirt back?….. And the fact that he’s single only makes it better….*daydreaming*…..But back to the convention details….
I decorated a shirt in honor of Jamie (this is the one Barry read). My shirt says, “Jamie Kennedy’s X Marks The Spot On My Heart.” I came up with this phrase in May when I found out about Jamie attending HHW. Everyone loved this shirt. One of Jamie’s handlers kept telling people to look at it while we were awaiting Jamie’s arrival….A guy in line thought it was an awesome shirt….Jamie’s rep took a picture of it on his phone and sent it to Jamie to make his morning.
When Jamie saw it, he had the biggest smile on his face. He read my shirt and touched my shirt…..He was so impressed that I made it……..I was in Heaven. I gave Jamie a gift I had made specially for him….It’s a wooden X, painted green with personal messages written all over it….I worked hard on this baby, and Jamie could tell. He read the messages and kept holding the X….Jamie’s rep turned the moment into a photo shoot. He said that he could hang it in his house…Awww…..Then, he stood up and asked me for a hug…..Hugging Jamie…I can’t think of a better embrace.
He asked if I wanted to take a pic with him….Of course!….I sat down in the chair beside him and didn’t get up for the longest time. I just sat next to Jamie and enjoyed every second of it. And got my picture taken with Jamie by his rep. I had him sign my first season DVD box set of The Jamie Kennedy Experiment (what else?) and shared my thoughts about it. Still sitting next to him.
I told him that he had wished me a happy birthday last Sunday; he remembered doing so. He even recognized my name from Twitter & knows that my profile pic on there is a rose.
I couldn’t believe he remembered that.
Ready for my somewhat embarrassing moment? I asked if Jamie could give me a kiss. I meant on the cheek. He said he couldn’t but that I could give him a kiss. Alright….I X’d Jamie.
But before that, he said loudly enough for everyone standing around to hear, “She wants us to make out!” Cue laughter….Strangely, I didn’t feel my face turn red. Maybe because I was thinking “Mind reader” and not “Did he just say that?”
We talked some more. Yes, I held up the line. But in my defense, I was not about to rush the moment of my life I’ve been wanting to happen so badly and was finally experiencing.
My mom also wanted an autograph of & picture with Jamie. Yay! More JK time! More laughs. More bliss. We eventually left, and I walked away, smiling reliving it over and over.
BARRY BOSTWICK / JAMIE KENNEDY -- My mission was to reunite the two, which I never actually got to see happen or know if a reunion ever took place. By the time I saw Barry, I had already met Jamie….Barry didn’t know Jamie was there until I told him. Barry mentioned working on something with Jamie….I guessed right -- Ghost Whisperer. We chatted about that. Barry told me to tell Jamie he said “Hi”…..and that he wants to have him stop by. Wait?…..Did Barry just give me an excuse to visit with Jamie, again? Jackpot!
This interaction didn’t happen back-to-back, but I made sure the message would be received unless Jamie was super busy with other fans. Luckily, Jamie didn’t have a line when we just happened to be near his table. I told you; time was on our side. So, I went over to Jamie to talk, again. He said, “My friends are back.” (girlish hehe) I opened with wanting to discuss Granny, a Kickstarter movie starring Jamie that was just launched a day before. We discussed his involvement and the rewards….Some people started forming a line behind me. I didn’t want to take up too much time, but I still had a message to deliver on behalf of Barry.
I reminded Jamie of the show Ghost Whisper being the project they worked on together, but I couldn’t think of the specific episode. Neither could Jamie. So he looked it up on his phone. He even put the next paying fans on hold to solve this mystery. He figured it out. He remembered. Then, he told me how else he knew him. I’m learning a lot from these people. I said that Barry wanted to see him and that he should head over there if he got the chance…He told me to tell Barry that he said “Hi.” Wait….So now I would get to see Barry Bostwick, again? How awesome!
So, I relayed Jamie’s message to Barry. And brought up the other way Jamie knows him. We had a chat about that. Barry kept saying that he’d have to definitely try to visit with Jamie to catch up…..And he actually did try; I learned this during our third visit with Barry……But Jamie was taking a break at the time. I didn’t see Jamie at his table too often, so I guess he must’ve been busy elsewhere. But I can’t believe I got to have three conversations with Barry & two talks with Jamie. Now, you know why this con is the best ever….
But wait…….There’s more!
I had actually made a gift for a guest who was only going to be there ONE DAY ONLY!! It’s still amazing that he showed up, but because he’s so popular and expensive, I didn’t think it would be fair to spend most of the day, waiting in his long line and miss out on practically everyone else just to give him a gift. But we had reached the time where we had met the ones we wanted. So we went to see if he was still signing. 3 people confirmed he was. Great! Out to the car to retrieve the gift!
It was a long walk to make it to the room with the cast of The Walking Dead. I decided that I’d be willing to spend the $50 to get an autograph from STEVEN YEUN….By the time when we get down there, there’s no line, which isn’t a good sign. The volunteer at the door told us that Steven was done signing….My heart sank…..But that he was still in there….My heart rose…..We asked if we could visit him really quickly….She said, “No.” I said I didn’t need to get an autograph; I just needed to give Steven a gift…..She….let…us…in. She told us to let his people know we had permission…We headed all the way over there….And sure enough…..Steven is packing up, getting ready to leave.
The volunteers took a picture with him, then turned their attentions to us…They said that Steven was done for the day….We explained we had permission…..After confirmation from the woman who let us in, we got to approach Steven…He looked pleased to see us….I told him that I made him a gift….He was touched….I had made him a special case for his eyeglasses. I found out that his father prefers him to wear suits, so I made a fabric "suit case."
Steven LOVED it! He knew exactly what it was for and even placed his glasses inside it. Wow! Great moment! He hugged me; I kissed him.
My mom asked if we could take a picture with him…..So, with the guy who had the rule of No Posed Photos, we got a posed photo…. We left very satisfied. Yes! I came with 2 gifts and left with none having to be taken back with me. As we’re walking down the hall, Steven follows after and heads out...Phew! That was cutting it close!…..So, I got to be Jamie’s first fan for Saturday and Steven’s last.
If you made it this far in reading, THANK YOU!!! Consider this your last book of the summer….
If any of you have any convention stories you’d love to share….Even from many, many years ago….Post it; I’ll read it.
That’s right!….I’m pictured with Jamie on Jamie Kennedy's Facebook/Instagram accounts!!!