Sorry guys, this post was supposed to be more in depth, but what can I say, life got a away from me and am seriously behind. So this will end up being just the basics.
Arrived nice and early so I could help Richard and the rest of the Indigo crew set up the table for the Expo. It was a lot of fun and I got to meet some fabulous staff from other Chapters/Indigo stores in the Calgary area. I helped out for about 4 hours, got to know my fellow staff and met some fascinating other people (Both customers and other booth owners)
|Me at our booth|
Once my time was up I took a quick peak around at the other booths and than headed out to wait in line for Peter Dinklage's autograph line.
|Jessica Rabbit -her booth was PACKED!|
|John Barrowman walking by|
|Most awkward looking photo EVER!|
Jake and I headed out pretty early to get in line for the Expo. I had no idea how crazy the line ups were. We were in line for almost 2 hours, just to get in the door. We did get to see hundreds of awesome costumes and chat with some great people, but I was a little stressed as I wanted to get in line for Nathan Fillion. By the time we finally made it inside, we knew we were out of luck for getting into his first signing.
|Jake dressed as Wash (from Firefly) - what a total good sport|
While we were figuring out what to do, Jake and I watched the lineup for John Barrowman. Each and every person came out of his line with a huge smile on their face and were almost skipping. After seeing that and what I had seen the day before, I went to go chat with him for a while. What a charming, sweet rogue this man was. The girls in front of me were shaking uncontrollably which was so sweet and delightful to watch. Barrowman was so sweet with her and tried to make her feel at ease. He made a deliciously naughty joke about the benefits of her shaking hands (just use your imagination and you will get it) but she was so nervous she didn't even get it. Than it was my chance to talk with him and we had a lovely (ok and slightly suggestive - yes I know he's gay, but I don't care - he's handsome and naughty and well lets face it I have as much chance with Nathan Fillion as I do with a gay man - it's fantasy people!) conversation. Got a signed copy of picture for Jenn (which I cannot believe I forgot to bring to New York with me)
|John Barrowman joking with nervous fan about the benefits of shaking hands (she was so nervous she didn't get it)|
|My boyfriend about to sign my copy of Naked Heat|
After that we rushed over to the photo op line for him and hello this was quite the nightmare as well. They had said that you could not line up till 20 minutes before the signing. As a girl who always follows the rules, this sucked. Everybody else had decided that that wasn't going to work for them and they lined up anyway and the volunteers decided that was fine. This ended up making almost last in line. Ah well, it still worked out as the picture will show you. Thank you Mr Fillion for making this plain, old Mommy feel beautiful. I will treasure this picture always! Whenever I feel blue or homesick I take a look at this picture and it always makes me smile.
|A female Loki and Thor - truly creative!|
|Ash from Evil Dead|
I was volunteering again at the Indigo booth so I didn't have to wait in line. Love working for you Indigo, especially after today! Helped out for a little bit until one of the volunteers mentioned that Nathan Fillion (and a bunch of other guests) were doing a special signing for the volunteers and booths. Richard, being the awesome manger he is, said go wait in line but than come back and help. I guess Fillion was a bit behind as he didn't make it in time. But hey it was 10 minutes before the door opened, so I am not really complaining. This time we chatted about his role in the next Percy Jackson movie (I also gave him a signed Rick Riordan book) and he signed a piece of artwork I had purchased the day before.
|Now I have some original artwork (and you are right Jeff wasn't impressed)|
Than it was back to work for a couple of hours, which was a total blast. Chelsea from my store was working today as well and she is a total blast to work with. I also respect her as she isn't full of shit like many managers. Thanks for all the information regarding video games and suitability for my 11 yr old Chelsea.
|Geeking out but it was for a good cause!|
|My purchases. Finally got a Jayne hat!|
|Me and Mitch Pileggi (thanks for being so sweet about the head thing!)|
Only had a few minutes so I dashed over at the last minute and got a photo op with John Barrowman. As mentioned earlier in the post, he was extremely charming, so I thought it would be fun to get a picture with him. Again, worth every penny. He made each and every fan feel like they had a connection to him. He was also hilarious and made each photo personalized. He actually directed everyone into different poses and seemed to be having a blast. I know you don't like girls that way, Mr Barrowman, but I think I am going to put you as #5 on my top #5 list anyway.
|John Barrowman (you charming rogue you) and myself (I'm supposed to be Xena)|
|Wil you are one cool dude - big respect for you|
|Pic #1 for Jake and Jesse: Pic #2 for Jenn|
Thanks Calgary Fan Expo for a glorious time that I will always remember. Probably will be back next year (and next time I am getting the VIP Pass)