I think the great thing about Supernatural Con is that it kind of bridges the gap between the celebrities and the fans. There were so many chances to interact with the stars of the show, whether you were asking questions at the Q&A panels, meeting them during autograph sessions or photo ops, dancing on stage at karaoke or even just bumping into them accidentally on the elevator, it was like the stars were your friends. Supernatural fans are a different breed of fans. Yes, there was lots of crying, overwhelming feelings, and squeals, but when people talk about Supernatural, stars included, there’s a sense of familiarity, which is why #SPNFamily is a popular hashtag for all Supernatural lovers to use.
All of that said, my first Supernatural Con was crazy awesome! I say “first” because I would love to go back and experience the whole thing all over again. It was incredible, and I was sad to see it come to an end.
Jon and I drove about four hours from Shreveport to Houston to go to the event, and we went to pre-register as soon as we got there. We browsed the booths and bought a few things. I really wanted to get the Supernatural Clue game, but I couldn’t afford to dish out $45 for it. Sad day.
|With the infamous Impala.|
|We had to take pics, of course.|
When we checked in to our hotel, we were starved, and the front desk agent told me about a Chinese place that delivered till 1 am! We took advantage and ate some sesame chicken before we crawled into bed.
I felt so many amazing emotions the first day. I fell in love with the hilarious Richard Speight Jr. (called Dick from here on out) and the adorable Rob Benedict. They vibed off of each other onstage, and there was so much ad lib and improv. The band that Rob heads up is called Louden Swain, and they were awesome! They even cracked a few jokes themselves.
|“Ma’am. Ma’am. Ma’am. Sir. Ma’am…”|
The first Q&A panel was with Gil McKinney. He played Dean and Sam’s grandfather, Henry Winchester, in the show. He is freaking adorable, and he was humbled to be loved by so many Supernatural fans even though he was only in two episodes. There was a girl who came up to ask him a question, and he recognized her by name from another convention. I thought that was so awesome, because it really showed how much he loves his fans!
The next Q&A panel was with Rob, who play Chuck and Carver in the series. I also knew him from the horribly amazing movie, Waiting. Rob was adorably hilarious. I just wanted to run onstage and hug him, which I did (kinda) later on, but more on that later.
The last Friday Q&A panel was with Kim Rhodes. who plays Sheriff Jody Mills. I also know her from The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. I had no idea how awesome she was. After her panel, I became obsessed. I love her so much. There are no words for how much. She’s just so honest, and she puts all of her cards out on the table for you. There’s no second-guessing. During her panel, she talked about funny things like being a dog trainer, random things like wanting to be a writer, and deeper things like being sober for six years and having a daughter with autism. She was such an inspiration and a joy to watch. When I go to another convention, I would love to have a meet and greet with her and just laugh with her (maybe with some wine).
After Kim’s panel, Jon and I went back to the hotel to charge our phones (and my camera) before we went out to eat. Being near the International Bush Airport, I thought there would be plenty of places to choose from, but that would be a negative ghost rider. There was nothing. We ended up finding a place right down the road called Gumbo Jeaux’s. Jon and I each had different kinds of burgers (mine was actually a creole chicken burger), and we chowed down on our food.
The last event of the night was the karaoke party. In order to sing, you had to sign up between 5:30 and 6:30 pm in the vendors area, and then they went through them and picked random ones. Some of the cast sang songs by themselves, like Gil McKinney who is super talented, Rob and the rest of Louden Swain sang a song, Sebastian Roche jumped onstage and sang a solo, and Gil and Rob also did a duet of “Faithfully” that was so good!
I had a drink from the bar that cost $10 and tasted disgusting. I don’t know how you can mess up a vodka, sprite, and cranberry, but they somehow managed to. I ended up getting picked to go onstage to sing “Baby Got Back” with two other girls. We all jammed out to it along with Rob, Gil, Kim, Sebastian, Dick, and Matt Cohen. When the song ended, Dick complimented me on my dancing, saying something along the lines of my dancing alone was reason enough for him to come out and do karaoke then he gave me a hug. Sebastian addressed me several times by name onstage both before and after the song, and he gave me a hug before I left the stage. Rob was standing by the stairs as I was leaving the stage, and he said I did awesome before giving me a hug. It all happened so fast! It was crazy awesome, and I still smile just thinking about it.
Friday was by far my favorite day of the entire weekend, which says a lot because my favorite character, Castiel, didn’t come until Saturday, and the stars of the show, Jensen and Jared, didn’t come until Sunday, but even so, Friday was the best day!
Stay tuned for posts about the rest of my Supernatural-filled weekend! You can also check out my Supernatural Con Day 1 highlight video on YouTube!
Have you ever been to a Con?