5 Fandom Friday: Fandoms I Love But Didn’t Think I Would

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I’ve been MIA from blogging (again!) just due to personal circumstances and not having the time or energy to really write. So this is my attempt to get back at it, with a 5 Fandom Friday topic that once I saw, knew that it wouldn’t take that much effort to get to it. Thanks again to Megan (The Nerdy Girlie) and Kristin (Super Space Chick) for the ideas!

So this week’s Fandom Friday is all about the movies/shows/whatever I love but didn’t think I would.

1.) STAR WARS

Truth be told, I was late to the Star Wars game. My first foray into the SW universe was Episode I, and needless to say, SCARRED FOR LIFE. But before The Force Awakens came out, I was determined to watch the original trilogy. After I finally saw it, I totally got the appeal. The original films were amazing and so much fun to watch. Then TFA came out and I truly became a fan; not to the same level as a lot of people, mind you, but still a fan nonetheless.

2.) FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS

You know, this was one of those shows that I watched well after it ended and I kinda hate myself for watching it when it originally aired. When it first premiered, I didn’t watch because I legitimately thought it was all about football and football is the one sport that I seriously do not get. So I thought to myself, “Why the heck would I want to watch something about football when I don’t get it?” But years later, after hearing so much about the show, all the critical praise, and really falling in love with a lot of the actors who were on the show, I finally watched it and understood why so many people loved it.

3.) iZOMBIE

I never got into The Walking Dead, so zombies for me were an iffy subject matter. Hearing that this is a zombie show with case-of-the-week stuff, made me really unsure. And it’s not like I ever watched Veronica Mars either, to have a basis on how to judge Rob Thomas shows. So when I went to their first panel at SDCC, it was pretty much to see Robert Buckley (who I love from One Tree Hill), but they quickly won me over. I mean, I was still a little on the fence to how it would all play out in the long run, but it’s definitely one of my favourite shows now.

4.) ORPHAN BLACK

I hate to say this, as a Canadian, but Canada hasn’t had a great track record of creating truly awesome TV shows. Obviously it’s important for me to support Canadian content, but truth be told, Canadiam shows were never that great. The production values looked cheap, despite Canada being home to many TV and film shoots, and there was a lot that was super lame and cheesy. So when Orphan Black quietly debuted, I didn’t think much of it. Turns out, the show was totally up my alley, and it marked the first of many Canadian-made sci-fi shows in recent years to make an impact on US TV.

5.) HAMILTON

I never liked learning history. US history? HA! So when I first heard about Hamilton being a musical about a US founding father, I was like “Seriously?!” When it started picking up accolades and profuse praise from everybody, I decided to finally check out the music. All I have to say is that it is nothing short of genius, and I (like everybody else) completely fell in love with it.

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SDCC 2015 Wrap-Up – Day 2

Friday, day 2 of Comic-Con, is always filled with awesome stuff, especially on the TV side of things. It was an early start for my cousin and I, as we tried to go for WB signings – me for iZombie (so I could get best of both worlds and not feel bad about missing their panel later to go see Orphan Black) and her for The 100. The last time I tried to do autograph signings was my first year, when I was going for Nikita – didn’t get it then, but tried to remember what I learned 2 years ago for this year. Unfortunately for me, the iZombie wristbands were done about 10 minutes before I got to the front of the line, but still stayed to help out my cousin (she still got it without my help).

After the wristbands, immediately made my way to the Ballroom 20 line because I was worried about getting into the Marvel TV panel later on. When I got into line, it was surprisingly easy as B20 this year gave  letter cards to people in line just to give us an idea of where we were in line. As one of the staff said, they had 1500 cards, but B20 holds 4200 people so it was very likely that we were getting in. So once I got in, found a seat, I settled in for my long day in B20.

Inside The Big Bang Theory Writers' Room panel (L-R): EP Bill Prady, Mayim Bialik, EP Chuck Lorre, EP Steven Molaro, Kunal Nayyar

Inside The Big Bang Theory Writers’ Room panel
(L-R): EP Bill Prady, Mayim Bialik, EP Chuck Lorre, EP Steven Molaro, Kunal Nayyar

The first panel of the day was Inside The Big Bang Theory Writers’ Room. This panel, though officially doesn’t include the cast, has always had at least one of the cast members show up as a surprise guest in the past few years. This year saw Kunal Nayyar moderating the panel and then Mayim Bialik showed up as well! Though my interest in the show has sort of been waning, I thoroughly enjoyed the panel, which included the writers talking about how some stories are based from their own random experiences (like the drone episode) and discussing the logistics of past/present/future tense when talking about time travel (in one episode, the guys are shown arguing about Back to the Future’s timeline). There was also a small segment where the writers had come up with their own fan fiction involving Amy and Raj – pretty weird and hilarious.

Falling Skies panel

Falling Skies panel

Next was a bit of deja vu, as I found myself sitting through the Falling Skies and The 100 panels once again, just like last year. Nothing’s changed; panels were cool enough but nothing to make me want to watch the shows (especially The 100, as Falling Skies is wrapping up).

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The 100 panel

Minority Report was next. I was under the impression that we’d be getting the full pilot screening, but instead it was just the first 15 minutes or so. Better than nothing I suppose, but I wanted to see the whole thing! Anyways, the show takes place some 15 years after the film and follows Dash (Stark Sands), one of the Pre-Cog twins who can see crimes before they occur, as he uses his ability to help Detective Lara Vega (Meagan Good) prevent those crimes from happening. From what was shown, it looks very interesting. The future tech also looks really cool, probably even moreso than what they did on Almost Human. Not gonna lie, I was very amused (as always) at seeing Toronto act as Washington, D.C. (although the pilot was filmed here, the rest of the series will film in Vancouver).

Minority Report cast (L-R): Laura Regan, Wilmer Valderrama, Meagan Good, Stark Sands

Minority Report cast
(L-R): Laura Regan, Wilmer Valderrama, Meagan Good, Stark Sands

Then it was finally time for what I was waiting all day for: MARVEL TV with Agent Carter and Agents of SHIELD!!! Man, both of the panels were just SO MUCH FUN! There wasn’t actually very much in terms of new info for Agent Carter, except for the basic set-up for season 2. We know that Peggy is called to Hollywood for a case, and though they didn’t go into extreme detail, the writers did mention that it’ll be 1940s Hollywood around the time of the Black Dahlia murder. The SHIELD panel was a lot of joking around, which was expected since it was the entire cast and no writers/producers. It was pretty much them talking about their experiences last season and what they hope to see going forward. They also answered a lot of fan questions, which again, was pretty much expected because what else could they talk about, not knowing what’s actually ahead for their characters? Since the writers were unable to attend because they were hard at work, the panel ended off with a “sneak peak into the writers’ room,” as Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen are seen trying to come up with ideas for next season. The obviously not real footage showed an empty whiteboard on one side of the writers’ room. On the other side? A dartboard with them trying to decide who’s gonna die next season (HA!) There might also have been an appearance by an old castmember at the end of the video, asking the better question of who should come back next season.

Marvel TV panel with Agent Carter (L-R): EP Chris Dingess, EP Tara Butters, EP Michele Fazekas, James D'Arcy, Hayley Atwell

Marvel TV panel with Agent Carter
(L-R): EP Chris Dingess, EP Tara Butters, EP Michele Fazekas, James D’Arcy, Hayley Atwell

Marvel TV panel with Agents of SHIELD (L-R): Luke Mitchell, Henry Simmons, Nick Blood, Adrianne Palicki, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Clark Gregg

Marvel TV panel with Agents of SHIELD
(L-R): Luke Mitchell, Henry Simmons, Nick Blood, Adrianne Palicki, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Clark Gregg

As soon as the Marvel TV panel was done, I booked it right across sails to 6BCF because there was one other panel that I really wanted to see – Orphan Black. Before the Con, I was tasked with the decision of choosing between OB and iZombie, which were going to have panels at the exact same time (my only real conflict all weekend). After I didn’t get the signing, I went back to contemplating which panel I should see. In the end, seeing all the Twitter posts with the OB cast, I made the final decision to go see them instead. There was a wait to get into 6BCF, but it was maybe 15 minutes and I was in for Colony, the panel directly preceding OB. Colony is a new show that will air on USA from Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Ryan Condal; starring Josh Holloway, Sarah Wayne Callies, and Peter Jacobson. We were treated to a 10 minute preview and from the looks of it, it’s a future where “aliens” have invaded Earth (I think, I’m not entirely sure what was going on. What else do you expect from Cuse?)

Colony panel

Colony panel

Anyways, after that panel was done, it was time for Orphan Black! I always love seeing this cast together and so happy that despite the events that occurred during season 3, they still brought Dylan Bruce along for one last SDCC appearance. Plus, Retta moderated the panel! And we got their blooper reel (which was not long enough)! Some highlights included: more twerking from Kristian Bruun, Jordan Gavaris getting momentarily distracted by a service dog, and of course, Tatiana Maslany being cool/awesome Tatiana. I mean, I don’t know what to tell you – the Orphan Black cast is beyond awesome and I just want to be friends with them and hang out with them all the time.

Orphan Black panel (L-R): Moderator Retta, Tatiana Maslany, Jordan Gavaris, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Kristian Bruun, Ari Millen, Dylan Bruce, EP John Fawcett, EP Graeme Manson

Orphan Black panel
(L-R): Moderator Retta, Tatiana Maslany, Jordan Gavaris, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Kristian Bruun, Ari Millen, Dylan Bruce, EP John Fawcett, EP Graeme Manson

The moment when Jordan gets distracted from answering a question because he sees a service dog lol

The moment when Jordan gets distracted from answering a question because he sees a service dog lol

April Premieres to Look Forward to!

So it seems like April is becoming quite the month for premieres, whether it be season or series. Here’s what I’m looking forward to this month!

LIP SYNC BATTLE [Spike TV] (Apr. 2nd)

The popular segment featured on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon is now a TV show! LL Cool J hosts, with Chrissy Teigen as co-host/commentator. Each episode will feature two celebs doing their best lip sync on two songs. As evidenced by the preview above, it’ll feature props, costumes, and so much more shenanigans. In summary, it is going to be SO MUCH FUN!

OUTLANDER, Season 1 Part 2 [Starz] (Apr. 4th)

I wasn’t sure what to make of Outlander when it began late last summer. But with each passing episode, I found myself engrossed in the unfolding story, with Claire being stuck in the past, trying to find a way back to her husband, and yet all the while developing relationships in 1743. It’s been a brutal 6 months, but I can’t wait to see what happens next.

SALEM Season 2 [WGN America] (Apr. 5th)

It’s a bat-shit crazy show and I love it. Witchcraft, dark magic, possession, and a whole lot of other things that I didn’t think I’d like, and it all works somehow. Season 2 will be a full on witch war, as Lucy Lawless joins the cast!

DAREDEVIL [Netflix] (Apr. 10th)

I don’t know much about Matt Murdock/Daredevil beyond that terrible Ben Affleck movie (but hey, it brought together Ben & Jennifer Garner, so it’s something!), which is a lot more than I can say for pretty much any comic book entity. I am very much intrigued by this first show to come out of the Marvel/Netflix deal, though again that’s par for the course these days.

ORPHAN BLACK Season 3 [BBC America] (Apr. 18th)

It’s Project LEDA vs. Project CASTOR! After the events of the season 2 finale, we were left with the fact that there was a pack of male clones that exists. This season will delve further into that development, with Ari Millen taking on the four male clones that we know of at this point, and how our sestrahood must deal with these unexpected forces. SO excited to spend more time with Clone Club!!

5 Fandom Friday: Funko Pop Figures

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I wasn’t planning on doing this week’s Fandom 5, mainly because I have yet to start a collection of Funko POPs despite thinking that a lot of them are really cute. But there was an announcement earlier this week that made me change my mind. So though I don’t have any favourites at this very moment, there are some POP figures I really like and A LOT that will be coming out this year that I actually can’t wait to get my hands on.

1.) ORPHAN BLACK


There’s going to be OB Funko POPs?! Well I’m sold! Funko (via Nerdist) announced at the beginning of the week that they will be releasing POP versions of Sarah, Cosima, Allison, Helena, and Rachel sometime this month and I honestly can’t wait to get my collection started now! Though what is still missing from this collection is Felix, but there will come a time for that.

2.) FRIENDS

This was announced at the end of 2014, I believe. At the time, I thought this was going to be what started my collection because as a fan of the show, of course I want POP versions of Monica, Chandler, Rachel, Phoebe, Ross, and Joey! Funko just needs to tell me when exactly these are coming out.

3.) CINDERELLA

I’ve always loved Cinderella; loved the Disney cartoon as a kid. This March, Disney will be releasing a new live action/non-animated version of Cinderella, and with that, POP figures to go along with. Though I really do like the new Cinderella figure, I particularly like (and want) Gus Gus in the Glass Slipper – so damn adorable!

4.) Past Disney POPs

While looking through all the Funko POPs (of which there are A LOT), I came across a couple of old figures that I’m now going to be on the lookout for in stores, at Cons, or Amazon. There’s Lilo and Stitch, Boo from Monsters Inc, Thumper from Bambi, Mrs. Potts and Chip from Beauty and the Beast. SO MANY.

5.) Coming Soon or Non-Existent

Other POP figures that are coming out this year (according to PopVinyls) and that I can’t wait to see, are figures for: TV Arrow (there better be a Felicity Smoak figure!) and The Flash, Mulan, Saved by the Bell, Tangled, Clueless, and The Breakfast Club. But there are also figures I want to wish into existence. I’d love for there to be an Agent Carter POP. I remember seeing on Twitter last year someone made their own Agent May from SHIELD, and I SO want that to be a real thing. Of course I’d love to see Nikita, but that’s just wishful thinking. I feel like Sleepy Hollow figures will be just a matter of time, and that they will happen at some point. Oh and how are there no Harry Potter ones? (Or is that a legal thing?)

Soooo basically, by the looks of it, this is the year Funko begins to steal all my money. It was inevitable, but everything’s just so cute!

SDCC 2014 Wrap-Up

Can’t believe another Comic-Con has come and gone! Second year in the books! It sinceriously (yes, that’s a made up word. Thank Stephen Amell) just went by so quickly, I almost didn’t want to get this post going. But here we are, already reminiscing about what happened just days ago and looking forward to next year.

BEFORE THE CON

Last year, I did a crazy thing and went to the Justin Timberlake/Jay-Z concert in Toronto the night before SDCC, flew into San Diego the morning of and went straight into the madness. No such craziness this year. I flew in early Wednesday and gave myself time to just take it easy before the Con. Of course, me being well…me, I wanted to get more things into an already packed 5 days in SD. It is supposed to be a vacation after all! After my cousin and I went to Town & Country to pick up our badges (which was a surprisingly smooth process), we headed over to The Old Globe in Balboa Park to check out a performance of Othello, which starred Blair Underwood, Kristen Connelly, and Richard Thomas. The leads were great and I had wanted to visit Balboa Park anyways, but I admit I went to see Othello to support Noah Bean (in what would be a recurring theme of me seeing the former Nikita castmembers throughout the Con). The show itself was just fantastic and it was definitely nice to do something outside of Comic Con!

Othello at The Old Globe in Balboa Park! Had to go support Noah Bean and check out the rest of the wonderful cast!

Othello at The Old Globe in Balboa Park! Had to go support Noah Bean and check out the rest of the wonderful cast!

THURSDAY

So Thursday rolls around and my cousin and I had a game plan for the morning, which of course didn’t go EXACTLY as planned (timing was a small issue) but we made it work. It was an early morning as I went with my cousin to help her get the Guillermo Del Toro signing, but when they didn’t start doing the drawings at 9 as scheduled, I had to split (she still managed to get the signing). First was a quick trip down to the exhibit hall to check with BBC America if they were doing an Orphan Black signing (nope) and find out the Fox autograph schedule [FWIW, I really think Fox dropped the ball on how they handled the Con as a whole. What up with not revealing the full autograph schedule ahead of time?! And no appearance by the new Fantastic Four cast at the panel? Come on now.]

Behind the Music: Crime, Death and Resurrection panel with celebrity moderator Shane West! Panelists (L-R): Jeff Russo, James Levine, Daniel Licht, Steve Jablonsky, Brian Reitzell, Christopher Young

Behind the Music: Crime, Death and Resurrection panel with celebrity moderator Shane West! Panelists (L-R): Jeff Russo, James Levine, Daniel Licht, Steve Jablonsky, Brian Reitzell, Christopher Young

Shortly thereafter, I made my way to my first panel of the Con – Behind the Music: Crime, Death, and Resurrection. Being a music nerd myself, I was already interested in the panel when I first saw the schedule and then they announced the special celebrity moderator: Shane West! Just like that, the panel became a priority. The panel itself was very interesting, with all these composers talking about their inspirations, how they work, and their working relationships with different directors/producers. After the panel, I got up the nerve to go talk to/meet/get a picture with Shane, who honestly could not have been any nicer while I tried my damned hardest not to fangirl. Con trip was made on the very first day, and seriously it was gonna be tough to top that interaction. I mean 4 years of trying and failing miserably to find and meet the Nikita cast in/around Toronto and I FINALLY get to meet Shane – I was on cloud nine and you sinceriously could not wipe the grin off my face. With no other panel that REALLY interested us until later on (didn’t think we’d get into Community, the Paramount¬†Pictures panel didn’t seem entirely promising until we found out Nolan and McConaughey made a surprise appearance), we actually ended up doing a lot of our purchases. It was then onto the Witches of East End panel, a show I thoroughly enjoy and whose cast I absolutely adore (hi Jenna Dewan-Tatum, one of my favourite dancers-turned-actresses!) They actually treated us to a lengthy preview of an upcoming episode, so there were actual spoilers being teased. I think what I loved most about the panel was seeing the cast interaction, because it definitely seemed like they’ve become family. It was all very cute. It was then off to grab some food and head back to the hotel, and despite having every intention to go out to the Female Geek Bloggers meet-up then the NerdHQ party, I just crashed. I really wanted to meet the FGB community but the jetlag caught up to me; I’m deeply sorry I didn’t get to meet everyone!

Meeting Shane West after the Behind the Music panel?! AHHHH!!!! Comic-Con trip made!

Meeting Shane West after the Behind the Music panel?! AHHHH!!!! Comic-Con trip made!

Witches of East End panel L-R: Julia Ormond, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Rachel Boston, Madchen Amick, Daniel DiTomasso, Eric Winter

Witches of East End panel
L-R: Julia Ormond, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Rachel Boston, Madchen Amick, Daniel DiTomasso, Eric Winter

FRIDAY

Friday was actually pretty eventful. I found out Adam Baldwin was doing another NerdHQ panel (he did one on Thursday with his The Last Ship castmates), this time with writer Nathan Edmondson in the morning, so I went to see that. They were actually promoting a graphic novel they’ve been working on that’ll be released soon which will be cool, but of course, Adam got fielded with Chuck and Firefly questions as well. I was going to get my Nerd Machine shirts after the panel but checking the time and not knowing if I had enough of it, I sprinted over back to the convention center so I could catch the panel for iZombie, a new CW show based on a DC comic that is airing midseason. Got into the room as the previous panel was wrapping up and there was no line-up! Due to some small recasting, the full pilot didn’t end up getting shown here or on preview night, but they did show a fairly lengthy video which was basically the pilot in a nutshell, and hey, more time for Q&A! iZombie is executive produced by Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars) and stars Rose McIver (Tink from Once Upon a Time) as Liv, a med student now working at the city morgue so she can have access to brains that way she doesn’t have to kill…because she’s a zombie. The cast also includes Robert Buckley (Clay from One Tree Hill! Not gonna lie, I really wanted to see him), David Anders (Sark from Alias! He will always be Sark to me), Rahul Kohli, and Malcolm Goodwin. It sinceriously looks like a really fun show and I am actually really looking forward to it.

Adam Baldwin & Nathan Edmondson panel at NerdHQ

Adam Baldwin & Nathan Edmondson panel at NerdHQ

iZombie panel L-R: EP Rob Thomas, EP Diane Ruggiero-Wright, Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli, Robert Buckley, David Anders

iZombie panel
L-R: EP Rob Thomas, EP Diane Ruggiero-Wright, Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli, Robert Buckley, David Anders

My cousin braced the Hall H line this morning so she could check out the Game of Thrones panel, and because we weren’t going to make it to the Marvel TV panel if we wanted to get into our MUST SEE panel of the day (her 2nd b/c she got GoT) I headed on down back to the exhibit hall to take pictures of Hayley Atwell during the Agent Carter signing at the Marvel booth. I probably could’ve tried for the signing itself, but I had no idea how Marvel did the ticketing for it (at least I now know for next year though!) I have to say that the Marvel booth and how well they handle the hoardes of people and the signing were amazing. They were beyond efficient and even with Hayley taking pictures with fans, they let random people standing around the booth go for an autograph because they had gone through the initial people who had gotten tickets and still had time. I was so close to being one of those people, but not close enough. I didn’t seem as enthusiastic as everyone else around me I suppose. It’s okay, I managed to get some great shots of Hayley!

Hayley Atwell at the autograph signing for Agent Carter

Hayley Atwell at the autograph signing for Agent Carter

So before Comic-Con started, the four panels I was most looking forward to were Orphan Black, Arrow, Sleepy Hollow, and Salem; in a cruel turn of events, the first three were all scheduled for Friday…AT THE EXACT SAME TIME (technically, they overlapped within 15 minutes of each other). I had a huge decision to make: I figured OB was in too small of a room (6A really?) and as much as I wanted to see the entire Arrow cast, I missed Sleepy Hollow last year, so SH it was (John Freakin’ Noble and Lyndie Greenwood being on the panel certainly helped make the decision a little easier). Again, not really being sure as to how full 6BCF would get once the SH panel came around, I made a conscious decision to get into the room a good two panels before SH. Sat through the panels for The 100 and Falling Skies, two shows I don’t watch and though looks kind of interesting there wasn’t much of a draw for me to get pulled in. So the Sleepy Hollow panel! SO MUCH FUN! Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie with their facial expressions were my everything. Orlando Jones, ever the jokester. Katia Winter, so gorgeous. Lyndie, just being awesome. And oh yeah, did I mention JOHN FREAKIN’ NOBLE was on the panel? Just bears repeating. Tom Mison also promised he’d do his Heisenberg/Bryan Cranston impression at next year’s panel, so it’s out there, we have to hold him to it next year!

SLEEPY HOLLOW panel!!! L-R: Alex Kurtzman, Robert Orci, Mark Goffman, Heather Kadin, Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Orlando Jones, Katia Winter, Lyndie Greenwood, John Noble

SLEEPY HOLLOW panel!!!
L-R: Alex Kurtzman, Robert Orci, Mark Goffman, Heather Kadin, Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Orlando Jones, Katia Winter, Lyndie Greenwood, John Noble

Putting to good use what I learned at last year’s Con from my Nikita fan friend, after the panel I ran out to the hallway and kinda milled around waiting for the cast to come out and go over to the break room/holding station? across the hall. For the record, my cousin and I just wanted to get a close-up picture of the cast and say “Hi”; we’re incredibly respectful fans, almost to a fault (explains why I failed miserably to meet the Nikita cast all these years). Security was tight immediately after the panel but once they had gone to the other room, it wasn’t so bad. I mean Tom Mison walked out to greet a friend shortly thereafter like it was no big deal. Lyndie walked out, getting ready to leave and I managed to get in a “Hi Lyndie!” and “Go Toronto!” for which she then turned around, waved at me, and asked “You’re from Toronto?” I probably should’ve asked for a picture, but I knew she was on her way out, and there I go again being so nice and respectful. But hey! Two days at SDCC, two interactions with former Nikita castmembers! I’m HAPPY! Oh man, that hallway though after the Orphan Black panel let out? CRAZINESS! My cousin and I managed small interactions with Jordan Gavaris, Kristian Bruun, Dylan Bruce, and Maria Doyle Kennedy as they walked past: eye contact, waves, “Hi!”, complements, thank yous – literally seconds of interaction and you can tell how nice they are (seriously though, I made eye contact with Dylan Bruce and swooned lol). Trying to get a picture of Tatiana Maslany though? Impossible. There was like a mob around her. Even with us being in front of her, we were like running to get out of the way of the mob.

See? Tom Mison walked out of the holding room like it was nothing

See? Tom Mison walked out of the holding room like it was nothing

Tatiana Maslany however? I think the blurry picture says it all...

Tatiana Maslany however? I think the blurry picture says it all…

Jordan Gavaris and Kristian Bruun managed a selfie with a fan though!

Jordan Gavaris and Kristian Bruun managed a selfie with a fan though!

SATURDAY

Unfortunately, we didn’t have Saturday badges. The panels I was looking forward to (Salem, WB/DC TV, TV Guide Fan Favorites) and the signings I was hoping to try for or even just pass by and get a glimpse of (Agents of Shield, Avengers, Gotham, Sleepy Hollow, Salem, Arrow) weren’t gonna happen. But ya know what? We made the most of having no badge. Checking out some of the offsite stuff was pretty cool. All the Simpsons stuff was neat – sunscreen station? Free cotton candy? Games? Hells yeah! The Gotham zip line looked cool, and I was gonna suck it up and do it despite being scared of heights, but I saw how fast people were going and completely chickened out. It was then over to NerdHQ, just to check things out and get some merch before the Orphan Black panel. Oh yeah, did I mention I got completely lucky and scored tickets for the OB NerdHQ panel? SO EXCITED and SO MUCH FUN! Funny thing, while waiting and hanging out at NerdHQ, my cousin and I were sitting in the stands and noticed the area where the celebs were coming in and out, before/after their panels. Basically, we were trying to do our best spy work and being paparazzi ahaha. Also, we just wanted to stick around in hopes of getting in on the Smiles for Smiles. We correctly assumed that there wouldn’t be one for the OB cast (Tatiana definitely wouldn’t have had time to do it, we were holding out hope for everybody else), but was wishfully thinking that whoever was doing the Badass Women panel would do pictures. As soon as my cousin got the notification (which she didn’t even read, just saw that it said “Smiles”), she was like “Let’s go!” and we got in line not knowing who we were gonna get pictures with. Turns out it was Missy Peregrym (-Levi?), Retta, and Yvonne Strahovski! I’ve met Missy and Retta before, so not that I wasn’t excited to meet them again, but omigod Yvonne! I would’ve liked a tad bit more interaction with them (though maybe it was for the best, less time for me to get all awkward), but I understand the efficiency of keeping the line going. NerdHQ clearly knows how to handle photo ops.

Free cotton candy! Thanks FXX and The Simpsons!

Free cotton candy! Thanks FXX and The Simpsons!

Gotham zip-line. Yeah, I chickened out...

Gotham zip-line. Yeah, I chickened out…

ORPHAN BLACK panel at NerdHQ!! Love this cast so much!

ORPHAN BLACK panel at NerdHQ!! Love this cast so much!

Paparazzi shot of Jordan Gavaris heading backstage

Paparazzi shot of Jordan Gavaris heading backstage

SUNDAY

I spent another morning at NerdHQ, as I somehow managed to get a ticket for Stephen Amell’s panel. Things magically worked out, because despite that major Friday panel conflict, I still got to see a lot of my favourite celebs throughout the weekend. So yeah, sitting in a room for 45 minutes just listening to Stephen answer questions and be his charming self, was pretty much a great way to spend Sunday morning. Oh, and this is also where he made up “sinceriously,” which we’re all just gonna run with now because it’s funny. Before the panel, I made a prediction that if anyone was gonna do a Smiles for Smiles, it’d be Stephen, just because he’s super charitable, and it’s the type of thing that he’d do. And I was right! Bonus: it was only for people who were at the panel, so I didn’t even have to worry about missing the notification! Again the efficiency and swiftness of the whole thing led to minimal interaction, but I did manage a “Hi! Nice to see you again!” not that he’d remember me from FanExpo last year, but I just wanted to say it anyways. Ya know, like it’s no big deal.

Stephen Amell panel at NerdHQ

Stephen Amell panel at NerdHQ

So after all that NerdHQ goodness, I went back to the Convention Center to meet up with my cousin and our friends, and just kinda milled around the exhibit hall, making our final purchases. After going along with me to my Witches of East End panel on Thursday, it was only fair that I went along with my cousin to the Sons of Anarchy panel (even if Charlie Hunnam wasn’t there).

 

And just like that, another Comic-Con was in the books. I paced myself a little bit better than last year, but clearly I still have some work to do. I got to meet some of my favourite celebs, caught up with friends from last year, met some new friends, and most importantly, I had lots of fun. I still am really sorry that I didn’t make it to the FGB meet-up Thursday, but next year FOR SURE! (Or earlier, if there’s anyone around Toronto who wants to meet up or you L.A. folk because I know I’ve got an L.A trip in the works for early next year.) Thanks for putting up with my super long post. SDCC 2015, will be epic, I’m already sure of it!