Another quiet week, moving more towards a productive time. I spent the first part of the week dealing with the aftermath of Ad Astra (counting inventory, ordering more swag, doing my giveaway draw, etc.). It's always a bit of a bittersweet process for me. On the one hand, I really enjoy the conventions but it's always an effort to get myself organized afterwards so that I'm not scrambling at the last minute for the next one.
Then there was the big event this weekend: Ottawa's Comic Con. This is one of the highlights of my personal year: an opportunity to geek out and get the behind the scenes info from some of the actors from my favourite shows and movies. (Wish list: more writers at Comic Cons.)
|Gates McFadden: aka, Dr. Beverley Crusher from Star Trek: The Next Generation|
|John Billingsley, aka Dr. Phlox from Star Trek: Enterprise|
|John Cusack: do I really have to list everything off?|
|John Barrowman: aka Captain Jack Harkness from Doctor Who and Merlin from Arrow/Flash|
But in between the dirty jokes and salacious stories, there were also touching moments. Several people shared how John's openness helped them to come out of the closet as LGBTQ+. One girl began to cry and John brought her up on stage, telling her that he could understand her being emotional, but from now on, he didn't want her to cry any more when she was telling people who she was. "Never cry for who you are," he told her as he gave her a big hug and then prompted the audience for a round of applause.
He lead the entire audience in a sing-a-long of "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You", letting me cross "Sing with a Broadway Star" off my bucket list. His voice is amazing and he's still an impressive dancer (especially since he just turned 50). I'm still laughing to myself at some of his stories and if any of you have the chance to see him in person: do it. You will not regret it.
|Peter Capaldi: aka, Doctor Who.|
|Jenna Coleman, aka Clara Osmund and Alex Kingston, aka, River Song, both from Doctor Who.|
|Robin Lord Taylor, aka, Oswald Cobblepott, the Penguin, from Gotham|
|Alex Kingston, again. Because one hour was not enough.|
She also shared a great story about the importance of consent. She was doing a production of Much Ado About Nothing and at the end of the play, her character and another were supposed to share a very chaste kiss. However, her counterpart kept trying to stick his tongue down her throat. She told him that she didn't like it, and didn't think it was appropriate for the characters. He persisted. She told him that if he did it again, she was going to bite his tongue.
He did it again. So she bit his tongue. They did their final bows and she headed off to unwind at the pub. The next day, she noticed he was only having soup and asked him what was wrong. He replied that he'd just come back from the doctor and now had stitches in his tongue from where she'd bitten him. She said she knew she should apologize but instead felt rather satisfied at having stood her ground. She got much applause at the end of that story.
|Matthew Lewis, aka Neville Longbottom from Harry Potter.|
He went to audition and said that although he was hoping to be Harry, he just wanted to be a part of the film, even if it was only as someone in a crowd scene. Then, when he found out he was going to be Neville, he was really pleased. And as we found out more about Neville's role in the wizarding world, he was feeling pretty excited about the whole thing.
One thing I liked was how he talked about the importance of the audience. He said that the writers conceive of a story, the actors and other film people try to recreate it, but it's the audience that truly bring it to life. The audience and fans are the ones discussing it, thinking about it and making it into more than just a few hours of fantasy fun.
It was a lovely weekend, despite the poor weather, and I'm glad I got to go. I'm definitely looking forward to next year.