Con time has come and gone. I am always left with regret. Regret for not buying tickets for the whole thing, and regret for not going to karaoke. Dammit, regret for not buying my tickets early enough. Lol! I some nosebleed seats. The whole adulting and responsibility thing always puts a damper on fun. There is also sadness, because this really is a blast for me. It’s this big Supernatural family reunion with all your favorite people and fellow fans that just get it.
I still made sure that I had fun, because Sunday was to be a special day for Supernatural fans. Our gracious host Richard Speight Jr. said it best. It was Father’s Day Sunday. That Sunday was to be the first ever appearance by Mr. Jeffrey Dean Morgan (JDM) who played our boys’ father, John Winchester. This was back in the early days of the show at a time when the thought of another ten years of a television show was pretty damn unthinkable. He was the first treat of the roster that day, and he pleased the fans as much as the fans pleased him.
JDM began his hour with a standing ovation and a declaration of wonderment of why it took him so long to join the convention band wagon. He answered questions graciously and enthusiastically. He even happily performed the odd request of reading a romance novel excerpt. That was some entertainment, I dare say. The house band even offered a little mood music, which really set the serious tone. JDM talked a lot about his life since Supernatural and his current projects. Most importantly he stuck to his desire to return to Supernatural, but added a new stipulation. He wanted to be there for an episode that Jensen Ackles had to direct. Who knows maybe it will happen someday. For a man that was only in maybe eight episodes, some of those the briefest of cameos, he sure has a soft spot for the show and his fellow actors Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki. It not only touched my heartstrings to hear him refer to Jensen and Jared as his boys, but the rest of the fans alike as well.
Being the oblivious person that I am pretty much most of the time, I was too intent on JDM to really laser focus in on the happenings around me. I did notice a group of people walk past and clocked the black sports jackets long enough to process that they were security. I just dismissed it thinking they were heading to throw some poor soul out on their ass, but no they were escorting Jensen and Jared to the stage to crash JDM’s panel. I had to laugh at this because, I honestly didn’t even see Jared. He was wearing a white sock hat and is freakishly tall enough to make that eye catching in a mass of black clad security guards. Didn’t even see him.
It was cute to see our boys interact with their television father. They were joking around with the familiarity of longtime friends, which was great to see. One of the most epic moments of the evening happened during the transition between JDM’s panel and the boys’ panel. Jensen called up Samantha Smith, who plays their mother, Mary Winchester, to the stage so that they could have a real Winchester family reunion. They even posed for an awkward family photo that I was sadly unable to get a picture of. It was still pretty fantastic though, and for a Supernatural fan, damn near religious.
Of course then it was Jensen and Jared’s panel, which went as well as it always does. Horseplay, joking, and wacky antics that pretty much only get them through maybe four total questions in an hour. I’m exaggerating, but I have seen it happen before. Not that we fans don’t love every bit of it. They told fun stories about their kids, awkward guilty pleasure moments in music, the hilarious time they got confused as a gay couple when they needed a hotel room to catch some zzz’s before their flight, you know the usual topics. One answer that I personally found interesting was Jared and Jensen talking about their own paranormal experiences. They have probably been asked about their own paranormal experiences a lot over the years, but this is the first I have heard them talk about it anywhere. True it was in the usual nonchalant, joking fashion that they both have become known for, but still relevant. Jared had an unusual romantic getaway to a hotel with his wife that left him laying down some ground rules with an unknown and potential entity. Jensen talked about the first house he bought and the ground rules he also laid down after his friendly Casper decided to open and close his front door. They ended their hour with a show of their hula-hooping skills, with all the hilarity and dignity they could muster. Jensen even came out and helped sing a cover of Your Love by The Outfield.
The last panel of the evening was for Tahmoh Penikett. I may have not jumped into the world of Battlestar Galatica yet, but I loved him in Dollhouse. BSG is on the to do list. I promise. When he showed up on Supernatural, and his stay with that ending, I was pretty upset. I really enjoy him as an actor, and even thought his character could have gone a long way. I am hoping they bring him back, because I would love to see him, but I think he’s character needs a real second chance. Of course someone asked him what it was like to work with Joss Whedon, which would have been something I would have asked him. His love and admiration of Mr. Whedon just solidified why we fans loved Whedon so much. Once a part of the Whedon family, always a part of the Whedon family.
It was another great year! We bought some stuff from the vendor’s room. I bought the revised edition of The Essential Supernatural: On the Road with Dean and Sam Winchester. This is a very fantastic book filled with all sorts of facts and mementos. My friend bought us a water tumbler as well as an adorable little handmade bag for herself from The Subtle Geek. I got to meet some new friends. Shout out to Michele and Chelsea. I also made time to share this fantastic Strawberry Shortcake made with a biscuit. I know, random, but it was so damn good.