I’ve been to a few comic conventions in my time. I have done my fair share of gaming, both table top and electronic. And I am pretty good when it comes to cosplay. The first–and last–time that I stood in line to meet a celebrity, I was in high school. My mom brought my friends and I to the Tri-County Flea Market to meet one of the stars of All My Children, Jean LeClerc (Jeremy Hunter). I have stood in line to have books signed, though I did ditch the J. O’Barr autograph of my Crow graphic novel; line was too long.
Today, however, I lived a fangirl dream. I went to XCON with my neice, my daughter having backed out at the last minute.
The convention is held in Myrtle Beach. My mother lives in nearby Murrells Inlet. We make the 4hr drive down often. This week, we planned on helping her with some things that need doing around her home. It’s also a special weekend for us, in that 5/18 marks 20 years since my brother passed away, and 5/19 marks 17 years that I’ve been married. Unfortunately, my husband became swamped at work and couldn’t join us. I will see him Sunday, though, so no worries.
Anyhow, short story long, we went to XCON today. I will need to go back tomorrow because I didn’t see any of the vendors. Instead, we stood in a line for nearly 2hrs to meet cast members from the Walking Dead; Michael Rooker, Irone Singleton, and Travis Love. I began to sweat 30min in. At the 1hr point, I was so tense I began to become asthmatic and needed to use my inhaler. When I was 10 people away from Rooker, I began to tremble–I couldn’t type on my phone! And when it was finally my turn, I did the nervous laugh, start to cry combo. I was a hot mess!
Rooker: “You crying?”
Rooker: “How hard did you cry when I died?”
Me: “I’ve been crying since Cliffhanger.”
Rooker [comes over and pulls me into an embrace]: “Girl! You been crying a long time!”
He took a series of pictures with me and signed my boobs…er…shirt. After signing the second time (his manager called us back to the front of the line to have him resign the shirt more legibly) he had the cap for the sharpie in his mouth.
Me: “Thank you for taking the time to fix this.”
Rooker [removes cap, closes sharpie & hands it to me]: “You get the saliva.”
Me: [freaks out]
Irone came next. He hugged us. He asked to take a second picture so we could all be “cheek to cheek”. He personalized my shirt. He acknowledged having Re-Tweeted me; “I gave you a smiley face.” Sigh.
Travis was a surprise guest who was not listed on the web site. I shook his hand and congratulated him on making it to season 4. When I told him how far we drove to be there, he said, “Let’s make this right for you.” He signed my shirt. He took pictures with both of us. He was chatty and it was awesome.
I could seriously get used to con-hopping. These guys were such class acts. They treated each and every fan with respect and gave personal time and attention. Now more than ever, I’m stoked to be going to Ohio in September for Wizard World Con.