I went to Houston Comic Con today! I was worried because I kept seeing bad reports of it being an unorganized mess on Friday and Saturday. There was a little bit of confusion when we first got there, but it did seem to improve as the day went on.
The biggest thing to note is that I am a huge fan of Star Trek, and I actually got to meet some of the TNG cast, and get selfie pictures and an autograph. But somehow I am always left in a quandary when I have the opportunity to meet a celebrity. The reason is because before I meet them, they exit in this magic place of my imagination with the foundation of the character(s) they've created. That somewhat gets dispelled at something like a comic con. You get in line, you pay money, you get a few brief moments to say hello, ask for an autograph or a photo, and then you are rushed along.
Now, I'm home, and for the last couple of weeks I have been going through the TNG series and rewatching them. I haven't seen them since I was teen. But now instead of being enamored with what I see on the screen, I'm thinking about my meetings with Brent Spiner and Marina Siritis today. (Sorry Michael Dorn. :( ) My magic has somewhat been dispelled. Marina was quite sweet with a very strong accent! For some reason I wasn't expecting that. She does have one on TNG but it seemed a bit more tamed, I guess. And then there is Brent Spiner. Of course he is incredibly different then his character Data. He cracked a few jokes while we were waiting in line. But I felt kind of brushed off when I went to get a picture with him. I was early in the line (like 3rd), and he started chatting up the girl that was volunteering for the event or whatever. Talking about her nose ring. He wasn't necessarily rude to me. I just really wanted the attention to be on me for that moment that I was standing in front/next to him.
While waiting in that line, I also happened to see Laura Vandervoort. A lot of people didn’t recognize her standing there. The TNG cast members and her had just posed for a picture and posted it on Twitter. I saw her walking away, and said hello. She smiled and then said “you should come see me in my line!” I told her I would. (By the way, I am also a Smallville fan. I have watched the series over many many times even after it ended. Ha ha.) After I was done with the TNG folks, I walked over to her line (she played Supergirl in Smallville, as well as Brainiac/Indigo on the new Supergirl show). There was only maybe one or two people in front of me. She was very nice. She spent a good amount of time talking with me. I told her about how I was excited when I first saw her on Smallville because her last name was the same as my mom’s maiden name, and I’d never seen anyone else with it. She just has an extra “o”. She asked where we were from, and said that she was Dutch. She had also said that she’d never met anyone with the same last name as her until she filmed Smallville and then there happened to be three people living in that town with it.
I also told her that I’d seen her on Supergirl, and that I had thought she had done a great job on that. I asked her about the makeup, and if it was awkward. She said that from her eyebrows to the bottom of the back of her head was all prosthetic and she felt like she couldn’t act because her forehead couldn’t move. She also said that the blue make up was coming out of her eyes, ears, and nose for days afterwards. And that the process of putting it on was a 4 hour ordeal each day. I hadn’t realized that the hair on that was not hers! So, overall, I think my meeting with her went really and was probably my favorite. She really didn’t seem to mind having a conversation with me. :)
I just feel like it must be so awkward for them to meet all these people who want “a piece” of them. I was really wishing that I had something to give to them to let them know that I appreciate them and the work they do. So, if I ever do something like this again, I think I’m going to try and bring them something. Just something little. I don’t know what. Lol. But I think I really prefer to meet celebrities by chance quite honestly. No picture, no autograph. Just a happenstance meeting at a restaurant, or something, and “Oh, hello.” Which is what happened when I met Ivanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter movies).
So, one little more tidbit to add. I also happened to run into Vegas Spock. And considering my shirt, I couldn't leave without taking a picture. Heh heh. He was incredibly tall!!! He did ask for a small donation, which I didn't mind obliging. We all gotta make a living somehow, right? And if you can look that close to Spock? I'd go for it too. Ha.
I didn't really get to attend any of the panels. I didn't want to wait in line for them considering we were already going to wait in line for seeing people. My daughter wanted to see Alex Kingston because she is a Dr. Who fan. So, that is actually where we started first. She was very early in line, and had to wait a long time. But she was too nervous to get a picture with her! Then there's me, getting pictures left and right with people at 30 bucks a pop. I did get Marina's autograph. My first one. Like ever. ;)
It's taken a really REALLY freaking long time to get to this point. But I'm at the last stretch. One FINAL class to take this summer, and I will have a bachelor degree in arts, communication design!!!!
This last year has been a roller coaster. So many things happening with family, and the temptation to hold off. To put things off. But thanks to family and friends, and most of all my husband rooting for me and encouraging me to push through, I did it. I stuck with this semester which was the hardest ever. But I did it, and I'm incredibly happy with myself.
One of the accomplishments that I can talk about that happened this weekend, is that I had a piece of my design work as well as artwork in a student exhibit this semester. I also got one of my poems published, and I was invited to do poetry readings at two different events! I even got my mug in the newspaper.
Here's the newspaper link: https://www.victoriaadvocate.com/news/2016/apr/23/downtown-arts-series-to-feature-uhv-student-readin/_
I never really grew up.