The kids and I went to Wizard World Raleigh two weeks ago, driving down late Saturday morning after Thomas's District Band evaluation. Right after we got back I had to dive into moving half the house into the POD to get ready for our renovations, which started last Monday. Along with tons of dust - hence the lack of posting on this blog.
Anyhoo - on to the interesting stuff...
We got to the convention about 3:30 - too late to catch any of the Saturday panels but just in time to see David Tennant escorted to the photo area. He smiled and waved to us. It made our day, to say the least...
So, I dragged them to back of the convention hall to get a couple of autographs. We barely got William Shatner's before he left, and then I had to convince Rachel to stay in line with me for Ian Sommerhalder. He was super cool. Really, some day when she's older she's going to appreciate this. But I'm keeping the autograph.
We had a photo op with Joel Hodgson, from MST3K. He was really nice and we tried to get his autograph several times but kept missing him. We did take a picture with this guy -
That was his Sunday sign. The reverse says "free shrugs."
We wandered around the hall and saw this dinosaur. My first thought was somebody really spent way too much time on a costume, but I later found out it was from a company. It took four people total to control this dinosaur.
And we ran into a Vashta Nerada....
Before the convention closed for the day we joined the crowd watching David Tennant signing autographs. We may have squealed a bit....
However, that was nothing compared to Sunday. We showed up about 1:15 minutes early for David's morning panel and joined the already substantial line. It did get us seats in the 7th row, right on the aisle. And the panel didn't disappoint.
There was even a K-9.
You can find several YouTube videos for this panel - mad Cow Boy and David's recording of a video message to Margaret were some of the highlights. I took tons of photos, since it's not always easy to see what you got -- or how in focus it is (as I learned from last year's AwesomeCon panel with Billie Piper).
They say never meet your heros, but David did not disappoint. In fact, he actually rose in our esteem, if that's even possible. I just can't say enough nice things about him. Not only was he personable and friendly, but he genuinely had a smile and was interested in everyone -- throughout the panel, several hours of photographs and an even longer time for autographs - pretty much the entire day.
As I mentioned in my last post, we gave him some Girl Scout cookies.
The day after we got home they announced both David and Billie would be at Wizard World Philadelphia in May. It took less than a minute to convince my husband, who'd missed out not only on this trip, but meeting Billie last spring at AwesomeCon. We're totally going. Possibly armed with more cookies.