Well, this is it, I’m signing off until Saturday, making the long pilgrimage from central Ohio, driving through a huge freaking chunk of Indiana and then fighting the Chicagoland traffic up to the Wyndham O’Hare. This is my second visit to the Chicago con. Last year was a ground shaking event to say the least.
I’m sure many of you know of my experiences at my very first con this time last year in Chicago. Lord knows I’ve brought up the story enough. I still get teary thinking about it though. About how I went at the last minute while unemployed after snagging a Silver Ticket from an online friend. How I went to that con having NO idea that my blogging had actually been noticed. I was floored enough that so many people that I ran into in lines, in the bar, and in the ballroom had heard of my Blogcritics column. I had NO FREAKING IDEA Jensen and Jared knew about it too. I certainly didn’t know that a crazy idea of mine to have them sign a copy of my very first Supernatural article ended up being a mind-blowing event when Jensen recognized it and told me he read it to people in his trailer. How he passed it to Jared personally and he remembered it too. How both stopped their power signing to actually smile at me and show appreciation. How security whisked me away pretty quick for stopping the flow but I was too shell shocked to notice. About how I don’t even remember driving through Indiana the next day.
Yep, it was all downhill from there. (Just kidding!). No, my fan experiences continue to amaze me. I love this show, I love the fans (yes honestly!), and starting this site has been the greatest thing I’ve ever done. Between the growing success of this site, Chicago con last year, Cherry Hill con in March, Comic Con in July and my continuing great relations with Warner Brothers, I have had more incredible fan experiences than most could ever hope for. I’m happy and feel blessed for all I’ve gotten. I was determined to go back to Chicago this year not as a Gold ticket or a Silver ticket holder but someone in General Admission, watching other fans get their chance at having the great experiences I’ve had. I have no photo-ops (actually I’ve never had one, I hate being photographed), no autographs, no VIP passes, no nothing. I’m going as the average fan in the cheap seats.
At Creation cons, access goes to the highest bidder. Chances are my name won’t score me a Jared or Jensen interview, or any interview for that matter. I go as an observer of a fandom, plus I’m getting away from an uninspiring job (that’s ending soon) and the screaming kids for a fun weekend away. I have no idea what I’m going to experience, but then again, I went with that mindset last year. Who knows what will happen? I’m looking forward to putting several Internet names with the faces and that alone makes that boring drive through Indiana worth it.
Have a great weekend everyone, and I imagine reports will start trickling in Saturday. For the three of you that don’t remember my Chicago con reports from last year, here are the links. The Jensen and Jared story is on day three.