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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Ben Tripp #SDCC

Can I admit I really don’t know how Ben Tripp got on my radar?   Somehow I knew the name. Somehow I knew I wanted his autograph.  Have I read his books or even know the title of one? No.

But he was on my radar and I was in line for his autograph. And I was in line to get a book signed.

He was seated with several another authors. Ben was cosplaying. To me he looked like a character from his book The Accidental Highwayman… a story set in the 18th century.  Or maybe he dresses like that normally.

As I stood in front of him, he thanked me for coming out. AND he gave me a free copy of the book The Accidental Highwayman. What more could I ask for?



Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Emmanuelle Vaugier #SDCC 2014

One of my favorite booths at SDCC is Holzheimer’s. The friendly staff, the celebs, and relaxed atmosphere make it a ’must see’ each ComicCon.

That last sentence sounds like a restaurant review. Sorry about that. The point?  I like the booth.

I was excited to see that Emmanuelle Vaugier from Lost Girl was going to sign there. I enjoy the show, I think the actress is stunningly beautiful, and if there is a chance I could chat with someone for a moment, it would be at this booth.

As I walked up, Emmanuelle was idly chatting with her handler.  The handler is someone I have a nodding acquaintance with.  We’ve bump into each other at dozens of conventions over the years.  She’s handling celebs and I want celebs’ autographs. We are bound to see each other often. We rarely exchange words as she is busy working and I’m busy collecting.

This day, the handler was a chatter Cathy.  As I said hello to Emmanuelle, the handler gave me a big hello back. We actually chatted for several minutes regarding other shows and celebs.  It was funny.  While I was enjoying getting to know the handler better, I also felt I was ignoring Emmanuelle, the main reason I was there.

After a couple of failed attempts to steer the conversation back to Lost Girl and Emmanuelle, I succeeded. As expected, I loved the time I got to spend with her and I verified she was just as gorgeous in person as on the show.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tera Patrick #SDCC 2014

Mom… Dad -put your fingers in your ears and start muttering nahnahnahnahnah for the next 15 minutes.

I walked down a random aisle of the SDCC expo floor on my way to somewhere. It’s far enough away from the corporate area that you can take real steps, not baby step or what I’m been calling the ‘ComicCon shuffle’, but real, let’s stretch the legs, steps. It’s nice. The din of the convention was low enough that you could actually hear other people’s conversations.  While the hum of the show isn’t gone it’s still relaxing. Through the relative quiet I hear the name: Tera Patrick.

I can honestly say I have never seen Tera Patrick in a movie.  While I know who she is, that is a testament of her fame and not my movie viewing habits. That is not a judgment on her, it’s just a statement.  As I was walking through this respite, the name rang a bell but since it was out of context, I wasn’t sure why I knew the name.

 I looked in the direction of the words and I saw a booth called Girls and Corpses. Huh, not my thing. I’m not sure whose thing this might be. And I doubt it’s a SDCC thing.

 I did notice a very pretty lady sitting at the booth and a few people crowded around her.  I will admit that a pretty lady will waylay me at times. Then the name struck home:  Porn star.

Mom and Dad – fingers still firmly planted in ears and still actively muttering nahnahnahnahnah?  Good.

With the recognition, I paused.  I figured what the hell.  My feet didn’t hurt too much and wherever I was going can wait a few minutes.

I got in the line. The booth was selling the issue of their magazine that Tera was in. She would sign it for $10.  BUT WAIT – There’s MORE!  For $10 more she also had some photos she would also sign.  I bought the magazine and a photo. I got one of her in a Punisher outfit but fully clothed.  I like cosplayers.  Yes, that is a rationalization.  She did have some more adult photos but I passed.

She was a sweetie. She thought I was ‘cute’ that I wanted the photo with her fully clothed. She offered to take a photo with me.  I begged off as I had been sweating like a pig all morning.  While I didn’t stink, my shirt was soaked.  She didn’t need that.  And we established, no one really wants to look at photos with me in them.

The magazine I passed off to a friend. While I’m sure he’s not into the magazine, he differently knows who Tear Patrick is.

MOM and Dad – the fingers can be removed and the muttering can stop. For now…


Monday, August 25, 2014

Sasha Roiz Lightspeed #SDCC 2014

As I mentioned, Lightspeed was having a lot of celebs at their booth. Since he wide and I watch Grimm,  I HAD (note the capitols) to get Sasha Roiz when he appeared.

For good or bad, Lightspeed is not very good at prompting their booth signings. The exception was last year and the X- Files guests and this year with a Doctor.  The rest, they just don’t get the word out effectively.  Their lost is my gain, as I can usually get in and out fairly quick.

Sasha was friendly and we chatted about the show and SDCC. Then I had to rush off for something else and said my good byes.



Thursday, August 21, 2014

Lara Parker #SDCC 2014

Have I told this before?

As a kid, my Mom watched Dark Shadows.  I was young enough to need a nap. I was old enough to refuse a nap.  As with any kid, it was the battle of sleeping and resting and just being quiet so Mom could do something.  That something was down time and maybe a chance to watch a little TV uninterrupted. 

Since it was probably too late in the day to nap anyway, I usually didn’t sleep. I do remember various shows on the TV. And with the enthrallment of TV, I would sneak out of the room and sit in the hallway passively watching what was showing. The show might be Julia Child, the Galloping Gourmet, or Dark Shadows.  And which one made was my favorite?

Sometimes Mom got up and chased me back to bed, other times I saw most of a show. None of it made sense but it was intriguing. The opening music and the castle on the cliff made a lasting impression. The fleeting memories are the stuff of dreams but I it still is a part of me after almost 45 years.

This year, at the Hermes Booth as SDCC, Lara Parker was signing her book and photos.  As much as I love signed books, I opted for a photo.  As some reminiscences with Lara, she wanted to thank my mom for watching. And she wanted me to say ‘hello’.

Mom Lara Parker, Angelique of Dark Shadows, says hello.