I went to Awesome Con in Washington D.C. with my friends Josh and Jocelyn. Try saying their names without saying “Joss and Joshlyn”, it’s really hard.
We didn’t do any typically touristy, but when we drove in and were stuck in traffic, we saw many embassy’s, including the Israeli one, and there were people in their non-western clothing. That was me trying to say that correctly, what I actually said at the time were “LOOK! PEOPLE IN ETHNIC CLOTHING!”. I’d just like to point out that I said that because I am interested in and appreciate other cultures, not because I was like, being rude. I mean, I’m sure it probably was rude, but if you know me, 75% of what I say is rude and that’s not how I intend it, so we should always start from the assumption that I am actually complimenting or appreciating someone/something. I just get really excited and things come flying out my mouth!
Oh, on a similar note, when Jocelyn came to my house to leave her car there so we could all drive in Hamster Car, she looked very different than normal – she normally has very dark and curly hair and now it is straight and blonde. This lead to me announcing to my mom that Jocelyn looked wrong and I didn’t like it. My mom tried to cover for me and said that Jocelyn looked lovely, and she does – but SHE DOESN’T LOOK LIKE JOCEYLN. That was my point. But Jocelyn does look very pretty as Not Jocelyn with straight blonde hair.
Ok, enough about that.
Friday night we registered our VIP things, and we ate dinner, and that’s kind of it.
Saturday, though. Oh, Saturday. Here is what we looked like waiting in line to see David Tennant talk about….well, he was supposed to be talking with two scientist guys about space and time, but actually, they just asked him questions about Dr. Who. That’s ok, too.
We made a friend in line named Dean, and he was very nice. We lost him in the crowd after David Tennant was done talking, though. One of the highlights was when there were questions from the audience, and a little kid came up to the mic dressed as The Empty Child from the Dr. Who episode, and DT said “Ohhhh, I know what you’re going to ask” and as soon as people were done laughing, the kid said “Are you my mummy?” and it was great. That whole family had amazing costumes. Here is a picture of them that I found online.
We went straight from the DT panel to Jocelyn’s picture with him, and she was in full blown panic mode, even after I drugged her. She also…well, when Jocelyn gets nervous she…in her words, “the whole weekend was about anxiety and shitting”. So there’s that. I think there were three trips to the bathroom before her picture with David Tennant? Anyway, this was the awesome result…
Josh and I were waiting to receive Jocelyn after her picture, and she was positively giddy – the smile on her face in this picture doesn’t even do her level of fangirling justice. There was much screeching from all of us and then….Jocelyn had to poop again.
Then she had to get right back in line for her picture with John Barrowman.
Josh and I got in line for our “duo” photo ops – you see, when we all purchased these, something went wonky and Jocelyn ended up buying David and John separate, rather than together. This is relevant in a minute.
She went in for her picture with John Barrowman, but Josh and I were stuck in line and couldn’t receive her as she came out, so we just watched from a distance as Jocelyn walked with very serious intent and a look of absolute determination on her face right past us. Josh said “She’s either really mad or….she has to shit again”. Guess which one it was!
NOW WE ARE AT MY PART! I was in line before Josh for the duo photo, so we’re standing there, and we’re both dying, and we’re watching freaking David Tennant and John Barrowman do all these poses with people and interacting with people and being super adorable. They worked so well together that they didn’t even have to like, consult each other – they’d strike a perfect pose based on what the person in line requested in a matter of 10 seconds. The people in front of us – the guy had a Captain Jack coat, and a gun. The girl had a Sonic Screwdriver and glasses. They got up to DT and JB and said “Could you wear these?” and I am not exaggerating, this picture happened instantly. They put on their props and struck the pose and omg.
So the moral of the story is that they are perfect. I get up there, and in the past, when I have done photo ops with people, the most I’ve been able to do is kind of shout their own name at them – the best example being me shouting “DAVID DUCHOVNY” at David Duchovny. This time, I was very concerned about my fat. I am not normally concerned about my fat, I get my picture taken and I don’t mind – but after looking at various Comic Con pictures, I started getting really self conscious about my arms in particular. So I get up there and John says “Hey sweetheart, how do you want to pose?” and I said “Could you guys stand in front of me so I’m not all fat and in the front?” and again, no questions, just instant pose and BOOM, this (it’s signed, more on that in a minute):
After the picture, you basically rush out the door and the next person is already posing with them, but…OMG BUT…John put his hands on my shoulders and looked straight at me and said “and just so you know, honey, you’re beautiful”. Please click here for the very personal reason that John Barrowman’s comment to me made me have a really emotional reaction that has stuck with me this entire week.
Here is Josh’s picture that occurred right after mine:
Josh and I did not have photo op tickets to get a picture with John Barrowman by himself, but we were both so entranced by him, we bought them. John Barrowman is known for his fun and crazy pictures with people, he’ll pretty much do anything. He and Josh confirmed that they wanted to do a funny picture, and JB said “Can I grab your butt?” and Josh said, without hesitation, “YES”, and this picture was born.
Then it was my turn. His default pose is a giant bear hug and despite my general opposition to being hugged, touched, or allowing people into my territorial bubble, I was COMPLETELY fine with this. But of course, first he had to make me have feelings again. Hours had passed since the duo photo, and he’d seen hundreds and hundreds of people between this picture and the last one. When I came up to him, he said “Bring it in, sweetheart”, which is a common thing for him to say, but then he did just a pause for a second and looked straight at me and said “Remember, you’re beautiful”. Here I am, being completely fine with being hugged…and kind of basically also melting.
I am realizing this post is already so long, I think I should do Saturday, Part II in another post! THIS WAS JUST A SPAN OF 6 HOURS!
So stay tuned for Saturday, Part II – John Barrowman and David Tennant autographs, the Green Power Ranger, and Carson Kressley.
In the meantime, check out Josh’s vlog about Awesome Con and I invite my two coauthors, Josh and Jocelyn, to post comments with their stories!!