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Last Supernatural Con of 2013 – Going Out with a Bang at Burcon!

November 30, 2013
Banner outside Burbank Con Hotel

Banner outside Burbank Con Hotel

As the last stop in the 2013 convention tour, the Creation Supernatural convention in Burbank last weekend was invested with a lot of emotion, for both fans and cast. It’s been a wild ride, and there’s something bittersweet about the year ending. That gave Burcon an extra emotional punch, and more than a few moments that had us tearing up a bit. Here are some of the highlights of the con for us, including some meet and greet tidbits and pre-con chats.

We kicked off the weekend on Thursday night by meeting up with the Supernatural writers for drinks at a local restaurant. We’d had the pleasure of getting to know Robbie Thompson and Adam Glass in Vancouver, but had never met the other writers, so we were thrilled when Jenny Klein, Eric Charmelo, Bob Berens and Andrew Dabb joined us. As writers, there’s perhaps no bigger thrill than meeting the people who write the show you’re in love with. It wasn’t an interview, just a fun night out, but it was wonderful to talk Show with them. We talked Sam and Dean and Cas, Bobby and Garth, Abbadon and Dorothy and Charlie. We talked shipping and not-shipping, Destiel and Wincest, and watching for the plot. We talked about the reciprocal relationship between fans and the creative side that’s been the subject of our books (Robbie brought his copy of Fandom At The Crossroads for us to sign, and bought himself a copy of Fangasm: Supernatural Fangirls, which started that tearing up we mentioned.) We talked about how that reciprocal relationship now plays out over social media, and how much that has changed since the Show began. Some of the writers interact with fans more than others, but everyone understands that with great passion comes the potential for strong emotions. Fans are invested in this Show – it’s important to all of us. Sometimes that means a lot of squeeing and euphoria and joy; sometimes that means a lot of anger and frustration and disappointment. We were relieved to find that the writers totally get that, just as Eric Kripke always did. During the first few seasons of SPN, there were constantly icons popping up on LJ proclaiming “F—k you Kripke!” alongside “Kripke is our God”. When we interviewed Eric for our books, he told us that he realized that both expressions of emotion essentially said the same thing – we CARE about this show. The current writers realize that too.

[Minor spoilers in this paragraph] We also talked about the return of Garth, speculated about what Charlie and Dorothy might be up to in Oz, conveyed fandom’s (and our) fervent wish for the Samulet to reappear in the present, and how much we all hope that Richard Speight Jr. ends up back on the Show. On Sunday at the con, one fan suggested that the Trickster, who has been imprisoned all this time, finally makes a break for it. After all, it’s Gabriel who died, not the Trickster. The writers may or may not have written that idea down. Andrew shared a few tidbits about the spinoff, which sounds like it will be quite interesting, told from the point of view of a hunter who’s very different from Sam and Dean. Adam told us how passionate he was about casting Dylan Everett to play young Dean in 9.07. Adam had already read our review of that episode here on Fangasm, but we couldn’t resist once again saying that we agreed that Dylan had Dean down, but that the episode read better to us with Dean being fourteen, as he had originally written. Of course, the writers don’t have the final say as to how episodes go – it takes a village to make a show like Supernatural, with many fingers in the pot and the season mapped out long before any of us fans ever see a single episode.

Needless to say, we had a blast. We came away with the conviction that these are people who love Supernatural just as much as we do. Also, they’re all kinda adorable.

Fun with Robbie, Jenny, Eric and Bob

Fun with Robbie, Jenny, Eric and Bob

We were surprised to hear that several of the newer writers had never even met Jared and Jensen, so we suggested that they come to the convention on Sunday. How can you write Sam and Dean and Cas without meeting the awesome guys who play them?? (Yes, we warned them that it would be like staring into the sun….) We surprised Jared and Jensen during Lynn’s photo op by bringing all the writers along, much to the consternation of Creation’s ever-patient Stephanie. Sorry, Steph!! But the expression on their faces was priceless when they saw the writing team trailing into the photo op room with Lynn. The resulting photo op is priceless – we’ll share soon. Jared and Jensen got a chance to chat with the writers – for us, seeing the warmth and genuine respect that clearly went both ways was heartwarming. (And yes, they agreed with us about the staring into the sun part. Naturally.)

The meet and greets are always highlights of the con. So it should be an absolute shock to anyone who reads this blog that Lynn forgot to go to the Jensen one. Yes. Forgot. We were having so much fun chatting with the writers, that the time came and went and Lynn was still talking (as is often the case…). Creation gave her a considerate phone call, but she missed that too. Finally our friend and talented photographer Karen came by, looked at Lynn with furrowed brow, and asked “Aren’t you supposed to be in Jensen’s meet and greet?”

Who knew Lynn could run that fast??

To Lynn’s embarrassment, Jensen had apparently waited to tell a certain story until she got there.

Lynn: (bursting through the door and sheepishly taking the one empty seat) Sorry!

Jensen: Oh good, you’re finally here.

Fans: Now he can finally tell the story!

Lynn: (blushing) Sorry!

Jensen (jumping up from his seat at the front and coming over to Lynn, thereby setting off even more blushing) Here, I wanted to show you this picture. I came home one night and was like “give me my baby” and picked up JJ, who unfortunately had just eaten…

(Jensen pulls out his phone and holds up a close-up of him with his face literally COVERED with baby vomit)

Lynn: (cracks up)

Jensen: And here’s JJ…

(Close-up of a triumphant looking ridiculously adorable JJ looking pretty damn proud of herself)

Lynn: Ohmygod, that’s priceless! That’ll teach you.

Jensen brought his phone around so everyone could see, happily setting it up each time to show himself covered in baby vomit first and then his daughter’s evil smile.

There wasn’t as much discussion of the Show as usual, and Lynn was too flustered by being tardy that she didn’t ask her habitual Dean-focused question. One fan asked, out of all the characters he’d played other than Dean, which was his favorite and which was the most difficult. He said his favorite was Alec from Dark Angel, which is now making us want to go back and rewatch Season 2, because DAMN. Alec was not only ridiculously gorgeous, but a great, nuanced character. As much of a bad boy as Dean Winchester, but underneath, that same vulnerability and yearning, and a capacity for heroism that he continually tried to deny. As for the most difficult…

Jensen: It was this show you’ve probably never seen.

Fans: (are skeptical)

Jensen: Called “Still Life”.

Fans: (are nodding)

Jensen (perhaps a bit incredulous) Who’s actually seen that? It wasn’t even aired!

Fans: (some hands go up) It’s online.

Jensen (laughing) That character was very difficult to play, it was a very dark character and a very dark show. After the first few episodes, they wanted us to “bubblegum it up,” but that didn’t make any sense.

Jensen went on to say that, speaking of dark characters, Dean is in a very dark place right now. We get the feeling that Jensen is pretty good at not taking Dean home with him after all this time, but he’s struggling a bit with that now. I honestly can’t fathom how an actor can do that – play a character for nine years, so that you know him inside and out, know how he feels and feel his emotions onscreen day in and day out. When that character is suffering, how can you not suffer along with him? We’re a little bit terrified to see just how dark Dean has to go this season. Okay, a lot terrified actually.

We were unfortunately not at Jared’s meet and greet, but from other fan reports, he talked about our book, Fangasm: Supernatural Fangirls, which he’s currently reading. (We did get a chance to chat with him a bit, and he told us he was on page 115, which pretty much made our day.) Jared has told us before that reading our books has helped him understand fandom – and that understanding fans and relating to fans is very important to him. At the meet and greet, he talked about how amazing fan culture is, and how wonderful it is that fans are able to go out and express themselves through fandom, and that he hopes we keep it up.

Jared: Fandom is the place you can be yourselves. And you shouldn’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Later that day, Jared reiterated that advice to the packed convention ballroom, after he’d auctioned off a shirt from his Gilmore Girls days for charity.

Jared: Love you guys! This is a place where we are all allowed to be who we are, not who they want us to be. So stay here and let’s all raise a lot of money for some amazing causes, and just be who we want to be, and – if you’re less than eighteen close your ears – fuck everyone else.

Well said, Jared. That, in a nutshell, is the point of our books. Thank you so much for getting it. We had a chance to chat with Jared a bit, and he told us again how much he appreciated understanding fandom. We may have gotten a little teary again.

Other highlights of the convention?

Our emcee extraordinaire, Richard Speight Jr. He began the con with so much energy, we half expected an evangelical fervor to take over the ballroom – and then he made sure to keep it up all weekend long. Never mind that he got booed a few times when he came to announce that a guest’s allotted time was over. He took it in stride.

Host with the most Richard Speight Jr.

Host with the most Richard Speight Jr.

Osric Chau once again proving he’s one of the best and most fearless cosplayers ever. He also proved himself one of the most considerate guests ever to grace the Creation stage – he brought cupcakes for fans who were celebrating birthdays!

Osric gives fans birthday cupcakes

Osric gives fans birthday cupcakes

And he helped us out with Fangasm in the vendors’ room!

Osric at the Fangasm table!

Osric at the Fangasm table!

Karaoke was a highlight, like it always is. And because we were in LA, lots of actors who weren’t even at the con came to lend a hand. Mark Pellegrino did ‘Sweet Transvestite’ which was unspeakably awesome (and really damn hot) and Chad Lindberg looked like a rockstar.

Rockstar Chad

Rockstar Chad

Another favorite moment was Chad freaking Richard out with a spirit box that eventually spewed honest to god EMF – at a Supernatural con, no less! How perfect is that? We hear Chad’s ghost tour on Thursday night was a big hit too – we met a young woman who was marked by a ghost or something equally scary during the tour. Are you okay out there, whoever you are?

Chad, Richard and the EMF meter...

Chad, Richard and the EMF meter…

Chad Lindberg also introduced us to his adorable mom, and helped us out at the Fangasm vendors’ table too!

Chad peruses Fangasm

Chad peruses Fangasm

More highlights….Corin Nemec looking great, recovered from his terrible accident. We love how supportive the SPNFamily is whenever one of “us” is in need.

Corin lookin' good!

Corin lookin’ good!

Amy Gumenick showing off her engagement ring and looking so adorably excited about it –

Amy Gumenick shares the good news

Amy Gumenick shares the good news

Madison McLaughlin being such an SPN fangirl – and living the dream for the rest of us!

Madison fangirls

Madison fangirls

AJ Buckley, Travis Wester, DJ Qualls and Shannon, whose panel was too full of antics to even tweet properly!

Ghostfacers, DJ and Shannon amuse the crowd

Ghostfacers, DJ and Shannon amuse the crowd

Matt Cohen pouting while Rob Benedict laughs at him

Pouty Matt

Pouty Matt

Sebastian Roche dancing all over the auditorium and the stage while the entire place sang along to “Get Lucky” –

Sebastian shows off his dance moves

Sebastian shows off his dance moves

Mark Pellegrino absolutely cracking up Mark Sheppard (who has a great laugh)

Mark S cracking up, thanks to Mark P

Mark S cracking up, thanks to Mark P

Favorite Misha Collins moments: Misha onstage continuing to answer questions like nothing unusual is happening while he’s having his nails painted black by Osric Chau

Osric paints Misha's nails

Osric paints Misha’s nails

His freaking adorable smile

Misha. Yum.

Misha. Yum.

Misha. Yum.

Misha. Yum.

This was one of those SPNFamily moments that you just couldn’t explain to outsiders – Matt Cohen with his cheerleading outfit that will be auctioned for Random Acts, while Richard Speight paints Misha Collin’s nails (on the other hand)

Yes, this is how we roll. #SPNFamily

Yes, this is how we roll. #SPNFamily

Misha and Richard later auctioned the cheerleader outfit, after every single guest had signed it, and most had sniffed the crotch of the skirt at Richard’s urging. That’s dedication, folks.

Auction for Random Acts. Who wants it??

Auction for Random Acts. Who wants it??

Also, Misha looks really effing hot with black nail polish.

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Another favorite con moment was when Jensen snuck onstage to surprise Felicia Day, who jumped about a foot when he came up behind her and grabbed her shoulders. That reaction changed to one of total affection, as the two hugged and were ridiculously adorable with each other.

Jensen and Felicia. Awwww.

Jensen and Felicia. Awwww.

One of the funniest moments of the con came near the end, as Jared and Jensen were finishing up their panel. Richard, Misha, and Felicia appeared onstage for the return of Jensen’s coach shorts from After School Special (that Richard had worn to karaoke all year) and turned it into a military style ceremony, with Jensen facepalming and Jared filming the entire thing like a fanboy (and reaching down to slap Jensen’s ass when he got down on one knee)

J2 butt smack!

J2 butt smack!

Jared auctioned some of his wardrobe from Gilmore Girls for charity, and fans generously contributed an amazing $5,600. (Also, Jared doing a strip tease onstage during the auction will be fantasy fodder for lots of us, as he unbuckled his belt with a knowing smile and slid his shirt slowly up to expose skin…*fans self*). And one of the most emotional moments of the con happened when Rob Benedict joined Richard Speight and Matt Cohen onstage, and then explained that he’d had a stroke at the Toronto con. Richard, concerned for his friend, ended up getting Rob help and potentially saving his life. SPNFamily, people. It’s not just a hashtag on Twitter.

Rob Benedict gets serious

Rob Benedict gets serious

The Saturday night Louden Swain show was amazing, with Jason Manns and the entire SPNFamily pitching in to cover for their friend Rob Benedict. Sebastian Roche belted out my favorite Louden Swain song, “Eskimo” (shirtless of course) while Jason backed him up.

Shirtless Sebastian belts out Eskimo

Shirtless Sebastian belts out Eskimo

Matt Cohen and Misha Collins revved up the crowd. Matt’s wife Mandy, Julie McNiven, and Richard Speight proved that they can sing – like, they can really sing! There was even a surprise appearance by Brian Buckley, whose amazing voice was no surprise.

Brian Buckley joins in

Brian Buckley joins in

And, at the end of the night, the cast and the fans all sang “Carry On My Wayward Son”. It was a moment of solidarity — for Rob, and for all of us, cast, friends, fans. There might have been some tears during that one. Some might have been ours.

Sunday, as always, was Jared and Jensen day. The boys didn’t disappoint (do they ever?) And damn, they looked good.

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That hat! GUH

That hat! GUH

Favorite J2 moments: Jared putting on moose antlers thoughtfully provided by a fan, and immediately headbutting Jensen. Jensen then pretending to shoot him, and Jared falling on the floor. BOYS.

How a Moose shows affection

How a Moose shows affection

When both of them smile at the same time, it really is like staring into the sun…

Like staring into the sun...

Like staring into the sun…

Jared and Jensen are as close as ever, as you can plainly see…

paint cut 8

paint cut 9

paint cut 10

paint cut 11

Of course, nobody doubts that this cast loves each other. Here Jared proves it by spontaneously giving Richard a big ol’ smack of a kiss.

Smack! Jared plants one on Richard while Jensen looks on

Smack! Jared plants one on Richard while Jensen looks on

Ty Olsson ended the convention – he appeared onstage proving that the SPN cast “has each other’s backs.” Literally.

Ty has Richard's back. Or the other way around.

Ty has Richard’s back. Or the other way around.

His panels tend towards the R-rated, so Creation helpfully put up a profanity meter so we could all keep track. Ty eventually broke it, which surprised exactly no one.

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Oops

Oops

Profanity aside, Ty’s panel brought yet another emotional moment to close out the con. He asked us to observe a moment of silence for some fans who are no longer with us, several of whom Ty knew personally. The ballroom fell silent as we all thought about losses in our own lives, and the importance of support during those times. I think we all felt supported at that moment, surrounded by our SPN Family. Ty’s face was wet when we opened our eyes, and so were many fans’. When Richard came onstage to officially end the convention, he put a supportive hand on Ty’s shoulder. It was a fitting ending to the con.

Always there with a helping hand. SPNFamily

Always there with a helping hand. SPNFamily

Stay tuned for our interview with Rob Benedict, which makes the hashtag we’ve all been using since the con even more relevant. #LovetoRobBenedict

And if you’d like to read the book that Jared and some of the cast, crew and writers are reading right now, you can order your own copy of Fangasm: Supernatural Fangirls with the link at the top of this page!

16 Comments leave one →
  1. November 30, 2013 8:39 pm

    As always, thank you for sharing your experiences (and great photos) so freely. For those of us who aren’t able to attend cons, it’s a wonderful way to feel more connected to the fandom. It encouraged me to get back into “loving the things I love”. As a result, I’ve already purchased a ticket for my first con ever NJ 2014!

  2. November 30, 2013 8:53 pm

    As always, thanks for sharing. Even though I’ve been to three Supernatural cons now, I still feel incredibly jealous of those who are at the most current one. I thought my first con would be my only one, that I would be happy if I could just get to that one and only con, but NO. These things are SO addictive. Supernatural is blessed to have such talented and wonderful actors who give so much of themselves, and clearly love spending time with us.

    I continue to be amazed, and awed that the writers are so willing to interact with us. It wasn’t so very long ago that this was unheard of. I used to have an image in my head of all these people huddled together in something resembling a dungeon, where they churned out episode after episode, and never saw the light of day for fear of the “dreaded fan” recognizing, and accosting them, with epically over the top ideas of what “should” happen on the show. Now here we are. I got to go all fangirly over Robbie Thompson and Adam Glass at VanCon, and here you are having meet ups with practically the whole bunch of them Am I jealous? HELL YES!! Thank you SO much for reassuring them on our behalf that they are appreciated. They are very brave souls indeed – this fandom can be a scary place.

    Lastly, YOU FORGOT A JENSEN M&G????? I’m sorry, but that borders on sacrilege! But OMG he waited for you!!! (See all the question marks, capslocks, and exclamation points? I’ve let my fangirl heart loose) :D

    I somehow missed you ladies at VanCon this year. I hope you’ll be there next year because I will. Like I said, it’s addictive – once is NEVER enough.

  3. November 30, 2013 9:11 pm

    Fabulous report, ladies! Made me all teary! Can’t wait to see you and squish you in March! xxx

  4. November 30, 2013 9:47 pm

    The 1 Jensen Meet & Greet I went to was the best half hour of my life. I was early, of course! I guess knowing them like you do, it is different for you. Great recap. I always love all the con stories. Every con is so different. Keep all the pictures, and stories coming for those of us who don’t get out much!!

  5. November 30, 2013 10:45 pm

    Fantastic report as always. I nearly made it to this con (last minute need to work in LA over the weekend… but that was cancelled). I hope to make it to the DC con (time permitting).

    Your reports are always the best. Thanks for all the lovely details.

  6. Tash Bridges permalink
    November 30, 2013 11:19 pm

    thankyou, as a fan who can never get to go to the great Supernatural cons, its great/amazing/fantastic to be able to read about them. im just one of the unlucky ones who has to rely of other great fans who post videos on youtube.(thank you to them out there) but how i dream of one day getting to go to one.

  7. December 1, 2013 12:51 am

    Thanks again for another awesome report on a SPN Con! I’ve been to four and your “play by play” pictures and comments help flesh out the already robust vicarious con porn that I search for during those magical four days!! Keep it up and keep on “fanning”!

  8. robinhelene permalink
    December 1, 2013 1:56 am

    Thanks so much for making me feel a little part of Burcon. It’s killing me that I can’t afford to attend a con anymore! I want to see Jensen and Jared and other cast members so much. One of these days, I will get to go! Love, Robin

  9. December 1, 2013 5:12 am

    I think someone needs to put this on a t-shirt:
    SPNFamily. It’s not just a Twitter hashtag.
    Thanks for sharing. I’m going to Vancon next year (my first OS con…as well as my first time OS). The ‘looking at Jensen and Jared is like looking into the sun’ thing? Gonna have to practice not being affected by that. If we’ve got 15 seconds for a photo op (or is the autograph op first on the schedule?), I don’t wanna waste it staring. I can do that waiting in line.
    Oh, and Oscric? My birthday is a week before the con. Does that entitle me to a cupcake? :)

  10. roxxyxmas permalink
    December 1, 2013 6:14 am

    You ladies are awesome! As much fun as we all had, it’s awesome to get to take it a step further behind the scenes with you two! Meeting Adam Glass was as big a thrill for me as meeting the actors! His children are beautiful and they were all so incredibly sweet! I had moments that I’ll never forget and I hope I can keep making those moments with all of you! Rob Benedict, Corin Nemec, Chad Lindberg and Ty Olson made this a personal highlight of my life and I want anyone who didn’t have the pleasure of meeting these amazing men to know how incredible and down to earth they really are! SPNFamily! #LoveToRobBenedict

  11. Lisa Winterhalder permalink
    December 1, 2013 6:19 am

    I really enjoyed your write up of the Con – AND Fangasm is a great read …. How thrilled was I to see the question I asked Jensen in the meet and greet (about what characters were most fun and most difficult for him) to make your write up :) … Big thanks to Lynn for coming late – we had heard the story of JJ and the projectile vomiting but wouldn’t have seen the pics if she hadn’t arrived when she did! I hope I have a chance to meet you both at an upcoming Con…

  12. Kimmie permalink
    December 1, 2013 1:24 pm

    Thanks again. Love hearing and seeing what went on during the convention. Once again you have provided some great stuff for us to look at and read.

  13. Karen Broderick permalink
    December 1, 2013 5:03 pm

    So perfect that you were the one to introduce those new writers to Jensen & Jared! The fans do round out and encircle the cast and crew and it is still amazing to me that they are such an important and welcome part of the SPNFamily. So beautifully said, and photographed, and celebrated. Your work to document and explain who we are and why we love what we love is very much appreciated!

  14. December 2, 2013 3:47 pm

    I absolutely loved seeing Jensen crash Felicia’s panel. I loved seeing Felicia’s reaction, especially her clear admiration and love for Jensen (and vice versa). Her “you smell good” cracked me up and her “most charming man” made me awww. :-)

  15. December 3, 2013 1:51 am

    I love how deep you ladies go on these reports. Thank you so much and thanks for the great pictures. Now where the heck do I find Still Life?! I looked for it some time last year and I think I managed to see a part of the premiere ep but that was all. Anyone know? Please spill!

  16. Lily permalink
    March 25, 2014 1:40 am

    You had me teary and laughing at the same time! I always appreciated how adorably awesome they are, and how none have the typical starry ego! I am sooo in love with them!!! <3.
    Oh, and im Definately going to the 2015 con after i graduate, so hope 2 see u guys there!

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