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Feeling the SPNFamily Love – TorCon 2014!

October 16, 2014

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It’s Tuesday night as I’m writing this, and I’m so wired with excitement after watching the new episode of Supernatural, that I figured I’d put the energy to good use and post my convention thoughts. Then I can concentrate on a review of Reichenbach. Though I’m thinking that might just be a gigantic SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! OMG that episode was amazing! And after a wonderful weekend at TorCon, I’m feeling very lucky to have fallen for this Show and to be a part of this special SPN Family.

I want to share my own emotional reaction to the con, but first a few tidbits from Jensen’s meet and greet and some of my own conversation with him. He came in to the meet and greet and started talking about Buca, the restaurant where he and Jared ate the night before. Apparently when they got there, the Sommelier turned out to be Mick, who they knew well from one of their favorite restaurants in Vancouver (the one where I was privileged to have dinner with them, in fact). Mick was pleasantly surprised to see them, and said just sit down, I’ll take care of you. That resulted in Jensen trying the deep fried stuffed olives (he hates olives, how is that even possible??) and liking them. Then there were some big sausages wrapped in bacon.

Jensen: These look great – sausage, right?

Mick: Sure, sausage, let’s go with that.

Jensen: (taking a bite) These are squishy for sausages…

They were pig’s brain. Poor Jensen.

In Jared’s meet and greet, he also started out talking about their dinner. He said they both got to Toronto and were like, we should be good, we should get to bed early. We’ll just have a nice dinner, then turn in early. Then they ran into Mick and all bets were off.

And apparently Jared had a run in afterwards with a statue that Jensen felt the need to tweet and share with all of us. Fortunately.

Bring it, bronze boy!

Bring it, bronze boy!

Boys.

The first question was about Demon!Dean (Thankfully Jensen did not refer to him as Deanmon or I would have lost it right in front of him).

Fan: So is Dean still in there? I thought I saw a glimpse of him sometimes but I’m not sure. Sometimes he just seems like a douchebag. I’m so confused – is it just me?

Everyone else in the room: (shaking their heads)

Jensen said that’s pretty much how we’re supposed to feel, that we should be wondering how much of Dean is still there. He reiterated that it’s not a possession kind of thing, it’s more like when Sam was soulless, all Dean’s memories are still there. So of course he calls Sam “Sammy” just like Dean would, for example. In other words, he gave absolutely nothing away, but at least I’ve been validated for my confusion.

My question was about Dean’s story arc this season.

Me: Bob Singer has said that Dean’s journey is to rediscover his heroism. Is that compelling for you to play, and what does it really mean?

Jensen said that the journey for Dean for part of the season is for him to get back to being “normal” Dean.

Jensen: (laughing) Not that the Winchesters were ever normal…

Me: (air quotes)

He said that Dean getting back to hunting, essentially getting back to the “family business” (my words, not his), is Dean’s journey to rediscover his own heroism.

Me: And how does Sam’s arc intersect with that?

Jensen said that Sam is his support system, he’s being there for Dean. There’s a question as to what is the influence of the Mark of Cain, even if Dean eventually isn’t a demon anymore. Sam is the one keeping an eye on him, constantly asking, is this my brother, or is this the influence of the Mark? Dean’s saying ‘oh no man, that’s all me’ even when he just killed twenty zombies.

Me: (doing a bad Dean imitation) Like ‘Oh, I would’ve done that anyway!’

Jensen: (laughing at me and doing it correctly) Right! I would’ve done that anyway.

He said he’s really enjoying playing that arc, and playing Sam and Dean.

Me: (over excited) Oooh, that sounds really good!

Jensen: (laughs and agrees)

A few more tidbits – someone asked if he still did his own stunts. Jensen said that sometimes he’ll do something, like a recent scene where he was supposed to take a hit from a “supernatural being” and fly backwards and slide across the floor. He just did it and then Lou Bollo, the stunt coordinator, came over and said “Should I even ask?”

Meaning did Jensen want hip pads and butt pad and knee and elbow pads. And Jensen was just like nah, I can do it. By the fourth take, he was getting up a bit more slowly.

Lou: “Want them now?”

Jensen: “No, I don’t want to have to shoot this again. Did we get it? Okay, moving on!”

Because Jensen has some directing experience now and because he’s been fighting as Dean all this time, they let him do some of the stunt coordination. Jesse, who was Jensen’s stand in but left when his wife had a baby, comes back to help the fight coordinator team too. Jensen works out at his dojo occasionally, and told a funny story about the first time. Jesse put on gloves and gave him gloves.

Jesse: “I won’t hit you, but you hit me.”

Jensen: “Don’t you want to put on…”

Jesse: “Nah. You won’t hit me.”

And he couldn’t. Jesse is that fast. So Jesse and Jensen will work together to coordinate a complex fight sequence. Jensen will specify that they need something that’s not too tight, that needs to be bigger, or say that he wants to sort of spin around and end up on a mark, and Jesse will come up with a move that will do that and they’ll work it out. He also told a story about a guest actor who sort of got lost in the fight scene. It’s fine to get lost in an emotional scene, you want that, but not in a fight scene, because that’s when accidents happen. Fight scenes are like a dance with a partner, choreographed, and everyone has to do what they’re supposed to do. If you get lost in it, you’ll lose count and make a mistake. So the whole time he was working with this guy he was sort of holding his fists up protectively thinking he was about to get hit and going “ohshitohshitohshit”. It was hysterical. Luckily, Jesse came in and did part of the scene on the other guy’s coverage, and then Jensen did his coverage with the guy’s stand in, like dance partners. Otherwise, Jensen would have been punched right in the ear. Ouch!

The long version of this was pretty funny, but what was really excellent about this question was that Jensen felt compelled to jump up from his chair and act much of it out – taking punches, flying backwards, being spun around. Fun to watch. Ahem.

The last question was about lessons Jensen has learned over the time he’s been on Supernatural. He said he’s changed a lot, gone from a young man to a man, but as far as the show, he’s learned to be grateful for “what we have with the show.” It’s a rarity, he said, to be on a show for ten years and to be able to play the same character – a character he loves and enjoys playing. And a privilege to be able to play opposite someone who has become a best friend in real life.

Jensen said he had recently had a conversation with a successful actor who’s had regular work but on several different shows, and he said to Jensen, “I’d give anything to have what you have.”

Jensen: I didn’t realize how rare and special this was until about Season 5. Before then we knew we had a good thing going here, but now me and him [Jared] really realize how special that is. And part of that is the relationship we have with you guys. It’s a privilege, and I’m grateful for that.

It was heartfelt, and left me kind of emotional myself. That was pretty much the theme of the weekend.

Of course, there were some moments that were not exactly deep. But hey, that’s part of a con too. I was particularly enamored of Misha Collins’ pink pants. He said he didn’t pack any and had to go out and buy some quickly. When he picked up that pair, the sales woman helpfully said “Oh no, you don’t want those.” Misha being Misha, of course he then had to buy them. I’m really glad he did.

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Yes, I took alot of pictures of the pink pants. So sue me.

Though Misha looked pretty damn good in leather too.

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I also had some lovely chats with Jared, Jensen and Misha about the books we’ve written that they’ve all contributed to. Near the end of the con, I took a copy of Fangasm Supernatural Fangirls through the autograph line so we can donate a signed copy for charity. The young woman in front of me had made a guitar – actually made it! – and wanted Jensen to sign it. He did, stopping to admire it. When she had moved on, he looked at me and said, “Wow, right?” I nodded.

Me: Wow indeed, that’s amazing. I mean, she actually made that! I could never do anything like that – so much creativity and talent in this fandom.

Jensen looked up from the book, which he was so much a part of, and said very seriously, “But look what you’ve done. You wrote these books, and they’re so important. This book here? [patting Fangasm]. This is your guitar.”

I have to say I was rendered almost speechless (anyone will tell you that never happens). This isn’t the first time Jensen or Jared or Misha has been supportive of our books, but he was so serious and so heartfelt when he said it, that it caught me off guard. I care about that book – it meant so much to us to tell the story of being a fan in a way that celebrated instead of pathologized – and every time I know that they get it too, it makes my eyes water.

Watery eyes were pretty much the theme of the weekend anyway.

As most fans know, this year’s con was the one year anniversary of the con in Toronto last year when Rob Benedict had a stroke. It happened during the autograph signing, and Rob became unable to find words to answer fans’ questions, but didn’t know what was happening. He went back up to his room to lie down, but Richard had a feeling something just wasn’t right. He and the other SPN actors went to check on him, and that saved Rob’s life. Literally. We’ve written many times about how the fans who love this Show have become family, but the same thing has happened for the actors, especially those who hit the road every other weekend on the convention circuit. They’re now best friends in real life – and SPN Family. As Jared is fond of saying, we’re all family here – this is the place we come to be ourselves. There was, as always, plenty of affection at this con.

Jared, Jensen and Rob

Jared, Jensen and Rob

Gil hugs Rob

Gil hugs Rob

Group hug! Misha, Richard, Rob and a fan

Group hug! Misha, Richard, Rob and a fan

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Jared and Jensen

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One of the things I love at cons is when the actors watch each other perform. Every so often, someone will sit off to the side or on the edge of the stage and just watch their fellow actors perform. They invariably look every bit as enthralled as the fans in the audience, and it sort of warms my heart to see that.

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We’ve actually heard many stories from fans about how Supernatural has saved their lives too, just as literally. So Rob’s experience, and the way in which being a part of the SPN Family saved him too, was a powerful one for many fans. Even if it isn’t literal, I think many of us feel that falling in love with this Show has changed us. I know it has changed my life completely – brought me some of my best friends, showed me places I never would have gone to, challenged me to do things I never would have dared do. I never thought in a million years I’d publish three books on Supernatural and have another in the works, let alone that so many people would read them and relate to them. My own gratitude toward the Show and the fandom makes Rob’s gratitude compelling for me too, and I think many people in the ballroom this weekend felt the same.

Rob confided that he was nervous coming back to Toronto, to the same hotel where the stroke happened almost exactly a year ago. In one very emotional moment, Rob performed the song he sang last year spontaneously a capella, this time with his amazing band Louden Swain supporting him. It was clearly healing for him, a way to say I did it, I’m back here, I’m alive and kicking (and singing up a storm).

Emotional after. Me too.

Emotional after. Me too.

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Karaoke had an extra energy too, with the huge gathered crowd raising their hands in celebration as Rob took the stage. The entire ballroom, in fact, was bouncing – literally. So many people were jumping up and down in unison that the floor was shaking! Perhaps that’s not entirely a good thing, but at the time it just added to the euphoria of the moment. Now that I’m writing this I’m just glad everything remained intact…

Richard, Mark, Matt and Gil  karaoke

Richard, Mark, Matt and Gil karaoke

Kiim Rhodes and her awesome tats at karaoke

Kiim Rhodes and her awesome tats at karaoke

Matt and Gil at karaoke

Matt and Gil at karaoke

Rob, Gil and Mark at karaoke

Rob, Gil and Mark at karaoke

The other powerful moments came during the Saturday evening cabaret, which is always one of my favorite parts of the con. One of the most moving performances was by Osric Chau.

Earlier in the day, Osric kicked off his panel with Gil McKinney with a video all about cosplay – something that’s become a tradition for him to do at every con.

Osric ponders...

Osric ponders…

He sent a message to Gil (delivered by a giant suicidal teddy bear, which would never happen anywhere other than a Supernatural convention…) telling him to stand on the side and watch the vid. Gil ended up sitting out in the audience so at first when Osric came out, he couldn’t find him — and was disappointed that he didn’t get to see Gil’s reaction.

Gil re-enacted it.

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Rob: Is it wrong that I find you hot?

Rob: Is it wrong that I find you hot?

Osric was very nervous the first time he challenged himself to sing and play guitar in front of an audience (at a Supernatural con, of course). At Torcon, he stepped up to the mic and did a rendition of Radiohead’s ‘Creep’ that hit everyone, to borrow a Tumblrism, right in the feels. I think I yelled ‘Ohmygod’ when he started, because Radiohead is one of my favorite bands and that song is one of my all time favorites of anything they’ve done. From the crowd’s reaction, many people felt the same. We wrote a lot in Fangasm: Supernatural Fangirls about the feeling of being an outsider, a ‘freak’, of not quite fitting into the mainstream, that so many people in fandom have experienced. It might be all sorts of things that made you feel different, but the feeling is the same – and that song captures it. There’s so much self doubt and pain, so much longing for acceptance, in that song, and the way Osric sang it let us all know that he has felt that too, all of it. One of the things we love most about Osric is that he identifies as a fan himself, and he’s never afraid to color outside the lines or express himself the way he really is, societal response be damned. Whether that’s cosplaying Sailor Jupiter or making papier mache heads for GISHWHES or whatever. As Misha would say, Death to Normalcy! (What the hell is normal, anyway?)

The first time Osric’s voice broke as he sang, I started to tear up. By the time Osric was choking back tears himself, and then letting them fall, I was right there with him. So was most of the audience. And Rob – Osric’s SPN Family – was immediately right there, a hand on his back, an arm around his shoulders, saying it’s okay, you’re safe here, you’re with family. In fact, everyone gave him a hug. That just made me sob harder, but it was the best kind of crying, shared with a room full of people who were feeling the same thing.

Osric and Rob

Osric and Rob

Osric jumped off the stage and ran down the aisles, and all along the aisle hands came out to slap his, support and solidarity offered from the fans as he ran by. When he leapt back onstage, the band kicked into his second number and he rocked out with them, defiance and determination and “I am who I am and we’re gonna celebrate that here” clear in every word. He got a standing ovation that went on and on – and deserved every second of it.

Try singing along to “Carry On My Wayward Son” when you’re already that emotional – especially when so many people joined in onstage. Mark Sheppard on drums, Creation’s Adam Malin on keyboards, Creation photographer Chris Schmelke (who knew he could play a mean bass?? Or was in a band for years and actually opened for the Libertines at CBGBs, omg!). I think they could hear us all singing all the way across Lake Ontario.

The last song was the most emotional moment I’ve ever experienced at a convention. Richard Speight came onstage and gave a heartfelt speech about how grateful he is that his friend Robby (“my friend – my brother – Robby”) is still here, still alive. About what an amazing person Rob is and how the world is a better place for having him in it. Then Rob and the band performed “I Get By With a Little Help from My Friends” and one by one the cast made their way onstage to back Rob up. As they left the stage, they all clapped Rob on the shoulder or hugged him, and then he ended the song onstage, with the ballroom full of fans letting him know how much we all love him too – and how very very glad we are that he’s here.

Mark gives Rob a hug during Richard's speech

Mark gives Rob a kiss during Richard’s speech

Alaina hugs Rob

Alaina hugs Rob

Richard hugs Rob

Richard hugs Rob

Misha hugs Rob

Misha hugs Rob

Matt, Misha, Alaina, Richard and Osric sing backup

Matt, Misha, Alaina, Gil and Osric sing backup

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Damn it, now I need the tissues.

There were, of course, many moments that were pure fun, or totally hilarious. Jensen re-enacting his most awkward date, with Jared playing the part of the confused young woman who got caught in the middle of Jensen and his buddies having too much to drink the night before to remember what she looked like. Not a good thing when you’ve planned to meet up with her the next day. (Jared did a bang-up job, in case you’re wondering).

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Misha came onstage at the cabaret saying “I’ve been accused of not adding anything to the cabaret, so…” His cabaret act involved a very talented dog who acted out scenes from Supernatural at Misha’s suggestion (with a little assistance from his owner). The dog did a spot-on rendition of Sam falling into hell and Dean being dead and Cas and Dean looking longingly at each other. And we give Misha points for cabaret creativity.

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Dog waits for command from the overlord

Dog re-enacting dead Dean. Or was it Sam?

Dog re-enacting dead Dean. Or was it Sam?

Then there was the debacle of the glass dildo story, which Misha shared in his Q&A. (Yes, it was a prank, of course it was a prank – something about Jared being silly enough to all asleep on a plane and leave his credit card lying around. So Misha could order something for him and have it sent to him charged on his own credit card.) That story was hilarious enough, but then someone asked Jared about it at the Jensen and Jared panel the next day. Jared’s face when he finally realized just what she was asking about – and that Misha had already shared the story – was priceless. He leaned over to tell Jensen, and then both their faces were hilarious.

Jared: Remember that time...

Jared: Remember that time…

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Jared then confessed that he had started it by pranking Jim Beaver when he dared to fall asleep on a plane they were all on, and Jared turned over the script that was on his tray and drew a portion of the male anatomy on it. Of course, everyone in the plane saw him do it, so one by one they filtered by and checked it out before poor Jim woke up.

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So I guess Misha was justified. Jared said Misha actually messed up the address, which led to some amusing conjectures.

Jared: “Someone gets the package, opens it – Oh look what Jared Padalecki sent me!

I laughed until I cried. Clearly it’s an endless cycle of pranking with these boys, which sometimes seems to be for our amusement as much as theirs. But if you’re ever on a plane with them, for godsakes don’t fall asleep!

We’ve talked with several of the actors about how Supernatural and their experience with the fandom has given them the courage to push their own boundaries, as Osric did with singing. Richard sang a rendition of “Sympathy for the Devil” that was amazing, and then took the stage a few more times to sing. I don’t think most fans realized just how musically talented Richard is, or how many of these guys have actually played in bands in the past. How lucky are we to have them in our SPN Family?

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Gil McKinney told us the acceptance and encouragement of the fans have re-ignited his love of singing (which is excellent news, since damn, can that boy sing!) Look for our interview with Gil here soon for more on that – we were lucky enough to have an impromptu piano serenade as part of that interview, which was a treat. I think everyone we interview should do something like that, don’t you?)

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And Matt Cohen sang for the very first time at the cabaret – we had no idea he was also a rockstar, but he tore the place up! (And gotta say, he totally looked the part too, complete with his inspirational unicorn tee shirt).

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Airborne! Matt Cohen and Rob Benedict

Airborne! Matt Cohen and Rob Benedict

Mark Sheppard plays drums like you wouldn’t believe (and a mean tambourine too), Creation photographer Chris Schmelke joined the band on bass for a song or two, and Adam Malin is amazing on keyboards. Alaina Huffman, Misha, Matt, Richard, Gil and Osric all sang backup for their friends. Even Jared jumped onstage and started drumming at one point.

Drummer Jared

Drummer Jared

And on Sunday, Jensen caught the musical bug and performed too. I will never – EVER – get tired of him singing “Your Love” and hitting all those high notes perfectly. Seriously, for a guy who insists he’s not a musician, Jensen has an amazing voice.

And I love how both Jared and Jensen start to move when the music starts.

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At the end, Richard, Rob and the band did a hauntingly beautiful rendition of ‘I Am Superman’ and Jensen joined them for the chorus. This was by far the most musically epic con I can remember, and it seemed like the actors were as reluctant to let it end as the fans.

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In fact, the con ended on a musical note. I was in the ballroom waiting for re-ups as the autograph sessions were ending, and they brought a guitar out onstage. The young woman behind me gave a muffled shriek and said “OMG that’s my guitar! Jensen Ackles is going to play my guitar.”

WHAT??? Needless to say, I didn’t move from my seat. When the con was over and the autographs were done, sure enough, Jensen came out onstage and sat down with the guitar. And as everyone in this fandom knows by now, he sang two songs that he sings to his daughter. Could he possibly have said anything that would make us more emotional? I don’t think so. He sang the most beautiful, laid back versions of Tom Waits’ ‘Picture in a Frame’ and The Corries’ ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’, as the small group of fans who were still there knelt in front of the stage and listened. He asked us to be quiet so he could pretend no one was there, so he wouldn’t be nervous, and so it was almost silent, fans rapt and Jensen singing like he must at home, with JJ his audience. It was touching, and wonderful, and seemed like the perfect ending to an incredible weekend.

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Jensen must have felt the same. He tweeted this after the con was over:

#torcon2014 thank you! I’m humbled, grateful and inspired. “Family don’t end with blood”… #SPNFamily

That’s the theme of both Fangasm: Supernatural Fangirls and Fan Phenomena: Supernatural. And yes, I had to reach for the tissues once again. You can check out both books at the links at the top of the page.

More from TorCon soon, including some exclusive interviews!

– Lynn

39 Comments leave one →
  1. Karen permalink
    October 16, 2014 12:48 am

    Lynn. THIS. Just this. I always think it can’t get better. And I will get over this. And then….This. Happens.

    Wonderful write up. 🙂

    • spnfans permalink
      October 16, 2014 7:17 pm

      I keep thinking that too, and them I’m like NAHHHHH🙂

  2. Margo permalink
    October 16, 2014 1:37 am

    Thanks for the great recap, Lynn. It’ll be nice to come back and read when I forget details. I’m still processing that Cabaret, and the outpouring of affection for Rob. Man that was incredible.

    • spnfans permalink
      October 16, 2014 7:17 pm

      It was absolutely incredible – I’m still very emotional about it all. And now add to that an amazing episode, and… yeah. Lots of SPN feels🙂

  3. JoAnne permalink
    October 16, 2014 1:48 am

    Thank you so much for this thorough and wonderful review of Torcon! I am only able to go to two cons a year (next year I am cheating a little by also going to SF because I can drive), and each time I go, I always feel it was special and there were lots of special moments to treasure. Torcon sounded very special indeed. ALL of the guests have become family, not just Jared and Jensen and THAT is the magic of these cons. These cons are one big warm and fuzzy pill that keeps you on a Supernatural high for a long time afterwards! The experience evokes such a feeling of happiness and such, such love. I will treasure my memories and treasure these wonderful write-ups that you all kindly share with us.

    Thank you so much! 🙂

    • spnfans permalink
      October 16, 2014 7:18 pm

      You’re so welcome – and that’s such a great way to put it. It really is like one big warm and fuzzy pill, and I’m still very much on that high🙂

    • Karen permalink
      October 16, 2014 11:36 pm

      *waves* Hi JoAnne. *runs*

  4. Teri permalink
    October 16, 2014 6:09 am

    Your recaps are the next best thing to being there. Thank you!

  5. Wilson permalink
    October 16, 2014 9:54 am

    Nice write-up. You said you went to Jared’s M and G. Are you going to do as comprehensive a write-up as you did Jensen’s? I’d love to hear what Jared had to say. =)

    • spnfans permalink
      October 16, 2014 7:19 pm

      Actually a friend who I was having dinner with went to Jared’s M&G. But I’m going to Jared’s at Chicon, so stay tuned for a write up of that! Very excited!!!

      • Wilson permalink
        October 18, 2014 12:47 pm

        Awesome! Lucky you =) Hope you have fun!

  6. ariana permalink
    October 16, 2014 10:28 am

    That was perfect, thank you so much.

    • spnfans permalink
      October 16, 2014 7:19 pm

      You’re so welcome!

  7. Lyrain permalink
    October 16, 2014 10:41 am

    Girl! You had me tearful more than once reading this article. I have been surprised gleefully by the whole SPN family it seems that all of the family has talent even if it’s in their big toe. I have to say thank you for putting into words how we feel you gave us the fans a voice. Keep up the good work. Lyrain (xoxo)

    • spnfans permalink
      October 16, 2014 7:20 pm

      Thank you so much – that makes my day! I love this SPN Family, and it never ceases to amaze me🙂

  8. Rescue Writer permalink
    October 16, 2014 12:13 pm

    Hi, Lynn. I read this with such great joy. You don’t remember me but I’m the girl from several years ago in Chicago who wrote two little chapbooks of Supernatural-inspired poetry to give to Jared and Jensen.

    When reading this above, it just brought back so much of what I truly love about this fandom and how it and the show has inspired me so much over the years. And it continues to inspire.

    You and I exchanged hellos at TorCon this weekend. I will be there again next year. I find that it is the one time of year that I can truly be myself–I can’t seem to not go.🙂

    Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed your thoughts shared here and just wanted to say thanks.

    • spnfans permalink
      October 16, 2014 7:21 pm

      I do remember you! I think we were on the shuttle together on the way to Chicon one year too, weren’t we? And I definitely remember you from having a chance to at least say hi at Torcon too. Wasn’t it amazing? I’m still on a high from it all🙂

      • Rescue Writer permalink
        October 17, 2014 8:17 pm

        Yep, we were on the airport shuttle together once in Chicago.

        Yes, it was an amazing time at TorCon!

  9. October 16, 2014 12:39 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this! I live in Ireland and I can’t go to any conventions, so this wonderfully detailed description really helps me to keep up with whats happened. I really can’t wait for the day I can be a part of a con like that. Really, thank you!

    • spnfans permalink
      October 16, 2014 7:21 pm

      You’re so welcome – and I’m crossing my fingers that you get to go to a con too! #spnfamily

  10. dean4me permalink
    October 16, 2014 4:36 pm

    Thank you again for putting into words what so many of our SPNFamily share. I haven’t been to a con since 2009 and I always love to hear about everyone’s experiences at the cons! Your description brings smiles (and tears!) to me. I have noted that Jensen seems so full of joy the last few cons…I hope that continues for him and also Jared. They truly seem to “get” how much the family loves and respects their work. And many hugs for Rob as well!! It was emotional just reading it all!! *wipes eyes* Thank you for sharing the love, the experience and helping all the fam feel like they were there.

    • spnfans permalink
      October 16, 2014 7:22 pm

      They really do ‘get’ it. I’m still amazed that they read our books and really wanted to understand this fandom that is part of the SPN Family along with all of them. They’re all pretty special🙂

  11. cheryl42 permalink
    October 16, 2014 4:51 pm

    I’m crying….San Francisco is 45 min from my house. After reading your wonderful report come hell or high water I am going. This is the fandom I want to experience.

    • spnfans permalink
      October 16, 2014 7:23 pm

      This is the best fandom in the universe, hands down. Maybe I’ll see you in SF!

  12. Sue permalink
    October 16, 2014 6:48 pm

    Jensen was wonderful singing and needs to use all his talents, especially in the future. Actually, he was a lot better than I thought he was. Didn’t Laurie Anderson write and perform that Superman song?

    Thank you for all your blogging and information about our show. I’m so glad there are people who share my love and devotion Supernatural. I was so thrilled to find fans on the web who felt the same as me, because in the beginning I though I was the only one.

    • spnfans permalink
      October 16, 2014 7:24 pm

      Jensen is amazingly talented, even if he isn’t sure about all of them himself. Did Laurie Anderson write that? If so, doubly awesome.

      That’s why we wrote the books, so everyone would know they’re not alone, that they’re not the only one who feels the way they do. We’re all in this together🙂

  13. October 16, 2014 11:25 pm

    I can’t think of the Cabaret without getting all teary. I had tears running down my face for most of “Friends”. That was the most amazing experience — all the emotional energy in that room was — electrifying. Its continually amazing to me that Show has brought together so many in so many ways.
    All the actors are such genuinely nice people, they make the con such a great experience.
    It was nice to chat with you in the photo op line. Lord knows I could talk about SPN for hours. Thank you for signing my copy of Fandom at the Crossroads.🙂
    I love your write-up and pictures – its helping me keep my con-high for a while longer!

    • spnfans permalink
      October 17, 2014 4:21 am

      It was great to see you! So glad we got to chat🙂 I’m still feeling emotional about this con too, and now I’ve added to that lots of squee about this week’s episode. So I think the high is gonna last a while longer!

      • October 17, 2014 1:15 pm

        This week’s episode was AWESOME!!! I loved it — every bit of it!

  14. j_nietha permalink
    October 17, 2014 3:51 am

    Thanks so mush for the recap. It’s GREAT AS ALWAYS. Really really thank you, hope you know how much i enjoy to read your every recaps. Made me feel the athmosphere, like i was there with you guys (it’s been said thousand times)🙂 thankz

    • spnfans permalink
      October 17, 2014 4:21 am

      Never said too often – it makes my day to hear it! So glad you enjoyed reading, and thank you so much for taking the time to tell me🙂

  15. Penny Jaime permalink
    October 17, 2014 4:33 am

    I am one of those people that feels like this show saved my life; or at least my sanity! Being on dialysis is hard for a lot of reasons. One of the worst things is having to sit, trapped in that chair for close to 5 hours. I already loved Supernatural. So, I got a portable DVD player & every season of Supernatural. It makes the time bearable. The nurses laugh at me; because they know every Monday, Wednesday, & Friday I’ll be watching Supernatural. They ask, “What season are we on today?” I’ve got a dozen people watching the show now to! I’m a Supernatural evangelist! Funny, ok maybe not. Anyway, that was 5 years ago; and I’m still watching, getting my treatments, and not minding them at all. Because of that, the show became more to me that just something I watched once a week. It became my lifeline

  16. October 17, 2014 10:43 pm

    What a lovely write up. As I’ve said before, you are my go to source on con weekends and it was apparent even from your twitter coverage how special and emotional this particular con was. I love what Jensen said about the book being your guitar! It’s absolutely true. The spn family is an amazingly special group of people and I’m proud to be a part of it.

  17. Ally (@alynbly permalink
    October 18, 2014 5:32 am

    Perfection… so good…thank you for filling us all in and keeping it all so real!! & the books really are your guitar…

  18. Baery permalink
    October 18, 2014 3:39 pm

    Hi Lynn! Reading your write-up made me so happy, even though I couldn’t be there. I love to read about the cons through your experience; you bring the whole con to life in for me in a way that I can’t really feel from watching clips and scrolling through photos. The con sounds amazing. All that love and talent–wow! I can’t wait for my next con in Vegas. Thank you for sharing!

  19. Anonymous permalink
    October 21, 2014 9:51 pm

    I want to thank you in advance for not posting to much about the meet and greet i know some very personal things for people were said in there and i am glad to see it was kept off the net. Thank you again.

  20. December 2, 2014 5:58 am

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  21. December 2, 2014 6:15 am

    Another Con I couldn’t go to due to distance & $ & because I was still curled up too sick to move after a week in the hospital right after NJ Con. Thank you Lynn for capturing it all in all the wonderful details &Kathy for any pics. I was only able to participate by proxy with the Donation made to HSF of Canada on the anniversary of Rob’s stroke via a FB group run by Jennifer McDONALD& Sara Volsky who organized a group of Rob’s fans to present a card& Donate funds on his behalf as a way of thanking them he’s still here & raising awareness. These lovely ladies let me make a separate donation after original deadlines passed because of the timing of my disability check I missed the deadline.
    I got to thank Rob& them at BurCon finally & He was so sweet & thankful & shaking & got tears in his eyes (which wasn’t my plan at all!)&he said something so sweet that *I* teared up so there’s tears in our pic but it’s one of my favorite pics ever. & he kept thanking me. & I missed his auto & make up &; I wanted that pic signed anyway, so I asked & a volunteer came over-like I maybe was taking too much time but Rob wasn’t letting me go & he said for her even if he wasn’t signing for her to get him out of the green room & make it happen & then she was sweet & helpful too.
    One of many memorable things from BurCon but that had it’s roots in TorCon.
    Genuine sweetness& caring of cast & crew of SPN never ceases to amaze me

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