Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis

I totally shouldn’t have — I spent both money and especially time that I absolutely should not have — but this was my weekend.  (Actually, the money spent wasn’t so bad as it might have been.  It would have been much worse if it had been an anime or a doll convention.)

I went, of course, because David Tennant was going to be there.  But there were also a lot of other stars to see, and a vendor’s room that I literally couldn’t get all the way through on Saturday.  (Though part of that was because of all the panels I was attending to see the visiting stars, plus because they closed the vendor’s room surprisingly early.)

I’ve been to conventions before — mostly of the anime variety — but Saturday was the first ever time I attended a convention solo.  (Well, technically back in my futile days of attempting to sell polymer clay fanart, there was a convention I went to alone, but that was a very different experience, since I stayed at the Artists’ Alley the whole time, and didn’t attend the convention proper at all.)  Surprisingly, I did not go bonkers on the spending without anyone to look over my shoulder and say “hey, don’t waste your money on that!”  Probably, that was because I took Metrolink (local commuter train) to get there, rather than driving.  But still!  I was remarkably restrained in the vendor room on Saturday.

However, that’s getting ahead of the story, so let me backtrack and tell you all about it.

Because if I don’t, I’ll forget too much of it.  (But I’m still pretty exhausted, so forgive me if some things don’t make much sense.)

So, as of Friday night (yep, missed the first day of the con), I still had four episodes of Season 2 of Daredevil to get through.  And since the stars of Daredevil were going to be at the con, I figured that I really needed to hurry up and finish it.  Therefore, I planned to watch three episodes before going to bed, and then watch the last one in the morning.

That would have been fine and dandy if I hadn’t had to finish writing Saturday’s A-to-Z post for my main blog.  In fact, I had barely even started it.  Even with skipping going to the Reader to see new posts (when I signed on today at dinner time today, there were 17 posts to read…and I was expecting even more than that!) and refusing to look at my comments and all that, it was still nearly midnight by the time I was done online…which meant I actually got to bed about 3:30 or so.  With getting up at about 7:45 (overslept due to been woken by the need of a bathroom break about 5:30), that gave me very little sleep to get me through the day.  (But I did manage to finish watching the season!)

I’d like to say that it was the lack of sleep that made me take so long getting out of the house, but let’s face it:  that always happens.  Anyway, I got to the Metrolink station with so little time to spare that I was scurrying down the ramp as best I could (one of my shoes had just come unfastened and I didn’t have time to fix it) when the train pulled in.  Thankfully, I was able to get on board, though, so everything was fine and dandy, and I had my homework with me to read on the train.

I’ve never been the cosplay type — I don’t like to have people looking at me — but I wanted to do something fun, so I brought a doll along with me for potential photo ops.  I wanted to bring a doll that was both appropriate and not too expensive (in case anything happened to her) so it was easy to come to the decision to bring Harley Quinn along.  But she was safely hidden in my bag until I was actually inside the convention center.  Then I moved her to an outside pocket and had her peeking out the front of the bag.  (I should have taken a picture of that…)

did take photos of cosplayers, of course, starting with an Ace while I was still in the line to pay!  (In fact, most of my Doctor Who cosplayer photos are original series.  The one new series one was just because he had a K-9 with him.)  I’m not sure what the netiquette is about sharing photos of cosplayers, so I’m not putting them on the blog, but they’re in the gallery.  (If any of the cosplayers happen to see this:  if you don’t want your photo shared, and/or want credit, just let me know!)  I do have a few photos of Harley to share, but they’ll wait their turn.

So, the first panel I wanted to go to (if panel is the right word; in all cases it was one or two celebrity guest(s) sitting on a stage while answering questions) was, naturally, the David Tennant and Billie Piper one, which had been scheduled for 1:00 pm.  I figured that meant that if I wanted a seat that was anywhere near acceptable, I needed to be getting in there at noon, at the very latest.  That meant I needed to get my lunch pretty darn early.  (Pretty darn late not being an option because the next two panels in that room were also on my “must attend” list!)

Now, I’d been to one of these particular cons before — in the same convention center — a couple of years ago, when Matt Smith and Karen Gillan were attending, and which was totally awesome.  More pertinent at this juncture in the story is the fact that on the second day of that con, I’d learned that there was this really fantastic sandwich shop just about half a block away from the main entrance of the convention center, which has some of the best hot dogs I’ve ever had.  So that was what I did for lunch:  I went there again, and had another wonderful hot dog.  And at that point, I indulged in a little photography with Harley and two of my three purchases from my first foray into the vendor’s room:

Trophy 1

In case you can read the price tag, let me assure you that no, I did not actually pay that much.  I asked how much the horse cost, and then said that I’d have to think about it, and I’d come back later.  Since that’s kind of convention speak for “oh, that’s too much,” the guy said that since I was getting the other two items (only one of which is already photographed, btw), he’d knock $10 off the price.  That seemed like a pretty sweet deal, so I agreed. 😀  (Though, in truth, I probably would have come back for him later.  She-Ra stuff is pretty hard to come by, particularly in-box.)

Harley:  You're so cute I could just squeeze the life right out of you!
Harley: You’re so cute I could just squeeze the life right out of you!
Rainbow Brite:  Um...please don't....
Rainbow Brite: Um…please don’t….

As you can see…Harley’s hair really took a beating. 😦  (Technically, so did Rainbow Brite’s, but it was like that before I bought her. 😛  And I know I said I wouldn’t get another of these reboot Rainbow Brites if given the chance, but…I guess I was wrong.  Besides, she was pretty inexpensive.  Plus the Hallmark plushies lately have sort of given me a new interest in Rainbow Brite.)

Anyway, after my fabulous luncheon (both cheaper and so much better tasting than what I could have bought inside the convention center) I headed back inside, up to the second floor where the panel was to be held, and found out that it had been rescheduled until after the Matt Smith panel.  (Yep, he came back.  I guess he really liked us!  Well, that’s good, ’cause we really liked him, too. 😀 )  So suddenly I had a bit more time for the vendor’s room, which I headed back to…

…but stopped first to indulge in a little more photography.


I’m not sure why a cardboard Dalek was set up in front of this “please pay us to pose in/around our ‘zombie apocalypse’ car,” but as soon as I saw it, I so wanted to have Harley attack it.

"Take that!"
“Take that!”

There were challenges, though.  To start with, she couldn’t really hold her hammer the way I wanted her to for the shot.  And as I was fiddling with her pose, I kept noticing that I was getting in the way of other people who wanted to have their own picture taken with the Dalek.  But I eventually got the shots. 😀

I had some time to spend in the vendor’s room before the newly first panel I wanted to attend, the all-too-brief question and answer sequence with Mike Colter, the actor who plays Luke Cage in Jessica Jones and in his own upcoming show.  I tried to take some pictures during the panel, but they turned out really badly, because I was using my brother’s tiny camera (as opposed to my huge one, which I didn’t want to lug around, in part because of its size and in part because it was something like $500 when I got it) which I didn’t know how to use properly, and in part because I’d turned the flash off to keep from annoying other people.  I deleted the absolute worst photos, and the remainder — lousy as they, too, are — are in the gallery.  (Link at end, naturally.)  It didn’t occur to me to start taking notes until the Tennant panel (seriously) so I’ve already lost a lot of what was said at that first panel.  Mostly I remember that it was very entertaining, and he had a funny story to share about a drunk local resident who tried to interrupt a shot outside the bar in Jessica Jones.  Also that Luke Cage will be taking place in Harlem.

Yeah, like I said, I’ve lost a lot of it.

Anyway, the next panel was in the same room, and it was the Daredevil panel with Charlie Cox and Elden Henson.  It was in between those two panels that I got a very interesting visitor in my StreetPass Mii Plaza.  (Yes, I was totally doing StreetPass in the con.  Why on earth wouldn’t I?  I mean, seriously, I finished 9 panels in the puzzle thingy.  9!  I think that speaks for itself…though admittedly none of them had more than 6 pieces remaining when I started out, but still!)


Dr. Zoidberg seems to be very popular around here. 😀  (I’ll never forget the time at an anime convention where someone came as the hybrid character Dr. Cloudberg.  Half Zoidberg, half Cloud.  Totally unforgettable.  I don’t remember what convention it was or when, but I remember the cosplay.  He was even doing the sideways scuttling thing.  Really fun and creative costume that one.)

Uh, anyway, the panel.  So I was in for two shocks early on.  First, Foggy had a beard!  I don’t think that looked right at all, but he seemed to like it, as did the guys in the audience.  (Of course, I usually prefer clean-shaven men, so perhaps it’s no surprise that I didn’t like him with a beard.  Sadly, Matt was just as unshaven as on the show…)

Second big shock was when Matt — or rather, Charlie Cox — first spoke.  I’m sure that, at some point, I’d had it mentioned to me that he was the lead of Stardust, and therefore British.  However, I had long since forgotten that fact.  So I was quite surprised when he had an accent!  He’s really good at doing an American accent for the show; I had no idea it wasn’t his real accent.

Anyway, that was another really fun panel, with the twin pleasing facts that Charlie Cox is really nothing like the character of Matt Murdoch, and that Elden Henson really is Foggy Nelson.  (Foggy, of course, being my favorite character on Daredevil.  With the possible exception of Claire, but she’s more of a guest star than a principle cast member.)

It turned out, of course, that I would have had little to nothing spoiled about those last four episodes, had I not watched them.  But…I still feel like I did the right thing.  (Besides, there were questions I wanted answered ASAP!  Some of which weren’t particularly answered, but that’s neither here nor there.)

Anyway, after the Daredevil panel, I made a mistake.

I left the room to go back to the vendor room.

Now, in my own defense, it felt like the right thing to do.  I was starting to really need some more caffeine, and the next panel in there was William Shatner, and I’ve never been particularly into Star Trek.  I don’t dislike it, but it’s just not a big part of my life.  And even if it was, that was a serious caffeine headache I was developing, so I really needed to leave.

Then, of course, every place that sold caffeinated beverages had sold out of everything but Dr. Pepper and Diet Dr. Pepper (and I really don’t like the taste of Dr. Pepper, sorry to those who do), though after much searching, I finally found one place that had some Orange Crush or Sunkist Orange or whatever it is:  the orange-flavored soda that has some added caffeine.  It was full calorie, unfortunately, but the important thing was that it had some caffeine.

So I was able to recharge a little, and hit a tiny bit more of the vendor room before heading back up to get my seat for the Matt Smith panel.

But most of the other people had not vacated the room for Shatner; they had just stayed, whether or not they were interested in what he had to say.  (Personally, I felt it would have been really rude to sit there playing on my 3DS or reading my book — not that he’d have seen me doing it halfway across a huge room, but it’s the principle of the thing.)  Anyway, that meant my pretty good seat — just a few rows back from the massive VIP seating area — was swapped for one at the very back of the room.  Even looking at the screens where the camera was being used to project images of the interviewee(s), it was hard to see much. 😦

But Matt Smith was adorable and charming, just like he was before, even though he didn’t have Karen Gillan to play off of this time.

An interesting change took place between then and now.  Then, when asked who was the best kisser of his co-stars, he said Alex Kingston.  And given the chemistry between the eleventh Doctor and River Song, that totally made sense.  Now, when he was asked who were the better kissers, the men or the women, he said the men, giving Arthur Darvill a (slight) edge over Alex Kingston.

This was followed by a number of anecdotes about good old Rory.  (Which was delightful, since he’s my favorite new series companion.)  For one thing, Smith and Darvill were already friends before doing Doctor Who together, which hadn’t come up at all during the other panel.  He shared stories about things like calling him up and saying “Hey, have you read the new script?  You die again.”  Which usually got a response like “For good?” followed by “No, I think you’ll be back again.”

Poor Rory!  Him dying all the time actually became something of a running gag…

Smith also shared a story of prank-kissing Darvill on the set, just for a laugh, or to make him splutter, or whatever his reasons were.  That would make an amusing gag reel! 😛  He also shared a non-Rory story, about a time when a very attractive woman was appearing on the show as a guest star.  (He didn’t give any names, not hers or the name of the episode, so one’s left wondering.  If I had time, I might marathon the show to see if I could guess.  But I don’t.  Which is probably just as well.)  Anyway, he decided to go over to this woman — whoever she was — and “welcome her to the set.”  In the process, he ended up leaning on a light fixture…which caused part of it to fall and hit him on the head.  When he recovers, and looks over at Karen Gillan, she’s on the floor, doubled up with laughter.  (Was this perhaps not his first botched flirting?  He’d said earlier that he’s sometimes rubbish with women.)

I’m positive I’m forgetting a lot of things I’d share if I remembered them, but I think I’ve been at this at least two hours (possibly three) and I’m still only up to 5:00ish on Saturday.  (I should’ve done a Saturday recap post last night, and then only recapped today today.  If I’d been with it last night, that’s totally what I should have done.)  Anyway, I’m going to move on to the Tennant/Piper panel now.

Oh!  No, one thing more!  One of the girls who got up to ask a question (or rather who queued up (as the British would say) at the microphones in the aisle) prefaced her question by telling Smith that she loved him, and then asking him to marry her.  I really hope she was joking.  He took it well in stride, of course, but…man.  How do celebrities deal with that kind of thing?  Okay, so now I’ll move on to the Tennant/Piper panel.

When they came in, Tennant was — surprisingly, since this is the Midwest and not Hawaii — wearing a lei around his neck.  As he was sitting down, he noticed the person (I think it was a little boy) who had given it to him during the autograph session, and thanked him again.  Piper noticed that he had another one, and crossed the stage to get it, so for the rest of the panel they were both wearing them.  (Not a particularly important point, but the photos from these panels are also in the gallery, and there I had the flash on — since everyone else did — so you can kinda sorta see them a little bit.  “Them” meaning the people more than the leis, but them, too.)

So, an early questioner came up to the microphone and told them that they’d been with her all day, because her favorite part of the show was on her shirt, specifically a kiss between the tenth Doctor and Rose, and she started gushing about how much that meant to her and how much she’d love to see it in person.  Not exactly asking them to kiss, but basically.  (If I recall correctly.  I dunno; maybe she really did ask outright.  What she said is fuzzy in my mind, compared to their response.)

They were, of course, clearly opposed to the idea from the word ‘go,’ and Tennant was the first to articulate a response, saying something like “So you want us to just start making out right here in front of all of you?  That’s sick!”  And then Piper added that they both have children, and not with each other.  (I had no idea she was a mother!)

The questioner was not ready to admit defeat, however, and asked Tennant to say “Rose Tyler, I love you,” without any pauses.

This, too, was refused, by both of them.  In fact, they were both quite adamant that the Doctor was probably going to say something else entirely.  His suggestion was “I want to borrow your jacket,” and she suggested “I like your bathroom set,” which was followed by “I broke your curlers.”  (Personally, for my own two cents, I’ve always figured it would have been something strong but innocent, like “I’ll never forget you.”  That’s the sort of thing that the Doctor says to companions who’re leaving.)

So, later on — and this was the one that prompted me to start taking notes — one of the many questions aimed just at Tennant (which Piper took very well, I have to say) was, quite literally “What is it like to be married to your daughter?”

It took him quite a while to form any words in response to that, and Piper started laughing that he was speechless.  Finally, he says “There’s this line between fiction and reality…”

(Ironically, one of the questions I would have asked if I had figured there was any hope of me ever reaching the microphone would have been “What’s it like to have one of your childhood heroes as a father-in-law?”  But I didn’t want to ask that because a) I wouldn’t want to ask a question to only one of two guests, and b) what if his marriage had gone sour since The Five-ish Doctors, the last time I actually heard anything about it?  That would be horribly awkward.)

Another noteworthy question was when someone said they were both a Doctor Who fan and a Harry Potter fan, and wanted to know what house they thought they’d be sorted into, if they were going to attend Hogwarts, though the question was phrased a little awkwardly, and there some some confusion at first.

Once the confusion was cleared up, Tennant replied “Well, I am in Slytherin.  I’m not changing.”  Piper agreed that she’d probably end up in Slytherin, too, and then they both started talking about how it was rather cruel to sort them like that so young, telling these pre-pubescent kids “you’ve always thought you were good, but no, you’re a baddie.”  (I’m paraphrasing there, but “baddie” was definitely a term he was using in talking about it…and I love the way that word sounds in his native Scottish accent.  Let’s face it, I just love that accent all around!)

Another person recounted a rumor they had heard about Piper being smuggled onto the set for “The Stolen Earth” or whatever it’s called (the first half of the final two-parter in Donna’s season), so that the surprise and delight on the Doctor’s face was genuine, not acting.  This was agreed to be a charming story, but not a true one.  In fact, they both agreed it would be pretty much impossible, and Piper chimed in by saying that she’d surely want to go over and say “Hi!” as soon as she could, followed by “Look at my big gun!”  Which was when he started cracking up.

When the person supervising the panel said they only had time for one more question, Tennant immediately agreed that it was clearly going to be the best question of the night.  Then the girl at the microphone starts talking, choked up with emotion.

She told them that when her 18 year old brother died, talking about Doctor Who was the first thing that was able to get her to start talking again.  The transformation on their faces was astonishing.  The whole panel had been laughs and giggles, and then suddenly here’s this deep, emotional, heart-wrenching story.  It wasn’t a long story, but this poor girl’s voice was shaking with her pain, and you could see that they were both feeling it with her.  In fact, after she asked her question, Piper had to admit that she hadn’t caught the question, because she’d been so caught up in the girl’s story.

The question was what Doctor Who story, other than one of their own, they would want to be in.  Piper was sort of floundering for an answer, but Tennant stepped in and answered it, saying how he’d grown up with the show, and so if he could go back and be in some other story, he’d want to be in one of the ones that had really stayed with him ever since he was a kid, like “Genesis of the Daleks.”  And then he went on about how great that story was (and it really was great, btw, so if you haven’t seen it, you really need to!) and talked about several powerful moments in the story, which included a pretty good imitation of Tom Baker.  He also said how that had made it extra wonderful to get to work with Elisabeth Sladen, since Sarah Jane had been such an important part of his childhood.  (That part, of course, he had hardly needed to say, since it had been so evident on his face in the episode that a lot of that excitement and joy was clearly real, not acted.)

Having someone be choked up with emotion at meeting them wasn’t unusual across the evening.  In both Doctor Who panels, there were several questioners who were that filled with emotion, though if any of the others had any similar tragedies surrounding their emotion, they didn’t say so.  Another common thing was for the questioner to greet them, and then be fumbling to start their question, and to fill the fumbling time, they’d return the greeting, which would just make the questioner fumble more, frequently re-greeting them in the process.

Anyway, I have to say that that second panel was something of a revelation to me.  I am not a Rose Tyler fan.  I liked her at first, but she started going downhill, in my estimation, around “Father’s Day” and became unbearable as she started trying to take over the show in the second season.  I could never understand why the scripts always treated her like she was so perfect and wonderful and amazing, when she was getting more annoying by the day.  But having seen what Billie Piper is like, now I get it.

It was the Jo Grant effect, but imperfectly achieved.  Katy Manning, the actress who played Jo Grant, was loved and adored by everyone on the set — and by the writers as well — and I’ve heard writers talking about how she just made you want to put your arm around her and take care of her.  (Not that she needed to be taken care of, I’m sure, but some people just have that effect on others.)  So that bled into the way Jo was portrayed on the show.  But the relationship between the Doctor and Jo was very much like the relationship between Jon Pertwee and Katy Manning, more of a paternal thing than anything else, so there was no inconsistency there, and Jo’s character did not significantly change at any time (though some fluctuation was always the norm in that era) nor did her basic role and purpose on the show.  If there was any major change in Jo over time, it was to make her more like Katy Manning.

So then you get to the new show, and there’s Billie Piper, fun and charming and endearing, the kind of person who lights up a room just by being herself.  And so the writers wanted to make her more central to the show, but they didn’t go about it in the right way, they didn’t make it reflect the real person.  And they didn’t make the relationship between the Doctor and Rose mirror the friendship between David Tennant and Billie Piper.  Compound this with the fact that some writers handled her very differently than others, and you have a serious problem.  Not that it’s impacted her fan base:  many people are die-hard Rose fans, and probably always will be.  (Though I’m sure for a lot of them, she was their first companion.  Which does make a difference, obviously.)  But it certainly has an effect on some of us, as it completely turned me off the character.  And maybe I’ll dislike her less next time I watch some of her episodes (no idea when I’ll have time to re-watch anything again in the near future, mind you) or maybe I won’t, but at least now I understand what was going on backstage:  when the writers tried to increase Rose’s role, they did so artificially and inconsistently, instead of making her more like Billie Piper.

And it’s now become tomorrow (er, what was called “today” earlier is now “yesterday”?) so I need to hurry up with this narrative!

It wasn’t long after that panel that the vendor room shut down (and I still had about a third of it left!) and I ended up sitting in the hallway towards the exit, trying to empty my StreetPass Mii

Plaza of guests whose puzzle pieces I had not yet received.  This was difficult, of course, because by the time I finished one group, more would have shown up, because there was this steady stream of people walking past me on their way out.

But eventually I managed it, and headed back to the Metrolink station, and got there with about six minutes to spare…but when the train arrived, I realized I was on the wrong side of the track.  And that particular station is underground, and has three entrances.  I dashed up the stairs as quickly as I could (which is not all that quickly, considering how out of shape I am) and crossed the street and went back down as the train was leaving, only to realize that I was still on the wrong side of the tracks.  I had to go back up the stairs again, look around, and see that there was a third entrance, on the other side of a different street, and that was the entrance I needed.  So I had to sit around for almost 20 minutes waiting for the next train.  And then I had a half hour’s train ride back.  (But the up side of that was that I managed to finish my book!  And considering it was Nietzsche, that’s not so simple a task.  Now the question is if I can get my paper written on time…)

Anyway, so it was a long and exhausting day, but I was really enjoying it.

And on Sunday, my brother was feeling better, and was able to come with me.  (He had been feeling poorly on Saturday, because of…um, actually, I have no idea what it was.  He has no idea what it was.  General exhaustion and stress because he’s in the process of moving out of his condo and into a house, if you ask me.  But no one ever asks me.)  So no Metrolink, and with a car I was free to buy as much as I wanted, because it was going to be easier to get it home.

I haven’t photographed any of my purchases from today — er, now it’s yesterday? — but the biggest one was actually a dolly purchase.  Hopefully, I’ll have a chance to photograph it — and my other purchases, which were mostly used Doctor Who figures — in the coming week, so I can post about it next Sunday (or I suppose I could post them as the “W” and use “Wizard World Purchases” as the theme 😛 ) but I make no promises.  Things are pretty nuts around here, and the con being over isn’t going to help as much as I’d like.

One thing I was tempted to get but didn’t was a LEGO mini-figure.  A lot of booths were selling those, and I was tempted to get one of the Joker for Harley, but I decided against it in the end, as that seemed like a waste of $5.  (I should have just asked to borrow one for a photograph.  😛  Though perhaps no vendor would have agreed to that…)

Anyhow, there was only one panel I wanted to see on Sunday:  Elizabeth Henstridge, of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  Again, I didn’t end up asking any questions, but most of what I wanted to know got asked.  I had been wondering for a long time when it became known (particularly to his own actor) that Ward was actually Hydra.  And it turned out he only found out about one episode before the rest of the cast.  (Interestingly, she thought he wouldn’t have taken the part if he had known from the start.  Personally, I’d have thought it would make the part more appealing than the flat personality Ward started out with.  But what do I know?)  I had also thought of asking her what she’d say if the higher-ups said that they were thinking of giving Simmons a power and wanted to know what power(s) she’d like.  And someone asked her what power she’d like to see Simmons develop (her answer:  martial arts skills like May’s…even though she wouldn’t like the 18 hour days of shooting fight scenes).  I was also wondering if Bobbi and Hunter got written out because their spin-off had been approved, and it came up that yes, that was what had happened.  (I’m glad of that; they’re so much fun.  It’ll be sad not to have them interacting with the rest of the cast, though.)

The one last question I came up with to ask her if it looked like I’d get a chance was that I’d have asked who her favorite guest star so far on the show had been (not that I had many doubts who she’d say) and who she’d like to see cameo on the show in the future, either actor or character.  The latter wasn’t asked, but the former was, and while she did say that they’d had many amazing guest appearances, of course Samuel L. Jackson won because, well, duh, he’s Samuel L. Jackson!  (In fact, I’d have been shocked if she’d said anyone else.)  She told a couple of entertaining stories about that, and how nervous she’d been for her scene with him, and how hard she’d worked to keep composed and professional so she wouldn’t make a fool of herself.

Then the day of shooting was over, and she was getting ready to go home.  At the time, she said, she was driving an old junker car, which she had named “Kevin.”  (It’s so cute that she named her car!)  As the car was being driven up by the valet, she said she was doing “the Kevin dance,” which is just something she did.  As she’s doing so, she hears someone say something along the lines of “You’ve got some nice moves.”

And she was, of course, mortified to have been seen acting so silly by such a big star as Samuel L. Jackson.

And yet it was also a great moment for her, because of course he’s just a normal person like everyone else, even if he is a major movie star.

The very last question of the panel, knowing he was asking the last question, and wanting to make it the best question, asked her to show us “the Kevin dance.”

It was completely priceless. 😀

It seems to me that — despite that she said there’s no influence on the writers by the cast — many elements of Simmons’ character were in part based on Henstridge’s own personality.  The lighter, endearing elements, the cute little quirks and eccentricities.  She also said that while the whole cast has bonded as a team, she’s especially close to Iain De Caestecker, who plays Fitz.  She said she’s happy the relationship between the two characters is getting better again, but that any kissing scenes are really awkward for them to perform:  she likened it to kissing her brother.

There was also a cute moment when she accidentally almost told us something that’s going to happen in a future episode.  It went something like this:  “[name] is — oh, no I can’t tell you that yet!”  (The name’s been omitted to prevent even the slight spoiler she gave.  And even that was only spoiling that the character will appear on the show in the next four weeks, since they’re about a month ahead of us.)  This near-spoiler was followed by the mock-certainty that if she’d continued, she’d have been shot down by a(n invisible) Marvel drone that was undoubtedly hovering near the ceiling to make sure she wasn’t giving away any secrets.

Again, I’m leaving out a lot, but it’s a lot to remember, and by now it’s closing in on 1 in the morning, and I was completely and utterly wiped when I left the con about 3:40 this afternoon.  (It’s taken me this long because a) I had to take a bath and wash my hair so I wouldn’t be gross when I go to work in the morning and b) because I’ve stopped to play a few battles in Hyrule Warriors Legends to keep my strength up while writing this massive post.)

Anyway, after the Henstridge panel, then we went back to finish up with the vendor room.  The autograph lines were at the back of the vendor room, and by that point in the afternoon, there weren’t too many people in those lines.  I wasn’t going to shell out lots of money for an autograph, but that did give me a chance to get close enough to actually see Colter, Cox and Henson well, as opposed to across a dark room.  (Sadly, there was no such opportunity to see Matt Smith or David Tennant that way.  In fact, Tennant wasn’t even appearing on Sunday, as he had to fly straight back out to New York, where he’s performing in Richard II.)  And I happened to be at the back of the room when Mike Colter left, so he walked by about maybe ten feet away from me.  He is totally as sexy in person as he is in Jessica Jones.  Though he didn’t seem as big in person.  Maybe the actress playing Jessica is just really small?  Or maybe the convention staff near him were just much larger than she is?

So, overall, exhausting and expensive as it was, it was a really fun and exciting weekend, and I’d love to be able to go to more cons…though the problem with that is that I work on the weekends, so it’s hard to get the time off. 😦

So, anyway, the gallery is here if you’d like to see it.  (The one photo I took of Henstridge at the last panel is actually well-lit and in focus:  you can actually tell it’s her.)

Oh, and if you’re here looking for “C” in April A-to-Z, you’re a little over seven hours early.  That post has been scheduled for…I think it was 8:52 am?  Somewhere around there.  If you come back at 9 (Central time) it’ll be up. 🙂

7 thoughts on “Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis

  1. aikifox85 April 4, 2016 / 1:46 am

    OMG OMG OMG!!!! I don’t even know where to start, what to comment on first!! So Jealous!! ❤ Daredevil – Charlie Cox is a sexy beast (though maybe not as much as David Tennant XD )! How can you not be keen on Star Trek?? Sacrilege! Though, most of the interesting people from TOS are dead now and I would have been more interested in Takei than Shatner. And OMG DAVID TENNANT!! ::fangirl squee. fangirl squee all over the place:: How do you not like Rose??? AGH! Rose is my Favorite! But then, I'm biased. When I had my mother watch Doctor Who, she told me she was convinced that they based Rose on me. So, if you thought she was annoying, odds are you might think I'm annoying IRL, haha! XD

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    • Iphis of Scyros April 4, 2016 / 7:18 pm

      If it’d been Takei, I wouldn’t have budged an inch, no batter how bad my headache was! 😀 I’d have been happy to stay for Koenig or Nichols, too. (And, actually, I’d have wanted to stay for most of the ones no longer with us, too…) Really, maybe it was more Shatner than Star Trek that let me feel it was okay to leave. (Though it’s still true that it’s not all that important to me as a show.)

      A lot of my issues with Rose come from my relationship with the original series, where the Doctor/companion relationship was very different, and almost never involved even the slightest hint of romance. (And the one major time it did, the companion was a Time Lady, and it was mostly just their off-screen romance bleeding through onto the screen.)


      • aikifox85 April 4, 2016 / 9:00 pm

        Well, to be fair, the previous doctors had never been that cute before 😛


      • Iphis of Scyros April 4, 2016 / 9:06 pm

        Lol, that’s true!

        Well, no, not entirely: the fifth Doctor was cuter. (And, in truth, when Peri decided to sign on with him, it was totally obvious that she weighed the choice of “two random guys who wanted to take her to Morocco” and “one cute guy who wanted to take her through all of time and space” and decided the latter was the better option in both companionship and destination. (And it’s hard to blame her for that!) Of course, then he regenerated in the very next story…) I’d call Tennant more “sexy” than just “cute,” personally. (Which, admittedly, does excuse a certain amount of Rose drooling all over him…)

        Makes one wonder what his kids are going to grow up to look like, having inherited the genes of the two best-looking Doctors! :p

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  2. Olive April 4, 2016 / 6:59 am

    I love conventions! Lol I’m actually writing this while reading your post midway, so that I won’t forget what I want to say about Rose. I’m a huge Rose fan! I think next to Rory and captain Jack, she is one of my favorites. I do prefer her dynamic with the 9th doctor rather than that of the 10th (9 and Rose were my first doctor and companion, and I probably do have a bias since they were my first, but if they had been rubbish, I probably wouldn’t have stuck around to watch the rest of the show), and while Rose seemed a bit superficial with the doctor(s) in the beginning, to be fair, so was he when he first regenerates (kind of reminded me of Peter Pan/Wendy dynamic from the novel). I agree with you though, I didn’t like Rose in that episode where she creates the paradox (mighty selfish), but you know, she isn’t the only one to throw the rule book out the window! Lol I don’t know exactly where I was going with this except that I needed to talk about Doctor Who. I hope to one day attend a Who Con!

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    • Iphis of Scyros April 4, 2016 / 7:23 pm

      I totally want to go to a Who convention, too! There’s one in Chicago every year, and I hear they get great guests from the original series, which is kind of where my heart lies. (Where my hearts lie?) But it’s also really exciting to see the people from the new series. 😀 Of course, the one I want to see most is Arthur Darvill. 😉 (And thanks to “Legends of Tomorrow” maybe that’s not so impossible? He might hit the con circuit for that…)


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