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12 May 2008 @ 09:43 pm
AsylumCon Friday and Saturday  

Hi Internets! I’m not dead...just the internet at the host hotel was $30 a day (£15), and there was no way I was paying that just for 24 hours of internet.

Anyway, I have missed my flist and my friends! However, I had a pretty awesome time at Asylum, and that was just the start of my vacation! If I've missed anything major in fandoms or general need-to-know, please comment and let me know!

My Mom drove me up to the airport and we got there around 8:00. My flight wasn’t leaving until 11:00, so I had plenty of time. What actually wound up happening was my flight getting delayed for an hour and a half because of the thunderstorm that was coming through the area. We finally got off the ground and started my flight to the UK!

I had a snack, and then dinner was this lasagna meal with cake for dessert...and then yogurt and a muffin for breakfast. And tea. Lots of tea. I actually was able to get about 3-4 hours of sleep on the plane, thankfully. When I woke up we were about an hour from Heathrow.

I landed and got through international check in REALLY quick! I think it was because we were in a less used terminal. My mom and I landed in either 2 or 3 last year and it took FOREVER to get through! But this year, it was under a 15 minute wait. So, got through and went to the Central Bus Station to take the bus to Birmingham.

On my way, I ran into a SUPER cute boy from Dallas, Texas, who was visiting his cousin and aunt in… Glouster I believe. He helped me get to the bus station and we talked about why I was here. HAHA “I’m here for a convention!”

Since my flight was delayed, I missed the bus that I had planned on catching. So I had to wait for an hour and 15 minutes for the 2:45 bus to BHX. It was a LONG bus ride and not comfortable...but much easier to just sit there rather than have to take three different trains to the same place.

I finally got there! Met up with my roomie vanee, and our birthday buddy dullemarulle, and got registered for the convention. WHEEEE.

THAT went much better than last year! However, things were getting pushed back - surprise! ;)

After registration, we hung out in the lobby/bar area. I got fish and chips - and I mean, I got a fish! It was a whole thing! Met up with my awesome German friends - cologne_chick, ongiara, justfreefallin, legoline, lyxzen, and some others, because some of them were waiting for the wine/cocktail party to start.

I went and explored the dealers room. It was pretty much the exact same dealers that they had last year. I bought some Torchwood prints because YAY I have Torchwood pictures now! and bought a new coaster (well...two, a SPN and TW one) since my other one broke.

And we hung out in the bar while the cocktail party ended and we got to watch everyone walk by. I actually missed Lauren and Katie b/c they looked SO NOT like what they look like on the show. Lauren is absolutely BEAUTIFUL without the makeup caked on her face like she is on SPN.

The rest of the night was just relaxing and catching up with people I haven’t seen in a full year. It was REALLY great getting to see everyone again and just hang out! HAHA [Bad username: vanee] is my new International Plastics member! ;)

Next up? Saturday craziness or “Didn’t we go through this last year?!”

First day of the convention was craziness as expected!

It didn’t start on time, but they kept things going pretty well.

Doug was the master of ceremony basically, and he was a great entertaining guy. He introduced everyone for the “Welcoming ceremony” and then we went right into Jim and Sterling’s panel.

Jim and Sterling are just...incredible, wonderful guys.

We all <3 Jim, and he was just awesome. You can tell how much fun he is having doing these, and Sterling is just this adorable softie with this scary Gordon laugh! :P Jim joked about Bobby eating his dog “with mustard” and he didn’t like working with dogs. And Sterling kept joking that he was coming back. “Bring me back!” I’d totally want Gordon back.

Then I went to get in line for autographs. This is where the problem was for the con, I think. Horribly done. There were 4 separate lines, but...there should have just been ONE line so they can judge how many people are actually waiting for all autographs. But they got through the first 400 by lunch time. It was Katie, Lauren, and Travis signing autographs.

Um, Katie? Yeah, she spelled Jensen’s name wrong. “Jensin.” HAHA WOW. Not the sharpest tool in the box.

Lauren was drawing Bela stick figures with a smoking gun and $$$ signs, it was adorable. OMG I love her. LOVE HER. I’m so glad my personal feelings about the girls are pretty much the same. Once again, SPN using their female guest actors completely under their potential and just WRONG.

And Travis wrote W.hat W.ould B.uffy D.o? On my poster. Seriously, that guy is comedic genius! More on him later!

I just don’t get how EyeCon can have a very similar set up - even more relaxed b/c it’s just “you go when you want” and that can work out perfectly, and then what Asylum does takes FOREVER. I just don’t get it.

Anyway! The autos took over an hour, and I missed Sam and most of Chad’s panels. Chad’s panel was very similar to how things went at EyeCon. He spoke about his documentary and got some weird questions. “If Ash had to hook up with Sam or Dean, who would he choose” And you could tell that he was thrown off guard. He spoke about Andy/Ash (Thanks Gabe!) and said that he thought it was ridiculous that “people would take the time to write that stuff” but then he said “Ash would choose both.”

Then we broke for lunch...we hung around so we could keep our seats. I sent some postcards to my parents, and bought a photo op ticket for Katie and Lauren together.

Somewhere over the day I finally got to meet purplepheonix03, trueshellz, nyaubaby, wenchpixie, annemiek81, and iceandlime, and got to catch up with tinkabell007 (although nothing much other than just frantic waves to each other!), aditu_az, and tigressunicorn. If I missed you, let me know! There were people I wanted to meet and just NEVER found you! :( And some people came up to me to say hi and I either didn't get your LJ or real life name or might have missed it. But it was SO great to meet you all and say hello!

AJ was supposed to be after lunch, but he wasn’t arriving until late that night b/c he was filming CSI episodes. But he made it for the group photo op, which I was SO happy for, because I decided on that one, along with Katie & Lauren, and Sterling. Lauren and Katie are very sweet people. More on them later.

So the first panel was Travis’ panel. OMG HE IS HILARIOUS! He reminds me a bit of Gabe and his comedic panel. He stood up so he could move around and kick and punch, and talk about ninjas vs. pirates, and do some Buffy staking a vampire moves. HAHA He was just awesome.

Then I went for autographs with Sam, Chad, Sterling, and Jim. Coolest bunch of people EVER, I swear. Jim’s line was taking FOREVER because he was having conversations with EVERYONE - and was giving hugs, and skipped breaks and lunch JUST so he could get to everyone. Seriously, one of the coolest, classiest actors I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting.

So, I went to see Sterling first. Man, LOVE HIM. He’s just...very articulate, kinda soft spoken, and often laughing. And has this deep laugh. He’s always smiling and is so happy. And he loved Gordon and getting to be on the show.

Then I went to get Chad’s auto and he was great, as always. The AC was broken in the autograph room, so everyone was REALLY hot - literally, this time, and one of our friends actually fainted from the heat. You could tell that Chad was a bit exhausted and blah.

Next, I went to Sam’s table. She looked up at me and goes “Wait….why do I think I've seen you before...” and I was all “We met at EyeCon and Chicago!” HAHA So Sam is definitely starting to place my face. And then she goes “What are you doing here?! You JUST saw us!” HAHA so I explained I was vacationing here and timed it with the convention. I asked what her future convention plans were, and she mentioned Dallas. I told her how great it was actually getting to HANG OUT with her at EyeCon and if she’d be attending either that or Chicago. She said yes to both, that she would love to go back to EyeCon especially. I thanked her and she said “It was great seeing you again, see you next time!”

Then we got into Jim’s line, which was slllooooowww moving, but worth the wait in every way. What a great guy.

I got up to him and he goes “Wait a minute, you look familiar!” HAHA and he goes “You’re just stalking me, aren’t you?” And I was joking around so I said “yes.” And Jim says, “well, you only need to stalk me from now on” ;) I asked if he got to take time off and go on vacation into London like he had mentioned at EyeCon, and he said he does and he is really, really looking forward to it. And he said “It was great seeing you again!” and I thanked him like 5 times.

LOVE that man. Kripke better NEVER kill Bobby.

I got back in time for the last 1/2 of Katie and Lauren’s panel. They were VERY funny together! They were insulting each other and picking on each other. Katie was saying how Jared will make fun of her walk when he is off camera, and then how when she steps up to her mark she does some “strike a pose” model stance, and then Lauren was making fun of her for that. I swear, every other sentence Katie was all “I’d kick their ass” or “that’d kick ass.”

She really wants to kick a lotta ass.

And they actually posed for photos, so I got some great ones of the two of them together:

Then, we had the group photo op! It was Sam, Chad, Katie, Lauren, Jim, Sterling, Travis, AJ, Steve Carlson, and Jason Manns, and it was SO FAST! EyeCon has spoiled me!

I walked into the room and Jim shouted, “HI RACHEL!” HAHAHA

I sat down in the chair and said, “everyone do something funny!” And all of a sudden it feels like everyone is touching my head. Apparently Jim had grabbed my ears and was doing something funny. And then Sam shouts to everyone, “Oh! I have an idea! Everyone put a finger on her!” And we’re all trying to do something when the guy took the picture. Sam shouted “But we weren’t ready!” but he assured her the photo was good.


We had another break for them to set up for the concerts and party, and it was all crazy. We were let in around 8:00 and Jason was performing first. MAN, I didn’t really tell until Sunday, but he has BULKED up. He’s apparently playing a homeless man in a movie, which is why he really does look like a bum with the beard and hair. You can’t even see his face after he has the hat on! Jason was great...I really think he’s been working on his voice, b/c it sounded even better than last year and just stronger and more powerful.

And then Steve came on! This was kinda weird to me, because I’ve heard him like 4 times and it’s always been just HIM. But this time he had a pianist with him and backup singers. I am going to be honest and say that I prefer it when it’s just HIM. Yes, there were audio problems on the stage and in the room, but you could barely hear his voice once he started to have others sing with him. I really like Steve as just Steve b/c that’s when you really hear his voice shine.

After Steve, we were all exhausted, so we headed back to the room and hung out for the rest of the night. Good times!

Sunday coming ASAP!
Current Mood: hungryhungry
Shellztrueshellz on May 12th, 2008 09:11 pm (UTC)
jim was awesome
and even in the afternoon his line took AGES!
Rachel_sin_attract on May 12th, 2008 10:14 pm (UTC)
It was worth the wait!

It was so great getting to meet you!! :P I wish we'd had more time to talk, but it was crazy the whole weekend!
Shellztrueshellz on May 12th, 2008 10:18 pm (UTC)
It was very crazy
But good crazy
I hope to see you again sometime hun
Laurellfg1986 on May 12th, 2008 09:37 pm (UTC)
Wooo, con reports!! I actually think I like reading the con reports for ones where Jared and Jensen DIDN'T attend better, just cause then you get so many new awesome stories about them as well as all the other guests. :D
Rachel_sin_attract on May 12th, 2008 10:13 pm (UTC)
Yeah...well, it was MUCH more relaxed and we got a great bigger # of guests, so it worked out all evenly.

I just posted one for Sunday as well!
Laurellfg1986 on May 12th, 2008 10:29 pm (UTC)
How was it compared to EyeCon? More or less relaxed (w/ the exception of the Jared factor, of course)? I'm just curious, cause I think if there are a bunch of different "relaxed" cons around that even CAN feature the main stars (since Jensen was at Asylum last year and Jared's done EyeCon), then there's no reason for Creation cons to be so rushed, other than they don't care about the fans enough to make it a more relaxed atmosphere.

And oooh goodie!! *goes off to read*
Rachel_sin_attract on May 12th, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC)
Well, EyeCon is still superior b/c for Asylum, the actors were in different hotels apparently. So, no hanging out with us after con hours. And UK cons have this odd tradition of "disco parties" where you pick a theme and you dress up. It's odd.

It was slower paced, but the organization was everywhere. The con started 30-45 minutes late and things were pushed back. So...a LOT better than last year, but still all over the place. The wine party was supposed to be at 7, I believe, and it wound up starting at 9:30.

And Asylum was disastrous last year, so don't think that just with Jensen last year it went well, b/c it didn't. :P
Laurellfg1986 on May 12th, 2008 10:40 pm (UTC)
Lol, ok good to know! Thanks!

*am in the middle of reading your Sunday report* ;)
Ash: Asylum (Scoobies)purplephoenix03 on May 12th, 2008 09:45 pm (UTC)
*is stealing your photos*


Yay, finally got to meet you babe! Enjoy Glasgow and Cardiff when you get there :) Funnily enough, I was supposed to be in Cardiff on Sunday for a wedding. My folks went!!


(I'm only stealing photos as memories, not to repost, promise!)
Rachel_sin_attract on May 12th, 2008 09:55 pm (UTC)
Heee! YAY! I'm so glad I FINALLY got to meet you too! :P

And after I finish up Sunday's post, I'm making a flocked picspam of us gals over the weekend, so you might be interested in that one too :)

*HUG* I'll see you in October!
Charlimrscutedean on May 12th, 2008 09:50 pm (UTC)
Dude I SWORE I saw you but I didn't realise you were coming all the way over for this, god damn that means it WAS you, I totally would have said hi, also hehehe I apologise my friends blonde head and my hat appear to be in practically ALL of your pics we must have been sitting just in front of you x
Rachel_sin_attract on May 12th, 2008 09:57 pm (UTC)
AHHH! Y'know, I thought that was you on Saturday!! Awww, I should have said hi too :( Hopefully I'll see you at some future event and we can really say hi next time.

And you guys weren't in the way! Honestly, the only thing in the way was the stupid cameraman and his damn camera - which was pointless anyway!
Charlimrscutedean on May 12th, 2008 10:28 pm (UTC)
Uh tell me about it, he had his big giant head and camera right in front of me for Jim and Sterling. I was unimpressed lol.

I wasn't sure how I felt about Sam after the con, wasn't too keen on the gum move, she put it on the chair in her panel, then Katie put her arm on it at their panel. Hmmmm. Apparantly in her panel on Sat she said she felt put out that she'd been replaced and didn't want to watch season 3...

I had a brill time though, did you enjoy it, Birmingham's my home town so I didn't have to go far thank god.
Rachel_sin_attract on May 12th, 2008 10:51 pm (UTC)
Yeah, he was there allllll weekend. So annoying!

HAHA well, I LOVE Sam and will always choose her over the girls. I think both she and Alona were treated VERY poorly on the show. And Sam had said she just couldn't bring herself to watch S3 before, which...I guess, if I was in her place I could understand. She should have been in S3 and she wasn't b/c she was too old and not hot enough for the CW "standards" hehe

I had fun! This year was SO much more organized than last!
justfreefallinjustfreefallin on May 12th, 2008 10:01 pm (UTC)
Hey, it was nice talking to you a bit more than last year. It was a great weekend!
And nice pictures! :D
Rachel_sin_attract on May 12th, 2008 10:13 pm (UTC)
Yes! It was SO great getting to hang and talk this year!

I'm looking forward to your photos!
ヴェレーナ: sam LOLongiara on May 12th, 2008 10:31 pm (UTC)
Haha, I totally love the fact that Lauren added money and gun and all to her Bela stick figures ^-^ *loves on her*

And wow, your Travis pics rock! I missed his whole panel so this is a big treat. :)

Also, was really great hanging out with you a bit again this year. *smooches* Have fun in Glasgow!!
Rachel_sin_attract on May 12th, 2008 10:40 pm (UTC)
*loves her hard too* She was great!

And I have some video from Travis' panel as well, so I'll get that up ASAP. I've been uploading Sunday videos b/c they're funnier! :P

And YES! SO great to see you again! Thank you!

(Come to EyeCon) ;)
ヴェレーナ: sd cotongiara on May 12th, 2008 10:46 pm (UTC)
Eee, you rock my socks!!! Looking forward to the Travis stuff then as for the other videos, of course :)

Come to EyeCon
Don't tempt me... *is maybe thinking of the L.A. con in March*
Amyames1010 on May 13th, 2008 01:26 am (UTC)
Awesome report and pics, as always! And YAY shoes! :D:D:D

Love you, hon!
[vanessa] call me miss shameless.: lauren and mevanee on May 13th, 2008 09:51 am (UTC)
I am so bummed Asylum is over, it turned out to be such an awesome weekend!

I had the best time and it was superawesome that we got to hang out the entire time. \O/

Have to go to work in a couple of hours and I am so NOT motivated to go, haha.
blackbirdj2blackbirdj2 on May 13th, 2008 10:59 am (UTC)
OMG great review!!! I'm sorry I just came up for a quick hi on Saturday evening, but maybe we'll meet again in another con ;) ;)
.: Ruby Ruby Ruby Ruby Ahaa-ahaa-aaaapippilottah on May 13th, 2008 04:57 pm (UTC)
You got some pretty cool shots, especially the ones of Travis, and the girls when they're posing at the end. They were soo damn pretty!
Anjacologne_chick on May 14th, 2008 03:47 pm (UTC)
Awww you got pics of Steve's shoes. I tried but they turned out really bad :-/