heidi: (fandom)
Sixth year running, we're doing a Harry Potter fan panel at Comic Con - this year it's at 4:15 in 6DE (same room as the last few years) and since it's one of the final panels at the Con, I'm strongly considering planning to decamp to a nearby bar for an hour or two afterwards to stave off post-con drop (and because my flight doesn't leave until 9:45).

Who's coming to Comic Con? Who'll still be alert and awake for our HP panel?
heidi: (JustMyType)
I was going to steal time today during the kids' tae kwon do class to post about how flat Christmas Day always feels for me, and how the Chipmunks movie did not suck as badly as it theoretically could, or my thoughts let me show you them on Doctor Who (which I haven't seen yet, but thought I would haveby that point) but that's not going to happen because...

At about noon today I got a phone call from [livejournal.com profile] bekkio that she'd just learned that our friend Eric Bowling had died of heart failure yesterday.

Some of you may've met Eric at Comic Con, where he was our moderator in 2008 and 2009 at the Harry Potter panel - you can meet him now, in a way, through the videos of our panel - start with that one and then you can see the rest here. I'm not sure if there's been an upload of this year's panel which again included me and Melissa, as well as [livejournal.com profile] gwendolyngrace, [livejournal.com profile] flourish, Lev Grossman from TIME, Dr Henry Jenkins and ArtInsights' Leslie Combemale; will try to find it.

Eric and I taked at least three or four times a week - sometimes three or four times a day. He'd been ill since birth with heart issues and related problems, but he never, never sounded down or angry for more than a minute. He was the Harry Potter guy at Comic Con and fought for years to have an HP panel included - and was still fighting to have it removed from the "Kids' Programming" section, as oh my God we definitely were not. He wore his Gryffindor costume and looked enough like Harry with his dark hair that people came up to him when he was using his cane or in his wheelchair to comment on it. He was instrumental in working Disabled Services at Comic Con and was immensely helpful in putting together policies and procedures for Azkatraz and things we will use next summer at Infinitus. Even though he wasn't sure he'd be able to go, he was on the Academic Programming vetting committee and was in the process of applying to Dr Jenkins' program at USC; he wanted to write his thesis on Snape and moral masochism.

I'm going to end this by quoting [livejournal.com profile] flourish:

Eric loved Emma Watson, loved the Harry Potter books, and loved bringing people together to talk about them. He was enthusiastic, sometimes socially inappropriate, and always had a good sense of humor about life - which could describe a lot of fans! But Eric was special. He will be sorely missed.

All I can say is, somebody who's in CA had better step up and make the Harry Potter panel happen this year, or he's totally going to come back as a poltergeist and get all up in CCI's face...


Oh, God, how appropriate is it that this is my mood icon? When [livejournal.com profile] flourish said that Eric loved Emma, oh that is putting it mildly. He adored her looks and her smarts and I remember him cheering to me when we heard she was going to Brown.

He would laugh that the mood icon on the post I make about him is highlighted by his adored Emma. And that makes me miss him twice as much.
heidi: (JustMyType)
I was going to steal time today during the kids' tae kwon do class to post about how flat Christmas Day always feels for me, and how the Chipmunks movie did not suck as badly as it theoretically could, or my thoughts let me show you them on Doctor Who (which I haven't seen yet, but thought I would haveby that point) but that's not going to happen because...

At about noon today I got a phone call from [livejournal.com profile] bekkio that she'd just learned that our friend Eric Bowling had died of heart failure yesterday.

Some of you may've met Eric at Comic Con, where he was our moderator in 2008 and 2009 at the Harry Potter panel - you can meet him now, in a way, through the videos of our panel - start with that one and then you can see the rest here. I'm not sure if there's been an upload of this year's panel which again included me and Melissa, as well as [livejournal.com profile] gwendolyngrace, [livejournal.com profile] flourish, Lev Grossman from TIME, Dr Henry Jenkins and ArtInsights' Leslie Combemale; will try to find it.

Eric and I taked at least three or four times a week - sometimes three or four times a day. He'd been ill since birth with heart issues and related problems, but he never, never sounded down or angry for more than a minute. He was the Harry Potter guy at Comic Con and fought for years to have an HP panel included - and was still fighting to have it removed from the "Kids' Programming" section, as oh my God we definitely were not. He wore his Gryffindor costume and looked enough like Harry with his dark hair that people came up to him when he was using his cane or in his wheelchair to comment on it. He was instrumental in working Disabled Services at Comic Con and was immensely helpful in putting together policies and procedures for Azkatraz and things we will use next summer at Infinitus. Even though he wasn't sure he'd be able to go, he was on the Academic Programming vetting committee and was in the process of applying to Dr Jenkins' program at USC; he wanted to write his thesis on Snape and moral masochism.

I'm going to end this by quoting [livejournal.com profile] flourish:

Eric loved Emma Watson, loved the Harry Potter books, and loved bringing people together to talk about them. He was enthusiastic, sometimes socially inappropriate, and always had a good sense of humor about life - which could describe a lot of fans! But Eric was special. He will be sorely missed.

All I can say is, somebody who's in CA had better step up and make the Harry Potter panel happen this year, or he's totally going to come back as a poltergeist and get all up in CCI's face...


Oh, God, how appropriate is it that this is my mood icon? When [livejournal.com profile] flourish said that Eric loved Emma, oh that is putting it mildly. He adored her looks and her smarts and I remember him cheering to me when we heard she was going to Brown.

He would laugh that the mood icon on the post I make about him is highlighted by his adored Emma. And that makes me miss him twice as much.
heidi: (JustMyType)
I was going to steal time today during the kids' tae kwon do class to post about how flat Christmas Day always feels for me, and how the Chipmunks movie did not suck as badly as it theoretically could, or my thoughts let me show you them on Doctor Who (which I haven't seen yet, but thought I would haveby that point) but that's not going to happen because...

At about noon today I got a phone call from [personal profile] bekkio that she'd just learned that our friend Eric Bowling had died of heart failure yesterday.

Some of you may've met Eric at Comic Con, where he was our guru and organizer and coordinator and moderator in 2008 and 2009 at the Harry Potter panel - you can meet him now, in a way, through the videos of our panel - start with that one and then you can see the rest here. I'm not sure if there's been an upload of this year's panel which again included me and Melissa, as well as [personal profile] gwendolyngrace, [personal profile] flourish, Lev Grossman from TIME, Dr Henry Jenkins and ArtInsights' Leslie Combemale; will try to find it.

Eric and I taked at least three or four times a week - sometimes three or four times a day. He'd been ill since birth with heart issues and related problems, but he never, never sounded down or angry for more than a minute. He was the Harry Potter guy at Comic Con and fought for years to have an HP panel included - and was still fighting to have it removed from the "Kids' Programming" section, as oh my God we definitely were not. He wore his Gryffindor costume and looked enough like Harry with his dark hair that people came up to him when he was using his cane or in his wheelchair to comment on it. He was instrumental in working Disabled Services at Comic Con and was immensely helpful in putting together policies and procedures for Azkatraz and things we will use next summer at Infinitus. Even though he wasn't sure he'd be able to go, he was on the Academic Programming vetting committee and was in the process of applying to Dr Jenkins' program at USC; he wanted to write his thesis on Snape and moral masochism.

I'm going to end this by quoting :

Eric loved Emma Watson, loved the Harry Potter books, and loved bringing people together to talk about them. He was enthusiastic, sometimes socially inappropriate, and always had a good sense of humor about life - which could describe a lot of fans! But Eric was special. He will be sorely missed.

All I can say is, somebody who's in CA had better step up and make the Harry Potter panel happen this year, or he's totally going to come back as a poltergeist and get all up in CCI's face...
heidi: (Utopia)
This is the first of my write-ups from Comic Con - the others will be showing up on AcedMagazine over the next few weeks (except for Past Life which will be held until it airs early next year), but these moments were personal, not while I was on the job, so I'm posting them here instead.

Barrowman. )
Tennant. )

Official interview with David and Russell Davis (where he clears up that Supernatural quote, and fangirls about Jared and Jensen) coming soon!

Pics with John behind the cut )
heidi: (Utopia)
This is the first of my write-ups from Comic Con - the others will be showing up on AcedMagazine over the next few weeks (except for Past Life which will be held until it airs early next year), but these moments were personal, not while I was on the job, so I'm posting them here instead.

Barrowman. )
Tennant. )

Official interview with David and Russell Davis (where he clears up that Supernatural quote, and fangirls about Jared and Jensen) coming soon!

Pics with John behind the cut )
heidi: (Palms by echoe69)
Book of Eli looks exciting, The Box looks terrifying, Where The Wild Things Are looks imaginative and perfect for any creative child, and OMG SHERLOCK HOLMES. Robert and Jude and Rachael are perfect and I think this will revitalize Guy Ritchie's career - from the trailer we saw, he was perfect for this.

Brief spoiler... )

I have more over on http://twitter.com/acedmagazine
heidi: (Palms by echoe69)
Book of Eli looks exciting, The Box looks terrifying, Where The Wild Things Are looks imaginative and perfect for any creative child, and OMG SHERLOCK HOLMES. Robert and Jude and Rachael are perfect and I think this will revitalize Guy Ritchie's career - from the trailer we saw, he was perfect for this.

Brief spoiler... )

I have more over on http://twitter.com/acedmagazine
heidi: (Supernatural TARDIS)
So the SPN panel is on Sunday at 11:45 and I went squee because my Harry Potter panel isn't until that afternoon so I wouldn't have a conflict this year.

But then today, it was announced that Doctor Who and Torchwood "are slated to make a huge crash at San Diego's Comic Con International."

Both panels are Sunday. (Doctor Who at 11AM Torchwood at 2:15PM)

Torchwood's panel is slated to include Russell T. Davies, Julie Gardner, Eros Lyn, and John Barrowman. Doctor Who's panel is said to include all of the above except John and instead they have David Tennant.


David. Tennant.

Oh, that is lovely. Gah, how in hell am I going to choose between Tennant and Supernatural?!?!?!?!?

What I will make it to, for sure, is on Saturday night, from 7:30-10:00PM - they will be airing Planet of the Dead and the final episode of Children of Earth as a double feature.
heidi: (Supernatural TARDIS)
So the SPN panel is on Sunday at 11:45 and I went squee because my Harry Potter panel isn't until that afternoon so I wouldn't have a conflict this year.

But then today, it was announced that Doctor Who and Torchwood "are slated to make a huge crash at San Diego's Comic Con International."

Both panels are Sunday. (Doctor Who at 11AM Torchwood at 2:15PM)

Torchwood's panel is slated to include Russell T. Davies, Julie Gardner, Eros Lyn, and John Barrowman. Doctor Who's panel is said to include all of the above except John and instead they have David Tennant.


David. Tennant.

Oh, that is lovely. Gah, how in hell am I going to choose between Tennant and Supernatural?!?!?!?!?

What I will make it to, for sure, is on Saturday night, from 7:30-10:00PM - they will be airing Planet of the Dead and the final episode of Children of Earth as a double feature.
heidi: (Ghostfacers)
There's a webisode that they filmed at Comic Con up on their website - and I am briefly in it!

Last July, I was walking out of my hotel to head over to the convention center, and was quite surprised to see the Ghostfacers in front of my hotel - they were, as I posted totally in character, and they had a camera crew filming everything, so I became a Ghostfacers fangirl and they signed a bear for my friend [livejournal.com profile] laughingirl's LisaWalks project and the whole thing got filmed, which was weird and bizarre and fun.

Then at Eyecon back in September, I talked to Travis (seen here at Comic Con) a bit about what they'd been doing at Comic Con, and he said Kripke hoped to do a few webisodes and make it a bit of a spinoff on the net, so that's what Comic Con had been - sort of a pilot for the webisodes - and he told me I might be in it.

Turns out I am!

About half-way into the Comic Con Part 2 video, you can see the Ghostfacers with the LisaWalks bear, and then it pans to me taking their picture, then it goes blurry. Screencaps behind the cut. )

So, does this mean that a Ghostfacers Fangirl Named Heidi is now canon in the SPN-verse? Because that makes my brain feel very twistyweird.
heidi: (Default)
I have this black dress with white polka dots that makes me look like the Other Mother from Coraline, according to my son. So I was thinking I could wear it at Comic Con but I'd love to have button eyes to go with it. Can't figure out how to do them, and still be able to actually see.

Any thoughts?

ETA: In other news, I love Nate Silver's brain!
heidi: (Still the Prettiest)
And also, very nice - he signed a bear for my friend [livejournal.com profile] laughingirl's Avon Breast Cancer fundraising project because I managed to get a space in the autograph line thanks to my husband, who lurked around the booth from 11:15 until they opened the line for the ninety seconds it took to fill said line.

But that's the end of my day at Comic Con and I have had a *day* so far and I want to write all of it up so let's jump back....

Had breakfast with [livejournal.com profile] bekkio, [livejournal.com profile] sue_tlc, Erin from House of Black and [livejournal.com profile] melissa_tlc - much fun and good conversation and no mimosas even though I could already have used one! I'd been up since 530 packing and helping Aaron load the car - he bought a lot of toys and art! - and getting things organized for handing out [livejournal.com profile] azkatraz postcards at the panel, etc.

After breakfast we went up stairs to head over to the convention center to meet with the wonderful Eric - our panel moderator - and I glanced out the front door because they'd moved this yummy strawberry water cooler out there and I was considering getting one - and guess who I saw?

If you've read my prior post, you'd know! I saw the Ghostfacers! Ed, Harry and Maggie -and they were all in character. I fangirled them a bit and they signed a bear from the Avon project and then I got a photo with them which is *adorable* - will upload tomorrow. They were fantastic!

After that I was shaking a bit because OMG GHOSTFACERS?!? I made a vid set to XANADU about them! (No I didn't tell them that!)

Then, we had our little panel-meeting moment and got organized and tried not to feel queasy - btu I was jittery about something else. My friend Jenna at Aced Magazine - who I'd already written a piece on DOctor Who & Torchwood for (and who will be getting my Underworld write-up soon) - had me fill in as her reporter at the Supernatural press interviews, so I got some five-reporters-one-show-person time with Kripke, Sera Gamble and the Ghostfacers (who weren't in character during the interview). More coming in my ACED write-up but I did want to post that casting spoiler ) and they're trying to create a Ghostfacers spin-off in new media, whether that means mobile phone content or webisodes.

It was bloody brilliant.

Then, just as we finished with Sera, I had to go to my *own* panel, which was luckily right next door. This meant I didn't get to be in on the interviews with Jared or Jensen - but I did get to exchange a "hi" with Jensen as he was walking in and I was walking out.

I ran to my panel and I LOVED everyone there! The questions were fantastic, the costumes were amazing and the whole thing was filled with so much energy!

But then the 50 minute mark came and they kicked us out and because the SPN panel was right across the hall we weren't even allowed to loiter in the hall. So while I would've loved to stay and chat we couldn't :( so I managed to duck into the SPN panel just as the clip from S4 was ending. So I don't know anything about it and someone else will have to tell all of us.

The SPN panel was fantastic - Eric and Sera did most of the talking, and I would've loved the moderator to ask a FEW questions to the boys. She didn't and she really could have balanced it better.

Jared looked exahusted. Did he fly in this morning? He missed most if not all of the press chats this morning, so I wasn't sure if it was that, or if he just got in v v late last night.

They talked about the show's music, what to expect for S4 (Eric said "Pornography!" and we all cheered but I think he was kidding which is why I did not cut it, lalala.) and the decisions about killing characters and why it's a necessary plot device. I think I got it all on audio, so I'm going to try and clean it up and put it on YouTube tomorrow (although I am sure others managed to get full transcriptions).

I ducked out probably 10 minutes early, after the person asked about Bela making things funny and then her making the boys dead (no, not really) and ran downstairs because Aaron was in the autograph line and we had to trade places :) The security guard basically moved him into the line because they'd been chatting about comic books and the batman legos for a while before the line set up.

So yes, I got to meet Jensen in the autograph line and got to chat with Sera briefly again - she is fantastic and feels like SPN is impacting her own non-SPN writing because it's getting more fantasty and horror elements in it. She's gorgeous. Kripke is elfin.

Jensen's eyes are *really* that damned green. Zoiks.

Ok, leaving now and heading to Aaron's parents to arrange about > shipping art and toys home, and then it's back to LA and an overnight flight home.

SO wonderful to see so many people this weekend - I never found [livejournal.com profile] glockgal or [livejournal.com profile] royal_midnight but I got to spend time with so many fantastic people - fanboys and fangirls - and by Sunday - well, really, probably by Friday - the place just felt familiar and like a family and was made of awesome, fun and win.

Hopefully on the flight tonight I'll be able to write up more about the amazing Chuck panel, the way people kept talking about Heroes all weekend, how wonderful all the studio staffers I met were, the thrill of seeing Stan Lee in the hotel bar, she shock-horror of learning that Jon "Duckie" Cryer is losing his hair in a big way (Brendan Fraser is losing his hair in a more minor way, and John Hannah still has his adorable curls), James Franco is funny and nice, and Judd Aptow is smart and weirdly well organized. This has been the most bizarre, exciting, exhilerating, exhausting weekend of my life and I really want to do it again next year, after [livejournal.com profile] azkatraz.
heidi: (Palms by echoe69)
John Barrowman says Hi!

ETA John and Naoko sing from Miss Saigon

Having amazing time. With [livejournal.com profile] cathybites right now getting gorgeous art. Just saw the DW/TW panels with a longer preview of the Xmas ep and omgwow!

Finally getting a lttle less overwhelmed. Heard about fanlib, which was interesting, no?

So coming back next year after [livejournal.com profile] azkatraz!

A semi-transcript of the DW and TW panel behind the cut )
heidi: (Tardis Calling)
1. Doctor Who

My kids often watch the vids I make - and sometimes have requests. Jon now wants me to do an entire vid of nothing but spinning Daleks and K-9, and he actually made a Dalek out of ordinary kitchen materials, sort of. )

He also has taken to spinning in circles and saying "Help me! Help me!" in a robotic sort of voice. I really ought to film him doing it.

If I'm not careful, he'll want to be a Dalek for Halloween. But he does have Ecclestone-esque ears, so maybe I can talk him into going as Nine.

2. Doctor Crane

Spoilers for Dark Knight )

There will be at least one more, won't there?

3. Doctor Horrible

I woke up in the middle of the night on Saturday morning and wondered if it was up, and it was right there in my iTunes download-list, so I downloaded it, plugged in the earphones, and fifteen minutes later I was )

Not cutting the next part because I don't think the fact that Penny wears clothing in Act III is a spoiler.

Weirdly enough, I actually own the dress that Penny wears in Act III - I got it at Anthropologie back in March to possibly wear to the EyeCon banquet (although I didn't) and I am now considering getting a beige sweater to wear over it and wearing it on Friday to the comic con session on Doctor Horrible. I've never cosplayed before, and this is probably not exactly that, but, should I? Or would it be weird/silly/a bad decision?

Speaking of [livejournal.com profile] deirdre_c, as I was doing before - anyone want a sneak preview of the vid I did for her birthday? ;)
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