Jul. 3rd, 2017

movieaddict: (Misha & Mark)
So last weekend was my second Comic Con Germany in Stuttgart. Had a blast last year, and decided to return.

This year I booked early enough to get a room at a hotel right next to Messe Stuttgart, where the Con takes place. Last year I had to drive a bit to get there. Not much (only 3 stops on the train), but closer is always good.

And the hotel was a good choice, on Saturday ran into a friend in the breakfast room. Nice coincidence.

Again quite a few guests cancelled their scheduled appearance (among others Ioan Gruffudd, Ming-Na Wen (again), Arthur Darvill), but there were still a few I was looking forward to see/meet. John Barrowman, of course, but also the "American Gods" actors Ricky Whittle and Demore Barnes (who was also on Supernatural a while back).
Plus, this year they had a really good line-up of comic book artists.

So I spent the weekend doing this:
- watch live drawing on stage by Pasquale Qualano (Torchwood), Stephanie Gladden (The Simpsons), and Rebekah Isaacs (Buffy)

Artist Stephanie Gladden standing next to a board with her drawing of Maggie Simpson on it. Maggie is holidng a plush animal that looks like Snoopy the dog.

Artist Rebekah Isaacs standing at a board, her back towards the photographer, doing the finishing touches on her drawing of Buffy

- Getting my own personl drawing of Captain Jack from Pasquale Qualano, even though I embarassed myself by slipping into Spanish instead of Italian when asking for the sketch (yep, per favore and por favor are a bit too close together for my brain). At least I managed mille grazie at the end *g*

Sketch in blue pencil showing a portrait of Captain Jack.

Pasquale Qualano working on the abovementioned sketch at his table.

- getting my Black Widow #1 signed by artist Phil Noto

- watching panels with David Dastmalchian (Scarecrow in The Dark Knight, Kurt in Ant-Man, among other things), John Barrowman (twice, because, you know, fun), artist Brian Muir (who sculpted for Star Wars, Alien and other films), Demore Barnes and Ricky Whittle (American Gods), and the makers of German comic series "Nicht Lustig" (= "Not funny")

David Dastmalchian on stage, looking down at the viewer. The angle makes him look a bit evil/insane like his movie character Scarecrow David Dastmalchian kneeling in front of a young girl that can only be seen from the back, talking to her animatedly.

John Barrowman on stage in a knee length blue Tardis onesie, leaning on one of the side railings with his forearms

Brian Muir sitting on stage

Ricky Whittle standing with each foot on a differnt chair, doing knee bends
Demore Barnes on stage, wearing an American Gods T Shirt, holding a microphone

- watching an ork ride a segway

A person masked as an ork riding an indoor parcours on a segway

- getting my picture taken with JB. JB was nice (especially for already having done a 75 minute shoot at that point), but the con photographer was so fast that I look kind of stupid (slightly open mouth, no smile), because i hadn't yet schooled my look when he took his picture. Unfortunatly stupid look does not equal a second try, so yeah... was pretty much sure I'd end my short Con photo career at that point. (not showing that pic, sorry). But, gave it one last try after all for a double photo op with Ricky and Demore, which ended up being very nice. Both of them greeted me with a hug, made time to comment on my shirt, ASKED if I wanted a special pose, the photographer took more time (in reality probably only 3 seconds, but that was enough), Ricky gave me a quick peck on the cheek before I left (and another hug from Demore), and the picture did turn out nicely (for me being in it ;). That's what I call an amazing con experience.

- doing a fun photo shoot at the 20th Century Fox booth. Me sharing a photo with Logan, Laura, and Professor X *gg*

A sheet with four black and white passport photos in it, from top left to bottom right showing Laura, Professor X, Logan, and me

- looking at a variety of awesome Lego models. A lot of Star Wars there, but also other fandoms, and models of famous buildings from around the world.

Loved this little collection. See if you can guess which famous characters they are:
A collection of simple stacks of differently coloured lego bricks. The colour scheme of each set up gives away the characters they are supposed to be even without any faces or details bein added

- admiring lots of awesome Cosplayers. The Captain Jack Sparrow guy was amazing. His whole demeanour - his walk, gestures etc - looked just like the "real" Captain Jack from the movies.

A man dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies

A group of people dressed up as the Ghostbusters in overalls, with equipment on their backs, posing for a photographer.
A woman dressed up as a crime scene, with a wide black dress, yellow crime scene tape sewn onto it and what looks like shears sticking out of her head

- admiring the Star Wars sets that had been set up. Everything from the cantina, a bantha, to the Emperor's "throne" (which you could take a seat in, and which I did, but the guy I asked to take the picture messed up. But I got arrested by some storm troopers *g*)

- and to polish things off I did some shopping, too, of course. Got a new bag tag, Harry Potter style, a Doctor Who and a Rogue One poster for my office, some Japanese Kit Kat (which I *assume* from the packaging are almond/cranberry flavour, but who knows... haven't tried them yet), a Supernatural button for my backpack, and a few comics of course.

All in all a very good weekend once again. :)

Oh, and shortly before the con ended had a fun little encounter. Walked the floor, when someone called out "excuse me". I turned around and there was a teenage guy (never asked, but I guess he's about 17/18 years old). "I don't know if you remember...". Surprisingly, I did. We met at CCG last year at the Agents of SHIELD panel and talked for a while there. He was there for Natalia Cordova-Buckley (from AoS) this year. Since I'm way behind on the episodes I hadn't seen that, but still, was lovely to see him again :D


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