This past weekend, the largest promotional event for TV, movies & animation happened in San Diego.
Comic-Con took place from Wednesday night thru Sunday evening, as thousands of people went to San Diego to see new promotional materials of their fave shows, movies & comic franchises. Of course, they also went for the stars. Comic-Con has become a promotional tool, and that means bringing your biggest stars to promote your product.
After an epicly horrid year last year for Vancouver shot shows (mainly because SDCC was earlier than years prior & a later than usual start for a couple shows) there was very little in the way of seeing the Vancouver based shows & movies going to, or returning from the big event.
This year however, it was the opposite. Every show, wit the exception of 2, that were at SDCC had some or all of their cast that attended go through Vancouver Airport to get to SDCC.
Supernatural sent off 4 of their most notable cast. Misha Collins, who plays angel Castiel, and Mark Sheppard who plays the king of hell Crowley, both went to the event. While we didnt see them going to or coming back, we did catch the shows 2 largest stars returning.
Jensen Ackles (aka - Dean Winchester) was the 1st to return, and took the unfamiliar route of coming down "the row" a long railed off area that most celebs take to get out of the airport. This was possibly the 1st time I can remember him going this way, and clearly if it werent for him having to find his driver that he gets on the Comic-Con dime he likely wouldnt have gone that way.
Jensen stopped to sign for everyone there & was in a really good mood. Certainly better mood than last time I saw him when he refused to sign for me because as he put it I was "on the bucket list" (yes, thats the list I was on apparently) for angering Jim Beaver by breaking his return scoop allegedly (I was contacted by someone from SPN about that blog post saying they were displeased with me posting it.). But new season & the responsiblity of being a dad now, all is forgotten on that 1 off encounter last year, as I expected would be the case. We said we heard about Jareds baby announcement and he replied "ah, oh, thats out there?". I congratulated him on his new child, he thanked us all for the congrats & went on his way.
About 5 minutes later (oh the joys of a camera that records the time the pics were shot eh?), Jared Padalecki (aka - Sam Winchester) strolled thru. Like Jensen, there was some baby news of his own to congratulate him on since the last time I saw him last season. His wife Genevieve & him had announced during SDCC they were expecting their 2nd child soon. I recall seeing Jared for the 1st time after his 1st child & he was pretty overjoyed at the whole thing. He glowed with that same excitement talking about the 2nd one. I also wished him a happy belated birthday & he thanked me for that too. He then went on his way to find his driver.
As he was leaving, he saw us getting autographs from Colton Haynes from Arrow & was peering over out shoulders to see who we were getting.
A little while later we also saw Lucifer coming into town...but that isn't because Mark Pellegrino is here to resurrect the role, he is on the Vancouver shot "Tomorrow People". As well, saw Jim Michaels returning
At Comic-Con several things were announced for the show. Most notably.
- Felicia Day will be back this season to play her character Charlie, the geeky lesbian "little sister" type the Winchesters have crossed paths with a few times the last couple seasons.
- Jim Beaver (this time without trying to sneak in & out for his work) will return this season, but apparently there will be something different about his return.
- A Supernatural spin-off is being discussed. Will it be Castiel? Or Garth? Or Charlie? Its really the only options I can see, unless they did a back story of Bobby?
Here are photos of Jensen & Jared returning from SDCC.
Waaaay back in early/mid July, there was this event that a few people might have heard about. Comic-Con? Yeah I know, these little out of the blue events are forgotten about so easily.
Anyways, this particular event happened to have several guests from the Vancouver filming industry at it. Including the cast of Supernatural.
Sure enough, I went out super early on a Saturday morning hoping to catch 1 or more stars from the show leaving.
As the early morning went on I found myself having to take far too many trips to the washroom. With no back up there to cover off anyone leaving while I was incapacitated, I had that sinking pit in the stomach feeling I might miss them.
As the suggested cut off time for passangers came & went, I was convinced "I must of missed them". I was on the phone to a buddy going over possible scenarios when I hastily said to him "gotta go, Jared". Sure enough out of the towncar that they are supplied with for this event, Jared Padalecki strolled out. It had been quite awhile since I had gotten Jared to sign, since last season he was no longer flying out of Vancouver as the birth of his 1st son, Thomas got closer.
Jared was in good spirits for someone at the airport before some Starbucks locations were even open. he happily signed 3 items for me, we chatted about the off season, filming & of course his favorite topic, Thomas. I asked him if Gen & Thomas were up here yet, which he replied "no, they come in next week" & I told him to tell her congrats from us (even though I know its not like hes going to phone her up & say "hey the autograph hounds from Vancouver said to pass along congrats to you"...its still the thing you say). He then said "will do brother" and told me eactly how long its been since he had seen his newborn son last & that he doesnt want to miss anymore big moments. I asked where jensen was, he said "he has directing stuff to do" which was because Mr. Ackles was currently directing the episode they were filming at that time. He then was on his way.
The next potential flight I had Jensen possibly going on was about 2 hrs later, so I grabbed a snack & hung out for awhile. Eventually, another autograph hound showed up. His hope was to get Jared as well, and when I told him he was gone already he was of course, a bit disappointed. As time went on, just like Jared, it was getting into "cutting it close" time & I was actually thinking "hes not leaving on this flight". Sure enough, like Jared, showed up later than expected, took both of us off guard. Since Jensen is 1 of those "I dont stand in lines" types, he was thru & on his way to the check in area pretty quick, meaning my buddy & I actually had to hurry down to the last spot to get people before they are off limits to get him. As he got there, he hastily said "I only have time for 1 each" and then signed & hastily went thru.
Upon returning, we somehow, with 8 or 10 people at the airport, never saw Jensen Ackles return. If it werent for him being spotted on set the next day I would have assumed he didnt return that night. Jared however, did come thru & was terrific. He stopped, signed for the large crowd till no one had stuff left. He again, chatted at length about his son when the subject was brought up.
As I left, I had a short chat with him. With so many of the celebs I have met, I try to post links to the charities of their choices & make donations based on their sales. So I asked Jared, what charity he is involved with, and he told me. Of course, my ADHD brain seemingly forgot this in just a few months, since it was info he tweeted about often during Gens pregnancy with Thomas. The charity he stated "St. Judes Childrens Research Hopsital" (OFFICIAL WEBSITE of the hospital http://www.stjude.org/ ) (DONATION SITE created by some Supernatural fans to celebrate Thomas birth http://bit.ly/QZbfUR ) These links will also be added to my links section under causes, as well as my page for my Jared Padalecki ( Supernatural) autographs http://canadagraphs.weebly.com/supernatural-autographs.html where I will post an addition to Jareds autographs that a percentage will be donated to the cause.
As promised...heres some of the photos from his return that weekend.
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