Today’s blog is off the topic. I wanted to share this experience. Thursday I went to Chicago Comic Con. I wanted to do another adventure for myself. Just something for me. I felt inspired to go. Before I headed off to the comic con, I had to do things around the house and tend to mom duties. (Clean house, shopping and dropping off school supplies) Once I completed the tasks (most of them), I threw two granola bars in my purse got into my van and off I went.
Well of course while driving towards Rosemont Convention Center, the lovely Chicago land area had to have traffic. This was from construction! I wasn’t mad or rushed. I took my time. It was such a beautiful day out and I was in a good mood. I had the music blasting. After driving under the one overpass, and a bit further down, I saw the sign for parking! Butterflies were hitting my stomach.
I entered the parking lot as I drove around in circles. Luckily there were volunteers guiding the cars. I found a great spot to park on a hill. I did wonder if my van was going to flip over. Yes I did think that!! I got out and walked towards the Rosemont Convention. The last time I was at Chicago Comic Con was about 5-6 years ago.
Anyways I walked up to the doors but they had security scans before you could go inside. Being safe is important! The staff was great great. Once inside the main doors, I found my way to the check in area. After that was all down, I headed off to the autograph section but Christian Kane wasn’t there! The first though that came to my head is that he got stuck in traffic! I just hoped he was okay. There were a bunch of other lovely ladies there that told me I needed necklace thing and I was so confused. I went back to the main area and asked the staff there about the autograph print out I had. They said what I had was fine. I thanked them and then headed back as no one was to be found at all. Well I had time to kill. The next signing was at 630 pm. (Later I realized the necklace thing was for VIP people…sadly I cannot afford that…maybe one day!)
I decided to walk around. I saw Kevin Sorbo from a distance. The guy looks the same from his day of Hercules. Yes I did watch Xena and Hercules back in the day. Who isn’t fascinated by mythology, magic and adventure? I managed to catch some lipreading about his kids and wife and then work. He did some interviews which was pretty cool. I then saw Nicholas Brendan from afar. That made my day too! Yup totally Buffy and Angel fan here. I took a moment thinking all these amazing people took time out from their schedules to do this event for their fans. That is awesome. I must point out they all look amazing. Has all of them found a natural fountain of youth somewhere? I wonder.
I saw lots of interesting things while waiting for 630 pm to come around. What I saw upstairs was that they had a lot of cars. Some cars were: Back to the Future, Supernatural (I wanted this car), and Knight Rider. There were some others.
Top Notch by Design which had these amazing bags! I wanted like three of them but I had to be good.
TeeTurtle which had some cute shirts.
Moonglow Jewlery! It was so cool. I was torn between the owl and the cross necklace. Very cool pieces. (I took a peek at the website: there’s a cool fairy one too!!)
I also saw Ultra Sabers . I wanted to get one for me. Sadly they were too high priced for I but they were so amazing. It would be fun to own one of those. I know my boys would love this.
Deviant Apple Illustrations was amazing. You need to check his art out. He had some amazing pieces there.
Carlations: Carla Wyzgala Illustrations had some pretty amazing artwork too. She had a She-Ra small mini art print that I wanted to get….maybe next time!
Levi Craig does these amazing watercolors! Check him out on instagram at levicraig75! I think he’s in the process of getting a website up. I wanted the Wonder Woman and Tardis print. I was soooo tempted to get it.
I did attend an event of storytelling in songwriting which was fun. Very talented guy! Check out musican/Songwriter: James Morris Band
Saw this amazing author in the artist Gallery. Please check her out. I will be reading one of her books soon. Check out the author S.A. McClure
And now back to my adventure after mentioning all those awesome creative people that I saw!
Before I went back to the autograph side, I found a seat and pulled out a granola bar I threw in my bag. I knew I was going to have to eat something. Smart move huh? Plus in a way I’m saving money. After devouring the granola bar, I threw the wrapper in the trash and off I went back inside. I saw the sign up and it said that “Autograph tickets must be purchased at the table.” Well that threw me for a loop! Inside I was freaking out because I knew I did not have that much cash on me. I had already paid for the autograph online. So I walked back on over to the autograph booth that was nearby and talked to Faith Miller (Yup I remembered her name!!!) She said what I had was fine. Whew!
Back in line I went and waited. After five minutes of waiting, a staff person of Wizard World comes along as she told us to wait on this side as the VIP peeps go first. While waiting I met some other ladies who talked about why they liked Christian Kane. It was pretty interesting to hear. One of them said that they liked him better with the long hair. I replied he looks good either way. We all chuckled.
Then the guy behind me was a fan of him from his ‘Leverage’ days. I asked him if he had seen Christian in ‘The Librarians’ yet. He said he is on Season 1. I told him it’s awesome and he had to watch all of it. I was so glad to be able to unnderstand everything that was being said! For me to be in a huge area that echoes can be a challenged because it I have to focus and sometimes figure out what they are saying since I’m deaf.
Then around the corner he appears! Yay!! I was glad he made it. He looked very dreamy and amazing as he does. I wonder how does he stay in fit? Maybe from all that golf he plays. I should get back into that game although I wonder if my curse is broken. Short version: too many bad things happened to me on the golf course. Anyways, he came around and said something as I missed it. Drats! He sat down as we all cheered and clapped. I could not take my eyes off of him.
Then there’s body guard guy (I don’t know his real name and what his job was but I assumed he’s a bodyguard/PR guy. I”m just going to call him the body guard guy) pulls out the photographs for autograph, setting it up. Then Christian comes back out from the table and gave this beautiful lady a hug who’s in a wheelchair. It was such an amazing moment to see. I was glad to be there to witness that.
The lady who was in the wheelchair did post a picture on Twitter Friday night (Wolife M Nobles) and she looked amazing! She wrote a quote “I have NEVER been held that tight in my life. LuvedIt.” Hope she doesn’t mind me posting this but it was such an amazing moment.
Then autographs begin. I lost count of time and was trying to think of what to say to him. I was a bit nervous thinking I’m not going to be able to understand in him the echoing area. Yeah I do think about these things at times. Having people repeat themselves always feels a bit awkward. I do not want people to get frustrated either. Some people are cool with it as other sometimes immediately change how they talk to a deaf person.
The line keeps going and going. I finally get up there and ask the lady to put my name on the sticky note. She did and was totally cool with it! I found out her grandmother had the same name as I! That was awesome. I really wanted the one with the guitar and blue background but I could only choose from the ‘The Librarians’ which was okay. You go with the flow! I get up there and hand him the picture to sign as he said hi and wrote my name. I didn’t really say much. I should’ve said something else…I dunno like “Hope your trip to Chicago was good. Have you gotten any golf games in? What are you going to do with your time off?”
What I did was that I handed him a gift. I spoke, “This is for you.” I had gotten him a journal. I believe he said, “You didn’t wrap it?” I think he was joking in a way. I couldn’t tell. I replied with, “I didn’t have the time.” I really wanted to hear the southern accent but sadly with how loud it was I couldn’t. I really hope he liked the journal and will use it! I’m such a geek with a big heart sometimes, I think. Oh! He did shake my hand. I should’ve asked for a hug but nope I chickened out. You think someone with an aries sign would be bold!!
While walking away, I looked at the picture and felt this smile across my face as I was glad that I came. Just seeing and meeting someone that is so creative and kind is amazing. He’s talented. I hope he continues to do so. I wish him all the best. I then glanced back watching mingle with his fans.
While walking away, I decide to mingle a bit more in the artist gallery. I saw many amazing people that were about and chatted with strangers about the things we like. I saw children having a great time. Adventures are everywhere. While walking outside in the night sky, I was in high spirits. I almost wanted to dance across the street but I did not. I got to my van as it was still there. While getting in my van, the car that was parked next to me was about to depart too. Funny thing that car arrived the same time I did. That was a cool moment. Down the ramp I go and try to find my way back on River Road.
Driving in the dark is not always my favorite thing to do but I knew where I was and how to get home. I listened to some music in the car and just had the windows down which was amazing. Although having the windows down does affect how you listen to music.
I was tired when I got home but it was worth it. Maybe I’ll go again next year. I followed people on Twitter who got to hang out with Christian. Gotta keep up with the adventures of #Kaniacs #KaniacsStealChicago on Twitter!
The top threw me for a loop thinking we had to pay cash. On the website it said Cash Only and then it switched to where you could pay ahead of time. It all worked out in the end.