“In ancient times, there was a group known as the Dark Ones. Neither demon nor fully human, they created this book as a weapon against humanity. These passages were cut from the bodies of the damned, upon which the Dark Ones inked their passages in human blood.”
My Silicon Valley Comic Con Experience! (I’m very wordy so just a heads up there.)
My adventure started out very early at five a.m to be exact. We (my mother and I) drove, a little too fast, to San Jose making it just early enough to do everything we needed AND get a good place in line. As I stood in line, Biff from Back to the Future welcomed us from a balcony. (Or at least that’s what the video says, he just looked like he was yelling to me.) We were let inside (early!) and we hurried up the stairs to the main convention center where a robot and R2D2 awaited us. After a little bit, the doors flung open, and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak drove out on a segway accompanied by a host of R2 units. (There was so many of them holy shit.)
After that, my mom and I explored the main show floor. There was a lot of cool stuff. (I bought some pins and that sweet behind the scenes photo). I will say a lot of the stuff i saw could be bought online which made me less inclined to buy any of it. We walked around for quite some time, there was a lot to see. A lot of amazing cosplays. My favorites included; A group of guys dressed up as literal Star Trek ships, a gender-bent Ash Williams from Evil Dead, pictured here:
A spot.on. Mcgonagall cosplay, a Deadpool cosplay and while there were 100 of those this one was really capturing the DP spirit. Also, while her costume wasn’t amazing, it was store bought, i saw a little girl dressed as Xena and complimented her on it because it’s Xena of course! She was very shy and her mother did all the talking but I thought it was cute. Another EXCELLENT one, was a guy dressed up as Bob from Bob’s Burgers with the spice rack around his arms, it was fantastic. There were so many cool creative costumes I wish I could have taken pictures of them all but my phone has the worlds shittiest camera. But if you look around online you can take a peek at all the cool costumes. As we were looking around Steve Wozniak drove by me on a segway so no big deal.
OKAY OKAY, now let’s talk about the most important part.
Brent. Jay. Spiner.
First, I want to thank @cvptainmccoy because if she hadn’t told me that she was waiting in line for Brent’s autograph I wouldn’t have known he was there. So thank you my dear! When I received that text from Chloe I was like :
So I ran over to “celebrity row”, there aren’t celebrities working on their rowing so don’t get too excited. I turned the corner to the Star Trek sort of area and BAM there was Brent. I literally gasped, I didn’t expect him to be there at all. Turns out he wasn’t supposed to be and had wandered away from the photo op he was supposed to be at. It was so surreal to see him at first. I felt like I needed an eye exam because there was his…face. Right before me in all it’s dorky glory. And just like that he was gone, headed for the group photo-op. (You can check out @cvptainmccoy if you want to see how that looked. She got to pose with the whole gang.)
So I got in line and my mother joined me for a while, which while it was a tad embarrassing because that’s how moms are, it was nice to have someone to talk to to help me calm down. I was nervous, shaking at that point.
While we waited, our line was being reorganized for VIP ticket holders, because that need to be a thing. As THAT was happening a woman straight up passed out in front of us. I went over to an attendant who didn’t know what was happening and was like, “Hey, so just thought you would like to know a woman passed out.” He didn’t do much so that was wild. But she was fine after that. (My mom told me later that she had cancer so that may have been a factor. She got to go first in line so clearly this was all an extreme tactic to get ahead.) While we were in line I met a woman named Andrea who had a tribble and a big crush on Data. At some point we switched energies because where I started out very nervous and her very calm. When she met Brent she couldn’t even talk and I wasn’t at all nervous and we had a quick conversation so thanks Andrea!
We waited in line for quite some time, just chatting and stuff. Finally the crew came out. Brent walked over to the line and we cheered. He pretended to cry saying, “All this for me? Thanks guys.” So he started signing. And I had time to process and take him in. (Which means staring at him, a lot. I know this is obvious but he’s very good looking.) I was getting pretty close to the end of the line when who should walk over but Jonathan Frakes!
He stops and looks at Brent and yells in a southern accent, “HEY, YOU’RE DATA! YOU’RE MY FAVORITE!” Brent is very amused. And he asks, “Whatcha go there, sir?” Indicating at the drink Frakes was holding.
Frakes replied in that same accent, “ I GOT MYSELF AN ARNIE PALMER.” Then he yelled, “CAN I TAKE A PICTURE WITH YOU MISTER DATA?”
Brent shook his head and was like, “How about I punch you in the face?” Then Frakes looked over at Marina Sirtis who was at the table next to Brents. And was like, “MARINA SIRETIS!,” he pronounced it like that and it was great, “MIZ MARINA YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL! I LOVE YOU!” Marina was laughing pretty hard.
After that Brent and Jonathan were chatting and I could only just hear their conversation but not enough to hear what it was about or anything. But I took a picture:
So finally, it was my turn. Or at least, I thought it was. A dude came over who apparently knew Brent and gave him a hug and said hello. They talked for SOME TIME and Brent was lucky that a patient person was waiting because someone else would have been pretty mad. But I got to hear him talk casually so that was nice. Apparently he’s, “moving houses” and he’ll “definitely read that book you recommended”.
I started up a conversation with the attendant next to me and she was very nice, studying to be a paralegal. Yeah, I could have reason to be angry about having to wait an extra five minutes. And I could blame Brent or the guy but honestly I was just happy to spend a few extra minutes nearby cause it made me feel more calm and also extra time with B*ent!!
So FINALLY it was my turn, the transcript is as follows:
B: Hey how are ya?
I handed him the hat I wanted him to sign.
B: Well, what’s this? J: It’s a hat!
B: And what do you want me to do with this?
J: I want you to sign it!
B: I don’t know if I want to sign it.
J: You can do what you want.
I couldn’t care less. I’m just here to see you.
B in a British accent: I suppose I’ll sign this. Now where should I sign this?
He begins to flip that hat around.
B: Here? What about here?
You can sign anywhere you want.Though I do think my friend wanted it under the bill of the hat so she could look at it all the time.
B: Well, luckily, I have this silver pen right here so I CAN sign it.
(My mom took a picture just as he was saying that. She was poised in the distance taking pictures in a small time actors empty photo line because she’s very cruel.)
Brent begins to sign the hat.
J: I wanted to compliment you on your performance in Outcast. You are a very compelling villain.
B: That’s a great show isn’t it! J: Yes it is! B: Spoiler free, season two is VERY good.
J: Yeah I can’t wait to see it! (I didn’t want to reveal my secret pirate life.)
B: I think it’s out in Europe now. There’s probably some way to get it. (There is but he can’t know that.)
There was like a quick pause between us. Then I said:
J: Well, thank you
B: Thank you!
And I wandered back into the crowd with a little smile on my face. I also, for a friend, laid my eyes on Tom Felton. Who had just, very lazily, sauntered over to his table with a coffee. (He was very cute.)
After that my mom and I went to get food. (Well she ate, but I didn’t cause I was so pumped. I ate very little that day.) While she ate, I went and wandered around the convention center. Only stopping to scarf down a jelly donut.
I saw a few other star trek actors just walking around (Kira and Uhura). And just like that, the photo-op arrived. I scuttled over to the line and began to wait. (Not nearly as long a wait time as the autograph line.) While in line a woman told me i looked like Tasha Yar. She also told me she hoped Brent would sign her Data doll. I felt bad for her because I doubted he would in a photo line. She also said, “I’m so nervous!”
To which I replied, “ Don’t be! I met him earlier he’s a total jerk!” (In jest of course.)
They began to file people in. Soon it was my turn. I stopped, waiting for the next person, the attendant smiled at me saying, “Are you ready?” I smiled back and said yes. I wasn’t at all nervous this time cause I already had met him. My turn came and Brent looked at me and said, with familiarity, “Hey! how are you?” I replied, “Good!” I would have asked the same or said something a bit more witty but time was not on my side. We took the picture. (I’m going to go into creepy detail here so bare with me.) I touched his back and he put his hand around my waist. He was very warm. Like his hand was surprisingly warm?? And I reveled in the moment.
But anyway we took the picture. I was already walking out when I called back, “Thank you!” And he called back, he almost sounded surprised that I had said it, “Thank you!”
And that was it! I collected my picture. And began to laugh hysterically, much to the amusement of everyone around me, because Brent and I smile the same way. That’s going to entertain me forever. After that I went to a panel called “The Future of Humanity in Entertainment” with the writers of Battlestar Galactica, TNG, and someone from LucasFilms. They discussed how sci-fi shapes science and it was very interesting. Though I was very tired and still riding off my post-Brent high so I was a little distracted.That was the only panel I went to but I enjoyed it. After that I met up with @cvptainmccoy, who is probably sick of me tagging her but tough, and her friends. We walked around and talked about our celebrity experiences. I was really happy to meet them. They were all very nice and made me glad that I interact with people on tumblr.
By then I was getting very tired. My mother asked that we go since it was almost seven and she may be too tired to drive back if we stayed any later. Which was fine because I was just about ready to pass out myself and my feet were hurting me. (I wore nice shoes and accepted the consequences haha.)
So I said goodbye to my new friends and headed home. Staring at my picture of Brent and me the whole time. It was a wonderful first con. I can’t wait to go back to another one. (And hopefully meet Brent again because I REFUSE to quit.)
I am so proud to be a nerd. When you go to a con there is a sense of belonging. Everyone understands each other and revels in our weirdness, our awkwardness, and our passions. Even now thinking about it I’m tearing up thinking about it because it was just an absolute delight.
Thank you Silicon Valley Comic Con, Thank you @cvptainmccoy and thank you Brent Spiner.
Under the cut you’ll find roughly 88 gifs (if not counting the lighter copies, if counting lighter copies then there are 94 gifs) of the beautiful Pepi Sonuga from Ash vs Evil Dead Season 2 Episode 3 and 5. Sonuga is famous for her roles as Lacey Emery in Ash vs Evil Dead and as Sally Benton in The Fosters. Ethnically, Sonuga is of African and Irish descent, so please cast her accordingly. The gifs are all small/medium, textless, and mostly hq (look this was definitely not the best clip so it’s not the best gifs). Any repeats were completely unintentional or to lighten the gif. I made all of these gifs and honestly you can use them in anyway but if you add them to a crackship or gif hunt or anything of the sort please give me credit. Please like or reblog if you plan on using. Gun TW. Thank you! 2/?
Army Of Darkness comic sketch cover I drew for a convention in 2014. I call is “Ash VS Everyone”.
Features Ash on the front of course. The reverse has Pinhead, Frankenstein’s monster, Winslow Leach (Phantom of the Paradise), Phantom Of The Opera, Jason Voorhees, Chucky, Slenderman, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Freddy Krueger, Bride of Frankenstein and Michael Myers.
This is old news, but I’m very bored at this overnight job that I have now. Every fictional character can basically be traced back to Scooby-Doo via crossovers.
For instance, Hank Hill once met the Silver Surfer, who met Superman, who coexists in the same universe as Batman, who met Scooby-Doo.
Predator is an easy one, both him and Scooby-Doo met Batman, not to mention that both him and Batman met Mortal Kombat characters, who met Freddy Krueger, who, along with Jason Voorhees (another MK guest character), met Ash from Evil Dead, who met Xena.
Once you get to public domain characters, of course Dracula and Santa Claus have met everyone, so those connections become like shooting fish in a barrel. Buffy the Vampire Slayer met Dracula, who, yes, met Batman, who met Scooby-Doo.
Kingdom Hearts = Disney & Square-Enix, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? = Disney & Warner Bros. (and a bunch of other cartoon studios), Superman and Bugs Bunny = Warner Bros. and DC, and so does the episode of Duck Dodgers where he becomes a Green Lantern.
Super Smash Bros. alone connects back to Soul Calibur/Namco-Bandai in general, Kingdom Hearts again, Image Comics (Sonic met the Image characters once, including Spawn and the Savage Dragon, not to mention both Link and Spawn being guests in Soul Calibur), Transformers (Snake was in that DreamMix TV Fighters thing with Optimus Prime and Megatron), Star Wars (again, Soul Calibur), anything CAPCOM’s ever VS’d (Mega Man and Ryu), Shin Megami Tensei/Persona (thanks to that Fire Emblem thing), Skylanders, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale (CAPCOM, Namco, and Metal Gear/Konami again), Rayman (and thus the Ninja Turtles, since the damn Rabbids were in the TMNT Smash-Up game), and LEGO Dimensions (thanks to Sonic, and this game’s yet another intentional clusterfuck, but even more so). Probably some other things I didn’t even mention, as well. All of these things either directly go back to or can be connected to Scooby-Doo, the apparent center of the universe.
This of course, also means that anything else that ever met Scooby-Doo can connect back. Numerous real life celebrities, the Addams Family, the WWE, KISS, everything in Hanna-Barbera, and again, some stuff I don’t remember right now.
Theoretically, Sephiroth, Hank Hill, Sub-Zero, Xena: Warrior Princess, Bugs Bunny, Jar Jar Binks, Pac-Man, Megatron, Ken the Eagle, Chie Satonaka, Crash Bandicoot, April O’Neil, the A*Team, the Ghostbusters, Gandalf the Grey, Andre the Giant, and Space Ghost all exist alongside each other in some cosmic sense.
I wish this wasn’t the one thing where I’m an expert. And yes, all these things happened. I hate this. Ask me any character, and I can do this.