Sunday is traditionally known as “J-Day” at a Creation Supernatural Convention. It is the day when Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki arrive, and have their breakfast panel, main panel, sign autographs and pose for hundreds of photos – alone, together or with Misha Collins.
The breakfast panel in the morning is for Gold ticket holders, and it is pretty much the most dressed up breakfast you will ever attend.
Fans crowd around assigned breakfast tables, and heavy DSLR cameras with huge lenses vie for position with cereal, toast and pastries. It is one of the weirdest things to experience, but when the guys come out and start shooting the breeze with everyone, it feels very natural. They are completely professional, and exude a genuine interest in the fans and what the following of the show is like. They joke and tell stories about the set, and even shed a little bit of light on their growing families.
I didn’t have any photo ops with the boys this time, so the next thing for me was their main panel. The auditorium was already crowded and dark when I found my seat, and they played fan made videos until Jared and Jensen made their way out.
The boys were joined on the stage by director, writer and executive producer of Supernatural Bob Singer, who also added some insight into the behind the scenes process of the show. It is obvious the cast and crew are all very very close. Even cast members who haven’t been involved with the show for a long time are still treated as family by everyone.
At one stage, Misha Collins crashed the panel by bringing a tray of drinks out for everyone on stage, but I wasn’t quick enough to get a shot as he was coming up onto stage, and he didn’t turn around! I was so disappointed!
Towards the end of the panel, there were several auctions for charity. Bob Singer donated two books full of set photographs that are only given to cast and crew, and Jared auctioned off two prop paintings from the SPN episode French Mistake. All were sold for considerable amounts, and all money raised will go to various charities.
And that was that! That was VanCon for another year!
Once again, words cannot express how grateful I am to have found this show, these people. The friends I’ve made through going to these conventions and being involved in this fandom have changed my life.
I love everything about these weekends (well, maybe not the expense). But I have such a genuine affection for this whole cast and I hope even a portion of that comes through in my photos.
If you would like to see the rest of the photos from Sunday, visit the galleries here