I’ve called this post Winchester Family Reunion because that’s exactly what this convention felt like. For the first time, Jeffrey Dean Morgan – who played the often infamous John Winchester in Seasons 1 and 2 – attended a Creation Supernatural convention. Together with Samantha Smith (Mary Winchester) the two took to the stage on Sunday with Jared Padalecki (Sam Winchester) and Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester). They even posed for an awkward family photo, which given this family’s history would literally be an extremely awkward family photo.
The excitement of having a new guest on the convention card, especially given it’s meaning to the show lore, just added to the usual Vegas craziness. VegasCon (I miss calling it SinCon, why did we stop doing that?) is over an exhausting four days. On the outset, you go into it thinking “Four day convention! How cool! Why aren’t they all four days??” But by that last day after walking back and forth down that long, long, long corridor from the smoked filled casino to the convention area, you end up thinking “whose stupid idea was it to have a convention over four days?”
I have a very vivid, very horrific memory of falling asleep standing up for a few seconds in someone’s photo op line on Sunday afternoon.
But don’t get me wrong, it was an incredible weekend and I am so fortunate I was there. It felt very much like a real celebration of the show and how lucky we are to have such an amazing cast who seem to really enjoy these conventions as much as we do.
Again, the highlight for me was definitely the Louden Swain Saturday Night Special, and I could write an entire blog about this one. It’s just refined itself over time into this incredible explosion of talent and audience engagement. It’s electric to be there and take photos of it. I always ask Chris Schmelke, Creation’s amazing photographer, if there is anything I should try to concentrate on in particular before the start of every convention and the only instruction he had before this one was “go crazy at the Saturday night show. Take photos of everything, of all of it.” Which I took to heart. So I’m going to show you some photos I took, because even though I still don’t think I quite capture what it feels like to be there, it expresses it more than I possibly could with words.
People often ask me for advice if they are about to go to their first convention, and apart from the usual stay really hydrated and (try to) sleep, my number one piece of advice for anyone going to a Supernatural Creation convention this year is to go to the Louden Swain Saturday Night Special. Honestly. You won’t regret it.
Until next time, VegasCon. I’m going to sleep for a year.