Fan Expo Dallas - May 2014

In May Teresa and I attended Fan Expo Dallas.  We were most excited to get our Walking Dead and Firefly fixes!   David Morrissey (The Governor), Emily Kinney (Beth Greene) and Michael Rooker (Merle Dixon) from The Walking Dead were attending.  Another selling point was nearly the entire cast of FireFly (Nathan Fillion!) in attendance.  

Everything is awesome at Fan Expo Dallas!

Friday we walked the floor and checked out the lay of the land.  There was so much to do, see and, of course, BUY!  We also attended the Rue Morgue ~ Nightmare on Elm Street after party at Trees, which I was really excited about.  Robert Englund was attending and who could pass on a party that Freddy would be haunting?  The whole vibe ended up totally not being our scene though and we ended up leaving pretty early.  The other party goers seemed to be really enjoying the band, but it was not for us at all.

Dean's baby.

Dean's Impala from Supernatural.

Saturday we got up bright and early, donned out TWD gear and headed out to the convention center for a day of celebrity stalking and fangirl-ing.  Let me tell you, if you walk the streets of Dallas carrying a crossbow, knife, bloody axe and severed hand… you’re going to get some looks.  I think some of our fellow DART riders were none too pleased by our appearance on the train, though it seemed pretty clear to me that we were just the pair to have on board should the train suddenly be overrun with costumed zombies.

David Morrissey is the sweetest man to ever hold us at knifepoint.

Opting for Premium passes saved the day for us, because we were able to get pretty great seats for the Michael Rooker and David Morrissey panel.  They were hilarious and clearly had real chemistry together.  Both had lots of lovely stories about filming The Walking Dead and their cast mates.   After the panel we lined up to meet David Morrissey and Emily Kinney.  We had met Michael Rooker twice previously so we didn’t line up for him this time although he’s always crazy and fun.  Emily was every bit as sweet and beautiful as you would expect.  David was so charming and smiled in a way I don’t think the Governor could have ever managed.  Both were well worth the wait and we were so excited to meet them!

Saturday also gave us a Nathan Fillion panel that we happily stood in a monstrous line for.  Again the Premium passes really helped on that front as we were able to queue up ahead of all the general admission fans.  Nathan was so wonderful!  He was hilarious and adorable and handled the overly excited crowd like a pro.  Literally every word out of his mouth had the whole room laughing.  Of course, a lot of the questions were about Firefly and the possibility of it’s return.  Nathan admonished us all for trying to jinx the success of his current project, Castle, with our fantasies of FireFly Season 2.  It was a very entertaining panel and it was a good move for the organizers to give him his own, in addition to the Firefly cast panel on the final day of the con.

We attended the after-party on Saturday and had a blast.  We leisurely enjoyed delicious dinner and drinks before heading over to the party, so unfortunately we arrived pretty late.  We ended up missing a lot of the festivities, but what we did make it in time for was one of the best convention after parties we’ve had the pleasure to attend.  Punk rock karaoke was a big win and the crowd at the party was amazing and super fun.  We had a fantastic time and will definitely attend after parties put on by Dallas Comic Con in the future.  We missed out on a lot fun they had organized because of our late arrival, but it was clear they knew how to throw a party.

Kimchee and Enchiladas represent.

Sunday we headed over a little later because our main interest that day was seeing the Firefly cast panel and then meeting Nathan Fillion.  In retrospect, we should have got up earlier, but we weren’t thinking and didn’t anticipate the size of the crowd for Firefly.  The room was packed for the panel and tons of fans were sitting along the side walls for a chance to see the cast once the seats were full.  The Firefly cast did not disappoint and they were in awe at how many fans had jammed in to see them.  Since Alan Tudyk was not able to attend, Nathan FaceTimed him for the crowd.  At one point the curtain behind the stage started collapsing and Nathan Fillion, in true Captain Tightpants fashion, jumped up and ran over to make sure everyone was OK on and off the stage.  O Captain!  My Captain!  What a guy!

Firefly cast!

Fan Expo Dallas is presented by the good people of Dallas Comic Con and they really know how to show the fans a good time.  We have been to another of their events and had a great experience at both.  We had a fantastic time at Fan Expo Dallas and will definitely attend again.  Thank you Dallas!

Emily Kinney is so cute!

The Walking Dead Escape Houston - April 2014

When you ask me if I would rather haunt a race course as a “Walker” or dash through it as a “Survivor” it’s really a no brainer for me.   In April we shambled our way through The Walking Dead Escape in Houston as “Walkers.”  The course was set up as an “evacuation center” through Reliant Stadium.  We were evacuated in the middle of a slumber party, so we wore our pajamas to the event.

Part of the “Walker” package is that your zombie look is completed by a professional make-up artist so that you come out looking as horribly undead as possible.  Everyone gets a quick make-up job, and I mean five minutes tops, but it’s surprising what these people can pull together that quick.  You're then off for blood splatter and to have your clothes ripped and disheveled. 

We, however, opted to do a little pre-work and distressed our outfits ahead of time.  I tea-stained a nightgown and then made it a little extra grimy with some paint smears to make it look greasy and dirty.  We ordered zombie contacts for our eyes because we are the kind of fangirls who go the extra mile.  Since zombie mouths are never pretty and pink we blackened out mouths and teeth.  Our overall looks were very well received.  We ended up getting our photo taken for Houston Press online and Channel 2 in Houston.

Everyone received a quick “Walker 101” spiel to instruct us on how to walk and behave and to make sure that we stayed in character always.  This is to ensure there are no zombies smoking a cig or Snapchatting their boyfriend.  I was hoping for a little more guidance, because being a convincing and terrifying “Walker” is totally a life goal of mine, but that would have been impossible given the size of the horde and the amount of time we had.  Ultimately the basics of “Walker-dom” and our natural talents were enough because we were killer “Walkers.”

Our haunt was at the very top of one of the outdoor ramps into Reliant Stadium.  At first glance we thought this area sucked because there weren't any severed limbs or apocalyptic decor aside from our bodies.  Ultimately, this was probably the best location ever because we had access to cool breezes, air conditioning, a restroom and water fountain.  The best part though was that the “Survivors” approaching our turf were exhausted by the time they ran up the ramp to us and we were often able to really catch them off guard and scare the living shit out of them.

One of the things I read a lot of complaints about after the event, and unfortunately we encountered as well, was lack of communication.  We were told we would be relieved with fresh meat to takeover our spots after an hour and a half, but unfortunately no one ever came to relieve us or let us know if a replacement would be coming at all.  It’s funny because originally we thought an hour and half was a short shift, but after lurching at screaming runners for two and half hours we were dead on our feet! 

We are the kind of girls who make our own fun though, so after we had been scaring “Survivors” for well over our allotted time we dismissed ourselves and stayed in character to shuffle the rest of the way through the course.  It was great because then we had the opportunity to scare some people in different areas and check out the rest of the course since we had really only seen one small area for most of the race.

We had a killer time and would definitely do it again.  Loved everything about it, because after all, WE ARE THE WALKING DEAD.

We took tons of photos with strangers and we came across a few of those on Instagram.  Is it creepy that I am posting them now?  Nahh.

Another awesome person who took our photo.  Zombie selfies were all the rage.

Me

Sherri

Teresa

Dinner at Mai's Houston!  Would you believe after all those unfortunate "Survivors" crossed our path we were still hungry!?  We were seated next to a table of cops which I am assuming would have put us down should we have decided to start dining on diners.


Wizard World New Orleans - February 7-9, 2014

We had an absolute blast at Wizard World New Orleans.  We drove out to see Matt Smith and were thrilled with the whole experience.  Wizard World knows how to show the fans a great time!  There were so many people there to see Matt so the time was quite limited but we were able to get in the front of the line for everything and had a pretty great experience.  I can't complain!

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Highlights of the Matt Smith Q&A:  His favorite animals are the llama, otter, golden eagle and a dog.  One of the TV shows Matt loves to watch is The Walking Dead.  If he could have changed one thing about his Doctor's wardrobe it would be that 11 would wear crazy socks like Matt.  He does not agree that the John Hurt's "War Doctor" makes him number 12, because he loves being 11.  The best moment ever was when a fan asked Matt to do the "giraffe dance" for us and he immediately popped up and went at it full force.  He's such a fantastic guy!

More great pictures of Matt Smith in New Orleans.

We saw tons of great costumes and here are just a few of them.

We are huge fans of The Walking Dead so seeing all of the stars that were at the con was a priority for us as well.

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We had the best weekend with great people!

Wizard World Austin - November 22-24, 2013

Teresa and I went to Wizard World Austin in November.    On the first day of the Con we just shopped and checked out everything.  The second day we cosplayed as Marceline and Marshall Lee from Adventure Time.

 

Here are a few pictures of the great costumes we saw.

 

On the third day of the Con we cosplayed as Daryl and Glen from The Walking Dead.  We had a great time!

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