It's no secret that our crew LOVES the nerdy genre of things. I mean, we literally get to help kids dress as their favorite super hero or character all of the time, how could we not?! We *always* take the opportunity to attend a Con, and have a BLAST doing it! We don't dress up, but we absolutely love seeing all of the costumes and meeting all of the amazing attendees!
Yesterday was our first ever Rose City Comic Con. The sights of flashing Iron Man costumes, a miniature (and adult) Belle, and a creepy Krampus costume were all sights to be seen. Also, more Wonder Women than there have ever been in a room together!
If you have never been to a Con, go. The next one, just go. They really are a one of a kind experience. Fair warning, you'll be hooked after one.
Our main purpose of visiting the Cons is to make connections, network, and get our names known in the community. A bonus is that usually when we are at the events, the celebrity attendees are excited to help by donating pieces that are signed for the annual Gala.
We started off our day by paying a visit to a few of the attendees. We absolutely love having them involved and are so honored that they always want to help us! It's so humbling to see these people care about our Foundation and mission.
First on our list to visit was Danielle Panabaker. I grew up watching this gorgeous lady on the old TV series, Summerland (the one with Jesse McCartney, am I ringing some bells, 90's kids?). She is now Caitlin Snow aka Killer Frost on The Flash along with Carlos Valdes (who you see in the background, oops, sorry RCCC!). She was so sweet and signed not only one photo like we had requested, but she also autographed a second one as well!
Next up on our list was Katee Sackhoff. My husband and I are total fans of Longmire, so meeting her was awesome! Again, she was such a sweet woman! So humble and kind. You'll be able to find an autograph of her as "Starbuck" from Battlestar Galactia at the Gala!
While we were in that general section of the celebrity area, we opted to go ahead and get in line for James and Oliver Phelps (Aka The Weasley Twins from Harry Potter). The wait for them was a long one, so when we saw an opportunity, we jumped in line to get something VERY special from them.
Because they were in Harry Potter, we wanted something awesome. Something that was REALLY memorable since that whole series has such a huge, expansive fanbase.
When we got up to meet them, they were just as excited about what we had brought as we were! What is this "mystery" item you ask? Well, ladies and gentlemen, I present you with the Maurader's Map! It has been signed by John and James and Mischief has most definitely NOT been managed.
After our photo with James and Oliver, we had two big names we had left to hit.
The first we went to visit was Jason David Frank. Ring a bell? Let me help you with that.
90's kids rejoice! It's Tommy! Jason is now a professional MMA fighter, so not too far off from his days in his green and white suits. He's still fighting, just not evil monsters anymore.
My husband had found a Power Rangers shirt, so I brought that along for him to sign. However, it was quickly obvious that Jason was someone who really wanted to be involved. After our little speech (as we call it, an elevator speech) about the foundation, he signed the shirt, and then grabbed a handful of photos and insisted on signing all of them for us. Tiffany and I just looked at each other in disbelief at his kindness! We love it when we get an amazing reaction that shows that person loves the foundation as much as we all do. He then insisted on a photo with us, and we NEVER say no to photos.
Our last stop was Carlos Valdes' booth, and luckily Kylie knew his manager so we were able to get his autograph as we were running out the door to head home! Like Jason, he sat chatting with us for a few minutes and wanted to do everything in his power to help us.
All in all, it was a great day. Actually, beyond amazing. Seeing where the foundation is going makes our hearts absolutely soar. We always have an amazing time with one another. Our team works so well together and I feel so lucky to be able to spend so much time with these lovely ladies!
The Cons are done for a few months, which is a bit sad! But we have some prettty exciting news coming up that we cannot wait to share with you all! A lot of valuable connections were made yesterday with a number of people, including vendors who we hope to work with in the near future for sessions and events. Thank you so much to the celebrities who donated and also to Rose City Comic Con for putting on this great event!