A few weeks ago I went to my first convention – The Hub’s All Hell Breaks Loose III Supernatural convention – which was a one-day event in Melbourne. I had such an amazing time that I’m now planning to travel halfway around the world to do it all again.
Creation Entertainment’s Salute to Supernatural in Vancouver, Canada, is an epic three-day event, which is held annually in August, and I hope to be there in 2013.
In the lead up to All Hell Breaks Loose III, and whenever I mentioned it to family and friends, I almost always had to repeat myself and clarify.
Me: I’m going to a Supernatural convention.
F/F: A super what? Oh… a Supernatural convention. Is that some new-age thing?
Me: It’s an event for fans of the TV show, Supernatural.
And then, in most cases, I’d get a moment of awkward silence or a weird look, as if I’d just told them I was going to the moon. Admittedly, I’m discovering conventions in my 40s instead of my 20s… but hey, what can I say, I’m young at heart… whatever! I don’t need to justify anything… do I?
There are only a few people who understand my obsession with Supernatural and that’s because they are almost as obsessed as I am, so I’m not about to attempt an explanation here…
Well, okay… I’ll give it a try!
Supernatural is a show about two ‘fairly attractive’ brothers, Sam and Dean (played by Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles), who travel across the US in their 1967 Chevy Impala saving people and hunting things (monsters). Or, as Misha Collins (who plays the angel Castiel) says, “It’s a reality show about two underwear-model brothers who hallucinate and shoot at ghosts”.
What’s not to like?
But, I digress. Going back to the day of the convention, the thing that amazed me most was the number of fans who’d travelled huge distances to be there (including a few people who’d flown in from New Zealand for the weekend). It has inspired me to go to the event in Vancouver, particularly as this is where Supernatural is filmed (and also because my brother lives there; a perfect opportunity to visit).
Naturally, I’m curious about how this will turn out. Have you ever travelled a long way to go to a convention? Or perhaps something else… such as a concert, festival or sporting event? Have you ever done something that has made your family question your sanity? What was it? And how did it turn out? Was it worth the time, effort and expense?
Last year, while watching Eurovision, friends of mine decided that it would be cool to travel to whatever country won (to attend the 2012 event). They waited with great anticipation for the announcement of the winner – Azerbaijan – and were really excited by the result. This was a country they’d never considered visiting! Unfortunately, late release of tickets and the sky-rocketing price of accommodation prevented them from going, but they haven’t given up on their dream to get to Eurovision one day.
Also in 2011, my sister-in-law’s niece travelled from Vancouver to the Black Rock Desert in Nevada for the Burning Man Festival. She entered the Thunderdome (as in the movie Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome) and proceeded to beat the shit out of some guy twice her size (with a padded weapon). I still laugh when I think about it… and if you don’t believe me, watch the video on youtube.
There are also some pretty obscure sporting events around the world such as Cheese Rolling (in the UK), Man versus Horse Marathon (in Scotland) and Mountain Bike Bogsnorkelling (also in Scotland). Not to mention festivals, such as the La Tomatina Festival in Spain, where revellers pelt each other with large, red ripe tomatoes.
Compared to some of the above events, hanging out with the stars at a convention seems like a perfectly sane thing to do. What do you think?