Sylent Mari Says: This damn post took me WAY longer than usual to write. Stupid stress from Real Life… But after pounding this out and hoping the final product is readable, entertaining and informative, I present to you – Fine Readers – my Friday escapades at FEC 2013. If you’re a fan of Orphan Black or Dyson & Vex from Lost Girl, then this post is definitely for you. If you love looking at pictures from comic conventions, you’ll find lots here. And I hope with these recaps it will inspire your own future trip to Fan Expo Canada, because it is really a fun convention and I want to try to make an annual pilgrimage to it when funds permit it.

And now, onto my Day 2 recap from FEC 2013!

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PREVIOUSLY ON Adventures at Fan Expo Canada 2013! –

Our heroine/writer recapped her first day at FEC 2013 and recounted her adventures traveling & visiting family in New York and Massachusetts, before driving ‘cross the border to Toronto for non-stop geeky overload. She met & got an autograph from a rock legend (Alice Cooper), and hung out with lots of cool Whovians and other fans attending the convention. She

In this episode, our heroine meets one of her childhood idols (an actress who portrayed an iconic action heroine). She also encounters some of the sexy, sexy men from some of her favorite Canadian sci-fi and fantasy shows. Yes, there’s photographic evidence. Also, the kindness of an absolute stranger (and Canadian attending the convention) almost brings on the waterworks.

We will continue with Adventures at Fan Expo Canada 2013! after this commercial break from one of our many fine sponsors –

“The future is not set. There is no fate but what we make for ourselves.” – Sarah Connor

Welcome once again to the most infrequently updated blog on the Internet! I’m still playing catch-up with recounting the rest of my visit to FEC 2013. The biggest convention of the year, San Diego Comic Con (SDCC), wrapped up this past weekend. The next major cons are arriving at the end of August and both are on the same weekend: DragonCon in Atlanta, Georgia, and Fan Expo Canada in Toronto, Canada. Be prepared to get your geek on as these two events take place.

Here’s Day 2 of my amazing time at FEC 2013, with my first full-on geeky moment:

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So, this one time at FEC 2013, I met Sarah Connor.”

Oh, Linda Hamilton – you kickass, awesome, sexy, inspiring, iconic woman. She’s been one of my favorite actresses for years. There’s no need to repeat her filmography here, which is quite wide and varied. Let me throw out a few gems that immediately pop-out to fans: Children of the Corn (her breakthrough film and a great cheesy horror flick, based on a Stephen King story), Dante’s Peak (exploding volcano flick with Pierce Brosnan), and the original Beauty and the Beast TV series co-starring Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Sons of Anarchy) as Vincent/The Beast, with awesome lion-esque make-up. I don’t like to talk about the reboot of the series ‘cause it’s not nearly as fun or campy, it pretty much is awful-not-in-a-good-way, and the Vincent/Beast effects are “MEH.”

Many of us genre fans know her best from her most memorable role: “Sarah Connor” from the Terminator franchise. Sarah Connor and Ellen Ripley (played by the badass Sigourney Weaver) from the Alien franchise are often cited as the two most hugely influential heroines that have inspired many of the kickass women that we see in media now; the model for building a female character who can be kick ass, feminine, strong, and independent. They definitely paved the way for future iconic heroines like Buffy Summers, Xena, Sydney Bristow, and countless others.

Linda rarely makes convention appearances but has done a few in the past couple of years, including a recent 30th anniversary celebration of The Terminator (along with cast members from Terminator 2) at the Texas Frightfest in May of this year. The reunion included Lance Henriksen, Michael Biehn, Robert Patrick, and a few others. I wish I had been able to go ‘cause I’m a huge fan of the franchise. I’ve lost count on how many times I’ve seen the films (yes, all four of them), the TV series, and played the T2 Arcade Game growing up.

In recent years she has appeared on many cult and geek-friendly TV shows: Chuck as Chuck’s mom, Weeds as a lesbian pot farmer/dealer, and Lost Girl as a Dark Fae bounty hunter & mercenary named Acacia who’s also a mentor to Tamsin, a Dark Fae Valkyrie who helps our heroes out. I think it’s cool that younger generations are discovering Linda for the first time. She may not be an Oscar-winning actress, but she is fun to watch in any of the roles she has portrayed, and that’s what matters to the fans.

I got her autograph and spoke to her for a few minutes. She was very kind and patient, didn’t rush me as we chatted, and answered any questions that I had – that helped with my nerves immensely ’cause I was fangirling internally but calm and collected externally. She spoke highly of her appearance on Lost Girl and acting with Rachel Skarsten (a total sweetheart, according to her).

[SEASON 4 SPOILER FOR LOST GIRL!] At the time, it wasn’t known whether she would be returning to the series, but after I told her how cool she was on Lost Girl, she told me that she had been invited back to reprise her role as Acacia. Acacia’s fate was unknown after her first appearance, but she returns with a vengeance and has some great scenes with Anna Silk’s Bo. [END SPOILER]

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Marked off “Met Sarah Connor” from my Bucket List.

I also had another Terminator encounter, this time with Kyle Reese himself: Michael Biehn. I’ve been a big Biehn fan for years and think he’s always been an underrated actor. Besides stealing a few scenes in the first Terminator film, he’s also well-known as Cpl. Dwayne Hicks in Aliens. How many people can say that they fought with Ellen Ripley and Sarah Connor? He was at FEC 2013 as part of the Rue Morgue Festival of Fear, and there was somethin’ going on behind the scenes before I approached him for an autograph and picture. No, I wasn’t all ninja-like and trying to get a scoop, but there was a weird tension there between him and his people. Also, he wasn’t in the main Celebrity autograph Area and was in the convention area assigned to exhibitors and vendors, so I’m not sure if fans noticed that he was there. He was pretty cool with me and patient as the poor convention volunteer taking our picture struggled with my phone; the most common problem I had the whole convention. Stupid touchy phone…


Why do I always smirk and not give a genuine smile in photos? So annoying…

Meeting two of my favorite actors from one of my all-time favorite franchises was definitely a fan moment that I will never forget. Meeting lots of hot guys from two shows that I’m really digging right now? Just as cool. The added bonus is that I made many of my lady friends jealous, and I may have been threatened with a bitchslap or two. I thought it was funny that I only met one of the hot ladies that I like, but met all of the hot guys. Maybe that’ll be reversed next year. Winking smile

Here’s a list of some of the panels that were held on Friday:

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Any fans going to big conventions will tell you that it’s impossible to make it to all of the panels available for fans to check out, so you have to pick and choose the ones you are absolutely dying to see. While I didn’t get a chance to see even half of the ones I wanted to geek out in, I did get to visit the panels I really, really, really wanted to attend. It was hard for me to choose between favorites, and I wish I had checked my mail sooner before I left on my trip because the FEC program was sent to my home a week before my vacation started. Might’ve helped in planning things out better, but I know that now and will definitely be a million times more prepared the next time I venture up North.

I only attended two panels on Friday, but I also did a lot of sightseeing around the convention center and shot tons of pictures of the numerous cosplayers dressed up in their finest costumes, as well as visiting a few of the exhibition areas. I also picked up some exclusive swag, saw and felt Canadian currency for the first time, and had a blast – I wasn’t going to let my stupid back prevent me from doing anything. Well, as much as I could without collapsing from pain and sheer exhaustion, of course.

The first panel that I attended was the return of a Canadian superhero who has seen life breathed into him again thanks to lots of fans, his co-creator, and the people who brought him back in an animated webseries: Captain Canuck. And you thought I was gonna say Wolverine, but Logan’s got enough attention from those X-Men films and comics and stuff. The webseries features the voice talents of awesome Canadian actors like Kris Holden-Reid & Paul Amos from Lost Girl, Laura Vandervoot from Smallville & Bitten, and Tatiana Maslany from Orphan Black. If you’re a fan of sci-fi or fantasy shows or Canadian actors, you just had a nerdgasm reading those names.

Before the panel, there was a set-up outside the panel room that featured people wrestling in those gigantic, goofy sumo wrestler suits that you’ve probably seen on TV or in person. I was standing next to a guy who was watching the battles, and I glanced over once or twice ‘case he looked familiar. Lo and behold, it was Paul (aka “Vex”), and then I snapped. Yup – first Lost Girl encounter. My second one came almost immediately when Kris (“Dyson”) walked up to him and chatted for a minute, then passed in front of me. I took a seat in the front row and I didn’t realize I was sitting next to Kris until he got up to take a seat at the panel table. I could have Eliza Dushku or Kevin Smith or any of the countless celebrities that I like stand right in front of me and strike up and conversation, and it would take me a while to realize it’s them. My powers of observance are not very great.

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The Captain Canuck panel

Going into the Captain Canuck panel, I went in knowing a little about the character growing up as a kid who devoured comic books, but it was really cool to learn more about him. One of the creators of the character, Richard Comely, was also at the panel and gave some cool info about the conception of the character, etc. Unfortunately, Laura and Tatiana were unable to attend the panel, but it was still a very lively panel with lots of laughs and great questions from the audience.


Highlights from the Captain Canuck panel, featuring some of the cast

Oh, and there was a signing with Kris and Paul afterwards, and I was trying very hard to keep my fangirling o a minimum – it worked for the most part. At least I got a cool pictures that made lots of my female friends jealous… heh heh. Also picked up a Captain Canuck poster with their signatures, and it’s proudly on display in my apartment among my other memorabilia in my nerdy haven of awesomness (aka my bedroom).

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I am so short. Wow. Poor guy had to bend down for pic.

Any Orphan Black fans present? If you’re one of the many, one of the “Clone Club” peeps who are as addicted to the show as I am, please continue on. The last part of this recap of Day 2 of FEC 2013 is all about Orphan Black. If you are not a fan and have never seen the show, please step away from your computing or mobile device, find your nearest entertainment store, and purchase both seasons. Or you could just go on Amazon and buy it too if you prefer to stay indoors whenever possible. I highly recommend binge-watching both seasons, which can easily be done within two days, or a full day if you’re like me and take minimum bathroom and munchies breaks. The point is – watch the show immediately if you haven’t done so.

Before the Orphan Black panel, Canadian channel SPACE was giving fans a chance to get 1 of 100 tickets for the meet-and-greet with the cast members from the show – Dylan Bruce (“Paul”), Kevin Hanchard (“Art”), and Jordan Gavaris (“Felix). Tatiana was unable to make it ’cause she was out of the country. Or was she really there, but masterfully acting as one of the cast members? Maybe she was acting as all of the fans attending the Expo? Hmm… The woman is definitely one of the best actresses out there and can pull off any role thrown her way, including being everyone at the convention. Winking smile

While my main mission at FEC was to see the Lost Girl cast live, my side mission was to devour anything Orphan Black-related. I had just gotten into the show around the time the 5th episode from Season 1 was originally airing here in the US last year. I read a lot about the show online from various sites, but wasn’t completely sold on it even though I’m a huge science fiction fan. After reading a couple of recaps from one of my favorite sites, AfterEllen, I caught the first four episodes right before the fifth aired – instant fan. I got my roommate hooked on it too, and we both devoured each new episode as the first season aired, then immediately got depressed that we had to wait a year before Season 2 premiered. Now we’re in the same depressed state waiting for Season 3 to air next year.

Trying to get one of the “Orphan Black Golden Tickets” was a Herculean feat, and one that was marred by a SPACE employee who was kind of a dick and had obvious favorites when it came to handing out tickets. I had tried a few times arriving at the specified time they asked fans to return at to try and score a ticket, but I kept missing out. Other fans were also quite displeased, but I hadn’t noticed that one in particular observed all of the difficulties I was having and how I was being treated by this employee. What’s funny is that I had encountered the woman earlier and thought she seemed a bit rude, but I just let it go (as Elsa would do). Little did I realize that she would do something so beyond amazing for me that…the feels…

This amazing Canadian woman came up to me with a ticket for the Orphan Black meet-and-greet, and she explained to me that she had seen me struggle to get a ticket and was disappointed with the way I was treated by the employee, and she had seen me come up a few times to the SPACE booth to try and score a ticket. It was hard for me to keep going back-and-forth every hour to score a ticket ’cause I had a walker to help me out – walking has become more difficult for me as of late because of my growing back issues. She continued and told me that she felt bad for me and spoke to a friend who had gotten a ticket, along with her husband. After she explained what had happened to me, her friend gave her one of the tickets to give to me. I was completely floored by the kindness of this complete stranger that I had so wrongly judged over a small slight (she was stressed from the crowds). I took a few pictures of the OB guys in line, and when I met them each as I was getting their autographs I was gracious for their patience and love they felt for their fans – very genuine people and wonderful actors too.

ob-autographsAutographs from the dudes from Orphan Black

After their meet-and-greet was the Orphan Black panel an hour or so later, hosted by the crew from InnerSPACE (think Canada’s version of The Nerdist), and that panel was a blast. I met two awesome Canadian gals in line while waiting for the panel to start, and we had a blast at the panel, as well as talking about some of our favorite shows. One of them was also attending the Lost Girl panel on Saturday, but I missed her. I’m bummed out that I won’t be able to hang out with them again this year, but I hope too again next year – I had so much fun.

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Dylan Bruce and Kevin Hancard

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Jordan Gavaris. Sorry ‘bout the stalker-ish photos…

The video below is the whole panel, taken by a fan. Tatiana Maslany did have a video message for all of us fans that was wonderful and beautiful and sincere; the woman truly is a class-act. The Three Amigos of OB were hysterical and down-to-earth and shared lots of interesting tidbits about the first season of the show. The creators of the show, Graeme Mason and John Fawcett, were also there as InnerSPACE hosted the lively discussion. I got to ask a question at the very end about the song choices on the show, and yes, I did fangirl a bit and threw in a shout-out to Albuquerque and Breaking Bad. I had people laughing, so I accomplished my mission of making a complete ass of myself and representin’ my hometown. So, if you hear a dorky-sounding girl at the end asking about the show’s music, that’s totally me.


Full Orphan Black panel w/ the boys and the hosts of InnerSPACE

There are lots of pictures to check out below. I had a really good time on Friday, and there was so much to see and take pictures of, people to talk to, and fans to mingle with that I was unable to make it to all of the panels that I wanted to – including Linda Hamilton’s. I left the convention center immediately after the Orphan Black panel because I needed to get some much-needed rest for Saturday for the “Main Event” – the Lost Girl panel. Even if some catastrophe had prevented me from checking out the rest of the Expo, I still would’ve gone home with so many great memories and stories to tell.

My Lost Girl adventures are getting their own post, so feel free to skip it if you’re only interested in seeing more pictures; I will have an additional Saturday post for pictures and other tidbits. Or read it and see what happens when a fan has the Bestest Day Ever hanging out with people who love a certain show as much as her. There will be some hilarity, some sassiness, and WAY too many pictures of Anna Silk from the panel – just as beautiful and hilarious and inspiring in-person as she is on the show.