October 11-13, I went to Milan to visit my very first Wynonna Earp con. I usually attend LGBT+ and multi-fandom cons, but I wanted to know why a con focusing solely on Wynonna Earp is so unique and how gay-friendly such a con is. In this blog post, you will read how I experienced Shorty’s 2019 Saturday. I support my text with footage from the con. You will find panel videos, the opening ceremony, and my first vlog, which shows all the moments I describe below.
To Milan for Shorty’s
On Friday, I flew to Milan, where I arrived late in the afternoon. I knew I did not have much time to visit this beautiful city, so I decided to go to the most touristy area. The duomo looked stunning. I walked around the adjacent galleries and enjoyed some cannelloni before heading to the official con hotel. The Klima Hotel Milano Fiero has a shuttlebus and picked me up from the nearest train station, which was a big help! I saw some familiar Earper faces when I arrived, which assured me I had arrived at the proper hotel.
The start of Shorty’s
At around 8
am, I was ready to pick up my press pass. There was a long line, and they told
me press was handled after that. I went back to my room because they told me I
did not have to wait around. When I returned, the line was much shorter, and
they simply wrote ‘press’ on my card, and that was it. Time for me to go into
the con hall! I found a perfect spot on the floor, where I could stay low with
my camera and still record what was happening on stage.
the con was very small, and not every seat was taken. Great, there was an
intimate vibe already! I later learned there would be around 117 people. The
opening ceremony started a little later than planned, and we could already tell
Night Sky Events Italia’s organization was rather relaxed. We welcomed Melanie,
Dom, Tamara, and Natalie with applause, and they told us that small groups were
going to take turns going upstairs for the photo ops.
Shorty’s 2019 Saturday starts with photos
I have never
been allowed into the photo op area, so I was surprised that I could finally
learn what it was all about. I tried blending in with the walls at first, but
later I just walked around to get the best footage. Everybody was super
friendly and easygoing. The photo ops
started a bit slow, but then things started running. First the solos, then the
duos, then the trios, and the group pic was last. It took about three hours to have
everybody take their pics, but there was no rush at all. There was music, so
people were dancing while waiting for their turn.
Shorty’s 2019 Saturday continues with panels
After a lunch break, three panels were scheduled with the guests who did not have a meet and greet at that time. First, there was a panel with Melanie and Dom, which you can watch below.
was a panel with Melanie and Tamara, which you can also watch.
with a panel with Dom and Natalie, which you can find here.
ceases to amaze me that no matter how many panels they have done, you can
always discover something new and laugh about some hilarious story. And you
know that when Melanie starts asking her colleagues questions, they will be
Shorty’s 2019 Saturday ends with autographs and selfies
panels, it was time to go back to the photo op room, which had now turned into
the selfies and autographs room. Four long lines were formed, and people had
the chance to get the guests’ autograph and take a selfie with them. I told you
the morning was very relaxed, but by this time, at the end of the afternoon,
everybody was getting tired as well. This led to an even more laid-back vibe. You
could tell people were getting a little less nervous about meeting the cast (there
are always exceptions 😉) and starting to make friends.
A party was
planned later that night, but I did not buy tickets for it. Instead, I went for
dinner, uploaded one video, and edited another. If the explosion on my phone
tells me anything, it is that you greatly appreciated my late-night activities.
Night Sky Events Italia did a great job
I liked how Night Sky Events Italia organized everything in blocks. That allowed the entire con to be revolved around the same activity, which in turn allowed for shared experiences. At some other cons, I see people running between panels, meet and greets, photo ops, and autographs just to be on time everywhere. The advantage of such a small con is that you can reduce everybody’s stress by keeping things simple. A warm thank you to the volunteers, interpreter, and the people in charge!
June 30, 2019, marked the second and final day of the second edition of Love Fan Fest. On Love Fan Fest 2019 Sunday, I visited many panels, talked to RED for a second time, and went to the closing party. You can read all about it in this blog post, or you can watch the vlog I made of this day. This vlog has a special message from RED and the full closing party. You can find it below this image.
Love Fan Fest 2019 Sunday started with the WayHaught panel
On Love Fan
Fest Sunday, I started a bit later than on Saturday. After all, on Saturday, I had to pick up my press pass at 8 a.m. On
this day, I didn’t have anything planned until around 11 a.m. The WayHaught
panel was planned at this time, which was fun as always. Kat took her parents
with her, and I immediately noticed them on the side of the stage. They were
looking really proud and then Kat introduced them to the audience, which
obviously gave a big round of applause.
the audience had this really good idea of giving them lines from certain
scenes. The other person had to guess what the follow-up line was. It was
really funny to see how competitive Kat and Dom both were.
to look back at these Wynonna Earp panels. They had heard that they were
starting filming season four already and we had not yet. So, sometimes, with the
answers that they gave, you can tell that they were really looking for ways not
to reveal the truth.
Skam España panel
had to leave the room for the next panel. I think it was actually the first
time we completely had to clear the room. It was time for Skam España. I had
not watched that show, so I was surprised to see the incredibly long line
waiting to get back into the panel room. They obviously have a huge number of
fans. That made me realize I probably had to watch that show.
I wanted to
know a bit more about the show, so I visited the panel. Unfortunately, I could
not understand it as it was in Spanish. I did return at the end of the panel
and realized they sometimes said something in English. So, I could have stayed,
but I thought I’d be wasting my time. I still want to check out the show,
was time for the RED panel. I absolutely love listening to them. I know quite a
lot about the show as I had interviewed them the day before, but because of the
fans’ questions, I still heard some new things.
to see how incredibly grateful they were for being present at Love Fan Fest. I
truly think they deserve all the exposure and support they can get. Season 5 is
out now. If you haven’t watched the show already, please pay for a season if
you hit a paywall. It is worth every penny.
Melanie Scrofano’s panel
panel, it was time for Melanie Scrofano’s panel. She cracks me up every single
there was also one serious, special moment. It really had an impact on me when
she told everybody she had had treatment for an eating disorder. Apparently,
she has talked about it before, but I didn’t know. And the beauty of it was
that she told about it after having been asked what she was proud of. She has
obviously come to terms with it. You can tell it affected the room. She
received a big round of applause.
Love Fan Fest 2019 Sunday ended with the Hollstein panel
panel was the Hollstein panel. Natasha and Elise were happy to be on stage
again. The funny thing was that the same person who asked Kat and Dom the lines
questions asked Natasha and Elise that question.
immediately got really nervous. She said it was like her nightmare where she
was standing on stage in a play that she’d done years ago and she can’t
remember the lines. Carmilla was recorded about five years ago. She definitely
had a hard time remembering the lines, which was just hilarious to watch.
praised the person of the question. Dana, who often moderates their panels,
always has these really fun things for them to do on stage and this one
definitely had the same quality.
that I remember from this panel is that Elise asked the audience if, if they
would make another Camilla season, would we all watch it again? Would we be
interested in that? The entire room responded with a ‘yes, of course,’ which
kind of surprised both Natasha and Elise. They didn’t know that that would
still be a thing, which in turn surprised the room. She stated that she didn’t
have any information about a possible season 4, but she just wanted to know. Well,
I hope they will think about it now that they know this.
Love Fan Fest 2019 Sunday:
panel was actually the last panel of Love Fan Fest 2019 Sunday. Then, there was
a giant time block scheduled for autographs. This was the only event happening
at this particular time, so that meant that every con guest was signing and
every con visitor was waiting in line for an autograph. It was a huge queue. I
didn’t want to film it because waiting in line is no fun. I didn’t want to
while, I was called into the autograph room. I was not allowed to be there as
press; it was just for the con’s own videographers. However, I was allowed to
talk to RED for a few minutes. As a result, I was able to ask them one question:
how had they experienced the weekend of Love Fan Fest?
this footage made me happy all over again. You can watch it in the vlog I
posted online. Slowly but gradually, people were done getting their autographs.
The first post-con blues started to hit people. We realized it was time to say
goodbye to people we would not see in a while because they live in a different
country or even on a different continent
closing party! Everybody started to gather in the panel room. We had to wait a
bit. People started to throw a ball in a basketball hoop. What? Watch the vlog.
the actors came on stage together. Like last year, the final moment of Love Fan
Fest 2019 Sunday was emotional with lots of love and gratitude. We all watched a
video together about this second edition of LFF.
had a moment to say something. I don’t think anybody could have counted all the
tears that were shed. The closing party lasted about twenty minutes, so that means
there were a lot of tears, words of kindness, and rounds of applause. And with
that, the second edition of Love Fan Fest 2019 came to an end!
Love Fan Fest 2019 Sunday means final goodbyes
hungry, but I didn’t feel like leaving and saying goodbyes, so I ended up
staying until around 10 p.m. I had some really meaningful conversations and
final hugs. That was it for me too.
Yes, the upcoming
weeks, I will still have blog posts and videos about Love Fan Fest. So, stay
June 29, 2019, marked the official opening of the second edition of Love Fan Fest. On Love Fan Fest 2019 Saturday, I picked up my press pass, visited the press interview and photoshoot, interviewed RED, watched a World Cup match, and went to most of the panels. You can read all about it in this blog post, or you can watch the vlog I made of this day. You can find it below this image.
Love Fan Fest 2019 Saturday started with a press interview and photoshoot
At 8:15 am,
I was already at the location to pick up my press pass. Unlike last year,
I received it immediately. All I had to do now was wait 45 minutes for the
press interview and photoshoot to start. I walked around a bit and said hi to the
people I know.
interview was interesting because all the actors were there at the same time.
So, it’s not like you can ask every single actor a question. I decided to ask a
World Cup question because that way, every actor had a chance to respond (and I
knew Elise would).
finished my question, nobody was very actively trying to take my microphone
from me. That was odd. Usually, we’re in a room with a bunch of people who want
to ask questions. I guess most of the press members were photographers this time?
I think four-five people asked a question, so we were done rather quickly. That
meant some of us, including me, asked a second question.
followed, so I was able to make some BTS from that moment as well.
Love Fan Fest 2019 Saturday: opening
press moment, it was time for everybody to enter the main panel hall and find
their numbered seats. This is always such an energetic moment because everybody
is still fresh, excited for the day, nervous, emotional, happy to see familiar
faces, and so much more.
unique about LFF is that they have an opening and a closing of the con. They
can do this because they have a reasonable number of guests (as opposed to the
huge list of ClexaCon) and only one panel room. It’s funny because the guests never
seem to know what they are doing on stage. They receive their applause, say hi,
and then try to leave. Then, it gets a bit awkward because some of them are
told to leave, and the guests who are on the first panel are told to stay. Everybody
just laughs about it.
have loved to stay for the first panel, but I wanted to edit the press
interview and give that to my YouTube subscribers immediately. As a result, I
had to leave after the first panel. I was allowed to edit in a friend’s hotel
room, which was super nice of her.
video was converting, I went downstairs again to visit Melanie’s panel. After a
few minutes, I had to leave again to work on the video. I missed the Hollstein
panel, but after 2.5 hours, the video was available for my subscribers. If I may
believe the comments, they appreciated the gift 😉
In the hour
lunch break, I visited a street with shops nearby. The food at the location isn’t
all that, unfortunately. I enjoyed a nice lunch by myself, went back to the
location, and met up with some friends.
Love Fan Fest 2019 Saturday: afternoon program
one-hour lunch break, it was time for the LGBT Fans Deserve Better panel. They
experienced some technical difficulties, but it was fixed later on, thankfully.
At 3 pm, the World Cup match between the Netherlands and Italy started, so I
found some fellow Dutchies in the lobby to watch the match with.
To be honest,
it was a nice distraction because I was getting nervous about my interview with
RED. I absolutely love the web
series and ehm; these women are gorgeous, so yeah… My nerves were definitely
starting to kick in.
Interview with RED
As always, it
turned out I had nothing to be nervous about. We had a really good talk. I got
to ask questions about the beginning of the show, about their new season (you can now watch season 5,
which I highly recommend), and a few other things. We ended up talking for 22 whole
minutes! Wow. After the interview, I was also able to share a few personal
words of appreciation. All in all, this was the most magical moment of LFF2019
I will divide
the interview into two parts and upload these two videos in a few weeks. Subscribe to my channel to watch
them the moment they come out!
I visited their panel too.
Love Fan Fest 2019 Saturday: Word Cup and panels
panel, I ran to the lobby to watch the final minutes of the match and cheer
with the other Dutchies after our victory. After that, I ran back to the panel
room to catch a few minutes of the panel with Rhiannon, Ivana, and Isabella.
You know you will have fun when Isabella is on a panel, and indeed, she made
the room laugh quite a few times.
ended with the Wayhaught panel, which drew a big crowd. After that, I didn’t really
know what to do. All the guests were signing autographs, so I chatted with some
people. I ended up watching the second World Cup match of the day as well. It
was just fun to hang around in the lobby with all the people you hardly ever
get to see in real life.
Some tapas near
my pension were calling my name, so I had to give in and eat. I was quite
relaxed because the next day would start much later for me. Watching the
footage I shot that day made me so incredibly happy!
ClexaCon 2019 Sunday was a slower day as everybody was saying their goodbyes, visiting the final panels, and facing the first signs of post-con blues. I will tell you all about it in this blog post. I do recommend watching the video below this image.
Late start on ClexaCon
I had a bit of a late start this ClexaCon 2019 Sunday. After all, the day before, I had been awake for 22 hours, and I went to the Ascension party. As you can imagine, I needed some time to recover. Still, I woke up in time for the WayHaught panel, obviously.
think this panel is one of the most fun ones every single con. They always have
new stories to tell, despite the show not currently shooting for season 4. And
some of the audience questions are truly clever. You know, Earpers are fun, and
Emily, Dominique, and Kat always make me laugh.
I have to
admit that after the WayHaught panel, I returned to my room for another nap. After
about an hour or so, I went back to the convention area. You could definitely
tell that a sense of sadness filled the air. People were saying their goodbyes
to old friends and new friends. They were making their final merch rounds. They
were reminiscing. Everybody was feeling the upcoming end of ClexaCon, and the
post-con blues were already starting to kick in.
ClexaCon 2019 Sunday: hard to say goodbye
For me, it was also hard to say goodbye to some people. One of the biggest things I wanted to do before ClexaCon was meeting Avon and Lanie, who are the two geniuses behind Beyond Clexa. We had such a good vibe online, and I couldn’t wait to meet them.
Now I have met
them, and I hate the fact that we are living so far away from each other and
that we had to say goodbye. So, I ended up staying at their booth for about 1
1/2 hours. I definitely slowed down their packing process, but at least we had
a fun time. Luckily, after they had packed up, I was able to have dinner with
Avon talk about the con and delay the goodbyes for a little bit longer.
At about 9:30 PM. I was crashing. My jetlag had been kicking my butt all weekend, and while I had an absolute blast at the Ascension party, it was definitely hurting my body the day after. So, I packed my bags and went to bed at a decent hour.
The next morning, my flight was leaving at a reasonable hour, and so I had a reasonable night of sleep. I was definitely ready to go home because I was missing my wife and son. My son had been having a hard time with me being gone for so long, so it was good that my flight was leaving. This time, I did not have to experience the horrors of the flight to Vegas, and I arrived right on time.
It was a
sunny day, and I picked up my wife from work to have lunch together and to discuss
all my shenanigans. It was good being home, but it seemed as if I had just come
back from a completely different world. It was a surreal experience, and it is
good that I shot all my footage. After all, I have a hard time putting into
words what a weekend of ClexaCon means to me and explaining all the things that
Well, I hope you enjoy the videos that I have put up so far and the blog posts that I’ve written. So far, I still have a few things up my sleeve, so stay tuned.
believe that as I am writing this post, I am leaving for Love Fan Fest in
Barcelona in three weeks. Crazy!
2019 ClexaCon Friday with Wynonna
Earp and many others
In this blog post, I talk about the things that I have seen and experienced on the first day of ClexaCon 2019. Last week, I talked about the panels by and on BiPositive Podcast, Nicole Pacent, Queer Representation in Burlesque, One Day At A Time, and Avalance. This week, I discuss some of the other fun things that happened on 2019 ClexaCon Friday. I have added a video that I recommend watching if you want the full experience (don’t forget to subscribe!). I hope you enjoy it!
2019 ClexaCon Friday: pressroom
interview with Jes Macallan
After the Avalance panel, which ended on an emotional note as you may have seen, Jes was scheduled to come to the pressroom for an interview. But we all knew that she needed some time to recover, so we were just waiting there for her to show up when she was ready. Luckily, we didn’t have to wait too long, and she was happy and upbeat when she entered the room. She blew me away on stage during the panel, and she did it again in the pressroom. That woman is truly something special! Fun fact: on her way to the pressroom, she chatted with Katrina Law, who crashed her panel with a ‘Nyssara 4 life’ shirt.
interview, I meant to go to the Earper meetup. As I was on my way, I met some
lovely people who follow me. They actually just came from the meetup and told
me it was over. Oh well, that happens with these busy schedules. I guess we
turned it into a micro meetup?
2019 ClexaCon Friday:
pressroom interview with Amber Benson
I said that Jes was one of the two biggest surprises for me this con. The other
one was Amber Benson. She has humor, and she is opinionated. She understands
how everyone felt about Tara’s death in Buffy and how that death falls within
the ‘bury your gays’ trope. Also, she explains how the team behind BTVS has
learned from it.
have to wait, and the interview starts in a rather rushed way. Amber came in
five minutes early, and so I walked over her to talk to her after setting up. I
found out her boyfriend really likes stroopwafels and so I gave her one to give
it to him. I later heard she ate half of it too and loved it, ghehe.
2019 ClexaCon Friday:
pressroom interview with Wynonna Earp
interview with Wynonna Earp was rescheduled to a later moment. All of a sudden,
the room was PACKED. I mean, there hadn’t been that many people all day.
Because I had just interviewed Amber, I still had my front row seat. How very
lucky I was!
it to be crazy with questions since it was so crowded all of a sudden, but when
the interview started, I indicated I had a question and immediately was granted
permission to ask it! I said this on Instagram too, but it felt like a moment
of growth for me. Last year, I was in the back, observing more than joining.
This year, I opened the busiest interview of them all!
I asked Kat
about Pooched, and her response was so lovely. I don’t know what I was
expecting but not that she thanked me for asking about it.
2019 ClexaCon Friday: film festival
interview with Wynonna Earp, I had to run to the film festival part of the con.
Friday evening, there was a social event with the filmmakers. The filmmakers
were showing their films or the first episodes of their upcoming web series,
such as Passage and BIFL. Also, there was a sneak preview of Good Kisser.
As you may have seen, I reviewed Good Kisser a few weeks ago, and at ClexaCon, I was able to interview the cast. At the mixer, I introduced myself to the cast so that we already knew each other before the interview on Saturday. That makes things slightly more comfortable!
TWENTY The Web Series
TWENTY The Web Series was also present. Last year at ClexaCon, I saw Lily Richards a few times, but it was at the uncomfortable moments such as the restrooms, so I ended up not talking to her. That was my one big regret from ClexaCon 2018, so when I had the opportunity again, I made sure to tell her how much I loved the show.
I ended up talking to Lily and Caitlin for a while, and they agreed to do an interview with me. So, the next morning at 9 am, we were already working together. That was special! I can’t tell you precisely when you will see this interview, but I promise you within the next few weeks.
The event had a little red carpet event, so I have some BTS videos and photos for you in the video. The first one is actually Lily and Caitlin, and the red carpet still had to be sorted out😉
Emma, who wrote and directed the short film The Date, was also at ClexaCon. A few weeks before ClexaCon, she and her co-writer Hansof stayed at our house because The Date was showing at the Amsterdam LGBTQ film festival. So, I wanted to catch up with her on camera to find out what the screening was like. Because of the One Day At A Time panel, not a lot of visitors came to the film festival but the ones who did show up gave a great response to the movie. I loved hearing that others enjoy this short film as much as I did!
More ClexaCon 2019 Friday coming
Saturday, I had two exclusive interviews and a cool pressroom interview with
ODAAT, visited some fun panels, recorded at the red carpet event, and visited
the Ascension party. I will tell you all about it in my next blog posts!
meantime, you can read these ClexaCon blog posts (with videos!):
Love Fan Fest 2018 Sunday: Interviews and Closing Ceremony
I spent Love Fan Fest 2018 Sunday up in the relax room of the guests, interviewing them on the gorgeous balcony. As a result, I missed most of the panels but I had a blast just chatting casually with everyone. I have to confess that I did ask myself a few times: “Is this my job?!” At the same time, I experienced so many feelings that I got really emotional, so Love Fan Fest 2018 Sunday was definitely a rollercoaster ride for me. Oh, and how cool was that closing ceremony?
I have seen the first and second movie of Deadpool but other than that, I did not really know much about Brianna. That is another thing that is so great about these cons. By listening to someone’s panel, you can figure out what kind of a person one is (on a certain level of course) and what one’s work means to others. I thought it was a really relaxed panel to get the day started. Some of her stories even gave me inspiration for questions for our chat later that day. You will see this interview appear on my YouTube Channel in a few weeks so make sure you subscribe!
Love Fan Fest 2018 Sunday meant many, many interviews
After Brianna’s panel, I was brought to the relax room of the guests again, like the evening before when I talked to Shannon Beveridge. This time, we were brought to the gorgeous balcony with a nice green view and a lot of sun. While I was checking my camera and mics, Dom sat down one table down for a quick tanning session. At a moment like that, I just think: “How great is my life right now?”
I was waiting for my chat with Brianna but Gaby Christian was standing right by my table. I had not been able to talk to her yet and I really wanted to. So, I asked if she wanted to talk to me for a bit. She did not have any plans until noon so she agreed, which made me really happy and nervous at the same time. Impromptu interview happening in 3,2,1, go!
I simply focused on some of the things that came to mind when I watched South of Nowhere again. I knew that she had been in Spain for a while already and walked the Camino de Santiago, so I asked her about that. Surprisingly, she had visited the city in which I live, The Hague, too! So, we talked a bit about that. All in all, it was simply a fun conversation. We had to stop suddenly so the ending was slightly abrupt but I was simply very happy that I was able to talk to her for a few minutes.
When I was waiting for my interview with Brianna, right before Gaby agreed to talk to me, I was having a great time with Brianna’s girlfriend, whose mother is Dutch. We ended up discussing hagelslag, which is chocolate sprinkles we put on sandwiches. I may have scared Brianna a bit when I started the interview with “So, I have some inside information from your girlfriend.” I quickly told her it was about her hagelslag habits though😉
Interviewing Kat and Dom
At noon, we (LGBT Fans Deserve Better, WayHaughties, and I) were scheduled to talk to Kat and Dom. A big table in the middle of the balcony was arranged for us. We made sure the cameras, microphones, and voice recorders were ready. I started to feel nervous again but when they arrived, they were so chill that I quickly felt relaxed again. After all, the first thing they said was that on the second day of a con, they always feel more relaxed. Well, then I should be relaxed too 😊
I wanted to know how they experienced LFF. After all, they have visited so many cons in very different places and the questions asked on the panels were asked by fans instead of a moderator. They were both truly in love with LFF, I noticed. That made me happy because I felt some questions asked were not always that respectful. The language barrier may have been the problem, though. It was good to see how enthusiastic they were, which was confirmed at the end of Love Fan Fest 2018 Sunday when they were announced as the first confirmed guests for LFF 2019.
Another interesting thing I noticed was that when Dom started talking about a conversation she had had with her agent about the specific projects she would like to take on, Kat was in awe. I wanted to know whether they learn from each other in that respect, so I asked Kat whether she felt she could have a conversation like that too. She indicated that it felt scary to her so I just wanted her to know that I think she can. I mean, her fan base is not going to go anywhere anytime soon…
Love Fan Fest 2018 Sunday: interview with Kat and Dom
Interviewing Natasha and Elise
At 1 pm, we were able to talk to Natasha and Elise. They had a little less time to talk to us than Kat and Dom did, so we quickly started. It was pretty amazing because they were asked one question about queer representation and they just started talking and talking. It was beautiful to watch and they made some valid points about opening up the pool for actors who are interested in playing queer characters as opposed to always asking the same people and about roles representing non-binary and trans people.
I noticed we only had a little bit of time left so I wanted to ask at least one question before they had to go. Ever since they had won a CSA Fan Choice Award, I was wondering what kind of influence that award had on their career. I remember Natasha introducing herself in her acceptance speech because most actors present in the audience were on TV or in films rather than on the web. As I am not from Canada, I was wondering how that might have influenced their networking opportunities or opportunities regarding projects.
I was surprised when they told me they had noticed zero effect on their career. It made me feel sad for them at first. Then, Natasha explained a part of Canadian culture to me and how the award meant much to her personally and that it gave her inspiration to continue doing what she does.
Love Fan Fest 2018 Sunday: interview with Natasha and Elise
We were scheduled for an interview with Melanie at 3 pm, right after her panel. So, I had some time to visit her panel. It was pretty touching when she came on stage because she thought that nobody would come. She figured there would only be ten people because she had already had a panel the day before. Seeing everybody present made her emotional, to which everybody responded with a big applause. Are you kidding me? Of course, everybody is going to be there!
It is not even her humor that I like about her so much; it is the way she talks with her hands and pays so much attention to every detail in her stories. One moment I particularly liked was when a mother came to the microphone with her little daughter. She had a big, important question: who is Melanie’s favorite Disney princess? I love how children put things in perspective for you, lol. In the end, what truly matters?
Love Fan Fest 2018 Sunday also marked the day Melanie used her panel to reveal a few things about Kat and Dom. I am pretty sure Kat and Dom did not necessarily want those things to be revealed. You could tell she knew she was digging a hole for herself on stage and she just kept digging and digging. It made me cry-laugh. At the same time, I just wish I was present at the moment the three of them saw each other again after finding out what Melanie had told on stage.
Ten minutes after her panel, we sat down for our interview. It started with another hilarious anecdote by Melanie, so we were already laughing when the interview started. I just had to ask her about what had just happened on stage but I started laughing before I could ask the question. I finally managed to ask whether she had talked to Kat or Dom right in between the panel and now. “What did you do?!” she replied. To clarify, I did not do anything but I guessed Twitter had already brought the news to Kat and Dom. She dreaded that conversation for sure!
You can find the interview here:
Love Fan Fest 2018 Sunday: interview with Melanie
After the interview with Melanie, I was having all kinds of feelings so I decided to chill for a bit. There were no more panels, just people in line waiting for their autographs. I met a few new people while sitting in the shade and walking around for about two hours. I love how easy it is to talk to people at cons!
My press buddies and I discussed whether we should go out for dinner or stay for the closing ceremony. We were not exactly sure what the closing ceremony would entail. We decided to stay. Boy, were we glad! What an amazing (unplanned) party that was!
The audience had to wait as the guests were coming a bit later than planned. People started taking photos on stage with all their friends. Then, the DJ decided he did not care what music he was playing, so all the requests were being granted. Hence, music from Wynonna Earp and Carmilla started playing loudly and more and more people started dancing on stage and in front of the stage. I felt the floors go up and down with all the jumping around. What a spontaneous party!
At the end of Love Fan Fest 2018 Sunday, it was announced that LFF will be held again next year. In addition, they announced that the first confirmed guests are Kat and Dom. The crowd obviously went wild. They then entered the room with Rhiannon and Gaby, which only led to more noise.
Together, we watched the first part of the Love Fan Fest aftermovie, which led to a few tears being shed. The four of them said a few words of appreciation and there was a very intense group feeling. It was truly special. You see, you do not have to be a big con to have a big impact; at this smaller con, you could almost touch the sense of community. Rhiannon, Dom, Kat, and Gaby were right when they said they will always carry this feeling with them and it is exactly how every audience member felt too.
That marked the beginning of my post-con blues. Wow, they are real. Until ClexaCon, I had never heard of them but man, they do exist. They were enhanced by a certain situation that occurred right after LFF. With some of my new friends, we went out for dinner in the only place close to the hotel. Our starving stomachs did not want to take us any further.
The seats outside were taken so we went inside. A soccer match was playing loudly on the TV. It was a small and shabby restaurant with about four or five tables. I entered the place first and all eyes went to the door because everybody was facing our direction as that was close to where the TV was hanging. Nobody said anything and they just stared at us. We sensed we were not welcome at all but we just had to eat.
The only table available was right under the TV. They just kept staring at us in silence until we sat down. The waiter threw a menu at us and barely helped us at all. It was pretty intense. Nothing happened but the sensation of being watched that closely already made me think: “I have just met these people but I would not want to be here with anybody else. If this means a fight will start, I would be happy to defend each and every one of them.” I do not think I have ever experienced this before. It just blew my mind. So what if some of us have short hair? Geez…
It actually had the opposite effect. I feel we bonded even more at that table. Thanks, buddies! I did make me sad though. It also reminded me of why we continue to need these cons and pride and other LGBTQIA events. We need to show our diversity over and over again until we no longer stand out. So, see you at Love Fan Fest 2019?
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