MY TVD NYCC EXPERIENCE
Here’s a few things you should know about me:
1) I’ve never been a fan of vampires (or any other supenatural media)
2) I’ve never been all that into teen shows (even when I was a teen — over 15 years ago)
3) I don’t own a computer and have never been on Facebook, MySpace, YouTube or any other social networking/media site other than my recent foray into Twitter
The first time I tried Twitter was about 6 months ago. Why you might ask; well, because I fell in love with a teen vampire show — TVD. What are the odds of someone like me ever even watching TVD? If you guessed zero to none, you wouldn’t be far off. But, some of the best things that happen in life are often the most unexpected.
So, here I am, a season into TVD, and not only am I still enamored with the show, but, I’ve fallen in love with the TVD twitterverse family. So when I heard TVD was coming to NYC for the NY Comic Con, I did something else I’ve never done before — I went to my very first fan event ever.
And, when Ruthie of Vampire Diaries Online asked me to tweet live from NYCC for VDO, I jumped at the chance.
So, onto to the NYCC I went. To be honest, having read about TVD’s previous appearances at the Hot Topic events, Paleyfest and the San Diego Comic Con, I knew the TVD cast and producers wouldn’t disappoint. And they didn’t.
It only took about half an hour to get into the theater (which is good, because patiently standing in long lines is not my strong point). Once I was in the theater, I managed to get really good seats (even though it was only 20 minutes before the the TVD panel was scheduled to begin). Unlike many in the theater, I was able to get reception on my phone (thank goodness, because my favorite part of the panel was being able to tweet the interesting parts to my TVD twitter family).
The TVD video presentation was a highlight with spoilers galore and non-stop exciting snippets.
Then, out came the cast with Julie and Kevin. As expected, they were fun, funny, articulate, beautiful (btw, Kat Graham is tiny). Steven made a few hearts melt and Zach lived up to everything we love about Matt. Julie and Kevin were up front and honest without giving too much away and everyone conveyed how much they really value the show, the fans and the feedback they get.
If there was one negative, it was that the panel was over too soon and the fans only got to ask a few questions.
Then came the true highlight of my day — the signing, you say? Nope — it was the two and a half hours I stood on line waiting to get into the cast signing. Wait, you say, didn’t I just mention how much I hate waiting in line? True, I do, but I’ve never before waited in line with a bunch of people who love TVD as much as I do. I finally got to meet members of the TVD family whom I’ve only met on twitter (hey Ariel who was tweeting for IHVD and @jessivanessi). And, I met loads of TVD fans more than willing to talk about everything from who they wished would have died last season (Uncle John and Caroline were at the top of the list) to the ever-popular Stefan v. Damon debate (Steven R. McQueen won that one!). The discussions were so much fun, the hours just flew.
And then came the signing. The cast was flirty (Zach), fun (Sara), funny (Steven), and incredibly sweet (Kat). When told I was tweeting for VDO, they all excitedly sent messages to the TVD twitter family (kudos to Julie for remembering Ruthie’s 40th birthday this Tuesday). They were gracious, friendly and despite the fact that they must have been exhausted, they never rushed anyone. All in all, worth every minute of the wait.
So, how to sum up my very first fan event? Julie, if I may steal your favorite adjective, epic.
Thank you Ruthie (@tvdfansonline) for making my experience exponentially better by involving the TVD twitter family to join me throughout the day. You’re awesome (and have a phenomenal birthday!)
Shira (or @shirarose1 to my twitter family)