Geektivities: the Mutineer and Collectress at SPN San Francisco

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Last weekend, as an early Christmas present to ourselves, the Mutineer and Collectress headed up north to San Francisco to attend the last Supernatural convention of 2016. Unfortunately, Diva was unable to attend with us this year, but she was sorely missed all weekend and we had a beer (or three) in her honor.

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So, without further ado, here are our favorite moments from the weekend.

The Collectress Hugged God

For the past six months, I’ve had a post-it on the screen of my work computer that simply says “Rob Benedict.” It was a reminder that no matter how sucky things got in my life (and they got pretty sucky last summer), I was going to be able to hug God this December. When “Don’t Call Me Shurley” aired in season 11, this photo op became even more important to me. God is canonically bi or pansexual in Supernatural, and as a member of the LGBTQA community, there is no greater representation I can think of.

During Rob’s panels, he pleasantly answered questions about God’s boyfriends, and it was nice to see it treated so matter-of-factly. It’s been a tough year for the LGBTQ community, and the decision to make that aspect of God canon was very important to me, especially after the death of Charlie in season 10. In fact, when I was deciding what to do for a photo op with Rob, I decided that I wanted to cosplay Charlie and give Rob the biggest hug my short arms could manage. I did, and it is probably the best photo I’ve ever taken. I can’t even be bothered that the wig came unpinned and I have hair in my face, because this photo means so much to me.

Misha, Misha, Misha

I think Misha is just a highlight of my life. He brings such joy to so many, and though we didn’t experience Misha in the wild this year, he brought a smile to my face just the same. And, from what I saw of the four or five women I ran into last Saturday just after they left his photo op, he brought a smile to theirs as well.

I must admit, however, that this year Misha seemed a bit subdued. He had been filming the night before–in the mud–and the audience could tell that he was still a little down about the election. Although this was a more serious Misha than I’ve seen in the past, he was no less eloquent and inspiring, especially when he answered a question about politics. 

In fact, two days later as the Mutineer and I were driving back to SoCal, we commented on how touching his speech was, and how sad it made us to see Misha unhappy about the state of the world. We decided to start the Collective Christmas Project, just to try to make the world (and hopefully Misha) smile a little more. These are dark times; the world could use a smile.

Collective Moose Hug

The Collectress: I got to see the moose mane. Up close. In person. *swoons*

In all seriousness, I have the deepest respect for Jared Padalecki, both for his talents as an actor and for the compassion and kindness he shows in campaigns like “Always Keep Fighting.” For our photo op, the Mutineer and I both agreed on giving JarPad the biggest hug we could, because let’s be honest, he deserves to be hugged every minute of his life. He’s a beautiful person, inside and out, and this picture shows it.

The Mutineer: For anyone who doesn’t know, I’ve been a fan of Jared’s for more than half my life. Call it a childhood crush, if you will, that has spanned from the year 2000 until now. This opportunity was very meaningful for me, and I was so grateful that the Collectress was there, too. Otherwise I’m honestly not sure how I would have survived. (Needless to say, I never thought I would be one of those fans who breaks down after a photo op….turns out, I totally am.) I could wax eloquently on how sweet, kind, and inspirational Jared is, but long story short: he gives amazing hugs.

Death danced. No really.

While Death has long been one of the most intriguing characters for me on Supernatural, I had no idea how awesome the actor who portrays him is. When we attended Julian’s panel, I was struck by how sweet and funny he was with the audience. And the best part? He loves to dance. Check out this clip from Karaoke that night, where he tore up the stage prancing from one end to the other.

Who run the world?

Kim and Brianna, aka the most beautiful badass bitches ever. I’m a huge fan of the Wayward Daughters movement and have been inspired by both of these women so many times. The Collectress and I ran into them in the bathroom about 5 minutes after arriving at the con, which was a great way to start the weekend. Seeing them both at Karaoke was freaking awesome (did we mention that Brianna sang Pony and took off her corset?), but what was even better was getting the opportunity to take a picture with Kim. What did we ask for? To flip off the patriarchy, of course.  

-The Collectress & The Collected Mutineer