?

Log in

No account? Create an account
Chicago Con! Michael, Smallville, Brandon Routh & more - tasabian [entries|archive|friends|userinfo]
tasabian

[ userinfo | livejournal userinfo ]
[ archive | journal archive ]

Chicago Con! Michael, Smallville, Brandon Routh & more [Aug. 13th, 2013|10:19 pm]
tasabian
Had a great time in Chicago - excellent fangirl company, gorgeous city and lots of beautiful men to look at! I attended panels with Brandon Routh, Manu Bennett, Will Yun Lee, a solo Michael panel and a Smallville panel with Michael, Allison, James & Aaron!

 photo 26.jpg



Brandon didn't get to talk much at the Superman panel (Neal Adams dominated) but wow, was he great to look at!
 photo 1-2.jpg

He was asked what direction he'd have liked to see a sequel to "Superman Returns" take and he wanted more of the Clark/Lois love story. He believes Clark Kent is the true hero, because he's the incarnation of Superman that people can talk to; they're in awe of Superman, they are themselves with Clark.
 photo 2-4.jpg

Manu Bennett of "the Hobbit", "Spartacus" & "Arrow" was thoughtful and lovely. I didn't know much about him prior to his panel but left a fan. Fanboys kept asking about his martial arts training & Manu explained that his dance training was more important for the work he does now.
 photo 4-2.jpg
Hugging a fan dressed as Naevia from Spartacus.
 photo 5-1.jpg

Will Yun Lee is on H50 & has been in loads of movies, including Wolverine. His panel was short but very funny. His Korean parents didn't accept his career until he was mentioned in a tiny paragraph in a Korean newspaper & his mum still rates his movies this way: "You die?" and "You no smile?" He told a hilarious story about playing Ice T's "adopted ninja son" in a TV movie and having to do a rap about chopsticks.
 photo 6-1.jpg

Michael, as always, raced into his panel and took charge! Instead of fans coming up to the mike, he ran around demanding people ask him questions. One person asked the weirdest thing a fan has done when meeting him. He mentioned being groped but added that most fans are great *comes over to our row*: "Except this group. They're TROUBLE!" Then he insisted we say our Michael-given nicknames into the mike, while I tried to sink back in my seat.
 photo 7-3.jpg

I love watching other fans react to him. Lots of laughs in his panels.
 photo 12.jpg

There was one bad question (not asked by fan in picture, who was sweet.) A different person asked if it was true "Tom. W is a douche like everyone says." Michael defused it: he said Tom was sweet to him, the one quarrel they had in 10 years, they hugged it out. He added that Tom is shy. Before moving onto the next question he said "that was really uncomfortable." The person who asked was young but why would you put Michael on the spot by being rude about his friend & colleague?
 photo 8.jpg

Fan gets a cuddle...
 photo 9.jpg

..and a giggle.
 photo 10.jpg

The Smallville Panel in a rare serious moment!
 photo 20.jpg

Michael & Allison had to share a mike which led to cuteness.
 photo 25.jpg
 photo 31.jpg

Allison: “I worked with the most beautiful cast on television! It was not hard. It wasn’t difficult.”
Michael: “Actually she was talking about Tom. I was the quirky weird guy…”
Allison: “So was I.”
 photo 24.jpg

Michael: "I've got a question. I'd like to know why Aaron is trying to be Lex Luthor today, with his hair. What's going on, buddy?"
Aaron: "You had a massive impact on me, Michael. I didn't want to be embarrassed by it but you brought it up. You've really, really affected me. That performance...and I'm taking a page out of your book."
Michael: "You know what? I'm learning a lot from you too!"
 photo 30.jpg
 photo 27.jpg

Fan to Allison: "Who's the best kisser on the show?"
Aaron:"Say what you must, Allison!"
Allison: "Well, you can't get much better than Jimmy Olsen!"
Michael: "You can...but you haven't tried." *kisses her cheek*
 photo 18.jpg

James to Allison: "You had fun being Brainiac?"
Allison: ""Omigod, such a good time! I got to beat up Tom."
James: "You beat him up?"
Allison: "I picked him up over my head."
James: "He always beat me - I never won a fight with him!"
 photo 17.jpg

Tactless fan: "I didn't watch Smallville because of Tom-"
Michael: "GET OUT!"
Tactless fan to Allison: "You were the smart girl. You weren't like beautiful, gorgeous, long brown hair, really tall..."
James to Allison: "But you are gorgeous."
Michael: "YES SHE IS."
 photo 21.jpg
 photo 22.jpg

Michael talks about crying on his last day on set: "I just started crying, it was really emotional. It was a family for a long time. I think even Tom cries. He always acts tough, like "I'm Tom. I don't need anybody!" That's bullshit. The guy cries more than anybody. He's probably crying right now because he's not here with us! In Chicago!"
 photo 23.jpg
 photo 28.jpg
linkReply

Comments:
Page 1 of 2
<<[1] [2] >>
[User Picture]From: roxymissrose
2013-08-14 02:36 am (UTC)
Thank you, thank you for sharing!! Fabulous pictures and bonus James. yay!!

I love that Michael is still so loyal to Thomas. What a sweetheart! He seems like guy with a sweet and shmooshy core. And sexy arms, my word. :)
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: tasabian
2013-08-14 02:44 am (UTC)
I love that Michael is still so loyal to Thomas. What a sweetheart! He seems like guy with a sweet and shmooshy core. And sexy arms, my word. :)
He loves him some Tommy! I saw him later & said that none of the fans I know think badly of Tom. He said he knows, then randomly said to me "I like you, Chocolate Chips!" (That's the kind of conversation you have with Michael.)

He also zeroed in on a guy in the audience and started petting his hair: "Clark....Clark!"

James on the SV panel: "I am in the middle of a Fellini film!"

(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: tariel22
2013-08-14 02:44 am (UTC)
OMG, I'm in heaven reading this!! Wonderful pics, wonderful stories!! I just love all these people to pieces. I'm so happy for you that you could go and see Michael again, and that each time his bond with your little group of special fans becomes stronger. You're so generous to always share your experiences with us! Thank you so much, with extra special thanks for the quotes about Tom! ♥

Brandon Routh is great. I follow him and Courtney Ford on Twitter, and I have so much admiration for him. I think he embodies Clark Kent, and Superman, just about as much as any human can. Loved what he said about Clark. Plus he never takes himself too seriously. He was too funny on The Daly Show. I actually loved Partners, his show that was cancelled after just a handful of episodes.

I wonder if there is anyone more loyal and gracious than Michael. I don't know how the whole world doesn't worship this guy. And he's totally talented and hot, too! Can't wait to see Back in the Day!
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: tasabian
2013-08-14 03:00 am (UTC)
Thanks, hon! I had a great time & am always grateful there are folks who will let me squee about it afterwards!

Brandon Routh is great. I follow him and Courtney Ford on Twitter, and I have so much admiration for him.
I got a photo with him & the man is 10 feet tall, unbelievably gorgeous and sweet as pie. I love him on twitter too - such a conscientious person.

Thank you so much, with extra special thanks for the quotes about Tom! ♥
One I didn't manage to record was Michael ranting about how he had to memorize reams of exposition while Tom would say "I don't know, Lex" and stand there "looking tall, dark and handsome."

I wonder if there is anyone more loyal and gracious than Michael. I don't know how the whole world doesn't worship this guy.
He certainly got loads of love in Chicago! At the Sv panel, one fanboy thanked Michael for making his birthday memorable. "The cheek brush was awkward...but you gave me one of the coolest birthday memories ever..." One of the great pleasures of Cons is watching other fans discover Michael. He noticed one shy fan at the back of the room "Come on up, brother" and that fan asked one of the better questions. He always finds a way to make the thousands of fans he talks to at a Con, each feel like they've had their own unique moment with him.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread) (Expand)
[User Picture]From: ctbn60
2013-08-14 02:56 am (UTC)
Wow thank ou for sharing. It looks like such fun! Who runs the cons. I wonder if there are any in my area.
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: tasabian
2013-08-14 03:01 am (UTC)
It was loads of fun! This was a Wizard World Con - Michael is slated to be at the Dallas Comic Con the first weekend in October!
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: rosy5000
2013-08-14 03:32 am (UTC)
Thanks for sharing your pics and stories, as always. OMG! I sooooo wish I could have been there. Not only do I have a HUGE desire to visit Chicago (GO CUBS!), but there were sooooo many awesome people (you included) there!

I will never understand why some 'fans' think it's cool to say some of these things at these panels. It'd be one thing to say it to the celeb in person, but to say it in front of hundreds of people... why?? I do love how the SV guys reacted though.

Now, I think I'm going to just sit here and stare at Michael in his glasses. How does he make them look so sexy? Totally not fair!

Oh, and Ori (my nephew) said there aren't enough pics of James. lol His #1 guy crush.
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: tasabian
2013-08-14 04:02 am (UTC)
Thank you!

I sooooo wish I could have been there. Not only do I have a HUGE desire to visit Chicago (GO CUBS!), but there were sooooo many awesome people (you included) there!
You're very sweet - hopefully next year, Michael picks a Con that is not too far from you & we can meet up!

I will never understand why some 'fans' think it's cool to say some of these things at these panels. It'd be one thing to say it to the celeb in person, but to say it in front of hundreds of people... why?? I do love how the SV guys reacted though.
I think sometimes it's just social awkwardness but ladies, think these things through! (Both awkward questions came from women this time.) Always feel bad when celebs have to delicately steer around these kinds of questions, even though Michaeldoes it very well.

Now, I think I'm going to just sit here and stare at Michael in his glasses. How does he make them look so sexy? Totally not fair!
He was alternating glasses on/glasses off all Con, looking gorgeous!

One more James pic for Ori! (James was tremendously busy all weekend, signing loads of autographs.)
 photo 29.jpg
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: firebunny
2013-08-14 04:11 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for posting SV panel pics and quotes. I keep checking youtube to see if anyone posted the full panel yet.

P.S. The fan Michael cuddled with wasn't a fan (at least officially). He was the convention worker who gave Michael the signal that he could only take one more question and then his panel would be over. So Michael made him ask the last question. At least that's how I remember it. I could be wrong.
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: tasabian
2013-08-14 04:14 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for posting SV panel pics and quotes. I keep checking youtube to see if anyone posted the full panel yet.
You're very welcome! I have the full audio - just have to reformat it to post. I think I noticed some people vidding so hopefully there are clips to come!

The fan Michael cuddled with wasn't a fan (at least officially). He was the convention worker who gave Michael the signal that he could only take one more question and then his panel would be over. So Michael made him ask the last question. At least that's how I remember it. I could be wrong.
Ah! No, I think you're right. He's got the official WW t-shirt on. (Definitely seemed to enjoy his cuddle regardless. I ended up with a few photos of Michael hugging men.)
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: jlvsclrk
2013-08-14 05:04 am (UTC)
Oh my, that sounds like such fun - I'm so jealous! And I love the pictures - they're all looking good!
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: tasabian
2013-08-14 10:53 pm (UTC)
It was a hoot! And they're all very pretty.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: iibnf
2013-08-14 11:00 am (UTC)
I've never heard of Tom W being called a douche... makes me glad I don't follow showbiz gossip, most of it's mean. Michael's a sweetie.
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: tasabian
2013-08-14 10:55 pm (UTC)
I've never heard of Tom W being called a douche
I haven't either but because he's private, doesn't do cons or social media, I guess some people interpret that as being unfriendly. I also think the asker was looking to impress MR somehow & bombed.

Michael's a sweetie.
Determined to give every fan a good time & succeeds!
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: lapetite_kiki
2013-08-14 01:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing!
Great fun!
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: tasabian
2013-08-14 10:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Kiki!
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: complicat
2013-08-14 02:32 pm (UTC)
Great pics! They're so cute, aww.

Really hoping that someone posts vids of both panels because I can hardly remember a thing (apart from Michael being adorable, obviously)
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: tasabian
2013-08-14 10:57 pm (UTC)
I have audio of the SV panel - hoping to post it tonight. Would you know the best way to convert an mp3 to a wmv?

They're so cute, aww.
The moment where Michael ran over to embrace a startled Aaron was very sweet.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread) (Expand)
[User Picture]From: dawnybee
2013-08-14 03:14 pm (UTC)
Aww, my Smallville babies! Great post!

I don't get these morons who bring their hate to the cast members. Did they really expect any of them to co-sign on what they were saying about Tom? Why bring that up?
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: tasabian
2013-08-14 11:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you! The Sv panel was packed, btw. They had to turn people away.

I don't get these morons who bring their hate to the cast members. Did they really expect any of them to co-sign on what they were saying about Tom? Why bring that up?
The person who asked was a teenager and maybe thought asking Michael an "edgy" question would be the thing to do? But Michael isn't edgy at all & clearly didn't like it. The crowd muttered their discontent too, so hopefully she'll learn from this experience.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: frelling_tralk
2013-08-14 05:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the con report and pics :)
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: tasabian
2013-08-14 10:53 pm (UTC)
You're welcome!
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread) (Expand)
[User Picture]From: la_belle_isa
2013-08-14 08:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for the pictures! It looks like it was an awesome panel! I don't understand either all those morons who absolutely want to say something mean about a co-star. THEY are the douches as far as I'm concerned not just to Tom but to the panelists who have to juggle through that. Also, that fan meant to say something mean about KK but ended up being insulting to Allison. Incredible! She IS beautiful!
Last year, James was at the Montreal con, and he signed an autograph to my daugther and he was all flirty with her with the glances and the little smiles! lol And her boyfriend said to AA that he was great in The X-men! lolol. AA said it was his brother but not to worry, he heard that 10 times that day already.
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: tasabian
2013-08-14 11:02 pm (UTC)
It was great - thank you!

I don't understand either all those morons who absolutely want to say something mean about a co-star. THEY are the douches as far as I'm concerned not just to Tom but to the panelists who have to juggle through that. Also, that fan meant to say something mean about KK but ended up being insulting to Allison. Incredible! She IS beautiful!
Yeah, I mean you can compliment the people in front of you without insulting their co-stars...just say to Michael" Lex is my favourite character" or to Allison "I loved Chloe because..."

Last year, James was at the Montreal con, and he signed an autograph to my daugther and he was all flirty with her with the glances and the little smiles!
He's the consummate flirt, that one! And the Ashmores get mixed up all the time & don't seem a bit bothered.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: seagull2eagle
2013-08-15 12:07 am (UTC)
Sounds like an awesome time! :) Glad you had so much fun. Thank you for sharing. :)
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: tasabian
2013-08-15 02:43 am (UTC)
Thank you for reading! It was a lovely time.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: airygold
2013-08-15 04:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for this wonderful post! I have yet to attend a con anywhere, but I feel like I was there because of you!

I love how Michael draws people out, what a great personality.
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: tasabian
2013-08-15 06:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I love how Michael draws people out, what a great personality.
He's determined that every fan goes home happy! It's very endearing.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: silverscreengal
2013-08-17 02:32 am (UTC)
I can not thank you enough for sharing all this!!! You had mentioned on twitter someone was somewhat rude regarding a Tom insult and after reading and seeing all your pics, all I can think is how delighted and overjoyed I'd feel to be there!!! Never would I EVER insult someone on the panel or one of their castmates!! I'd be grinning too much!!!! ( I also did not like the comment the person said that they didn't watch SV for Tom and that Allison wasn't pretty....uh, WHAT???)

Anyway, on to more positive stuff!!! YOU got to see Michael, Allison, James and Aaron!!! How cool is that??? So cool!!! Thank you so much for sharing your pictures and your stories!! I love that show (still) more than any show in history of TV and to see them (almost) all together enjoying the old stories of their time together warms my heart. If only Tom would do one....

When is the next SV panel? You have inspired me to see one!!!
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: silverscreengal
2013-08-17 02:34 am (UTC)
P.S. I have met John Glovier, Allison and Erica Durance and saw the taping of Tom on The Carson Daly Show in 2003 but I have never been to a Smallville Panel. That might be too much for me to bear!! lol


(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
Page 1 of 2
<<[1] [2] >>