I almost feel like I should post this in the Laurie Holen/Marita Covarrubias section (or The Walking Dead
I heard that the con was extremely
busy on Saturday. A friend of mine went on Saturday, and he said that the lines for the two The Walking Dead
stars (Jon Bernthal and Laurie Holden) were the longest of all (those two were only attending Saturday and Sunday).
I got down to the con on Sunday at about 2 p.m. (it closed at 5). My oldest daughter had been sick (in the hospital for two full days even; just released Saturday night), and we ended up waiting on her. All told it was me and three girls, my two daughters (18 and 14) and a younger friend (about 11-12). We first visited the various artists and merchandise stands, and my girls bugged me about having to go see Laurie Holden (not really knowing who she was).
We couldn’t find the ‘Guest Celebrity’ section, and I had to ask numerous Convention Center employees for directions, finally learning that it was in a different building across the street. My daughters continued to kid me about having to go see her, but I ignored them and told them that they’d get to see some other fun celebrities and fantastic costumes in the 501st (a group of Star Wars fans with elaborate, detailed costumes). My youngest daughter kidded that if she saw “Shane” (from The Walking Dead
), that she’s punch him in the face. I reminded her that this showed what a great actor he was, that she would despise him so.
Eventually, now past 4 (less than an hour of the con left), we found the celebrity/photo op section. My daughter’s friend posed with some people in Star Wars costumes, and we entered the main area with the various guest celebrities. I knew (from talking to my friend the day before) that it cost $30 for autographs, and another $30 for a photo (even with your own camera), and I frankly couldn’t afford to do either. We could see the lines for the two The Walking Dead
stars, and both were very light. I quickly swung my camera up (with everything ready to go), and snapped a quick picture from a great distance. Security was on me in less than a second, informing me that no photography was allowed. I apologized and politely explained that it was so far away you likely wouldn’t see anything anyway, and he let the matter drop. We stood at the end of Laurie Holden’s line, which surprisingly was completely empty. One attendant encouraged us to go forward, but I balked, asking “Isn’t it $30 for autographs?” He told us that this was true, but encouraged us to simply go forward to say ‘hi’ (she and the convention people probably felt awkward with her having no one in line, considering that other celebrities like the Firefly stars, Edward James Olmos, George Takei, and even Lea Thomson had pretty long lines).
So we went down the long, roped walkway and found ourselves in front of Laurie Holden. She was extremely kind (and beautiful), and greeted us warmly. I told her that I was a huge X-Files
fan, and my youngest daughter told her how much she loved her on The Walking Dead
. I told her that I thought her line should be the longest one there, and she joked that her line was shorter than Jon’s because she signed quickly, and he took so long (as we talked he very methodically and slowly signed for a fan, his face nearly obscured by a baseball hat and hoodie). She then continued to rib him, telling us how she’d taught him everything he knows, about acting, life, etc., and he ignored her, hunched over and focused. I joined in the fun, pointing out that he was ignoring her, and he finally looked up at me, with a twinkle in his eye and a slight smile, indicating that he had heard everything. She reminded him that she still wanted a signed picture for her brother. We told her thanks, and I told her how nice it was to meet her (she said the same).
After we’d walked to the end of that section, suddenly the attendant who had been with her grabbed me and told me that Ms. Holden would like us to return in 5 minutes to give us some pictures. We browsed for a bit, then returned, waiting in line this time for a few people. When I stood before her a second time, she looked up at me and waited, and I said that she’d apparently wanted to see us again? The attendant reminded her, and she said “Oh yeah, the nice family. I wanted to sign some pictures for your daughters.” She then proceeded to let them pick out pictures, which she personalized to each of the three girls, carefully spelling each of their names. The youngest (their friend) picked one with her shooting a rifle (probably from TWD), while my two daughters each went with a glamorous face shot. My oldest daughter (who has watched TXF with me) didn’t remember her from that (until I got home and threw in a DVD), and also didn’t see the pictures of Marita that she had there.
As we were in line, we could also see Adam Baldwin a short distance away.
Here's that shot from far away. You can see that she's wearing dark blue, with a light blue scarf, and that Jon Bernthal (to the right of her) has a much longer line.