Ways the Supernatural Family Is Really Saving People

Part of what makes the Supernatural fandom so special is the huge emphasis that gets placed on helping people. For a show about killing monsters, we do a lot of good, and really look out for one another.familyUnsurprisingly, Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles launched a new Always Keep Fighting hoodie campaign just in time for Supernatural Day. Here’s a video of Jared and Jensen introducing the new campaign:


I’ve talked before about how important I think Always Keep Fighting is. Mental illness gets such a terrible stigma, and as someone who has anxiety and depression themselves, I am so happy to see my favorite fandom do so much good  and offer so much help to those who need it. The fandom and the #AlwaysKeepFighting movement meant so much to me, I got a tattoo reminding me to always keep fighting:

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Of course you don’t have to go and ink yourself if you want to participate in the AKF campaign. Instead, you can just scoop up your own hoodie from the latest campaign by heading over to the Represent page to order your hoodie and get your special 12 pin. But don’t wait too long, the campaign ends on September 27th!

But of course AKF isn’t the only way that Supernatural looks out for its own. If you haven’t heard yet, Supernatural and Random Acts have also created an actual crisis hotline, and they have people working on the hotline 24/7 and at Supernatural conventions.

And Sheriffs Jody and Donna (Kim Rhodes and Briana Buckmaster) have also started the Wayward Daughters Academy, which is a tee-shirt campaign that raises money to help homeless and at-risk women and girls. Not only that, but it’s become a bit of a supportive community among Supernatural‘s fans, allowing a place for them to really be themselves,  to help others, and to find others who love them for just being themselves.

Of course Wayward Daughters and several of Osric Chau‘s campaigns all fall under the BEHEMOTH that is Random Acts, a huge charity started by Misha Collins. You’ve probably heard of Random Act’s big event, the giant and crazy scavenger hunt known as GISHWHES. However, there is so much more to the organization that just that. Random Acts is working all over the globe to help those that need it most, promote kindness and generosity, and even do huge things like raising money to build schools and homes in areas that need it.

This is what makes the fandom so special–how connected we are, and how important it is that we help others. You can joke around about the show running for too many years, you can say you think the various Supernatural shippers are weird, and you can get confused at how meta the show can get sometimes, but at the core of all that, the fandom is just trying to do good in the world. That’s what makes this group and this show special, and it’s why we’re still talking about the show after all these years.

What’s your favorite charity or cause that the Supernatural fandom has rallied around? Tell me about it in the comments! 

How in the World Could Supernatural End Well?

Happy Supernatural Day, SPN Family! All week I’ll be talking about the show, extending Supernatural Day into an entire week of saving people, hunting things, and the family business.

If you aren’t caught up on the show, be warned that there will be spoilers in this post, so read on at your own risk! 

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If you checked out the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly–the one that has Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, and the Impala on the cover–you might have seen the big news they shared about the 300th episode of the show. Namely, that they think 300 episodes, should the show make it that far, would be a great place for Supernatural to end.

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Okay, I know talking about the end of Supernatural does kinda suck, but at the same time I really like that they’re looking at an end game to the show. For such a long-running show, I’m sure there is a great temptation (at least on the part of the network) to let Supernatural run its course until the viewership has utterly abandoned it. So I’m glad that Jared and Jensen, at the very least, are looking at a way to end the show well. If you’ll recall back at Denver Comic Con this year, Jeffrey Dean Morgan even mentioned in his panel how he’d love to return for the final episode of Supernatural (especially if Jensen directed). If the 200th episode is any indication, Supernatural knows how to celebrate big milestones well.

But how could they end the show on a note that fans could be okay with? After all, I’d hate to see Supernatural go out in a manner similar to How I Met Your Mother, with most of the fandom frustrated with–and straight up rejecting–the ending. Even worse, the season five finale–the original series ending that the show’s creator, Eric Kripke imagined–was kind of a solid series ending. So what could the show do to end the show well since episode 300 will take us into season 14, several season past the originally planned 5?

Leave the Boys in a Believable Situation

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Except, you know, for the times you literally kill Death.

I’ll be honest, I’d love to see the show end with Sam as a Man of Letters (maybe, anyway, I’ve got my doubts about that whole group lately), Dean happy and with a family (I’ll just say it, I liked him with his little family with Lisa), and Castiel either safe in heaven or hanging out in the bunker with Sam and Dean. But honestly, I’m not sure if that’s the most believable choice. After all, Sam and Dean always talk about things will end bloody for them, and every attempt they’ve made at a normal life has failed. So while I DON’T want one of them to die and the other to live, it might make more sense for the show to end with both of their deaths, and with them up in heaven–then they could hopefully hang out with Cas, Charlie, Kevin, John, and (potentially) Mary there. I feel like that is the closest to a happy ending that they could get. However, one of the things I loved about the ending to season 5 was that there were so many open-ended stories. Would Sam ever reunite with Dean? Would Dean hunt again? What would Castiel do now that the apocalypse had been averted? What was the deal with Chuck disappearing after he wrote “the end”? There were so many ways for us to speculate on what came next for everyone. While an open-ended finale like that could be cool, I do wonder if, after 300 episodes, we should get some sort of finality with the boys. I’m not sure, but for as much as I want the boys to live happy, “apple pie” lives, I think I’d feel a bit cheated if the show ended with them magically finding a way to live that life. I want as happy of an ending as we can get, but I want to believe it. After all, if we’ve all put in 300 episodes, I’d hope we could find a solid place for the show to land.

Don’t Force Any Romances On Them

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I’ll be honest, my favorite part of the Amelia relationship was Sam getting to finally have a puppy.

I’m okay with the boys having romantic relationships, but I want them to make sense. I don’t want to see them paired up with someone simply to give the finale of the show gravitas or to introduce a woman into the story to inspire the Winchesters to action or create conflict. They’ve had some really great relationships introduced on the show, with Lisa (I know a lot of the fandom hates her, but I don’t know why), Jo, Jess, Madison, and Cassie. However, most of those women ultimately died or their relationship crashed and burned. The women the Winchesters date are often times plot devices rather than actual people. So if they want to end the story with the boys in a relationship, great, but for it to be a solid ending, it needs to make sense, be a healthy relationship, and portray the boys’ partners as actual people.

Answer Some Lingering Questions Definitively

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Where are you, Adam?!?

Like I said before, I’m cool with leaving some loose ends. It lets us as the audience speculate and draw our own conclusions about what really happens once the cameras stop rolling. That’s awesome, and I’m for that. But for some of those lingering, nagging questions, like what actually happened to Adam and where is John Winchester, I’d like to finally get a straight answer. I’m probably alone on this, but I’d really like to know if Meg is in purgatory or if she was “redeemed” enough to go to heaven. I’d like to think she’s in heaven, but I always liked that crazy demon. I also am pretty sure Meg would hate heaven, but that’s another issue entirely…

Give a Final Nod to the Metasodes

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The fact that Supernatural can pull off having Supernatural on Supernatural in several different mediums from books to the show itself to a musical is a crazy feat. This show is incredibly self-aware, and the metasodes and meta-jokes are some of my favorite things that they do on this show. While I don’t think making the 300th a metasode like the “Fan Fiction” is the right call, I’d like to see the show give that part of the story one final send off.

Leave the Show Where it Began: Family

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I still ship Ellen and Bobby, I’ll admit it…

Family is the anchor to this show. It’s what keeps us tuning in, even when the stories get a little too crazy (like being able to incapacitate the oldest, strongest monster of all with cleaning supplies, for instance). Regardless of what happens when the Supernatural story finally ends, as long as it keeps the story rooted in the importance of family, it will do the show justice. It’s what made the end of season 5 so good. It left us with that wistfulness of Sam coming back from hell, but not wanting to take Dean away from his “normal” life, and Dean trying to make life work with Lisa and Ben because he promised Sam he’d try. The show’s “family don’t end with blood” through line is what gives it heart, and it’s what makes the show more than a campy monster hunting show. While I do hope the 300th episode gives us more straight answers on where Sam, Dean, Cas, and Crowley all end up, as long as they remember that this is a story about the family business, the ending will feel right.

What would you need to see in a final episode for it to feel “right”? What do you hope they avoid? Tell me your thoughts in the comments! 

Welcome to Supernatural Week and the Season 12 Teaser

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On September 13, 2005, Supernatural first hit televisions. It’s been over a decade since the pilot episode aired, and to celebrate the show’s unusually long life the 13th has been officially deemed “Supernatural Day”. Well, the thing is, I didn’t feel like allowing one day for Supernatural appreciation was right. So here at Distracted Blogger, we’re going to be celebrating Supernatural Week.  I’ll be talking about the new season, the bomb Jared and Jensen dropped in the EW article (I won’t spoil that in this post), Always Keep Fighting, and more. I have been re-watching the entire season this hellatus, so I can’t wait to talk about All the Supernatural Things with you this week!

So let’s start this week off right with a first look at what’s in store for us in season 12. Take a peek. Season 11 spoilers ahead, obviously:

You guys, I have really mixed feelings about the UK branch of the Men of Letters. Sure, Sam and Dean have created (accidentally or not) quite a lot of problems for people on earth, but I feel like capturing Sam and torturing him is kind of an extreme reaction. It also feels like far too brutish a reaction for a group of people known for being chronically stuck between the pages of the book while they save the elbow grease for hunters. I really loved the idea of Sam becoming a full-time Man of Letters, but seeing some of the people that would be his UK colleagues has got me wondering if that’s a good idea.

Also: MARY WINCHESTER, YOU GUYS! I am so incredibly excited to see Mary back in action, and back in pants. I’m a bit worried about Sam and Dean spending actual, real time with their mom since she’s become this ethereal, perfect creature in their minds. Seeing a real woman with real flaws could be really hard for the boys, and put a rift in their relationship that doesn’t need to be there. We don’t know if Mary’s return is something that will stick, so I’d hate for her to be sent back through the veil (or worse, for her to be killed again) and the boys have this John-style relationship with her. Of course, things won’t just be hard for the boys. We know that Mary never wanted her children to be hunters, so it will have to be heartbreaking and infuriating for Mary to see her boys living the exact kind of life that she never, ever wanted for them. If the boys let slip too much about their childhood, you know Mary is going to be absolutely furious with John.

What do you think of the teaser? What are you most excited about in season 12? What do you hope to see this season? Let’s talk about it in the comments!

Kendall on Lighten Up Podcast

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Hey kids! I was on another podcast, this time the podcast of my buddy Melanie Dale called Lighten Up. We had a hoot talking to each other about comic con, Cursed Child, and Melanie’s many failed attempts to be a walker on The Walking Dead (she lives right where they shoot the show and has eaten AT NORMAN REEDUS’ RESTAURANT and I am an infinite ball of jealousy). Melanie’s a great internet turned IRL friend (because meeting once IRL for Thai food totally counts, y’all), so I’m really excited for y’all to hear the episode.

Enjoy the episode!

Too Many Words Podcast Appearance

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These past two months have been crazy for me–good crazy, mostly, just crazy. What have I been doing? Lots of stuff, but one of those things was getting the opportunity to appear on Jayme Beddingfield’s podcast, Too Many Words. If you’ve never checked out her podcast, you most definitely should. She’s funny, insightful, and she brings in a wide variety of guests from writers, comedians, artists, and anyone else she can record a conversation with. I can guarantee you that she’s talked to someone who’s into exactly the things you are.

In my episode, we talked about writing and blogging, Marvel, zombies (because of course we did), Netflix, and much more. It was such a great time, and Jayme was a lovely host. So if you want to check out the episode (and subscribe to her show, even), you can check out my episode on iTunes, Google Play, or Stitcher. Happy podcast listening!

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Let me know what you think of the episode in the comments…unless you hated it fully and totally. Then, you know, keep your opinions to yourself…

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Loot Crate and Her Universe’s #Loot4Fangirls Crate

I recently got the chance to write over at Nerdist about Loot Crate and Her Universe’s awesome Loot4Fangirls crate that was being released exclusively for this year’s San Diego Comic Con. While I didn’t go to the con this year, they were kind enough to send me a crate of my very own.

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I was so excited, and I wanted to show you guys IMMEDIATELY all of the awesome swag inside, but I wanted to keep it a secret until the convention. After all, the crate contains an exclusive Her Universe dress, so I wanted to keep the secret until at least a few other people started doing unboxings of their crates.

You guys, I could rave for quite a while about all of the awesome stuff in this box. It was utterly fantastic, and is filled with stuff that any fangirl would love to have.

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The first was this adorable, exclusive little Wonder Woman figure based on DC Bombshells. The figure itself is so frakkin’ cute, but the little tin it came in is also really adorable.

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The crate also included some adorable fangirl stickers (I’m OBSESSED with stickers), and a cute fangirl coloring book:

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And, of course with Star Trek heading to theaters and the 50th of the original show, they included some Enterprise-worthy gear with an adorable little makeup bag. What made it awesome was clearly Uhura-inspired. The bag is red, just like Uhura’s uniform, and the bag also has a little keychain with a few tribbles and an image of the Uhura herself (Nichelle Nichols-era Uhura, not Zoe Saldana).

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I’m not much of a makeup girl, but I’m SO excited about this bag, you guys.

They also catered to two of my faves: The Walking Dead and nail wraps. The Walking Dead wrap bracelet they included is simply wonderful. It’s cute and subtle, but it’s perfect for any TWD fangirl. Plus, I’m a sucker for bracelets, y’all. And the nail wraps are Borderlands-themed, and THEY GLOW IN THE DARK. You guys, I didn’t realize this when I applied them (even though I’m certain the packaging was pretty clear about that–I just don’t pay attention) so I got a big surprise the first time I was in a dark room after applying them!

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Of course, the biggest surprise was the exclusive Her Universe dress. Ashley Eckstein promised the dress would be awesome and empowering, and boy was it!

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The dress featured some of my FAVORITE women from Marvel comics with my girl Captain Marvel right there in the front. It’s a light and airy dress, and even though it’s black it’s cool enough for summer and will work well under layers when it gets cold. I’m so happy that I got a chance to get this dress. I’m not sure if Her Universe will be selling this dress outside of the crate later on, so I’m glad I got my hands on this bad boy!

Of course you don’t have to be at SDCC to grab yourself one of these amazing crates. If you want in on the Loot 4 Fangirls action, you can order one for yourself online. Just don’t wait too long!

Have you ordered one of the #Loot4Fangirls crates, or did you pick one up at SDCC? What do you think of it? What do you hope to see in any future crates like this? Tell me about it in the comments! 

Should You Go See Ghostbusters?

Hey, guys. It’s been a while! I’ve been taking some much-need rest from writing at Nerdist, Geek & Sundry, AND my new gig at a wedding website (because I’m a diverse writer, dammit) AND trying to populate my own website. I love this site, but since it doesn’t pay the bills, I let myself take some serious time off to recharge a bit.

But I’m back! So let’s get to it!

SO! Should you see Ghostbusters? Here’s the short answer:

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For some reason, this film has garnered a lot more ire than any of the hordes of remakes and reboots coming to big screens lately. Frankly, I think its ridiculous, and if you aren’t going to see this movie, you’re straight up missing out. There are plenty of reasons I love this movie, but a huge one can be summed up in this tweet:

The fact of the matter is, this movie is giving today’s little girls something that I didn’t have when I was a kid. We get to see four very different women come together to chase ghosts, kick ass, and not worry about things like a makeover, getting a guy, losing weight, or any of the other “chick issues” we often saw in movies. No, instead we watch them chase their passion, wrestle with believing in themselves when literally no one else does–and even when they’re mocked for their beliefs–and it shows them supporting each other as they do it. It’s awesome, and I’m so glad little girls growing up today get to have them as examples.

Of course, all of those mushy feelings mean nothing if the movie is crap. These women had big shoes to fill when they strapped on their proton packs–Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd, Ernie Hudson, Harold Ramis, and Sigourney Weaver are legends, and the original film is a modern comedy classic. Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters would totally lose its empowering punch if it couldn’t live up to its predecessor.

Thankfully, the movie is effing hysterical.

I don’t even know where to start with this film. The entire cast is fire, and they have a chemistry that is so palpable. My personal favorite is definitely Kate McKinnon’s character, Jillian Holtzmann.

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No one can make me laugh like Kate McKinnon can. She is my all time favorite cast member on SNL right now, and she definitely wins the award of Kendall’s Favorite Ghostbuster. Holtzmann is brilliant, she’s weird, unintentionally and intentionally funny, and she’s also got great taste in hats. Also, she kicks so much ass. Seriously.

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Of course, one McKinnon does not a movie make. The other women in the film, Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, and Kristen Wiig also bring amazing performances. All of these women are hilarious, and each of their characters are interesting, funny, and make the movie a fun adventure fighting ghosts. I have loved Leslie Jones since I first saw her marry Martin Freeman on SNL, and she absolutely delivers in this movie. Her character, Patty Tolan is sweet, funny, and knows more about the history of New York City than anyone I’ve ever met. I loved watching her against Kristen Wiig’s character, Erin Gilbert. Wiig played a more serious character, but she was still absolutely hysterical. Plus, her friendship with Melissa McCarthy’s character, Abby Yates, is a hoot (and reminded me a bit of the friendship between me and my bestie). And, of course, Thor himself has a role as the Ghostbusters’ administrative assistant, Kevin.I had no idea that one of my favorite Asgardian Avengers was so effing hilarious.

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The main cast had such great chemistry, that even though the movie is a bit far-fetched it kept the story grounded. Sure, there are some dumb jokes here and there, but all in all the movie keeps you laughing and having a great time, which is why you go see a Ghostbusters movie in the first place. By the end of the film, I just wanted to hang out with Abby, Patty, Erin, and Holztmann and hunt ghosts for them.

But one of the things I really loved about the film was how intentionally they credited the original Ghostbusters. The movie has cameos from Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, Dan Akroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts, the Slimer ghost (a character that was created as a tribute to the late John Belushi, who was set to play Venkman before his death), and has a dedication to the late Harold Ramis at the end of the film. The movie does everything it can to recognize its predecessors while also telling a fun, new story for a new generation of fans. It’s everything you want in a reboot. Sure, the movie has some flaws, but every movie has flaws. You watch a Ghostbusters movie to have a fun, exciting escape from reality with characters you care about that also make you laugh, and Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters is just that. Don’t believe the haters, kids. Ghostbusters is good cinema, and definitely worth the trip to the movies.

Have you seen Ghostbusters? What did you think of the movie? It looks like there is officially going to be a Ghostbusters sequel in the works–what do you hope to see in a second movie? Tell me your thoughts in the comments!

Everyday Cosplay: Vox Machina

You guys, I’m obsessed with Critical Role. I’m not just saying that because I write for Geek & Sundry either. I am actually shocked at how much I love that show. Prior to working with G&S, I had no connection to D&D whatsoever. I knew what the game was, but that was about it. However, since writing for the site I’ve been completely enthralled with D&D, and am fascinated (and a bit obsessed, let’s be honest) with Critical Role. I’ve wanted to do an everyday cosplay based on their characters, and now that Denver Comic Con is over, I finally have the head space to create something. If you’re new to Critical Role, I highly, highly recommend you checking out the show. This is the show’s 50th episode, where they first unveil their new title sequence (what I based my outfits on). Check. It. Out.

When I created my outfits, I based it on the show as it stands now (so no Tiberius), and since I was focusing on Vox Machina, I didn’t create an outfit for our fearless leader and magnificent DM, Matt Mercer.

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I know. I know. Yell at me later. For now, check out my everyday cosplay looks for Vax, Vex, Pike, Grog, Scanlan, Keyleth, and Percy!

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Oh, I love Vex. She’s an archer with a bear companion? I mean, what’s not to love, right? And yes, that is a bear-shaped ring you see. Because you can’t have Vex without Trinket, amirite? Also, all her jewelry is gold. Because LOOT. You’ll have to master your own Vex wink to really pull this look off.

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Vax is probably one of my favorite characters on Critical Role. He’s a great brother to Vex, and he’s also SO snarky and sarcastic (though that might be more Liam than Vex, I’m not sure), I love him so much–which is why this outfit lines up the most with my personal style, probably.

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Keyleth

Vax might be one of my favorite characters, but I love Keyleth‘s style (both her gaming style, you know, how she dresses). She’s the only chick I know who can pull off an antler headpiece flawlessly.

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Pike

Pike is another of my favorite characters. Though I love characters like Vex and Vax for being so cool, sly, and sneaky, I relate the best to Pike. I’d like to think it’s because I’m brave and kind like she is, but I think it’s more likely because I too am short and I’m not good at sneaking up on people.

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Grog

Grog! I love this big guy. Since painting your entire body blue isn’t super practical for an everyday look, I just went with a low key denim dress. I also purposely avoided too many shiny things in this outfit to help you avoid unnecessary distractions whilst raging.

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Scanlan

Trying to embody Scanlan‘s attitude, his love of Pike, and his knack for inspirational songs and cutting words was quite a challenge. Honestly, you’ll have to bring a lot of that attitude into the outfit yourself.

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Percy

Finally, we’ve got Percy. A character from the group’s Pathfinder days, Percy brings a bit of steampunk flair to the group and some serious firepower. I love Percy because he’s so incredibly clever, and he’s got a dry wit that just kills me. Percy for president.

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Who is your favorite member of Vox Machina? Have you ever done cosplay or everyday cosplay inspired by them? Tell me about it in the comments!

Denver Comic Con 2016: Sunday Panels

Over the weekend of Denver Comic Con 2016, I loved, loved, loved, spending Friday on the exhibition floor and freaking out over my panel, and I loved spending Saturday with the likes of John Barrowman, Cary Elwes, and Hayley Atwell. However, the Sunday panels were hands down my favorites. In DCCs past, Sunday was always more of a slow day to help you wind down from the con craziness. Not this year though. Sunday had people from Supernatural, The Walking Dead, Marvel, Doctor Who, and my favorite internet ladies, The Hillywood Show. It was a great day, but by the end of the day I was EXHAUSTED! Here’s how the day shook out:

Jeffrey Dean Morgan

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I was soooo thrilled to hear that Jeffrey Dean Morgan was coming to Comic Con this year. His appearance was a bit of a late announcement, so it made me even more excited to see him at the con. I didn’t have time to save up to get a photo op with him, unfortunately, but getting to see his panel was treat enough. So what did he have to say about Negan’s role on The Walking Dead? Nothing. He said that he gets to laugh a lot as Negan, which in turn upsets Andrew Lincoln, which makes him laugh more, and he said that waiting for an answer to “who met Lucille” isn’t the worst thing in the world. But apart from telling us how much fun it is to play such a twisted bad guy, we didn’t really learn too much–which is unsurprising. What I really loved was hearing him talk about Supernatural, and his feelings towards Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles. He talked about how seeing them “all grown up” made him feel incredibly proud, and he liked to think he had a small part in that–even though he’s only ten years older than Jensen Ackles. He also mentioned that he’d love to come back to the show, especially if it was for the series finale, and if Jensen directed. I’m all for that. He was also asked a question by a girl in genderbent Comedian cosplay, which he thought was so rad that he brought her onstage.

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JDM hasn’t been doing the convention circuit for long, but he seemed to be pretty comfortable onstage (his wife–who he met through Jensen Ackles, btw–and adorable son were in the front row, which I’m sure helped him out) and he put on a super fun panel. He was funny, sweet, sincere, and you could tell how much of a genuinely fun time he has working on and talking about the shows he’s a part of. Papa Winchester didn’t disappoint, you guys.

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Of course that was only a fraction of the day. Next, we took things over to the Marvel ‘verse…

Clark Gregg

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What makes a Clark Gregg panel so fun is how much of a fanboy he is IRL. If you didn’t know, this guy is essentially Coulson himself. He loves comics and the heroes from Marvel just as much (though I don’t think he has vintage cards like Coulson–although Coulson doesn’t even have his cards anymore), and when asked if he was Team Cap or Team Iron Man, he full Coulsoned everyone, calling the question-asker “young lady” and asking how the Sokovia Accords would affect the Inhumans in his charge. It was THE BEST. He also spoke about life after Coulson died in Avengers. He happened to see the #CoulsonLives Twitter campaign while running his wife’s (Jennifer Grey) Twitter while she was on Dancing with the Stars. After that crazy campaign and seeing the Marvel fans flock to bringing Coulson back, we got a living, breathing Coulson and the amazing show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. So can we expect to see him back on the MCU? Or what about his feelings of bringing in some of the other Marvel TV characters into the MCU? Coulson–I mean Clark is game, but he’s okay with waiting. Obviously, he’s got to figure out a gentle way to let the Avengers know he’s still alive. You know, in a way that won’t make any of them so mad they kill him…but more than that he’d love to see the Marvel shows (he named Matt Murdock specifically) mix with the MCU, but in the right way. He thought having some brief, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo wouldn’t be the best, but if they could blend the worlds in a natural and awesome way, he’d love to see that. So we can hope our future will hold some rad crossovers.

Alex Kingston and Jenna Coleman

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I wasn’t able to stick around for this entire panel, but I did enjoy getting to see these two together. The biggest thing I felt from this panel is that when Jenna originally took the job as Clara on Doctor Who, she had no. idea. how much this would change her life. To this day, I feel like she’s still trying to understand Whovians, convention culture, and why the heck a bunch of randos are paying upwards of a hundred bucks to take a picture with her. Still, it’s obvious she loved the show, the characters, and her fellow actors, which I always love seeing. Alex Kingston, on the other hand, is ALL ABOUT this kinda thing. She totally seemed to feed off the crowd, and was a lot more vocal than Jenna (introvert vs. extrovert, basically). When Jenna asked if she would be coming back to Who–especially after Peter Capaldi made some cryptic remarks about her–she shrugged it off as Peter being Peter and trying to create buzz. She also said that she’d only just left, and Pearl Mackie was starting her run as companion that very day. So even though she seemed to make the answer seem like a solid “no, I’m done”, she never officially said her days in the TARDIS were over. She just didn’t want to take the spotlight from Pearl. Alex Kingston also made some controversial remarks saying that she wasn’t on board with turning the Doctor into a woman in a future regeneration. We’ve seen with two other Gallifreyans that a gender change in a regeneration is possible–The Master/Missy being the most notable–Alex thought that since he’s always been a guy, he should stay that way. I love you, Alex, but we’re gonna have to agree to disagree there.

The Hillywood Show

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I actually got to interview Hannah and Hilly (an interview that will be coming out on Geek & Sundry, so stay tuned for that), but I also couldn’t wait to attend their panel. While I’m pretty sure they were in Hilly!Dean and Hannah!Cas cosplay the day before, their Sunday panel was in Dean and Cas casual cosplay (sporting their Hillywood Supernatural parody beanies, obvs). These girls are so sweet and just a ton of fun. They were encouraging to members of the audience who wanted to start their own show on YouTube, and they were so grateful that they had the opportunity to create the show thanks to their Patreon supporters (you can support the show here if you are so inclined). They also watched some of their parodies with the audience, namely their Lord of the Rings Parody, the Walking Dead Parody, the Doctor Who Parody, and their Supernatural Parody.

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When I first saw the Supernatural parody, I was by myself and had to fangirl with friends online. So it was really fun to get to watch it in a room FULL of other fans and Hannah and Hilly themselves. Their biggest encouragement to the audience was create something original and don’t try to copy what someone else is doing. You’ll only gain a following and stand out from other YouTubers if you are providing something that only you can give an audience–that’s what people want to see, not a knock-off. These girls are amazing. I was so impressed that they not only did zillions of panels and took the time to not only do photo ops, but they also manned a booth and spent individual time–and the occasional selfie–with each fan who came through to buy some merch.

Of course the unsung hero of the convention is also the lovely Clare Kramer, who was the moderator/interviewer for most of the mainstage panels. She was busy the ENTIRE weekend, and helped make every single panel awesome. I have no idea how she was able to stay energized for it all, but she did a great job. If you haven’t checked out her or GeekNation, you totally should do that. She’s fantastic, and helped make all of the panels amazing. She’s hosted mainstage panels for a while at Denver Comic Con, and I’m always impressed at how she handles the panels–even as they’ve grown significantly over the years. Seriously, Denver Comic Con had record attendance this year, and I know that a huge part of that is because they put on some truly impressive panels. I’m already getting excited for the adventures in store next year!

Have you seen any of these folks at a convention? What question would you like to ask them if you could? Tell me about it in the comments!

Denver Comic Con 2016: Saturday Panels

Friday was a day that, apart from my own panel, not much else happened for me. I got to explore the exhibition floor–which was SPRAWLING this year. This is just the Pop Culture Classroom area:

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But on Saturday, I attended panels galore. In previous years, the big “main stage” panels were held in one of two (maybe three) ballrooms. You had to line up outside for FOREVER in a different ballroom that was essentially modeled after Crowley-run hell. This year, they had one giant theater for the big main stage events that didn’t clear after each panel. So, in theory, you could stay there from the first panel to the last. So on Saturday, I really just parked myself in the main stage room and enjoyed some of the amazing panels–they really got a pretty amazing lineup this year.

Hayley Atwell

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I was so. excited. for the Hayley Atwell panel. Though I’m painfully behind on Agent Carter, I love her and the entire Captain America story in the MCU. You guys, if you are ever in the position to see a panel with Hayley on it, GO SEE HER. She is full of energy, and you can tell she has loved every second she’s gotten to play Peggy. Of course she touched on some of the more painful things happening in the Peggy-verse these days. She addressed the show’s cancellation, letting fans know that she hadn’t given up hope just yet. When she was asked if Peggy could fit in well with the darker tone of the Marvel Netflix shows, she smiled and said, “Peggy could handle it.” So it’s unclear what Peggy’s future holds, but Hayley seems up for whatever opportunities Marvel gives her. Of course, she also spoke about the infamous Hydra Cap situation. Of course, Peggy Hayley wasn’t entirely convinced he had gone full dark side.

So hopefully Cap’s story is one that will be redeemed. If Peg has faith, so do I. But that wasn’t the only Cap scandal she covered. She also mentioned that kiss Cap shared with one Sharon Carter–Peggy’s niece. Of course she made headlines when she said the relationship was a bit messed up, and while she still stands by the fact Cap dating Sharon is wrong, she reminded fans that it’s all in good fun. After all, it’s comic books and superheroes. They should be fun, right? The panel also touched briefly on her episode of Black Mirror, which she called just a long crying session for her (which is fair, because that’s what it’s like to watch Black Mirror), as well as an answer to her interest in playing the Doctor. Her one stipulation? Her companion has to be Billie Piper.

atwell piper.gifI think the Doctor Who fandom would be more than happy to see a run of Hayley Atwell’s Doctor travelling around with Rose Tyler, amirite? These two are such a huge IRL BroTP for me anyway, so I’d love to see them having adventures across time and space in the TARDIS.

So if you need me, I’ll be campaigning for an Atwell/Piper season of Doctor Who.

Cary Elwes

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You guys, I had no idea Cary Elwes was so great. I mean, I love most of the stuff he’s been in, but this guy is HILARIOUS. He does some of the best voices, and spent his panel impersonating everyone from Andre the Giant to Rob Reiner to Cockney British actors. He also spent a huge chunk of his panel telling us stories from the set of Princess Bride, like the fact that he severely broke his foot just two weeks into shooting after going on a wild ride on Andre the Giant’s ATV. It’s so bad that Elwes says you can see him occasionally limping or hopping about in some of the scenes on Princess Bride. Even better, they had to postpone all of his sword fights until the very end of filming just so he could be standing on a solid two feet. And though he started out his panel really trying hard to not say “as you wish”, calling them “those three words that I say”, he obliged when a fan finally asked him directly to say it. That movie was such a huge part of my childhood, so it did my heart good to not only say his most iconic line from the film, but also to hear how much fun the cast had together.

John Barrowman

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The last panel of the night was John Barrowman–who I got to interview with his sister over at Nerdist, btw–and his panel was NUTS. John basically feeds off of the energy of a crowd, so his panel was tons of fun because he was just amped the entire time. He came out in genderbent Cas cosplay (he loves Supernatural, and would love to be on the show), and then changed mid-panel. But his panel was full of fun hijinks like that. He brought a fan up to dance with him and his husband, and at one point he crawled over all of us (I was thisclose to touching his ankle when he went past me, but I deemed that creepy) to answer a fan question up close and personal.

Silly Barrowman

Of course no Barrowman panel would be complete without talking about talking about Torchwood. He and his sister Carole are bringing us new Torchwood adventures with the new Torchwood comic. Of course, its up to us to keep more stories coming, so buy the comic, you guys!!!

You guys, I was so impressed about how amazing these panels were, and the sheer size of the event was astounding. Denver Comic Con has grown so much over the past few years, and I’m so happy to get to be a part of the convention. If you want to see another perspective, check out my buddy Amelia’s recaps of day one and two over on Geekly Planet!

Did you go to Denver Comic Con? What was your favorite part of the Saturday panels? Tell me your thoughts about the panels or any other Atwell, Elwes, or Barrowman panels you’ve seen in the past in the comments!