It was another dreary morning on Day 4. Christiane and I were very tired from the previous day's activities and also juggling her two kids, but we were excited for what was to come. We walked around the convention center main floor first to take photos and look at merchandise, then we went directly to the Hilton to gets seats in the Indigo Ballroom for the "Sanctuary" panel Josh would be hosting a few hours later. It was a little odd how they set up the panels this year, as they didn't clear out the room before a new session would start, but it was also a good opportunity for more loyal fans to sneak a seat for an event they wanted to see. We got some pretty wretched seats when we first got in after the "Fringe" panel ended, but we also knew it would be another two panels ("Leverage" and "Venture Brothers") before Josh was on.
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We watched the first panel, then scrambled to get better seats once it ended and those fans cleared out. Then I went to go grab Starbucks for everyone and came back for the end of the "Venture Brothers" panel, which was actually pretty hilarious. Then, it was Josh's turn to come on and we both got some decent seats (about 10 rows or so back from the stage) - he was given a bit of an unceremonious intro as he merely just walked up to the microphone and asked if everyone could hear him. I was surprised he didn't introduce himself or say what show he was from, as it would have been great self promo, but judging by the fact that this crowd was two or three times the size he was used to dealing with face to face when moderating/hosting something, he was probably really nervous. A focal point of his hilarious introduction included an article he referenced from The Hollywood Reporter entitled "How NOT to Screw Up a Comic Con Panel" (the article in question is HERE and a transcript of his intro, since it was echoing in that panel room, is HERE). He introduced the cast of "Sanctuary," did a great job moderating, and before the panel ended, he finally introduced a promo ad on screen for "Destination Truth," but he still never introduced himself by name or talked about "DT" at all, yet everyone whose reading this must remember that we're all human.
Once the panel ended, I went up to the stage to see Josh taking photos with fans. When they walked away, I asked him if he would be in a certain press conference room. He told me he had no idea and he would meet me wherever he was carted off to. I laughed, told him I'd see him in a bit and figured I would make my way out to the general hallway to one of the adjacent rooms. There I found a sign outside a room with "Sanctuary" on with folks from Syfy in it, so I figured I'd found the right place. I checked into the room and was told to grab a spot, as well as a drink while there still were some left. I waited there at a table and heard a commotion on the other side of the room where the cast of "Sanctuary" was taking photos with Josh.
After sneaking a few shots, I waited at the table where Josh found me a few moments later. He came up to me, touched my shoulder and asked how I was, to which I replied I was fine and congratulated him on the panel. He said thanks, then his expression became surprised and he told me to wait because he had something for me before walking off. He returned and handed me an autographed DVD set from the "Sanctuary" cast - he told me he knew I did this stuff financially out of my own pocket and suggested I auction it off to help out. I was really touched and surprised he would do that for me, but I quickly snapped back into it and we commenced with an interview.
He asked how we should go about this and I opened my notebook to start to write, but then I told him that it would be a better idea to do a video interview because then the fans have something exclusive to watch and I could better memorize what was said to write an article with for later anyway. He was fine with this decision, we recorded and he told me he had to go do a roundtable with some other folks from the media. He took a photo with me before going to the table, making a funny comment about whether he should get on his knees so he's in the shot too (in reference to my height) to which I playfully told him to stop making fun of me being vertically challenged. After we took our photo, Christiane finally made her way to the press room and took a photo with Josh, as well.
Both of us kind of stood around while Josh was interviewed and when he was free, he hung out with the both of us for a few minutes. We talked about his Twitter account (the video of that conversation, as well as the panel intro and the interview, is HERE) and off camera, we talked about the possibility of a fan cameo ever happening with me, which we referenced on my radio show about a year ago. He said unfortunately it can't happen yet, but he was trying and I told him I understood, suggesting a possible location if the travel and international factors were in the way - the Bridgewater Triangle. He said he would add it to the list, but it had to be something that was a bit out of the way for the sake of the "rough and tumble" image of the show and he'd keep me in the loop. He also said he was curious as to what I did for a living, which I talked to him about but I will keep private here.
We all finally had to part ways - Christiane and I said our farewells and made it over to the main convention floor. We were waiting for our time to head over to the "Warehouse 13" and "Eureka" panels, which we had access to the press rooms to after they were over, and we both just walked around the autograph floor a bit. All of the sudden, Christiane squeaked in surprise and told me the "Ghost Adventures" guys were hanging out there. We went over and Christiane first approached Nick, letting him know the photo she took with all of them yesterday never showed up on her camera and asked for another one, which he was happy to do. After this, I asked him one quick interview question and got to take a photo with him, as well.
After Nick was done with us, Christiane then approached Zak, telling him about the photo fiasco and getting her new photo taken. Zak actually turned out to be a really cool guy, as I was talking in a funny voice when I was taking the photo for them and filming at the same time and he played right into it with a similar funny voice. After they took their photo, I asked him if he would be offended to take a special photo. He looked a little taken aback, but asked what it was - I then told him I would love a "goosebumps" photo (on their show, the guys point the cameras at their goose-bumped arms stating that it meant there was a spirit in the room or touching them). He laughed at loud and said that was awesome, gladly taking the funny photo with me. I ran over to Aaron after and asked him for a quick photo and he said yes, but quickly because the Travel Channel folks were herding them off somewhere else. We took the photo, he said sorry that he had to rush it, and I said it was okay while thanking him as he left.
We both quickly shuffled over to where the "W13" and "Eureka" panels were, sitting through each of them then heading over to the press room for both shows. There, we got to meet and chat with cast members and show runners of both series until they all eventually were lead off to get ready for the Syfy/EW party later than night. We both left and headed a few towns over to her family's favorite Mexican restaurant, but unfortunately, I was stupid and didn't eat for close to 8 hours, so I was left with a blasting migraine that had me nauseous and actually crying from the pain. I was actually planning after dinner to go to the Gaslamp to hang outside the Syfy/EW party, but I was in too much pain. After they ate and I pathetically sipped on a soda, we went back to the hotel where I took a quick nap, got up, forced myself to eat a bit, then I made myself pack since I was going home the next day and finally got to get some sleep.