This past weekend was Massive Events 3rd True Blood convention: Bitten 3(and unfortunately the last one they’re likely to do 🙁 – numbers were down, loosing money etc… But they may be having a “Vampire Ball” in the summer next year.), also it was my mum’s birthday – one of the big ones – and I took her as a not so secret surprise, i.e. she knew she was going but she didn’t know what ticket type I’d bought her.
Mum met me at work – after a long, stressful day of exports. We left at around 16:00 with the home of making the 2 hour trip across to Northampton in rush hour by 18:30 latest – We made it arrived dead on that time!
Once parked up, we rushed over to the convention hotel (deciding to book into our hotel later on), picked up our tickets – both silver and headed for the opening ceremony, in which the guests are greeted on stage by the organisers and say a quick hello.
All guests made it except one: Nelsan Ellis (who plays Lafayette Reynolds) who managed to miss not one but two flights to the UK!
After the closing ceremony gold ticket holders went on to the gold pass drinks reception, I attended one of these at last years Hallowhedon 3 convention (for fan’s of Joss Whedon) and got… drunk. As mum and I had silver tickets we then went to unpack the car, check in to our hotel and have some food before getting ready for the Friday night party which was themed: “Merlottes Halloween Party” in which I donned a Merlotte’s uniform and fangs, mum didn’t feel much like dressing up for this one.
We danced, drank (“True Blood” cocktail for me, i.e. Bacardi, orange juice and cranberry juice) and got to bed around 2:00 Saturday morning – photo-shoots were due to start at 10:00
Saturday run-down: – Mum’s Birthday!
We started the day we present opening and a full English breakfast, 🙂 we arrived at the convention hotel to find we’d missed our first photo-shoot due to an uninformed schedule change! We were supposed to have all 4 photo-shoots today, along with the group shoot.
Due to time management and the schedule over running all silver photo-shoots except for Lauren Bowles (who plays Holly Clearly) which we missed, Nelsan (which we had – mum even had a Birthday kiss on the cheek!) and the group shoot (which we also had – mums photo is great – all the guests pointed at her **th banner that I got for her and made her wear – she wasn’t even reluctant to wear it either!)
After photo-shoots we got our 1st autographs with Nelsan – mum had her photo shoot signed and I had an 8×10 picture of Lafayette (his character). We also missed lunch before the talks!
The talks were in the afternoon, I can’t remember many specifics – sorry! Followed by the auction, I won one of the guests signed directors chase they used for the weekend and mum won me a mug.
After the day’s events were over, I took mum for a Birthday meal at a pub in Northampton then we went to get ready for Saturday’s party at “Fangtasia” – which featured co-ed pole dancers, a live band and the fangbanger cocktail (Vodka, orange juice and cranberry juice – Mmm!). Mum wore a short black dress and I wore an outfit similar to Jessica from True Blood from season 1 when she’s brought to Bill by Eric and Pam (complete with fangs)
It was a great night!
A bit of a blur: Photo-shoot, autograph, photo-shoot, autograph, photo-shoot – you get the idea. We managed to get all our autographs and photo-shoots done (My Bitten 1 convention poster is now complete with autographs from Bitten 1, 2 and 3 :)) – it was a bit of a rush – but that’s half the fun of conventions.
We had a bit of lunch and handed in our ‘quiz’ – basically a wordsearch and quote/guess the character game on a piece of A4 that you could win a goody bag for – we didn’t win – after lunch was the talks (we ate through the first talk), again I don’t remember much about what was said. :/
A True Blood quiz took place in between the individual talks and the final panels (the last was with all the guests) – consisted of a buzzer round, pictionary round and acting round – the guests and one attendee from each side of the hall took part. It had everyone cracking up!
The final talk is always full of random “life and the universe” questions which always get a great response out of the guests and audience. Think questions like “If you could have dinner with anyone living or dead who would it be and why?”, “Do you have a party trick and if so, can you show us” etc. It’s also usually the smuttiest talk.
The closing ceremony follows after and we all exit to the True Blood theme tune – there’s also a party later on but we didn’t stay for it (it was a “Fellowship of the Sun lock in” pyjama party).
It was another fantastic convention and mum says one of her best Birthday’s ever. 🙂
At every convention I’ve been to there’s a dealers room, I bought:
- Green Merlotte’s glass
- 2x PH Balanced folders – for my autographs – museum quality – so the autograph keeps over time and doesn’t spoil – yes, OK I’m obsessed.
Mum also bought a Birthday card for her friend and got it signed by Nelsan. 🙂