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six . . . . . Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Our experience in Vancouver changed us. The suspicion, stigma, and shame that we’d encountered confirmed Kathy’s desire to differentiate herself from “fangirls.” She never wanted to be looked at that way again. Even Lynn’s fannish enthusiasm was dampened. By the time we arrived at the first Creation convention featuring Supernatural in Chicago in November 2007, however, the sting of Vancouver had worn off a bit. Our friends Lana and Kate joined us in Chicago, and we had a girls’ weekend planned. Lana had put aside her resentment at being left out in Fort Worth, or at least was trying to, and Kate had come along partly out of a fondness for Supernatural and partly just to spend some time together. The four of us had been friends for years, sometimes sharing fandoms and sometimes not. Chicago was a chance to renew our friendship. Easier said than done. Our original plans to squeeze some Chicago sightseeing in between guest appearances proved misguided on two counts: we weren’t actually in Chicago (unless a distant and inconvenient suburb counts) and there is never any time between guests. One short foray into the city left us $75 poorer (cab fare from nowhere to somewhere is never cheap) and considerably grumpier than when we started. We weren’t having fun yet. Back at the hotel, we indulged in several “purple nurples,” a drink referenced in the Supernatural episode “Hell House.” The bar was serving them all weekend in conjunction with the convention. We had no idea what was in them, but it didn’t matter. They were purple, alcoholic, and went a long way toward (temporarily) diffusing some of the tension—until we ditched our friends to go interview Creation co-owner Adam Malin. Adam and his partner Gary Berman have been in the business of putting 96 chapter six on conventions since they were kids. Adam’s first experience of a convention changed his life in much the same way that finding an online community of fellow fans had changed ours. “It was an unbelievable revelation to me,” he told us. “I felt so empowered.” Beyond the similarity of our shared response to finding fandom, we were also interested in how Adam and Gary got started in the business. Adam said: We’ve always been fairly fearless about things. We’re not really afraid to talk to people. We would go down to the corner drugstore, to the pay phone that was outside, and we would just call up whoever . . . We didn’t know the meaning of fear. We were kids who would travel into Manhattan from Long Island to seek out comic books in the backs of what were essentially pornography shops. These were peep show shops in the 1960s. We had to walk through these guys standing at these old machines and in the back of these places were rooms with comics that we would prospect. Given our own fears and hesitations about the project we were undertaking , this functioned as a timely bit of advice. Be fearless! Okay, we could do that. Maybe. Lana and Kate wandered by several times as we sat with Adam in the closed hotel bar, casting pointed glances in our direction. We didn’t look back—or offer to make introductions. By the time we finished the interview , Kate and Lana were hungry, envious, and just plain pissed off. With good reason. We were not only ignoring our friends in favor of interviewing the con organizer but also stepping on Lana’s toes in a big way. Creation, after all, was Lana’s thing. We had never been to a Creation convention (unless you count Lynn and her husband taking their far-too-young children to an early Star Trek con). Lana, in contrast, was a Creation con veteran. It was Lana who shepherded us through the stressful process of stalking the online website in order to get the best seats the moment tickets went on sale. It was Lana who reminded us to buy photo ops with the boys early, before they sold out. She warned us about the endlessly long lines and the necessity of taking time out for things like food and sleep, even when your fangirl priorities are leaning more toward just staring at your favorite actors. Lana had been to so many Creation cons that the volunteers and the con photographer knew her; at her last con, when she...

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ISBN
9781609382155
Print ISBN
9781609381981
MARC Record
OCLC
858282594
Pages
265
Launched on MUSE
2013-10-21
Language
English
Open Access
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