All of the events mentioned in my previous post
then led to me going to my very first Teen Wolf convention.
Now, you know how I am. I'm shy, and the idea of meeting people in the first place is always a bit of a challenge for me, and meeting celebrities I'm completely obsessed with is both something I get ridiculously excited about, but also terrifies me... especially when I have to go alone.
But when I found out that there was going to be a Teen Wolf convention in Düsseldorf, Germany, which is only about three hours away from me, I knew I had to go. I ordered a single day ticket for Saturday, and decided to go there on my own, just for a day.
Then, everything I mentioned in the previous post happened, and my mum decided she wanted to come as well. So I found out that there were actually still some standard full-weekend tickets left, and I ordered two of them, as well as a few extras for myself. I even managed to sell my now unneeded single day ticket, which was awesome.
So... the convention.
On December 5th, my mum and I then got into the car to drive to Düsseldorf. Naturally, we listened to Sterek podfic on our way there. We got there in about three hours and checked into the hotel. We arrived at around 7 pm, and registration for the con was open until 8, so I wanted to get everything I needed that same evening, and it all worked out perfectly.
We went to the Christmas market in the evening, and then went back to the hotel.
On Saturday, we got up early, went down for breakfast, then briefly went outside for a smoke, and when we came back in, we had our first celebrity sightings, oh my god!! Orny Adams and Ryan Kelley were standing at the hotel reception, and they were real
and, wow. I think that's when I realized that THIS WAS ACTUALLY HAPPENING.
So then the convention began, and below the cut, you'll find pictures and everything I remember about meeting-
- Ryan Kelley (Deputy Jordan Parrish)
- Orny Adams (Coach Finstock)
- Keahu Kahuanui (Danny Mahealani)
- Holland Roden (Lydia Martin)
- Ian Bohen (Peter Hale)
- Tyler Hoechlin (Derek Hale)
I don't really remember everything that was said during the panels unfortunately, but I may mention a thing or two that I do remember, but... anyway, let's get to the point.
It started with the group panel at 9 am. Orny Adams was the "Master of Ceremonies", so he sort of hosted the whole thing and he was brilliant. Ridiculously funny, and pretty much exactly like Coach on the show. He announced everyone and they all talked a little, answered some questions, and-
Holy shit, they're all so beautiful?? I mean, I knew that, obviously - I spend my days reblogging gifs of them and watching the show, but it was still so awesome to see them in real life, wow.
The group panel went on for about half an hour, and after that, it was time for the photoshoots.
We stood in line and waited... and waited... and waited...
And the people who ran the con must've misjudged the time it would take to take these photos because at some point, after we'd been standing in line for about an hour, they put up a sign that said that people with a Saturday only ticket would have priority, so my mum and I left and I'd be taking my photos the next day.
We went back to our room and ordered room service, and then went back down for the individual panels.
1:00 - 1:45 pm - Holland Roden
She is so beautiful and tiny and adorable. I mean, when you see Lydia on the show, you'd think she's far curvier than she actually is. It's true what they say about cameras adding a few pounds because in real life, she's just... tiny. She was awesome to listen to, too, and answered many great questions but I don't really remember much about them at all right now, aah, sorry.
1:45 - 2:30 pm - Keahu Kahuanui
Oh my god, Keahu. As you may know if you're more than a casual fan, he was an exchange student and spent some time in Germany when he was younger, and his German? Is pretty much flawless. So he said some things in German, and it was ridiculously adorable with his accent and everything. Everything about him was adorable.
2:45 - 3:30 pm - Ryan Kelley
Ryan was cute too. <3 It was his first convention but he was really great to listen to; answered some interesting questions about himself and his character, and the most touching moment was probably when a boy told him how important Ryan's performance in a gay-themed movie was for him. ♥ Also, the dude has 14 siblings. FOURTEEN. Whoa.
3:30 - 4:15 pm - Tyler Hoechlin & Ian Bohen
Let's get to my main reason for even going to the con... Tyler Hoechlin and Ian Bohen. Hoooly shit, I was not prepared for all that pretty. You cannot even begin to understand how fucking CHARMING they are unless you've seen them in real life. I... can't even.
Orny Adams didn't have any panels but he showed up every now and then and was seriously a great host. He made sure there wouldn't be any awkward silences, made everyone laugh and I don't think anyone left the con without being a devoted Coach fan afterwards.
After that - autograph time from 6 to 8.
I had tickets for autographs from everyone except Ryan (cause he was a bonus guest and you had to buy them separately, and now I kind of regret not doing that cause he was really awesome, but anyway).
Sooo when we were finally, after more waiting, let into the room for the autographs, Ian's line was the shortest, so we headed there first. And watched him. Watched him the entire time. You just... you don't understand how fucking amazing he is. The way he interacted with every single fan was just... I mean... AAAAH. Okay, so let's get to the moment when it was my turn.
I handed him the picture, and he looked up at me with a smile, and was like, "Hi. How are you?" and "Are you having a good time?" and he just seemed so genuinely interested in me. It was amazing. And at that moment, he just stared at me like I was the only thing that mattered in the world - and I know how ridiculous that sounds, but he just... he knows how to make someone feel that way with just one single fucking look - and I nearly swooned, seriously. So I was like... I don't even know - "great, how are you?" and "yeah, I'm having a great time!" or whatever - and he proceeded to sign the picture, then blew on it to make the ink dry. And then, he handed the picture back and looked up at me again, raising his eyes slowly and looking at me through his lashes with this fucking impish smile, and giving me this look, and he was like, "See you later", and it sounded so suggestive, and... I'm in love.
I was in near hysterics because... well, if you've ever met him, you'll understand. That man has charm coming out of every single pore. He should be illegal.
I barely had time to really process this moment because my mother had already moved on to stand in Tyler's line, which was really, really short, so I had to literally run across the room to get there in time. And then I was there, and Tyler looked at me with his sunshine and rainbows and puppies smile, and said, "Hi sweetie, how are you?" I later found out that he said 'sweetie' to pretty much everyone, but at that moment, I felt so special, hahaha.
So he signed the picture, also asked how I was and if I was having a good time, and it was all over so fast, unfortunately, but he called me sweetie again when he said bye, and... yeah. But he's so... so... aaah. Beautiful. Just... breathtakingly beautiful, and his smile and his eyes and... all of him. Just... damn.
After that, we moved on to Orny's line, which was the shortest at that point, and... Orny Adams. He's hilarious, seriously. He took one look at me after I set the picture down, and he eyed me and was like, "Whoa, so serious! Aren't you having a good time??" And I was like, "I am!" And he eyed me skeptically but then signed the picture, and handed it back, reading what he'd written out loud, "Anne! Listen to Coach - always!" And I laughed, and was like, "I will!", and... yeah, he was pretty great.
(So, yeah, the text says "Anne! Listen to Coach, always!", which isn't all that obvious because black pen on black background, but... yeah).
After that... Holland. Both Holland and Orny sat next to Ian, so my mum and I spent pretty much the entire time just fangirling over him and watching him, and... so attractive, ugh.
But Holland, right. She was so sweet and warm, if that makes sense? She was all, "Hiiii, how are you? Are you having a good time?" She's ridiculously adorable, and so so so pretty up close.
(The text says, Anne! Thx for coming)
And finally, we stood in Keahu's line, which was the longest by far which, as we found out later, was because he wrote a freaking novel on everyone's picture. In German, too!
The picture says: Anne, ganz lieb von dir vorbei zu kommen und das W.E. mit uns zu verbringen. LG, Keahu
Which means: Anne, very lovely of you to come by and spend the weekend with us. Greetings, Keahu
And after that, we kind of wanted to hang out and just stare at Tyler and Ian some more, but, yeah, we didn't want to be creepy lurkers, so we left. We headed back to our room, and since I'd misunderstood everything and thought the cocktail party (which the celebrities attended) was for everyone, we headed back down at 8.30, only to find out that it was only for people with VIP tickets. Sooo we went back to our room yet again, and got ready for the Illuminated party (which was a blacklight party like in an episode of the show). The party was... well, it wasn't bad, I'm sure, but there weren't all that many people there, and we didn't feel like dancing, so we left soon, and went to bed.
The next morning, we could sleep in a little, since the only thing we had in the morning, were my photo ops. I headed downstairs at around 10 and stood in line for my photos. It turned out to be a great thing that I had tickets for a picture with everyone because they let people who also had Orny & Keahu pictures in first, so I got to go in pretty fast.
I headed for Orny and Keahu first, and there were only a couple of people before me. Keahu was standing there on his own, so I walked over to him, slid my arm around him
possessively (and felt his freaking muscles, oh my god), and the photographer wanted to take the picture right away, so I stuttered something about having a double with both of them, so Orny came over, and we took the picture:
After that, I moved on to the other side of the room for the rest of my pictures. I had a few moments to breathe, and then I was there, and Tyler stood there, and I approached him, and he smiled widely at me and once again called me "sweetie", and I slid my arm around him,
sank my claws into his waist, and waited for Ian to come over as well, and just... just look at my smug smirk in this picture because that pretty much describes how I felt at the time:
Then the woman who had my ticket called Ryan over, and then Holland came over as well, saying, "I heard my name! Hiii!" and then we took that picture as well:
It was over ridiculously fast, and I barely said two words to them, but... it was still an amazing experience. I'm so glad I didn't shy away from this and ended up taking pictures with everyone and not just Tyler and Ian, as originally planned.
Then I went back to our room where my mum had already packed most of our things in order to check out at noon, and we headed downstairs for breakfast. Then mum went to check out, and I went to save us a seat for the afternoon panels.
12:00 - 12:45 pm - Keahu Kahuanui
12:45 - 1:30 pm - Ian Bohen
1:45 - 2:30 pm - Holland Roden & Ryan Kelley
2:30 - 3:15 pm - Tyler Hoechlin
After that, we had nothing to do since we already had our autographs, so we went for a walk, and then were back at 6.30 in time for the closing ceremony and last group panel.
And that's basically everything I can tell you about my most amazing weekend of the year. It was a seriously great experience and I'm so so so glad I convinced myself to go. Since I have no other experience with conventions, I can only say that this one seemed pretty well organized and everything went pretty smoothly, especially since it was the first Teen Wolf convention run by these people.
It was definitely my highlight of the year, and I will forever dream about Tyler Hoechlin's amazing sunshine smile and Ian Bohen's charm.
You can find all the pictures I took here on Flickr, and I also made a gif set of the one video I had the courage to record at the con (it was technically not allowed - oops!)
As usual, I will be making my end of the year posts later tonight... if I find the time! If not, they'll be posted tomorrow ;)