by Virginia and Lourdes aka “TwinXenas”
Pasadena 2002 Convention Report
Another year, another Xena convention. At last year’s event, we already decided that it would be our last con. Since the show has already ended, there was nothing left to see and expect. There was no more excitement. We have already seen LUCY and RENEE and the great supporting cast, seen the amazing music tributes, funny bloopers, bought high-priced merchandise, joined the costume contests, and been surrounded by fans who were so giving and dedicated to the show.
we have been bitten by the convention bug again and so we decided to
attend another one. Last Feb. 15-17, 2002 was our fifth Xena con.
We only attended Saturday and Sunday and only the day shows.
came full circle. It was like our first Xena con experience. None
of our Xena friends were there so we did not enjoy it as much. We
watched people though many of them we knew by face. The dealers rooms
were not as big, spacious and scattered as last year’s. General
admission seating was at the 17th row. We had Preferred seats
last year and we were at the 17th row! There were so
many empty spaces.
wore our Xena and Priestess Leah costumes on Saturday and only a handful were
in costumes. It is great to be twins. We have each other to
look silly with together. On Sunday, we were Gabrielle and Aphrodite as
Bruna & Hilda from Little Problems.
the tragic news of Kevin Smith’s death, everyone was sad including the stars
on stage. Renee O’Connor, Ted Raimi, Hudson Leick, Victoria Pratt,
Alexandra Tydings, Alexis Arquette, Bruce Campbell, Steve Sears and Lucy
Lawless (live telephone call) paid tribute to Kevin. Touching words and
remembrances were shared at that sad moment. Renee and Hudson
were on the verge of tears. The
stars then left the stage leaving Lucy, who was still on the phone, hanging.
After the big applause and a pause, Lucy said something. Everyone forgot
that Lucy was still on the line so everyone laughed and Sharon Delaney came
out running to end the call.
O’Connor’s hair is not short anymore and it’s not blonde, too.
Her hair is now dark red or dark brown.
Fugate was animated on stage and adorable in her red top. She shared
funny moments on the set and when she could not understand Lucy completely,
she told her to speak “Xena” to her.
missed out on Katie Stuart (Genia) and William Gregory Lee (Virgil) to get
autographs. We did not need to be Gold patrons nor did we need to have
autograph passes to get Katherine’s and Josie Ryan’s autographs.
Besides we have already seen Virgil last year and that was enough for us.
the autograph line for Katherine was longer than Josie’s, we asked a fan to
save our spaces in line while we fell in line for Josie. Josie was
not wearing any make-up, was wearing glasses and her hair was up in a
ponytail. She was all smiles when she saw us and appreciated our
costumes. Her autographs were personalized and flash photography was
allowed to be taken.
then went back to Katherine’s line and she was standing while signing
autographs and posing for pictures. As we approached the table, she was
all smiles, too and announced that she could sense us. lol
It was nice to see her again as we shook hands with her and posed for
pictures. We were cheek to cheek. So sweet of her to
remember our names.
Pratt was all giggly and laughing on stage as she talked about her
new show. She handed out pictures of her to people who answered her trivia
Tydings has a new hairdo and hair color. From where we were
seated, it looked auburn. She was
not as lively as before due mainly to Kevin’s death.
On Sunday before she went to the annex to do the autograph signing, we
spotted her going to the restroom so we also went.
She had a bodyguard. We
were fixing ourselves in front of the mirror then she came out from one of the
stalls. She looked tired.
She really tried not to make eye contact with anyone in the restroom.
No one bothered her. We
Arquette came out in full drag (thick make-up, gorgeous blonde wig, midriff,
tight sexy pants and nice pair of boobies). At first we thought he
was a fan wearing a costume. He was funny on stage.
Leick was all-glittery, wonderful and funny. She worked the stage.
Kept grabbing her boobies and referring to them as her lungs to the delight of
the audience. She screamed her infamous yell even though she did not
really want to. She was entertaining, as always.
She did not hand out “chocolate kisses” this time, instead she
obliged to the suggestion of $1,000
for a kiss for Kevin’s family fund. She
raised $5,000 and ended up kissing 3 women and 2 men.
She came back on Sunday to sign autographs for those with autograph
passes. We waited for the last
person to receive her autograph to get a picture with her.
She said that she would stay until everyone who wants a picture taken
with her gets the chance and she did. While
we were on line, she spotted us and her face brightened up with a smile and
said, “Oh there they are!!!” We
were thrilled and we waved and smiled at her.
Then after we thanked her for the picture she said, “You girls are
lovely.” To which we said,
“Why thank you.”
Omundson and Adrienne Wilkinson came out on stage together. They both
sang and it was great to hear them sing and they talked about their upcoming
Kim was reserved on stage. She paused before answering the fans’
questions. She gave an answer to a question without elaborating.
She loved the Mentor Video Salute that was shown before she came out.
She sang a lullaby and has a great voice. She has a great admiration for
Lucy Lawless as an actress. She talked about the “kiss” in The Debt.
The water was tepid, stagnant and dirty and she and Lucy could not open their
eyes underwater and she was in awe with Lucy because she was in the water the
whole time. She asked Lucy how they would execute the “breath
exchange”. Lucy then told her, “Close your eyes, put your head
underwater and I’ll find your mouth” (Jacqueline said this with a perfect
Kiwi accent). She was just kidding with “...and I’ll find your
mouth” instead Lucy said, “...and I’ll find you.”
Which she obviously did. Jacqueline added that the scene looked
like it was shot longer like they edited it twice to make it look longer when
“it” was not really.
Hurst was lively and engaging on stage. He
did the Maori dance again and it was dedicated to Kevin.
signing with the stars was going on while the costume contest was being held.
There were only 4 cute kids and 16 creative adults. The audience judged
the contest. All the kids won and three of them were brother and
sisters. The kids were dressed up as: 5th Season
Gabrielle with the patched cloak, Fairy Godmother Gabrielle from If The Shoe
Fits, Warlord Xena from Armageddon, and Ares from The Bitter Suite. The
adults were dressed up as: Xena as a Grandma Valkerie, Angel Gabrielle,
Jace, Angel Xena, sorta Indian Xena, sorta AITST Xena, Callisto, Bruna &
Hilda, Indian Gabrielle, Xena & Hercules from the A Stranger In A Strange
World, Saba Xena from The God You Know and another Callisto. Honorable
mention was given to Mr. Jamester
as Jace, 3rd place were us, 2nd place was Callisto
because she screamed and 1st place was Saba Xena. She was
great. She looked good with and without the gold mask. She was a
reserved Xena compared to the all-time winner Deborah Abbott, who made the
contest lively and fun.
we knew what it felt like to win and it was great!!!
We used the prize money that we won to buy the Xena stuff we
admired earlier in the day in addition to the t-shirts and pictures they gave
us as prizes. It was nice to be on stage making the audience laugh,
getting applause, and having our pictures taken.
Several fans approached us and remembered us from last year and asked
about our “tummies”. Even Adam Malin, the host, remembered us from
past costume contests.
compilation of Xena Seasons Music Videos ended the event. Great work!
It made us miss the show so much. We made the most of the days we have
attended because it will probably be our last Xena con. But, who
knows? We might get bitten again as the new year rolls.
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