A Preface to My Comic-Con Experience

Before I tell you what happened at Comic-Con, I just want it clear that I was not planning on going. It was never a thought in my head. And when I’ve said I had no desire or plan to meet Richard Armitage, I have been serious. I love to make jokes about it certainly, and some of the pieces I’ve written, candidly, I’ve gone back to and laughed. Is it okay to admit I’ve laughed at some of my own stuff? I must sound arrogant, but oh well, I’m sure no matter what I do, someone is going to think poorly of me. The truth is that this blog started as a lark about an obscure English actor whom I never really thought would make it big, and therefore none but a very small number of fans would read it. (Sorry, Richard, I figured you were over the hill by Hollywood’s standards, but I was wrong, and I’m glad.)

My presence here was to have some laughs about this fangirl thing by casting myself as a nut, and to get out some thoughts about creativity and life. That more than a handful of people have read it was completely shocking to me, and my longtime readers know this is far from the first time I’ve said that. As for SO, he has given me good-natured hell about this place, and at first thought I was wasting my time when I “really should be writing! and not losing your story!” I understood that, but he didn’t understand that I had to get out of my comfort zone to reignite my creative thinking. And it’s been a blast. But never was it a real thought to communicate with Richard Armitage (the fake fan letters are a gag if some of you still don’t quite get it), send him gifts (never have) and certainly never to track him down (more on that later :D). Never going to stand at the stage door. Not happening, not part of who I am.

But I got invited to Comic-Con, and I really did want to go to help TORn and had no real expectation of meeting Richard Armitage at that madhouse let alone speaking to him. However, I am a person who likes to be prepared, so I figured if I went, I needed to be ready to talk to him or whomever if I got the chance. My friend, Heidi, who was a longtime AP reporter and now a freelance writer, explained how the process works with getting stories and asking interview questions. I loved listening to her, and thankfully, employed the techniques on the floor of the exhibit hall at Comic-Con with great success. The result of that will be coming up on TORn. And this was a labor of love. If I could do this sort of thing for a living, I would jump at the chance!

The only thing I will tell you today about my experience is I’ve learned a thing or two about being a Richard Armitage fangirl in public. I’m not sure when I’m going to post the experience, but it won’t be today as I’m traveling, and I doubt it’s going to be tomorrow since I’m whipped and need to do nothing for at least a day when I get back home. That won’t happen since I have a lot I normally do back home, but I’m going to try. Maybe I’ll get something up by Wednesday; just know I’ll try to get something up this week.

edit: I totally wimped out on this account. Not sure I’m ever going to tell it. Maybe a few years from now when it will be funnier to me.


  1. I can’t wait to read your account! I think you did a wonderful job, and it was so much fun to work with you beforehand! Thanks for the gracious nod. I was so happy you had the opportunity to be there.

  2. After those crowds, I’m not surprised you need some R&R! Take your time.

    I saw some of the interview videos posted on YouTube. I was quite impressed. The interviewers were skilled at asking good, thought-provoking questions. RA and his fellow cast members also did very well, giving good answers and even making me laugh!

  3. Oh, you’re being such a tease! Just kidding. Sounds like you had an amazing time and we’ll all be here, waiting with bated breath, until you have the time to share more. Cheers, and have a great week!

  4. Wow! You’ve been at Comic-Con! That’s utterly amazing! I can only imagine what a bustle was there. You really need to have some rest and just relax after all that things.
    I hope that later you’ll write something about how the whole work was going and what does it like to be at such an event as Comic-Con :) And if you met Richard that’s really great! Well, I can honestly say that I can only dream about it, as I don’t think RA will ever meet my country again. Looking forward to a report from you.

  5. Did we hear ONE circus question?!!! NOOOO!!! and YAAAYYYY!. Ok I’m waiting with bated/baited breath/breathe…hurry up and rest! Lots.

  6. Frenz, you really didn’t need to explain. Some of us love to meet Richard, some are terrified at how they will react if they meet him, some have no desire to do so – the bottomline is, we all share a love of Richard and his work. I am glad to hear you had a good time at Comic-Con and had the opportunity of meeting him and speaking with him. I hope you found him just as nice and down-to-earth as I did. Can’t wait to read your account. :-) In the meantime, have a good R&R. X

  7. Y’all are going to love her story. Just sayin’. I can barely stand the wait on seeing how she’s going to tell you! :-D

  8. Can’t wait to read all about it!!

  9. So wonderful you had that experience Frenz! Can’t wait to hear all about it :) It’ll be great to get info on what it all looked like from the inside.

  10. I’m looking forward to your story, don’t keep us waiting too long…

  11. So glad you got the opportunity to attend CC. You need not ever explain yourself to anyone. Be yourself and feel free to express yourself as you feel best. You are obviously doing it right as you seem to have quite a few faithful followers.:)

  12. I can’t wait to see what you’ve got for TORN. I know it’s gonna be fabulous! And can’t wait to hear more your particular experience!

  13. Frankly this was the best surprise that you ended up going! And yes it’s a bit different being a fangirl in public & that’s speaking from 2 stagedoor experiences though none of those were Richard.

  14. It was great meeting YOU at ComicCon! Even though I did not get a chance to meet Richard, I did get to see him up close as he entered, exited and sat at the autograph signing on the SD Convention Center floor. He seemed to be quite enjoying himself at the autograph signing with Martin and Andy. Peppgrad

  15. […] Obviously, ComicCon San Diego is the defining Richard Armitage story this week, and there’s no way I can pick up all those links. The first thing I want to do, though, is thank everyone near and far who worked to assemble that information for those of us who couldn’t be RApt on July 14. You did us a tremendous favor, and I am deeply grateful. If you’re still catching up, the best places to look for summaries and new Armitage news, apart from RichardArmitageNet.com, are TORn and Heirs of Durin. RichardArmitageOnline provides its usual succinct and punchy executive summary. Bccmee has also provided transcripts. Judiang liveblogged her reactions to unfolding events in nine installments, starting here, and FedoraLady (who’s back! couldn’t keep a good woman down for long) offers her postmortem impressions in two parts (here and here). Frenz gets ready to tell us what she learned. […]

  16. Wow I can’t wait to hear the details! How exciting!

  17. I can’t handle the suspense! Just tell us already!!! :)

  18. Nat, you know what you call a journalist who can keep a secret?


    I’m telling you, I was on the phone with her before and after this occurred, and I did this on Twitter, because I couldn’t say anything else:


    I can’t wait for you guys to read this. I think it’s killing me more than it’s killing you.

  19. Have a good rest, Frenz….although that’s almost impossible, isn’t it, with family around? Give it a go, anyway! We’ll still be here when you’re ready to take up the reins again

  20. I feel something special is going to be told and I for one can’t wait! Rest up for the big reveal!

  21. Wow, you’ve been at Comi-Con !!! It’s great, I’m happy for you.

    I hope you had a good time at San Diego. :-)

  22. Bravo, Frenz! Now chill out and write to us all when you can. Cheers!

  23. Lucky Lady Frenz and do hope it was everything and lots more than what you were expecting. Thank you for what you have shared so far.

  24. Lucky lucky lucky!!!! ;)
    Can’t wait to read the interview!

  25. You seem to have had a marvellous time, and that’s wonderful! Looking forward to your report when you’re rested and ready. :)

  26. How exciting!! Will try to wait patiently for your report – if I can!! *bites finger nails*

  27. OMG! I can,t wait Frenz!:D

  28. What? No report yet??????


    Just kidding …. you keep resting, and we’ll just sit here gnawing our fingernails …. and then our fists in our mouths …. and ….

    Daggone it!!!!

  29. I’m sure you’ve had a big adventure. Good to see you’ve enjoyed it all the way. Take your time writing about it. Some distance might even make it easier to write about ‘it’. (Not too much of a distance or there might be some nervous breakdowns among your readers ;-) )

  30. Can’t wait to read all about it! So glad you got to go as you’re a big Tolkien fan, from what I’ve understood. :D

  31. I am also a big Tolkien fan, I just love all this books about Harry Potter.

  32. **drums fingers**

  33. Avidly awaiting your report, please!

  34. Frenz–are you o.k.? Your blog has been silent for so long…wishing you well whatever’s going on.

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