It’s so interesting, I had a pretty decent encounter with Gillian Anderson while at SDCC however, everyone… and I do mean everyone else I know didn’t have that experience. It’s kind of sad really cause I left super happy (and still worried that Susan was clinging to life hanging over the side of Jabba’s Sail Barge in full slave Leia regalia).
Billy, Susan, The Other Mike… All had really bad encounters with Gillian Anderson which is sad cause I really like her! Doh!
Plus, keep in mind that Susan REALLY was excited about this signing and I would go out on a limb and say up to that point it was the thing she wanted most at the con!
Check out Susan’s recap below!
I thought I‘d kill two birds with one stone and do a combined Comic Con/Jekyll or Hyde write up.
It’s day who-knows-anymore-they-all-blend-together of the Con and we’ve had great luck. Lucky enough, in fact, to score bracelets to a very limited X-Files signing with Gillian Anderson, Chris Carter, Dean Haglund, Joe Harris, and Joe Corroney (the comic book artist). Sadly, David Duchovny was not present, although he was at the Con for the X-Files panel and was charging for Star Booth photos with fans. Go figure.
Unlike every other signing ever at the Con, this one did not have an item for you to get signed, but were instead, allowing you to bring any three items!! Boy, I wish I had known beforehand. I have tons of rare X-Files goodies at home. No matter. This is Comic Con, so I’m sure I can pick up something! I scored a replica “I Want to Believe” poster like the one that hung in Mulder’s office in the series. I was all set.
Now, as much as I appreciate and love how much Mike was worried about me, I need to point out something. I specifically told Mike that I had a conflicting signing at the same time and I would hit up the other one first. My plan was to get to the other one very early and be one of the first in line, then haul ass over to the X-Files ones. Comic Con is a crazy, hazy madhouse, so I forgive him for not remembering. Or listening. Either way, I love you Mikey!
My plan worked out perfectly and I got to the X-Files signing about 20 minutes after it started. Hmm, Mike and company were nowhere in sight. I checked my phone to see 87 text messages and 43 missed calls. Well, not quite that many, but a lot. While waiting in line, I assured Mike I was alive and well. Bless him for caring.
It’s my turn and up first is Dean Haglund. He’s very cordial and I ask him to sign to Susan and apologized for my bulky poster. He writes “gunmen rule” and I thank him.
Before I slide the poster down and ask Gillian to sign, she slumps sideways over to Dean and signs quickly without a word. Seriously, she acted like a 15 year old girl forced to be at her step brother’s recital and was bored out her mind.
Does that paint a picture for you? I will give credit where it’s due and note that she signed to Susan without my asking, so I at least know she has good hearing.
I tell her I really liked her performance in “Straightheads”. It’s a little British indie that no one saw and the material is quite disturbing, but I thought she might like hearing about something other than the X-Files. And I meant I it too; not a great movie, but a really good performance by her. Her response? Without lifting her head or even looking up, she mumbled, “oh, humph”. Wow, thanks Gillian! Nice to meet you too and you’re welcome.
Chris Carter was cool enough to put “the truth is out there,” without me even asking.
Lastly, was the comic book artist and he asked if he wanted me to sign the poster. I told him I didn’t want to be rude, but would he mind if I said no. He said, of course not; don’t feel bad, I’m only involved with the comic. What a cool dude!
I noticed afterwards, that Gillian signed in silver, when everyone else signed in black. It’s barely visible, as it’s on a light part of the poster. Now, I know what you’re thinking. It’s a FREE Gillian autograph and she charges up to $65 at conventions. True. But, I’ll take a phony thank you over a rude exhaling of air and no eye contact any day.
So, on this day, Ms. Gillian Anderson is Dr. Jekyll!
For making Susan Sad, Gillian Anderson gets the Angry Theo Award!
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