Fan Expo Chicago is only 7 month away. Running August 16-18, it is one of the biggest comic cons in the country.
Last year, Tony and I covered Fan Expo and met actress Mira Sorvino. As part of the press, we usually don't get line cuts, but the handler there decided we should get to meet her first. That is significant, because Mira informed us we were the first fans she ever met at a convention. Okay, technically Tony was first and I was second (a fact he will never let me forget). I just say we were first.
The daughter of the late Paul Sorvino, Mira has been active in the entertainment world for about 40 years. She has won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. She is quite accomplished. She has a long list of accolades and she was nervous at the convention.
She freely admitted to being nervous that her line of fans would be short (it was very long) and and meeting fans in general. Tony and I calmed her fears, knowing she would have a continually long line throughout the convention (and she did). We joked or a bit. When it came time for pictures, Mira had a light set up and knew the angles for best pictures (and she was right. Despite this picture being across her table, it is one of my favorites.
She thanked us for being easy on her as her first fans. We thanked her for being so sweet. It was a great encounter and we are even bigger fans now.
While Fan Expo Chicago is seven months away, Fan Expo's next event is MegaCon in Orlando, February 1-4. With a name like that, you know it is a big one. Fan Expo holds about 15 cons during the year. Check FanExpoHQ.com for more info.