Have you ever attended a Supernatural Convention and looked around the panels and wondered, "Where are all the awesome ladies of Supernatural?"
Well, you are not the only one. In fact, you're not the only one by a long shot.
A small group of Supernatural fans from Seattle have taken on the challenge of creating a Supernatural convention focusing on just the amazing characters and actresses of the hit show.
I was lucky enough to get the chance to speak with the ladies behind this amazing idea. As a huge Supernatural fan myself, I couldn't help but get excited about the idea and I was itching to help in any way I could.
For as male-driven of a show as Supernatural, they have written and cast some amazing women in its 10 year run. The only problem is that for many of the amazing female characters, their run is short-lived and their appearance at the Supernatural Conventions are spotty at best, and non-existent the rest of the time.
So a Ladies of SPN Con? Sign. Me. Up.
Cora Idle, one of the amazing ladies behind this idea, has created an IndieGoGo campaign to raise money for the con. From their campaign page:
" We want the opportunity to talk to all these amazing female actresses: to ask them about their characters, why they chose to play them, how they approached the roles, how they felt about the way the characters ended up, what they hoped to accomplish. Going even further, I found myself wanting to ask questions of the female crew involved with the show as well: what brought them into Supernatural, what kept them there, what they loved about their roles in making the show come alive on screen, what they hoped would improve. In short, we wanted to open a dialogue, not only with the cast and crew of the show we’ve spent the last 10 years fully engrossed in, but with the fan community as a whole. We wanted to give people the opportunity they so obviously craved."
One of the biggest things that sets this con aside from others, aside from the inclusion of so many fabulous women, is the fact that there is no aim for profit. This con is looking to cover expenses and then beyond that money will go to a number of charities designated by the guests of the con.
A few of the charities included are School on Wheels: supported by Nicki Aycox, Thirst Project: supported by Traci Dinwiddle, VH1 Save The Music Foundation: supported by the Girls from the 200th Episode--Katie Sarife, Joy Regullano, Vivien Armour, Janina Winkler, Alyssa Lynch, Natalie Sharp, Rachel Warkentin, and Kelli Ogmundson--Ghetto Rescue Foundation: supported by Samantha Smith, Homeboy Industries: supported by Lauren Tom and, of course, To Write Love On Her Arms: a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. #AlwaysKeepFighting.
This is just a partial list of the charities (a complete current list is on the campaign page).
Your next question is probably, 'Who is on the guest list?' Well, with the planning still in its early stages, and so much riding on whether they reach their campaign goal, no one is confirmed as of yet. But some of the actresses and crew who have been in talks to potentially take part are Lanette Ware-Bushfield, Emily Swallow, Nicki Aycox, Katherine Boecher, Jessica Heafey, Amy Gumenick, Hannah Levien, Julia Maxwell, Rachel Warkentin, Kelli Ogmundson, Alyssa Lynch, Joy Regullano, Natalie Sharp, Katie Sarife, Janina Winkler, Vivien E Armour, Kat Munroe, Emily Perkins, Andrea Brooks, Lindsey Mckeon, Brit Sheridan and her band The Black Whiskey Union, and directors Jan Eliasberg and Rachel Talalay.
As of this writing, the Ladies of SPN Con are only 28% funded, so do your part and donate today! There are plenty of awesome perks for all donor levels.