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January 12-14, 2007
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2007 OFFICIAL XENA CONVENTION
2007 Xena Convention Report by TwinXenas
Virginia and Lourdes
2007 Xena Convention (12th Year) - January 14, 2007
Missing a convention last year, we thought we would be
excited to attend one again. We were excited, but not as
nearly excited as attending past cons. We did not decide to
attend until the last minute. Our dad asked us what we
wanted for Christmas and we told him we wish to attend the
Xena con. After learning Claire Stansfield will be there,
the more we wanted to go to the con.
Woke up at 5 am Sunday morning to avoid traffic and arrived
at the Marriott Convention Center at 10:30 am only to fall
in line in the very freezing cold weather. Finally got in
the door only to see that Patrick Fabian was already on
stage. Finally found some decent seats. Seeing Claire
Stansfield was one of the highlights for us. She looked
marvelous after having the baby. Her son, Lucky is 19 months
old and the "light of her life". Claire was truly grateful
to the fans because we were and are a part of her success.
She kept thanking the fans. She realized why she attended
conventions. All the things that happened to her came like a
puzzle and everything fit. She is able and willing to do her
character if there was a movie. She was asked whether she
had a thing for Xena. She thought hard and replied that "No,
she really hated Xena." A fan shouted, "How about your line,
"I've always wanted to be inside of you, Xena"?" She laughed
and said, "Well, that doesn't mean you have to like the
person you're doing it with."
A baby cried in the audience and she offered her milk from
her lactating breasts. She jokingly said that she plans to
breastfeed her son until he goes to college.
A fan asked her to re-enact "the offering scene" in AITST
where Xena and Borias were doing "it" under a bear rug then
she was offering Xena, a youngin'. Penny, from the Canberra
Xena Gang, was the offering. Claire was just folding up her
shirt, when to Claire's and our surprise, Penny took it all
of, well except for her non-padded bra. The re-enactment was
done to all of the audience's laughter.
Claire said that she's happily married to an
African-American and many of her friends are gay. She wants
her son to be open-minded and fearless. She wants her son to
laugh and be carefree.
Deborah Abbott's "Look At Me
I'm Gabrielle" short film was hysterical to watch. Deb,
in all her pregnant glory, strutted and sung (or tried to
sing) as Meg like Rizzo in Grease. We couldn't believe a
pregnant woman like herself could still jump like the way
she did. Okay, okay, we know she's pregnant and not
brain-dead. Watching Deb's short film made us miss her more.
The con was not the same without her.
Rob Tapert was asked whether there will be a Xena movie. His
answer was "NO". Universal is still balancing and thinking
to do one in 10 years with different stars.
Renee and Lucy were the rest of the highlights for us. Renee
still looked young. Not a day older. She is busy with her
kids and projects. Her "Diamonds and Guns" is finally
finished. She twirled a staff on stage and after getting the
hang of it, hit herself. She said, "Just like old times".
Renee was quite disappointed with Eric Escobar's decision
for not considering her for a role in "One Weekend A Month"
feature film. She said, "It's funny how people change." So
true, Renee, so true.
Lucy talked about her concerts and the wonderful experiences
she's having. She and Renee sang the "Deep in the Heart of
When the autograph signing and auction were going on, we
ate, went to the restroom, strolled around the dealer's
room. The atmosphere was so different from past cons. It was
quiet. No crowds, no lines. Only a few familiar faces. The
banners were brought down before we could even take a
picture. Everyone had his/her own plans. Everyone looked
busy. So little time to talk and to take a picture with.
We were able to talk with Carol Lowe and asked how she and
Mickie were doing. We were able to talk with Jo Marriott and
had our pictures taken. We were surprised that she hugged
us. Congratulated her on winning the costume contest and she
wondered where we were. It was nice listening to her accent.
We were able to talk with Mesh for just a bit as she was
passing out flyers for the Xena movie. We were just able to
wave a "HI" to Sarah (Abbagirl) and shook hands with Penny.
CorXena passed by our seats, we called out to her, but she
didn't hear us. We were able to tracked down Wendy Woody and
spoke to her a bit. Told her we enjoyed her and Tara's
hilarious skit, "Six Seasons In Six Minutes."
Some fans still recognized us and told us they missed us at
the costume contest. The night ended with the music videos.
Somehow the magic of attending cons is diminishing on us. We
found ourselves filled with longing, though we are at a loss
to tell you what it is we feel is missing. It was so great
while it lasted.
Virginia and Lourdes