This past weekend ClexaCon took over London for the first time with the inaugural ClexaCon London on November 3rd and 4th. As a lover of ClexaCon, I would have loved to go to this convention, but sadly no such luck. I couldn’t make the weekend work with my schedule, but I was ecstatic to find that I hadn’t missed out on all of the action thanks to the ClexaCon YouTube channel. If you are like me and a London ClexaCan’t, here are some of the amazing things you can experience from wherever you are.During the weekend of ClexaCon London three videos posted on the ClexaCon YouTube video of three panels that took place. Admittedly I don’t know the exact order they went up, but I did watch them in a particular order and that’s how I’ll be reporting on them. The first video I absolutely had to watch was the Hollstein panel. Not only do I love Carmilla, the series and ClexaCon are actually the motivating factor behind how I met my girlfriend, but Dana Piccoli always rocks out her panels with Natasha Negovanlis and Elise Bauman. This panel was no exception and after seeing some interesting teases about the panel I knew I had to watch it asap. While the interview portion was great, and included a surprise Annie Briggs appearance, my favorite part was the scenes moment. Now at previous panels Dana has had Elise and Natasha act out scenes from films and tv, but this time she did something a bit different. She wrote her own condensed holiday movie, Boughs of Holly. Her condensed Hallmark-esque movie was written specifically for Natasha and Elise. Elise was Zoe Pine, the first female lumberjack in the small town of Mistletoe Falls, and Natasha was Holly Jones, a corporate worker sent to buy up all of the tree lots in town to turn them into hipster apartments. After getting caught in a snowbank, Holly meets Zoe and holy holly the sparks! I would absolutely watch this movie and watching Elise and Natasha act it out was epic!!
The next panel I watched was Jamie Clayton’s solo panel, Sensing the Need for Change, with moderator Jess Harris-DiStefano. I will admit Jamie Clayton being announced for this convention had me literally squealing. I knew I wouldn’t be able to see her live, but I was planning on scouring the internet to find details about this panel. When I saw the video of her panel had been posted by ClexaCon I was so pumped. I am a huge fan of Sense8 and my favorite characters are Nomi and Amanita. Watching this panel filled me with intense joy. Jamie delved into how she became an actress and was just so delightful to watch. She was emotionally compelling and hilarious. I really need her to be in every single show going forward so that I can keep seeing her in things. I tied up my ClexaCon London binge night, yes I watched all of these in one night, with Kat Barrell’s panel, again moderated by Jess Harris-Di-Stefano. This panel was also a delight and the ‘Would You Rather’ segment was just so fun. While I missed having Dominique Provost-Chalckley, Kat shared a lot about what she was doing before she was cast as Nicole Haught and how she became part of the Wynonna Earp cast. I was tremendously surprised by the amount of dinosaur questions. Now if only we could throw a random dinosaur into an episode of Wynonna Earp, I mean one could be hiding in The Garden right?
While I know just watching the panels isn’t exactly the same as being in the convention atmosphere, ClexaCon’s YouTube channel will at least let you experience some of the fun. If you went to ClexaCon London you can also relive some of that magic by rewatching the panel recordings since we all know the post ClexaCon blues are intensely real. Make sure to check out the channel and we just have to wait until April until the next ClexaCon.
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