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Fangoria - NJ (June 20-22)

Apr 07 2008 04:04 am   #1spikeskat
At the behest of Slamesoftly, I'm putting up a post to see who's going to be making the trip to the Fangoria con in Secaucus, NJ. James is there Sat/Sun - doing photo ops, autographs, and a concert on Sat. night. Gen seats for the concert are just $35.00, I believe. The "preferred" seating is $55.00. (I think he's doing it right there at the hotel too.)

So... any takers?
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Apr 07 2008 04:32 am   #2CopyKween
I can't go this year, as it interferes with hubby's end-of-quarter work schedule!   Very annoying, considering the price is, yet again, a STEAL!

*emo*
Apr 07 2008 04:38 am   #3Eowyn315
Haha, considering the transportation disaster from last year, I don't think I'll be able to convince my friends to go with me this year. But hey, if the concert's in NJ instead of NY like last time, maybe there won't be any horrible traffic jams...
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Apr 07 2008 05:21 am   #4Immortal Beloved
I will most likely be going, seeing as the hotel is only a 2-hour drive for me.  E, I can almost guarantee you that there won't be any traffic jams.  There weren't any for me last year.  Seacacus (It is Seacacus, right?) is kind of surburban, eventhough it's so close to the city.  The drive home, though, when they closed the bridge to CT was probably equal to your experience of getting to Long Island   Oh, the things we do for our boy...
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Apr 07 2008 05:23 am   #5TammyDevil666
I won't be able to go to that one, but yay, I just heard that James is going to Dragon*Con this year.  I might just have to go again now=)
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Apr 07 2008 05:34 am   #6spikeskat
*emos with CK*

Awww... man!! *pouts*

Eowyn, just taking a quick look at the Fangoria site, it looks like James is sticking close to the hotel. And, from what I remember, the hotel is practically right off the highway. I totally avoided the city when I came up from VA. ^_^
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Apr 07 2008 06:15 am   #7ClawofCat

I don't think I'll be able to make it this year. Pretty sure the dates coincide with a cross-country month long roadtrip I have planned. Too bad. I went to the concert and not the con last year, and really did want to snag a chance at a picture with him.

Apr 07 2008 06:51 am   #8slaymesoftly
Yeah, this year no trips over the river(s) and through the woods (city) to Long Island for the concert. Much more convenient for everybody (except maybe Sevvy, lol).  *emos along with Kat for CK*    The only traffic I expect to have to worry about are people on their ways to and from the beaches.
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Apr 07 2008 01:20 pm   #9Legen
 i just had to go throw the hugest fit. i'm so pissed. i missed dragon con last year cause i couldn't take leave then cause a month later i needed it for before he went to iraq. i'll be preparing to go to germany that time this year, and proly wont get to go. and this...i go on leave on the **23th** to go home and get married on the 26th. i'm never gonna get to see him sing.
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Apr 07 2008 07:31 pm   #10SanityFair
I'm thinking I might go.  I'll have to check flights, hotels and all that good stuff.  My main thing would be I wouldn't want to be alone.
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Apr 07 2008 08:05 pm   #11Guest
I'd love to go, but it's a long shot cross-country from CA. But hey, win the lottery, and I'm there!

CM
Apr 07 2008 09:41 pm   #12Nika
The one time he's in driving distance of where I live is the one time I can't go.
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Apr 07 2008 10:52 pm   #13slaymesoftly
Kinda the point of posting this up here (and it wasn't at my behest! I just said it was a good idea!) is that nobody will be alone. Gives everyone a chance to get roomies and find other people to meet up with when they get there. 
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Apr 08 2008 12:39 am   #14SpikesKatMac
I want to go, I want to go!!!  *pouts*  But can't.  NJ is a hell of a lot closer than England, but still outta my league this year.  It'd be about a 12-14 hour trip for me, and getting the time off work would just be a nightmare of epic proportions.  *sighs heavily*  BUT, I have started my JM fund; I'm bound and determined that I'm gonna see our boy, so hopefully NEXT year, I'll be both fiscally and employment-wise prepared.  Anybody who goes, make sure you bring your photographic memory, 'cause I'll be wanting LOTS of deets!!! 
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Apr 08 2008 01:32 am   #15Immortal Beloved
i go on leave on the **23th** to go home and get married on the 26th. i'm never gonna get to see him sing.

Firstly: Congratulations on your wedding!

Secondly: It never ceases to amaze me the RL things that we complain about getting in the way of our Jimmy lovin'   Last year, I didn't get to go to the concert because we were moving that day.  All I could think was, "For crying out loud, why'd we decide to move?"  I even considered asking Mr. IB if we could postpone the move a week, but thought the better of it
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Apr 08 2008 09:18 am   #16Guest
Firstly: Congratulations on your wedding
thanks, it's turning out to be waaaay more trouble then it's worth. but i'm doing it, and i'm gonna like it...damn it.
Apr 09 2008 08:01 am   #17FetchingMadScientist
Hmmmm...let's see, getting married, or seeing James Marsters... It's not even close, and I think our favorite vampire would agree.  "Two hearts, joined for eternity, great pelting showers of rice and so forth."  Go get married, girl!  And congratulations!
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Apr 10 2008 07:30 am   #18nmcil
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Apr 10 2008 01:30 pm   #19Legen
well thanks, you guys rock. but we're already married, just didnt have the resources or time to have a wedding last year, so this year on our one year anniversary we're having the wedding. but it works.
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Apr 19 2008 08:56 pm   #20Immortal Beloved
So, I'm officially going.  Well, officially in the sense that I haven't yet told my husband, booked a room, or bought tickets   But, once I get something in my head, I make it happen.  I'm so excited!  Two weekends in two months--I may never recover from the Jimmy haze
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Apr 19 2008 10:49 pm   #21Eowyn315
LOL, IB! I'm still in negotiations with one of my friends who went last year. If I can get her to come with me, I'll definitely be there. If not, we'll see.

Question for anyone who went last year - how much were the single day admission tickets? They're not listed on the website yet, but I want to get an idea of how much it's all gonna cost.
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Apr 20 2008 12:06 am   #22spikeskat

Eowyn, I think I remember paying about $20 for the single day admission, and that was just so I could listen in on James' Q & A. The photo op was about $60.00, if I remember right. I'm not sure if they've listed him as having a Q & A session this round, but I would think he would.

Anyway... hope to see you there. I'll be hanging with Slaymesoftly - if I'm not out by the pool. LOL!

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Apr 20 2008 12:14 am   #23Eowyn315
Thanks! Yep, photo op is $60 and autograph is $35. Plus $25 for the concert, plus gas and the hotel room, and it's already pretty expensive for me, so I'm hoping not to have to pay a lot on top of that for admission.
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Apr 20 2008 12:33 am   #24Guest
Gen admission is always $20 or $25, Eowyn, so don't worry about that.

CM
Apr 20 2008 12:34 am   #25Immortal Beloved
Question for anyone who went last year - how much were the single day admission tickets? They're not listed on the website yet, but I want to get an idea of how much it's all gonna cost.

I'm pretty sure that the ticket prices are the same as they were in CA: $25 general admission, $50 or $55 assigned seating.  Concert, the same, I believe.  The rooms are $139, but there's always the possibility of roomies.  I'll probably go that route so that I can justify going to see Jimmy twice in two months
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Apr 26 2008 06:36 am   #26Guest
Prices now posted:
GENERAL ADMISSION WEEKEND PACKAGES
This is the most economical way to attend the entire three days. It gets you a non-reserved seat in the theatre and does not include any complimentary autographs. $59

PREFERRED SINGLE DAY TICKETS
This is the best way to attend any one day of the convention. You get a reserved seat behind or to the side of the Gold and Sliver Weekend Patrons. This seat is yours come and go all day. This option does not include guaranteed autographs.

FRIDAY: $40
SATURDAY: $55
SUNDAY: $55

GENERAL ADMISSION SINGLE DAY TICKETS
This is the most economical way to attend any one or two days of the convention. This option gets you a non-reserved seat in the theatre. This option does not include any complimentary autographs.

FRIDAY $20
SATURDAY $22 in advance, $25 at the door
SUNDAY $20 in advance, $25 at the door


CM
May 01 2008 05:38 am   #27Eowyn315
One more question for more experienced con-goers. Do you need to buy a ticket for the con if you're just going to the concert? I was thinking no, but it's not really clear on the site. Obviously we didn't last year, since it was a different venue, but I don't know how it works when the concert's at the hotel. I'm gonna do the con stuff, but a couple of my friends might only go to the concert, and I don't want them to pay an extra $22 if they don't have to (I also don't want them to be surprised at the door if they do need the tickets).

In other news, I reserved the hotel room today. Whee!
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May 01 2008 07:45 am   #28Scarlet Ibis
I'm pretty sure you can just buy tickets for the concert--though they're in the same building (right?) the concert isn't officially apart of the con itself.  So as long as they don't show up way early while the con is still in progress, it should be cool.

And congrats--I have yet to purchase anything yet, but I'm pretty sure I'm going, gosh darn it!
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May 01 2008 10:50 am   #29Guest
As long as you're not passing through a door where they are checking for con wristbands, then your friends should be fine.

At Grand Slam, people were lined up outside, and then concert tickets were taken as we went in. No Creation checking for that part.

CM
May 02 2008 03:00 am   #30Immortal Beloved
The concert tickets "must be purchased separately and are not part of any package."  Sounds pretty separate to me
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May 02 2008 03:06 am   #31Eowyn315
Thanks, guys. And yeah, IB, it does sound separate, but James' auto and photo tickets also need to be purchased separately and not as part of a package, but you still need an admission ticket, so I just wanted to make sure.
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May 02 2008 03:26 am   #32slaymesoftly
Kat and I think we remember buying our con tickets after we got there last year.  I think they were only $20 then, for one day and that seemed sufficient as we were only interested in the Q and A with James.  We did wander through the vendors, but that was about the only other thing that required a con wristband.
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May 03 2008 02:55 am   #33spikeskat
Slayme, I bought one when I got up there - along with a photo op (and I sooo wanted to drag the security guard into the photo with me *snerk*) ticket. I think you bought an "extra" day pass because you couldn't find yours. And, yeah, I think it was $20.00 and that let us see the Q & A as well as quickly wander through the vendors area. Have they announced whether or not if he is going to do another one?
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May 03 2008 03:21 am   #34Immortal Beloved
and I sooo wanted to drag the security guard into the photo with me

I remember him, too!  I totally thought the same thing.  Great appetizer to whet the whistle before the Jimmy main course
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May 03 2008 06:00 am   #35Guest
James is doing Q&As Sat and Sun.

CM
May 03 2008 10:53 pm   #36slaymesoftly
Ah, good to know. Thanks, CM!

Yeah, I wonder what the chances are that the same guy will be doing security/line control this year?  He was a very tasty appetizer (not that I tried to actually, you know, taste him, but...) - and easier for me to  talk to than the main course. lol
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May 04 2008 07:00 pm   #37spikeskat
Slayme, you naughty girl, you!

I'll be bringing the Wii for the kidlet; think if we started an impromptu Wii party back in the room we'd get a response? LOL! Well, if Mr. Scrumptious shows again for line control, that is. Hehehehe...

Good to know about the Q & A, CM. Guess I'll be bringing my handy dandy notebook to transcribe again.
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May 15 2008 01:30 am   #38Guest
From JM.com
James has accepted a fantastic new acting role from a UK company. We will share more details with you about the project once producers have given us the okay to do so. However, we wanted to tell you as soon as possible because unfortunately it conflicts directly with the Fangoria Convention of June 21-22 in New Jersey. As of now we still expect to be able to attend DragonCon in August, but must cancel the earlier event and we apologize for the inconvenience we know this will cause to some of you.


Caro Mio
May 15 2008 01:45 am   #39Eowyn315
Well, that sucks. Sure glad I didn't buy my tickets yet. This role better be good!
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May 15 2008 02:04 am   #40Guest
Was just coming over here to share the news, but you guys beat me to it.


May 15 2008 02:13 am   #41Immortal Beloved
That was me, by the way.  Not that it matters...
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May 15 2008 03:00 am   #42Immortal Beloved
That was me, by the way.  Not that it matters...
Give me Spuffy, or give me death.
May 15 2008 03:06 am   #43Immortal Beloved
That was me, by the way.  Not that it matters...
Give me Spuffy, or give me death.
May 16 2008 01:15 am   #44Immortal Beloved
From my e-mail:

Dear Loyal Fan:
 
On May 15, 2008 James Marsters announced that he has accepted a movie role in
Europe, and he has advised us that he cannot appear at our Fangoria NJ Convention.
We are currently in the processes of refunding all credit cards for James' concert, his
autograph ticket and his photo ops. As you know there are no refunds of seating
tickets to any of our conventions.
 
Please note though, that we are just about to announce some FANTASTIC additional talent
for the New Jersey event, so be on the lookout on our website www.creationent.com
as well as through our targeted emails.
 
If you have any questions on this process please feel free to write to edrod@creationent.com.
We regret the inconvenience and wish james luck on his new role, and we look forward
to having him appear at a future convention.
 
Your friends at Creation Entertainment
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