Earlier this week, in my post for the Sunshine Blogger Award, I was asked to name someone I admire, and I cited Misha Collins. Best known for his work playing the angel Castiel on Supernatural, a show now in its 15th and final season, and second-best known for creating and running GISH (Greatest International Scavenger Hunt), a week-long scavenger hunt for charity that has broken 7 world records and done an impossible amount of good for the world, Misha is the definition of a celebrity who uses their work for good.
So imagine my shock when, Tuesday evening, I got a text (because Misha has taken to using a mass-texting platform to keep his fans posted on things…and also replies individually to them sometimes!) saying that he would be having a surprise pop-up visit at my local bookstore, Anderson’s Bookshop, to promote his new book.
Attendees would get a copy of Misha’s book and a chance to meet him, have him sign the book, and get a quick informal picture of you taken with him…and it cost just a few dollars more than the book would cost on its own. For some context, a signed edition of the book on Misha’s website costs fifty dollars more than the unsigned version, and a photo op with Misha at a convention typically costs upwards of a hundred dollars (and that’s not counting the cost of the convention itself). This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity–a chance to meet one of the few celebrities I truly admire, at a price I could afford, and close to home.
Oh, but I forgot to mention one thing: in true spontaneous pop-up fashion, this event, announced Tuesday evening, was going to take place on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. We had been given not event two days’ warning. Getting to the signing would require me to take a half day off from work to take the train home early, which stressed me out more than a little. But after a panicked post in The GISH Bunker, a Facebook group for all people who enjoy and participate in GISH, where I got hundreds of likes and comments reminding me that work would always be there, but Misha wouldn’t, I took the plunge and bought my ticket.
The event wasn’t anything fancy, though it was completely sold out (no surprise there). We were lined up in the order of our ticket purchases, with 200 of us snaking down the rows of books and another 200 who were to report at a later time to keep the store from getting too crowded. I got to chat and bond with some fellow fans while in line; most of us were attending on our own, trusting that we would meet friendly people there to alleviate our ongoing anxiety, which is exactly what happened. These are some really wholesome fandoms.
The actual meeting, understandably, was brief. There were a lot of us, and there’s only one Misha. At the front of the line, you got your book, a chance to say a few words to Misha while he signed it, and a picture of you talking to him.
In case anyone was wondering, my conversation with him went something like this:
Me: Hi! Also, my entire GISH team says hello.
Misha: oh god.
Me: Especially two from Australia who really wish you would come out that way sometime.
Misha: I do go there! Well… (laughs) sometimes…
Me: Not for things like this, where it doesn’t cost hundreds of Australian dollars for them!
Misha: (still laughing) That…is a fair criticism.
So there you have it. My most recent brush with fame (after getting to meet Leigh Bardugo just a couple weeks ago…man, these celebrity visits from Anderson’s are really spoiling me! And destroying my bank account.).
For anyone who is wondering if he will be stopping by you for this tour, my best recommendation is to subscribe to his texts, because that’s how he seems to be announcing these. He went to New Jersey, apparently; the visit I went to is in the Chicago suburbs; and he has events in Washington (state) this weekend. Beyond that, it’s anyone’s guess where he will show up next, or how much notice he will give! (The texts he sends are also quite fun and not spammy at all–they aren’t even daily, just whenever he has something interesting he wants to share, like his Halloween costume.) The number to text is (323) 405-9939 😊
Final note, about the book, for anyone who is interested: co-written with his wife, Vicki, The Adventurous Eaters Club is both a cookbook and a guide to how to make mealtime a nutritious and kid-friendly experience, not an endless slog of bland, beige food. It has anecdotes, tips, and tons of recipes, many of which I want to try immediately. As an example: a green-eggs-and-ham popover, that looks whimsical and yummy and healthy all at once. I’ll keep y’all posted on how all the recipes turn out as I try them!
What’s new with you? Have you gotten to meet Misha before? Or any of your favorite celebrities? Got any big weekend plans? And how jealous are you? 😉
P.S. Can you tell I wrote most of this one on my computer, not my phone, because I actually put links to everything in it? So much easier to toggle between things when not on mobile…