I have a date with a TDHBEW July 14 *fingers crossed*


In case you haven’t seen it, it appears  Warner Brothers, the studio behind The Hobbit films, has booked the big hall, Hall H, at Comic-Con for three hours on Saturday, July 14.  I’m guessing it will start at 10 a.m., the time the event typically opens, I am told.  God forbid they make all the fervent fans wait any longer.

Of course, I want, I dream, I hope to see this bloke:

I can never get enough of the images from that press conference. Intelligent, articulate, thoughtful men who also look like that? Whoaaaaa.

But I am also very much looking forward to seeing this fellow, too:

My favorite movie director. I’ve got a bit of a crush on Sir Peter and his brilliant, sweet, disheveled, adorable self.

Getting to go behind the scenes via PJ’s video blogs–and there’s still one to go!–has made me all the more intrigued about the process of making films. I genuinely hope to make my time at Comic-Con a learning experience as well as just plain fun (although I should say I subscribe to the notion learning can be fun).  And of course, I hope to represent Armitage World in my own small way.

And to take lots of pictures. I think there will be plenty to attract my attention. It’s going to be quite an adventure . . .

Comic-Con Costume Group 02

Comic-Con Costume Group 02 (Photo credit: heath_bar)

A Comic Con sign.

A Comic Con sign. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

About fedoralady

I'm an LA native--Lower Alabama, that is. My husband of more than 30 years and I live here on a portion of my family's former farm with two gorgeous calicos and a handsome GSD mix. My background is art education, and over the years I've been a teacher, department store photographer, sales associate and a journalist. My husband, his business partner and I have Pecan Ridge Productions, a video production company, for which I shoot & edit video and stills and manage marketing. I also still write part-time for the local paper. I love movies, music, art, photography and books, and my tastes in all of them are eclectic.

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  1. Indeed, both of them rock the beard very well, PJ and RA! 🙂 What a pair!!! Both adorable in their own special way! Btw, I just sent you a tweet Angie! My 2nd ever tweet!

      • I don’t go to twitter all that often but I dropped in this afternoon (I’m supposed to be translating a contract and the legal jargon really gets to me so I have to have a break every now and then!) and saw your tweet about this post so I thought I’d attempt to send a tweet in reply. 🙂

  2. Wow, I’ll be sending good thoughts on the 14th!! I wish I could be a flower on your fedora to see all the fun and wackiness at Comic Con.

  3. I cannot tell you how many women I have seen online who want to marry Richard soooooooo badly. One woman on Pinterest is seriously obsessed to the point where I think she may be borderline in need of therapy. Honestly, I have never seen so many women around the world so obsessed with one man. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Richard too, but I think that I do have things in check.

    Oh, I do have several pictures of him in the left hand sleeve of my Kindle Fire cover. I put it there so that when I want a “fix” I can just look at the photos….LOL 🙂

    • I think what’s important is to know the line between fantasy and reality. And it begins to blur for some fans to a point where it really is unhealthy. Case in point, the woman who took her vacation in Budapest during the RH filming a few years ago who showed up at RA’s door unannounced. Apparently she had been sending him a lot of letters, etc. and not surprisingly, he was not thrilled to see her when he realized who she was. I am a true-blue fan, but I am not going to stalk the poor man.

      • How utterly appalling! Stalking is never okay; it’s a violation of a person’s private life. Just how delusional do you have to be to forget that?

        (Even if it were a situation where you were both invited to the same party, hasn’t he been very honest that he prefers to do the chasing?)

        • And we all know how kind and gracious he is; this person had to have made him very uncomfortable for him to have been less than that. I think she reported back on the visit on a message board and then just disappeared from the fandom. Said he wasn’t “very friendly. ” Gee, what do you expect?? Treat people the way you want to be treated.

          • Re. “Treat people the way you want to be treated.”, amen to that, although in his position, I’d have been sorely tempted to tell her exactly what I thought of her and possibly to call the police if the truth did not discourage her.

            • Sadly, there are people who seem to think certain public figures “belong” to them and they can invade their privacy any old time they like. I think in this woman’s case she finally got a wake-up call when her visit didn’t elicit the response she was expecting.

      • I agree. I also love Richard as an actor, but I’m not an obsessed fan. I like his work, he seems to be a very lovely person and I will be happy if I could meet him one time if the plays on stage, but that’s all. 😉

        Unfortunately, some fans do not make the difference between fantasy and reality… 😦

      • Oh dear God. Poor Richard. It must have been very unpleasant for him. This woman can’t have been a true fan, otherwise she wouldn’t have caused him such distress. 😦

    • I have the calendar from RAnet printed out and folded into the back sleeve of my engagement calendar, plus a couple of favourite photos hidden in my handbag.

        • Lucky you! Back when, it was not considered acceptable for a female professional to have photographs in the workplace. My last office had E-size printouts of CPM schedules, a list of applicable regulations, a work breakdown structure for the project, and a boring calendar. A photo or two of Richard would have made it a much nicer place.

          • The Desk Nazi at the newspaper office (that would be my former boss) wanted our little black cubicles to be lacking in personality. Nothing on it or displayed in it other than computer, phone, one small in/out holder, a pen or two and possibly a Rolodex–that was about it. He didn’t seem to understand that (A) newspaper reporters have notebooks with notes, material used for research, cameras and camera equipment and (B) people are happier and thus more productive when they have something pleasant to look at. Photos of children and loved ones-a picture or two of one’s favorite actor.

            • What is it with these creatures who don’t see that our workspaces should reflect our humanity? The only purposes of the “neat desk” edicts iare to conceal sensitive information, minimize theft, and deprive vermin of food and hiding places. Once you’ve achieved that, there’s no point to this draconian only-robots-work-here enforcement.

              • He also instigated a new policy with our columns. We couldn’t write about any family, friends, holidays, pets or basically any personal experiences whatsoever. He took all the personality and fun out of the process. Sometimes we just didn’t pay any attention and wrote what we wanted to. No readers ever complained. In fact, after the paper got tighter and I no longer had a weekly column, people still came up to me and remarked about how much they liked reading about my pets, my memories of growing up in the area, the struggles of dealing with aging parents. There was a little piece of my heart in those and readers responded to that. Of course, it took him half a day to get a column of barely 400 words written.

          • While I can put up photos of celebrities at work if I want to, I do have them on the inside wall of my cubicle where no one passing by can see them. One would have to completely come into my workspace and then turn their head completely around to see them. The photos have been up for about two months now and no one at work knows they are there. RA is up on my work desktop PC as wallpaper. No one pays any attention to it. Only one guy who stopped by to submit his expense report asked me “who is that?”.

            At home where I can go wild with RA photos you would think my home would be plastered with them…NOT! I only have one photo of him that is on my bedroom dresser and that is it for RA photos in my entire house.

            Having photos of RA in my workspace does make working more pleasant. 🙂
            I can listen to music also if want, so I put my headphones on at my desk and sometimes listen to RA read Venetia…LOL I also will sometimes stick the headphones into my Kindle and watch Moving ON at my desk. Or listen to the audio version of N&S.

            • One area if which I did have freedom was in terms of computer wallpaper. I had both a Mac desktop and my PC laptop, each with an image of Mr. A. One day a lady from a local funeral home stopped by to drop off some obits, and she paused to look at Guy in his S3 glory. “Now–that is a good-looking man!” she said. I totally ageed. 😉

  4. That woman who went to Budapest on her vacation while RA was there filming RH is a nut. I do not blame RA one bit for not being thrilled to see her. If the same thing happened to me it would creep me out too. I mean really, what the heck did she expect? RA did the right thing. If he didn’t turn her off she would have continued that kind of behavior. At least she got the message. The actor-director Tyler Perry has a stalker that he cannot seem to get rid of. She was arrested at one point. She had their wedding all planned out and even bought a wedding dress.

    My LEO pride would never allow me to behave like that. ME chase a man???? OMG no. It would be too humiliating. I am old fashioned as well when it comes to those things, so I agree with RA. The man has to do the chasing. Plus when it comes to men I am quite shy anyway so I could never get up the nerve to be so bold. .

    It has never occurred to me to write RA letters. I don’t see the point. I bet that experience with the Budapest visitor was a major factor in Richard deciding to keep arms length away from fans. I know that he used to involve himself with the Armitage Army. I also do not understand why women send him things in the mail. I mean really, what the heck is Richard supposed to do with stuffed teddy bears and other things that he cannot possibly use.

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