Aldis at Supernatural Convention in NJ

Friday, Jul 9, 2010
“Supernatural” fans can gather at weekend convention
Friday, July 9, 2010




The “Salute to ‘Supernatural’ Convention” gives fans of the TV show a place to come together this weekend.

THE SHOW: “Supernatural” follows two demon-hunting brothers, Sam and Dean Winchester (played by Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles), as they struggle with the paranormal. More than mystical activity, “Supernatural” focuses on connections between characters.

“It’s about the relationship of the characters and how they look out for each other,” says Gary Berman, co-founder of Creation Entertainment. “We’ve been running conventions for 40 years, and ‘Supernatural’ is one of those shows that really captured the passion of its audience.”

THE FANS: “Supernatural” attracts “a good core solid group of fans,” says Berman. “The audience is very loyal to the show.”

THE CONVENTION: Super-fans compete in costume contests, test their trivia knowledge and can bid in auctions for collectibles. There will also be some sneak peeks of new sci-fi television shows and motion pictures.

ON THE BILL: On Friday: Richard Speight Jr. (Trickster) and Alona Tal (Jo Harvelle). On Saturday: Misha Collins (Castiel), Travis Wester (Harry Spangler) and Aldis Hodge (Jake Talley). On Sunday: Collins, Rob Benedict (Chuck Shurley), Samantha Smith (Mary Winchester) and Katherine Boecher (Lillith).

ANYTHING SPOOKY PLANNED? “It gets pretty weird at the costume contest, that’s a little supernatural,” laughs Berman.

UNCONVENTIONAL WEEKEND: “It’s a break from the reality of your normal workweek,” says Berman, who began as a convention attendee and science fiction fan. “These memories don’t go away, and hopefully we’ve created a lot of nice memories for a lot of nice people.”

MUSICAL INTERLUDE: Steve Carlson performs 9 p.m. Saturday. Carlson, who has recorded in the past with Ackles, “has developed a nice following among the ‘Supernatural’ fans,” says Berman. Separate tickets required.

DETAILS: Noon to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Hilton Parsippany Hotel, 1 Hilton Court, Parsippany. Friday $20, Saturday and Sunday $30; Steve Carlson concert $20, children 12 and under $15. 818-409-0960 or

~~Catherine Trautwein


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