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Red Dragon 3: The Shattered Teacup Comes Together


Fannibals.  We are literally the fragments of a shattered teacup.  Once a year, that teacup comes together and reality as we know it stops as we form into a whole being once again.

The first year was “Red Dragon“, the second was “Behold the Red Dragon“, and this third convention was “Red Dragon 3” – on all  social media it’s #HannibalCon.  For other random pics from the con, see my Instagram feed (and search all sites using the #tag).

The guests this year were phenomenal (they are always great, of course!), we were graced with the presence of Will Graham himself, Hugh Dancy; Writer, Creator, (and Our Lord and Master!) Bryan Fuller; Demore Barnes (Tobias Budge); the amazing comedy duo that is Aaron Abrams (Brian Zeller) and Scott Thompson (Jimmy Price); and the very sweet Ellen Muth (Georgia Madchen).

Our new home for these events is the Radisson Edwardian Hotel in Heathrow, their conference rooms become the guest halls for Q&A sessions, parties, and the autograph and photograph sessions with the guests.  It’s a weekend of standing in lines and swapping homemade gifts with other fans (something no other fandom does.. we Fannibals are a unique and creative bunch!).  I took a batch of my Visitor Badges from the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, and I loved giving them away to random people.. gives me an excuse to start a conversation anyway!

Although it says not to give the guests gifts during the signings, they still end up with a pile of stuff next to them!  So I couldn’t resist offering Bryan one of my IDs.. and he grabbed it with such glee, and put it on his collar… and it was still on his person when he came on stage (finally… he’s a slow signer!).  It made me so happy to be appreciated for my silly bits of art.

My loot, photo ops and Flower Crown selfies from the con:

I took my useful big Canon camera with me, plus a decent zoom lens, so that I  could get some good photos of the stars during the Q&As.  I also have to use a monopod, as I have a bad hand tremor.. so I hope it didn’t get in anybody’s view too much.  But the zoom and the steadying is required to get any half-decent photos from a viewpoint behind the Gold ticket holders and the Stewards!  My photos can be found on Flickr here:

Red Dragon 3 Album on Flickr

Some of the best photos:

Red Dragon 2017. Q&A Sessions.
Bryan Fuller at the Opening Ceremony
Red Dragon 2017. Q&A Sessions.
Demore Barnes
Red Dragon 2017. Q&A Sessions.
A recreation of the human cello!
Red Dragon 2017. Q&A Sessions.
Hugh Dancy by himself, before Bryan finished signing
Red Dragon 2017. Q&A Sessions.
Smiley Hugh Dancy
Red Dragon 2017. Q&A Sessions.
Hugh & Bryan mid-conversation, but LOOK, Bryan is wearing the BSHCI Visitor badge made by ME! *squee*!
Red Dragon 2017. Q&A Sessions.
Demore and Ellen
Red Dragon 2017. Q&A Sessions.
Demore asking the Fannibals what this show and the Fandom means to them. So many feels!
Red Dragon 2017. Q&A Sessions.
I love this pose! Scott & Aaron pay attention when you say something dirty…
Red Dragon 2017. Q&A Sessions.
…and then they have to investigate!
Red Dragon 2017. Q&A Sessions.
Aaron is all of us, when these guys are talking!
Red Dragon 2017. Q&A Sessions.
Hugh Dancy & Bryan Fuller. Look at those cuties!
Red Dragon 2017. Q&A Sessions.
I don’t remember what Hugh said, but Bryan is clearly amused..
Red Dragon 2017. Q&A Sessions.
Hugh taking the Q&A very seriously, for a moment…
Red Dragon 2017. Q&A Sessions.
…and then it all goes to pot!

Towards the end of Demore’s second Q&A session, he asked the Fannibals why we are all so fervent in our devotion to this particular show.  He went around the room and a few people spoke up about what Hannibal means to them.  The general consensus was (with my own opinion added here) that Hannibal is basically a show about two loner characters, they’re the odd ones out, they don’t fit into “regular” society, one is a criminal (but that’s incidental) he’s on his own and although has particular “tastes”(!) he is basically looking for a human connection.  The other character has social anxiety and is slightly on the autism/aspergers’ spectrum.  Both are incredibly smart, and yet have difficulty integrating.  But they find each other, and they understand each other, and they accept each other (for all their many faults!).  Ultimately, it’s a story about survival and friendship, against all the odds.  THAT is something that resonates with a lot of us.  I can definitely say for myself, that I have trouble sometimes making those connections with people.  Yet this show has given me hope that there are others out there who can understand where I’m coming from.  And now, that’s what I live for.  Our Fannibal Family!  Fannibals are totally inclusive.  I have found us to be a safe and supportive group comprising every type of person.  Together, we make sense.  And as an additional bonus, I’ve re-connected with an old school friend, who I hadn’t seen for years, and now we’re really close again.  How lovely is that?!

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Some of the beautiful artwork from the Hannibal Musical Programme.

One of the absolute highlights of the weekend, was the performance by a group of Fannibals of “Hannibal a Fannibal Musical”.  A parody/homage of all three seasons of Hannibal.  It was an absolute triumph of a show, brilliantly funny, and very cleverly put together.  AND performed by a group of people who had only fully met that day!  Well done indeed.  AND all of the celebrity guests came in to watch it too, and they showed their appreciation with huge laughs, applause, and running up to them after the show to congratulate them all.  Bravo!  Find out more about the musical by following them on twitter @FannibalMusical.

Until fate and circumstance bring us back to this moment, and the teacup shatters once more…

Red Dragon 4 will take place on 23rd to 25th February 2018 at the Radisson Edwardian Hotel, Heathrow.  Grab a ticket while you can from Starfury Conventions.

Friendship, Fake Blood, & Flower Crowns! Starfury Red Dragon Hannibal Convention Report


What a special weekend this was!

The inaugural Hannibal Convention – Red Dragon – by Starfury Events was a fairly intimate affair, with just fewer than 500 attendees meeting six of the stars of NBC Hannibal (& one Producer who popped in on the Friday evening only) at the Renaissance London Heathrow Hotel.  For a cancelled show (there’s still the ongoing #SaveHannibal campaign!) this could easily have been a melancholy reflection of a deceased series, instead it was the most joyful experience of my convention year.  And to think: I nearly didn’t go at all!  If you’ve never been to a convention before, it’s really difficult to explain to a “muggle” what the experience is like.  You have to be there to experience it for yourself, and then you’ll understand why we all come back again and again… and again.  This year, my con-buddy was a friend I’ve not seen for years, and it was her first convention.  Boy, did she pick a good one!

Organised by Sean Harry of Starfury Events (www.starfury.co.uk), the three-day (well, 2 and a half) event consisted of autograph signings, a “meet & greet” (for the Gold ticket holders), stage talks, a costume/cosplay competition, and of course the parties.

The guests were: Hannibal Lecter himself, Mads Mikkelsen; Freddie Lounds, Lara Jean Chorostecki; Jimmy Price, Scott Thompson; Brian Zeller, Aaron Abrams; Margot Verger, Katharine Isabelle; and surprise guest Abigail Hobbs, Kacey Rohl.  Also producer Loretta Ramos was able to visit on the Friday evening, and attend the meet and greet.  Ellen Muth was also originally billed to attend, but was unfortunately ill and had to cancel (there’s always next year..).

Mads (I believe the D is silent!) came to London directly from the Lumiere Film Festival in Lyon, France, so did not attend the opening ceremony.. but arrived slightly later.  He happened to walk past us whilst we were having a glass of wine, which made me audibly *squee* (sorry about that Mads!).  I tried to behave myself for the rest of the con.. I almost succeeded.

The lucky Gold ticket holders got a sit-down meet and greet with the guests, a few extra goodies, and had closer reserved seats for the talks.  Us “regulars” still had a pretty great set up – one autograph per guest on a personal item, and extra photographs for extra autos or vouchers for signatures on additional personal items (“badgers”) could be bought throughout the weekend.  The prices were pretty reasonable also – I’ve been to cons where the lead guests were over £40 for a single signature, but the most expensive one this weekend was £25.  Photos and group photos were costed by the “value” of each guest to be included.  By “personal items” these must be licensed/authorised products, not simply a photograph that you have downloaded and printed!  You have to keep in mind the copyright on these things!  Fan art was allowed, as long as you are the artist bringing your own work.

The atmosphere at the con was the friendliest in the world!  All you lovely “Fannibals” are the nicest people on the planet.  I mean that.  A lot of people came to the con by themselves, but left with a whole new (murder) family!  I didn’t get a chance to stay very long at any of the parties, primarily because I’m getting a little older these days(!), and secondly because I didn’t want to have a hangover in the mornings.  It was going to be hard enough controlling myself long enough to say something sensible to the guests whilst getting the autographs – I didn’t need to battle extra pain at the same time!

Saturday started off with two photo sessions – I chose to do a few group shots: Scott and Aaron together, and Mads and Katharine together.  If you ignore the idiot in the middle – these photos are fantastic!  Just look at those delicious sandwiches!

We regulars had the autograph sessions with all the guests (except Mads & Kacey) on the Saturday, and several talks; Aaron & Scott (or is that Aroon and Scoot?! “Take zee diamond Rose… Rose, don’t srow zee diamond in zee water..!” – seriously, you had to be there…), Lara Jean & Kacey, and Mads & Katharine.  All of the talks were mainly question/answer sessions, with anecdotes thrown in from time to time.  Everyone treated all the questions seriously (even the funniest ones!) and gave heartfelt and honest answers to everything.  All of the guests were lovely, lovely people; not a hint of “celebrity” culture among any of them.  They’re just regular people, who treat their jobs very seriously, are excellent at them, and were genuinely happy to talk to the fans about their thoughts on the stories, the medium, and the surrounding Fannibal fan-creations (if you catch my drift…).  What a wonderful bunch of people you all are.

Saturday evening was the costume (cosplay) competition.  There were some fantastic entries!  The first shout-out goes to the Mason Verger (slicing his own face off) and (feeding it to) his dog “Encephalitis” (a reference to a question in the earlier talks…).  Some other brilliant entries included references to other horror characters, Samara from the Ring was terrific, the Sweeney Todd & Mrs Lovett were very convincing (& supplied the guests with some pies!), a Will Graham, a Dr Chiltern & Dr Gideon combo, American Mary, and various Hannibals…  and finally a special mention to the lady who went as the “Chesapeake Stripper”!  Brilliant!

Sunday morning brought the autograph session with Mads & Kacey.  It was a little bit of a wait to get to talk to Mads, but that was because he was actually spending a good amount of time with each and every person, allowing them to say their bit, and seeming to be actually interested; which was lovely.  So who cares how long the wait was!  There was a pay-off at the end.  I plucked up the courage to show him a couple of photographs of last years’ Halloween pumpkin that I carved with his face on it!  It’s one thing to show the faceless internet the things that you create, but to show the finished project to the subject was a little daunting.  Luckily, he was pretty impressed, asked how it was done (just with a couple of kitchen knives and a craft knife!) – and said that ALL of the bits of art that he had been shown throughout the weekend were just astounding.  He seemed to really appreciate the effort put in by everyone.  Kacey was also really lovely to talk to, and I was able to say just how much we enjoyed watching her as Abigail, and what a terrific job she did.  She’s a sweetheart.

Sunday also had a few more talks: Scott & Aaron together again for more hijinks and hilarity; Lara Jean & Katharine together for more insight into their worlds; and Mads & Kacey had the final talk slot of the con.  After such a high-energy event, the closing ceremony became both a celebration of what had come before, and also a sad goodbye to all these new people whom we had begun to get to know, guests and fellow attendees alike.  I also had a final group photo with Mads & Kacey.. our little murder family!

So what else did we learn from the weekend?  Well, Aaron & Scott are very naughty boys!  Much of what they said, could never be repeated!  All the guests are brilliant, intelligent and insightful people.  How similar the British are to Canadians – we spell things correctly! (and apologise a lot – sorry).  How Will and Hannibal are (of course) in love – but NOT like that!  And allegedly, although Mads has never looked for the “Hannigram” fan-fiction, Hugh DOES (and shows it to him… apparently he’s quite good…)!  And the fans offered an explanation to the guests for the Flower Crowns phenomenon.. Google it..

I came to the con with one friend, and I left with dozens more.  I bumped into a couple of people that I have chatted to on twitter, but had never previously met (and I didn’t know they were going to be there! What a fabulous surprise).  I took loads of photographs, but I’ve only shared the majority of these pics with the attendees of the con – see the Facebook group for the link you guys!  Of course none of this would have been possible without the efforts of Sean Harry, the man behind Starfury Events (www.starfury.co.uk) – GREAT JOB Sean!  Keep up the good work.

Finally, because I had such a great time – I had to write a poem.. Yup, I’m a nerd!  Nerd and proud.  Embrace your weirdness.  And of course: EAT THE RUDE!

If you went to the con, share your experiences in the comments.  Or if you want to go to next years’ BEHOLD THE RED DRAGON – you’ll have to be quick to get in on the second batch of regular tickets, releasing soon – ALL of the Gold have already sold out, and the first batch of Regulars also!  And without even having a single named guest announced yet.  That’s appreciation and anticipation, right there.