Because of all the hoopla surrounding the International Comic-Con this weekend, it seems that most people missed the other big San Diego convention. Pacey-Con 2010, devoted exclusively to Joshua Jackson’s character from Dawson’s Creek, was also in town.
Put on by Jackson himself, Pacey-Con 2010 was held on a grassy area near the convention center and as many as one or two dozen people stopped by to attend the “event.” With the Dawson’s Creek theme playing on a portable boom-box, Jackson read some Pacey Witter fan fiction that he’d written. Copies were available for $10.
Jackson also posed for pictures with fans that just happened to stumble onto the event. Unfortunately, fellow Dawson’s Creek alumnae like James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams or Kerr Smith weren’t on hand to take part in the “festivities.”
Though Pacey-Con 2010 was obviously a bit of a joke (for a new Funny or Die video?), some of the folks at Comic-Con may not have been amused. Jackson had a hard time getting into the big convention in time for the Fringe panel.
According to a report on SanDiego.com, Jackson was stopped by a security guard while trying to get into the convention around 1:30pm on Saturday. After explaining who he was several times to the guard, he wasn’t getting anywhere.
At one point, Jackson threw up his hands and said, “I’m supposed to be in there. I’m not one of the fans, I’m supposed to talk about the show.”
Jackson then tried explaining his situation to another security guard. He didn’t recognize the actor either and wasn’t budging. Meanwhile, about 50 people gathered outside and took pictures while a film crew tried to get their equipment out to film it.
Finally, a third security guard came to the door, waved to the actor and said, “I recognize you. Come on in.” Jackson turned to the second guard and said, “See. He knew who I was!” The crowd applauded and Jackson had enough time to change his shirt and take part in the 3:30pm Fringe panel.
Disaster was averted but I suspect Jackson learned his lesson. I doubt he’ll try to compete with the Comic-Con folks again.
UPDATE: As suspected, it was all part of plans for a Funny or Die video. Here’s the end result:
What do you think? Would you like to attend Pacey-Con 2011?