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Meeting Summer at Cincinnati Comic Expo - Photos & report

Randy's photo with Summer at her Cincinnati Comic Expo booth
Randy's photo with Summer at her Cincinnati Comic Expo booth

Our friend Randy met Summer (again, as you will see) at last week's Cincinnati Comic Con and sent us photos of Summer greeting fans at her booth , as well as a detailed report of what looked like a very special time spent with a very special woman! It's as if we were there. Thank you for bring us along for the ride, Randy!

Thank you so much for taking the time to put this all together Randy, very much appreciated! As I told you, I was able to get UHQ photo of Summer from her professional photo ops, but this type of images fail to provide a glimpse at Summer's personality. Your amazing photos and great report fill that void. 

Check out a selection of the photos Randy sent us - head over to our gallery for the rest - and read his report below.

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Having previously met Summer Glau at a Comic Con in Columbus, Ohio in 2013,  I had the opportunity to “renew acquaintances” with her at last week’s Comic Con in Cincinnati. After waiting in line, when my turn to meet her came, I began our discussion by telling her that I met her five years ago, showing her a photo I had made with her and Ron Glass [Editor's note: see photo below]. Seeing the photo, Summer softly exclaimed “Ron.” Without my even asking her, she autographed the photo, even though I was probably only entitled to have her autograph one item.

I told Summer that when I had met her before I wanted to ask her if she hoped to one day be married and have children, but I decided such a question was too personal so I didn’t ask it then. I noted that she has answered that question anyway, as she is now married with two young daughters. She replied by telling me how much she loves being a mother, adding that one of her daughters had made the trip to Cincinnati (I understand she was with Summer’s husband Val).

I then asked Summer what her career plans are and if she has any upcoming acting roles. She said that while she is “open” to acting roles she is not currently actively seeking any roles. She instead wants to primarily devote her time to being a mother. As a fan of Summer Glau the actress, this is of course disappointing, as any fan would hope that she would announce a new role, perhaps a revival of “Firefly” or, even better, a new series entitled “Terminator: The Cameron Phillips Chronicles.” However, as a fan of Summer Glau the person, her choice has to be respected and her devotion to her family is admirable.

I then mentioned to Summer that my wife and I have three sons, telling her that when they were born, my wife chose to be a stay-at-home mother. She asked if any of my sons were with me. I told her that my youngest son was in line to see Peter Mayhew.

Summer asked me where I was from. When I told her Huntington, West Virginia she asked if it was mountainous there. After answering her I remarked that I understood she and her family now live in San Antonio. She replied that they live near that city. I then told her that my wife and I were in San Antonio a few years ago. While there we were having a meal at an outdoor café in the River Walk area, which is a lovely area. A duck apparently became impatient waiting for some of my food to fail onto the sidewalk and bit me! When I told her that she laughingly said “I’'m sorry!”

Summer mentioned that she tries to make meeting with fans special. I then told her that at the Columbus Comic Con in 2013, while waiting in a relatively isolated area to pick up the photo I had made with her and Ron Glass, I had seen Summer departing the convention center with Val. She had encountered a little girl, perhaps three or four years old. Summer had stopped, went over to the little girl and posed for a free photo with her. No one witnessed her kindness other than the little girl’s mother and me. I complimented Summer for that kindness.

When I wrote about meeting Summer five years ago, I noted how beautiful she was then, that her photos did not do her justice. I was amazed last weekend by how little she has aged in five years, even after having two children. I finally told her she looked as if she had aged five days in five years. I almost think that she really is a “Cybernetic organism. Living tissue over a metal endoskeleton,” to quote from the "Dungeons & Dragons” episode of TSSC.

I mentioned that Summer signed the photo from our prior meeting. She also autographed a photo I selected from those she had available on the table. I told her that five years ago I had chosen one of her in her ballerina uniform. This time I chose the bikini photo from her 2011 Esquire photo shoot  [Editor's note: see photo below] (I later showed the photo to my loving wife, who just laughed). Summer not only autographed the photo, she wrote “So lovely to see you again. Stay Shiny. XX” It was sweet and gracious of her to note on the photo that we had met before.

I then had my “selfie” made with Summer. The attendant actually took two selfies, although the photos are almost identical. Later that day I also had a professional photo made with Summer.
While I was waiting in line to meet Summer I was able to take numerous photos of her meeting other fans. When I later reviewed those other photos, I noticed how animated and expressive Summer’s face is when she meets fans. For someone who was so terrific at playing an often stoic and expressionless terminator, in person she is anything but that. She truly seems to enjoy meeting her fans.

I mention the above in part because of an encounter I later had with another celebrity. When I reached the head of his line and handed him a photo to autograph, he quickly did so, as he signed giving a short answer to my question about a prop he wore for a role. He then swiftly moved to my side for our selfie and we were done, an encounter that lasted maybe 15-20 seconds. I'm not naming the celebrity, because I got what I paid for, an autographed photo and a selfie, but the meeting had a real assembly line feel to it.

That is not how an encounter with Summer goes. I would guess I had a discussion with her for several minutes, two minutes, four minutes. The point is that you have a discussion with her, as reflected in this
account.

Look, I'm not unrealistic. I very much doubt that Summer recalls anything about our meeting. She certainly did not say “hey next time you are in San Antonio contact Val and me and we’ll do lunch.” She’s the celebrity and the rest of us are just fans. That said, her graciousness, kindness and sweetness are noteworthy. I do not know what the future holds for Summer from an acting standpoint, but I will always be her fan. 

 

See below the photo with Summer, Randy and the late Ron Glass from Ohio Comic Con 2013, as well as the photo of Summer he had signed at Cincinnati Comic Expo.

Randy with Summer Glau and Ron Glass at Ohio Comic Con 2013Bikini shot of Summer Glau from her 2011 Esquire photo shoot

 

On the same topic, please read the great fan stories from Cincinnati Comic Expo I have collected for you.

If you, too, are interested in sharing your story/photos, just post them in the comment section below or send us an email.

Catch up on more from the Cincinnati Comic Expo weekend!

In addition, check out more photos and stories of fans who have shared with us their Summer Glau experience in the past:

20 Sep 2018 | Tags: Fan Stories, Cincinnati Comic Expo, Cincinnati
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