Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Some Happy for Thanksgiving

Wayback Wednesday picspam: 
Johnny preparing to greet fans in Sun Valley 
this past summer after his stellar performances 
of “Schindler’s List” and “Army of Me.” 
As always, he was kind, patient, funny, and made 
each fan feel as if he had come all the way 
to Sun Valley just to see them.
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.
Lots more pics below!

UPDATE!! East Coast fans: 
Johnny is performing at the Bryant Park
NYC tree lighting Tuesday, December 3! 
Details here!

Reminder: No GP skating this weekend, 
but Johnny returns to NBC next Sunday, December 8
to provide commentary on the Grand Prix Final! 
ICYMI: His Rostelecom ladies’ commentary is here
UPDATE: Men’s commentary here!

So as we get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving here in the US, here’s a bunch of wonderful Wayback Wednesday picspam of Johnny and his fans that you can enjoy through Throwback Thursday tomorrow and again on Flashback Friday and basically throughout the weekend because these are so full of smiles that one scroll down is definitely not going to be enough.

One of the things Johnny has often mentioned is how thankful he is for all his fans, for their fierce devotion and loyalty, their willingness to leap into battle for him at any moment, and their love, most of all, for his life’s passion: his skating. I don’t make it easy to be a fan of me, he wrote in Welcome to My World. I wear outlandish outfits and say outlandish things. Like everyone else in my life, [my fans] need to have a thick skin.

And even after all this time in the public eye, all those countless meet-n-greets and strangers asking for photographs in Starbucks and at random stores and even on the street, there’s a sense that underneath it all he’s still slightly astonished at the attention, that he’s still the boy who was overwhelmed that Japanese fans would greet him at an airport to offer shy hellos and gorgeously prepared gifts:

        “How did you know what plane I was on?” I asked [one fan].
        “Competition in four days. We wait at airport for two days already,” she said.
        For me? I was stunned. My own mother wouldn’t wait half an hour for me in the car. —WTMW, p. 106.

And so here he is with fans in Sun Valley this past August. He’s exhausted and fighting a cold, high altitude, and smoky air, and yet: he chats and laughs and puts each fan at ease, signing autographs, listening intently to every. single. person., and posing for pics and videos with little kids and teenage kids and very grown-up kids, all of whom walk away feeling just a bit sparklier than they did a moment ago.

And at the end of the color picspam below, there is adorable video of him with a young fan, and an outstanding 10-second clip of Johnny thanking some fans and getting some love in return.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Starting off with a young fan, who (like everyone else) 
is thrilled to meet him, despite his own private worries— 
sparked by the uproar over Russia’s gay propaganda laws 
and confessed in the Falls Church News-Press column
that he wrote after the show—that maybe 
he’s not a good example for kids. 
Johnny: You’re one of the best examples ever for kids. 
And they love you.

Resort security keeps a watchful eye over him.

The lovely lady on the far left helped keep things moving 
and also held a flashlight for him the entire time 
so he could see to sign his name!

Autographing a skate for a young fan.

Slightly giddy smiles all around...

...and another super-excited young fan.

Getting up and down and up and down 
and up and down from his seat to do photos.

Autographing one of the trading cards 
containing his photo and info
given out by Sun Valley to attendees.

IDEK but they’re giggly.

Yes, everyone is pretty much ecstatic.

With my dear friend, the lovely Nicole Davis!

And cracking up another dear friend, 
Eiko Shibuya, who traveled from Japan for the show. 
So wonderful to see her! 
(Thank you, Eiko, for your permission 
to run a photo! )

Autographing a trading card for young Lexi, 
who suffered a broken arm while she and her mother, 
Anastasia Pryanikova—another lovely friend!—
were staying in Sun Valley. That’s Anastasia 
in the striped sweater taking photos...

...and next, Davey shot video of Johnny 
signing Lexi’s sling for her! 
(Thank you, Anastasia, for letting me run this clip!)

And finally: On his way to the meet-n-greet area
set up especially for him, 
Johnny is asked to autograph a pride flag. 
An older woman at the far right of the screen 
helps to hold the flag as he signs it. 
She is from Russia, and she speaks 
just as the video ends...

Bonus Pics:
Beautiful in Black and White

And one more... 
Thank you, Johnny, for your kindness 
and your spectacular performances!

Exclusive photos © David Ingogly.

So there was some confusion over this, 
as Nickelodeon tweeted that he was guest-starring 
along with Hilary Duff, but his portion is not actually 
in the episode itself. But you can watch his spot 
over and over again here, here, or here!

On Johnny’s website, 
linked to his retirement statement
Thank YOU, Johnny!

All four segments of Shigesato Itoi’s 
wonderful interview with Johnny are up:
Part One – Marriage 
Part Two – Balance
Part Three – Olympics
Part Four – Life
Plus a special message from Johnny 

about his retirement from competitive skating
is included at the end of Part Four.
Please go read it all now!

Also on the blog:
“Random Funday Roundup”
Links to Johnny’s TEB commentary 
for the mens’ and ladies’ events! 
Plus: A whole lot of Johnny heading our way, 
and exclusive new pics from the vault!
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.
Please click twice for larger image.

“...That Boy With Wings on His Heart.”
Johnny, Fallen Angel, Vancouver 2010.
“The most beautiful performance I have ever seen. 
Inspired a young theater group in Brazil...” 
A poignantly uplifting story, now updated 
with a special postscript.

All of Him Is My Treasure.”
Fans react to Johnny’s graceful exit 
from competitive skating.
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.
Please click twice for larger image.

“Practice Is Perfect”
25+ exclusive photos of Johnny’s 
Sun Valley rehearsal.
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.

“Dear Johnny...”
Selected black-and-white photos of Johnny’s 
hauntingly beautiful Schindler’s List debut.
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.

“Something Beautiful Today.”
Johnny at rehearsal in Sun Valley — Part 1 
(much more to come!)
Exclusive pics plus practice video featuring 
his gorgeous triple axel.
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.

“Sun Valley Sneak Peek: 
‘A Rare Human So Breathtaking....’ ”
Johnny debuts his Schindler’s List program 
in this stunning simple white costume. 
Exclusive pics and HD video.
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.

Photo essay of 40+ starkly beautiful 
black-and-white pics featuring Johnny at rehearsal 
as young skaters watch, spellbound.
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.

Quiet photo essay of exclusive black-and-white pics 
paired with Johnny’s quotes from his 
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.

Johnny’s latest column for the 
Falls Church News-Press.
His columns are published every Thursday 
in the “National Commentary“ 
section—don’t miss a single one! 

A number of Johnny’s auction items 
have been relistedwhich means if you missed out 
the first time around, you’re in luck: 
It’s not too late to own a piece of Weir Gear! 
Go check it out and see what treasures 
you could take home!

Please alert absolutely everyone you’ve ever met 
to “like” and follow the new 
on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr
Because he should be on all the things. 
With or without ice. 
But definitely with Viacheslav.

Please click to vote for Johnny 
once a day as “Best Sportsman”
Because he retweeted Luisa Lotka  to tell us he wants us to! 

Need to see Seasons 1 and 2 all over again? 
Watch episodes online anytime on Logo!
Please be sure to check in with GetGlue a
nytime you’re watching the show... 
or thinking about watching the show.... 
or wishing you were watching the show....

At last: Pop Star On Ice is now available on DVD!
Order yours today from the Pop Star On Ice website!

Johnny tweeted:
“Buy my single,’Dirty Love’ via iTunes.
Tell all your friends to as well. The more copies sold
takes me one step closer to making a video! №1!”
You know what to do.
Please buy the song from Johnny’s website,
or just click the “Buy” button on the player at the top of the blog!

Hey, Welcome to My World also is available
as an eBook! More info on Johnny’s website!

copyright 2013 / Binky and the Misfit Mimes / Lynn V. Ingogly / all rights reserved

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