Thursday, July 17, 2014

Here Be Dragons

Johnny with the birthday gift from fans 
that we managed to keep a surprise for weeks: 
a vintage Trifari brooch! 
Via his Instagram: “Thank you to my beautiful, incredible 
and wonderful fans for your birthday gifts! 
This Trifari dragon is magnificent!” 
Thank YOU for this fabulous pic!
Happy birthday all month long, Johnny!

Exclusive pics of the 
fan birthday project below!

IT’S TONIGHT!! Johnny’s episode of 
Hollywood Game Night is happening 
at 8 pm EDT / 7 pm CDT on NBC! 
Set those DVRs ASAP!
More preview pics here!.

Sneak peek of the episode!
Video link.

Yes!! Summer touring continues! 
Johnny just finished his Fantasy on Ice tour 
performances, so get ready: the Weibocalypse 
of Artistry on Ice begins next week! 
Please see Johnny’s official website for all 
his performance dates this summer!

Dear Johnny, 
we believe in you, 
we support you, and 
we love you always.

Note: Candles last only 48 hours, so please visit often 
to keep the love and light shining...

Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.

Kayso FINALLY we gave Johnny his birthday gifts yesterday! Yes, his birthday was two weeks ago, but of course he was in Japan for his actual birthday, so we decided to wait until he came home (briefly) to have everything delivered since his birthday is worth celebrating all month long anyway, and thus our gifts became his mid-month party in between his Japanese fans showering him with love at the beginning of the month and his Chinese fans doing so at the end.

(I love that this is a multinational effort.)

So now that we no longer have to keep this a secret, below are exclusive pics of the gifts to which fans from around the world contributed! But first, please roll around with me in Johnny’s latest Instagram skating vids since because wow:

Via Johnny: “Feeling good.

The jaw-dropping series of jumps at the beginning 
of this clip keeps me hitting “play” over and over.... 
Also the splits thing. Also everything.
Via Johnny: “The White Boy Wiggle...A.K.A, Buttons.”

And from just this morning.
Via Johnny: “A little melancholy Whitney...”
Hauntingly beautiful.

Birthday Backstory!

So back in March, as this rather challenging year was unfolding, Johnny—an avid fan of Game of Thrones—tweeted this:

So for his birthday, we answered him: here we are.

The birthday project began when fan Jenn Kittler discovered that Trifari, a jewelry brand Johnny likes, had once made a dragon brooch. After enjoying Johnny’s affinity for brooches during his outstanding run as an NBC commentator in Sochi, this seemed the perfect way to help him know that his dragons are always with him.

The actual vintage Trifari brooch that fans gave Johnny, 
upon its arrival from the seller.

The dragon in its vintage Trifari box, 
ready for wrapping!

Fans were invited to contribute to the purchase of the brooch and/or to send a personal birthday message to Johnny. The messages were gathered together and printed in a one-of-a-kind book for Johnny, with this stunningly beautiful cover art created by fan @MDCXVIII:

Please click the image for full-size view 
to see the incredible amount of detail in the 
artwork—right down to Johnny’s thumbnail.

The book’s dedication, written by Jenn Kittler. 
Please click the image for full-size view.
Jenn also designed and produced the book.

The text reads:

Johnny: Welcome to your thirties. May it be a decade full of love, happiness, friendship and success.

Take what you’ve learned in the last twenty-nine years and make your life into everything you’ve always wanted. It’s all there waiting for you to claim it.

Never forget how well-loved you are. It’s a true reflection of the beauty you give the world. You’re a bastion of integrity and hope in a world that’s sorely lacking both. Every day you illustrate that imperfection is not a flaw, but an opportunity; failure is not an occasion for mockery, but a necessary step toward growth. You set an example of dignity and self-respect in the face of incredible cruelty.

Remember, your dragons are always with you. You carry them in your heart. We’re here to remind you in case you forget.

Wishing you all the love in the world,

Your fans all over the world.

At last! The printed book arrives!

The dedication page.

One of the pages of messages, blurred to preserve 
the writers’ privacy. @MDCXVIII also created 
the gorgeous artwork for the page borders.

Everything wrapped and ready to go! 
Yes, there’s a third gift: thanks to the legendary generosity 
of Johnny’s fans, contributions far exceeded the cost 
of the brooch. So we also sent Johnny a Visa gift card!

FedEx package dropped off.

FedEx package delivered.

And then we waited.....

And then he tweeted the photo at the top of the blog!! Yay! He loves it!

And Тёма helped his daddy enjoy his gifts!

Via Johnny: “Тёма is enjoying reading 
the birthday message book to me! Thank you, 
Merci, Спасибо, ありがとう, 謝謝, Kiitos!”

You are so welcome, Johnny. Happy, happy birthday, 
with love always from your dragons!

Chibi Johnny and Тёма by @MDCXVIII!

Bonus pics!! Via Johnny: “I’m coming China! ❤️ 
@ Embassy of Peoples Republic of China”

Via Johnny: “So excited to meet my new 
training mates this morning at @FirstStateGym! 
Hooray for gymnastics lessons! 
@ First State Gymnastics”
IDEK, but if this means gymnastics 
Instagram vids, I am totally on board...

Via First State Gymnastics: 
“2010 Winter Olympian- #JohnnyWeir 
with his future training mates #firststategymnastics”

Via Stephen Pettinger: “@JohnnyGWeir: 
to my sparkling diamond! 
THANKYOU for everything you were amazing!”
Stephen is part of the team behind Sundance TV’s 
Dream School, in which Johnny guest stars this fall.

Via @jacoblfitzpatrick: “Photo with johnny! @johnnygweir”
Jacob also trains at The Pond in Delaware.

Via Johnny: “Fresh haircut. Glasses Tom Ford.”

Bonus vids!! The full broadcast of Fantasy on Ice Toyama! 
Due to broadcast time limitations, a number of programs 
are shown only via highlights. Johnny appears in the show opening 
at about 00:38, the closing at about 38:15, and in a brief 
Bollywood clip beginning at about 10:50.
Video link.

One of my very favorites of Johnny’s Instagram vids: 
a reminder of the Johnny from Season 1 of Be Good Johnny Weir 
with whom thousands fell in love.
Via Johnny: “When silly ensues. Starring the glamorous 
@kapanna87 and her costume.”

Very special thanks to all 
who participated in the birthday fan project!!

Johnny stars in To Russia With Love
a new documentary about LGBT athletes, portions of which 
were filmed in secret during his time in Sochi as an NBC figure 
skating commentator. He also is an executive producer for the film, 
a project of Robert Redford’s Sundance Productions, 
which will premiere October 22.
More info here and on the EPIX website.

Johnny and Tara’s brilliant commentary 
segment from Late Night With Seth Meyers!
Video link.
Watch their interview with Seth here.

Johnny and Dora!!
Watch his spot over and over again 
here, here, or here!

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

ICYMI: Johnny plans to discuss his personal difficulties just once, 
in an exclusive interview with Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush. 
The three-part interview is available at these links:

UPDATE: In response to a rash of erroneous reports in the media, 
Johnny spoke briefly with Access Hollywood again
to set the record straight.

Also on the blog:
“Rise Like a Phoenix”
An exquisite black-and-white series 
of Johnny at rehearsal. 
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.
Please click twice for larger image.

“Favorite Fairytale”
Beautiful Johnny being happy on the ice. 
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.
Please click twice for larger image.

“Cure for the Uncommon Cold”
Gorgeous sun-drenched Johnny picspam, 
for those of us who prefer our winter 
a little less... wintry. 
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.
Please click twice for larger image.

“Random Tuesday Roundup, Or: Is It Summer Yet?”
More Sun Valley
 since because Chiberia. 
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.
Please click twice for larger image.

“Because It’s Glorious.”
A look back at Johnny’s first national title 
and his thoughts on Nationals, accompanied by 
20+ exquisite black-and-white portraits.
Exclusive photo © Elena Vasileva.
Please click twice for larger image.

“Frost Giant.”
25+ exclusive pics of Johnny
performing Army of Me.
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.
Please click twice for larger image.

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.

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 2014 Binky and the Misfit Mimes / Lynn V. Ingogly / all rights reserved

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