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A few ppl have posted their reports from Big Event, and I'll throw in a report of my stuff.
When we got to the hippo, it was about 945 and when we got into the building, it was a gigantic crowd and that would be the tone for the whole show, unfortunately. We waited in line for 20ish minutes and when we got closer to the table to get my tickets that I pre-ordered, the ppl at the table were asking for presale ppl and we got the tickets right away and then went in. I wish the ppl that were out in the lobby area would have told us that we could go get the pre-order. We asked what the process was and I was told that its all one line. Which I thought was dumb, but didnt really argue.
Once we got into the convention in the first room, Roadkill was there and I needed a cumbo from him. Got the WWE_E signed and a photo op.
Next person I needed, was Haku/Meng. This was located in the "main room" where the vendors were on the outside of the room and the line for them were all intermingled with the line for Foley and Jericho and made it very confusing where everybody was supposed to go. We finally got our tickets for Haku autos and pic and he was super nice while signing the WWE_E and WCW book. Photo op came out pretty good.
We then made our way to the other side of the room and got a cumbo with Sid. Got sigs in the WWE_E and WCW book. Photo op turned out well and Sid was nice and shook our hands and was on our way to the next room.
Next up we went into the room with Wolfpac as well as the other guests in the room. When we bought our tickets from the K&S / Highspots, they could not have been nicer and understanding that it was a cluster and worked with us to get all the tickets we needed. When we went into the room, they tried to tell us that they werent letting anybody in the room, but I told them I needed more than Wolfpac and they let me into the room. I then go up to Rockin Robin and get a cumbo in the WWE_E and a photo op. She was super nice and made small talk while signing my stuff.
Right next to her was Trinity, who was super nice as well. When we moved over to her, she asked how we were doing and looked very happy to be there. When I had her sign the WWE_E, she made the comment of "I dont why the hell they put Boise Idaho as where Im from" and then crossed it out and put "LI NY" instead and then signed it.
Next we moved over to the Los Borricuas and got all 4 autos in the WWE_E and the group photo op. When we were getting our pic done, the guys had the handler take a group pic on their phones for them. Idk if we were the first ppl to get the group photo, which is hard to believe we were, or if they just wanted a pic of the group of them with fans and we were the lucky ones lol. They were all super cool and thanked us for coming out.
After we finished with Los Borricuas, came the mess that was the Wolfpac photo op. The room was so small for all the ppl that were requesting the different combinations of photo ops and everything. After we finally got up to the front, all three guys were super nice and I got my Scott Hall autographs in the WWE_E and the WCW book. Photo Op came out nice with the exception that I would have liked to have just the background in the photo op, but with the hectic crowd, getting a perfect photo op is not the easiest thing.
After that was done, we went out to the Hogan line and there were still 50ish ppl in front of us and learned that they were no longer calling ppl by numbers and were just doing a first come first serve line. So i made the call to go out to the "main room" and get Jericho bc the line for Jericho died down a little bit. We waited in line for 20 minutes or so and made our way up to Jericho and when it was our turn, my brother got an 8x10 done and Jericho asked for the personalization which we both ask for anyways. He was super talkative and asked up how we were doing and who we were there to see and if we met everybody yet. I got my older and newer WWE_E signed with them doing the WWE_E $25 deal instead of the $50 auto. When we went to take the photo, Jericho said to "do them single so its better for you guys" which i thought was really cool. The photo op turned out good and it was nice to meet somebody that I have been a fan of for so long and have him be super cool.
Next we went into the Hogan room and were getting out main want of the show done. The guy at the door letting ppl in was nice and let us go in as there was not anybody waiting there since the ppl in the line before we went for Jericho must have gotten their stuff completed. The room was setup pretty well and I liked that had the backdrop set up so that you could get in front of it for the photo op. I got my stuff signed and an 8x10 for a friend that Hogan personalized with no problem. Hulk was really nice and shook hands and joked that we must be brothers and we laughed and said yes we were. we got our photo op and were all set.
I hate to be a super negative person, but the one thing that really pissed me off in the Hogan room was the lady that was at the table and was yelling at everybody. I dont know if anybody else had any issue with her or not, but it might have been that it was close to the time they said they were switching Hogan out to the main room at 130. It was about 125 when we were in with Hogan. But anyways, I had my WWE_E and WCW book open to where i wanted things signed and had the 8x10 I was getting for my friend and she tried to rip them out of my hands as I was setting them on the table and then i had my camera turned on and ready for pictures and she grabbed my camera out of my hand and then dropped it on the table. She was just being super pushy and wasnt even the person that was going to take the photo. Christine Coons was the one in there taking the photos. She did well with the photo and we were on our way.
We made one last loop of the show and looked at some of the merch that was there and my bro and I made the decision to get a photo op with Phil and April Margera. My brother has met their son Bam before and he was a total douche, but Phil and April were really nice. We got our photo op said thanks and we were done at Big Event.
Overall it was a good experience with the wrestlers and most of the promoters. Glad I got some big wants done and some good photo ops.
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Got picked up around 8:40AM by Lucas, Michelle & Rich and we arrived at the Big Event around 9:40 or so. The beginning was a mess, they had “lines” but they were really just mobs of people. I was able to actually buy the other 3 their GA tickets before I was able to pick up the ones I had already paid for. This event I preordered any ticket I could, it’s a psyche thing if I am spending less out of pocked I do not feel as bad about it all. We got in at 10, and some guests were already there so I started knocking them out. First I went to Bruno Sammartino, he is a huge draw, so I figured I may as well get him done fast. There were 12 people in front of me, so I got through pretty quick. I have NO idea what the inscription says.
Then I went to Angelina from The Jersey Shore, who is actually a name I had wanted before. I didn’t have time to get her photo printed in time but I wanted the op. She was really nice and thankful to everybody who went to the table. The inner Jersey Boy in me actually finds her to be an attractive piece of trash!
Then I went into what I guess is the “main room”, which had a very long line down the middle for Foley, and a long line in the back for Terry Funk. So I went to some of the shorter lines. GotTito Santana first, who is always very appreciative and a pleasure.
Then I got Bobby Heenan .
Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake .
And last in this area was me finally getting my Sunny photo op and an auto. She loved the photo and asked me to email it to her, but I accidentally misplaced her email…oops. She was actually very nice, personable, and talkative.
I then decided to see what number they were at for Hulk Hogan , as I was #18 and it was about an hour into the session. I found out they were not doing numbers, so I jumped on a short line and soon enough it was my shot. The room for Hulk was perfect lots of space to the fans to place their stuff, and they had a pretty good system for autos and photos. My issue is with the backdrop. If you are going to have your own photographer, and a backdrop, you should position them so they get the only background as the backdrop. There is no point of a backdrop if it doesn’t take up the whole background of the photo (I feel the same about the Wolfpac photo op I got as well…although that one was blocking the sunlight so that one makes a little more sense). Hogan was in good spirits, taking all inscription requests, and photo op pose requests. But I I would say I heard him asked 3 or 4 times What # he is in the rumble, or when hes coming back to WWE, and he was getting a little fed up with that. Last not, was that since it was a flat cost per item, no varying prices for sizes, I figured I would take advantage and got 2 16x20s.
Back in the main room, got Terry Funk . He asked me where I got 1 of the photos, and when I said I took it myself he was pretty impressed. He was very nice and personable as well.
I then had to go into the Highspots room, which looked like a disaster. Since I had gotten the Wolfpac op, they let me kind jump the line so I got out pretty quick. Scott Hall looks great, its nice to see he is back on a good track. He could not have been nicer.
Kevin Nash was funny, and commented how high he looked in the photo.
Syxx was awesome, but was signing all of the Wolfpac photos as XPac, which is INVALID, so I asked for Syxx, he laughed and signed it 6Pac. I got lucky to get out of this room fast, it was a mess and they kept closing it off and people waited upwards of an hour for just autos from them. I loved the photo that highspots was giving out if you paid for the cumbo package online, its 18x24 or something like that.
Then I made quick work of Ashley Massaro
and Maryse , who is so friendly and stunning, and was able to immediately tell me where both of the other photos were taken.
At this point I saw more wants
Bushwaker Luke (who could not have been nicer)
and George “The Animal” Steele
I wrapped up my day getting Phil & April Margera
In terms of what I got, I think I had a pretty good haul, especially for the prices I paid. This event was stacked. I will say that I think it was a little chaotic, but that is because the venue is not conducive to this. Also the Wolfpac photo made the whole Highspots room a disaster. Hall kept getting pulled off his line to take photos and it made that process inefficient for others.
It was nice talking to everybody, Lucas, Michelle, Rich, Lanza, Mike, Ira, Evan, Max, and anybody else I forgot. And it was also nice to actually talk to CM for the first time ever (and thanks for working with me on that deal we struck).
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By now a few reports have been posted so no need to rehash. Just noticed that I had some photos that other didn't go for, so figured I'll add these as my report. The lineup for this show was incredible, esp for someone who might just be starting out in the hobby or those like to have projects.
What I got signed:
Scott Hall/Razor Ramon - BCA figure
Kevin Nash/Diesel - BCA figure
Ted Dibiase - ENCY
Al Snow - Jakks Classic Figure
Barbarian - ENCY (as Sionne of The Headshrinkers)
Phil & April Margera - 8x10 (thanks Marcus)
Trinity - ENCY and Promo
Los Boricuas - ENCY
Rougeau Bros - ENCY
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Hit up a couple of events this past week in NYC and NJ. Got only photos. My only autographs were from Tilly on her bride of chucky figures for a friend as well as an 8x10 signed by Julie Haggerty from AIRPLANE, already signed by Robert Hays, thereby completing the item. Unfortunately she was in a rush and didn't have time for a photo. It bummed me out a bit but there were higher priority people I was waiting on. So I brushed it off. Maybe some other time.
Jennifer Tilly (from BRIDE OF CHUCKY and BOUND
Wallace Shawn (from PRINCESS BRIDE)
Olympia Dukakis.. I took Michelle's photo but she had to leave before I had a chance to get one myself... it's all good though
Paul Reiser (from MAD ABOUT YOU, BEVERLY HILLS COP and MY TWO DADS)
David Blaine (magician)
Steven Pasquale (from RESCUE ME)
Neil Patrick Harris (who was kind enough to put up with the fact that our camera phone was shotty. Needed 3 retakes and he hung out the whole time.. lol. that's what I get for not having a camera with me in NYC)
Yesterday I attended the Steiner signing to get Mark Teixeira and Tino Martinez. Mark and Tino were $99 each flat, and they had a special 3 for $200 offer which essentially made Don Mattingly free. I already had Don, but free is free, not getting the triple play package would have been stupid.
I arrived around 5:30 for the 6:30 signing and found myself a bit further back than I am used to, but I wasn't concerned. The wait was pretty uneventful, with Tex showing up on time, and Mattingly/Tino seeming to be a bit later. They didn't start the line moving until a bit late, since they needed all three there.
The order of this signing was actually far inferior to the usually smooth Steiner experience. There were multiple workers at the tables, with them all equally scrambling to get people to the right tables, and keep things flowing. I understood the urgency, but I didn't understand being told 3 different things from 3 different people, and literally being pushed place to place as if I was a ping pong ball. After a bit of a discussion with the last gentleman, explaining how each staffer was telling me something different, he finally admitted that his plan blew up in his face and he apologized.
The first player I reached was Mark Teixeira, who was super friendly, thanking me twice for coming, and responding with an enthusiastic "of course!" to the photo request. I passed on him before when he was $200, but this was a perfect price. I kind of regretted passing the first time, since I know he's a dick on the street and expected the same in this setting, but he really couldn't be any nicer at paid events.
Next was Tino Martinez, one of the key 90s Yankees I still lacked. Tino was also super cool, thanking me for coming and even standing for the photo. I was always a big fan of his growing up, so it was awesome to add him to Bernie, Rivera, O'Neill, Cone, etc, from those teams I grew up with.
Next was Don Mattingly, who as I said above, was included in the triple play package. If he wasn't essentially free, I would have passed, but it was nice to see him again none the less. I opted to get my photo op signed since I already had him on a ball. Don seemed surprised to see a photo op and asked if it was from last year. He then thanked me for coming out, and I got another photo since people were going behind the table. Sadly the person had their finger on the flash a bit, but the photo doesn't look bad.
All in all, it was a good signing. Aside from the insane ping pong from staff members, it was smooth and I got everything I paid for.
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I hopped into my car & made the grueling, 10 minute drive to the Big Event today. I arrived at the event & was greated by a huge line of people either buying or picking up their tickets, luckily I preordered my GA ticket so I was able to walk up & get it. After that I said hello to Rich, the Mr & Mrs Lucas & JWill to look for a less crowded area. When we found that we saw a few of the vendor guest had already set up & were signing, including Bruno Sammartino, who I had ordered a ticket for so I went up & got that done relatively quickly.
After that I looked around to see If Hulk Hogan, DDP or Scott Hall had started signing & none of them were so I just walked around & said hi to some of the vendors. After a little while I saw Hogan had started signing, I must compliment Big Event for the way they organized Hogan, 10 people at a time where a loud in & it all ran very quickly. Hulk was very nice & talkative to everyone. After Hulk I saw DDP had started signing so I headed over to get him, DDP appeared as nice as he does in his many TV appearances as of late. In the time Scott Hall, Kevin Nash & X-Pac had arrived & had began signing & the line was huge & they needed to cut it off for a line. At the beginning of that room I saw George "The Animal" Steele signing & I wanted to get him to sign a copy of his book I brought with me, which I did. I then headed over to get my photo with the Bobby Heenan Family, which included Heenan, King Kong Bundy, Haku, Barbarian, & Paul Orndoff (who looked weird with his mustache). I also headed over to get Reby Sky & Angelina from the Jersey Shore. After that the line for Hall was still massive,but he was the last one I needed, so I waited for him, Hall looked great & was in great spirits.
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Headed up to NYC for meets I had planned on hitting during my 60 hour work weeks throughout October. My crazy schedule made it impossible to get up earlier but as they say patience is a virtue and patience paid off big time.
I invited CM to join me as I had a full plate of meets and would gladly enjoy the company. First spot what for Cobie Smulders. One of the starts of How I met Your Mother in addition to being in Avengers. Cobie was super amazing as I expected her to be. Even with the weather wasn't great she made sure she took time to take care of everyone waiting. Was able to snag two from her even though she was trying to keep it to one auto per person. Got the photo or so I thought.CM butchered the photo op more than Michael Myers with a knife on Halloween. The worst part is he didn't tell me until she was wrapping up. Lucky she said she would come back out after and take of anyone who still needed something. It cost another hour of waiting but I got a great photo out of being patient.
From here our next spot was for Jeff Goldblum. As soon as I saw he was going to be available for meeting I new I'd be coming up for him. Jeff has been featured in a lot of things I enjoy. From Independence Day, Jurassic Park, and being one of the main detectives on Law and Order: Criminal Intent. Once CM spotted Goldblum he gladly took care of us. He seemed genuiely interested in us. Took time to listen as I talked Law and Order and even asked out where we were from etc. The most interesting thing was he though CM and I were both actors.
This spot also had Ethan Hawke. As he approached the spot he was on his phone. Ethan clearly saw us and made sure to finish his call before taking care of us. He even noted as he signed my Daybreakers DVD that he had just finished another movie from the produced of Daybreakers. The last name we got was one that I didn't plan properly for due to my own ignorance. Dan Sunjata. Although more known for The Devil Wears Prada and Dark Knight, Daniel played a CSU tech on Law and Order for awhile and I forogt my Law and Order 8x10 for him to sign.
The next spot was to add Bill Pullman to my Independence Day poster. As were were waiting at the spot for Pullman to leave we also got two fairly decent names that were were not expecting. First was Sebastian Stan one of the stars of the upcoming Captain America movie. Next was Peter Dinklage one of the stars of Game of Thrones. Both great surprise names. As the wait continued to drag on, I told Jay there he is. Jay kept looking and said where? The only guy I see is Elvis. CM apparantly doesn't understand how actors/actresses alter their appearances for different roles. Pullman signs my poster but refuses to do a photo since he needs to get going. WTF?!?! Can't take a photo with 2 people? Was that 10 seconds of his life really that detremental to lose? Apparantly.
We then go to another spot. Passing on Zach Levi who I wanted to go for 2 names CM wanted. We missed one of them but did get David Hyde Pierce before going back to the final spot. I missed Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio the last time I tried for her but with some help from Joresys report, I waited at that spot. After 30 minutes, she appeared. Her help tried to push her past 4 people waiting but she took care of everyone. Felt great to get the name that I wanted to in September.
The only downfall from the day was there were so many near hits that I would have tried for names I wanted. Got info on Chris Noth and Diane Neal, both Law and Order names high on my wants list. The biggest stinger came when we found out that Doogie Howser himself, NPH. Neal Patrick Harris was 2 streets away while we were waiting at a spot. Such a small world.
Still a great trip were I got every name I set out to get yet again.
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So, being that I had a ton of air miles saved up I decided I would make the trek to Atlanta to hit up The Walking Dead convention. I figured why not just take care of almost everyone in one shot(especially if the hippo was free). I'm a big fan of the show and an even bigger fan of the comic book. The host hippo was extremely expensive ($161 a night) so I opted for the cheaper alternative at the Motel 6, a mere five minute walk down the street. This was really just gonna be a "get in get out" type of affair as I was arriving in Atlanta at 530pm Friday night and getting back to LA at 1030am on Sunday. At first I didn't think I would know anyone there but the day I left I found out my buddy Mike had moved to that area recently and was going the whole weekend, so that was cool. I also met a lot of new people while I was there. Interesting thing about this con was it was unlike any I had been to before. Only about 10-20% I'd say were horror fans or con goers. Everyone else just really loved the show and wanted to meet the actors or go to the Q&As. The upside to this was tremendous- no one was jaded. They all were genuinely excited to meet whoever they could from the cast, and that was really cool to see. And most important- I can honestly say I didn't smell any BO the whole time I was there. None of the usual scumbag dirtballs who frequent these events. I mean, I'm sure they were there, just in very small numbers. Only drawback was Lauren Cohen canceled last minute and she was a top want of the show, but as you can see, there were still plenty of cast members to meet.
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This past weekend I went to New York City to meet some celebrities on my way to Rhode Island Comic Con and on my way back. Rhode Island Comic Con took place on Saturday so we decided to try our luck on Friday night and Saturday night into Sunday in New York City. I worked at my day job on Friday during the day and class was running late to pick me up because he was meeting Oliver Stone in Washington DC so we didn’t leave my house in Towson, MD until around 6:45 pm or so on Friday night. I tried not to get my hopes up since there was a decent chance we would miss the celebrities we were aiming to meet that night. We arrived at the spot in New York City around 10:30 pm and saw some autograph dealers. This is one of the few times where I was happy to see autograph dealers waiting because this was a strong indication that we hadn’t missed the celebrities we came to see.
The first celebrity we spot coming out was actress Jennifer Tilly who is in the Childs Play movies. She was super nice as always and signed my eight by ten and posed for a photo. Next actor Wallace Shawn comes out and signs my two items (eight by ten photo and Princess Bride poster) and poses for a photo no problem. Around the same time that Wallace came out, Julie Hagerty from Airplane came out as well. Out of this bunch, Julie was the only celebrity I had not met before but I went for Wallace first because the dealers were swarming Julie and not bothering Wallace so much. Right after meeting Wallace me and class were the last two fans to get to meet Julie. She posed for a photo with me and signed my eight by ten.. then she posed for a photo with class but said she had to go. He still needed her to sign his eight by ten so he followed her to her car and was able to score her autograph before she got in the car. After this we quickly headed to another spot where I was hoping to see comedian Andrew Dice Clay but sadly we missed him by a few minutes by the time we got there. After that we scoped out one more spot but didn’t see anyone so we decided to call it a night.
On Saturday morning we left for Rhode Island Comic Con (see previous report about Rhode Island Comic Con) and we got back to the city around 8 pm. We went to a spot to attempt to meet actresses Sarah Jessica Parker and Blythe Danner. There were only about a dozen fans waiting for her to come out and most just had event programs and no merch. I approached Sarah and asked her for a photo op. She said “yes but make it quick” so I got an awesome photo op and she signed my program. Class then got his photo with her and had her sign a magazine cover. Immediately after this we met Blythe Danner and we both got cumbos from her. After this I went to meet actor Arthur Darville again so I could get a poster signed for a good friend of mine. He signed the poster no problem and posed for another photo with me. After this we went to our final spot for the evening.
We spotted Oliver Peck from the TV show Ink Master and we got photos with him no problem. We were hoping to see rapper Eminem at this spot but sadly he never showed up. We saw actress Kerry Washington go in but she didn’t stop for any fans going in. We didn’t see her leave the building but we didn’t stay until the very end so we didn’t know for sure that she hadn’t left yet. I already had a photo with her so I didn’t feel it was worth waiting that long.. I did bring a Django Unchained blu ray for her to sign but it wasn’t that big a deal to me. I also spotted actress Rashida Jones but she didn’t stop for anyone going in and I didn’t see her leave. Again with her, I already had a photo op so I didn’t need her either. While we were waiting I got a photo with Vanessa Sky Ellis who is the Pauly D stalker on TVs The Jersey Shore. I know many people will make fun of me for getting this shot because they only see her as a crazed fan but by all accounts, she is a valid cumbo. I even saw her on the newsfeed for Yahoo news this past week as the girl with 10,000 selfies with celebrities. After a while it got super late so we gave up and decided to call it a night.
On Sunday morning class went to go get an autograph from Patrick Stewart but I decided not to join him since I had many autographs from him already and a photo op and had nothing on me to get signed. I went to go see Machete Kills which was an awesome movie. After that I met up with class and we went to go meet some actors I didn’t have yet downtown. We arrived at the spot and I got cumbos from James Ransone (The Wire, Generation Kill), James Badge Dale (World War Z), Keegan Allen (Pretty Little Liars) and John Pollono (episodes of How I Met Your Mother). I had them sign the event program and the photo ops came out great.. except for Keegan who was wearing shades (hate when that happens.. makes actors unrecognizable). After this we try to meet actors Ed Harris and Amy Madigan again. We arrive at the spot and stand next to the autograph dealers but unfortunately we never see them come out and assume they left out the back door. At this point we head home. I’d say between our NYC meets and Rhode Island Comic Con we had quite a successful weekend.