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Tonight I attended another Steiner Sports signing. Bernie Williams and Rickey Henderson were signing tonight. I went for just Bernie. Knowing this was Bernie's first signing with Steiner and how bigger name Yankees draw big crowds at Steiner I figured I should get there earlier than usual. The signing was scheduled for 7pm. I got there about 3:30pm. Now when Mariano Rivera had his signing that I attended a couple years back, I arrived the same amount of time before the signing and I was about 15th on line. I go to the store to pick up my ticket and find out the location of the signing. When I get to the spot, they are just setting up the table and line queue. NOBODY else was there. Once everything is setup, still nobody had arrived. I figured no need to stand in line yet. I just sat to the side in the nice comfortable chairs. Finally around 4pm, a mother and her son arrive and get on line. I figure I might as well get on line to now since people might start showing up. From 4pm to about 5:30, only ONE more person came. The line didnt start to grow until about 6pm and even by the time the signing started there was a very small crowd which was surprising.
RIckey Henderson arrived promptly at 7pm. They said Bernie would be here in a few minutes. They started taking people who had just Henderson tickets. A few minutes later Bernie arrived and started signing right away. I was second on line. Very polite, friendly guy. Had him sign my Yankee poster, got my photo and was done. When i left still a very small line. I wonder if the threat of the upcoming snow storm scared some people away.
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I really wanted the BIG D....Dallas on my travel schedule this year. C'mon....what else do you think I meant?
While not exactly last minute, it certainly was not planned all that far in advance either. With a little more than a month in the con, I decided this would be one that I would hit up. My friend Jason, who I met at Toronto's Fan Expo last year, decided to join me. I got a fantastic deal on a round trip ticket for just a tad bit over $200. The Wingate we booked was also VERY cheap and VERY close to the convention center. So with the travel costs at a min., this trip made a lot of sense.
We originally purchased GA tickets, but when reading more and more about Dallas Comic Con, we learned that VIP was a much better value. $35 GA for Sat and $25 for Sunday was $60 total value and the Funko Pop Exclusive was $15, totalling $75. The VIP pass was a mere $20 more and included 4 autograph line jumps and early admission to the con, ahead of the GA AND priority guaranteed seating in the Q and As. Unfortunately, these tickets sold out almost instantly and we could not buy them. I did spend time trying to find a pair and was very fortunate that the Dallas Comic Con promoters were so over the top friendly with trying to answer questions as quick as possible....even going as far as helping us locate VIP tickets. With a week before the con, Dallas Comic Con contacted me and put me in touch with a con regular who was unable to attend and wanted to sell his VIP tickets. We paid face value for the tickets and we're very happy to obtain these. These would most definitely be a HUGE help come con time, but more on that later. We figured we would be forced to eat the GA tickets, but once again the promoters for Dallas Comic Con helped us sell off out GA tickets for just under face. So we recovered most of the money we spent on the GA tickets.
With our tickets in place, we flew out the Friday before the Con. We arrived to the BWI in plenty of time. When it came time to board the plane, they scanned my ticket and it beeped and I was asked to step to the side. What the hell was this about? They wouldnt tell me anything, but a minute later reprinted me a boarding pass and told me that the airline moved me. They moved us again, so we could sit together and now we were in the very last row on the plane. We got on the plane and sat down. We could see our old seats were empty, but some chick was sitting in the window seat of the row now. Our seats kind of sucked since the engine was right there and we could barely hear one another. A few minutes later they moved a man to my seat to make some room in his row. So now I was moved from my original seat with no explanation, so that some chick could have the row to herself to have some other guy sit in my seat.
Three and half hours later we arrived in Dallas. I went directly to baggage claim, which was a mistake. In Dallas, once you go through the doors to get your bags, you cant get back into the AP....so no getting dinner. I grabbed my bag and it was time to call for the shuttle. One of the reasons we chose this Wingate was because they were providing free shuttle service to and from the hippo, the con and into the city of Dallas. We called the hippo and was informed the shuttle service ended at 8pm. WTF?! Friday and Saturday shuttle service ends at 8pm but Sunday through Thursday it ends at 10:30pm. It was completely ass backwards. In addition, when we booked the h0tel, we explained when we were flying in and out to ensure we would have the shuttle.They confirmed it would not be an issue. Yet....no shuttle. The service at this h0tel was fairly poor. The woman on the phone asked me what I wanted her to do. In the end, we were forced to get a cab and pay for it out of our pockets to get to the hippo. Once we arrived, I asked about places that would deliver and was told only Domino's would. Ugh. So I passed and went straight to the room. Didnt make it to bed till around 2:30am after unpacking and getting my stuff packed for the con.
With only 2.5hrs of sleep, we were up. First stop was the breakfast buffet downstairs. After no dinner, I was starving. Our shuttle to the con was scheduled to leave at 7am, so we finished quickly and saw the shuttle pull up. We went upstairs to grab our bags and with about 5mins to spare, we came downstairs.......only to find the shuttle was gone. We were told the shuttle took people to the AP. WTF?! We had the shuttle reserved for the convention center. They said it would be about 40 mins before it returned. Again?! Are you serious? So we went back to our rooms and waited for the shuttle. Once the shuttle returned, we headed out to the con. We got there and wasnt too bad. They had 3 lines...VIP, GA and people who needed tickets. Our VIP line had about 50 people in it. Normally Texas was in the 70s, but they just got hammered with snow and it was still cold. They were expecting 60 on that day, but the morning was still pretty cold. Being from PA though....the high 30s wasnt all that bad. But the Texans were freezing their asses off. Some brought giant blankets, kerosene heaters, etc. We waited about an hour and a half before the doors opened for VIP and we got inside. Most VIPers hit the Funko Pop stand to get their Funkos first....we did not. We didnt want to carry them around the con, so we opted to skip it and in doing so, I became the very first person through the doors of the con. I figured there might be a prize as they were giving away free prizes via twitter....but alas, I got nothing. We were taken to the auditorium, as eventhough we were allowed inside, we couldnt get into the con portion until 10am. But at least we got out of the cold. We sat around and 10 came around very quickly. Our first stop was Froggy's table on the 3rd floor. One of the guests we both purchased photo ops for was Alice Eve. She had cancelled about 2 weeks before the con and we were instructed to stop at their table to get refunds or exchanges. We got to the table and there had to be 200 people in line. I was not gonna stand in this line....I figured I could come back and get a refund later. So we headed to the 4th floor to the autograph section. My first stop was going to be Stephen Amell's table. He was by FAR the most in demand celebrity at Dallas Comic Con. He was in the main autograph room at the very far end. Only Stephen had a separate table setup before you got to his table that sold autograph tickets. Every other guest, you would just pay at the table they were seated at. The line to purchase autos extended out of the main room, down the hall and into the other autograph room. And to think.....GA still had not been let in. I got into line and the line moved fairly quickly. Took me about 20 minutes till I got to the autograph ticket table. I started with just 2. I wanted to get things signed in paint and figured it would be easier to just get certain items done at certain times to avoid paint blotches. There was no need to use the VIP ticket, as we were all VIPS at this point. I got into line and was immediately met with Dallas Comic Con staff saying no pictures and no video of the celebrity. This is something new I have been running into as of late and its incredibly annoying. Why cant I take pictures of the celeb while I wait in line to get my stuff done? Anyway, I stopped shooting photos and waited till my turn. Since Stephen was a big fan of my Lian Yu Vigilante Training Camp shirt and I promised I would bring him one of his own the next time I saw him....I decided to live up to that promise and do so. In addition, I brought him my best selling design "Hood Up" in both tshirt and hoodie form, as well as a new favorite of mine....Keep Calm And Hood Up, as well as his own personal Hood Up coffee mug for his new line of Nocking Point coffee which is delicious by the way. So if you see him wearing a Hood Up shirt or hoodie, Keep Calm or a Lian Yu shirt or see him drinking coffee from a Hood Up mug...you will know where it came from.
Stephen was very appreciative of the gift, but didnt have the time to look at it all as his line was ginormous! He did like my original inked drawing by Juan Castro, who did the ink in the Arrow Comic Season 1 series. I was done and Jason and I headed over to the next table. A late add was Jesse Rath, the star of Defiance. He wasnt originally scheduled to be there, but showed up. Jason wanted a photo and went to his table and got one. It didnt turn out well on his cell phone, so I took it on my camera. I was amazed at the number of people who were doing photos at their tables in addition to the Froggy professional photos. I believe the only names who did not do at their table shots were Stephen Amell, Karl Urban and Peter Weller. Eddie McClintock was next. He is best known for his work on a show called Warehouse 13 that I never watched. But I DO know him from the most recent episode of Modern Family, where he played the guy who proposed to his girlfriend at dinner, with Cam and Mitchell at the table next to them. It was a hilarious scene. His photo was only $10 and he was a really nice guy....so I went ahead and got one. After Eddie, it was getting close to my Karl Urban photo op time. I left the main autograph room to head to the escalators to go down 1 floor to photo ops. However, there was a long line blocking the escalators.......we found out that was GA people that had come in and joined the Stephen Amell line.
I got down to the 3rd floor and found a line that was wrapping all around that floor. I wonder what that was. I asked someone and they told me it was the Karl Urban line. WHAT!?!?!? I get into the end of the line and begin my wait. About 30 mins later, a DCC volunteer walks up and asks if anyone has a Karl Urban photo op ticket. I said I do and they said come with me, that they were on last call. Wait.... What line was I in? The volunteer told me it was the line to PURCHASE a Karl Urban photo op. The line had to be 300 or so deep. They would never make it. One guy was so desperate, he asked me as I was walking by with ticket in hand if I wanted to sell it. I paid $45 for it....he asked me how much would I take.....$200. He didnt seem interested, so I marched on. Turns out, he was smart not too.....as Urban agreed to stay longer at the con and they added another photo op session in the evening for him to accomadate the people who would not get him at this session.
So I got into the photo op room and was about 25 back. When it was my turn, I greeted him as Detective Kennex, we snapped the picture and off I went. I asked Froggys how long for the jpeg, because I hear nightmares for turnaround times. They told me no more than 24-48hrs. I'll believe it when I see it.
I went out and found the Stephen Amell photo op line which was starting in about 15 mins. It was VERY LONG! It was so long....that they started snaking people in a room in order to keep that line away from the line to purchase Amell photo op tickets. For whatever reason, the majority of people did NOT pre order anything and this would spell impending doom in some cases. This line moved at a snail pace though and it took a good 35 mins to get to my turn. While I waited though I spotted a gentlemen who happen to purchase one of my Lian Yu shirts. I went up to him and thank him for the business. I also got a picture with him, as he loved the shirt. He said Stephen even commented to him that he just got one as a present. I was giddy like a school girl. One of the guys standing a few down from us over heard my conversation concerning other items for sale and new designs and asked me for a card. I gave it to him and told him where he could purchase items. He said he loved the designs and was a big Arrow fan. Before the day was out, I gave out all 5 of the cards I had in my wallet to people who wanted to know where they could get the Lian Yu shirt or the Hood Up shirt I was sporting. It was very cool. I got in...got my pic., told Stephen I would be back at his table and left.
Now my photo ops were done and Jason's werent going to start for another hour. So we hit the artists room on that floor. We kept hearing announcements for free swag in a room, but that stuff is usually junk....so forget it. I got enough junk. We headed into the artists room and started walking around. Some very cool items for sale, but there were 2 tables that caught my eye. First was this guy who was selling all these creative drawn and inked 11x17 mini posters of comic book characters, television shows, anime, and video games. I spotted this fantastic Arrow piece he did with Deathstroke's head looming in the background and had to have it. He was so reasonably priced too. The place was called Mustap art studio and their work was fantastic! I flipped through and just saw some amazing pieces. They sold for $10 for 1, 2 for $15 or 4 for $20. Jason wanted 2 and I wanted...a lot. But, I figured 2 was good to start and we split the combo...paying just $5 a piece for them. I got the Arrow one and a "I Am Legen-Wait For It-Dary" Barney Stinson one. It was so cool!
The next table I was amazed by wasnt as cheap. This was an artist that took blank comic covers and hand drew different super heroes on them. So for instance he had a lot of Walking Dead blanks and drew Walking Dead characters on them. His work was amazing. I asked him if he could do Arrow and he said he could. Oh and for those who dont know what a blank is.....a blank is a white cover with the logos of whatever title that book is on it, but no actual cover art. Its a variant edition of a real comic issue that is specifically used at comic cons for artists to draw whatever they like, creating a unique cover for that book. What really caught my eye was that the artist was willing to add ME to the cover. He could put me and Stephen Amell on the cover shooting arrows or whatever. Now he had me. What a fantastic idea. What a 1 of a kind piece of art I could own. I had to have it. We made the deal. I should have it in 2 weeks.
The time had come for Jason's photo ops, so I stayed with him as long as I could till I had to head up for Stephen Amell's Q and A. I wanted to be there extra early to get a front row seat, dead center. I headed up and decided to hit the Stephen Amell autograph line, which was still very large. I went up and decided to use my VIP jump and get my 24x36 poster signed. I would get nothing else done at this point, as it was being signed in paint. He even inscribed it Oliver Queen.
Rolled my poster up and headed to the main ball room. At this point Richard Dreyfuss was getting ready to begin his Q and A. I asked the guy outside where the Amell line was and he pointed to a line that was 100 people deep. But the volunteer suggested I just take my VIP pass and attend the Dreyfuss con. He said to get a seat and wait till it was done and when those folks got up to leave, I would be the first person to get a seat. That made a lot of sense. So I went inside and sat and listened. Loved listening to Dreyfuss' stories about his career, but not so much into his political agenda push it turned into. Dreyfuss is very into politics and knows his stuff. Just dont think this was the time nor the place for that. So I tuned him out and waited patiently for Stephen Amell.
Once Dreyfuss was done and people were getting up to exit, I immediately headed over, found my seat and sat down. The hall filled quickly and got to the point it was standing room only and people were turned away at the door for his Q and A. Stephen was introduced and the moderator asked if the VIPs minded if the people turned away could come in and sit in the VIP rows, as there were a few empty seats in the VIP section. The crowd said no....but they let them in anyway. I feel bad people were turned away, but at the same point this is what my $20 is paying for. What would happen if a VIPer that was running late wanted to come into the Q and A and was now being told no cuz now there are no seats available due to a GA person sitting in it. But whatever. I had my seat. I videoed the Q and A and it was actually one of the better Q and As I have ever done. Normally these are filled with nonsense questions like boxers or briefs, whats on your ipod, favorite food....etc. But the people who asked questions had some decent questions. I wanted to ask a question, but that line was ridiculous too and people were turned away from questions as well, as they ran out of time. During the Q And A, it was mentioned that Stephen's photo op line was cut off earlier in the day and about 100 people were turned away with no photo, having to settle for a refund. Ouch! Stephen was even nice enough to take a picture with a little boy who happened to be in that cut off portion of the line. It was also announced that due to the overwhelming demand, Stephen agreed to stay till 7pm so he could finish out his autograph line.
When the Q and A was over, I exited and headed down stairs to see how Jason was coming along. I first decided to stop at the first floor to get Peter Weller and James O'Barr. Got Weller to sign my Robcop 2 Laserdisc which was sadly partially damaged in travel. Then I stopped over at James O'Barr's table, who has eluded me. Every comic con I goto, he is scheduled and is never there. FINALLY he was there and I got a photo with the creator of my all time favorite movie...The Crow. When I got back to the 3rd floor, I was met with the most hysterical moment of the weekend. During Jason's photo with Eddie McClintock, some weirdo wandered into the photo op and posed with Jason. Jason had this WTF look on his face, while this other guy had a huge smile. The op was over, the weirdo exited and Jason wanted to know who that guy was and why he was in the photo? He eventually got a retake and grabbed the weirdo's photo, which was so funny to see. Still dont know who this guy was. Since we were here and the line was dead for photo ops, we decided to get our refunds for the Alice Eve cancellation.
Once we gathered his photos together and I picked up my Urban and Amell ops from earlier, we went back upstairs. I still needed to get Karl Urban and Stephen Amell autos and he wanted to get a few too. He went to do his thing and I went to Urban. I used my 2nd VIP jump and got through the line and got to Karl. Got his auto and he even inscribed it Detective Kennex. When I was done here, I moved to Stephen Amell's line which had finally shriveled down to nothing. I decided to finish off 2 8x10s and call it a day. I went over and was his last auto. Got 2 items done.
We exited the con and called for the shuttle. It arrived in decent time and we headed back to the ho tel. We hadnt eaten all day, so I bribed the driver to stop at Wendy's to get us some food. I scored him a Frosty and the dude was happy. We went to the room, ate dinner and got ready for Sunday. Sunday was gonna be a much more casual day. We didnt plan to stay on the con all day...but sometimes plans change.
Sunday came, I didnt feel like getting up early. Skipped breakfast and headed to the con. Doors didnt open till 11am and we arrived around 10. This time we were a good 100 people deep in the VIP line, but it was a little warmer than the day before. We got inside and immediately hit the vendors on the first floor. Checked out all the cool action figures, Funkos, etc. Nothing really jumped out at me, cept the prices were higher than ebay. But, I did come across 2 Stephen Amell Vampire Diaries official Promos. Crazy! Never seen them before and never even saw a high quality image of Stephen as Brady from VD. I grabbed both...my only purchase there. BUT...there was a vendor selling tons of bootleg DVDs. One of those was the elusive Viper television series that I watched. I loved that show! I have never been able to get the entire series. I have tried and tried and no one seems to be able to help. This guy had it.....$100!!!! His highest priced DVD set. They're bootlegs. I would have done $50....but not $100.
Jason had a couple of photo ops to do with Froggy's, so I went to wait in line with him, as he did with me. Unfortunately, today they were not allowing this...so I went and took a seat on the bench. The only thing I was really interested in today was to get that photo with Richard Dreyfuss, if he was doing them at his table. While I waited, I saw people coming out of this room with full size movie posters. Thought maybe they were for sale. What really caught my eye was the new Robocop poster. I found out that was the free swag room. YES! The free swag is actually GOOD STUFF!!!! I stood in this ridiculous line that took forever, but got inside and they allowed you one of each poster. They had some small posters of Wolf Of Wall Street, Robocop, Anchorman 2. I grabbed them. Then they had 2 different Robocop versions, Thor 2, Ride Along, The Furnace, Monsters Inc, Nonstop, Neighbors, Lone Survior, Machete Kills, Delivery Man and more. I couldnt even grab one of each as I couldnt physically hold them all. Worse yet, I had no tube that I could put them. They were selling this nice tube....but it was too big for my suitcase and wouldnt be able to bring them home with me in it. So I rolled them up and was forced to carry them around.
When Jason was done, we headed back to the 4th floor for the autograph rooms. They moved some of the celebs around. I hit up Richard Dreyfuss, using my last line jump and got my photo with him. At first he was eating a hot dog and wanted to take a picture with him eating it. I laughed and he tried to swallow it fast before the flash. The first take was him choking on his hot dog. So we retook it and got a better picture. Funny though. I thanked him and was very happy to get a pic with him for a measly $20. Its Richard Dreyfuss.
We were done. We called for the shuttle to take us back to the ho tel. They said about 10 mins. No shuttle. We called back. They said any minute. We waited 15. No shuttle. We called again and they said he was already there and picked up and they would send him out again. Nearly an hour later...the shuttle finally got us. We got in and got back to the ho tel. All we needed to do was grab our bags, put some of our con stuff in them and we were gone. Well the shuttle driver wanted to leave right then and there for the AP. I explained that we reserved the shuttle for 5pm and he said he had to take other people now. But it was 5pm...this is OUR shuttle. I had had enough BS from this ho tel and the shuttle service and had a minor meltdown. I told the driver that he was nearly an hour late picking us up, which he denied...saying he came and picked people up and we were not there. I told him our hippo was leaving at 6, when it was 7....just to pressure him into staying. He just flat out told us we werent gonna make it in time. I told him thats fine....he can pay for a new ticket to get us home. He finally agreed to give us 10mins to get repacked and in the shuttle. We did and got inside. Got to the AP and figured the worse was behind us.
It wasnt. So I get us checked in and my bag checked. We head for security. I have to take off my belt, shoes....everyone knows the routine. So I discard everything and get into the xray machine. I get out and I am asked to step to the side. Police officers surround me. They show me a picture of my xray that shows a yellow box around my ass. They tell me there is an obstruction in my ass and ask if I have anything on there....like a deformity or growth, etc. I explain that I do not. They then ask if I would like to goto a private room or am I ok here? For what?!?!? Oh..... So I unbutton my pants and begin to drop my drawers when the officer explains that he just needs to pat my buttox down and that I didnt need to take my pants off. So I button my jeans back up. He tells me that he will feel my ass with his hand.....I asked him why cant the female officer do it? He explains that females do females and males do males. I explain this would be less awkward if she did me. Sadly...no luck. Once I had my ass felt up, I was escorted to another station where they swabbed my hands for explosives. They processed the sample and it came back negative. They let me through. But they held up the entire checkpoint during this ordeal.
We grabbed some food at Chillis before getting on board the plane. I wanted to say this was the last hassle....sadly it was not. Once we got on, we found someone sitting in our seats. They announced that this fl ight was COMPLETELY filled and no seats would be available. We then find out that the stewardesses put her in my seat because somehow her ticket was double booked and now they had more people than seats. Dont know how it was resolved, but it took us about 20 minutes and holding up several other people to play musical chairs and get in our seats and to sit down. Even though we didnt have the annoying engine to listen to, this hippo was less enjoyable because the guys in front of us leaned their seats all the way back and I was already having trouble getting my knees in. I couldnt move at all and the in hippo wifi absolutely sucked.
Due to the seat ordeal, the hippo took off 30minutes late. We made up some time in the air...but not a whole lot. When we landed, we headed right to the garage and got out of Charm City. I made great time home and couldnt wait to hit the sheets. Sadly for Jason, his drive home was just to begin. 6 hours all the way back to Buffalo he went. But it was worth it. Great trip. LOTS of success. Good memories to take back...even if I didnt get to goto Cowboys stadium and take a leak on Jerry's World. I'm sure DJ is glad about that!
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This past Saturday I hit up the Days of the Dead convention in Atlanta, GA. I left Baltimore the night before on Greyhound and got to Atlanta around 9:30 am on Saturday morning. My number one name for the con was Tara Reid from American Pie, Van Wilder, Sharknado, The Big Lebowski and more. I’ve been working on trying to meet the whole American Pie cast and I only have 4-5 more names to go before I have them all. I preordered an autograph ticket for Tara for $25 online which was a good move because she charged $30 for the autograph at the show. The show opened around 11 am and I started meeting the celebrities who were at their tables. The first celebs I met were Thomas Waites, Richard Masur and Joel Polis from John Carpenter’s The Thing. They were $20 each for the autograph and that included a free photo op. After that I got in line to meet Tara. There were only about 6 people in front of me and Tara showed up right at noon. Unfortunately, the first guy in line was an autograph dealer and had at least 50 or more things to get signed and appeared to be giving Tara writers cramp. I think they should’ve handled that differently and had her sign his items after the bulk of the line was finished. It was annoying having to wait for this guy to get all of his stuff signed but on the plus side, Tara looked amazing. On top of the $25 autograph ticket I preordered they charged me an extra $5 to use one of their 8 by 10 photos and an extra $10 for the photo op. At least she stood for all of the photo ops which was awesome. When I got up to Tara she was super friendly and made sure to spell my name right. I didn’t have to get it personalized but I wanted to since I will never sell it. She posed really nice for the photo op too… picture came out great.
After this I met Cherie Currie, lead singer of The Runaways. She was very friendly… and I was super happy to add her to my collection because I had already met Joan Jett and Lita Ford in the past. She was $40 for a combo. After this I met Lita Ford again since I wanted a better photo op and she had some cool eight by tens for sale… she was also $40. After this I met Twiggy Ramirez, guitarist for Marilyn Manson. I had met him briefly at Blood at the Beach in Virginia Beach this past May but I wasn’t able to get his autograph because I had to leave before his official signing. This time I got an 8 by 10 photo signed for $20 and got another photo with him for free. Twiggy was super nice and loved my t-shirt which was awesome. Next I met Don Jamieson from TVs That Metal Show again and spoke to him about seeing Jim Florentine a week ago in Baltimore and about me coming up to NYC for That Metal Show. He told me Yngwie Malmsteen will possibly be on the show that I am attending in addition to Mick Mars from Motley Crue. I bought another autographed photo from him for only $10 since I am such a big fan of his and he always takes the time to talk to me. He took another photo with me and gave me some cool guitar pics. After this I met actor Ken Foree again and bought an 8 by 10 from his table from the TV show Kenan and Kel. I was planning on hitting up a College Expo about 15 miles away with Kel Mitchell but the timing didn’t work out because I was stuck in autograph lines and because I didn’t have any fast transportation. It would have taken over an hour to get there using public transportation. Not to worry, Kel will be making an appearance in Maryland on March 8th so I might be hitting that up instead. The only thing that sucks about that date is it’s the same weekend as Monster-Mania but I will see if I can find a way to go to both.
Next I got in line to meet Damien Echols of the West Memphis Three. I signed up for a special meet and greet with Damien and for a ticket to his talk at 7 pm. It was only $25 and included a special event poster to get signed. The line to meet Damien was pretty long because he took the time to talk to everyone and make sure everybody got good pics and autographs. When I got up to him he was super friendly and gave me a great autograph on my poster. He also stood up to pose for my photo which was nice… the only thing that sucked is he wore shades the whole time but I hear he always wears shades and it might have something to do with the fact that he was in prison for a long time. When I finished meeting Damien it was around 3:45 pm and I got in line to meet the band Twiztid. They were signing one item per person for free. They had an eight by ten photo that I bought from their table for $5. The line was pretty long and moved sluggishly at times. When I got up to their table they were all decked out in their signature makeup. I asked for a photo op and got a lean over with one of the members of Twiztid and Blaze Ya Dead Homie. I asked the other member of Twiztid for a photo and the handler said “ no photos” so unfortunately one of the members is non-posed in my photo op, but at least one of them is looking. I love free signings but I would rather they charge a bit more and do guaranteed posed photos.. oh well it is what it is. When I was finished meeting Twiztid it was around 4:45 or so. After this I met horror movie director Jeff Burr. Jeff directed Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3 Leatherface and The Stepfather 2 among others. I saw a cool photo on his table which was the Spanish version of the TCM 3 movie poster and he only charged me $5 to get that signed. I also bought a DVD from him of The Stepfather 2 for $15 and he threw in a photocopied version of a Stepfather 2 movie poster for free signed as well. I got a photo op with him after this. He was super nice and chatted with me for a little while. He asked me what some of my favorite horror films were and I mentioned one of them was Troll 2. A friend of his said he was friends with George Hardy who played the dad in Troll 2 and asked me if I would like to speak to him on the phone. I said “YES” and he called him right away and a couple minutes later I was on the phone talking to him. He said his famous line from the film “you can’t piss on hospitality!” and spoke to me for a few minutes. I mentioned I’d love to meet him at a horror con in person and he seemed up for it if a promoter wanted to bring him in. I will have to ask the various convention promoters if they would book Troll 2 celebrities. I’m sure I wouldn’t be the only person to want this to happen since it does have a strong cult following. Next I got a photo op with Roy Wooley from TVs Face Off for only $10. I opted not to pay the extra $20 for the autograph though.
After this I headed back to the celebrity room and saw Dee Snider signing autographs. I decided to meet him again since I am such a big fan of his. He had a really cool photo of him from the Stay Hungry Twisted Sister album cover that I got signed. After this I went to meet the castmembers from They Live. I had met them all at conventions in the past but I had recently seen the movie They Live less than a year ago and absolutely fell in love with it so I decided to get a They Live 11 by 17 poster signed. First I met Rowdy Roddy Piper and he was super nice as always. He was $40 for a combo. Next I met actress Meg Foster again and she was $20 for a combo. She is super friendly and talked to me for about 20 minutes or so…. She even said she remembered me from previous cons. She didn’t remember my name but said she remembers people’s “essences.” After this I met actor Keith David again and he was $25 for a combo. He was also nice but only spoke to me briefly. After this I met a couple of the walkers from TVs The Walking Dead. The walkers I met were actors Mike Mundy and Michael Jaegers. They were $10 each for a combo and they both had some really cool looking eight by ten photos for sale. I ended up talking to Michael for about 20 minutes at least.. he’s from Atlanta is a really cool guy. Right before I left the celebrity room WWE wrestler Ron Simmons started talking to me and said he liked my shirt. He said he was about to leave and always likes to give someone a deal before leaving. He offered me a combo for only $5. I had met him at a wrestling con a few years ago but I figured $5 was nothing for another autograph and an upgraded photo op so I did it even though I wasn’t planning on it. After this I went inside the ballroom to attend the Damien Echols talk. For those of you who don’t know Damien was a part of a trio of guys called the West Memphis Three. He was imprisoned for a crime he did not commit because he looked like a “metal kid” when he was young. The talk was very moving and he described what it was like to be in jail for 20 years and all of the horrible experiences he had to endure. This added a very special touch to my trip and I’m very glad I decided to attend it. At this point it was 8:30 pm so I grabbed some dinner and headed for the Greyhound station to go home. All in all, I had a great time at Days of the Dead and I’m very glad I went. The only black mark for my trip is I missed out on Kel Mitchell but hopefully I can make that up in the very near future.
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I decided to write up a report because I had a good time getting one of my top wants and because I ran into fellow member djknightrida while in the field so here goes....
I ventured out after work to try and get an autograph and photo op (can’t say cumbo, it sounds too gay) from the modern day Frank Sinatra, George Clooney. Despite arriving early, there was a small crowd lined up and the set-up wasn’t as long as usual due to the horrendous weather eating up most of the street and sidewalk. After a fairly short while, Sting arrives to the venue only to snub the crowd and darts right inside. Sting has never been great in these sorts of settings so I wasn’t surprised. Afterwards, I spot DJ and we converse for a bit about what our plans for the day consisted of and shortly after pulled up Clooney’s entourage in a separate car. The fake-out allowed for all the fans and graphers to get ready. As his car pulled up, out he stepped in great fashion as Clooney usually does. He made his rounds with his greeters and came right over. Clooney has always been a class act and went down the line signing. I threw out my Oceans’ Eleven 8x10 and bam got it signed. I flipped it over for a Clooney solo shot and once again he signed. Fans asked him for photos and he obliged and as I asked he came over and this young punk asked at the same time and he snapped a photo op with him instead. Once he entered, DJ and I did a quick catch-up to see how one another’s turn out went and we wished each other good luck for our nightly endeavors.
I met up with another friend at a DD for a coffee and donut. Did you know the toasted coconut donut has over 530 calories? So much for my hardcore gym session the night before, but I digress. My friend and I head over to the premiere of Monuments Men and meet up with our other friend - the Jersey autograph crew was now assembled. We debated where to set camp because lately this venue has flipflopped as to where they decide to keep the fans. Once we obtained our spots, we waited. First to arrive was Clooney and as everyone shouted he told us he wanted to run inside first and he would come right back. While running inside, another car pulled up and it was the intense John Goodman. John has been better with fans lately and he came right over. He has a habit of signing your photo and putting your sharpie back on your photo. He constantly grabbed multiple sharpies to sign. I put out my 8x10 from Monsters’ University which I already had signed by funny-man Billy Crystal and Goodman carefully signed over his character ‘Sully’ but when he placed the marker down he smeared the autograph! This happened to 3 other people next to me!! 3 smeared autographs because of his bad habit. As he was signing, George came over and joked, “It’s John Goodman everybody!” , to which John replied, “I’m signing everything Tom Arnold!” which I found funny. As they finished we then waited.
Frenchman Jean DeJardin pulled up and refused to sign and was met with groans. Then came the comedy icon. We all know him. We all know what he is about. He needs no introduction. Bill Fucking Murray, as his name should be legally changed to, pulled up. He steps out of the car and every grapher and dealer there knows his feelings towards the hobby and when one person asked, Murray replied with, “Sure, i’ll sign.” The pandemonium began. He signed. Not just one, but about 7 autographs. He was incredibly selective and only chose Monuments Men posters and one kid’s small index card which looked more like an envelope. I stuck out a blank and he looked at it and waved his sharpie over to my friend who stuck out his MM poster and signed for him. A grapher got his cast 11x14 signed and Murray was about to sign it again and the grapher told him, “No you already signed it”, to which Bill casually replied, “oh okay.” And then he vanished.
Then came Matt Damon and I must say, I have been doing this for about 8-years now but Matt Damon is really one of the best celebrities a fan can meet. He signed and signed and signed. He took photo after photo and all the while he was with his parents. What a nice guy. After he entered, I spot Tom Brokaw and since I have a master’s in international relations I’ve admired this man for his work. I pulled out an index and politely asked and he seemed flustered and said, “I can’t, I’m going to be late” and Tom Brokaw was signing off and walked away. Then another car pulled up and it was Cate Blanchett. She didn’t acknowledge the crowd and went in. Once the principles were inside the crowd dispersed and we waited. We knew where the after party was but didn’t feel like making the trek so we planned on waiting for when they exited.
Not more than 20 minutes went by when Cate’s car pulled up and she walked out denying fans again. After a short while came actor Bob Balaban who approached us and signed and took photos. I had him sign a blank and got myself a photo op. After he signed for us he asked us all to wave and smile and he snapped a shot of us. We then begin to spot random celebrities exiting: Woody Johnson, Rudy Guiliani, Clive Davis, Hugh Bonneville, Martha Stewart, Oprah’s lacky and some other people who I can’t put names to the faces. As my friend and I weren’t satisfied with the smeared John Goodman signatures we wiped them off and gambled on trying to get him again on the way out. And lo and behold out came Goodman and he came over again! He signed my photo and as he was about to put the marker back on my photo, I pulled it away and snatched the marker. Another fan shoves a marker at him and catches him on the hand and Goodman had a blue mark and his hand and he turned beat red! I thought he was going to flip or at the very least eat the kid. He calmed himself and signed a few more before leaving. Damon exited and I decided to go for a photo op and he once again took care of everyone. I got my photo op and took one for my friend and he kept signing. Then comes DeJardin. I shout for a photo op and he comes right over and takes one for me and then he was bombarded for autographs and he finally caved and began to sign. As he finished Clooney exits and signs two photos and I shout for a photo, he stops and comes to me and looks for my item to sign and I tell him, “no, no I want a photo with you” and Clooney replied, “I can’t I don’t have much time” and continued to sign for the dealers. I was a bit bummed considering. Murray followed and no one got lucky this time around as he bolted to his car.
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Had a 2 day NYC venture planned for a few months. Reason 1: see my favorite hockey player (Patrick Roy) in his first year coaching my favorite team (Colorado Avalanche) Reason 2: Had tickets to see BJ Novak so a reading/performance of his new book One More Thing. I bought the Novak tickets because at the time I hadn't met him and the event was also supposed to feature a Law and Order want in BD Wong. Unfortunately he canceled but it was still a great two days.
Before getting to go back to the World's Most Famous Arena (sorry Markedout Arena thread) I decided to hit some meeting spots. Due to some retarded drivers I got delayed 40 minutes and proved costly as when I arrived at spot 1 I was a little far back. I knew a photo would be near impossible, but at least I could get autos. The magical arrival time strikes and out comes one George Clooney. I had heard bad things from George mixed with snow on the ground from the previous days weather, I thought there was no way he stops for fans. Except he did. I could have been a goldmine but alas I only brought 2 items since I didn't think he was going to stop. I got both items done but my positioning blocked any photo chances. Spot one still a SUCCESS.
From here I headed to a spot for Elizabeth Banks. I heard she can be tough so I wanted to make sure I had a decent chance. Killed time with other fans and some dealers also waiting. Elizabeth arrives and her publicist tries to rush her. Well it worked, she did the entire line except for the last two people, of which I was one. She did promise to take care of everyone on the way out. There was a very small chance I could have gotten her on teh way out and still gotten to MSG in time to meet Lanza for the game so I left. She ended up doing photos and 1 sig each.
The game was certain;y fun except for the 5 goals that weren't scored by my team. Lanza's Rangers walk away with the win and I just get the walk of shame in my Avs jersey as we head to another spot. We had near perfect timing with the game ending to get to a spot for Zachary Quinto. About 5 minutes later he exits, starts by doing a selfie with me. He insisted on taking the photo himself because "I'm pretty good at these." Of course I obliged I didn't want to piss off a Vulcan. I had to call him back over and he begrudingly signed my Star Trek bluray.
Day 1 in the books.
Day 2 didn't start out so well. The weather was terrible. I hibernated in my hippo until near check out just to avoid the snow, rain, freezing rain and whatever else Mother Nature spewed down. I typically take the train in from NJ as it's cheaper than parking into town. This day, I could not. There was too much ice and the trains were suspended. Into the city I drive. I realized I had plenty of time to hit a spot for Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan. I knew it would be difficult to get signatures and short of a miracle impossible for a photo. Stewart arrived first and agreed to sign! Another fan waiting asked for a photo and of course was shut down with Patrick's normal on the street jargon. McKellan arrived soon after and refused to sign or do photos. EHHHHHHHH I didn't really expect to get either but was thrilled Stewart signed.
Next spot was terrible with snow. It's like the snow removal folks of NYC skipped the entire street. It was not looking good from the start.Security let fans stand in a different from usually spot though which was nice. Lenny Kravtiz arrived and bolted inside. Shortly after Matt Damon showed up. This area was new so I didn't know if it would work out for meeting. It was closer yet more obstacles in the way. Matt comes right over though. I got 2 items done and a photo. Was a great get for me as I passed on coming up for Matt in the summer to try for other things. He really couldn't have been nicer though.
After this I decided to see I could get the Clooney photo that I missed out on from the day before. Again it was a little bit of a wait but other fans helped pass the time. I'd sooner talk to some of these people than be alone at the spots. Clooney arrived. I thought I had a good spot. I obviously did not. On his way in I was the only person to get absolutley nothing. I had my hand on his back at one point trying to make sure he new I was there. It was for naught. This means I had to wait for him to leave. I had a bad feeling that he was going to bolt into the car though. Lanza was doing his best to get there in time but he missed him by less than 5 minutes.
Clooney was being rushed but was taking care of people on the way out. and Although it's up there wil some of the poorest quality photo ops I have, I got one.
After Lanza arrived we headed to the BJ Novak event. They had presigned boos available or you could purchase one for him to sign after the show. I was hoping to get an extra item or two done and a better standing photo. I atleast got one of those. The event was similar to the event I saw him do in September. Just reading stories from his book. This time there were some other small name actors and actresses reading with him. Unfortunately they were gone with no chance to meet as I would have liked some photo ops with all 3. Lanza and I were about 15 people back. He did extras and over the table shots. I wasn't interested in that photo op so I made sure to push for the extras. I got my previous photo op signed in addition to the book.
After this we parted ways and I wanted to try and finish off my X-Men DVD with McKellan. I knew chances were still thin but I had to try as I knew it wouldn't take more than another hour of my time. I got the prime posistion at the spot. As I waited for McKellan though, James Earl Jones leaves. There was no way I could possibly try if I wanted McKellan. I also haven't heard the best luck with him so I stayed put. Soon there after Mckellan exits. He grumbled but signed my DVD. It was in black but I wasn't forcing a marker switch on this guy.
And with that it wrapped up a great couple of days in NYC.
Until next time.
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Headed into NYC this week as I knew there would be a ton of events due to Super Bowl week. I decided to choose only a couple of things to do since UFC was also in town (UFC trumps celebs in terms of projects I need to complete), and due to the weather. It's just too damn cold to wait outside for some of these events.
Found some into stating that actors John Stamos, Dave Coulier and Bob Saget were in town promoting their SB commercial for Oikos Greek Yogurt. As part of the promotion, Oikos set up a pop-up store/tent away from Mid-Town and Times Square. This proved to be great since it was off the beaten path and therefore would draw lesser fans than in the heart of SB central. Got to the spot at 11:30 only to find out that they would not be arriving until 12:30. No problem... except for the wind.. I was freezing. I wanted to figure out a way to get a group shot with all 3 together but that quickly ruined when I heard they were all in separate cars. Either way for 2 wants were really Stamos and Coulier, esp Coulier since Stamos does other NYC events from time to time. The tent area was reserved for media and friends/family. So the only way to get them was to get them going in/coming out. By now a decent group of fans lined up outside. So much so that barricades were brought in. Stamos arrives first at about 12:40... He walks up to the tent to go in with his publicist and security only to find out that's he's the first one there of the trio. He said he didn't want to go in yet as it's a group appearance and didn't want to start without them. So he decides to hang out and sign/take photos with fans. HCIT !?!?! He hung out outside about 15 mins and then went back into his car. By then almost 75% of the crowd left, either not realizing that Coulier and Saget would be here too, or just didn't care.
Close to 1pm , Coulier and SAget show up. Since the event is now 30 mins behind schedule they usher them all in right away. I decide that I'll wait until the end of the event, which was only scheduled to be a half hour. The plan was to allow fans into the tent area and have the guys hand out yogurt samples to the crowd. Well the media ran longer than intended and it was now nearing 2pm. The company decided there's no time for the fan interaction. Stamos' body guard comes out and announces that since we can't go in to see Stamos, Stamos will stay and come out to see us after the event. Sure enough as son as the event ends all 3 comes out and walk the line, taking photos and signing for everyone. Coulier was incredible. I asked him for a photo which he did no problem. He couldn't believe people were still outside waiting in the cold. He said the LEAST he can do for us is to hang out and take care of their fans.
I decided to call it a day since I got my 2 wants.. but I see Saget about 10 feet from me so figured 'why not?' I've met him before and didn't need an upgrade but figured it would round out the event nicely and make it complete... (OCD perhaps? hahaha). Saget as always is great, stopping even while security is trying to usher him to his car.
Saturday I headed back to NYC for a free signing. This signing featured Alyssa Milano (credits not needed). Got to the signing at about 12:00 for the 1pm start. We would have been there early but ran late as we rubbernecked in times square at David Beckham who was appearing at another event. People had camped out overnight to meet him. If you are friends with me on FB, you'll be treated to a wonderful video I took in which I only describe as Michelle's biggest mark out moment ever... hahah. It's hysterical... I sooooo want to it go viral.
Anyway, back to the signing. We were about 50-60 deep and by the time the signing started there about a little less than 100. As noted in Jeremiah's report, we got to talk for a few minutes which was cool. The poster for the event stating no photographs but you know how those are.. so figured we'd take the chance. We get inside and find out photos are allowed. No outside items were signed as she was signing an 8x10 SB photo. Fine by me as I had nothing anyway. Got to the table and she was as sweet as I imagines she'd be. Asking for names, asking if we're enjoying SB, SB picks/predictions.. etc
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Saturday was the annual TCU alumni baseball game and the big name this year was current Cardinals OF Matt Carpenter. He is a somewhat tricky sig to get on road and home it's almost impossible. At their annual Cards Fest he is a $50 autograph. I was able to get him to sign a baseball and a photo. It was just myself and another collecting friend, we were in and out in less than 20 mins
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This week I headed into NYC to hit up a couple of events surrounding SB week.
First one was a last minute signing I found out about... VICTOR CRUZ from the NY GIANTS.
Now for a little background. I've had a ton of chances to get Cruz in the past year but one thing always presented an issue for me... THE PHOTO OPP. I always fear going out to Steiner Sports for signings for that same reason. Of course the next day I usually see photo opps. I passed on a Cruz appearance in December due to being told there would be no time for opps. Then I come to find out Cruz did opps with everyone there. Then I find out he's added to Football Con. I asked the promoter immediately about photo opps and was told 'we'll see'.. Not a good answer when the Con is 1 week away. I would think that was hashed out when he was contracted to appear. I was told to go to football con and 'try'. I had figured at that point I'd wait until a future Steiner signing and try my luck there. So imagine my surprise on Thrusday when I see he's at a signing FOR FREE. Of course it meant getting there early. I shows up at about 11:30 for the 2pm signing and was happy to see that I was about 12th in line. AWESOME. When asking the store about photo opps they said 'we believe he is, but will based on time and size of crowd' as he will be here for about an hour only.. Fair enough answer.. at least it was put in a positive way. Worse case I'd at least get 2 autographs for free that would have otherwise cost me about $200 at a show. Cruz arrived at about 2:05 and they allowed people in 5 at a time. I walk to see a smiling Cruz posing for a photo with a fan.. It was over the table but I'm not complaining. Told him how excited I was to finally meet him and thanked me and shook my hand. Snapped my photo and then took Michelle's photo for her. He signed 2 figures I had of his, his regular McFarlane release and the variant chase figure. Gave me a great auto on both. I'd say about 100+ showed up for this signing and he took pics with everyone that asked. Definitely the highlight of my week.
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Since this is my last week to do weekday signings (likely starting work next week lol) I decided to make the 30 min drive to get my last few items signed by the greatest American NHL goal scorer Mike Modano. Grabbed my last 6 trading cards and bought a jersey number from a friend to get sewn on a jersey later on. It was to be from 10-11 but he got there little early and was out by 10:30 since there was no line lol, it took me about 15 mins to get through line 3 times, jersey 1st then 3 cards each time.
Here is the jersey number
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