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Sounds like fun. I was courious what you had to say about this year, because after it was over, Menton3 (who was with Templesmith) said that he loved the fans, but is probably going to avoid this convention. I guess the people putting it on were pretty rude. Wonder if this might have been the reason so many guests did not make it.

 

That aside, I'd love to go to one of these. Meeting Lance and Michael would be enough of a reason to go.

 

 

Thanks for reading, John! :D

 

I think I’ve only left conventions a couple times saying, “That was well organized!” With each year, HHW keeps getting bigger and bigger, which they proudly brag about. However, the bigger it gets, the more things get out of their control.

 

This previous one is my 6th horror convention (3rd HHW), so I know what to expect. Some of these volunteers/staff members act like it’s their 1st con. I know it isn’t, because I recognize many of them.

 

I didn’t receive any rudeness from anyone, but there was a lack of knowledge & enthusiasm among the workers. Many act like they don’t want to be there, which may spoil the experience for some people. Sometimes, it’s best to rely on fellow fans for info, especially when it comes to figuring out what line is for whom.

 

Yeah, I saw that Ben Templesmith didn’t enjoy it, which is a shame. He takes his time out of his schedule to be there, and the people don’t show him enough respect. Unprofessional, indeed. Considering his level of talent, they did put him in a bad location. There will always be guests who get preferential treatment over others. The guests who had the best location were the cast members from Terminator movies (big wide room of their own).

 

You should definitely attend one of these kinds of conventions. I think you’d have a lot of (costly) fun. :P

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Michael Biehn had originally planned on being there two days, but he ended up changing his appearance to Saturday Only. As soon as we got there, we asked one of the volunteers where he was located. He told us that Biehn wasn’t coming. What? Someone had posted on the forum about Biehn being on his flight, so we knew he had to be there. The volunteer went to verify the info. The guy came back with worse news! He got it wrong. Biehn was there, but Anthony Michael Hall is the one who didn’t make it on Friday (due to late filming) and didn’t appear like he was going to come at all. Talk about a major letdown! Yes, I’ve met AMH before, but I really, really wanted to see him, again.

 

I believe AMH made an effort to show up, but one of the staff members mentioned that Hall’s agent wasn’t returning their calls. Does every convention have to deal with a lack of communication? Just once, I’d like to attend a convention where people aren’t left in the dark on important matters and every volunteer/staff member is on the same page. The other bad luck moment would be not getting to attend the Terminator panel. We tried. When we went to the panel room, a screening of an episodic documentary was still in progress. One of the workers told us we could just go in and wait for the next panel. Wrong. After the screening ended, another member told everyone to exit the room & get in line for the Terminator panel. The line for the T panel was the longest line. It just kept going & going. We decided there was no sense in waiting, since we knew there was no way we’d fit in that room. Bummer. Some things just don’t work out. The bright spot of seeing the documentary was the fact that our buddy Robert Rusler was in it. Yay!

 

But let’s get to the highlights. We met a lot of great people, but as always, there are the ones who stand out. We waited about an hour to meet Michael Biehn, which wasn’t really a problem, considering our other favorites didn’t make it. I don’t mind the long lines, really. It gives me time to collect my thoughts and decide what I want to talk about. Biehn is so kind to his fans; I enjoyed meeting him, again. My mom got his autograph, and we all took an excellent group picture with him. My brother bought from Jennifer Blanc then took a picture with both of them. We had a nice chat, mainly talking about The Victim. Blanc is such a sweet person. The two of them are my favorite couple; they both appreciate their fans.

 

Mark Rolston is exceptional! He asked me my name as soon as I met him. Very personal man. He loved my name and related to it interestingly. I’ve never had so many stars at a convention before ask me what my name is without having it be for the personalizing of an item. We had a great conversation with Mark. I brought up Lie to Me*, which he loved doing. My mom bought his autograph, and he took individual pictures with my family.

 

A certainly thrilling moment of mine is meeting Lance Henriksen. Surprisingly, by the time I went over to see him, there wasn’t a long line. I only had to wait for three people ahead of me. I bought his book Not Bad For A Human for $40. Not bad for a signed book. ;) Plus, I was told I could pick out any of his pictures (any size) from the table & get that signed, too. 2 autographs for $40!? Wow! I was totally caught off guard with that sweet deal.

 

I made Lance laugh. He wanted to write a certain message for the person ahead of me. He looked directly at me and asked if he should do it. I nodded & said he should. After those people walked away, he asked if I knew them. I didn’t. He thought my encouraging to write the message for people I don‘t know was funny. We talked about Powder, his book, and his comic book To Hell You Ride. I didn’t feel rushed at all. He really takes his time with people. He even asked where we’re from, so we even enjoyed a bit of small talk. I didn’t get to take a picture with him because he wouldn’t pose for photos, but we could take a picture of him signing (some don’t even allow that).

 

While we were waiting in the line for Michael Biehn before meeting Lance, I saw him leave the room and come back. He was out in the open, walking by himself. Not too many people noticed. Lance’s a really kind and genuine person. For the career he’s had, he definitely deserves a lot of respect.

 

Glad to hear you had such a great time with Michael, Jen, Lance and Mark at the convention.

 

I did a Q&A with Michael and Jen Friday night for the L.A. premiere of THE VICTIM at the New Beverly Cinema and then they got on a plane at 10pm to go to the convention. I've become friends with both of them and they're really great to their fans. They showed up at 6pm and Michael walked over to the fans in line and just talked with them for a while before they did a free poster signing.

 

I got to do an ALIENS 25th anniversary Q&A last summer with Michael, Lance, Mark and Jenette Goldstein and Ricco Ross. And have spent a little time with Lance since then because of Tim. What a great, fun, cool guy. When I first met Lance in person at a convention - after some emails and phone calls - he couldn't have been friendlier. I only met Mark that one night, but he's a great guy.

 

It's really great to hear when fans have good stories to tell since so often we only hear about the bad ones!

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Fun to read, as always! Thank you for your account!

 

 

Thank you for reading, jayesse! I’m glad you enjoyed it. :D

 

Glad to hear you had such a great time with Michael, Jen, Lance and Mark at the convention.

 

I did a Q&A with Michael and Jen Friday night for the L.A. premiere of THE VICTIM at the New Beverly Cinema and then they got on a plane at 10pm to go to the convention. I've become friends with both of them and they're really great to their fans. They showed up at 6pm and Michael walked over to the fans in line and just talked with them for a while before they did a free poster signing.

 

I got to do an ALIENS 25th anniversary Q&A last summer with Michael, Lance, Mark and Jenette Goldstein and Ricco Ross. And have spent a little time with Lance since then because of Tim. What a great, fun, cool guy. When I first met Lance in person at a convention - after some emails and phone calls - he couldn't have been friendlier. I only met Mark that one night, but he's a great guy.

 

It's really great to hear when fans have good stories to tell since so often we only hear about the bad ones!

 

 

Thank you for reading, Brian McQuery! :)

 

So cool! Michael & Jennifer really are great to their fans. It’s nice that even though they were so busy during that weekend, they made time for everything (premiere, convention, podcast) They were passing out free posters of The Victim at the convention; my brother made he sure he got one of 'em.

 

It’s fantastic that you got to do a Q&A w/ all of them. You & Lance keeping in touch is awesome, as well.

 

I’ve read a lot of fans’ bad experiences with various stars. Luckily, I haven’t had too many of my own.

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HorrorHound Weekend March 22-24, 2013

 

Guests scheduled to appear include the cast of The Walking Dead (NORMAN REEDUS, SARAH WAYNE CALLIES, CHANDLER RIGGS, SCOTT WILSON, MICHAEL ROOKER, JON BERNTHAL, etc..), GREG NICOTERO, ROBERT PATRICK, JOHN CARPENTER, TONY TODD, TOM SAVINI, DAN ROEBUCK, MICHAEL MADSEN, & many more!

 

If any of you are interested in attending this event, here’s more info: http://www.horrorhou...3/default.shtml

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I went to HHW last Saturday. My day was filled with both wonderful memories and disappointments. Sarah Wayne Callies attended. Really? Didn’t see her. Jon Bernthal attended. Really? Didn’t see him (not that I really wanted to). Norman Reedus attended. Really? Didn’t see him. You read those words correctly. I was at a convention with Norman without seeing Norman. I can’t believe it. Talk about a mega disappointment! He’s just gotten to be too popular for a smaller convention, which expands each time in its numbers of fans but not too much in its size of venues. Take a Super Walmart on Black Friday & cram it into a garage, & that’s what this HHW event felt like. Chaos!

 

I guess it’s sort of my fault for not getting the opportunity to talk to Norman, since we didn’t go see him first. But I kind of think had we seen Norman, then I’m not sure we would’ve been able to have had the other meetings with other stars. We didn’t go try to meet Norman until a little after 3pm. When we asked one volunteer where he was located, the guy said he was downstairs. Alright. Then, when we got downstairs we asked another volunteer who said that they capped off the line for Norman, since he did so much on Friday and his current line went from the building clear out into the parking lot. :( Maybe they shouldn’t have kept Norman signing past 1:00am on Friday and scheduled 3 photo ops & a panel on Saturday. Just sayin’.

 

I don’t know. Then, again, maybe I sound selfish for wanting to meet Norman for a third time, when I know there are many people who haven’t had a first time with him. But when you bank on someone being there & he or she shows up, you want to be there with the person. As tradition, I even made Norman a gift, which further capitalizes on the sucky part of not seeing him. I really hope I get to give it to him sometime this year. Luckily, Norman is scheduled to appear at another convention I’m planning on going to. But it’s still early in the game. Something could come up between now & then. :unsure:

 

But as always, I’d rather pay attention to the good times than dwell on the bad.

 

We met many, but here are the highlights:

 

Sid Haig knows his stuff. You can mention the name of a TV series, and he’ll know how many episodes he did of it and the character he played, as well as, lines he said. We had an interesting/informative conversation with him. He’s a nice guy. He takes free pics, as long as, you don’t use a flash (medical reasons).

 

We had to ask a volunteer where Butch Patrick was located. He didn’t just tell us; he escorted us to him. Butch Patrick is friendly. While he may not be the most excitingly enthusiastic person, he does smile a lot. We chatted for a bit, then my mom bought a CD of his, & took a pic w/ him. I thought it was cool that he brought a pic of him from The Simpsons.

 

Tom Savini is an outstanding gentleman! My mom brought him a gift, which caught him off guard. My brother bought a DVD and got it signed. He took pictures with each of us. Bill Moseley randomly joined my mom & Tom’s pic as I was taking the picture. Twice! Moseley is something else. :lol: Tom kindly did something special for my mom, since she brought him the gift. I’m so impressed with him. He says, “Thank you,“ a lot. Appreciation is always nice to hear. He wanted to know where we’re from. After we told him, he became interested, then said he’d love to visit. Whoa! Tom Savini wants to come to my town? Is that just crazy enough to happen? We’ll see. ;) There wasn’t a line to wait for him. Why isn’t this guy more popular?

 

When we walked over to Daniel Roebuck, he studied my face and said, “Hey! I remember you!” Then, he looked at all of us and loudly declared. “I remember this whole family!” He may be the most genuinely kind and humble star we’ve ever met. He treats you like an equal. He asked if we wanted to take a picture with him. Of course! That’s a reverse, since usually you have to ask the celebrity to take a picture, even after purchasing the autograph/photo combo. We engaged in a long conversation with him & each got a free autograph. He’s been in tons of movies & TV shows, and he’s still free. Yeah, he has permission to say he’s there for the fans. I mentioned the Unauthorized Story of ‘Mork and Mindy’ TV movie, and Daniel ended up giving us his spot-on Garry Marshall impression right then and there. :P He knows how to give his fans an experience.

 

The Highest of Highlights:

 

Now, I will conclude lastly, & certainly mostly, with the first person (my favorite) we met of the day. There are stars you have low expectations for when meeting & are pleasantly surprised when they restore your faith in the famous. Then, there are stars who you hold in high regards who end up exceeding your highest expectations of them. And then there’s a special kind of star, someone who you’ve grown up admiring ever since you saw him in a movie that changed your life, and you want the person to be wonderful and he ends up being BEYOND WONDERFUL. For me, that would be MICHAEL MADSEN.

 

I’ve been knowingly watching Michael Madsen ever since I was in fifth grade. Now, I knew him as the dad in Free Willy, but I like to think that my fandom for him started after seeing him dance and cut the ear off of an abducted police officer in Reservoir Dogs. So for the past 12 years or so, I’ve been dreaming of meeting Michael, and I can’t believe it actually came true.

 

As soon as we got into the convention, our first mission that we accepted was to find Michael Madsen & get in line for him. While it was a slow process of scooting through the crowd to both locate a person to tell us where his room was and then 2-3 others to show us where his line ended, we waited the least amount of time to see him. Just seeing him from way across the room caused a starstruck emotion inside of me that I don’t often feel. It was a “pinch me, I’m dreaming” moment. I expected a line that would have required an hour wait. Fortunately, I was wrong. His line consisted of four people ahead of us. We waited around ten minutes. They told us to bring our short line around the corner, which only meant we moved from closer to the wall to closer to Michael. Win!

 

Michael had the best prices & smartest options! For $25, you could get an autograph & a pic with him. $25 for Michael Madsen!? Such a great deal! For $10, you could take just a pic with him. Why every star in attendance doesn’t allow the option of just taking a photo for a smaller amount, I’ll never know (actually, I know that it’s due to wanting more money from you & not wanting you to have the option of paying less.* *sneaky). My brother brought his 12 inch Mr. Blonde doll to get signed. Michael loved looking at it. He kept playing with the flap. He studied the box from cover to back. He was impressed by its likeness of him; he hadn’t seen this version before.

 

Michael had a separate, circular table he’d stand behind to sign items besides his table covered with pictures. It was cool to have him stand and sign. He gave us his full attention. The only distraction from us might have been when Scott Wilson came up from behind him to hug him. Other than that, he would look directly into our eyes as he was talking to us. Considering we were in a noisy room, he’s a great listener. I mean we really, really connected with him.

 

We discussed acting, toys, his kids, movies, poetry, Internet, defining moments, etc. There wasn’t something I wanted to say that didn’t get said. I honestly don’t know how the words kept flowing out of me. I was very much in awe of him the whole time. My brother & I kept taking turns asking questions, and Michael would give us long, anecdotes as replies. He is so honest about his career and his life and how the biz works vs. how it should. All of us just kept the conversation lively & going. We kept making Michael smile & laugh; he kept making us smile & laugh. At one point, Michael leaned over & put his elbows on the table to talk to us. It really turned our public conversation into an intimate moment. I just went with it & leaned on his small, round table right across from him. My face was within inches of his. That’s how close we were. :wub: Aww…I was in heaven.

 

After we were finished talking, we each took pictures with him. Before our picture got taken, Michael asked me what my name is. Michael wanted to know my name? (pinch me) We had finished the talk & pic, but I had a goal set in mind since finding out he was attending this event & somehow managed the courage to ask this onscreen tough guy a question he must not get asked enough. “Can I have a hug?” He gave me a look I’ll never forget, and then he let me hug him for as long and as tight as possible. :wub: He told me, “Hugs are good. Hugs are good.” How touching.

 

I whispered something in Michael’s ear (I won’t say what….shhh…secret), and he responded with so much appreciation; he knew exactly what I meant. :D

 

A few years ago, Michael was scheduled to make an appearance near me, but the event took place at a bar. At the time, I was under age and heartbroken. I considered it a missed opportunity and never thought I’d ever get the chance to meet him, let alone engage in a lengthy conversation with an actor I’ve seen so much of onscreen throughout my years. I can’t express enough how much meeting THE Michael Madsen made my day/life. Words don’t do this special memory justice.

 

If you’ve made it this far in reading, you deserve a round of applause and can consider this post as one of the books you’ve read this spring. ;) If you skimmed through it, I won’t hold it against you. If you didn’t read any of it at all, then how would you know what you deserve getting &/or not getting if you’re not even reading this very question right here? (hmmm)

 

Recently attended a convention & want to talk about your experiences?

 

You read about mine, so I’ll be more than happy to read about yours.

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I was at Horrorhound on Saturday to visit a friend who was a dealer. I bumped into Savini and said hello, and chatted with one of the actors from Christine for a few minutes. The crowd on Saturday was shoulder to shoulder. It was damn near impossible to move! The con was chocked full of walking dead and John Carpenter fans!!! Sorry I missed you guys in the sea of people.

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I was at Horrorhound on Saturday to visit a friend who was a dealer. I bumped into Savini and said hello, and chatted with one of the actors from Christine for a few minutes. The crowd on Saturday was shoulder to shoulder. It was damn near impossible to move! The con was chocked full of walking dead and John Carpenter fans!!! Sorry I missed you guys in the sea of people.

 

 

Ah, man! It would’ve been great to have seen you, Noeland. Yeah, the place was just completely packed. I’d have to say it was the busiest convention I’ve ever attended.

 

But it’s cool you got to go. Hope you had fun among the craziness. :)

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I enjoyed your experience, Indie!

 

Sounds like Michael Madsen is a real "keeper"! ;)

 

P.S. I saw a picture online of Norman Reedus with a doggie and I thought you might enjoy the cuteness - I'm not sure if I'm allowed to direct link or not:

 

http://www.peoplepet...1299285,00.html

 

Grab and go, in case the admins must remove!

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A friend who went this weekend said the same thing as you, it was so crowded and Walking Dead needs it's own convention!

 

Glad you had a good time and Madsen delivered. Walked by him at San Diego Comic-Con a few years ago and he did not look happy to be there!

 

Anybody a short distance from Calgary, Alberta Canada? Their Calgary Expo is shaping up to be one of the greatest guest lists I've ever seen! Michael Biehn, Robert Patrick, Linda Hamilton, Cary Elwes, Casper Van Dien, John Carpenter, Stan Lee, peeps from Game of Thrones, Richard Dean Anderson, Nathan Fillion, Carrie Fisher, Sean Patrick Flannery, Bret Hart and tons more, wow!

 

http://www.calgaryexpo.com/

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I enjoyed your experience, Indie!

 

Sounds like Michael Madsen is a real "keeper"! ;)

 

P.S. I saw a picture online of Norman Reedus with a doggie and I thought you might enjoy the cuteness - I'm not sure if I'm allowed to direct link or not:

 

http://www.peoplepet...1299285,00.html

 

Grab and go, in case the admins must remove!

 

 

Thank you so much for reading, jayesse8! :wub: Michael Madsen is a big teddy bear. I wish I could’ve taken him home with me as a souvenir, but I think carrying a star away is frowned upon & not allowed. ;)

 

Awwdorable pic of Norman w/ a doggy! So much cuteness packed into one pic. :D

 

A friend who went this weekend said the same thing as you, it was so crowded and Walking Dead needs it's own convention!

 

Glad you had a good time and Madsen delivered. Walked by him at San Diego Comic-Con a few years ago and he did not look happy to be there!

 

Anybody a short distance from Calgary, Alberta Canada? Their Calgary Expo is shaping up to be one of the greatest guest lists I've ever seen! Michael Biehn, Robert Patrick, Linda Hamilton, Cary Elwes, Casper Van Dien, John Carpenter, Stan Lee, peeps from Game of Thrones, Richard Dean Anderson, Nathan Fillion, Carrie Fisher, Sean Patrick Flannery, Bret Hart and tons more, wow!

 

http://www.calgaryexpo.com/

 

 

Thank you very much for reading, viendammage! :wub: The Walking Dead fans (hey, I’m one of ‘em) did overrun the place, but I don’t think a separate convention would be too beneficial. In some ways, it's nice to have a certain group of stars take the attention away from others. That way, I get to hang out with the others longer. Of course, I also feel that fans should be dispersed more equally among the guests (never gonna happen). HH shouldn’t have gotten so many cast members of TWD. I believe that added to the problems.

 

I guess I caught Madsen on a good day. You just walked by him? Maybe had you talked to him, you could’ve brightened his day. ;)

 

That Calgary Expo sounds exciting! I really want to meet Cary Elwes. He’s one of my all-time fave recurring characters on Psych. Yeah, I’m a Psych-o. B)

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but I think carrying a star away is frowned upon & not allowed. ;)

 

She says blithely! LOL that is too funny!!!

 

That Calgary Expo sounds exciting! I really want to meet Cary Elwes. He’s one of my all-time fave recurring characters on Psych. Yeah, I’m a Psych-o. B)

 

You know that's right! What!!!

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She says blithely! LOL that is too funny!!!

 

Which is exactly how I'd need to act...Y'know...If I were to get away with it. ;) Hypothetically, of course. (phew! close one)

 

You know that's right! What!!!

 

 

You watch Psych, too? You have superb taste in quality TV. Psych is one of my top faves! I love everyone on it.

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If anyone's interested in attending...

 

HorrorHound Weekend September 6th - 8th, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana

 

Guests include STEVEN YEUN, BARRY BOSTWICK, ROBERT RUSLER, VIVICA A. FOX, ROBERT ENGLUND, JAMIE KENNEDY, and MANY MORE!!!

 

Visit http://www.horrorhoundweekend.com/shows/201309/default.shtml for more details & a complete guest list!

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BEST CON EVER!!!! And that is saying a lot…..
Alright….Let’s get down to business. First off, we decided early on that we weren’t going to even bother with attempting to see Robert Englund. Yes. I get that he’s Freddy from our nightmares, but a virtual queue is a headache and a half. People that did it unsuccessfully had a bad weekend; our decision of opting out of doing it might’ve saved our day.
Saturday is usually the busiest day of a 3-day convention, but it seemed as though the crowd wasn’t as crazy as it was back at HHW in March…I don’t know if that’s because only 3 Walking Dead stars attended this one or maybe because the line was for Englund above all else…Or because the prices are high (and getting ridiculously higher)….$50 for England will only get you an autograph (no posed pic & no personalized signature (what!?) )
My family and I might have made the most wonderful memories at this convention. Let’s just say that timing surprisingly was on our side. I can’t share every single moment on here because I don’t feel like writing a whole novel (tempting….tempting….nah). But I will happily share my highlights of the event…..Okay….it’s pretty much a book.
HIGHLIGHTS
ROBERT RUSLER -- 3rd time meeting Robert felt like the other two times….He’s an honorary member of our family… :D We talked a lot about Black Asylum and just his directions of pursuing the entertainment biz from behind the camera. Fascinating & intelligent fella…& so wild & crazy! I had already met Free Signer SEAN CLARK and got a signed pic of him. My mom got one, too. Well, Robert took our signed pictures and signed ’em on the house…..My brother got a DVD signed. Robert took individual pics with my family……But before I even went over to chat with Robert….Not too long after, while I was trying to take a great picture with Sean, Robert ran to jump into my pic….*laughing* So, we said that we’d try, again, so I could have a pic with just Sean…..And Robert ran into our pic, again…..Man, he’s quick!…..Alright…One more time. We took another picture and Robert tried to get in that one, but didn’t make it in….It’s not that I didn’t want Robert in the picture….I just wanted a normal pic with Sean, since I’ve never taken one with the guy….We were all laughing…The crowd that was gathering around kept laughing at Robert for his successful “photo-bombing.”
We also got to attend a recently added A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 Q&A with ROBERT RUSLER & MARK PATTON….Mark is a great person….He had requested the people running HHW if he could go, then flew on a 15 hour plane ride just visit with his fans….Both guys had interesting, inappropriate stories about the horror flick….I won’t bore you with a word for word reenactment, but let’s just say those men can dance. ;)
DAN ROEBUCK -- Always fun to be around. He was hard to catch, actually. He just wasn’t at his table when we were near it…..We waved at him earlier in the day but didn’t see him until the very end. He signed & chatted with us. We gave him compliments. He talked about his personal life; we discussed my mom’s health issues…..He was so concerned about her… :) Sweet, sweet man.
DANA ASHBROOK -- This man is nice! & just happy to talk to fans….We mainly talked about Psych….Y’know, the episode I’m talking about, Psych-O’s..."Dual Spires." Plus, I learned things talking to him. He gave me encouraging advice. I didn’t take a pic with him, because I didn’t want to ask for a pic without buying his autograph. I’m not made of money…But it’s not like Dana cared that I didn’t buy anything from him…We got to have a real, no-money exchange conversation.
ZACK WARD -- Dave from Titus!!!! I expected him to be off-the-wall, but he’s actually such a kind gentleman. We talked a lot about his writing and directing Protocol X and got autographs from and pictures with him….Boy, he’s cute!… :)..He gave me a poster to scan the code to access his content.
BARRY BOSTWICK -- If you had told me we were going to become best friends with Barry Bostwick, I would’ve said, “Yeah, right.”……But guess what?…..Yeah…That’s EXACTLY right! He wasn’t in the best location of the convention for people to find him, but it sorta out worked to our advantage. When we first saw him, we just started talking….And talking….and talking…My mom, brother, and I each bought autographs & got pictures with him ($30 for each autograph & $10 extra for a personal pic….But he’s Barry Bostwick, so he’s well worth it). I had him sign my first season of Spin City, which sparked a conversation about that….Then, I even got him to sign the disc with him on it….He was happy to do it. I just love Barry’s voice…..It’s so distinguished.
He read my shirt, which I had made for a certain guest (to be revealed coming up soon). And then we started talking about this other guest, because Barry had worked with him on a TV show……..We shared a lot of laughs….I talked with him about a web series he’s a part of called Research. Then, I told him that my brother and I are aspiring filmmakers currently making web series…..Barry said something so grand that shocked us & made our day…. :wub: Indescribable. He is a pure inspiration.
More about Barry soon….
And now I must discuss my personal fave & the very first person we met that day……JAMIE KENNEDY!!!!!!!!!!! We waited the longest for Jamie, because we were early….an hour before the show started, in fact…..I was the first person in line for Jamie on Saturday, and I wasn’t giving up my spot for anything. When Jamie entered wearing his shades, I thought I was going to faint….I wasn’t nervous nervous, but my meeting Jamie is a big deal….Probably my biggest….So, I’d say I had some butterflies swirling around for sure. Way before I started admiring Thomas Jane (even before I started my fanship for Tim Roth & Charlie Sheen), I developed a huge crush on Jamie Kennedy….I was in Elementary school when The Jamie Kennedy Experiment first premiered. I fell in love with the show & let’s face it….I fell in love with Jamie…And I’ve never stopped lovin’ the guy behind so many disguise who made me realize that even a recognizable face can be hidden.
Yes, my flirting level was at a record high….But Jamie is such a flirt…What am I gonna do? Be rude and not flirt back?….. And the fact that he’s single only makes it better….*daydreaming*…..But back to the convention details….
I decorated a shirt in honor of Jamie (this is the one Barry read). My shirt says, “Jamie Kennedy’s X Marks The Spot On My Heart.” I came up with this phrase in May when I found out about Jamie attending HHW. Everyone loved this shirt. One of Jamie’s handlers kept telling people to look at it while we were awaiting Jamie’s arrival….A guy in line thought it was an awesome shirt….Jamie’s rep took a picture of it on his phone and sent it to Jamie to make his morning.
When Jamie saw it, he had the biggest smile on his face. He read my shirt and touched my shirt…..He was so impressed that I made it……..I was in Heaven. I gave Jamie a gift I had made specially for him….It’s a wooden X, painted green with personal messages written all over it….I worked hard on this baby, and Jamie could tell. He read the messages and kept holding the X….Jamie’s rep turned the moment into a photo shoot. He said that he could hang it in his house…Awww…..Then, he stood up and asked me for a hug…..Hugging Jamie…I can’t think of a better embrace. :wub:
He asked if I wanted to take a pic with him….Of course!….I sat down in the chair beside him and didn’t get up for the longest time. I just sat next to Jamie and enjoyed every second of it. And got my picture taken with Jamie by his rep. I had him sign my first season DVD box set of The Jamie Kennedy Experiment (what else?) and shared my thoughts about it. Still sitting next to him.
I told him that he had wished me a happy birthday last Sunday; he remembered doing so. He even recognized my name from Twitter & knows that my profile pic on there is a rose. :D I couldn’t believe he remembered that.
Ready for my somewhat embarrassing moment? I asked if Jamie could give me a kiss. I meant on the cheek. He said he couldn’t but that I could give him a kiss. Alright….I X’d Jamie. ;) But before that, he said loudly enough for everyone standing around to hear, “She wants us to make out!” Cue laughter….Strangely, I didn’t feel my face turn red. Maybe because I was thinking “Mind reader” and not “Did he just say that?”
We talked some more. Yes, I held up the line. But in my defense, I was not about to rush the moment of my life I’ve been wanting to happen so badly and was finally experiencing.
My mom also wanted an autograph of & picture with Jamie. Yay! More JK time! More laughs. More bliss. We eventually left, and I walked away, smiling reliving it over and over.
BARRY BOSTWICK / JAMIE KENNEDY -- My mission was to reunite the two, which I never actually got to see happen or know if a reunion ever took place. By the time I saw Barry, I had already met Jamie….Barry didn’t know Jamie was there until I told him. Barry mentioned working on something with Jamie….I guessed right -- Ghost Whisperer. We chatted about that. Barry told me to tell Jamie he said “Hi”…..and that he wants to have him stop by. Wait?…..Did Barry just give me an excuse to visit with Jamie, again? Jackpot!
This interaction didn’t happen back-to-back, but I made sure the message would be received unless Jamie was super busy with other fans. Luckily, Jamie didn’t have a line when we just happened to be near his table. I told you; time was on our side. So, I went over to Jamie to talk, again. He said, “My friends are back.” (girlish hehe) I opened with wanting to discuss Granny, a Kickstarter movie starring Jamie that was just launched a day before. We discussed his involvement and the rewards….Some people started forming a line behind me. I didn’t want to take up too much time, but I still had a message to deliver on behalf of Barry.
I reminded Jamie of the show Ghost Whisper being the project they worked on together, but I couldn’t think of the specific episode. Neither could Jamie. So he looked it up on his phone. He even put the next paying fans on hold to solve this mystery. He figured it out. He remembered. Then, he told me how else he knew him. I’m learning a lot from these people. I said that Barry wanted to see him and that he should head over there if he got the chance…He told me to tell Barry that he said “Hi.” Wait….So now I would get to see Barry Bostwick, again? How awesome!
So, I relayed Jamie’s message to Barry. And brought up the other way Jamie knows him. We had a chat about that. Barry kept saying that he’d have to definitely try to visit with Jamie to catch up…..And he actually did try; I learned this during our third visit with Barry……But Jamie was taking a break at the time. I didn’t see Jamie at his table too often, so I guess he must’ve been busy elsewhere. But I can’t believe I got to have three conversations with Barry & two talks with Jamie. Now, you know why this con is the best ever….
But wait…….There’s more!
I had actually made a gift for a guest who was only going to be there ONE DAY ONLY!! It’s still amazing that he showed up, but because he’s so popular and expensive, I didn’t think it would be fair to spend most of the day, waiting in his long line and miss out on practically everyone else just to give him a gift. But we had reached the time where we had met the ones we wanted. So we went to see if he was still signing. 3 people confirmed he was. Great! Out to the car to retrieve the gift!
It was a long walk to make it to the room with the cast of The Walking Dead. I decided that I’d be willing to spend the $50 to get an autograph from STEVEN YEUN….By the time when we get down there, there’s no line, which isn’t a good sign. The volunteer at the door told us that Steven was done signing….My heart sank…..But that he was still in there….My heart rose…..We asked if we could visit him really quickly….She said, “No.” I said I didn’t need to get an autograph; I just needed to give Steven a gift…..She….let…us…in. She told us to let his people know we had permission…We headed all the way over there….And sure enough…..Steven is packing up, getting ready to leave.
The volunteers took a picture with him, then turned their attentions to us…They said that Steven was done for the day….We explained we had permission…..After confirmation from the woman who let us in, we got to approach Steven…He looked pleased to see us….I told him that I made him a gift….He was touched….I had made him a special case for his eyeglasses. I found out that his father prefers him to wear suits, so I made a fabric "suit case." ^_^ Steven LOVED it! He knew exactly what it was for and even placed his glasses inside it. Wow! Great moment! He hugged me; I kissed him.
My mom asked if we could take a picture with him…..So, with the guy who had the rule of No Posed Photos, we got a posed photo…. We left very satisfied. Yes! I came with 2 gifts and left with none having to be taken back with me. As we’re walking down the hall, Steven follows after and heads out...Phew! That was cutting it close!…..So, I got to be Jamie’s first fan for Saturday and Steven’s last.
If you made it this far in reading, THANK YOU!!! Consider this your last book of the summer….
If any of you have any convention stories you’d love to share….Even from many, many years ago….Post it; I’ll read it.
And if you’d like to take a look at me and Jamie together & see the gift I made for him, click the link: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=450668661715926&set=pb.391926177590175.-2207520000.1378756827.&type=3&theater

 

That’s right!….I’m pictured with Jamie on Jamie Kennedy's Facebook/Instagram accounts!!! :wub:

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Oh Rosella!

 

I love your heartfelt encounters and your enthusiastic write-ups here!!!

 

I love that you love Barry Bostwick and Jamie Kennedy - who does that, except you and me, seriously?! LOL

 

As close as I get is thus:

 

At our Greek Festival this year (which annually kiboshes my birthday), the venue was shared with an Anime festival. For some reason, dudes were dressed in homemade Predator costumes - one of whom my niece photographed squeezing my head, in about to bite it off pose!

 

Made my day for sure!!!

 

And I was wearing Raw Studios swag - so free publicity, ya'll! ;) LOL

 

Anyway, thank you as always for sharing your experiences here - I love it!

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Oh Rosella!

 

I love your heartfelt encounters and your enthusiastic write-ups here!!!

 

I love that you love Barry Bostwick and Jamie Kennedy - who does that, except you and me, seriously?! LOL

 

As close as I get is thus:

 

At our Greek Festival this year (which annually kiboshes my birthday), the venue was shared with an Anime festival. For some reason, dudes were dressed in homemade Predator costumes - one of whom my niece photographed squeezing my head, in about to bite it off pose!

 

Made my day for sure!!!

 

And I was wearing Raw Studios swag - so free publicity, ya'll! ;) LOL

 

Anyway, thank you as always for sharing your experiences here - I love it!

 

Thank you so much for reading all of that, jayesse8!!! :D I'm glad you enjoyed my convention tales.

 

What's great about Jamie K & Barry B is that I loved each one of these men so much before I met them & even more afterwards. If you ever get the opportunity to meet either one, I strongly encourage it.

 

Your meeting a Predator -- Very cool! I love when people get so into things & dress up. I can see how that'd make you happy; I know I'd go for that kind of picture perfect moment. :) And you promoted RAW too? Fantastic! I've only worn my RAW shirt at one convention....Strangely enough, it's the only con I haven't talked about in great detail on here.

 

Thank you for always reading & commenting on my experiences.......Your responses turn my face into this --> :ph34r: .....Oops...I mean this --> :D

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Well, it's almost convention time for me.

 

HorrorHound Weekend March 21-23rd, 2014 - Cincinnati, Ohio

 

GUESTS Include SEAN PATRICK FLANERY, DAVID DELLA ROCCO, CLIFTON COLLINS JR., SCOTT WILSON, LAURIE HOLDEN, KIM COATES, ALAN TUDYK, CLINT HOWARD, DOUG BRADLEY, DAVE SHERIDAN, BRUCE CAMPBELL, TED RAIMI, AND MANY MANY MORE!!!

 

More info if you need it: http://www.horrorhoundweekend.com/shows/201403/default.shtml

 

Be there & be scared. B)

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Well, it's almost convention time for me.

 

HorrorHound Weekend March 21-23rd, 2014 - Cincinnati, Ohio

 

GUESTS Include SEAN PATRICK FLANERY, DAVID DELLA ROCCO, CLIFTON COLLINS JR., SCOTT WILSON, LAURIE HOLDEN, KIM COATES, ALAN TUDYK, CLINT HOWARD, DOUG BRADLEY, DAVE SHERIDAN, BRUCE CAMPBELL, TED RAIMI, AND MANY MANY MORE!!!

 

More info if you need it: http://www.horrorhoundweekend.com/shows/201403/default.shtml

 

Be there & be scared. B)

Hey when you go to this can you try to post some photos on here. :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

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Thank you for your interest joyce & Joanna!!

 

Over the weekend, I conquered my fears…Actually, no…No, I did not. BUT I did meet some really nice people and bonded with some famous folks I can proudly call friends. :D

Should I begin with the low points of HHW Cincy 2014 just to get that part out of the way? There’s only one big downer, and it hurt even before I got there. Ted Raimi cancelled. :( The poor guy had the flu. I hope he’s feeling better now. I just wanted to meet him so badly. This is the second time he’s cancelled at a con I was attending. I’m counting on a ‘next time’ some day.
We avoided the drama. At a convention with Bruce Campbell, you have to ask yourself this question: “Do I have a Bruce Day OR do I meet many people, instead?” You can’t do both. At least, I’ve never seen both mastered when you’re attending a convention for one day only. So, we didn’t need to see Bruce. Met him once, already. That’s good enough for us. Plus, when we saw him, he charged $30 for an autograph, and now he’s a whopping $50. I know. I know. Complaining about the high cost of a signature is a repeated offense, but there is no reason that a price has to increase that much. Especially, when you see people who have been in the Biz for even longer, and they’re still fine with charging $20-$25 -- This is the price of someone who truly shows up for the fans. And I saw some of the photo op pics of fans with Bruce, and they are not worth it. He wasn’t even smiling.
A lot of fans are slamming Laurie Holden for being late, charging $40 without a pic at the table, & for seeming like she didn’t want to be there. We almost went to meet her. Almost. But every time, I looked over at her area, she wasn’t there. Plus, the high price autograph without a pic at the table is a huge turnoff. I don’t get why stars refuse to take a pic. And the “time saver” excuse isn’t working anymore. I’ve seen long lines move quickly with stars signing & taking pics with fans. It can & has been done. Chandler Riggs was even charging $50 for his auto & no pic. What!? Did I fall asleep and wake up in a world where a kid’s signature is as good as someone like Bruce Campbell's? I’m not saying Riggs is a one-hit wonder, but other than The Walking Dead at this point, what is his value? They do say that he’s nice, so I guess he has that going for him. But these Photo Op Only stars are ruining the meeting experience.
I don’t know where to begin with my highlights. They’re all so great that I don‘t know how to rank ‘em. Hmmm…*thinking*
SCOTT WILSON - He’s a hoot, that’s what he is. We even saw him arrive as we waited outside to get in. He waved to everyone, real friendly-like. He was there to have a good time & to make sure you were having a good time, too. He loves hugging people, so I made sure to get myself a Hershel hug. He had a long line that never seemed to shorten, but it moved pretty quickly. And yes, he took pics with fans. At his age (turning 72 tomorrow), he’s getting up and down, posing for pics & not complaining once. For $40, you could get an auto & a pic, which is exactly what my mom & brother did. Plus, we got to chat with the kind soul for a moment -- asked some questions & complimented his work. Then, while waiting for someone else, we learned that Scott drinks Dr. Pepper. Where else can you find out interesting stuff like that?
CLINT HOWARD - We didn’t have too long to meet him. Because my mom was in a wheelchair due to her heart condition, we got to cut everyone all because of a fan in front of us made it happen. That’s right. Some guy we didn’t know went to talk to Clint & his handler to work it out so that we could head to the front without waiting. Horror fans look out for one another.
Clint is a very, extremely nice man! Funny & genuine. My mom gave him a gift, a jar of peanut butter & jelly. Kudos to you if you get that reference. ;) We chatted about his work. My mom wanted a signed picture, so she was browsing through his photos. He had so many great ones with him. But he also had a DVD set of Gentle Ben that he was selling. We asked “How much?” He didn’t even have a price in mind for it. He just said $10. Whoa! So a guy who was already signing at the low price of $20 per autograph just signed a DVD set for 10 bucks? THAT is the way to do it! He posed for pics with my mom. He even squatted down beside her & squeezed in cheek to cheek. And he’s got a great memory. I mentioned a short film that he had made years & years ago, and he knew exactly what I was talking about.
CLIFTON COLLINS JR. - Going into this convention, I had thought that my chance of meeting Clifton would mean I would have to wait in a long line just to say “Hey!” & give him a gift. You knew I’d bring a gift. He’s a Boondock Saint, baby! Of course, he’s gonna get something. :D But it’s like the crowd didn’t even recognize him. While we were waiting on Sean Patrick Flanery, who properly takes his time with his fans and had a long line waiting, I couldn’t take my eyes off of Clifton. Probably because he was just sitting there.
For some reason, Clifton never had a long line. Every now & again, a couple of people would approach him and get an autograph/pic. But there was never a line, when we were in the room. I couldn’t understand it. When I was ready to go meet him, I went straight over to him and shook his hand. No wait whatsoever. He’s a great guy. Super polite. I gave him a gift, a cross key-chain, which took him by surprise. He was so excited to get his gift. He stood up & gave me a hug. My mom & I both got autographs & pics with him. We got to have a conversation about some of his movies, including The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit & the possibility of a Vegan Police movie. What! ;) Just imagine. And as we was talking, he was standing right next to me, which just made it even more of a personal experience.
DAVID DELLA ROCCO - If I had to rank my favorite moments of Rocco, I’d say this one would be my best one, in regards to conversation length. We talked for awhile with him. I gave him a gift, an Italy flag decorated eye glasses case. He even told me how he needed one of those. Perfect! My brother & I got his autograph; it only costs $20. Even though this is my 3rd time meeting him, it’s the first time I actually bought something from him. And it’s a good thing that I did, too, because David did something extra special with my signed pic; he wrote something on it that made my day. Heck, it made my life. :wub: He took pics with us. We laughed. We just enjoyed each other’s company like good ol’ pals.
Rocco is one of the sweetest people you can meet. Seriously. Seriously, go meet him. He's just one of those handful of stars who you can tell genuinely appreciates his fans without expecting money in return, a rare breed in a convention setting.
SEAN PATRICK FLANERY - 4th time meeting Sean, and it’s a top fave as usual. He never disappoints. He’s actually the first person we went to see that day. HorrorHound put the Boondock Saints in the same room as the tattoo artists. The room was pretty small; it could barely contain Sean’s long, long line. But, like I mentioned before, I didn’t mind the wait, cause it gave me more time to stare at Clifton.
Sean is down-to-earth & real & awesome x 1 million! He remembered me from before. This time, I gave him a different kind of a gift, a painting of a sun with a heartfelt message on it and a heartwarming explanation behind it. When I told him what it meant, he was near tears and grabbed me from across the table to hug me tightly. :wub: I felt pretty proud to have that kind of impact on someone I admire so much.
I got a signed pic ($30) and he took individual pics with me & my family. He even stood there for safety shots. We had a nice conversation about what he’s working on. Then, he started talking about something he couldn’t reveal, but I got him to reveal it to me. He whispered his secret in my ear. No, I cannot tell you what he said. I haven’t told anyone. It is never a dull moment with Sean around.
ALAN TUDYK - When we went to go look for him, we were informed by a fan that he wouldn’t be back at his table until 4pm. Alrighty! So, we just got in line for Scott Wilson. And while we were waiting for Scott, I was in the right place at the right time. Coming around from the corner, sure enough, was Alan. He was walking by himself, so I ummm…I reached out to touch his arm. Not squeeze, just barely tapped. He turned and looked directly at me and smiled and said, “Hello.” Awww…..So, in that moment, I was already impressed by him.
We lined up for Alan. He didn’t have a banner up, just a movie poster, so I wanted to make sure we were in the correct line. The staff guy confirmed we were & then told us they were working on clearing the exit aisle, so we could go up front. Huh? Apparently, they didn’t want to make my mom wait any longer than she had to. Or maybe they watched as I barely made it through Scott’s line with her wheelchair. Usually, the conventions I attend have yellow tape to signify each line, but this time they put up rows of bars, so we would have to weave in and out of turns with sharp corners. Not exactly wheelchair accessible, but we survived.
We probably waited a total of ten minutes for Alan to return to his table. When he approached us, he greeted us with a high “Helloooooo.” He’s too funny. Just thinking about him makes me smile. He even apologized for keeping us waiting. My mom brought him a bag full of gifts as a belated bday present. Each item she gave him represented a movie of his. She made him guess what each of the contents represented. We had to give some hints, but he had fun guessing, though. I was surprised how quickly he got some of them.
My mom bought his autograph. He’s not really known for posing for pics at his table. In fact, for this con he was classified as Photo Op Only. But I think if you asked, he’d take one with you. I can’t picture him saying, “No.” My mom asked if he’d take a pic with her. Of course, he would! He asked if I wanted to be in the pic. Awwww…..Absolutely! But then for the “safety pic,” I stepped aside so the moment could be more personal between just them. Before we left him, I asked for a hug. And I got one. He did say to not tell his girlfriend about it. See what I meant about funny? :P
DAVE SHERIDAN - Many years ago, I discovered a movie that made me laugh nonstop, and that was just the trailer alone. Then, we got the movie on V.H.S and watched Frank McKlusky, C.I., and my fandom for Dave Sheridan began. He is a spoof movie legend, so I was really extra excited to meet him. We had to wait for Dave to return from his photo op (he dressed up as Scary Movie’s Officer Doofy), but he was seriously worth the wait.
Out of all of the guests we saw that day, we talked to Dave the longest. We talked about his upcoming projects. He’s someone I want to work with someday, and I told him that, which led to my brother and I talking about our projects. He wants to see what we’ve made. *faints* I’m always the one who’s the most interested in the star’s work; I’m not used to having a star interested in what I do. I was so comfortable around him, which is odd, considering I was nervous to meet him.
I wanted to buy Dave’s autograph; he had various price options. I had intended to just get an 8x10 signed, but the opportunity of getting something more unique was too great to pass up. I bought a Scary Movie Ghostface mask; he signed & personalized it. It cost $30 (leave it to me to choose the most expensive item). He took a couple of pictures with me. What? We had to get it just right, didn’t we? ;) He even called me “The director,” because I was calling the shots.
Dave is a great listener. He’s so kind, too. We told him where we were from; he made jokes. Man, he’s hilarious! I could’ve talked to him forever. :wub: Okay, 1st Groundhog Day could be my meeting Jamie Kennedy. But then, meeting Dave has to be my 2nd Groundhog Day. So, if I could just have these days over & over, back-and-forth, I’d be at a supreme level of contentment. And it only makes perfect sense to alternate between these two, since they are friends and frequently work together. To meet these two in the same room, I don’t think my heart could handle it.
Well, there you have it, folks! I hope you enjoyed my detailed tales of my eventful day!
Thank you for reading! As always, if you’ve ever attended a convention of any sort & want to talk about it, here’s the place. I will read every word you type. Promise!
Now, Joyce. I don’t usually post my pics on here, but since you asked nicely, I’m sure it’d be acceptable to share one. Though, I couldn't figure out how to post a pic, so you'll just have to click the link.
Here you go.
A picture of me with Clifton Collins Jr., 1 of the 2 officers of the Vegan Police.

 

 

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Thank you for your interest joyce & Joanna!!

 

Over the weekend, I conquered my fears…Actually, no…No, I did not. BUT I did meet some really nice people and bonded with some famous folks I can proudly call friends. :D

Should I begin with the low points of HHW Cincy 2014 just to get that part out of the way? There’s only one big downer, and it hurt even before I got there. Ted Raimi cancelled. :( The poor guy had the flu. I hope he’s feeling better now. I just wanted to meet him so badly. This is the second time he’s cancelled at a con I was attending. I’m counting on a ‘next time’ some day.
We avoided the drama. At a convention with Bruce Campbell, you have to ask yourself this question: “Do I have a Bruce Day OR do I meet many people, instead?” You can’t do both. At least, I’ve never seen both mastered when you’re attending a convention for one day only. So, we didn’t need to see Bruce. Met him once, already. That’s good enough for us. Plus, when we saw him, he charged $30 for an autograph, and now he’s a whopping $50. I know. I know. Complaining about the high cost of a signature is a repeated offense, but there is no reason that a price has to increase that much. Especially, when you see people who have been in the Biz for even longer, and they’re still fine with charging $20-$25 -- This is the price of someone who truly shows up for the fans. And I saw some of the photo op pics of fans with Bruce, and they are not worth it. He wasn’t even smiling.
A lot of fans are slamming Laurie Holden for being late, charging $40 without a pic at the table, & for seeming like she didn’t want to be there. We almost went to meet her. Almost. But every time, I looked over at her area, she wasn’t there. Plus, the high price autograph without a pic at the table is a huge turnoff. I don’t get why stars refuse to take a pic. And the “time saver” excuse isn’t working anymore. I’ve seen long lines move quickly with stars signing & taking pics with fans. It can & has been done. Chandler Riggs was even charging $50 for his auto & no pic. What!? Did I fall asleep and wake up in a world where a kid’s signature is as good as someone like Bruce Campbell's? I’m not saying Riggs is a one-hit wonder, but other than The Walking Dead at this point, what is his value? They do say that he’s nice, so I guess he has that going for him. But these Photo Op Only stars are ruining the meeting experience.
I don’t know where to begin with my highlights. They’re all so great that I don‘t know how to rank ‘em. Hmmm…*thinking*
SCOTT WILSON - He’s a hoot, that’s what he is. We even saw him arrive as we waited outside to get in. He waved to everyone, real friendly-like. He was there to have a good time & to make sure you were having a good time, too. He loves hugging people, so I made sure to get myself a Hershel hug. He had a long line that never seemed to shorten, but it moved pretty quickly. And yes, he took pics with fans. At his age (turning 72 tomorrow), he’s getting up and down, posing for pics & not complaining once. For $40, you could get an auto & a pic, which is exactly what my mom & brother did. Plus, we got to chat with the kind soul for a moment -- asked some questions & complimented his work. Then, while waiting for someone else, we learned that Scott drinks Dr. Pepper. Where else can you find out interesting stuff like that?
CLINT HOWARD - We didn’t have too long to meet him. Because my mom was in a wheelchair due to her heart condition, we got to cut everyone all because of a fan in front of us made it happen. That’s right. Some guy we didn’t know went to talk to Clint & his handler to work it out so that we could head to the front without waiting. Horror fans look out for one another.
Clint is a very, extremely nice man! Funny & genuine. My mom gave him a gift, a jar of peanut butter & jelly. Kudos to you if you get that reference. ;) We chatted about his work. My mom wanted a signed picture, so she was browsing through his photos. He had so many great ones with him. But he also had a DVD set of Gentle Ben that he was selling. We asked “How much?” He didn’t even have a price in mind for it. He just said $10. Whoa! So a guy who was already signing at the low price of $20 per autograph just signed a DVD set for 10 bucks? THAT is the way to do it! He posed for pics with my mom. He even squatted down beside her & squeezed in cheek to cheek. And he’s got a great memory. I mentioned a short film that he had made years & years ago, and he knew exactly what I was talking about.
CLIFTON COLLINS JR. - Going into this convention, I had thought that my chance of meeting Clifton would mean I would have to wait in a long line just to say “Hey!” & give him a gift. You knew I’d bring a gift. He’s a Boondock Saint, baby! Of course, he’s gonna get something. :D But it’s like the crowd didn’t even recognize him. While we were waiting on Sean Patrick Flanery, who properly takes his time with his fans and had a long line waiting, I couldn’t take my eyes off of Clifton. Probably because he was just sitting there.
For some reason, Clifton never had a long line. Every now & again, a couple of people would approach him and get an autograph/pic. But there was never a line, when we were in the room. I couldn’t understand it. When I was ready to go meet him, I went straight over to him and shook his hand. No wait whatsoever. He’s a great guy. Super polite. I gave him a gift, a cross key-chain, which took him by surprise. He was so excited to get his gift. He stood up & gave me a hug. My mom & I both got autographs & pics with him. We got to have a conversation about some of his movies, including The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit & the possibility of a Vegan Police movie. What! ;) Just imagine. And as we was talking, he was standing right next to me, which just made it even more of a personal experience.
DAVID DELLA ROCCO - If I had to rank my favorite moments of Rocco, I’d say this one would be my best one, in regards to conversation length. We talked for awhile with him. I gave him a gift, an Italy flag decorated eye glasses case. He even told me how he needed one of those. Perfect! My brother & I got his autograph; it only costs $20. Even though this is my 3rd time meeting him, it’s the first time I actually bought something from him. And it’s a good thing that I did, too, because David did something extra special with my signed pic; he wrote something on it that made my day. Heck, it made my life. :wub: He took pics with us. We laughed. We just enjoyed each other’s company like good ol’ pals.
Rocco is one of the sweetest people you can meet. Seriously. Seriously, go meet him. He's just one of those handful of stars who you can tell genuinely appreciates his fans without expecting money in return, a rare breed in a convention setting.
SEAN PATRICK FLANERY - 4th time meeting Sean, and it’s a top fave as usual. He never disappoints. He’s actually the first person we went to see that day. HorrorHound put the Boondock Saints in the same room as the tattoo artists. The room was pretty small; it could barely contain Sean’s long, long line. But, like I mentioned before, I didn’t mind the wait, cause it gave me more time to stare at Clifton.
Sean is down-to-earth & real & awesome x 1 million! He remembered me from before. This time, I gave him a different kind of a gift, a painting of a sun with a heartfelt message on it and a heartwarming explanation behind it. When I told him what it meant, he was near tears and grabbed me from across the table to hug me tightly. :wub: I felt pretty proud to have that kind of impact on someone I admire so much.
I got a signed pic ($30) and he took individual pics with me & my family. He even stood there for safety shots. We had a nice conversation about what he’s working on. Then, he started talking about something he couldn’t reveal, but I got him to reveal it to me. He whispered his secret in my ear. No, I cannot tell you what he said. I haven’t told anyone. It is never a dull moment with Sean around.
ALAN TUDYK - When we went to go look for him, we were informed by a fan that he wouldn’t be back at his table until 4pm. Alrighty! So, we just got in line for Scott Wilson. And while we were waiting for Scott, I was in the right place at the right time. Coming around from the corner, sure enough, was Alan. He was walking by himself, so I ummm…I reached out to touch his arm. Not squeeze, just barely tapped. He turned and looked directly at me and smiled and said, “Hello.” Awww…..So, in that moment, I was already impressed by him.
We lined up for Alan. He didn’t have a banner up, just a movie poster, so I wanted to make sure we were in the correct line. The staff guy confirmed we were & then told us they were working on clearing the exit aisle, so we could go up front. Huh? Apparently, they didn’t want to make my mom wait any longer than she had to. Or maybe they watched as I barely made it through Scott’s line with her wheelchair. Usually, the conventions I attend have yellow tape to signify each line, but this time they put up rows of bars, so we would have to weave in and out of turns with sharp corners. Not exactly wheelchair accessible, but we survived.
We probably waited a total of ten minutes for Alan to return to his table. When he approached us, he greeted us with a high “Helloooooo.” He’s too funny. Just thinking about him makes me smile. He even apologized for keeping us waiting. My mom brought him a bag full of gifts as a belated bday present. Each item she gave him represented a movie of his. She made him guess what each of the contents represented. We had to give some hints, but he had fun guessing, though. I was surprised how quickly he got some of them.
My mom bought his autograph. He’s not really known for posing for pics at his table. In fact, for this con he was classified as Photo Op Only. But I think if you asked, he’d take one with you. I can’t picture him saying, “No.” My mom asked if he’d take a pic with her. Of course, he would! He asked if I wanted to be in the pic. Awwww…..Absolutely! But then for the “safety pic,” I stepped aside so the moment could be more personal between just them. Before we left him, I asked for a hug. And I got one. He did say to not tell his girlfriend about it. See what I meant about funny? :P
DAVE SHERIDAN - Many years ago, I discovered a movie that made me laugh nonstop, and that was just the trailer alone. Then, we got the movie on V.H.S and watched Frank McKlusky, C.I., and my fandom for Dave Sheridan began. He is a spoof movie legend, so I was really extra excited to meet him. We had to wait for Dave to return from his photo op (he dressed up as Scary Movie’s Officer Doofy), but he was seriously worth the wait.
Out of all of the guests we saw that day, we talked to Dave the longest. We talked about his upcoming projects. He’s someone I want to work with someday, and I told him that, which led to my brother and I talking about our projects. He wants to see what we’ve made. *faints* I’m always the one who’s the most interested in the star’s work; I’m not used to having a star interested in what I do. I was so comfortable around him, which is odd, considering I was nervous to meet him.
I wanted to buy Dave’s autograph; he had various price options. I had intended to just get an 8x10 signed, but the opportunity of getting something more unique was too great to pass up. I bought a Scary Movie Ghostface mask; he signed & personalized it. It cost $30 (leave it to me to choose the most expensive item). He took a couple of pictures with me. What? We had to get it just right, didn’t we? ;) He even called me “The director,” because I was calling the shots.
Dave is a great listener. He’s so kind, too. We told him where we were from; he made jokes. Man, he’s hilarious! I could’ve talked to him forever. :wub: Okay, 1st Groundhog Day could be my meeting Jamie Kennedy. But then, meeting Dave has to be my 2nd Groundhog Day. So, if I could just have these days over & over, back-and-forth, I’d be at a supreme level of contentment. And it only makes perfect sense to alternate between these two, since they are friends and frequently work together. To meet these two in the same room, I don’t think my heart could handle it.
Well, there you have it, folks! I hope you enjoyed my detailed tales of my eventful day!
Thank you for reading! As always, if you’ve ever attended a convention of any sort & want to talk about it, here’s the place. I will read every word you type. Promise!
Now, Joyce. I don’t usually post my pics on here, but since you asked nicely, I’m sure it’d be acceptable to share one. Though, I couldn't figure out how to post a pic, so you'll just have to click the link.
Here you go.
A picture of me with Clifton Collins Jr., 1 of the 2 officers of the Vegan Police.

 

 

 

Sounds like you had a really good time. Thank you for posting this I really do appreciate it. And Clifton Collins is a real cutie.

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Sounds like you had a really good time. Thank you for posting this I really do appreciate it. And Clifton Collins is a real cutie.

 

Yes, I did, indeed. You're welcome, Joyce! Thank you for reading it! I know the post is book-length. ;)

 

Clifton is so wonderful, a real treasure.

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Thank you for telling us your experiences!!! Mostly good, some not so much (Bruce!?). I love me some vicarious celebrity encounters! ;)

 

You highlighted some cool folks. Alan Tudyk is an interesting cat and Clifton Collins (who I want to call Gonzalez-Gonzalez) has really, really grown on me :) (Sunshine Cleaning, anyone?) Good stuff all around!!!

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