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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!!!

 

My pleasure! :) Thank you for reading my post!

 

Oh, it's not that we had a bad time with Bruce. We didn't even see the man & didn't even make plans to see him. I just know that other people have been complaining about their experiences. And most of their complaints aren't even directed at Bruce; they're about his manager/rep guy. He's pretty strict. He's the guy who doesn't even want to see a camera in your hand. Also, the photo ops with Bruce didn't turn out too great, either. In one guy's photo, the way the pic was taken, it makes it look like Bruce is a cardboard cut-out. Plus, Bruce not only doesn't smile but also looks kind of mad in the pictures.

 

Alan Tudyk really is amazing; he went above my expectations for sure.

 

Gonzalez Gonzalez....Ah, man! I should've had Clifton sign his name that way. *snap* :P Sunshine Cleaning - Yes! That's a great movie. Amy Adams is definitely on my list of top fave actresses.

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Well.....It's happening, again.

 

HorrorHound Weekend Indianapolis Sept. 5th - 7th, 2014

 

I'll be there!....Will you? Why not? Give me one good reason.......Alright.....That's a pretty good one.

 

The following guests are attending (as of now):

 

Jon Bernthal - Scott Wilson - James Remar - Lochlyn Munro - Alex Vincent - Scott Grimes - William Sadler - Mads Mikkelsen - and MANY MORE!

 

Now don't you feel silly for not going? ;)

 

 

For more info: http://www.horrorhoundweekend.com/shows/201409/default.shtml

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We had so much fun at HHW this time around. In fact, I can’t really think of anything to complain a lot about. Although, Scott Grimes cancelling was kind of a bummer. But when they marked him as “tentative” on the site, I pretty much figured he wouldn’t attend, anyways. No worries. Because whenever one guest cancels, another guest gets my money. ;) At least, that’s the system that keeps working out for the best thus far.



Let’s see…..Where shall I begin?


BILL MOSELEY - This is our 4th time meeting Bill. I know the guy has respectable credits to his name, but for some reason, when I meet him, I still never get the “I’m a star!” vibe from the guy, which is, indeed, a compliment. He is super down-to-earth. So much so that when we talk to him, it’s like we’re talking to another fan in line at the con. Actually, he’s more like a vendor, because he sells a variety of goods (8x10s, posters, CDs, magazines, etc).


Last time we saw him, I bought a CD of his band called Spider Mountain, which is the most bizarre music I’ve ever heard. I talked to him about it. But my main reason for this “reunion,” was to give him a pair of sunglasses to make up for almost blinding him with our camera during our previous visit (long story (no wait….that’s pretty much it)). He thought that was nice of me to do. If you’ve never met Bill, make sure you meet him one day.



WILLIAM BUTLER - Whoa! This guy is AWESOME!! My brother relayed a message from one of William’s close acting buddies to him, so that gave us our introduction. From there, we just kept talking. And talking. And talking. He’s super hilarious!! He made my stomach hurt from laughing so much. It was like having our own private show of a stand-up comedian. Plus, he’s just really sweet & kind.


Going in, my brother already knew how random and crazy the guy is, so he bought him the perfect gift -- a pair of booger glasses (yes, you read that correctly). William LOVED ’em! Seeing him wear them.... :lol: He even posted a pic of them on his fb page. That’s how much he was proud to have them.


My brother wanted to buy an autograph, but William didn’t want to accept his money. BOOM! Free signature just for giving the gift of booger joy. William took a picture with my brother, then a group photo with all of us. William is a real treat -- charming and wildly inappropriate -- just a guy worth meeting.


LOCHLYN MUNRO - Our fandom for Lochlyn goes all the way back to A Night at the Roxbury days, which is still a classic. So, needless to say but I’m gonna anyways, meeting Lochlyn was a BIG moment for us. He’s just the sweetest; he is wholeheartedly polite and genuine. He came out from behind his table to greet us, which was nice. Suddenly, we were just a group of people talking, instead of just fans looking down, gazing at a star.


He is remarkably humble. We talked about some of his TV work. I thought he would simply appreciate the compliments, but he also gave a little backstory on each role. Of course, we covered Roxbury and his work with the Wayans Brothers. At one point, he & I were standing side by side talking; he put his hand on my shoulder. I couldn’t stop smiling. The only reason why I didn’t get starstruck was because he created such a calm, relaxing atmosphere for all of us.


My mom bought a signed 8x10 (which came with a pic) for $25. First, she took a couple of pics with him, and then they asked if we all wanted to be in a picture with him. It took a while to take a group photo. For some reason (poor lighting in the room?), the handler had to keep taking pics of us. It kind of became like a photoshoot. Not surprisingly, Lochlyn was a great sport about the whole thing. Someone else might’ve lost his patience but not Lochlyn.


And then after all of that, I bought his autograph, as well (which was my plan even before he impressed me). Lochlyn asked if I wanted to take a pic with him. Absolutely! I couldn’t believe that after all that picture taking, he was still willing to pose for pics with me. Awwwww…..


Before we left, I reminded him that he had wished me “Happy Birthday” on Twitter, and he remembered doing that. He was moved by that, and he grabbed me and gave me a hug. :wub: What a sweetheart!


WILLIAM SADLER - Predicting the amount of time one will wait in line at a convention is impossible, and I’m always wrong. Always. So when William got added, I thought I’d be lucky to get a chance to praise some of his work and take a picture with him, then move it along. I had no idea I’d actually get the chance to have a full-length fascinating conversation with him, but that is exactly what fortunately happened. He was the second person we saw that day, and we only had to wait behind one person in line, which gave me little to no time to get a grip and quickly remember all of the things I wanted to discuss. Miraculously, I pulled it off. And what surprised me most was how much I kept surprising him by how much I knew about his work.


To begin, it took me awhile to decide which picture I wanted off his table to have signed, but he told me to take my time. I did. I stalled with question after question. And the thing I wanted to know first were his thoughts on The Mist ending. I love his answer! It was quite an honest response. To sum up, he didn’t like it. He thought it was too dark, especially having SPOILER ALERT David Drayton killing his own son. Yeah, that was bad. But I told him I loved the ending, because it left an impact and had such an important message behind it. He respected my opinions, as well. It’s always refreshing to hear an actor express his true feelings about his work. He even said that he prefers Stephen King’s original ending. And in case you didn’t know, William read the audio-book version of the novel as David Drayton. He was shocked that I knew that. (he, he)


Now, as much as I enjoy William in Frank Darabont’s films, personally, I relate to him more as Bill & Ted’s Grim Reaper. We got to talk about that character quite a bit with him. So after hearing how passionate he was about that role, I picked out a gorgeous b&w 8x10 of the Grim Reaper for William to sign. He did have cool pics from The Mist, including one with our captain TJ, but talking about the Grim Reaper made me feel nostalgic, and in the end, I just had to go with the photo that brought back childhood movie memories for me.


To avoid getting overly emotional while watching as he signed the photo, I switched the topic to The Blacklist. He liked my suggestion of having his character return in flashbacks. Then, we discussed his other TV guest spots. $40 got an autograph and a pic. His handler asked if we wanted a group shot, so we all got to be in the picture with him. Group photos were the trend of the day, which I'm starting to like them better, because they can captures a shared experience. If you ever get a chance to meet William Sadler, you really should. He makes great expressions and is super kind. He’s a classy gentleman.


ALEX VINCENT - Alex is a treasure. He is a generous individual who makes others feel appreciated. I only hope he knows how much people like him. I love the guy! This being the second time meeting Alex, it’s remarkable how much he’s able to continue to exceed my expectations. And somehow, just like our previous encounter, he managed to go above and beyond for me.


Alex is getting back into acting, which is great, because now I can revive my dream of working with him one day. But, in addition to his acting, he’s also taking his writing even further. He recently wrote and starred in a killer thriller movie called House Guest. I’ve been wanting to see this movie ever since I first found out about it. But while I thought it would be cool to buy it online, so I could have something to talk about to him the next time our paths would cross (not knowing there’d be a next time), I didn’t buy it. Mainly because I thought it’d be even cooler to buy the movie in person from him. Duh!


I didn’t know if that would be possible. I had my brother message him on facebook the Thursday before the convention (little last minute, ya think) to see if he would be selling DVDs. He responded right away! Yes, he was actually going to be bringing House Guest to sell. He sounded surprised that someone was asking about that movie. He told my brother the price and agreed to set one aside to make sure we’d get one. Yeah, baby!


When we first went up to him, I asked him if he remembered me. He did! From somewhere but couldn’t place me exactly. I know. That’s something people say to be polite, even if it’s not true. But I read his expression; he was telling the truth. I reminded him about Fright Night and the notebook I made for him. And get this: He. Still. Has. The. Notebook!!! :D Wowza!!! All of these gifts I’ve made & given to my admirations, I rarely find out if a person actually holds onto them or not. But Alex actually kept his. And…….He writes in it! Excuse me while I pick myself off the floor from passing out due to overexcitement. A writer. Alex. Writing in a notebook that I made. Using a gift that I gave him from the heart. It doesn’t get any better than that, people! Though, with Alex…….it does.


You know me. I can’t give a great gift one time, then show up empty-handed the next. That’s right. I made Alex another gift. I almost didn’t make anything, but that would’ve been a mistake. My problem was coming up with something to top the last one. I’m pretty certain I did. I made Alex not one but two guitar pick necklaces -- one with Nine Inch Nails’ logo and one with Alex’s very own A/V Productions’ logo. I wish you could’ve seen his face when he opened his gift. He was genuinely moved, to say the least. It was like they stirred something up inside him and touched his heart to its very core. Best reaction ever!


He thanked me and stood up to give me a hug. It was the best hug I’ve ever gotten. It was like a hug within a hug. When I thought we’d release from the embrace, he would just keep squeezing me tighter and tighter. :wub: Neither one of us wanted to let go, so we didn’t. Ah……So nice.


All of this had happened, and I still hadn’t got anything signed by him. Do I know how to make a meeting last or what? I saw that he had House Guest DVDs on his table, which meant he hadn’t sold out and didn’t have to set one aside. I told him that I was glad that he brought those, so then he knew that it was my brother who had requested him to save one for me. And you know what? He had actually set aside one! He kept his promise, again. That really made me feel special.


Then, we had a discussion about House Guest and his other upcoming projects. We talked about me not being on facebook and his not liking Twitter, again. He still wants me to join fb. He even said that I have to join in order to get a hold of him to discuss any future projects of mine. He was kidding (I hope). No, he was just playfully teasing me. It’s our fun little game that we play. ;)


For $20, I got House Guest signed (cover & disc), an 8x10 from the movie signed, and a picture on my camera with him. That’s a bargain! Alex is one of my favorite guests for many obvious reasons. And I’m probably the only fan of his who doesn’t bring up Child’s Play to him.


MADS MIKKELSEN - Meeting Hannibal himself was a absolute pleasure. He was the first one we went to see. It was strange, but when we first arrived to the convention, we couldn’t find the line to hand in our tickets and get our bracelets. Usually, at this hotel, we go in to go outside to stand in line, but there wasn’t a line. We asked a volunteer, and they showed us the line with no one standing in it. And instead of making us wait, they just let us through. We didn’t have Early entry, so we couldn’t actually go in to see anybody, yet. But we used our brains and just went straight over to go wait in Mads’ line.


As we were waiting in the hallway, Mads walked by us. Seeing Hannibal in street clothes is an interesting sight. I know that's just a character, but Mads himself is quite a character. We didn’t have to wait too long to see him, once the line started moving. Maybe an hour tops (but that includes the extra time of showing up early). The line was ridiculously long later in the day, so we were smart to visit him first.


When we walked in the room, I couldn’t take my eyes off of Mads. It was a little surreal to be in his presence. My mom made him a special gift, so we asked one of his handlers if we could take a picture of him opening it. It sounds like a weird question to ask, but we just assumed they would be very protective of Mads and wouldn’t want someone just snapping pictures of him. She said we could. Yippee!!


My mom had cleverly put together a serving tray of body organs (a heart, kidney, brain). Mads LOVED it! He even started reading the descriptions on the packages of each one. And I was just casually taking pics. A lot of pics. He didn’t mind at all. Another handler suggested that Mads pose for the camera holding the tray, so I took a picture of that. Photographing Mads……I had to convince my hands to not shake. I was nervous, but Mads put me at ease. He has that effect on people.


My mom bought a signed picture from him, which cost $50 (including a pic at the table). These con prices are ridiculously high, but Mads was worth it. He made some jokes. We laughed. It was so fun. We got to have a conversation with him without feeling rushed. We talked about Hannibal & Casino Royale. I was trying to not freak out over the fact that we were meeting a Bond villain. And when Mads would talk to you, he would look into your eyes and give you his undivided attention. Okay, maybe I was a wee bit nervous. :blink:


When it came time to take a picture, the handler asked if we wanted to all be in it. Now, that just seemed unheard of to have a headlining guest take a group photo at the table. Rarely happens (never happens). Mads put his arm around me; I thought I’d melt. :wub: So, there I was with my arm around Hannibal’s waist taking a picture, then another. No biggie. ;)


Mads’ accent will make a stable gal swoon. We couldn’t get enough of him. So later in the day, when it came time for his Q&A, we jumped at the chance to go. And if they had properly let out the audience from the previous panel, we would’ve had great seats, but they didn’t, so we didn’t. But we were in the room & could hear him & see him a little bit, so that was all that mattered to us. He sure enjoys talking and sharing stories. It was interesting to hear so much backstory behind so many of movies & Hannibal. I felt like a part of TV history, sitting in that room. Fascinating man all around!



Okay…Well, there you have it, folks. Sorry it took me so long to write & took you so long to read. Surprisingly, this is the short version of a long, incredible day. And this forum can never handle my overuse of emoticons, so if there's a place where it feels like there should've been a *wink* or a *smile*, know that one is there, but you just can't see it. *wink*


If you read every single word of this, *standing ovation* for you!


If you read every other sentence, skipped a few paragraphs, and only skimmed the middle, I will still applaud you but question your reading abilities.


And if you read nothing, then you missed out on everything (included this sentence where I mentioned you behind your back).


Have a convention experience you want to talk about? I’m all ears and eyes and a nose and a mouth -- I’ll be a whole face for you! B)



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Sounds like fun, Indie! I have loved Mads Millelsen ever since I've seen Flame and Citron. If you have not seen this film, you need to. It's one of my favorite performances by him. This and Valhalla Rising.

 

I think it's great that William Sadler said that he did not like the ending in The Mist. As an actor who not only worked on the film, but many with Darabont, it's nice to see that he does to just tow the line with saying it was amazing. Personally, I liked the ending, but everyone has their prefrence. Too often you hear actors say, "yeah, it's great" and you can tell they don't like it. That's what I enjoy about Mickey Rourke. He's not afraid to say what he thinks.

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Sounds like fun, Indie! I have loved Mads Millelsen ever since I've seen Flame and Citron. If you have not seen this film, you need to. It's one of my favorite performances by him. This and Valhalla Rising.

 

I think it's great that William Sadler said that he did not like the ending in The Mist. As an actor who not only worked on the film, but many with Darabont, it's nice to see that he does to just tow the line with saying it was amazing. Personally, I liked the ending, but everyone has their prefrence. Too often you hear actors say, "yeah, it's great" and you can tell they don't like it. That's what I enjoy about Mickey Rourke. He's not afraid to say what he thinks.

 

Thank you for reading my adventures, John! What an amazing time!

 

I've never seen nor heard of Flame and Citron, but I definitely will see it now.

 

William Sadler was nothing like I thought he'd be. He was quiet and soft-spoken, yet engaging & open about things. You're right. He could've raved about it or just half-heartedly supported it. He didn't have to be honest, but I guess that's just the kind of man he is.

 

I want actors to like & enjoy their work, but I also like when actors speak up against something they don't agree with. He also mentioned that he didn't like the fact that his character struggles to survive & then David Drayton takes matters into his own hands in the end. William really took that shocking ending personal. And I can't blame him, even if I loved the ending.

 

Rourke & Sadler have both been playing the acting game for awhile; they're well-entitled to their own opinions about projects.

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It’s taken me some time to sit down & write this, but I wanted to share with all of you another adventure at HHW (Sept. 12th). This would be my 13th convention, and it was a really fun one.


I won’t lie. I had some doubts at first. After Robert Rusler, David Arquette, & Stephen McHattie cancelled, I felt a little lost. Would we still have a great time as always? Would we make any fond memories ? Luckily (thankfully), we did.



JAMES HONG - He is quite a presence. I’m still starstruck over meeting him. He was in such good spirits, too. He kept getting the all of us in the crowd to scream. He’s so polite. He even did his “Seinfeld four” & “Cartwright!” lines for us, which as mega Seinfeld fans made it a real special treat for us. My mom got his autograph, and then we each pitched in to buy a picture with him, which I don’t think was intended to happen, because he was still wearing his Lo Pan makeup/costume from Big Trouble in Little China, which was originally meant for Photo-op only. So that did make it confusing for James; his handlers were wanting him to do something I don’t think he wanted, but he was a great sport about the whole thing. He made the experience enjoyable. :)


KIM MYERS - Another Seinfeld guest-star character. She’s really sweet. My brother bought her autograph & got to take a pic with her. We talked with her about various roles & such. For some reason, she didn’t have too many people visit her table. If you see her at a con, go over & say, “Hi.” She’s a very nice & pleasant person.


RICKY DEAN LOGAN - Another Seinfeld guest-star character. Meeting Ricky was definitely one of our top favorite moments. He is a cool & sweet & hilarious guy. We had a great conversation with him about his short films, and my brother & I got to talk to him about our projects. He gave us some very encouraging words. My mom & I got signed pics & took pics with him. But one of the greatest moments was when I brought up how much I love & remember his “freak” from Seinfeld. He did the character for us! I can’t believe it! He knew every line & nailed the voice! It was exactly what I wanted to happen, but, oh my, when it did, I just had the biggest grin on my face. :D


I made sure to tell him that in that scene with Kramer, he was the scene-stealer; he loved this compliment. It’s true, too. Whenever I think of odd, stand-out characters, his hippie freak comes to mind. He gave me a hug before we left. We kept going by his table throughout the con, and every time, he would greet us & make sure we were still having fun. Very nice man.


IRA HEIDEN - He’s just so cute. I’m obsessed with hearing his voice. & if you’ve ever heard him speak (which you probably have…he’s a voice over artist after all) then you know what I mean. ;) It was a real pleasure talking to him. He’s funny & so sweet. I brought up his voice work, and he mentioned this site that he’s on. Then, he played me his demo reel on his phone. He told us to listen for him on Code Black, which was good to know. It’s hard to track guest stars as it is, let a lone a voice. =) I got his autograph & took pics with him. Very nice guy. Later on in the day, my brother waved at him, and he waved back so excitedly. He just cracks me up. :lol:


DANIEL ROEBUCK - We are his family. Not really, but that’s how he introduced us to the new gorgeous lady in his life. He even greeted us as he was taking pics with other fans. We got many updates on his personal life. I won’t share those details here (sorry), but it’s just great to see Daniel happy & full of energy, again. We took a really nice group photo with him.


We ended up talking to Daniel twice that day. We chatted, left, & returned later in the day to pick up our free autographs (he’s still one of a handful of people who sign for free), and we got to have another personal conversation with him & his lady. He really does talk to us like he knows us (& this being our 4th time meeting him, he kinda does). ^_^


MARSHALL BELL - I think we found our new family member. Can we keep Marshall? He’s so AWESOME!!! We were parked outside the restrooms, planning our next move, when Marshall came over & greeted my mom. Right then, we knew -- Marshall is a sweetheart. My mom really wanted to go talk to him more, & boy, are we glad we did! One thing that was cool -- he remembered us from before & was hoping we’d stop by. We complimented his work (he’s done so much) & my mom got an autograph/pic with him. Then, after they took the pic together, he kissed the top of her head. Awwwwwwwww…. :wub: I really hope he gets added, again.


MARK PATTON - Mark is a wonderful guy & true gentleman. He’s actually the first person we saw that day. We all got autographs & pics with him. My mom made him a gift & bought him a James Dean t-shirt from our hometown (Mark’s a mega James Dean fan), so he just gave her a free autograph. :wub: He even wanted to have a pic of them taken together on his phone. https://instagram.com/p/7l8o68OjwP/?taken-by=markpattonnoes2



My brother bought his book, & we talked about his upcoming documentary Scream, Queen! They’re finishing up the last details of it & have a Kickstarter campaign going on for it. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1832830591/scream-queen-my-nightmare-on-elm-street (9 DAYS LEFT!) He even brought a little crew with him to film some horror fans for promo stuff.


He likes to pose with his glove from NOES2, but he puts it on & takes it off so often that at one point, he misplaced it. No worries. I found it for him. So that was pretty cool to give “Jesse” his glove back. ;)


ANDRAS JONES - Andras ended up being the last person we met for the day. He’s quite a fascinating man, & we enjoyed an enlightening conversation with him. We mostly talked about his Radio 8 Ball show & synchronicity (“meaningful coincidences”). He was very interested in hearing what I had to say. He asked me who I thought should appear on his show, and loved when I said Mark Patton. So, that would be cool if he gets him as a guest. I bought his book & got his autograph. Then, he took pics with me & my brother. He’s a one of a kind, that one. :)


If you’ve made it this far in reading about my con experiences, thank you!! Hope you enjoyed 'em. Sorry it took me a month to report. Looks like it's been fairly quiet around here on RAW. Hope the noise picks back up soon. B)

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Well, I spent another day at a HorrorHound. My wallet isn’t too happy with me, but the rest of me is quite content.
I had anticipated seeing Barry Bostwick again, but he had to cancel due to work. Surprisingly, he was one of only 2 cancellations (that’s a horror con record).
There were unexpected moments throughout the day (including an unfortunate early departure as a result of heartbreaking circumstances), but we’ll get into all of it as we go.
Sooooooo…..let’s dive on in……. (Please turn off or silence your cell phones) (c'mon.......I'm only kidding).
Honestly, I don’t know how to rank favorites. All people are highlights for us.
PAM GRIER - Yes, indeedy…..THE Ms. Jackie Brown! & what a delight she is! She’s just so kind-spirited & warm & fun. My brother asked her questions about making the film with Tarantino, which she is super proud of having been a major part of. My brother got her autograph & a picture with her all for $30. She talked to all of us about where we’re from. Just a really polite woman. & gorgeous, too. To be in her presence, one is just blown away by her beauty. She’s stunning!
ALEX VINCENT - This would be my 3rd time meeting him. He was actually the first person we saw as we went into the hotel. He just happened to be walking by. But I actually didn’t go over to him til the end. Just wanted to catch up with what he’s been doing. I was hoping he’d have another poetry book for sale, but he’s still working on that. I talked to him about his movie House Guest & his company A/V Productions. Then, I got a picture with him for $10. He hasn’t changed a bit. Still a modest, humble guy. No, I didn't make him anything (I know.....I know.....I should've). But he still has the necklaces I made for him last time.
WILLIAM RAGSDALE - Finally! I finally got to meet him! I‘ve been waiting for years now. & he is one charming fellow. He was impressed by how much I know about his work. He even thinks I know more about it than he does. We discussed a lot of his guest-starring roles (including BrainDead), but one part I had to bring up was the one that began my Ragsdale crush -- Grosse Pointe. It was a short-lived series on The WB. Anyway, it was my intro of his work. It was the show that made me want to see all his other shows. It was like I was taking him on a trip down memory lane. My mom & I both got autographs & pictures with him ($30). I wrapped my arms around him & hugged him so tight for the pictures. I think he was surprised I did that but he just went with it & wrapped his arms around me and hugged me back. Why? Because he’s super nice. I mean SUPER nice. He’s exactly how I imagined. Down-to-earth & cute as can be. :wub:
Sorry….where was I?
Oh yes!
ANDREW DIVOFF - LOST ACTOR ALERT! Whoa! Meeting him was a big deal & remarkable experience. He’s just so sweet & generous. Plus……his prices are reasonable. A lot of the prices were scary, but Andrew’s prices are the best. $20 for a signed 8x10 OR $10 for your own item signed. Not too many people still do that deal. So my brother got his Wishmaster set signed & a pic with him all for $10! What! For realsies. We probably talked to him for a good ten minutes the first time around. I complimented his Djinn ring. He made it himself! He makes rings! He took a bronze version out of its wrapper & let me hold it. It’s a masterpiece! Then he just kept talking to us about it. And telling us why he got into making them. I won’t go into too many details but basically Todd McFarlane is a jerk. So don’t bother asking Andrew to sign one of the Wishmaster action figures. He won’t do it. He’ll take the figure & offer 4 autographed pics in return. & I completely understand his reasoning. He has 100s of ’em now in his collection. Good for him, I say! But keep in mind, he was telling all of us this & still letting me hold the ring. He trusted me with it, which made me feel really good. Because anyone else would’ve eye-balled me, making sure I didn’t just run off with it. I wouldn’t, but I like knowing that Andrew knew I wouldn’t. After we finished our conversation, he invited us to come back & see him later.
So we did.
This time around, my mom bought a signed 8x10 & took a picture with him. And then we talked to him for maybe another 10 minutes. We were there for awhile. We talked about James Dean & September 11th & what he had for lunch (we had seen him go to the hotel’s restaurant) & all sorts of things. He was so personal with us. My dad thinks he’s the greatest. He kept telling him how he looks younger in person, which Andrew appreciated very much. I brought up that I thought he was great on The Blacklist, & he told us how much he enjoyed being on that show. Then I asked if I could get a picture with him & he kindly obliged. He’s a true gentleman. If he gets added near you, stop by & say “Hi” & ask him anything! He's great about answering all of your questions.
JAMIE KENNEDY - Yes, this is my 2nd time meeting him & just as fun & memorable as the 1st. I tested him. I asked him if he remembered meeting me, & he thought we all looked familiar. I said that we met him in that very spot 3 years ago. Suddenly, it hits him. He remembered! He remembered that I made him a gift! So I asked him what did I make? It took a few moments…..but he kept getting it. He knew it was green……..An X! A green X! BINGO! Ha! I can’t believe he remembered, because he meets a lot of fans, & even if they don’t all give him gifts, 3 years is a long time to remember something. Sure, I’ll never forget it, but it’s nice knowing he hasn’t yet either. He told me it’s hanging up on his wall & promised a pic. So we’ll see if I can get him to post it or not. He doesn’t always run his own Twitter, so it might be hard to get through when he’s on. I’ll try, though, cause I really wanna see that pic.
I discussed Heartbeat with him. And then my mom told him about her heart problems, because we found out that Jamie had heart trouble as a kid & had to have a pacemaker put in. So he wanted to know what medicine my mom takes. It was nice getting to have this private conversation with him.
This time I had him sign my 2nd Season of The Jamie Kennedy Experiment ($40 plus free pic). Then, he wanted to take a picture with all of us. He called my dad Pops. Ha! He just shows us all so much love. Even his handler liked us. He thought we were a nice family.
Then, later in the day, when we were in line for Pam Grier whose table was right next to Jamie’s, he saw us & said, “My family” directed to us & “That’s my family” to the people next in his line. :wub: He’s too adorable. The whole time we were waiting on Pam, he kept looking at me & making funny expressions. And smiling. I melt every time Jamie smiles at me. I can’t help it. I just do.
Before we left, I gave him a hug goodbye & thanked him for coming. Then, he hugged me again & faked cried. It was great. Really really great.
XANDER BERKELEY - 24 ACTOR ALERT! OH BOY! We interacted with Xander not once, not twice, not thrice, but 4 TIMES!! Okay, so the first time we saw him, it was when we were sitting out in the lobby area. They have a small little area with couches and chairs. We were waiting for the convention to start. It was still Early Entry time (which seems like a waste because most of the stars you wanna meet aren’t at their tables that early). So we were just sitting there. We got to see a lot of stars walk by, but when Xander passed us, he looked and smiled at us & waved. Right then, I knew he was going to be a nice man. Actually, I could tell he’d be fun just by the way he tweets. He’s very active on Twitter. He replies to & likes & RT’s his fans. My brother even got him to wish me a “Happy Birthday” on there. We tweeted we’d be seeing him at HHW, and he said he was looking forward to meeting us. Which I just took to be something nice to say, never knowing how that would play out or if he’d even remember us in person.
When we went over to see him, I anticipated a long line. There wasn’t. Maybe there were 3 people ahead of us? I saw his sign advertising his price for an autograph. My jaw dropped. He was only charging $30 (including a free selfie). What! Sure, I get he was mainly there to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Candyman, but he joined TWD. That’s not a price you see for those actors, or anyone else for that matter. In fact, all actors at this particular con had raised their prices ($5 - $20 more) but Xander was only going to cost $30 for an signature/pic??? YEAH, BABY!!
So we go over to him. My mom gives him a gift (a monogrammed hat). He’s a hat guy, so it was perfect. He LOVED it! He put it on & wore it in her pictures. I told him who we were from Twitter. And his face just lit up. :wub: He looked as excited to meet us as we were to meet him. He recognized my mom’s smiling face from the lobby. We talked about a lot of his work. Mainly 24 & The Booth at the End. He kissed me & mom on our cheeks. And he was joking with us & having a great time. It felt like we were all old friends just catching up. He even sent his handler away to got get him some water, so we got to have some alone time with the guy. We all got pictures & signed pics, of course. He’s amazing! And he loves to talk, which is great. He has a story for every comment you make or question you ask.
Then, later we went back over to see him. He didn’t have anyone at his table, so why not? I just wanted to tell him that I loved him in Shanghai Noon, since I forgot to mention it before. I expected a simple, “Thank you,” but he went into more stories on making it, including a Jackie Chan impression. He remembers so much about his work. It was great. He’s so lively & fun.
Towards the end of the day, we were back at the lounging area in the lobby, and he walked by us again. This time he stopped to ask us how we were. I tell ya. Old friends.
TED RAIMI - I’m not sure if I can recount these events without drooling all over myself. Ted is just so…..cute…..& sexy……& a bit naughty, too. ;) I won’t tell you everything he did, because it’s not really appropriate. Well, I brought him a gift & a Halloween card (a ghost sitting at a bar…“Where‘s the boos?”) . He was really surprised I brought him anything. He loved the card. But when he went to read what I wrote inside it, as soon as he said, “Dear Ted…” I knew he was going to make it all up. And he did. To an extreme! He's HILARIOUS!! I can’t even repeat what he said. I’m sorry. Those words just aren’t in my vocabulary, but the expletives were a’flyin,’ let me tell ya. So yeah, we got to have Raimi uncut/uncensored. As for the gift, I put it in a wine bottle gift bag, so he already said that he liked the shape of it. No, I didn’t bring him wine. I brought him 2 bottles of Faygo RedPop. He was stunned! He said, “It’s better than booze!,” which coming from him is quite a compliment. He’s a bit of a drinker, which I’m sure you’ve picked up on already. He was amazed that it was cold, too.
Then, he had to take a picture of it & wanted me in the picture. So that was cool to pose for Ted. We talked to him about Man with the Screaming Brain & his web series Deathly Spirits (a show about scary stories & cocktails). At the end of every episode, Ted delivers a line that cracks me up every time, so I asked if he’d do his final line for me. And he did it just like he does on the show. “It. Is. Later. Than. You…Think! (sinister laughter)" OMGoodness!
My brother got a picture with him for $20, but I bought the autograph/photo combo for $60 (not a typo). His pictures are fancy. They’re not just regular photographs. They’re thick boards. Very nice. And the message he wrote on it? Yup. He wrote the line. The funny thing is, I wanted him to write the line, but I didn’t want to ask after I already had him say the line. That’s too much directing. But he thought to do it himself, which I thought was really cool. We posed for our pictures. He wanted to hold the Faygo in our shots. He’s hilarious! He’s making a different expression in all the pics we took. He’s such a character, that one. B)
We saw him later. He hadn’t drank either bottle, yet. He said he’s saving them for after work. I asked him about Morbid Minutes & Ash Vs. Evil Dead. He wouldn’t go into details. He said that we have to watch the show to find out if he’ll be playing multiple characters or not. I think he will be, though. I hope so, anyways.
It’s just nice to know that I made such an impression on Ted. :wub:
DAVID ARQUETTE - David was the first guest we met that day. We chose right to meet him first, because he had to cut his day short and leave early on Saturday due to a family emergency. Which as many of you know by now, David’s brother/sister Alexis passed away early Sunday morning. :( Very heartbreaking. When we met him, I don’t believe he had gotten the news, yet. Because at that point, they didn’t make any announcements. But he never showed that anything was wrong. He held his head up high and powered through with a smile on his face. He was so polite with everyone.
My mom & I brought him birthday gifts (his bday was on 9/8...we saw him 9/10). My mom gave him a pair of clown bells (he loves clowns) from her own collection. He even loved the clown bag she put them in. Then, when he signed her photo, he thanked her for the clowns and drew a clown face. He even switched to a red marker to bring out the features of the clown. And went back to making the eyes bigger. It was quite something to see him doodling and wanting to make it look just right.
Now the gift I made for him is something that I put the most time/work into making out of all the gifts I’ve ever given anyone else. It was something that I wanted to make him the last time he got added but didn’t get a chance to starting because he ended up cancelling that appearance. But I found out what he likes to collect, & thought I’d have a go at making it. It took me about 3 weeks to get & put everything together.
I made David a <<drum roll>> Mini Arquette Marionette!!! :D I’m really proud how it all turned out, too. And it actually moves!
I loved seeing David laughing and playing with it. He even wanted to give me a hug for making it. He was just so happy. He wrote me a lovely "thank you" message on my picture.
My mom & I each did the $60 combo (who told these stars this amount?), but he made it all worth it. We took pictures with him. My mom & Dad posed with him, then my brother & I did. Then, David said he wanted to take a picture with me and the puppet. He even put the little hand of the puppet on my shoulder. :wub: So standing there with him as he was doing that was just such a fun moment. Then, he had my brother take another pic of us together with his phone. He said he’d post it, but he hasn’t yet, & I don’t think he will. He’s got a lot more important stuff to worry about, which I completely understand. But I’ll never forget him playing with his marionette & putting the little hand on my shoulder & laughing as he did it. Very surreal moment.
I did get to tell him that I love The Butler’s In Love & The Tripper (love for TJ - woot-woot). I think he was surprised that I knew about the short film. My mom brought up Never Been Kissed, which we’ve seen countless times (Tiki Post Rob!).
David is just such a wonderful guy. It just brings tears to my eyes because we were able to bring him so much joy before one of the saddest days of his life.
All the guests we saw were great. There were some questionable guests in the bunch but we didn't meet those people.
& if you've made it this far in reading, thank you so much! As always, if you have con stories of your own, please don't hesitate to shame 'em with us on here.
RIP Alexis Arquette :wub: His/Her spirit still sparkles.

 

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Last month, I attended another HorrorHound Weekend. I know. It's taken me awhile to sit down & write about it, but...here it goes.

 

COREY FELDMAN - The only person we had to wait in line for was Corey (over an hour). He's....interesting. He's a nice guy; very polite & appreciative. But he kind of lives in his own world. He's trying to maintain a certain persona -- him & his angels. I just feel like his handler (who is Captain A-hole btw) protects him too much. He'd be so much better off if he ran things himself. Or had more control. It's a little sad really. My mom bought an autographed CD & a selfie with him (waaaaaaaay overpriced), considering Corey was wearing a hood & sunglasses. That's right. It's like even at a meet & greet convention, he doesn't want to be recognized. ? Go figure. But we did get to briefly discuss his music with him & my mom gave him gifts (an angel ornament & a James Dean T-shirt). He really liked his gifts & said, "Thank you." ☺ Different, strange experience. But we knew in advance to expect weirdness.

 

JAMISON NEWLANDER - aka...my favorite Frog bro. from THE LOST BOYS. He's so nice & humble. I got to discuss his short films that he's written & directed & starred in with him. He was really impressed that I've seen those. ? I took a pic with him for $10. It was such a pleasure to meet him.

 

PAUL DAVIS - Very charming man. British, too! I could listen to him talk all day every day. (might have a bit of a crush on him...shhh...?). But I was just really impressed with him. He's the author of "Lost in the Shadows" which is a really amazing book about THE LOST BOYS. He was supposed to have brought copies to sign, but the first prints sold out & the 2nd prints hadn't shipped in time. Oh well. Hoping he'll get added again so I can buy that book from him. He did have a copy of it at his table & he let me look at it cover to cover. ☺ He's also an actor; he appeared in a DR. WHO episode, which my brother loves so much. We all got autographs & pics with him. His price? $5!! That's it! What a bargain! ? Totally worth your time to chat with him. If you ever see this handsome fellow at a con, make sure you say "Hello." ?

 

TIM CAPPELLO - Such a friendly guy! Very appreciative & generous. He sings the song "I Still Believe" in THE LOST BOYS. Fans of the film might know him has the saxophone player. He even had his saxophone with him! ? My mom was impressed by him, so she took pics with Tim who was wearing his outfit from the movie. It's nice when performers embrace the fandom that surrounds them. & Tim was definitely happy to meet all of his fans. ?

 

G TOM MAC - Brilliant, talented, & super kind man! ? Fans of THE LOST BOYS would know his song "Cry Little Sister," which is one of my favorite movie theme songs. He's done music for other movies (The Lonely Guy, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Chasing Amy), but you can tell he's passionate about these vampires most of all. It was so great to talk to him about his LOST BOYS MUSICAL, which he's been working on for years. He's really proud of it. He even showed us pics of the cast on his phone. We talked about the movie & creative process behind developing his music, as well. He's just so fascinating. I bought a signed CD from him & got a picture with him (all for $30). Then, out of the kindness of his heart & because of my shared passion for his project, he gave me a bonus signed picture. My mom took a pic with him, too. Again, that selfie just cost $10. We visited him later in the day, because my brother wanted to go back and get a pic with him. GTM wanted to take a group shot with all of us on his phone, because he loves to have pics of him with his fans, so he can piece together collages. ? So cool!

 

NESTOR CARBONELL - The sweetest gentlemen! ??? As a devoted fan of LOST & mega fan of THE DARK KNIGHT (it's my top favorite movie of all-time afterall), meeting Nestor was a BIG deal for us. He's actually the main reason why we attended this con. We thought he'd be so popular, we'd barely have time to talk to him, but for some reason, he didn't have a line. So as soon as we got to the room & found his table, we just walked over & waited behind one pair of people. That's it! I was hoping for a line, so I could breathe & gather my thoughts. But nope. I was nervous about meeting him. He's Richard! He's the Mayor of Gotham City! Ahhhh....But, thankfully, Nestor is super kind. My mom gave him a James Dean shirt, too. He was so touched to receive a gift. We had such a great conversation with him about is past work & upcoming projects, including a movie he's set to direct. He told us that he was getting ready to direct an episode of THE GOOD DOCTOR, which stars his BATES MOTEL co-star & real life friend Freddie Highmore, so that was cool to learn. He really pays attention to you when you're talking to him. Such a great listener! & very humble, too. We all got autographs & pics with him. He had a $60 combo deal, which is the most I've ever spent on one person, but Nestor is worth it. Trust me. ?

 

Well, thank you so much for reading about our experiences. As always, if you ever attend a con & want to talk about it, please feel free to share your memories here.

 

For those interested in seeing any of my pics, please visit my Instagram page: (I no longer have a way to post pics on here since Photobucket stopped allowing 3rd party sharing on its basic accounts)

 

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Hey, Geoff & Mike (& any lurkers)! ;-) On June 24th, my family & I went to our 2nd Days Of The Dead convention in Indy. It was AWESOME!
Being a Sunday & all, the atmosphere was very laid back. We didn’t have to wait in any lines to meet the people we wanted. Actually, at one point, it felt like it was just us, the volunteers, & the celebrity guests in the room; as if we were at some VIP meet & greet.
Do you like reading long stories? If yes, read on:
TED RAIMI: If you didn’t already know by now, I love Ted Raimi! Too much? Maybe. ^_^ But he’s an incredibly talented, underrated actor/filmmaker who is genuine & hilarious. What’s not to love? Well, the last time I saw him I brought him Faygo RedPop!, since I knew he obsesses over it (he calls it ‘his crack,’ so that should tell you something). But later, he had mentioned on his fb that he wish he had had some Better Made chips to go with it. This time -- I brought the chips! & I also brought him his top 3 favorite flavors -- Crème Soda, Black Cherry, & RedPop! He was so stunned that I spent money on him like that & knew his favorites. But seeing his reactions made it totally worth it. He took a pic with me for free. I offered to pay, but he wouldn’t allow it.
He told me he’d take a pic with the stuff & post it on his social media later. He had me write down my name, so he could mention me, but I think he lost that post-it note, because when he posted the pic, he mentioned me as ‘fans.’ Oh well. I’m just so happy he actually posted it! :P But thankfully, my mom snapped pics of him opening his gifts (which I shared some of those, as well). Counting all of the multiple takes & multiple shots she took of him, we ended up taking (& I kid you not) 25 photos of Ted! HaHa! But he did say that we could take as many as we wanted. :lol:
We talked a bit about his ads he made for ASH VS. EVIL DEAD (RIP the TV series). & then I was able to bring up his LIVE INSTAGRAM MYSTERY VINYL PARTY he had just hosted the Tuesday prior. He was happy I attended that & said he had fun hosting & hopes to host, at least, one more party. My mom & brother also got pics with him ($15 each). My favorite moment had to be when he took my hand in his & told me just how much he appreciated those gifts. :wub: How I didn’t melt right there on the floor, I’ll never know. I kept it together somehow. I told him I miss his Hoffman [from the original SPIDER-MAN trilogy]; he liked that. He’s such a sweet guy. & just so sexy, too. *fans self* ;)
JAKE BUSEY: I’ve been wanting to meet Jake for YEARS. He’s such a down-to-earth, cool guy. B) We had a long, very insightful conversation with him. So long, that he didn’t even realize that we wanted to buy pics/autographs from him. He thought we were just hanging out. We kinda were. We talked about everything from SHASTA MCNASTY to STRANGER THINGS to PREDATOR to CHRISTMAS WITH THE KRANKS. I won’t go into details (not sure if I’m allowed to repeat what he told us), but we learned many interesting things about them. Then, we started talking about his custom bike company that he ran for awhile. He showed us pics & videos of the ones he built on his phone. He even mentioned that he had PREDATOR pics. I was soooo tempted to ask if he had taken any pics with TJ BUT I remembered my rule & didn't. He was so open & honest about his work & life. He talked to us like he knew us. He’s that personal. Eventually, my mom & I did get autographs & a pic with him ($60 combo for 2 autographs & a selfie). I don’t think he was ready for us to leave him; I think he expected us to stay & chat with him after another fan came up to meet him. We would’ve gladly, but this being a Sunday, we wanted to make sure we met everyone before they left. We did have him guess my mom & my first name (we have the same one). After a few hints & guesses, he got it. He thinks it’s a ’trippy name.’ I don’t often post it online, but now Jake Busey knows it. ^_^
RAY WISE: Ray is as charming as they come. :D He’s super polite. Quiet, even. But I was able to get him talking about PSYCH, 24, & his love of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. My mom & I bought his autograph & wanted pics with him ($50 autograph/selfie combo). By the way, hearing Ray say “selfie” is pretty funny. Anywho, somehow, they thought it would be nice to get a group photo, so his rep. (or volunteer) ended up just charging me $40 for the autograph. We took the group photo & then he signed my picture. & then we walked away. While we were standing in the hallway, putting away the autographs in my bag, we started looking at the group photo we just took, & it just didn’t look good. So we thought, should we go back & ask him to retake it? As awkward as that might be? But when you spend that kind of money & you only get one small space of time to redo it, you take the chance of being awkward & get the pic you want. So we ended up going back to Ray’s table. Luckily, there wasn’t a line, so I was able to walk right up to him & explain our situation. He happily obliged to retake the photo with my just my mom & even remembered her name. I’m pretty proud of how that one turned out. & then I paid the $10 I had originally planned on spending to get a pic with just him & me. They just wanted to make sure we were happy with what we got. & this time, we could say that we were. I’m so glad we went back; we would’ve regretted had we not. Later after lunch, we ran into Ray again on his way to the restroom, & he greeted us again so pleasantly. He’s just true gentleman through & through.
ROSS MARQUAND: There probably aren’t enough words to ever express just how wonderful our experience was with Ross, but I’ll try. First off, I expected a line out the door for him. He’s from THE WALKING DEAD; that means something. But to my utmost surprise, there wasn’t a line. Just think, Ted was the first person we met that day, & we were still the first in line for Ross. Line? Ha! We were the line. It was bizarre. All we had to do was wait for him to show up at his table. He was running a little behind, but we were willing to wait. When he did show up, he immediately greeted us. My brother wanted to buy a picture with him ($40), so he asked if we wanted to do a group photo (what was up with group photos?), but my brother wanted a selfie photo shoot with him. Ross is a selfie pro; he’s great at taking multiples & making funny expressions. But before they took their pics, we had him sit back down so we could talk to him. My brother & I are just in awe of him & the impressions that he does.
Have you ever seen him? Search ’Ross Marquand impressions’ on YouTube, & you’re in for a real treat. Because he doesn’t just do impressions of the usual folks; he also does impressions of ones who are not that easy to imitate. His Justin Timberlake is dead-on. He can sound just like Jon Hamm (he did his voice for us) & Owen Wilson (he did that one for us, too). He got a kick out of us applauding him each time he did a voice. He told us how he got into doing impressions & the one he’s currently trying to master (Ryan Gosling is his white whale). We hung on his every word. He loved my dad’s Marvel shirt; he has a similar one himself & just joined the Marvel family (INFINITY WAR).
Finally, my brother did his selfie photo shoot with him; they took 6 pics together. Then after all that, again he wanted us to take a group shot with him. So we did. Only the guy taking the photo messed up & didn’t get the pics. So we had to pose again for Take 2. Which just meant that I got to wrap my arms around Ross longer. So I’m not complaining. Our next set of photos turned out great; he thinks it should be our Christmas card (hehe). It’s actually one of my favorite group shots ever.
I complimented his Christian Bale & Michael Caine impressions; he appreciated that. Then he said that he likes to do the cast from THE DARK KNIGHT (he even does Morgan Freeman). But I asked him if he’s ever done an impression of Heath Ledger. He told me that he doesn’t really because the way he died; he doesn’t want to be disrespectful; also he wouldn’t know which Heath Ledger to do. He said that “The 10 Things I Hate About You” Ledger is a very specific one, but of course, he couldn’t resist & started going into Ledger’s Australian accent with lines about that movie. We just kept laughing. But he said that he does do a Joker. You know what’s coming. Of course, I asked to hear it; I’ll never forget his smile & pause to consider which line to say. It got quiet. & then he went right into, “And I thought my jokes were bad” right to me, & waited for my approval. I nearly teared up. He sounded EXACTLY like Ledger’s Joker. Haunting, to be honest. By that point, I was a smitten kitten. :wub: More applause. Then we each took turns hugging him. He said that he was going to be there all day, so we could stop by again.
Whoa. What? Really? After all that? No way. I mean, one does not get to spend that much time with an actor from TWD & go back for more. Right? Well, we did. & when we went back hours later, he still didn’t have a line! So we were able to walk right up to him & say our goodbyes. He remembered us. Plus, my brother had found his Aaron figure & bought it from one of the vendors, so he wanted to show that to Ross. Ross said that they’re hard to find; he went to several Walgreens & couldn’t find it. & then he offered to do something, which I won’t type out specifically, but you can pretty much figure out what he did for my brother; it was the most generous gesture any famous person has ever done for him. We got another round of hugs (my brother got a bonus one); he’s a hugger, after all. He even hugged my dad for paying him a compliment. I told him that he’s amazing; he was really touched by that, too. I’m telling you, Ross acted as if we’ve met him years ago & have known him personally ever since. I can’t stress it enough, if he gets added to a convention near you, YOU MUST MEET ROSS MARQUAND. HE’S THE BEST OF THE BEST BESTS!!! :wub:
& if you’re not following him & his stories on Instagram, correct that. He comes up with a lot of clever & funny material that will brighten your days.
If you made it this far in reading, thank you very much! I hope your eyes aren’t too strained.
& if you want to see our pics, feel free to check ’em out on our Instagrams (I know JWeber already has…..Thank you, John!!). & if you’re on Instagram, please give me a follow, & I promise I shall follow you right back.
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Hey, Geoff & Mike (& any lurkers)! ;-) On June 24th, my family & I went to our 2nd Days Of The Dead convention in Indy. It was AWESOME!
Being a Sunday & all, the atmosphere was very laid back. We didn’t have to wait in any lines to meet the people we wanted. Actually, at one point, it felt like it was just us, the volunteers, & the celebrity guests in the room; as if we were at some VIP meet & greet.
Do you like reading long stories? If yes, read on:
TED RAIMI: If you didn’t already know by now, I love Ted Raimi! Too much? Maybe. ^_^ But he’s an incredibly talented, underrated actor/filmmaker who is genuine & hilarious. What’s not to love? Well, the last time I saw him I brought him Faygo RedPop!, since I knew he obsesses over it (he calls it ‘his crack,’ so that should tell you something). But later, he had mentioned on his fb that he wish he had had some Better Made chips to go with it. This time -- I brought the chips! & I also brought him his top 3 favorite flavors -- Crème Soda, Black Cherry, & RedPop! He was so stunned that I spent money on him like that & knew his favorites. But seeing his reactions made it totally worth it. He took a pic with me for free. I offered to pay, but he wouldn’t allow it.
He told me he’d take a pic with the stuff & post it on his social media later. He had me write down my name, so he could mention me, but I think he lost that post-it note, because when he posted the pic, he mentioned me as ‘fans.’ Oh well. I’m just so happy he actually posted it! :P But thankfully, my mom snapped pics of him opening his gifts (which I shared some of those, as well). Counting all of the multiple takes & multiple shots she took of him, we ended up taking (& I kid you not) 25 photos of Ted! HaHa! But he did say that we could take as many as we wanted. :lol:
We talked a bit about his ads he made for ASH VS. EVIL DEAD (RIP the TV series). & then I was able to bring up his LIVE INSTAGRAM MYSTERY VINYL PARTY he had just hosted the Tuesday prior. He was happy I attended that & said he had fun hosting & hopes to host, at least, one more party. My mom & brother also got pics with him ($15 each). My favorite moment had to be when he took my hand in his & told me just how much he appreciated those gifts. :wub: How I didn’t melt right there on the floor, I’ll never know. I kept it together somehow. I told him I miss his Hoffman [from the original SPIDER-MAN trilogy]; he liked that. He’s such a sweet guy. & just so sexy, too. *fans self* ;)
JAKE BUSEY: I’ve been wanting to meet Jake for YEARS. He’s such a down-to-earth, cool guy. B) We had a long, very insightful conversation with him. So long, that he didn’t even realize that we wanted to buy pics/autographs from him. He thought we were just hanging out. We kinda were. We talked about everything from SHASTA MCNASTY to STRANGER THINGS to PREDATOR to CHRISTMAS WITH THE KRANKS. I won’t go into details (not sure if I’m allowed to repeat what he told us), but we learned many interesting things about them. Then, we started talking about his custom bike company that he ran for awhile. He showed us pics & videos of the ones he built on his phone. He even mentioned that he had PREDATOR pics. I was soooo tempted to ask if he had taken any pics with TJ BUT I remembered my rule & didn't. He was so open & honest about his work & life. He talked to us like he knew us. He’s that personal. Eventually, my mom & I did get autographs & a pic with him ($60 combo for 2 autographs & a selfie). I don’t think he was ready for us to leave him; I think he expected us to stay & chat with him after another fan came up to meet him. We would’ve gladly, but this being a Sunday, we wanted to make sure we met everyone before they left. We did have him guess my mom & my first name (we have the same one). After a few hints & guesses, he got it. He thinks it’s a ’trippy name.’ I don’t often post it online, but now Jake Busey knows it. ^_^
RAY WISE: Ray is as charming as they come. :D He’s super polite. Quiet, even. But I was able to get him talking about PSYCH, 24, & his love of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. My mom & I bought his autograph & wanted pics with him ($50 autograph/selfie combo). By the way, hearing Ray say “selfie” is pretty funny. Anywho, somehow, they thought it would be nice to get a group photo, so his rep. (or volunteer) ended up just charging me $40 for the autograph. We took the group photo & then he signed my picture. & then we walked away. While we were standing in the hallway, putting away the autographs in my bag, we started looking at the group photo we just took, & it just didn’t look good. So we thought, should we go back & ask him to retake it? As awkward as that might be? But when you spend that kind of money & you only get one small space of time to redo it, you take the chance of being awkward & get the pic you want. So we ended up going back to Ray’s table. Luckily, there wasn’t a line, so I was able to walk right up to him & explain our situation. He happily obliged to retake the photo with my just my mom & even remembered her name. I’m pretty proud of how that one turned out. & then I paid the $10 I had originally planned on spending to get a pic with just him & me. They just wanted to make sure we were happy with what we got. & this time, we could say that we were. I’m so glad we went back; we would’ve regretted had we not. Later after lunch, we ran into Ray again on his way to the restroom, & he greeted us again so pleasantly. He’s just true gentleman through & through.
ROSS MARQUAND: There probably aren’t enough words to ever express just how wonderful our experience was with Ross, but I’ll try. First off, I expected a line out the door for him. He’s from THE WALKING DEAD; that means something. But to my utmost surprise, there wasn’t a line. Just think, Ted was the first person we met that day, & we were still the first in line for Ross. Line? Ha! We were the line. It was bizarre. All we had to do was wait for him to show up at his table. He was running a little behind, but we were willing to wait. When he did show up, he immediately greeted us. My brother wanted to buy a picture with him ($40), so he asked if we wanted to do a group photo (what was up with group photos?), but my brother wanted a selfie photo shoot with him. Ross is a selfie pro; he’s great at taking multiples & making funny expressions. But before they took their pics, we had him sit back down so we could talk to him. My brother & I are just in awe of him & the impressions that he does.
Have you ever seen him? Search ’Ross Marquand impressions’ on YouTube, & you’re in for a real treat. Because he doesn’t just do impressions of the usual folks; he also does impressions of ones who are not that easy to imitate. His Justin Timberlake is dead-on. He can sound just like Jon Hamm (he did his voice for us) & Owen Wilson (he did that one for us, too). He got a kick out of us applauding him each time he did a voice. He told us how he got into doing impressions & the one he’s currently trying to master (Ryan Gosling is his white whale). We hung on his every word. He loved my dad’s Marvel shirt; he has a similar one himself & just joined the Marvel family (INFINITY WAR).
Finally, my brother did his selfie photo shoot with him; they took 6 pics together. Then after all that, again he wanted us to take a group shot with him. So we did. Only the guy taking the photo messed up & didn’t get the pics. So we had to pose again for Take 2. Which just meant that I got to wrap my arms around Ross longer. So I’m not complaining. Our next set of photos turned out great; he thinks it should be our Christmas card (hehe). It’s actually one of my favorite group shots ever.
I complimented his Christian Bale & Michael Caine impressions; he appreciated that. Then he said that he likes to do the cast from THE DARK KNIGHT (he even does Morgan Freeman). But I asked him if he’s ever done an impression of Heath Ledger. He told me that he doesn’t really because the way he died; he doesn’t want to be disrespectful; also he wouldn’t know which Heath Ledger to do. He said that “The 10 Things I Hate About You” Ledger is a very specific one, but of course, he couldn’t resist & started going into Ledger’s Australian accent with lines about that movie. We just kept laughing. But he said that he does do a Joker. You know what’s coming. Of course, I asked to hear it; I’ll never forget his smile & pause to consider which line to say. It got quiet. & then he went right into, “And I thought my jokes were bad” right to me, & waited for my approval. I nearly teared up. He sounded EXACTLY like Ledger’s Joker. Haunting, to be honest. By that point, I was a smitten kitten. :wub: More applause. Then we each took turns hugging him. He said that he was going to be there all day, so we could stop by again.
Whoa. What? Really? After all that? No way. I mean, one does not get to spend that much time with an actor from TWD & go back for more. Right? Well, we did. & when we went back hours later, he still didn’t have a line! So we were able to walk right up to him & say our goodbyes. He remembered us. Plus, my brother had found his Aaron figure & bought it from one of the vendors, so he wanted to show that to Ross. Ross said that they’re hard to find; he went to several Walgreens & couldn’t find it. & then he offered to do something, which I won’t type out specifically, but you can pretty much figure out what he did for my brother; it was the most generous gesture any famous person has ever done for him. We got another round of hugs (my brother got a bonus one); he’s a hugger, after all. He even hugged my dad for paying him a compliment. I told him that he’s amazing; he was really touched by that, too. I’m telling you, Ross acted as if we’ve met him years ago & have known him personally ever since. I can’t stress it enough, if he gets added to a convention near you, YOU MUST MEET ROSS MARQUAND. HE’S THE BEST OF THE BEST BESTS!!! :wub:
& if you’re not following him & his stories on Instagram, correct that. He comes up with a lot of clever & funny material that will brighten your days.
If you made it this far in reading, thank you very much! I hope your eyes aren’t too strained.
& if you want to see our pics, feel free to check ’em out on our Instagrams (I know JWeber already has…..Thank you, John!!). & if you’re on Instagram, please give me a follow, & I promise I shall follow you right back.
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Loved reading this!!!

 

 

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Thank you for taking the time, Geoff!!! :D

 

Hopefully, I'll have more stories to share with you next month, because KIEFER SUTHERLAND IS ATTENDING HORRORHOUND WEEKEND INDY (Aug. 25/26th)!!!

 

...But I'm trying to remain calm & cool about it. ;)

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Thank you for taking the time, Geoff!!! :D

 

Hopefully, I'll have more stories to share with you next month, because KIEFER SUTHERLAND IS ATTENDING HORRORHOUND WEEKEND INDY (Aug. 25/26th)!!!

 

...But I'm trying to remain calm & cool about it. ;)

 

I was gonna tell you the same thing lol.

 

Big fan here too of Keifer and got to see him live this year and last on the UK "Not Enough Whisky" and & "Reckless" tours. Never got a chance to meet him though but I know you have so just try and keep your hands to yourself as much as possible lol.

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I was gonna tell you the same thing lol.

 

Big fan here too of Keifer and got to see him live this year and last on the UK "Not Enough Whisky" and & "Reckless" tours. Never got a chance to meet him though but I know you have so just try and keep your hands to yourself as much as possible lol.

 

That's AWESOME, Geoff!! I'm so glad you've been able to experience KSB in concert twice already. They're amazing, aren't they? :wub:

 

Oh, don't worry. I promise I'll behave. Opps. Fingers crossed! ;)

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That's AWESOME, Geoff!! I'm so glad you've been able to experience KSB in concert twice already. They're amazing, aren't they? :wub:

 

Oh, don't worry. I promise I'll behave. Opps. Fingers crossed! ;)

 

Yeah they were really good actually.

 

.................yeah right! lol

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Hey, RAW brothers & sisters. Apologies for the delay in sharing my con experiences, but it's been an overwhelming past few weeks. 2 days before HHW, my family's cat Bale sadly passed away. :( Needless to say, we were & very much still are devastated & heartbroken over such a hard loss. We almost didn't attend the con. & if we hadn't already been locked in with spending so much money on Kiefer, we would've blown it off completely. But we got our tears out before & saved the rest for after the show. I'm glad we ended up going. If anything, it was a good distraction & a way to pretend that things were okay for us.
Now it was a bit of a bummer that actor Devon Sawa had to cancel, but it was surprising that out of all of the impressive guests added, only 3 cancelled. Not bad at all. They changed venues this year. Instead of going to a hotel with the events happening on one floor like we’re used to, they used a much bigger hotel & used two floors. BUT they were using the first & third floor only (some other event had rented the space on the 2nd floor)….Now….(& stay with me here)….This place also had a lobby, but you couldn’t access the first floor from the lobby. You had to either take an elevator or an escalator to the first floor in order to get to the screenings & some guests (like Kiefer!). We relied on those escalators a lot. I’m glad they had those. There's probably a lot of camera footage of us going back-and-forth & round & round like a maze.
Before I get into who we met, I want to point out something really bizarre that we noticed. They had invited a lot of cast members from THE WALKING DEAD & even had Jenna Elfman from FEAR THE WALKING DEAD; they put these people in huge spaces to have room for long lines for them. Good move, except.....there were no lines. Yes, we had attended on a Sunday, but they should’ve still had lines. Sure, they charge a lot of money, but so do others. The IT kids attracted way more fans than they did, & their prices range pretty close to TWD people. It was weird & sad, really. To see these stars from a series with a global fan base not have people. If none of my other people had shown up, I would’ve bought from them. Like Jenna. She would’ve been a great get. She looked like she was still having fun. She was even dancing to music. I’m just worried if fans don’t start showing up more for them, they’ll stop getting these people.
Anyways...now onto the good stuff...
LOU DIAMOND PHILLIPS: Lou was the first one we met that day, & he's super sweet. Very polite, gracious man. As soon as we approached him, he greeted us with a handshake & a hug. My mom was especially excited to see him in person, & when she told him that she'd been wanting to meet him for years, he hugged her, again. She talked to him about LA BAMBA, & I brought up YOUNG GUNS (of course). When I complimented his performance in STAND AND DELIVER, he gave me another hug, too. My brother mentioned BROOKLYN 99, & he laughed, then did a line from it. My mom bought his autograph, & then she & I split a selfie with him ($80 for combo). He's a great guy. Very charming. & easy on the eyes. :wub:
JUDGE REINHOLD: I can't remember another time my dad was as thrilled to meet someone as much as he was thrilled meeting Judge. THE SANTA CLAUSE is my dad's favorite movie of all-time, so he enjoyed talking to him about it & even asked Judge if he has ever seen a reindeer fly (he hasn't). We learned about his sweaters that he wore in the franchise; Disney keeps them in their vault. I praised his guest spot on SEINFELD as "the close talker." He talked about filming that. It was funny to learn that Jerry Seinfeld was really uncomfortable shooting those scenes, because he doesn't like people getting in his personal space. So Larry David told Judge to just keep getting as close as he could, because it'd be so funny. My mom bought his autograph/combo ($60), & my dad got to be in the picture with them. Then as we were saying goodbye, we each shook his hand again, close talker-style. He got right up close in all of our faces. It was hilarious & so much fun. Never been that close to a star before. :lol:
MELINDA CLARKE: She's definitely the first time I've ever been super excited about meeting an actress. I was so nervous about approaching her, but I was silly for being so, because she's incredibly down-to-earth & very personal. She talked about her parents and her daughter. I’m a crazy huge fan of THE OC, & so talking to her about that was too amazing for me. & she remembers so much about making it, including a lot of her character’s lines. She even hummed the theme song by Phantom Planet. I bought her autograph/combo deal ($60) & had her sign a photo from a photoshoot of THE OC. She asked me which line I wanted her to write on it, so we went back-and-forth coming up with different ones. I told her she could pick her favorite, but there were so many to choose from. So then, she suggested that she could write her character’s name with all of the last names of the male characters she married on the show. She’d never written that out before, so she really took time to think of each one & get the order just right. I love that she wasn’t in a rush to chat with us or meet other people. In fact, I think she wanted us to talk more with her, but we did have to get ourselves to a photo op soon after. But if you ever get the chance to meet Melinda, please do. She’s a beautiful woman (inside & out). :wub: & I know I’d buy from her, again.
KIEFER SUTHERLAND: Our day with Kiefer went better than expected & not according to plan. HHW knew that there would be a huge demand for fans wanting to meet Kiefer, so they did something really clever -- they pre-sold autograph tickets online & allowed fans to choose which timeslot they wanted. Now, I didn’t know how fast they would sell, so as soon as they went for pre-sale online, I ordered my ticket right away. By doing so, I didn’t get to see all of the times listed for Sunday, because the page wasn’t fully ready when it went LIVE. So, I figured his photo op would be in the morning & went ahead & selected the 3:30pm timeslot for his autograph. Of course, after doing so, I realized that that was his last autograph session of the day (oops). But the photo op company didn’t post their schedule until later that same week. When they posted it, I saw that his photo op was scheduled for 1:15 pm, which meant that as soon as we were done taking our pics, we’d head all the way back down to his signing room on the first floor. Simple enough.
I had to turn in my autograph ticket printout in order to get a real ticket with my time on it. Someone told us that we could do that while we were down there, & because Kiefer was signing so fast, we’d be able to line up for him earlier than 3:30pm. So that was good news. But then, when I got my official Kiefer ticket (which was less than a 10min wait), they said that we could go on in & get in his autograph line right then & there. So, of course, we did. Strangely enough, I wasn’t nervous about meeting Kiefer this time. The first time, I was shaking like a leaf, but this time felt more relaxing, I guess. & his line was moving fairly quickly, until it was my turn, of course. He was standing & signing & had A LOT of security around him, but he was so sweet with everyone. Very polite & quiet. They did have a boombox playing his music. I think I was the only one in line singing along.
When it was our turn to see him, I held up the line trying to find a 8x10 off his table. He had a wide selection. Now, I get it if you’re only a fan of Kiefer from one show over another, it’d be easy to choose that one. But I love Kiefer in EVERYTHING, so I needed a moment. I could feel Kiefer waiting on me. Thankfully, they had some people who were behind us go around me. That helped. I ended up choosing a photo from THE THREE MUSKETEERS (it’s a classic & big fave of mine). I told them how I wanted it signed (first & middle name), which they wrote down (saves time for the stars). Hearing Kiefer say my name, though, nearly made me melt. & he was wearing his glasses. So cute! I re-introduced myself & reminded him that I gave him that guitar pick necklace at The Vogue in 2016. He remembered me! & he still has the necklace! He keeps it in a box on his tour bus, along with other things fans have given him. How cool is that!? :D I finally got to thank him for wearing it on stage that night & tell him how much that meant to me. He thought that was nice. This time, I had made him a notebook to use for writing lyrics (okay…it’s actually the gift I had made for the concert we saw him at last year but wasn’t able to give it to him then). I decorated it with his stuffed pal Rockin’ Rabbit (he takes him on tour, too) & recreated a guitar that he had designed years ago for a charity auction. Then on the back, I painted a heart with a maple leaf (he’s part Canadian after all). He loved it! & he was happy to see that we were wearing our Kiefer Sutherland Band shirts. I thanked him for sharing his music with the world, then told him I’d see him later. “In a bit,” he said. :wub:
Unfortunately, Kiefer had been battling a cold, but he was a real trooper that weekend. He couldn’t shake people’s hands (like who wouldn’t want to get Kiefer germs, though, amIrite); he could only bump fists. But that was still cool. & Kiefer was worth the $80.
Somehow, we managed to meet both Lou & Kiefer in an hour. So that gave us plenty of time for the others & vendors.
Later, we went over to line up for our photo ops. You can only show up no sooner than 30 minutes before your photo op. We haven’t done photo ops in years, because our last experience was awful. Just awful. But these people know what they’re doing. They’re very efficient. & they had a man on a megaphone telling people when & where to line up. The photo op room was crowded; they have 2 photo ops going simultaneously & have lines for VIP & regular. They had 16 or 17 lines in there! It was organized, but the key was to make sure you were standing in the right one (we were, thank God).
The wait time was mainly just waiting for the photos to begin, because once, they do, the line moves smoothly & quickly. Photo ops aren’t meant to be meet & greets. That‘s a rule (you also can’t kiss nor ask to be kissed by the stars while you’re there) & you only get one shot. Now, if you blink, & the photographer catches it…he’ll redo your pic. OR if you catch it after it’s printed, you might have time to hop back in line. But they don’t really want you to wear eyeglasses due to glares, so I had to take my glasses off. I need my glasses to see, so for about twenty minutes, I was in blurry town. Yikes! Standing in that line felt like forever, though. & it was very noisy in there, but we survived it somehow.
When it was our turn, my brother & I went through the curtain, placed our items on a table off to the side, & went over to take a pic with Kiefer. Kiefer greeted us saying that it was great to see us, again & thanked us again for wearing his shirts. Awwww…….. :wub: .........SNAP. Okay, it was done. Then we were instructed to collect our belongings & follow the line to go pick up our print. Whoa. That’s fast service. Now, I don’t mean to break rules, but my parents went next, so we got to see them take their pics as I was *clears throat* slowly collecting our belongings. Kiefer thanked us all again for coming, & we got to shake his hand (he had forgotten his rule). I told him that it’s always a pleasure to see him, which he really appreciated. Then, he leaned towards me & let me kiss him on his cheek (oops…broke another rule). ;)
Finally, we left & went right up & got our pictures. They turned out so well. If you visit my Instagram, you can see the photo we took. I’d say it was worth the $100 my brother & I paid together (my mom also paid $100 for hers with my dad). I can say that this is the most I’ve ever spent on one person at a convention. Tim Bradstreet would be the 2nd. B)
Well, if you made it this far in reading, thank you! I really appreciate your taking the time to read about our day.
P.S. -- How is it possible that in 3 years, we’ve seen Kiefer Sutherland 3x but still haven’t met TJ even ONCE? :huh:

 

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Pics!!! Great set report loved reading it.

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Pics!!! Great set report loved reading it.

 

Thank you for reading all about it, Geoff!!

 

Pics? Here ya go:

 

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Thank you for reading all about it, Geoff!!

 

Pics? Here ya go:

 

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Simply Brilliant. Very pleased for you Rosella :D

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