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.
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.
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…. 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. 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.