Favorite Guests and Guests You Would Like to Meet at Conventions

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  1. Ninjalo

    Ninjalo New Member

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    The coolest people I have meet were the Insane Clown Posse, Twiztid, Blaze ya dead homie and The ROC. They are all musicans, but they are all friendly and NONE of them charge for there autograph!!! They appreciate there fans, THAT IS WHY THEY DON'T CHARGE!!! They have all done the wizard world comic con on several ocassions. The biggest prick i ever encountered was WWF star the Ultimate Warrior. He was walking by me and didn't respond to my hello warrior, and had his cronies push me away.

    I always wanted to meet Mr. T
     
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    I've only met Stan lee and got his autograph, although it hardly counts as meeting since I didn't get to talk to him, just got a pic signed.

    I would love to meet:

    John Carpenter
    Bruce Campbell
    Tom Atkins
    Dario Argento
    Sam Raimi
    Tom Savini
    Quentin Tarantino

    There are many other celebs that I would love to meet like Speilberg, Mann, ect., but I doubt any of them would ever do a convention.
     
  3. 17thJuggalo

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    Jeffrey Combs was actually really nice to me when I met him, must have caught him on a good day.

    Also, every Italian actor I've met has been really kind and friendly. Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni was very sweet and signed whatever I wanted multiple times and took pictures. Al Cliver was very nice and had no qualms about signing anything. Ottaviano Dell'Acqua (the famous zombie on Zombi's poster) was super nice too and was willing to chat with me despite language barriers. The nicest one was probably Elizabeth Daily who was super sweet and willing to sign and take any amount of pictures. She was really surprised that I brought a copy of Pee Wee's Big Adventure to sign at a horror convention and was really appreciative that we wanted her autograph.

    I will agree though, Tom Savini is an asshole. I asked him if he was having his haunted house (Terrormania) again and he gave a really douchey response like we were bothering him. I love the guy's work, but he just seems bitter now.

    Also I've gotten ICP and Twiztid's autographs a bunch of times and they're always cracking jokes the entire time and signing for free. Wish everyone could be like that.
     
  4. Paff

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    A long long long long time ago, nobody charged for autographs. Yeah, I'm talking way back, like 2001 or 2002. I think the first one I paid for was Linda Blair, and in her case, the autograph fee was a donation to PETA. I don't necessarily agree with PETA (I love a good steak!), but at least it was money going to a cause, not just her pocket.

    At Comic-Con, most of the people who charge are the ones who have planned autograph sessions (mostly washed-up celebrities). If someone does a panel then has a autograph session afterwards, it's usually free. Although the lines can be gi-normous.

    I actually met Asia Argento at Comic-Con back in '02 or '03. Didn't chat with her though, and I was angry at anyone who did. For one thing, her English sucks. Secondly, she was past the time she was scheduled to sign, and they could have shut it down any minute. And most of all, like I muttered to every fanboy trying to talk to her, "She's NOT going out with you. Get her autograph, and move on so we can all get one"

    Best celebrity I've met though goes to Ellen Wong (aka Knives Chau in the Scott Pilgrim movie). I may be cheating here, as it was a film festival and not a convention. But she didn't want to do the "celebrity" thing...she wanted to hang out with some cool people, so she asked some friends of mine to watch some movies with her in a hotel suite, so that's what we all did. We just talked movies and shit. It was like hanging out with a friend...only this friend is Ellen Wong.
     
  5. Richard Anthony

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    I Love going to Horror Conventions and some of My Favorties that I have met are:

    Robert Englund--His line was out the door but when I got to him, he took the time to talk with me, sign a Photo, and take a Picture with me, like I was the first one to meet him!! He is Awesome and I would Love to meet him again sometime!!

    Danielle Harris--I have met 3 times and every time she just keeps getting Hotter!! She is Super Sweet and she always takes the time to talk and take a Picture even if you are not paying for an Autograph!! She is Amazing and Sexy as Hell!!

    Charles Band--I just met him for the first time at the Rock N' Shock Horror Convention in MA and he is a Great Guy and Very Cool!! He took the time to Sign my Magazine for Free, take a Picture with me and everything that I bought from him, every DVD, he took the time to open up each one and sign it!! The Man is a Master Of Horror and Great Storyteller!! Meeting him was One of the Great Highlights for me in meeting Horror Stars!!

    I am surprised that some people had a bad experience with Tom Savini, I met him twice and both times he stopped to take a Picture with me for Free!! He puts on a Great Q & A Session!!

    I would Love to meet:

    Wes Craven
    Brian De Palma
    John Carpenter
    Linda Blair
    Kimberly Beck
    Dana Kimmel
    Amy Steel
    Adrienne King
    Lar Park Lincoln
    Melinda Clarke
    Betsy Russell
    Kim Myers
    So Many More!!

    Great Thread!! I would love to hear more stories!! I will post some more of mine later on!!
     
  6. Erick H.

    Erick H. Well-Known Member

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    I haven't been to a convention in a long time but I did meet a few well known actors over the years.I met a number of the older STAR TREK guys,Walter Koenig,George Takei,the late James Doohan,all of whom were very friendly.I once met BATTLESTAR GALACTICA actor Richard Hatch,he was a bit aloof.Forrest Ackerman was a real gentleman,seemed like a great guy.Novelist Harlan Ellison was sort of cynical but certainly interesting to be around.Larry Cohen favorite Laureen Landon was very sweet,you guys might recall her from MANIAC COP and HUNDRA.I also had a great chat with the late Angelique Pettyjohn.She guested on the old STAR TREK series but also did some culty BLOOD ISLAND flicks in the Philippines and later did some porn under the name Heather St. John.She was a real sweetheart,she passed way too soon.
     
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  7. Devo1313

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    Many of the celebs out there are easily findable through various sources but the main one that is good is www.fanmail.biz. Also, www.star-collector.net is a really good source as well. Having been going to conventions since the late 80s I can tell you that this whole charging for autographs thing started with Dave Prowse at the DC FM Convention. After that around 1995 at Chiller Theatre almost every "star" was charging. Most celebs don't charge through the mail so I recommend that. I just got Chitty Chitty Bang Bang stuff back from Dick Van Dyke. Totally cool. Others like Pam Grier,John Landis,Don Rickles,Jerry Lewis,Phyllis Diller and many others are great and even throw in a few extras. You can't beat that.
     
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    My GF and I have met Tom Savini twice and he was really nice. He chatted with us a bit, and even gave us an egg roll the first time (he was eating Chinese take-out). Both events were at local haunted houses, so there weren't huge lines or anything.

    We met Kane Hodder, Reggie Bannister, and Ed Neal under similar circumstances. We were quite shocked that Neal charged for every autograph. Everyone else signed stuff you brought with you for free, and sold their own items.

    We've also met Bruce Campbell twice, and while he didn't have a lot of time to give to everyone, he was a real trooper and stayed well past the advertised time for a book signing.

    We go to G-Fest every year, and no one there ever charges for autographs until this last year. Akira Takarada signed for free if you caught him in the halls or after a session, but you had to buy tickets for the dedicated autograph signing. Since he's not retired, but still an in-demand performer who came all the way from Japan, it wasn't that big a deal. I hope it doesn't stay that way from now on, though.
     
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    I,too,attend(and speak at G-Fest) and was shocked when they charged for Akira. I did get him a couple times in the hallways for the freebies as well but hope this isn't a trend. Monsterbash also used to be one of the last places to find people willing to sign for free but no more. Almost everyone except maybe Chilly Billy or Dave The Rock Nelson at Monsterbash is charging upwards of $20 to $30(Bert I Gordon). Very upset to see the greed factor ruining a once fun time and event. I got Bert I through the mail for free so it must be greedy managers/agents/relatives at shows doing the gouging.
     
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    As for the mixed reactions regarding meetings with Linda Blair, Tom Savini, et al -- everyone has their bad days (I'm not excusing bad behavior for both guests and attendees). It happens to everyone, so just because they were rude to you doesn't mean they're like that 24/7.
     
  11. ReelFear

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    while we're on the topic of Jeffery Combs being an asshole, I've got a story....

    At the Chiller April 2010, Jeffery was a guest and on the Friday night the guests stop signing at 11pm.
    so i'm in my hotel room with my buddy listening to some music thru an ipod with a small speaker dock.
    It's about 11:15. I get a knock on my door and there's a gentleman standing there saying "not cool, not cool guys. your subwoofer(!!!) is making my walls shake"
    then i realize it's jeffery combs at my door. I was surprised to see him but then he just went on this tirade about the music and other things. then i get a call from the front desk telling me that Jeffrey wants his room changed. then another call telling me that he doesnt like the new room, so we have to stop playing music for the weekend or we have to switch rooms.
    so we switched rooms, because after hours partying and listening to music is part of the reason i spend the weekend at these things.
    so we filmed a re-enactment and ill be posting it on youtube soon. haha

    anyway that left a bad taste in my mouth about Jeffery Combs, although ive met him many years ago and he was nice, but whatever.....

    I've been attending horror conventions multiple times a year since 1986 so I've met hundreds of celebs and the vast majority are super friendly people and only a small handful are assholes.
     
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  12. WesReviews

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    Only been to a couple of cons, but the bug has definitely bitten me. Love the atmosphere. So much fun. I plan to attend many more in the coming years. Anyway...

    My Good Experiences...
    George Romero
    Danielle Harris
    Diamond Dallas Page
    Danny Trejo
    J.D. Feigelson
    Tom Atkins
    Adrienne Barbeau
    Dick Warlock
    Kane Hodder
    R.A. Mihailoff
    Michael Berryman
    Jeff Burr

    My Not-So-Good Experiences...
    Richard Brooker
    John Russo
    Russ Streiner
    George Kosana
     
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  14. WesReviews

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    Russo, Kosana, and Streiner didn't seem interested in talking with you unless you were buying something. I did chat with Russo for a few minutes but he was quite distant and short with his replies.

    Brooker, perhaps I approached at a bad time, but he made me feel like crap for asking for a pic with him. He did take the pic, but you can tell by the look on my face in it just how uncomfortable he made me feel.

    Not saying they were total douchebags on the level that I've always heard Campbell and Savini are, but I know at future cons, I probably won't be visiting their booths from now on.
     
  15. deepred

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    I never get why the guests attend if they are going to have a bug up their ass. Luckily, most of the guests are very friendly and genuine. My favorite ones are those that take as much interest in their fans as the fans do them.
     
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    I'm not making any accusations of course, but I wonder how many of the people that complain about certain celebrities being "dicks" are actually being dicks themselves. And that the "cool" celebrities are just the ones that put up with fans being dicks. Yes, I've seen some guests at cons be assholes, but I'd say that the huge assholes are the attendees. The ones that hold up lines for inane worship of their idols, the ones with all sorts of personal items that they just HAVE to show them, etc. People that have a script that they want to give to the person. People that ask the stupidest questions in the world. (example: Quentin Tarantino will NOT tell you what's in the briefcase in Pulp Fiction. STOP ASKING IT). It goes on and on and on.
     
  17. eric_angelus

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    I agree. I really try to keep it very short and sweet and remember that they have pretty much heard everything I have had to say before. If the celeb seems interested in engaging me and has no line...I will hang out a bit longer.
    I met Nancy Allen a few weeks ago and some oddball with a video camera jumped in front of her and started asking all kinds of dumb questions....and then didn't even buy anything. Others were getting so sick of waiting that they were getting out of line because it was near the end of the day. So he basically wasted her time and cost her some money. She was a trooper though and very friendly.
     
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    Yeah! Let's turn this thread around and talk about FANS being dicks at cons. I bet there's a lot more examples.

    Here was a recent one (and again, I'm putting film festivals in the same boat as conventions, 'cause it's kind of the same thing; actors and filmmakers mingling with the commoners). We showed the movie The People I've Slept With last year at my film festival. The star of the movie, the lovely Karin Anna Cheung (look her up) was at the screening to do a Q&A afterwards. Basically, the movie is about a promsicuous girl who suddenly finds herself pregnant, and wants to find out which guy is the father, along with improving her lifestyle as she's now going to be a single mom. There are only a smattering of sex scenes, and only one instance of any kind of nudity: a glimpse at Karin through a frosted shower door.

    OK, this one guy asks about the "nude scene". She answers the question. He asks ANOTHER question about it, basically a re-phrasing of the first question. Then several other audience members ask questions, about things like the script (she was co-writer), the direction, stories about the filming, etc. Then the first guy raises his hand again, and asks about the nude scene AGAIN. It was embarrassing for anyone in the audience, and more than a little creepy.

    Granted, Karin Anna Cheung is incredibly hot, and I loved seeing her naked, but it's like, that's all this guy took from the movie? Most of it is about the self-loathing that drives a woman to promiscuity in the first place, and about her finally developing self-esteem, as well as confronting her parents about the true nature of her lifestyle. Not a 3-second glimpse of Karin Anna Cheung's boobs partially obscured by a frosted shower door.

    But Karin was cool about the whole thing, even though I'm sure she was totally creeped out by it.
     
  19. WesReviews

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    There are probably cases of bad fans, sure. However, there ARE bad guests as well. I've talked with others about the experiences I had with the four I mentioned as "not-so-good" and most have confirmed that those same guys are pretty much jerks at most cons.

    I spoke with Atkins the longest of anybody, mainly because he was so cool and humble (which, kind of surprised me to be honest) and his line wasn't terribly long. Russo's line was even smaller. In fact, the entire time I spoke with him, nobody else showed up at his table. He came across as bitter and just wanting people to fork over money for overpriced reprints of his books. So, the notion that I was keeping him from making a buck doesn't hold water. I did have my eye on a copy of his novel of Return of the Living Dead, but his attitude completely soured me. If you're wanting to just sell stuff with your name on it, do it online. Don't attend a con if you have no interest in interacting with fans.

    And really, I think it's kind of a douchey move to blame the fans. Yes, some are pests and creepsters, but without fans (even the bad ones), none of these people would have careers in the first place. So, again, if you don't want to be there and interact with people who helped put you where you are today, don't do the con. Simple as that. There's no reason to be short with people or to act like someone's putting you out or taking up your precious, valuable time, when clearly, you have nothing else going on. I mean, seriously... what else would Russo, Streiner, and Kosana be doing on a weekend? Working on a new film project? Doubt it.
     
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    wizzer get outta here ewe

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    10 being the highest, at the convention i went to, my intoxication level was a level 10. that being said, i'm sure i was more than a bit obnoxious but there were no lines at all at any of the booths and i kept it short and sweet anyway and i paid for every signature i got and i think tony todd took a picture with me for free although i bought a signed picture of him from platoon. anywho, it was halloween and i was also dressed as a clown. at the bar in the hotel where me and jeff combs were both paying guests, he ordered some sort of drink to the table he was at and from the bar, i told the bartender hey, i'll buy that. drink went over and i raised my glass and said from not very far away that i enjoyed re-animator, cheers. he proceeds to not except the drink that i paid for and from afar starts making a stink about how he doesn't want me to buy his drink so i told him to fuck off then and i was pissed and drunk enough to go over and beat his ass but luckily i was ejected from the bar before anyone got hurt. so, am i an asshole? yes, probably. but fuck jeff combs anyway. he's a dick. also, things are a bit hazzy at this point but there may have been some other forum members who remember a drunk clown about to scrap with jeff combs who may want to chime in.
     

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