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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Gal Gadot Ace Con 2017 consignment

There is not much I did for this autograph. No tale to tell. I basically wrote a check.

Gal Gadot was scheduled to be at Ace Con in Long Island in December. I toyed with the idea of going. It would be a nice addition to my collection. I missed getting her at SDCC the last 2 years. I wasn’t close either time – other than being in the same room with her. That room was the massive expo floor of SDCC with 100K other fans.

My SDCC buddy told me ‘his guy’ was doing a consignment for Gal and the other guests at Ace. They would arrange a private signing with the celebs and get stuff signed. As I mentioned, since I have no tale to tell, it’s not very enjoyable for me. Then there is the ‘trust’ factor. The trust was mitigated by the fact my SDCC buddy uses ‘his guy’ all the time. But it’s still a friend of a friend.

I got to choose the photo. There was a nice selection. I chose a blue sharpie but for reasons not under my control, only black was used. So the autograph doesn’t ‘pop’.  But I got it. It’s mine all mine.  ‘His guy’ was good. The process was smooth. He kept me updated. The photo was well packaged and I received it in great shape.

No complaints. Other than not having the opportunity of those beautiful dark eyes look at me.


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Loni Anderson Wizard World Austin 2017

And yes, Loni Anderson was next to Howard Hesseman at Wizard World. And yes, she still looked beautiful. She was wore tight blue jeans and knee high boots with a medium heel.  And no, I wasn’t stalking her; I saw her walk back to her table after her lunch break.

I could have chosen the swimsuit photo or other images that were move revealing. Since I always thought of Loni as a classy woman, I chose this one.  As I handed over this photo, she paused to tell me it was her favorite.  The photographer was ‘ blah blah’. She told me his name. He is very prestigious and famous. He did a lot of photographer for Playboy. But I have no clue who he is so I don’t remember his name. The point, she enjoyed that photo shoot. The photographer was great. She was proud how the photos turned out.
I told her I liked this image because she looked glamorous. I followed up that she still looks glamorous.  I also said, I always thought of Jennifer in WKRP as classy. She wasn’t the bimbo that you would expect. I thought that made the character much more interesting.
PS: And no, I didn’t tell her I was a Bailey guy.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Dr Johnny Fever Wizard World Austin 2017

Yes, Wizard World had Howard Hesseman from WKRP in Cincinnati. I loved this show. I watched while I was in high school.   This show spawned another Ginger or Mary Ann debate:  Bailey or Jennifer.

When I found that Joe Flanigan had left his table I came over to Howard’s table. He was stepping away to also get lunch. It happens. But I didn’t need to buy an autograph ticket. As I was there, I looked over his selection of photos. It was nice but nothing jumped out to me.

Since I needed to wait, I checked out some of the other vendors to see if they had a photo that I liked. I did find one. I paid the outrageous amount.  While the public doesn’t think much about the price I have an idea what the vendor paid. I don’t mind paying for convenience, I hate paying that markup.  But the fault is my own. I could have searched for something and went to Costco and printed something for myself.

When Howard got back, I walked up and handed over my freshly bought photo.  He liked it. He asked where I found it. I mentioned a got it at a vendor at the show and point in a general direction.  He turned to his handler and said they should get some of these.  That made me feel good.

As he handed over the photo, I mentioned really enjoying Head of the Class.  He talked about the respect he had for teachers and what they need to do. It was good meeting him.

PS: I’m a Mary Ann and Bailey type of guy.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Joe Flanigan Wizard World Austin 2017

I enjoyed the original movie Stargate and I also enjoy the various TV series it spawned. I’m looking forward to the new series coming out ‘soon’.  When I saw that Joe Flanigan was appearing in Austin, I wanted to go. He was the lead in Stargate Atlantis.

Wizard World can be irritating. The shows have gotten smaller in Austin. That might be true for all of their locations. And they also have some guests that you need to buy an autograph ticket instead of paying cash at the table. I’m sure there is a reason some guests accept cash and some don’t but I’m often surprised by who requires it.

Regardless, I needed a ticket for Joe. Okay, no big deal. No one was in line. I figured I’d walk over and buy a ticket and be back in 2 shakes. I went to the booth to buy a ticket. There was a line there. I waited about 20 minutes to get my ticket for Joe.

I walked back to the Joe’s table and he was gone for lunch. Ugh. It happens.

When he returned, I got walked up, still no line, and got his autograph. He thanks me for watching the show and I went to other things.


Friday, January 12, 2018

Carel Struycken Rockula 2017

You probably know him as Lurch from the two Addam’s Family movies. I know Carel Struyken as Mr Homn from the Star Trek relaunch.

While he was scheduled to appear all day, he didn’t show until 1 PM or so. Which was frustrating as it was the last autograph I needed.  And because the show was small, we were basically all standing around doing nothing for a couple of hours. We were ready to get back on the road and head home to Dallas.  If I was by myself, I would have done that. When you are with other people, you need to compromise.  I’m glad I did wait. I’m happy I added this signature.

Carel was nice.  Once he showed, he did have a line of 15 people that had been waiting. Most of them were hard core Trekkies.   They had specific items that needed to be signed. Those items were already adorned with multiple signatures.  They had specific locations for his autograph. This was slow. But he listened. He checked on where he was to sign. He even tested the pen he was given to ensure it didn’t blot of skip.  Classy.