Tuesday, August 4
Anyone else think meeting horror luminaries at autograph tables or sessions is a bit overrated? I don't have a long history with this, but the few experiences aren't terribly memorable or marred in someway. Ken Foree wanted $25 for his signature, and this was before his career notoriety rebirth in Rob Zombie's features when he was putting Kenan & Kel on the big marquee sign at his table. Worst yet his 8x10s looked as if printed from your common home printer on cheap paper. That's bullshit, I don't care who you are.
I waited in line for nearly an hour to meet Bruce Campbell for ninety seconds and say one of the stupidest things I've ever said in my life. I told him I couldn't find If Chins Could Kill... anywhere to which he replied "Amazon.com" and then I was ushered off by the pushy convention staff. Wow, that changed my life. To be honest, I have no idea where I even put the book he signed.
I also don't quite get the appeal of signed 8x10s, especially for some of the ridiculous prices I've seen. Tom Savini has the right idea. Every time I've seen him, his table has the photos in question, but also has books (like his Grand Illusions volumes) and novelties that you purchase which he will gladly sign. This makes the value increase greatly in my eyes than busting out a Jackson (or more) for a simple glossy. Not to mention personalization of the signatures (like To David...) knocks the long term value down. If you're into that sort of thing.
This is why I rarely persue the autograph rooms at cons anymore. Hell, most of the people I'd want a 'graph from are dead (esp. Vincent Price) and I'd rather raid the dealer's room to buy everything out from under everyone else. My favorite autograph is one I wasn't even present for. My parents ran across Gunnar Hansen years back at a car show in their travels. They gave this to me framed for my 16th birthday, probably a year or so after I first saw The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Truly one of the best gifts I've ever received, even though it goes against what I just said about glossies. Hehe.
Posted by Jayson Kennedy @ 7:47 PM