Thursday, September 27, 2018

An assortment of music meets in September

First up I go for singer Alanis Morissette. She is one of the few modern (ish) pop names that I actually care about. I remember her songs well. Go to the airport. First off markedout's adelta spots her husband Souleye and we get ops. Alanis waits behind a gate for about 10 minutes then comes out and is nice. She signs as she is carrying her child then puts the child down for photo ops. 

Alanis Morissette

Souleye

Autograph


Next up is Nils Lofgren of Bruce Springsteen's E Street band. Nice guy.

Photo op


And finally, the Lost in the 80s tour. My main want from there was Animotion, best known for the very captivating hit single "Obsession". I also knew most but not everyone comes out after the show. So I tried outside.

First up is Flock of Seagulls. Mike Score is super nice and I get autographs. Had no need for a shades shot as I have a perfect shot from NYC.

Next up, Clive Farrington and Michael Floreale, the two frontmen of When in Rome, known for their hit song, The Promise. 

Clive Farrington

Michael Floreale



Then Bill Wadhams of Animotion comes out and is super nice. Wang Chung also comes out around the same time. Only one original member (Nick Feldman) and I get him. He invites me to get a group shot with the whole band which features barely valids. So I did it. 

Astrid Plane of Animotion comes out and she is super nice. As I'm getting her to sign photos one guy in her entourage points to himself at some of the photos. What? He is in some of the old photos! Yes he is! Turns out it is Greg Smith who was the keyboardist in the first album which featured the Obsession song! Wow what a cool bonus! This is I believe the first ever instance of someone alerting me of their own validity. He also pointed me out to another member Jim Blair who did not play in the first album but was in the second album. So I got a photo op.

Bill Wadhams

Astrid Plane

Greg Smith

Jim Blair

Nick Feldman



Wait some more and Annabella Lwin of Bow Wow Wow literally walks out by herself and is nice as can be. I get an update photo and some autographs.

Annabella Lwin


And finally, Pete Byrne of Naked Eyes drives out. Already have a hat and shades shot with him so I wanted an upgrade. He stops the car (which he was driving). He signs for me. I ask for a photo op then he literally removes his spectacles and puts on shades (at night!). 

Pete Byrne



Lost 80s autographs part 1

Lost 80s autographs part 2

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The #2 Panther at the Mid Atlantic Nostalgia Show

With Robert Wagner as a headliner, I had to attend this con. I know he's supposed to be at Chiller, but as the saying goes, "you never know". First off the guy is 88! And second what if his legal troubles catch up with him? I was nervous enough passing on Pittsburgh Steel City Con (where he was my sole want). So could not pass this chance up. I was almost going to go to Bookends for him till they announced no photo ops. Most everyone from the original 1963 Pink Panther movie is dead. So the fact that we have this chance for Wagner is truly a treat. And of course he is #2 in Austin Powers.

Arrive at the con, saw Fake Jan outside and told her hello and she said hello back. Enter and stand in line for Wagner and other WKRP folks. After a while meet up with combo hunter Troy Bellum. Get actress Shani Wallis from Oliver then we go back to the spot I was holding. While in line they even told us not to ask Robert about his "personal" life. I presume that was code for "don't ask him about Natalie Wood". 

When we finally get to the area where everyone is, I get WKRP actors Jan Smithers and Howard Hesseman (he wouldn't remove his shades when I asked). Then Stephanie Powers who says she can always place people by their accents but could not place mine. Finally it's time for Wagner and I get the photo op with him. Wow he looks great for 88. 

With that I had little reason to stay. Went to the bathroom to take a crap, ran into Wagner in the bathroom, and called it a day.

Shani Wallis

Jan Smithers

Howard Hesseman

Stefanie Powers

Robert Wagner

Monday, September 24, 2018

Two music legends: Giorgio Moroder and Johnny Mathis

In early September I would go for Giorgio Moroder, who is known as the Father of Disco and also made the music for movies such as Scarface, Neverending Story, and others.

He was a nice guy and did combos. After he was done he took an uber. Wow here you have him playing a venue and they don't send him a car?

Photo op

Autographs


In late September I got some last minute Masterful info on the legendary Johnny Mathis! Due to his age I never imagined I'd get a chance to meet him. So to have a flight on him, that was God sent. The difference between him and the likes of Elvis and Frank Sinatra, he is alive and they are dead (unless you believe the hat/shades/beard photos of a supposed Elvis that have surfaced recently). 

Couldn't believe how ultra friendly he was, sat down and signed what combo hunters had for him. It is incredible how so many today are complete assholes, yet here is this guy, 82, and taking care of people.

Photo op

Autographs

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Some Scattered meets in August

To start off August I would try for actor David Cross who is the main antagonist in the Alvin and the Chipmunks movies. Waited at the venue and after his show he exited. Did combos. Sucks he has a beard but that is what he usually sports.

Photo op

Autographs


A few days later I would go for a Rock and Roll legend and former teen idol, Dion DiMucci. For those who don't know who that is I suggest googling him. He did combos and was a pretty nice guy.

Photo op

Autographs


Towards the end of August I made a brief appearance at Potterverse. There were a few guests but most were barely valid. I only got actress Miriam Margolyes. Dan Fogler was there but I had him.

Photo op


A few days after that I would go for band members of The Grateful Dead. First up is Bob Weir who is grumpy but does stop then shuts it down, and second is Mickey Hart who is nicer.

Bob Weir

Mickey Hart


And finally I attended a small con called Fairfax Comic Con. The only significant name there that I didn't have is Greg Grunberg who was in The Force Awakens, Hollow Man, and other things. I got a photo op. Since I had nothing else going on I looked into some comic book related names. Got Robert Venditti (The Surrogates, which was adopted into a Bruce Willis movie) and John Cassaday who is a writer for the valid canon Star Wars comics sanctioned by Disney.

Greg Grunberg

Robert Venditti

John Cassaday

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Monstermania August report

After a punch filled NYC I finish my drive to Monstermania. I park, wash, and freshen up in preparation. I went Friday for two reasons 1) it logistically made sense 2) after the last show I wanted to avoid Saturday madness and 3) there was no one I needed that wasn't there on Friday. This is also a rare Monstermania where I would actually get an autograph. 

Start with Tommy Lee Wallace of Halloween fame then team with for one of my top wants from this con, director of Conan The Barbarian and writer of Dirty Harry, John Milius. Later in the day I tried explaining to him how the Australian blu ray of Conan has the orignial mono audio track whereas the US blu rays only offer the revisionist audio track, but it was hard for him to grasp.

Next up my other top want, Henry Thomas of ET fame. I add him to my ET poster which already has Drew Barrymore and Stephen Spielberg (in addition to the other 2 ET con names which I got in previous cons).

Now it was time for the IT kids which were the only real lines I had to deal with. First get Jackson Robert Scott AKA Georgie. Most child actors seem like an adult in a child's body but in the case of Jackson he behaved like a child. It's always a real treat getting child actors as children because this is how they looked like in their body of work. He is likely never going to do anything besides IT. So if a 20 year old Jackson is doing a con I would not care for the update. Of course if he does other stuff I'd want the update with older Jackson in which case you have both looks child and adult.

Then I get a photo op with Jack Dylan Grazer from IT which is an upgrade as he is wearing a beanie covering most of his head in my photo op.

Then get a fully suited and face painted Doyle Von Frankenstein which is pretty damn cool. Then Nancy Stephens of Halloween Fame. 

I run to the Justin Long pro op, my first Monstermania pro op since the time they had Kate Beckinsale and Val Kilmer.

Ended my time at Monstermania with Eugene Clark. Thought his suited op was cool. People were offering him crazy money for combos and he was spending lots of time talking to them. In vintage Virgil fashion, I set a price and offered money for just an op and he accepted it but gave me only a fraction of the face time he gave others (which suits me just fine).

Tommy Lee Wallace

John Milius

Henry Thomas

Jackson Robert Scott

Jack Dylan Grazer

Doyle Von Frankenstein

Nancy Stephens

Eugene Clark

Justin Long

Signed ET poster

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Jeff Daniels M&G and other pre Monstermania NYC meets

So with MM around and Jeff Daniels (someone who I've failed on multiple times photo op wise) doing guaranteed photo ops at his NYC show, I decided to go to NYC and conclude it with Monstermania. 

I arrive the evening before mainly to get actress Michelle Yeoh from the Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies. I go to the event and wait. While waiting I find out a few people got Mark Wahlberg at a crowded spot. A bit of a punch though no guarantee I'd have succeeded. Entries start and I get Awkwafina and Michelle Yeoh via crowd fighting while Constance Wu and Henry Golding blank. Ken Jeong does combos but since I have a couple of shots I had no interest in fighting the crowd.

While waiting for exits I get another PUNCH. At another spot Ben Kingsley did photo ops. Never thought he'd stop but he did. Though not all got it. Since exits are not expected I go a couple of blocks away to an "easy" spot for Tatiana Maslany. She blanks saying she is with family. Really? Wow just wow. 

Exits at the first spot happen and I get Michelle Yeoh autograph and Constance Wu photo op (who I hear is normally tough). Henry Golding is a no go.

Since I had nothing else going on I ended the evening with a spot for Nicki Minaj but she blanked. 

Awkwafina

Michelle Yeoh

Constance Wu


This day would start with another blunder. I had a WWE flight for Andrade Cien Almas and Zelina Vega. Never got Andrade and I figured the dual shot would be cool. Since this was my only concrete info for the day (besides my Jeff Daniels meet and greet later that evening) I figured I would go. While there I sadly learn that Steve Perry of Journey was at a spot and didn't think I'd make it back by the time he left. Wow just wow. To boot, all I got here as far as fresh shots go with an Andrade shades shot (Zelina didn't come till later). I also got a photo op with Kofi Kingston which is my first solo shot with him in about 10 years. I showed Big E the awkward photo op list to which he goes "oh we made a list, I like that, I like that". 

With that I went to the WWE hotel, and went inside to chill. Saw Big Show eating in the restaurant/bar but I had no need to bother him. So others walking around but again no one I needed. Decided to bail on the spot, went outside and saw someone taking ops. Turns out he's a basketball player.

Before Jeff Daniels I decided to try for Tatiana Maslany again. This time I get a combo. And finally the Jeff Daniels meet and greet. He signed my items and was nervous as his son was fumbling with my camera but I got the shot.

Ended with evening with another attempt at Nicki Minaj since I had nothing else. She blanks on entries and decided not to waste time for exists. 

Tatiana Maslany

Jeff Daniels

Full list of photo ops


With my streak of bad luck I decided to try for an upgrade at a spot where I scored my original photo op. Namely Domhnall Gleeson. My shot is a little blurry and he has a beard. While waiting I score an update with Regina Hall (after letting other graphers get her first), fail on an update with AnnaSophia Robb, and get a photo op with male to female trans singer Kim Petras. A Master spots Graham Nash as a random and I get another shot with him. Sadly Gleeson blanks both in and out so even that is a fail! At least I do have a valid shot with him.

Next up go to a spot in the hopes of getting Matt Groening. As he enters he blanks. I exit out another door and literally see both J Lo and A Rod exit out of a van. Sadly couldn't get them. I inform Vanessa and friend about this. We try another spot but I only get Harvey Fierstein. Then back to the previous spot to try for Matt and J Lo. I stand by the Matt Groening exit and Vanessa stands outside a very crowded J Lo exit. As I'm waiting by the Matt door, Matt exits out of the crowded J Lo exit and Vanessa scores the shot I wanted so bad and would have redeemed by bad days. J Lo exits not long after and it's a mad house.

As the motto goes, when all else fails, go to the "easy" spots which is what I did. Went for 85 year old Renee Taylor from The Nanny. Waited for her to come out and she is nice as can be. Despite barely being able to even walk she took her time to sign and do photo ops. Wow I guess they don't make them like her anymore.

I join Greg at a spot for Ben Kingsley but never see him. Only see Oscar Isaac (who I have) and he blanks. Go with Greg to a spot with some Beatles related names but the place was evacuated and had fire trucks. Join Vanessa and friend at another spot where I hope to upgrade my Bryan Adams shot but he blanks photo op wise and only signs. I get other names including John Gotti Jr and actress Merle Dandridge.

Renee Taylor

Full list of photo ops

Autographs obtained


With that I decided to bail on NYC, set my GPS to avoid all tolls, and go en route for Monstermania. While I had a lot of punches, I at least got Jeff Daniels plus other meets. So I didn't leave empty handed. Couldn't finish my drive to Cherry Hill so I parked at a Taco Bell along the way and took a nap.

Friday, September 14, 2018

HEAVEN could not WAIT for this huge score!

Don't worry people, more August meets are coming, but I wanted to make a report for my final meet in August which I consider my best meet of 2018! Dick Tracy himself, Warren Beatty. One could argue Tom Cruise is a better meet/name, but the Cruise setup was at least somewhat setup for combos and many people around the world got it, thus taking away from it. Beatty is a Hollywood legend and did no such event. Also, Beatty is older than Cruise, this making awesome score even better.

I had a location on Beatty. I quickly went there, found free parking a few blocks away, and went to the spot. I watched both the front door and Beatty's car. This is where you can appreciate not being in NYC. For a Warren Beatty spot in NYC it would be a zoo of baboons. But here, the total amount of people, including myself, was ONE! One may be the loneliest number of all, but in this case it is orgasmic! 

Wait for over an hour and I see people starting to enter his car (he must have left out the side). I dash there and get a combo and extra from Beatty, who was nice as can be. His wife Annette Bening was there and I told her that I had no need to bother her as I met her in NYC already. One of his daughters was with them and she got a kick out of me asking her father for combos.

One of the items I had him sign was a Dick Tracy DVD already signed by the late Glenne Headly!

After missing him in NYC a couple of times, this was a name I never thought I'd ever get a chance to meet, so I'm truly ecstatic with that score. 

Photo op

Autographs