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Friday, June 23, 2017

Kristie Alley Alamo City ComicCon 2017

Being a Star Trek geek, I think wanted a Saavik signed photo from Kristie Alley instead of a Cheers photo.

She was warm and engaging. The mom in front of me had a couple of young ones with her. Kristie made an effort to chat with the kids. The kids, after talking nonstop for 5 minutes while in line, clammed up and were mute. Kristie took that in stride and laughed.

When I asked if she would add the character name, I admitted I didn’t remember how it was spelled. She told me she had that ‘under control’ and quickly added the name. I think we both laughed.


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Dave Bautista Alamo City ComicCon 2017

Dave Bautista had the longest line at Alamo City Comic Con.  

He spent time with each fan and took photos and graciously accepted gifts. He laughed at some of the photos (when he had hair or when he was ‘still in shape’) and he constantly chatted with the people. He was very fan friendly.

Most people were getting Guardians of the Galaxy paraphernalia signed but maybe a fourth of the crowd was getting wrestling items signed. I saw a lot of wrestling championship belts being handed over for a signature.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

George Wendt Alamo City ComicCon 2017

Sometimes, you walk right up to the celeb and there is no spark between us.  George Wendy was like that.

He had no line. He was chatting with his handler about where they went to dinner the night before. I walked up, I paid my money, and I picked a photo. He signed it. I said ‘Hi, the wife and I really liked Cheers.’ He looked up and nodded. He handed the photo back to me and  went back to talking about dinner.

Oh well.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Chuck Norris ComicPalooza 2017

When Chuck Norris was announced for ComicPalooza, I knew I had to go.  I have always liked Chucked Norris. He doesn’t sign very often in public so this was going to be my best chance.

When I was first learning karate, his films were starting to come out.  While some of the early movies had over the top and unrealistic fights scenes, many of the movies had a grain of truth in the punishment received.   

As his career progressed, often the fight scene was started by the bad guy. It was not a fight just to prove whose kung fu was stronger. The fight wasn’t meaningless nor was it at a drop of a hat. The good guy had no choice but to fight.  Don’t get me wrong, not every Chuck Norris fight screen was like that but enough to make an impression on this teenager.

Chuck learned Korean karate. While everyone has heard of Tae Kwon Do, he (and I) learned Tang Soo Do (I won’t go into the differences…believe it or not, it’s political). In fact, he trained with Master Shin who I have met.

The signing for Chuck Norris was at the end of the day. I was tired. I got in line 2 hour early to be close to the front of the line. The signing went quick but I still have to wait for most of the VIP attendees to go first. The line stalled a few times as other celebs stopped by his table to get a selfie. Everyone was excited about his presence.

When I finally got some face time, I told him my favor movie was Sidekicks.  He paused, almost as he couldn’t believe what he heard, and then said that was his favorite also. While I wanted to tell him thank you in Korean, I refrained. I was thrilled to have my photo signed and exchange a few words.



Monday, June 19, 2017

Steven Ogg ComicPalooza 2017

It was toward the end of the day. I needed to wait for one last ‘big name’ guest.  It had been a long day and much of it was driving or walking on concrete.  I was tired.

Over the course of the day, I passed by Steven Ogg’s table a few times. While his line was never long, it usually had people in it. He stood in front of his table and hung out with his fans. He was friendly and he chatted and took photos.  Most of the people in line were big Walking Dead fans and they still had energy.
He probably saw that I was tired. Our exchange was brief and low energy which I needed at this point of the day.