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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Heart of Texas Con March 2014

This was a new convention. Not just to me but to the world. It was in Waco. While small, it was listing a few big names.  Even though I was only interested in 2 people, the two hour drive made it reasonable to go.

Four of us carpooled. Each of us thought the same thing…we’ll check out the convention, hopefully get the autographs we want and then figure out if it was worth it.

When we entered, the show proved it was small.  We walked through the vendors tables in 5 minutes.  The autograph area was a small also but the lines were short.  It was a typical convention: vendors, photo ops, celebs, cosplayers, and nerds. For us it’s another venue that might have an autograph opportunity. And that’s all we need it for.

But my life was ruined on the way home from Waco.  It’s still hard to speak of the tragedy.  It's cliché to say 'life changing' but my life has been changed forever. I’ll never be able to drive down I35 the same way. it all started when we stopped at the Czech Stop and Little Czech Bakery. 

The wife and I normally drive straight through. We only stop for gas and bio brakes.  A stop barely 2 hours down the road is silly and never thought of.  

Slightly miffed I missed the stop on the way down; they laughed it off as a rookie mistake.  Missing the exit on the way back was not to be tolerated. My companions basically threw a mutiny.  All three of my carpool mates were focused on NOT missing the exit on the way back.

So we stopped.

The line was not out the door but very close.  Almost 100 people were in front of us. This was the longest line I waited in all day.  The bakery smelled wonderful.  I was forced to make a purchase. A beautiful 5 inch tall cupcake and some blueberry bread.  My friends, much more experienced bought armfuls.  They called friends to let them know they were making a kolache stop.  The rear of the car was weighed down in confectionary goods.  

The wife complained the cupcake was too sweet…after she ate it all…and licked her fingers clean…twice.  She marveled that we didn’t already know about this place.  She has mandated we make the stop the next time we travel south so she can see the Promised Land herself.

Yes, we went to a ComicCon and returned with a diabetic’s nightmare.



Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Who doesn't love Whose Line's Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood March 2014

It was a busy day, chores, a small convention, haircut (I was looking pretty shaggy), and then off to the Eisemann Theater in Richardson.

The Eisemann is a nice venue that brings in some good names that you want to add to your collection.  It’s also a venue where you can hit a homerun or strike out when it comes to autographs. Some celebs stay in the hotel across the street and just walk through the lobby. Some use the stage door on the side. And some use the loading dock in the back. 

I got to the theater about an hour before the show. I was fairly certain I was too late to catch them as they arrived. I was thinking I might have to camp out for a while.  As I drove up, I noticed a fellow collector so I had some hopes I wasn’t too late.

As I walked up to say hi to my fellow hound, he turned his back and rushed to the stage door.  I followed.  Colin Mochrie had stepped out to take a smoke break.  He kindly signed for both of us and even posed for a photo.  The other collector politely asked if Brad Sherwood was somewhere back stage and might have time to sign.  Colin said he’d track him down for us.

The two of us sat and chatted for a few minutes and then Brad stepped out and signed and posed.  As he looked at my photo he mentioned that was his ‘fat’ photo. He never weighed more in his life.  I took another look at him and I could see he had lost some weight.  

Brad reentered the building and we walked back to our cars.  It was nice for me as I was only there for 15 minutes and got two nice autographs.  My only regret was not seeing the show.


Monday, March 24, 2014

James C Leary Dallas Comic & Pop Expo 2014

I had to wait just a few moments for James C Leary to finish taking a photo with a fan.  He quickly came back to the table and greeted me.

 He was outgoing and friendly and quickly offered me an upgrade to his autograph: 2 photos for a small price bump. I took him up on it as his Buffy character was in full makeup and you don’t see the actor.  This way I got a photo with him in and out of character.

He mentioned he grew up in the Dallas area and actually moved back to Texas a few years ago.  He’s been enjoying the slower and less toxic lifestyle out here.


Friday, March 21, 2014

Ron Lester Dallas Comic & Pop Expo 2014

The way Ron Lester looks now, you may not recognize him.  When he was on Varsity Blues he was large.

 I would guess he dropped half that weight. He looks good, muscular, and healthy.

He was very friendly. He invited me to add him as a Facebook friend. He wanted to me to check out his car in the parking (it was wrapped to promote a movie).

He was there to meet people and interact and not just to sign.


Thursday, March 20, 2014

LeeAnna Vamp Dallas Comic & Pop Expo 2014

Lately, I’ve been into Cosplayers.  Well, let’s qualify that. I’ve been intrigued by female cosplayers. I follow a few on Facebook and Twitter. I’ve gotten one autograph and look forward to getting more.

I didn’t know LeeAnna Vamp. I didn’t follow her. When I saw that she was listed for the show, I looked her up and saw a lot of nice photos of her. She’s been to a lot of shows and I bet I’ve seen her but hadn’t noticed her.

I printed a photo in advance as it seems the cosplayers like to sell 11 x 17’s.  That’s way too big in my opinion.  8x10’s take up enough room in the house.

I walked over and asked if she sign my photo.  She did. And because I brought my own photo she didn’t charge me.  I didn’t expect that. I know the cosplayers use the money from autographs to attend other shows or pay for more photo shoots.  Even after I offered to pay, she refused. That was very nice of her.

And of course we talked ComicCon: SDCC.  Something I always enjoy doing.  Now that she is on the radar, I’m sure I’ll see her there.