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Monday, October 24, 2016

Jason Lee PolaCon 2016

PolaCon – yes, I must admit I had no clue what this was about. Then I had no clue what this was about after I looked it up. Then, sitting through a panel, I learned a little more.  Just like autograph collecting is a niche that few partake, the Instant Film Society is a niche too. PolaCon is short for Polaroid and the convention centers around Instant cameras and film.  
Jason Lee is into this niche.  He attended this convention.  He has a book of his photos.  

We drove to Denton, TX to find Jason Lee. I rarely venture into this neck of the woods.  We spent some time hanging out in used books and record shops and had a late lunch. Then we headed over to the building where the panel was scheduled. Just as we were walking up, we spotted Jason Lee walking to his car with a friend. I will admit he seemed cautious as we approached. Not unfriendly but befuddled that fans would have found him ‘here’, at PolaCon.   
Once he determined we weren’t crazy stalkers, just the autograph type of stalkers, he warmed. He signed and chatted. He posed for a few photos. 
Even though we got what we wanted, we stayed for the panel. Like I said, it’s not for everyone. However, I have spent a lot of time talking to people about this hobby so they did make an impression on me.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Matt Smith Wizard World Austin 2016

It has been frustrating to see Matt Smith listed all over the country and never at a Texas show. When I saw him announced to be in Austin, I had to go.

I was worried about Wizard World (WW) overselling tickets and not being able to get through the line in time before Matt had to leave.  Since a drive to Austin ranges from 3 hours to 8 hours on any given day, I drove down the night before.

At the crack of dawn I got up and waited for WW to open their doors. Once was inside, I found out that people like me, non-VIP badge holders, aka ‘steerage’, weren’t going to queue up until 2PM.  Okay, now I know. I had some time to kill.

When it was time for the great unwashed to get in line, I must admit the line moved fairly fast. Matt was very friendly and tried to chat with everyone. He accepted gifts from fans and told them he would look at it after he was done.

I found a photo I liked online. While I didn’t want the photo personalized, I did want the quote added. Again, I was surprised they were allowing personalization. Often, with a big name guest, the lines are too long and the signing is an assembly line of ‘just the signature’.

Matt took my photo and read the quote. He smiled. I mentioned I thought the photo was apropos as he was in Texas. Before he stared signing he told me he remembered that day the photo was shot. It was a good day. 

As I walked away with his autograph, it was a good day for me too.



Thursday, October 20, 2016

Dana DeLorenzo and Ray Santiago Wizard World Austin 2016

I enjoy Ash VS the Evil Dead. For me it’s 3 Stooges in a modern horror movie. Its over the top and silly and not demanding a lot of cerebral attention. When Austin Wizard World has both Ray Santiago and DanaDeLorenzo, I needed to add to them to the collection.

Ray was quiet. He smiled and signed. We barely exchanged words. I’m assuming he is very shy.

Dana was very extraverted. As she chatted with the person in front of her, she paused to make sure others in line were listening and following along. She talked about getting blasted with gallons of fake blood that seemed to all go up her nose. She admitted it took a week to get all out.  She loved working with Lee Majors as he fit right in on the set. 


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Sam Jones Wizard World Austin 2016

The short of it: I picked up Sam Jones’ autograph in Austin. Nice guy.  We talked about how many times he and I missed each other over the years. He told me to find him in Dallas for the Marvelous Nerd Year’s Eve convention.

So you are done. You can move along and you know I got his auto. You will notice I have more text on the page. Ignore it. It’s boring introspective narrative backstory stuff that doesn’t give any more details than the first paragraph. Really, move along…
The movie Flash Gordon with Sam Jones has pleasant memories for me. A local TV station in Philly actually showed the old Buster Crabbe Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon series when I was a kid. I enjoyed those serials. When this movie came out I wanted to see it.
It was a snow day; a cold snowy day in Jersey. I woke up and listened to the radio to find out if our ‘school closing number’ was called. If it was, we didn’t have school. Most often when we saw snow on the ground, we still had to get to school.  This day we ‘won’ the snow lottery. School was cancelled.
After I shoveled the porch, drive way, and sideway (for ourselves and our elderly neighbor), I was ready to explore. Just because it was considered too dangerous to drive to school, didn’t mean the rest of the world had closed. Like most good teenagers, I wanted to go to the mall and see a movie.
One of my buddies was up to seeing this movie.  I picked him up and we drove. By now the sun was out. It was very sunny. If you don’t know, snow reflects a lot of light. If you remember, it had snowed enough to cancel school. Up in Jersey, school is not cancelled based on the ‘threat’ of school.  It not cancelled because of a ‘dusting’ of snow hit the ground. It’s cancelled because the snow plows can’t clear the roads quick enough. Where I grow up, that usually meant more than 6 inches.  Everything was buried in snow. It meant the bright shining sunlight was bouncing off of everything and creating a lot of glare.
The roads were good; no ice. The drive was uneventful.  We parked although we were slightly late for the movie. After we paid and got our soda and popcorn, we entered the theater. The theater was dark.  Pitch black. I could hear the movie but the screen was blank. I stopped. My friend ran into me. He asked what was wrong. I said I can’t find the seats because it was so dark.
Well, it wasn’t so dark for me to miss his confusion. He thought I was nuts. He said there were seats everywhere.  He said just pick a row. Blindly I moved to the right and bumped into a guy sitting and watching the movie. Then my friend whispered and asked if I could see anything. I told I was now seeing some of the screen but faintly.  My friend grabbed my hand and guided me to a seat where I did not need to climb over anyone. 
As I sat, my snow blind eyes slowly adjusted.  Concentrating on the road without sunglasses (who wore sunglasses in the winter?) the glare narrowed my pupils to pinpricks. Never had anything like that happen before or since.
I’m reminded of this memory every time I see Sam Jones name at a show.  See nothing of value. You should have stopped reading when I told you.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Tim Russ Geekinomicon Sept 2016

Tim Russ was also in OKC and I finally got him. I have not seen him listed at too many conventions, so for me, this was a good opportunity to add him.

It was the last autograph I picked up before I headed back to Dallas. (Ahem!  The wife standing behind me cleared her throat.  I turned and looked at her beautiful face. Her toe tapped slowly, implying I omitted something.  I raised an eyebrow in question. Two syllables fell from her lips: Poker.)
Let me restate that, Tim Russ was the last autograph I picked up in OKC before I headed to the casino and played poker for 10 hours. (Her job as arbiter of truth completed, I heard my wife leave the room.) Then I headed home to my dear and loving wife.