Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Steel City Con Part 2: Celebrities

I meant to do this post a couple of days ago but, I got sidetracked. When Robin Williams died, I spent a lot of time just reading stories about him and last night I went to the Motley Crue and Alice Cooper concert. They both still rock!  \m/

Here's part 2 of my review of Steel City Con.

There were many cool celebrity guests at the show. The one I wanted to meet the most was Billy Dee Williams. I'm a HUGE Star Wars fan! I have a photo from The Empire Strikes Back featuring Darth Vader, Lando Calrissian and Boba Fett that I bought from (and got autographed by) Dave Prowse in 1997. In 2006 I met Jeremy Bulloch at a show and had him sign it. And now, 17 years after I originally got the photo, I have Billy Dee Williams's autograph on it. His signature set me back $40 and they wanted another $45 to get your picture taken with him. I didn't get my picture taken with him. But I did take a picture of him signing my photo. I also watched the Q&A with him. It was fun.

I also met Margot Kidder. Lois Lane from the Christopher Reeves Superman movies. Her prices were a lot more reasonable. She only charged $20 if you brought your own item to sign and you could get your picture taken with her for free. I brought a trading card from the 1980 Topps Superman II card set for her to sign.

I didn't have enough cash to get any other autographs. But I did take some pictures of  the celebs at there booths while they were signing for other people. Also, Butch Patrick and Pat Priest (Eddie and Marilyn Munster) were there, but I already have there autographs.

There were also famous replica movie and TV cars at the show. You were allowed to take pictures of them, but if you wanted to sit in the car and play with the controls you had to pay $10 each. Again, I didn't pay for that privilege.

Billy Dee Williams Q&A.

Billy Dee autographing my photo.

Star Wars autograph trifecta!

Margot and me.

Margot's autograph.

Penny Marshall.

Dean Cain.

Verne Troyer.

1966 Batmobile.

Back To The Future DeLorean.

Ghostbusters Ecto-1.

The Munsters Dragula.

K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider.

6 comments:

Jeremy Hawkins said...

that is freaking awesome... Kidder looks great and Billy Dee, he always looks great.

John Gaither said...

I might of shelled out the $10 to sit in the Batmobile lol. Love that freaking thing.

Anonymous said...

I'm not a big fan of the (relatively) recent trend to charge for photos on top of the charge for autographs.I could see maybe $5-$10 if you're already getting the auto. Sounds like your experience with Margot was a lot better.

--Rob Tullo

Brian Lapsley said...

Once again, it looks like you had an amazing time. Great autographs and a ECTO 1 sighting. LOVE IT!

Loved Penny Marshall in Hocus Pocus.

highbury said...

Aw crud. I missed you at the Motley Crue concert!! Congrats on scoring an autograph from the Lando System.

Dex said...

Congrats on finishing your Star Wars trilogy, that is awesome!

Yeah cons and/or celebs are getting out of control charging for every little thing. Especially the "professional" photo ops. I've done two of them and haven't been happy with the way they've come out. You'd think for $40-$60 a pop they could take more than one and let you choose.