Okay...buckle up. I'm gonna' write a novel.
- Stan Lee: At my first "big" convention in Philadelphia 5 or 6 years ago, I bought a meet and greet with Stan Lee where I was able to get a picture and autograph on one of my books. Really cool guy, but you can see that he's exhausted from the events he does.
- Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore (Creators of the Walking Dead): I was out getting lunch in the city during the time the NYC convention was going on. Strolling down the block I recognized Robert Kirkman and he was totally cool with chatting and taking a picture. Since then, I've run into him a few more times for pictures and autographs. The latter two (Moore, Adlard) were met inside the convention center. I donated to Adlard's charity and in return he signed some books and took a picture. Same with Moore (picture, autograph)
- Todd McFarlane (Creator of Spawn, the king of early 1990's Spider-Man, Image): I was lucky enough to draw a ticket in which I got a meet and greet. He was a really nice guy and took the time to ask how my convention was going, signed a few of my key books and then took a picture.
- Mike Mignola (Creator of Hellboy): During a cross country work road trip from N.J. to San Diego this past summer for the San Diego Con, my biggest goal was to meet Mignola, which I did. Nice guy (to me at least) but looks like he'll be able to switch in a minute's notice if you ask too many questions or take up too much of his time.
As a side note, he only attends San Diego Con, so it was a really big deal since I wouldn't be able to catch him anywhere else nearby.
- Neal Adams (Famous DC artist, primarily Batman): I hung out with Neal and his wife at their booth for about an hour at a winter convention. I left to get a coffee and he asked me to get him one as well and then we talked for some more. Really down to earth guy and he gave me a nice price on a Batman commission for a friend.
- Chris Claremont (the writer and savior of X-Men, co-wrote "#1
best selling comic of all time"): I was down in Asbury Park, N.J. for their convention and Chris Claremont was headlining it.. literally. They wouldn't open the doors until his car pulled up, we (or at least whoever recognized him) watched him walk into the building and then they opened the doors 2 minutes later. I went to his booth and he asked me how I liked his new (at the time) series for Nightcrawler. I told him I enjoyed it, and he said he hadn't even seen the finished product yet. He then proceeded to hand me $4 and told me to see if I could pick an issue up for him. Pretty cool errand!
- Various other artists/ comic celebs: Jim Cheung, J.Scott Campbell, Herb Trimpe, Charlie Adlard, Bob Layton, Jim Lee..forgetting some.
I think it was two years ago now where the Walker Stalker Convention (Walking Dead) stopped in NJ for their NJ/NY show. I met a lot of the cast and took pictures with almost all of them. I'll just use their television character names for who I've met: Glenn, Daryl, Hershel, T-Dog, Tyreese, Merle, Shane, Abraham.
Michael Cudlitz (Abraham) was new to the show and we had a conversation about how long he thinks he would last.
Jon Bernthal (Shane or.. The Punisher!) was nice enough to have a conversation. I asked him how the transition was from TV to film, what projects were next, etc. The picture with him came out blurry (courtesy of the handler) and he was nice enough to take another one.
Michael Rooker (Merle) was on crack...had to be. I don't think he knew where he was, but he was mentally all over the place.
Steven Yeun and Norman Reedus were quick hi's and hello's, but seemed nice. I think Reedus, when realizing how long the lines were for him (about 500 people deep), started passing out snacks and water.
I went to the Philadelphia Eagles training camp one year in Bethlehem, P.A. (when they had it there) and after their last practice of the year, the entire team, coaching staff, etc. came and shook everyone's hands individually. Pretty cool!
When the "first cold weather Super Bowl" came to N.J., my job hosted a Super Bowl party and I was lucky enough to be one of two people to take care of and hangout with Jerry Rice and his family, Tiki Barber, Brandon Jacobs and Eli Manning for a few hours. JR's superbowl ring almost blinded me. Eli was kind of dragging. Like, hangover dragging. Everyone was super down to Earth.
Kevin Boss (TE for the Giants and I think the Raiders afterward) used to work out at the gym that I went to, and also shopped at the local GameStop.
Brook Lopez (Brooklyn Nets) shops at my local comic book shop
John Cena, Kane (WWE) both stopped into the gym for a workout during a visit to the Meadowlands. They were nice guys, but I didn't want to interrupt their routine too much.