Hi guys. Haven't been around in a while. Hope everyone's well.
I don't like bitching for the sake of bitching and I'm not a uber-negative guy, but I wanted to share a bit of a con experience I didn't think was cute. It's irked me for a bit and generally kept it to myself. I mentioned to a few of you on Facebook how much of an enjoyable experience it was meeting Greg Capullo at NYCC. It was one of 3 hilights of my first ever con. It made the several thousands of dollars to fly there stay in an over-rated extremely expensive hotel worth it for the few minutes of joy and elation intalking to some of my "heroes".
I know comic guys aren't rock stars or anythnig close to idols and nor are they role models to a balding (although still very cool) 40 year old man. I also know that everyone has their own distinct personality and that you want ot interact with that "hero" on a friendly basis. People have bad days too.
But I saw one of my heroes at an ugly disengenuous moment and another was a miserable prig whom I can only assume showed up at all for the cash he could generate with as minimal effort as possible. Pre-signed art, books and other various paraphenalia on his table and even during actual signing timeframes made no effort to engage in conversation, ask a name or in a couple of instances couldn't be bothered to even make eye contact. I honestly would have preferred to keep my illusion of fan fascination and desire to meet him than to have actually had the misfortune of being in his presence.
The other "gentleman" was a much sought after individual and although I saw him several times on the convention floor, respected him enough to not keep him from getting from point a to point b in a hurry. I've read enough about cons to know that there is a very strict scehedule these professionals adhere to and I don't want to be the reason some kid doesn't get his book signed cuz I'm busy lavishing attention on the guy while he eats a hot dog or takes a whiz.
Well another fan didn't read the memo and asked for a photo with the guy. Although the guy obliged I watched the guy roll his eyes to his friend...then I watched him get noticeably frustrated when they couldn't get the camaera to work the first time...then when the pic was taken the guy couldn't even muster a smile and the minute the flash went off the guy biolted without even saying your welcome when the fan thanked him for his time. As he passed me I heard him utter an obscenity, like he had just gotten pulled over by a cop or something. I was extremely disheartened. With this individual being one of the more recognized in the industry, I can't see me being the only one who noticed his demeanor. Really....couldn't he have feigned interest in the public eye? Doled out a little graciousness? It really shouldn't bother me this much, as I wasn't slighted, but for that fan..does he delude himself and pretend it was a positive experience, or did he go away feeling like he was an inconvenience to the guy to whom he fostered an affinity for his work?
I look at this guy a little differently now. You're selling a little bit of your personality when you are interacting at a con. Comporting yourself with a little class isn't too much to ask, if only until you get off that convention floor.