Being among the masses of San Diego Comic-Con is always a treat for any fan of pop culture and comic books, but the 2009 edition of the event held more special meaning to me than any of the other iterations I’ve been to. Since I’d proven to be such a great fan to them before, the comic book website Major Spoilers.com tasked me with getting a poster they sent me filled up with 50 signatures of any of the famous individuals that would be at Comic-Con. Needless to say this would be both challenging and really fun, and what would make it all the better would be that I would be going with a group of friends and family who would share the experience with me.
My entire trip would take three days before it was over, and I knew I would need every minute if I wanted to accomplish my goal. Upon entring the San Diego Convention Center, I immeditely began to set out for those whom I was already a fan of, which led me and my friends to the web comics booth. Upon making conversation with these creators, I was struck by how easy they wer eto talk to in relation to recent years; I found myself to be less nervous by their prescence and instead of seeing them as untouchable was able to talk to them like people. Granted, it was still off putting to be in their presence, but being able to keep the signs of intimidation to myself was a geat step forward for me, so much so that I doubt I would have been able to finish this event if I hadn’t gained this trait. My friends all seemed to experience similar sensations, as evidenced by the fact that they were able to meet their heroes with little interference from their fear.
Thanks to my newfound confidence, I had accumulated roughly 27 signatures ranging from artists such as Ryan Ottley and Sean Galoway to writers including Robert Kirman and Eric Powell. As I began to search for new additions, I came across famed actor, Adam West. Surprised that there was no line to meet him, I decided to put my new confidence to the test and made my way over to talk with him. Ever full of quip and quick wit, West proved a joy to talk to and was all too excited to add his name on the poster. Being a completely unexpected addition to the project made his inclusion all the more special to me. As if that wasn’t enough to satisfy me, I was blessed enough to meet artists Steve Lieber, Steve Ephing and Erik Larson among several others.
As the final day of my trip to San Diego Comic-Con began, I felt confident that my final ten signatures would be gained; I had all my friends behind me encouraging me to get this done and I knew I couldn’t let them or myself down. As I wandered up and down the endless aisles and tables, searching more and more for just one more signature, I was finally victorious. In fact, I beat the goal of 50 by ten! With the challenge finally completed and the poster completely defaced with signatures, me and my friends all went out and enjoyed a celebratory ice cream at Baskin Robins and toasted our newly found realization that the best way to meet people you admire is to view them as just that, people.
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