We all love going to conventions. Part of the fun is getting to meet artists and writers you’ve always wanted to meet or hang out with fellow fans. Sometimes you’ll have an experience that isn’t great. It happens to all of us. I was just wondering what are some of your worst convention experiences?
I remember in 2002 I went to a convention in Madison Square Garden. It was really nice, actually. Jim Aparo was one of the people who was going to be there and I was excited to meet him because while I’m a Superman fan, his take on Batman is MY comic version of Batman.
As expected, his line was long. In front of me was a gentleman with a cart full of comics. When he approached Mr. Aparo, I thought he was going to take one or two comics out from the cart. He proceeded to take the entire stack out and plop it onto the table. He also didn’t say hello to Mr. Aparo. He just started taking comics off the top of the pile and putting them in front of him to sign. When he did speak to him it was “Sign here, please” or “Sign in the corner” To Mr. Aparo’s credit, he signed every book for the guy…I wouldn’t have. I’d have told him there was a limit or something. When the large pile was signed the guy put the comics back in his cart and didn’t even say thank you.
When I finally got to him, he asked me if he could have a minute or two because his wrist was hurting. Mind you, he was getting up there in age at this point. I said sure and used the pause to have a small conversation with him. When he was ready to sign, I had three items with me. To be honest, I felt kind of like a hell having that many but he was a class act and was glad to sign them. I made sure to say thank you to him not only for doing that but also for his time.
Why is this one of my worst convention experiences if it turned out okay? It was the first time I saw how rude some people can really be when meeting someone. You just know this guy was going to sell these on ebay and him not acknowledging Mr. Aparo in a polite and respectful way really got to me. That guy is the reason why when I meet someone I make sure I start up a conversation, I always say thank you and I always ask if they could sign it to me.
How about you all?