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Dear Lucky McGee,

When I saw that you were on the guest list for March’s HorrorFind Weekend, I was quite pleased. I really enjoyed your movie, May, and I was looking forward to getting my DVD signed (especially since your lead, Angela Bettis, had already penned her name on the cover). In preparation, I also purchased your latest movie, The Woods. Admittedly, I didn’t have time to watch Woods, but I was sure after meeting you I would be even more eager to check it out.

Imagine my surprise and disbelief when I walked up to your table and saw that you were charging for your autograph. You weren’t just charging for autographed pictures — hell, that’s understandable — but you were also charging $15 for the items that I brought. Honestly, that’s more than a little bit ridiculous.

Yes, yes, I know Ken Foree was charging the same. As was Danielle Harris, Betsy Palmer, Doug Bradley and Adrienne Barbeau. But those people are horror icons (or in Harris’ case, also a little firecracker). You aren’t. Now I know that seems harsh, but two movies (albeit at least one really good one) and an episode of “Masters of Horror” in no way justifies you charging anything for an item I brought with me. Did you not already get any sort of check when I bought May and The Woods? The way I see it, I already paid for my autograph.

Of course there were other people there, charging coin for their signature that may have been a little overpriced. I agree with that. I won’t name names, but I think we all know who’s autograph wasn’t worth what they were charging. But guess what — they are out of work actors who want to relive their past glory a little, and make some money in the process.

You’re what? Early thirties? And you have what? Three, maybe four movies under your belt? Plus you have another movie coming out, and from what I’ve read (and seen), you’re an up and coming force in the horror genre. So tell me, sir, why in God’s name did you feel the need to charge for an autograph? Please, please, please don’t say it’s your agent. Because if it’s your agent’s idea, I highly suggest you get a new one because they certainly aren’t looking out for your best interest. It doesn’t make you look good at all.

Or maybe you are desperate for money. I don’t know. No offense, but you have not yet qualified for icon status, so you can’t charge for that. You are certainly known (or you should be) for your work with May, but you aren’t at the level to charge for an autograph. I have little doubt you will be if your career progresses as I suspect it will, but not just yet.

At your next convention appearance, you might want to consider just charging for the things you are selling and not for the things you have already been paid for.

Sincerely,

A Horror Fan

Okay, now that that little rant is out of the way, other than Lucky McGee pissing me off almost as much Anthony Michael Hall, I had a pretty good time at this past weekend’s dorkfest.

I met up with a bunch of friends, went to a great convention, picked up some goodies, got some autographs and talked with some pretty cool people.

My buddy Zig was nice enough to take some pics:

Judah Friedlander (Feast, American Splendor, “30 Rock”) Jack Ketchum (”The Girl Next Door”, “Red”, “The Lost”)

The first is Judah Friedlander and I. Thing about him is he wasn’t a guest, he was just checking out the joint. If it’s not Friedlander, he’s a great lookalike and a helluva nice guy.

The other pic is me and Jack Ketchum. He writes books. Read “The Girl Next Door.” I dare you.

All in all, another great time at this convention. I’m really looking forward to the one in August, because it’s looking to be a reunion of sorts with my friends from the board.

  • I totally agree. As an avid horror fan who has not heard of the dude or his movies, I’d say he has a way to go before charging for his autograph alone.

  • Ace

    I’ll cosign this. If the dude’s got steady work (even lil’ Danielle isn’t exactly a regular in the scene), charging to sign a thing a fan brought seems ridiculous. I mean, I totally understand the out-of-work folks, or the low-wage folks making some money on the side. And I even get the sort of unwritten idea that if you don’t buy something, you should pay for a signature from one of those people. (You know, like there are people who will sign your DVD for free if you buy an autographed picture, which is cool.)

    And I remember this dude just getting FLAMED when Masters of Horror came out, like “how is this guy with one movie a ‘Master’ of the genre…?”

    I mean, when you’re sitting next to a dude who hasn’t worked in 20 years, and you’re charging the same thing when you’re IN BETWEEN SHOOTS, that’s just unfair.

    I doubt I’ll ever be famous enough that people would want to pay for my signature, but as much as it must be a great way to make a few thousand bucks for 48 hours of work, I can’t imagine not feeling a little guilty doing it, you know? I don’t begrudge any “retired” actor a dime – it’s like meeting your heroes in a way – but this guy and AMH and some of the guys at Chiller who you just know are freakin’ RICH, it just doesn’t sit right somehow.

    By the way, send me the pictures you took of me, dude!

  • lol – I love the anger over these people I’ve never heard of… however, I’m in solid agreement with you. Stars need to get over themselves. I don’t anyone should ever charge for an autograph. Either give it or don’t. Have the venue pay for your appearance, but charging the fans just sucks.

  • Mitch, :thumbsup:, exactly.

    Eric, well said. And I’ll get those pics sometime tonight. Long weekend.

    Snooze, I am going to put better descriptions just for you. I need to be more aware that I am speaking dork when I go off on posts like this, and not everyone speaks dork. 🙁 😆

  • I think you should have a t-shirt printed with your pricing on it. Some of those people should really consider appreciating their fan base a bit better.

  • aric

    Dear AR: When I saw you had published only one blog entry in the last 3 weeks I figured you were dead. But then you called me on the phone and I realized you weren’t.

    Come up with something interesting to say, and more often than once every 3 weeks.

    Sincerely,
    Aric