It doesn’t make you look good at all…

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.