A Warning for Those Who Seek Autographs - A Memoir of PAX East

 Alright guys, I went to PAX East this year along side a good many of you. The show was awesome, I got a spot near the front and my friends and I had an epic time, even the two whose only exposure to the crew had been the happy hour with Gal Gun and the late night Star Trek discussions of Jeff, Ryan and Matt Rorie. We laughed, we cried, and so on and so forth. You can see me in the video, I have the viking hat on. Anyways so at the end of the panel everyone says they'll be available to chat with, and for photos and autographs after the panel and I decide I want to wait around and get some. So everyone in my group left while I hung around trying to figure out who to approach first. Then I realized, I had no idea what I could get signed! I hadn't worn my membership shirt that day (to be honest it doesn't fit me anymore, waaaay to big but my weight loss is another story for another day) and I didn't have anything else interesting like a copy of persona 4 or something of that ilk. What I did have though was a pad of paper from my hotel that I had taken and written notes on what my plan for the day was.
 
So over the course of the next half hour or so and I approached the crew and ask them to sign the notepad I jacked. They laugh, they do, we chat and everything is fine and dandy. (As an aside I have to say that we are lucky fans, cause all of the crew are very approachable. Never once did I feel like I was bothering someone while we were talking and everyone was happy albeit a bit tired.) So I get a few pictures and everyone's signature except for Kessler who apparently ran off somewhere before I could get to him. I leave a happy man and head back to the hotel. 
 
Fast forward to the next day. Wanting to keep the pad of paper safe I place it ontop of my suitcase which itself is ontop of the dresser. I go about my merry way and come back to find that the cleaner had replaced it with a new blank pad. I was pretty pissed obviously and I tried to contact the management but there was really nothing they could do, the cleaner had just thrown it away. I hoped to run into the crew later during the expo and perhaps get another set but there was no such luck. I also missed being 21 for the bar meet up by just a few crucial months so I couldn't get some more there either. Seven signatures down the drain. Hopefully they'll all be back next year. 
 
MORAL OF STORY: Get your autographs on something more noticeable than a pad of paper.
 

 At least I still have my photographs.
19 Comments
20 Comments
Posted by Ezlo

 Alright guys, I went to PAX East this year along side a good many of you. The show was awesome, I got a spot near the front and my friends and I had an epic time, even the two whose only exposure to the crew had been the happy hour with Gal Gun and the late night Star Trek discussions of Jeff, Ryan and Matt Rorie. We laughed, we cried, and so on and so forth. You can see me in the video, I have the viking hat on. Anyways so at the end of the panel everyone says they'll be available to chat with, and for photos and autographs after the panel and I decide I want to wait around and get some. So everyone in my group left while I hung around trying to figure out who to approach first. Then I realized, I had no idea what I could get signed! I hadn't worn my membership shirt that day (to be honest it doesn't fit me anymore, waaaay to big but my weight loss is another story for another day) and I didn't have anything else interesting like a copy of persona 4 or something of that ilk. What I did have though was a pad of paper from my hotel that I had taken and written notes on what my plan for the day was.
 
So over the course of the next half hour or so and I approached the crew and ask them to sign the notepad I jacked. They laugh, they do, we chat and everything is fine and dandy. (As an aside I have to say that we are lucky fans, cause all of the crew are very approachable. Never once did I feel like I was bothering someone while we were talking and everyone was happy albeit a bit tired.) So I get a few pictures and everyone's signature except for Kessler who apparently ran off somewhere before I could get to him. I leave a happy man and head back to the hotel. 
 
Fast forward to the next day. Wanting to keep the pad of paper safe I place it ontop of my suitcase which itself is ontop of the dresser. I go about my merry way and come back to find that the cleaner had replaced it with a new blank pad. I was pretty pissed obviously and I tried to contact the management but there was really nothing they could do, the cleaner had just thrown it away. I hoped to run into the crew later during the expo and perhaps get another set but there was no such luck. I also missed being 21 for the bar meet up by just a few crucial months so I couldn't get some more there either. Seven signatures down the drain. Hopefully they'll all be back next year. 
 
MORAL OF STORY: Get your autographs on something more noticeable than a pad of paper.
 

 At least I still have my photographs.
Posted by punkxblaze

That blows, dawg. On the plus side, that's a photograph with Vincent Goddamn Caravella, and a picture, as they say, is worth a thousand words. 
 
...though perhaps not a thousand signatures.

Edited by Lunar_Aura

@Ezlo said:

"
 except for Kessler who apparently ran off somewhere before I could get to him.
                "


He was embarrassed because his breath still stank of Sturdstrumming. Glad you got to see the crew at PAX you lucky sob!

Posted by BraveToaster

Send them something in the mail to autograph. Make sure you include the story. 
 
You've got nothing to lose.

Edited by MiniPato

Room service:
Always throwing out seemingly meaningless pieces of paper with important things scrawled on them.
 
And I thought that only happened on sitcoms and comedies!
 
Congrats on getting a picture with them though. Wish I could go out there, but spring break and mid terms were just a week too late!

Posted by Red12b

Hang on, why would a cleaner throw out a pad with writing on it?  
 
Fucks sake, what happened to common sense... 
Dude that sucks, I hope you can get some more aye?  
That picture with Vinny is pretty dope though, good stuff
Posted by rentfn

That picture with Vinny is pretty amazing. I saw people getting their autographes on thier pass. I didn't bring a sharpie so I walked away autographless and pictureless but everyone was really nice and talked to me. So I'm happy.

Posted by Ezlo
@Axxol:  Perhaps. Might seem whiny though and I can wait.
Posted by EpicSteve

So you were the asshole in the viking hat. I was literally just wondering that a minute ago. 

Posted by Afroman269
@EpicSteve said:
" So you were the asshole in the viking hat. I was literally just wondering that a minute ago.  "
Same thing ran through my head, haha, but that is an awesome picture you have with Vinny.
Posted by Gabriel

Vinny just needs to once a year charge 10 bucks at some mall to have giantbomb weirdo's sit on his lap. 
 
He'd make a killing. 

Posted by Ezlo
@EpicSteve said:
" So you were the asshole in the viking hat. I was literally just wondering that a minute ago.  "
Asshole? What did I do?
Posted by EvilKatarn
@Ezlo said:
" @EpicSteve said:
" So you were the asshole in the viking hat. I was literally just wondering that a minute ago.  "
Asshole? What did I do? "
Don't tell me you don't remember....
Posted by jozzy

I never understand the fascination people have with autographs, it's just a scribble on a paper. Isn't a picture way more interesting?

Posted by Ezlo
@EvilKatarn said:
" @Ezlo said:
"Asshole? What did I do? "
Don't tell me you don't remember.... "
Yeah, I don't remember doing anything assholeish intentionally. If I did tell me and I'll apologize.
Posted by pigmartyr
@Ezlo: What an asshole. Trying to apologize for something that you dont remember on your own post.
Posted by ajamafalous
@pigmartyr said:
" @Ezlo: What an asshole. Trying to apologize for something that you dont remember on your own post. "
The fucking nerve.
Posted by beej
@Ezlo said:
" @EvilKatarn said:
" @Ezlo said:
"Asshole? What did I do? "
Don't tell me you don't remember.... "
Yeah, I don't remember doing anything assholeish intentionally. If I did tell me and I'll apologize. "
I just wanna hear the drama! now.
Posted by Wunder_

This is humorous to me.

Posted by MordeaniisChaos

Thats why I had Brad sign my Fallout shirt at Prime last year.  Although, I haven't seen that shirt in fucking ages, which pisses me off. I know it's around, but I tend to not see shirts for months at a time for no good reason.
Hard to lose what your wearing. Sorry that you lost that stuff, I would have been pissed if I lost even ONE, so that sucks. Maybe the guys will be cool if you send a copy of P4 or DP and sign it for you if you give your story. I'm glad you at least have a picture (pictures?), which will hopefully live on forever, and will mean just as much to you. And you got to meet them and talk to them, so that alone is worth the price of admission, and even the loss of the signatures. I'm hoping to get good pictures with the crew at Prime this year because I know they will always be safe somewhere on the cloud.