After I attended my first New England Super Megafest back in November 2013, I didn’t think I would ever return. The show was crammed, unorganized, had major communication flaws, long lines, and very little guests allowed table photos. However, I am happy to report that on Saturday, April 18, I attended their Spring Fever Spectacular and had a great time. Now held at the Royal Plaza Trade Center in Marlborough MA, the lines flowed smoothly, there was no congestion whatsoever, and I for one didn’t break a sweat. Whatever plan they used, I hope they stick to it.
I went in only needing to see two guests, Erik Estrada and Katherine Helmond. I feared prices would be high and photos wouldn’t be allowed like last time, so I didn’t see myself being there for very long. Luckily, everyone was posing for table photos and prices were very reasonable allowing me to get a few more added bonuses.
All in all, a great time was had. I managed to be out of there and back on the road after just an hour, and no only does that include time spent with the above celebrities, but also browsing through the vendors’ area and catching up with many great friends whom I haven’t seen in months.
Just got back from one of my favorite autograph shows, the semi-annual Chiller Theatre Expo held over at the Sheraton Parsippany Hotel. While last year was a hot mess, this year’s Chiller ran smoothly with no bumps in the road, at least none that effected this attendee. As usual, I had a pre-show ticket, got in at 5, and was out by 9. Most of my time was not spent on lines, but rather chatting with friends, some of whom I only get to see a handful of times a year.
Going in, I didn’t really have a game plan. I had a budget and some must-haves, but other than that, there were a lot of good guests at this show. The biggest draws were Academy Award winning actress Tatum O’Neal, WWE Legend Hulk Hogan, the cast of “Happy Days”, and Teri Garr in her very first convention appearance. Prices were pretty steep, and some of the guests thought way too highly of themselves and charged flat-out outrageous prices, but all-in-all, they provided a positive experience and lifelong memories.
I started out in the Troy Hills Room, which for me housed most of the guests I really wanted to see. Following my time in there, I made it around to the other rooms and gathered the remaining handful of signatures and/or pictures that I needed.
Throughout the course of the night, I also obtained autographs of “Soap” star Diana Canova, making her first convention appearance; Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, the dumbwaiter victim of Michael Myers in Halloween: H20; and for my good friend Wayne, “Good Times” star Ralph Carter, and “The Waltons” eldest daughter, Judy Norton.
A special thanks to Kevin Clement and the rest of his staff. As crazy as Chiller is, it never stresses me out. Already looking forward to the next one!!!