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1 Photo ops are they worth it? on Sat Feb 12, 2011 8:11 pm

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Most cons with big name guests have sceduled times where for a fee you can get a picture with the guest of your choice. the only thing is that they kinda pricey. At my con The ECCC they start at 40 dollars and go all the way up. as cool as they are i don't see paying all the money for that. I'd rather spend my money on comics and other swag.

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2 Re: Photo ops are they worth it? on Sat Feb 12, 2011 8:36 pm

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kidspider2099 wrote:Most cons with big name guests have sceduled times where for a fee you can get a picture with the guest of your choice. the only thing is that they kinda pricey. At my con The ECCC they start at 40 dollars and go all the way up. as cool as they are i don't see paying all the money for that. I'd rather spend my money on comics and other swag.


You answered your question. If you would rather spend your $$ on comics and swag then it isn't worth it. It all depends on what you go to cons for.


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3 Re: Photo ops are they worth it? on Sat Feb 12, 2011 8:54 pm

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Rath99 wrote:
kidspider2099 wrote:Most cons with big name guests have sceduled times where for a fee you can get a picture with the guest of your choice. the only thing is that they kinda pricey. At my con The ECCC they start at 40 dollars and go all the way up. as cool as they are i don't see paying all the money for that. I'd rather spend my money on comics and other swag.


You answered your question. If you would rather spend your $$ on comics and swag then it isn't worth it. It all depends on what you go to cons for.


yeah i did kinda answer my own question oh well.

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4 Re: Photo ops are they worth it? on Sat Feb 12, 2011 10:38 pm

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5 Re: Photo ops are they worth it? on Sat Feb 12, 2011 10:40 pm

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LordD3r3k wrote:

Appropriate.


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6 Re: Photo ops are they worth it? on Sat Feb 12, 2011 10:51 pm

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I think it is pretty silly for celebrities to charge for you to take a photo with them. I will never forget when I went to a con about 4 years ago and Kristin Bell was there. I sat and ate lunch as I saw lines of people getting their pictures taken with her. I decieded I wanted a picture as well, because, well, she is hot and I am a fan of Veronica Mars.

I got up to the lady that was collecting her money and I was informed it was 40 bucks for an autograph and if I wanted a picture with her it would be a total of 80 bucks for the auto and a photo op. I asked if the money went to charity and was told that the money pays for her to be here. I was like, well, I just watched her make at least 3 of my weekly paychecks in the last 45 minutes, I think her trip has been paid for and I just walked away.

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7 Re: Photo ops are they worth it? on Sat Feb 12, 2011 10:54 pm

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I will add though,that if you sometimes go to the bars at the local hotel and happen to see the celebrity there, you have a good chance to get a picture with them without being charged. I have gotton a few that way.

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8 Re: Photo ops are they worth it? on Sun Feb 13, 2011 10:01 pm

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LordD3r3k wrote:

Appropriate.

I agree; I TOO wish to appropriate one of these buddons.


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9 Re: Photo ops are they worth it? on Mon Feb 14, 2011 11:02 am

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Denim wrote:I think it is pretty silly for celebrities to charge for you to take a photo with them. I will never forget when I went to a con about 4 years ago and Kristin Bell was there. I sat and ate lunch as I saw lines of people getting their pictures taken with her. I decieded I wanted a picture as well, because, well, she is hot and I am a fan of Veronica Mars.

I got up to the lady that was collecting her money and I was informed it was 40 bucks for an autograph and if I wanted a picture with her it would be a total of 80 bucks for the auto and a photo op. I asked if the money went to charity and was told that the money pays for her to be here. I was like, well, I just watched her make at least 3 of my weekly paychecks in the last 45 minutes, I think her trip has been paid for and I just walked away.
While I agree that the money some celebrities charge isn't always on the same level as the celebrity, I don't think there's anything wrong with charging money. A convention for a celebrity is work. They're taking time away from their schedule, be it work or personal, to go to a convention. I don't know how the business end of things work, i.e. whether or not guests are paid up front from the convention, but I don't see it as being any different from exhibitors or artists charging money for good/services.

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10 Re: Photo ops are they worth it? on Mon Feb 14, 2011 12:19 pm

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Joshua wrote:
Denim wrote:I think it is pretty silly for celebrities to charge for you to take a photo with them. I will never forget when I went to a con about 4 years ago and Kristin Bell was there. I sat and ate lunch as I saw lines of people getting their pictures taken with her. I decieded I wanted a picture as well, because, well, she is hot and I am a fan of Veronica Mars.

I got up to the lady that was collecting her money and I was informed it was 40 bucks for an autograph and if I wanted a picture with her it would be a total of 80 bucks for the auto and a photo op. I asked if the money went to charity and was told that the money pays for her to be here. I was like, well, I just watched her make at least 3 of my weekly paychecks in the last 45 minutes, I think her trip has been paid for and I just walked away.
While I agree that the money some celebrities charge isn't always on the same level as the celebrity, I don't think there's anything wrong with charging money. A convention for a celebrity is work. They're taking time away from their schedule, be it work or personal, to go to a convention. I don't know how the business end of things work, i.e. whether or not guests are paid up front from the convention, but I don't see it as being any different from exhibitors or artists charging money for good/services.

I don't mind paying a celeb 10 or 15 bucks if it is someone I know is not getting any real work, but I see big names that are currently working on several shows charging extreme amounts and you just know they realy don't need the money, unless they live a Charlie Sheen lifestyle, in which, I kind of approve because if I made a million bucks a week, you bet your sweet ass I am getting hookers and cocaine. (I stole that last line from some comedian)

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11 Re: Photo ops are they worth it? on Mon Feb 14, 2011 12:20 pm

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it really really really depends on the celeb x how much u really really really wanna spend on a pic...... my max is 10$ Smile

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12 Re: Photo ops are they worth it? on Mon Feb 14, 2011 1:08 pm

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Denim wrote:
Joshua wrote:
Denim wrote:I think it is pretty silly for celebrities to charge for you to take a photo with them. I will never forget when I went to a con about 4 years ago and Kristin Bell was there. I sat and ate lunch as I saw lines of people getting their pictures taken with her. I decieded I wanted a picture as well, because, well, she is hot and I am a fan of Veronica Mars.

I got up to the lady that was collecting her money and I was informed it was 40 bucks for an autograph and if I wanted a picture with her it would be a total of 80 bucks for the auto and a photo op. I asked if the money went to charity and was told that the money pays for her to be here. I was like, well, I just watched her make at least 3 of my weekly paychecks in the last 45 minutes, I think her trip has been paid for and I just walked away.
While I agree that the money some celebrities charge isn't always on the same level as the celebrity, I don't think there's anything wrong with charging money. A convention for a celebrity is work. They're taking time away from their schedule, be it work or personal, to go to a convention. I don't know how the business end of things work, i.e. whether or not guests are paid up front from the convention, but I don't see it as being any different from exhibitors or artists charging money for good/services.

I don't mind paying a celeb 10 or 15 bucks if it is someone I know is not getting any real work, but I see big names that are currently working on several shows charging extreme amounts and you just know they realy don't need the money, unless they live a Charlie Sheen lifestyle, in which, I kind of approve because if I made a million bucks a week, you bet your sweet ass I am getting hookers and cocaine. (I stole that last line from some comedian)
1.) You never know what someone's finanacial situation is.
2.) There's nothing wrong with wealthy people making money.

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13 Re: Photo ops are they worth it? on Mon Feb 14, 2011 1:12 pm

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You know, curse you Josh and your logic




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14 Re: Photo ops are they worth it? on Mon Feb 14, 2011 1:21 pm

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That got a hearty Laughing

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15 Re: Photo ops are they worth it? on Mon Feb 14, 2011 1:35 pm

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>_> I want my own emoticon Sad

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16 Re: Photo ops are they worth it? on Mon Feb 14, 2011 1:39 pm

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You mean nerd big cock isn't you?

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17 Re: Photo ops are they worth it? on Mon Feb 14, 2011 1:40 pm

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kidspider2099 wrote:At my con The ECCC they start at 40 dollars and go all the way up.

The companies who run the photo ops usually set the prices for the celebrities. I would think too that the celebs are given a flat fee to be available and pose and the photography company pockets the profit.


As for are they worth it.. depends. If you're a big fan and may never have the opportunity to meet this person again, sure. I did one with my dad at CCC '10 for Kristanna Loken. You have next to no personal time with the person - WAY better to get something signed if you want a little chat - but you do get a professionally taken 8x10" out of it.

Side note on Loken, I was boob level with her and she smelled like an angel. I love you

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18 Re: Photo ops are they worth it? on Mon Feb 14, 2011 2:01 pm

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Joshua wrote:You mean nerd big cock isn't you?

touche Wink

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19 Re: Photo ops are they worth it? on Mon Feb 14, 2011 2:03 pm

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Foxy wrote:
kidspider2099 wrote:At my con The ECCC they start at 40 dollars and go all the way up.

The companies who run the photo ops usually set the prices for the celebrities. I would think too that the celebs are given a flat fee to be available and pose and the photography company pockets the profit.


As for are they worth it.. depends. If you're a big fan and may never have the opportunity to meet this person again, sure. I did one with my dad at CCC '10 for Kristanna Loken. You have next to no personal time with the person - WAY better to get something signed if you want a little chat - but you do get a professionally taken 8x10" out of it.

Side note on Loken, I was boob level with her and she smelled like an angel. I love you

i smelled her too! i didnt know she was THAT tall O_O... its like if josh or eli had boobs - fuuuuk

*i iz short :P

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20 Re: Photo ops are they worth it? on Mon Feb 14, 2011 3:58 pm

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Foxy wrote:
kidspider2099 wrote:At my con The ECCC they start at 40 dollars and go all the way up.

The companies who run the photo ops usually set the prices for the celebrities. I would think too that the celebs are given a flat fee to be available and pose and the photography company pockets the profit.


As for are they worth it.. depends. If you're a big fan and may never have the opportunity to meet this person again, sure. I did one with my dad at CCC '10 for Kristanna Loken. You have next to no personal time with the person - WAY better to get something signed if you want a little chat - but you do get a professionally taken 8x10" out of it.

Side note on Loken, I was boob level with her and she smelled like an angel. I love you


She's going to be at Horrorhound Indy in March. I love you

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21 Re: Photo ops are they worth it? on Tue Feb 15, 2011 1:37 am

Personally, I think it is a ripoff. I believe that you pay to get in, so you should not have to pay to meet the people inside. If that is the case, then what these cons should do is basically give you a coupon good for one for free.

That being said, I have to do it at WWPhilly in June. I have to meet Lando, the baddest MotherFer is the galaxy

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22 Re: Photo ops are they worth it? on Tue Feb 15, 2011 10:33 am

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By that logic then artists should not be able to charge for sketches/original art and vendors should not be able to charge for goods.

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23 Re: Photo ops are they worth it? on Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:27 am

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I don't think that these media guests are paid to show up, I think most of them are invited and this is a money making opportunity for them. They pay for their own transportation, for their own hotel, and probably for a space on the floor.

Conversely, no one is forcing you to purchase the services they are selling. And sometimes you can get lucky and catch them off the floor and grab a picture for free. Tenime_art got a pic with Lori Petty in '07 because we ran into her in the connecting hallways of the convention center, and I saw Ray Park stop for a photo with someone that year in the hotel lobby. Neither time did I see money exchange hands.

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24 Re: Photo ops are they worth it? on Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:44 am

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Joshua wrote:By that logic then artists should not be able to charge for sketches/original art and vendors should not be able to charge for goods.

Gojiratoho wrote:I don't think that these media guests are paid to show up, I think most of them are invited and this is a money making opportunity for them. They pay for their own transportation, for their own hotel, and probably for a space on the floor.

Conversely, no one is forcing you to purchase the services they are selling. And sometimes you can get lucky and catch them off the floor and grab a picture for free. Tenime_art got a pic with Lori Petty in '07 because we ran into her in the connecting hallways of the convention center, and I saw Ray Park stop for a photo with someone that year in the hotel lobby. Neither time did I see money exchange hands.

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25 Re: Photo ops are they worth it? on Tue Feb 15, 2011 12:07 pm

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^yup - i have a pic with bid daddy cool at the hotel elevator!


no one even recognized him but i was like - DIESELLLL!

he gave me - oh geez another fucking fan ... oh well lets get this over with





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