The Fan-Expo attracts thousands to Toronto’s Metro Convention Centre every year. Attractions include booths from local comic shops, the latest from video game makers such as Playstation, and Ubisoft, as well as shop after shop of merchandise from popular shows, movies, video games etc.
However, among the attractions are the celebrity autograph booths. Many of the actors and writers of various comics, movies and shows sign autographs and take pictures with devoted fans… in exchange for money. A few seconds for an autograph from your celebrity of choice will cost your anywhere from half an hour to two hours of line waiting, as well as an average of about 50 dollars. Did I mention it costs extra for a photo?
Gotham’s Benjamin McKenzie charged $50 for an autograph, and more well-known celebrities costed triple that. Mark Hamill charged $195 for an autograph, and another $195 for a picture. Some even paid $459 for a package that included the autograph and picture, as well as priority seating at his presentation. Iconic comic book writer Stan Lee charged $120 for an autograph, and $105 for a photo.
Keep in mind it already costs upwards of $60 to get into Fan-Expo. Would you pay this much to get an autograph or photo with your favourite celebrity? Is this ridiculous to even consider?