Last year, I visited AdventureCon to get my brother a machete signed by Kane Hodder (this year, he's getting a kitten. Go figure). I probably won't be going this year, but don't let that stop you from meeting all these people instead!
RAY PARK: Darth Maul, Toad (X-Men), and (the upcoming movie version of) Snake Eyes are all the same guy, apparently. You'd think a force-wielding ninja mutant could play a character without a messed-up face once in a while. Loses points for not being Ray Parker Jr.
DAVE PROWSE: Played the second-most menacing figure of my early childhood, initials D.P. COINCIDENCE?!?!?! With any luck, will force-choke ANTHONY FORREST for getting mind-tricked by Obi Wan.
JAMES DODD: "Was in a Hellboy movie." Yay! "...It was Hellboy 2." Aww!
GARY COLEMAN and JEFF BRIDGES: This is some kind of coup, but I'm not quite sure which kind. More than anything else, I'm impressed with the sheer randomness of the mind which came up with the idea of getting Coleman and Bridges together for a comic book convention. If I could come up with a Mr. Drummond costume on the fly, I'd buy ten 8x10s of myself with them without hesitation.
LOU FERRIGNO and WILLIAM KATT: I'm grouping these two together not for any rational reason beyond this being my impromptu "Here's What Made the '80s Awesome" category. Extra points if they reenact the Hulk vs. Sentry fight from World War Hulk.
JAKE BUSEY: Whenever I get or find myself feeling down, I remember that Jake Busey is out there somewhere creeping someone (or something) out with that "I wanna see what your insides look like!" grin of his. It never fails to perk me right up. Played the bad guy in Road House 2, but didn't take it far enough by keeping Road House 2 from being made at all. I mean, why try to improve on perfection?
MARGOT KIDDER: Somebody warn Ted Hall.
KANE HODDER, WARRINTON GILLETTE, and ARI LEHMAN: Voorheeses, in order of importance. Maybe they'll fight over who gets to kill AMERICA OLIVO.
NICK FOLEY, CHRISTY HEMME, and STEPHANIE BELLARS: AdventureCon '09's obligatory professional wrestling delegation. Perhaps worried that his Y chromosome would lead to a lack of visitors when compared to the turnout for the ladies, Foley showed some initiative and brought his own Polaroid for fan pics if you left yours at home. If anything, these have a collector's item potential simply due to the whole "Polaroid RIP" thing.
NEIL KAPLAN: I once read a post on a message board that went something like, "You know, I didn't really understand the idea of religious wars until I realized that if Optimus Prime told me to kill someone, that bastard is going to die." The voice the poster was referring to was Peter Cullen's. This guy voiced Optimus in the Robots in Disguise English anime dub, which I guess is worthwhile in that it helped keep the franchise alive long enough for me to see Bumblebee as a Camaro. He also does comic books.
LARRY THOMAS, JAMES HAMPTON, BRIAN HARNOIS: Soup Nazi, F-Troop, and Ghost Hunters, respectively. Try to avoid eye contact.
A DELOREAN: I'm under the assumption that all the Ecto-1s are currently out somewhere promoting the hell out of the new Ghostbusters game (of which I have yet to receive a review copy - get on that, Activision), so AdventureCon got a BttF-ified DeLorean for its one-vehicle auto show this time. This particular one is notable in that donations from fan pics with it will go to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. Michael J. Fox kicks ass. You should give him your money.
Finally, MORE COMIC ARTISTS THAN I CARE TO WEED THROUGH (but don't discount their attendance because of my laziness): It is a comic convention, after all.