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Old 08-10-05, 02:48 PM
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How would you find out if someone you're talking to is famous?

I went to the Wizard comic convention this past weekend with someone who is really REALLY into the whole thing. I got free tix and have been a long time 'admirer' of the art of comics but not really a fan.

My friend loves to draw and follows the careers of many of the artists and writers of comics. He frequently meets them and gets things signed or whatever. I enjoyed learning and seeing cool art.

While my friend waited hours in line I wandered the artist hangouts and got into conversations about the future of comics and as an outsider what I wished comics could deliver for me to become a fan. I come to find out as I see my friend getting things signed by people Ive talked to, that some of them were 'in the biz'.

Is there a natural way in conversation to ask someone if they're famous?
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Old 08-10-05, 02:50 PM
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So what do you do?

Oh you're an artist ... have I seen your work anywhere?

I'm waiting for the day that I run into some chick that I've seen plastered on the internet ... then casually say .... "have I seeeeeeeen you somewhere"?
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Old 08-10-05, 03:03 PM
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Well, apparently theres lots of 'comic book artists' who have 'published' books but I dont know which comics are famous ones and which ones are 'self-published on demand'. Apparently they give those ISBN barcodes now too. There was a guy who drew a whole line of 'gravy boy' comics ('published') of a superhero with the power to control gravy.


edit to correct: "gravy boy"

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Old 08-10-05, 03:03 PM
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I don't usually let people know. It just seems strange to mention something unless there's a tangible reason to bring it up.
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Old 08-10-05, 03:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Save Ferris
Well, apparently theres lots of 'comic book artists' who have 'published' books but I dont know which comics are famous ones and which ones are 'self-published on demand'. Apparently they give those ISBN barcodes now too. There was a guy who drew a whole line of 'gravy boy' comics ('published') of a superhero with the power to control gravy.


edit to correct: "gravy boy"
so then, if they are self-published, chances are pretty high that their comic books aren't in every comic book store -- so you ask which stores in the chicagoland area i might see it in.
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There was a hilarious clip I saw on E from the new Bobby Brown show. Some guy is talking to Bobby Brown in a bar. Brown is listing his credentials, the songs he's written, etc. The guy hasn't heard of any of it.

Finally, Brown gives up and says "I married Whitney Houston." The guy gets all excited and shakes his hand.
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There was a hilarious clip I saw on E from the new Bobby Brown show. Some guy is talking to Bobby Brown in a bar. Brown is listing his credentials, the songs he's written, etc. The guy hasn't heard of any of it.

Finally, Brown gives up and says "I married Whitney Houston." The guy gets all excited and shakes his hand.
While we were watching that same episode (the wife loves these train wreck, celebrity reality shows) and I said to my better half after that scene, "and that's why he drinks."

If a celebrity wants you know that he is a celebrity they will take any opportunity to tell you. If you have to ask someone if they are famous, they aren't.
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Old 08-10-05, 07:44 PM
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If you have to ask someone if they are famous, they aren't.

I'm not so sure. For example I don't listen to country music so if anyone other than Alan Jackson or Tim McGraw walked in I wouldn't know who they were.
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Originally Posted by kantonburg
I'm not so sure. For example I don't listen to country music so if anyone other than Alan Jackson or Tim McGraw walked in I wouldn't know who they were.
Who?
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Old 08-10-05, 08:26 PM
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"Famous" is relative.
In some circles I collect fanzoids like a little comet trail, following me down the hallway.

Most places, nobody gives a flying rat's ahss. Which is fine with me.

If you really CARE about whether or not someone you are talking to is famous in a particular circle, just ask them. "Will my friend who is really into [whatever] be mad at me if I don't get your autograph?"
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Even if they are "famous" if you don't know they are, then they're just another ordinary person. If you met, for example, Madonna - but didn't know who she was, then her fame is irrelevent.

In the comic book game, then some people are better known and better respected than others. But - to those whose interest lies outside the field - one artist or writer is just as equal or another.

In your case, if you wanted to know how well known they are, it would probably be better to ask your friend. It could be that the guy your friend really likes isn't that famous - just that he likes the stuff the guy produces.
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Old 08-10-05, 09:21 PM
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Speaking of Wizard World, a friend of mine (Mike) was there with a friend who was not into comics (Hillary). Hillary sees a Bizzaro shirt she likes, and they buy it. Hillary says "I want to buy the comic this comes from." So Mike goes to the DC booth and asks Stephanie Fierman, DC's VP of Sales & Marketing. Stephanie doesn't know the answer, but they manage to figure out it's an Ed McGuiness issue. "No problem," says Stephanie. "I'll call Jim Lee. He'll know." Turns out, Jim doesn't know either, but he rings up Ed McGuiness, finds out the answer, and relays it back to Stephanie.

Now to Hillary, this is no big deal. Mike asked some woman, who didn't know the answer, and so she called a guy who called another guy. Big whoop. On the other hand, to a comic fan, this is awesome. I mean, this is tantamount to having a question about Lost and asking an ABC Executive, who calls Matthew Fox, who calls J.J. Abrams.

So there's your story about the Comic Con and knowing whether someone is famous.
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If you're talking to someone and don't realize they're famous, how famous can they possibly be?

I don't consider comic book artists to be famous. Well-known, perhaps.
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I agree that there's different types of famous depending on your interests.
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Old 08-11-05, 12:34 AM
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Originally Posted by kantonburg
I'm not so sure. For example I don't listen to country music so if anyone other than Alan Jackson or Tim McGraw walked in I wouldn't know who they were.
Same here. I could walk by a lot of musicians who are popular today and not know (or care) who they were.
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Ask them "So which pornos have you starred in?"
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Old 08-11-05, 05:24 AM
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I don't know if someone is famous. I once walked past someone in Santa Fe, and the person I was with got all excited. "Did you see who that was? Ted Danson!" Nope, didn't notice.
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I don't know if someone is famous. I once walked past someone in Santa Fe, and the person I was with got all excited. "Did you see who that was? Ted Danson!" Nope, didn't notice.
You saved yourself some effort. Ted Danson isn't worth turning your head for.
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just don't complain to someone that they just trace.
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