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A Farewell To Arms

I've been thinking about this all day.  And I've come to a conclusion.

I am not going to try getting Stan Lee's signature on my Deadpool video game.

My reasons are myriad.  I have reservations about Lee's history and his treatment of people like Jack Kirby.  Lee's creations are only tangentally related to the Deadpool game -- the only things he can claim to have co-created in the game are the X-Men in general (Cyclops, Jean Grey, and the others don't appear in the game) and the Sentinels, only one of which you see and it's broken into pieces.  The boot gets the most screentime and factors into the climax, but you don't even get a whole robot stomping around.  A minimum of $200 at $100 per sig when Nolan North, who voices Deadpool throughout the game, only charged $50 total for his to sigs doesn't exactly square.

But the biggest factor is this:  when I discovered last night that Veronica Taylor, the voice of Ash on Pokemon, was also the new voice of Sailor Pluto, I let out a loud whoop of delight.  I immediately got my copies of my Atari Sailor Moon game out of the Vault Of Pimps so I could look over what I had so far, where she might likely sign, and plotting how I would coordinate my schedule to get those sigs.  I've been smiling literally since I read that.

And yet, I'm still hemming and hawwing and going back and forth over whether or not to get Stan Lee's signature.

The conclusion I've reached is that, while novel, Stan Lee simply isn't that big enough of a deal to me to justify the time and expense -- a friend of mine got two back when Lee was charging $60 per sig.  He and his wife tag teamed -- as soon as the door opened, she raced to the line.  She was maybe 20th in line for a sig.  This was as soon as the doors opened at 10AM for a signing at 1PM.  They would switch places so they could check out the floor and have time while the other held the place in line.  So I would be spending a minimum of half a day waiting for Lee's autographs.  And remember, I'm ostensibly supposed to be there as a reporter first, not a fanboy.  Chasing Lee while also doing things I want to do like running down Taylor could impact reports I need to write and submit.

Something's gotta give.

And for me, that means saying bye-bye to Lee.

I suppose I could still get his sig someday.  He appaqrently will still do shows and signings in California, he just isn't heading much outside the state anymore.  Of course, that probably means his sig will cost even more, and I'm not sure I want to pay the $100 per he's charging now.  So of all the sigs I will ultimately have on my Deadpool game, it looks like Stan The Man will not be there.

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