|Shanghai Tippytap - 2011-08-21 |
How much do you figure a Patrick Stewart or a Midget-Inside-R2D2 makes at the average comiccon? I always figured they left with a good chunk of cash n their pockets.
These days, I think most of the big names are there as part of the obligatory promotional blitz for their latest movie, the new comic book they've been assigned to draw, or the new season of their TV show. It's part of their contract so they probably don't get any special fee for going to comic-con. But they do get to be God to a bunch of nerdbuckets for three days.
MacGyver Style Bomb
Serious answer: Really comes down to the guest. Naturally, most cons cover the hotel and travel fees. Some bigger names would have an appearance fee, which could be anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. From there, they could sell their own merchandise and charge for autographs and photos, say twenty bucks each. This is where those rumors of various actors and artists being jerks comes from.
Of course, there are those guests who are just happy to travel for free and meet the people who buy their stuff.
Top-tier talent ears five figures or so, though it's typically done as a donation to charity in their name. They may get some proceeds from merch in some cases, but for most of these guys it's a drop in the bucket.
For major events like comicon, yes, it's more studio obligation than appearance fee. For all the rest it's all about the money.
Most mid-to-low tier gets their flight, hotel and a stipend covered, and the chance to make some extra gravy through autograph fees or whatnot depending on the setup/agreement. For a lot of these folk they make their money based on being still popular to the fans, so the next time the sci-fi network (however they spell it) needs an actor, they've got a better shot at a role because they have that geek name recognition.
Low tier gets their con badge or table for free, if that, and they hope to god they can sell enough copies of their shitty book to make it back.
Last week my mom paid .00 US to get Patrick Stewart's autograph at the Star Trek convention in Vegas. There was a huge line, and they were not allowed to talk to Sir Patrick (she did anyway).
|White Trash Party - 2011-08-21 |
Ok that was worth it.
|notascientist - 2011-08-21 |
Needs a wait for it tag, because he's been waiting for that opportunity for 20 years.
|EvilHomer - 2011-08-21 |
I enjoyed that WAY too much.
|glasseye - 2011-08-21 |
|Xenocide - 2011-08-21 |
It's good that he was there, because Patrick Stewart is the president of love.
|FABIO - 2011-08-21 |
Patrick Stewart already took your girl out back and had his way with her. Sorry, dude.
You might as well have proposed to her right in front of David Bowie. HOW STUPID CAN YOU BE.
You just have to accept that as one of the necessary evils of being in a relationship. No matter who or where you are, at some point Patrick Stewart will fuck your girlfriend. There's no avoiding it, so you may as well get it out of the way before the wedding.
|baleen - 2011-08-21 |
That is extremely sweet.
|Nikon - 2011-08-21 |
I thought Patrick Stewart would be cool, and then he made it so.
|The Mothership - 2011-08-21 |
He just set a course.... for love.
Mothership, I want to flood your com channels with tachyon emissions.
To a Klingon warrior, beheadings are romantic.
|charmlessman - 2011-08-22 |
What an enterprising young man
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