My husband was a guest at Chicago Comic Con a few weeks ago, and I accompanied him. For the most part, this meant that we sat at a table covered in his company’s products in Artist’s Alley. We had stacks of Knights of the Dinner Table and a few of the company’s games and some T-shirts.
We didn’t sell a lot. Most people there hadn’t even heard of KODT. They were there as fans of Superman and Batman, Spidey and the Avengers. Then, there were the celebrities to meet.
The exhibit hall was packed with them. Everyone from William Shatner and Kevin Sorbo, to Bruce Campbell and Luke Perry were there signing autographs and having panels. Of course, I was also somewhat starstruck though I tried to act too cool for that. I failed.
There was one celebrity who I really wanted to meet, however. That was Dean Cain. He played Clark Kent/Superman on one of my daughter, Amber’s favorite TV show, Lois & Clark. It pushed all of her buttons: romance, adventure, but nothing too scary. Whenever the lead characters would sweet talk each other, Amber would squeal and ooh, and aw-www, with delight. And, inside, my heart would glow.
For years and years, she required those who knew and loved her to call her “Lois” as she pretended that her hero was always watching over her. Every Halloween for two or three years, she was Lois Lane.
So, you see why I felt I had to talk to one of the stars of that show, even if I had to pay $30 to get my picture taken with him. I really didn’t care about the picture that much, what I wanted was a chance to say “Thank You” and tell him about Amber.
As I entered the line with my camera, I trembled inside, finding my emotions overwhelming me and being afraid I’d just act like a blubbering idiot. I had a picture of Amber to show him, and I had planned to hold her picture up as our picture was taken, but I was so flustered I forgot.
As I told him about Amber and thanked him, then told her that she passed away last year, I began to tear up. He was kind, said, “I’m sorry” and let me hug him.
Then, we had out pictures taken. Afterwards, I had a bit of trouble coming back down to Earth. Not only had I been able to do something I felt was important in honor of Amber, but, he was also very nice and not bad on the eyes. 😉