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Collector sportshort private msg quote post Address this user
I've gone to many cons over many years but I have never been able to understand how artist/author/celebrity signings work, I've never stood in line (except Stan Lee) for anything for fear of reaching the end of the line and finding out it was ticketed or exclusive in some way. for instance, I am going to L.A. comic con and I would love to get Jim Steranko's signature on a few of my books. Can anyone tell me if he signs there for free or by ticket/invitation or Ouija? I don't mind paying, but how much? how many is he willing to sign or is it somehow exclusive. I'm sure it says somewhere on the website but rather than maneuver it I am hoping some of you that work cons or get signatures regularly can help me out with some direction.

Thanks in advance for your help!
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Collector Batman66 private msg quote post Address this user
Most of the time just pay them when you get to them. Prices vary, normally 5-50 dollars. Rob liefied was wanting 80 for nm87, 100 nm98, no thanks didn't need his sigs
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Collector sportshort private msg quote post Address this user
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Most of the time just pay them when you get to them. Prices vary, normally 5-50 dollars. Rob liefied was wanting 80 for nm87, 100 nm98, no thanks didn't need his sigs


what i'm wondering is how can I tell if it's open to everyone or exclusive, I don't want to waste my time in line for nothing.

On a side note my son got a Liefield comic signed at Fank & Son's a few years back, before Deadpool took off, for just a few bucks. he was sitting with no one around him and talked for quite a while with my son since he's a Deadpool fan. Rob (at the time) was actually really nice and (I think) he liked shooting the breeze with a fan.
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Collector etapi65 private msg quote post Address this user
I've heard Steranko charges, but I couldn't tell you an amount. Very recently (within past two years) he was not charging. But I've now heard as much as $40/sig at a show this past March. Some have a sliding scale depending on the book (as Batman66 indicated), not sure if that's where the $40 comes from. It's not uncommon for bigger names to have limited signing windows so I'd keep that in mind as well. You don't want to wait in line for 2 hours only to have him bolt 5 people before you would be up there. Hopefully, the con organizers take this into account and appropriately coordinate. Might be worth reaching out to the organizers of the con and see if they have a list.
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Collector Zordar private msg quote post Address this user
I had some stuff signed by Jim Steranko this summer at a local con. I believe it was $10 per signature if you brought your own stuff, or you could buy a poster at his booth for $20 and he would sign that. No appointment or anything, just get in line. There was an assistant handling all the cash. If you want your stuff to have verified signatures, you will first have to get a witness from the CGC or CBCS booth or whoever is handling that at the convention (Desert Wind handled CGC at this particular convention)
Mr Steranko loves to talk, so depending on the length of the line, it could take a little time. There were only 2 people in line when I got in, and it took 10-15 minutes.
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Collector sportshort private msg quote post Address this user
I just realized I screwed up. Steranko is not appearing at L.A. comic con. I must've miss read something. but I appreciate the advice as it still applies to my mental state of not wanting to waste time at a con (i'm usually there for only one day) standing in line and not getting a signature. I am also planing on going to Ontario comic con to get Jim Shooter's signature. what I am now planning to do (from your good advice) is to email the Con folks and ask the question, is it open to all or exclusive. Not only do I hate lines (willing to stand in them if there is a payoff) but I won't pay for a VIP package to get a sig. I know other do but my budget/wife won't allow it.

I am keeping an eye out for Jim Steranko, especially now that i Know that he is a nice guy.

thank you @Zordar, @etapi65, @Batman66
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Collector Deadpoolica private msg quote post Address this user
Steranko charges $20 for signature $30 if being witnessed for grading.
He talks A LOT so, unless you’re towards the front of the line be prepared to stand for a long time
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Collector Zordar private msg quote post Address this user
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Steranko charges $20 for signature $30 if being witnessed for grading.
He talks A LOT so, unless you’re towards the front of the line be prepared to stand for a long time

Yeah, I may have misremembered the pricing.
I think I paid $50 for a verified sig plus a signed poster.
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Collector sportshort private msg quote post Address this user
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Steranko charges $20 for signature $30 if being witnessed for grading.
He talks A LOT so, unless you’re towards the front of the line be prepared to stand for a long time


that is great advice. thank you.
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Collector sportshort private msg quote post Address this user
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Steranko charges $20 for signature $30 if being witnessed for grading.
He talks A LOT so, unless you’re towards the front of the line be prepared to stand for a long time

Yeah, I may have misremembered the pricing.
I think I paid $50 for a verified sig plus a signed poster.


Yikes, that's quite the jump. if I were to get anything signed by him it would just be 1 item. I would like to get my x-men 50 signed by him.
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Collector KatKomics private msg quote post Address this user
I paid $50 for verified signatures 2 years ago - now this was in Canadian so like $5 USD !!!!

The con had a dinner with Steranko and you got 3 item signed free so basically the food was free and you got an evening with Steranko - was lots of fun and would do it again in a heat beat even though I have no more books that I would really like to get signed by him.

Line at his table wasn't too bad - and fun to listen to his stories.

Ended up with 6 signed books!!
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Collector sportshort private msg quote post Address this user
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I paid $50 for verified signatures 2 years ago - now this was in Canadian so like $5 USD !!!!

The con had a dinner with Steranko and you got 3 item signed free so basically the food was free and you got an evening with Steranko - was lots of fun and would do it again in a heat beat even though I have no more books that I would really like to get signed by him.

Line at his table wasn't too bad - and fun to listen to his stories.

Ended up with 6 signed books!!


It sounds great but I could never do that, I always attend cons with 2 to 4 others and none would be willing to shell out 50 bucks (Canadian or otherwise) to stand around and watch me go goo-goo over a celeb. that's why only general public and standing in line work for someone like me. but it sounds like you had a great time.
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Collector xkonk private msg quote post Address this user
I've gotten sigs from Steranko at two cons now, and can back up what everyone says. He's nice and loves to talk, and he charges for sigs (especially/more if they're being witnessed).

For cons in general and figuring out who has tickets versus who just charges at their booth: every con I've looked at has a list in their ticket-purchasing page. If you look at Baltmiore Comic Con for example, there are a few people listed on the ticket page https://baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets/ . You could always email the con to check, but I would assume that either a) they will not sign otherwise or b) they will be so busy you might not see them, is true of those folks. I would also assume that everyone else at the con is not ticketed, although they might still be charging and/or very busy.

As another general note, if you ever got into a line for a signing/picture at a convention and only found out at the end that it was ticket-only, you just found out that you're at a poorly run convention. I would complain loudly to any worker you can find (not blaming them, unless you can complain to an organizer, but telling them about the situation).
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Collector sportshort private msg quote post Address this user
@xkonk I don't know why I didn't think of the obvious, I am going to email the comic up cons and ask questions so as not to waste my time. I've written to them for other questions and even SDCC has responded in the past so I think that is the best way. I am reaching out to Ontario regarding Shooter's signature as I cannot figure out how it works as they have no hyperlink attached to the person's pic & bio.
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Collector Darkseid_of_town private msg quote post Address this user
x-men 50 is the book to have him sign....here is mine, have to admit I love the green signature on this particular cover, placed directly over the title logo....especially since Steranko was the one who dsigned that new fancy logo which I believe was used the first time this issue and was used for a long time afterwards. Just a superb choice for him to sign and looks good with the green especially...
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Collector Siggy private msg quote post Address this user
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Steranko charges $20 for signature $30 if being witnessed for grading.
He talks A LOT so, unless you’re towards the front of the line be prepared to stand for a long time


that is great advice. thank you.


And be prepared because he might quiz you too, depending on the topic.
He charged $20 per sig at SDCC, but was NOT allowing photographs. That seems new.
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COLLECTOR drchaos private msg quote post Address this user
At pretty much any booth for an artist or exclusive all you really need to do is go up to the booth and ask questions. Unless other people are crowded around the booth there is no need to wait in line if all you want are answers.

If there is a line already and you are worried about missing out, ask your questions to the people on line so you don't risk having the line get any longer before you join it.

For an artist like Jim Steranko (I forget if the charge is $20 or $30 with CBCS grading adding an additional $10 or so) you do not need a ticket but can expect a long line.
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Collector sportshort private msg quote post Address this user
@Darkseid_of_town

that is my favorite Steranko cover, I hope he has a green marker when I finally get the chance to get his autograph, super-cool.

@Siggy, Quiz!? I suck at quizzes. I'm probably going to embarrass myself.
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Collector sportshort private msg quote post Address this user
@drchaos. thank you! I know you're an expert! Steranko is not the one that has issues with the whole witness/grading thing, right?
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Collector Darkseid_of_town private msg quote post Address this user
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@Darkseid_of_town

that i my favorite Steranko cover, I hope he has a green marker when I finally get the chance to get his autograph, super-cool.

@Siggy, Quiz!? I suck at quizzes. I'm probably going to embarrass myself.
take along your own just in case, a two dollar marker vs getting the perfect signature is a good buying decision
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Collector sportshort private msg quote post Address this user
here's the right California con that Steranko is appearing at, www.calcomiccon.com, it's on January 26th in Orange county Ca.
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Collector sportshort private msg quote post Address this user
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@Darkseid_of_town

that i my favorite Steranko cover, I hope he has a green marker when I finally get the chance to get his autograph, super-cool.

@Siggy, Quiz!? I suck at quizzes. I'm probably going to embarrass myself.
take along your own just in case, a two dollar marker vs getting the perfect signature is a good buying decision


That begs the question, does anyone have a brand of a good quick drying marker? i've seen another thread on here of smeared marker signatures. I wouldn't want my book nor signature smeared.
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Collector esaravo private msg quote post Address this user
@sportshort - For the record, Jim Shooter was free last year and told me that the other comic book people complain to him that he should charge. A really great guy to talk to and when I saw him there was no line at all.
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Collector sportshort private msg quote post Address this user
@esaravo, with any luck that is still the case. I have some old Valiant stuff (hopefully he's not to touchy about the way his departure went down) and other comics I could gather up. Even if I had to pay some, it would be worth it. for a few years I've been checking my local comic book scene waiting for a change to see him.
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COLLECTOR drchaos private msg quote post Address this user
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@drchaos. thank you! I know you're an expert! Steranko is not the one that has issues with the whole witness/grading thing, right?


He tacks on an extra $10 or so for each graded book above his normal fee.
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Collector Darkseid_of_town private msg quote post Address this user
With the ceiling busting prices x men 50 keeps bringing, it is a good investment as well. I paid a small fortune for mine a few years back or so I thought and now a CGC 6.5 is bringing what mine cost unsigned
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Collector etapi65 private msg quote post Address this user
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@sportshort - For the record, Jim Shooter was free last year and told me that the other comic book people complain to him that he should charge. A really great guy to talk to and when I saw him there was no line at all.
I liked Jim, but even at the con I met him (think it was Tampa 2015 or 2016) other creators were taking digs at him.
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Collector sportshort private msg quote post Address this user
@etapi65 That sucks. I heard that he was a pariah in the comic book industry for years. Too bad from what I’ve read he’s done as much good for the industry as anyone.
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Collector JustThatGuy private msg quote post Address this user
This thread is terrible. I came looking for advice and y’all talking about comics and stuff.
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Collector sportshort private msg quote post Address this user
Weird, right?
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