I don't do the whole freak-out thing when famous people come around. It just doesn't happen for me. I appreciate what they do, but really, I don't feel the need to fawn all over them. They are highly talented and have put in a lot of time to hone those talents and then put them on display for the world. They don't need me to tell them how talented they are. So I don't do pictures, I don't do the fawning thing, I don't do anything that a lot of people would do if put in the same situation.
There aren't a lot of truly famous people in comics, anyway. Outside of Stan Lee, how many comic book celebrities are there? (And by that, I mean people who have made their living and their fortune creating comics that the general public would know about/recognize.) There aren't any.
I do have a "celebrity" bucket list, though, such as it is. These are people who have done something that I feel deserve my kudos, and whose hands I'd like to shake, at least once.
I got the chance to meet one of my three heroes during NYCC 15. I saw, met, and shook the hand of Jim Shooter.
Jim is a hero to me not just because he knows how to edit comics, but he also tells the truth, and isn't afraid of what may come after that truth is told. He helped to institute policies and procedures that are being followed today in one form or another.
Meeting him was something very special to me.
He was sitting at his booth, talking to someone. I waited patiently, said that I wanted to meet him to thank him for everything he's done in comics, shook his hand, thanked him again, and I walked away. I didn't want to be one of those people who took up a lot of his time, asking specific questions about all the things he's done and how he felt and what he was thinking and on and on. He asked me my name, I told him what I did, and that I'm trying to follow his example.
I left feeling very fulfilled.
I have two more people I want to meet. Stan Lee, and Prince. (Of course.)
Those are my heroes, and I've met one of them.
Who are yours?