by Carl Williott
The pop culture behemoth that is Comic-Con has landed in New York City, drawing together fans of "The Walking Dead," "Game of Thrones" and various things that aren't "The Walking Dead" or "Game of Thrones." On the itinerary are the requisite Q&A panels, exclusive screenings and inside info, as well as the chance to get autographs from the stars and creators of numerous pop-culture landmarks.
But beware, those signings often come with a (cash-only) fee, and can feel more like a deli counter transaction than the greatest moment of your life. By all means, meet your idols and geek heroes this weekend...just be prepared for the potential sticker shock. To help you gauge your budget, here are the signing fees for a bunch of celebrities at 2014 NYCC.
Travie McCoy: $0
Guess he has no skin left to tattoo.
Autumn Reeser: $0
Ari Gold could've negotiated a better deal for Lizzie Grant.
Bill Nye: $0
Because you can't put a price on knowledge.
American Dad! cast: $0
They've got that Seth MacFarlane money, they don't need yours.
Mick Foley: $0
You know Mr. Socko would just piss away the cash anyway.
Jerry Springer: $0
Cheaper than flying to England to see "Jerry Springer: The Opera."
Paul F. Tompkins: $0
But how does he pay for all those three-piece suits?
John Hodgman: $0
Think of the price he could've demanded during the "I'm a PC" heyday.
R.L. Stine: $0
The man single-handedly got an entire generation to read; he can charge whatever he wants. Which, luckily, is nothing.
Bret "The Hitman" Hart: $14.99 (includes Bret Hart Simpsons action figure)
Aisha Tyler: $15 (includes her book, "Self-Inflicted Wounds")
She really could've asked for more.
Cary Elwes: $16.45 (includes his book, "As You Wish")
Orrr, you could ask him to sign your "Saw" DVD. LOL, DVDs!
Ron Perlman: $19.52 (includes his book, "Easy Street [The Hard Way]”)
Less than $20 to meet Hellboy? Sweet.
"The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase: $20
"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan: $20
Anyone who has seen "The Wrestler" and decides not to shell out money to these modern gladiators is a monster, plain and simple.
Billy Zabka: $30
Modest price for an encounter with the most dastardly bully of the '80s.
Ralph Macchio: $35
Wait, why aren't Macchio and Zabka a packaged deal? What is one without the other? Do you think Macchio wouldn't set his price until he knew Bill's?
Tom Kenny: $35
An autograph from SpongeBob himself...how much is it worth to be your nephew's favorite relative forever?
Kristian Nairn (a.k.a. Hodor): $40
Hodor Hodors! You've gotta be Hodoring me!
LeVar Burton: $40
He probably wouldn't be offended if you spent it on books instead.
Giancarlo Esposito: $40
Gus Fring? More like "Gus Ka-ching!"
Gillian Anderson: $60
How much are you willing to pay for the truth, which is out there?
Hulk Hogan: $60
How much to get him to rip his shirt off, though?
William Shatner: $75
He is The Negotiator, after all.
Patrick Stewart: $80
Yeah, it's steep -- but to be fair, Professor X could just read your mind and get your ATM code.
Lucy Lawless: $85
Sir Patrick may have the rabid demand of Trekkies and X-Men fans, but after a few guest spots on "Parks and Rec," the Warrior Princess can demand the highest price in all of the NYCC land.