After the excitement of getting Stan Lee’s autograph on my artwork had subsided, we headed back upstairs. By this time it was 11:45 and Alex wanted to get an autograph and picture with Maria Kanellis. He waited patiently in front of her table for five minutes while she kept her head down texting. She didn’t even look up to acknowledge he was standing there. She finally looked up and said “Sorry, business.”
She then signed the three cards Alex was holding of her and leaned over the table to pose for a picture with him. By this time I had to head downstairs again and wait in another line for a picture with Stan Lee. There were two lines, a VIP line and a NIP (Not Important Person) line. I was in the second line. As I walked down the hallway, with the VIP line on the left and the NIP line on the right, I could tell that this was going to be a long wait no matter what line I was in. Luckily As I was approaching the end of the line, a guy showed up right behind me wearing the same shirt as me.
Because we had the same shirt in common, we got to chatting. This allowed the hour and a half wait to pass by much more quickly. At one point Thor came up to us and didn’t know which line he was supposed to be standing in. I let him cut because his costume was so incredibly awesome.
We all MARVELed at his costume. At this point we were getting closer to the room that Stan Lee was posing for pictures. We passed by a table of 8×10 prints of Stan Lee and people posing with him. I noticed that Mr. Lee was sitting on a stool and the pictures looked awkward because people were just standing next to him, as if they were standing next to a statue. they weren’t actually posing with him or getting down to his height. I decided at that point I was going to crouch down next to Mr. Lee and ask him to do the Spider-Man web slinger hand gesture. When it was my turn to get my picture taken with Stan Lee, I did exactly that. I came up next to Mr. Lee and slightly crouched down next to him and said, hey Stan, can we do the web slinger? He chuckled and said, “sure.” After the photographer took our picture, I got up and shook Stan’s hand and said thank you Stan. He once again said “you’re welcome.”
I ran into the hallway super excited and gave a fist bump to Thor. Thor quietly spoke to me and said “Did you hear what I did?” I said no. “I said, Mr. Lee, you are most worthy to hold the Thor Hammer.” After the photographer took their picture together, Stan Lee said to the photographer, “Can you print me out a copy of that one?” Here is Thor’s picture with Stan Lee.
Stay Tuned for Part 3.