Post by Declan Tribal on Jul 30, 2017 11:34:43 GMT
...Or rather, the guy who voices him, David B. Hayter.
For those who don't know me, Metal Gear Solid has been one of my alltime favorite gaming franchises, even moreso than Final Fantasy. So when I heard from a friend that he was attending MCM Manchester this year, I knew I had to go. Even if it meant breaking the bank a bit. The plan was for me and my friend to have our photos taken with him on the Saturday, but unfortunately she couldn't come, so I had to go by myself. It was pretty nerve-wracking, especially since I was panicking more about the tickets than anything else, but it all turned out fine in the end.
The grin nearly killed that shot, but then again, when you meet one of your heroes and he growls "Metal Gear" down your ear in his trademark voice, you can't help but grin like an idiot all the way through. Either way, I'm very happy to say that I can now die in peace knowing I've met one of my all-time heroes And I'll be going to MCM Birmingham in November to meet Veronica Taylor, the original voice of Ash Ketchum.
So any of you guys met anyone famous, or planning to meet someone famous? Have any funny stories to tell?
That's amazing! I was hooked on Metal Gear since my dad let me play MGS2. As a side note: Snake's electrocution torture shouts are unintentionally hilarious in Peace Walker.
I met Ray Bradbury once when I was young in weird hipster bookstore. He retired in my home city and lived there for a while, but I didn't actually read his novels and short stories until years later, after he died. This made what he told me that much eerier. I don't remember how the conversation came up. There weren't many people in there (the store was more of a large house with a small sign somewhere on the patio), but he said something about the 'image of a hero' and how the best way to honor one is to never meet them in person, because said hero would have to bare being met as a fallible man. This is just paraphrasing though.
Not trying to be a downer or anything. That's just what he said.
A few friends have mentioned that Thurop Van Orman (creator of the cartoon 'Flapjack') lived somewhere around my area as well. A few years ago, one of his friends gave out 1500 DVD collections of the series at a yard sale. Of course I missed it.
I must admit I've never really played any of the Metal Gear series myself, but you'd have to be living under a rock to not know about the games. Besides, I did try him out in his Smash Bros. appearance.
I'm really happy you got to meet your hero Dec, and I'm a little jealous that you're going to meet up with the voice of Ash. I'm sure Meepy would love to meet that voice actor too.
Wanted: Meepy the Meeping Mew Reward: 1 million gil. Dead or alive. Warning! Mark is incredibly dangerous! Do not be fooled by his cute appearance!
Update! So I met Veronica Taylor at MCM Birmingham over the weekend
Me and a friend had planned the trip for a while - mostly for her benefit since she wanted to get Veronica's autograph for a while, but has severe anxiety issues that prevents her from visiting crowded places. We decided to get a couple of priority passes (priority means you can get in at 9am, normal passes only let you in at 11) so we can have a chance to look around the venue before everywhere got too crowded.
So... after getting in we found that Veronica was doing autographs at 11am - to help with my friend with her anxiety (because again, she doesn't well in big crowds), we decided to queue up for autographs at least an hour before she arrived. Lucky for us we were also the first people in line, as it steadily grew longer near signing time.
And there she was, the voice of Ash Ketchum herself. She took her seat at the signing booth and my friend was the first to go. Unlike the photo shoots where it was just rush-rush-rush, fans can get to talk to guests at signings - as we got our stuff autographed me and my friend were gushing over Veronica, telling her how much we've been fans of Pokemon ever since the franchise first started. I still remember her saying that even after all these years, Pokemon still has a way of uniting fans together, and I agree - I've been a fan of the franchise on-and-off for a while, and my friend helped me get back into it again. A really amazing woman, who's very nice to her fans and is amazed that there's still oldbies out there who's into Pokemon to this day. I really do hope I get to bump into her again at another con, cause I want another autograph from her, and maybe a photoshoot instead.
So yeah, another hero met, another goal crossed off the bucket list I had a real blast that weekend, but I didn't budget properly and I ran out of money quite quickly that weekend, so I ended up going home a lot earlier than expected. But I'm happy to be content with meeting another childhood hero, as well as help a close friend meet hers.