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Old 03-02-2017, 01:14 PM   #1
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I was planning on going to Brühl, but the event got cancelled/postponed and so now I got my ticket to go to Comic Con in Stuttgart in July. I've never ever been to Comic Con before, so I don't know what to expect of it. Has anyone ever been there? What's it like? Do you need to bring stuff to get it signed or not? Or are you even allowed to bring something to sign? Are you allowed to take pics eg during the q&a or while waiting in line? Did anyone bring a gift? And ... what's it like to meet Dirk?
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It depends on the event. Sometimes you purchase tickets for pictures/autographs before going; sometimes you can decide at the event. I wold check the event website. Pictures are normally OK if you get permission beforehand. You can bring something to give as a gift. You can also bring something to be autographed if you like or decide to purchase something there. There is usually a place for food and beverages because most conventions are all-day events. The q&as are all different. It depends on how the convention center is set up and how big of a convention it is. VIPs usually get preferential treatment for seating in the q&as and access to the lines.

Meeting the celebrities: had a great time interacting with them. Some are more approachable than others. Expect a conversation with Dirk. He's very approachable. He responds to your questions/comments. It is an experience you will never forget, especially if you act like an idiot. (Er versteht Deutsch. So practice!)

Send pictures for the forum and facebook. We'll all enjoy!
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It depends on the event. Sometimes you purchase tickets for pictures/autographs before going; sometimes you can decide at the event. I wold check the event website. Pictures are normally OK if you get permission beforehand. You can bring something to give as a gift. You can also bring something to be autographed if you like or decide to purchase something there. There is usually a place for food and beverages because most conventions are all-day events. The q&as are all different. It depends on how the convention center is set up and how big of a convention it is. VIPs usually get preferential treatment for seating in the q&as and access to the lines.

Meeting the celebrities: had a great time interacting with them. Some are more approachable than others. Expect a conversation with Dirk. He's very approachable. He responds to your questions/comments. It is an experience you will never forget, especially if you act like an idiot. (Er versteht Deutsch. So practice!)

Send pictures for the forum and facebook. We'll all enjoy!
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Thanks so much I really appreciate this.

To act like an idiot won't be much of a problem for me I'm glad to hear he's very approachable and yes, we'll practice our German together before I go

I will send pics and let you guys know how it went.
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Old 03-03-2017, 02:16 PM   #4
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One more thing that popped into my mind. I was brought up to be extremely polite to people I don't know and European people also tend to keep somewhat of a 'distance' with people they don't know very well ... American people are much more open in their communication with others (at least in my opinion).
The last thing I want to do is be disrespectful or anything like that, so how do we address him upon meeting him for the very first time? Either as Mr. Benedict or Dirk ???
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One more thing that popped into my mind. I was brought up to be extremely polite to people I don't know and European people also tend to keep somewhat of a 'distance' with people they don't know very well ... American people are much more open in their communication with others (at least in my opinion).
The last thing I want to do is be disrespectful or anything like that, so how do we address him upon meeting him for the very first time? Either as Mr. Benedict or Dirk ???
Yes.

You definitely want to address him. It's the best way to start a conversation.



LMD, address him in the way you feel most comfortable. "Mr. Benedict" is quite formal and never wrong, "Dirk" is less formal but if the atmosphere is right it's perfectly acceptable.

Be prepared to stand in line for just about everything, too.

And Vballspieler is right - just about everything depends on the event. I was at one that forbade any photography in the celebrity area (but I got one of Dirk anyway - shhhh); this is so that 1) you're not distracting or getting in the way and 2) photos become limited to the photo-ops being sold, which benefits both the celebrities and the event itself.

So when in doubt, ask somebody. They'll probably have lots of volunteers wandering the floor.
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Yes.

You definitely want to address him. It's the best way to start a conversation.



LMD, address him in the way you feel most comfortable. "Mr. Benedict" is quite formal and never wrong, "Dirk" is less formal but if the atmosphere is right it's perfectly acceptable.

Be prepared to stand in line for just about everything, too.
Or no lines at all depending on the event.

You could always use "Herr Benedict" just to be different. I wouldn't recommend anything from Skype though.... I just don't know if we could explain it with a straight face.

I did formal Deutsch in Modesto (just to be respectful.) At 39 though, he is younger than I am....
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Or no lines at all depending on the event.

You could always use "Herr Benedict" just to be different. I wouldn't recommend anything from Skype though.... I just don't know if we could explain it with a straight face.

I did formal Deutsch in Modesto (just to be respectful.) At 39 though, he is younger than I am....
Haha. I could do that or even go with Flemish (Meneer Benedict - LOL). He has lived in Belgium for a while after all Oh no no. Not gonna go there. I just know I won't be able too

LOL. The perfect age Just a tad younger ... I might work on creating the right atmosphere to go to more informal.
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Haha. I could do that or even go with Flemish (Meneer Benedict - LOL). He has lived in Belgium for a while after all Oh no no. Not gonna go there. I just know I won't be able too

LOL. The perfect age Just a tad younger ... I might work on creating the right atmosphere to go to more informal.
I think you should go with Flemish. You want to make an impression, right? Just practice. If this doesn't work, we'll come up with plan b.

(So wish I would be there to see this.)
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Yes.

You definitely want to address him. It's the best way to start a conversation.



LMD, address him in the way you feel most comfortable. "Mr. Benedict" is quite formal and never wrong, "Dirk" is less formal but if the atmosphere is right it's perfectly acceptable.

Be prepared to stand in line for just about everything, too.

And Vballspieler is right - just about everything depends on the event. I was at one that forbade any photography in the celebrity area (but I got one of Dirk anyway - shhhh); this is so that 1) you're not distracting or getting in the way and 2) photos become limited to the photo-ops being sold, which benefits both the celebrities and the event itself.

So when in doubt, ask somebody. They'll probably have lots of volunteers wandering the floor.
Oh I will Thanks, John. I'll try to look for the right atmosphere or try to create it
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LMD, address him in the way you feel most comfortable. "Mr. Benedict" is quite formal and never wrong, "Dirk" is less formal but if the atmosphere is right it's perfectly acceptable.
As we are getting closer to the con, I really need to start thinking how to create the perfect atmosphere . Suggestions anyone ????
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As we are getting closer to the con, I really need to start thinking how to create the perfect atmosphere . Suggestions anyone ????
You'll be fine. Deep breath and hand him a gift. The rest should come naturally.
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One more thing that popped into my mind. I was brought up to be extremely polite to people I don't know and European people also tend to keep somewhat of a 'distance' with people they don't know very well ... American people are much more open in their communication with others (at least in my opinion).
The last thing I want to do is be disrespectful or anything like that, so how do we address him upon meeting him for the very first time? Either as Mr. Benedict or Dirk ???
I was brought up to be very polite as well. If I met him I would say "Mr. Benedict" unless he invited me to use his first name
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I was brought up to be very polite as well. If I met him I would say "Mr. Benedict" unless he invited me to use his first name
Any Pride and Prejudice fans on here? If you've seen the original movie version, maybe you have an idea the voice I'd be tempted to say "Mr. Benedict" in before going into hysterics and demanding my smelling salts. Seriously tempted. I'm horrible.
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Any Pride and Prejudice fans on here? If you've seen the original movie version, maybe you have an idea the voice I'd be tempted to say "Mr. Benedict" in before going into hysterics and demanding my smelling salts. Seriously tempted. I'm horrible.

If you use such a proper British tone you might remind him of Diana Rigg and scare the old country boy!
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Any Pride and Prejudice fans on here? If you've seen the original movie version, maybe you have an idea the voice I'd be tempted to say "Mr. Benedict" in before going into hysterics and demanding my smelling salts. Seriously tempted. I'm horrible.
OMG, LD. This is seriously hilarious
Don't scare him half to death
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Any Pride and Prejudice fans on here? If you've seen the original movie version, maybe you have an idea the voice I'd be tempted to say "Mr. Benedict" in before going into hysterics and demanding my smelling salts. Seriously tempted. I'm horrible.
So, what convention are you doing this ar? I want to make sure my phone is fully charged when I observe this. I think just this is worth the price of a ticket!

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So, what convention are you doing this ar? I want to make sure my phone is fully charged when I observe this. I think just this is worth the price of a ticket!

Oh yes please and make sure we can watch this too
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I was brought up to be very polite as well. If I met him I would say "Mr. Benedict" unless he invited me to use his first name

As long as you don't call him 'SweetCakes' -- that one is mine.....
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As long as you don't call him 'SweetCakes' -- that one is mine.....
And what does he call you? Lol
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One more thing that popped into my mind. I was brought up to be extremely polite to people I don't know and European people also tend to keep somewhat of a 'distance' with people they don't know very well ... American people are much more open in their communication with others (at least in my opinion).
The last thing I want to do is be disrespectful or anything like that, so how do we address him upon meeting him for the very first time? Either as Mr. Benedict or Dirk ???
Hello LittleMonkeyDog I know this was posted over a year ago and I hope you don't mind me commenting on this?, but this is exactly the way I felt going to comic con this year. Because you replied to me saying that you are also a very shy person like myself I feel I can be open about this as I too have been brought up to be extremely polite to others and I was keeping somewhat of a "distance" I guess while meeting Dirk, not out of ignorance of course and I hope I didn't come across in that way, but out of complete respect. I also went a little blank on things to say to him. My partner who was also brought up extremely polite had helped a lot with that (thank goodness). We did talk of course and then at the photo opportunity he had said to us "come on don't be shy, get in closer" which was lovely as I think he could tell that we were being respectful of his space.
So I would like to thank you for posting this, as it seems common to have these "anxieties"
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Hello LittleMonkeyDog I know this was posted over a year ago and I hope you don't mind me commenting on this?, but this is exactly the way I felt going to comic con this year. Because you replied to me saying that you are also a very shy person like myself I feel I can be open about this as I too have been brought up to be extremely polite to others and I was keeping somewhat of a "distance" I guess while meeting Dirk, not out of ignorance of course and I hope I didn't come across in that way, but out of complete respect. I also went a little blank on things to say to him. My partner who was also brought up extremely polite had helped a lot with that (thank goodness). We did talk of course and then at the photo opportunity he had said to us "come on don't be shy, get in closer" which was lovely as I think he could tell that we were being respectful of his space.
So I would like to thank you for posting this, as it seems common to have these "anxieties"
No, I don't mind at all. I've met him twice already in the meantime and still I don't really know how to address him. Also I'm still not really sure what to say to him before we actually start talking that is
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As long as you don't call him 'SweetCakes' -- that one is mine.....

That's a nice one ... but wouldn't want to steal yours. I'll need to come up with a good one too

And what does he call you? Lol

I'm kinda curious to that one too
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My go to phrase for cuties is cuddle pumpkin. LOL. But I think I'll just say, Mr. Benedict.
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My go to phrase for cuties is cuddle pumpkin. LOL. But I think I'll just say, Mr. Benedict.
Aww, that's no fun.
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