"Your eyes see but my shadow...my heart is overflowing"
With everything added up: poster, shipping, expo admission, autograph fee, and the frame I need to purchase, my newly-autographed Phantom of the Opera poster cost me about $150.
Worth Every Penny.
Robert Englund is wonderfully charming, and it's evident even from the back of the line that he loves to interact with the fans. When my turn came and the poster rolled out in front of him, he actually gasped and exclaimed, "I've never seen this one!" then threw up his hand for a high five. He chatted to me about Jill Schoelen (his Christine) whom he had recently seen again. She still sings gorgeously and in spite of the time and her having two sons, she still looks just like she did in the movie. We vehemently agreed that she should move from L.A. to New York and start doing off-Broadway and Broadway musicals. He signed the poster as above with a gold marker, which looks wonderful against the design.
The teeny-tiny downside was that my friends and I went straight from there to the line for our prepaid* photo-op with Adam Baldwin (of Firefly fame), arriving just at the end of the recommended line-up time. After we patiently stood in line for nearly an hour, they had to cut it off -- at the group ahead of us -- so Mr. Baldwin could keep to his schedule and get to his next event. Rather than blame Mr. Englund's chattiness, I blame those random VIP attendees who kept exercising the rights that their $300 admission gives them and cutting the line for his autographs.
* I've been told by my friends who volunteer for the Expo that if we can't get to the other sessions, we can get a refund. And barring that, I might be willing to negotiate an exchange for a photo-op with my "Erik".