Written By: Abel S. Pinedo
October 17th, 2016
On a warm October morning I made my way to Golden Apple
Comics in Hollywood. Long time readers know that I drop by this store whenever I'm in the neighborhood. Golden Apple has a
friendly and knowledgeable staff and a great selection of products. They also frequently host signing events with
some of the top comic and entertainment industry professionals. Well, today was a special event unlike no other.
To celebrate the release of the new graphic novel Tales for
a Halloween Night Volume 2, a plethora of creative talent gathered for an exclusive signing. Those in attendance
included Cat Staggs, James Ninness, Steve Niles, Duane Swierczynski and David Schow. The two biggest draws were Sandy King
Carpenter and her husband, legendary film director John Carpenter!
Without going off on a rant, the original Halloween film scared
the heck out of me when I was a child. Michael Meyers is still my favorite horror movie slasher. I was really excited
about this event so I pre-ordered the graphic novel in advance. I also decided to bring along my 35th anniversary Blu
Ray of Halloween, hoping to get John Carpenter's signature. Upon my arrival I checked in and received my book and a pass which
determined my place in line. As the 1pm start time drew close, the large crowd got antsy and people pulled out posters and
DVD's to have them ready to be signed. One person even brought a Michael Myers mask for Carpenter to sign.
The always helpful Golden Apple staff members kept the
line organized moving quickly once the signings began. On a cool side note, staff members were wearing shirts that were inspired
by the title font of the hit Netflix series Stranger Things. When I found out the shirts were available for purchase, I simply
had to have one.
After a long wait in line I finally got the chance to meet
the legendary John Carpenter. He was a total gentleman and signed autographs for over two hours. When I had my moment, I simply
thanked him for scaring me for so many years. He smiled and said “well, you're welcome!”
This was John Carpenter's fourth annual Halloween time visit
to Golden Apple. You can subscribe to the Golden Apple newsletter for more information on all upcoming in store events. You
will also be in the know for next year when hopefully, John Carpenter returns for another signing. I'll definitely be
there. Will you? Gotta go now. I've got a new horror comic staring at me, begging to be read.
About the Author: Abel S. Pinedo a.k.a. "Honest
Abe" has written reviews for Dark Horizons, JoBlo and MusicTap. He has worked in the entertainment industry for
over a decade. He can usually be found at his keyboard ranting and rambling about the human condition or watching Beavis &
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