Some Comic Con celebrities, like MC Chris, fit in particularly well with their fan base.
MC Chris, who goes by a lower-case mc chris, is the popular animator/voice actor/nerdcore rapper, perhaps best-known for his work on the Adult Swim cable network, most notably, his Aqua Teen Hunger Force cartoon series character MC Pee Pants, which also surfaced in the PlayStation 2 video game Aqua Teen Hunger Force Zombie Ninja Pro-Am.
“I come to these events and see a lot of fans of my cartoon work,” said chris Sunday morning at Comic Con New York at the Javits Center, where he signed autographs at the IMAGE (Interactive Meet and Greet Entertainment) Online and IMAGE In-Person Experiences booth.
“A lot of nerdy fans are happy to see me here,” he added. “It’s another way to connect with fans and ‘tear down the wall,’ as they say.”
The Brooklyn-based artist works hard to tear down that wall.
“The great thing is that I get to travel around the world, and after every show I have a meet-and-greet, and shake hands with everyone and sign autographs,” he said. “Nerd culture might seem like it’s a very mass culture, but there are still a lot of kids who are lonely and suffering and need the kind of confidence boost I needed when I was young, and I try to provide that as best I can.”
Now 38, the suburban Chicago native is working on his eighth recording, to be completed in time for the holiday season. He has collaborated with the likes of Talib Kweli, Andrew WK and Cee-Lo, and his music has been featured in Kevin Smith’s 2008 feature Zack And Miri Make A Porno; his song “hoodie ninja” was used in a Honda commercial.
But as an indie artist, he notes that he has to sell a lot of merchandise “to make up for music not being a priority for consumers these days.” So he has a broad assortment of apparel (including hoodies), recordings, posters, and accessories (including skateboard decks) for sale at his website.
Sitting next to fellow animation star Billy West at Comic Con, chris lauded the IMAGE system, which permits video recording of celebrity autograph and merchandise signings, both with and without fan purchasers, for authentication and personalization.
“It’s a great new means of connecting,” he said, also praising Gary Sohmers, IMAGE’s founder.
“He really makes it easy for an artist to come in and touch base with fans without having all the rigamarole, and takes care of logistics that otherwise can take half-a-year in advance.”
[The Examiner worked for Gary Sohmers' Madcity Music Sheet in Madison, Wis., in the 1970s.]
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