Monday, October 02, 2006

Reports Of Bruce Rejecting His Fans At Book Signing's

So take these next two stories for what its worth. I questioned myself on whether or not to post these next two stories but then I thought about it, if its happening, I shouldn't hide the truth and pretend like it never happend. So I'm getting a few e-mails today from some Bruce fans who are reading about their fellow bloggers talking about their negative experiences at Bruce booksignings. Has Bruce let his fans down? Well the first article comes from from a guy named Tommy, whose blog about his Bruce book signing(or lack their of) can be viewed here, and here is an excerpt from the blog:

"It turns out that Bruce isn't exactly who I thought he'd be. I had the "pleasure" of standing about 8 feet away from his signing table as my friend took pictures. I listened to how he greeted his fans and also watched him call theater staff over several times to scold them about his "rules". As it turns out, Mr Campbell, HUGE mega-star that he is (not) did not want ANYONE who did not purchase a fifteen dollar copy of his book to even get near him. If you didn't buy a book, stay the [expletive] away from the table! A couple people that just had their books signed tried to get beside him for pictures at which time he lightly pushed them away and said "What are you doing? Uh uh. No posed pictures" and pointed to the exit with a "There's the way out. Thanks for coming"".

When I read this, I said to myself "No, this can't be Bruce". So then I quietly brushed off the blog, and then I got an email from another Bruce fan saying she read a blog about an individual having a bad experience at a Bruce book signing and that I should post the story. So here is an excerpt from the blog of an individual named Jamison, whose blog can be viewed here, and here is an excerpt from his blog:

"We'd gotten there early and got a good place in line, and me and cole were one of the first people up. Even though this was a book signing, I didn't bring the book, I already got'em signed last summer. Instead I brought my brand new Brisco County Junior Box set of DVDs. Big mistake. The staff from powells books told me I had to have the book to get something signed, and I told them I already had my books signed, which is why I didn't have them, to which they replied if I wanted something signed I'd have to go buy another book[from their convinent stock on hand]. '[Expletive] them' I thought, The Brisco County on DVD was promoted on his website at the same time as the directors cut book, I didn't think Bruce would care. So me and Cole walk up and I shake the Mans hand. Cole lays down his book and poster, and I put down Brisco. Without any worthy acknowledgements to us Bruce grabs Cole's book, looks at the sticky note they had ready and starts to sign it. As he's (hurriedly)finishing that, I quickly explain I already went to both signings last time in portland, and requested a quick picture. "Nope." "Just a quick photo-?" "No." He interrupts. "Or else [motioning to the staff managing the line] they'll cut your dick off." Then he explained he wouldn't sign Brisco County if I didn't have a book, and wished us on our way. Strike three. Bruce Campbell has rejected his real fans who made him famous for a bunch of fucking poser consumer whores who shop at [Expletive] hot topic"


So take those two stories for what you want. I have never met or seen Bruce in my life, hopefully one day I will. So for any of you that have went to the book signing this past month, I want to hear your experiences and please tell if their are more negative stories out their or positive stories out there that contradict the latter. Bruce was built by his fans, I'm distruaght that he let some of them down and I hope its not an ongoing issue. I love Bruce to death, and I still do, but if something like the past 2 stories happended to me, I would be pretty let down. Comment below to engange in the discussion.

Please no one send me hate mail. I'm just the supplier of news. Bruce is still my hero.

27 Comments:

At 6:20 PM, Blogger Ghost Dog said...

My wife and I just attended his signing in Portland, OR and it wasn't bad at all. I even got to shake his hand and exchange a few words. People had posters, video game covers, DVD covers, as well as books, and he signed all that stuff. We didn't try to pose with him, but they weren't shoving anyone away who wanted pictures.

Seemed like an alright guy to me, and pleasant enough for a guy who'd already signed 198 other people's stuff before ours.

 
At 6:31 PM, Blogger Janie said...

I saw Bruce when he came to the Fresno Borders Book store on Friday Sept. 22nd. He extremely gracious and accomodating with all of the fans. The Q&A started at 6 pm with him signing books starting at 6:30. I would have to say that there had to have been at least 300 people there and he signed and posed with everyone. While yes, you did either have to have a book (or purchase one if you didn't have one), that was clearly explained on the flyer that announced the book signing. He even posed with a fan during his Q&A session when he learned it was the girl's birthday! Maybe the store's policy on purchasing books and having photo's taken had something to do with those two experiences mentioned, I don't know. All I can say is that I came away an even bigger fan of his because of this experience. THANKS BRUCE!!

 
At 5:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm, that sounds weird to me. My husband and I went to the signing in Portland, and we only had the one book, and there was no problem. We told the Powell's person before we got to the signing table that we only had the one book, and she said that was fine. They were rushing people through pretty quickly, but I didn't notice any rudeness or anything like that. There were some people in the line that struck me as being potential jerks, so maybe they annoyed Bruce.

 
At 6:44 AM, Anonymous MReaves said...

I had a positive experience. It said on the flyer that you had to have the book (if you didn't they would sell you a copy), and it was the only way to get a ticket that let you in. In addition Bruce would sign any of two books (Make Love, and If Chins could kill) and an additional piece of unrelated merchandise. You could have your photo taken while shaking Bruce's hand, but you couldn't pose because there was kind of time restrections. Bruce chatted with me and my sister (who didn't have anything to sign) and was really curtious and an all around nice guy.

 
At 8:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went to a book signing for his last book a few years ago. It was at an old theater in Decatur, IL. They showed Army of Darkness before Bruce came out for a Q&A. When we entered the theater they made sure we either had the book, or bought one from them - it was very clear that this was a book signing and Bruce would not sign anything unless you had a book. I'm sure that was part of the publisher's promotional deal - they pay for his tour if he sells and signs books. Sounds pretty fair to me. Anyway, Bruce signed everyone's book plus a maximum of two other items - again, pretty fair since I'm sure he didn't want to be there all night. He also took a picture with everyone who got a book signed. My wife is in a wheelchair, so they made special arrangements to bring us up to the front of the stage. Bruce was very nice - he hopped down, signed our books and items, then posed for a picture with each of us.

I think some people may not understand the idea of a book signing tour is to sell books.

 
At 9:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went to a book signing last year, in Sacramento, and he seemed very nice. A guy that went up there before me set his book down, exchanged a few words with him. Bruce opened the book and was surprised to see three DVD covers hidden inside. He laughed it off and signed all three of them, and the book.

 
At 9:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even if those two stories are true, people have to remember that people do have bad days. I can only imagine how travel sick he had to be going around like that. Some people have a bad experience with a celebrity and start burning their pictures. Well in the word's of Bill Shatner...
"Move out of your mom's basement and GET A LIFE!"

 
At 10:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The two times I've met Bruce, (Bubba Ho-Tep screening and Make Love signing/Screaming Brain screening) he was very nice and accommodating. I still can't get over how friendly he was and how he let us sit next to him as he chatted us up while signing. When I got my book signed by Eric Idle, we were not even allowed to talk to him.

Although I'm not in his shoes, I can imagine having to deal with certain kinds of people and their sometimes unreasonable demands. I think because Bruce has made himself so available to fans, when something like this happens, people react as if Bruce ran over their puppy. I echo the line from William Shatner... and include "GET OVER YOURSELVES!"

 
At 10:34 PM, Anonymous james said...

If I wanted to read the bitter opinion of two people who couldn't even read the rules on a flyer, I'd go to a Ain't It Cool News talkback. Stick to reporting news!

 
At 4:36 AM, Anonymous Mary said...

Thats bull crap.
I went to his signing and viewing of The Man With The screaming brain. I sat out there waiting for 4 hours. The line was still moving but our movie was about to show. Worried I asked if he was going to still be there after the movie. He said "I will not leave untill all the fans have left" The man was there for 12 hours. He interduced his movie and answered fan questions before hand. He was so funny and sweet. After the movie we met him and talked to him as he signed our book, poster and comics. My husband told him the movie we saw reminded him of "Frankenhooker" ans aksed if Bruce ever saw it. He said no but he wrote the name down to check it out.
You did have to have a book but this guy doesnt make a whole lot of money off the movies. Come on people.

 
At 12:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can *kind of* see the complaint. I went to O'Hare to get my book signed (Confessions) and missed the first signing for the hardcover. Well, I made arrangements for the second signing of the soft cover.

I took one of the softcovers and my special edition DVD to Bruce. He looked at the DVD and said: "Where's the book?" I said "It's at home - it's the one I read, the other is a keepsake."

Although he was very nice, I did get that impression that he really only wanted to sign his books. However, if you wanted additional signings you could purchase them at $15 a pop. In Confessions, he explains that it's not really fair when a fan comes up to him with 20 Ash dolls and asks him to sign all of them - then they show up on eBay. So I can see the argument. However, since I paid $30 for two signatures, I would be so bold as to say I'd like him to sign anything I want.

Hell, he signed someone's cleavage for $15 - why not my DVD?

 
At 1:22 PM, Blogger Evil Flip said...

Yeah, I geuss he (and other celebs) still need some money (or sell something) in order to make the trip worth it. it's weird someone would charge people for a little scibble, but if they didn't it would probably cost them money. also the fact that people actually do pay up, so why not benefit from it.

 
At 4:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've met Bruce numerous times, both at book signings and conventions. Each time he's been a smart-ass who jokes with his fans, self-deprecating to make us laugh, etc... Not once of ANY time that I've met him has he been rude to a fan. It's his BOOK tour, he can make or break the rules, it's really just that simple.

 
At 9:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Met him in Alaska at a signing and he really couldn't have been more friendly. When I asked him to sign a comic for my little sister he even did his "BUBBA HOTEP/ELVIS" impersonation and said: "I even signed it TCB. That' takin' care of business baby." How freaking cool is that?

 
At 3:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I met Bruce in Philadelphia two summers ago and he was very very nice.

 
At 4:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's how book signings work, you have to buy the book there and then you get it signed. It doesn't matter that you already have the book, bought from somewhere else, as the bookstore doesn't make any money of you. That's 1/2 of the point of him being there, to help the store sell some books. The other 1/2 is to help promote the book.

Sometimes the author will sign other things and take pictures, but that's up to their discretion, and only a courtesy of those that bought the book there. Sounds like Bruce was getting a lot of freeloaders (at worse) and ignoramuses (at best) and he put them nicely in their place.

I've meet Bruce 5 times in the past 15 years and he was nothing but great to me and everyone that was there at his signings, movie screenings, etc.

 
At 10:02 AM, Blogger WindInTheTrees said...

I've got to agree with most of the folks here.

The rules of book signings are often set by the sponsor of the signing, often a bookstore and they make money selling books. When there are hundreds of people in line they have to push people through pretty fast.

When I first met Bruce in 2005 at a book signing during his "Summer of Love" tour, he seemed a bit of a wise ass, but that is often the persona his fans expect.

But I also had the impression that he was rather warn out. I think I would have been, too, if I had been touring that long.

The complaints you mentioned came at the end of several weeks of touring this fall.

(Does anybody remember that Bruce was in the middle of a signing tour on his first book on 9/11? He was flying that time and then all the plans were grounded. He rented a car. Did he drive home as many people might have that day? No. He continued the tour by car.
Tell me that that is not devotion to his fans.)

I think the complainers failed to put themselves in Bruce's shoes. If he was a little crabby there may have been things going on that they knew nothing about. He may have not been feeling well. There may have been problems at the location or problems back home.

Fans need to realize that Bruce is a human being and not their (as Bruce would say) "little monkey" whose purpose in life is to please them.

Chill.

 
At 8:26 PM, Anonymous Trey said...

I met Bruce last year during his Summer of Love/"Man with the Screaming Brain" tour. And he could not have been any nicer.

I was actually extremely nervous and he joked with me about that to get the ball rolling. He asked me "So, what's your gig?" I hesitated as I told him I working towards becoming an independent filmaker because I'm sure he gets that all the time. I finally told him and quickly added,"But I'm not sure if I'll ever make it" due to to loss of nerves.

He smiled, looked up at me and said,"Now that 's not the attitude to have."

He signed my book and "Book of the Dead" DVD without me having to pay extra for the DVD.

People just have to realize that he's human. Like people before me have stated, the man has bad days. So suck it up, shut the hell up, and go see him the next time he appears near you.

 
At 8:15 AM, Blogger Lunchmeat said...

Bruce is a prick. There's nothing else that can be said. He wants to forget about the series and the fans that made him. Without geeks like us, where would the guy be? He needs to become more grateful. Just my opinion.

 
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