Autographs

I fell into the rabbit hole of autographs in 2012 at Star Wars Celebration 6. That weekend, I opted to only get one autograph from the Princess herself, Carrie Fisher. I certainly have no intention of selling these off, but the short time to interact with the actor, say hello, and thank them for their impact is all worthwhile. So I try to get the autograph personalized with my name and a quote from the movie or show, as though the actor was speaking to me. My first autograph is truly a gem, and Carrie even put a funny spin on my request as you’ll see below. I’ve tried to do the same thing with all autographs since! Take a look at the collection!

Star Wars Celebration VI in Orlando, FL – August 26, 2012
“Help me, Justin Ledesma. You’re practically my only hope.”
– Love, Carrie Fisher
Grand Rapids Comic Con in Grand Rapids, MI – October 22, 2017
“This effort is no longer profitable!” – Jim Cummings (Hondo Onaka – everyone’s favorite Star Wars pirate)
Star Wars Celebration Orlando – April 13, 2017

So Wedge is a favorite character. No Force powers, just a darn good pilot. He doesn’t get a lot of lines in the movies, but he does say one thing that is pretty funny. I asked him to put the quote in, and he smirked and wrote: “Look at the size of that thing!” – Dennis Lawson (Wedge)
Farpoint in Hunt Valley, MD – February 2017
The line , along with the picture, are pretty great to me. In the midst of the chaos that is the inferno behind Maul, Sam Witwer, the voice of animated Maul and others, writes “To Justin, a part-timer, you were wise to trust me.”

OfficialPix Mailing – July 2017
“To Justin, any help here would be hot.” – (Jar Jar Binks) Ahmed Best
The Great Philadelphia Comic Con in Oaks, PA – April 9, 2017
Justin, “I’ll be there for you. Cassian said I had to.”
Alan Tudyk, K-2S0
The Great Philadelphia Comic Con in Oaks, PA – April 29, 2018
To Justin, “Pretty rotten security they’ve got here.” – Angela Staines, Tonnika Sister (Karoly D’Ulin disguised as Senni Tonnika)

So a bit of explanation, the Tonnika Sisters don’t speak in ANH. However, Timothy Zahn did pen a short story about these ladies in “Tales from Mos Eisley’s Cantina” called “Hammertong: The Tale of the Tonnika Sisters.” In this story, you learn that others are disguised as the Tonnika Sisters.

The Great Philadelphia Comic Con in Oaks, PA – April 9, 2017
For Justin “Loosen Up!” – Jon ‘Dutch’ Vander, Angus MacInnes, Gold Leader.

Not the first time someone has told me to “loosen up!”

Star Wars Celebration Anaheim – April 17, 2015
This quote and scene are from the end of one of my favorite arcs of The Clone Wars – “Padawan Lost”

Steel City Comic Con in Monroeville, PA – August 7, 2015
One of my favorite lines from ESB, “This deal is getting worse all the time!” – Billy Dee Williams
Bobakip “Star Wars” Signature Service – September 2017
A line that just captures your imagination: “Many Bothans died to bring us this information.” – Caroline Blakiston (Mon Mothma)

Borough Con in Queens, NY – May 27, 2017
Diving deep into Star Wars here with this character Hylo Visz, a legendary smuggler, who plays a critical role in SWTOR. She is voiced by Cree Summer, who you may recognize from her time as Freddie on A Different World, which aired on NBC from 1987 to 1993.
SWTOR Community Cantina in New York, NY – October 6, 2017
Also from Star Wars the Old Republic, Valkorian is the big bad Emperor of 2 empires (I still didn’t get how that worked). Voiced by Darin De Paul, Valkorian is eerie and menacing!

Knights of the Fallen Empire – Sacrifice – Trailer
Showmasters mailing – July 2018
The man in the Darth Vader suit, Dave Prowse.
Star Wars Celebration Orlando – April 13, 2017
Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso. As least I got her to write “To Justin”.

Star Wars Celebration Orlando – April 13, 2017
Forest Whitaker was very kind to take the time to write “Save the Rebellion. Save the dream.” I was also super impressed as he had to correct me on the spelling of Saw Gerrera. I spelled it “Guerrera.” The man knows his Star Wars.

There is a long story here that I won’t get into…
Freddie Prinze, Jr. as Kanan Jarrus

Borough Con in Queens, NY – May 27, 2017
Another deep cut of Star Wars here. This is Brianna, “The Last Handmaiden” from Knights of the Old Republic II. Voiced by the talented Grey DeLisle, who you can find all over the Star Wars galaxy.
The Great Philadelphia Comic Con in Oaks, PA – April 29, 2018
One of Jeremy Bulloch’s last autograph appearances. He was very nice and kind to write my favorite Boba Fett line, “He’s no good to me dead.”
Terrifficon in Uncasville, CT – August 19. 2017
Jessica Henwick as Black Squadron’s Jess Pava tells me “I’m on it!”

The Great Philadelphia Comic Con in Oaks, PA – April 9, 2017
John Morton (Dak) is confident if anything!

The Great Philadelphia Comic Con in Oaks, PA – April 9, 2017
I’m not sure if that’s the right line, but Julian Glover says “Target the main reactor.”

The Great Philadelphia Comic Con in Oaks, PA – April 29, 2018
“The ship no longer appears on our scopes.”
SWTOR Community Cantina in New York, NY – October 6, 2017
Natasha Loring is nothing like her evil incarnate character Vaylin.

The Great Philadelphia Comic Con in Oaks, PA – April 9, 2017
Darth Maul in the flesh! Ray Park! “At last we will have revenge.”

Star Wars Celebration Orlando – April 13, 2017

In my opinion, Riz Ahmed is one of the most talented actors out there (See Nightcrawler and The Night Of). He doesn’t get to talk a lot in Rogue One, but when he gets to say something, he makes the most of it! My favorite line of his is “I DEFECTED!” bit.
Becoming Bodhi
Farpoint in Hunt Valley, MD – February 2017
I would actually hate to have Starkiller (Sam Witwer) hunting me through the galaxy!

Borough Con in Queens, NY – May 27, 2017
What better Zeb (Steve Blum) quote than “Karabast!”

The Great Philadelphia Comic Con in Oaks, PA – April 29, 2018
Taylor mentioned to me that I was the first one who has asked to use this quote. Of course it was hot on the heels of the Rebels finale.

Star Wars Celebration Anaheim – April 17, 2015
Tiya Sircar was incredibly nice. She told me that she liked the quote I asked for, and as this was in the midst of season 1, she was still figuring out which quote to use. She said she’d default to my suggestion.

The Great Philadelphia Comic Con in Oaks, PA – April 9, 2017
Tom Kane has voiced a lot, but I ultimately chose the ultra patriotic super droid M1-4X from SWTOR so he could write that specific quote.

Monster-Mania Con in Cherry Hill, NJ – March 2017
Wilford Brimley joined the Star Wars universe in The Battle for Endor. He and his wife were very sweet and told me stories of trying to stay warm on their ranch in Utah.

OK, so not Star Wars, but I don’t know where else I would put it. I wrote a fan letter to Martin Sheen and asked him to sign this picture. Most of my friends know that I hold the West Wing in very high regard as one of the best tv shows. Of course, what endears President Bartlett even more to me is that his character attended Notre Dame and is happy to let you know about it.

When Charlie, his assistant expresses uncertainty about which teams to select in the office football pool, Jeb advises “You always go with the team whose got the more players out of Notre Dame.”

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