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Friday, 16 August 2013

[GUEST POST] It's Time... To Meet Batman!


Artist, blogger, commentator Jeremy Hawkins (of Being Retro) is on his It's Time Blog Tour sharing anecdotes and promoting his four-book collection of pop culture art and design work - Twelve-Thirty-Four, Twelve-Thirty-Five, Twelve-Thirty-Six and Twelve-Thirty-Seven. Without further ado, I'll hand you over to the unique stylings of Jeremy Hawkins:

Jeremy (right) interviews Adam West

When the world needs a hero… cue the music and hear the name “BATMAN”; it's not just any crime fighter: it has to be Adam West. 

Nineteen sixties television hero and a name you should all know... and me about to make him mad. I have been doing interviews for several years now and I was known as the local celebrity guy who talked with the stars. Soon, though, it would change to: "Guy who pissed off those famous people".

I got tired of asking the “standard” questions, stuff you all ready know.

Okay I am getting ahead of myself; I think this was just the first stone thrown into the pond which caused this ripple effect. I was a normal guy with a cocky attitude and felt that anyone I interviewed was just normal like me; hey, I was on a cable access TV show!

Adam West was promoting his new book Back to the Batcave, at The Starlog Store (from the magazine of the same name)

There was a good crowd of people - maybe 300 standing in line - and you could hear the screams followed by cheers.

The crew and I were standing inside the roped area, knowing we would get to talk to Mr West first before he starts to sign autographs. Waving at the fans, great smile on his face, he made his way to the roped area and me - unshaven, shirt not tucked-in  and the "ready to go" attitude.

Introductions were made, hands were shook and… I just open my mouth.

Awesome start.

"Tell us about your book, Mr West"; "Call me Adam.";  "Okay, I can do that." 

Book question over, check. Next.

"What is the cool thing about being you?"

"Well Jeremy," he said, “the years have been good to me and I've welcomed the chance to meet fans over the years."

Did I mention he called me by my name? Nothing as gratifying as a famous person knowing your name, this freaks me out and my sharpness starts to hear the voices in my head? Do something stupid, say something stupid…

I proceeded to call him an “old guy”, in not so many words, I really called him “old”.  I meant to ask him about a possible reunion with the entire cast of Batman… but it came out “the old living group”… it became a blur at this point.

I could see the face of Mr West change as his response was a question back at me: “What do you mean old?"

I think at that point it was over, I asked one or two fluff questions and made my goodbyes.

I want to tell you I actually said something a tad ruder, but this is nicer tale with a happier ending.

I feel like a Time Lord jumping from time and place, if you would like to hear another adventure of my encounter with Star Trek’s beloved Scotty aka James Doohan please click on the my site for the next date.

About The Books
: It's a four-book series, 40-pages each and it is the art/design from things I had designed over the years. It's a mish-mash of things that I had seen in my head... and some are future designs that will become shirts. Places I wanted to go artistically as you travel from where I was to where I am now. Is it great journey!  Titles came from the idea of time "12:34, 35, 36 and 37” seems that is when my best ideas came to me... day or night. It's funny I never considered myself a "writer" just a man who likes to paint a canvas if it be words or my art/design.

Giveaways: Some great prizes being given away please stop over at my main page, Being Retro,  and look just below the header for the It’s Time Tour Giveaway link and enter today.

Thank You, for letting me play host and to all who took the “time” to read this… you are all the best.

Jeremy Hawkins
Being Retro
beingretro.com

6 comments:

  1. Oh no! Well, in your defense, he is old now. Even if he didn't want to admit it during the interview.
    Live and learn. If that's the worst thing you did, then you're doing all right.

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    1. He was a cool guy, but he wasn't making "Family Guy" money yet... so this book was his future and me I was a jack-nut.

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  2. Great story! I hope for your sake he has forgot your name. I would hate to have Batman hold a grudge.:)

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    1. it's funny we still send christmas cards every year... kidding. i am sure even if i showed him a photo of me and him, he wouldn't remember...

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  3. Great story, and love the old picture...He looks old in the picture. You had a TV show? Why did I not know this????
    Tina @ Life is Good

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    1. i look so young and now, gar oh the time has past... yes we had a show that ran across the country, Canada and parts of France. I am trying to find a VHS player to transfer them to digital.

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