Sunday, July 25, 2010

GHOST ADVENTURES - Zak Bagans, Nick Grof And Aaron Goodwin At Comic Con 2010

Written By: Ken Hulsey

This is part 2 of my San Diego Comic Con experience.

Like I mentioned in my previous article, my experience at Comic Con was a little 'different' than that of the 'typical' fan. Instead of lusting after the 'trendy' movies and shows, my family and I were excited about a lot of things that weren't so mainstream.

One of these was the television series, "Ghost Adventures", and my wife April, son Christopher and I were really looking forward to meeting the shows stars Zak Bagans, Nick Grof and Aaron Goodwin at an autograph signing later in the afternoon.

As luck would have it, the very same people, Zak, Nick and Aaron,that we so strongly wanted to see, arrived at the convention at the exact same time that we did. Amazingly, they were just milling around in the area adjacent to the check-in and autograph areas. To our delite, we were able to snap a few photos and talk to Aaron for a few seconds. My wife was very happy to have told him that 'he was the shit!'

To our surprise, no one else even recognised them.

Here is the skinny on the show from the Travel Channel website:

Are you ready for the lockdown?

The "Ghost Adventures" crew -- Zak Bagans, Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin -- is back to investigate the scariest, most notorious, haunted places in the world.

The trio will interview eyewitnesses and historians at each location, arming themselves with the stories of the ghosts they will later provoke and confront during their dusk-to-dawn lockdowns. (Note: They don't always come out unscathed!) Then they'll review and analyze their findings with some the most respected experts and specialists in the paranormal field.

"Ghost Adventures" signing at Comic Con:


Zak and Aaron 'incognito' at Comic Con

I snapped this pic of the guys while in line for the signing. There was a pretty long line for this. Amazingly the autographs were FOC, while most celebs at the event charged up to $30 for a signature and a photo opp (a chance to have your picture taken with the celeb).

Zak, Nick and Aaron were genuinely happy to meet and take photos with everyone in attendance.

Here Zak talks to my son Christopher. Chris was really excited to meet the very same people that he watches on TV every Friday.

The reps from the Travel Channel, who were very polite and helpful I might add, urged Zak, Nick and Aaron to stand up and personally thank everyone for showing up.

I got a chance to ask Nick about the 'craziest' place that he ever investigated. I mentioned the Linda Vista Community Hospital (old Santa Fe Railroad hospital) in Los Angeles as a possibility, but Nick said that there was a far scarier place that would be featured in an upcoming episode.

I wish that I could remember where he said that was.

Anyway, I was also able to thank Aaron for being a good sport, okay, I said 'sacrificial lamb' for going into places as a decoy. My words to him were, "Hey Aaron, would you mind going into the room where the Satanic rituals were held, and that guy chopped up his family, and read a little from Psalms for us?

The whole group laughed.

That was fun.

It is always a great thrill to meet the people that you see on TV all the time, and Zak, Nick and Aaron were truly 'real', and happy to talk to their fans.

33 comments:

  1. I am suprised that no one recognized them. My husband and I could spot Zak's pipes from a mile way;) I am glad to hear of your great experience and that the guys are as cool as they appear on TV. I hope it is one of many appearances at Comic Con

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  2. Thats so cool! I am so jealous of you! That's cool that they were so down to earth!

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  3. Very cool! Great story! Sounds like a good time had by all. You're fortunate to have been there.

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  4. Love you guys! Keep the thrills comin!! Wish I could go with you to investigate!!

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  5. what an AWESOME story -- thanks so much for sharing this with us!! i absolutely LOVE this show and the guys, now i will love it even more after reading this!!!

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  6. NOOOO!! why can they come to Dallas Texas :-(

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    1. because.... No ider. I want to meet em too. Tee Hee.

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  7. best show on television, no joke. These guys are straight up hilarious...makes every other paranormal show look bad. If they would just team with Chip Coffey for an episode, my head would explode.

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    1. Yeah!! Boom!! They totaly are!!! Boom!

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  8. It makes me sad to think of the fact that no one was recognizing them. I was a big Ghost Hunters fan for a long time, until I discovered these guys sometime last year. haha. I am honestly more interested in Zak, Nick and Aaron (Team Big Steps!!) than I am in the GH crew. There's just something about them that keeps me fascinated. I love GAC, and I wish I could meet them! You're lucky to have been able to do this!

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  9. We like Ghost adventures mo better than ghost hunters

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    1. Ghost Adventures is da bomb. Zak makes my head explode. Like when I thing of him, I see my head popping off. If u see zak, tell him that I can smell him from here.

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  10. Chip Coffey that guy is hilarious. Ghost adventures is awesome cant wait for the new episodes.

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  11. That is so awesome!!! These guys are good at what they do and hot to boot!! I never get tired of them including their repeat shows. So glad to hear that they are down to earth.I would expect this of them. Especially loved the Bobby Macky investigation. I live near there and so I get the honor of yelling at Scott and Alonso whenever I drive by. Long live Ghost Adventures!!!!!

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  12. My brother and I took a picture with Nick and Zak while they were walking around the 5300 aisle before the autograph session,around 2pm

    http://img839.imageshack.us/img839/4196/sam0109.jpg

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  13. I'm glad to hear 2 that the guys were happy 2 meet and greet their fans and that they were REAL with the fans i believe that is one of the things that make them so appealing to so many people of all walks of life.

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  14. YOU REALLY WANT TO SEE PARANORMAL , COME TO MY HOUSE. I'VE TRIED TO REACH YOU BUT IT WON'T LET ME. THEN YOU CAN SAY YOU'VE HAD EXPERIENCE. IF YOU COME BACK.

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  15. I've always hated Ghost shows. Until I gave this show a chance.

    I love these guys. I get a kick out of each and every episode. We even watched the marathon the night before heading to see them 1 of 2 times at Comic Con. We saw them waiting around before their saturday signing and got so excited and waited around them til they set up booth.

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  16. My husband and I met the guys at a meet and greet in Philadelphia early this June. They are so nice to everyone, we got some great pics with them and autographs!!!!! They are real just like they are in the show. No phonies here!!

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  17. love ghost storys

    keep them coming

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  18. i think yall should check out the white house,see what kind of activity goes on there. past presedents may still be looking around there. :-)
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  19. I am shocked that people did not recognize them. I have a 9 year old daughter and a 6 year old daughter that love them and it is a ritual that we watch the show every friday night. It doesn't matter to them if it is a rerun. They are obsessed. They even play Ghost Adventures in the house with flashlights and pretend equipment. Too funny. They cannot wait til the show starts up again.

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  20. I just discovered the show this summer and I loved it right away! I'm glad to hear that Zak, Nick, and Aaron are just as awesome in real life as they are on TV. Their humor all the time makes the show twice as much fun to watch. Now its my favorite tv show!! I love watching it every friday night!! The other ghost shows are so boring now compared with Ghost Adventures. I can't wait for new episodes to come out!!

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  21. there show is the bomb the other ghost TV shows doesn't even come close to these 3 keep up the excellent work well be watching ;)

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  22. Go figure. I move from San Diego to live in the Mid-West and who shows up? The GA team, darn darn darn!

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  23. These guys are the best. I did a lockdown event with them at Eastern State Peneteniary in Philadelphia and they are the nicest. I had asked them to sign something special for me and after telling them the story, they came down and gave me a hug and took photos. Later in the event I ran into Zak in the elevator and he took the time to sit with me in the lobby and talk more. Down to earth doesn't come close to the description of these guys. Humbled is the answer I got from Zak. If you ever get a chance to do a lockdown with them, its worth it!

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  24. From the first episode of the ghosts in Virginia City to the "flying brick" at the Goldfield Hotel, these adventurers have taken us along on a facinating and scary ride. The use of new equipment allows us to see what we never could before. Zak,Nick and Aaron are becoming accopmlished ghost hunters but even better story tellers and investigators. Thanks guys!

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  25. I also did a lockdown with the guys while they were in Gettysburg.They are the best,very down to earth and fun to be around.

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  26. I had the pleasure of meeting Zak, Nick and Aaron and they are the most genuine, real, and the funniest guys I have ever had the priviledge to hang out with. I love them dearly and they deserve all the success in the world.

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  27. I F&$@ing LOVE this show!!!!

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  28. I totally agree with You! I might be only 12, but I love this show.Every Friday I get home and rush through homework and chores so I can stay up late to watch Ghost Adventures, not even caring if it's a rerun. I descovered it last year around September, and from then on, my Fridays are GA niights.Being a ghost hunter would be awesome and I just can't wait to meet Zak, Nick, and Aaron,a true inspraration.

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  29. you guys number 1

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