Pick Me Up!

March 20th, 2009 | Posted in Wall of Shame

If I was feeling a little sorry for myself and was down in the dumps about my surgery yesterday, the package I just got in the mail sure cured my blues!

Way back when I did a parody of the TV show “Heroes” for MAD, and was contacted by produced Michael Green about buying the original artwork for himself, creator Tim Kring and others that worked on the show. I had gotten hooked on “Heroes” after researching for the parody, so I did my customary deal of getting an oversized print of the splash signed by as many members of the cast as possible.

Michael, who incidentally is the creator of the new TV series “Kings” on NBC that just premiered last Sunday, left “Heroes” just after he bought the art. That was over a year ago, so I was despairing of ever getting that signed print. I once made the same sort of deal with some of the staff of “Law and Order: Criminal Intent” who bought the splash of that parody for Dick Wolfe and promised to send me back the print with signatures… never heard from them again. However I kept in touch with Michael and he kept at some of his friends still on “Heroes” to complete the deal.

Wednesday I got this via Fed Ex:

Signed by the cast!
Click for a closer look!

Signed by almost all the cast on the splash: Zachary Quinto (Sylar), Greg Grunberg (Matt Parkman), Hayden Panettiere (Claire Bennet), Masi Oka (Hiro Nakamura), Sendhil Ramamurthy (Mohinder Suresh), Jack Coleman (Noah Bennet), Milo Ventimiglia (Peter Petrelli), Ali Larter (Nikki Sanders/ Tracy Strauss), and Jimmy Jean-Louis (The Haitian), and Tim Kring as well.

Zachary Quinto

Hayden Panettiere

Milo Ventimiglia

This one is going to the frame shop and will proudly hang on the “Wall of Shame”.

Sadly I stopped watching “Heroes” after trying to get back into it this fall. I gave it a long look but the show seems to have no idea who these characters are anymore. They keep doing things that are so out of character that the characters keep changing into different people seemingly at a whim. Maybe they’ll get back on track.


  1. Chad Frye says:

    That’s sweet, Tom! What a nice keepsake!

    I also have been losing interest in the show. They had a good thing going, and then the show kept introducing new characters left and right without dealing with the ones they already established. First some are good, then bad, then they switch sides, then they switch again – c’mon, REALLY?

    I met Malcolm McDowell last month, and he even mentioned to me that he wasn’t sure which end was up on the show. Apparently they had asked him back, but he said he wouldn’t do it. Of course, that’s his comment to a total stranger. Not sure what the real story is….

    Still, none of my stupid gripes erase my twangs of happiness for and jealousy against you regarding the signed print.

  2. jert says:

    aawwwwww sweeeeeeeet


New profile pic courtesy of my self-caricature for the Scott Maiko penned article “Gotcha! Mug Shots of Common (but Despicable) Criminals” from MAD 550

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