With the explosion of Comic Cons across the country in the last decade, actors have cashed in to meet and greet fans. I myself in the last few years have noticed pretty big names popping up on advertisements for these events. Even names of people coming out of retirement sort to speak. Actors who once starred in a popular movie from the 80’s that is popular among this fan base are now coming back to sign autographs.
Here’s a break down of what these actors are pulling in:
According to the Hollywood Reporter, A-list comic book heroes earn hundreds of thousands of dollars for each convention appearance. Chris “Captain America” Evans and Norman Reedus of “The Walking Dead” might take home $500,000 after a weekend of signing autographs and posing for photos, with $200,000 guaranteed.
Even actors with small roles in comic book TV shows and movies easily make $5,000 or $10,000 in a day. Celebrities generally get an upfront payment, as well as a huge cut of the cash—and it’s almost always cash only accepted—taken in for autographs and photos. “I know someone who literally takes garbage bags full of $20s with him back home,” one anonymous convention regular said.
How much a star makes is determined by how much fans are willing to pay. There’s quite a range. At the recent Rose City Comic Con in Portland, Ore., for example, the price of an autograph from John Cusack ($70) was nearly double that of one from his sister Joan ($40). Meanwhile, an autograph from Jon “Napoleon Dynamite” Heder also went for $40, while the John Hancock of comic book legend Stan Lee commanded his usual $100.
Read the rest here via Time.com