So if you been following my Twitter, you know I’ve posted a lot of updates and pictures of Wizard World this past weekend and still are posting things about it haha. I was lucky enough to bring my family with me, but I was thinking about making another personal post about our family adventures at Comic Con. I wanted to focus more on the press side of things on this post.
The lay out was rather different this year. At first I wasn’t too sure I liked it. But it flowed rather well! When you first walk into the area you have all the exhibitors; SO MANY EXHIBITORS! A lot of cool stuff to be had and also a lot of random treasures. Now behind that you have the autograph area and photo ops. Moving to your right you’ll find the Artist Alley which is beyond cool. Then They did something a little new this year or at least new to me.. They had a gaming event area, filled with new video games and TableTop. They also had a land area for tournament gaming by Bandai Namco and some esports area. I thought everything was very well organized and everything flowed smoothly. The only problem I had was some of the panels I wanted to go to overlapped each other or I was only given a few minutes to get there in time. But that happens at every Con haha, I don’t think that will change anytime soon.
The staff was super nice and answered every question you can throw at them. The only down side I had, small as it may be; I ran into Billy Mitchell who is best known for recording high scores on classic games from the golden age of arcade video games. I kinda knew he was a “jerk” at times (I’m putting that nicely). But I walked up and asked him how he was doing and then asked if I could interview him. He didn’t even look at me, just rolled his eyes and said, “right…” and kept walking past me. Okay.. Whatever that means hahaha. I really didn’t expected much from him, but I didn’t expected that. So moving along from that useless drama haha.
There were a lot of cosplayers and all were super nice and willing to answer any questions you have. One of them was dressed up as Neelix from Star Trek Voyager, sadly I forgot this guys name. But he was apart of the Star Trek Fan of the NW group and panel called “Let’s talk about the next Star Trek series”. Super nice guy! He spent over 2 hours in make-up for the Neelix cosplay and it’s been a work of love for himself. Later he told me that he was planing on going to Vegas for a Star Trek Con there. The Panel that himself and others put on was rather interesting. It was cool to sit back and hear everyone talk about what they would like to see in the new series. Like do we want a ship or no ship? Enterprise or another ship? Even a different time period for the show to take place. They even went as far as talking about plot ideas, planets, space stations, actors, etc. I got a lot of this panel recorded for my podcasts and will share that with you very soon.
Weta Workshop was also at the Con. this year. They had so many props and make-up effects, even had a part where you can get make-up put on you, but everything they had was amazing. Founded in 1987 by Richard Taylor and Tania Rodger as RT Effects, Weta Workshop has produced creatures and makeup effects for the TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess and effects for films such as Meet the Feebles and Heavenly Creatures. A digital division, Weta Digital, was formed in 1993. Weta Workshop’s output came to worldwide prominence with director Peter Jackson’s film trilogy The Lord of the Rings, producing sets, costumes, armor, weapons, creatures and miniatures. It supported the creation of Reclaiming the Blade (2009), a documentary film on stage combat, historical European and Asian swordsmanship. So that should give you an idea on they are about..
They also had a Star Wars Fan Panel: “There has been an awakening… can you feel it? The future of fandom has irrevocably been changed with the release of The Force Awakens. Join professional nerds as we discuss 4 decades of Star Wars, challenge the audience in trivia, and speculation on what the future of the Star Wars universe. Hosted by Tony Kim (@Crazy4ComicCon.com)” Who is a great blogger that I follow and sadly I didn’t get a chance to meet him. The panel was great and fun to be apart of.
I got to meet so many great people and interview a number of them before hand as well. I can’t wait till next year and really get into it :). If you happen to get the chance to go to Wizard World at any point, Do so! People there are super nice and easy to work with. A lot more organized than the first year they did this, a lot of hard work and love went into this event and it shows. The next post will have links to the podcasts with the interviews & panels that I was apart of.