Story Time: William Shatner & My Dad

Now this story is rather near and dear to my heart and I know I have shared it a number of times. I know on a few podcasts and I know I wrote a rather water down telling of it for Wizard World Comic Con, where this event took place.

So here is the history behind this story, that lead to me calling Shatner old and Shartner getting me into trouble with my Dad. Lets rewind to the date June 11, 1968 at Franklin Reservoir right above Los Angeles. My Grandpa was working Forrest Service at the time and helped maintain production and the security for the filming areas. The episode that was being filmed was Star Trek (TOS): The Paradise Syndrome. My Grandpa brought my Dad along over the time of the shot and he got to meet the cast & crew.

Pictures of my Dad and Grandpa with Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, William Shatner and Sabrina Scharf

The plot of this episode follows Kirk, Spock, and McCoy beam down into an idyllic location next to a lake on the planet Amerind, reminiscent of the American Pacific Coast. Kirk remarks on the “duplication” of the planet’s evolution as compared to Earth, while McCoy notes the beauty of the flora. They come upon an obelisk, the Obelisk, covered with unknown alien symbols. Spock notes that the obelisk is “an alien metal of some kind, an alloy resistant to probe.” Even the age is beyond the tricorder’s ability to date. Spock examines the symbols but can offer no insight into their meaning. He speculates that to build such a monument would require a civilization equal to or beyond the Federation’s ability. McCoy brands the planet “an enigma.”

The trio only has thirty minutes to explore the surface before leaving the planet. They return to the lake and look across at a village which houses an indigenous, Native American-like tribe that is “a mixture of Navajo, Mohican, and Delaware” characteristics, according to Spock. Kirk feels it is similar to discovering a mythic lost society like Atlantis or Shangri-La. McCoy suggests contacting the natives to warn them, but is discouraged by Spock. An asteroid is on a direct course towards the planet. The thirty minute restriction on exploration was to allow them to return to the ship in time to make the journey to a deflection point. As the time on the planet draws to a close, they return to the obelisk. On the way, Kirk remarks on the simplicity of life for the natives. McCoy diagnoses him with Tahiti Syndrome. Before the landing party returns to the USS Enterprise, Kirk climbs up onto the platform at the base of the obelisk and flips open his communicator. A trap door slides open and drops Kirk into a chamber. He falls down some stairs and begins to pull himself up, accidentally leaning onto a control panel. As he regains his footing, energy tendrils strike out from the panel, immobilizing him and finally leaving him slumped across the controls.

I remember some of the stories that my Dad would tell me about this period in time. Said everyone was beyond nice and super lay back. One story he told me was when he met Deforest Kelly for the first time. While my Dad was getting an autograph from Kelly, he asked what his name was. Told him DeForrest and it was quickly followed with, “They named you that too!? Poor bastard.”. For the rest of the production, they would make jokes about their names and would have later run ins with each other.

Now we fast forward to about 2003 in Ventura California. My Dad gave me his autographs from Star Trek, plus number of other ones from John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, etc. So naturally I put them all in a save place. Later in 2008 I would move back to Oregon and I converted my garage into a art studio/nerd den. I had them on the walls for everyone to see. It was around this time I was a single parent and working evenings. So I would hire babysitters. One day, my normal sitter could not make and said her friend would cover for her. It wasn’t till after a few days I noticed that my Shatner, Kelly and Nimoy were missing.

All I had were the pictures of my Dad and the cast. So I went through everything in the house and even called up the sitter to see if she can get a hold of her friend or at least seen them. After an hour or so, I get a call back saying that they haven’t seen them and didn’t know where they were… So now I’m pissed that some how are now missing and someone is lying about it. I didn’t have the heart to tell about my Dad about this and manage to keep it hidden from him for a number for years. So I made it a mission to rebuild my dad’s collection, no matter the cost. Fast forward a few months and some how while I was clean things up in the garage. I found the DeForest Kelly autograph… So with some renewed hope I kept digging and clean thing. I did find the paper that Nimoy signed, but it was only the part that said “Greetings Spock”. Still couldn’t find the actual autograph and Shanter was lost.

So I kept my search going till February 27, 2015 and that is when Nimoy passed away. Sadly now everyone is selling and jacking up the prices on his autographs. Now I have no way to ever meet him, I look towards Shatner to help at least finish this quest. Now fast forward to February 22, 2016 at Wizard World Comic Con in Portland Oregon. While working at this Comic Con, I was able to meet William Shatner. I should note a few days before, my Dad had a heart attack. While I was going to cancel everything and drive down to California where he was. He talked me out of it, said that he feels okay and that he’ll be in surgery for the next few days. So I stayed and finished my work and made plans to drive down and see him after that weekend.

So here I am waiting to see Shatner and nervous beyond all belief. I had both my kids with me at this event as well and they wanted to meet Captain Kirk. As we walk to Shatner, we introduce ourselves and I start telling him about how he met my Father and Grandpa awhile back in the 60s. He lit up and said that he remembers that episode and meeting my family. He then looked down and ask who we have here? I had Jackson and Lilly introduce themselves and told him that he now had met four generations of my family. Realizing that I just called him old I tried to backtrack a bit. After a few jokes about age and being rather embarrass, I told him about the stolen/lost autographs and what I was trying to do in rebuilding the collection. He then asked about my Dad and how he was doing, I told him that he just recently had a heart attack and is in recovery. He then asked if he was able to talk with him… Shocked I said I will call and see.

My Dad picked up the phone and I told him that someone wanted to talk with him. Giving the phone to Shatner. “Is this Jason’s Father? This is William Shanter.”. All I can hear over the was a laugh and “shut up”. They talked for a number of minutes.. Now I would like to mention here that I didn’t tell Shatner about my Dad not knowing I lost the autographs. Because why would I think that shatner would ever bring it up or let alone tell my Dad. Nope… My dumbass stood there in horror as Shatner told him why I was there and what I was trying to do. Then I hear, “Oh, you didn’t know about that?”. Shatner looks at me and says ,”Oops.” They say their goodbyes and gives me the phone. “Your Father wants to talk with you.”…. Great, now I’m in trouble.

On the phone with my Dad said while this was cool and awesome on what I was trying to do. We will talk later about the autographs and pictures. Great… After I hung up, Shatner said sorry, not sorry with a smile. He signed my picture and we all said goodbye… Now sadly on February 27, 2016 my Dad passed away. We never got to have that talk. It’s also odd that he died on the same day as Nimoy, one year apart. How everything came full circle with Star Trek. So currently I am still missing Nimoy’s autograph and still hunting for one. While I was moving I found Shatner’s original autograph stuck to the bottom of an art box. Which makes this whole thing is odd. Because they were all hanging on the wall and then thrown everywhere. Something happened to them and I may never know what happened. But it did cause a great story and quest line that is still kinda open. I still need to find my Spock.

Wizard World Postpones New Orleans, Philadelphia, Portland Events


New Dates For NOLA (Jan. 7-9, 2022), Phila (Nov. 12-14, 2021, Portland (Jan. 28-30, 2022); !All Tickets To Be Honored On Rescheduled Dates!


LOS ANGELES, January 5, 2021 – Wizard Brands, Inc. (OTCBB:WIZD) today announced that its New Orleans (scheduled January 8-10), Philadelphia (Jan. 15-17) and Portland (Jan. 29-31) events have been postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions and in continued accordance with federal, state and local guidelines.

The new dates are as follows:
· Wizard World New Orleans, January 7-9, 2022 (Ernest N. Morial Convention Center)
· Wizard World Philadelphia, November 12-14, 2021(Greater Philadelphia Expo Center)
· Wizard World Portland, January 28-30, 2022 (Oregon Convention Center)

The safety of our vendors, guests, and attendees continues to be a priority. Notices on the status of additional scheduled Wizard World events will be issued as they become available.

Fans who purchased general admission and/or VIP tickets for the original dates may use those for the rescheduled dates when they are announced. Artists, exhibitors and others associated with the event can expect communication from Wizard Brands soon regarding the new dates.

Wizard Brands continues to produce Wizard World Virtual Experiences, in which celebrities from favorite TV shows, film franchises and more conduct group video Q&As, available on Twitch, Facebook and YouTube. Wizard Brands has conducted more than 175 of these free sessions to date, which have been expanded to include artists, authors, cosplayers, trivia, karaoke and other elements of the Wizard World event experience. The schedule of upcoming sessions is available at http://www.wizardworldvirtual.com.

WIZARD WORLD: Evil Dead Virtual Experience

Wizard World Virtual Experiences presents Ash Vs. Evil Dead! We’re bringing you Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo and Lee Majors from the cast of Ash Vs. Evil Dead – featuring a FREE Live Q&A, Live Video Chats, Recorded Video Messages, Virtual Photo Ops and Autographs!
TICKET INFORMATIONFREE Live Q&A: Take part in a free, interactive and moderated live video Q&A with our celebrity guest on January 9 at 1pm PT / 4pm ET.Livestream will be viewable on the Wizard World Virtual Twitch channel, Facebook Live, and YouTube.   Live Video Chats: Exclusive, 2-minute private one-on-one video chats with our celebrity guests. On the night before the video chats take place, a Wizard World representative will reach out to you with all the information on how to redeem your Live Video Chat. Video Chats will be free from any promotions or advertisements. Video Chats will take place via Zoom on January 16 at 1pm PT / 4pm ET.
Virtual Photo Ops: Exclusive opportunity to join our celebrity guests in a Zoom room to take a photo together! Photos will then be printed with a commemorative Wizard World Virtual Experiences border and mailed to you!   On the night before the Photo Ops take place, a Wizard World representative will reach out to you with all the information on how to redeem your Virtual Photo Op.Virtual Photo Ops will take place on January 16 at 1pm PT / 4pm ET. 
Recorded Video Message: before purchasing you will enter the instructions for your Video Recorded Message. 250 character limit.   Autographs: Autograph includes signature on an 8″x10″ photo. Personalization is included (if you want). This item will be mailed to your address of choice. During checkout, complete the form to fill in your shipping address. Sales tax is applied at checkout. Note that international shipping may incur customs fees at the time of delivery. 
TERMS All tickets are final sale and cannot be exchanged or refunded. In the case of an event cancellation without a rescheduled date, a full refund will be automatically issued to each patron on the credit card used to purchase. By purchasing a ticket to this event, you agree to this purchase policy. Before purchasing your tickets, we urge you to confirm the title, time and location of the event.

Win Signed Stan Lee/ Norman Reedus/ William Shatner Event Poster In Sweepstakes! Longtime Wizard World convention attendees may remember the event celebrity posters seen at shows across the country in years past. Well, we had the foresight to have them signed by the stars, and now you can win one just by being a Wizard World SMS text subscriber. In 2014, Stan Lee, Norman Reedus, Bruce Campbell, William Shatner, Peter Mayhew, Adam West and Billy Dee Williams (!) were among the dozens of celebrities who attended Wizard World Portland and signed the official poster. So if you already signed up for SMS deals by texting WIZARDWORLDSUBSCRIBE to 66097, you’re already entered. If you haven’t, do it now to win this poster, listed as a $2000.00 value (but, let’s be honest, Stan Lee, Peter Mayhew AND Adam West??? It’s kind of priceless). And dozens of other unique posters are available, so check them out here. No purchase necessary, winner will be selected randomly from all active subscribers to the free SMS deals program. Find Event Posters And More
 
More Event Banners Added To Vault! Truly one-of-a-kind items are a collector’s dream, and the Wizard World Vault has been restocked with a bunch of them, with even more event banners from Wizard World conventions added recently. From Ted Danson to Kevin Conroy to Steve Guttenberg, these were produced for our shows across the country and are now available for many celebrities who have attended our past live events. Get yours today! And look for the great New Year, New Deals in the Vault, prices slashed and no code needed. New Year, New Deals
 
Ash vs. Evil Dead! Bruce Campbell (“Ash Williams”), Ray Santiago (“Pablo Bolivar”), Dana DeLorenzo (“Kelly Maxwell”), Lee Majors (“Brock Williams”) Live Q&A: Saturday, January 9 · 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT Rewatch Party: Wednesday, January 13 Live 1v1 Video Chats & Virtual Photo Ops: Saturday, January 16 · 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT Get Live Chats, Videos, Autographs
 
Classic TV Sitcoms! Adjust the antenna because it’s time to relive TV history with John O’Hurley (“Seinfeld,” “Scorch”), Jim J Bullock (“Too Close for Comfort,” “Alf”), Peter Scolari (“Bosom Buddies,” “Newhart”), Lydia Cornell (“Too Close for Comfort,” “The Love Boat”) Live Q&A: Sunday, January 17 · 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT Rewatch Party: Wednesday, January 20 Live 1v1 Video Chats & Virtual Photo Ops: Sunday, January 24 · 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT Get Live Chats, Videos, Autographs
 
Also Coming Soon! Here’s what else is on deck:
Wednesday, January 6, Re-Watch of “The Originals” panel Thursday, January 7, “Wiz Quiz,” geeky trivia with Wizard World’s own MikeGDoesThings · 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT Saturday, January 9, Harvey Guillén, “The Magicians,” “What We Do in the Shadows” · 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT Saturday, January 16, “Animaniacs,” Rob Paulsen, Tress MacNeille, Jess Harnell, Maurice LaMarche · 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT Saturday, January 16, “Charmed Against Humanity” card game with Holly Marie Combs, Brian Krause and Drew Fuller · 7 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT Thursday, January 21, Tala Ashe/Rewatch Party of “Legends of Tomorrow” Panel · evening TBD Saturday, January 30, Dolph Lundgren, Rocky IV, The Punisher, Masters of the Universe · 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT Get Live Chats, Videos, Autographs

Wizard World: Gotham & More Free Live Q&As

Stella Maeve, Eddie Furlong, Gotham Added To Virtual Experiences Free Video Q&A Streamed Live On Twitch, YouTube, Facebook! Purchase Live Video Chats, Photo Ops, Recorded Videos, Signed Photos During each session, the celebrities will participate in a FREE live moderated video Q&A, followed by one-on-one video chats, virtual photo ops, recorded videos and autographs. Sessions are accessible to virtual attendees on their computer and mobile devices.
Thursday, December 3, *Rewatch Party: The Magicians/Stella Maeve · 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT Saturday, December 12, Eddie Furlong (“Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” “Detroit Rock City”) · 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT Saturday, December 19, “Gotham,” Robin Lord Taylor, Sean Pertwee, Erin Richards · 11 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. PT (Special Edition for Japanese audiences, with live translator! – 1 p.m. Dec. 20 local time in Tokyo) You can: Submit questions via chat during FREE panels, available for viewing live or on demand via Twitch; YouTube; and Facebook Participate in a personal, exclusive two-minute live video chat with each celebrity (paid) Purchase a recorded video from each star specifying the message if desired Pose for a Virtual Photo Op Purchase an autograph on an 8”x10” photo Learn More Here
Wizard Hosts First International Event With Gotham Stars! SPECIAL to Japanese Audiences, with live translator, but conducted in English for all fans! Robin Lord Taylor (“Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin”), Sean Pertwee (“Alfred Pennyworth”), Erin Richards (“Barbara Kean”) Live Q&A: Saturday, December 19 · 11 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. PT / Dec. 20, 1 p.m. Japan Time Rewatch Party: Wednesday, December 23 Live 1v1 Video Chats: Sunday, January 3 · 11 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. PT / Jan. 4, 1 p.m. Japan Time Get Live Chats, Videos, Autographs
Recordings Available For Select Live Video Chats! Live video chats with Wizard World Virtual Experiences celebrities are a once-in-a-lifetime experience for fans. Now, those interactions are available as keepsake recordings for some Wizard World guests. Look for an email after your live chat purchase with details! If you had a chat recently you may still be able to order the recording; email Customer Care to inquire. Get Recorded Live Chats, Photo Ops
Cyber Week Continues With Blowout Bargains, Restock Sale! Wizard World is keeping the deals coming for all of Cyber Week! So act quickly, because our Cyber Week Deals will be changing every day and quantities are limited! Some featured items include one-of-a-kind signed Wizard World event posters and celebrity banners, “The Walking Dead” and Marvel variant comics, dozens of autographed photos and plaques and more, all at deep discounts. You can even rewatch Monday’s fun Cyber Monday Mayhem extravaganza with the one and only Kato Kaelin. And tonight’s WizQuiz Nerdy Survival Style Trivia features some prizes featured during Cyber Week, including 8×10″ photos signed by Billie Piper, Rutina Wesley and Elizabeth Henstridge. Missed an item because it sold out? Numerous items have been restocked this morning, check the page to see if yours is there! And look this weekend for specials on one-of-a-kind event banners signed by the stars. And as a thank you to Wizard World Vault customers, anyone purchasing $55 or more in any vault merchandise will received three Wizard World event exclusive comics worth $45. Details here! Find Cyber Week Deals
New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Items Boost Sunday Live Event! If you love the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, it’s been a good month for you at Wizard World Virtual Experiences. A couple of weeks ago, Ernie Reyes and Judith Hoag hosted this incredible live Q&A panel, and were a huge hit on live chats and recorded video messages. And this Sunday, Original TMNT Voice Actors, Rob Paulsen, Cameron Clarke, Townsend Coleman and Barry Gordon hit the virtual stage at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT. And now, the Vault gets lean, mean and green with a new clutch of items for true TMNT fans. But these items are an endangered species, so get out of your shell and get them while they last! Heroes in a Half Shell!
‘The Magicians’ Rewatch Party Live With Stella Maeve ! Relive the super informative, sometimes raucous and always fun “The Magicians” panel from this summer featuring lead Stella Maeve (“Julia Wicker”). Stella will be LIVE for the rewatch, and will also be available for virtual photo ops, live chats and autographs! Rewatch Party: Thursday, December 3 · 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT Live 1v1 Video Chats & Virtual Photo Ops: Saturday, December 5 · 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT Get Live Chats, Videos, Autographs
Eddie Furlong! Star of “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” “Detroit Rock City,” “Assault on Wall Street” Live Q&A: Saturday, December 12 · 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT Rewatch Party: Wednesday, December 16 Live 1v1 Video Chats: Saturday, December 19 · 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT Get Live Chats, Videos, Autographs
Also Coming Soon! Already Announced, here’s what else is on deck this month: Thursday, December 3, “WizQuiz,” Nerdy Survivor-style trivial with Wizard World’s own MikeGDoesThings, free to play · 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT Saturday, December 5, “Spaceballs,” George Wyner, Stephen Tobolowsky · 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT Sunday, December 6, “Stars from Hallmark Movies,” Melissa Joan Hart, Lindsay Wagner, Cindy Busby, Erin Gray, Teddy Sears, Teryl Rothery, Katrina Law, Kelly Hu, Josie Davis, Torrance Coombs · 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT Sunday, December 6, Original “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Voice Actors,” Rob Paulsen, Cameron Clarke, Townsend Coleman, Barry Gordon · 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT Get Live Chats, Videos, Autographs

Wizard World: Live Q&As With VR Comic Con

Rogue One, Baywatch, Last Fan Standing Among New Upcoming Virtual Experiences Free Video Q&A Streamed Live On Twitch, YouTube, Facebook! Purchase Live Video Chats, Recorded Videos, Signed Photos During each session, the celebrities will participate in a FREE live moderated video Q&A, followed by one-on-one video chats, recorded videos and autographs. Sessions are accessible to virtual attendees on their computer and mobile devices.
Sunday, October 25, “Rogue One,” Guy Henry, Valene Kane, Aidan Cook, Angus Wright,  Russell Balogh · 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT Monday, November 8, “Baywatch,” Brande Roderick, Angelica Bridges· 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT Thursday, November 12, “Last Fan Standing,” Game Show hosted by Bruce Campbell · 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT You can: Submit questions via chat during FREE panels, available for viewing live or on demand via Twitch; YouTube; and Facebook Participate in a personal, exclusive two-minute live video chat with each celebrity (paid) Purchase a recorded video from each star specifying the message if desired Purchase an autograph on an 8”x10” photo Learn More Here
Watch it Again! Past Events, Live Chats, More Still Available! Missed a Wizard World Virtual Experiences Q&A? Like Sunday’s Scream Queens panel? Or want to see which celebrities are still available for Live Chats, Autographs and recorded videos? Check out the Past Events page, with links to all the panels and star items. Also look for Rewatch Parties during the week with highlights of the past weekend’s events! Get Live Chats, Videos, Autographs
New! Preserve Your Autographed Photos With Custom Frames And Plaques & Get It Authorized With WizAuth Turning your treasured autographed photo into a keepsake to last a lifetime is easier than ever as Wizard World introduces customized frames and plaques. Recent purchasers through Wizard World Vault can upgrade their pieces through a special offer. Frames and plaques come in two styles and can accommodate portrait or landscape images. They are a great way to display your fandom and elevate a holiday or birthday gift to epic status.
You can even have your autograph from Wizard World Virtual Experiences authenticated via WizAuth, proving yours is genuine, backed by Wizard World’s more than 30 years of trusted word in the industry. Be sure to include your original order number and all requested address and contact information when ordering.
And now, take $5.00 off any frame, plaque or WizAuth using the code virtual5 at checkout on your first purchase, good for a limited time. Thinking about purchasing more autographs? Good news! Plaques and frames will be available for all Wizard World Vault autograph purchases moving forward, including those from Wizard World Virtual Experiences events! Find Your Plaque Or Frame
Daily Specials At The Wizard World Vault! Wizard World Vault debuts its Special of the Day this week, with a new curated item on special each morning, available at an unbelievable discount for just 24 hours. Today’s piece is an Avengers and Mission Impossible franchise standout Jeremy Renner autographed photo, reg. $150, at the Daily Deal price of $75! Wizard World Vault is our online home for all things pop culture, from one-of-a-kind products like celebrity convention banners to standbys like autographed memorabilia, all backed by the trust of Wizard Entertainment’s more than two decades of experience in the industry. Check it out every day for new bargains. Open the Vault
Rogue One! Guy Henry, Valene Kane, Aidan Cook, Angus Wright, Russell Balogh Live Q&A: Sunday, October 25 · 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT Live 1v1 Video Chats: Sunday, November 1 · 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT Get Live Chats, Videos, Autographs
Baywatch! Brande Roderick, Angelica Bridges  Live Q&A: Sunday, November 8 · 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT Live 1v1 Video Chats: Sunday, November 15 · 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT Get Live Chats, Videos, Autographs
Last Fan Standing! The Return of the live trivia contest for nerd-culture know-it-alls, hosted by the incomparable Bruce Campbell ($10 admission, to play, or just watch for free!) Thursday, November 12 · 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT Match Wits With Bruce!
WizQuiz On WizTV Slate! From weekly trivia to music, artists and more, exciting pop culture content is on the way for a fuller Virtual Experience! Check these out LIVE or on replay on our Twitch, Facebook and YouTube channels: WizQuiz, Geeky Trivia with Wizard World’s own MikeGDoesThings, Thursday, Oct. 22, 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT Authors, Artists, Music, Dance Parties, Gaming and more! Stay tuned for dates and times! Watch LIVE or Replay
Also Coming Soon! Already Announced, here’s what else is on deck: Saturday, October 17, “The Fall Guy,” Lee Majors, Doug Barr, Heather Thomas · 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT Sunday, October 18, “Blue Mountain State,” Darin Brooks, Alan Ritchson, Chris Romano, Ed Marinaro, Sam Jones III, Page Kennedy · 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT Saturday, October 24, Barry Williams, “The Brady Bunch,” “The Music Man” · 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT Sunday, October 25, “Doctor Who,” Sylvester McCoy, Colin Baker, Paul McGann, Katy Manning, Nicola Bryant, Sophie Aldred, Terry Molloy · 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT Saturday, October 31, “Game of Thrones,” Julian Glover, Ian McElhinney, Ian Beattie, Clive Russell, Miltos Yerolemou, Murray McArthur · 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT Saturday, November 7, “Starship Troopers,” Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, Jake Busey · 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT Monday, November 9, “Veterans Day Celebration,” featuring Pin-Ups for Vets charity founder Gina Elisa and military veteran ambassadors Jennifer Marshall (Navy), Linsay Rousseau (Army), Megan Martine (Marines) and Shannon Corbeil (Air Force) · 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT

Story Time: Wizard World Comic Con

So this story time take place at Wizard World Portland Comic Con. I believe this is the Feb. 2019 event.. Before the dark times… Now I would like to state this story also shows how great the staff is at Wizard World and the people are a whole.

So just about every year I am hired to do media coverage for the Portland Wizard World Comic Con. The last couple of times I was about to bring my kids along and show them a great time. This last convention and like always I go over the maps with the kids. Where to meet up if we get lost or who should we talk to if we do become lost.

We had been there for a couple of hours already and I had finished with a interview. we were going to take a small break and look around the merchandise and comics. Me and my son were looking at the swords and Funko. At which point my daughter asked me to come over and look at something she wanted. It really wasn’t that far, just right around the corner of the stall. I told my son to follow me and stay close.

Once my daughter and I were done paying for her loot. I looked over to see my son wasn’t there. I wanted back to where we were and he was there. with a small amount of panic, I started walking over to the walls to see if I can find a staff member, this is also where I told the kids to go if something like this happened. It’s away from everyone.

As soon as I turn the corner I see one of the staff ladies walking with my son to the last known where we here. I walked over and see that my son was crying a little bit and worried. The staff member told me what happened. Seems that my son answered me, but really wasn’t watching where I was going. As he was locked in on the swords. When he realized that we where not around anymore, he started walking to the wall and was trying to find a staff member. But he found Deadpool instead and asked he could help him find someone. From there they found the current staff member.

She said he was smart and brave in the way he acted. After a few laughs we said thank you, but not right before we got a picture with Deadpool haha.

Over all it was really good convention and the Wizard World staff was amazing and super helpful. I don’t think they get enough coverage or talked about in most conventions, as most of the spot lights are on the artists and movie icons. I can’t wait for 2021 comic con!

Wizard World 2019: Artists & Retailers

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Okay this one is more about the Artists rather than the retailers.. While there is a number of great retailers that come to these events. I feel this year wasn’t that great.. I found a lot of them to be over priced for what they were selling. For example: one retailer would be selling a Pop Head at $40. Now you can go two spaces down and find the same one for $20 or $15…. Plus there seems to be a number of complaining coming from the booths. Stating that no one is buying anything and “trying” to cause guilt trips into buying their stuff.. Personally I found myself think they should have made plans on selling and/or pricing for their products. I really don’t feel bad for them, specially the ones selling autographs of actors or guest for almost double what they are worth. Plus the fact you if you selling autographs of guest who are there at the Comic Con. Why would you buy just pictures for a 100+, when you can get a more personal experience with them and a picture…? It annoys me to no end with these people. I had one guy bitch at me because he put his all his money into this event, in hopes of a profit. This went on for almost 15 awkward minutes. He had nothing but autograph pictures…. No clothing, props, figures.. Just pictures… In the end I just walked away, stating you should have better business sense and know your demographic better. Before wasting all your money on this kinda project.

ANYWHO!! Sorry got on a random soapbox there.

The Artist:

I got to meet Randy Emberlin and wow. Super nice guy and funny. Talked to him for a bit about his art work and past job he had in the past. If you don’t know who Randy is, here is a small bio for you.

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Randy Emberlin is a comic book inker best known for his ink work on the Spider-Man comic books. Per the bio on his website, he currently lives in Portland, Oregon. He has spent the past 30 years working in a variety of creative fields, including as an illustrator of educational books and an animator on over fifty television commercials.

Over the last 20 years he is probably best known for his work as an inker in comics, with a resumé that includes long runs on The Amazing Spider-Man, G.I. Joe, Doctor Strange, Alien Legion, Ghost, and recently the Left Behind series for Tyndale House. He has worked with a wide range of pencilers.

I found myself buying a number of his pictures and getting is autograph as well. Plus the lack of Spider-Man artwork on my walls is rather bothersome haha.

static1.squarespace.comI also got to meet Mostafa Moussa and fell in love with his art style. With out even thinking about it, I got a drawing he did with Deadpool & Cable. As well as one of Harley Quinn. Mostafa has worked with DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Image Comics, IDW, Dark Horse, Hasbro, Mirage Studios, Zenescope, Devil’s Due, Big Dog Ink, just to name a few. Personally I didn’t realize who he was till I saw his art work and put two and two together haha.

7 Years of Wizard World

So after everything was said and done with this years Wizard World Comic Con. They sent out a thank you email to all those who had a press pass. In the first paragraph it goes on about the positive feedback from guests and fans. Then it states that it was the 7th year… Wait what? Has it been 7 years? I have I been doing this for 7 years? Good lord…

This got me thinking about pass events and interviews or even stories I haven’t shared yet.. Some of them I changed my mind and didn’t want to share them. As silly as that sounds, I wanted to keep them to myself that the time. But the more I think about it, the more I just want to share them with everyone. So I thinking I’ll do a “Lost Tales of Wizard World” series in between current posts of this years event.

Buffy Reunion WW Portland 2019.jpgBut I have to say this year was amazing! It was a Buffy The Vampire theme Comic Con this year that’s for sure. Along with DC over tones from the movies and TV shows. The Artists this year were excellent, dare I say better than last years? I actually found myself buy more art work than anything this year and taking more pictures. The Cosplay was fantastic as well, which my kids loved it and took part in it as well.

But all that will be for other posts come out shortly. But I have some updates I would like share!! ON Jan. 24-26 of 2020 Wizard World Portland Oregon will be back! As of right now word on any guests or artists, it just to soon after. So Save the date!!

Wizard World 2019 News: James Marsters Dropped??

So a few days ago, I was roaming around Twitter as you do and saw a post from James Marsters say that he was dropped random from Wizard World Portland. With no reason as to why, he went on to inform everyone that was coming to this comic con. I might note that this Wizard World is vary heavy on the Buffy theme with Alyson Hannigan, Alexis Denisof, Juliet Landau, Julie Benz, Amber Benson, Clare Kramer, and Charisma Carpenter.

With an out cry from his fans trying to figure out as to why he was removed from the line up. I personally went and asked my PR that I go through for my press pass and asked him. He didn’t have any idea as to why he was dropped as well. So after a few conversations back and forth, later on that day James updated he Twitter stating:

Jan 29

After seeing the concern and love from everyone last night, both me and ‘s management have mutually worked things out. I’m so happy to announce that I will still be attending Wizard World Portland! I’m very excited for this Buffy extravaganza and seeing you there!