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 Comic Con Portland! 2019 Update!

It’s here! Hold on to something! We’re going to covering everything we can. As well as making new memories with old friends!

*TALENT SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Cancellations: Hale Appleman, Stella Maeve and Ernie Hudson

Also here is a schedule lay out for all the upcoming shows.

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:

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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!

Wizard World Portland

Portland

Feb 22, 23, 24 2019

Oregon Convention Center
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97232

Friday, Feb 22, 2019 – 4:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday, Feb 23, 2019 – 10:00am – 7:00pm
Sunday, Feb 24, 2019 – 10:00am – 4:00pm

WIZARD WORLD COSTUME CONTEST 7:30 – 9:00PM

The Wizard World Comic Con Costume Contest is no joke. The best of the best will be dressed to impress in their superhero & pop culture finest, so be prepared for some serious cosplay. Grab your buddies and suit up to take a chance at bringing home the gold! Categories include Best in Show, Best Hero, Best Villain, Best Group and Best Anime (Prize Package Sponsored by RightStufAnime.com)

All 2018 Best in Show winners will receive a custom Wizard World prop from Shield Labs and will be in the running to win a spot as an Official Wizard World Cosplay Guest during the 2019 season!

Recommended for Ages 13+

Costumes must be family friendly

Absolutely no pyrotechnics, live flames, shooting weapons, or smoke generators allowed

Electricity will not be provided. If a costume requires electricity, it must be included as part of the costume.

Contestants will be required to go up and down stairs during the contest and need to be able to do so in a safe manner. Assistance can be provide by Wizard World Staff

Contestants must arrive on time and stay for the entire contest to be eligible for prizes.

Skits are welcomed but definitely not required

Anyone interested in participating can sign-up at the SHIELD LABS booth inside the exhibition floor on Saturday. Registration closes at 5PM! We’ll see you there!

As of right now this is the current the line up for this 2019 Comic Con. I will be keeping up to date with everything and making changes as I go. Enjoy!!!

Celebrity Guests

Jason Momoa

Just Added!

Jason Momoa

Friday – Saturday
AquamanJustice LeagueGame Of Thrones

Alyson Hannigan

Alyson Hannigan

Saturday – Sunday
Buffy the Vampire SlayerHow I Met Your MotherAmerican Pie

Alexis Denisof

Alexis Denisof

Saturday – Sunday
Buffy the Vampire SlayerHow I Met Your Mother

James Marsters

James Marsters

Saturday – Sunday
Buffy the Vampire SlayerTorchwoodSmallvilleMarvel’s Runaways

Juliet Landau

Juliet Landau

Saturday – Sunday
Buffy the Vampire SlayerAngelEd Wood

Julie Benz

Julie Benz

Saturday – Sunday
Buffy the Vampire SlayerDexterSupernatural

Amber Benson

Amber Benson

Friday – Sunday
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Clare Kramer

Clare Kramer

Saturday – Sunday
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Charisma Carpenter

Charisma Carpenter

Saturday – Sunday
Angel [Cordelia Chase] • Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Hale Appleman

Hale Appleman

Saturday – Sunday
The Magicians

Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan

Saturday – Sunday
ConstantineAssassin’s Creed: Black Flag

Thomas Ian Nicholas

Thomas Ian Nicholas

Friday – Sunday
Rookie of the YearAmerican Pie

MORE GUESTS COMING SOON!

MORE GUESTS COMING SOON!

Wizard World Unboxing Harry Potter: Slytherin Box

So while I did enjoy the items in the box. I feel it wasn’t worth $50.00. I’ve had Loot Crates or Geek Fuel boxes that are $25.00 or $30.00 at that chad better items in it and more. I think I had a problem with is how the box was setup. It’s a rather large box and when you open it, you see all the items upfront. A lanyard, small pillow key chain thing, belt, wallet, tie. Under these cool items was a white divider that took up more than half the box, making it look like there was more in there. NOPE…That was it..

 

Now like I said, I liked the loot, just don’t think it was work $50.00… Now we as got a free mystery box after buying Rick and Morty and Harry Potter Loot Crates. It was a one itme box and this one had Marvel socks (Dr. Strange theme).

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No there are a number loot boxes all over Comic Con. Just rethink the Harry Potter crate.

Wizard World Rick & Morty Unboxing

So it seems that Comic Cons are getting in on the loot crate style boxes. Wizard World has a number of them this year. One being the Rick and Morty mystery box.

The box itself cost about $60.00 and inside is totally worth it!

We also got the Harry Potter: Slytherin loot box and a free mystery box. But that will be for another post.

Stan Lee’s Stolen Blood?!?

So this is a thing….. Happen to jump on the interwebs and saw this post, “Report: Stan Lee’s Stolen Blood Was Used to Sign Marvel Comics Sold in Las Vegas”.

Yep you read that right… People astound me at times with the level of crazy /stupidity they can accomplish.

https://io9.gizmodo.com/report-stan-lees-stolen-blood-stolen-was-used-to-sign-1825022655

Stan Lee, the legendary comics figure who helped bring many of Marvel’s most iconic characters to life, has been in the news lately for reasons beyond his comics legacy. Over the last month, several reports about Lee’s personal life have uncovered bizarre attempts to capitalize on the 95-year-old’s fortunes… and a new twist in the tale makes the saga even stranger.