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 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.

News From Wizard World

News From Wizard World

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So earlier I got an email informing me that John D. Maatta has been named President and CEO of Wizard World, Inc., effective Tuesday, May 3, 2016.

Wizard World, Inc. Appoints John D. Maatta President and Chief Executive Officer
Wizard World, Inc. today announced the appointment of John D. Maatta as its President and Chief Executive Officer. Wizard World is the leading producer in North America of…

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News From Wizard World

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So earlier I got an email informing me that John D. Maatta has been named President and CEO of Wizard World, Inc., effective Tuesday, May 3, 2016.

Wizard World, Inc. Appoints John D. Maatta President and Chief Executive Officer
Wizard World, Inc. today announced the appointment of John D. Maatta as its President and Chief Executive Officer. Wizard World is the leading producer in North America of events and comic conventions that celebrate the very best of pop culture, celebrity, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology and live music.

“John brings Wizard World his solid entertainment industry experience and proven success in creating innovative content and distribution strategies. Wizard World is poised to expand its already significant footprint, and John will work with us to guide the company to its next phase of growth and beyond,” said Paul Kessler, Chairman of the Wizard World Board of Directors.

Maatta has enjoyed a particularly successful career as an entertainment executive, having served as the first employee of the WB Television Network, as well as the unnamedExecutive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of both the WB and the CW Television Network—where he was the co-head of the network for more than six years. Maatta served in various capacities as an executive at Warner Bros and Lorimar-Telepictures Corporation for almost 28 years.

“Wizard World is the preeminent producer of pop culture multi-city tours that aggregates huge audiences of fans across the country. Wizard World comic conventions are high-energy events bringing entertainment fans the most sought-after and interesting celebrities and content from movies, television and music to technology and sports. Wizard World is on the verge of becoming an especially powerful force in the entertainment industry as it rapidly expands into the area of content creation together with the launch of new distribution initiatives. Wizard World stands squarely at the intersection of the audience, celebrities and cutting edge content. Wizard events are the sweet spot where the entertainment industry interacts one-on-one with its audience,” said Maatta.
Mr. Maatta currently serves as the President of UNICEF in Southern California, and as Chairman of the UNICEF Chinese Children’s Initiative.  Additionally, Mr. Maatta serves on the Board of Trader Vic’s Corporation, and is a member of the advisory Board of the Asia Society.
Mr. Maatta’s appointment will be effective as of May 3, 2016.

Wizard World, Inc. (www.wizardworld.com) produces comic convention pop culture events across North America that celebrate the best in celebrities, pop culture, movies, television, music, sports, cosplay, comics, technology, video gaming, sci-fi, gaming, original art, and collectibles. A first-class lineup of topical programming takes place at each Wizard event, with celebrity Q&A’s, comics-themed sessions, movie screenings, and music concerts Wizard World has also launched Wizard World Store (www.shopwizardworld.com), CONtv, a digital media channel in partnership with leading independent content distributor Cinedigm™ (NASDAQ: CIDM), and ComicConBox™ (www.comicconbox.com), a premium subscription-based monthly box service. Fans can access Wizard World on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram and other social media platforms.

Eclectic Mayhem Podcast: Wizard World Comic Con Interviews & Updates

WWCCHey it’s Jason Bucky Roberts!! So last month I was lucky enough to go to Comic Con and interview a number of people. As I wrote in my blog about sharing everything with you. I’m sorry it took so long to publish. There was a lot of personal problems that had come up and caused this podcast and other projects to take a back seat. Sadly I’m the editor and recorder for the this podcast (currently). So if something happens to me or I’m not able to make it, the podcast gets pushed back… For that I’m sorry :(. But!! Now we find ourselves here and talking about Comic Con!! On this podcast we have interviews with James Marsters, Christian Kane and Victor Dandridge!! Plus a small little interview with my kids on their first time at Comic Con :). I hope you all enjoy!!

Source: Eclectic Mayhem Podcast: Wizard World Comic Con Interviews & Updates

Family Time At Wizard World

Family Time At Wizard World

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20160220_103622Again if you follow my Twitter and or Facebook you would have seen the many picture of my Hobbits and of me  with my better half ;). So aside from doing all my press work at the Comic Con, I made sure to spend just the same amount of time with them. This was my Hobbits first Comic Con and boy were they taken back haha. Both of them running back and forth trying to find the heroes or villains…

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Family Time At Wizard World

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20160220_103622Again if you follow my Twitter and or Facebook you would have seen the many picture of my Hobbits and of me  with my better half ;). So aside from doing all my press work at the Comic Con, I made sure to spend just the same amount of time with them. This was my Hobbits first Comic Con and boy were they taken back haha. Both of them running back and forth trying to find the heroes or villains they want to meet. Jackson would get so pumped up about meeting one and then get SUPER nervous haha.

“Look Joker and Quinn!”

“Okay! Go ask them for a picture or say hello.”

“NO!”

That’s all I heard most of the day haha. We did get some really good picture of them tho and they powered through the whole Con, from beginning to end. We were all tired and our feet were killing us…. Plus we still had to drive back home haha. But It did make for some great memories and the kids in a state of wonder :). Like I wrote about in my other post called “A Small Conversation With William Shatner & Bob Camp At Wizard World“, they were able to meet William Shatner. As well as some of the artist in the area. Lilly Got to meet her Disney princesses and Wonder Woman, Jackson got to meet Darth Vader and The Doctor. Plus a number of zombies haha. The cosplayers were in the area were so nice to them and again the staff was great.

We did try and set through a few Q&A panels, but you know who that goes :). They did really well, no yelling or moving around to much. But when you don’t know the topic to well things get a little hard to set through. But over all I think they did really well and I can tell they had a lot of fun.

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Meet & Greet A Pre-Wizard World Event: Interviews James Marsters, Christian Kane & Victor Dandridge

Meet & Greet A Pre-Wizard World Event: Interviews James Marsters, Christian Kane & Victor Dandridge

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Let the games begin!!

So the other night me and my wife drove up to Portland to get the press pass for Wizard World! Got to meet some of the other media folks and also the guests that came that night. We had James Marsters (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel”), Christian Kane (“The Librarians/Angel”) and Chris 51 (“Epic Ink”). We also had artist Victor Dandridge (Editor-In-Chief – Vantage: Inhouse).

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Meet & Greet A Pre-Wizard World Event: Interviews James Marsters, Christian Kane & Victor Dandridge

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Let the games begin!!

So the other night me and my wife drove up to Portland to get the press pass for Wizard World! Got to meet some of the other media folks and also the guests that came that night. We had James Marsters (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel”), Christian Kane (“The Librarians/Angel”) and Chris 51 (“Epic Ink”). We also had artist Victor Dandridge (Editor-In-Chief – Vantage: Inhouse).

I was lucky to interview James Marsters, Christian Kane and Victor Dandridge the other night!  I can tell you that all three of these guys are super nice and down to earth. When I got there I RSVP to interview James, but there was a gentleman before myself. So while waiting my turn I was asked if I would like to interview Christian Kane! Sure! I felt bad because I was not ready in any form to ask him any questions. I’ve always been a fan and I’ve followed Leverage all the way to the bitter end…. I loved him in Angel. So I knew I could come up with some question on the spot.. But man, I had a fan freak out moment with him haha. Fantastic guy and super funny. Christian if you happen to read this, thank you for putting up with me hahaha! Sadly most of the interviews are all about 6 to 10 minutes long. Once I get everything uploaded and edited for the podcasts I’ll make sure to share the link with all of you.

img_20160219_003426.jpgJames Marsters…  Down to earth, funny and easy to talk to. As I was walking up he looked at me and said,” Oh! It’s you! I remember you!” Starting to laugh I had to look at him and ask, “It’s the mustache isn’t it?”. While laughing he said “yes” hahaha. Whats great tho, that was almost 3 years ago when me and my wife met him. I was rather shocked. At this point we just started talking about family and his kids and my kids. It felt like running in long lost friend and trying to catch up with everything. Then I realized I wasn’t recording any of these, I quickly turned on my recorder and continued along with everything. Great guy. This interview was about 10 minutes long and again like Christian, I’ll get everything uploaded to the podcast.

Mister Victory Dandridge. We were getting ready to leave for the night till Abby (who runs the press and put all this together.) asked if we would like to interview Victor. Sure! Now I haven’t heard of this guy till last night so I went into this interview flying by the seat of my pants. I’m glad Abby said something to me about him. Easy going and super funny. Amazing artiest as well, what I really like about this conversation we had. It was two fans setting down and talking about comics. If you get the chance to see him at Wizard World do so!! His website is http://vantageinhouse.blogspot.com/

victor-dandridge-10_7Victor Dandridge is a rising star in the small-press market, rapidly gaining notoriety
and acclaim through his creator-owned publishing imprint, Vantage:Inhouse Productions.
Through V:IP, Dandridge has produced award-nominated/winning titles (The Samaritan, Origins Unknown, The Trouble w/ Love, and Wonder Care), the workbook-based educational brand, U Cre-8 Comics, as well as the
multi-media comic book tutorial show, UnConventional.