Another fine adventure was had at the Anaheim Comicon. Me and me lovely wife Salma Gundy hit the Wizard World convention rolling.
Wizard Magazine puts out Wizard, a comics magazine, Toyfare, a toy/action figure magazine and other various pop culture magazines. Some years ago they began a comic convention as well. They hold them around the United States and we a lucky enough to have one not too far away from us in Anaheim, CA.
Now, the big draw each year for pop culture geeks is San Diego Comic-Con International. SDCC is insane. Wizard World is not nearly as big as SDCC, but for my money, it is a nice venue. It seems to hold closer to the comic conventions of the olden days. However, while it is smaller, it had plenty of great vendors, panels and guests.
of course, Batman. Me lovely wife Salma Gundy and I approached and happened to catch her early and not too many folks were waiting. Julie was superb. She was graceful and polite. She and I chatted about politics, education, family values and some other things. It was rather surreal. Of course, a lot of people wind of chatting with me about all sorts of things. Usually I get the mental ward escapee who hones in on my in the bank line and wants to talk about Jujube fruit. Anyhow, we got a pic of Salma Gundy and Julie and bid her farewell.
The usual suspects were there: Herbert Jefferson (Boomer from the original BattleStar Galactica), Butch Patrick (Eddie Munster), The Suicide Girls, and various wrestlers and older celebrities. Adam West and Burt Ward were there also. We didn't see them, but that would have been great. They also put on a panel discussion that we missed. Richard Hatch, Michael Dorn, Brent Spiner, LeVarr Burton and a bunch of other celebrities adorned the aisles.
Another favorite of mine was there as well. Jewel Staite from Firefly and Stargate Atlantis was there, but I usually say dumb things so I simply admired her from afar. Next time. Oh, and Jewel, if you are reading this, feel free to drop me a line. In all seriousness though, she is shiny.
Another great surprise to us, was running into our buddies from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Isaac Singleton, Jr., Vinnie Lozano and Treva Etienne were there. We hadn't seen them for at least a year, but it was just like carousing in New Orleans all over again. It is always great to be greeted with a warm smile and these guys are genuine.
The event was great. Not too big, not too small. A lot of celebrity artists and writers, the Red Mistmobile from Kic-Ass, the Delorean from Back to the Future, the Batmobile, vendors, and more.
Considering the show was canceled last year, I believe Wizard put on a mighty fine show.