Even if comics aren’t your kind of nerdy, this magical land of nerdiness had a place for everyone in it’s not so tiny cubicle heart. The merchandise covered every type of nerd imaginable. For dedicated Star Wars fans, there was a booth called Collectors Rebellion that had original unopened Star Wars toys from the 70s. Another booth was selling ID badges from Aperture Science, Doctor Who, and the Umbrella Corporation. I saw at least twenty different shirts featuring Sheldon from “The Big Bang Theory.” If you wanted a Katana, consider it done for only $20. Custom high quality dolls ranged from barbie zombies to your favorite superhero. One booth offered free decoration on blank superhero masks for free, (just pretend you’re a kid). If you didn’t come in with at least $50 after you’ve purchased your ticket, you’ll be teased to death to spend your rent money on an original piece of artwork that features a parodied Mario Bros.
This convention is perfect if you need some prints to geek out your place. There’s a whole section of the room dedicated to comic book artists, painters, and sculptors. I couldn’t resist an 8-bit Lakitu made of melted beads made by EEK! Creations. The amount of talent that these artists have is simply astounding. Their inspirations vary from everything from superheros to kitties. Prices may be a bit steep for the nerd on a budget, but they’ve always got smaller prints at a decent price.
What Comic Cons are famous for though, are their celebrities. Wizard World did not fail to deliver. I promised I wouldn’t get starstruck like every other geek, but when I saw Adam Baldwin for the first time I muttered a few OMGs under my breath. Adam Baldwin is most famous for his role in “Firefly”as Jayne Cobb, the loveable hothead. Wizard World Comic Con even managed to reunite the cast of the original “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” for it’s 40th year anniversary. It’s interesting to see how child stars grow up, especially when you see Violet rocking a pixie cut. Other celebrities like Hayden Panettiere (“Heroes,” “I Love You Beth Cooper”), James Marsters (“Buffy,” “Angel”), Kevin Sorbo (“Hercules,” “Andromeda”), and Chandler Riggs (“The Walking Dead”) also made an appearance. It was impossible to miss Jake Lloyd (Anakin from “The Phantom Menace”) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca from Star Wars) for those die hard Star Wars fans. If you wanted an autograph from most of these celebrities, the asking price for a signed picture was $40.
If you go for the panels, make sure to go on a Saturday. There were only four panels on Friday and a comparable amount on Sunday, but all of the Q&As took place on Saturday. I missed most of the panels on Sunday, but managed to sneak into the panel titled “The Spoken Nerd Revolution.” This was a surprisingly funny poetry slam that touched on levels of nerdiness and ended with a ferocious Star Wars vs Star Trek haiku battle. It breaks my heart to say that Star Trek won, but it was a great witty fight.
Tickets are $25 for one day if you buy them in advance and online, but you could always buy a three day pass for $45. These are the online prices, but you could knock out every activity in a single day and save your money for some cool merchandise. It’s definitely worth it.