Monday, June 4, 2012

Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con 2012 Recap

Welcome back to the work week!

As my Twitter followers now know well, I attended Wizard World's Philadelphia Comic Con this Sunday along with my two children, and we all had an amazing time. We started in a room set aside just for kids, with an arts and crafts program in which the children made their own masks and colored Star Wars coloring pages. This was succeeded by a kids costume contest. As luck would have it, there was a 42-way tie for first place (what a surprise-wink wink) and all the kids won a prize of their choice. My daughter Megan chose a large My Little Pony figure, while my son Brian chose a long sword that lights up and makes sound effects (no, that sword won't get annoying real fast).

After a quick snack, we moved onto the main hall, which was huge and filled from one end to the other with artists booths, retailers, and celebrities of all kinds. The kids were especially happy to meet someone of whom they are obviously a big fan:

We perused the entire hall for the next two hours, picked up some cool looking artist prints and books, and talked with some great people. I spoke with Dan Parent, current writer and artist of Archie; South Philly's own Johnny Zito, author of Moon Girl and Dogs of Mars; John and Sanji, creators of the comical zombie video series For Zombies; the great geek culture-inspired rock band Kirby Krackle (their first time in Philadelphia); Peter Mayhew, Chewbacca from the Star Wars films; and a person I wanted to talk to last year but didn't get to, Lou Ferrigno, TV's Incredible Hulk.

Other celebrities in attendance were all five captains from the various Star Trek TV series, Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell of Quantum Leap, Norman Reedus of The Walking Dead TV series, Chis Hemsworth of the Thor and Avengers movies, Dean Cain, star of Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (he played Clark, not Lois); and Melissa Joan Hart, TV's Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

Lastly, right before we left, we all got our picture taken with the Batmobile from the Batman 60s TV series. Although Megan and I had our pictures taken with it last year, Brian wasn't able to attend then, so this was his first time.

And that was our great time at this year's Philly Comic Con. If you get the chance to attend a con in your area, I hope you have as great a time as we did!

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