My Weekend at Wizard World Philadelphia Comic-Con

Wizard World Philadelphia Comic ConHome again, safe and sound. Another convention in the books!

I thought I’d share some of the highlights of this weekend, as everyone loves cosplay photos!

Click through for the highlights of this weekend, and for my gallery of costumed attendees!

IMG_0174On Friday, I took the train down from CT, and stayed at the Marriott connected to the Philadelphia Convention Center. Which sounds much more convenient than it actually was, I swear the walk was still a mile. I have the blisters to prove it.

The area that the convention was held in was a cavernous exhibition hall that never quite seemed to IMG_0176fill with people. On the one hand, that was a bit disappointing, as it led to the feeling that the event wasn’t fully attended, but on the other hand, it was rather nice not having to deal with all the jostling and close quarter combat that NY and San Diego offer.  

IMG_0235The floor was mildly disappointing to me, as a seasoned vet of these things. There were no shortage of comic book and comic book related toy vendors, but large outside companies were almost completely absent. At New York IMG_0504and San Diego, video game companies, television networks, movie studios… all sorts of entities add character to the floor with their attention grabbing displays. Not that they don’t also have their share of comic book and toy dealers as well, but without the pizzazz of the pros, you’re left with a bit of a flea market feel to that aspect of the event. Not that there weren’t some fun things going on on the floor. They had a Batmobile, a General Lee and a Back the Future DeLorean to take pictures in, a Doctor Who call box, and a couple of zombie related photo ops. But it seemed as if the floor was missing a bit of the flash I was accustomed to.

IMG_1093The strength of the Wizard World events that I’ve attended (and looked into) are the autograph opportunities, and this is where Wizard World Philly really shined. I literally couldn’t get all the autographs I would have liked to, they had so many of them. As it was, I got William Shatner’s, Henry Winkler’s (right), Adam IMG_1095Baldwin’s, Michael Rooker’s and Linda Blair’s. There were tons of other autograph opportunities there, as well, such as Stan Lee (whom I have already), three other Firefly stars (Gina Torres, Jewel Staite and Summer Glau), WWE stars, two former Supermen (Brandon Routh and Dean Cain), a couple other Walking Dead stars (Norman Reedus and John Bernthal), and on and on… seriously, Wizard World does a fantastic job of bringing in celebs whose autograph you’d like to have.

At the moment, I’m not collecting comics, so I’m not on top of the “who’s who” right now, but they did feature a healthy “Artists’ Alley” of comic-book artists and authors signing off on their works, as well.

IMG_0211They also did a good job of putting together a panel lineup. Nothing to rival San Diego, of course, but right on par with New York! I worked two of them into my schedule. I attended Michael Rooker’s and William Shatner’s. As you can imagine, those are two guys who had no trouble commanding the stage for an hour. IMG_0265I planned on attending Linda Blair’s as well, but she missed a flight and had to cancel. The two biggest offerings of the weekend were a Walking Dead panel with Michael Rooker, Norman Reedus, and John Bernthal, and a Firefly panel with Adam Baldwin, Gina Torres, Summer Glau and Jewel Staite. I would have enjoyed attending either of those, but they clear the room between panels at Philly Con, so you can’t attend both. Standing on their own, I just couldn’t muster the will to sacrifice the time required in line to get into them. I half heartedly checked into the line for the Firefly panel, trying to see if I could get in line at the last-minute and still catch a seat in the way back of the auditorium, to which the other attendees resoundingly answered, “No.”

Of course, the big question that always gets asked about these things is “How were the costumes”, and I’m happy to report that Philly fans did it right. There were a ton of people who came dressed up, and as usual some were great, some were good and some were ill-advised… here’s a sampling of the pictures I took!

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All told, it was a really great weekend, and Wizard World put on quite a show! I got a lot of great autographs, got to see William Shatner and Michael Rooker talk about their respective careers, and got to see countless costumed conventioners doing their thing! It’s definitely a show I would recommend if you’re in that area, and one I look forward to attending again myself one of these days!

Daniel Fogarty

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71 thoughts on “My Weekend at Wizard World Philadelphia Comic-Con

      • He was super cool, spending time with everyone, giving all the old ladies hugs and stuff… LOL. With a lot of celebs when you get their autograph, you barely get a second with them, but Winkler was spending so much time with everyone, I swung the opoosite direction and was like UGHHH hurry up!! LOL :D Its cool when its your turn though, I got to talk to him about Happy Days and Arrested Development, he was really cool…

      • Aaaay!

        Good pic; glad to hear the Fonz is SO cool. :-)

        The cosplayers in Phillie look great in your pics. Glad you enjoyed it. ;-)

  1. I woke up this morning with Henry Winkler on my mind. I had a dream where a very young Winkler (younger than when he played the fonz, but with the same hair style) was another nerd on Big Bang Theory.

    The cosplay photos made me realize that Gene Simmons really should have been given the opportunity to play a Klingon. Maybe he did. I shall have to look it up. He kinda already looks like, even without his make-up.

  2. Nice pic with Henry Winkler, that’s awesome.

    “There were no shortage of comic book and comic book related toy vendors, but large outside companies were almost completely absent. At New York and San Diego, video game companies, television networks, movie studios… all sorts of entities add character to the floor with their attention grabbing displays.”

    For comic book fans, this is a feature, not a bug.

    • That’s a little too programerese for me, but if you mean its not a big deal, it wasn’t, youre right.

      However, it definitely did have an impact on the feel of the thing as a whole. Some bright lights and loud music go a long way, surprisingly, and this one just didnt have all the bells and whistles on the floor that the other do… :(

  3. Looks fun, Fogarty! We’re going to have a small toy convention here in the Philippines. There are going to be great stuff from comics to movies, and a lot of cosplayers too! I’m hoping to catch a lot photos to share like you have. Thanks for sharing, man!

  4. Awesomeness! Love the pics! This looks like so much fun! Maybe I’ll go check it out next year! ;)
    I convinced the boyfriend that next year should be going to see comic cons around the area. Although…I still haven’t found the motivation to see Montreal Comic-Con since its really nothing fancy…but last year was a good year with the a lot of Star Trek crew like William Shatner and co. but I missed it anyways…At least now I see it on your pics :)

  5. Nice!! Now where’s YOUR costume Fogs? No cosplay for you? How awesome you got to get your pic taken w/ Henry Winkler! How’s Shatner in real life?

    • Up on stage, Shatner was hillarious… unfortunately, in the autograph signing there was too huge a line for anyone to hang out with him or anything, you had to keep moving. Henry Winkler was great though, very very personable guy.

      And LOL, no cosplay for me. When I first started going to these things my reason was it was too geeky. Now I’d never do it because I wouldnt want my picture taken all day… these people are constantly hounded! 8O

  6. Looks like it was a lot of fun, Fogs. Nice to see Winkler was into it too… you can really tell he’s enjoying interacting with people and isn’t there just to collect a check.

    That Starfire costume sure was ill-advised, wasn’t it? The Storm one might be the best of the bunch, although the Canary-Wonder-Catwoman trio also did well. Not sure who the guy with the spiky armor is supposed to be, but have to give the guy high marks for dedication.

  7. Did you get Winkler to identify a picture of balls?

    Regarding the Cosplay… The GoT group, who was the girl in blue supposed to be? I’m guessing Margaery Tyrell, because I’m drawing a blank on Non-Arya High Born Brunettes in general. I feel like I need to turn in my GoT card for not recognising the attempt.

    I laughed out loud at the Resident Evil Nemesis costume. He looks about 3 feet tall in the picture, which amuses me.

    • “Did you get Winkler to identify a picture of balls?” No, but I swear to God, I brought that line up. LOL I told him I was really glad that brought Zuckerkorn back for S4 and then I did my best “Those are balls…” We both laughed. He was pretty cool.

      I didnt ask anyone about their costumes, so a lot of them I dont know myself. Gotta be Margaery Tyrell though, right?

  8. Technically Adam Baldwin was also a former Superman. He did the voice for Superman: Doomsday, which I just watched. Sounds like it was a pretty fun time.

  9. Great pics. Great write-up.

    Now the big question – which pic of Winkler did you have him sign – The Fonz or Barry Zuckerkorn?

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