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Overview: Wizard World Philly Comic Con May 31-June 3

For those who have been living under a rock, this past weekend was Wizard World’s Philadelphia Comic Con. I’ve been going to Comic Cons for about 3 years now, and I have got to say, this was one of the best and most exciting Comic Convention I’ve been to. Not only did the talent coordinator book really awesome talent (both new and experienced convention talent) but the variety of artists, vendors, and panels was amazing. Previous years the con was in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, but was in fewer rooms. This year, the Con was held in more spacious halls, which allowed easier traffic flow, and more booths. The artists featured were all ridiculously talented (and I am guilty of picking up 5 new art pieces). There were also lots of vendors (comics, toys/memorabilia, and clothing). You are pretty much guaranteed to find anything you were looking for, whether it be vintage Star Wars toys or Superman/Batman/Spiderman logo and Star Wars shaped ice trays (which I’m also guilty of buying). The Center of the hall featured their main attractions, the Celebrity aisle.

Celebrities in attendance included Star Wars’ Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett), and even fight coordinator Nick Gillard (who also taught workshops on how to NOT get your hand cut off during an epic lightsaber duel). Other celebs in attendance are Con usuals Lou Ferrigno, James Marsters, and Bruce Campbell. Newbies included Dean Cain, the rest of the cast of Evil Dead, Melissa Joan Hart, Jason Priestly, James Hong, Sam Trammell, Norman Reedus, Sean Patrick Flannery, David Della Rocco, Sam Witwer, Craig Parker, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Katrina Law, Shannon Elizabeth, Kristy Swanson, Amber Benson, Anthony Michael Hall, CM Punk (wrestling star), and Chris Hemsworth. For the first time the 5 Captains of Star Trek came together (Avery Brooks, William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, Scott Bakula, and Kate Mulgrew). This proved to be very successful and popular, as I could not even see the 5 captains due to the mass of fans who lined up to get their chance to meet the captains and get photos and autographs from them. In addition, the famous and legendary Stan Lee was also on board signing autographs and taking photos with fans.

The panels were also amazing. There was pretty much a panel for everyone. Another part of the Con that makes it successful is the Con goers. The fans are the ones that dress up, and make it amazing as well. If you take a look at our live posts from Con, you will see that there were no shortage of these fans. Whether is be Anime characters, comic book characters, movie characters, and even some more obscure characters. Sunday was Kid’s Day, and there was no shortage of adorable kids in even more adorable costumes. (Look at our winner of best costume in an earlier post…)

This was all-around a VERY successful weekend. House of Film is going to try and be at Wizard World’s Chicago Comic Con in early August.

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