Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Wizard World Philadelphia Day 4 - June 3, 2012

The final day of Wizard World Philadelphia was for me as for everyone else bitter sweet. I did not want it to end but there was still plenty to do and see and of course buy.

On Sunday my friend and I decided to be different and dressed up as Being Human characters from the British version of the show... no one knew who we were. A lot of people confused my friend for Xander Harris from Buffy the series, he went with it. We did go up to Sam Witwer from the American version of the show and he figured out who we were. He also told us that he has only watched the first three seasons of the British version of Being Human. He was not very sold on an OCD vampire that does not drink blood, but I digress.

I went to two panels on Sunday the first being the Buffy panel. Since this is the 20th anniversary of the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie, they had a 20th anniversary panel. There were five cast members there including Kristy Swanson (Buffy from the movie), James Marsters (Spike), Amber Benson (Tara), Mark Metcalf (The Master), and Claire Kramer (Glory). The audience was packed with over four hundred super fans of the show and film. Below you can find some excerpts from the panel.

The second panel I attended was Melissa Joan Harts. I really was interested in going to hers because I was big fan of Clarissa and Sabrina. Hart is pregnant with her third child and was really welcoming to the fans. It is interesting to hear all about the things from the shows I watched as a teenager talked about in a behind the scenes manner. Hart talked a little about how her cat, Salem was operated on the show Sabrina and how she originally auditioned for Blossom before landing the role as Clarissa. Below you can find excerpts from her panel.

By the time the panels were over the convention was winding down. We decided to walk around for the last hour or so and just buy some things before eventually leaving. The convention this year was massive and twice as good as last year. A lot of the lines to see celebrities were long, but that shows that Wizard World really gets in some good talent that people really want to meet. I did not get to see the five captains of Star Trek but I know for a fact that the line to see them was absolutely massive. If you did not get a chance to attend the convention this year you can always check them out next June when they return to the city. Check them out at www.wizardworld.com for anymore information and thanks for reading my account of the convention! Until next year!

Below you can find a compilation video of the entire convention, well just the things I did, ENJOY!!!

Friday, June 8, 2012

UPDATE on Wizard World 2012

Just to give you all a heads up I am working so hard to get these videos into the posts for you over the next few days.  As you can see some of the posts now have videos from the convention and I am working on getting even more done.  I am going to make a post about Sunday shortly and upload footage from the Buffy panel and the Melissa Joan Hart panel.  Check the older posts for videos and stay tuned for more! Thanks for being patient!  My new computer is really good so it won't take too long basically its as fast as I can go!  Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Philadelphia Wizard World 2012 Costume Contest June 2, 2012

The costume contest this year at Wizard World Philadelphia was interesting to say the least.  From a female version of the Rocketeer to a group of Naruto character this year had a lot of entries and some great winners. 

The winner of best in show went to a man who I am sure was the actual Loki from the new Avengers film.  The event was once again MCed by the Defuser, winner of the second season of Stan Lee's Who Wants to be a Superhero.  There were several highlights of the event which I actual entered myself and my friend into.  We were both Doctor Who characters, he played the Doctor where as I played Rose Tyler.

Although I do not condone heckling there were two guys there that made the almost three hour event more interesting to say the least.  With over 130 entries, two guys really stood out and they were dressed as Terrence and Phillip from Southpark.  After recieving over sixteen complaints these two have made a reputation for themselves as pranksters and add commentary to almost every panel.  When they were called on stage they used the fake names of King Kong and the Empire State Building to avoid being passed over by the Defuser.  Awesome videos of the dynamic duo!

After they got off stage it was our turn to go up and I took the mic and invited the duo back on stage which the crowd really enjoyed but was not appreciated by the Defuser.  Anyway there was a lot of fun to be had at the event this year.

Before the winners were announced all of the Doctor Who characters raided the stage for a random dance time and also included some of the other contestants into the dance which was fun.

In the end some of the winners included 1950s Arkham girls from Batman, a Skyrim character, Doctor Who enemies, Booster Gold, and of course Loki. 

Although we did not win anything we sure had a fun time covering the event.

 The winners of the 2012 Costume Contest

Can you spot us in this picture?

After the contest I had to do this, sue me!

Check back for more Philadelphia Wizard World 2012 details!

Most of these photos come from Miguel Melendez thanks so much for getting amazing shots!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Wizard World Day 3 - Bruce Campbell Panel June 2, 2012

Day two (or day three for everyone else) was on Saturday.  Because i did so much on Saturday this post is going to focus on the panel that I attended, Bruce Campbell.  We got to the convention a little late and decided to check out the Bruce Campbell panel. 
During the panel Bruce took fans with Evil Dead tattoos on stage to have a contest.  Six people went up and the winner, a man planning to tattoo both legs with evil dead characters won receiving $2 from the pocket of Bruce Campbell.  
Bruce also talked a lot about his upcoming projects including the Evil Dead remake which he, Sam Raimi, and Rob Tapert are all involved in.  The film is being shot now and should be in theaters or at least finished by next year.  He also mentioned that there would not be a lot of CGI in the new film rather they would be using old fashioned makeup effects.  
Bruce also talked about his upcoming project, OZ, which is a prequel to The Wizard of Oz.  The film also stars James Franco as the Wizard and Campbell mentioned that he has a pivotal role.  The film is being made by Disney so he couldn't say too much because they had representatives at the convention dressed as klingons.  
Overall the panel was a great time.  Even if you have never heard of Bruce Campbell (not possible) you would enjoy his panel!  His best line had to Miami - once the face of homelessness now the home of facelessness.
Check back tomorrow for all of the details about the truly amazing costume contest!

BRAND NEW!!  Video from the Panel!!


Monday, June 4, 2012

Wizard World Philadelphia Day 2 - June 1, 2012

Hey everyone! Just wanted to tell you guys everything that I did at Wizard World  The good news is I can post all the juicy details about the event and include some pictures and videos. Just as I have done in the past, each day I will be posting details about Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3. I was only able to go for three days so I will post about everything I did. 

So my first day at Wizard World was on Friday, which is usually my favorite day of all. The convention is never overly crowded on the first or second day and not to mention its just beginning. So we arrived to the convention around 12:30 and this year did not dissapoint. The first day I decided to dress as Claire Bennet from Heroes (aka the Cheerleader). I was especially excited to see all of the great costumes people came up with this year and as usualy they were amazing! I was able to interview a few of the costumed fans which you will be able to see in the videos I make within a week or so.

One of the main aspects that draw people to the convention every year is obviously the star power it brings to the city. Although some of the headlining stars did not arrive until Saturday, that did not mean that there was a shortage of celebrities. If I recall correctly, I do not believe I saw the line to see Stan Lee go under 50 people all weekend. Fans piled into the convention center to meet their favorite stars even if that meant waiting in line for hours to get a chance to rub elbows with the stars.

If fans were not meeting the stars, they were probably checking out all of the toys and gadgets on the floor. One man was even selling a small device called the Sonic Blast which can literally turn a block of wood into a speaker! Other tables were just filled with everything that a nerd could possibly want. Being that the year is 2012, I noticed a great amount of Zombie preperation going on. Everything from zombie t-shirts to actual survival guides were being sold at the convention. I even saw a few zombies at the convention.

I only was able to go to one panel on Friday and I decided to go with Sam Trammell since I am a huge True Blood fan. Sam was very friendly to fans and answered questions about the new season of True Blood without revealing anything at all. He stated that this season is one of the best yet and he thinks he breaks the nakedness record himself this year. He also revealed that there will be a new female vampire this year I believe a daughter of King Henry 8 if I remember correctly. One person asked which man would you want Sam to have a relationship with (odd question) and people yelled out Eric and Jason, of course I yelled out Andy...I have to be different. Sam seemed to like it though.  VIDEOS NOW HERE!

Tommorrow I plan to post some of the things that I did on Saturday, and there is a lot. Stay tuned for information from the Bruce Campbell panel, the superhero cosplay photoshoot, the costume contest, and just general fun! Thanks for reading!