Hello all, it is good to be back. As Newt mentioned in his report of the Wizard World con, I was also in attendance, although I did not take nearly as many photos as Newt did, so please bear with me if this is more talky talk than photo.

I figured the best way to describe my day and a half was to break it down in chunks, so here goes

Chicago Comic Con Report:

10 AM

We arrived to find the Con not nearly as crowded as you would think on a Saturday morning. As VIP ticket holders we were able to walk right in without having to wait in the line, which is nice. If you are planning on going to the con yourself next year, make sure that you consider picking up one of these packs. It’s worth it not to be trapped outside. Even thought the doors opened at 10, because it was run by volunteers things did not really go that smoothly at the doors, and some people didn’t get in until almost 11.

11 AM

I have already spent 100 bucks at this point. And 90 of that was on a single item.



Yep, I know some Who fans are on the fence about River, but I like her. She adds an interesting level of depth to the Doctor, and is a character that isn’t just there to be wowed by how smart the Doctor is. (The fact that she kind of looks like my wife doesn’t hurt either.)

In fact, my wife was the one to encourage me to actually buy this! Little word to the wise, if you are going to buy an autograph make sure it has a certificate of authenticity, and that you save the receipt from the vendor. There are lots of shifty people at these things with huge books of autographs, and if you plan on reselling them you better be able to prove they are real.

12 PM.

This con is huge, and I was a little overwhelmed by how much there was to see. However, despite the hugeness I was a bit bummed by how little Who stuff there was in general. There was one booth that had some stuff, and a cool Dalek outside, but really there was not much to be had. I hate to say it, but my beloved internet is probably partly to blame for this (by partly I mean mostly). It’s just not worth it to order stuff off the internet and then try to resell it for more when people here can buy stuff off Ebay for less. I really wish that the BBC could work out some kind of deal with a US company to make and distribute Doctor Who merch, but sadly that may not be.



Nope, not me. I am prettier than this man!




1 PM.

At this point much cash has changed hands. I picked up a plethora of cool posters, including a neat Dalek blueprint poster and one of the Van Gogh Tardis explosion, and now it’s time for the Bruce Campbell VIP treatment.

Take a good look at this photo, for therein lies a tale:



This photo took about 20 seconds to take, including posing time. When they finished, they told us they would put the pics out on some nearby tables for us to pick up later. So we went off to see Patrick Stewart talk, and figured we’d get the photos then.

Yeah…

2 PM.

Patrick Stewart was awesome. The panel was run by Chris Hardwick from G4, and he did an excellent job. He was so good that at one point Stewart told him he was very funny (at which point Hardwick said he could die a happy man)



He began by telling us a story about falling asleep while acting in ST:TNG, and went on the tell us how he got the part in the first place (he told us Roddenberry didn’t want him because he was bald, British, and middle aged). He also recounted to us how he didn’t want to play Xavier, and how his family talked him into it.

There were also a number of stories about how he started Star Trek as a very serious actor, and how he now is much more open to his comedic side. He made many jokes, and his son was able to add some very interesting bits in as well, which was nice because no one knew what to ask him (he’s only done a single episode of ST:TNG, and as he told us, he basically played the part in movies of the computer tech working for the evil mastermind, which fits when you look at him)

The Q and A was short, but good. One person made a crack about the film Mastermind which lead Hardwick to ask the questioner if he was looking to get his backside kicked by trekkies. Stewart laughed and took the guy’s photo so he knew to avoid him in the future, then told us he thought that movie was going to make millions and be the next Home Alone.

Wizard World has a youtube channel with several of the panels available to watch. If you went and missed a few, like I did, they are fun to check out.

The Patrick Stewart panel wrapped up at 3, with everyone happy and in high spirits. Then things went downhill.

3 PM.

For some reason the Levar Burton panel was right after the Patrick Stewart one, so people who went to the first didn’t have time to make it to the second. Bummed by this, we went down to see if our pics were out.

Some were, but ours was not. We waited for half an hour before I gave up and went to stand in line to get the autograph that was part of our package. At this point I was told that the line had been cut, and that no one else would be able to get an autograph because Campbell had a speaking venue in a few minutes.

So we went back to find out photos, and still, nowhere to be seen. Apparently the Buffy cast photos were taking way too long, so no one could help us, and we were told to come back the next day.

At this point we were feeling kind of burnt, and the photo situation didn’t help. We waited around for another hour, and then headed for the hotel.



Even my new mini-Who poster could not ease my sadness 🙁

Day 2.

Full of Waffles, and a surprise encounter with a member of the bWo from the WWE who was apparently staying at our hotel (it was a nice, but cheap hotel, so looks like old Vince is still a sweetheart) we decided to swing by the con on our way home to see if they had our photos.

Well after an hour of arguing with various underlings I finally got a hold of the head photographer, who printed out new copies of both photos, mumbles something about pics getting damaged by water, and then was on my way home to Michigan. Sweet, sweet Michigan.

Overall:

This is a cool con, and definitely the biggest one in reach and price range for me. We had a lot of fun and I picked up several little items I will be writing reviews on. They had more stuff than I could cover in one write up, and that was after a single day of walking around.

It also was a lot of fun, and I will probably be back next year. And I promise to take more photos 🙂

If you’ve never been to a big con I do recommend you go, and go early, because things get crowded fast. I really wish the Chicago con did a better job of arranging things, because for some reason they always cram all the celebs right up by the entrance, and that just makes things up there a huge bottleneck.

Also, next month in Michigan there is the Detroit Fanfare fest at Cobo hall. Bruce Campbell will be there, and I will get my photo autographed!

So next month, if you can make it, look for the guy in the awesome Infinite Hollywood shirt, and buy him something nice! 😉

3 Responses to Wizard World Chicago 2011 Coverage

  • It's strange as I felt like the celeb corner was at times one of the few places I could really move around. Of course it also helped when some of the bigger celebs were taking breaks and thus that area cleared out a bit more.

    I really wish autographs had been a bit cheaper as you could spend a couple hundred bucks very quickly, if you were so inclined. I think all the autographs should have been about half the price any given person was charging, but I guess there are a lot of people to pay and in the end the celebrities are only really seeing a small part of the profits.

    The bWo guys haven't worked for WWE in quite a while, which might be why they were staying at a cheaper place, haha. Then again, it's probably a nicer spot than McMahon would have sprung for.

  • Rob_Mac says:

    My knowledge of wrestling kind of stops after Mick Foley and the Rock were a tag team. I only knew the guy was a wrestler because one of the people we went with was a fan.

    I totally agree about the autographs. 70 bucks for patrick stewart is pretty high! I guess wit ha venue this big though, and how rarely he comes out to some of these things, it needs to be worth it for him.

    It is nice that the panels are free, and so you don't have to spend money to hear them speak. I think overall in a single day I dropped about 3-400 bucks easily, and that's without getting any autographs.

  • wesitron says:

    Wow! 70 bucks for an autograph! Geez, I remember our first year at WizardWorld Chicago I got Warwick Davis' autograph (before his recent resurgence with the Potter movies) for I believe 10 or 20 bucks including photo! Meegosh came with him and looked like the saddest man I'd ever seen and I felt bad but I couldn't afford to get his autograph, too!

    Actually, now that I think about it that was the same year Peter Mayhew was announced as returning to the Star Wars franchise. I went over to his table and congratulated him on the role and (like the sweetest man you ever met) he bowed his head, shook my hand, and very quietly said, "Thank you."

    Man, I miss those days. Sorry you couldn't find everything you were looking for, but that Patrick Stewart panel sounds like it was a ton of fun.

Leave a Reply