Once again, the fine folks at Wizard World took over the Pennsylvania Convention Center for the Wizard World show, bringing Matt Smith, Nathan Fillion, Norman Reedus and Ralph Macchio (there were other big stars, I just felt like no one ever highlights the Karate Kid anymore) to the area’s largest non-Jacob Javitz Center hosted pop culture convention. (more…)
Philadelphia Wizard World
A gaggle of geeks invaded Philadelphia for Wizard World this weekend, rushing into the Philadelphia Convention Center to shop a show floor that was filled with comics, toys, nerd shirts, and some awesome handmade products (more on that later). The show was also blessed with special guests like The Walking Dead‘s Derle and Merle aka Norman Reedus and Michael Rooker, Firefly‘s Gina Torres and Summer Glau, legends like Stan Lee and William Shatner, and several others. With all of that said, though, what I really want to talk about are the ingenious creations that were worn by Philly’s cosplayers.
Several people came to share their love of their favorite characters with everything from homemade extreme costumes to ordinary store bought options. There was an abundance of Poison Ivy, Spider-Man, Deadpool, and Joker cosplay but not as many Wonder Woman cosplayers, anime characters, and Time Lords as I’m used to. Who knows, maybe the Whovians were in mourning.
As for my personal favorites: Poison Ivy, the kick-ass Blade cosplayer, and an epic battle between Marvel and DC sprint to mind. Check out the gallery below for those pics and so many more shots of the best cosplay from Philadelphia Wizard World.
Con season is coming up and while SDCC gets the largest amount of attention, there’s plenty of cool events that go on before and after the big kahuna. One of those events, Philadelphia Wizard World, starts Thursday May 30th and goes through Sunday June 2nd.
Why should you care about a non-SDCC con? Well, first… shopping! Tables and tables of merch to stuff into your Yoda backpacks, but also, a ton of cool guests that include John Barrowman, Stan Lee, Jewel Staite, Adam Baldwin, Summer Glau, Norman Reedus, Jon Bernthal, John Cena and a lot of comic writers and artists.
The con was supposed to also feature an appearance by Nathan Fillion, but he unfortunately had to pull out. That sucks, but the above names are still awesome enough to get me to the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Plus, there’s also a con exclusive reprint of Walking Dead #1 that I need in my life, but I guess you can have it too… assuming you find your way to the city of Brotherly Love in late May and early June.
Heres a complete list of guests from the Wizard World website… where there is also a ton of info about tickets for the event and also photo ops.
WWE ® Superstar Daniel Bryan ®
WWE ® Superstar John Cena ®
Holly Marie Combs
Jason David Frank
WWE ® Hall of Famer Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat
ARTIST AND CREATOR GUESTS
Alex Eckman Lawn & Nick Tapalansky
Alexio G. Gessa
Amanda Nen Francis- Kilburn
Danielle Gransaull “Soloud”
Derrick A Rivers
Jason E Axtell
John Richard Scott
Louie Lapalombara III
Mark C. Frankel
Maurice R Mander
Scott Ethan Ambruson
Tania Del Rio
Tara S. Rosenburg
Ted Dastick Jr.