Oct 2-4, 2015
Broward Convention Center
Fort Lauderdale, FL
From a highlander to a vampire, Wizard World made a splash at the first comic con debut at the Broward Convention Center.
During the past three days you were able to step into an alternate universe where Harlequins and Steam Punk superheroes governed. Featuring celebrities such as William Shatner, comics, a gaming room and Q&A geekdom panels, there was absolutely something for everyone… including myself, Buffy the Vampire Slayer anyone?
Did I mention how many times I stormed around the convention center looking for anything Buffy related? To my dismay there was barely anything Buffy related; I did, however, comeacross a small table with vibrant colored candles featuring pictures of pop icons, everything from superheroes to vampires, immortalized as Catholic saints. You bet I bought a couple to embellish my coffee table. My mother won’t be amused.
Not only that, but I fell head over heels for a horror themed vendor who sold the most adorable – and anyone who would agree with me is probably just as strange as me— Jason (Friday The 13th) and Freddy Krueger (Nightmare on Elm Street) tees, tanks and posters. I might have gone a little crazy happy as I purchased all the horror movie stickers ranging from Michael Myers to Chucky. I am sure with my bumper stickers, people till stay away…
Wizard World presented fans the opportunity to not only embark on a whimsical journey dressed as Tinkerbell or fight the forces of darkness as Batman, but the chance to meet their geektastic heroes. I must say, watching fans tremble and shriek to the chance of hanging out with their favorite Superman, Ghostbuster and Hobbit was truly the highlight of my day. While I am not a fan of celebrities demanding 20 dollars to take a selfie, I was, however, impressed with the compassion and dedication of these immortalize characters to take the time and answer some ridiculous questions from fans at their panels, as well as kiss and hug strangers…I was little worried they might charge for that.
All in all, while it may not have been the biggest of comic conventions, it was refreshing to meet humble actors, as well as talented artists who truly showcased their potential from handmade jewelry to truly mesmerizing art décor.
Take a look at our exclusive interview with Adrian Paul, lead actor of the Highlander Series, as well as a Q&A with James Marsters, most recognized for his role as Spike in Buffy The Vampire Slayer.
Review, photos and video by Leah Pritchett