Wizard World 2014 Recap

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Sorry for the bad lighting! (Photo Credit: Beth Anderson)

Before you could blink, another Wizard World Philadelphia is in the books.  Above, you see the Social Justice panel I was on.  Guess which one I am.  The panel went extremely well, and I’m pretty proud of what happened, especially when a sweet Luna Lovegood cosplayer came up to me and thanked me.  That meant a lot.  I was Emma Frost on Saturday, and it was a great deal of fun.   +2 Comedy also had an amazing showing in their panel, which was packed!

Five Things I Learned at Wizard World Philadelphia

  • Rob Paulsen (voice of Pinky and Yakko) is the sweetest man on the planet.  Seriously.  If you ever have the chance to meet him, by all means do so.
  • The cosplayers are getting more and more elaborate, which means more hilarious photo ops.  Seriously, a good cosplayer can be a more valuable photo op than any actor.

See also: this picture of an amazing Oogie Boogie from the Nightmare Before Christmas, which probably puts the costumed character at Disney to shame.

If I were on his Boogie list, I'd get out of town.

If I were on his Boogie list, I’d get out of town.

  • There is a Wawa next to the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and that’s a really, really good thing.
  • Lines were not nearly the issue they have been in the past for panels.  People were able to get into the 3pm Firefly panel right up to 2:45 (which is something that is unheard of in many conventions.)  Lines for photo ops and autographs, however, were terrifying and apparently poorly organized.
  • Anthony Mackie is incredibly charming, and Christopher Lloyd does not wish to be called Christopher.

In the end, Wizard World Philadelphia was an amazing, with everyone having a good time.  I’m going to Too Many Games Expo this Saturday, and I’ll see you there!

Wizard World Philadelphia: What You Need to Know

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If you’re in or near the city of brotherly love, this weekend is a good weekend for nerds.

Wizard World Philadelphia, the largest convention in the area, is here from today-Sunday.

Here’s the rundown on some quick things you need to know.

You will have to stand in line for some of the biggest panels.

This is pretty new for Philadelphia.  When Chris Hemsworth turned up in 2012, fresh from Avengers, there was no line to get into his panel in the grand ballroom.  Last year’s Firefly panel, however, drew incredible amounts of people that lined up hours in advance.  This year’s Firefly panel boasts Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk, so expect that to be rough.

You may have to pay extra for some things

Both Matt Smith/ Karen Gillan and Jason David Frank are hosting extra-ticketed events, as well as the standard paying for autographs and photos.

There is a Wawa and a new Panera Bread near the convention center

Trust me, these are the quickest, easiest places to go for cheap decent food.  Prepare for confused employees.

If you’re coming from NJ, the PATCO is reliable but crowded.

If you miss your train, it might be awhile for the next one.  Keep that in mind.

Have fun!