Wizard World Comes to Austin

Coming to the Greater Austin area on November 12-14 is the Wizard World Comic Convention!

Coming to the Greater Austin area on November 12-14 is the Wizard World Comic Convention! Normally a mainstay of Dallas, organizers thought it was too expensive to hold there and chose the wonderful city of Austin, Texas as the new location for the event, making this the inaugural event.  Wizard World is a convention where media and comics come together and allows the fans to interact with professionals from film, television and the graphic arts with three days of panels, contests, merchandise and the famous rubbing elbows with Johnny Normal.  Sponsored by Austin Books and Dragon’s Lair and the Alamo Drafthouse, this is a chance to meet all kinds of the industry’s biggest names all under one roof.

Such luminaries as Lee Majors, Lindsay Wagner, Billy Dee Williams, Adam West, Burt Ward, Joe Madureira, Bill Sienkiewicz, Michael Golden, Lou Ferrigno, Ernie Hudson, Gil Gerard, Erin Gray, Walter Koenig, Jerry Lawler, Kevin Nash, Peter Mayhew and Torrie Wilson among many others, will be in attendance signing autographs, chatting with fans and presenting panels for your enjoyment.  There will be special screenings of films, like Ghostbusters and Human Centipede as well as costume contests, a dealer’s room with thousands of collectibles and tons of special surprises along the way.

This is kind of a bittersweet event for me.  I’ve been following it since about February when they announced the location switch and it got me excited to order VIP tickets but as the year went on my enthusiasm waned and I did not get the ticket.  Even now I’m debating a day pass.  Why, you may ask?  I’m as big a nerd as the next nerd and I’ve even attended several comic conventions before so you’d figure when the granddaddy convention, Wizard World, goes to the trouble of coming to my town I’d be chomping at the bit.  Well, to answer, the convention seems to have placed far more emphasis on the media stars and not the comic guys and even that seems half-hearted for Texas.  Every other state got William Shatner, for instance (and I’d have killed someone for a ticket to see him), and he’s skipping our show.  Comics were what got this thing started and a casual glance at the guest list will show you precious few of those.  The only three names that caught my attention were Kevin Nash (just so I could ask why he quit TNA), Michael Goldon (to thank him for his work on Micronauts) and Bill Sienkiewicz (one of my all-time favorites going back to the mid-80s on Moon Knight).  I always saw Wizard World as a chance to meet those creators that are very hard to get to, like John Byrne or Jim Steranko or Bernie Wrightson or Frank Brunner (I could go on for hours) but it seems to have morphed into “come see TV stars and, oh, here’s a couple comic guys.

Now, I don’t mean to scare anyone off; this is my complaint and not anyone else’s.  Wizard World is going to be a fun time and the sponsor stores will be doing neat things all over town so if you are at all interested in media or the graphic arts, you’d be a fool not to attend and you’ll probably see me there in some capacity or another.  New stuff is being announced all the time so I encourage you to check out the press release stuff below and see if it strikes your attention.  Austin is about to get hit with some big-time entertainment and woe be unto you if you miss this event.

The Austin Convention Center is located at 500 East Cesar Chavez Street.  Austin Comic Con is the seventh stop on Wizard’s eight-city 2010 North American tour.  Hours are Friday, Nov. 12, noon – 8 pm; Saturday, Nov. 13, 10 am – 7 pm; and Sunday, Nov. 14, 10 a. – 5 pm (all times Central).  Tickets are available in advance or by calling 1-866-882-5860 and online at www.wizardworld.com/austin.html at up to a 15% savings over tickets purchased at the door.  Advance adult single-day tickets are $25; three-day weekend tickets are $45, and tickets are free for children age 10 and under when accompanied by a paid adult (limit two children per adult).  VIP packages with special entry and exclusive items are also available.

Austin Comic Con is sponsored in part by Austin Books & Comics, Alamo Drafthouse, Austin Chronicle, 101X FM and Dragon’s Lair.  Children and adult attendees are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite villain, superhero or pop culture personality for the chance to win special prizes in costume contests.  Event-goers may also try their hand interactive product exhibits and shop for collectible comics, movie and television memorabilia, toys and games at more than 100 dealer booths.

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