Cosplay Is King at Philly Wizard World
Attendees came prepared at this year’s Wizard World, with an abundance arriving in costumes of every variety, making for a show within a show. In addition to comics and movie characters walking around the exhibition floor, fans could select amongst a feast of pop-cultural vendors to purchase artwork, clothing, superhero light switch plates, comics, videos and so much more. Even non-sport sketch artists like Mark Pingitore (GPK) and Rusty Gilligan (Marvel’s The Avengers) were on hand to sell collectors samples of their original work.
Informative panels were conducted throughout the four day event, with such varied topics as Basics of Drawing, How to Break into Comics through Social Media, the Appeal of Galactic Cowboys, Riffing on Wrestling, a Charmed Reunion, and, of course, a Wizard World Costume Contest.
The biggest draw of the four day event, of course, was the availability of top talent to meet and greet fans. Devotees had the option of purchasing Photo Op and VIP Packages, taking selfies with the stars, and obtaining autographs on their own personal items or by selecting from provided prints. Celebrities at this year’s event included Kato Kaelin, Tony Danza (Taxi), Adam Baldwin (Firefly), John Glover (Smallville), Barbara Dunkelman (Red vs. Blue), Hale Appleman (The Magicians), Drew Fuller (Charmed), Hacksaw Jim Duggan (Professional Wrestler), Arryn Zech (RWBY), Brian Krause (Charmed), Edward Furlong (Terminator 2: Judgement Day), Lindsay Jones (RWBY), Jeremy Jordan (Supergirl), and Kara Eberle (RWBY), among others.
The annual event celebrated it’s 19th year at the Pennsylvania Convention Center Thursday through Sunday, June 13-16. The Center, a mega-facility located within the heart of
Philadelphia, is easy to reach by car or public transportation.
The next stop for Wizard World is Pittsburgh, July 26-28. Celebs already announced include Zachary Levi (Shazam!), Holly Marie Combs (Charmed) and Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk), with many more to follow. Wizard World will return to Philadelphia June 11-14, 2020. For more information on this, and all Wizard World events, visit wizardworld.com. And if you go, don’t forget your costume!