Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Welcome To My World

Photo from the Wizard World Comic Con Chicago

Wizard World Chicago opens tomorrow at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont and will cast its magical spell through Sunday. The annual event brings together self-professed nerds, sci-fi devotees, graphic novels readers, art lovers, TV fans, and anyone who embraces the more adventurous paths of modern culture. Prices for a four-day pass and single day tickets vary, so check out the website for schedule and ticket information.

This year’s celebrity guests include David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson from The X-Files; Nichelle Nichols from the very first Star Trek; James Marsters from Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Torchwood, and Smallville; Michael Rooker and Pom Klementieff from the Guardians Of The Galaxy franchise; and Ernie Hudson from Ghostbusters. Several cast members from the Outlander TV series will be on hand for the opening tomorrow. It’s disappointing there are no Doctor Who cast members this year, but there were a number of them in 2017.

Wizard World Chicago also offers aisle after aisle of corporate and independent vendors selling comic books, t shirts, action figures, and other fantasy/sci-fi related artifacts. In the huge marketplace dubbed Artists Alley, up-and-coming artists and writers compete for attention. There’s also a fun, masquerade atmosphere as people dress up in superhero or villain costumes, and gladly pose for photos. Where else are you going to see Batman and Princess Leia sipping 32-oz. Cokes together, or Captain Jack Sparrow and Harry Potter walking side by side.

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