Wizard World 2013 – Day 3
Saturdays at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con are
traditionally this biggest day of the con.
We definitely saw the most foot traffic today, but
at no point were the throngs of people unbearable. I’m not sure if this is due to a down turn in
attendance, or is a positive attribute to the new floor layout, but the
convention floor (both levels) was never impassible. There was very little occurrence of “row rage”
which is typically caused by the masses of inconsiderate herd animals present
in a public place stopping short, or bumping in to my expensive fancy camera.
The only uncomfortable bottle-neck areas seemed to
be the escalators. It was very obvious
that the escalators in this particular section of the Donald F. Stephens
Convention Center were not designed with the intent of moving quite as many
people as Wizard World draws in. The
main escalators were packed nose to shoulders the entire day. There was a strange little area at the top of
the escalators with a divider in the middle made up of the elevators, that made
the transition on to the show floor somewhat confusing, especially if you were
coming in on the skywalk from the parking garge/hotels.
The secondary set of escalators running down the
side of the show floor were broken down more often than they were
operational. The main problem with this
is that these escalators are very narrow and there is no stair case option even
when they are operational which would greatly help to dissipate the
For the most part, everyone was thoughtful,
considerate and pleasant to be around.
The exception this year was something which to this point, I had not
really encountered at a convention. On multiple occasions, I observed grown ass
adults wearing shirts with the word “fuck” proudly emblazoned on the
shirt. I find this very puzzling.
Now, I know people are idiots. I accept this as fact. The problem that I have with this is that Wizard
World is really a family event. It’s not
like Dragon*Con which encourages families, but also advertises certain adults
only events (i.e. Dragon*Con After Dark).
Wizard World runs only until 7pm in the evening and offers up to two
free children’s admissions for each paying adult. Use better judgment people. An event like Wizard World is not your chance
to make a counter culture statement by wearing a shirt with the word “fuck” on
it. Grow up.
Midway through the day, I spent some time at Tom
Nguyen’s table talking to him about photography, his new Art Samurai venture,
and what makes women sexy. The footage
of the interview will be available soon on YouTube. Keep your eye on the Misinformation Podcast
Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/MisinformationPodcast for details of
when the video will be available. Tom’s
a good friend of the show and a really fun guy!
Eric and Kehoe wanted to swing by Eddie McClintock’s
(Warehouse 13) table to say hi and get a quick photo. I know absolutely nothing about Warehouse 13
beside the fact that it’s on SyFy and is about a warehouse with some wacky
inventory. What I do now know, is that
if you’re not watching the show, you should be.
Why? Well, simply because Eddie
is the nicest damn man on the planet. He
chatted with us for about ten minutes about everything from why I’m not
watching the show to porn stars.
Yes. Porn stars. I like this guy.
Next we made our way over to Jon Heder’s (Napoleon
Dynamite, Blades of Glory) table so that I could get an autograph for my oldest
boy. The kid is notoriously difficult to
shop for and LOVES Napoleon Dynamite.
Jon was super friendly. He is
close friends with miscreant and my former roommate Joe Spina (Geek and Gamer
Girls, For the Win, Old Days) so we chatted a bit about Joe. I made sure to ask Jon to kick him in the nuts
for me. Jon told us to make sure to go
say to Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville, Pool Hall Junkies) and tell him that I
know Joe, which we did and hopefully the video of that adventure will make its
way to the internet someday.
He totally put us up to it Joe. True story.
We finished our day in our super-secret hotel room
lobby people watching and enjoying beers.
Not a bad day at all.
Celebrities spotted in the wild:
I hate Will…Wheaton.