Friday at Wizard World Chicago was nice. WIth Comic-Con International in San Diego still fresh on the mind, comparisons between the two shows naturally come to mind. Chicago is a much smaller show than San Diego and it’s also very different. Chicago is squarely focused on comics, whereas at San Diego is not just a comics show, but a multi-media spectacular. I’m not saying one is better than the other, but the difference is marked. If you’ve only been to San Diego or Chicago, you should try hitting the other one year. There’s a whole different set of creators that attend and the crowd makeup is quite different.
The morning hours saw large lines throughout the convention hall or the much coveted convention exclusives. The afternoon saw a crowded convention floor, with the focus of the masses towards the entrance where DC, Marvel, Tokyopop and other booths were located. The dealers area is extensive at Wizard World and the Artists Alley area as been expanded this year compared to last. Gone is the wrestling ring and instead are two more rows of artists.
Now, on to some of the sights and sounds of Wizard World Chicago, Day 1.
|Ande Parks||Lovely couple. Just lovely.|
|Bat Lady Person with Handbag and friend.||Some goth dude, but check out the expressions of the two guys on either side. “What the…?”|
|Random characters. Sadly, the only one I recognize is Rainbow Bright. What does that say about me? It’s a rhetorical question, people!||Avatar’s William Christensen and “Lady Death’s” Brian Pulido|
|The view from above of a portion of the con floor.||“Proximity Effect’s” David Nakayama|
|Monster statue thing seen in some booth, I don’t remember which.||Mouse dude with extra long kung fu action tail. That’s better than guy wearing a mouse outfit.|
|The Young Guns on the Cup O’ Joe panel: Steve McNiven, Jim Cheung and Adi Granov||And on the other side of the podium Joe Quesada, Dan Buckley, C.B. Cebulski and David Bogart.|
|Home Made Spider-Man Boy Guy With Web Shooting Inaction||While I’m told there were Stormtroopers to be found, this is the only Star Wars character I found on Friday.|
|The “Forsaken” crew (Image Comics) of Kristian Donaldson, Nick Zagami and Carmen Treffiletti.||Erik Enervold from The International Comic Arts Association.|
|Jim Starlin||Zander Canon|
|Robert Kirkman and B. Clay Moore||“Closer’s” Leanne Buckley|
|Comic Book Idol finalist Jason Masters (all the way from South Africa!) and CBI Creator Jason Torres||Carla Speed McNeil, Neil Kleid and Heidi MacDonald|
|Michael Gaydos||“Army of Darkness'” Nick Bradshaw|
|Mark Sumerak and Mike Raicht||J. Torres hanging with Mike Norton this time.|
|Some Pirate Guy Dude Person.||Solider Boy.|
|Tyler Page of “Stylish Vittles.” I guess I didn’t need to point that out.||The Wildstorm Panel: Patty Jeres, Scott Dunbier, J. Scott Campbell and Brian K. Vaughn|
|Phoenix Rising. The sash around her waist was signed by a number of comic artists. The only one I could make out was Greg Horn.||So, after I took her picture, I asked what she was dressed as. Her response, “This is what I always look like.” And she was serious. Foot in mouth time.|
|Tall Wolf Dude Thing Wearing Hawaiian Shirt Guy says, “Bring it on, bitch!” Acually, he didn’t say that, but it would be better if he had.||Pedro Terrifico (look at the name tag), AKA Jon Layman|