In 2014, I reported that both the Rhode Island Comic Con organizers and convention center have some growing up to do as they were entirely unprepared for the new cohort of nerds that were quickly expanding (click here for original article). This past 2015 con demonstrated that they had indeed adapted to that demand. More articles discussing the events, costumes, and general other fun things will be published soon. For now, I am focusing on the con’s logistics, improvements, and a few questionable choices for both the attendees and the vendors.
Where the con was before undersized, using just the RI Convention Center, it was now rectified with the expansion to also include the Dunkin Donuts Center. Lines were better organized into the event; waits were not unreasonable for the volume of people at the peak times. And of course, no one was turned away this time.
This year I was fortunate enough to attend the Philadelphia Wizard World (Comic Con) with a press pass graciously given to me by Steve Morrison (from the Preston & Steve Show at WMMR in Philly). I was also fortunate to have a great friend that let me live my nerd dream of meeting and getting a picture with David Tennant (of the Doctor Who fame).
Generally, after conventions I am exhausted. Glad for the experience, but also glad it’s over. This time was different. I’ve been to Wizard World a couple of times, but this year they’ve changed something and that’s a good thing. Perhaps it was the natural high of getting to see Billie Piper and David Tennant on a panel, or being responsible for getting friends ON a panel, but I’m not the only one who had this observation. Friends of mine that had also attended the convention (and are not convention rookies) agreed, Wizard World was a blast, and more importantly, wasn’t stressful or crammed. Sure, it was crowded, but what comic convention isn’t?
I was only able to go on Saturday and Sunday, the busiest days of any convention, and the main show room was actually breathable and I wasn’t bumping into people left and right like I normally do. Even kid’s day, which at NYCC is a nightmare, made me forget it was even kid’s day after a while.
Saturday morning I had arrived in Philly just as the doors to the Convention Center were opening. Although I was press, the lines for general admission were moving fairly quickly and surprisingly there wasn’t a line out the door. The Doctor Who panel was at 10:30am, and the room it was held in (Terrace Ball Room) seemed like miles away, but I finally made it, and got a decent seat by my friend Janice. I should have gotten there much earlier to get a seat front and center, but I was happy to be in the same room as my favorite Doctor and his blonde companion. For me, Doctor Who was Continue reading My Wonderful Whovian Weekend at Philly Wizard World→
Hey there! We’ll be hitting up the City of Brotherly Love this weekend for the Wizard World show. I’m addition to our regular coverage and cosplay pics, your’s truly (Chris) will be sitting down on a couple panels hosted by the gracious Tony Kim!
Star Wars Fan Panel: Fandom Strikes Back (Sat 4:30, Rm 111)
No story has captured more of our imagination for the past 4 decades than Star Wars. As a result, our fandom is like an energy field; it surrounds us, penetrates us, and binds our galaxy together. Now that we are on the eve of a Episode VII The Force Awakens, it’s time for fans to gather to discuss the potential of the continuing stories of Star Wars. Join our panel of Philly geek experts as we discuss the past 4 decades of Star Wars, the cultural impact, and speculate on the future… which still happened a long time ago. Moderated by Tony B Kim
Philly Geek experts compete in an epic game of nerd trivia while debating the latest culture topics like race-bending, objectification, film casting, cosplay is not consent, and more. This hilarious, energetic, and outrageous panel will not only be entertaining but might challenge your view of the pop culture world. Moderated by Tony B Kim
Once again I attended my personal favorite gaming convention, Total Confusion. Mostly, I love it because it is purist gaming at its best. I always make it a point to try some new things and play some other things that I just plain enjoy. However, this time was special for me.
This year’s Rhode Island Comic Con was a general success. The Comic Con attendance greatly exceeded the organizer’s expected turnout compared to all prior years. In fact, the Rhode Island Convention Center exceeded their expected numbers compared to all other events… ever! (Nerd pride.) However, the convention was not without problems. You can read about the over-capacity debacle here:
But for now, let’s focus on the other experiences, which were generally positive. The con took place on November 1st – 2nd with a Halloween party the night before (on Halloween). The party was decently attended. I enjoyed the drink list which had tasty choices such as the Ecto-1, the Ooze, and the Beetlegeuise. And of course, it was a great place for the cosplay to begin.
On November 1st, 2014, a little prior to 3pm, the RI State Fire Marshall shut down the registration area of the Convention Center due to the Center reaching capacity This meant that no one new was allowed to enter the RI Comic Con.
This year at New York Comic Con I think I spent more time in panels than I ever had before. Part of that is because I was usually standing in line for sometimes up to 3 hours to get into a the panel which caused me to miss out on other interesting panels my line wait conflicted with. This year the max I waited for anything was about an hour, and I think I got into everything I actually wanted to.