Atlanta Trip: Wizard World Comic Convention

Atlanta Trip: Wizard World Comic ConBack in May this year, the Wizard World Comic Convention came into the city of Atlanta.  It was a very opportune time for me as I’m in the city for the about ten weeks to visit our client, Elavon.  The Wizard World Comic Con events are held in different cities in the US with the grandest happening in the city of San Diego.   And this time in Atlanta, event was held for three days in the Georgia World Congress Center, just across the Philips Arena and near the CNN Center.

Though I’m not a hard fanatic of comic books, I sure did love reading them specially when I was still living in Singapore.  I’ve read multiple comic book series from the Singapore libraries.  And among the most famous comic books, I liked reading a lot of Marvel comics specially the X-men series and Spiderman.

So on the second day of the conference, together with my on-site manager and friend, Niko and his wife, Kim, we went on to check out the event.  The ticket costs $40 for access into conference, but to get pictures or autographs with the celebrities in the event has additional costs.

Atlanta Trip: Wizard World Comic Con

Welcome to Wizard World Comic Con

Atlanta Trip: Wizard World Comic Con

The Bat Mobile

Driving to park our car, we instantly knew that we are coming into the right place.   This as we see nerdy looking people headed to the event plus some of those who dressed up for the occasion into their favorite comic book character.

The main exhibit is located about 2 levels going down into a huge hall which is divided into two separate sections.  The first half they left it empty except for the ticket booths at the far end of the hall.  And the other half is the main hall where everything is happening.

This is my first time to attend this kind of a convention and I was excited on what we can see.  And the first interesting I saw inside was the Bat Mobile, of course made famous by the caped crusader, Batman.  If you wanted to have a photo on the car, they charge you for a fee.  I just thought of taking a photo of it.

Atlanta Trip: Wizard World Comic Con

Comic Books

Atlanta Trip: Wizard World Comic Con

Comic Book themed items

Atlanta Trip: Wizard World Comic Con

Lego Star Wars characters

The convention basically brought in different shops that sell different comic books from different publishers.  There were also booths that sell posters, super hero costumes, jewelries, pins, action figures, Lego action figures, and anything that is inspired by comic book heroes.

Atlanta Trip: Wizard World Comic Con

assorted comic badges

Atlanta Trip: Wizard World Comic Con

3D model making

There were also stalls that are dedicated to companies that offer services for providing cosplay artists and make-up artists.  And one the most fascinating there was a booth that has attracted most of the cosplay actors and other visitors in costume.  This booth features a rotating platform and cameras that captures a 3D image of patrons to produce mini action figures of them.

Aside from the different businesses inside the convention, it also features the opportunity to see, catch a photo and get autographs of some celebrities from Vine.  There were also celebrities from known TV series that are based from comic books.  And in this convention, the most famous here is Norman Reedus from the hit TV series The Walking Dead.

Atlanta Trip: Wizard World Comic Con

Norman Reedus of the Walking Dead

Atlanta Trip: Wizard World Comic Con

Robert Knepper of Prison Break

Other celebrities there were Robert Knepper from the TV series Prison Break. Milo Ventimiglia who was famous as Peter Petrelli in the TV series Heroes. James Marsters who I remember as Spike in Buffy the Vampire Slayer was there.  Kevin Sorbo from Hercules, Sean Patrick Flanery from The Boondock Saints have their booths. And also Paul Randall Wight, Jr better known as Big Show of WWE is there as well.

Atlanta Trip: Wizard World Comic Con

Milo Ventimiglia of Heroes with James Marsters of Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Atlanta Trip: Wizard World Comic Con

Kevin Sorbo from Hercules

Atlanta Trip: Wizard World Comic Con

Sean Patrick Flanery

There were also some young kids who became famous in Vine that young girls have lined up for their autographs.  But, no one beats the lengthy lines to have their autograph of Norman Reedus.  Young kids and adults alike have queued up for him.  And too bad that though the movie Xmen:  Days of Future Past has a booth there, they didn’t have any actors attending.

And well of course, what’s a comic convention without the visitors and artists who dress themselves up as their favorite action hero, complete with their spandex suits and their gigantic props.

There we saw zombies, Frankenstein, Princess Leia and Boba Fett from StarWars, and the Ghost King from the Lord of the Rings.

Atlanta Trip: Wizard World Comic Con

Myself with Boba Fett

Atlanta Trip: Wizard World Comic Con

Princess Leia

Atlanta Trip: Wizard World Comic Con

zombies walking around

Atlanta Trip: Wizard World Comic Con

Red Power Ranger with a young Batman

Atlanta Trip: Wizard World Comic Con

Harley Quinn and a lady with a big gun

Also some famous characters from the D.C. Comics world are present there like Superman, Superwoman, Batman, Catwoman, the Riddler, the Harley Quinn, and some Batgirls.

Atlanta Trip: Wizard World Comic Con

Lady Joker and Male Harley Quinn

Atlanta Trip: Wizard World Comic Con

Superwoman with Superman behind

Atlanta Trip: Wizard World Comic Con

The Riddler, Catwoman and Batman

And of course from the Marvel comics world Spiderman, The Spawn, Deadpool,  Marvel Girl, the Scarlet Witch, Emma Frost, the Phoenix, Jean Grey, Ironman, War Machine, and Captain America.

Atlanta Trip: Wizard World Comic Con

Ms. Marvel and the Scarlet Witch

Atlanta Trip: Wizard World Comic Con

Emma Frost and the Phoenix

Atlanta Trip: Wizard World Comic Con

Ironmen and Captain Americas

And lastly, once interesting thing that I encountered during this event was that I was unexpectedly interviewed.  It was by a reporter from a local FM radio station, Atlanta’s Rock Station, Rock 100.5.

Atlanta Trip: Wizard World Comic Con

Me being interviewed on radio via Atlanta Rock Station 100.5

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