Wizard World Austin 2014 – Recap

#WWAustinCC has come to a close and I already miss it. One thing that stood out to me this year was the number of attendees appeared to have reduced from previous years. I remember years where I couldn’t walk around the venue comfortably. This could have been due to the amount of canceled appearances such as Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Evan Peters and a few others. It could have also been due to the fact that ACL was going on the same weekend. Regardless, I always have a good time being surrounded by fellow nerds, no matter the masses. My favorite part about these conventions are the cosplayers. Seeing the time and dedication that these enthusiasts put in is inspiring. I think I might have to give it a shot myself before the next convention.

Ultra Sabers, a company whose specialty is building custom lightsabers, was one of the more popular exhibits at the con. By the end of the three days, a good portion of kids and adults alike were lightsaber dueling throughout the convention halls.

Tulsa Tardis provided a life-size Tardis for attendees to take pictures in or with.
Doctor Who and Guardians of the Galaxy appeared to be huge influence for cosplayers this year. My favorite Doctor Who related costumes goes to this gentleman who dressed as a Cyberman, while his daughters dressed as Weeping Angels.
Saturday, in lieu of National Taco Day, was Deadpool petitioning to have an official con called “Taco Con”. I think we can all get behind that.
The Zombie Zone, presented by: Miller’s Haunted House, makes another return to the Con. Zombie Zone offers attendees a chance to shoot at characters such as Zombified Osama bin Laden and Santa Clause.
One of the panels I attended was of J. August Richards, who plays plays Mike Peterson aka Deathlok, on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. I am a big fan of the show and just about anything Marvel makes, so you can bet I was pretty excited to hear what he had to say about the upcoming season. I should have known that not much was going to be shared, especially considering Marvel’s been known for keeping any future plans secret. Richards did confirm there would continue to be big plans for his character. When asked if his character would make a leap from television to the movies, he said “I don’t know anymore than you guys, but I would love to be in the films. It would keep me working year round.”
Another panel I attended was a one-on-one with Jason David Frank, who portrayed Tommy Oliver, also known as the White/Green Ranger in the original Power Ranger series. I was about 5 years old when the series first aired, I had all the figures, all the weapons, even the Megazord that could transform so this was definitely a trip down memory lane. He discussed multiple stories from his career from staring as a Power Ranger and reprising the role, his martial arts studio, his tattoos, to filming his fight with Scorpion for Machinima. He did tell us that the Green Ranger vs. Ryu video just wrapped up.
I had the chance to chat with Michael Rooker a bit. Michael Rooker is probably one of the coolest celebrities I have ever met. He is one of those people who are all about the fans. A really nice guy, always smiling and doing his best to get you to do the same. He did mention to a few of us that he expects to reprise his role as Yondu in the next Guardians movie, which he was absolutely great in.
I purchased a Legend of Zelda inspired Ocarina from STLOcarina. One of the gentlemen at the booth actually sold me when he played Saria’s song. Another purchase I made was of these Dragon Ball Crystal balls. To give you a better idea of how big these are, they are 7.8cm in diameter and they are gorgeous. They are surprisingly heavy and even come with a nice display case.
Overall, the convention was great, Another year done. You can view the full album on Flickr. See you next October #WWAustinCC

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