It was a convention to remember this past weekend at Wizard World San Jose. Geeks near and far made their way to the San Jose Convention Center to enjoy the wide array of panels, a hall full of vendors, and to make new friends with other geeks alike.
Panels offered at this Wizard World convention ranged from being educated about “Event and Cosplay Photography” to the most hilarious and entertaining “Michael Rooker Versus The Audience”. Carefully selected guests were invited to share their deep knowledge of their line of work which provided so much insight to those wanting to pursue specific hobbies, activities, or even careers in the entertainment industry.
At “Michael Rooker Versus The Audience”, con goers got to experience a taste of what Rooker is like off-set of Guardians of the Galaxy and AMC’s The Walking Dead. His quick wit and delightful humor sure made his panel worth attending. He ended the panel by announcing the disappointing amount of calories he had burned running through the audience answering questions concluding that it was a chicken tender that he had taken from a passerby that ruined his exercise.
Bruce Campbell was joined by Ted Raimi at his own panel “The One And Only Bruce Campbell.” We got to enjoy Raimi assuming another identity as Sven Garlic — a great magician who performed a plethora of tricks that… May have not made him the greatest magician. The memorable performance was followed by Campbell interviewing an audience member’s cute, 4-year-old son who shyly answered that he did not have a girlfriend. The future Iron Man also expressed that he did not want to get married, to which Campbell jokingly replied that it would save him a lot of money in the future.
Many celebrity and guest appearances were made from a variety of pop culture backgrounds such as comic book artist, Greg Horn, to cosplayer, Firelight, to even one of the Hobbits of Middle Earth, Billy Boyd.
Vendors filled the main hall with so many goodies and gadgets along with incredible artwork that showcased exceptional talent. A variety of booths offered an array of items such as geek chic accessories and even sculptures made out of scrap metal. Caricatures and tattoos were even being drawn on paper and skin throughout the weekend, so it is safe to say that many people went home happy with custom ink.
Let’s not forget about the cosplay! All weekend, con-goers dressed as their favorite television, movie, game, and anime characters. There were also many original concept characters that made an appearance on the con floor. The cosplays at this convention, despite the size of it, were many.
Wizard World also held its traditional Costume Contest. The contest had prizes that were sponsored by Sideshow Collectibles. Over 80 competitors entered to show off their amazing cosplay.
It has already been announced that Wizard World will be making its way back to San Jose next year in 2016, but the exact dates have yet to be determined.
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