Thursday, June 18, 2009

Two Comic Cons this Weekend?

You would never know. This weekend is my fourth consecutive trip to Philly for Wizard World East. I can never get used to calling it "WWE." Being a wrestling fan, these letters have a different meaning for me.

The last few years, the Wizard Philly con has been lacking when comes to cool guests or goings. I know it will never compare to NY or San Diego, two years ago, when we had Hayden Panettiere (the cheerleader from Heroes), Chicago had Christopher Nolan and assorted cast members from the forthcoming Dark Knight movie.

Mentioning Heroes, also this weekend is Heroes Con in Charlotte which is the only con getting any sort of play online or anywhere for that matter. By booking TWO cons on the East Coast so close to each other (to me, 10 hours is close) forces many publishers to make hard choices.

And from the looks of things, Charlotte is the winner. When comparing the two talent line ups, Philly looks more like a gathering of improv troops, sci-fi TV stars and wrestlers from the 80s than a comic convention.

But, Philly still has a bunch of cool comic industry guests (Dan Didio, Art Baltazar, Garth Ennis, Shane Davis, Joe Kelly, Jeff Katz, Kevin Maguire, etc.) but all the talk is about Charlotte.

I look forward to Wizard World Philly every year and with rumors of it being the last, I plan on making the most of it and having the best time ever.

I just wish people knew it was going on...

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