I was very lucky to attend the Wizard World Comic Con in New Orleans this past weekend, a.k.a nerd heaven. If you're not familiar, Comic Con is a popular culture and comic convention held annually around the country. It features a variety of different celebrities, artists, merchants, and most importantly FANS! Thousands of people fond of sci-fi, fantasy, gaming, comic books, anime, and cosplay gathered together at the convention center to hang out, meet some of their heroes, and buy cool stuff. Some of the guests of honor this year were Matt Smith (of Doctor Who), Pam Grier (!!!!), Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger), Cassandra Peterson (Elvira, Mistress of the Dark), Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead, The Boondock Saints), Linda Hamilton (The Terminator), animator Phil Ortiz, and the comic legend Stan Lee.
My cosplay was San from Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke. This was when I finally found the sailor scouts!
Nola feels like a pretty magical place on any old day, so it was extra awesome to be surrounded by superheroes, trekkies, zombies, steampunks, and some of my favorite video game characters. There was so much to look at; from collectors’ action figures, light sabers and cosplay crafts, to striking and innovative professional-fan art. Nen, Greg Horn, and Sara Richard were a few of my favorites. The con creates such an open environment for all things geeky, so by just mingling with folks you’re bound to meet someone who’s into the same stuff as you. I chilled with storm troopers, an extremely realistic lookin wookie, Thor, Bat Woman, and the Mario Brothers to name a few. And speaking of wookies, if you will be in New Orleans for Mardi Gras, The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus is holding their annual parade and after-party this Saturday! Who doesn't love a drunk Chewbacca? It’ll be a blast, hope to see you there.- Olive Henzel