Being a resident of New York City, I have the opportunity to travel to any number of states within a few hours. Three years ago, the love of my life and husband in my imagination, John Barrowman, was to appear at Wizard World Philadelphia. I jumped on the chance to finally meet my man, however, was amazed by what else happened, and continues to happen every time I attend Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con.
First of all, having been a resident of Miami and current resident of NYC, I am not used to nice people everywhere. Philadelphia lives up to its reputation of being the city of brotherly love. Everyone is so darn nice in Philly. I am particularly impressed with hotel staff in the area. Extremely courteous and professional folks.
Now on to Wizard World. This was my third time attending. Wizard World Philadelphia has a very special place in my heart as I have made friendships there that have lasted til today; quality friendships with stand up people. What I also like about the con is that they folks that run it, learn from their mistakes. Last year, with Matt Smith and Karen Gillan there, it was a total shit show. This year, with David Tennant and Billie Piper, autograph and photo op lines were extremely organized and not a horrific endeavor as previous years. Photo op wise, there was a change in how they delivered your photos. By the time you were done with your photo op and walked towards the entrance, your picture was ready. The photo op folks were waving you down to hand you your pic. Truly amazing service.
I only attended one panel this year and that was the David Tennant/Billie Piper panel. I am usually hesitant to attend panels as the Q & A portion makes me want to vomit with the asinine questions people ask. This panel was very different. People asked really great questions and David and Billie answered them with lots of humor and respect to the audience. They also expressed their heart-felt gratitude for the fans. The panel was all Q & A and it ended with a young boy asking David about his sonic screwdriver, pulling out David’s and Matt’s simultaneously, clearly showing that Matt’s was bigger than David’s. The audience had a great laugh at that.
I must share two things: my fan boy moment with David Tennant and taking my cousin Monique to a comic con for the first time and seeing things through the eyes of a newcomer. At my daytime job, I am a psychologist. We shrinks get kidded quite a bit that we are not actually doctors. Every time I get an autograph from someone who played The Doctor, I have them sign it to Doctor Ortega. David asked me, “Are you Doctor Ortega?” I enthusiastically answered yes. He then asked me, “What kind of doctor are you?” I responded that I was a psychologist. He replied, “Well, that counts.” MAJOR fan boy moment that the actor who played the best Doctor in Doctor Who history validated my professional existence. Thank you David Tennant!
On to my cousin’s first experience at a comic con. It really was awesome to see a con through the eyes of a first timer. She initially went so she can meet Stephen Amell of Arrow fame. Much to her surprise, one of the actors of Sons of Anarchy (Ryan Hurst aka Opie) was there. Major fan girl moment for her. After her first con experience, Monique had this to say, “it was amazing, from the art to the costumes to the mere fact that I got to see some of my favorite actors in person. My overall experience was mind blowing. Wizard World Philly Comic Con won a new fan.”
I don’t see any reason why I will not continue to attend Wizard World Philly Comic Con. Everything about it just gets better and better. The city itself is amazing. The food is delicious. The people are very nice. The con itself has gotten progressively more organized with a great selection of vendors, celebrities, and artists. I highly recommend it to anyone. Now if they can only get Brett Dalton to show up. I would be one happy man.