Today event goers young and old alike are lining up to attend the first ever Wizard World Comic Con in Indianapolis. The three day event kicked off at 3 p.m. and will go to 8 p.m. tonight, offering guests a diverse array of entertainment options.
Though many believe that the event is targeted only to diehard comic fans, according to event organizer Jerry Milani, that is simply not the case.
“It’s called comic con but it is really a pop culture con,” explained Milani. “It is a pop culture celebration. From movies, television, arts, gaming and cosplay… everything in the pop culture realm. Our celebrity guests represent 50 to 60 years of pop culture. [The convention] incorporates all the elements together.”
Though this is the event’s first year in Indiana, Wizard World Comic Con hosts 27 shows across the country and is well-known in the convention world for bring outstanding entertainment to fans. Milani noted that Wizard World Comic Con aims to bring all elements of entertainment together in one room for guests.
“You might be coming to the show because you want to meet Lou Ferrigno. On your way to meet Lou you’ll see someone dressed up as a hulk, you’ll see vendors selling hulk memorabilia, you’ll see artists with different interpretations of the hulk and then you’ll get to meet Lou and see him in a Q&A and get a picture or autograph.”
Though the event takes place in one large room, programming and entertainment offerings are anything but limited. Celebrity Q&A panels will be hosted in nearby rooms complete with autograph and photo ops available.
A few of the many noteworthy guests in attendance include Karen Gillian (Dr. Who, Guardians of the Galaxy), William Shatner (Star Trek, Boston Legal), Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead, Guardians of the Galaxy), James and Oliver Phelps (Harry Potter), Sean Patrick Flannery (Boondock Saints, Dexter, Saw 3D), Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk, The King of Queens and Hercules), James O’Barr (creator of The Crow) and Michael Golden (artist/writer/creator of Batman, Spiderman, X-Men, Star Wars, The Punisher).
Programming will be offered to guests discussing a wide array of topics such as writing and creating your own comic to WWE to a concert performed by World of Warcraft (a popular online computer game) composer Jason Hayes. A zombie shooting experience will also be offered at the event and those looking to bring home a taste of the convention can peruse 170 vendor and artists booths.
In addition, both Friday and Saturday evenings will feature end of the day celebrations. Friday guests can attend the Creator Pro AM: Drink & Draw event from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The event offers the opportunity for guests of all skill levels to compete in a live drawing and writing competition. Stay through to the end where one writer and one artist will be selected to win amazing prizes. At 9 p.m. on Saturday head down to the official Wizard World after party held at Cadillac Ranch and Bartinini’s. Free cover is offered with your wristband and drink specials will be offered all night for those over 21.
“We are excited for the first year show and hope people people will come give us a chance and see what we are all about,” stated Milani.
The event will be hosted from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Information on ticket prices and autograph/photo op prices can be found here. The event is held at the Indianapolis Convention Center, 100 S. Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis.