ComicCon-ing: First Peek at Wizard World New Orleans

We are three months away from Wizard World New Orleans, the biggest comic con in Louisiana. Mrs. Nola Nerd will be seven months pregnant when the con rolls around, so we are researching cosplays for the weekend.

The early guest list looks fantastic. The main attraction is Stan Lee who will be appearing only on the Saturday of the con.  We have met him before, but we are thinking of doing a photo op because this might be the closest Nola Nerd Baby gets to meet Mr. Lee.  Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple is excited to meet Jason Moma again. He is funny and charming, and we need him on some Game of Thrones posters. Sean Maher and Summer Glau, who played siblings on Firefly, will be in New Orleans.  Looking forward to having Ms. Glau sign my Firefly poster. From Walking Dead, Austin Amelio and Lennie James sill be there on Saturday and Sunday. Ray Park, who we need on some Star Wars posters and pictures will be earning our money also that weekend. Holly Marie Combs, Jon Heder, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Nicholas Brendon and John Schneider will also be at the con. I’m most excited to meet Charisma Carpenter to add to my Buffy collections.

For comics, they already have an impressive list, and we will talk more about the whole list in the future. Two that I want to talk about now are Howard Chaykin and Mike Grell.  The legendary Howard Chaykin will be at Wizard World New Orleans.  We met him once before to have him sign a Star Wars variant cover. However, that was when we were just starting to get into comics. Learning more about his work, both as a writer and an artist, I can’t wait to meet him again and buy some of his work.  Owning a sketch of his will be a major piece for our collections. Another creator we are looking forward to is Mike Grell. Mr. Grell has had a long career that included runs on Iron Man and Green Arrow.

Wizard World New Orleans will take place January 5, 6, and 7 2018 at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Center.

ComicCon-ing: Biloxi Wizard World Postponed to 2018

Well, my post this morning was premature. Wizard World has decided not to have five end of the year cons and move them to 2018.  This includes Biloxi.

Here is the tweet with the annoucement:

While we are disappointed, we understand that putting on a good con takes a lot of work and more importantly time.  Hopefully, the extended period allows for them to put a good show.  I just hope that some of the guests that they had lined up, especially Craig Parker, who we were really excited to meet.

See you at Wizard World New Orleans!

 

ComicCon-ing: More Guests Annouced for Biloxi Wizard World

Now that we have explained our somewhat long absence, hopefully, we can get back to writing more posts and doing more nerdy things.

The next big event that we want to do is Wizard World Biloxi. They have announced some great guest since our last post on the con.

  • Jewel Statie: Best known for her work on Firefly, she will be there Saturday and Sunday.
  • John Schneider: The former Duke of Hazard will be in Biloxi on Saturday and Sunday
  • James Marsters: My personal favorite cast member from Buffy the Vampire Slayer will be there all weekend.
  • Barry Bostwick: The star of The Rocky Horror Picture Show will be there all three days.
  • Lou Ferrigno: The Incredible Hulk himself will be at the con for the weekend.
  • Thomas Ian Nicholas: I never realized that the kid from Rookie of the Year grew up to be a teenager in American Pie.  Mr. Nicholas will be there all three days.

The con will be held in Biloxi from October 13-15 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center.  Find out more at the official site!

 

ComicCon-ing: Wizard World Biloxi

Stan Lee is coming to Wizard World New Orleans! We got really excited because even though we have numerous things signed by him, we don’t have a photo op.  So we go to the Wizard World web page and look up some New Orleans stuff.  Then we click on their shows.

And there is one in Biloxi! What? And, how did we miss this!

I blame us being more frugal lately so that cuts down on our trips to a lot of cons.  But Biloxi, you bet we are going to be there.

Here are the guests confirmed so far:

  • Matt Ryan: Mr. Ryan is most famous for playing Constantine in the Arrowverse
  • Craig Parker:  Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple let out a shriek when she heard he was going to be there. When I realized who he is, I understood.  The role she loves him for is Haldir, who fights bravely at the battle of Helm’s Deep, in the Lord of the Rings.  He is also one of her favorite characters on the CW’s Reign.
  • Naoko Mori:  She has been a member of the BBC’s Torchwood cast as well as having a role in Everest.  She was also the first ever Japanese National to play a lead role in a West End play.
  • Gareth David Lloyd: Mr. Lloyd co-starred with Ms. Mori in Torchwood.
  • Holly Marie Combs: Ms. Combs is known for her work on Charmed and Picket Fences. 

When we know more about Wizard World Biloxi we will post here!

ComicCon-ing: Photographs from New Orleans Wizard World

The Nola Nerd Couple Podcast Episode 5: Wizard World New Orleans Wrap-Up

On this episode of the podcast, the Nola Nerd Couple discuss Wizard World New Orleans 2017.  We discuss specific things we did and what we like most about the con.  Of course, we also pointed a few minor better ifs.  We also talk about Rogue One, Super Mario Run, and a few comics.

Topics include: Dave Bautista, Theo Rossi, Peter Mayhew, Carrie Fisher, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Harley Quinn, and DC Rebirth.

Star Wars-ing: Star Wars at Wizard World New Orleans

ww201717_00068Friday night, there were two panels that discussed Star Wars.  The first panel, led by fans,  debated the question of “What period is the Golden Age of Star Wars?”  The panel, and the room, split between the original trilogy and the Disney era. To me, nothing will be as exciting as watching the original trilogy, especially A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back.  However, George Lucas held tight reigns over the franchise and while there was an extended universe it was basically added piece by piece. Under Disney, there is a unified focus on creating the larger Star Wars universe.  Books are created with this in mind.  Look at Marvel during both ages.  Marvel, during the original trilogy, was basically left alone and was given no guidance as what to do between movies. This allowed for some strange characters such as Jaxxon.  Under Disney’s stewardship, the universe seems to be carefully plotted out with much involvement from all creators: movies, books, tv, and comics.  Having a character from the Clone Wars be in Rogue One best illustrates this fact.  If you are judging by movies, then yes the original three will be hard to beat.  However, if you are judging by the entire universe, Disney has done a fantastic job so far.

 

ww201717_00079The second panel discussed the psychology of Star Wars and was led by academics. They discussed Joseph Campbell and the myths behind Star Wars.  They discussed the motivations behind some of the decisions of Luke, Anakin, and Kylo Ren. They provided the first satisfactory answer I’ve heard for why Luke never showed grief over his uncle and aunt (hint: PTSD is involved). They not only referenced movies but brought up The Clone Wars and Rebels.  Dr. Travis Langely, who led the panel, has edited many books on the psychology of certain pop culture phenomenons including Star Wars. He and the members of this panel also provided panels that analyzed Doctor Who and Harry Potter..  If you see Dr. Langely will be at a comic con near you, I highly suggest you check out one of his panels and then go buy a book after.

Both men who have put on the Chewbacca suit in an official capacity were at Wizard World  New Orleans. Both drew great crowds and were fantastic with their fans.  Joonas Suotamo is one tall human being.

 

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Carrie Fisher loomed large over Wizard World New Orleans.  She was going to be it’s biggest star.  She was the reason why people who might not normally attend a con would have went. Wizard World obviously refunded all who had bought an autograph, photo-ops, and VIPs with her. Peter Mayhew was still shaken by her death being her friend for forty years.  In the lobby, the placed a giant poster of Ms. Fisher for fans to sign and state their farewells.  It ended up being a loving tribute to the woman who inspired many of the fans that were in attendance at Wizard World.