Comic Con-ing: Mrs. Nola Nerd’s Wizard World New Orleans 2018

As con season approaches, our first con of 2018 will be Wizard World New Orleans. We’ve been to WWNOLA since its inception and have enjoyed ourselves every year. This year will surely follow suit! Here’s a look at some people I am looking forward to seeing.

Mr. Nola Nerd and I decided to do a photo op with Mr. Stan Lee. We have met him three times and have his autograph on a comic, on a photo, and on my Mallrats poster; however, we do not have any photos with him and us. Since he is in such high demand, his people have to move the line quickly and they do not allow photographs at the table. We know he is winding down on the con circuit (we were at the London Film and Comic Con in 2014, which was he final European appearance, and it was INSANE; they had to put him in his own building) and we figured this might be our last chance to have a photo with Stan “The Man” Lee. Like Mr. Nola Nerd said in his last blog, we might bring our baby countdown sign to have in the photo with us. I am sure Miss Nola Nerd Baby will love that photo growing up!

Jason Momoa is attending and although we met him at Space City Con in 2014, that was before I had my Game of Thrones poster. I now have about twenty people on the poster (the latest being Jerome Flynn aka Bronn thanks to my dear friend David getting him for me at Rhode Island Comic Con). He was awesome to meet in person and I cannot wait to meet him again. I would love to have an Aquaman picture signed as well, but thanks to baby, I will be limiting it to just my poster.

The announcement that made me scream with happiness was David Tennant! I never thought I would be lucky enough to meet him in person. I have a Doctor Who poster that I would love to have him sign, but I also want a photo of him as Ten, as Kilgrave from Jessica Jones (WOW that performance!), and as Scrooge McDuck from the new Duck Tales! Of course, that’s simply not possible right now, so I have to narrow my choice down to one. I am fairly certain it will be a photo of Ten. I have to see his wonderful face!

One of my absolute favorite shows growing up was Boy Meets World. In fact, I just finished rewatching the entire series on Hulu. I was the same age as most of the cast, so I completely related to them and their teen struggles. I am super excited to meet Rider Strong, who portrayed Shawn Hunter, and Will Friedle, who portrayed Eric Matthews. I am hoping to get a cast picture with Ben Savage (Cory Matthews) and Danielle Fishel (Topanga Lawrence). Hopefully one day I can meet them as well!

Those are my top celebrity guests. If I were rich, I would meet Jenna Coleman again. I have a picture of her as Clara signed and she is on my poster for Doctor Who; however, Kurt and I are really into the PBS drama Victoria. We would love to get her as that character, but like I said previously, baby comes first.

I would also love to meet Ian Somerhalder. Now, I have never seen a single episode of The Vampire Diaries in my life. So why do I want to meet him. One word: LOST! I was obsessed with LOST and I have several autographs from different cast members. I was crushed when Boone “left the show,” so I would love to add him to my collection. Alas, he will have to wait for another con.

A few other cool guests that we have already met are Nichelle Nichols, who plays Uhura in Star Trek, Jon Heder, who is Napoleon Dynamite, and the Fonz himself, Henry Winkler. All extremely lovely people and if you are a fan, I definitely recommend meeting them.

So that’s it so far for Wizard World. Of course, there are other guests that will be there, but unfortunately I have not seen the shows that they have been in. Besides, I can’t meet everybody, right?! The addiction has to stop somewhere. *wink* Besides, I haven’t even gotten into the comic book artists and creators I want to meet! That will have to be saved for another post.

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.

 

ComicCon-ing: Arrow Panel at Wizard World New Orleans

Before Sunday’s panel with Arrow stars Stephen Amell and David Ramsey at Wizard World New Orleans, we were able to get both of their autographs.  We were the first in line for David Ramsey. We actually had a great discussion with his convention manager about conventions in general since we have seen her at other events around the world.  When Mr. Ramsey arrived, we were struck by how large of man he is.  He stood at the edge of the table and greeted his fans that way. He told us he went to Frenchmen Street the night before (an acceptable excuse for being late).

When we met Stephen Amell we asked him about his winery, Nocking Point. We had tried to join his wine club, but it’s not available in Louisiana.  We asked him why and he said that was really a question for Louisiana.  Looks like we will be writing our congressmen!

Both stars did their best to answer the questions posed by the audience as seriously as they could. Some questions, they can’t answer like what will happen next on the show.

Pictures and audio from the panel after the jump.

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ComicCon-Ing: The Guardians of The Galaxy Panel With Partial Audio

The Guardians of the Galaxy Panel at Wizard World New Orleans was definitely one of the highlights of the weekend.  You had quiet and thoughtful Dave Bautista on one end, and the charmingly funny Sean Gunn on the other.  And in the middle of them was the human hurricane that is Michael Rooker.

Highlights from this panel:

  • Bautista would love to play Hinx in a James Bond film again.  He thinks there is a possibility that he could if Daniel Craig returns.  However, he clearly pointed out that this was a possibility that he, and only he, thinks so far.  He hasn’t heard anything from the Bond or Craig camps.
  • Sean Gunn spent a lot of time on set doing both of his roles.
  • James Gunn rights a special script for Vin Diesel that translates all of the “I am Groot” lines into actual human dialog so he can know his motivation.
  • If Bautista could go drinking with anyone in the MCU it would be the Hulk, because that would “be a bomb ready to go off.” Sean Gunn was kind of alarmed at that possibility.
  • I walked in late, due to being in line for David Duchovny, but apparently working out glutes was very important to this movie.
  • Michael Rooker said Nagin couldn’t have touched Merle.
  • Michael Rooker has been in 114 films.

Some pictures from the panel:

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Sean Gunn

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Dave Bautista and Micheal Rooker Working Their Glutes

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Michael Rooker and Sean Gunn

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Michael Rooker

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The Guardians of the Galaxy Panel

 

This is a partial recording of the panel for those of you who couldn’t make it.

ComicCon-ing: Portion of the Stephen Amell and David Ramsey Arrow Panel at Wizard World New Orleans

This week we will be posting about our adventures at Wizard World New Orleans.

We tried doing a Facebook live video for the first time this weekend during the Arrow panel with Stephen Amell and David Ramsey.  Will try to do more in the future, so make sure you follow our Facebook page!

We will have a full recap of this panel later this week, including audio.