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.
Friday 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.
The 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.
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.
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.
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:
This is a partial recording of the panel for those of you who couldn’t make it.
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.
New Orleans Wizard World starts this afternoon. Here are some tips and tricks to having a great con.
Bring cash: A lot of vendors and artists do take cards but not all. Most autographs will be cash only. Every con we over here at least 2 conversations about how no one told them to bring cash.
Budget: Go in with a set amount and do your best to stick to it. It’s easy to want everything. I often describe cons to non-nerds as huge jewelry show for geeks. There will be lots of vendors with lots of things you want, but remember, you do live in the real world.
Shop Cautiously: We buy lots of things at cons, and over the years we have learned to know when we are getting a good deal or not. Your phone is a great resource to see if that figurine is really worth what they are asking. Now, you will overpay some, the vendors have to make a living. Just try not to pay double.
Be Patient in Long Lines: Lines will develop for autographs that could take hours. The more popular and/or sociable the celebrity is, the longer it will take. Know this. Plan for it. Be sociable. The person in line with you obviously has one shared interest. Make a friend.
Plan: You can’t plan for everything but use your calendar on your phone. Put your autograph and photo op times on there. Set alarms. Put panels that you want to go on there. But also don’t be afraid to deviate if something fun comes along.
Eat and Drink: Saturday is a busy day for me. I will have very little time to take care of myself, but I must. Cons can be exhausting and without proper nourishment and hydration, you will feel miserable.
Cosplay Doesn’t Equal Consent: You see a great costume and you want to make sure you get a picture of it. Then ask. It’s rude to not ask. Also, it should go without saying, but you should never make anyone feel uncomfortable or unsafe.
Be at the Ready: Make sure your batteries are charged and you have tons of space on your memory card. Your camera can’t take a good picture if it is in the bag.
Rest: You will get tired. Take a moment to sit down. We highly suggest you attend a panel and do so. That way you can rest and still take part. (And may I suggest a panel at 3:30 in room 240. I’ll be on this panel).
Make Friends: Unless you only like some obscure comic that was only made once in your neighbor’s garage, you will find people with like interests. There are people who go to comic cons and never actually buy a ticket. They just meet up with friends outside the venue and take pictures and have fun. For our first comic con blog, I entitled it “Nerds of the World Unite.” You are bound to meet people who are just like you and would love to be your friend.
Phones: I’m setting mine to lower power mode at 100% so that it can use lest battery. I also have an extra charger just in case.
Stay Healthy: You will be in a large building with thousands of people. Germs are everywhere. Bring hand sanitizer and wash your hands anytime you can. If you cough or sneeze, please cover your mouth. Dab if you must, but cover up. And then still go wash your hands.