Pittsburgh Wizard World 2016 Review
This has been the second Wizard World I have been to, and the first as part of DPW. I’m sorry that this can’t be more of an in-depth review, but we only manage to go for just Saturday because my editor-In-Chief had the sickness: I don’t know if it was the black plague or bird flow, I’m just happy that he didn’t throw up in my car on the way to the con after breakfast.
For those that might not know, Wizard World is one of the bigger cons on the circuit these days. Now, when it comes to this show, you get upper branch stars from TV movies plus some comic people where you get to see their work before it goes public. The reason we went to this event was to talk to some indie creators. Now, in hindsight it might not have been the best place for focusing on that, but this was the first local con since we got up and running.
The drive up for isn’t too bad for me; I don’t live that far from Pittsburgh. I normally look forward to coming to these shows as it’s the easiest way to meet some of my favorite creators. I just wish they had a little more of them at this year’s show.
The David L. Lawrence convention center itself is a very cool building with a lot of space. They have a pretty big parking garage which is nice, and if used properly can make up for the price to park there (12 bucks a day). The convention floors are big and give plenty of room for the artist and vendors to set up. I also like that there was room for everyone to walk around; a lot of times at other venues you feel like you’re sardines crammed together on the show floor.
One thing different from last year was that there was more of a security presence—and don’t get me wrong, that’s a good thing. It would just get a little annoying every time you would go to see a panel, and then would have to go through the whole process again when you wanted to go back into the main floor. But I rather do that a couple of times a show than have something terrible happen. So it is what it is.
I do like how the panel rooms are on a different floor from the main show room though. It helps to separate some of what can be a lot of confusion. It makes for an all-around better panel too (way less crowded). That helps with keeping it quiet around the panel rooms and you are able to pay more attention to them.
The celebrities for his con were alright, but a lot of the higher profile ones backed out a couple of weeks before the show, or ended up only attending certain days. Only going for Saturday, we didn’t get to really see too much when it came to the celebrities. Though, I did get to see the one celebrity that I did want to see; Sean Schemmel, the voice of Goku. I even got to ask him a question during his Q&A which resulted in quite a lengthy response.
I always like going through artist alley to see all of the awesome work that people can do. Though, when it does come to artist alley, I prefer there to be a couple more well-known guys that I’m familiar with their work, but we didn’t get that for this show. Luckily, the indie guys more than made up for it.
I’m not too big into gaming; I just don’t have the time for it or the extra cash. But the set up for it was really nice. I got to play some demos for some stuff that I never heard of before, and they were fun to play. It also seemed that the tournament part of it was popular with many of the attendees. The whole gaming area was a very nice touch for the event.
The main panel that we went to was a how to write panel. It was interesting to see the different people on the panel give the view on how they write and the different techniques to use when crafting a story. They also gave some insight on how you could go about getting an artist for you work. It was really well done and I’d like to see more panels like that in the future.
This Wizard World was not the best con I’ve been to this year, but it was also far from the worst. I feel the main problem when it comes to this show is the price to get in; especially when most of those guest are not there. I would like to see some more actual comic book vendors too (I know this isn’t a straight comic con, but it would bring in more people), it would be nice to buy a good bit of books at the show. But other than that, I really enjoyed this con. There’s a good atmosphere and everyone there, workers and fans, were all really friendly. Unless something drastic happens in the future, I see myself going to next year’s show. Hopefully we are able to cover it again, and much more in-depth too.
I’m giving Pittsburgh Wizard World 2016…