We find ourselves here yet again. For a second year in a row, we covered the Cleveland Wizard World Comic and Gaming Con. It would be hard to top last year’s show, but they were somehow able to pull it off. There were some great creators, both indie and established alike, along with some really good featured guests. When all is said and done, this turned out to be another awesome show.
One of the nicer things about this year’s Cleveland Show was that it was held a little bit earlier in the month, so we didn’t have to deal with the Saint Patrick’s Day madness. It made it so much easier to maneuver throughout the city. Another nice thing we did this year was book the hotel connected to the convention center; which just made everything all around easier. But let’s start diving into some of the things that made this such a good con.
There weren’t too many creators this year who were actually selling books. It was a lot of people just doing prints and some original artwork. But we were able to find a few really good books, though.
Source Point Press had a pretty big setup there. Caleb picked up a bunch of books from them that I’m sure we will review here soon. We’ve talked to these awesome fellas in the past, so we always support their work when we can. I picked up the regular cover and the New York Comic Con variant of Twiztid Haunted High-Ons. I was very excited to see this on display.
Ted Sikora who created the Apama series that we reviewed a while back had his second volume of the series at his stand. But the best creator that I interacted with this weekend was Michael Watson.
If you’ve been reading our indie comic reviews, you’re probably familiar with most of his books from Freestyle Komics, which is now published through Short Fuse Media. I was able to get Mike to autograph all my issues of Hotshot, Vigilance, and Cypher. Also, not only was I able to get an awesome commission from him, but he did the artwork for the Wizard World program book, too! Having an original character on the cover of a major con’s program book is a big deal.
There was a decent selection of celebrity guests at this year’s show. The only real drawback was with Jason Momoa not coming to the show—and that was just because the on and off again with the cancellation stuff. He canceled, uncanceled, then canceled again. But you can’t do anything about the weather. Stan Lee also canceled, but we anticipated that ahead of time due to his age.
If you’re a fan of the BBC Network, you probably would’ve really liked this show. Because not only did we get most of the cast of Torchwood—including John Barrowman—but we also got the 10th Doctor David Tennant and his companion Billie Piper. Matt Ryan was also there if you are a fan of the recent TV version of Constantine. Rounding out the major guests were Ezra Miller and Ray Fisher. They had some of the best panels this year. Speaking of panels…
It was a little weird this year for us when it came to the panels. Last year there were so many that we wanted to cover we actually had to split up multiple times just to get them all. And even then we still missed out on some. This year we were able to go to all of the same panels together. There just weren’t many that interested us. I think a lot of that had to do with them having a lot of panels dealing with anime or cosplay.
Not saying those are bad—and they did make it seem like that was kind of the theme for the show—we just prefer to cover things involving writing and creating. For instance, there were only a couple independent comic panels, and just one writing panel the whole weekend. The one writing panel was jam-packed full of people with many sitting on the floor and standing in the back of the room. That just shows me the fans want more writing related panels at these shows. Maybe we’ll do a DPW one in the future. Anyway, I went more in-depth on each day’s panels on my Wizard World Cleveland Day to Day article. If you’re interested in a closer look of each panel we went to, check that out, as well as our major WW piece coming tomorrow or Wednesday.
So all in all, this was a pretty good convention. There were some things I wasn’t necessarily interested in, but you can’t please everybody when it comes to these shows. But still, I had a lot of fun. I want to go to next year’s show, but we’re considering checking out some other Wizard World shows we haven’t attended yet. This will give us a good change of scenery.
I’m giving Wizard World Cleveland 2018…