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Wizard World Comic Con Comes to New Orleans

Cosplay at Wizard World (Photo courtesy of Wizard World)

Wizard World Comic Con is coming to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Jan 4-6 for a weekend of the kind of fun you can only have when you’re allowed to totally be yourself. Famous for bringing together scores of fans of everything from fantasy and sci-fi to TV and movies, this isn’t a festival one goes to because they’re trying to put on airs. Wizard World is where you can go to be around tens of thousands of people enjoying things that make them happiest.

“A lot of pop culture fandom lives online,” says Jerry Milani, Wizard World Public Relations Manager. “People connect on social media about their favorite shows and movies and popular fiction universes, but Wizard World events give them a chance to interact in person.”

Wizard World is brought to us by the group who produces the most widely attended Comic Con tour in the country, and now that they are back in the city for their ninth year – they’re planning their biggest NOLA show yet. They’ve already announced an impressive lineup of celebrity guests and programming, so all you need to do now is buy your ticket.

Daily admission starts at $39.99, and a full weekend pass is $79.99 (up to two children, ages 10 and under can enter for free with each paid adult ticket). There are also plenty of options to customize a VIP experience to match your interests.

We’re been poring over the experience, and here are some of our top picks for how to spend your time at the ninth Annual Wizard World Comic Con New Orleans.

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The Wizard World Entertainment Stage. (Photo courtesy of Wizard World)

Meet Your Favorite Celebrities

Every Wizard World features a different slate of celebrity guests, and the New Orleans event is shaping up to be a good one. “Aquaman” and “Game of Thrones” heartthrob, Jason Momoa, was just announced as a guest, and other guests scheduled to appear include: “Outlander” stars Richard Rankin, Sophie Skelton, Lotte Verbeek, and Graham McTavish; the “Luke Cage” tandem, Mads Mikkelsen from “Hannibal,” “Doctor Strange” and “Star Wars,” as well as Rose McIver from “iZombie” and “Power Rangers RPM.”

Check here for a growing list of attending celebrities, as well as the days that they’ll be available to see fans. You can take a photo with your favorite celeb (fee varies based on celebrity), as well as autographs and selfies.

“Wizard World is about meeting celebrities and artists, sure,” Milani admitted, “but I think that – of even more significance – is their interaction with each other.”

There will be no shortage of time to enjoy the convention with other fans. A social favorite is the Saturday night Wizard World Costume Contest, from 7:30-9 p.m., where the most ambitious costumers will don their superhero and pop culture finest and compete in categories like Best in Show, Best Hero, Best Villain, Best Group, and Best Anime.

Throughout the entire weekend, you’ll find exhibitors selling everything from traditional arts and crafts, to less traditional swords and armor to fans, both, costumed and not. Maybe you want to chat with other gamers, fans of comics, or take a picture in the Batmobile? You’ve come to the right place.

Groot is a favorite at Wizard World. (Photo courtesy of Wizard World)

Artists Alley

In addition to celebrities, Wizard World also brings leading comics, artists, and writers into the city. Some prominent names for this year’s convention include Neal Adams (“Batman” and “X-Men,” Arvell Jones (“Black Panther” and “Thor”), Arthur Suydam (“Deadpool” and “The Walking Dead”), Phil Ortiz (“The Simpsons”), Tom Cook (“Masters of the Universe” and “Smurfs”), Michael Golden (“Spider-Man” and “Captain America”), Marat Mychaels (“X-Force: Shatterstar” and “Hawk and Dove”), Ron Marz (“Silver Surfer” and “Batman/Aliens”), and Ken Lashley (“Action Comics” and “Superman”).

For much of the convention, attendees can stroll through Artists Alley and chat with some of their favorite creators as well as up-and-coming artists. One artist we’re excited about is Phil Ortiz of The Simpsons, who will be on hand to draw fans as a Simpsons character.

The weekend will also include tons of demonstrations and discussions among artists at the Creative Stage which is open to anyone with a ticket.

This Sticker Wall at Wizard World. (Photo courtesy of Wizard World)

Workshops

Like any good convention, there are also plenty of opportunities to learn.  Want to find out how to take your costuming skills to the next level? (We know you do – Mardi Gras is just around the corner!) This beginner’s class for all teaches you tricks on how to use Cosplay makeup to enhance your costume.

Attendees can enjoy workshops in drawing, acting, and how to create iconic characters. Sign up here and take advantage of sharing a space with industry leaders.

Wizard World Programming

It wouldn’t be a Comic Con without fantastic panels. There will be over 50 hours of discussion on a range of topics. Saturday features a conversation with the cast of Outlander, viewings, and chats about trailers for some of the most anticipated movies of 2019. Be a character loved by the world, one you admire, or invent your own character. Or just come in jeans and a t-shirt. Anything goes because this is the festival where you get to be you. Visit the Wizard World Comic Con website and scroll down for a list of all panel programming and times.

Matt is a freelance writer who has lived in New Orleans for nearly 10 years - though he understands that doesn't mean his Uber driver will call him a local anytime soon. He hiked the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine in 2017, and is now writing a book about that journey, which you can read along with daily accounts of the bizarre adventures he gets into around New Orleans at matthaineswrites.com.

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