UPDATE NOTE: New Orleans actually has TWO visits by Wizard World Comic Con in the year 2012! A double dose that kicked off the year and will add spice to the holiday season.
So, I've added this note above the article describing the January visit, which was the very first time Comic Con came to town.
If you missed that January event, the second Wizard World Comic Con in New Orleans in 2012 - or ever - is set for November 30 through December 2, 2012 at the Morial New Orleans Convention Center.
Now...Back to the original Comic Con scoop:
Wizard World Comic Con 2012 in New Orleans is the premier of the big pop culture convention this year. The big pop culture convention will be held at the Morial Convention Center on January 28-29, 2012.
After the first stop in New Orleans, the Wizard World tour will continue at North American stop in Toronto, Philadelphia, Chicago, Columbus (Ohio) and Austin.
Star Trek Trekkies, devotees of Star Wars, other Sci-Fi fanatics, superhero wannabes, comic book fans, and the like will be at Comic Con but they won't be alone. It's more than just comics and science fiction.
There's something for just about everyone at this mecca of pop culture and a variety of media. And thousands of people will come along with quite a few celebrities that are part of the event. It's a perfect convention for Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Even down to the costumes many attendees wear.
The Wizard World event celebrities will include Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner and the original Incredible Hulk, Lou Ferrigno, along with a host of other Hollywood actors as well as celebrated artists, writers, other creators, and and even a couple of professional wrestlers.
Pop culture in all forms - TV, movies, video games, graphic novels, traditional comic books, Anime, Manga, superheroes & villains, and more - will be celebrated.
And sold. It's a shopping destination for collectibles, toys, art, comic books, and memorabilia of all kinds related to any of the various media, characters, stories, or ideas
In addition to regular tickets, there are various Wizard World Comic Con VIP packages available for prices Experiences are available at a price, a big prices - from $125 to almost $500.
VIP Experiences include a couple of William Shatner centric tickets.
Diehard fans of Star Wars will love The Jedi Lightsaber Master Class VIP Experience. It sure sounds like the most fun special experience to me.
A 90-minute lightsaber fighting class will be taught by Star Wars stunt coordinators/sword master Nick Gillard who was responsible for Star Wars 1,2 and 3 fight scenes. Students will learn a Revenge of the Sith fighting scene just like Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen did for the movie. Check out the website for all the details, requirements, and additional VIP perqs.
Other VIP Experiences center around Stan Lee, James Marsters, Mary McDonnell, and wrestlers Zack Rider and Diva Kelly Kelly. The movie, Boondock Saints, is another VIP Experience focus. There is also an additional charge, starting at $30, for photo op's with various celebrities. Some special tickets and packages may sell out.
To name just a few other on the long list of celebrities and special guests at the New Orleans Wizard World Comic Con: Michael Biehn, Sean Patrick Flanery, Diora Baird, Norman Reedus, David Della Rocco, Michael Rooker, Doug Jones, and Erin Gray.
All kinds of dealers, organizations, fan clubs, will be represented at Comic Com. Even the NEw Orleans Library will be there. Many booths will offer games, interactive activities, and exhibits.
Comic Con is open on Saturday, January 28, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday, January 29, 2012 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Be sure to check the website for the times of celebrity events and other activities when making your plans.
A basic New Orleans Wizard World Comic Con Ticket costs $30 at day pre-purchased on-line; $40 at the site; A weekend pass for both days cost $45 pre-purchased on-line and $55 at the convention site. As mentioned above, there are also other ticket options.
Tickets are free for children age 10 and under when accompanied by a paid adult (limit two children per adult).
All attendees - adults and kids - are encouraged to dress up as their favorite superhero, villain, character, or pop personality. There will be costume contests with prizes. Why not get your costume together for Wizard World and keep it out to wear again as your Mardi Gras Day costume.
In fact, Sci Fi has appeared more often on the streets of New Orleans during Mardi Gras season as evidenced this Sci Fi Costume seen last Mardi Gras in the French Quarter and the Krewe of Chewbacchus parade (which combines Chewbacca and Bacchus in a Sci-Fi Mardi Gras hybrid parade) which premiered last year.