As you can tell, we’ve been covering a few more cons on the website here. And although I covered the majority of Wizard World Nashville Comic Con over on T Lounge, I thought I’d blog about my experiences from a more personal point of view here.
This was my second Wizard World convention. I went to the one in St. Louis earlier this year, but didn’t blog about it. This time, though, I received a press pass, much to my surprise, which left me scrambling to secure a hotel room before I left for a trip to Ireland. Somehow, I managed, and thank goodness for Marriott rewards points!
I missed the Friday night part of the con because I had to drive three hours to get there and all I wanted to do was hang out with some Nashville friends that evening, which I did. It also gave me a chance to mentally prepare for the con and get a good night’s sleep.
So Saturday morning, I woke up, and donned my Wonder Woman costume (after, of course, treating myself to a free hotel breakfast and coffee). With my magic lasso in tow, I was ready to hit the con floor.
The cool thing about attending this con is that I ran into Allie, someone I know through the Superman Celebration in Metropolis. How appropriate that she cosplayed Supergirl. I thought we made quite the super duo when we posed together for a photo:
Unfortunately, I couldn’t hang out long because I had to attend the first panel for work, which was Marina Sirtis and Michael Dorn from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Yes, I have the best job ever. I attended two other panels that day, so I was pretty busy, but I still managed to get some good cosplay photos. You can check those out on the article I wrote for T-Lounge, plus a few more are on my Flickr.
Although I was busy with panels, I did manage to get in line to meet Levar Burton and get his signature. When he arrived, he stopped in front of every single person in line and said “Good morning,” making eye contact. It blew me away. By the time I got my autograph, I was shaking (especially after Jonathan Frakes crashed the line to give Levar a hug) and told him I felt like Troy on Community. He was like “No, No, it’s okay, don’t be.” Honestly, he is such a class act.
Unfortunately, I was exhausted from sitting at all those panels, and my feet hurt, so I didn’t make it to the Masquerade. Next time, if possible, I’ll arrive later in the day and bring a change of clothes. But as always, I loved being Wonder Woman. I got cramps in my legs from squatting beside children who wanted a photo with me. I LOVE IT. And if you’re wondering, yes, the costume has been a little updated. My last skirt got ruined in the washing machine, so I commissioned one from Etsy (I would have made it myself, but I didn’t have time). I think it looks great!
Speaking of that costume, a man sitting in the autograph row waved me over and told me that he was the person responsible for casting Linda Carter in the 1970s Wonder Woman television series. Okay, so I LOVED that show as a kid, so that was awesome. He complimented my costume and even said that it was one of the best he’d seen. I honestly didn’t know what to say after that, except to thank him profusely.
My second day at Nashville Comic Con was in more comfortable shoes, as I cosplayed Rose Tyler from Doctor Who. That turned out awesome because there were a lot of Who cosplayers present in Nashville! I had my photo taken with three or four Doctors plus one of those creepy “Are you my mummy?” kids.
One thing I love about Wizard World conventions is that they are very open and accepting of cosplayers. Con staff were awesome towards the cosplay community present and all the cosplayers I met were absolutely wonderful and complimentary towards each other. I know there’s negativity in the cosplay community, as a whole, but I’ve only had great experiences. Enough so, that I’m planning costumes for next year.
Although I’d set myself a limit on the number of autographs I’d get this time around (I spent WAY too much money on autographs at St. Louis), I couldn’t help but bend that rule just by one. Michael Rooker had no line and was posing for photos and being awesome and I had to get in on that. So I paid for an autograph and an at-booth photo op, and it was totally worth it. I got a big hug, a kiss on the cheek and the man told me I was awesome and beautiful. Hence the gigantic smile in the photo I got with him. He asked me if I were British, because of the Union Jack tee, but I explained that it was a cosplay from Doctor Who. And he was like “Cool. Cool.” OMG, I love that man now.
I loved that Wizard World Nashville felt less crowded than St. Louis. I don’t know if it was because less people were there or because more events were spread out across the convention space (SPREAD out because I did some walking…), but I really enjoyed not standing in long lines or praying that I’d find a seat for any of the panels I wished to attend. It was a very relaxed vibe and I loved it.
I also felt that, like St. Louis, things were well-organized. Changes to the programming were put on signs near registration, although I really wish the Wizard World team would learn to update their app. I mean, what’s the point of having a mobile app if it’s never updated? Why do you even need it when you already have a program?
That, however, is my only real complaint about the con: the lack of app updates. The rest of the weekend was wonderful, and I really didn’t want to leave after my last ST:TNG panel. But now I have time to gear up for next year’s cons and start sewing on some costumes, so that’s good news.
Speaking of which, you can read my coverage of the panels over at T Lounge, too.