Wizard World Austin was an absolute blast last year, so going again was a given. Unfortunately, the timing of the convention changed a bit from last year to this and I believe this hurt them. There were a large number of guest cancellations and because of competing events in the city that weekend, the turnout was a bit lackluster as well. The convention also ran from Thursday to Saturday instead of the usual weekend schedule. The con was still very well orchestrated though, the guests that were in attendance were phenomenal and so kind, and the attendees and cosplayers were creative and fun.
It seemed like there were a lot less interesting panels than usual, and that’s one of my favorite parts of the convention experience. I suppose the smaller number was a given, since there were less guests. The panels that we did attend were a lot of fun and made up for the loss by far!
Sean Astin was so funny and sweet. He had us all take a pledge and become honorary Goonies. He was so obliging and answered questions in character as Mikey, Samwise Gamgee and Raphael. The fans were really digging him. What is better than hearing Samwise Gamgee give one of his more tearjerking speeches live on stage?
I have seen Michael Rooker Versus the Audience three times now and it never gets old. He is a master at engaging and provoking his fans and we eat it up every time. You have to give it to someone who, not only doesn’t mind when people interrupt and yell out a question, he absolutely loves it. More Rooker, always!
Bruce Campbell Versus the Audience was different than I have seen it in the past. He told everyone who lined up to ask him questions to go sit down right off the bat. Then he walked around and randomly recruited “talent” from the audience to write, direct and star in a short play that would be filmed on the spot on his iPhone and then played back for us. It was hilarious and there is nothing better than having Bruce Campbell tell someone “you’re an idiot—go sit down” and have that person absolutely love him for it and skip back to their seat. Love him!
The Costume Contest was a lot of fun. We got great seats because Teresa was competing and we wanted to get a good look at her in action. She made a Yara/Asha Greyjoy costume (Game of Thrones) and she owned the stage while she was up there! Good job, Tree! The participants were so creative and different. Just as I expected, Austin totally brought it.
Definitely hitting this convention again in the future! Hopefully the date will fall at a better time next year. Until then Wizard World Austin!
- Being yelled at on the street by Michael Rooker
- Rolling with a fresh costume all three days (that’s how we do!)
- Teresa dancing on 6th Street
- Being called a Goonie by Sean Astin—life made!
- Magmud at Magnolia Cafe
- Finally getting both Dixon brothers in one photo
- Good times with great friends
- I didn’t plan well enough to get a photo op with Sean Astin—Goonie fail!
- Too many guest cancelations! I couldn’t help thinking I was missing Matt Smith.