On April 16-18, 2010, while C2E2 was going on in Chicago, Gareb Shamus brought his Wizard World show to Anaheim. While I was a bit skeptical at the number of people who would attend this event due to the overwhelming talent going to C2E2, I was genuinely surprised at how well run the show was. There was something for everyone at this show, from shopping, to seeing the myriad of celebrities attending the event, to Artist Alley, where art collectors were able to snag some great art at very affordable prices. Everyone was very approachable, and even the celebrities had a good time, most taking in and enjoying their first comic convention. With the success of this show, I can only hope that Wizard World Anaheim can come by next year to hopefully bring more talent to this great show! Here’s a look at some of the highlights from this show:
Attendee line for the event.
Crowds anxiously lining up on Saturday to see the stars!
People already shopping around as soon as I got on the show floor on Friday afternoon.
Feed your inner geek!
A look at the show floor from a broader perspective. Nice and spacious.
Artist Alley. A lot of art collectors had a great time this weekend!
Todd Nauck putting the finishing touches on one of his first commissions at the show.
One of the more creative booths in Artist Alley.
Phil Jimenez debating if his sign was good enough (it was).
Phil working on a beautiful Zatanna sketch!
Simon Bisley working on a Lobo commission.
Glenn Fabry, looking through an attendee's sketchbook.
Fan favorite Rob Liefeld churning out sketches for his fans, including this sweet Lady Deadpool.
Stan "The Man" Lee signed autographs for lucky raffle winners.
Mike Mayhew sells a sketchbook at his booth in Artist Alley.
Artist Joel Gomez working on a Harley Quinn.
R2-D2 and crew hanging out. Very popular with the kids.
Adam West and Burt Ward signing for the fans. An extremely crowded line throughout the show for the original Batman and Robin!
Not to be outdown, the Mist Mobile was also parked nearby!
Brent Spiner pointing to a blanket while Levar Burton looks on. Also another crowd pleaser was the Star Trek crew, including William Shatner!
Ted Raimi signing autographs!
Up star Ed Asner walks through Artist Alley to sign at his table.
Kevin Sorbo chatting up with Jewel Staite at the show. Kinda cool watching celebrities interacting with one another.
Eureka's Neil Grayston and the lovely DeAnna Pappas pose for a picture.
And of course, what show would not be complete without booth babes and cosplay characters? Here are some of the best ones I saw:
Hula hoops rock!
Sweet Venom girls offering free drinks for attendees.
Do you feel lucky?
Go ahead... make my day!
Where's Adam West?
Holly Marie Combs and Shannen Doherty charmed me into coming back next year!
And so did DeAnna Pappas. Hope to see you guys next year!