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Wizard World Chicago 

The Geek City Guides Crew headed to Chicago to check out Wizard World this month. On the way we checked out several locations in Chicago and the suburbs. You can read about our pre-Wizard World Adventures here. The con, held in Rosemont, was organized a little differently this year with the majority of the exhibit floor being on the upper level and artist's alley being on the lower level.  At first I was a little put off with the new layout, but actually it didn't really affect my experience and it was nice to have artist alley in a separate area.

As I have mentioned before, my favorite part of cons is that each one has its own flavor. Wizard World Chicago is no exception.Wizard World really shines in comic and collectible vendors and autograph opportunities.  The upper floor had a tremendous selection of comic vendors, especially golden age. You have to be willing to do some digging, but you can always find one of your holy grails of missing issues.  The vendors with collectibles also had some great stuff from my childhood.  I wasn't able to find the SuperFriends colorforms that I have been aching to have, but I did almost buy a vintage Bat Cave playset circa 1974.

The autograph opportunities were plentiful also with names from movies, TV, and wrestling.  Wil Wheaton, James Marsters, Morena Baccarin, Alan Tudyk, and Zachary Quinto were some of the highlights.  I think that it is a little pricey to get an autograph, but if you're into that sort of thing, Wizard World gives you some great opportunities.

The Artist Alley is always one of my favorite parts and this year didn't dissappoint.  There were lots of individual booths to browse through and pick up unique posters, sculpture and prints, along with jewelry and novels. 

Wizard World is more of a comic con than C2E2 with its all-around pop-culture influences, but if you love comics and want some celebrity autographs, Wizard World Chicago is definately a con to put on your list.

You can check out all of our Wizard World pictures here. 

                                                              

Valiant plans a Crossover - or Do They?

I love Valiant titles. My pull list has Shadowman, X-O Manowar, Archer & Armstrong, Harbinger and Harbinger Wars. But when it was teased that Valiant was going to have a crossover titled Unity, I admit that I was a little  nervous. I mean isn't this just a ploy by the comic book publishers to get us to add additional titles to our already ridiculously long pull list. But then I slapped myself back to reality and realized that I LOVE CROSSOVERS! Sure I complain that it makes me spend more of my precious disposable income on comics, but most of the time the strength of the story is completely worth it. Many of my favorite memories from my early comic reading days are the JLA/JSA crossovers.

Then it was revealed that Unity was actually going to be a new title for a Superteam book from Valiant.  And you know what....I LOVE SUPERTEAMS! Besides the titles above, the Geek City Guide pull list also contains all three Justice League titles, Teen Titans, Uncanny Avengers, The New X-Men, and Red Hood and the Outlaws. The potential for the Valiant team book is huge simply because of the volatile personalities of their line-up.  I can't wait to see this bunch of freaks interact with one another. So increase my pull list by one and November needs to hurry up and get here.

GCG does Gen Con

Just a few days after Wizard World Chicago, the Geek City Guides team strapped our backpacks back on, slipped back into our comfortable shoes and headed to Gen Con in Indianapolis. Just like last year, the scope of Gen Con is incredible.  They completely take over the Indiana Convention Center, as well as many of the surrounding hotels.  The exhibit floor has a perfectly crowded mix of games, accessories, t-shirts, art and general geeky goodness.  Large and small game publishers have continuous game demos throughout the day with an army of trained volunteers to help.

Unlike a comic con, you really need to prepare for a trip to Gen Con.  The number of gaming opportunities is overwhelming.  Gen Con does a great job or organizing the opportunities both on the full site and their mobile site.  Unfortunately, many of the events for the  games I hoped to play sold out very quickly.  And overall my planning of demo times was an epic fail. Hoever, one game we had the opportunity to demo was Serpent's Tongue.  This game was the result of a successful Kickstarter campaign and we were lucky enough to have it demonstrated by the developer, Christopher Gabrielson.  The game is an awesome mix of card game and RPG and you begin your journey to being an accomplished Magi. The artwork and game components are beautiful.  The game will be shipping in the next couple of weeks, so be sure to check it out!

Here's a sample of some of the awesome cosplay and other event pictures.  Gen Con broke previous year's attendance records this year so get it on your calendar for  August 14-17, 2014.

 

Upcoming Cons

GrandCon - Grand Rapids, MI September 20-22

Wizard World Ohio - Columbus, OH September 20-22

Project Comic Con - St. Louis, MO September 21-22

 

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