STORY WRITTEN BY ERIC DEVLIN
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An onslaught of fans dressed as Batman, Spider-man, The Avengers and all of their other colorful friends are set to converge on the City of Brotherly Love, as the 15th annual Wizard World Comic Con lands into town May 7, 8, 9 and 10 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St., Philadelphia.
The annual pop-culture explosion brings together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, cosplay, comics, television, sci-fi, toys, video gaming, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Wizard World spokesman Jerry Milani said every year offers something new and exciting for fans who come.
“Every year we have a probably a 90 percent turnover,” Milani said. “It’s almost a completely different set of celebrities.”
This year’s event will feature an all-star celebrity lineup that includes David Tennant and Billie Piper from the fan favorite “Doctor Who,” Ben McKenzie and Robin Lord Taylor of the hit show “Gotham,” Nathan Fillion (“Castle,” Serenity/”Firefly”), Burt Reynolds (Boogie Nights, “Evening Shade”), Stephen Amell (“Arrow”), Karl Urban (Star Trek, The Bourne Supremacy), Hayley Atwell (“Agent Carter,” Captain America: The First Avenger), Danny Trejo (Machete, From Dusk Till Dawn), Penn Badgely (“Gossip Girl,” Easy A), Kelly Frye (The Flash), Katie Cassidy (“Arrow,” “Gossip Girl”), Michael Cudlitz (“The Walking Dead,” “Southland”) and dozens of others including former Sixer Allen Iverson and Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks.
“Because shows like ours are very interactive,” Milani said, “If you’re a big Hulk fan (for example) you can go to meet Lou Ferrigno. But on the way over to meet him, you might run into an artist, or see somebody dressed up as The Hulk, see an exhibitor that has some merchandise then finally meet Lou. It’s a combination of all aspects of pop culture in one place. It makes people leave with a smile.”
Guests can sign up online to get their picture taken with their favorite celebrity and have an autograph signed too. To guarantee a chance to meet a particular star in person, Milani suggested purchasing a VIP package before the event online.
The convention, he said, continues to be a hit among fans every year because it allows them to feel like their know their favorite star personally.
“It’s a combination of all elements of pop culture,” he said. “It brings it all together in one place. That’s what makes people want to come back year after year. You’re actually interacting.”
For more information about the event, visit www.WizardWorld.com