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#WizardWorld Nashville – The Joy of Artist’s Alley, Panels, and Cosplay

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Wizard World Comic Con may be a fantastic place to see exclusive panels of your favorite actors, artists, and writers but one of the most enjoyable parts of the three day event was strolling through artist’s alley. There were hundreds of artists, creators, and exhibitors.

Whether you want art print, jewelry, vintage toys, collectibles, t-shirts, games, or really anything else you could possibly think of involving pop culture, the artist’s alley had you covered. We spent several, SEVERAL hours walking around the exhibitors hall with all the exhibitors and artists before we even got to the panels. Thank goodness Wizard World was three days long.

When it comes to the panels, here are some words of advice. Get to the con EARLY. Traffic is unpredictable and you don’t want that to be the reason you miss the first panel of the morning. Trust me. Also, it should be noted that the panels overlap in the schedule. Therefore, if there are a ton of different ones you want to see in one day, plan you day in advance and very, very carefully. There were two panels we missed because they overlapped others and we didn’t plan well enough in advance to get to them in time. That being said, we had the BEST time at some of the different ones we attended. William Shatner gave an honest, funny, and endearing panel on Saturday while Michael Rooker (“The Walking Dead”) gave one of the most hilarious and entertaining Q & A’s later that evening. If you tend to desire something a little more informative, some of the comic book artists also did panels where they gave advice and lessons.

Outside of the panels of amazing actors and artists, we spent a lot of our time perusing the artist’s alley. Unfortunately for me (though I would do it all over again if I could) several of the artists got lots of my money. LOTS. It was so difficult to walk around so many talented people without being able to buy something from all of them. So, I compromised and bought things from just a few people who I absolutely loved. You can see the prints I purchased below:

Andrew Heath Design:

Tee Turtle:

Drew Blank:

I Can Draw – Erihii (Eric) Nyamor:

There were hundreds of INCREDIBLE costumes and dedicated fans all three days of the event. You can see our  gallery of some of the impressive people who came out to show their spirit and love for all things pop culture and comics below as well as images from the panels and some of the booths!

#WizardWorld Nashville – William Shatner Talks Star Trek 5 and Reprising His Role as Kirk


Over the weekend, William Shatner hosted a panel at Wizard World Comic Con in Nashville, Tennessee. Along with sharing stories about hanging out with Ben Folds and spending the night in what might have been a haunted a hotel room (where he promptly destroyed not one but two fire alarms), the actor talked about the problems with Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and whether he would be reprising his role as Captain Kirk in the newly rebooted film series by J.J. Abrams.

During the panel, the question was posed which “Star Trek” film was his favorite which he excitedly answered ST5, which yes, is the film in the franchise that was directed and developed by Shatner himself. He explained, however, that the reason it was his favorite had to do with the fact that he learned things by directing the project. Unfortunately, in the end, Shatner revealed that he felt that ST5 was weakened by compromise.

“I had this idea that the crew would go out to find god, that they would meet God but instead they find the Devil […] Gene Rottenberry initially said no […] he said “you can’t do that! You’ll alienate this group and that group.’ So he said, “How about they go meet an alien who thinks he’s god?” and I said, “okay I guess that will work.” I compromised on the concept because it was the politic thing to do even though I loved my concept so much and I believed in my concept so much but I compromised. But I feel that my movie was weakened because of that compromise.”

He went on to say,

“You gotta choose your moments to compromise and choose your moments to stand on principle.”

Shatner also explained that he does not have a favorite role in his career because of how ever-changing the life of an actor can be.

“The actor brings himself to the role… I am not who I was yesterday and I won’t be the same person tomorrow… Picking out the best is like picking out a favorite child.”

Probably the most exciting part of the panel was the revelation that Shatner would be interested in returning to the role of Captain Kirk in the new “Star Trek” franchise film series from J.J. Abrams.

According to Shatner, Abrams called him to inquiry about his interest to which he replied, “It depends on what you do with the character, but I would be delighted.”

However, Abrams told him he could not tell anyone about the possible role to which Shatner agreed vehemently. Unfortunately, the news somehow leaked before he even returned from Australia.

“It’s all over the Internet that the director had held an interview and said they want Shatner and Nimoy to be in the next movie. I’ll bet you J.J.’s frothing at the mouth at this point. So the news is out that they have an idea that they want Leonard and myself…they might want Leonard and myself in it. But I would love to do it. But how do you get me fifty years later into the movie? I mean how do you rationalize it. I know it’s science fiction, but even I couldn’t come up with an idea. So that’s the news on that.”

Comic Creators Schedule Announced for Nashville Wizard Comic Con


The Wizard World Nashville Comic Con has announced the leading comic creators that are scheduled to attend this year’s conference! Some of the high-profile creators include Ron Garney, known for his work on “Thor” and “Uncanny X-Force,” Peter Bagge, known for his work on “Hate” and “MAD,” Ethan Van Sciver known for his work on “Green Lantern” and “Flash,” and Phil Ortiz, known for his work on “The Simpsons” and “Muppet Babies.”

In all, there will be over 50 writers and artists at the Artist Alley during Wizard World Nashville.

Other comic creators scheduled to attend include Arthur Suydam (“Marvel Zombies,” “Army of Darkness”), Tom Raney (“AVX: Consequences,” “Avengers Academy”), Roland Boschi (“Wolverine MAX,” “X-Men”) Michael Golden (“Spider-Man,” “Hulk”), Greg Horn (“Walt Disney,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”), Rob Prior (“Heavy Metal,” “Spawn the Impaler”) and many others.

If you are a Wizard World Nashville VIP Attendee, you will receive a free copy of the “God of Thunder #25” limited edition variant cover drawn by Raney.

You can see more information about Nashville Wizard Con here. Wizard World Nashville Comic Con is September 26 – 28.


Image: Slap Fight Wizard World Comic Con VIP Exclusive Lithograph by Peter Bagge

Exclusive Variant Cover For “God of Thunder #25” Revealed For Nashville Comic Con


With Wizard Con heading to Nashville in just a few weeks (September 26-28), Marvel Comics and Wizard World, Inc. revealed the exclusive variant cover for “God of Thunder #25!” The cover was drawn by artist Tom Raney and it will be made available to the VIP attendees of the Wizard World Nashville Comic Con.

Redefining the word “epic,” it’s the god-sized 25th issue of Thor: God Of Thunder featuring an amazing artistic line-up: Young Thor vs. Frost Giants. It’s the untold origin of Malekith the Accursed. King Thor’s granddaughters uncover a startling secret chapter from the history of the Thunder God, and Thor deals with the shocking fall-out from Original Sin.

Artist Raney will also be at the event to sign copies of “God of Thunder #25.” (Though it should be noted that autograph fees may apply.) Raney has drawn for some of the most iconic titles in comics, including Avengers Academy, Blockbusters of the Marvel Universe, X-Men Legacy, Thor, Superman and more. Recently he has been focusing on creator owned work.

Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel, says,

“Featuring the Thor of each era, the oversized Thor: God of Thunder #25 is set to deliver an epic stories spanning space and time. Tom Raney truly captured the essence of the ‘God of Thunder’ for this exclusive variant cover and we’re thrilled he could bring his iconic style to Wizard World Nashville”

John Macaluso, Wizard World CEO, added,

“’Thor’ has had a big presence at Wizard World shows, from hundreds of cosplayers all the way to Chris Hemsworth. Tom Raney’s interpretation of the popular hero is a welcome addition to the series.”

The VIP attendees with receive a free copy of the limited edition book at registration. The exclusive variant version of “God of Thunder #25” will only have 3,000 copies. 

You can see more information about the Nashville Wizard Con here.

Wizard World Comic Con Coming to Nashville 9/26 – 9/28

nashville-comic-con-2013-wizard-world-convention-october-18-19-20-2013-fri-sat-sun-1In just over a month, The highly anticipated Wizard World Comic Con is making its way to Nashville, Tennessee. For three days it will set up camp from September 26 – 28, dozens of your favorite comic book, movie, and television show stars will grace your face all at once.

For three days that WWCC is in Nashville, there is a ton to do. There IS a weekend pass available that is a little pricey but worth it when you see the incredibly expansive list of things there is do. There are also special screenings of shows that you won’t see anywhere else, autographs, and photo-ops available.

Check it out a list of this year’s special guest’s below:

  •  William Shatner
    • Appearing Friday and Saturday
  • Lauren Cohen
    • Saturday and Sunday
  • Evan Peters
    • Saturday and Sunday
  • Alan Tudyk
    • Saturday and Sunday
  • Eliza Dushku
    • Saturday and Sunday
  • Sean Astin
    • Saturday and Sunday
  • Jamie Bamber
    • Saturday and Sunday
  • LeVar Burton
  • Michael Dorn
  • Jonathan Frakes
  • Gates McFadden
  • Marina Sirtis
  • Brett Spiner
  • Manu Bennett
  • Michael Rooker
  • Michael Trucco
    • Saturday and Sunday
  • Jon Bernthal
  • Jason David Frank
  • Peter Bagge
  • Ethan Van Sciver
  • Phil Ortiz
  • Tom Raney
  • Roland Boschi
  • Kevin Maguire
  • Arthur Suydam
  • Michael Golden
  • Greg Horn
  • Rob Prior
  • Tom Bancroft
  • Drew Blank

And SO many more. I just can’t even. I hardly think spending one day at this comic con is enough so I highly recommend spending the money for the three day pass if you can swing it.

Show Details!

Show Hours:

Friday, September 26, 2014 – 3pm – 8pm

Saturday, September 27, 2014 – 10am – 7pm

Sunday, September 28, 2014 – 11am – 5pm

Tickets Details: 

All Tickets Gain Entry to Nashville Comic Con Wizard World Convention

Important: Bring your printed out e-tickets to the event to gain admittance

Children 10 and under get in FREE when accompanied by a paid adult (Limit 2 Per Paid Adult Tickets).

  • 3-Day Weekend Tickets are: $79.95
  • 1-Day Friday Tickets are: $39.95
  • 1-Day Saturday Tickets are: $49.95
  • 1-Day Sunday Tickets are: $44.95

All Tickets have an Nashville Tax of 9.25% Added at Checkout

Tickets are non-refundable.

Credit card will be charged at time of purchase.

Autograph fees may be required for some guests.

You can get more information about the convention here.