Wizard World Chicago 2006: Peter, Paul, and Bill
I only went Friday to Wizard World Chicago, and that was plenty for me. I was hoping to have a writeup up already, but I’ve been visiting old friends and going to a wedding instead, so Bill beat me to it in getting up his experiences.
Bill mentions a sketch Paul Sizer did for me as a surprise, of me with a giant “hammer of snark”. I couldn’t have gotten through the show without Paul, and I really appreciate having some great conversations with him. He’s going to be coloring the sketch, and I’ll post it here when I have a digital copy.
Bill and I had a similar “to do” list, apparently. I also was pleased to see the Gumby publisher there, and I don’t remember his name, either, right now. I also was very honored to meet Peter David, who signed my copy of Writing for Comics with Peter David. I was sorry I didn’t get a few more minutes to talk with him, but he was already late for a panel because he wanted to sign for everyone who was already in his line.
Which kept getting interspersed with Greg Land’s, demonstrating poor table arrangements. Put two very popular creators right next to each other in a corner, so lines had nowhere to go. But more about the wasteland that was Artist Alley later.
Attendance could not have been 200,000. No. Way.
I was also just there Friday. This was the first Friday where I didn’t have to fight the crowd of people. Attendance HAD to be down on Friday.
Attendance is reported to have been weak at several previous Wizard shows. Perhaps it is time for Wizard to try something else.
Such as……GET RID OF THE WRESTLING!
Such as……make the exhibitors keep the music volume at a reasonable level. I am referring to the Spike TV booth in particular.
Such as……make the “models” wear a bit more clothing. 2 inches of butt cheeks hanging out may be acceptable at the beach, but not there.
In short, try to make the show more family friendly. Don’t try to make the entire show appeal to just 12-year-old males and their slightly older, but still immature, cousins.
The DC booth was always active, but the Marvel booth seemed abandoned. And why was Aspen being featured so prominently? Lack of anything else to feature?
Paul is looking really good. Nice to see he’s still a master at setting up his table promotion. His reader boards coupled with his masterful use of color and wonderful sense of spacial orientation…. am I gushing? I’m gushing. Joanna, can I borrow the hammer of snark for a minute. I want to smack myself in the head with it a few times until I stop pimping Sizer’s work.