Vampires and wrestlers and wookies. Oh my!
Reasons why the Wizard World Austin Comic Con will be a bucket full of awesomesauce
Austin nerds, prepare to gird your loins. This weekend from November 11-13, the city will be the host site for its own comic convention that is sure to please fans from all corners of the pop culture world.
Organized by Wizard Entertainment, Austin serves as just one of the stops in a nationwide tour of conventions that cater to fans of just about any medium of entertainment. Unlike certain other comic cons that have more publicity but are bloated with over hyped Hollywood blockbuster trailer premieres, the coming Austin Comic Con will feature an eclectic menu of special guests sure to please even the most finicky of fanboys.
Whether you’re a fan of movies, TV, wrestling or comic book artists (you know, the guys who make a comic con a comic con) this weekend’s gathering at the Austin Convention Center is sure to keep you “geeking-out” until Monday. Here are a few reasons why.
Welcome to Sunnydale
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is just about the biggest cult television hit to come out of the late 90s and early 2000s. Devotees of this Joss Whedon series will be treated to not just one, not two, but three original cast members.
Charisma Carpenter will be one of those members making an appearance. Originally intending to audition for the series’ titular story, Carpenter ending up winning the role of the popular but snobby cheerleader Cordelia Chase. Cordelia would mainly serve as the foil to the heroic Buffy, but would also grow as a character through the series and land a recurring role on the spin-off series Angel.
One of the series’ popular villainesses will also be in attendance. Juliet Landau was memorable as Drusilla, the saintly girl turned evil/vampire by Angel and who always had a knack for spouting off random non-sequiturs (“Do you know what I miss? Leeches.”) to her lover, Spike.
Speaking of Spike, he’s going to be there, too. James Marsters will greet fans of everyone’s favorite bad-boy vampire/Billy Idol look-a-like. Spike may just be about the biggest breakout character of the entire series, walking the line of being Buffy’s nemesis to potential lover before sacrificing himself for the greater good. Hell, he was popular enough to be resurrected for Angel.
To all fans of the Scooby Gang, get psyched.
“Everybody has a price”
You might not expect to see that many pro wrestlers making appearances at a comic con, but Wizard World has a pretty stacked line-up featuring legends alongside new blood.
The biggest name might have to be “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase, perhaps one of the greatest heels in wrestling history. Wrestling for the WWF, DiBiase played the gimmick of the snobby millionaire who threw his money everywhere and reminded you why he was so much better than you. In one famous angle, he was able to pay off Andre the Giant to give him the WWF Championship after winning it from Hulk Hogan. It’s a role that could be hated even more today in the wake of Occupy Wall Street.
Things will get pretty nasty at the Austin Convention Center, as wrestling’s own Nasty Boys will meet with fans and dish out their own personal attitude. As one of the most prolific tag teams in wrestling history, Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags were a duo of anti-social street punks who were a new turn from the flashy and pompous wrestlers of the 80s. In the ring they lived their gimmick by being notoriously stiff during matches, meaning that they didn’t hold back their punches.
For the newer generation of wrestling, be sure to check out Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin, members of Ring of Honor’s reigning World Tag Team Champions under the name of, well, the World’s Greatest Tag Team. And check out the booth for Austin’s own Anarchy Championship Wrestling to stop and say hello with a chair to the head or something.
World of Pure Imagination
Do you not happen to be a fan of Buffy or wrestlers? That must be a sad existence for you, but don’t worry because that is just the tip of the geeky iceberg. Choose to meet any of the number of comic artists and designers who are numerous enough to take up the entire weekend on their own.
Or you can see the crazy assortment of celebrities from your favorite childhood films and TV shows.
For starters, the Austin Comic Con will be hosting a special reunion of all of the five kids from the infamous Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory tour. Each of the five actors is being flown in from across the U.S. and Europe for their first reunion in ten years. Let’s just hope Veruca Salt doesn’t turn out to be as big a diva as Danzig (I hope those jokes aren't getting too old already).
And there will be so many other actors with their own cult followings. Michael Biehn, the original Kyle Reese in Terminator, will be there to make sure Austin doesn’t suffer from a robot uprising, while Kevin Sorbo (Hercules from Hercules: The Legendary Journeys) will be there to fight off any Hydras.
And all Star Wars fans within the state will probably gather to worship at the feet of Peter Mayhew, the man behind the furry costume and mask of everyone’s favorite wookie/walking carpet, Chewbacca.
And Lord Zedd better not even dream of sending a monster to attack Austin, because Jason David Frank will also be in attendance this weekend. “Who is that?” you might ask. He is none other than Tommy fuckin’ Oliver, the most badass Power Ranger to protect the Earth. Serving as a Green, White, and Red Power Ranger, Jason David Frank would then enter the world of MMA to just show everyone that he could kick ass in real life as well.
Holy shit! Kyle Reese, Hercules, Chewbacca and the Green Ranger under one roof? Dear Hollywood producers, please make this movie a reality.