That's not a joke. That's what happened during the March 7-9 weekend during the first ever Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con. Attendees had the opportunity that weekend to meet a large roster of celebrity guests, take photos with them, receive autographs, and even listen to amusing anecdotes about stardom. Whether attendees were into current stars like Chris Hemsworth (“Thor”) & Norman Reedus (“The Walking Dead”) or wanted to meet a nostalgic blast from the past like Ralph Macchio (“The Karate Kid” trilogy) or Lou Ferringo (“The Incredible Hulk”), there was something for pretty much everyone. Even the iconic comic book legend Stan Lee was on hand to sign autographs and regale fans with tales of the industry.
Spanning decades of film and television, the celebrity guests of Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con catered to the varying tastes of the convention's attendees. And with comic books transcending into the big and small screen, filling the guest roster with Hollywood talent involved in sci-fi and comics was an excellent way to draw in thousands attendees for at least a day. The time and money (for some VIP Packages offering more time with celebrities, it can be a of money) spent meeting these celebrities was worth it for some personalized memorabilia or time spent with them.
Celebrity guests given a Q&A panel during Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con showcased their charisma while regaling attendees with tales of their career and how the fans made their work worth it. And each had a unique story to tell and a unique storytelling style to tell it. Some highlights included:
Michael Rosenbaum (“Smallville”) took to aisles of his panel room to get closer to his guests and occasionally calling them out for the occasional mobile device usage etiquette faux-pas with a rage matching Lex Luthor.
Billy Dee Williams (“Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back”) initially came off as an easy going man enjoying the laurels of his past roles before the surprise appearance of Emma Slater made him reveal the latent energy that he was planning to show off during their upcoming “Dancing With the Stars” appearance.
Then there was the energetic Jason David Frank (“Mighty Morphin Power Rangers”), who promoted his reality show “My Morphin Life” and other projects while taking time to post selfies for his social media sites.
In a different take on the guest panel, cult film and TV star Bruce Campbell played moderator to his own panel while he interviewed a few audience members who he randomly selected. On that Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con panel stage, got to show off his sharp and sarcastic wit that people loved him for.
And William Shatner (“Star Trek”) was able to turn simple questions about his acting career into a deep analysis that would delve into history, usage of idioms, and even the attendees' love for sci-fi & pop culture.
In addition to celebrity panels & autograph sessions, Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con also featured a Dealers Hall full of comic book merchandise to buy, industry & art panels, and a cosplay contest for cosplayers to show off their creative costume work.
After a stupendous turnout for the first Wizard World Comic Con event in Sacramento, next year's Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con is scheduled for June 19-21, 2015. Attendees are already eager to learn who the next celebrity guests will be for this next comic book convention.