Martyr takes weekend trip to Wizard World
Wizard World is the newest entrant into the Toronto Comic Con scene, and I must say I was pleasantly surprised. For only being in its second year, the event went quite well. Wizard World has placed itself squarely in the middle of all things nerdy in Toronto and, with that, on a direct course to take on the largest con in Canada, Hobbystar Marketing’s Fan Expo.The Wizard World event offers something for everyone, whether you’re into anime, comic books, cosplay video games or want a chance to see your favorite sci-fi TV star. I believe WW has gone to great lengths to make this expo accessible to everyone from the families to the ultimate geek.For Wizard World being only two years old in Canada, they had some heavy hitting people come in from all genres for this two-day event. I must give big props to WW for their Q&A panels they went off amazingly well, and had a real intimacy that fans/attendees loved. But by looking at the schedule, to me it seemed a little unbalanced in terms of being Saturday heavy, but, as with all new events that are still growing, missteps and surprises are bound to happen as it grows and evolves. I was, however, impressed with how well the WW team evolved not only from day-to-day, but now year-to-year, listening to everyone who cares enough to give feedback. The Wizard World notables of major geek stars both past and present were Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell (Quantum Leap); Amy Acker (Angel, Dollhouse, Cabin in the Woods); Sam Huntington, Meaghan Rath, Sam Witwer (Being Human); Colin Ferguson (Eureka); Jeri Ryan (Star Trek); Sam Maher (Firefly); and Jeremy Bulloch (Star Wars).As you can probably tell, there was no shortage of geek star wattage. The BIGGEST draws of the weekend bar none were Canadian Hall of Fame wrestling legend EDGE and the Being Human cast of Sam Huntington, Meaghan Rath, Sam Witwer, who drew insane crowds both days. While vendors were packing up to go home on Sunday, the Being Human cast were still signing autographs, taking photos and chatting with fans.Highlights of this weekend included Amy Acker’s Q&A; Colin Ferguson’s intense debate with Oric the Dalek from the Doctor Who Society; seeing Ken Lashley create some amazing artwork; hanging with the Honky Tonk Man; and getting to meet the cast of Being Human.
Story and photos by Tee Onek