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Review: 2012 Wizard World Ohio Comic Con

 Halie Williams Review: 2012 Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
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Comic book, movie, video game, art, anime and television fans united Friday evening for the first day of the Wizard World Ohio Comic Con, held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

The event is held Friday through Sunday. Friday’s times were 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Upon walking in the Convention Center around 6 p.m. it was still moderately vacant, whether it was still early or because it was the first day, sometimes known as a sort of preview day. However, as time passed, the room filled with more and more fans of every variety.

Those dressed up as zombies, Batman, Spiderman, Thor, Bane, Ghostbusters, Jedi, a Storm trooper, and much more were spotted. Needless to say, if you’re not a comic book fan, this is a great place for people watching.

Because of it still being the first day of the Ohio Comic Con, I only saw two people from the impressive list of celebrity guests that are scheduled to attend. Sean Patrick Flanery and David Della Rocca, both actors in the “Boondock Saints” movies, were present on Friday.

However other guests to appear throughout the weekend include, Val Kilmer, Eliza Dushku, Sir Patrick Stewart, John De Lance, Norman Reedus, Neal Adams, Alan Davis, Paul Jenkins, Humbero Ramos, Dean Cain, and other comic creators and guests.

Aside from the many guests and array of fans, the area was packed with various comic book, T-shirt, other apparel, poster, and toy vendors, along with several booths set up for artists.

Actually, the most intriguing part of the displays was the DeLorean from “Back to the Future” and the “Ghostbusters” car.

This fan-inspired event contains more than enough for every pop culture enthusiast to geek over, from themed costumes, to VIP packages to meet guests, to live artist sketches. It’s certainly something everyone should experience at least one time in his or her life.

The Wizard World Ohio Comic Con is still being held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center at 450 N. High St., on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

One-day tickets are available online, Saturday for $35 and Sunday for $30 but an additional $10 is added if purchased at the door.

More information can be found online at www.wizardworld.com/ohio.html.

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