ToonBarn’s coverage of Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con is now complete, or your journey to the Dark Side, whichever you prefer. If you were one of the lucky ones to be able to attend “Philly Comic Con”, as most of us like to call it, then you weren’t disappointed. Albeit, there wasn’t a panel of the 5 Star Trek Captains, like there was at last year’s convention, but it still had plenty of star power and great panels from some of your favorite franchises. William Shatner and Stan Lee returned to greet their hordes of fans. WWE Wrestler John Cena had a huge following, as did Norman Reedus and Michael Rooker, from Walking Dead fame. Fans of The Fonz from Happy Days got to catch up with Henry Winkler to see what he’s up to now. The Charmed and Firefly reunions were equally impressive, as tons of people showed up for the panels to walk down memory lane for 2 great sci-fi and fantasy TV shows.
This writer even got to ask a question at the Charmed panel about the possibility of a Charmed Movie to Holly Marie Combs and Brian Krouse (Brian’s name card was misspelled as “Brain” at the panel), similar to how Veronica Mars was able to fund a movie on Kickstarter. Their answer was, “It’s up to you guys, the fans, if you show a wave of support for it, it can happen!”. So, in this case, it may be the power of 3 (million?) that sets us free.
But, getting back to what you’re waiting for – the video compilation of the whole shebang. We compiled an enormous amount of pictures and video to find the best ones to show you, covering as much as we could in the days of the convention. After the video, we have a list of people we’d like to thank for the time we spent at Wizard World Philly Comic Con.
ToonBarn would like to thank the following people, who are all featured in the video you just saw, for everything we were able to bring to you from Wizard World Philadelphia:
Wizard World, and specifically, Jerry Milani, PR and Media Coordinator, for giving ToonBarn Press Credentials to be able to provide all this coverage. Thanks, Jerry!
Acidfree Gallery, for allowing us to use their booth as a home base, and for having some of the coolest designed prints from some of our favorite cartoons. These guys, and their world-class artists, are awesome. Thanks Chris and Alicia! Check out their site for more limited edition prints at http://www.acidfreegallery.com. And here is the link to the story we ran on the release of those prints:
Artist Tom Whalen for a great interview about the exclusive Voltron print that was introduced at Wizard World Philly, and his thoughts on cartoons, in general. I’d also like to thank Tom for signing my Voltron Prints. Thanks, Tom! Tom’s twitter account is @strongstufftom if you want to follow him there. Here is a link to Tom’s Interview, in case you missed it:
Zenescope’s Ralph Tedesco, Stephen Haberman, and Joe Brusha, as well as Jon Schnepp, the Director of Grimm Fairy Tales Animated. We had a really good interview with Stephen and Ralph, as well as a separate one with Jon Schnepp. Thanks, Guys! The best panel was the screening of the Grimm Fairy Tales Animated Pilot Episode, which was totally awesome! You can check out the full selection of Zenescope Comics at http://www.zenescope.com and follow these guys on twitter at @RalphTedesco, @zenescope, and @jonschnepp, respectively. Here are the links to those interviews, and a clip of the first 3 minutes of the pilot:
We’d also like to thank artist Tom Hodges for some of the best conversations we’ve had in a while about Star Wars, Lucasfilm and Disney. We are all gearing up for Star Wars Rebels, the animated series coming in Fall of 2014, and of course, Star Wars: Episode VII, the motion picture coming in 2015. It’s always good to get the perspective of a creative artist who also happens to have the inside scoop on things. You can use @hodgesart to follow Tom on Twitter. Thanks, Tom!
My son and I would like to thank Clone Army Customs for their terrific selection of Custom Clone Trooper figures and parts. My son has imagined many different battles in Star Wars: The Clone Wars with these new figures he has made, and they really fit in nicely with the Star Wars Lego sets he has already built. Thanks Clone Army Customs! You can find them on the web at:
My wife would like to thank Artist Jason Palmer for the spectacular Castle and Indiana Jones prints she bought. Those are getting framed and put up in a prominent place on our walls at home. Thanks, Jason! You have a truly remarkable talent. Jason’s art can be seen at his website at this link:
A huge THANK YOU! goes out to all the readers of ToonBarn. You are why we do this, and we wouldn’t be able to do it without you. You can see more coverage like this when ToonBarn visits San Diego ComicCon for the first time ever at the end of July. SDCC is the Mother of all Comic Cons, and there will be a TON of stories coming your way from that convention. So, stay tuned right here!
Well, that concludes our coverage of Philly Comic Con for 2013. Please let us know what you think about it by commenting below, or send us a tweet at either @toonbarn or my twitter feed @starwarsfans.
See you next time… on ToonBarn.