I have attended Wizard World for more years than I can remember, but never gets old. Every year, it is always great to see how many improvements that were made since the previous year. 2013 was no different. If anything, 2013 proved to be one of the best years for Wizard World ever.
The setup was much better than in previous years. Previously, walkways were too narrow to accommodate the crowd when it really got crowded. This year, the walkways seemed absolutely huge. There was so much open space. It was a breath of fresh air. I was not constantly trying to navigate a pathway through people to get someplace and I never felt like I was holding up traffic when I stopped to talk to folks.
It is always nice to see familiar faces between the vendors and the visitors. Catching up with folks from previous events is always fun. I also love to see the new products that comes to market, whether they are comic related ot horror related.
The kids’ section on Sunday was done very well and kept my children entertained throughout the entire day. There was a scavenger hunt type of passport program where the kids could get signatures to show to officials for prize selection.
The celebrity sections were spread out nicely where you could easily have access to anyone that you wanted to. The more in-demand celebrities had their own sections and if you were not a fan of waiting in line, you could still walk around and see anyone that you wanted to.
There was a nice rest area where visitors could sit and talk or just rest there tired legs. There is a lot of walking, and for people like me, who make their way around the floor multiple times, there is always the option to rest. For me, I see no need to rest. I do that in the ride home.
If I did have one complaint, and it is really not a complaint, it would be that there did not appear to be as many comic book retailers there as in previous years. I hope that is not a sign of things to come for comic book collecting in general. We have already lost a ton of collectors due to high prices and dropped value in comics due to overprinting among other issues. This is not to say that there was not a decent collection of vendors, but I remember the days of when there were rows and rows of people selling comics. That led for more variety and more competition between vendors leading to better prices for visitors.
Of course, with less comic book vendors, that leaves room for more original product vendors and more artists. Artists Alley was awesome. I ran into artists that I had never seen before that knocked my socks off. If I had 1/10 of their talent, I would be a happy man. I spent a while talking to my favorite artist – Greg Horn. He can just create some amazing pieces of artwork.
Overall, I cannot say enough great things about Wizard World. They just know how to do a convention right, and that is very high praise because I have been to many conventions of various genres, some of which are not put together well at all. Wizard knows what they are doing.