Greetings! Countess Gregula here. This is my first ever ChicagoNow blog posting! Hope you enjoy!
I can't believe that it's been over a week since Wizard World Chicago Comic Con 2012 has ended!
There was so much to see and do, I have a strong feeling that we didn't see everything. Unfortunately, I had to miss out on the first day (Thursday) because of working my mortal day job, but there was much fun to be had according to Da Count who visited our old fiends from Legion Studios (first con in a couple years, welcome back) and checked out the vendor floor. I was told that WWE wrestler John Cena was in attendance ONLY that day as well!
With a report like that, I was well looking forward to arriving on Friday afternoon. As I entered the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, I noticed right away that this year's WW Chicago Comic Con was going to be the biggest ever. The floor space was nearly double what it had been in the past and where the entrance normally is was now the exit. It was huge, yes, but we managed to meet up with nearly every friend we had that weekend. It was good to see all the celebs and saw Sofiya Smirnova, a model and close friend of the Gregula family. Greg scored an interview with actor Doug Jones (Abe Sapien from Hellboy, Ice Cream Man from Legion) and he was very entertaining. Just a note, if you don't like hugs and affection in general I would stay away from this one! Hahaha. Mr. Jones was a total sweetheart and even granted us a photo along with Camden Toy (Buffy) at the afterparty.
Saturday was an extremely big day for Count Gregula's Crypt as Count Gregula himself made his first Wizard World appearance since 2010. Countess was there but in casual clothes as I was camera operator and sound tech for the day.
We started out our Saturday by visiting with the girls from Gorilla Tango Burlesque where Count Gregula had an interview with MsPixy who was in vampire form herself in honor of The Count's visit to their booth. Upcoming shows were talked about, including several superhero based burlesques and an upcoming Halloween show Boobs of the Dead: A Walking Dead Burlesque. This new erotic zombie-filled romp is written and directed by internationally renowned fine art photographer K Leo that The Count also interviewed. Sexiness with the Geek Girls was included at no extra charge ;).
That day we scored three of our biggest interviews starting with the one and only Scott Bakula (Quantum Leap and one of the attending Star Trek captains). Mr. Bakula was sporting a very different look than normal, with lighter hair and a mustache, because he was currently filming a movie. He was kind and funny and joked about his name kind of sounding like a certain Count's if you know what I mean. *wink*
Afterwards, we went over to his Quantum Leap costar Dean Stockwell who was quite interesting to talk to, he played the "crusty old man" role very well. When Count asked for a pic, Mr. Stockwell, he responded with "i just gave you a whole f*cking interview" which was actually very funny. He did take a pic with us. :)
In between interviews, we got to meet up with Robyn Graves from Midnite Mausoleum who was visiting with her bf. It was great to see her as we had missed HorrorHound weekend this year.
Last but not least, we were granted an interview with Kevin Sorbo (Hercules) who was very pleasant and spoke of what he was up to now and his charity work.
We also met up with the folks from Fear City Chicago! To our surprise we found out that this year they are teaming up with legendary haunt creator Joe Jensen of the original Hades Haunted House for twice the frightening fun!
Then finally Sunday came, the saddest day of the con where we have to say goodbye. But before it all ended, we attended the Stan Lee Q & A session. Mr. Lee who basically invented nearly every hero in the Marvel Universe, spoke about his inspirations, his cameos in the films,and answered questions from kids both big and small. We then met him later to get our photo op which was expensive but so worth it. Spent the rest of the day browsing and hanging out with friends.
So, Wizard World 2012 was a success! I can't wait for next year!