Topic: Wizard World Texas
Heading out for the last day of Wizard World Texas this morning was a bitter sweet affair. I was looking forward to sitting in on Michael Golden's panel and harvesting a wealth of last-day-of-the-con blow out items, but was sad to see the dawn WWTX's final day. But I had both my blog entry here and at Newsarama to write. I needed to be about my work.
I manned-up, heading off for the comic book show.
TV's Supergirl was at the show today. I hadn't planned on attending the Laura Vandervoort panel. I haven't watched Smallville in several years and, to be honest, few actors hold much facination for me. Still, rumors had abounded on the interweb all week that a JLA movie casting announcement would be made. So, I went in the very slight chance that there might be something newsworthy.
She annoyed me right of the bat, though (surprise). As the featured speaker, you'd think she'd use the lectern. Nope. She sat over on the left side. So, anyone sitting up close on the right - such as myself - couldn't see her. I scurried to the other side of the room so that I could take pictures.
I was further annoyed (another surprise) that Ms. Vandervoort's handler started the session off by stating that they would be cutting the panel short so that Supergirl could get over to the autograph session.
Now, I could give a damn about either the autograph session or Ms. Vandervoort's panel. But Wizard advertised that the panel would be an hour. It is wrong to adjust that in the interest of another Wizard World event.
Despite my annoyance, I found the actress to have a warm, friendly personality. She seemed genuine in her appreciation for the adoration heaped upon her by the fans.
As it was, the Last Daughter of Krypton didn't have much to say. After all, she hasn't been on the show that long.
Kal-El asks a question of his cousin Kara: "Can we be kissing cousins?"
No JLA movie announcement was made at WWTX.
Yesterday, I sought out Michael Golden to see how much he'd charge for a sketch. I had big hopes of getting a Baron Karza complete with exploding nipple missles. I was stunned to learn that Golden's "show special" was $175. Most artists I've seen charge anywhere from $20 to $60. Apparently, a comics legend doesn't come cheap.
I shared this story with a buddy.
He shook his head, "Golden's always been a jerk."
Still, I have always thought well of Golden's art - and he's not been an ass to me, so I wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt.
I don't think I'll be ordering any art from him anytime soon, though.
Golden adopted a professorial arrogance in his presentation at the Wizard School session on "Storytelling in the Visual Medium." Honestly, the first half of the class was excruciating, it was so dull. I was stifling yawns when Golden finally hit his stride engaging those gathered.
We went all the way up to the buzzer.
Honestly, I think the man's a jackass. That's probably why I like him.
I've updated my Flickr account with more WWTX images. Take a look!
I bought tons of stuff. I've got more books than I could possibly read between now and Christmas.
Writing for Newsarama was a hoot. Thanks for that opportunity guys!
And introducing myself as "Aron Head, Bastard's Blog" was sublime!
Gonna have to do more of this.