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Natalia Avilez, NBC Street Team

That’s what Geoff Johns told me the night I began to write about my experience at Wizard World Chicago 2008, and after attending the convention I have to agree. Being a female and walking into the modern age of comics a little late into the game, I thought my brain was going to overload with information. I didn’t know where to start, what to expect, or what I would see.
Natalia's Slideshow - Image From Nikola Ranguelov
As I stepped foot onto the convention center floor, looked over the abyss of comics, and into the sea of fan boys and girls, I was greeted by a 7-foot-tall Incredible Hulk, swept off my feet by Spider-Man, teased by devilish pin-up girls, and surrounded by a bunch of Jokers. I felt like it was Halloween and my little bag of goodies was being bombarded with free materials including comics, stickers, and toys. I raced around to the different vendors, publishing companies, and panels, trying to soak up as much information as I could. I was tugged at from every corner by artists, fans, creators and celebrities, including Lou Ferrigno, the Iron Sheik, Cousin Itt, and special effects master Robert Kurtzman, who caught me off guard for an on camera interview.


Slideshow: Wizard World 2008


For myself, all the magic happened at night, when I was able to learn more about the industry and mingle with the faces behind the comics, such as Top Cow’s Marc Silverstri, DC’s Geoff Johns, Jim Valentino , Batman Gotham Knight’s ,Brian Azzarello, and Greg Rucka, The Heroe Initiative’s Jim McLauchlin, and special guest and artist Dennis Calero. Those creative minds, such as myself, who landed into the comic world either on purpose or by accident, who followed their dreams, and made a name for themselves. As I immersed myself into the modern age of comics, I felt the excitement and energy seep from the hearts and eyes of fans realizing that this was more than just toys and comics.

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Natalia Avilez, NBC Street Team

If you where left wondering what to do between the hours of 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today, I highly recommend Wizard World at the Donald E.Stephens Convention Center. For the last three days I have been fighting my way through fan boys and girls, meeting new

interesting people such as Green Lantern, Super-Man and R2-D2, playing free games ,and getting tons of comics from companies such as Marvel ,DC, Top Cow, Devils Due , and Legion Studios.

Today is the final day of the convention and your chance to see an encore presentation of Batman Gotham Knight ,enter the kids costume contest , or play a friendly game of Guitar Hero or Rockband. As you make your through the aisles of comics, toys, and vendors,you will find an alley of artist who are waiting to sketch you a tiny titan, or whatever your heart desires. So come on down and make your way through a Dungeon of Dragons or an array of vendors where you can get a Hero action figure or your very own Tecnhics vs Marvel T-shirt.

For those of you who are not able to make it to the convention, (kids 10 and under are free), I will post a video and show you my favorite highlights of the con, including a cameo appearance from Lou Ferrigno himself! Until then stay tuned, same Bat-time, same Bat-channel.

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Natalia Avilez, NBC Street Team

Whether you are a kid, or just a kid at heart, you will find plenty of things to do this weekend at Wizard World Chicago.

This all- age extravaganza offers comic and non-comic book fans an insight into the comics world involving more than just buying/trading comics and toys. Wizard World offers aspiring artists and fans an opportunity to learn the tricks of the trade, get the inside scoop on future movie releases, video games and publishing companies such as Marvel, DC & local Chicago company Devils Due. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet the original Hulk himself, Lou Ferrigno, actress and Maxim hottie Missy Peregrym, as well as industry moguls such as Alex Ross, Tod Mcfarlane, and Warren Ellis.

While artists, inkers, and writers show off their skills, sell original sketches, art, or books in artist alley, I will be hanging out at Player’s Paradise, checking out as many video game demos and tournaments as humanly possible, attending panel discussions, workshops, and signings, and be at the premiere of Batman Gotham Night. When I run out of money to spend, I might sign up for the costume contest, where eligible winners can receive up to $1,000 in prizes. Or maybe I will just collect as many free giveaways as I can including buttons, posters, and comics.

So if you find yourself near Donald E. Stevens Convention Center, June 26-29, with costumes in hand, come on down and experience the largest multimedia  popular arts convention in Illinois. Be sure to stop by artist alley where you can mingle with or purchase work form local artists such Eric Jimenez, Art Baltazar,Gregory Titus, and Mike Norton. Although Wizard World is considered to be an all ages event, kids day is on Sunday.

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