Rosemont’s Wizard World Comic Con has a “creative stage”, but this is a misnomer. A true four-day conference of artists, actors, gamers, writers, entertainers and fans is a creative arena to celebrate pop culture.
Many people dressed in costumes have become creative, turned into pirates, ninjas, Wonder Woman, Hermione or Captain America.
The idea shines in original artwork, as comics, metal bookmarks, ties, handbags, headbands, pillows and hand-painted cups become unique souvenirs.
Creativity has also entered the food, as Max & Benny’s Custom Sweets sells “hero biscuits” to represent characters like Kim Possible, such as “Ghost Hunting” or “Full House”, even Pokemon’s pocket ball.
The event was held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont on Sunday, with vendor presentations, seminars, competitions, signings, trivia, giveaways, costume competitions and concerts, from 10am to 4pm.
As part of a national series, celebrates what organizers call “the best of popular culture” – movies, TV shows, comics, graphic novels, games, technology, science fiction, toys, art, collectibles and live entertainment – Wizard World’s Chicago Conference this year brought a long list of talent.
Tom Welling of “Smallville” and “Lucifer”, Pom Klementieff and Michael Rooker of “Galaxy Guardian” and “Outlander” writer Diana Gabaldon and actors Graham McTavish, Lotte Verbeek, Richard Rankin and Sophie Skelton appeared on Thursday Between the day and the longest day of the event Saturday, the fans are provided with photo operations, group discussions and signing sessions.
Fans from far and near, such as Nathan Korel of Michigan (played as Spider-Man), used their signature meeting on Saturday to see their favorite characters. For Korel, this means Kim Possible, dubbed by Christy Carlson Romano and the RWBY team, by Lindsay Jones, Kara Eberle, Arryn Zech and Barbara Dunkelman.
Other fans viewed the seminars and discussions and listened to their favorite stars, such as the “Vampire Killer Buffy” Charm Carpenter and the “Charming” Holly Mary comb in the Pop Culture Women’s Focus Group.
The group started with an easy and interesting explanation, but with some questions, fans let the actress share their views on insecure and deeper themes dealing with criticism.
“In this business, a lot of scrutiny is needed, and you have to shrug, both physically and otherwise,” Combs said. “I learned how to separate me from the products they saw.”
“Some of the most beautiful women I know won’t be more insecure – everyone has it,” Carpenter said. “Trust your purpose, why you are here, you are valuable.”
Fans like 11-year-old Moline’s Brooke Kesk and Chicago’s Shenta Coleman are not just listening, but they are also full of praise.
“Thank you for choosing a female empowerment role,” Coleman said.