Costumed crusaders, gamers, comic-book creators, actors, vendors, and eager fans shall descend upon Wizard World’s Portland Comic-Con at Oregon Convention Center Feb. 22-24.
Job Nazareno, a University of Portland student, wished he had known about the event sooner. He would’ve enjoyed seeing Bruce Campbell an actor in the USA channel TV series Burn Notice.
Other guests for the event include comic book legend and co-creator of Spiderman Stan Lee; Brent Spiner, best known as Data in Star Trek: The Next Generation; Henry Winkler, The Fonz from Happy Days, 90s TV Superman Dean Cain,and James Marsters of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer fame.
Nazareno commented that money was part of the reason he is unable to attend.
The Wizard World website states ticket purchasers can save up to 15% by ordering tickets in advance. For this particular event, the lowest ticket prices were $30 per an adult. The price for more exclusive access to a meet and greet with Stan Lee was hundreds of dollars.
Steve Duin in his article for the Oregonian, discussed how the decision to place a comic con run by a national organization near the time of Seattle’s Emerald City Comic-Con was a cause for concern as far as the ability for both Comic-Cons to do well.
Only time will tell, but comic book fans in Portland will have the opportunity to go to less expensive comic conventions throughout the year.
Wizard World’s Comic-Con is the first of many comic conventions coming to Portland in 2013 with locally produced Stumptown Comics Fest in April,Wonder Northwest in May, and Rose City Comic-Con in September.