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Wizard World Convention:

A Wizardly Universe with Stormtroopers and Vampires

February 26-27, 2011
Miami Airport Convention Center
Miami, FL

Review and Photos by Leah S. Pritchett

       “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...” wait; wait how about, “Into every generation a Slayer is born. One girl in all the world….”? Alright, alright, let me just cut to the chase. The Wizard World Convention (also known as Miami Con) made its splashing debut at the Miami Airport Convention Center leaving Floridian nerds (including myself) in awe.

       Walking into the venue was like stepping into an alternate universe where comic book geeks are actually cool and they can freely shoot Stormtroopers with Nerf Guns and flirt with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Divas, every boy’s fantasy.

       Terrified and unaware of what I had just gotten into, I quickly fell victim to a “nerd-tastic” moment when I jumped in place after seeing Buffy The Vampire Slayer's Xander Harris (Nicholas Brendon) and the horrifying Master (Mark Metcalf) signing autographs and posing for pictures.

       Post nerdgasm, I made my way to Room A to make sure I was first in line to see the “BuffyFest” extravaganza. Okay, maybe I’m being a bit dramatic but when the hell am I ever going to sit in a room, geek out and see Xander do his legendary Snoopy Dance? Brendon spoke about his enjoyable experiences on Buffy, including his twin brothers’ appearance in the episode The Replacement and how much he hated wearing an eye patch in season 7. The actor also surprised fans when he explained that Xander and Buffy were supposed to eventually become an item.

Okay, maybe I’m being a bit dramatic but when the hell am I ever going to sit in a room, geek out and see Xander do his legendary Snoopy Dance?


Video by Leah S. Pritchett

       “What was going to happen and didn’t happen was that, there was like up to season 7, Xander and Buffy were going to get together,” Brendon said. “You know Sarah [Buffy] and I talked about it…Joss was alright with this but she [Buffy] had to always want things she couldn’t ever have and that was her curse.”

       He also expressed that he would have liked Xander to have that closure.

       “I did a lot of stuff on that show you know…I mean come on, I wore a Speedo!,” Brendon said as he laughed with the fans.

       The next day was as geeky and enjoyable as the first. I spent far too much time admiring the adorable R2D2s gliding through the venue. Should I be ashamed I want one for my place?

       I bought some comic books and debated purchasing a couple of Buffy action figures on sale for a ridiculously high price. However, I restrained myself as I became distracted with another Buffy panel including Glory (Clare Kramer) and Harmony (Mercedes McNab).

I was able to sit in the Back to The Future car and the Batmobile, wishing Adam West would put on his Batman suit and join me on an adventurous ride hunting down the Joker


Ernie Hudson from Ghostbusters

       Though I spent most of my time indulging myself in my obsession (Buffy obviously), I was honored to have met one of most talented artists of all time, David Mack, creator of Kabuki. Not only that but I was able to sit in the Back to The Future car and the Batmobile, wishing Adam West would put on his Batman suit and join me on an adventurous ride hunting down the Joker.

       Between comic books, Ghostbuters, Battlestar Galatica, and so much more I would have never imagined such an amazing time. Let’s hope the Wizard World makes future stops in South Florida because I’d like to let this wild side loose again.

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R2D2

Star Wars Sith

Stormtrooper

Ghostbusters



Zombie Marilyn

Mario Brothers

Nintendo character


Kabuki by David Mack

Kabuki


Shawn Surface

Nicholas Brendon poses with OUTLOUD

Bodie James Olmos

Nicholas Brendon

Mark Metcalf

Mercedes McNab

Clare Kramer

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