In “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown,” every October, Linus van Pelt finds the most sincere pumpkin patch he can, and awaits the coming of the Great Pumpkin.
While I may not stake out local pumpkin patches, I do in fact have my own reason to look forward to October — the coming of Wizard World Comic Con.
This weekend, Wizard World Comic Con returns to Oklahoma, not so much to “fly through the air to bring toys to all the good little children everywhere” — which would be pretty weird, to be honest — but to host a gathering of all things science fiction, horror, and pop culture, featuring some of the biggest names and artists in their respective industries.
Now in its fourth consecutive year in Oklahoma, Wizard World Comic Con will be setting up shop in Oklahoma City instead Tulsa, where it’s been held for the previous three years.
While this puts it a little further down the road than before, it’s nonetheless worth it for fans of the respective fandoms to ease on down the road to see, meet, and rub elbows with a bevy of various artists, actors, writers, athletes and other cultural icons making the trip to the Sooner State for a weekend-long celebration of geekdom.
“Geekdom” being used in the most complimentary meaning of the word, of course.
Several familiar faces, and a few new ones, will be making their way to Oklahoma this year.
Among some of the more noteworthy guests confirmed for this weekend’s scifi shindig are Val Kilmer (of, among other things, “Batman Forever,” “Top Gun,” and “Willow”), Jewel Staite (of “Firefly,” “Serenity,” “Stargate: Atlantis,” and Warehouse 13”), John Barrowman (of “Arrow,” “Doctor Who” and “Torchwood”), James Marstars (”Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” and “Smallville”), Charisma Carpenter (of “Angel” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Emma Caufield (of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), WWE Superstar The Undertaker, Holly Marie Combs (of “Charmed”), Jason Mewes (of “Clerks” and “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back”), Ernie Hudson (of, among other things, “Ghostbusters,” and “The Crow”), Ray Park (of “X-Men” and “Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace”), Lou Ferrigno (of “The Incredible Hulk”), Kevin Conroy (of “Batman: The Animated Series”), and others.
Additionally, Wizard World Comic Con OKC will be welcoming some of the most creative comic book writers and artists to Oklahoma this weekend. Wizard World Comic Con’s Artist Alley in Oklahoma City will feature Colleen Doran (”Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible Stan Lee,” “Troll Bridge,” and others), Bob Camp (animator and “Ren & Stimpy” co-creator), Jai Nitz (“Heaven’s Devils,” “Dream Thief”), Wes St. Clair (“Fu Jitsu”), Jeremy Clark (“"GFT: Apocalypse,” “Day of the Dead”), Genese Davis (The Holder’s Dominion), Victor Dandridge (“The Samaritan,” “Origins Unknown”), Dr. Travis Langley (”Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Night,” “Wonder Woman Psychology: Lassoing the Truth”) and numerous Oklahoma artists, writers and cosplayers as well.
While, in years past, I’ve written stories highlighting some of the celebrities at Wizard World Comic Con — Lou Ferrigno, Bruce Campbell, Sean Astin, Henry Winkler, among others — as this year’s con is situated more in central than northeastern Oklahoma, there will be fewer articles about the con than usual.
That said, there will be a few features in this week’s Progress leading up to year’s Wizard World Comic Con, as they’ve become something of my own October tradition, after all.
And no waiting overnight in a pumpkin patch is required.