Event: Wizard World Richmond (http://www.wizardworld.com/home-richmond.html)
Location: Richmond, VA
Dates: September 12-14, 2014
Venue: Greater Richmond Convention Center
Price: $40-$225 depending on the ticket type
Years: This was the first year
Guests: Approximately 20 film and television guests and more than a dozen comic industry guests.
Overview: Richmond is a new addition to the many locations of Wizard World conventions. For an inaugural event, the convention attracted a good turnout of celebrities and comic creators. In addition to the large exhibit hall used for the vendors and guests, the convention featured several small rooms for programming and a huge ballroom for main events.
The expertise of the Wizard World staff was apparent as lines for celebrity autographs were well managed. Photo ops with the celebrities were so efficient that your printed photo would be waiting for you 40 seconds after the photo was taken. Yes, that is right, they were measuring that wait time in seconds.
Comic industry guests included Neal Adams, Kevin Maguire, Ethan Van Sciver, and others with lots of prints and commissions available. Discussion panels included comic writing and the three act structure, the origins of modern comics, and the art of Saturday morning cartoons.
It was a great first year for Wizard World Richmond and advance tickets sales must have been strong as dates for the 2015 convention have already been announced. It was a fun event and definitely worth attending.
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