Welcoming New Fans to Wizard World Philadelphia

By June 6, 2012

How many conventions make you feel comfortable enough to run around in boxers?

I go to comic book and science fiction/fantasy conventions quite often. While I enjoy them immensely, many can be overwhelming for friends of mine who are new to certain geeky scenes. Delving into comic book multiverses and longtime TV franchises for the first time can be intimidating enough. Coupled with the many costumes and booths of a major convention, the sensory input can seem a little overwhelming. The situation gets worse  when a convention that is not well organized.

Wizard World Philadelphia, however, was a different story. With many signs and helpful stands to guide you in the right direction, knowing exactly where to go to pick up a pass, head to a panel or explore the dealer floor was no trouble at all. Staffers and volunteers that patrolled the convention were helpful and amiable, more so than those I’ve found at larger conventions.

Bringing a new comic book fan with me, I was pleased and relieved to find that this experience did not intimidate her at all. The dealer floor proved to be a fun place filled with geeky treasures she could easily navigate and neither of us worried that we would have trouble finding each other again if we temporarily separated to check out different things.

Many conventions could learn a few things from the helpful and stress-free set-up of Wizard World Philadelphia. Can’t wait for next year!

Photos by Travis Langley.

Which conventions have proven to be the most stress-free for all you? Tell us in the comments below or through twitter (@GeekNation).

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Alan Sizzler Kistler

Alan "Sizzler" Kistler is an actor and author living in New York City. He has authored books including The Unofficial Game of Thrones Cookbook, The Unofficial Batman Trivia Challenge and The Unofficial Spider-Man Trivia Challenge. He has contributed to various news sites, including ComicBookResources, Newsarama, ComicsAlliance and MTV.com. He writes the weekly column "Agent of S.T.Y.L.E." and hosts the weekly podcast "Crazy Sexy Geeks." Alan has been recognized as a comic book historian and a Doctor Who historian by various publishers and media outlets. He thinks Isaac Asimov should be required reading in all schools. You can find him on Twitter under the name @SizzlerKistler and archives of his work at http://AlanKistler.com

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