NerdTours: Tulsa Wizard World Comic Con Edition

 

For the first time Wizard World Comic Con made an appearance in Tulsa November 7-9, 2014! And the good news? They are returning October 23-25, 2015! So this was my first Comic Con and I was only able to attend for a single day, in the future I hope to be able to enjoy the entire weekend, and perhaps head out to one of the larger cons, possibly in Dallas Austin. However, with that being said, Tulsa was able to sell out the weekend so just maybe it will grow and have more special guests involved in the future.

With this being my first comic con I had a lot of expectations, some were met, some exceeded, and some left me a little disappointed. However, it was worth the experience and I will definitely return again. You never know you may run into someone famous like R2D2!

 

 

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(P.S It may not look it, but I am dressed up as Clara Oswald)

1. One of the first things that surprised me was how many people were not dressed up, I was a little bummed, although I cheated on my costume. Hopefully, in the coming years this will change, I know I’m already planning a full costume for next year!

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2. Panels, we sat in on a few of the panels, the first one we attended was Females in Genre Fiction: Writing Strong Females and Handling Gender Stereotypes this was a panel held by a local group and was a bit of a disappointment. It was obvious that a panel was relatively new to the speakers and it felt as if you were watching a conversation at a coffee shop that you could not participate in, even though the audience was able to ask questions. This panel actually caused us to re-evaluate other panels that we attended.

 

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The Karate Kid 30th Anniversary with Ralph Macchio – this was a fun panel, Ralph talked a lot about the Outsiders because it was filmed in Tulsa, and a lot of the questions asked were about the Outsiders.

 

 

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Heroes in a Half Shell with Alan Ritchson – this was fun, Alan Ritchson is quite the character and had a good pace and interacted with the audience very well.

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Back to Hogwarts with Tom Felton by far the most popular panel, the room was packed and had people lined up against the walls, the line for questions started before Tom Felton even made it to the stage. Tom Felton was also filming a documentary about the people that attended Comic Con which was pretty awesome and will be interesting to see. One of my favorite moments also came from the panel. A little boy probably around 5 dressed as Harry Potter was asking a question, while his mom was translating the little boy started walking away and Felton responded with ‘Get back here Potter!’ You probably need to be a Harry Potter fan to appreciate it, but it was one of my favorite things of the entire con.

On a side note, I love what Tom Felton is doing with his documentary, from what I’ve read he is talking a lot about the people that attend and the culture, where many times it is ok for someone to dress up and paint themselves for a football team, but if they do the same thing for something like Star Wars it is looked down upon. Comic Con definitely has its own culture (and subcultures) and the community is so welcoming and open to everyone, even when they have different opinions on who is the best Doctor, it will be interesting to see where this documentary goes.

 

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Half hour of Power with the Green Ranger this was a blast! Jason David Frank taught a half hour karate class! Kids of all ages and parents got involved, some even in full costume were taking the class. I love that this was an option to participate in during this event!

Beyond the panels and meet and greets there were tons of booths to wander through and rows of comic book artists to meet and purchase items from. Beyond Wizard World there are tons of other cons out there, be sure to check out what is in your area because it is worth it. Hopefully someday I will be able to make it to San Diego Comic Con, and Galifrey One, a completely Doctor Who Con.

-Elle

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NerdTours: Doctor Who and Torchwood Edition

 

 

Cardiff. Most have probably never heard of this small capital city of Wales. However, if you are a fan of certain television shows, when you hear Cardiff the first things you think of are Doctor Who, Torchwood, and Time Rifts.

For all Doctor Who and Torchwood fans searching for a trip, the first place to choose to travel to would be Cardiff. Not only is Cardiff filled with many things fandom related, but it is also a beautiful city full of castles, parliament building, shopping, and tons of friendly people to meet up with.

One of the best things about Cardiff is that the city is very walkable, you don’t have to worry about figuring out public transportation, I stayed in the downtown area at The Angel Hotel and walked everywhere. All of Cardiff felt very safe, no matter what time of day/night and there are a few pedestrian streets where you don’t need to worry about traffic and are full of shops and restaurants.

 

For the Doctor Who fan, one of the first places to stop is the Doctor Who Experience on Cardiff Bay. Check out props and costumes and replicas from fifty years of Doctor Who, the exhibit also recently went through refurbishing for the latest Doctor.

 

 

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Unfortunately, I booked this trip last May, and it was announced mid-August that they would be closing for the remodel, and my trip wasn’t able to be moved, I missed being able to actually visit. (However, that just means I will have to go back!)

While in Cardiff be sure to keep your eyes open as you will come across the TARDIS or even a Dalek.

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Just down the way from the Doctor Who Experience you will find Roath Lock, home of BBC Wales.

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The building is beautiful and has really amazing architecture so be sure to walk around and check it out.

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While you are wandering around join one of the walking tours to explore locations where Doctor Who and Torchwood were filmed, as you wander the city you will recognize many of the locations. As you continue around the bay you will recognize the area where Torchwood is located.

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You will even find the headquarters of Torchwood.

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Be aware though that no matter how much you try, your sonic screwdriver will not break you into Torchwood.

 

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You will also run into Iantos Shrine near the docks, be sure to stop by and leave something behind in rememberance of Ianto.

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Every Doctor Who fan will enjoy their trip to Cardiff, and if there is time you can take the train into London to see more sights, see the Shard, Canary Wharf or run into the TARDIS.


-Elle