Comics, cosplay, and celebrities in the Big Easy with Wizard World

The Eiffel Society in New Orleans
The Eiffel Society in New Orleans

This weekend Wizard World starts their 2015 comic convention schedule in the Big Easy, New Orleans.  Thursday night the con was kicked off with a gathering of press, guests, artists, and exhibitors at the Eiffel Society.  Celebrities present at the soiree included Lou Ferigno, Jason David Frank, and New Orleans nerdlesque stars, Xena Zeit-Geist, and Remy Dee.

Kristen Hughey as Super Girl
Kristen Hughey as Super Girl

Friday the con officially started at 4 p.m. at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center with a Mardi Gras costume photo op on the show stage and panels from 4:30 to 8:15.  The last panel of the day was “COSTUMES + PLAYING = COSPLAY! So what does that actually mean?”  with Damian Beurer, Riki “Riddle” LeCotey, and Kristen Hughey giving hints and humor from their cosplay experiences.

The night ended at Fulton Alley with the Creator Pro Am: Drink and Draw where artists and writers could come and compete in a writing and drawing competition.

Jumping for Joy with Eyeshine at Anime-ZING!
Johnny Yong Bosch and the Eyeshine guys with Sonny Strait, Christina Vee, and Robert “Lord Zedd” Axelrod

Today the con opens at 11 a.m. with panels, a variety of movie, television, comic, and cosplay special guests including a new trivia game show, “Last Fan Standing” with Bruce Campbell.  Mighty Morphin Power Ranger fans won’t want to miss Jason David Frank’s 3:00 p.m. panel with a Wizard World first appearance by Johnny Yong Bosch.  One of the highlights of Wizard World, the adult costume contest, goes from 7 – 9 p.m.

Xena Zeit-Geist as Batman in her Bat-Jammies at the opening of "Arkham ASS-YLUM!"
Xena Zeit-Geist as Batman in her Bat-Jammies at the opening of “Arkham ASS-YLUM!”

The convention continues Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 with the Wizard World Kids Costume Contest as one of closing acts.  Unofficially (no Wizard World pass needed) for those who can’t get enough of the lovely ladies and dapper dudes of cosplay, Xena Zeit-Geist and her ladies and gents of nerdlesque will continue their costumed carrying on at the Eiffel Society opening at 8 p.m. with Harry Potter related nerdlesque performances at 9:00 p.m. and closing with a Yule Ball Dance Party.

For more information about the New Orleans Comic Con and other events, check the official Wizard World website.

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