Wizard World returns to Tulsa for 4th year

Collaborator: Brittany Harlow
Published: 09/10/2018, 10:41 AM
Edited: 09/10/2018, 10:44 AM

Wizard World debuted in Tulsa 2014, and was held there for three years before going to Oklahoma City in 2017. Originally scheduled for OKC again this year, the comic convention announced it was switching back to Tulsa in the spring- to the joy of local pop cultural enthusiasts like Jessee Weavel.

"I've done Tokyo in Tulsa a few times,” Weavel said. “So this is my first comic con, official."

Fans packed into the Cox Business Center Friday through Sunday, cosplaying their favorite characters, trying their luck at contests and scouring through aisles of available merchandise: collectibles, media and artwork, much of it sold by the artists themselves.

Not to mention the celebrity attractions.    

Not just Photo Ops, but celebrity panels, as well. More than 50 hours-worth, with stars like Holly Marie Combs of Charmed, Charisma Carpenter of Buffy, Ron Perlman of Sons of Anarchy, and Thomas Ian Nicholas of Rookie of the Year.

"It's my first time to Tulsa. So I'm definitely digging the food here,” Nicholas said. “Looking forward to playing at the Shrine tonight. Going to lock myself in an Escape Room tomorrow night probably, since that is our tradition."

Nicholas said these conventions are just one of the many ways he gets to live his best life, doing what he loves most since he was a kid.

"I think that there are many many different things that people can spend their lives doing that is a quote unquote job that doesn't feel like work,” Nicholas said. “And I think that we spend so much of our time working it's really important to try to find that. And if you can't then try to fill up the rest of your time with something that you really enjoy because life's too damn short."

Weavel offered her own advice to future convention-goers.

"Don't be yourself. Be whatever you want to be,” Weavel said. “It's awesome. You just get to take chances, in your costumes if you will, maybe. Or however."

For locals who missed the fun this year, Wizard World tells us they’ll be back to Green Country in 2019. The exact dates have yet to be determined.


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