Episode 25: Wizard World New Orleans Wrap-Up

On this episode of the podcast, the Nola Nerd Couple discuss Wizard World New Orleans 2017.  We discuss specific things we did and what we like most about the con.  Of course, we also pointed a few minor better ifs.  We also talk about Rogue One, Super Mario Run, and a few comics.

Topics include: Dave Bautista, Theo Rossi, Peter Mayhew, Carrie Fisher, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Harley Quinn, and DC Rebirth.


Star Wars-ing: Star Wars at Wizard World New Orleans

ww201717_00068Friday night, there were two panels that discussed Star Wars.  The first panel, led by fans,  debated the question of “What period is the Golden Age of Star Wars?”  The panel, and the room, split between the original trilogy and the Disney era. To me, nothing will be as exciting as watching the original trilogy, especially A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back.  However, George Lucas held tight reigns over the franchise and while there was an extended universe it was basically added piece by piece. Under Disney, there is a unified focus on creating the larger Star Wars universe.  Books are created with this in mind.  Look at Marvel during both ages.  Marvel, during the original trilogy, was basically left alone and was given no guidance as what to do between movies. This allowed for some strange characters such as Jaxxon.  Under Disney’s stewardship, the universe seems to be carefully plotted out with much involvement from all creators: movies, books, tv, and comics.  Having a character from the Clone Wars be in Rogue One best illustrates this fact.  If you are judging by movies, then yes the original three will be hard to beat.  However, if you are judging by the entire universe, Disney has done a fantastic job so far.


ww201717_00079The second panel discussed the psychology of Star Wars and was led by academics. They discussed Joseph Campbell and the myths behind Star Wars.  They discussed the motivations behind some of the decisions of Luke, Anakin, and Kylo Ren. They provided the first satisfactory answer I’ve heard for why Luke never showed grief over his uncle and aunt (hint: PTSD is involved). They not only referenced movies but brought up The Clone Wars and Rebels.  Dr. Travis Langely, who led the panel, has edited many books on the psychology of certain pop culture phenomenons including Star Wars. He and the members of this panel also provided panels that analyzed Doctor Who and Harry Potter..  If you see Dr. Langely will be at a comic con near you, I highly suggest you check out one of his panels and then go buy a book after.

Both men who have put on the Chewbacca suit in an official capacity were at Wizard World  New Orleans. Both drew great crowds and were fantastic with their fans.  Joonas Suotamo is one tall human being.



Carrie Fisher loomed large over Wizard World New Orleans.  She was going to be it’s biggest star.  She was the reason why people who might not normally attend a con would have went. Wizard World obviously refunded all who had bought an autograph, photo-ops, and VIPs with her. Peter Mayhew was still shaken by her death being her friend for forty years.  In the lobby, the placed a giant poster of Ms. Fisher for fans to sign and state their farewells.  It ended up being a loving tribute to the woman who inspired many of the fans that were in attendance at Wizard World.


Star Wars-ing: Star Wars Panels at Wizard World New Orleans

For the next two weeks, most of our blogs will be about Wizard World New Orleans. The Convention is held at the Morial Convention Center on January 6,7, and 8th.  This week we will be previewing the event, and next week reviewing the event. 

We enjoy everything Star Wars at Nola Nerd Couple, which is why it has it’s own category.  We love to discuss the movies, the tv shows, the comics, and the books.  Looking at the programming for Wizard World New Orleans, it looks like we are not the only ones.

Here are panels focused on Star Wars:


6:00-6:45PM IS THIS THE “GOLDEN AGE” OF STAR WARS? (ROOM 238) We so much content being produced for the new canon, are we in the midst of a Golden Age for this fandom? Everything from Disney’s ownership to latest film, Rogue one will be discussed.

7:00-7:45PM STAR WARS PSYCHOLOGY: JEDI MIND TRICKS (ROOM 238) Star Wars raises serious issues and those are discussed when Pschologitsts Travis Langley, Janina Scarlet and professors, Eric Bailey and Sherri Craig explore the deeper layers of the franchise.


11:30-12:15PM WRITING PLOT USING STAR WARS (ROOM 343) This panel will take the storytelling techniques used to make Star Wars and show you how to develop your own plt.



1:30-2:15PM LIFE AS A WOOKIE, A CONversation with PETER MAYHEW (ROOM 243)

For more on the actors who play Chewbacca, read our previous post. 


We will be writing more panel previews in the upcoming days, so keep checking back. For a full listing of the panels at Wizard World New Orleans, click here.

Star Wars-ing: Both Chewbaccas Will Be at Wizard World New Orleans!

For the next two weeks, most of our blogs will be about Wizard World New Orleans. The Convention is held at the Morial Convention Center on January 6,7, and 8th.  This week we will be previewing the event, and next week reviewing the event. 

The two men who have portrayed Chewbacca on screen will be at Wizard World New Orleans!

Peter Meyhew is the original Chewbacca and has not only portrayed him in Star Wars films but also in the The Star Wars Holiday Special and The Muppet Show.  He has also worked with the animators for the Clone Wars in helping create the animation for Chewbacca.  He did the voice as well for the series. He reprised his role for the Force Awakes which he shared with newcomer, Joonas Suotmato.  Mr.Suotmato is nearly 7ft tall and played college basketball at Penn State.


  • Autograph for Peter Mayhew: $50
  • Photo-Op for Peter Mayhew: $55
  • Autograph for Joonas Suotmato: $40
  • Photo-Op for Joonas Suotmato: $55

Each actor will be having their own panel. Mr. Suotmato will have his on Sunday from 12:30-1:15 in Room 243.  Mr. Mahew’s will follow in the same room at 1:30.

Both men will be at New Orleans Wizard World all three days.

For a full listing of guests, click here.


For a full listing of the panels, click here.