ComicCon-ing: Friday Recap and Saturday Preview of Wizard World New Orleans

Friday is always a great day at Wizard World New Orleans.  It is well attended but at the same time, it is the easiest day to browse.  And browse we did.  We already have our eye on some artwork!

We did get to meet Patricia Summersett, the voice of Zelda.  This was a huge deal for Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple. Her first game was The Legend of Zelda.  She has been obsessed ever since.  I can’t even count the number of Zelda items we own.  Ms. Summersett was charming and even signed her name in the characters language and left us a surprise message on the back of the photograph.

The Nola Nerd Baby just chilled and enjoyed the show from her stroller. She actually clapped when Ms. Summersett signed her photograph, which was random and funny.  She did get quite a few compliments on her Supergirl outfit.

Today, we plan on going to a few panels including Mads Mikkelsen’s one at 5 pm.  We may even meet him today or tomorrow to get a Rogue One poster signed. We also might meet Ms. Summersett again to sign an item we already own.  We also plan on complimenting all the great cosplay we will see.

We also recommend stopping by the 501st booth.  The 501st is made up Star Wars fans who take Star Wars costuming seriously, and even though they dress as dark side characters, they take charity work even more seriously.  Go take a picture with a Tie Fighter pilot and learn more about their great organization. One of our correspondents, Bill Plasse, will be at the 501st booth today.

A former student of ours is also a featured Wizard World cosplayer.  She has her own table and her cosplay work is outstanding.  Her cosplay name is INeedSuger.  If you are a cosplayer or interested in cosplay, go tell her hello!

See you at the con!


ComicCon-ing: Wizard World New Orleans Celebrity Guests Information.

The great thing about conventions is that it allows fans to learn more about their favorite shows. Notably, you can learn a lot from the casts and creators of the show. Wizard World New Orleans is hosting tons of celebrity panels this weekend.

Friday will feature panels with casts from the Power Rangers and The Walking Dead. Saturday, fans of Outlander, IZombie, and Vampire Diaries will get to listen to multiple members of the cast. Also on Saturday, Mads Mikkelson will be having a one on one. Sunday, fans of Outlander can ask creator Diana Gabaldon about their favorite characters. Also, Sean Gunn and the cast of Charmed will be having a panel.

Also, if you need to plan your days around guest signings and photo ops, then check out the guests’ schedules (which can change) here.

If you are interested in going to Wizard World New Orleans, there is still time to purchase your tickets. You can go here and buy them. Also, don’t forget to use the code NerdCouple10 to get 10% off your purchase!

ComicCon-ing: Wizard World New Orleans Programming

Here is a preview of the programming that will occur at Wizard World New Orleans this weekend:

  • Interactive group Q&As with the casts of “Outlander” (Sophie Skelton, Richard Rankin, Lotte Verbeek and author Diana Gabaldon; Saturday, noon); “The Walking Dead” (Michael Cudlitz, Tom Payne, Jenna Elfman, Austin Amelio, Mo Collins, Kirk Acevedo and Cailey Fleming; Friday, 7:30 p.m.); “iZombie” (Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Aly Michalka and Rahul Kohli; Saturday, 2 p.m.); “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” (Jason Faunt and Erin Cahill; Friday, 6:30 p.m.); “Charmed” (Holly Marie Combs, Brian Krause and Drew Fuller; Sunday, 1 p.m.); “The Vampire Diaries” (Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley, Daniel Gillies, Zach Roerig and David Alpay ; Saturday, 5 p.m.); and “Luke Cage” (Mike Colter and Simone Missick; Saturday, 3 p.m.)
  • Sessions with Mikkelsen (Saturday, 5 p.m.), Gunn (Sunday, 2 p.m.); Ryan (Saturday, noon); Daniel Cudmore (The Twilight Saga; Saturday, 4 p.m.); Jason David Frank (“Mighty Morphin Power Rangers”; Saturday, 2 p.m.); and Gabaldon (Sunday, 11 a.m.)
  • Disney Trivia panel with Walt Before Mickey star Thomas Ian Nicholas (Rookie of the Year), moderated by Handbook for Mortals author Lani Sarem (Saturday, 3 p.m.)
  • Voice actor session featuring Patricia Summersett (“Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild”) and Scott Innes (“Scooby Doo”) (Saturday, 4:30 p.m)
  • Creator sessions with industry superstars Dr. Travis Langley, Josh Lyman, Arthur Suydam, Joe Wos, Mostafa Moussa, Tim Lattie, Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson, Jonny Harvey, “The Pumpkin Geek” Alex Wer, Shawn Coss and more
  • Fan- and industry-based panels on subjects ranging from family convention attendance, YouTube, paranormal, magical girls, entrepreneurship, Star Trek, Disney, Black Panther, Terror Tales of Louisiana, fandom and community service, Cursed Hollywood and more
  • Drawing Disney with licensed Disney Fine Artist Clinton Hobart, including an original painting, to be raffled off to Creative Stage session attendees at the end of the show (Friday, 7:15 p.m.; Saturday, 4 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.); the more sessions a fan attends, the more chances to win it
  • Kids programming all three days, including story time, face painting, puppet shows, dance parties, magic, learn to draw, (and Kids 10 and under are free every day with paid adult)
  • World-famous Wizard World Adult Costume Contest, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Kids Costume Contests on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
  • Super Sonic Speed Dating (Friday 7 p.m.; Saturday 12/2/4/6 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m., 1/3 p.m.)
  • Cosplay with special guests Knightmage, Thousand Faces, Remy Domino, Ineedsugar, Missy Mayhem, Christina Dark, Cosplayme, Aretmis Wild and more, throughout the weekend
  • Drink & Draw hosted by Shawn Coss, for pros and amateurs alike… weirdness, drinks, drawing, and prizes (at Dat Dog, 601 Frenchmen St.; Friday, 9-11 p.m., FREE admission and $1 drinks with Wizard World wristband)
  • Cards Against Humanity With David Alpay, an after-hours celebration with “The Vampire Diaries” star featuring fun with everyone’s favorite card game, prizes, pizza, and more (Friday 9 p.m., Saturday, 7 p.m.), require an additional ticket
  • Cosplay and Industry Workshops (Chainmaille, Intro to Sculpting, How to Bring a Character to Life, Acting the Biz, Wiz-Art, Resin Casting), require an additional ticket
Unless noted, programming events take place in the designated General Programming Rooms or show floor stages at the convention center. VIP tickets or additional costs may apply to ensure access to select activities, as noted.
A full list of Wizard World New Orleans programming is available at (subjects, guests, times and rooms subject to change).
We will be highlighting a few panels that we would love to attend in a later post.  If you are interested in going to Wizard World New Orleans, there is still time to purchase your tickets. You can go here and buy them.  Also, don’t forget to use the code NerdCouple10 to get 10% off your purchase!

Episode 43: Wizard World New Orleans 2018 Wrap-Up

After a long absence, The Nola Nerd Couple Podcast is back! In this show, we explain why we were gone for so long, what we were up to in that time, and finally, we focus in on Wizard World New Orleans 2018!  Spoiler alert: we had a great con.  Show notes for this episode in the photo gallery below!


Comic Con-ing: Mrs. Nola Nerd’s Wizard World New Orleans 2018

As con season approaches, our first con of 2018 will be Wizard World New Orleans. We’ve been to WWNOLA since its inception and have enjoyed ourselves every year. This year will surely follow suit! Here’s a look at some people I am looking forward to seeing.

Mr. Nola Nerd and I decided to do a photo op with Mr. Stan Lee. We have met him three times and have his autograph on a comic, on a photo, and on my Mallrats poster; however, we do not have any photos with him and us. Since he is in such high demand, his people have to move the line quickly and they do not allow photographs at the table. We know he is winding down on the con circuit (we were at the London Film and Comic Con in 2014, which was he final European appearance, and it was INSANE; they had to put him in his own building) and we figured this might be our last chance to have a photo with Stan “The Man” Lee. Like Mr. Nola Nerd said in his last blog, we might bring our baby countdown sign to have in the photo with us. I am sure Miss Nola Nerd Baby will love that photo growing up!

Jason Momoa is attending and although we met him at Space City Con in 2014, that was before I had my Game of Thrones poster. I now have about twenty people on the poster (the latest being Jerome Flynn aka Bronn thanks to my dear friend David getting him for me at Rhode Island Comic Con). He was awesome to meet in person and I cannot wait to meet him again. I would love to have an Aquaman picture signed as well, but thanks to baby, I will be limiting it to just my poster.

The announcement that made me scream with happiness was David Tennant! I never thought I would be lucky enough to meet him in person. I have a Doctor Who poster that I would love to have him sign, but I also want a photo of him as Ten, as Kilgrave from Jessica Jones (WOW that performance!), and as Scrooge McDuck from the new Duck Tales! Of course, that’s simply not possible right now, so I have to narrow my choice down to one. I am fairly certain it will be a photo of Ten. I have to see his wonderful face!

One of my absolute favorite shows growing up was Boy Meets World. In fact, I just finished rewatching the entire series on Hulu. I was the same age as most of the cast, so I completely related to them and their teen struggles. I am super excited to meet Rider Strong, who portrayed Shawn Hunter, and Will Friedle, who portrayed Eric Matthews. I am hoping to get a cast picture with Ben Savage (Cory Matthews) and Danielle Fishel (Topanga Lawrence). Hopefully one day I can meet them as well!

Those are my top celebrity guests. If I were rich, I would meet Jenna Coleman again. I have a picture of her as Clara signed and she is on my poster for Doctor Who; however, Kurt and I are really into the PBS drama Victoria. We would love to get her as that character, but like I said previously, baby comes first.

I would also love to meet Ian Somerhalder. Now, I have never seen a single episode of The Vampire Diaries in my life. So why do I want to meet him. One word: LOST! I was obsessed with LOST and I have several autographs from different cast members. I was crushed when Boone “left the show,” so I would love to add him to my collection. Alas, he will have to wait for another con.

A few other cool guests that we have already met are Nichelle Nichols, who plays Uhura in Star Trek, Jon Heder, who is Napoleon Dynamite, and the Fonz himself, Henry Winkler. All extremely lovely people and if you are a fan, I definitely recommend meeting them.

So that’s it so far for Wizard World. Of course, there are other guests that will be there, but unfortunately I have not seen the shows that they have been in. Besides, I can’t meet everybody, right?! The addiction has to stop somewhere. *wink* Besides, I haven’t even gotten into the comic book artists and creators I want to meet! That will have to be saved for another post.

ComicCon-ing: Photographs from New Orleans Wizard World

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.