When I walked into work this morning, a colleague asked what I was working on for today.
"I'm going to be LIVE at the Wizard World Comic-Con," I replied.
"You know," he responded. "You have a pretty cool job."
Little did I know that hours later, I would be challenging Lou "The Incredible Hulk" Ferrigno
to an arm wrestling match. He let me win (I think), but it's a memory I'll keep forever. The Hulk was a favorite show as a kid, which is why thousands of people flock to these conventions and throw down $20 to get Big Lou to throw his autograph onto a 8x10" glossy.
But back to the matter at hand. The Wizard World Chicago Comic-Con
is taking place this Friday-Saturday at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. The fest features thousands of comic books for sale, some so valuable they're pretty-much just there for show. Unless, of course, you have the coin to throw down to take home the first appearance of Spider-Man. You could buy a house out in Rockford instead.
Single day tickets are available. You can buy them at the Wizard World website here
. Other celebs scheduled to make an appearance include Todd Bridges, Gary Coleman, Michelle Rodriguez, Ernie Hudson, Billy Dee Williams, Jake Busey, Margot Kidder
, and a few more.
Oh, wait...talk about burrying the lead. There's also this wildly popular "Twilight: New Moon"
movie opening this fall. Three stars of the film will be at the convention on Saturday - Alex Meraz (left), Christopher Heyerdahl, and Cameron Bright
. Too bad those "Twilight" boys are totally overweight and not good looking at all, right?
I don't expect these three to draw the Rob Pattinson crowd, but you never know. Anything "Twilight" equals chaos. TRUST ME ON THIS ONE!
Wizard World has always been good to me. Covering it was one of my first assignments ever, back when I was just getting my TV feet wet with "metromix on CLTV." Adding a Lou Ferrigno arm wrestling battle cements the convo in my memory bank forever. I can't guarantee it'll do the same for you, but it might be worth the try.