Wizardworld puts on star filled comic-con in Chicago


Skylar Longsine

  • Wizardworld is a comic-con located in Rosemont, Illinois, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. It ran from Friday Oct.15 to Oct.17. Comic-con gives people a chance to express themselves through their interests. People dress up as characters and find unique art. Wizardworld is specific to Marvel, anime, and any Disney production.

When walking into the convention center, people are immediately greeted with the bright colors of costumes and live music. People then get their Wizardworld wristband to grant them access into the actual comic-con.

Once entering the room the hum of excitement filling the room becomes consuming. Taking a look around, the majority of it was selling items.The items that were being sold were action figures, comic books, and art.

Another big attraction was the ability to get signatures from celebrities. These celebrities include: William Shatner (Star Trek), Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy, The Walking Dead), Sam Heughan (Outlander), Stephen Amell (Arrow), Mathew Lewis (Harry Potter), James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Dean Cain (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman), Katie Cassidy (Arrow), Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk), Charles Martinet (Mario Bros), Paige O’Hara (Beauty and the Beast), and Irene Bedard (Pocahontas).

People got the opportunity to speak with Michael Rooker Played Yondu in the Guardians of the Galaxy and Mathew Lewis played the role of Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter franchise, both gave interesting insight to their careers.

Lewis explains his experience of actually being at Hogwarts.

“I was living out my childhood dream. Growing up wishing I was at Hogwarts and fake acting/playing with my friends. Being able to do it on set as my job was surreal,” Lewis said.

Even with living out a fantasy, not all aspects of it were perfect.

“Growing up wasn’t as hard as someone with a lead role where they couldn’t go to certain places. School was a little hard, but I got to live a predominantly normal life,” Lewis said.

Rooker also claims the people that are off-camera should be credited as well because without them the movie wouldn’t be made.

“The 250-300 people behind the scenes are the ones that deserve all the credit,” Rooker said.

As for Rooker, he chooses not to base his success off of just one movie but views all as an accomplishment.

“Every movie in itself is an accomplishment, not only being on the set but especially finishing each movie,” Rooker said.