POSTED: Monday, January 31, 2011 - 6:47pm
UPDATED: Monday, January 31, 2011 - 8:13pm
NEW ORLEANS, La (NBC33) – For the first time in nearly 15 years, a massive comic conference was held right down the road in New Orleans. People from all over the state, and the country, flocked to the Big Easy for the event.
A line wrapped the block for two days at the New Orleans’ Convention Center to get access to the first annual Wizard World Comic Con. Over 10,000 people showed up to take a ride “Back to the Future,” and participate in all the activities.
Celebrities were on hand to sign autographs and talk with fans. And all that Hollywood glam drove people to Artist Alley, which is where local and national comic artists set up shop to talk with fans and gain some new ones, too.
“I did not know they had this many people into comics in New Orleans,” Kevin Johnson, Louisiana-based comic artist who independently releases “Strange City Heroes,” explained. “Since Hurricane Katrina, everything has been different and a lot of people have left and it just seems that everybody I knew that collected comics doesn’t collect them anymore, and I don’t know why.”
Festival CEO Gareb Shamus told NBC33 News today that the event was a huge success. With over 17 festivals happening annually around the country, Shamus says the one in New Orleans was in the top regarding the turn out.
“For the community to come out the way they did, it is just amazing,” Shamus summarized.
We talked with Ernie Hudson of "Ghostbusters" fame, and he told us that he thinks all of this is great for the city. Cast members of the hit show The Walking Dead, said the same.
The event will be back in the city next year. Celebs, fans, and artists alike will no doubt show up for to the Convention Center to see all the action first hand.