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Student opinions of Comic-Con vary by experience

By Megan Johnson

Imagine, walking into a room the size of a football field filled with hundreds of people. Everyone from toddlers to the elderly seem to be attending. Some chit-chat with fellow fans while others hurriedly attempt to catch a glimpse of their favorite actor. The crowd’s attire ranges from cosplay of a favorite character, to jeans and a t-shirt. Merchandise booths line the area to display commodities pertaining to a certain fandom or business. All of these attributes come together to create the perfect formula for what fans have come to know as, Louisville Comic-Con. This convention is a branch off of the internationally known convention that occurs in California every year.

Senior Hannah Votaw attended the infamous Comic-Con this past weekend. Votaw shared that her experience was brilliant and was thoroughly glad she attended.

“I stayed from start to finish on Saturday, but my sister got tired two hours in and left. However, I got to see Matt Smith, he waved and seemed extremely nice. Plus, I bought a sword.”

She also explained that a major aspect that boosted the overall experience were the booths standing all throughout the area.

“There was all kinds of merchandise there. I saw so many things I couldn’t narrow it down,” said Votaw.

Not only did these stands sell merchandise to the convention goers, but several included simulators in which they could play.

Though some enjoyed the event others would disagree about the hype of Comic-Con, including senior Devon Armbruster.

“Overall, it wasn’t a very good convention. They seemed to focus on the pedaling of merchandise rather than the convention itself.”

Armbruster explained that she had been to several other conventions before this one and was not impressed.

“There are some days that I attended that I wish I hadn’t,” she said.

Though some experienced fans and con-goers were unsatisfied with the experience,some were able to find a happy medium while attending.

“My favorite was probably Karen Gillian’s panel. It was great to hear about Doctor Who and her experience,” said Armbruster.

Votaw concluded with a statement that she believed summed up the entire event, mainly for those who had never attended an event such as Comic-Con.

“It’s just a whole lot of expensive, nerdy fun.”

Star struck students unite for Louisville Comic-Con 2014

By Megan Johnson

For anyone interested in spending a day with the one and only “11th Doctor Who,” buying a special edition comic book or meeting a childhood hero, the opportunity has finally arrived.

Comic-Con International is a popular comic book and media convention annually held in San Diego, California. However, a series of miniature conventions are held leading up to this. This is the cause of creating Louisville Comic-Con, which will take place on March 28,29 and 30 at the Kentucky International Convention Center.

Several comic-book fanatics are excited for the event, including sophomore comic book collector Elizabeth Tong.

“I am a lover of comics. So, I think it would be neat to be in an environment like that and just have a good time,” she said. Tong explained that she will not be able to attend the event, but shared what she would suggest doing.

“If I could go, I would take the opportunity to dress up and walk around.”

Not only will current television actors be there, but previous actors such as Jason David Frank from the “Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers,” will be attending the convention as well.

However, Comic-Con is not only a chance to meet a favorite actor, artist or writer, but it is a place to freely socialize.

“I think it’s being able to meet people who share similar interests and sharing the excitement of all shows,” said junior Chelsea Balmer. Balmer shared that she has never attended an event such as this, but is excited to go.

Several events, panels and meets and greets will take place at Comic-Con. Possible events include meeting “Doctor Who” actor Matt Smith or joining in on a panel about the CW’s hit shows, “Vampire Diaries” and “The Originals.” For comic book lovers, an event called “Superheroes, Psychology and Myth,” features superhero experts Danny Fingeroth, Andrei Molotiu, Marco Arnaudo, Ian Fischer and Miles Fuller. As well as booths that allow fans to buy merchandise from a particular fandom or cosplay business.

For more information on the “Louisville Comic-Con”  visit http://www.wizardworld.com/home-louisville.html.