Wizard World St Louis 2019

Another year of Wizard World St Louis has come and gone, and this year was certainly an interesting one.Day one:

This was another year we brought the girls along, which I love. It makes me happy to see them happy and surrounded by things they love.

Mainly, Friday was all about getting our passes for the weekend picked up, checking out the layout of the con, and letting the girls have fun checking out cosplayers.

Day two:We had two big focuses, aside from the costumed little ones on Saturday: Charmed stuff, and:

For a $10 donation, you could hold an owl (among other animals they had there), so my mom paid for herself, my nieces, and I to each have some animal bonding time.

We couldn’t stop with just the owl, though.

There was also a boa that only I managed to hold. She was named Rosie and weighed 45 pounds. I failed at getting pics of myself with animals haha. But at least I have these good ones of one of my nieces.The lemur actually jumped from the handler to me, first. Which was probably the highlight of my day. I AM THE LEMUR QUEEN.Honestly, one of the best parts of the weekend was sharing this experience with my nieces. I loved wildlife growing up and getting them to do something with me that little me would have loved felt great.Then, as I mentioned – the other big part for our day was meeting Charmed people (mainly for my mom, with the small ones and I tagging along), and then going to their panel.

Again… I’m not too great at getting myself on the other side of the camera.We met Holly Marie Combs, Drew Fuller, and Brian Krause from the original Charmed TV series, and all three were delightful and super sweet to the girls.And after, we went to their panel, and it was…

Certainly not borning.Honestly, it was one of the best panels I’ve ever been to. They had such great chemistry and it was so much fun. I don’t think there was a dull moment. If you were a fan of the show, and have the opportunity to attend one with these three… do it. You’ll have a blast.

And, of course… more cosplay!

I swear, this Negan (same one from above, and you will be seeing again…) was SO good, and so cool about doing pics.

Now, special shout out to this particular cosplayer:

This Lydia cosplayer was ridiculously sweet to the girls, and the day after this, brought them “baby sandworms”. In case you were unaware, Dica (littlest one) is obsessed with Beetlejuice- both the movie and cartoon – and always takes pictures with Beetlejuice cosplayers. But they both adored this girl’s amazing costume and she was so patient with Dica and her rambling. I wish we had gotten her name! Her costume was incredible.

Day three:

Big day! With one goal: Utilizing our Jason Momoa VIP.

Now, I’m sure if you’ve been around a bit, you’ll remember I met Jason already last year. This year we had to meet him again, because my nieces love him and honestly, he’s a super nice dude. Plus… WE HAVE A PROP REPLICA TRIDENT. And it was begging to be signed.

I noticed at one point, Dica had a fake flower in the autograph line. I asked her what it was for. She said it was for Aquaman.

So. She gave it to Aquaman when we got to him in the line. “This is for you,” she said.

To my surprise, he said he had something for her, as well.

No joke. Jason Momoa GAVE them each an autograph. GAVE it to them. For free.

I almost cried. And immediately confiscated the autographs to put them away, safely.

The trident also got signed, in case you were wondering.

Then, we had a photo OP with Momoa:

For the sake of everyone, I cropped myself out. I was a mess on the right. You’re welcome. Also. Apparently we had our arms around each other? I don’t know what I was doing.

But hey! Trident!

NOW: I do have a LOT of things to say about this particular day, but they venture a bit off topic, so I’m going to save them for another day, in which we discuss how to behave as a con attendee. Because, apparently, a lot of people don’t know how.

As I said, that’s for another day.

Overall:

Wizard World St Louis has had a serious rise and fall the last few years. Some have been glorious, but the last two or three have been a little… lackluster, compared to other years. I’ve heard other people saying similar things about the other Wizard World cons. And while they were lacking a little again for me in a few ways – lack of respect for some actual comic book talent, like Ty Templeton and Rick Burchett, both of which were at little unmarked tables in an odd, low traffic spot, plus a serious lack of collectible and comic vendors – there was something different about this year from the past few. I had fun just enjoying the con. That may not make a lot of sense, and that’s understandable.

Despite some things lacking, and less than amazing organization at times. I had fun. Last year, I had a few moments I was distinctly miserable for one reason or another. But I enjoyed the pleasantness of the stuff with Momoa, the unexpectedly super fun Charmed panel, the animals, and mostly – watching my nieces have a blast.

It wasn’t a bad note to go out on for my cons of the year.

Until next time, Wizard World.

– Angel

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