Happy Thirsty Thorsday!
It’s the words of William Shatner: “Connnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!”
Today was the first day of Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia, and there was a real sense of excitement as The Painted Lines got to meet and greet several key members of the event. As a lifelong fan of comics, superheroes, and TV/film, it is crazy to think that this was my first experience at Comic Con.
Born in 1984, I grew up with some of the greatest cartoons and superhero films of all time. From X-Men: The Animated Series to Michael Keaton’s Batman to watching the Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles dance on stage with Vanilla Ice, comics were a huge part of my childhood and continue to be so to this day.
(GO NINJA GO NINJA GO NINJA GO!)
Over the years, we’ve seen its impact on the big screen continue to climb to an all time high. As an outsider, one must think that the ultimate goal for an actor in Hollywood is to find a role in a superhero film. Especially when you see the astronomical numbers that Avengers: Endgame has pulled in just over a few weeks. While creating original ideas and concepts has diminished, the amount of sequels, prequels, and reboots have only increased in Hollywood. And when you look at the box office success from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it is highly likely that we’re only going to see more and more comics on the big screen.
Here at The Painted Lines, we are so honored to bring you the highlights of this year’s Wizard World. Thanks for reading, and make sure to follow @SuitUpTPL for everything Comic Con!
Thorsday’s Celebrities at Wizard World
Thomas Ian Nicholas
You know him as Kevin from American Pie. You also know him as Henry from Rookie of the Year. We got to interview Thomas Ian Nicholas to chat about everything from film and music. Fun fact: Thomas Ian Nicholas is a versatile dude. In addition to Wizard World, Thomas played a set at Milkboy in Philadelphia that night.
Thomas Ian Nicholas has a brand new single that will soon be recorded. Here is a clip of that single!
America’s most famous house guest is most well known for participating in “The Trial of the Century.” It’s crazy that it’s been nearly 25 years since the OJ Simpson trial. Since then, Kato Kaelin has gone on to appear in reality shows, had some small parts in TV sitcoms and films, and has launched a clothing line.
We got to talk to Edward Furlong, star of Terminator 2: Judgement Day, American History X, and Detroit Rock City. Since the new Terminator: Dark Fate film will be a direct sequel to Terminator 2: Judgement Day, I asked Edward Furlong if he had any predictions about the plot. His response: “I have no idea.”
Artwork at a Glance
We got to talk to Kurt Lehner, animation artist and illustrator. Kurt Lehner created the design for Franklin the Turtle. However, the majority of our conversation centered around our desire to bring back Gargoyles, a show for which he also drew the characters.
Mostafa Moussa has quite the resume. He’s worked with DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse, Hasbro, and the list goes on and on. We asked if he was a Marvel or DC guy. His response: “Batman is my favorite character, but Marvel overall is better.”
Francois le Foutre
One of the most unforgettable characters was Francois le Foutre. Make sure you check him out, people!
Super Retro Land
Super Retro Land was one of the standouts. If you’re a fan of the 90’s, then this is a store that must be seen. I saw everything and anything from Hey Arnold to Rugrats to Legends of the Hidden Temple. Below is a video of me grabbing a piece of that Aggro Crag. SPILL YOUR GUTS!
This was our first experience at Wizard World, and we are so excited to see what Wizard World has in store for Day Two. You won’t want to miss Chris Deibler passing out while interviewing Kevin Conroy! Stay tuned for more pictures and video from Wizard World Philadelphia!