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Did anybody else go yesterday? There's another day of it today at the Cajundome.

The kids and I went and we had a blast. They got to see Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett), Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters), and Steve Cardenas (the red Power Ranger). It was their first time at a comic con. If you haven't gone before and are in the area, I recommend it. We spent the day. The environment was extremely friendly. We'll be going again next year.
 

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So I've officially signed up for Big Easy Con and for HeroesCon. Just can't bring myself to attend Wizard World.

Still considering LACC.
 

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Big Easy Con has announced a few more guests to their slate. Of the three, I'm anxious to meet Dustin Nguyen. Have a bit of his work.
 
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We are now one month out from Wizard World New Orleans and their current lineup is so completely unappealing that I don't think you could pay me to go. Like if they said, "Here are some free tickets, we'll pay your hotel and food, just show up", I'd think I'd have to pass. I remember just a couple of years ago (if memory serves me right) they had Stephen Amell, Matt Smith, Norman Reddus. Granted, they've still got time to announce the "big" names, but if this is as good it gets for them, then they might as well just call it quits.
 

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We are now one month out from Wizard World New Orleans and their current lineup is so completely unappealing that I don't think you could pay me to go. Like if they said, "Here are some free tickets, we'll pay your hotel and food, just show up", I'd think I'd have to pass. I remember just a couple of years ago (if memory serves me right) they had Stephen Amell, Matt Smith, Norman Reddus. Granted, they've still got time to announce the "big" names, but if this is as good it gets for them, then they might as well just call it quits.
They had the Civil War Panel that year as well (2016): Jeremy Renner, Chris Evans, Haley Atwell, Anthony Mackie, Russo Brothers,and Frank Grillo
 

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Their biggest mistake is having a damn con in January right after the holidays. Makes zero sense.
 

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Their biggest mistake is having a damn con in January right after the holidays. Makes zero sense.
I never understood the timing. Early January is a terrible time for a con. People's budgets and expendable time have been tapped by Christmas/New Years. I realize that we're long past the days of "convention season" being a thing and they're pretty much year round now, but even still it's dumb to hold a Con the first week of January. But WW are dumb, so that's par for the course, I guess.
 

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Big Easy Con is slowly adding people. Kevin Sabo has just been added.

Wizard World has just added Neal "I Charge for Everything" Adams.
 
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With each passing day, I grow more and more astounded at that Wizard World lineup. I'm starting to doubt that they're holding back on the "big names" because the days are running short.
 
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So, looks like Wizard World just "unleashed" some more guests. Some more CW show folks and John Schneider. Seriously, this con.
 
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Oh, I just looked at the current lineup for Texas Frightmare Weekend May 3rd - 5th. Wow. This is a rather spectacular lineup. My #1 is Robert Englund and he's gonna be there. I may have to consider going to this.

https://www.texasfrightmareweekend.com/guests/
 

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If Wizaed World exists next year look for Slim Goodbody to be the headlining
Oh, I just looked at the current lineup for Texas Frightmare Weekend May 3rd - 5th. Wow. This is a rather spectacular lineup. My #1 is Robert Englund and he's gonna be there. I may have to consider going to this.

https://www.texasfrightmareweekend.com/guests/
Their lineup this year is insane. It's a great con every year but this may be their best ever. Already saving pennies because I'm dropping some coin there in May.
 
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If Wizaed World exists next year look for Slim Goodbody to be the headlining


Their lineup this year is insane. It's a great con every year but this may be their best ever. Already saving pennies because I'm dropping some coin there in May.
Have you been to this one in the past? What's the overall experience? Is it so jam packed with people that you struggle to move? I imagine the lines are long, so how is organization and flow?
 

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So, looks like Wizard World just "unleashed" some more guests. Some more CW show folks and John Schneider. Seriously, this con.
No joke. I can't see myself wasting a dime at the place. Super meh.
 

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Have you been to this one in the past? What's the overall experience? Is it so jam packed with people that you struggle to move? I imagine the lines are long, so how is organization and flow?
I have.

The layout is a bit odd. They're in the Hyatt Regency convention space at the airport, which isn't quite as large as your standard con facility in terms of wide open area. So the setup is sort of split, where you have one bigger vendor/celeb room in their largest ballroom/convention hall, another somewhat smaller vendor/celeb room on the other side of a main walkway, a panel room, and then some other smaller overflow side rooms for meet and greets/autographs. It is kind of cramped because of this, especially the main walkway area. If you're used to the Louisiana Comic-Con style setup of everything being in one giant open space for vendors/celebs, it's quite different than that. Imagine if that entire space was divided across two smaller areas. It's good to print off a map before you go, because space is at a premium a lot of the time and you will occasionally feel like a sardine trying to navigate. It isn't awful, but it's noticeable. You will also need to flash your armband every time you re-enter one of the vendor/celeb halls, which can get tiresome, but you literally just have to throw your arm up as you walk in.

Generally flow is good. Last year Ron Pearlman's line was by far the longest but it was well organized. They've been doing it for over a decade, so they've got all that stuff down at this point.

As a horror specific con the vibe is a little different. More macabre and a little edgier. Much stronger gorehound/death metal contingent than your average generalist con, but still a good number of kids, families, etc. though. I'd categorize it as as family friendly as a dedicated horror con could possibly be if that makes any sense.

They have REALLY good panels. Like cast reunions of major horror franchises, behind the scenes stuff, etc. The panels are awesome.

Parking is also really good, too. The parking garage is right next to the facility. Last year I'd realized I'd left my wallet in my car when I went to make a purchase and I was to my car and back inside within like five minutes. Very close, which is great.

Overall I really enjoy it. It's a bit of a different experience and can be a bit cramped but they do a really good job, their guests are second to none for the genre and their panels are great. I'm really excited about this year because Robert Englund has been my "white whale" of autographs for a few years now.
 

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