Philly con

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  1. KrangPrime

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    Anyone ever go to Wizard World in Philly?

    Are there many costumed people walking around? Also curious how the photo ops and panels work. Assuming there are any panels...

    Heading out there to see scott bakula and dean stockwell :) and toying around with wearin the proton pack.

    Too bad I don't have a QL Comlink to bring.. :)
     
  2. Bootlegger137

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    Went to WW last year. There are people in costume, but it certainly didn't seem like a ton like you see at Comic Con or D*C. Maybe the percentages are the same, though, as WW isn't as big?

    Anyway, yeah, you can wear the pack and you won't look out of place.

    As for panels, no idea. Didn't hit any. I think you need to pay for photo ops (certain ones, anyway).

    Hope this helps.
     
  3. KrangPrime

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    anyone know how they handle photo ops? Is it an all day type of thing and you go when you are ready, or are there set times?
     
  4. MooCriket

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    the captains price is outrageous...but what an op. Too bad most like myself can't justify it.

    I will probably get James Hong, and quantum leap. Maybe Shatner and stewart if the latter shows up. so I guess these are all day kind of things and no set time?
     
  6. KrangPrime

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    add on. holy crap. One day ticket, two tickets $99's! Why so expensive?
     
  7. jackdoud

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    I've gone every year for the last 11 years. The con's had it's ups and downs over the years, it's not what it once was but last year wasn't as bad as it's been. This year all the prices have gone up and for the 2nd year in a row they're being extremely stingy with the local fan groups. Only thing I can think of is they're trying to compete with the big cons by bringing in big names (this year they have most of the Trek captains) so they charge more and give out less in order to afford it. If you're planning on seeing any of the big names be prepaired to stand in line all day for 2-3 autographs. Standard con rule of Friday's and Sunday's are typically better apply but not all celebs are there all 3 days.

    My main gripe with the con for years now has been the comparative lack of anything other than the dealers room going on. They have a few panels and things but for the most part if you want in on one you have to stand in line all day and that's all you get to do. Add on the fact that dealer's rooms in general have become overpriced wastelands of kitch compaired to 10 years ago(when stuff was harder to find and the general public didn't know about cons) I mostly go just to costume and hang with friends anymore.

    As far as costuming goes I'd say it's average. I've gone with the 501st most years and we always have a decent showing and my local Ghostbuster group usually shows up along with the usual Mando and Jedi groups. With the con limiting passes it's been cutting down on the numbers from all the groups though. There's a fair amount of general public costuming but the quality varies widely. Most of the really good stuff is either booth babes or other groups that have a table and switch into something else for a while.
     
  8. Solo4114

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    1.) I think I might go this year. Was debating donning the Indy outfit, but might not. Wouldn't mind meeting up with some RPF folks if any of y'all were game.

    2.) What is the "standard con rule of Fridays and Sundays"? Skip it those days?

    3.) I wasn't planning on doing any autographs or photo ops. I don't care enough for that. I'd rather wander by and shout "Hey, thanks for all the entertainment!" and then head on. Is it free to do that? :)

    4.) What else is there at these things if you aren't getting autos/photos?
     
  9. KrangPrime

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    so i take it it's standard to just get there an hour early for the quantum leap photo op and hope for the best?

    regarding packs and cons... have you had anything break off due to close quarters? aws thinking of just wearing the pack, but scared of this. also not sure how strong i'll be with it for even an hour ;o)
     
  10. Bootlegger137

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    I'm up in the air for right now. I had planned on going, but trying to watch the pennies. If I do end up going, it will be for one day, and will be without any photo ops...which kills me as I wanted pics with Kai Owen and Gareth David-Lloyd. I'd enjoy an RPF meet up if I can make it. I thnk there'll be a few others there as well.

    No idea. Probably not a bad idea to skip them. I can't imagine what they'll have going on.

    Yes. But last year I tried to get pics of Bruce Campbell, and they had con staffers shooing people along and trying to hold up signs to prevent photos. Don't know if it was his requirements or not, but it made it challenging. I didn't see this at any other tables, but Adam West and Burt Ward were kind of secluded, perhaps to prevent random photos.

    I did get a chance to talk to Brian O'Halloran last year for about 10 minutes. He was a last minute add on, and wasn't publicized too much, so he had no line at his table. Very nice guy.

    Get sore feet walking around on the concrete floor looking at millions of comic book boxes, etc.
     
  11. jackdoud

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    Sorry, word wrap kinda messed up my point. It's "Standard con rule of Friday's and Sunday's are typically better" as far as crowds and meeting celebs. The A-listers usually have a line but by mid-day Sunday most of the low A to B listers are hanging out with nothing to do. Last year I ran into Adam Baldwin wandering around twice and made Norman Reedus do a doubletake with my Spaceball costume.
     
  12. jackdoud

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    Worst thing I've seen happen to a pack is the alice frame snapping but that was due to the builder messing up more than crowd problems. Just be concious of where you are and you should be fine. So far the Philly GB's haven't gotten a table but if we do you're welcome to hang out and stash your pack there if you need to.
     
  13. Solo4114

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    Sounds like there's not a huge point in going to the con if you don't want to get autographs or photos from celebs. I went to one other con once -- DragonCon in Atlanta back around...2001 I think? There was stuff to see and do, and stuff you could buy beyond simply comic books (lots of anime-related stuff, for example). Will none of that be at the Philly con? I mean, is it literally celebs and boxes upon boxes of comic books....and that's it?
     
  14. MooCriket

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    At some of the cons, yes that's true. You need to find someone to hang out with to make it more fun. As far as this con goes, you have to ask yourself...how many more chances do I have to see and actually get a pic and autograph with Stan The Man?! Makes it worth it for me, even if I only make it for one day.
     
  15. Bootlegger137

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    Maybe my experience last year was colored by the fact that I went with a bunch of comic book geeks instead of a bunch of prop nerds, and I'm not into collecting comics. :lol
     
  16. Solo4114

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    I like comics, but I don't know that that alone will draw me in. I'm just wondering what else there is to do there aside from stay on the prowl for cool geeky girls. :)
     
  17. KrangPrime

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    ouch...I was thinking of mainly wearing it as a cool photo op prop. The girl I'm going with might be wearing a wonder woman costume, so it'd make a nice story at least :).

    I'm hoping with all these star trek people at the con, they will at least do a panel or two. I'd hate to travel all the way out to philly just for an hour in line for a photo or two and some browsing :)
     
  18. DeLucks Designs

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    Been there for the past years, and it's been a great time. Like Jack said(whom i've been there with many times), it's always more fun when you're there with your buds.

    I'm there with the 501st group, in my full Fett attire and have had a few things broken over the years due to people bumping me. It's an occupational hazard. I'd say, just go for it, you have a blast. Look us up at the 501st table, we'll be there. Stop by and say Hi!!
     
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  19. Solo4114

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    That's where I'm coming out, although I live in town. But do I really want to spend the cash for tickets just to go and wander around browsing? Especially if I'm probably NOT gonna stand in line for a photo or autograph?
     
  20. IndyBlues

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    It's a good time. I went last year, definitely going this year. My son is 11, so he enjoys the hell out of, and I get to feel like a kid again watching him get so excited over all the cool stuff to see.
    Mike
     
  21. Solo4114

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    Is it worth going for more than one day, if you're not gonna do the photo stuff?
     
  22. IndyBlues

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    I went for two days last year, with different friends on each day. Not sure I would have done two days, otherwise.
    You can basically do and see everything you need to in one day, unless you're looking for a particular autograph.
    Mike
     
  23. -SUPERMAN-

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    I am moving to Harrisburg, PA next week, I am totally gonna attend the Philly Con!!! It is also nice to know some of you fellow RPF'ers live in the vicinity of me :) Would love to get an RPF meet together sometime.
     
  24. iycis

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    My husband and I will be there. Probably working at the 501st table for a little bit on Sunday though I want to go as Marty McFly again since I'll be hanging out with Doc Brown.
     
  25. KrangPrime

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    in answer to the other question, Sunday and Friday are usually dull con days with less crowds. All the main stuff tends to be on saturday.


    They just added Patrick STewart. So now all five captains will be on stage at one time. Should be fun! Do they usually let people film panels?
     
  26. jackdoud

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    I don't recall them ever preventing it but it all depends on the guests.
     
  27. Solo4114

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    Cool. I'd check out the panel. And it's also helpful to know that Saturday is the main day. That makes me feel not as bad about skipping Sunday to check out the start of Philly Beer Week. :)
     
  28. Solo4114

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    Bump for great justice!

    Also to point out that there's a pub crawl and that the list of groups with tables is fairly substantial. Philly chapters of Browncoats, Ghostbusters, and of course the 501st.

    I think I'm gonna do the Friday pub crawl, and then hopefully be in good enough shape to hit the con on Saturday.
     
  29. Madeye

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    Philly ComicCon

    Anyone else going besides me?

    Madeye
     
  30. iycis

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    Can anyone record the Quantum Leap panel on sunday? Was so hoping that would be saturday.....considering their photo op session is, but I Guess not...
     
  32. Madeye

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    We rpf'er should set a meeting point if nothing else but to some faces to names! I'll be there friday and saturday. I am doing a favor for one of our Aussie brethren but other than that autograph line I'm free. I'll probably be madeye on sat so if you see me stop me and say hi!
    Madeye Will
     
  33. Solo4114

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    Agreed. I'd figure Saturday would be the best day for folks to do that. If not one single place, at least likely meeting spots. (e.g., "I'll be at the 501st table all day." "I'm gonna split my time between the Philly GBs and the Browncoat chapter. Probably do GBs in the morning, and Browncoats in the afternoon", and so on and so forth).
     
  34. jackdoud

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    I'll be alternating between Snowtrooper and Spaceball Saturday and probably Stormtrooper/Spaceball Sunday. :thumbsup
     
  35. Madeye

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    ^ Makes me sad I never got off my * and made a Barf costume. Maybe before NYCC... I'll look for you.
     
  36. TheNickFox

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    Okay, I just got passes from a friend who works at a radio station, so I'm going to try to go.

    When are people going? I'd love to be able to meet some fellow RPF'ers!

    -Nick
     
  37. DeLucks Designs

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    I'll be there around 11am on friday, to start suiting up for the 501st booth as Boba Fett.

    What time ya gonna be there Jack?
     
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    I will be there on Sat in my Ult 2 Cap suit. I go every year. There are a bunch of costumers that show up.
     
  39. KrangPrime

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    how do they do the autographs at these things?

    Are the stars at a table and you can go at any time during the course of the day to get to them, or are there set times? Also curious if you can bring anything to sign. I'd like to get stewart to sign my cast photo.. between him and riker and wesley, last ones I need :)
     
  40. Solo4114

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    Ok, I bought my ticket to the Pub Crawl tomorrow night. I'll likely head over for registration around 7:30, since it closes at 8. Probably grab a bite before hitting the bar, or maybe hit a bar and grab a bite there. At any rate, if folks want to meet up at the convention center registration desk or at one of the bars, shoot me a PM.

    I also finally got my Saturday ticket, so I'll probably head over around, eh, maybe 11? Depends on what else I need to get done Saturday AM and what condition I'm in from the night before. :)

    At any rate, I'll see you guys at the

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  41. jackdoud

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    I'm carpooling with a bunch of people Saturday and Sunday. Should be there around 9 so I have tme to get suited up by the time the con opens at 10.
     
  42. Guri

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    I'm going either Friday or Sunday. I would love to meet some of you! I have no idea what any of you (except Iycis) look like though! How are we going to find each other?

    Okay - I'm going for sure Sunday now, and maybe Friday too...

    I'll look for the RPF table I guess. My real name is Julia and my son with me will be dressed as Legolas. :D
     
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  43. iycis

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    The RPF doesn't have a table.

    I'm really glad that you're going on Sunday though. I hope you're breaking out the Galadriel costume too...or at least something LOTR. :) Look for me at the 501st table.
     
  44. Guri

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    Thanks, Nat. Good to know. I wonder where I got that we had one...

    I'm only going Sunday now and if anyone is looking for me I'll for sure be at the kids costume contest and probably at the other kid events...
     
  45. Solo4114

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    Alright, so I'm hitting the pub crawl tonight, and I guess I'll just walk around to random tables here and ask "Alright, who here's from the RPF?" on Saturday. I won't be in costume either day, unless I get a wild hare and decide to don my Indy outfit.
     
  46. Guri

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    I really wish I could have gone both days and met you, Dan. :( Is there no way you'll change your mind and come in Indy on Sunday, is there??? :D
     
  47. DeLucks Designs

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    I'll be there on Friday, packing up now.

    Scott here, and i'll be dressed Boba Fett for the 501st. Hope to see ya!!
     
  48. Guri

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    Dude, that's two I won't meet because I can't come today. Grrr....

    If parking wasn't so expensive I might have gone two days.
     
  49. KrangPrime

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    i'll be there saturday. I might wear the proton pack for the photo ops... other than that, I probably won't be wearing it around the con that much :)
     
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    Your best bet would have been to park @ a septa station (If you coming from the North, you could park @ Fern Rock subway station all day for a few dollars at most and taken the train right to the front door of the convention center for another $5 round trip. Train runs 24 hours).

    Or if your coming from the south, you can park @ the sports complex and take that same train north to the convention center. But yeah, parking in Center City is a nightmare during business hours, and especially on a Friday. There are plenty of free parking opportunities, but they are almost always occupied. You probably have just as good of a chance to meet Chris Hemsworth walking to his car as you do finding a free parking spot in CC. The best bet is to park outside of the center city limits and take public trans to Market East station (one of the biggest stations in Center City, and at the heart of Center City and the front steps of the Convention Center. All trains go through Market East. )
     

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