PORTLAND, Ore. -- It wasn’t just the Avengers that assembled today but all geeks attending the first annual Portland Wizard World Comic Book Convention at the Oregon Convention Center.
Several thousand people came out - many sporting costumes - to buy pop culture memorabilia and meet celebrity icons in the world of sci-fi fantasy. Items from such favorites as Star Wars, Dr. Who, DC, MARVEL, and the short ran Firefly can be found through dozens of vendors on the convention floor.
Celebrity appearances of Spiderman creator Stan Lee, The Walking Dead’s Michael Rooker and Norman Reedus, Homeland’s Morena Baccarin, and Star Trek’s Brent Spiner were just among the few to come to Portland and sign autographs and have their pictures taken with fans.
“It has been a huge success so far,” said Jerry Milani, PR manager for Wizard World Comic Conventions. “The excitement level here in Portland for a show of this type has been off the charts."
Wizard World, Inc. is a convention company based out of New York that emphasizes bringing pop culture to people all around the world. They have eight conventions scheduled for this year; the first one being in Portland followed by a trip to St. Louis, Mo.
First-time convention attendee Lara Dunn, 23, said, “I had a lot of fun see everyone in their costumes and the guests that they had.”
Dunn said she would absolutely be coming to the next event going on in the area.
Wizard World wraps up its three-day event on February 24.