Geek dream come true

Published 7:01 am Wednesday, February 12, 2014

This past weekend, geeks from across the South converged on New Orleans for the Wizard World Comic Con, a celebration of all things different and nerdy.

I was of course one of the geeks that traveled for the event that boasted names like Stan Lee and Matt Smith.

For those of you unfamiliar with these names, let me give a little background.

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Stan Lee is a comic book writer, editor, publisher and the creator of many of the most famous comic book characters, like Spider-Man, the Hulk, Thor and Iron Man.

You may have also seen him briefly in every live-action Marvel superhero movie since 2000.

Lee just turned 91 years old in December and watching him speak, you would never believe that he was 91. He was energetic, sharp and the most entertaining part of the weekend for me. Despite his tremendous success and his joking boastfulness of himself, he is actually a pretty humble man.

Several times during his interview he questioned why all the people in attendance wanted to listen to him speak and downplayed the brilliance of the hundreds of characters he has created over the years.

He also made sure to thank his many co-creators and writers that he has worked with for the last 70 years, including Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and Danny Fingeroth.

The other big attraction of the weekend was Matt Smith, who portrayed the 11th doctor on the British television show, Doctor Who. Smith very rarely makes appearances at conventions in the U.S. so for him to come to New Orleans was a big deal for us Doctor Who fans.

Over 4,000 people showed up to listen to him talk about his time on the show, with hundreds more being turned away at the door because there was no more room.

Smith was charismatic, funny and very gracious to the fans that showed up Saturday.

It was my first time at the convention and I had fun mingling with fellow geeks and listening to all the artists, writers and actors speak about their work.