By all accounts last weekend’s inaugural Wizard World Portland show was a success. Steve Duin has a glowing report:
The first Portland Wizard World Con was a ridiculous success. I’d peg Saturday’s turnout at 6,000-8,000, or at least 10 times the crowd I’ve ever seen at Wordstock, the city’s increasingly sleepy book festival. Four hours after the doors opened, the ticket line at the Oregon Convention Center was still 250 geeks deep.
“For a first-year show, this is unprecedented,” said Greg Reece, a rare comics’ dealer from Frederick, Md.
In more happy news, next year’s show will be held at the Oregon Convention Center on Jan. 24-26—avoiding conflict with Emerald City, which is held in early March. So you can stick another fork in the latest chapter of Con Wars. It turns out there’s plenty o’ nerd to go around in the Pacific Northwest.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.