Wizard World Louisville
November 6th, 7th & 8th 2015
The space that Wizard holds the convention in Louisville is a great location. The space was well used and the spacing between tables and aisles was great. It allowed for ease of walking through the convention space. The set up with Vendors at the front and as you walked towards the back the Artist Alley giving way to Media Guests made the flow and ease of getting from place to place really quite easy.
The staff working there was friendly and easy to talk to and knowledgeable about where the guests were at. The dealt with the public kindly and with a professionalism that was nice to see. It’s easy to see that they care about the convention and representing Wizard World well. While there was a nice police presence at the show it didn’t feel like anyone was being followed or profiled or anything it felt like there just there in case, with celebrities that were there it’s was nice to see that they were being looked out for.
While i’m not a huge fan of those vendors that sell crafts it’s easy to understand why they are sold tables to fill the space.
There seemed to be a really good crowd throughout the weekend filtering in and out. Many of whom were in cosplay mode which made for a nice distraction and photo opportunities while taking it all in. Even with a nice crowd entry and exit to the space wasn’t out of control or difficult to manage and the staff checking wristbands were on point.
Company representation was also sorely lacking at this show. Action Lab had a nice booth and that was great since they do have some great titles out right now. But that was it and it was a little disappointing. Some lesser known companies, independents like Oni Press or Black Mask Studios, Aspen or Zenescope even some that are more self-published and regional would be welcome to gain exposure for their work as well.
Overall it has a nice base for a show to continue to grow. The area is filled with restaurants and hotels making it a central location that has ease of access for those who live in the area or travel to it. While there aren’t much others this time of year it is a great time after NYCC and before the holiday’s to really get a larger show and try to get those folks who need that push for holiday shopping.