The Three Best Things About Wizard World 2014

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"Do we have the wipes with the witch hazel in them?" - JON GITCHOFF
Jon Gitchoff
"Do we have the wipes with the witch hazel in them?"

Alan Tudyk gives a fan butt wipes.

Firefly may have been cancelled prematurely, but for Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin and Alan Tudyk, the camaraderie still is going strong more than a decade later. Fillion, who currently stars in Castle, opened the Q&A with some sentimentality, saying that none of the actors on the stage has had as good of a time on any other show as they did on Joss Whedon's Firefly. But it wasn't long before the friends started cracking the audience -- and each other -- up and spilling secrets.

Fillion said that another installment of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog was in the works (Fillion plays the title character's nemesis Captain Hammer), plus he hinted at nabbing a part in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy, directed by St. Louis native James Gunn. Tudyk, who said that another Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil movie is in the outline stage, divulged that he recently had an awkward meeting with the woman who is widely known for ordering Firefly's cancellation (and also had given the show its opportunity). "She's got a chip on her shoulder about it," Tudyk said.

But this was no ordinary Q&A. After each question from the audience, the trio gave out signed mementos. While there were a few DVDs and photos in the pile, Tudyk was more excited to hand over magnets, a pair of Fillion's gloves, an empty Perrier bottle and a bag of chocolate. But the trinket that Tudyk most seemed to enjoy doling out was a Preparation H medicated wipe. "That's a butt wipe," Tudyk told the lucky recipient. Baldwin then picked one up and wiped his face with it, claiming, "You can use these things to cure the bags under your eyes."

See also: Film Fashion at Wizard World 2014

click to enlarge Sure, you could buy comics -- if you didn't spend all your money on Doctor Who robes and Hulk corsets first. - JON GITCHOFF
Jon Gitchoff
Sure, you could buy comics -- if you didn't spend all your money on Doctor Who robes and Hulk corsets first.

Additional observations:

- The Wizard World programming guide, free upon picking up your wristband, was a nice keepsake bonus. It was filled with ads, of course, but it also provided maps and plenty of information about the weekend's events. Made of sturdy, glossy stock, it won't go into the trash bin anytime soon.

- The Dome was packed with what felt like neverending opportunities to lay down some cash. There were many, many more merch booths than there were last year, and despite the Dome's size, the space felt a little tight. We were a little overwhelmed by the size of it all.

- It was difficult to find Artists Alley -- the concentration of comic book writers, inkers, letterers and more. Pushed to the far side of the Dome with little signage, these artists were easy to overlook. Last year, the artists were in the center of the floor in the path of the celebrity lines, which generated plenty of interest and profit. This year, a dozen aisles of merchandise was front and center, and the artists we spoke with weren't seeing much traffic.

- The primo celebrities like Matt Smith of Doctor Who and William Shatner of Star Trek held court in the Ferrara Theatre, but many fans were turned away once the space reached capacity. Wizard World then provided a live video feed from those panels on a jumbo screen in the registration area so diehard fans didn't have to miss out completely.

- Adam West, who played the title character in the Batman TV series from the '60s, said that his costume had three or four zippers and a bunch of snaps. "It took 10 minutes to go to the bathroom." St. Louis mayor Francis Slay proclaimed April 4 as "Batman and Robin Day."

- During the Q&A with Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes) and Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead), audience members kept using their time at the mic to recommend St. Louis dishes and restaurants, with Imo's pizza and toasted ravioli getting the most promotion (and often the most boos).

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