On the weekend of June 15 this year, Wizard World has made its return to
Philadelphia this year. Naturally, I wanted to go and bask in the fun. This usually
involved some tasty food, cosplayers to connect with and take pictures of, indie
artists to support and, of course, spending all the money I have in my pocket.
I also came with my good friend,
for the second time. This
time, it was just him that cosplayed. Sorry, got other hobbies I wish to invest
This time around, I came with a purpose. There were four special guests that came
that week and unlike the last time I wanted to meet a special guest (which resulted
in me loosing my ticket and couldn't see them), this time, I successfully got to see
all of them face to face. Their names are Lindsay Jones, Kara Eberle, Arryn Zech and
Barbara Dunkleman. Sound familiar? Yep. These are the same women who voice the
main cast of RWBY.
My main goal was to meet Lindsay and Barbara and ask them to sign an artpiece of
mine, which I managed to work up just for the occasion. Here it is:
I even had their pictures taken of them holding it:
The significance behind the picture is that the two girls standing with Darla in the middle are both inspired by their characters
(Yeah, the one on the right can easily be mistaken for Nora, I get that. She was made with both her and Ruby in mind.). You're
properly wondering what of Arryn and Kara? No worries. Got them covered.
Here's the real life Team RWBY in a QnA being held at the convention. Of all the people who gave the answers,
Arryn stood out to me the most. I believe because her role as the aloof and distant Blake gave it some surprise
to me when I see her voice being so out there and having a good time that I couldn't help but enjoy everything
she was doing up there. When the question was asked "what music from the soundtrack did you like the most",
her answer included some of the earlier tracks like "This will be the day we waited for" because of how fun it is
to look back at where they started. I for one agree as I also like that song. Of course, Barbara's favorite music
had to involve Yang (i.e. I Burn). Really shows how much she likes playing the character.
I did have a question I wanted to ask, but I got nervous and never bothered until the QnA was over. So, before
going home, I decided to wait by the special guest tables to see them again. Asking the question one by one is
no big deal as long as I got the answers. Eventually, they returned and I went to each of them to ask my question.
It went like this: "As a writer, I found a lot of inspiration from your show from its stories to the characters. How does
it feel to know that you inspire other creative minds?" I don't remember all of the details of their answers but they
had some things in common: The idea is a flattering concept that humbles her. Kara in particular loved hearing that
she inspired me. Because of that, she offered to give me a hug to show her appreciation, which I accepted.
I got a hug from the
Weiss Schnee. Life is good, is it not?
After that, I had a few more pictures I wanted to show them because I thought I owed them this much.
The second drawings of the characters depict them transforming into their totem animals as it would be
depicted in the Darla universe (I keep thinking of a crossover between the two).
(Lindsay joked that Ruby's transformation was triggered by someone taking her cookie. Oh, what a privilege meeting her.)
(I blame my inexperience in drawing swans for how this was pulled off.)
(Look out! It's a second female Wolverine!!!)
(Fun fact: Zack thought Yang was transforming into a monkey until I pointed out monkeys don't have claws and that Yang was based off of Goldilocks.)
To conclude, This was perhaps, no, it is
the best visit to Wizard World I've had in recent years. I got to meet celebrities I admired, had a good
time with some friends, met some other interesting people (and a lot of RWBY cosplayers, no less) and all this while still having some cash
left in my pocket. Let me tell you, doesn't get any better than this.
Also, thanks to me waiting so long, I started thinking "Money For Nothing" by Dire Straits with its guitar riffs would be a good
theme tune for Nerris from Camp Camp. I don't know why. 80's rock music seemed to fit her for some reason.
That's it for today. Until next time, T-T-F-N!!!