Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Big WOW! ComicFest Wrap-Up

Big WOW! ComicFest returned to the San Jose Convention Center this year in a big bad way.  The Bay Area’s “biggest and best comic-con and costume festival” has been getting bigger every year and this year it grew by leaps and bounds.  There were more artists, more vendors, more panels and more cosplayers than previous years.

Some of the notable guests included artists Charlie Adlard, Frank Cho, and Brian Stelfreeze.  Actor’s attending the event included favorites such as Clare Kramer (Buffy), Steven Skyler (Power Rangers Samurai), and Vernon Wells (Road Warrior).  One of the biggest draws of the con was Kenpachiro Satsuma (Godzilla). With the release of the new Godzilla film this weekend fans were in kaiju heaven.  Along with Satsuma, Satoshi “Bin” Furuya (Ultraman) was also in attendance.

If you’re a fan of cosplay, then this years con was perfect.  Attendees came out in force dressed as their favorite heroes and villains. The costume contest boasted no less than 50 participants.  Their costumes ranged from store-bought to painstakingly recreated homemade pieces.  Characters represented ran the gamut from a Dalek to a ridiculously awesome Robocop. Personal favorites included a Black Panther and an Apocalypse.

Big WOW! went all out this year in assembling some of the best cosplayers around!  The guests were some of the biggest names in cosplay.  Riddle, Ivy Doomkitty, Abby Darkstar, and Anthony Misiano were just a couple of the talented cosplayers in attendance.  The biggest turnout was definitely for featured guest Jessica Nigri.  Lines for pictures with the cosplayer were long and she met and took pictures with each and every fan.

This year, Big WOW! put together some pretty great panels for attendees.  There was “Japan’s Heroes and Monsters” panel with August Ragone, Kenpachiro Satsuma, Bin Furuya, and Daisuke Ban.  Another panel brought together actor’s William Katt (The Greatest American Hero) and Parker Stevenson (Hardy Boys).  On the events side of the con the offerings were pretty awesome.  Batman fans were treated to a Batman Museum with hundreds of items that included a full-size replica of the 1966 TV Batmobile! 

There were also tons of independent artists and groups in artists alley which we’ll be highlighting in the coming weeks. Keep an eye out!

Big WOW! keeps getting better every year.  As it draws more crowds and interest, you can be sure that the 2015 Big WOW! ComicFest is going to be one heck of an event.  See ya’ll next year!


  1. Great article. The Batman Museum was great. The cosplay contest actually had some people drop out at the last minute; never saw that coming. I've gone to the San Jose show since it was Super-Con. It really draws a lot more people since Wondercon flaked and moved to Anaheim. The Bay Area needs a con and Big Wow delivers.

    Mike Mignola and Terry Moore were on hand too for autographs as well as the Neal Adams table. Would like to see more announcements of cosplay gatherings at the Big Wow; there were several in the lobby unannounced that I wish I had known about.

    Some of my pix from the con on Flickr. Feel free to share: https://www.flickr.com/photos/scotman/sets/72157644380382958/

  2. (BIG) Wow! Great pics! Thanks for sharing. Tweeted a link to followers. Again, these were great!