This weekend, the Wizard World Comic Com convention came to Minneapolis for the first time, bringing close to 100,000 people to the Convention Center downtown.
Whether you didn’t get a chance to attend – or are already missing it – here’s a chance to relive some of the highlights, as experienced by Mayor Hodges.
The mayor attended the ribbon-cutting Friday evening, issuing a proclamation from the stage, chock-full of pop culture references.
Whereas, Wizard World Comic Con produces pop culture conventions across North American to celebrate the entertainment industry and, by coming to Minneapolis for the first time, allows fans to boldly go where they have never gone before and meet their idols and legends; and
Whereas, Minneapolis and its surrounding communities, from our Warehouse 13 District to our Episode Seven Corners to the Nine Realms are home to a host of cosplayers, SciFi enthusiasts, Twin Cities geeks and Minnesota superheroes, united in a love of being fans, and all these fans are ready for Comic Con and the wonders it can do; and
Whereas, Wizard World Comic Con has brought to our fair city a host of stars, artists, creators, social media phenoms and famous actors more spectacular than a Red Wedding including Minneapolis native James Hong who as we speak is scouring Nicollet Mall for the girl with green eyes; and
Whereas, the culture of Comic Con encourages fans to find the hero within, and to be that hero, not just at the convention but every day, whether you’re an artist, a business person, a doctor, a silent guardian, a watchful protector, a dark knight or just a mad man with a box;
Whereas, Friday, May 2nd is a fixed point in time;
Now, therefore, I, Betsy Hodges, Mayor of the great metropolitan city of Minneapolis, do hereby proclaim, Friday, May 2nd, 2014:
COMIC CON HERO’S DAY IN THE CITY OF MINNEAPOLIS
and urge each of you to honor the hero in each of you, utilizing your abilities far beyond those of mortal men and women to celebrate like you never have before, enjoying the hospitality of Minneapolis as you “aim to misbehave” within the bounds of good taste and the law, recognizing that with great fun and great power comes great responsibility. May we take this day to enjoy being heroes and to carry that ideal out into the communities where we live, work and play always remembering what is most “Precious” to us. So say we all.
Signed: Betsy “Drusilla” Hodges, Mayor of Minneapolis
Then, Mayor Hodges made her way around the convention hall, excitedly meeting a number of celebrities, including: Dean Cain, James Hong, Lou Ferrigno, Jason David Frank, Sean Patrick Flanery, Ralph Macchio, Robert Englund, Michael Rooker, Ian Ziering and Adam Baldwin.
Of course, Mayor Hodges herself is a huge fan of Wonder Woman, so she came prepared. And she even met her kindred spirit.
To top off the evening, she checked out the DeLorean of Back to the Future. Fans could pay to take a picture in the famous time traveling machine, with all the proceeds going to Michael J. Fox’s non-profit to end Parkinson’s Disease.