Wizard Entertainment Inc., which stages celebrity-speckled pop culture conventions at sites around the country, is returning to Tulsa, but this time, the convention will be held in a different location.
Wizard World will present a convention in Tulsa for the fifth time in the past six years. On each of the previous occasions, the convention was held downtown at Cox Business Center.
When Wizard World comes back for a Sept. 6-8 show, it will be in south Tulsa at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel & Convention Center, 6808 S. 107th East Ave.
The Tulsa convention is among four new Wizard World shows that have been added to the schedule, bringing the 2019 show total to 15. Oklahoma will be a stop on the Wizard World tour schedule for a sixth consecutive year. Oklahoma City was a convention site in 2017.
Once upon a time, conventions like the Wizard World shows were referred to as comic book conventions. As conventions evolved, they became pop culture cons with more widespread appeal. The aim of Wizard World events is to bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles and more.
Many celebrities at pop culture conventions participate in Q-and-A sessions that are free with admission, but photographs and autographs come at an additional charge.
Among celebrities who have attended past Wizard World conventions in Tulsa are William Shatner, Henry Winkler, Bruce Campbell, Dean Cain, Michael Rooker, Norman Reedus, Corey Feldman, Ernie Hudson, Eliza Dushku, James Marsters, Sean Astin, Jason Mewes, Vince Neil, Sebastian Stan, Holly Marie Combs and Billy Boyd.
Celebrities will be announced at a later date for the 2019 Tulsa show. For tickets and updates, go to wizardworld.com.
The addition of a Tulsa Wizard World show to the calendar will make for a busy fall in regard to pop culture conventions in the metro area. The third annual Tulsa Pop Culture Expo and an inaugural Para-Horror Con are scheduled in November. Dynamite Conventions, which is responsible for the annual Tokyo in Tulsa summer convention, is expected to launch Heroic Tulsa, a new comic con, in the fall.
What it all means is you can expect to see the population of costumed people increase in the fall. Many convention attendees are cosplayers who enjoy creating and wearing costumes of characters from the pop culture realm. Costume contests are a staple of pop culture cons.
In addition to the 2019 Tulsa show, Wizard World also announced new events in Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and Oakland.
Wizard World’s 2018 convention in Tulsa coincided with the opening weekend of Gathering Place, which was later named the nation’s top new attraction in a USA Today readers’ choice poll.