Christian Kane encountered the Oklahoma flag while making his way on stage for a panel at the Wizard World Tulsa pop culture convention.
“I’m home!” Kane, a raised-in-Norman actor, said when greeting fans who filled seats at his question-and-answer session Saturday.
The Wizard World Tulsa convention is a multi-genre con that began Friday and continues through Sunday at Cox Business Center.
Wizard World stages a series of pop-culture cons across the country and is doing a show in Tulsa for the second consecutive year.
Assume the sequel is a success considering the facility was, at times, so full of attendees that it was busting at the seams.
Kane mentioned a few of the celebrity guests who are attending the con and, to the folks who attended his panel, said, “I appreciate you guys representing my state so that I can show them it’s damn good to be here.”
Sean Astin, Bruce Campbell, Jason Mewes, Bex Taylor-Klaus and Jason David Frank were among celebrity guests who participated in Q-and-A sessions Saturday.
The Assembly Hall inside Cox Business Center seats 700-plus, but it was so packed during some panel sessions that it was standing-room-only, with listeners lined along the walls and deep behind the last row of chairs.
A sampling from panels:
- Mewes was treated to a heartwarming moment when fans congratulated him and applauded him for success in staying sober.
- Astin is such a big “Star Wars” fan that he said he would accept an offer “in a hot second” to play any role in a new “Star Wars” movie.
- Taylor-Klaus said she would like to play a comic book villain in a project, but she doesn’t want to play Harley Quinn because she knows actress Margot Robbie is going to “kill it” as Harley Quinn in the “Suicide Squad” movie.
- Kane, asked which super hero or super villain he would like to play, said he has always wanted to play Gambit from the X-Men. But Channing Tatum already has been cast to play Gambit in a film. Said Kane: “I would have made a really good Gambit. But as I have said before, I hear that the Wolverine job is open.”
When not at panels, attendees lined up inside the convention hall for the opportunity to get (paid) autographs and photo ops with celebrity guests like pro wrestling star “The Undertaker” and “The Walking Dead” actor Norman Reedus.
They scoured the dealers’ room for comics and merchandise (Mewes said he still goes, “Ooh! Ooh!” when he sees new toys).
And, of course, many attendees were all dressed up with somewhere to go. They came clad in costumes, because that’s all the rage when going to a con in this millennium.
A walk through the dealers’ room around 4:30 p.m. Saturday resulted in sightings of characters like Mysterio (he’s a Spider-Man villain), Luke Cage, Lex Luthor, Cloak, Dagger and a legion of Harley Quinns.
Abby Albert of Stillwater cosplayed at the con and her character had a chainsaw for an arm.
“I’m looking for Groot,” she said, referring to the talking tree from the “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie.
That was funny. This was serious:
Claudia Lessin said she is 55 and has an illness for which there is no cure. She said a chaplain lined her up with a counselor, who asked her this question: What are you going to do in your last days?
Lessin’s answer was that it doesn’t matter as long as you dance with the Lord, but she chose to spend this day in costume as a “sugar skull” character.
“It’s very special,” she said when asked if coming to the con was meaningful.
“I have never been to anything like this. You can be anything you want to be. I’m just having a great time here.”
Elizabeth Hutchison came to Tulsa from Independence, Kansas, with her parents because she is a Kane fan (they’re called Kaniacs). For a 16th birthday present, she was given a choice of taking a cruise or going to the Wizard World con to see Kane.
“He’s good at everything,” Hutchison said when asked why she likes Kane. “He’s nice, sweet, funny, cute. And I love him in ‘The Librarians’ and ‘Leverage.’”
Kane said one reason he got into the TV/movie business is because he likes anything that can take you out of your life and transport you somewhere else.
This weekend, that “somewhere else” is the Wizard World Tulsa con.