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RU’s Views: Wizard World Ohio Needs Slave Labor…What The F*CK!?

Written by GHERU on Thursday, September 06 2012 and posted in News with Benefits

RU's Views: Wizard World Ohio Needs Slave Labor…What The F*CK!?

I think I have enough comp time to go and volunteer at Wizard World will cost how much to do what now?!

Source: Volunteer for Wizard Comic Cons!

This morning, on Facebook, Ohio Comic Con posted:

Volunteers Wanted! Wizard World is looking for volunteers for their OHIO show! For more information please visit OR contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Yours truly was all set to write up a snarky article about how Wizard used to rule the comic book “news” world and now they need volunteers, but then I made the mistake of looking at the details for Wizard World Ohio Comic Con and almost threw up in my mouth.

I admit, I don’t really know how conventions like this work, but when photo ops average $61 (not including the up-charge for extra prints and a digital copy) and autographs cost, on average, ~$57 you can take your request for volunteers and shove it up your ass!  (***Prices subject to change without notice***)

Oh, by the way, if you do volunteer you get a shirt and are allowed to stay after your shift – but you do not get any kind of discount to the above events.

Ticket prices are pretty reasonable, $30 for Friday or Sunday / $35 for Saturday and $50 for all three days (add $10 if you don’t pre-buy the tickets), but all that seems to get you is a pass into a giant comic book flea market considering EVERY THING ELSE can cost you up to $500!

Look, maybe it’s because I was broke for so long, but I wouldn’t pay $500 to meet a resurrected Frank Zappa, let alone Captain Kirk or $200 to meet Eliza Dushku.  That is insane!

Fucking Hell.  To paraphrase former Indianapolis Colts coach, Jim E. Mora; Volunteers?  Don’t talk about – volunteers?! You kidding me?!

To top it all off, Wizard World also has denied press passes to various awesome media outlets (us) and has pushed local / independent talent out of the convention to make room for Lou Ferrigno' ego.  I'd say Wizard World is the Wal*Mart of comic book conventions, but Wall*Mart is still relevant.


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About the Author - GHERU

RU, or as he’s known in the writers’ room: the cute one, is relatively unappreciated in his time.  RU’s YouTube show, RUviews is watched by literally multiple people every month and his Outhouse articles have helped line many a bird cage.  Before you send RU a message, he knows that there are misspelled words in this article, and probably in this bio he was asked to write.  RU wants everyone to know that after 25+ years of collecting he still loves comic books and can’t believe how seriously fanboys take them.  RU lives in Akron Ohio (unfortunately) with WIFE, ‘lilRuRu, and the @DogGodThor.  You can also find him on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, & even Google+ (if anyone still uses that).


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