When fans of different flavors converge on Milwaukee this weekend to attend Fantasicon, the first comic con in the area, it will be interesting to take in the die-hard support for a multitude of different things.
Whovians, the fans of the BBC show "Dr. Who," will be there to see John Barrowman, who played "Captain Jack." People who like to dress up in super hero costumes or fantasy wear like the people on HBO’s "Game of Thrones," will be there. People who watch "Arrow" and "The Flash" on WVTV-TV CW 18, will be there.
So, it comes at little surprise that the fans of professional wrestling will attend to get autographs and interact with a few of the personalities they watch on television.
Wrestler Al Snow, remembered for entering the ring with a mannequin head, will be on the convention floor at the Ramada and Crowne Plaza at the airport all three days of Fantasticon.
"I’ve been to numerous (conventions), and I really, really enjoy it," Snow said. "I get to meet fans of wrestling, fans of me."
For Snow, a convention like Fantasticon allows him to meet people who are really into different things and dress up in elaborate costumes, including aliens, super heroes and everything in between when they cosplay as different characters.
"I love talking with them, and taking pictures. … You can tell that people really care and are into it. Some of those outfits are really expensive."
For wrestling Hall of Fame announcer Gene Okerlund, he’s amazed at how informed the wrestling fans are.
"I get to talk with a lot of different people," Okerlund said while he was taking a break at the WWE studio last week. "I got to meet the original Catwoman, Julie Newmar."
Okerlund said that he enjoys meeting wrestling fans from all walks of life, mentioning conversations with doctors, lawyers, and others – all of them huge fans that recall specific matches.
"It surprises me, they are so knowledgeable," he told me.
Snow, Okerlund and former TNA wrestler Thea Trinidad will be at the convention through the run on Friday through Sunday. Then on Sunday night, they will be a part of the Great Lakes Championship Wrestling (GLCW) Oktoberfest Brawl at 6 p.m. at Circle B Recreation in Cedarburg.
"I’ll be in the ring," Snow said. "I love to wrestle whenever I can, I love to do it."
For Okerlund and Snow, it has always been about the performance, to give the people their money’s worth. With Fantasticon and the Oktoberfest Brawl, we get a chance to experience it from a couple of the best that have ever been in the business.
FOLLOW THE TRENDS: Late last week, Journal Broadcast Group launched a new web outlet for keeping up with the latest music. The site, NowTrending.com, is streaming music all day as a hit song service for its 35 radio stations throughout the country.
Powered by the group of stations and Radionomy, the stream pulls the most popular songs based on different data, including number of downloads, radio rotations and online shares.
On a desktop, NowTrending.com/listen is the home of the popular music stream, and for mobile devices, Now Trending Hits Radio is in the TuneIn Radio app.
"Launching #1 Hits by NowTrending.com gives our audience a new way to hear more of their favorite songs with fewer commercials," said Michael Gay, the VP of interactive media with the Journal Broadcast Group.
"We hope this becomes a favorite stream for fans to enjoy at home, at work or on the go through their smartphone."
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