|The Aspen booth had a healthy line all evening on Preview Night.|
Perhaps the strongest indication that Premiere Night remained somewhat of an unknown entity came in the form of Marvel's booth: big banners, bright red carpet, completely unstaffed. DC Comics, by contrast, had Brian Wood, Geoff Johns, Keith Giffen, and Peter Gross on hand for signing, though it appeared from the chaos in the area that this was the inspiration of last-minute planning.
|While the Marvel booth will be a hub of activity throughout the show, on Preview Night it was a ghost town.|
For many fans. the major advantage to Premier Night was the opportunity to buy the exclusive Chicago convention items before they sell out, and without having to wait in exceedingly long lines. Still, lines for Michael Turner's "Civil War: X-Men" variant cover comics and Wiz Kids' giant Spectre Heroclix obstructed traffic around several booths in the first hour of the show. Also, as Wizard World Chicago marks the second chance to buy Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie's controversial "Lost Girls" from Top Shelf, Thursday proved an opportune time to drag this weighty volume home.
Wizard World Chicago begins in earnest Friday morning at 10:00, with advance ticket holders admitted one hour earlier.