The Wizard World Big Apple Comic Con “Spring Edition” herds international artists, writers, and celebrities together into one superpowered carnival atmosphere. Attendees can wander the pavilion's floor and meet their film and comic-book idols face-to-face, asking penetrating questions about their artistic processes, favorite projects, and availability to join a vigilante crackdown on line-cutters. The day’s program features events and guests, including a Q&A with Chandler Riggs of The Walking Dead renown, appearances by Harry Potter’s Tom Felton and Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark artist Greg Horn, and a writing panel featuring Eisner Award–nominee Matt Kindt.
Spearheaded by Julia Richey, a former member of the Russian National Team, the crew of coaches at Royal Arts Fencing Academy teaches fencers of all experience levels the secrets of centuries-old sword techniques and traditions. New students can enroll in four group classes, learning the fundamentals that will guide them during subsequent intermediate lessons. They can also brush up on their blade knowledge during summer camps that cover the Olympic sport weapons of foil, épée, and saber. Visions of Olympic glory also dance throughout the academy’s annual Arnold Fencing Classic, a part of the Arnold Classic and one of the largest independently run fencing tournaments in the nation.
Each January, travel-industry professionals and vacationers descend upon downtown Columbus for the Great Vacations Travel Expo to mingle, participate in interactive activities, and exchange travel information. Visitors have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with travel experts and learn how to book transportation by air or sea, how to find hotel accommodations within their budget, and how to request time off from work (wink at the boss while asking). Select exhibitors also offer exclusive discounts on vacation packages, and tourism savants will take the stage to speak about their own vacation tips and tricks.
See You Thursday is a winsome Chicago-style troupe of quick-witted improv artists highly experienced at taking the squishy gray clay of the everyday and whittling it into hilarious pieces of glazed and kilned laughter-vases. Over the course of an hour, SYT will perform a wide array of characters subject to audience-suggested themes without a single page of script paper, as everything said and done is an invention of the moment thanks to off-the-cuff comedic wizardry from fast minds and a shared telepathic improvisational energy shared between all of the company members.
Hosted by the Columbus Museum of Art's Women's Board, the biennial Decorators' Show House showcases decorous designs from some of the region's premier interior and landscape designers. Originally constructed in 1928, the spacious Spanish-revival-style house sits on a large corner lot overlooking the Scioto River and emits feng shui-ed flashes of inspiration with 22 design spaces, 19 interior and 3 exterior, as well as four landscaped areas, including the world's first sentient, self-skimming lap pool. Attendees can purchase light snacks and lunch fare at the café or raffle tickets for a chance to win prizes, such as a case of wine or a cooking class at Williams-Sonoma, with all proceeds from the event going to the Columbus Museum of Art. From 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday nights, visitors can meet designers in person and ask them questions about their work, such as who inspires them and how to trap excess chandelier light in decorative mason jars.
The Chiller Ice Rinks are owned and operated by JMAC, the majority owner of the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets, ensuring constantly chilled surfaces and a bevy of creature comforts. Public ice skating allows gliders to practice toe loops, triple axels, or the skating scenes from Saving Private Ryan, and then change in public dressing rooms, spectate from the 1,000-person seating section or an enclosed second-story viewing area at the Lewis Center establishment.