But the stars of this con are the comics guys, especially artists Jim Lee (currently illustrating Brian Azzarello's Superman stories) and John Cassady (who's drawing Joss Whedon's run on Astonishing X-Men, which actually lives up to its billing) and writer Mark Waid, whose Kingdom Come ranks among the best post-Dark Knight Returns, post-mod, deconstructionist tales ever told. Ultimately, that's what makes an event like this so special. WizardWorld isn't just a place where comic companies and movie studios push product, but where storytellers are celebrated, adored, begged for autographs, told how much their work means to people for whom comics are still places for mythmaking and risk-taking. Mock them all you want--the conventions, the people who go to them, the stuff they buy and panels they attend and costumes they wear--but only people who know no better would dare poke fun. This is serious stuff merely dolled up like spandex nonsense; there's no better read on the planet at the moment than DC's Identity Crisis or indie fave Craig Thompson's Blankets or anything made by Chris Ware. Go, take the kids, but leave with something for yourself--an autograph if you must, but at least one great book to read and re-read. And then, if you must (and I must, I must), go tell Erin Gray how much you love her.