Sam is scheduled to be at Wizard World, New Orleans, January 3-5, 2020, and there are special packages ranging from affordable to pricey. Check out the info here: Sam at New Orleans WizardWorld.
You should know that cancellations are a real possibility, unless this is an official promotional event for Season 5, sanctioned by Starz (which I don’t know at this time). My understanding is that in all actor contracts, actors are released from appearing if they become contracted for an acting job.
In collecting info for my Outlander Convention Guide, the feedback about WizardWorld Chicago, August 2018, which Sam did cancel due to a work commitment, is that people were disappointed, of course, but WizardWorld and Sam made a huge effort for fans (this is not a requirement), and Sam ended up Skyping with fans from his kitchen all day. Caitriona also made a special flight in for the convention, according to my source. Some organizations don’t do that, so that’s a plus for WizardWorld. Sam and Caitriona genuinely appreciate their fans (in my experience).
VIP packages range from $29.99 for admission to the 90 minute Sam Q&A (you have to buy a badge to the conference also, to get this price – the cheapest combo is a day pass for Saturday + the Sam Q&A – $54.99 + $29.99 = $84.98) to $1499.99 for a small group panel with Sam, including selfie, 1 convention photo, autograph, and good seats at the Q&A. All packages in between contain a portion of the $$$ package. These events all take place on Saturday, apparently. I don’t see that written anywhere but in the promo photo…
I hope to be there, and I’m trying to convince the BTS lasses to go too. If it all comes together, we will arrange a fun meetup like we did in NYC, which was really nice. I have also applied for a panel discussion for the ladies and me. Stay tuned for updates…
How about you? Will you be going?
****UPDATE**** Please see the comments section for more positive comments about WizardWorld. I also received these:
I can attest. I had VIP tickets for the August WW in Chicago. They fully refunded after Cait and Sam had to cancel.
— TeresaGrace (@tepperson0101) October 16, 2019
They were really helpful last year with the Chicago event. I would go again if I could. Still trying!
— Jaime G (@JLR413) October 16, 2019
****UPDATE**** Well, not only did I and the BTS Lasses go to this event, we hosted a get together, I did a Patron giveaway, and several lucky Patrons got tickets, I ended up interviewing Sam for this panel, and we did a BTS Lasses discussion panel! Phew.
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