The Bay Area came out strong this weekend for Silicon Valley Comic Con (SVCC). Long lines had many frustrated during the inaugural event. If anything, the crowd was proof that there was a void that needed to be filled. The Bay Area has long been missing a Comic Con event since WonderCon left for Anaheim in 2012. Eager fans waited patiently as dedicated volunteers scrambled to get answers for guests.
During the welcoming ceremony Storm Troopers marched down the aisle prior to the introduction of Steve Wozniak, Apple Co-Founder and SVCC’s Founder. He disappeared at one point and Madame Tussaud’s director, Chris Connor came out onstage to reveal that Wozniak was the tech innovator they had chosen to mold into their newest wax figure at Madame Tussaud’s San Francisco. When the figure was unveiled the audience was surprised with two Wozniaks. Which one was the real one? He pretended to throw his voice but it was his wife playing a tape backstage. The stunt drew big laughs.
It wasn’t just the audience’s first time seeing it, it was also Wozniaks. He said he was honored and surprised at how grueling the process was to create a figure, “The incredible art and precision went into getting every little measurement and detail for about 5 hours, pictures at every angle and the human worker, to make it come out you know, realistic looking. I did not know there was so much involved. I thought, take a picture and a computer prints it out.”
After the reveal, Wozniak addressed the audience with a heart felt speech about what creating this event for the Bay Area meant to him. He talked about feeling out of place and looking to Comic-books for inspiration. Oh, he also fantasized about flying!
The figure will be on display at Tussauds’ Comic Con booth for the entire weekend before it’s moved to its San Francisco location for permanent display.
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