The Wizard World Portland Comic Con runs this Friday through Sunday at the Oregon Convention Center. Given that, it only makes sense that Trail Blazers starting center and comics aficionado Robin Lopez will serve as ambassador for this year’s convention by kicking off the festivities Friday night. Of course, Lopez’s love for all things geek is well known, so he’s a no-brainer to keynote this year’s Comic Con.
Here’s part of a Q&A with Lopez from the Portland Comic Con program …
Wizard World: What does it mean to you to be part of a ceremony kicking off Wizard World Portland Comic Con?
Robin Lopez: This is so exciting for me. The great thing about basketball is that it’s a passion for people — and the same thing with comics. When you can get those two interests to unite in some way, that’s pretty indescribable for me. That’s a good feeling to have both of them come together.
Wizard World: Which Comic Cons have you been to before?
Robin Lopez: I’ve been to smaller ones, like when I went to (Wizard World) New Orleans last year, and I’ve been to bigger ones like New York, and both have their benefits. I’m excited to see what Portland’s is going to be like.
Wizard World: What’s your favorite thing about attending Comic Cons?
Robin Lopez: It’s got to be meeting the creators and getting original art. I love original art.
Wizard World: So what are some of your favorite pieces that you’ve gotten?
Robin Lopez: I have a George Perez head shot. No one usually gets head shots, and I have a George Perez of Raven from Teen Titans that I love. I love that piece to bits.
Lopez will be presenting custom Trail Blazers jerseys to the likes of Stan Lee (the creator of Spiderman and about a million other comics), Adam West (the original Batman, Burt Ward (the original Robin), Billie Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian from Star Wars) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca from Star Wars). I’m a big Star Wars guys, so I’m especially excited to see Lopez alongside the man who played Chewbacca, seeing as how they’re both over 7-feet tall.
You can buy tickets to the event here.