Oh what a night!
Friday evening was an evening of firsts. City of Madison police officers and firefighters suited up for the first annual Madison Fire vs. Madison Police 'Battle of the Badges' game that took place at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Great people were brought together for a great cause as the departments battled on the ice in a charity hockey game. A portion of the proceeds went to the Madison Metropolitan School District's Transition Education Program (TEP) which works to reduce barriers to academic achievement for children from families experiencing homelessness. In addition to assistance with obtaining school supplies, TEP helps coordinate transportation to and from school as well as ensuring that eligible children receive breakfast and lunch daily.
I had the honor of dropping the first puck in a faceoff between Chief Koval and Chief Davis. It was a tough fight but Madison Fire came out on top with a final score of 11 – 4. At the end of the day both departments won big for TEP, and I couldn't be more proud of Madison Police and Madison Fire for their hard work on (and off) the rink!
Another first this weekend was Wizard World Comic Con's first visit to Madison. Although it was cold out, we of course gave Wizard World a warm Madison welcome starting with the ribbon cutting. Alder Schmidt and I joined Wizard World CEO John Macaluso, and Billie dee Williams to kick-off the event.
(Photo courtesy of Wizard World Comic Con)
Throughout the weekend thousands of fans showed up in costume to celebrate pop culture at the Madison Comic Con event. I had so much fun on Friday that I returned for a few hours on Saturday!
With over thirty celebrities in attendance, guests were able to get autographs from, and take photos with, actors from their favorite movies. Other highlights included a mock up DeLorean Time Machine and Bat Mobile for photo ops, show and tell with accomplished comic writers, industry insight on video game development, and karate lessons with Jason David Frank from Power Rangers! I personally enjoyed learning about the rich history Wisconsin has in the comic book industry as well as all of the talented individuals and organizations that have ties to Madison and Wisconsin.
From youth to seniors, whether you want to be a game developer or just enjoy playing them, there is something for everyone to enjoy! A big thanks is due to the Greater Madison Convention and Visitor's Bureau for bringing this event to Madison. I hope Wizard World Comic Con is added to the list of Madison traditions.