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  • San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) Says SDCC Makes A Significant Economic Impact

    SDCC

    Press Release:

    Comic-Con a Significant Impact on Region’s Economy Says SDWP

    San Diego Workforce Partnership affirms Comic-Con’s value at San Diego Convention Center

    SAN DIEGO, Nov. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP), which serves as a vital source of information on the San Diego region’s labor market, has recently published an article reviewing Comic-Con’s impact on San Diego’s workforce and the San Diego Convention Center’s staffing in particular.  Comic-Con, held annually in San Diego and organized by a nonprofit educational organization, is a convention celebrating the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture.

    SDWP’s article calls attention to the estimated $320,000 in wages Comic-Con brings to the Convention Center’s 500-member staff.  In addition to those staffers, the Convention Center hires temporary employees and posts job listings prior to Comic-Con to cover needs that the regular staff cannot.  These positions include engineers, laborers, electricians, and International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) union workers, to name a few.

    According to the San Diego Convention Center Corporation, Comic-Con’s 2014 show has been projected to have an impact of almost $178 million on the local economy. The actual economic impact may be larger as it has since been speculated that the factors used to calculate the figure did not take into account ancillary spending by locals, out-of-town visitors and corporations, and companies that buy advertising on buildings, lamp posts, restaurant buyouts and activations of local park space and private venues.

    “Year after year, it is not lost on me the amazing number of talented people it takes to make this show happen,” said David Glanzer, spokesperson and director of marketing and public relations for Comic-Con.  “In addition to Comic-Con’s thousands of invaluable volunteers and staff, local businesses and organizations hire additional workers who make sure the event and the city are represented in the best possible light. It really is a terrific collaborative effort.”

    What is not measured in the workforce study is the economic benefit of worldwide media attention focused on America’s Finest City during the four days of the convention and throughout the year.  “We never dreamed that our local annual convention would evolve over its forty-plus years into the worldwide celebration that it is today,” said Glanzer.

    The entire article can be found on SDWP’s website at http://workforce.org/news/comic-con-impact-san-diego-convention-center-workforce.

    About Comic-Con International:
    Comic-Con International: San Diego is a nonprofit educational corporation dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular artforms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture. In addition to its San Diego convention each summer, CCI organizes WonderCon Anaheim each spring. On the web: Comic-Con.orgFacebook.com/comicconTwitter.com/comic_con.

    ToyConNJ 2014 Welcomes Kevin Duhaney and Jeff Parazo

    ToyConNJ Power Rangers

    Press Release:

    ToyConNJ is pleased to announce that Kevin Duhaney (Blue Power Ranger) and Jeff Parazo (White Ranger) first East Coast appearance will be at the P.A.L. building 33 Baldwin Rd Parsippany NJ 07054 on October 18 & 19 with over 175 tables of other guests and vendors.

    For detailed information log on to www.toyconnj.com or write toyconnj@aol.com

    Altoona-Con 1 (November 2014)

    On Sunday, NOV. 2, 2014, don’t make excuses. Make Comics’ HISTORY by attending ALTOONA-CON 1, making its debut at the Altoona Grand Hotel, 1 Sheraton Drive (right off of Rt. 99/220, also known as Plank Road), Altoona PA. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.!

        * Low LOW Admission Price of Just $2 for Teens and Adults means YOU have MORE to SPEND on TENS of THOUSANDS of COMICS (Golden Age to Present), Toys, Action Figures, DVDs, and all manner of Comics Collectibles in the spacious, climate-controlled Dealers’ Room!
        * Dandy DOOR PRIZES to be WON by Lucky Paying Patrons: The Mystery Box ‘O’ Stuff (over $100 value inside…an INSTANT collection!)…plus Bat-Bux $howca$h (faux Gotham City banknotes, good like REAL cash anywhere in the Dealers Room)!   Plus a Special “last-minute” Halloween Surprise!
        * Free, Free, FREE!: FREE Admission for KIDS 12-and-Under! FREE Parking for Con attendees in the Hotel Parking Lot!  FREE Comics for the first 100 Patrons!
        * Guest ARTISTS in Attendance!: Some of Central PA’s cutting-edge Comic ARTIST Talents, live and in-person…signing autographs, greeting fans, sketching, selling Original Art and special publications available nowhere else! Come meet and greet Fandom’s Elite!  Look for our Guest List postings here on ConventionScene.com and the Way Cool Comics Facebook Page later in October!
        * Easy ACCESS: The Grand Hotel has its own traffic light and left-turn access lane to come up Sheraton Drive. The hotel is right next door to the Outback Steakhouse and across the highway from Kings Restaurant. Rt. 99/Business Rt. 220, also known as Plank Road, stretches north-south and intersects Rt. 80 in the north and the PA Turnpike in the south…and crosses over mid-state mainstay Rt. 22, which stretches east-west, linking Blair with Indiana and Huntingdon counties.
        * Altoona-Con is TM & (C) 2014 by Surf Pirate Productions, purveyors of Comic Shows since 1998 and synonymous with Always Affordable Family Entertainment. Come initiate a NEW decade of “Comic Book Marketplace” excitement in Blair County by being part of Altoona-Con 1!
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    Long Beach Comic Con Announces Full Slate of Programming for 2014

    Press Release:

    Long Beach Comic Con Announces Full Slate of Programming

    LBCC14_FullProgram LBCCLong Beach, CA (September 25, 2014) – Long Beach Comic Con will present more than 80 panels over two days this weekend, September 27 and 28, 2014 at the Long Beach Convention Center. The panels run the gamut of a wide array of pop culture topics, including:

    • Celebrations of comic book icons Archie, Batman, The Crow and Hellboy.

    • Conversations about pop culture phenomenon The Katniss Chronicles: Hear the Girl on Fire; Honest Trailers; Robot Chicken.

    • Topical and timely discussions about diversity in the comic book industry: Prism Comics panel, It’s a Queer, Queer World!; Race & Comics; She Makes Comics: A Documentary Celebration of Women in Comics; and more. And the details for the Dwayne McDuffie Award will be formally  announced Saturday, September 27 at 10:30 AM.

    • Animation panels dedicated to popular cartoons and appearances by Greg Weisman and Man of Action’s Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle.

    • Kids programming including interactive panels where kids can learn how to draw the Simpsons and Futurama characters and “how to draw your dragon.”

    • Cosplay panels.

    • Horror programming, with a panel moderated by Horror Writers Associated and a panel sponsored by the films VHS Viral and ABCs of Death 2 with new trailers for both films.

    • A Young Adult panel featuring best-selling novelists Leigh Bardugo, Robin Benway, Cecil Castellucci, Melissa de la Cruz, Michael Johnston, and Margaret Stohl

    • A Banned Books Week discussion led by the Newport Beach Branch Library with bestselling writer Joshua Hale Fialkov and SALON contributor Samuel Sattin

    • #MakeComics workshops where aspiring writers and artists can learn from comic book professionals. Over two days, workshops will walk through the entire #makecomics process: from writing and drawing to running a Kickstarter and publicizing your work.

    “We’re so excited for fans to experience the robust programming slate for Long Beach Comic Con,” said  Phil Lawrence, Co-founder and Sales Director of Long Beach Comic Con. “It’s our most ambitious year to date for programing and we’re thrilled to offer panels that speak to the diverse interests and passions of comic book fans.”

    Earlier this month, Long Beach Comic Con announced the Guests of Honor for show:

    Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Archie Comics’ AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE)

    Mike Allred (Marvel Comics’ SILVER SURFER)

    Laura Allred (Marvel Comics’ SILVER SURFER

    Sandy King Carpenter (Storm King Production’s ASYLUM)

    Joe Casey (Man of Action, BEN 10)

    Amanda Conner (DC Entertainment’s HARLEY QUINN)

    Chris Dingess (Skybound Entertainment’s MANIFEST DESTINY)

    David Gallaher (Bottled Lightning’s THE ONLY LIVING BOY)

    Joe Kelly (Man of Action, BEN 10)

    JT Krul (Aspen’s JIRNI)

    Mike Mignola (Dark Horse Comics’ HELLBOY)

    James O’Barr (THE CROW)

    Jimmy Palmiotti (PaperFilms’ SEX & VIOLENCE)

    Jamie S. Rich (Oni Press’ Archer Coe and the Thousand Natural Shocks)

    Duncan Rouleau (Man of Action, BIG HERO 6)

    Steven T. Seagle (Man of Action, BIG HERO 6)

    Marc Silvestri (Top Cow)

    Richard Starking (Image Comic’s ELEPHANTMEN)

    Babs Tarr (DC Entertainment’s BATGIRL)

    “In addition to the panels, fans will be able to talk to exhibiting publishers including Archie Comics, Aspen Comics, Bottled Lightning, Man of Action/Image Comics, PaperFilms, Skybound Entertainment, Storm King Productions, Top Cow, and Valiant Entertainment,” said Martha Donato, Long Beach Comic Con Executive Director and Co-Founder. “Early online buzz, social media chatter and advance ticket sales all point to this being a terrific weekend. I strongly urge fans to buy their tickets in advance and arrive early both days before the show opens.”

    Enjoy an exciting weekend full of exceptional guests and exhibitors, and engaging panels, at Long Beach Comic Con, Saturday, September 27 from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm and Sunday, September 28 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm at the Long Beach Convention Center. Tickets are available now through the website: www.longbeachcomiccon.com.

    Follow Long Beach Comic Con on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and information.

    You can download the LBCC programming schedule as a PDF.

    About Long Beach Comic Con

    Long Beach Comic Con is an annual event held at the Long Beach Convention Center that celebrates comic books and pop culture and showcases the exceptional works of talented writers, artists, illustrators and creators of all types of pop culture. At Long Beach Comic Con, you’ll find exhibitors promoting and selling all types of related products, as well as entertaining and educational programs for all ages, guest signings and meet & greet sessions with celebrities. Long Beach Comic Con is a MAD Event Management, LLC production. To learn more and purchase tickets, please visit www.longbeachcomiccon.com.

    Marvel and Netflix to Debut Daredevil Cast at NYCC 2015

    Cox Daredevil

    Press Release:

    MARVEL TELEVISION AND NETFLIX DEBUT THE CAST OF MARVEL’S DAREDEVIL, AT NEW YORK COMIC CON

    Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Marvel Animation Come to NYCC

    NORWALK, CT – September 11, 2014 – Marvel Television and New York Comic Con (NYCC) announced today that fans at this year’s NYCC will get to experience the first cast appearance of the upcoming Netflix original series, Marvel’s Daredevil. In addition, fans will get an inside look at Marvel’sAgents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and what’s next for Marvel Animation, with a spotlight on Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.

    Set and filmed in New York City, it is only fitting that Marvel’s Daredevil, which debuts exclusively on Netflix in 2015, be unveiled at NYCC. Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s Head of Television, will lead a panel at NYCC on Saturday, October 11 with Marvel’s Daredevil show-runner Steve S. DeKnight and the series’ star-studded cast, including Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock / Daredevil). This will be the first time Marvel’s Daredevil cast will be assembled publicly to answer your burning questions about the series!

    Marvel’s Daredevil is part of a partnership between Marvel Television, Netflix and the State of New York with all of the new television series being filmed in the streets of New York City. Filming kicked off with Marvel’s Daredevil and will continue to include series featuring Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, andMarvel’s The Defenders. The alliance marks the largest film or television production project commitment in the history of New York State and will create 3,000 jobs and produce nearly 60 hours of television.

    On Friday, October 10, Marvel Television will present a first look at the second season of its popular animated series Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. before its exciting season premiere onSunday, October 12 (9:00 a.m., ET/PT) on Disney XD.

    Then, fans will experience the world premiere of an all-new episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,before it debuts on ABC on Tuesday, October 14th, in a panel moderated by Loeb.

    “New York City is home to Marvel and some of the greatest fans in the world, so we ensured that Marvel Television brought its biggest panels ever to this NYCC!,” said Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s Head of Television. “Not only will fans get to experience our incredible partnership with Netflix as we introduce the cast ofMarvel’s Daredevil for the first time, but they’ll get to see the world premiere of a new Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode and their first look at the future of all their favorite super heroes courtesy of Marvel Animation.”

    “New York Comic Con shines a spotlight across pop culture and we’re excited this year for a great many things, but there’s a special place in the show for pop culture made right here in New York City,” said Lance Fensterman, Global Senior Vice President of ReedPOP. “We’re honored by Marvel Television’s overall commitment and humbled to play host to the cast of Marvel”s Daredevil. This is an important day for New York Comic Con and New York City.”

    Specific details on Marvel Television’s New York Comic Con events…

    Marvel Animation Presents
    (Friday, October 10 – 4:15 PM – 5:00 PM)
    Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s Head of Television, brings you the biggest animation panel in this universe – or any other. Get an exclusive first look at content from Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. season two and the future of Marvel Animation.

    Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
    (Friday, October 10 – 5:45 PM – 6:45 PM)
    Jeph Loeb returns with exciting news and the world premiere of all new episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. before it debuts on ABC!

    Marvel’s Daredevil, Exclusively on Netflix
    (Saturday, October 11 – 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM)
    Join the cast of Marvel’s Daredevil in their first-ever appearance with show-runner Steve DeKnight and moderator Jeph Loeb to answer questions and reveal secrets from the hotly-anticipated show debuting on Netflix in 2015.

    New York Comic Con, taking place on October 9-12 at the Javits Center in New York City, is the East Coast’s biggest and most exciting popular culture convention with the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies and television. New York Comic Con’s panels and autograph sessions give fans a chance to interact with their favorite creators, while screening rooms feature sneak peeks at films and television shows months before they hit either big or small screens. New York Comic Con is the second largest pop culture convention in America and the only one that takes place in the comic book, publishing, media and licensing capital of the world. Marvel’s Daredevil,Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. join additional film and television projects coming to New York Comic Con including The Walking DeadElementaryBIG HERO 6, and TOMORROWLAND.

    More exciting details about New York Comic Con events, talent and sponsors will be revealed in the coming weeks. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.NewYorkComicCon.comor and New York Comic Con’s social media pages (FacebookTwitter and Instagram).

    ABOUT MARVEL:
    Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit www.marvel.com © MARVEL

    About ReedPOP
    ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions, which is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena. ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) Prime, East and South, Star Wars Celebration, and the UFC Fan Expo. In 2013, ReedPOP added Star Wars Celebration Europe and PAX Australia to its rapidly expanding portfolio of international events. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion. ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Australia and the Asia/Pacific. (www.reedpop.com)

    EXCLUSIVE: Long Beach Comic Con 2014 Announces Guests of Honor and New Initiatives, Teases Programming

    Amanda Conner LBCC

    Press Release:

    Long Beach Comic Con Announces Guests of Honor & New Initiatives and Teases Programming for September 27-28, 2014

    Long Beach, CA (September 9, 2014) – To celebrate its sixth year, Long Beach Comic Con is unveiling new initiatives including the show’s first ever Guests of Honor, this year’s official sponsors including media sponsor the Los Angeles Times’ Hero Complex and programming devoted to a broad range of attendees — from cosplay enthusiasts to young adult readers. Long Beach Comic Con will be held on September 27 and 28, 2014 at the Long Beach Convention Center, where exhibiting publishers will include Archie Comics, Aspen Comics, Bottled Lightning, PaperFilms, Skybound Entertainment, Storm King Productions, Top Cow, and Valiant Entertainment, among others.

    For the first time in its history, Long Beach Comic Con is announcing guests of honor for this fall’s show:
    Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Archie Comics’ AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE)
    Mike Allred (Marvel Comics’ SILVER SURFER)
    Laura Allred (Marvel Comics’ SILVER SURFER
    Sandy King Carpenter (Storm King Production’s ASYLUM)
    Joe Casey (Man of Action)
    Amanda Conner (DC Entertainment’s HARLEY QUINN)
    Chris Dingess (Skybound Entertainment’s MANIFEST DESTINY)
    David Gallaher (Bottled Lightning’s THE ONLY LIVING BOY)
    Joe Kelly (Man of Action)
    JT Krul (Aspen’s JIRNI)
    Mike Mignola (Dark Horse Comics’ HELLBOY)
    James O’Barr (THE CROW)
    Jimmy Palmiotti (PaperFilms’ SEX & VIOLENCE)
    Jamie S. Rich (Oni Press’ Archer Coe and the Thousand Natural Shocks)
    Duncan Rouleau (Man of Action)
    Steve Seagle (Man of Action)
    Marc Silvestri (Top Cow)
    Richard Starking (Image Comic’s ELEPHANTMEN)
    Babs Tarr (DC Entertainment’s BATGIRL)

    “We’re thrilled to have more guests at this year’s show than we’ve ever had before,” said Martha Donato, Long Beach Comic Con Executive Director and Co-Founder. “We recognize that attending conventions is a major commitment for comic book creators and we want to honor and celebrate some of the people who’ve joined us for six years running, as well as the writers and artists who are traveling across the country to attend our convention for the first time.”

    As in past years, attendees will be treated to a wide array of programming. Highlights include:
    * Panels devoted to fan favorite comic book characters including Batman, the Crow and Hellboy.
    * Comic Book Publisher Spotlights moderated by BLOODY DISGUSTING, COMICVINE, IGN, THE NERDIST and others.
    * Hero Complex moderated panels of pop culture, running the gamut from Robot Chicken to Young Justice to Women in Comics.
    * A Young Adult panel featuring best-selling novelists Leigh Bardugo, Robin Benway, Cecil Castellucci, Melissa de la Cruz, Michael Johnston, and Margaret Stohl
    * A Banned Books Week discussion led by the Newport Beach Branch Library
    * Cosplay panels.
    * Horror programming with guests like Dan Brereton (NOCTURNALS) and Mike Huddleston (THE STRAIN).
    * Kids programming with KaBOOM! and creators like Eric Esquivel (BRAVEST WARRIORS), Travis Hanson (TANNER JONES AND THE QUEST FOR THE MONKEY STONE), Mike Kunkel (HEROBEAR) and Hannah Nance Partlow (ADVENTURE TIME). There will also be interactive panels where Tone Rodriguez will teach kids how to draw the Simpsons and Futurama characters and Peter Paul will teach “how to draw your dragon.”
    * Animation panels dedicated to popular cartoons like GARGOYLES, SPECTACULAR SPIDER MAN, YOUNG JUSTICE, X-MEN and DISNEY AFTERNOON, and appearances by Greg Weisman and the Man of Action Studio.
    * Screen Junkies Presents: Honest Trailers The Panel
    * #MakeComics workshops where aspiring writers and artists can learn from comic book greats including Jon Bogdanove (POWER PACK), Tim Bradstreet (HELLBLAZER), Brian Buccellato (DETECTIVE COMICS), Joshua Fialkov (THE BUNKER) and Whilce Portacio (THE PUNISHER). Over two days, workshops will walk through the entire #makecomics process: from writing and drawing to running a Kickstarter and even publicizing the comic.

    “Our programming has been a huge growth area for us this year,” said Phil Lawrence, Co-founder and Sales Director of Long Beach Comic Con. “We’re running more than 80 high quality panels over two days. There’s something for every fan, whether you want to hear about the latest from Image Comics or need tips for designing and building your first cosplay.”

    Growth also extends to the show’s official sponsors. The CW’s The Flash, GenZe by Mahindra, the Laugh Factory, SGX Print, and the SUN NEWS have already signed on as official sponsors, and additional announcements are expected to follow in the coming weeks.

    Enjoy an exciting weekend full of exceptional guests and exhibitors, and engaging panels, at Long Beach Comic Con, Saturday, September 27 from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm and Sunday, September 28 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm at the Long Beach Convention Center. Tickets are available now through the website: www.longbeachcomiccon.com.

    “Our ticket sales are significantly up from last year at this same time,” said Donato. “If you’re thinking about attending this year’s show, I recommend buying your tickets in advance before we sell out and arriving both days before the show opens.”

    Follow Long Beach Comic Con on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and information.

    About Long Beach Comic Con

    Long Beach Comic Con is an annual event held at the Long Beach Convention Center that celebrates comic books and pop culture and showcases the exceptional works of talented writers, artists, illustrators and creators of all types of pop culture. At Long Beach Comic Con, you’ll find exhibitors promoting and selling all types of related products, as well as entertaining and educational programs for all ages, guest signings and meet & greet sessions with celebrities. Long Beach Comic Con is a MAD Event Management, LLC production. To learn more and purchase tickets, please visit www.longbeachcomiccon.com.

    Ultracon of South Florida (December 2014)

    The Original Is Back. Fort Lauderdale’s own, Ultracon of South Florida At The Broward Convention Center.

    December 13th & 14th 2014

    ULTRACON OF SOUTH FLORIDA
    Broward Convention Center
    1950 Eisenhower Blvd.
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316

    PURCHASE OUR ONLINE ADVANCE TWO DAY PACKAGE FOR ONLY $30
    www.ultraconofsouthflorida.com

    10:00 AM Until 8:00 Pm Saturday. $20
    10:00 Am Until 6:00 PM Sunday. $15

    Adults at the Door $20, Sunday at the door $15, Kids Age of 10 and younger
    free,

    Cosplay Contest for all ages.

    Cosplay Contest, Saturday Grand Prize $300

    Cosplay Contest, Sunday Grand Prize $300

    We will also have the kids division group division & much more Prizes.

    Cosplay, Anime Collectibles, Manga Toys, Comic Books, Sports Cards, Star
    Wars and Transformers.

    Visit Our ULTRACON of SOUTH FLORIDA Website for Guest and Vendor
    Information & Also Ticket Sales Please Visit…

    www.ultraconofsouthflorida.com

    Join Our Like Page And Show Your Support.

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ultracon-Of-South-Florida/717627118263967?ref=hl

    Email: irving@ultraconofsouthflorida.com

    Featuring a Magic the Gathering Tournament- December 13th & 14th 2014.

    Group Panels, Card Gaming Tournaments & much
    More.

    ULTRACON will feature a Comic Book Corner For Local Comic Book Dealers &
    Artist Displaying & Selling Their Comic Books & Art Work….

    PURCHASE THE ONLINE ADVANCE TWO DAY PACKAGE FOR ONLY $30

    ULTRACON welcomes the following Celebrities and Artists & Cosplay Guests.

    1) Marvel Artist : Larry Hama

    Larry Hama is a writer/cartoonist/illustrator/actor/musician who has
    worked in comics, tv and film. He is best known as the writer of Marvel’s
    “GI Joe” comics in the ‘eighties, and as the writer of Marvel’s
    “Wolverine” in the ‘nineties. More recently he has scripted “Spooks,” and
    “Barack the Barbarian” for Devil’s Due Comics, “GI Origins” and “GI Joe A
    Real American Hero” for IDW as well as various animation and video game
    projects. He was Artist in Residence at Asian/Pacific/American Arts
    Institute at NYU in 2012. Most recently, he is the author of “The Death of
    Captain America” a prose novel for Marvel (hardcover) that features
    characters (Winter Soldier, Black Widow, Nick Fury) who are prominent in
    the new Captain America movie.

    In comics, he has written, edited or drawn for Avengers, Blaze, Nth Man,
    The Nam, Conan, Batman, Wonder Woman, Bizarre Adventures, X-Men,
    Spider-Man, Daredevil, and dozens more. His illustrations and cartoons
    have appeared in National Lampoon, Esquire, New York and Rolling Stone. He
    has appeared on Broadway in Stephen Sondheim’s “Pacific Overtures” and on
    TV in MASH, SNL and “Another World.”


    2)Ultracon gives a warm welcome to Marvel Comics Artist : Pat Broderick

    comic book artist known for his work on the Micronauts. Broderick also
    pencilled the four-part “Batman: Year Three” storyline, written by Marv
    Wolfman, which detailed the first meeting of Batman and Tim Drake.

    Comic Book Artist of such books as Captain Marvel, Micronauts, Dr. Doom
    2099, Firestorm, Alpha Flight, Spectre, Creature Commandos ,  Weird War
    Tales #93, The Fury of Firestorm in June 1982, Captain Atom, Green Lantern
    volume 3 series, & much more.


    3)Ultracon gives a warm welcome to Vampirela artist : Gonzalo Mayo

    Comic Book Artist of such books as Vampirela from the 1970’s, Red Sonja,
    El Cid, Nagizul, Dragonstar & much more.


    4) Steve Cardenas The Red Power Ranger heads to Ultracon!

    Steve Cardenas is a American martial artist and former actor, perhaps most
    noted for playing Rocky DeSantosin the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV
    series.

    Steve Cardenas has been in martial arts for 28 years. He earned 5th degree
    black belt in tae kwon do and a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. His
    character, Rocky, replaced Jason Lee Scott (played by Austin St. John) as
    the Red Ranger in the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV series, and he later
    became the Blue Ranger for Power Rangers Zeo. He had no previous acting
    experience and had to learn on the job.

    5) Larry Mainland from the Walking dead coming to Ultracon!

    Larry Mainland is best known as a featured zombie in “The Walking Dead”.
    His image was the first to be released from the set before the show aired
    and has been used extensively for advertising in more than 135 countries.
    He has been on the cover of numerous magazines, such as “Entertainment
    Weekly” in the US and “SFX”, the #1 Sci-Fi magazine in the United Kingdom,
    twice and almost countless articles worldwide. He’s seen on t-shirts,
    mugs, buttons and virtually anything you can put an image on, including
    board games and even on “Xbox Live”.

    His other Film and TV credits also include such notables as “Sick People”,
    “Contagion”, “The Three Stooges”, “Level Up”, “Remnant” and “Home”…just to
    name a few. In August, 2015 he will be appearing in the new movie
    “Goosebumps”, so be sure to look out for that!

    6) Giggles, Boss & Thug

    These creepy clowns will be back to take pictures and sign posters for all
    of our Horror Fans In South Florida. Their presence will be felt At
    ULTRACON.

    7) UFC & MMA Fighter Mike “The Wolverine” Rio

    South Florida UFC Fighter, Mike The Wolverine Rio will be signing
    autographs and
    taking pictures with his fans at ULTRACON

    8) UFC Fighter Marcus Brimage

    Homegrown Florida UFC Fighter, Marcus Brimage will make his presence
    Felt At ULTRACON by Autographing & Taking Pictures With His Fans. Feel the
    Power of this awesome fighting force!

    9) Paranormal Crossroads Investigations.

    Paranormal Crossroads Investigations is a very unique team of the most
    diversified kind. Our team is comprised of many vocations including
    healthcare professionals, law enforcement officers, moms, dads, business
    owners, students as well as high school and college professors!
    Spiritually, we are equally as eclectic! Our beliefs include Christianity,
    Judaism, Wicca, Buddhism & Native American. We are also multi-lingual,
    with team members who speak English, Spanish, Hebrew and Farsi!

    So many have asked us what could bring such a group of us together; The
    answer is simple. We have a shared passion to grow and assist our
    communities and to educate and further the study of the paranormal
    sciences.
    Each of our team members is closely connected. We consider ourselves one
    family.

    We cover all of Florida from the Panhandle to Key West as well as the
    Tri-State Kentucky area and Lima Peru!

    PCI is diligently striving to find answers, explanations, and verification
    of the paranormal. We want to continually provide comfort and support
    through a structured approach to investigating claims of this phenomenon.

    10) Author Kerry Cepero

    Author Of Titles WARHEAD & MELTDOWN Kerry Cepero will be on hand signing
    books and taking pictures with fans. Be there on Saturday as Kerry
    releases two new books exclusively for ULTRACON!
    Be the first to buy the next book in the WARHEAD: Agent of Destruction
    series “RADIOACTIVE” and be the first to own his new book BLACK. Only at
    ULTRACON!

    11) Tamerlane
    Real Life Super Villain Tamberlane will be at Ultracon with his team doing
    amazing panels.

    12) The Walking Dead Sketch Artist Steve Lydic

    Steve Lydic will be at ULTRACON signing prints and “Talking Dead” with fans.

    Ultracons Cosplay Guest & Host.

    13) Ultracon cosplay host Green Betty cosplay & Jakejames will be leading
    the way at the Ultracon cosplay contest.

    14) Ultracon gives a warm welcome to: Callie Cosplay

    Callie Cosplay is the stage name of Florida costumer Leah Burroughs.
    Callie has been Cosplaying for about Two Years now and has gained a
    plethora of craftsmanship skills in order to sustain and efficiently build
    upon her superhero lifestyle.

    Come Out & Visit Callie Cosplay !!

    15) Ultracon gives a warm welcome to cosplay guest : Heather 1337.

    Come Out & Visit Heather 1337 !!

    16) Ultracon gives a warm welcome to cosplay guest: Cujo & T.C Dangerous &
    Geekgirl 421 also will be judging our Ultracon contest.

    Come Out & Visit Cujo & T.C Dangerous & Geekgirl 421 !!

    17) Ultracon gives a warm welcome to cosplay guest :Technecally Toki &
    cosplay judge.

    Come Out & Visit Technecally Toki !!

    18) Ultracon gives a warm welcome to cosplay guest : No Ordinary Balloon Man.

    Come Out & Visit No Ordinary Ballon Man !!

    19) Ultracon gives a warm welcome to cosplay guest: Harley’s Love Shack.

    Come Out & Visit Harley’s Love Shack !!

    20) Ultracon gives a warm welcome to cosplay guest: Danny Cosplay

    Come Out & Visit Danny Cosplay !!

    21) The Pow Wow Radio Show & PSN Radio
    They will have a live broadcast Saturday & Sunday
    with live interviews of our Guests, Vendors & Fans….

    We Will Announce More Guest & Celebrities As We Get Closer to The Event.

    Ultra Con Will Feature Collectors And Dealers From All Over the Country
    Selling Collectibles New & Vintage, Modern Toys, Custom Toy Work, Anime
    Collectibles, Hot Wheels, Old Vintage Sports Cards, Avengers Comic Books,
    Comic Art, Star Trek Comic Books and Collectibles. Vintage GI Joe’s From
    The 1960’s & 1970’s, Hundreds Of 3 3/4 GI Joe Vehicles & Figures On
    Display, , United Kingdom Action Man From The 1960’s& 1970’s, Star Wars
    Old & New ,Monsters Old & New Godzilla,Transformers, Dragonball Z, Power
    Rangers, Marvel Legends, Marvel
    Universe, Toy Biz, Bandai, DC Action Figures Action Figures.

    Vendors Info visit Ultracon website at www.ultraconofsouthflorida.com

    Ultracon Ultracon

    Shock Pop Comiccon Set to Launch in Fort Lauderdale in February 2015

    Deathlok

    Press Release:

    SHOCK POP COMICCON LAUNCHES IN FORT LAUDERDALE FEBRUARY 13-15, 2015

    TICKETS AND VIP PACKAGES ON SALE NOW

    Fort Lauderdale, FL (August 29, 2014)… Get ready! The 1st Annual Shock Pop Comiccon launches February 13-15, 2015 at the Broward County Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Shock Pop Comiccon is the newest pop culture experience celebrating your favorite movies, television shows, music, comics & animation, and toys & collectibles.  The event will feature an interactive 100,000 square foot show of Celebrities, Comic Artists & Writers, Cosplay, Animation, Music, Anime, Art Exhibits, Vendors, Panels & Autograph sessions, The Karate Kid Reunion, The Stars of Star Trek Continues Web Series, Friday the 13th 35th Anniversary Reunion, Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge 30th Anniversary Reunion, Demons 30th Anniversary Reunion, Fire & Ice Reunion, Geek Film Fest, and an Independent Film Maker Contest.

    Highlights include (as of August 29, 2014): 

    New announcements posted regularly on shockpopcc.com, @shockpopcc, instagram.com/shockpopcc# and facebook.com/shockpopcc

     

    Celebrities & Special Guests – Movies/TV/Animation

    John Waters – Performing “This Filthy World”

    Robert Englund – Freddy in Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge

    Steven Bauer – Ray Donovan, Scarface

    David Anders – Once Upon A Time, Alias, I Zombies

    Booboo Stewart – X-Men: Days of Future Past, Twilight Saga

    Caity Lotz – Arrow, The Machine

    Kristin Bauer – True Blood

    Julie Benz – Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Dexter

    Giancarlo Esposito – Gus Fring from Breaking Bad

    Sylvester McCoy- Dr. Who, The Hobbitt

    Ralph Macchio – Karate kid, The Outsiders, My Cousin Vinny

    C. Thomas Howell – The Outsiders, The Amazing Spiderman, Southland

    Danny Trejo – Machete, Machete Kills, Sons of Anarchy

    Daniel Cudmore – Colossus in X Men, Voltuir Felix in Twilight Saga

    J August Richards – Angel, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

    Michael Rosenbaum – Lex Luther in Smallville

    Christopher Knight, Susan Olsen, Barry Williams – The Brady Bunch

    Martin Kove – The Karate Kid, Rambo

    Billy Zabka – The Karate Kid

    Mark Ryan – Transformers voice of Lockdown

    Jovanka Vuckovic – Clive Barker’s Jacqueline ESS, XX:The First All-Female Horror Anthology

    Holly Frazetta – Frazetta Girls

    Rytanya Alda – The Deer Hunter, Mommie Dearest

    Man of Action – Founders Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle – Creators of Ben 10 and Big Hero 6, producers/writers of Marvel’s Avengers Assemble

    H G Lewis – The Godfather of Gore -his films paved the way for modern horror and exploitation – Herschell Gordon Lewis’ BloodMania film debuting in 2015.

     

    Cosplay

    Ani-mia                         Leeanna Vamp             Nicole Marie Jean

    Veron                           The Ghouligans           V is for Villians

    219th Umbrella Brain Surgeons                                    Star Wars – 501 Everglades Squad

    1701st Fleet                 Buurenaar Verda Clan – Mandalorian Mercs (FL)

     

    Comic Artists & Writers

    Steve Niles – Author, Novelist, and Screenwriter – 30 Days of Night, Cal Mcdonald, Army of Darkness, Bad Planet

    Mark Alan Miller – Seraphim Films – writes, produces, and directs original content alongside master of horror Clive Barker.

    Jimmy Palmiotti – writer of comic books, tv, video games and film- Thrill Seeker and Painkiller Jane, All-Star Western, GI Combat, Ame-Comi Girls, video game Injustice: Gods Among U

    Amanda Conner – illustrator – Power Girl

    Whilce Portacio – writer and artist-The Punisher/X-Men/Iron Man, etc.

    William Simpson – artist – Batman, Judge Dredd, Hellblazer, now storyboard artist for Game of Thrones

    Ben Templesmith – author and artist – 30 Days of Night, Fell, and worked on Star Wars, Doctor Who, Buffy: The Vampire Slayer

    Mike Deodato, Jr. – artist – Malibu’s Santa Claws, Innovation’s Beauty and the Beast, Wonder Woman, Avengers, Elektra, Spiderman

    Bob Schreck - Legendary Comics- edited Holy Terror, The Tower Chronicles, and Pacific Rim: Tales from Year Zero/writing and editing for Marvel and DC Comics

    Joe Kelly – Man of Action – I Kill Giants

    Duncan Rouleau – Man of Action – The Great Unknown

    Steven T. Seagle – Man of Action – it’s a bird…

    Gerry Conway – illustrator – Fire and Ice, The Punisher

    Cully Hamner – artist and writer-Green Lantern: Mosaic, Blue Beetle, Black Lightning: Year One, Detective Comics. graphic novel Red

    Kyle Higgins – writer & film director-Batman franchise at DC comics, Deathstroke, Captain America

    Paul Jenkins – writer – Hulk, Origin, Spiderman

    Scott Kolins – illustrator – The Flash

    Scott Lobdell – writer – Red Hood

    Laura Martin – digital color artist-JLA/serenity

    John Beatty –illustrator – DC Comics, Captain America, The Punisher

     

    Animation

    Our talented guests at Shock Pop Comiccon are the voices behind some of The Biggest Characters in DC Comics animation & video games!

    Richard Epcar – voice actor – Joker in Justice League, Mortal Kombat Vs DCU

    Michael Rosenbaum – voice actor – Flash in Justice League Unlimited

    Kristin Bauer – voice actor – Mera in Justice League Unlimited

    Giancarlo Esposito – voice actor – Ra’s Al Ghul in Son of Batman.

    Steven E. Gordon – Character Designer of X-Men: Evolution, The Swan Princess and The Ultimate Avengers, and Animator, Director, Storyboard Artist and Illustrator

    Todd Haberkorn – voice actor – Mr. Spock in Star Trek Continues Web Series, Sgt. Frog as Keroro, Suzuka as Yamato, Ghost Hunt as Naru, Sands of Destruction as Kyrie

    Sean Hannon – voice actor – Fire and Ice, 3D character animation

    Stephen Mendel – film and voice actor- Fire and Ice, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Terminal

    Vic Mignogna – anime and video game voice actor – Edward Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist, Executive Producer and Captain Kirk in Star Trek Continues Web Series

    Hal Rayle – voice actor- Transformers, Swat Kids

    Maggie Roswell – voice actor- The Simpsons, Fire & Ice

    Ellyn Stern – voice actor –  Masaki Kurosaki in the hit anime series Bleach

    Joe Casey – Man of Action – Sex

    Joe Kelly – Man of Action – I Kill Giants

    Duncan Rouleau – Man of Action – The Great Unknown

    Steven T. Seagle – Man of Action – it’s a bird

     

    Music

    Eerie Von – famed musician from Danzig         The Misfits

    Samhain                                                           V is for Villians

     

    Anime

    Vic Mignogna and Todd Haberkorn – Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock on the Star Trek Continues Web Series.

    Richard Epcar –

    Ellyn Stern –

    Funimation Screenings

    Art of Akira Exhibit

     

    Movies

    Shock Pop Comiccon Presents GeekFest Film Fest

    Features, shorts, web series, trailers, fan films, parody music videos and more!  17 Selections are screening at Shock Pop Comiccon and include: Good Game Directed by Mary Ratliff, Posthuman Project Directed by Kyle Roberts, Valiant Directed by Robin G. Phillips and Star Wars: The Holo Experience Directed by Miguel Angel Sánchez and Cogolludo Santiago Hernández.

    “The Outlaws of the Underground” – Indy Film Fest

    Highlighting independent film makers who create “underground” horror and grindhouse style films.  Featuring:  Adam Ahlbrandt, Brian Williams, actress Ellie Church, and James Bickert – curator for the Drive in Invasion


    Screenings

    Director’s Cut -Albert Pyun’s Captain America and Directors Cut – Albert Pyun’s Cyborg.

     

    “Friday the 13th Shock Night” –  February 13

    • A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge – 30th Anniversary Reunion

    Jack Sholder, Director; David Chaskin, screenwriter; and cast: Robert Englund – Freddy,  Mark Patton – Jesse Walsh; Kim Myers – Lisa Webber, and Robert Rusler – Ron Grady

     

    • Friday the 13th , the original – 35th Anniversary Reunion

    Sean S. Cunningham, Creator and Director, and cast:  Ari Lehman – the original Jason Vorhees who will perform with his band First Jason, Adrienne King as Alice, Ron Millkie-Officer Dorf, Harry Manfredini – music score composer, Tom Savini – special effects and makeup legend – creator of original makeup for “Jason”

     

    • Demons – 30th Anniversary Reunion

    Lamberto Bava, Director; and cast: Bobby Rhodes, Claudio Simonetti, Geretta Geretta, Sergio Stivaletti

     

    • Zach Galligan – Gremlins, Scott Tepperman – Ghost Hunters International, Crimson Mask Studios and Nightmare Gloves, The Ghouligans, Ken Kirzinger –Jason in Freddy vs. Jason, Patty Mullen – Frankenhooker, Thommy Hutson – wrote and produced documentary – “His Name was Jason – 30 years of Friday the 13th”, H G Lewis – The Godfather of Gore -his films paved the way for modern horror & exploitation – Herschell Gordon Lewis’ BloodMania film debuting in 2015.

     

    Fire and Ice – Saturday, February 14

    Special Skype appearance by Ralph Bakshi, Director; Gerry Conway, Writer; Sean Hannon; The Frazetta Girls representing the work of Frank Frazetta (deceased) co-creator of Fire and Ice.

     

    Artist Alley & Exhibitors

    Nightmare Gloves, WerePups, Carnevil zombie make unders, Crimson Mask Studios, Joe the Peacock –largest collection of original art from the Akira animated film, Brian Steward, Gary Niles Pop Art, Krave Art, Last Gasp, Frazetta Girls, 219th Brain Surgeons, Mostly Harmless Pictures, Weekend T.A.R.D.I.S, Adam Ahlbrandt, Big World Pictures, Buurenaar Verda Clan – Mandalorian Mercs(FL), Glasshouse Graphics, Ani-Mia, Eerie Von, Leeanna Vamp, Nicole Marie Jean, Ralph Bakshi Studios.  As of 8/29/14.

     

    For exhibitor information, please contact Marc Ferman at shockpopcc@gmail.com.

     

    Tickets are on sale now.  VIP Packages coming soon.  Special room rates are available at these fine hotels:  Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach-bahiamarhotel.com, Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Hotel – fortlauderdalemarinahtel.com, Renaissance Fort Lauderdale – Marriott.com.  Ask for Shock Pop Comiccon and rates apply through December 10, 2014, or while supplies last. Connect with us:  shockpopcc.com, @shockpopcc, instagram.com/shockpopcc# and facebook.com/shockpopcc

    Shock Pop Comiccon LLC is an organization dedicated to providing a unique and thrilling experience for all fans of pop culture, especially comic books and animation.  The show will feature exhibitors, a huge artist alley, intriguing programming, special guests and tons of cosplay.  www.shockpopcc.com.

    Life of Crime Could Get You a $15 Fandango Gift Card!

    August 26, 2014 by  
    Filed under Everything Else, Movies, Top Stories

    Life of Crime

    Life of Crime, the new caper comedy from legendary author Elmore Leonard starring Jennifer Aniston, Tim Robbins, Will Forte and Isla Fisher is coming to theaters, on demand and iTunes August 29th!

    To celebrate the release, Life of Crime is supplying us with a $15 Fandango gift card to give away to one lucky reader!

    About Life Of Crime

    When a pair of low-level criminals kidnap the wife of a corrupt real-estate developer, they get both more and less than they bargained for in Life of Crime, a dark caper comedy based on legendary author Elmore Leonard’s novel The Switch. Starring Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, yasiin bey, Mark Boone Junior, Isla Fisher, Will Forte and Tim Robbins, Life of Crime is packed with the outrageously eccentric characters, black comedy and unexpected twists that earned Leonard a reputation as one of America’s sharpest and funniest crime writers.

    Mickey Dawson (Jennifer Aniston), the wife of crooked real-estate developer Frank Dawson (Tim Robbins), is kidnapped by two common criminals (yasiin bey and Jon Hawkes), who intend to hold her for a $1 million ransom and extort her husband with inside information about his illegal business dealings. But Frank, who is holed up in the Bahamas with his mistress, decides he’d rather not get his wife back, setting off a sequence of double-crosses and plot twists that could only come from the mind of master storyteller Elmore Leonard.

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    Each household is only eligible to win $15 Fandango Gift Card via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. The prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS. No P.O. Boxes please. U.S. only.

    Programming for Wizard World Chicago Comic Con 2014 Includes Bruce Campbell, David Boreanaz

    Bruce Campbell

    Press Release:

    ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy,’ David Boreanaz Q&A’s, Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival, Creator Sessions, TV & Film Screenings Headline Programming At Wizard World Chicago Comic Con

    ‘Gotham’ Screening, ‘Star Trek: TNG,’ Reunion, ‘Doctor Who,’ John Barrowman, Karl Urban, Stan Lee Sessions, Game Show, Leonard Nimoy Via Skype, Speed Dating, Film Festival Among 150+ Hours Of Panels At Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, August 21-24


    ROSEMONT, Ill., August 13, 2014
     – In its largest and most diverse programming schedule to date, Wizard World Chicago Comic Con will feature more than 150 hours of Q&A’s, movie and TV screenings, special events, creator sessions, meet and greets, parties, fan-driven panels and more over four full days at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Thursday through Sunday, August 21-24Most programming is included as part of the standard event admission.

    Sure to be among the most popular panels are the Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival (13 film screenings and several themed panels) and exclusive screening of the highly anticipated new Fox drama series “Gotham” (Sat., 1 p.m.). Q&A’s featuring Marvel’s Guardian of the Galaxy standouts Dave Bautista (Drax the Destroyer), Karen Gillan (Nebula) and Michael Rooker (Yondu) (Saturday, 5:15 p.m.), “Doctor Who” stars Matt Smith and Gillan(Sunday, 10 a.m, requires additional ticket), David Boreanaz (“Bones,” “Angel”) (Saturday, 2 p.m.), John Barrowman (“Torchwood,” “Arrow”) (Saturday, 4 p.m.), James Marsters (“Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” “Caprica”) (Friday, 1:30 p.m.), Karl Urban (“Buffy,” “Angel”) (Saturday, 11 a.m.), Stan Lee (Sunday, 11 a.m.), a Skype session with Leonard Nimoy (“Star Trek”) (Sunday, 2:30 p.m.) and other celebrities are also big fan favorites. “Bruce Campbell vs. the Audience” (Sat., 6:30 p.m.) as well as Wizard World Presents: Bruce Campbell’s Fanatic’s Face-Off, a frenetic game show (Friday, 7 p.m.) are among the offerings hosted by the inimitable star.

    Some of the other Wizard World Chicago Comic Con programming highlights include the following:

    • Star Trek: The Next Generation” Reunion Event, hosted by William Shatner and featuring series stars Sir Patrick StewartJonathan FrakesLevar Burton, Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner and Gates McFadden (“Dr. Beverly Crusher”) (Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N River Rd., Sunday, 5 p.m. requires additional ticket)

    • Arrow” stars Katie Cassidy and Michael Jai White in a discussion of all things Starling City (Sat., 5 p.m.); and “How to Survive a Killer TV Show” with Sarah Wayne Callies and Scott Wilson(Sun., noon)

    • FILM:CON Presents Special Guest Kevin Conroy, the animated voice of Batman in dozens of films and shows, includes screening of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and discussion (Saturday, 6 p.m.)

    • Individual Q&A’s with Josh Peck (Fri., 3 p.m.), J. August Richards (Fri., 4:30 p.m.), Erica Durance (Sat., noon), Jason David Frank (Sat., 3:30 p.m.), Nicole Behaire (“Sat., 4 p.m.), Peter Criss(Fri., 5 pm.), “Elvira” Cassandra Peterson (Sun., 1 p.m) and others.

    • Informative discussions with noted comics creators Marv Wolfman, Tom Richmond, Jason Yungbluth, Danny Fingeroth, Dan Mishkin, Alan J. Porter, Gillian Porter, Michael Golden, Jenn Blake, Leinil Yu, Kevin West and more

    • Screening of The Crow (Saturday, 7 p.m., preceded by 6:30 p.m. “Creating the Crow with James O’Barr”) as well as exclusive viewing of the pilot of “Scorpion” (Sat., 3 p.m.)

    • Evening Events including “Wizard World Game Night” (Thurs., 8:30 p.m., Five Roses Pub, 5509 Park Place) (21+ only); “Creator Pro Am: Drink & Draw, (Fri., 8:30 p.m., Five Roses Pub) (21+ only); Wizard World After Party (Sat., 8:30 p.m., Hyatt Regency O’Hare, 9300 Bryn Mawr) (21+ only)

    • Con Radio Live” with host Mo Lightning and Aaron Sagers, with special guest Joel Hodgson of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (Saturday, 4:30 p.m.)

    • Costume contests for adults (Saturday, 7:15 p.m.) and kids (Sunday, 2:30 p.m.), plus cosplay-themed sessions with featured cosplayer Eric “The Smoke” Moran and others

    • Wizard World Comic Con Film Festival, featuring selected shorts and music videos (Thurs., 3-8 p.m., Fri. noon-5 p.m., Sat., 10-11:30 a.m., Sun., 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)

    • Sci-Fi Speed Dating (Thurs., 5 p.m.; Fri., 2 p.m.5 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.2 p.m.4 p.m..; Sun., 11 a.m.2 p.m.), 90-minute sessions

    • Meet-and-greets with Jason David Frank (Fri., 11:30 a.m.; Sat., 9:30 a.m.; Sun., 10:30 a.m.) (paid events) and Joel Hodgson (Sat., 3 p.m.)

    • Kids Day (Sunday), with an array of kids and family activities designed just for the younger set, highlighted by the Half-Hour Of Power With The Green Power Ranger (1:45 p.m.)

    Unless noted, programming events take place in the designated General Programming Rooms at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. VIP tickets or additional costs may apply to ensure access to select activities, as noted. (*Note: Frank and Hodgson Meet & Greets, “Doctor Who” panel with Smith and Gillan, “Star Trek: TNG” Reunion require separate respective tickets.)

    A full list of Wizard World Chicago Comic Con programming is available at http://www.wizardworld.com/programming-ch.html (subjects, guests, times and rooms subject to change).

    Wizard World Chicago is the 10th of 16 events scheduled in the 2014 series produced by Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) and will also feature a top-drawer collection of well-known comics artists and writers and a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions. For more on the event, visit http://www.wizd.me/ChicagoPR.

    About Wizard World:

    Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD) produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests.

    The full event schedule can be found at http://www.wizd.me/PR.

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