Patrick Stewart, Stan Lee, Eliza Dushku, Michael Madsen, and CM Punk Lead Guest List for Wizard World New Orleans 2012
Patrick Stewart, Stan Lee, Eliza Dushku, Michael Madsen, WWE® Superstar CM Punk® Lead Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con Celebrity Roster, Nov. 30 – Dec. 2
Also To Feature Dean Cain, Michael Rooker, Jon Bernthal, Superstar Artists Greg Capullo, Neal Adams, Many Others At New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
NEW YORK and NEW ORLEANS, September 18, 2012 – “Star Trek: The Next Generation” actor Sir Patrick Stewart, comics legend Stan Lee, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” star Eliza Dushku, Reservoir Dogs headliner Michael Madsen and WWE® Superstar CM Punk® top the standout lineup of celebrities scheduled to attend Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, Nov. 30 – Dec. 2, 2012, at New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. They will be joined by an All-Star collection of well-known artists and a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions in the final event on Wizard World’s 2012 calendar.
Stewart and Lee will appear on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-2, while Dushku and Punk are scheduled to attend on Saturday and Madsen all three days.
Other headliners on the Wizard World New Orleans roster include Dean Cain (“Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” “90210”), Michael Rooker (“The Walking Dead,” Henry), Jon Bernthal (“The Walking Dead,” Night at the Museum), Kevin Sorbo (“Hercules, The Legendary Journeys,” “Andromeda”) and the Boondock Saints trio of Norman Reedus, Sean Patrick Flanery and David Della Rocco.
The lineup of superstar comic creators in New Orleans is also impressive, with Eisner Award Hall of Famer Neal Adams (“Batman,” “Green Lantern”), Eisner nominees J.G. Jones (“Final Crisis,” “Wanted”), Ethan Van Sciver (“Firestorm,” “Green Lantern”) and Ron Garney (“Captain America,” “Wolverine”), Phil Jimenez (“Spider-Man,” “X-Men”) and Michael Golden (“Hulk,” “Daredevil”) leading the way.
Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, produced by Wizard World, Inc. (WIZD.PK), will bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Admission is free for kids 10 and under, and Sunday, December 2, is “Kids Day,” an array of programming specially designed for children.
For more on the 2012 Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/
About Wizard World:
Wizard World 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 www.wizardworld.com.
***** SAVE THE 2012-13 DATES *****
September 28-30, 2012 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
October 26-28, 2012 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con
November 30 – December 2, 2012 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con
February 22-24, 2013 – Wizard World Portland Comic Con
May 30 – June 2, 2013 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con
August 8-11, 2013 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con
MechaCon returns to New Orleans, La. in September!
Louisiana’s Largest & Longest-running Fandom Event
NEW ORLEANS – After seven successful annual conventions since 2005, MechaCon returns to the Hilton New Orleans Riverside on the weekend of September 7-9, 2012 with an all-new event dubbed MechaCon VIII.
Centrally located along the I-10 corridor between San Antonio, Texas and Jacksonville, Florida, New Orleans will again serve as the host city for MechaCon. Being a convention held in the “Crescent City,” MechaCon is easily accessible for fans from not only Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi and Alabama, but also for fans from the entire southeastern United States region, ranging from the Carolinas to Oklahoma.
Confirmed attendees at previous MechaCons included fans from all over North America, including areas as far away as Mexico, Canada, Washington state, California, New York and more, making MechaCon a well-attended event from all fronts.
MechaCon presents a broad range of entertainment in their 2012 schedule. The event proudly offers a variety of electronic gaming opportunities in their 24-hour Electronic Gaming Room ranging from MechCorps’ Battletech simulator pods to Zero Limits Arcade’s cabinet games to Supercon 2K Series’ console gaming and tournaments. MechaCon is also excited to welcome back New Orleans’ own +1 Gaming to their table-top gaming lineup. Looking for something a little more physically involved? Sleeping Samurai returns with 24-hour interactive foam-based combat entertainment. In addition, MechaCon also offers a variety of events including their Formal/Semi-formal Opening Ceremonies Dinner, MechaCon’s Red Carpet Affair ball, the annual Cosplay Competition, musical concert, MechaCon House Party, Cosplay Chess and the annual Charity Auction benefitting the NOLA Japan Quake Fund. For the merchandise and artistic-minded, MechaCon offers a large Dealer’s Room, where attendees can pu rchase a variety of fandom-related merchandise, and a sizeable Artists Alley, where artisans present their work to attendees for purchase and fan groups share the latest and greatest from their respective fandoms.
Also slated for the 2012 convention is an impressive lineup of voice and entertainment industry guests including Richard Epcar, Todd Haberkorn, Samantha Inoue-Harte, Jonathan Klein, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Vic Mignogna, Daran Norris, Wendy Powell & Ellyn Stern. MechaCon will also be a return stop on Harmony Gold’s Robotech Convention Tour 2012, where MechaCon welcomes Robotech back for the latest news on the ongoing domestic anime phenomenon.
MechaCon is also proud to present Jason David Frank, best known for his role as Tommy Oliver in the long-running TV show POWER RANGERS, as a featured guest. Jason morphed into a series of different rangers over the years: Mighty Morphin’ Green and White, Red Zeo, Red Turbo, and then returned in 2004 as the Black Dino Thunder Ranger. All in all, ‘Tommy’ appeared in more episodes than any other character, 225 in total, and appeared in both full-length movies, MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS: THE MOVIE (1995) and TURBO: A POWER RANGERS MOVIE (1997).
For more on MechaCon VIII, including specific event and charity auction information, please visit www.mechacon.com. Pre-registration ends on August 1, 2012
MechaCon™ is an anime & fandom convention created and organized under Sennin Productions, LLC™ . Sennin Productions, LLC™ has been an established company since October 2004.
A reporter from WGNO talks to Lou Ferrigno and more at the Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con.
William Shatner, Stan Lee, Adam Baldwin, Mary McDonnell, James Marsters, Michael Biehn, WWE® Diva Kelly Kelly™ Among Headliners At 2012 Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, January 28-29 At Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Superstar Artists George Perez, Greg Horn, Jesus Merino, Tyler Kirkham, Arthur Suydam And Many Others Scheduled To Appear
North America’s largest pop-culture tour opens the 2012 season as Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, a huge success in its inaugural event last year, returns to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, January 28-29, with standout guests William Shatner, Stan Lee, Adam Baldwin, Mary McDonnell, James Marsters, Michael Biehn and WWE® Diva Kelly Kelly™ headlining the list of celebrity attendees. The event, produced by Wizard World, Inc. (WIZD.PK) will bring together thousands of fans of all ages and dozens of celebrities and industry professionals to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.
Baldwin (FULL METAL JACKET, “Serenity”), Marsters (“Buffy: The Vampire Slayer,” “Caprica”), and Biehn (THE TERMINATOR, THE ABYSS) will attend both days, while Shatner (“Star Trek,” “Boston Legal”), Lee (“Spider-Man,” “X-Men” co-creator), Academy Award Nominee and Emmy Award Nominee McDonnell (“Battlestar Galactica,” DANCES WITH WOLVES), Kelly and Ryder are currently scheduled to appear on Saturday.
“Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con was a huge first event for us in 2011, and we have even more in store for this year,” said John Macaluso, Wizard World Board of Directors. “TV and movie stars like William Shatner, Adam Baldwin, Mary McConnell and James Marsters, a comics icon like Stan Lee, two WWE stars and many superstar creators make it a pop culture extravaganza, and a great way to kick off the 2012 Tour.”
The lineup of superstar artists at Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con is also impressive, including George Pérez (“Superman,” “JSA”), Jesus Merino (“Avengers Forever,” “Superman/Batman”), Félix Ruiz (“Halo: Fall Of Reach – Boot Camp,” “Marvel Zombies 5), Tyler Kirkham (“Green Lantern: New Guardians,” “Amazing Spider-Man”), Barry Kitson (“Uncanny X-Force,” “Spider-Man”), Greg Horn (“Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark,” “X-Force”), Bernie Wrightson (“Batman,” “House of Mystery”), Norm Breyfogle (“Batman Beyond, “Life with Archie”) and Arthur Suydam (“Marvel Zombies,” “Army of Darkness”) and dozens of others.
Other popular celebrity guests scheduled to be on hand in New Orleans include Paul McGillion (“Stargate: Atlantis,” “Star Trek”), Norman Reedus (“The Walking Dead,” BOONDOCK SAINTS I & II), Sean Patrick Flanery (BOONDOCK SAINTS I & II, SAW 3D), Diora Baird (TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE BEGINNING, WEDDING CRASHERS), Jennifer Blanc (“Dark Angel,” “Party of Five”), Doug Jones (FANTASTIC FOUR, HELLBOY), Peter Mayhew (STAR WARS), Lou Ferrigno (“The Incredible Hulk”) and Chandler Riggs (“The Walking Dead”).
Join tens of thousands of fellow fans as they converge on the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center at New Orleans Comic Con to celebrate the best in pop culture. New Orleans Comic Con brings it all – Movies, Comics, Toys, Video Gaming, Games, TV, Graphic Novels, Horror, Wrestling, MMA, Original Art, Collectibles, Anime, Manga & More! This is Louisiana’s best new Comic Con! New Orleans Comic Con is brought to you by the group who produces the most widely attended Comic Con tour!
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Big Easy Beam: William Shatner To Attend 2012 Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con
Iconic Star of “Star Trek,” “T.J. Hooker,” “Boston Legal” To Appear Saturday, January 28 At Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
NEW YORK and NEW ORLEANS, December 5, 2011 – William Shatner, who has starred in popular television series and movies for more than five decades, will attend 2012 Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, it was announced today. Shatner, whose most well-known credits include lead roles in “Star Trek,” “T.J. Hooker” and “Boston Legal,” will appear on Saturday, January 28, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
Instantly recognizable to several generations of cult TV fans as the square-jawed Capt. James T. Kirk, commander of the starship USS Enterprise, Shatner went on to star in several feature films in the “Star Trek” franchise’s revival in the 1980′s. He also won two Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award for his portrayal of attorney Denny Crane in the television dramas “The Practice” and its spin-off “Boston Legal,” and currently hosts the edgy, off-beat Biography channel original talk show “Shatner’s Raw Nerve.”
“William Shatner is a television and movie icon to the highest degree,” said John Macaluso, Wizard World Board of Directors. “He has entertained millions of fans over the last half-century, and Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con attendees are ecstatic to have the chance to meet him in person.”
Shatner joins a list of standout guests that includes Adam Baldwin, Mary McDonnell, James Marsters, Michael Biehn, WWE® Diva Kelly Kelly™ and WWE® Superstar Zack Ryder™. The event, produced by Wizard World, Inc. (WIZD.PK) will bring together thousands of fans of all ages and dozens of celebrities and industry professionals to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.
The roster of top artists at Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con is also impressive, including Carlos Pacheco (“X-Men,” “Green Lantern”), George Pérez (“Superman,” “JSA”), Jesus Merino (“Superman,” “Superman/Batman”), Félix Ruiz (“Halo: Fall Of Reach – Boot Camp,” “Marvel Zombies 5), Tyler Kirkham (“Green Lantern: New Guardians,” “Amazing Spider-Man”), Barry Kitson(“Uncanny X-Force,” “Spider-Man”), Greg Horn (“Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark,” “X-Force”), Bernie Wrightson (“Batman,” “House of Mystery”), Norm Breyfogle (“Batman Beyond, “Life with Archie”), Arthur Suydam (“Marvel Zombies,” “Army of Darkness”) and dozens of others.
Children and adult attendees are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite villain, superhero or pop culture personality for the chance to win special prizes in costume contests. Event-goers may also try their hand interactive product exhibits and shop for collectible comics, movie and television memorabilia, toys and games at scores of dealer booths.
New Orleans Comic Con is the first stop on Wizard World’s 2012 North American tour. Hours are Saturday, January 28, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, January 29, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tickets are available in advance online at http://www.
About Wizard World:
Wizard World 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. Wizard World also produces Wizard World Digital, an online publication covering new and upcoming products and talents in the pop culture world, and is distributed on a weekly basis to online and iPad users worldwide.
The full event schedule can be found at www.wizardworld.com.
***** SAVE THE 2012 DATES *****
January 28-29 – New Orleans Comic Con
April 14-15 – Toronto Comic Con
June 1-3 – Philadelphia Comic Con
August 9-12 – Chicago Comic Con
September 29-30 – Mid-Ohio Comic Con
TBD, 2012 – Big Apple Comic Con
TBD, 2012 – Austin Comic Con
NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal signs at Barnes & Noble on Friday December 2, 2011 at 7:00 PM.
Barnes & Noble – Perkins Rowe
7707 Bluebonnet Blvd #100, Baton Rouge, LA 70810
July 20, 2011 by Brian Pate
Filed under Arizona, California, Comic Books, Comic-Con International, Convention News, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Television, Tennessee, Texas, Top Stories
FOX INVITES FANS TO EXPERIENCE THE WORLD OF “TERRA NOVA”
“JOURNEY TO TERRA NOVA” INTERACTIVE FAN EXPERIENCE KICKS OFF THURSDAY, JULY 21, AT SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON AND TRAVELS TO 20 ADDITIONAL MARKETS AROUND THE U.S.
ENTER FOR CHANCE TO WIN A TRIP TO AUSTRALIA DURING THE EXPERIENCE OR AT FOX.COM/TERRANOVA/SWEEPSTAKES
“Countdown to TERRA NOVA” Facebook App Launches Friday, July 22
TERRA NOVA Premieres Monday, September 26, on FOX
In celebration of the highly anticipated series premiere of TERRA NOVA, FOX invites fans to embark on a dino-sized interactive adventure. The “Journey to TERRA NOVA” fan experience kicks off Thursday, July 21, at the Comic-Con Interactive Lot at Petco Park in San Diego, CA, and will travel to 20 additional markets around the U.S. this summer and early fall.
This branded, solar-powered bus will house an interactive video green screen, where fans can digitally insert themselves into a scene from the series and then share it with friends via social media outlets by visiting www.journeytoterranova.com. Visitors to the mobile experience can watch an exclusive sneak peek of the show, relax while enjoying a futuristic oxygen bar and receive limited edition TERRA NOVA mini-posters.
Fans can also collect exclusive TERRA NOVA Pilgrimage Badges. These limited-edition badges are available at San Diego Comic-Con and throughout the duration of the tour. Fans can also join in on the fun by checking in to TERRA NOVA via GetGlue to unlock these Pilgrimage Stickers. (Be sure to include #terranova when checking in.) Different stickers will be available each day Thursday through Sunday, and additional badges and stickers will be available throughout the tour this summer and fall.
Visitors to the bus, as well as to www.fox.com/terranova/sweepstakes, who are 18 years of age and over, can enter for a chance to win a trip to Australia, where TERRA NOVA is filmed, as part of National Geographic Channel’s “An Expedition to Another World.” The winner of this 10-day high-adventure trip Down Under could snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef, visit historical Aboriginal sites, go whitewater rafting down the Barron River and hike in Kakadu National Park, among other adventures. No purchase necessary. For eligibility requirements, complete rules and more information, visit www.fox.com/terranova/sweepstakes.
Starting this Friday, fans can visit www.facebook.com/TerraNovaonFOX to interact with the “Countdown to TERRA NOVA” Facebook app. This unique countdown experience will feature more than 60 new pieces of original scripted content, one released every day until the series premiere on Monday, Sept. 26. Content includes video newscasts, government propaganda pieces and public service announcements from 2149, as well as prequel video interviews with the Shannon family before they journey across time.
Following Comic-Con, the “Journey to TERRA NOVA” mobile experience will depart on a two-month tour across the continental U.S., stopping at the following markets (specific locations to be announced):
San Diego, CA Thursday, July 21 – Sunday, July 24
Las Vegas, NV Tuesday, July 26
San Francisco, CA Wednesday, Aug. 3
Los Angeles, CA Friday, Aug. 5 – Wednesday, Aug. 10
Phoenix, AZ Friday, Aug. 12
Dallas, TX Tuesday, Aug. 16 – Wednesday, Aug. 17
Houston, TX Thursday, Aug. 18
New Orleans, LA Saturday, Aug. 20
Chicago, IL Wednesday, Aug. 24
St. Louis, MO Friday, Aug. 26
Nashville, TN Sunday, Aug. 28
Orlando, FL Thursday, Sept. 1
Atlanta, GA Monday, Sept. 5
Charlotte, NC Thursday, Sept. 8
Cincinnati, OH Monday, Sept. 12
Pittsburgh, PA Wednesday, Sept. 14
Washington, D.C. Saturday, Sept. 17
Baltimore, MD Sunday, Sept. 18
Boston, MA Wednesday, Sept. 21
Philadelphia, PA Friday, Sept. 23
New York, NY Saturday, Sept. 24 – Monday, Sept. 26
Travel back in time for the special two-hour debut event of TERRA NOVA on Monday, Sept. 26 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), and catch the series’ time period premiere Monday, Oct. 3 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. The ambitious series follows the Shannons, an ordinary family on an extraordinary journey back in time to prehistoric Earth as a small part of a daring experiment to save the human race. Become a fan of TERRA NOVA on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/terranovaonfox and follow the series on Twitter at @terranovaonfox.
TERRA NOVA is produced by 20th Century Fox Television, Chernin Entertainment, DreamWorks Television and Kapital Entertainment. Peter Chernin, Steven Spielberg, René Echevarria, Brannon Braga, Aaron Kaplan, Katherine Pope, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Jon Cassar, Craig Silverstein and Kelly Marcel serve as executive producers. Alex Graves serves as executive producer and directed the series premiere.
Rick Riordan signs on Friday June 24, 2011 at 6:00 PM. In the second installment of ‘The Kane Chronicles,’ Carter and Sadie embark on a worldwide search for the Book of Ra, but the House of Life and gods of chaos are determined to stop them.
Maximum of two signed books per person. Signed books can include any Rick Riordan title. Photography will be allowed, however posed photography with Mr. Riordan is prohibited. A parent or guardian must accompany all minors at the event.
Barnes & Noble – Metairie
3721 Veterans Boulevard, Metairie, LA 70002
February 9, 2011 by Brian Pate
Filed under Anime, Collectibles, Comic Books, Convention News, Gaming, Horror, Illinois, Louisiana, New York, Pennsylvania, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Texas, Top Stories
Wizard World owner Gareb Shamus has started making the interview rounds and is discussing expansion plans for the future of the Wizard World Comic Con conventions.
First up, he told MTV Geek:
Geek: What is the future of Wizard World conventions, and will you continue to expand in that arena?
GS: Absolutely, when you look at the direction that we’ve headed in, the convention business has been greatly expanding for us. It’s an incredibly exciting business for us, because there’s nothing like seeing your fans right in front of you. And when you talk about people liking us or not liking us or wanting to be involved with us, there’s no greater vehicle and opportunity than people coming out to see you. And therein lies the true essence of what we do. When you look at these shows, people are leaving their homes and paying money to see us and spend time to have fun with their friends – and what’s more compelling than that, than consumers voting with their dollars in regards to our products? And they’re voting in record numbers, and they love what we’re doing. We just had a show in New Orleans that was an incredible success. People showed up, and the community got behind it; we had over a hundred artists and writers in our artist alley, and the show worked out great for them. Our Austin show was very well-received, and Chicago was off the charts; people came out of the woodwork for that one. Philly: lines were stretched around the block.
Speaking with ICv2, he adds:
You’ve talked about targeting specific markets. Is that the primary criteria that you set for deciding what shows to acquire or are you also trying to acquire specific kinds of shows to build on?
We want to be everywhere. When we start with the premise that we want to be everywhere and then we have certain priority cities that we want to target, there’s a lot of different factors that go into it. Not only are they cities that we want to go into but, we want to be able to get the right date, the right place, at the right time of year that fits in with our calendar, that coordinates with the other events that are going out there, so there’s a lot of factors that go into being able to set up an event. It’s not a small undertaking regardless of the size of the show. It does require a lot of the same work in renting facilities, getting guests, getting talent, coordinating dealers and exhibitors, and being able to sell it, and being able to market to consumers. People have to come from one side of the country to the next, so there’s a lot of details involved in putting events together. Even though from somebody just showing up and having a great time, it looks and feels like a very seamless event, when they come to Wizard World events, but the reality is that there’s a lot of work that goes behind that and it’s important to make sure that you’re not just coordinating one event, you’re coordinating a lot of events all throughout the year all the time.
We have thirteen conventions scheduled for the 2011 tour and plan to add at least five more conventions to the 2011 tour. We project that we will produce twenty five conventions in 2012. Our Comic Cons provide sales, marketing, promotions, public relations, advertising and sponsorships for entertainment companies, toy companies, gaming companies, publishing companies, marketers, corporate sponsors and retailers. The demand for our Comic Cons results in our production of multiple conventions in certain cities such as New York City in one year.
Clearly, there is much more to come.
February 4, 2011 by Colin Solan
Filed under Animation, California, Colorado, Comic Books, District of Columbia, Georgia, Horror, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Movies, New York, Ohio, Signing and Appearance Profiles, Television, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin
Director Kevin Smith brings his new horror movie on a special advance screening tour before the official release date on October 19, 2011. Each show will include a Q&A with Smith and special appearances by stars like Michael Parks are scheduled at stops along the way. Who knows what other surprises might be coming to your hometown??