Wizard World Welcomes Fan Groups to Philadelphia Comic Con 2013

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Fan-Demonium! ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Star Trek,’ ‘Firefly/Serenity,’ Cosplay Groups At Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con, May 30 – June 2

‘Ghostbusters,’ LEGO Enthusiasts Also Add To The Festivites At Pennsylvania Convention Center

Wizard fan groupsNEW YORK and PHILADELPHIA, April 23, 2013 –  Wizard World shows are all about the fan experience.  Attendees needn’t be shocked if they run into scores of Wookiees, Captain Kirks, Kaylee Fryes or any other costumed characters, as enthusiasts of Star Wars, “Star Trek,” “Firefly”/Serenity and other cosplay groups are among the more than a dozen fan communities that will be roaming the floor at Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con, May 30 – June 2 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Organizations representing fans of the Ghostbusters franchise and LEGO will also attend, along with noted cosplayers like Eric “The Smoke” Moran, Ivy Doomkitty, David Santiago and many others.  The Wizard World Cosplay Stage will be the focal point for members of these groups and thousands of other fans who will get their cosplay on over the four days.  Flashes will be popping, with fans of all ages and costumes of all types strutting their stuff.

Some of the highlight groups setting up at the event include:

  • 501st Garrison Carida, a Pennsylvania, Delaware, and West Virginia based Star Wars costuming group that is part of the world’s definitive Imperial costuming organization.
  • Alliance Live Action Role Playing, dedicated to recreating the Days of Legend as we would like them to be. Around since 1989, Alliance LARP is one of the largest live action fantasy medieval games with over a dozen active chapters in the United States and Canada.
  • DelVaLUG, the Delaware Valley LEGO Users Group, consisting of Adult Fans of LEGO® (AFOLs) dedicated to the infinite imaginative possibilities of the iconic interlocking plastic building brick.
  • Imperial Klingon Forces NasToj, the world’s leading resource for Klingon costuming and culture. Through its website and Facebook page, the Imperial Klingon Forces (IKF) foster a community of Warriors to portray the Klingon lifestyle.
  • Mav Oya’la Clan of the Mandalorian Mercs, whose goal is to provide a nexus for Mandalorian costumers, giving them a collective identity and representation within the Star Wars costuming community.
  • NY Jedi, a community of sci-fi fans, actors, martial artists, costumers and performers who share a particular passion for Saber fight choreography.
  • NYC Cosplayer Network, a multi-genre cosplay group, where many design and create their own costumes and props. The group conducts workshops on costuming, makes convention appearances, volunteers, hosts costumed themed affairs and more.
  • Pennsylvania Browncoats, a group of several hundred “Firefly”/Serenity fans located in or near Pennslvania, which organizes social events like camping and TV nights, as well as “Can’t Stop the Serenity (CSTS),” a screening of Serenity to raise money for charity.
  • Pennsylvania Star Wars Collecting Society, whose goals are to enhance the collecting experience of members, share information to become better collectors, create a network for valuable items, interact and socialize in appreciation of Star Wars collectibles and culture.
  • Philadelphia Ghostbusters, a local Ghostbusters franchise that helps to raise money for various charities and makes special appearances at events.  Who ya’ gonna call?
  • Saber Guild, a voluntary non-profit costumed performance group of Star Wars enthusiasts, appearing in various events as a way of helping non-profit organizations and spread the joy of Star Wars to others.
  • “Star Wars: In Character,” a podcast that takes a closer look at some of the more obscure characters in the Star Wars universe. Backstories, histories, and details fans never knew, wanted to know, or ever needed to know about some of the saga’s most overlooked characters.
  • Take Back the Sky, a public outreach initiative to educate science fiction fans and other passionate, naturally curious people about the issues impacting manned spaceflight.
  • U.S.S. Iwo Jima, an independent science fiction fan group based on a Star Trek theme, located in the Greater New York City Area which includes the five boroughs, Northern New Jersey, lower Westchester, southern Rockland and lower Fairfield counties.
  • U.S.S. Moebius, NCC 4744393, a chapter of STARFLEET, International, representing a fictional Starfleet vessel, specifically a Wells Class Timeship, in the Star Trek universe. Its members assume the role of various personnel serving as crew aboard the starship.
  • U.S.S. Navras, a correspondence chapter of STARFLEET, The International Star Trek Fan Association, Inc., meaning that men, women, and children from all over the world can actively join and participate in what the organization has to offer.
  • U.S.S. Sovereign, NCC-75000, the local ship chapter affiliated with Star Fleet International in Philly for 23 years. A Star Trek club which costumes and celebrate many scifi genres, Trek being the favorite. USS Sovereign also raises funds for various charities.
  • Cosplayers including Eric “The Smoke” Moran, Ivy Doomkitty, David Santiago, AllieCat Cosplay, Soni Aralynn, Brian Gregory, Brin Londo, Ruby Rinekso, Brian A. Terranova and Michael “Knightmage” Wilson.

“Castle” star Nathan Fillion, fellow “Serenity” and Firefly headliner Summer Glau, Eisner Award Hall of Famer Stan Lee and WWE® Superstars John Cena® and Daniel Bryan® are at the top of a standout roster of celebrity guests scheduled to appear at the event.  It is the third in the 2013 series produced by Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) and will also feature a top-drawer collection of well-known artists and writers and a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions.

Superstar comics creators scheduled to attend include Bryan Hitch (“America’s Got Powers,” “Wolverine”), Salvador Larroca (“Avengers vs. X-Men,” “Captain America”), Leinil Yu(“Hulk,” “Fantastic Four”), Howard Chaykin (“New Avengers,” “Iron Man”) and Barry Kitson (“Thor,” “Spider-Man”).

Wizard World Comic Con events 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.  Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con show hours are Thursday, May 30, 3-8 p.m.; Friday, May 31, noon – 7 p.m.; Saturday, June 1, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday, June 2, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For more on the 2013 Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/home-pa.html.

About Wizard World:
Wizard World, Inc. (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 www.wizardworld.com.

***** SAVE THE 2013-14 DATES *****
May 30 – June 2 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con
June 28-30 – Wizard World New York City Experience
August 8-11 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con
September 20-22 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
October 18-20 – Wizard World Nashville Comic Con
November 22-24 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con
January 24-26, 2014 – Wizard World Portland Comic Con
February 7-9, 2014 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con
April 4-6, 2014 – Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con

LA – Free Comic Book Day 2013

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Meet comic book creators Jason Pearson, Vernon Smith, Tim Lattie, Robby Musso, and more on Saturday May 4, 2013 for Free Comic Book Day!! Take pictures with Star Wars characters from the 501st and Rebel Legion!

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Media Underground Comics
4953 West Napoleon, Metairie, LA 70001

Boston Comic Con 2013 Schedule

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Boston Comic Con has announced their schedule for the 2013 convention! This year’s show includes gaming, trivia contests, cosplay tutorials, concerts, and of course Q&A panels with some of the most talented comic creators in the industry plus media guests Jason David Frank (Power Rangers) and The Walking Dead’s Lauren Cohan! Panels are free with paid admission. Get tickets either at the door or online at the link!

SATURDAY APRIL 20TH

Main Lobby Panel Room

All Age Comics
12:00pm-12:45pm
Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb, Andy Price

Power Ranger Q&A
1:00pm–1:45pm
Jason David Frank

How To Draw Like A Bad Ass
2:00pm–2:45pm
Frank Cho

DC Artists
3:00pm-3:45pm
Tony Daniel, Tom Raney, Aaron Lopresti

Marvel Artists
4:00pm-4:45pm
Carlos Pacheco, Mark Bagley, Mike Choi, Nick Bradshaw, Lauren Sankovitch

Writing Comics
5:00pm-5:45pm
Bill Willingham, Steve Niles, Tim Seeley

Female Creators
6:00pm-6:45pm
Amy Reeder, Colleen Doran, Ming Doyle, Lauren Sankovitch

 

Panel Room 109

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
12:00pm-12:45pm
Trivia game about comics, sci-fi, TV, movies, etc.

Comics and Comics
2:00pm–2:45pm
Popular stand up comedy team showcases their Geek based humor

Nashville Superman
3:00pm–3:45pm
Country music singer, Allen Shervelle, sings songs about Superman

Panel Room 109

Meet The Legions
4:00pm-4:45pm
Star Wars 501st cosplay organization

Anime Trivia
5:00pm-5:45pm
Hosted by Isis Kain, The Anime Trivia Mistress

 

Panel Room 110

How to Create Suspense in Comics
12:00pm-12:45pm
Hosted by Neil Gibson, creator of the best selling UK based comic series Twisted Dark

So You Want to Be a Comic Book Artist
1:00pm–1:45pm
Former Dark Horse Comics editor, Phil Amara, as well as creators Jack Purcell, Erik Carlson, and more

Stop Waiting and Make Your Comic!
2:00pm–2:45pm
How to turn your ideas into reality with George Homeless

How to Pitch Your Comic to Publishers
3:00pm–3:45pm
Hosted by Anthony Del Col, co-creator of Kill Shakespeare

Star Wars Origami
4:00pm-4:45pm
Learn how to make Star Wars origami

Sell Your Comic To UnCreate Comics
5:00pm-5:45pm
Sell your comic to on-line publisher UnCreate Comics

Yaya Han: Costumes & Cosplay
6:00pm-6:45pm
Yaya shows you how to take cosplay to a whole new level

 

SUNDAY APRIL 21ST 

Main Lobby Panel Room

Kicking Monkeys
11:00am-11:45am
Bill Willingham and Frank Cho unveil their new project

Spotlight: Mike Mignola
12:00pm–12:45pm
Hellboy creator Mike Mignola

Spotlight: Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti
1:00pm–1:45pm
DC artists and writer Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti

Costume Contest
2:00pm-3:45pm
Hosted by cosplay favorite Yaya Han

Walking Dead Q&A
4:00pm-5:00pm
Lauren Cohan

**UPDATE: Jon Bernthal has cancelled his appearance at Boston Comic Con**

Panel Room 109

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
12:00pm-12:45pm
Trivia game about comics, sci-fi, TV, movies, etc.

Comics and Comics
2:00pm–2:45pm
Popular stand up comedy team showcases their Geek based humor

Nashville Superman
3:00pm–3:45pm
Country music singer, Allen Shervelle, sings songs about Superman

Meet The Legions
4:00pm-4:45pm
Star Wars 501st cosplay organization

Panel Room 110

Comic Art Auction
1:00pm-3:00pm

 

2013 GAMING SCHEDULE

Magic: the Gathering
Star City Games Invitational Qualifier

  • Date: Saturday April 20, 11am
  • Registration: April 20, 10am-11am
  • Entry: $25
  • Prize: Based on attendance

Magic: the Gathering
Gatecrash Sealed Deck Tournament

  • Date: Sunday April 21, 11am
  • Registration: April 21, 10am-11am
  • Entry: $25
  • Prize: Based on attendance

Magic: the Gathering
8-Player Side Events: Booster Draft

  • Date: Saturday & Sunday April 20 & 21, as filled
  • Entry: $15
  • Format: 8-player, single elimination
  • Prizes: 8-4 pack prizes

Magic: the Gathering
8-Player Side Events: Win-a-box

  • Date: Saturday & Sunday April 20 & 21, as filled
  • Entry: $15
  • Format: 8-player, single elimination
  • Prize: Booster box for winner

Magic: the Gathering
8-Player Side Events: Standard and Modern

  • Date: Saturday & Sunday April 20 & 21, as filled
  • Entry: $15
  • Format: 8-player, single elimination
  • Prize: TBD

Magic: the Gathering
4-Player Commander

  • Date: Saturday & Sunday April 21 & 22, as filled
  • Entry: $5
  • Prize: 2 booster packs each time you eliminate another player

Yu-Gi-Oh
16 Man Booster Box

  • Hours, Saturday April 21: 11am, 2pm, 5pm
  • Hours, Sunday April 22: 11am, 2pm
  • Entry: $5

CA – 501st Legion Induction

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Kevin Shinick, creator and main voice talent for MAD, the hit Warner Bros. comedy series airing on Cartoon Network, will be inducted into the legendary 501st Legion on Wednesday, February 27, at Meltdown Comics at 7:00 PM. Shinick earned an Emmy® Award and three Annie Awards for his work as a  writer/producer and voice talent on ROBOT CHICKEN, including a third this month for 2012′s ROBOT CHICKEN: DC COMICS SPECIAL.  Shinick has written comics for both Marvel and DC, and is also an actor with recent appearances on GRIMM and David E. Kelley’s MONDAY MORNINGS.  Shinick will be inducted into the legendary 501st Legion for his work on the ROBOT CHICKEN: STAR WARS specials and for his numerous MAD: STAR WARS parodies, including STAR WARS EARNED STRIPES, the reality series spoof that’s part of MAD’s upcoming season three finale airing Monday, March 4th at 8 pm on Cartoon Network. The Legion seeks to promote interest in STAR WARS through the building and wearing of quality costumes, and to facilitate the use of these costumes for STAR WARS-related events as well as contributions to the local community through costumed charity and volunteer work. Meltdown Comics is located at 7522 Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90046,(323) 851-7223.

Shinick proudly proclaims, “My happy place was definitely sitting in my room with a pile of comic books or in a darkened movie theatre watching films like STAR WARS,” and his early ambition led him to become a talented actor, writer/producer and showrunner who also creates his own projects and writes comic books. He starred in a slew of Broadway shows (thanks to his mentor, the late Tony Randall). He wrote the first SPIDER-MAN stage production that was a hit at Radio City Music Hall and subsequent sold-out 40-city tour. In 2012, he was Emmy ®-nominated in the same category he’d previously won but this time, for his own show, MAD. Shinick competed against himself at this month’s Annie Awards for both MAD and the RCDC, winning for the latter. Last fall, Shinick penned a two-issue arc of Avenging Spider-Man for Marvel comics. His humorous spin on the super hero featured Deadpool and the Hypno Hustler was a hit with both critics and fans. Shinick also spent two season as the host of PBS’ Emmy-winning series, WHERE IN TIME IS CARMEN SAN DIEGO?, a time traveling sci-fi quiz show that landed Shinick in teen magazines, onto trading cards and into his own action figure.

Now, the legendary 501st Legion inducts Shinick into their ranks. According to the 501st, “In appreciation of your contributions to the STAR WARS legacy, Kevin Shinick is welcomed as a honorary friend of 501st Legion fan organization. The Legion is an all-volunteer organization formed for the express purpose of bringing together costume enthusiasts under a collective identity within which to operate.

About the 501st Legion
The 501st Legion began in 1997 as a simple fan website called Detention Block 2551. Today, the term “501st” yields nearly one million results in a Google search. Among the 501st’s most notable events are annual appearances at Dragon*Con, San Diego Comic-Con, and Disney’s Star Wars Weekends. All 501st members operate on a volunteer basis, donating countless hours of their time to charity fundraisers throughout the world. The 501st Legion’s extensive list of Honorary Members includes the likes of Mark Hamill, James Earl Jones, Samuel L. Jackson, Seth Green and George Lucas himself. In 2002, the 501st Legion appeared on stage during a No Doubt concert as the band played their own striking rendition of the “Imperial March.” Among the biggest collectors of 501st t-shirts are Star Wars actors Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca). Every 501st member is assigned a unique Legion ID number for life. Some members even have their number tattooed to show their passion for the Legion. Although Stormtroopers make up the majority of 501st members, other acceptable costumes types include villains such as Tusken Raiders, Bounty Hunters and Sith Lords. The 501st Legion’s worldwide ranks are organized into distinct units called Garrisons, Squads, and Outposts. An independent documentary film called “Heart of an Empire” premiered in 2007 chronicling the life and times of the Fighting 501st Legion. The 501st’s ongoing charity work includes such notable beneficiaries as the Ronald McDonald House, the Special Olympics, Toys for Tots, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The 501st Legion takes great pride in making dozens of hospital visits each year to brighten the lives of sick children. In 2005, LucasArts paid tribute to the 501st Legion by making them the central characters of the video game Star Wars: Battlefront II. In October 2005, starwars.com added the 501st Legion to its growing databank of officially-recognized characters with behind-the-scenes details recognizing the original fan organization. In 2006, Toy manufacturer Hasbro immortalized the 501st in plastic by producing an exclusive 501st Legion Stormtrooper action figure whose packaging was designed around the group’s popular trading card series. As early as 1998, the 501st Legion’s ranks included several female members dispelling the notion that a Star Wars costuming club would have a predominately male base. Today’s Legion boasts a 24% female membership. In July 2007, Lucasfilm and Hasbro produced an action figure of R2-KT, a pink Imperial droid honoring the memory of Katie Johnson, daughter of Legion Founder Albin Johnson. Subsequently, $100,000 was donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation to make dreams come true for sick children. Emphasizing the fact that the 501st is a global organization, the Legion had an active member on each of the Earth’s seven continents in 2007—including a trooper stationed in Antarctica.

Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

AZ – Scoundrels Signing

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Hugo-award winner Timothy Zahn, best known for his New York Times bestselling Star Wars novels, visits Changing Hands Bookstore on Sunday January 13th from noon till 2:00 pm with Scoundrels, his new novel set in the Star Wars universe. Members of the 501st Legion: Dune Sea Garrison also attend in full Stormtrooper uniform!

Han Solo should be basking in his moment of glory after having just played a key role in the daring raid that destroyed the Death Star and landed the first serious blow to the Empire in its war against the Rebel Alliance. But there’s a bounty on his head—and if he can’t cough up the credits, he’ll surely pay with his hide. The only thing that can save him is a king’s ransom. Or maybe a gangster’s fortune? That’s what a mysterious stranger is offering in exchange for Han’s less-than-legal help with a riskier-than-usual caper. So Han assembles a gallery of rouges—including his indispensable sidekick Chewbacca and the cunning Lando Calrissian. But will their crime really pay, or will it cost them the ultimate price?

EVENT DETAILS

Event ticket (admits two) is free when you purchase Scoundrels from Changing Hands Bookstore.

Letter groups (printed on top of ticket) will be called at 11am to fill seats and designated standing room.

If available, seating and standing room opens to those without tickets at 11:45am.

Space cannot be guaranteed for late arrivals.

Booksigning line forms by assigned letter group after the presentation. Those without tickets may get their books signed after ticket-holders, if time allows.

Event details may be subject to unannounced changes.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
TIMOTHY ZAHN is the author of more than forty science fiction novels. He has also written many short stories, as well as Cascade Point, which won the Hugo Award for best novella. His other works include the Dragonback series, of which Dragon and Thief was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and the New York Times bestselling Star Wars novel, Heir to the Empire. Zahn lives in Oregon.

THE DUNE SEA GARRISON is the Arizona chapter of the international Star Wars costuming club known as the 501st Legion. With over 3,000 members worldwide, the 501st, while not sponsored by Lucasfilm Ltd., is Lucasfilm’s preferred Imperial costuming group. Members of the Dune Sea Garrison strive to create movie quality, screen accurate costumes of the “bad guys” from the Star Wars Universe. From Stormtroopers to Boba Fett, from Jawas to Darth Vader they strive for quality and accuracy in every costume they create.

Changing Hands Bookstore
6428 S McClintock Drive, Tempe, AZ 85283

IL – Star Wars Day

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Jimmy “Mac” McInerney and Cris Macht celebrate the release of Dark Horse’s new Star Wars series at Challengers on Sunday, January 13, 2013 from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm.

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Press Release:

JIMMY “MAC” McINERNEY: Co-host and producer of The ForceCast, the official podcast of TheForce.net & RebelScum.com

CRIS MACHT: Star Wars documentary filmmaker of “The Force Among Us” and the upcoming “The Force Within Us”

Members of the 501st & Rebel Legion – Get your picture taken!

FOOD! Star Wars themed food & cake

PODCASTING! Jimmy Mac will be interviewing people at Challengers and they may appear on the ForceCast!

PRIZES! Everyone that buys a copy of Star Wars #1 will be entered in a chance to win prizes provided by Lucasfilm.

Come on out for a day of Star Wars fun!

Challengers Comics 
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

WA – Star Wars Art Show

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Ltd. Art Gallery hosts their second annual STAR WARS art show, once again paying homage to the much beloved universe and characters that George Lucas built.

Over 40 artists will be displaying their own unique interpretation of these classic films, drawing upon the characters and themes that have inspired them since childhood.

Featuring Lucasfilm Fine Art from Acme Archives; and collectible statues, toys, and replicas from Gentle Giant Studios, eFX Collectibles, and Sideshow Collectibles.

We will also be debuting a brand new print from acclaimed STAR WARS artist, Steve Thomas.

Additional Art From: Barry Blankenship, Craig Drake, Michael Fleming, Kim Gordon, Blunt Graffix, Eric Kirchmer, Aaron Jasinksi, MIKEATRON!, Augie Pagan, Devi Pellerin, Brian Rood, Wade Schin, Clarke Snyder, Cat Staggs, Suckadelic, Jayson Weidel, Andrew Wilson, and Wednesday Wolf.

Opening Night SPECIAL EVENTS:

– Costumed Characters courtesy of the 501st Legion
– A themed set from DJ Hojo.
– and our own special “Mos Eisley Cantina” with complimentary drinks

WE WILL ALSO BE GIVING AWAY A NINTENDO 3DS to one lucky attendee, donated by Nintendo America.

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Ltd. Art Gallery
307 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122

NY – Holiday Charity Signing

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Scott Snyder, Klaus Janson, Al Milgrom, Peter David, Chris Giarusso, and Jacob Chabot sign on Saturday December 8, 2012 at 6:00pm!

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Join us for our 20th Annual Party & Raffle with all proceeds going to the John Thiessen’s Childrens Foundation. Darth Vader and his Stormtroopers of the 501st Legion will be on hand for a Toy Drive from 1:00 – 4:00 pm, including a creator signing. Second signing starts at 6:00 pm, buffet at 7:30, and the Charity Raffle at 8:30. Raffle Tickets are $5.00 each and are on sale now! Join our newsletter for daily updates!

Grasshopper’s Comics
76 Hillside Ave., Williston Park, NY 11596

 

Fan Communities Add to the Fun of the Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con 2012

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‘Star Trek,’ ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Ghostbusters,’ ‘Doctor Who’ Fan Communities Among Those Set To Add Fun To Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con

Cosplayers, Conventions Lead Organizations At New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Friday Through Sunday

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NEW YORK and NEW ORLEANS, November 27, 2012 – Fan communities representing the most fervent followers of blockbuster franchises like “Star Trek,” “Star Wars,” “Ghostbusters” and “Doctor Who” are among the groups that attendees will see roaming the Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con floor, Friday through Sunday at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.  Cosplayers from these groups love to interact with fans, adding another level of fun and in many cases raising money for charity.

Some organizations that fans will enjoy meeting include:

  • Adventure League of GEARS, a family-friendly Steampunk Performance Group based out of New Orleans, and a fan and homage group to the League of S.T.E.A.M which uses its talents and skills to help raise money for charities, and volunteer for charitable events.
  • 501st Legion/Bast Alpha Garrison, the Louisiana chapter of the 501st Legion, featuring the “bad guys” from the Star Wars Universe. The 501st Legion has over 4000 members from all 50 states and 22 countries around the world.
  • Anne Rice’s Vampire Lestat, the official fan club for Anne Rice’s “Vampire Lestat,” the Vampire Chronicles and the annual New Orleans Vampire Ball.
  • Barony of Axemoor, the local chapter of the SCA, an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-Century Europe.
  • BayouCon, held in the heart of Southwest Louisiana, is Lake Charles’ original fan produced convention. BayouCon V will take place the last weekend of June 2013.
  • Cast Aways Open Theatre Troupe, whose costumed volunteers perform at fairs, festivals, conventions, and charity events. They appear in parades and in films. New Orleans Comic Con attendees are welcomed to come and visit the Royal Court of Cast Aways and participate in the Quest for the King of the Realm.
  • CoastCon, Mississippi’s oldest and largest science fiction, fantasy and gaming convention. It is the main sponsored event of CoastCon, Inc., a non-profit literary organization run by a 10-member volunteer board who give their time during the year to develop events and gatherings to promote reading, education, fellowship, and of course science fiction, fantasy and gaming.
  • CONtraflow, a fan convention held in the Greater New Orleans area.  It focuses on science fiction, fantasy, comics, and related literary genres in any form, including but not limited to writing, visual arts, dramatic arts, and interactive fiction.
  • CyPhaCon, Southwest Louisiana’s premier, family-friendly Anime, Gaming & Sci-Fi/Fantasy convention venue. With nearly 700 attendees in its second year, it includes expanded board and video game tourneys, anime panels, costuming & cosplay displays, Musical guests, fan produced panels and much more.
  • Fans for Christ, for all believers in Christ who are also fans of comics, anime, fantasy, sci-fi, gaming, computers, costuming and cosplay.
  • The Garou Nation, a national organization of networked “Live Action Werewolf: The Apocalypse” role-playing games that share a universe in White Wolf’s original “World of Darkness” game setting. Its goal is to enhance and expand different chronicles across the country as a shared network that shares those experiences with friends and fellow players throughout the country.
  • Geek Girls with Guns, officially Geek Endowment Krewe, a non profit organization that schedules fundraising events for children with special needs.
  • The Greater New Orleans Krewe of the Living Dead, to glorify all things Zombie and call upon fans of the genre to join and rejoice in the persistent and exponential rise in popularity of the Living-Dead in pop culture that has now grown into an international phenomena.
  • HMS Death Claw, part of the Royal Manticoran Navy based on best seller books from David Weber. The Death Claw is the flagship of 6th Sphinx Fleet which comprises of 10 states and Manitoba, Canada.
  • Krewe du Who, over 375 strong and consists of fans of the New Series, Classic Series and All things “Doctor Who!” The open group members are fans of “Torchwood,” the “Sarah Jane Adventures”, “Big Finish Audio Dramas” and all “Whoniverse” related spin off media.
  • Krewe of P.U.E.W.C, a new fantasy, horror and anime themed New Orleans Mardi Gras parade organization for the most happily insane Harry Potter wizards, Lord of the Rings hobbits, Dungeon & Dragon warriors, SCA fighters, Sailor Moons, Astro Boys, were-beasties, faeries, and the like.
  • Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus, a parade organization for the most revelrous of Star Wars Freaks, Trekkies, Whovians, Mega-Geeks, Circuit Benders, Cryptozooligists, UFO Conspiracy Theorists, and all the rest of Super Nerdom.
  • Louisiana Ghostbusters, a fan-based “Ghostbusters” franchise. As costumers and fans of “Ghostbusters,” LG represents an open costuming policy with movie-accurate props and wardrobe representing all aspects of the “Ghostbusters” series of movies, cartoons, games, and novels. As a service organization, the group directs money to charities, participates in fundraisers for charities, attends fund-raising events, and performs charitable acts and community service.
  • Louisiana Science Fiction and Costume Festival,  “The Unconventional Convention” April 20-22 at the Hampton Inn Port Allen, La.  It includes fan films, panels, workshops, live entertainment, and a costume ball.
  • Mind’s Eye Society, founded in 1992, an international fan organization dedicated to White Wolf’s “World of Darkness” in all its incarnations. One of the world’s largest gaming fan communities, with thousands of members all over the globe, The Mind’s Eye Society not only offers global “World of Darkness” roleplaying chronicles but also supports charity fundraising, community service activities and social events organized by its members.
  • Mississippi Ghostbusters, a fan based Ghostbuster franchise that promotes acts of charity with our open based costuming that represents all forms of the Ghostbusting community, attending all manner of events to raise money for a various number of charities.
  • Mobicon, Mobile, Alabama’s annual 3 day science fiction, fantasy, gaming, anime, paranormal, horror, and comic convention. Always on the third full weekend in May; MOBICON XVI will be May 17-19, 2013, at the Ashbury Hotel & Suites.
  • New Orleans Public Library, the premier cultural institution that celebrates and preserves the collective memory and living history of New Orleans, Louisiana and the world. NOPL fosters the future aspirations and democratic dreams of all.
  • One World by Night, an organization dedicated to creating links between White Wolf’s Mind’s Eye Theatre LARP games around the world. By combining the various stories of member Chronicles, OWbN hopes to enhance the enjoyment of its members by expanding local plots to the world, truly creating a World of Darkness. OWbN currently stretches to over 100 chronicles in the US, Canada, Brazil, New Zealand, and Israel.
  • Red Stick Rebellion Star Wars Collectors Club, a Star Wars collectors group based in Baton Rouge, La.  Every month it has a different focus topic presented by individuals who have a great deal of knowledge in the area – plus they always have our regular general discussion, trading and lots of fun.
  • Star Wars Museum, a nonprofit group of like-minded individuals working for a goal: To Build a Star Wars Themed Children’s Museum. Our Mission “To Inspire and Educate.
  • Steampunk Americans, a group of Steampunk enthusiasts in New Orleans. NOLA is truly Victorian city where the ships still run on steam and the Absinthe flows like water. As one of the last bastions of the civilized world, this city still let citizens smoke tobacco in the taverns and openly drink in the glow of the gas streetlights.
  • USS Corsair, which provides fans a way to meet each other, make friends, have fun, give back to their community, and show that the dream of Star Trek’s creator Gene Roddenberry can endure. In 2007, the club was awarded “Shakedown Mission of the Year” by its parent organization, Starfleet International and in 2010, it received the Regional Chapter of the Year Award.
  • USS New Orleans, a Chapter with Starfleet: The International Star Trek Fan Association, currently located in the city of New Orleans and the outlying areas, founded in May 2010, five years after Hurricane Katrina destroyed its predecessor.
  • Visual Art League, which wants to spread knowledge of the arts and encourage creativity throughout the community of the University of New Orleans, other neighboring colleges, and the city of New Orleans. The group also aspires to function as a real world platform for students to further develop their artistic endeavors and gain professional experience.

Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con features comics legend Stan Lee, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” star Eliza Dushku, Reservoir Dogs headliner Michael Madsen and WWE® Superstar CM Punk® at the top of a standout lineup of celebrities.  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.

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.

Event hours are Friday, Nov. 30, 4-8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For more on the 2012 Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/home-neworleans.html.

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 *****
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
September 20-22, 2013 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
November 22-24, 2013 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con

DeLorean Time Machine and Fan Groups All Part of Wizard World Ohio Comic Con 2012

Press Release:

Star Wars, Star Trek Clubs, DeLorean Time Machine Add Excitement To Wizard World Ohio Comic Con, Sept. 28-30

501st Legion, Ohio Star Wars Collectors Club, USS Asgard, Columbus, Lagrange Among Fan Groups To Appear At Greater Columbus Convention Center

DeLorean Time MachineNEW YORK and COLUMBUS, Ohio, September 5, 2012 – Celebrities, artists and exhibitors aren’t the only attractions at Wizard World Ohio Comic Con.  Fan organizations professing their affinity for “Star Trek,” Star Wars and other pop culture standards will be roaming the floor at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, September 28-30.

Attendees can also check out the DeLorean Time Machine as seen in the film Back to the Future, as the replica vehicle will be on site raising funds for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

Special fan groups currently scheduled to attend the event include:

  • 501st Legion, Ohio Garrison, a regional chapter of the worldwide Star Wars costuming club that wears the costumes of the “bad guys” such as the Stormtroopers, Tie Pilots, and the evil Darth Vader.
  • Mandalorian Mercs Costuming Club, the world’s premier custom Mandalorian costume organization, whose goal is to provide a nexus for Mandalorian costumers, giving them a collective identity and representation within the Star Wars costuming community.
  • Ohio Star Wars Collectors Club, a resource through which those who live in Ohio can discuss new items arriving, toy & collectible show dates and generally anything Star Wars related.
  • Pendant Production Co., one of the most prolific and popular podcasting companies today, with more than 800 episodes of audio drama.
  • USS Asgard, a Columbus-based chapter of Starfleet International, the international “Star Trek” fan association, which participates in community events such as Toys for Tots, Operation Feed, etc.
  • USS Columbus, a chapter of Starfleet International, which does an annual school supply drive for a local school, helps in the Firefighters Toy Drive, and collects food for Mid Ohio Food Bank along with other local clubs.
  • USS Lagrange, a chapter of Starfleet International, which has raised hundreds of dollars for the Akron Children’s Hospital and for various food banks in the state.

Comics legend Stan Lee, pop culture icon William ShatnerWWE® Superstar CM Punk® and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” star Eliza Dushku headline the Wizard World Ohio Comic Con celebrity roster.  They will be joined by many of the world’s greatest comics creators, exhibitors and thousands of fans in a celebration of all things pop culture in an expanded format, which now includes a preview on Friday evening and two full weekend days.

Top creators include Eisner Award Hall of Famer Neal Adams (“Batman,” “Green Lantern”), Alan Davis (“Captain America,” “Thor”), Eisner Award nominee Humberto Ramos (“Amazing Spider-Man,” “Impulse”), Eisner Award winner Paul Jenkins (“Spider-Man,” “Hulk”) and many others.

Wizard World Ohio 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.  Show hours are Friday, Sept. 28, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 30, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For more on the 2012 Wizard World Ohio Comic Con, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/home-ohio.html.

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
May 30 – June 2, 2013 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con
August 8-11, 2013 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con

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