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

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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.

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September 28-30, 2012 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
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May 30 – June 2, 2013 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con
August 8-11, 2013 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con

IL – Crimson Empire Signing

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Meet Star Wars artist Dave Dorman on Saturday October 6, 2012 at 2:00 PM as he signs books, along with his friends from the legendary 501st Legion: Darth Vader and his stormtroopers. Great photo op!

Barnes & Noble – Spring Hill Mall
1468 Springhill Mall Blvd, West Dundee, IL 60118
847-426-5614

CA – FCBD: Alpha Girl Signing

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Illusive Comics & Games is hosting Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 5th from 9am to 7pm. There will be special free comics for the public, and a huge storewide sale as part of their annual Free Comic Book Day celebration.
This is a family friendly event and admission is free and open to the public.
Titles include: The Avengers, DC Comics: The New 52, Spider-Man, Star Wars, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Transformers, Serenity, Sonic The Hedgehog, Yo Gabba Gabba, Peanuts and many more!
The creative team Alpha Girl, by Image Comics, will be on hand to sign their new hit comic. Co-Creator Jean-Paul Bonjour, co-creator and writer Jeffrey Roenning, penciller Robert Love, and inker Dana Shukartsi will be signing from 10am-2pm.
The philanthropic costuming club The 501st Legion will have seven Star Wars Storm Troopers on-hand to pose for photos and welcome kids of all ages to the world of comic books. Also on hand will be a Balloon Twister and local Illustrator, Gaz Gretsky.
A portion of profits from all activities will benefit Autism Speaks.
Illusive Comics & Games, formerly Brian’s Books, is the largest comic book and gaming store in the Silicon Valley. It is also one of the few women-owned comic book stores in the world.
Illusive Comics & Games
2725 El Camino Real, Suite 105, Santa Clara, CA 95051
408-985-7481

TX – FCBD: Chewbacca Signs

Peter Mayhew, Chewbacca himself, appears to sign autographs and take pictures at Dragon’s Lair in Austin on Saturday May 5, 2012 for Free Comic Book Day! He will be joined by New York Times Bestselling Author and Star Wars novelist, Aaron Allston as well as members of the 501st Stormtrooper Legion.

Come in your best Star Wars costume and get a free Star Wars poster! (while supplies last). Store opens at 10:00 am and special guests will be in-store until 2:00 pm. Don’t miss your chance to pick up free books, meet Chewbacca, and pose for pictures with a band of Stormtroopers! May the force be with you!

Dragon’s Lair Comics and Fantasy
6111 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78757

OR – Star Wars Signing

Author Ryder Windham signs at Powell’s on Thursday, April 12th at 7pm!

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Ryder Windham will be on hand to present the newly revised and expanded Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide as well as a handful of other new DK Star Wars titles, including Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace: The Expanded Visual Dictionary; Star Wars: Beware the Sith; and Star Wars: The Secret Life of Droids. This event will also feature the Cloud City Garrison of the 501st Legion of Stormtroopers, so no Star Wars fan should miss out.

Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Portland, OR
(800) 878-7323

FL – Free Comic Book Day 2012

Gail Simone, Austin Janowsky, and Derrick Fish sign at Heroes Landing on Saturday May 5, 2012 for Free Comic Book Day!

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Comic book writer – Gail Simone (Batgirl, Fury of Firestorm, Wonder Woman, Birds of Prey) (5 p.m. to 7 p.m.)

Comic artist – Austin Janowsky (Iron Man: The End, Stanley the Snowman) (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

Comic artist – Derrick Fish (The Wellkeeper, Dandy & Company) (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

Cosplayer and 501st Legion appearances throughout the day. Plus FREE facepainting for the kids!

Heroes Landing 
12348 Roper Blvd, Clermont, FL 34711

CA – Star Wars Party

Troy Denning signs at Barnes & Noble on Thursday March 22, 2012 at 7:00 PM. Bring your costume, and join in the fun with the author and the 501st! Come early to be sure to get a book and a place in line.

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About this Author
Troy Denning is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Abyss; Star Wars: Tatooine Ghost; Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Star by Star; the Star Wars: Dark Nest trilogy: The Joiner King, The Unseen Queen, and The Swarm War; and Star Wars: Legacy of the Force: Tempest, Inferno, and Invincible—as well as Pages of Pain, Beyond the High Road, The Summoning, and many other novels.

Barnes & Noble – Arden Faire
1725 Arden Way, Sacramento, CA 95815
916-565-0644

MN – Fate of the Jedi Signing

Meet author Troy Denning and members of the Minnesota 501st Legion on Tuesday March 13, 2012 at 7:00 PM as we celebrate the release of the newest ‘Star Wars’ book, Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse.

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About this Author
Troy Denning is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Abyss; Star Wars: Tatooine Ghost; Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Star by Star; the Star Wars: Dark Nest trilogy: The Joiner King, The Unseen Queen, and The Swarm War; and Star Wars: Legacy of the Force: Tempest, Inferno, and Invincible—as well as Pages of Pain, Beyond the High Road, The Summoning, and many other novels.

Barnes & Noble – Roseville II
HarMar Mall, 2100 North Snelling Ave, Roseville, MN 55113
651-639-9256

OR – Sci-Fi Authorfest V

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A starfleet of science-fiction and fantasy authors descends for one galactic book signing event. Attending authors include: Camille Alexa, Brent Weeks, David Levine, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Dean Wesley Smith, Peter Orullian, Mark Ferrari, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, Kevin James Breaux, Meljean Brooks, Devon Monk, Lilith Saintcrow, J. A. Pitts, Timothy Zahn, Irene Radford, Ru Emerson, Adrian Phoenix, Andrew Mayer, Mary Robinette Kowal, Shannon Page, Claude Lalumiere, M. K. Hobson, Brenda Cooper, Vonda McIntyre, Louise Marley, and Ursula K. Le Guin. And in attendance will be the Cloud City Garrison of the 501st Imperial Legion with the Kashyyk Base of the Rebel Legion.

Sunday, November 13th @ 4:30pm

Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Portland, OR
(800) 878-7323

MN – Star Wars in Your Stocking

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Star Wars author Dan Wallace and the costumed characters of the 501st Legion and the Rebel Legion celebrate Star Wars in Your Stocking on November 12, 2011 from 2-4pm. Giveaways, photo ops and a chance to win Star Wars prizes!

Barnes & Noble #2614
HarMar Mall
2100 North Snelling Ave, Roseville, MN 55113

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