Wizard World Miami Comic Con to Launch in 2011 with Over 150 Guests

Adventure Comics art by Phil Jimenez

Press Release:

Billy Dee Williams, Julie Benz, Adam West, Burt Ward, Ray Park, Scott Thompson Among Headliners At Wizard World Miami Comic Con, February 26-27 At Miami Airport Convention Center (MACC)

Nicholas Brendon, Clare Kramer, Claudia Christian, Ernie Hudson Among 150+ Celebrity Guests, Leading Comics Artists, Creative Directors

NEW YORK and MIAMI, January 13, 2011 – North America’s largest pop-culture tour continues as Wizard World Miami Comic Con debuts at the newly-refurbished Miami Airport Convention Center (MACC), with superstar guests Billy Dee Williams, Julie Benz, Adam West, Burt Ward, Ray Park and Scott Thompson headlining the list of celebrity attendees. The event will bring together thousands of fans of all ages and dozens of celebrities and industry professionals to celebrate the best in pop culture, movies, comics, toys, video gaming, television, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.

The iconic Williams, known to millions as “Lando Calrissian” in STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK and for memorable roles in BATMAN and BRIAN’S SONG, will be joined in Miami by other popular STAR WARS guests Logan (“Boba Fett”) and Prowse (“Darth Vader”).

Fans are also greatly anticipating the appearances of “Batman” stars West and Ward, Benz, who has starred in “Dexter,” “No Ordinary Family,” “Desperate Housewives,” and “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer,” Park (“Darth Maul” in STAR WARS: EPISODE 1) and Thompson (“Kids in the Hall,” “Star Trek: Voyager”).

“¡Bienvenido A Miami! We are thrilled to bring the Wizard World tour to South Florida,” said Gareb Shamus, Wizard World CEO. “We know the fans will come out and support this great event!”

Other popular Miami Comic Con celebrity guests include Claudia Christian (“Look”; “Babylon 5”), Nicholas Brendon and Clare Kramer (“Buffy: The Vampire Slayer”), Ernie Hudson (GHOSTBUSTERS) and Gena Lee Nolin (“Baywatch,” “Sheena”).

Fans can also meet their favorite comic creators and artists, including Michael Golden (“Wolverine: First Class,” “New Exiles”), Phil Jimenez (“Amazing Spider-Man,” “Astonishing X-Men”), Rob Liefeld (“Deadpool,” “Youngblood”), David Mack (“Kabuki,” “Daredevil”) and Alé Garza (“Superman/Batman,” “Batgirl”).

The Miami Comic Con Wrestling section includes the popular Kevin “Big Sexy” Nash and Former WWE Divas Angela Fong “Savannah,” Candice Michelle and Torrie Wilson.

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 more than 100 dealer booths.

Special events at Miami Comic Con include the “Magic: The Gathering” card game tournament, professional photo opportunities (Photo Ops), movie screenings with celebrities and others.

Miami Comic Con is the second stop on Wizard’s 2011 North American tour, which to date has 13 events scheduled. Hours are Saturday, February 26, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Sunday, February 27, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.. Tickets are available in advance online at www.wizardworld.com/miami.html at up to a 20% savings over tickets purchased at the door. Advance adult single-day tickets are $25 ($30 on site); two-day weekend tickets are $40 ($45 on site), and tickets are free for children age 10 and under when accompanied by a paid adult (limit two children per adult). VIP packages with special entry and exclusive items are also available.

The newly redesigned MACC will feature 172,000 square feet of luxurious, state-of-the-art meeting, social function and exhibition space. The adjacent 334-room Doubletree Hotel is also newly updated, with remodeled guest rooms, and new signature restaurant, lobby and lounge. The Doubletree is situated just three miles south of Miami International Airport (MIA), adjacent the Waterford Blue Lagoon Business District and seven miles from the Miami City Center, Bayside Marketplace and the Port of Miami, as well as just minutes away from Miami’s Internationally famous South Beach.

About Wizard Entertainment:
Gareb Shamus founded Wizard Entertainment in 1991. Today, Shamus publishes consumer magazines Wizard, ToyFare, FunFare and numerous books about pop-culture’s top talent, comic books and toys. Shamus also produces a North American Comic Con tour. Wizard World Comic Con – The Pop-Culture Capital of the World!

For the most recent event information please visit www.wizardworld.com and become a New Orleans Comic Con Fan on Facebook.

Steel City Con Welcomes Adam West for March 2011 Show

Press Release:

THE STEEL CITY CON CELEBRATES THE 45TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CLASSIC BATMAN TV SERIES WITH ADAM WEST

Pittsburgh, — Orangestone Promotions, Inc., promoters of the Pittsburgh based convention called the Steel City Con ( http://www.steelcitycon.com) is celebrating 22 years as Pennsylvania’s Largest Toy, Comic Book and Pop Culture Show on March 4-6, 2011 at the Monroeville Convention Center with a special appearance of Adam West. Many may be surprised to know that 2011 is the 45th Anniversary of the Classic ABC TV Series Batman. To celebrate this milestone, the Steel City Con is proud to announce a limited signing appearance from the Classic TV Batman himself, Adam West.

Adam West is a true American icon. His role as Batman in the classic television series and the 1966 feature film of the same name continues to be seen throughout the world more than 40 years after its debut. While Batman, and his alter ego, Bruce Wayne, remains his signature role, Adam has a multitude of motion picture, theater, and TV credits to his name. He has made nearly 50 movies and has had roles in many TV series other than Batman. West has also lent his voice to animated characters in such well-known series as Family Guy, The Simpsons, Rugrats, Batman, Animaniacs, Jonny Bravo and many others.

More than 50 years after starting his career in Hollywood, Adam West continues to work consistently in TV and Film. His most recent work includes a guest starring role on the hit series 30 Rock and a viral video for Funny or Die. His undeniable talent and unique brand of humor have become truly iconic in entertainment and he continues to entertain fans around the world. More details on Mr. West’s appearance can be found on the steelcitycon.com web site.

Other guests appearing at the Steel City Con include Peter Tork, recording artist and actor from The Monkees fame. Mike Lookinland, who was “Bobby Brady” in the classic TV series The Brady Bunch. Yancy Butler, who portrayed “Sara Pezzini” in the Witchblade TV series. Seinfeld fans will be happy to meet Larry Thomas who played “the Soup Nazi.” Attendees can also expect to see 500 tables of new and vintage toys, comic books as well as a large number of Comic Book Artists, Writers and Illustrators.

Many Pop Culture fans are tired of paying high admission fees just to walk into a big show. The Steel City Con offers attendees one of the biggest shows in the United States at a low price. With vendor space offered at a low cost dealers are able to sell their items to attendees for much less than conventions that charge a huge amount of money for dealer space. Anyone interested in finding out more about the Steel City Con can go to http://www.steelcitycon.com

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Orangestone Promotions, Inc.

P.O. Box 101324

Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Steel City Con

(412) 213-0224

info@steelcitycon.com

www.steelcitycon.com

Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con Lines Up Headliners for 2011

Batman Inc. cover by Yanick Paquette

Press Release:

James Marsters, Julie Benz, Louis Gossett Jr., Ray Park, Adam West, Burt Ward, Billy Dee Williams, Peter Tork Among Headliners At Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, January 29-30 At New Orleans Morial Convention Center

Nicholas Brendon, Clare Kramer, Kelly Donovon Add to “Buffyfest New Orleans”; Ernie Hudson, Robyn Griggs, Claudia Christian, Walter Koenig Among 150+ Celebrity Guests, Leading Comics Artists, Creative Directors

NEW YORK and NEW ORLEANS, December 2010 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con opens the 2011 season for North America’s largest pop-culture tour, January 29-30 at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, in grand style, with superstar guests James Marsters, Julie Benz, Louis Gossett Jr., Ray Park, Adam West, Burt Ward, Billy Dee Williams and Peter Tork headlining the stellar list. The event will bring together thousands of fans of all ages and dozens of celebrities and industry professionals to celebrate the best in pop culture, movies, comics, toys, video gaming, television, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.

Benz, who has also starred in “Dexter,” “No Ordinary Family,” and “Desperate Housewives,” and Marsters will be part of a “Buffyfest,” which has proven popular at other Wizard World shows and will include other “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer” stars Nicholas Brendon, Clare Kramer, James Leary and Kelly Donovan in New Orleans.

“We are excited to be bringing all these stars and the best comic creators to New Orleans,” said Gareb Shamus, Wizard World CEO. “We feel like fans there have been waiting for an event like New Orleans Comic Con to come to their backyard, and we are ready for a big first year.”

Other popular New Orleans Comic Con celebrity guests include Ernie Hudson (GHOSTBUSTERS), Walter Koenig (“Star Trek”), Robyn Griggs (“Another World,” “One Life to Live”), Claudia Christian (“Look”; “Babylon 5”), Mark Ryan ( TRANSFORMERS 1 and 2) and Cynthia Scott (ALIENS).

Fans can also meet their favorite comic creators and artists, including Kaare Andrews (“Astonishing X-Men”, “Iron Man”), Kody Chamberlain (“Sweets,” “Punks”), John Dell (“JLA,” “Adventure Comics”), Michael Golden (“Wolverine: First Class,” “New Exiles”), Mike Grell (“Green Lantern,” “Green Arrow”), Rob Guillory (“Chew”), Phil Jimenez (“Amazing Spider-Man,” “Astonishing X-Men”), John Layman (“Chew,” “Puffed”), Rob Liefeld (“Deadpool,” “Youngblood”), David Mack (“Kabuki,” “Daredevil”), Joe Madureira (“Darksiders,” “Uncanny X-Men”), Kevin Maguire (“Justice League,” “Batman Confidential”), Terry Moore (“Strangers in Paradise,” “Echo”), Yanick Paquette (“Batman,” “Superman”), Steve Scott (“X-Men Forever,” “Wolverine”) Bill Sienkiewicz (“Elektra,” “Assassin”), Cameron Stewart (“Batman & Robin,” “Catwoman”), Arthur Suydam (“Marvel Zombies,” “Batman”), Mark Texeira (“Wolverine,” “Spider-Man”), Renee Witterstaetter (“She Hulk,” “Avengers”) and Ethan Van Sciver (“Green Lantern,” “Superman/Batman”).

The New Orleans Comic Con Wrestling section includes the popular Kevin Nash and Booker T.

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 more than 100 dealer booths.

Special events at New Orleans Comic Con include the “Magic: The Gathering” and Yu-Gi-Oh card game tournaments, professional photo opportunities (Photo Ops), movie screenings with celebrities and others.

The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center is located at 900 Convention Center Blvd. in New Orleans. New Orleans Comic Con is the first stop on Wizard’s 2011 North American tour, which to date has 13 events scheduled. Hours are Saturday, Jan. 29, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Jan. 30, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.. Tickets are available in advance or by calling 1-866-882-5860 and online at www.wizardworld.com/neworleans.html at up to a 15% savings over tickets purchased at the door. Advance adult single-day tickets are $25 ($30 on site); two-day weekend tickets are $40 ($45 on site), and tickets are free for children age 10 and under when accompanied by a paid adult (limit two children per adult). VIP packages with special entry and exclusive items are also available.

The freshly renovated New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center is an essential component of what makes the city’s major business events so successful. With 1.1 million square feet of contiguous exhibit space, the Convention Center is the sixth largest convention facility in the nation, and it consistently ranks in the country’s top ten of facilities that hold the most conventions and trade shows annually.

About Wizard Entertainment:
Gareb Shamus founded Wizard Entertainment in 1991. Today, Shamus publishes consumer magazines Wizard, ToyFare, FunFare and numerous books about pop-culture’s top talent, comic books and toys. Shamus also produces a North American Comic Con tour. Wizard World Comic Con – The Pop-Culture Capital of the World!

Wizard World Atlanta Comic Con 2010 Programming Announced

JLA 50 cover by Ethan Van Sciver

Press Release:

“Walking Dead” Preview, Exclusive “Family Guy” Video, Celebrity Q&A’s Highlight Atlanta Comic Con Programming

Henry Winkler, Pam Grier, Mimi Rogers, Adam West, Burt Ward Among Stars Conducting Panels; Movie Screenings And Debut Of Coolwaters Game Show Also On Tap This Weekend

ATLANTA, November 30, 2010 – Wizard World Atlanta Comic Con today announced its rich, diverse programming schedule, featuring exclusive TV and movie previews and screenings, unique celebrity Q&A’s, movie screenings, game shows, artist schools and more for the event, set for Saturday and Sunday at the Cobb Galleria Centre.

Some of the highlights include:

* Preview of the hot new AMC series “The Walking Dead,” including a Q&A with several of the stars featured in this week’s issue of ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY (Sunday, 2 p.m.)
* Exclusive extended nine-minute preview of “It’s A Trap,” the third installment of the “Family Guy Star Wars Saga” video, introduced by Billy Dee Williams, who will also conduct a Q&A panel (Saturday, noon)
* Rare Q&A panels with Henry Winkler, Pam Grier and Mimi Rogers, as well as popular Comic Con guests Ernie Hudson, Adam West and Burt Ward
* New Trivia Game Show hosted by Coolwaters Productions’ Derek Maki and starring Tom Woodruff Jr., Robert Maillet and Mike Grell (Saturday, 2:30 p.m.)
* Screenings of three full feature films: HYSTERICAL PSYCHO, RARE EXPORTS: A CHRISTMAS TALE and THE LAST LOVECRAFT: RELIC OF CTHULHU
* Wizard Art School and Q&A’s featuring leading artists like Greg Horn, Bill Sinkiewicz, Ethan Van Sciver, Cully Hamner, Michael Golden and others
* The popular adult costume contest and fun kids costume contest with great prizes

Atlanta Comic Con programming will take place in Room 103 and Room 104 of the Cobb Galleria Centre, and is included with admission to the event. Seating for panels is strictly limited and available on a first come first serve basis and each room will be cleared between panels. The full schedule is below:

Saturday

11:00am-12:00pm
ROOM 103 Wizard Art School w/ Michael Golden
No matter if you are a writer, artist, or a reader of comics, come for this sit down with one of the most renowned storytellers in the business, Michael Golden, as he tells you a few tricks of the trade that will help you no matter what type of story you tell or enjoy in whatever medium. Rare opportunity to talk with the co-creator of Rogue, and groundbreaking penciler on such projects as “Bucky O’Hare,” “The ‘Nam,” “Micronauts,” “G.I. Joe,” and much more. Q & A will follow.

12:00pm-1:30pm
ROOM 103 Billy Dee Williams Q&A with Family Guy Exclusive Screening
Lando lands at Atlanta Comic Con, as the coolest man in Star Wars history sits down to take fan questions. Following the Q&A, stay around for an exclusive nine-minute look at “It’s a Trap” the “Return of the Jedi” of the “Family Guy Star Wars Saga”—following in the fine tradition of “Blue Harvest” and “Something, Something, something Darkside.” “It’s a Trap” features Peter Solo, Chris Skywalker, Princess Lois, Stewie Vader…and some surprising new faces. Family Guy star Adam West will also be there to introduce this Atlanta Comic Con exclusive.
“It’s a Trap,” is available on DVD and Blu-ray December 21st!

12:00pm-1:00pm
ROOM 104 Jolly Rogers Artist Panel w/ Tony Harris and Tony Shasteen
The Jolly Roger Studio team lands on the Wizard World Tour for a talk about art in the modern age of comics, the digital vs. traditional movement and why the studio system works for them.

1:30pm-2:30pm
ROOM 103 Pam Grier Q&A
Film and television star, Pam Grier (Smallville, Jackie Brown) leaps into Atlanta Comic Con to answer fan questions about her role as DC Comics’ Amanda Waller and working with Quentin Tarantino.

1:00pm-2:00pm
ROOM 104 Superstars of Wrestling w/ Nash and Lita
Kevin Nash and Lita pile drive and bodyslam your questions into the mat on a Saturday afternoon.

2:30pm-3:30pm
ROOM 103 Coolwaters Productions Game Show
Do you know a lot of movie and comic trivia? Want to win some great signed prizes? Join Coolwaters Productions LLC and a panel of celebrity guests for this cool new game show style event. Come watch 4 celebrities team up with various audience members to play fun games and win cool prizes. Sign up at the Coolwaters booth # 212 or line up at 2:00 PM at Panel Room 103 to become a contestant on Atlanta Comic Con’s new game show!

3:30pm-4:00pm
ROOM 103 Henry Winkler Q&A
The television icon from “Happy Days” and “Arrested Development” looks back on his stellar career and reveals the secret behind the scenes stories from his years on set.

3:00pm-4:00pm
ROOM 104 Artist Panel w/ Cully Hamner, Brian Stelfreze, Laura Martin and Carl Story
Comic book heavy weights Cully Hamner (Red), Brian Stelfreze (Wednesday Comics), Laura Martin (Astonishing X-Men) and Carl Story (Tom Strong) sit down with fans to discuss their upcoming work, tips for breaking into comics and working in the modern age of comics.

4:00pm-4:45pm
ROOM 103 Batman and Robin Q&A
The original ’60s Dynamic Duo reteams for this one-of-a-kind Q&A, where Batman and Robin drop their masks and talk about their lady co-stars, the villains they faced and the wild nights after the show!

4:45 p.m. – 4:55 p.m.
ROOM 103
“The Rite” trailer screening. After Adam West and Burt Ward stick around for a look at this highly anticipated Anthony Hopkins film.

5:00pm-5:30pm
ROOM 103 MLARKY web-based comedy series clips w/ Dan Fogler
MLARKY is a web-based comedy series created by and co-starring Dan Fogler that airs on Atom.com. It’s a parody of both cop shows and video games, and much of the talent is Atlanta-based. Come check it out in this exclusive setting.

5:00pm-6:00pm
ROOM 104 Artist Q&A w/ Joe Linsner
Fan favorite artist Joe Linsner is known for his striking visuals, but in this panel he opens up about his art process, his favorite characters and answers all fans questions.

5:30pm- 7:00pm
ROOM 103 Hysterical Psycho Screening w/ Dan Fogler
HYSTERICAL PSYCHO is Dan Fogler’s feature directing debut, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2009. It is due for DVD release in early 2011, but you can get an early look here.

6:00pm-8:00pm
ROOM 104 Adult Costume Contest
Get your best costume together and come on down to Wizard’s Atlanta Comic Con’s costume contest for huge prizes and some of the craziest outfits you’ll see this weekend.

7:00pm- 8:30pm
ROOM 103 Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale Screening
This funny and weird Norwegian fantasy about how Santa Claus is actually an evil demon about to be released from his tomb on Christmas Eve, and only one little boy can stop him. Opening theatrically in NYC/LA on Dec. 3, then due to open in Atlanta in late December, your first look at this project happens at Atlanta Comic Con.

8:30pm-10:30pm
ROOM 103 The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu Screening
SHAUN OF THE DEAD meets H.P. LOVECRAFT, as the last surviving decedent of H.P. Lovecraft learns that all of Lovecraft’s writings were true and that he’s the only person who can save the world. The film premiered at Slamdance in January and has been playing the festival circuit ever since. It is due for a February DVD release from Dark Sky Films, but you can see it here in Atlanta first.

Sunday

11:00am-12:00pm
ROOM 103 Shawn Crystal and SCAD Q&A
Black and White Design and Composition for comics: Over the last century, stories of all mediums have tapped into the dynamic visual quality of “heavy blacks.” This workshop will focus on how to control the use of black and white shapes to create dynamic compositions, intriguing character designs, dramatic lighting effects, and complex staging. This will be a lecture-based workshop, filled with visual examples from the mediums masters of black and white comics. If you like Sin City, Hellboy, or 100 Bullets, this is the workshop for you! This workshop will be lead by Shawn Crystal, a Marvel Comics artist and Professor of Sequential Art at the Savannah Colllege of Art and Design (Atlanta campus.).

12:00pm-1:00pm
ROOM 103 Ernie Hudson Q&A
The “Ghostbusters” and “Crow” star shares his memories from the fan favorite films and takes questions about his favorite roles, what happened after the cameras shut down and what’s the deal with the Ghostbuster III flick?

12:00pm-1:00pm
ROOM 104 Artist Q&A w/ Bill Sienkiewicz
Award-winning artist Bill Sienkiewicz (Batman: The Widening Gyre covers) talks technique in this interactive Q&A panel and demonstration.

1:00pm-2:00pm
ROOM 103 Wizard Art School w/ Greg Horn
Superstar Marvel and DC artist Greg Horn (Blackest Night covers) leads a discussion on digital art and takes you through his creative process.

1:00pm-2:00pm
ROOM 104 Mimi Rogers Q&A
The Austin Powers and X-Files star takes fan questions about her memorable roles and talks about her memories from the fan favorite flicks and television series.

2:00pm-3:00pm
ROOM 103 Walking Dead Preview w/ Zombies
AMC’s ambitious horror series, based on Robert Kirkman’s ultra-hot zombie series from Image, now comes to life from director Frank Darabont! Check out this amazing preview of behind-the-scenes footage and extended clips along with a Q&A with stars of AMC’s show.

2:00pm-3:00pm
ROOM 104 Wizard Art School w/ Mike Grell
The legendary comic icon joins fans to discuss his unique art style as well as his take on the industry, from breaking in to breaking down a page.

3:00pm-4:00pm
ROOM 103 Artist Q&A w/ Ethan Van Sciver
The halls are alive with the sound of…”music.” Ethan Van Sciver invites you to spend the hour trapped in a small room discussing cannibalism, Wolverine, deviancy and all manner of filth and disease through the art of song. Not since Liberace has anyone tinkled (its usually tickled…did he want tinkled?) the ivories with such aplomb. Well, Richard Marx was good. But Ethan is good too! Come and see!

4:00pm-5:00pm
ROOM 103 Kids Costume Contest
Bring any kids 10 and under for this special event with great prizes just for families and the youngsters.

4:00pm-5:00pm
ROOM 104 Artist Q&A Panel with Cam Stewart, Humberto Ramos and Koi Turnbull
Superstar artists Cam Stewart (Batman & Robin) Humberto Ramos (Spider-Man) and Koi Turnbull (Terror Inc.) sit down for an exclusive Q&A about breaking into comics, conquering that big project, how they create a page and any other questions fans have about the art of comics.

The Cobb Galleria Centre is located at 2 Galleria Parkway in Atlanta. Atlanta Comic Con is the final stop on Wizard’s eight-city 2010 North American tour. Hours are Saturday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.. Tickets are available in advance or by calling 1-866-882-5860 and online at www.wizardworld.com/atlanta.html at up to a 15% savings over tickets purchased at the door. Advance adult single-day tickets are $25; two-day weekend tickets are $40, and tickets are free for children age 10 and under when accompanied by a paid adult (limit two children per adult). VIP packages with special entry and exclusive items are also available.

About Wizard Entertainment:
Gareb Shamus founded Wizard Entertainment in 1991. Today, Shamus publishes consumer magazines Wizard, ToyFare, FunFare and numerous books about pop-culture’s top talent, comic books and toys. Shamus also produces a North American Comic Con tour. Wizard World Comic Con – The Pop-Culture Capital of the World!

For the most recent event information please visit www.wizardworld.com and become an Atlanta Comic Con Fan on Facebook.

Wizard World Acquires Mid-Ohio-Con

This is kind of old news now, but in case you missed it…

Press Release:

Wizard World Acquires Mid-Ohio-Con

Wizard World Mid-Ohio Comic Con Set for October 22-23, 2011

Headline Guests Adam West, Burt Ward, Rob Liefeld Announced for 2011

NEW YORK and COLUMBUS, Ohio – Gareb Shamus, CEO of Wizard Entertainment, today announced the acquisition of Mid-Ohio-Con. The show will make its inaugural appearance on the Wizard World Tour circuit on the weekend of October 22-23, 2011 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, OH.

Wizard World Mid-Ohio Comic Con logo“The acquisition of Mid-Ohio-Con gives us an even stronger presence in the key Midwest market,” said Shamus. “We are excited to have the opportunity to build from the great foundation of Mid-Ohio-Con, which has consistently delivered the best in comics, celebrity and pop culture entertainment for 30 years running.”

“We are thrilled to join the Wizard World Tour,” said James Henry, Managing Director of Mid-Ohio-Con. “We are excited to work with Gareb and the Wizard World team to produce Mid-Ohio Comic Con and we are confident that this partnership will result in a show that will delight fans, creators and exhibitors alike in 2011 and beyond.”

Wizard World Mid-Ohio Comic Con announced its first slate of guests for 2011, which includes “Batman” stars Adam West and Burt Ward as well as fan-favorite Image Comics creator Rob Liefeld. “I’m in,” said Liefeld. “I’ve never been to Mid-Ohio before….make it a big deal!” Stay tuned for additional headline guest announcements in the coming months.

Mid-Ohio-Con is one of America’s longest-running and most successful comic book and pop-culture conventions, carrying on a fun and family-oriented tradition of bringing fans of all ages together with leading comic book writers and artists, film and television stars and creators, and publishers and retailers from across the nation.

2010 marked Mid-Ohio-Con’s 30th anniversary show which included guests of honor David Finch and Adam Hughes along with featured media guests Michael Berryman and Lou Ferrigno and more than 100 creators from the worlds of comics, film, gaming and television. The show had record attendance and has received acclaim from exhibitors, fans and guests as the best in its long history.

About Wizard Entertainment:
Gareb Shamus founded Wizard Entertainment in 1991. Today, Shamus publishes consumer magazines Wizard, ToyFare, FunFare and numerous books about pop-culture’s top talent, comic books and toys. Shamus also produces the largest North American Comic Con tour. Wizard World Comic Con – The Pop-Culture Capital of the World!

For the most recent event information please visit www.wizardworld.com and become a Wizard World Comic Con Fan on Facebook.

Wizard World Comic Con Tour:
November 12-14, 2010 – Austin Comic Con – Austin Convention Center
December 4-5, 2010 – Atlanta Comic Con – Cobb Galleria Centre
January 29-30, 2011 – New Orleans Comic Con – New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
February 26-27, 2011 – Miami Comic Con – Doubletree Miami Mart Airport Hotel and Exhibition Center
March 18-20, 2011 – Toronto Comic Con – Direct Energy Centre
April 29-May 1, 2011 – Anaheim Comic Con – Anaheim Convention Center
May 21-22, 2011 – Big Apple Comic Con ‘Spring Edition’ – Penn Plaza Pavilion
June 17-19, 2011 – Philadelphia Comic Con – Pennsylvania Convention Center
August 11-14, 2011 – Chicago Comic Con – Stephens Convention Center
September 17-18 – New England Comic Con – Hynes Convention Center
September 24-25 – Big Apple Comic Con – Penn Plaza Pavilion
October 23-24, 2011 – Mid Ohio Comic Con – Greater Columbus Convention Center
October 28-30, 2011 – Central Canada Comic Con – Winnipeg Convention Centre
November 2011 – Austin Comic Con
December 2011 – Atlanta Comic Con
TBA – New Jersey Comic Con
TBA – Cincinnati Comic Con
TBA – Cleveland Comic Con
TBA – Nashville Comic Con

Over 200 Guests for the Wizard World Big Apple Comic Con in October

Press Release:

LEE MAJORS, MARY MCDONNELL, ADAM WEST, “BRADY BUNCH BOYS” AMONG HEADLINERS AT WIZARD WORLD BIG APPLE COMIC CON, OCTOBER 1-2-3 AT MANHATTAN’S PENN PLAZA PAVILION

First Convention Appearance For Majors in 30 years, First for “Bradys” together on East Coast and First for West-Burt Ward in N.Y. in Two Decades; Claudia Christian, Julia Jones And 200+ Celebrity Guests, Leading Comics Artists, Creative Directors To Attend

NEW YORK, Wizard World Big Apple Comic Con, part of North America’s largest pop-culture tour, is set for Friday through Sunday, October 1-3, at the Penn Plaza Pavilion in Manhattan. The event, the largest and longest-running Comic Con in New York, will bring together thousands of fans of all ages and plenty of celebrities and industry professionals to celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, comics, toys, video gaming, television, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.

Celebrity guests include:

Lee Majors (Six Million Dollar Man, The Fall Guy)

Mary McDonnell (Battlestar Galactica)

Adam West, Burt Ward (Batman)

Walter Koenig (Star Trek)

Claudia Christian (Babylon 5)

Julia Jones (Twilight: Eclipse)

Jake Lloyd, Ahmed Best, Bonnie Piesse (Star Wars)

Doug Jones (Hellboy)

Erin Gray (Buck Rogers)

Herb Jefferson, Jr (Battlestar Galactica – original series)

Richard Anderson (Six Million Dollar Man)

Barry Williams, Christopher Knight and Mike Lookinland (Brady Bunch)

Dan Folger (Balls of Fury, Fanboys)

Larry Thomas (Seinfeld)

Diora Baird (30 Days of Night)

Scott Porter (Caprica)

Captain Zorikh (Sci-fi Science, Jedi Junkies)

Paris Themmen (Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory)

Ashley C. Williams, Ashlynn Yennie, and Akihiro Kitamura (Human Centipede)

Kevin Nash, Ted DiBiase, Shane Douglas, Joel Gertner, Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, Virgil, Sean “X-Pac” Waltman, Mikey Whipwreck, “Simply the Best” G.A. West, Torrie Wilson, Tammy “Sunny” Sytch (pro wrestlers)

Alison Whitmore (Editor – IFC.com)

Knicks City Dancers

They will be among the stars on hand to meet fans, sign autographs and take professional photographs (Photo Ops) with fans.

This is Lee Majors’ first convention appearance in 30 years and the first time the ‘Brady Boys’ have been together on the East Coast,

It is also the first time in nearly 20 years that West and his “Batman” co-star Burt Ward will have appeared together in New York.

Other popular Big Apple Comic Con celebrity guests include Claudia Christian (“Look,” “Babylon 5″), Julia Jones (THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE, JONAH HEX), Jake Lloyd (STAR WARS: EPISODE I, “The Pretender”), Doug Jones (FANTASTIC FOUR, HELLBOY), Walter Koenig (“Star Trek,” “Babylon 5″) and other well-known personalities.

Fans can also meet their favorite comic artists, writers, and editors, including Carmine Infantino (Co-Creator of The Flash; Deadman; Batgirl; Human Target; Black Canary and the top Batman artist of the 60s!), Mike Grell (Green Arrow), Herb Trimpe (Hulk; Iron Man), Jerry Robinson (Batman, creator of Robin and Joker), Mark Millar (“Kick-Ass, Wanted), Dick Ayers (Sgt. Fury, The Incredible Hulk), Rich Buckler (Fantastic Four, All-Star Squadron), Irwin Hasen (Green Lantern, Dondi), Paul Levitz (Legion of Super Heroes, former DC president), Bob Wiacek (X-Men, The Brave and the Bold), Joe Madureira (Darksiders, Uncanny X-Men, Battle Chasers), Ethan Van Sciver (Green Lantern, Superman/Batman), Greg Horn (Blackest Night, Elektra, Ms. Marvel), Alex Maleev (Batman, Daredevil), Michael Golden (Wolverine: First Class, New Exiles), Mark Texeira (Moon Knight, Ghost Rider), Trevor Von Eeden (Black Lightning, Batman), J.G. Jones (Final Crisis, Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia), Leinil Yu (Wolverine; X-Men; Ultimate Comics: Avengers 2; Uncanny X-Men), Billy Tucci (Shi, Sgt. Rock), Mark Texeira (Moon Knight, Ghost Rider), Arthur Suydam (Marvel Zombies, Batman), Steve Manion (Fearless Dawn), Louis Small, Jr (Vampirella), Rob Liefeld (Deadpool, Youngblood), Jim Shooter (former editor-in-chief, Marvel, Valiant), Bill Jemas (former Marvel Comics publisher), J. David Spurlock (Author, artist, and editor), and many other national and local creators.

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 more than 200 dealer booths.

Special events at Big Apple Comic Con include the “Magic: The Gathering” card game tournament, professional photo opportunities (Photo Ops) with celebrities and others to be announced.

The Penn Plaza Pavilion is located at 401 Seventh Avenue at 33rd St., in the historic Hotel Pennsylvania. Big Apple Comic Con is the fifth stop on Wizard’s eight-city 2010 North American tour. Hours are Friday, Oct. 1, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 2, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 3, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (all times Eastern). Tickets are available in advance or by calling 1-866-882-5860 and online at www.wizardworld.com/bigapple.html at up to a 15% savings over tickets purchased at the door. Advance adult single-day tickets are $25; three-day weekend tickets are $45, and tickets are free for children age 10 and under when accompanied by a paid adult (limit two children per adult). VIP packages with special entry and exclusive items are also available.

For the most recent event information please visit http://www.bigapplecon.com become a Big Apple Comic Con Fan on Facebook.

Adam West and Burt Ward to Attend Wizard World New England

Press Release:

To the Con, Robin!… Adam West, Burt Ward To Attend Wizard World New England Comic Con

NEW YORK and BOSTON, September 13, 2010 – It will be like a trip to the Batcave for “Batman” fans as Adam West and Burt Ward, who played “Batman” and “Robin,” respectively, in the original television series, will both appear at Wizard World New England Comic Con, Oct. 15-17, at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. The “Dynamic Duo” will meet fans, sign autographs and pose for photograph opportunities.

West, a true American icon, is best known for his roles as “Batman” and to a younger generation as “Mayor Adam West” in the popular animated series “Family Guy.” He has made nearly 50 movies, including starring or co-starring roles in DROP DEAD GORGEOUS, THE NEW AGE, THE YOUNG PHILADELPHIANS, AN AMERICAN VAMPIRE STORY, SOLDIER IN THE RAIN, ROBINSON CRUSOE ON MARS, and NEVADA SMITH.

He has had starring roles in several TV series other than Batman, including “The Detectives,” “The Last Precinct,” and “The Clinic.” His theater credits include “Volpone” at the Mark Taper Forum at the Los Angeles Music Center.

For more on Adam West’s career and life, visit his personal Website at www.AdamWest.com and his Facebook page.

Though an avid comic fan growing up, Ward had somehow never read an issue of Batman when he first auditioned for the role of Robin. Quickly impressing the producers, Ward was cast as Robin alongside West’s Batman for an unforgettable three-season run that lasted 120 episodes.

The legacy of Batman has stayed with Ward throughout his career. He has reunited with West numerous times to reprise his role as Robin, and has also written an autobiography about his Batman experiences called “Boy Wonder: My Life in Tights.”

In recent years, Ward has founded a charitable organization called Gentle Giants Rescue and Adoptions, Inc, which rescues giant breed dogs like Great Danes and some smaller breed dogs. He also runs Logical Figments, a special effects contractor that provides graphics and animation for commercials and occasional feature films including Bulletproof Monk.

Visit www.burtwardlive.com for updated information and news on Ward, and http://gentlegiantsrescue.com for more on Gentle Giants.

West and Ward join seven “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer” stars including James Marsters, Charisma Carpenter, Nicholas Brendon, Ghostbusters’ Ernie Hudson and other celebrity guests, comic artists and industry professionals at the event.

The Hynes Convention Center is located at 900 Boylston Street in the Back Bay section of Boston. New England Comic Con is the sixth stop on Wizard’s eight-city 2010 North American tour. Hours are Friday, Oct. 15, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 16, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 17, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (all times Eastern). Tickets are available in advance or by calling 1-866-882-5860 and online at www.wizardworld.com/newengland.html at up to a 15% savings over tickets purchased at the door. Advance adult single-day tickets are $25; three-day weekend tickets are $45, and tickets are free for children age 10 and under when accompanied by a paid adult (limit two children per adult). VIP packages with special entry and exclusive items are also available.

TO – Batman Screening

 

Adam West appears at Toronto Underground Cinema With a Screening of the 1966 Batman Movie on Friday August 27th, 2010 at 8PM.

Toronto Underground Cinema
186 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON
Tickets $20 Advance, $25 Door

Batman on the big screen, Adam West in front of it, and bat-tastic prizes will be given out! Doors open at 7, the film starts at 8, the Q & A will follow the movie.

Michael Golden Print Exclusive at Wizard World Chicago

Press Release:

Exclusives Abound at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con! And for the first time EVER, Michael Golden’s artwork will be featured as part of the VIP Package for the premiere upcoming pop-culture event!

Wizard World Chicago Comic Con is the place to be to collect exclusive prints, books, die cast cars, toys and other items, as more than 30 different pieces will be available only at the event, August 19-22 at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill.

But this eye-catching Power Girl piece by the co-creator of X-Men’s Rogue, is available ONLY as part of the VIP exclusives. And it’s certainly no mystery why Mr. G. was picked as part of this special promotion for the show.

During his career, Golden has been an editor at DC Comics as well as senior art director at Marvel Comics, and has worked on numerous movie production projects, including some currently in development. His art has been the focus of gallery shows in places as diverse as New York, Gijon and Barcelona, Antwerp and Brussels, and his class on storytelling has been conducted in Spain, Brussels, Canada, and the United States.

In addition to his groundbreaking art on titles such as “The ‘Nam,” “Micronauts,”  “G.I. Joe Yearbook,” “The Avengers,” “Batman,” and “Dr. Strange,” Golden’s recent work can be seen on the covers of “Heroes for Hire,” “Exiles,” “Nightwing,” “Uncanny X-Men,” “Hulk Team-Up,” “Wonder Woman,” and  “Spiderman 1602,” among much more! Books on his work include the recent publications “Excess: The Art of Michael Golden,” “Modern Masters: Michael Golden,” “Heroes and Villains,” and “MORE Heroes and Villains,” most of which will be available from Michael in artist’s alley while supplies last.

Chicago Comic Con will easily be one of the top conventions of the year. And joining Golden at the event will be Eva Ink Artist Group contemporaries Mark Texeira and Steve Scott.

Currently Texeira is finishing up a Punisher limited series for Marvel Comics, and you no doubt know him from his stunning work on Ghost Rider, Moon Knight, Black Panther, Conan, and much more. Mark will have copies of his books “Babes and Brawn,” and “Tex: The Art of Mark Texeira,” at the show. 

Artist Steve Scott recently completed stints X-Men Forever, a Green Lantern special project and is currently working on a Batman story at DC Comics as well. At Wizard Chicago, Steve will be offering copies of his new sketchbook, “Steve Scott Sketches,” while supplies last, as well as some exclusive prints!

This year’s WWC also includes an impressive line-up from Hollywood including William Shatner, Linda Hamilton, James Marsters, Adam West, the Final Five Cylons from Battlestar Galactica, Linda Blair, Nicholas Brendon, Clare Kramer, Claudia Christian, Richard Roundtree, Julia Jones and many many more!

The line-up from the world of illustration and comics is also pretty amazing, and includes, along with Golden, Texeira, and Scott: Joe Madureira,  Arthur Suydam, Brian Pulido, J. Scott Campbell, Jim Calafiore, William Christensen,  Bill Sienkiewicz, Greg Horn, Stuart Sayger, Jill Thompson, Billy Tucci, Ethan Van Sciver, Leo Leibelman, James O’Barr,  Mike McKone, Geof Darrow, Gary Friedrich,  David Mack, Renee Witterstaetter, Mike Grell,  and tons more! It can certainly be said that Chicago Comic Con boasts one of the largest Artist Alley in the country!

In fact, this amazing event features over 500 special guests and celebrities from the world of comic books, film & television, wrestling, pop culture and more will be in attendance, and you will not want to miss out! And don’t forget to sign up for the VIP package featuring that fantastic Michael Golden Power Girl print as well!

Chicago Comic Con runs from August 19-22, 2010 at the Rosemont Convention Center. For more information, go to: http://www.wizardworld.com

For more information on commissions, and appearances of artists Michael Golden, Mark Texeira, Steve Scott and Eva Ink Artist Group, contact Renee at: evaink@aol.com

Wizard Releases Philadelphia Comic Con 2010 Programming Schedule

Via Wizard World:

SPECIAL SIGNINGS

Special signings will be taking place at the Wizard Booth. There is no additional charge for Special Signings. Special Signings are open to any Philadelphia Comic Con attendee.

Special Signing times and Signatory Guests are subject to change.

Wizard Entertainment and Philadelphia Comic Con reserve the right to limit the number of autographs per attendee, cap the line at any time, and not allow sketches to be done by our Guests as needed.

FRIDAY
3pm – 3:45pm – Ethan Van Sciver
4pm – 4:45pm – J.G. Jones
5pm – 5:45pm – Khoi Pham

SATURDAY
12pm – 12:45pm – Joe Madureira

SUNDAY
11pm – 11:45pm – Joe Madureira
12pm – 12:45pm – Greg Horn
1pm – 1:45pm – Tom Raney

BRUCE CAMPBELL SIGNING

Bruce Campbell will be holding his signing at Booth 103. We will have a special line for Bruce Campbell VIP Ticket Holders.
Wizard Entertainment and Philadelphia Comic Con reserve the right to limit the number of autographs per attendee, and cap the line at any time.

SATURDAY
3pm – 6pm – Bruce Campbell

PHILADELPHIA COMIC CON PANELS FRIDAY

Room 201B
2pm – 2:45pm
TRAILER PARK
Come watch trailers to upcoming movies with Wizard’s own Mike Cotton as he and his cohorts comment on them!

Room 201B
3pm – 3:45pm
WIZARD SCHOOL w/GREG HORN

Room 201B
4pm – 5pm
THE BIG TOY INDUSTRY PANEL
Come see what’s coming soon from the top toy makers!

Room 201B
5pm – 6pm
THE TOYFARE AWARDS
It’s that time of year again! Time to see who’s taking home the prize!

SATURDAY

Room 201B
12pm – 12:45pm
JAMES MARSTERS Q&A
James Marsters talks about his career on Buffy, Angel, Smallville, Torchwood and now Caprica! Don’t miss this!

Room 201B
1pm – 1:45pm
TBS SCREENING OF NEIGHBORS FROM HELL
Episode – Country Club Hell
Looking for a bonding moment with his boss Killbride, Balthazor scores himself a golf outing at his boss’ elite country club. His family accompanies him and struggle to fit in with the humans whose bad behavior both thrills and bewilders the Hellmans.
You can also add that exclusive freebies will be given out to everyone attending the screening.

Room 204B
1pm – 1:45pm
STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE 9 Q&A
Avery Brooks and Cirroc Lofton talk about being Father and Son in SPACE!!

Room 201B
2pm – 2:45pm
BRUCE CAMPBELL Q&A
Have a seat and listen to tales from Bruce! Ask questions, become enlightened! Premiere seating available for our Bruce Campbell VIP Ticket Holders!

Room 201B
3pm – 3:45pm
STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION Q&A
Have a seat and hear stories from the set from Brent Spiner and John DeLancie!

Room 204B
3pm – 3:45pm
WRITING COMICS AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN w/ ZENESCOPE’S RAVEN GREGORY
Come join Zenescope’s own Raven Gregory (writer of the Wonderland Trilogy, The Waking, The Gift) as he offers tips to young writers trying to break into the comic business from independent publishing, pitching to publishers, promoting your material, finding a creative team, the beast that is hollywood, and becoming a multi-millonaire creative genius…well maybe not that last one but all the rest will be discussed in earnest fashion by one of the hottest up and coming writers in the business today. A MUST panel for all hopeful writers and fans of the Wonderland scribe.

Room 201B
4pm – 4:45pm
WIZARD SCHOOL w/ETHAN VAN SCIVER

Room 204B
4pm – 4:45pm
CLARE KRAMER Q&A

Room 201B
5pm – 5:45pm
ADAM WEST Q&A
Meet Mayor West!

Room 204B
5:30pm – 6:30pm
PHILADELPHIA COMIC CON COSTUME CONTEST
Open to all ages! Details can be found on the SPECIAL EVENTS PAGE!

SUNDAY

Room 204B
11am – 11:45am
SABER ACADEMY
Join members of The NY Jedi and The New Jedi Order and learn what it takes to handle this iconic weapon of SCi-Fi Fandom! Watch their live, saber stage-combat demos and participate in the Q&A session.

Room 201B
12pm – 12:45pm
WIZARD SCHOOL w/J.G. JONES

Room 201B
1pm – 1:45pm
PATRICK STEWART Q&A
Don’t miss your chance to hear Professor X/Captain Picard talk about his amazing career!

Room 204B
1pm – 1:45pm
PHILADELPHIA COMIC CON CHARITY AUCTION
All sorts of awesomeness from original art, to signed photos to toys and DVDs and everything in between! Details can be found on the SPECIAL EVENTS PAGE!

Room 201B
2pm – 5pm
HORROR FILM FESTIVAL
Details can be found on the SPECIAL EVENTS PAGE!

Room 204B
2:30pm – 3:30pm
PHILADELPHIA COMIC CON KIDS COSTUME CONTEST
Open to kids age 10 and under! Details can be found on the SPECIAL EVENTS PAGE!

PHILADELPHIA COMIC CON NIGHT PROGRAMMINGFRIDAY:

100% COTTON w/MIKE COTTON AND ETHAN VAN SCIVER
Details can be found on the SPECIAL EVENTS PAGE for more details!

ZOMBIE BEACH PARTY
Details can be found on the SPECIAL EVENTS PAGE for more details!

SATURDAY:

ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT’S 5TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION/WIZARD WORLD PHILADELPHIA COMIC CON MASQUERADE BALL
Details can be found on the SPECIAL EVENTS PAGE for more details!

KAIJU BIG BATTEL
Details can be found on the SPECIAL EVENTS PAGE for more details!

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