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  • Kurosawa Tribute Art Show at Tr!ckster 2011

    Press Release:

    TR!CKSTER and The Criterion Collection have joined forces to curate a one-night-only celebration of the works of legendary director Akira Kurosawa on Friday, July 22, 2011. Cited as an inspiration to generations of storytellers, Kurosawa’s films resonate with a singular clarity of vision, and his images last in our minds long after the last frame has played.

    This intimate show will feature original pieces by artists from the worlds of comics, animation, and illustration, including: Mike Allred, Scott C., Josh Cochran, Francesco Francavilla, Robert Goodin, Victor Kerlow, Ted Mathot, Scott Morse, Sho Murase, Bill Presing, Jim Rugg, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Connor Willumsen. Though the gallery show will be free to enter and enjoy for the general public, all proceeds from sales of these works will be donated to the Japan Society Earthquake Relief Fund.

    This is a special engagement gallery event, existing for one night only, with all proceeds to benefit the Japan Society Earthquake Relief Fund.

    (art by Scott Morse. This piece will not be featured in the exhibition)

    More Than 270 Creators at Wizard World Philadelphia 2011

    Humberto Ramos Spider-Man

    Press Release:

    More Than 270 Superstar Creators Making Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con Their Canvas This Weekend

    Ramos, Cheung, Suydam, Sienkiewicz, Horn, Jimenez, Jones, Grell Among 270+ International, National and Local Artists and Writers On Hand Friday Through Sunday At Pennsylvania Convention Center

    NEW YORK and PHILADELPHIA, June 15, 2011 – More than 270 comics creators from around the world – and across the City of Brotherly Love – will be taking their talents to Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con, part of North America’s largest pop-culture tour, Friday through Sunday at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  From Will Eisner Industry Award winners like Kevin Maguire (“Justice League,” “Batman Confidential”) and Bill Sienkiewicz (“Elektra”) to popular creators Greg Horn (“Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark,” “Hero For Hire”), Arthur Suydam (“Marvel Zombies,” “Army of Darkness”) to J.G. Jones (“Final Crisis,” “Wanted”).

    What makes this gathering especially unique for Comic Con fans is the massive international presence, unmatched by any previous events. These include extremely rare U.S. appearances from greats like Carlos Pacheco (Spain), Mick Oosterveer (Denmark), Humberto Ramos (Mexico), Doug Braithwaite (England), Edgar Delgado “Pato” (Mexico), Francisco Herrera (Mexico) and more.

    The creators will be on hand to meet fans, sign autographs and sketch.  Many Greater Philadelphia-based artists will be in attendance, as well as a total of 13 Eisner Comics winners or nominees, including honorees Franco Aureliani (“Billy Batson And The Magic Of Shazam!,” “Tiny Titans”) and Todd Klein (“Green Lantern,” “New Talent Showcase”).

    “This weekend we have gathered Philadelphia Comic Con’s most diverse and talented group of creators ever,” said Gareb Shamus, Wizard World CEO.  “It’s another example of how Wizard World continues to bring the best and brightest in the comics industry to the fans.”

    Among the other popular artists fans will want to meet are Jim Cheung (“Avengers,” “Uncanny X-Men”), Phil Jimenez (“Amazing Spider-Man,” “Astonishing X-Men”), Mike Grell (“Green Arrow,” “Green Lantern”) and Tom Raney (“Avengers Academy,” “Incredible Hulks”).

    In all, more than 20 artists who have worked on the “Green Lantern” franchise are scheduled to appear, This Green Lantern Celebration includes such greats as Ethan Van Sciver, Tyler Kirkham and Shane Davis – perfect timing with the feature film releasing in theaters this weekend.  Philadelphia Comic Con programming includes two “Green Lantern” themed panels as well as several “Wizard Art School” sessions featuring top creators and others highlighting various aspects of the industry.

    Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con, now in its 11th year, 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.  Among the most popular celebrities scheduled to attend are Bruce Campbell, Adam Baldwin, Bill Goldberg, Pam Grier, Vivica A. Fox, Julie Benz and Billy Dee Williams.

    Philadelphia Comic Con is the sixth stop on Wizard World’s 2011 North American tour.  Hours are Friday, noon – 8 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Tickets are available in advance online at http://www.wizardworld.com/philadelphia.html at a savings over tickets purchased at the door.  Advance adult single-day tickets are priced at $25 ($35 on site); three-day weekend tickets are $45 ($55 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 on a limited basis.

    About Wizard World:
    Wizard World produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests. Wizard World also produces Wizard World Digital, an online publication covering new and upcoming products and talents in the pop culture world, and is distributed on a weekly basis to online and iPad users worldwide.

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

    ***** SAVE THE 2011/12 DATES *****
    June 17-19 – Philadelphia Comic Con
    August 11-14 – Chicago Comic Con
    September 17-18  – New England Comic Con
    September 24-25 – Los Angeles Comic Con
    October 22-23 – Mid-Ohio Comic Con
    October 28-30 – Central Canada Comic Con (C4)
    November 11-13 – Austin Comic Con
    January 28-29, 2012 – New Orleans Comic Con
    March 23-25, 2012 – Toronto Comic Con
    April 27-29, 2012 – Anaheim Comic Con
    December 8-9, 2012 – Miami Comic Con

    Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con 2011 Programming Announced

    Wizard World Philadelphia Programming featuring Bruce Campbell, Julie Benz

    Press Release:

    ‘Green Lantern’ Panels, Bruce Campbell, Billy Dee Williams, ‘Batman’ Q&As, ‘Kids’ Day,’ ‘Buffyfests’ Highlight Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con Programming

    Julie Benz, Adam Baldwin, Margot Kidder Q&A’s, Evening ‘Zombie Beach Party,’ ‘Terminator’ Panel, ‘Wizard School,’ and Costume Contests Also On Tap For June 17-19 at Pennsylvania Convention Center

    NEW YORK and PHILADELPHIA, June 2, 2011 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con today announced its diverse programming schedule, featuring unique celebrity Q&A’s, music, film screenings and discussions, artist schools, contests and more for the event, set for Friday through Sunday, June 17-19 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

    Some of the highlights include:

    • “Buffyfests” with “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer” stars Nicholas Brendon, Kelly Donovan, Mercedes McNab and Clare Kramer
    • “Green Lantern” franchise discussions with featured creators like Ethan Van Sciver, Carlos Pacheco, Shane Davies, Todd Klein and others
    • Rare Q&A sessions with Margot Kidder (“Lois Lane” from the SUPERMAN movies), Julie Benz (“Dexter,” “No Ordinary Family), Bruce Campbell (“Burn Notice,” ARMY OF DARKNESS), and Adam Baldwin (SERENITY, “Firefly”)
    • “Stargate Universe” Q&A with the beautiful tandem of Alaina Huffman and Julia Benson
    • “Kids’ Day” program with face painting, balloons, other fun activities specially designed for children
    • Popular panels with Billy Dee Williams and the “Dynamic Duo,” Adam West and Burt Ward of “Batman” fame
    • Sessions featuring stars of other huge multiplatform franchises such as STAR WARS (Jake Lloyd, Peter Mayhew, Daniel Logan), TERMINATOR (Michael Biehn, Kristanna Loken), “The Incredible Hulk” (Lou Ferrigno) and “The Walking Dead” (Chandler Riggs, Iron E. Singleton, Addy Miller)
    • Wizard Art School and Q&A’s featuring leading creators like Bill Sienkiewicz, Greg Horn, Humberto Ramos, Mike Grell, Francisco Herrera and others
    • The popular adult costume contest and fun kids costume contest with great prizes

    Unless noted, Philadelphia Comic Con programming will take place in the designated panel rooms at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 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:

    Friday

    2:00-2:30PM
    Lou Ferrigno Q&A
    Have your questions ready for the original Incredible Hulk Lou Ferrigno, or risk getting crushed. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. (Room B)

    2:30-3:00PM
    Margot Kidder Q&A
    With a career spanning over forty years, and with countless roles on both the big and small screens, acting veteran Margot Kidder (Superman; Sisters; “Smallville”) makes a rare appearance at Philadelphia Comic Con to share her secrets to longevity in Hollywood. (Room B)

    3:00-3:45PM
    Exposed: The Secrets Of Professional Wrestling
    Ted DiBiase, Virgil and Dawn Marie give fans the low down on what’s real and what’s not in the world of professional wrestling. (Room B)

    4:00-4:45PM
    Independent Filmmaking With Dan Fogler
    Hollywood actor Dan Fogler (Balls of Fury; Fanboys; Kung Fu Panda) and his producing partner Thomas Sullivan will discuss making films outside of the mainstream Hollywood system, as well as the difficulties and freedoms of producing independent works. (Room B)

    5:00-5:45PM
    Claudia Christian Q&A
    “Babylon 5” beauty Claudia Christian shares the secrets to her multi-faceted success, and previews a sneak peek of her new Showtime series “Look.” (Room A)

    6:00-6:45PM
    Terminator Panel With Michael Biehn And Kristanna Loken
    Michael Biehn (Terminator) and Kristanna Loken (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines) team up to talk about their respective roles as Sgt. Kyle Reese and T-X in the blockbuster movie trilogy. (Room A)

    Jonathan Tiersten Performance
    Actor and musician Jonathan Tiersten -from the 80’s classic Horror film Sleepaway Camp, and his latest movie The Perfect House – will be performing his latest CD called We’ll See, which is featured in the film The Perfect House. Q&A will follow. (Room A)

    Saturday

    11:00-11:45AM
    Buffyfest Q&A With Nicholas Brendon And Kelly Donovan
    “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” star Nicholas Brendon (Xander Harris) sits down with his on and off-screen twin brother Kelly Donovan to take fan questions about life during and after the pop culture phenomenon. (Room A)

    Digital Comics and the New Publishing Model (Room B)
    Borders is failing and Comixology is trending. What does this mean for the future of comics? Get advice on formatting, marketing, publishing and more from creators who’ve successfully made the crossover from web to print. (Room B)

    12:00-12:45 PM
    Star Wars Q&A With Jake Lloyd, Peter Mayhew And Daniel Logan
    The stars behind Anakin Skywalker, Chewbacca and Boba Fett take fan questions and discuss their thoughts on the evolution of one of the highest grossing film franchises in history. (Room A)

    Mike Grell Q&A
    The legendary comic icon behind classic Legion of Super-Heroes Tales and Warlord talks about his tips of the trade and shares his secrets from making it in comics. (Room B)

    1:00-1:45PM
    Billy Dee Williams Q&A
    “Lando” lands at Philadelphia Comic Con! Don’t miss it as the coolest man in STAR WARS history sits down to take fan questions. (Room A)

    Breaking Into Comics With Humberto Ramos, Francisco Herrera And Edgar Segura
    Fan favorites Humberto Ramos (Wonder Woman; Astonishing X-Men), Francisco Herrera and Edgar Segura (Superman/Batman) team up to give out their tips on refining your art, pitching to publishers, and any other sound advice they can think of about working in comics. (Room B)

    Smurfology 101
    This year “The Smurfs” animated series will be celebrating its 30th Anniversary with a new feature film to be released later this summer. The loveable blue gnomes are preparing to Smurf their way into the pop culture landscape yet again! Follow the world’s leading Smurfologist Matt Murray as he traces the Smurfs roots from character concepts for an unproduced Belgian short film, to global TV superstars and beyond. Includes special glimpses from Murray’s upcoming book The World of Smurfs, due from Abrams Image in August. (Room C)

    2:00-2:45PM
    Boondock Saints Q&A With Norman Reedus And Sean Patrick Flanery
    The pair known as Murphy and Connor MacManus in The Boondock Saints I and II reteam for a special Q&A session where they will share the details behind the movies, their careers, and everything you never got to see onscreen. (Room A)

    Green Lantern Panel Part I
    Some of the minds behind Green Lantern team up to discuss the writing and sketching processes behind one of comics’ most popular series. Featuring artists Ethan Van Sciver, Carlos Pachecho, Prentis Rollins and writer Tony Bedard. (Room B)

    3:00-3:45PM
    Julie Benz Q&A
    As a star of hit shows like “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Dexter” and “No Ordinary Family,” Benz talks to fans about her extensive career, ups and downs in the industry and her thoughts on the new generation of sci-fi and fantasy on television. (Room A)

    Digital 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. (Room B)

    4:00-4:45PM
    Batman And Robin Q&A With Adam West And Burt Ward
    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! (Room A)

    Wizard Art School With Bill Sienkiewicz
    Join Eisner Award winning artist Bill Sienkiewicz (Batman: The Widening Gyre covers), as he gives an insiders’ look at his art processes, and gives advice on his personal do’s and don’ts of the trade to new creators interested in sequential storytelling. (Room B)

    5:00-5:45PM
    Bruce Campbell Q&A
    Best known for his roles on the big screen in cult classics such as Army of Darkness and Evil Dead, or as Sam Axe in the hit television show “Burn Notice,” Bruce Campbell has proven to be a force to be reckoned with both on-screen and behind-the-scenes as an actor, director and author. Don’t miss an opportunity to ask him questions when he makes a rare appearance at Philadelphia Comic Con. (Room A)

    6:00-8:00PM
    Costume Contest
    Get your best costume together and come on down to Wizard World’s Philadelphia Comic Con costume contest for fun prizes and some of the craziest outfits you’ll see this weekend. (Room A)

    7:00-9:00PM
    SPECIAL FILM SCREENING – TBD (Room C)

    8:00-9:00PM
    Official Wizard World Zombie Beach Party
    After the show, the party continues at The Zombie Beach Party! Professional makeup artists will transform you into a zombie for the night ($10 face painting fee), then let loose and party with DJ Kiltboy and Dave Ghoul. The Slotcars and The Sharkskins will also take the stage, and don’t miss out on the prizes for the most creative zombies of the night. Wizard World Comic Con attendees are free with wristband; guest tickets are $10. (Trocadero Theatre – 1003 Arch Street )

    Sunday

    Free Felix The Cat Prints
    Visit Don Oriolo -CEO of Felix the Cat Productions- to pick up your free autographed Felix the Cat print. (Booth TBD)

    11:00-11:45AM
    Buffyfest Q&A With Mercedes McNab And Clare Kramer
    Join the ladies known as Harmony and Glory on the hit TV show “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” as they discuss their days on the show and dish about what went on behind-the-scenes of the show that just won’t die. (Room A)

    12:00-12:45pm
    Walking Dead Q&A With Chandler Riggs, Iron E. Singleton And Addy Miller
    AMC’s ambitious horror series based on Robert Kirkman’s ultra-hot zombie series from Image, now comes to life from director Frank Darabont (“The Green Mile”)! Check out this amazing preview of behind-the-scenes footage and extended clips along with a Q&A with some of the show’s stars. (Room A)

    Green Lantern Panel Part II
    Green Lantern artists Shane Davis and Tyler Kirkham and writer Todd Klein continue the Green Lantern discussion in part II of the series, sharing the storytelling processes behind some of your favorite comic minds. (Room B)

    1:00-1:45pm
    Stargate Universe Q&A With Alaina Huffman And Julia Benson (Room A)
    Alaina Huffman and Julia Benson take to the stage to spill on their days as the leading ladies Tamara Johansen and Vanessa James from the wildly popular sci-fi series “Stargate Universe.” (Room A)

    Kids’ Day Program – TBD (Room B)

    2:00-3:00PM
    Adam Baldwin Q&A
    With roles on sci-fi classics such as Serenity, “Firefly,” “The X-Files” and “Angel,” Adam Baldwin’s extensive résumé speaks for itself. Don’t miss his Wizard World Comic Con debut, where he will sit down to answer fan questions and share his favorite moments from the shows we’ve all come to love. (Room A)

    Kids’ Costume Contest
    Bring kids 10 and under for this special event with fun prizes just for families and the youngsters. (Room B)

    3:00-3:45PM
    Sound Of Musical Interlude With Ethan Van Sciver
    The halls are alive with the sound of…“music.” Ethan Van Sciver (Flash: Rebirth) 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 tickled the ivories with such aplomb. Well, Richard Marx was good… but Ethan is good too! Come and see! (Room B)

    Philadelphia Comic Con is the sixth stop on Wizard World’s 2011 North American tour.  Hours are Friday, June 17, noon – 8 p.m., Saturday, June 18, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Sunday, June 19, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Tickets are available in advance online at http://www.wizardworld.com/philadelphia.html at a savings over tickets purchased at the door.  Advance adult single-day tickets are priced at $25 ($35 on site); three-day weekend tickets are $45 ($55 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 on a limited basis.

    About Wizard World:
    Wizard World produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests. Wizard World also produces Wizard World Digital, an online publication covering new and upcoming products and talents in the pop culture world, and is distributed on a weekly basis to online and iPad users worldwide.

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

    ***** SAVE THE 2011/12 DATES *****
    June 17-19 – Philadelphia Comic Con
    August 11-14 – Chicago Comic Con
    September 17-18  – New England Comic Con
    September 24-25 – Los Angeles Comic Con
    October 22-23 – Mid-Ohio Comic Con
    October 28-30 – Central Canada Comic Con (C4)
    November 11-13 – Austin Comic Con
    January 28-29, 2012 – New Orleans Comic Con
    March 23-25, 2012 – Toronto Comic Con
    April 27-29, 2012 – Anaheim Comic Con
    December 8-9, 2012 – Miami Comic Con

     

    CA – Not Bad for a Human Signing

    Lance Henriksen signs his autobiography Not Bad for a Human and the Blu Ray release of Aliens at  7:30pm on Wednesday, May 11th. Lance will sign one other item with purchase of the book. Special guests include horror writer / publisher Steve Niles, cover artist Bill Sienkiewicz and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola.

    Dark Delicacies
    3512 W. Magnolia, Burbank, CA 91505

    Wizard World Anaheim Comic Con 2011 Con Report

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    On April 29-May 1st 2011, the Anaheim Convention Center hosted the 2nd annual Wizard World Anaheim show. Considering the amount of traffic on a Friday evening in Los Angeles, and a start time of 5 PM, I wasn’t expecting many people to show up the first day. I was mistaken. 

    From the start, the show started off with a bang. Just like last year, the crowds of people showed up to see some of their favorite celebrities, and also to interact with comic book creators. Saturday’s crowds definitely rocked the show, and although the Sunday crowds definitely thinned out, it was a terrific con, just like last year. It seems Anaheim is a great spot for a comic convention, with a lot of people commenting this was their first show. Whether it was through word of mouth, or the 50% off ticket purchased through Yelp, the show was definitely a success. If Comic Con ever left SD, Anaheim might definitely be a place to call home. Now on to some pics!

    Welcome to Wizard World Anaheim!

     

    Philip Tan setting up his booth.

     

    Rob Liefeld busy from the get go!

     

    Whilce Portacio interacting with a guest.

     

    Writer Judd Winick takes a stab at a sketch.

     

    Bill Sienkiewicz signing some books.

     

    Ebas doing his thing.

     

    Talent Caldwell being interviewed at his table.

     

    Wizard's huge Gaming section.

    Catwoman Julie Newmar.

    Sci fi cult actor Ray Park!

    Hercules himself, Kevin Sorbo.

    Tricia Helfer!

    It's Shaft!

    Lost's Rosseau can be found at Wizard World Anaheim!

    Smallville's Pa Kent!

    Go go Power Rangers!

    And finally, what good is a con without cosplay?

    Chicks dig Batman.

    Green Lantern and Atrocitus!

    Neo and Trinity!

    Comic and Movie Supermen.

     

    Don't be left in the Negative Zone like this guy! Come to Wizard World Anaheim next year!

    Wizard World Announces Anaheim Comic Con 2011 Programming

     

    Press Release:

    ‘Grease’ Cast Sing-A-Long, ‘Buffyfest’ Q&A, Panels Featuring ‘Batman’ ‘The Guild’ Actors, Tricia Helfer Highlight Wizard World Anaheim Comic Con Programming

    ‘Secrets of Pro Wrestling,’ Wizard Spotlights, ‘Wizard School,’ Voice Actors, Musical Intermissions and Costume Contests Also On Tap For April 29 – May 1 at Anaheim Convention Center

    NEW YORK and ANAHEIM, Calif., April 14, 2011 – Wizard World Anaheim Comic Con today announced its diverse programming schedule, featuring unique celebrity Q&A’s, music, screenings, artist schools and more for the event, set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 29 – May 1 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

    Some of the highlights include:
    –A Grease cast Sing-A-Long, featuring original movie director Randal Kleiser, cast members Jamie Donnell (Jan), Annette Cardona (Cha Cha) and Jeff Conaway (Kenickie)
    –Popular “Batman” panel with Adam West, Burt Ward, Julie Newmar and Lee Meriwether, helping commemorate the 45th anniversary of the start of the iconic television program
    –Rare Q&A session with Tricia Helfer, discussing her roles in “Battlestar Galactica,” “Burn Notice” and other appearances
    –Special screening of Disney’s “Messenger from Hell,” the first episode of the important new Stan Lee/Neal Adams motion comic “They Spoke Out: American Voices of Protest Against the Holocaust”
    –“Buffyfest” Q&A with Nicholas Brendon and twin brother Kelly Donovan
    –Wizard Art School and Q&A’s featuring leading artists like Michael Golden, Bill Sienkiewicz, Mike Grell, Greg Horn and others
    –Music and entertainment intermissions by “Jedi Elvis,” the L.A. Dance Co., and “The Force Experience”
    –Stars of “The Guild,” Amy Okuda, Vincent Caso and Robin Thorsen talk about the popular Web series
    –The popular adult costume contest and fun kids costume contest with great prizes

    Unless noted, Anaheim Comic Con programming will take place in Room A and Room B at the Anaheim Convention Center, 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:

    Friday

    6:00-6:45PM
    Exposed: Secrets Of Professional Wrestling
    Ted DiBiase and Virgil give fans the low down on what’s real and what’s not in the world of professional wrestling. (Room B)

    7:00-7:45PM
    Behind The Scenes With Dan Fogler
    Actor Dan Fogler (Take Me Home Tonight; Kung Fu Panda; Mars Needs Moms) sits down dish on everything from the on-set shenanigans, to what it’s like behind the scenes of a Hollywood set. (Room B)

    8:00-8:45PM
    Way Of The Nerd (Room A)
    Join Way of the Nerd author Ken Goldstein as he talks about the book and how it teaches people how to reach extraordinary goals, with an emphasis on making a living as an artist in video games, comic books and toys (Room A)

    9:00-10:00PM
    “SNAKE And Mongoose” Preview Screening (Room A)

    Saturday

    10:45-11:00AM
    L.A. Dance Co. Intermission
    Come watch this L.A. dance troupe heat up the dance floor. (Room A)

    11:00AM-7:00PM
    Neko Press Comics Presents: Live Art Demo With Billy Martinez
    Witness a masterpiece in the making from start to finish with a cutting-edge painting exhibition. Join Billy Martinez (Wildflower; The Deepest Dark) as he pulls back the curtain on his creative process, transporting you directly into his art studio with a musically-infused live art demo. (Booth 571)

    11:00-11:45AM
    Claudia Christian Q&A
    “Babylon 5” beauty Claudia Christian shares the secrets to her multi-faceted success, and previews a sneak peek of her new Showtime series “Look.” (Room A)

    Voice Acting Panel W/ Matthew Wolf, Neil Kaplan, And Charles Fleischer
    Join some of the voices behind some of your favorite characters for this interactive panel. (Room B)

    11:45-12:00PM
    L.A. Dance Co. Intermission
    Come watch this L.A. dance troupe heat up the dance floor. (Room A)

    12:00-12:45AM
    Grease Cast Sing-A-Long
    “Oh Those Summer Nights!” Join the director of the film, Randal Kleiser, along with cast members Jamie Donnelly (Jan), Annette Cardona (Cha Cha) and Jeff Conaway (Kenickie), as select musical scenes are screened and the cast leads the audience in a true sing-a-long. Now is your chance to not only sing-a-long fellow GREASE fans, but alongside cast members from the film. Be part of the magic, don’t be shy! Cast Q&A to follow. (Room A)

    Wizard Writing School: DJ Kirkbride, Jim Kreuger And Nathan Edmondson Q&A
    Don’t miss this panel with award-winning writers DJ Kirkbride (PopGun), Nathan Edmondson (PopGun; Who is Jake Ellis?) and Jim Kreuger (Earth X) as they give their tips on writing for comics. (Room B)

    12:45-1:00PM
    L.A. Dance Co. Intermission
    Come watch this L.A. dance troupe heat up the dance floor. (Room A)

    1:00-1:45PM
    Power Rangers Q&A
    Join the colorful cast of characters from the popular series and its spin-offs as they discuss life before and after “The Power Rangers.” (Room A)

    Harry Hamlin And Lisa Rinna Q&A
    Celebrity husband and wife Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna dish on how they conquered everything from TV and movies to Broadway, and share their secrets to maintaining a successful marriage and family under the bright lights of Hollywood. (Room B)

    1:45-2:00PM
    L.A. Dance Co. Intermission
    Come watch this LA dance troupe heat up the dance floor. (Room A)

    2:00-2:20PM
    “The Force Experience” Saber Show W/ The Saber Guild (Wizard Arena)

    2:00-2:45PM
    Buffyfest Q&A With Nicholas Brendon And Kelly Donovan
    “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” star Nicholas Brendon (Xander Harris) sits down with his on and off-screen twin brother Kelly Donovan to take fan questions about life during and after the pop culture phenomenon. (Room A)

    Breaking Into Comics With Phil Jimenez And Alé Garza (ROOM B)
    Fan favorites Phil Jimenez (Wonder Woman; Astonishing X-Men) and Alé Garza (Superman/Batman) team up to give out their tips on refining your art, pitching to publishers, and any other sound advice they can think of about working in comics.

    2:45-3:00PM
    Jedi Elvis Intermission
    Eric Cajiuat is…“Jedi Elvis”- an Elvis tribute artist who specializes in Elvis songs with Star Wars-themed parody lyrics. Catch him and his band The Rebel Alliance as they perform “Death Star Rock,” “Viva Mos Eisley,” “In The Desert” and more. (Room A)

    3:00-3:45PM
    Sound Of Musical Interlude With Ethan Van Sciver
    The halls are alive with the sound of…“music.” Ethan Van Sciver (Flash: Rebirth) 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 tickled the ivories with such aplomb. Well, Richard Marx was good… but Ethan is good too! Come and see! (Room A)

    Smallville Q&A W/ Alaina Huffman And John Schneider
    “Smallville” stars Alaina Huffman (Black Canary / Dinah Lance) and John Schneider (Jonathan Kent) answer fan questions about the popular TV series, and discuss their newest TV conquests. (Room B)

    3:45-4:00PM
    Jedi Elvis Intermission
    Eric Cajiuat is…“Jedi Elvis”- an Elvis tribute artist who specializes in Elvis songs with Star Wars-themed parody lyrics. Catch him and his band The Rebel Alliance as he performs “Death Star Rock,” “Viva Mos Eisley,” “In The Desert” and more. (Room A)

    4:00-4:45PM
    Batman And Robin Q&A W/ Adam West, Burt Ward, Julie Newmar And Lee Meriwether
    The ’60s Dynamic Duo reteams with their former first ladies for the 45th anniversary of the original hit show. Don’t miss 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! (Room A)

    Storytelling With Michael Golden
    No matter if you’re 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. It’s a rare opportunity to talk with the co-creator of X-Men Rogue, and groundbreaking penciler on such projects as Bucky O’Hare, The ’Nam, Micronauts, G.I. Joe, and much more. (Room B)

    4:45-5:00PM
    Jedi Elvis Intermission
    Eric Cajiuat is…“Jedi Elvis”- an Elvis tribute artist who specializes in Elvis songs with Star Wars-themed parody lyrics. Catch him and his band The Rebel Alliance as he performs “Death Star Rock,” “Viva Mos Eisley,” “In The Desert” and more. (Room A)

    5:00-5:45PM
    Tricia Helfer Q&A (Room A)
    Tricia Helfer – also known as humanoid Cylon ‘Number Six’ on the critically acclaimed sci-fi series “Battlestar Galactica”- is making a rare appearance at the Anaheim Comic Con, so don’t miss your chance to chat with this multi-talented actress and model!

    Wizard Writing School: Screenwriting W/ Adam Glass, Mike Benson And Zeb Wells
    When they aren’t screenwriting for hit TV shows, Mike Benson (“Entourage”), writer/producer Adam Glass (“Supernatural”), and Zeb Wells (“Robot Chicken”) are writing your favorite comics. Get your questions together for this all-star panel, as they dish on making it in the industry. (Room B)

    6:00-6:45PM
    Kids Costume Contest
    Bring kids 10 and under for this special event with great prizes just for families and the youngsters. (Room A)

    6:45-8:30PM
    Costume Contest
    Get your best costume together and come on down to Wizard World’s Anaheim Comic Con costume contest for huge prizes and some of the craziest outfits you’ll see this weekend. (Room A)

    7:00-9:00PM
    Matt Cohen’s Smodcastle
    Join Matt Cohen and a special celebrity guest host as they ponder and pontificate the finer points of existence… and generally offend a whole bunch of people. The show records live in front of an audience every Wednesday at The SmodCastle in Hollywood, and is brought to you by the SmodCast Network and Golden Apple Comics. It can be heard for free each Saturday at Smodcast.com and iTunes. For mature audiences only. (Room B)

    Sunday

    11:00AM-5:00PM
    Neko Press Comics Presents: Live Art Demo With Billy Martinez
    Witness a masterpiece in the making from start to finish with a cutting-edge painting exhibition. Join Billy Martinez (Wildflower; The Deepest Dark) as he pulls back the curtain on his creative process, transporting you directly into his art studio with a musically-infused live art demo. (Booth 571)

    11:00-11:45AM
    Special Presentation: Stan Lee, Neal Adams And Disney Take On The Holocaust
    Comic book legends Stan Lee and Neal Adams have teamed up with Disney Educational Productions and Holocaust historian Dr. Rafael Medoff to create “They Spoke Out: American Voices of Protest Against the Holocaust,” a series of motion comics that are changing the way the Holocaust is taught in the United States. On Sunday, May 1, we will commemorate international Holocaust Remembrance Day with Dr. Medoff presenting the first episode of this remarkable new series, narrated by Lee and illustrated by Adams. “Messenger from Hell” tells the amazing story of a Polish courier who smuggled himself into a Nazi death camp, and then made his way to the U.S. to alert Americans about the genocide. (Room A)

    The Guild Q&A
    “The Guild” stars Amy Okuda, Vincent Caso and Robin Thorsen sit down to talk about the popular web series, and dish about all of the behind-the-scenes drama that you never saw on-screen.

    12:00-12:15PM
    “THE Force Experience” Saber Show W/ The Saber Guild (WIZARD Arena)

    12:00-12:45PM

    Video Game Music Composition With Kevin Sherwood
    (Room A)

    Mike Grell Q&A
    The “X-Men” and “Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace” star engages fans in this one-of-a-kind Q&A, where he discusses his extensive film biography and his evolution to genre icon. (Room B)

    1:00-1:45PM
    Digital 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. (Room A)

    Con Costuming With The Rebel Legion
    The Rebel Legion costuming group shares their tips, skills and ideas on how to build and improve your comic con costumes. Whether you’re a Jedi, Rebel Pilot, Trooper, or Princess, they will share their knowledge on how to make sure your costume is the best. (Room B)

    2:00-2:45PM
    Ray Park Q&A
    The “X-Men” and “Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace” star engages fans in this one-of-a-kind Q&A, where he discusses his extensive film biography and his evolution to genre icon. (Room A)

    Wizard Art School With Bill Sienkiewicz
    Join Eisner Award winning artist Bill Sienkiewicz (Batman: The Widening Gyre covers), as he gives an insiders’ look at his art processes, and gives advice on his personal do’s and don’ts of the trade to new creators interested in sequential storytelling. (Room B)

    3:00-3:30PM
    Split Decision Improv Group

    Anaheim Comic Con is the fourth stop on Wizard World’s 2011 North American tour, which to date has 13 events scheduled. Hours are Friday, April 29, 5-9 p.m., Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Sunday, May 1, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.. Tickets are available in advance online at www.wizardworld.com/anaheim.html at a savings over tickets purchased at the door. Advance adult single-day tickets are $25 ($30 on site); three-day weekend tickets are $45 ($50 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.

    About Wizard World:
    Wizard World is a producer of pop culture and multimedia conventions across North America that markets movies, TV shows, video games, technology, toys, social networking/gaming platforms, comic books and graphic novels. It has the rights to the names, marks, domains, customer lists and production rights for a portfolio of pop culture and multimedia conventions.

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

    Hero Initiative at WonderCon 2011

    WonderCon Archie

    Press Release:

    Hero Initiative Celebrates WonderCon’s 25th Anniversary With A Fundraiser Sponsored by IDW for The Cartoon Art Museum and the Hero Initiative with Special Guest Berkeley Breathed

    Sketch of your choice by Arthur Adams at Auction and Special Guests singings!

    LOS ANGELES, CA: WonderCon celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2011 as one of the country’s best comics and popular arts events on the West Coast! Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that supports comic creators in financial need, will be there celebrating with the crowd at the Moscone Center South in San Francisco, Friday April 1 through Sunday April 3.

    To help celebrate, The Hero Initiative and the Cartoon Art Museum proudly present the Annual WonderCon Weekend Party and Silent Auction, generously sponsored by IDW Publishing. The party will be held on Saturday, April 2, from 8pm to 11pm at the museum located at 665 Mission Street in San Francisco, right around the corner for the convention. Tickets for this event will be sold on a sliding scale from $10 to $100. Special incentives will be given for higher-level donations including membership, signed catalogs, and special limited edition prints. Advance tickets may be purchased through this link: http://guestli.st/48612. Capacity for this special event is limited, and advance reservations are recommended otherwise tickets can be purchased at the door. Don’t miss out on the fun; you never know who will show up!

    In addition, we are giving you a chance to get a convention sketch from master artist Arthur Adams! Go to: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=290548732226 for details, and you could win a single-character inked drawing of a character of your choosing. The winning bidder MUST be paid in full by April 1st and bring their PayPal receipt with photo ID to the Hero Initiative booth, #702.

    At our booth we will have newly released Archie: 50 Times and American Icon book for sale! All 50 amazing covers have been donated from artists around the world to comprise this fantastic collection! Get it while supplies last! Don’t forget to check out our line up for sketches and signatures. Proceeds all go to Hero Initiative’s great cause. Check it out!

    Booth schedule as follows:

    Friday April 1, 12-7
    Marv Wolfman 330-430
    Jason Aaron 4-5
    Francis Manapul 430-600

    Saturday April 2, 10-7
    Francis Manapul 1-3
    Marv Wolfman 430-530

    Sunday April 3, 11-5
    Terry Moore 1-2

    CAM
    The Cartoon Art Museum is the only museum in the western United States dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of cartoon art in all its forms.

    About The Hero Initiative:
    The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strict to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

    Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $400,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

    WonderCon 2011 Program Schedule Released

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    WonderCon 2011 Guests

    Press Release:

    WonderCon Schedule Released, Comics and Hollywood Stars Headline

    Event’s 25th Anniversary Promises to Be Most Spectacular to Date

    SAN FRANCISCO, March 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Comic-Con International (Comic-Con), the parent company of WonderCon, today released the much anticipated program schedule for the event, which will be held Friday through Sunday, April 1–3, at Moscone Center in San Francisco.

    The popular convention features every major comic book publisher, as well as major Hollywood movie studios and stars of comics, movies, and television.

    “This year’s lineup is pretty spectacular,” commented David Glanzer, WonderCon’s Director of Marketing and Public Relations. “Programming is always at the heart of our shows, and I think this year’s slate will prove to be among the most exciting yet.”

    Originally considered a regional show for Northern California, in recent years WonderCon has followed her sister event, the San Diego Comic-Con, in becoming a full-fledged national show attracting attendees and media from all over the country.

    WonderCon 2011 features some of the premier stars of the comics world including Jason Aaron, Sergio Aragones, Berkeley Breathed, Tony Daniel, Mark Evanier, Adam Hughes, Robert Kirkman, Hope Larson, Bob Layton, Paul Levitz, Jeremy Love, Francis Manapul, Carla Speed McNeil, Terry Moore, Ryan Ottley, Joe Quesada, Frank Quitely, Amy Reeder, James Robinson, Seth, Bill Sienkiewicz, Len Wein, F. Paul Wison, Judd Winick, and Marv Wolfman.

    Hollywood has a major presence at WonderCon this year as well, joining the action with an exclusive peek at Green Lantern with stars Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively and Peter Sarsgaard; a Cowboys & Aliens discussion with director Jon Favreau; a special presentation on the movie Immortals featuring Henry Cavill (the new Superman) and Kellan Lutz; and appearances by V’s Elizabeth Mitchell, Priest’s Paul Bettany, Super’s Rainn Wilson, Human Target’s Mark Valley, and Breaking In’s Christian Slater.

    The complete WonderCon programming schedule can be found at http://www.comic-con.org/wc/wc_prog.php. WonderCon ticketing details and additional information about the Comic-Con family of conventions can be found at www.comic-con.org.

    About WonderCon:

    WonderCon, one of the country’s best comics and popular arts conventions, is part of Comic-Con International (CCI), a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular art forms. The organization achieves its mission primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture. In addition to San Francisco–based WonderCon each spring, CCI organizes San Diego Comic-Con each summer (the world’s largest comics convention of its kind) and San Francisco’s Alternative Press Expo (APE) each fall. On the web: WonderCon.org, Facebook.com/wondercon, Twitter.com/wondercon.

    Wizard World Toronto Comic Con 2011 Programming Announced

    Wizard World Toronto Comic Con 2011

    Press Release:

    ‘Buffyfest,’ ‘Star Wars,’ ‘BSG,’ Julie Benz, Billy Dee Williams, Scott Thompson Panels Plus Fan Groups Parade Highlight Wizard World Toronto Comic Con Programming

    ‘Secrets of Pro Wrestling,’ Wizard Spotlights, ‘Wizard School’ and Costume Contests Also On Tap For March 18-20 at Direct Energy Centre

    TORONTO, March 8, 2011 – Wizard World Toronto Comic Con today announced its diverse programming schedule, featuring unique celebrity Q&A’s, parades, artist schools and more for the event, set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 18-20 at the Direct Energy Centre.

    Some of the highlights include:
    Rare Q&A panels with Scott Thompson and Julie Benz, as well as popular Comic Con guest Billy Dee Williams
    “Battlestar Galactica” panels featuring stars Aaron Douglas and Kate Vernon
    STAR WARS sessions with Ray Park (Darth Maul), Daniel Logan (Boba Fett), Jake Lloyd (Anakin Skywalker), Peter Mayhew (original Chewbacca) and Jeremy Bulloch (original Boba Fett)
    “Buffyfest” Q&As with Nicholas Brendon, Clare Kramer, Mercedes McNab and Mark Metcalf
    Troopers, knights, Ghostbusters and other groups take over the Direct Energy Centre floor with a parade of fan groups
    Wizard Art School and Q&A’s featuring leading artists like Mitch Breitweiser, Michael Golden, Bill Sienkiewicz, Mike Grell, Phil Jimenez, Greg Horn and others
    The popular adult costume contest and fun kids costume contest with great prizes
    Toronto Comic Con programming will take place in Room A and Room B at the Direct Energy 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, as well as linked at http://www.wizardworld.com/programming-toronto.html:

    Friday

    5:00-5:45PM
    Exposed: Secrets Of Professional Wrestling
    Ted DiBiase and Virgil give fans the low down on what’s real and what’s not in the world of professional wrestling. (Room B)

    6:00-6:45PM
    Aaron Douglas Q&A
    Best known for his role on “Battlestar Galactica” as Chief Galen Tyrol, Douglas can now be seen on “Hellcats” on The CW, and here he answers all of your questions during this exclusive Wizard World Toronto Comic Con session. (Room A)

    7:00-8:00PM
    Constellation Awards Preview (room A)

    Saturday

    11:00-11:45AM
    Claudia Christian Q&A
    “Babylon 5” beauty Claudia Christian shares the secrets to her multi-faceted success, and previews a sneak peek of her new Showtime series “Look.” (Room A)

    12:00-12:45AM
    Julie Benz Q&A
    As a star of hit shows like “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Dexter” and “No Ordinary Family,” Benz talks to fans about her extensive career, ups and downs in the industry and her thoughts on the new generation of sci-fi and fantasy on television. (Room A)

    Francis Manapul Q&A
    Francis Manapul (The Flash) gives his advice on the do’s and don’ts of the trade to new creators interested in becoming professional comic artists. (Room B)

    1:00-1:45PM
    Billy Dee Williams Q&A
    Lando lands at Toronto Comic Con! The coolest man in Star Wars history sits down to take fan questions. (Room A)

    Who Wants To Be On A Reality Show?! Hosted by Jarrett “The Defuser” Crippen
    Have you ever wanted to be on a reality show? Are you curious as to what the producers are looking for? Come get inside tips about reality shows and what it takes to win from the winner of Stan Lee’s “Who Wants to be a Superhero?” Season II. The Defuser (Jarrett Crippen) will talk about and answer questions regarding the audition process, competition, living conditions and other topics related to his show and reality shows in general. (Room B)

    2:00-2:45PM
    Buffyfest Q&A With Nicholas Brendon
    Buffy’s Xander Harris sits down to take fan questions about life during and after the pop culture phenomenon. (Room A)

    Mitch Breitweiser Q&A
    Mitch Breitweiser (Captain America; Fantastic Four) discusses his drawing style and his part in the neoclassical illustration movement. (Room B)

    3:00-3:15PM
    Groups Of The Con Parade
    Join troopers, knights, Ghostbusters and more, as they parade around the convention floor.

    3:00-3:45PM
    Peter Mayhew And Jeremy Bulloch Q&A
    The original Chewbacca and Boba Fett take fan questions and discuss their thoughts on the evolution of one of the highest grossing film franchises in history. (Room A)

    The Hulk Q&A With Jeff Parker And Dale Keown
    Two of the minds behind The Hulk team up to discuss the writing and sketching processes behind one of comics’ most popular franchises. (Room B)

    4:00-4:45PM
    Jake Lloyd And Daniel Logan Q&A
    As the newest and youngest generation of Star Wars icons, Lloyd and Logan discuss their roles as Anakin Skywalker and Boba Fett, and what it was like being the child stars on set. (Room A)

    Storytelling With Michael Golden
    No matter if you’re 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. It’s a rare opportunity to talk with the co-creator of X-Men Rogue, and groundbreaking penciler on such projects as Bucky O’Hare, The ’Nam, Micronauts, G.I. Joe, and much more. (Room B)

    5:00-5:45PM
    Behind The Scenes Of “Danny Husk: The Hollow Planet”
    Scott Thompson (“The Kids in the Hall”) will take you behind the scenes and into the pages of his newest Frozen Beach graphic novel “Danny Husk: The Hollow Planet.” At the Q&A panel, several lucky attendees will win an autographed copy of “Danny Husk: The Hollow Planet,” the signed CGC preview of the OGN and a CGC certified autographed photo of Scott Thompson. (Room A)

    Bill Sienkiewicz Q&A
    Legendary artist Bill Sienkiewicz (Batman: The Widening Gyre covers) gives an insiders’ look at his award winning art process. (Room B)

    6:00-6:30PM
    Kid’s Costume Contest
    Bring any kids 10 and under for this special event with great prizes just for families and the youngsters. (Room A)

    6:30-8:30PM
    Costume Contest: Sponsored By Warner Bros. “Sucker Punch”
    Here’s your chance to witness some of the craziest outfits you’ll see this weekend, and catch a sneak preview of Warner Bros. new film “Sucker Punch.” There will be a special “Sucker Punch” category, so get your best costumes together for a chance at a special prize. (Room A)

    Sunday

    12:00-12:45PM
    Battlestar Galactica Q&A With Kate Vernon And Aaron Douglas
    Vernon and Douglas talk about their roles as Ellen Tigh and Chief Galen Tyrol, and share what went on behind-the-scenes on the set of the popular sci-fi series “Battle Star Galactica.” (Room A)

    Between The Lines With Mike Grell
    The legendary comic icon behind classic Legion of Super-Heroes Tales and Warlord talks about his tips of the trade and shares his secrets from making it in comics. (Room B)

    1:00-1:45PM
    Chandler Riggs Q&A With Walking Dead Preview
    AMC’s ambitious horror series, based on Robert Kirkman’s ultra-hot zombie series from Image, now comes to life from director Frank Darabont (“The Green Mile”)! Check out this amazing preview of behind-the-scenes footage and extended clips along with a Q&A with Chandler Riggs. (Room A)

    Buffyfest Q&A With Mercedes Mcnab, Clare Kramer And Mark Metcalf
    Join “Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s” Harmony, Glory and The Master, as they discuss their days on the hit TV show. (Room B)

    2:00-2:45PM
    Ray Park Q&A
    The “X-Men” and “Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace” star engages fans in this one-of-a-kind Q&A, where he discusses his extensive film biography and his evolution to genre icon. (Room A)

    Phil Jimenez: Breaking Into Comics
    Have your questions ready because School of Visual Arts instructor and comic pro Phil Jimenez is ready to give fans an interactive tutorial on everything you need to know to draw comics. (Room B)

    3:00-3:15PM
    Groups Of The Con Parade
    Join troopers, knights, Ghostbusters and more, as they parade around the convention floor.

    3:00-3:45PM
    Wizard’s Digital Art School With 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. (Room A)

    Comic Con Costuming With The Rebel Legion
    The Rebel Legion costuming group shares their tips, skills and ideas on how to build and improve your comic con costumes. Whether you’re a Jedi, Rebel Pilot, Trooper, or Princess, they will share their knowledge on how to make sure your costume is the best. (Room B)

    Toronto Comic Con is the third stop on Wizard’s 2011 North American tour, which to date has 13 events scheduled. Hours are Friday, March 18, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Saturday, March 19, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday, March 20, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tickets are available in advance online at www.wizardworld.com/toronto.html at up to a 40% savings over tickets purchased at the door. Advance adult single-day tickets are $25 ($35 on site); three-day weekend tickets are $45 ($55 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 Direct Energy Centre is located at Exhibition Place in Toronto. It is Canada’s largest facility for conventions, exhibitions and events. Exhibition Place, a 192 acre waterfront campus located in downtown Toronto, is home to a variety of venues including Direct Energy Centre, Allstream Centre, Better Living Centre and the Queen Elizabeth building among various other tenant properties.

    About Wizard World, Inc.
    In addition to the new online publication Wizard World, the company Wizard World, Inc. (the “Company”) is a producer of Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America. These events feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists, writers and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, exhibitors, retailers, panels, and costume contests. The Company began its 2011 Comic Con Tour in New Orleans in January 2011, and has scheduled 12 other Comic Cons in 2011 in large cities such as Anaheim, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, Austin, and Boston.

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

    Wizard World Miami Comic Con 2011 Programming Schedule Released

    BuffyFest at Miami Comic Con 2011

    Press Release:

    ‘Buffyfest,’ ‘Batman,’ Julie Benz, Billy Dee Williams, Scott Thompson Panels Plus Fan Groups Parade, ‘Are You Smarter Than A Ghostbuster?’ Highlight Miami Comic Con Programming

    ‘Secrets of Pro Wrestling,’ Wizard Spotlights, ‘Wizard School’ and Costume Contests Also On Tap February 26-27 at Miami Airport Convention Center (MACC)

    MIAMI, February 10, 2011 – Wizard World Miami Comic Con today announced its diverse programming schedule, featuring unique celebrity Q&A’s, movie screenings, game shows, artist schools and more for the event, set for Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 26-27 at the Miami Airport Convention Center.

    Some of the highlights include:

    * Rare Q&A panels with Scott Thompson and Julie Benz , as well as popular Comic Con guests Billy Dee Williams, Adam West and Burt Ward
    * “Are You Smarter than a Ghostbuster” featuring Wizard World’s favorite Ghostbuster, Ernie Hudson
    * “Buffyfest” with Nicholas Brendon and “Vampire Diaries” with Clare Kramer and Mercedes McNab
    * Troopers, knights, Ghostbusters and other groups take over the Convention floor with a parade of fan groups
    * Saturday evening programming for adults only, 300 Brigade Villains Unite Show and the Bagged and Boarded “Smodcast”
    * Wizard Art School and Q&A’s featuring leading artists like Bill Sinkiewicz, Mike Grell, Phil Jimenez, Alé Garza, Michael Golden, Greg Horn and others
    * The popular adult costume contest and fun kids costume contest with great prizes

    Miami Comic Con programming will take place in Room A and Room B at the Miami Airport Convention Center, 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

    11:30AM-12:00PM
    Exposed: Secrets Of Professional Wrestling
    Wrestlers Kevin Nash, Candice Michelle and Angela Fong give fans the low down on what’s real and what’s not in the world of professional wrestling. (Room B)

    12:00-12:30PM
    Julie Benz Q&A
    As a star of hit shows like “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Dexter” and “No Ordinary Family,” Benz talks to fans about her extensive career, ups and downs in the industry and her thoughts on the new generation of sci-fi and fantasy on television. (Room A)

    1:00-1:45PM
    Billy Dee Williams Q&A
    Lando lands Miami Comic Con, as the coolest man in Star Wars history sits down to take fan questions. (Room A)

    Filipe Andrade Unleashed
    Andrade dishes on his new X-Men project: X-Men Unleashed, and offers tips about sustaining a career in comics whether you live in Manhattan or Siberia. (Room B)

    2:00-2:15PM
    Groups Of The Con Parade
    Join troopers, knights, Ghostbusters and more, as they parade around the convention floor.

    2:00-2:45PM
    Buffyfest With Nicholas Brendon
    Buffy’s “Xander Harris” sits down to take fan questions about life during and after the pop culture phenomenon. (Room A)

    The Cutting Edge W/ Bill Sienkiewicz, David Mack And J. David Spurlock
    Innovators Bill Sienkiewicz, David Mack, and J. David Spurlock discuss the wilder side of comics art. (Room B)

    3:00-3:30PM
    Are You Smarter Than A Ghostbuster? With Ernie Hudson
    Think you know GHOSTBUSTERS? Go head-to-head with Mr. “Winston Zeddemore” himself, as the Orlando Ghostbusters test your movie knowledge of the 1984 classic. (Room A)

    Tex: The Art Of Mark Texeira
    The legendary Ghost Rider, Sabertooth, Wolverine artist talks with award-winning author J. David Spurlock (Room B)

    4:00-4:45PM
    Batman And Robin W/ Adam West And Burt Ward
    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!
    (Room A)

    Wizard Spotlight: Jim Starlin
    Join award-winning Warlock and Captain Marvel writer-artist Jim Starlin, as he hosts a crash-course in comic writing. (Room B)

    4:45-5:00PM
    Miami Ballroom Dancers
    Come watch this Miami dance troupe heat up the dance floor with an amazing cha-cha routine. (Room A)

    5:00-5:45PM
    Behind The Scenes Of “danny Husk: The Hollow Planet
    Scott Thompson (“The Kids in the Hall”) and Stephan Nilson (President of Frozen Beach Studios) will take you behind the scenes and into the pages of their newest graphic novel “Danny Husk: The Hollow Planet.” At the Q&A panel, several lucky attendees will win an autographed copy of “Danny Husk: The Hollow Planet,” the signed CGC preview of the OGN and a CGC certified autographed photo of Scott Thompson.

    Between The Lines W/ Alé Garza
    Fan-favorite artist Alé Garza takes fans on an artistic tour of his style and storytelling. (Room B)

    6:00-6:30PM
    Kid’s Costume Contest
    Bring any kids 10 and under for this special event with great prizes just for families and the youngsters. (Room B)

    6:30-8:30PM
    Costume Contest
    Get your best costume together and come on down to Wizard’s Miami Comic Con costume contest for huge prizes and some of the craziest outfits you’ll see this weekend. (Room B)

    9:00-9:45PM
    The 3000 Brigade Presents: The Almost Got Em’ – Villains Unite Show!
    This show is a parody of all aspects of convention, video game, comic, and anime fandom life. This time the 3000 Brigade will battle formidable foes, have sexy girls dances that interrupt everything, and of course ROCK YOUR SOCKS OFF in their sixth Spectacular Show! So be prepared to have your eyes and ears assaulted by the finest bunch of Cosplay/Comic Entertainers this side of the Mississippi. WARNING: This show can be crude, rude, explicit, and just plain wrong, so if you are easily offended please find something else to do at this fantastically awesome convention! (Room A)

    10:00-11:00PM
    Bagged And Boarded Smodcast W/ Matt Cohen And Branden Creecy
    Join Matt Cohen, his friend Brendan Creecy and a special celebrity guest host, as they ponder and pontificate the finer points of existence…and generally offend a whole bunch of people. WARNING: Leave the kiddies at home; this program contains explicit content and is for adult audiences only! (Room A)

    Sunday

    11:00-11:45AM
    Wizard Spotlight: Denise Crosby
    Starring as “Tasha Yar” on “Star Trek: The Next Generation”, Crosby dishes on her early exit from the series, her memories of the first episodes and how “Next Generation” continues to endure.

    Who Wants To Be On A Reality Show?! Hosted By Jarrett “The Defuser” Crippen
    Have you ever wanted to be on a reality show? Are you curious as to what the producers are looking for? Come get inside tips about reality shows and what it takes to win from the winner of Stan Lee’s “Who Wants to be a Superhero?” Season II. The Defuser (Jarrett Crippen) will talk about and answer questions regarding the audition process, competition, living conditions and other topics related to his show and reality shows in general. (Room B)

    12:00-12:45PM
    Buffyfest With Clare Kramer And Mercedes Mcnab
    McNab and Kramer talk about their days as “Harmony” and “Glory” in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” (Room A)

    Phil Jimenez: Breaking Into Comics
    The School of Visual Arts instructor and long-time comic pro covers the dos and don’ts on pitching yourself to comic companies and editors. (Room B)

    1:00-1:45PM
    Ray Park Q&A
    The “X-Men” and “Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace” star engages fans in this one-of-a-kind Q&A, where he discusses his extensive film biography and his evolution to genre icon. (Room A)

    Storytelling With Michael Golden
    No matter if you’re 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. It’s a rare opportunity to talk with the co-creator of X-Men Rogue, and groundbreaking penciler on such projects as Bucky O’Hare, The ’Nam, Micronauts, G.I. Joe, and much more. (Room B)

    2:00-2:45PM
    Between The Lines With Mike Grell
    The legendary comics icon behind classic Legion of Super-Heroes Tales and Warlord talks about his tips of the trade and shares his secrets from making it in comics. (Room A)

    3:00-3:45PM
    Wizard’s Digital Art School With 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. (Room A)

    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.

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