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  • Sony Pictures to Debut Exclusive First Looks of Carrie and Evil Dead at NYCC 2012

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    Press Release:

    Sony Pictures to Debut Exclusive First Looks of Carrie and Evil Dead at New York Comic Con On October 13th

    CAST MEMBERS AND FILMMAKERS FROM BOTH FILMS WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE

    CarrieCULVER CITY, Calif., Sept. 19, 2012 — Sony Pictures will debut exclusive first looks at the highly anticipated upcoming films Carrie and Evil Dead at New York Comic Con on Saturday, October 13th from the Javits Center.

    The panel presentations for Carrie and Evil Dead will take place between 3:45pm-4:45pm on October 13th. The Carrie panel will include the film’s stars, Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore, along with producer Kevin Misher and director Kimberly Peirce. Evil Dead’s panel will include the film’s star, Jane Levy (“Suburgatory”), producer (and star of original) Bruce Campbell and director, Fede Alvarez.

    Carrie is a reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White (Chloe Grace Moretz), a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother (Julianne Moore), who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom. Based on the best-selling novel by Stephen King and directed by Kimberly Peirce with a screenplay by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. The film will be released nationwide on March 15, 2013.

    In the much anticipated remake of the 1981 cult-hit horror film, Evil Dead finds five twenty-something friends holed up in a remote cabin. When they discover a Book of the Dead, they unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival. Directed by Fede Alvarez, with a screenplay by Alvarez & Rodo Sayagues Mendez, the film will be released nationwide on April 12, 2013.

    New York Comic Con is taking place from October 11th-14th at the Javits Center (655 West 34th Street, New York). More information can be found at: www.newyorkcomiccon.com

    Activision to Show Off Their Games Slate at SDCC Plus Signings with Bruce Campbell, Peter Cullen, and More

    Transformers Fall of Cybertron



    Activision Publishing To Showcase Blockbuster Slate Of Fan-Favorite Video Games At San Diego Comic-Con 2012 (via PR Newswire)

    SANTA MONICA, Calif., July 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Gaming, comics, sci-fi, cos-play, and fans from all walks of life the world over will experience a colossal interactive entertainment lineup from Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI),…

    Wizard World Announces Chicago Comic Con 2011 Programming Schedule

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    Wizard World Chicago Comic Con 2011

    Press Release:

    ‘Willy Wonka,’ ‘The Evil Dead’ Panels, Patrick Stewart, Bruce Campbell, Christopher Lloyd Q&As, ‘Kids’ Day,’ James Marsters Concert, ‘Buffyfests’ Highlight Wizard World Chicago Comic Con Programming

    Julie Benz, Felicia Day, Anthony Michael Hall, ‘Stargate Universe,’ ‘Walking Dead’ Panels, ‘Wizard School,’ and Costume Contests Also On Tap For August 11-14 at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

    NEW YORK and ROSEMONT, Ill., August 1, 2011 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con today announced its huge programming schedule, featuring unique celebrity Q&A’s, music, film screenings and discussions, artist schools, contests and more for the event, set for Thursday through Sunday, August 11-14 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.  Sessions featuring superstars Patrick Stewart, Bruce Campbell and Christopher Lloyd and notables from such popular programs and films as “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer,” “The Walking Dead,” WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY and THE EVIL DEAD are among the highlight attractions.

    Some of the top sessions include:

    • Rare Q&A sessions with Patrick Stewart (“Star Trek: The Next Generation:), Christopher Lloyd (BACK TO THE FUTURE, “Taxi”), Anthony Michael Hall (SIXTEEN CANDLES), Morena Baccarin (“V,” “Stargate SG-1”), Pam Grier (“Smallville”) and Felicia Day (“The Guild”)
    • “Buffyfests” with “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer” stars Nicholas Brendon, Kelly Donovan, Mercedes McNab and Clare Kramer
    • Popular panels with Julie Benz (“Dexter,” “No Ordinary Family), Bruce Campbell (“Burn Notice,” ARMY OF DARKNESS), Lou Ferrigno (“The Incredible Hulk”) and Ray Park (STAR WARS)
    • Up-close and personal concert with the multi-talented James Marsters (separate admission)
    • Screening and reunion of the five stars of the cult classic film THE EVIL DEAD, including Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor, Betsy Baker and Theresa Tilly
    • Young stars Chandler Riggs, Addy Miller and Adrian Kali Turner along with other stars of the hit television series “The Walking Dead”
    • A WILLY WONKA panel featuring the five child stars of the original 1971 classic film
    • “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
    • Wizard Art School and Q&A’s featuring leading creators like Ivan Brunetti, Michael Golden,  Bill Sienkiewicz, Mike Grell, Humberto Ramos, Greg Horn and others
    • The popular adult costume contest and fun kids costume contest with great prizes

    Unless noted, Chicago Comic Con programming will take place in the designated panel rooms at the Donald E. Stephens 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 08/12

    1:00-1:45PM
    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)

    Tom Nguyen’s Style Of Inking
    Renowned inker Tom Nguyen (Green Lantern; Brightest Day; Batman and Robin) shares his tips for perfecting your professional inking process; includes live demonstrations. (Room C)

    2:00-2:45PM
    Michael Uslan Q&A
    As one of the highest grossing movie producers of all time, Emmy Award-winning Michael Uslan sits down to share his experiences working with some of the industry’s top talent as the executive producer behind the billion dollar Batman series – including Batman Forever, Batman Returns and The Dark Knight. (Room A)

    Exposed: The Secrets Of Professional Wrestling
    Some of your favorite wrestlers spill their secrets and give fans the low down on what’s real and what’s not in the world of professional wrestling. (Room B)

    3:00-3:45PM
    Willy Wonka Reunion
    The five child stars from the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory reunite 40 years after the release of the classic 1971 film. Panelists include Peter Ostrum (“Charlie Bucket”), Paris Themmen (“Mike Tee Vee”), Julie Dawn Cole (“Veruca Salt”), Denise Nickerson (“Violet Beauregard”) and Michael Boellner (“Augustus Gloop”). (Room A)

    Edward Furlong Q&A
    The actor fills us in on the ups and downs he’s seen in Hollywood since beginning his career as the young John Connor in the blockbuster movie Terminator 2: Judgment Day. (Room A)

    4:00-4:45PM
    Torchwood Q&A With Kai Owen And Gareth David-Lloyd
    Kai Owen and Gareth David-Lloyd became international superstars with their roles as Rhys Williams and Ianto Jones in the British sci-fi hit “Torchwood,” and they traveled overseas to make a special US appearance at the Chicago Comic Con! (Room A)

    Stargate Universe Q&A With Alaina Huffman And Julia Benson
    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 B)

    Panel Discussion With The Creators Of Unicorn City
    Ever wanted to know what it takes to produce an independent feature film? Come learn and ask questions from the creators of Unicorn City – a romantic comedy that is screening for FREE at the Chicago Comic Con.

    5:00-5:45PM
    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)

    Wizard Art School With Ivan Brunetti
    Go back to school for free with University of Chicago professor and Eisner Award-nominee Ivan Brunetti! He will discuss and demonstrate some cartooning basics such as character design, layout, and efficient visual storytelling. (Room C)

    6:00-6:45PM
    Buffyfest Q&A With Clare Kramer And Mercedes McNab
    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)

    Scary Funny: The Art Of Combining Humor And Comedy
    Novelist Alan Goldsher – the twisted mind behind the acclaimed Paul Is Undead: The British Zombie Invasion, Midnight Movie and the upcoming Hills Are Alive With The Sound Of Suckin. What do all these novels have in common? They’re all simultaneously disgusting and hilarious, a melding of literary attitudes that is poised to take over the book world. In his first appearance at Chicago Comic Con, Alan will discuss how to successfully blend comedy with horror, will read from all three books, sign copies of Paul Is Undead and Midnight Movie, give away prizes, and answer all your questions…no matter how goofy they may be. (Room B)

    7:00-8:00PM
    Saving The Day With Felicia Day
    Join Felicia Day for a panel discussion on filmmaking as she presents an exclusive glimpse of her highly anticipated upcoming feature film, Rock Jocks. The panel also includes Writer/Director Paul Seetachitt, Production Designer/Executive Producer Greg Aronowitz, Producer Sheri Bryant and Executive Producer John Byrnes. Includes a sneak preview of the film’s trailer, exclusive behind-the-scenes film clips, as well as audience Q&A discussion. (Room A)

    8:00-10:00PM
    Film Screening: The Boondock Saints
    Relive the story of the twin vigilantes that set out to rid Boston of crime and evil while on the run from the FBI. Starring Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus and David Della Rocco. For mature audiences only.

    Film Screening: Unicorn City
    Unicorn City is the story of a fanatical gamer who creates a Utopian society based on the rules of tabletop gaming, only to have the city stolen out from underneath him by his gaming nemesis Shadow Hawk, played by John Gries. (Room C)

    8:00-11:00PM
    Wizard World Chicago Drink And Draw – Hosted By Tommy Castillo
    Don’t miss your chance to hang out with some of your favorite artists at the official Wizard World Drink and Draw, hosted by Tommy Castillo! Some will drink, some will draw, and the best will take on the challenge of doing both! (Aloft Hotel Lounge- 9700 Balmoral Avenue)

    Saturday 08/13

    11:00-11:45AM
    Pam Grier Q&A
    With a career spanning over 40 years and extensive résumé- including Foxy Brown, Jackie Brown, “Smallville,” and “The-L Word- Emmy-award nominee Pam Grier dishes on the roles that have made her a household name and her legacy in TV and film. (Room A)

    Flashpoint/100 Bullets Q&A
    Eduardo Risso, Brian Azzarello and Dave Johnson – the Eisner-Award winning team behind Flashpoint: Batman-Knight of Vengeance and the Vertigo hardboiled crime series 100 Bullets – reunite to discuss the writing and sketching processes behind the popular series. (Room B)

    Wizard Writing School: Gregg Hurwitz, Michael Harvey And Paul Jenkins
    Join bestselling authors Gregg Hurwitz (The Crime Writer; The Tower), Michael Harvey (Michael Kelly, PI Series: The Chicago Way) and Paul Jenkins (Spider-Man, Batman; The Incredible Hulk) for this panel on writing and editing for comics. (Room C)

    12:00-12:45PM
    Julie Benz Q&A
    Having starred in 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)

    Storytelling With Michael Golden
    Whether you’re a writer, artist, or just a comic lover, come for this sit-down with one of the most renowned storytellers in the business as he shares 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)

    Comic Con Costuming With The 501st
    The 501st 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 C)

    1:00-1:45PM
    Morena Baccarin Q&A
    Whether you know her as Inara Serra in “Firefly,” Adria in “Stargate SG-1,” or Anna in the newest remake of “V,” Morena Baccarin is undoubtedly one of the female superstars of sci-fi. Join her for a special Q&A session with fans, as she answers all of your questions and shares her thoughts on the future of sci-fi television. (Room A)

    Anthony Michael Hall Q&A
    After rising to stardom as one of our favorite “geeks” in ‘90s teen classics such as Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Weird Science, or as County Commissioner Johnny Smith in the Steven King series “The Dead Zone, ” don’t miss your chance to talk to Anthony Michael Hall as he makes his Wizard World Comic Con debut. (Room B)

    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 for making it in comics. (Room C)

    2:00-2:45PM
    Patrick And Daniel Stewart Q&A
    All hail Sir Patrick Stewart! We all know and love him for his roles as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in “Star Trek” and as Professor Xavier in the X-Men movies, among dozens of other film, television and stage credits. Don’t miss the international superstar when he teams up with his son Daniel (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”) for a special double Q&A at Wizard World Comic Con. (Room A)

    Tia Carrere Q&A
    Tia Carrere hasn’t only stolen the hearts of men everywhere with her roles in favorites such as Wayne’s World and the popular series “Relic Hunters,” this exotic beauty is a Grammy Award-winning singer, actress and voiceover talent, and shares the secrets to her multi-faceted success in Hollywood. (Room B)

    Breaking Into Comics With Will Conrad And Mike Deodato
    Brazilian fan favorites Will Conrad (X-23 II; Wolverine) and Mike Deodato (Amazing Spider-Man; Wonder Woman) discuss and demonstrate how they create their art and incorporate storytelling. (Room C)

    3:00-3:45PM
    Felicia Day And Jeff Lewis Q&A
    Aside from starring in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” Felicia Day has made her name as one of the biggest stars on the web. She reunites with “The Guild” co-star Jeff Lewis as they share how they became viral sensations with her widely popular award-winning series “The Guild.” (Room A)

    Levar Burton Q&A
    Whether the adults know him by face as Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge from “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” or the kids know him as the voice of Kwame in the kid’s cartoon favorite “Captain Planet,” or as the face of “Reading Rainbow,” LeVar Burton has delighted fans on-screen for generations, and will share his experiences in this Q&A. (Room B)

    Breaking Into Comics II With Humberto Ramos, Paul Jenkins And Pia Guerra
    Eisner Award winners Humberto Ramos (Amazing Spider-Man; The Spectacular Spider-Man), Paul Jenkins (Spider-Man; Batman) and Pia Guerra ( 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 C)

    4:00-4:45PM
    Christopher Lloyd Q&A
    Christopher Lloyd became a fan favorite in his role as Dr. Emmett Brown- the world’s favorite weird scientist- in the Back to the Future trilogy, so catch him when and he lands at Chicago Comic Con! (Room A)

    Charisma Carpenter Q&A
    Buffyfest continues to get hotter as Charisma Carpenter, loved by fans as Cordelia Chase on the television series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and its spinoff “Angel,” sits down for her Q&A. (Room B)

    How To Make A Comic From Script To Print
    The Kubert School presents “How to Make a Comic from Script to Print.” Archie Comics artist and Kubert School instructor, Fernando Ruiz, walks you through the process of making a comic – from story, to pencils, inks, colors and then finally lettering – this a great introduction to all the different disciplines that go into creating a comic.

    5:00-5:45PM
    Bruce Campbell Q&A
    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 Chicago Comic Con. (Room A)

    The Way Of The Nerd With Ken Goldstein
    Do you have the best idea for a comic book, video game, cartoon or movie?? Get industry insight to sell you comic book, video game, cartoon or movie, and learn about how today’s most prolific artists made it to the top of the industry from the insiders that know it best. Panel features host Ken Goldstein, author of The Way of the Nerd: Practical Advice for Impractical People, and special surprise guests. (Room B)

    Wizard Art School: Cartooning From Start To Finish With Glen Mcckoy
    Two-time Magazine Cartoonist of the Year and Editorial Cartoonist of the Year winner Glen McCoy will teach you how to create your own editorial pieces in this interactive lesson on cartooning. (Room C)

    6:00-7:00PM
    Musical Of The Living Dead
    This “musical zom-com” (zombie comedy), is an original musical parody of classic zombie films and musical theatre. Featuring music inspired by everything from Gershwin to Green Day, the show follows the lives of ten very different people trapped in a farmhouse seeking refuge from the brain-eating zombies outside. (Room B)

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

    6:00-6:45PM
    Five Year Mission Performance
    Don’t miss this performance by Star Trek band Five Year Mission. (Room C)

    8:00-12:00AM
    Wizard World Masquerade Ball – Zombie Edition
    After the costume contest the Zombie Takeover continues as we take over the Lobby Level of the Hyatt (across from the Red Bar) for a night of dancing, drinks and lots of zombies! Costumes preferred but not required. Free admission with a Wizard World Comic Con Wristband. (Hyatt Regency O’Hare Foyer – 9300 Bryn Mawr Avenue)

    8:30-9:30PM
    James Marsters Concert
    After enjoying sell-out crowds across the nation, singer/songwriter James Marsters performs a rare and intimate concert up close and personal with Wizard World fans! *Separate concert ticket required for entry. (Room A)

    10:00-12:00AM
    Film Screening: The Evil Dead
    The zombie-fest continues with the cult classic The Evil Dead, the story of the 5 college students that get trapped in the woods after releasing flesh-eating zombies. Starring Bruce Campbell! For mature audiences only. (Room A)

    Sunday 08/14

    11:00-11:45AM
    James Marsters Q&A
    Best known for his role as Spike, the platinum blonde vampire on hit shows “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel,” James Marsters answers questions about everything from his evolution from acting to music and back, and the projects he plans to conquer in the next few years. (Room A)

    Mimi Rogers Q&A
    Talented actress and producer Mimi Rogers (Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me; “X-Files”) makes her Chicago Comic Con debut to dish about her leading men, behind-the-scenes shenanigans and more.
    (Room B)

    Bill Sienkiewicz And David Mack Q&A
    Legendary artists and long-time friends David Mack (Kubuki) and Bill Sienkiewicz (Batman: The Widening Gyre covers) unite for this insiders’ look at their art processes, and give advice and their personal do’s and don’ts of the trade to new creators interested in sequential storytelling. (Room C)

    12:00-12:45PM
    The Evil Dead Reunion
    While we can’t promise flesh-eating zombies, we can promise that the reunion of the five stars of the cult classic The Evil Dead will be a Q&A that you don’t want to miss! Featuring Bruce Campbell (“Ash”), Ellen Sandweiss (“Cheryl”), Richard DeManincor (“Hal Delrich”), Betsy Baker (“Linda”) and Theresa Tilly (“Sarah York”). (Room A)

    Louis Gossett Jr. Q&A
    Emmy and Academy Award-winning actor Louis Gossett Jr. (An Officer and Gentleman ; Enemy Mine) sits down for a rare opportunity to ask about his historic career in movies and television. (Room B)

    How To Be A Hero With Jarrett Crippen
    Join The Defuser as he engages kids with his acclaimed program How to be a Hero! This high energy program will teach kids (ages 1st-5th grade) the finer points of how to be a REAL hero in their own communities. 9-1-1, Stranger Danger, What to do in a real emergency and what it takes start the path to true hero status! This 30 minute program will have long lasting results for the young hero in your family! (Room C)

    1:00-1:45PM
    Boondock Saints Reunite
    Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flanery- the pair known as Murphy and Connor MacManus in The Boondock Saints I and II – reteam with “The Funny Man” Rocco (David Della Rocco) for a special Q&A session. (Room A)

    Vivica A. Fox Q&A
    With countless movies and television shows under her belt – including Kill Bill: Vol 1, Independence Day, Juwanna Man and so many more – Vivica A. Fox shares the details behind the movies, her career, and everything we never got to see on-screen in some of our favorite movies. (Room B)

    Draw Like A Superhero With Franco Aureliani And Art Baltazar
    Bring the youngsters to meet this Eisner Award winning tag team behind kids’ favorites such as Tiny Titans and Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam, as they host this interactive step-by-step guide to creating your very own superhero comic! (Room C)

    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)

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

    Digital Art School W/ Greg Horn
    Superstar Marvel and DC artist Greg Horn (Blackest Night covers) leads a discussion on the future of digital art and takes you through his creative process in creating all of your favorite pieces. (Room C)

    3:00-3:45PM
    Walking Dead Q&A And 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, Addy Miller and Anthony Guajardo. (Room A)

    3:00-3:30PM
    My Favorite Giant Reading With Peter Mayhew
    Peter Mayhew- the 7’3″ actor that brought Chewbacca to life- now brings you his latest children’s book My Favorite Giant, intended to help little ones understand that being different doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Join Peter and his wife/co-author Mary Mayhew, for their special reading and book signing. (Room B)

    3:00-5:00PM
    Film Screening: Unicorn City
    Unicorn City is the story of a fanatical gamer who creates a Utopian society based on the rules of tabletop gaming, only to have the city stolen out from underneath him by his gaming nemesis Shadow Hawk, played by John Gries. (Room C)

    4:00-4:30PM
    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! Recommended for mature audiences – may contain adult references. (Room A)

    Chicago Comic Con is the seventh stop on Wizard World’s 2011 North American tour.  Hours are Thursday, August 11, 5 – 9 p.m.; Friday, August 12, noon – 8 p.m.; Saturday, August 13, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, August 14, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Tickets are available in advance online at http://www.wizardworld.com/chicago.html at a savings over tickets purchased at the door.  Advance adult single-day tickets are priced at $25 ($35 on site); four-day all-session tickets are $50 ($60 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.

    The full event schedule can be found at www.wizardworld.com.

    ***** SAVE THE 2011/12 DATES *****
    August 11-14, 2011 – Chicago Comic Con
    September 24-25, 2011 – Los Angeles Comic Con
    October 22-23, 2011 – Mid-Ohio Comic Con
    November 11-13, 2011 – Austin Comic Con
    January 28-29, 2012 – New Orleans Comic Con
    March 24-25, 2012 – Toronto Comic Con
    April 28-29, 2012 – Anaheim Comic Con
    May 19-20, 2012 – Big Apple Comic Con
    June 1-3, 2012 – Philadelphia Comic Con
    October 2012  – New England Comic Con
    December 8-9, 2012 – Miami Comic Con

    More Than 270 Creators at Wizard World Philadelphia 2011

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    Humberto Ramos Spider-Man

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    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

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    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

     

    Spooky Empire Brings MAY-HEM to Orlando Florida

    April 4, 2011 by  
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    Spooky Empire's May-Hem

    Press Release:

    SPOOKY EMPIRE BRINGS MAY-HEM TO ORLANDO, FLORIDA

    Orlando, FL – Spooky Empire wanted to get the party started early in 2011. So they have put together one hell of a second show, coming in May of 2011. They are ready to rock the doors off the Wyndham Orlando Resort with sickest guest lineup on the convention scene so far! This event, appropriately called Spooky Empire’s May-Hem, makes its home at the Wyndham Orlando Resort on May 27-29, 2011. Spooky Empire is fast becoming one of the most popular horror event companies in the U.S. with fans coming from all over the world to attend. Last years October show was monstrous, with the most fans in attendance so far. So make your Memorial Day weekend plans now and come on out!

    Their amazing guest line up includes a 30th Anniversary Reunion of The Evil Dead! Including horror icon Bruce Campbell, best known for his roles in The Evil Dead films, Army of Darkness, Xena, Bubba Ho-Tep, My Name is Bruce, and his newest project, Burn Notice, the #1 rated series on cable. Bruce will be joined by The Ladies of the Evil Dead; Betsy Baker, Ellen Sandweiss, and Sarah York, as well as Ted Raimi, Hal Delrich, and Special FX artist Tom Sullivan. From the Army of Darkness film, Timothy Quill will be appearing and from Evil Dead II, Danny Hicks.

    That’s not the only cast lineup at May-Hem. For all of you Boondock Saints fans, come out and meet the stars, Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus and David Della Rocco. Sean Patrick Flanery is known for many other films and television projects including Powder, The Young Indiana Jones, The Dead Zone and Saw 3D. Norman Reedus is most currently starring in the AMC series, The Walking Dead.

    Joining Norman Reedus “Daryl Dixon” for a Walking Dead cast gathering will be Jon Bernthal “Shane Walsh”, Chandler Riggs “Carl Grimes”, Keisha Tillis “Morgan’s Wife”, Addy Miller “Little Girl Walker”, and Melissa Cowan “Bicycle Zombie”.

    Added to this already incredible lineup is Alex Winter best known for his part in The Lost Boys and even better as “Bill S. Preston, Esq.” in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Cult Fiction icon Bob Wall from legendary Bruce Lee films including “Enter the Dragon” will be making a rare convention appearance as well as the beautiful Diora Baird, one of Maxim’s Hot 100 of 2007 and 2008. She has starred in films such as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning and Night of the Demons. Michael Kenworthy “Jesse Wilson” in Return of the Living Dead:II” will be in attendance as well as Erin Grey of Buck Rogers fame, as well as Jason Goes to Hell and of course Silver Spoons.

    Last but certainly not least, the most recent and most exciting addition to May-Hem, Anthony Michael Hall. His long list of unforgettable projects spans 3 decades! Including The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Weird Science, Johnny Be Good, National Lampoons Vacation, Edward Scissorhands, the television series The Dead Zone, and the list goes on. Hall is making a rare appearance at May-Hem and will be in attendance all three days of the event! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to meet him!

    How can there be a Spooky Empire event without the life of the party, Bill Hinzman, the original Zombie. Bill will be hosting the Friday night kickoff event, The Dead Man’s Party, by the pool. Some of the events taking place Friday night will be bands, DJ’s, and a most original Zombie Costume Contest with $500 in cash prizes! The weekend will also be packed full of panels and Q&A’s hosted by the many Celebrity Guests in attendance.

    Advance tickets for this ultimate event are available now! $50 gets you in for the whole weekend, that’s all three days of May-Hem! One day passes are just $30 and $35. VIP packages for $199 are still available but going fast. Visit the website www.spookyempire.com.

    The Wyndham has extended an amazing rate of $59 a night to attendees if you mention “Spooky Empire” when you call for reservations. Make sure you reserve your rooms early, at this great rate they won’t last! The Wyndham reservation line is 1-800-421-8001.

    Join the legions of Spooky Empire fans on their Forum at www.spookyempire.com. Meet other fans, get answers to your questions, and find out the most recent updates on the show. You can also find and keep up with Spooky Empire on social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter.

    For more information visit the website at www.spookyempire.com or call the Spooky Empire Hotline 954-258-7852.

    SDCC 2010 Thursday Program Schedule Now Online

    How does this partial list of guests for the first day grab you?

    Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill, J. Michael Straczynski, Danny Elfman, Rick Riordan, Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, Michael Sheen, Bruce Boxleitner, Patton Oswalt, Dan DiDio, Jim Lee, The Miz, Brian Michael Bendis, Charlaine Harris, Bruce Campbell, Michelle Rodriguez, Aaron Eckhart, Todd McFarlane, Geoff Johns, Bruce Willis, Warren Ellis, Helen Mirren, Mike Mignola, J.J. Abrams, Joss Whedon, Robert Kirkman, Michael C. Hall, David Duchovny, Sylvester Stallone, Steve “Stone Cold” Austin, Michael Cera, Michael Elizabeth Winstead, and Penn & Teller.

    Oh, and the panel announcement everyone’s been waiting for:

    3:30-4:30 Entertainment Weekly: The Visionaries— A discussion with geek gods J. J. Abrams (Star Trek) and Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) on the future of pop culture. EW presents an in-depth conversation with these two creative geniuses about how technology, gaming, and global culture are reshaping how we tell and consume stories on television, film and the web. Plus: Is the superhero movie waning, or is it on the cusp of reinvention? And what do they think the pop culture universe will look like a decade from now? Moderated by Jeff “Doc” Jensen. Hall H

    Follow the link to see the whole schedule.

    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!

    Wizard World Philadelphia Returns This June 2010

    Press Release:

    Wizard World’s Philadelphia Comic Con Returns To Philadelphia Convention Center For 10th Anniversary Celebration, June 11-13, 2010

    William Shatner, Adam West, Bruce Campbell, James Marsters, Tia Carrere Among Celebrity Guests; Leading Comics Artists, Creative Directors and More than 150 Pop Culture Icons to Attend

    PHILADELPHIA, May 4, 2010 — Philadelphia Comic Con, part of North America’s largest pop-culture touring expo, will return to the “City of Brotherly Love” for the 10th straight year with a three-day run at Philadelphia Convention Center, Friday through Sunday, June 11-13, 2010. Philadelphia Comic Con will bring together thousands of fans of all ages and more than 150 celebrities and industry professionals to celebrate the best in pop culture movies, comics, toys, video gaming, television, anime, manga, horror, sports, original art, collectibles, contests, movie screenings, and more.

    Among the scheduled celebrity guests at Philadelphia Comic Con are William Shatner (“Star Trek”), Adam West (“Batman,” “Family Guy,”) Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Army of Darkness”), James Marsters (“Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” “Caprica,” “Smallville”), Tia Carrere (Wayne’s World, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”; “Relic Hunter”), Clare Kramer (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” Bring it On”), Lou Ferrigno (“The Incredible Hulk”), Scott Porter (“Caprica,” “Friday Night Lights”), Adrianne Curry (“America’s Next Top Model,” “My Fair Brady”), Christopher Knight (“The Brady Bunch,” “My Fair Brady”), Stephen Baldwin (The Usual Suspects, Bio-Dome), Jake Busey (Starship Troopers, The Frighteners) and Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters).

    “I’m looking forward to meeting up with my fans at the 10th Annual Philadelphia Comic Con,” said Marsters. “I think my fans are some of the coolest people I’ve met and I am excited to discuss and celebrate the characters I’ve played with all of them.”

    Fans can also meet their favorite comic artists, including Joe Madureira (“Darksiders,” “Uncanny X-Men,” “Battle Chasers”), Ethan Van Sciver (“Green Lantern,” “Superman/Batman”), J.G. Jones (“Final Crisis,” “Wanted,” “Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia”), Michael Golden (“Wolverine: First Class,” “New Exiles”), Mark Texeira (“Moon Knight,” “Ghost Rider”), and Herb Trimpe (“Hulk,” “Iron Man”) and many other local and national artists.

    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 daily costume contests. Event-goers may also try their hand interactive product exhibits by trend-setting brands such as Ford (displaying a new vehicle), THQ (showing a video game) and TBS (screening a new television program); shop for collectible comics, movie and television memorabilia, toys and games at more than 400 dealer booths; and experience the show’s Horror Pavilion dedicated to writers, artists, musicians, and actors well known in that genre.

    Sanctioned Tabletop Gaming Tournaments for Warhammer & Warhammer 40k and Trading Card Gaming Tournaments for YuGiOh, Pokemon, World of Warcraft & Magic the Gathering will take place throughout the weekend offering casual and competitive players the opportunity to win valuable prizes and increase their rankings. Additionally, event- goers are invited to bring their own short films to the expo, and enter the NYC Horror Film Festival’s Killer Short Sudden Death Competition. Winners will be inducted into the NYC Horror Film Festival program later this year.

    Philadelphia Comic Con is the third stop on Wizard’s nine-city 2010 North American tour. Doors open Fri., June 11 from noon – 8 p.m. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., and hours on Sunday are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (all times Eastern). Tickets are available in advance by calling 1-866-882-5860 and online at www.wizardworld.ticketleap.com/philadelphia at up to a 15% savings over tickets purchased at the door. Adult single-day tickets are $25; three-day tickets are $45, and tickets are free for children age ten and under when accompanied by a paid adult (limit two children per adult). Discount are available for students and faculty with identification.

    Fan Expo Canada Announces Full Celebrity Guest List

    Press Release:

    Fan-demonium to Reach an All-Time High at 15th Annual Fan Expo Canada 2009


    Leonard Nimoy, Linda Hamilton, Lou Ferrigno, and Bruce Campbell among the star-studded line-up at this year’s event

    July 9, 2009, Toronto, ON – Expect to see a surge of Vulcans, Storm Troopers, Zombies, Dragonballers and other strange and wonderful characters across the city as Toronto hosts the largest combined gaming, horror, comic, science fiction and anime event in the country. The 15th annual Fan Expo Canada takes place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building on August 28-30, 2009.

    Owned and operated by Hobby Star Marketing, Fan Expo Canada offers fans of every genre the chance to meet their favourite celebrities and pop culture heroes at autograph and photo sessions; participate in informational workshops with industry experts offering advice, tips and portfolio reviews; and shop for exclusive Fan Expo offers, collectables and memorabilia from more than 600 vendors.

    “By offering unique experiences and opportunities to interact with icons, industry leaders, and other enthusiastic fans, Fan Expo delivers a signature event in Canada that satisfies fans’ cravings like no other,” says Aman Gupta, President of Hobby Star Marketing. “For the past 15 years Fan Expo Canada has been the only event to bring this level of fandom to Toronto and Fan Expo Canada 2009 will bring even more to visitors than ever before with incredible limited edition offers, the widest range of industry merchandise available, and appearances by genre demi-gods.”

    Hobby Star Marketing Inc. was founded in 1992 and has quickly become one of Canada’s premiere sports and entertainment marketing companies. Since its inception, Hobby Star Marketing has secured a niche in the industry by specializing in professional sport and entertainment celebrity placement at a variety of venues and events.

    SPECIAL CELEBRITY GUESTS:

    SFX Science Fiction Expo, in association with SPACE – the official National Cable Broadcast Sponsor, guest list:

    • LEONARD NIMOY – The legendary Mr. Spock of Star Trek
    • LINDA HAMILTON – Sarah Connor celebrating the 25th Anniversary of The Terminator
    • BILLY DEE WILLIAMS – Lando Calrissian of the Star Wars feature films
    • BEAU BRIDGES – Major General Hank Landry of Stargate SG-1
    • THOMAS DEKKER – John Connor of Terminator: the Sarah Connor Chronicles
    • MARY MCDONNELL – President Laura Roslin of Battlestar Galactica
    • JAMES KYSON LEE – Ando of Heroes
    • AVERY BROOKS – Captain Benjamin Sisko of Star Trek Deep Space Nine
    • WALTER KOENIG – Pavel Chekov of Star Trek
    • ROBERT DUNCAN MCNEILL – Tom Paris of Star Trek Voyager
    • LOU FERRIGNO – The Incredible Hulk
    • DAVE THOMAS – Doug of Bob and Doug McKenzie brothers
    • LARRY THOMAS – Seinfeld’s “Soup Nazi”
    • TONY CURTIS – Legendary actor and Hollywood Icon

    The Comic Book Expo guest list:

    • JOE QUESADA – Editor In Chief Marvel Comics
    • DAN DIDIO – Senior VP DC Comics
    • CHRIS BACHALO – Legendary Artist
    • MIKE DEODATO JR.- Artist Dark Avengers
    • ETHAN VAN SCIVER – Artist of Flash Rebirth
    • J MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI – Award winning writer
    • STEVE MCNIVEN – Artist of Wolverine
    • IVAN REIS – Artist of Green Lantern & The Blackest Night – Rare appearance!
    • TERRY DODSON – Artist of Uncanny X-Men
    • DAVID FINCH – Artist of Ultimatum
    • OLIVIER COIPEL – Artist of Thor
    • MATT FRACTION – Writer of Uncanny X-Men and Invincible Ironman
    • MARKO DJURDJEVIC – Acclaimed Marvel Cover Artist & Thor
    • LEN WEIN – Legendary Creator of Wolverine & Swamp Thing
    • DARWYN COOKE – Artist of DC The New Frontier
    • DALE EAGLESHAM – Artist of upcoming Fantastic Four
    • BILL SIENKIEWICZ – Legendary Artist
    • STUART IMMONNEN – Artist of New Avengers
    • GEORGES JEANTY – Artist of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    • RICHARD ISANOVE – Artist of Stephen King’s Dark Tower
    • MIKE CHOI – Artist of X-Force
    • DOUG SNEYD – Legendary Playboy Cartoonist

    The Festival of Fear Horror Expo, sponsored by Rue Morgue Magazine, guest list:

    • BRUCE CAMPBELL – Legendary Film Actor
    • ROGER CORMAN – Legendary Director
    • UDO KEIR – Acclaimed Actor
    • BARBARA STEELE – Emmy Award-Winning Actress
    • TOM SAVINI – FX Master and Actor
    • ROBERT HALL – Award winning make up artist
    • JAMES DUVAL – Acclaimed Horror Film Actor
    • MAX BROOKS – Author Of The Zombie Survival Guide
    • ART HINDLE – Acclaimed actor
    • KELLEY ARMSTRONG – Best Selling Horror Author
    • JACK KETCHUM – Best Selling Horror Author
    • LLOYD KAUFMAN – Producer – Toxic Avenger

    The CNAnime Expo celebrity guest list:

    • SCOTT MCNEIL – voice star of Mobile Suit Gundam, Dragonball Z
    • CRISPIN FREEMAN – voice star of Naruto, Eureka Seven, Ghost In the Shell
    • BRAD SWAILE – voice star of Death Note, Mobile Suit Gundam
    • AARON DISMUKE – voice star of Fullmetal Alchemist, Trinity Blood
    • COLLEEN CLINKENBEARD – voice star of Fullmetal Alchemist, Trinity Blood
    • MONICA RIAL – voice star of Kiddy Grade, Noir, Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE
    • BRINA PALENCIA – voice star of Claymore, Romeo A Juliet
    • DEREK STEPHEN PRINCE – voice star of Bleach, Digimon

    The GX – Gaming Expo, sponsored by Zellers & G4 Tech TV, celebrity guest list:

    • STEVE DOWNES – Voice of Master Chief in the HALO video game series
    • VICTOR LUCAS – Creator / Producer / Host of Electric Playground
    • ED GREENWOOD – Creator / Author of Forgotten Realms
    • JESS HARTLEY – Editor / Developer of White Wolf Publishing
    • PIETER VAN HIEL – Role playing game Author of Sanguine Productions
    • JONATHAN LAVALLEE – President of Firestorm Ink gaming publisher
    • C.A. SULEIMAN – Director of Development CM Publishing
    • MALCOLM SHEPPARD – Role playing game Author of White Wolf

    Gaming fans will have the opportunity to take part in dozens of official tournaments, play new games, win prizes, meet with industry experts, attend seminars and view upcoming products.

    Additional Highlights:

    • Canada’s largest Masquerade Costume Contest on Saturday, Aug. 29
    • Industry Professional workshops for the public
    • Millions of dollars of collectibles and memorabilia for sale
    • Celebrity Q&A’s plus autograph and photo opportunities
    • More than 600 commercial exhibitors and retailers offering a full range of pop culture and entertainment themed merchandise including comic books, toys, collectibles, games, videos, and more!
    • Tons of costumed characters from your favourite TV shows & movies
    • Introducing a reusable shopping tote, made from 100% recycled materials and designed specifically for fans to take their goodies home
    • Exclusive show merchandise including:
      • MEGAN FOX photo cover variant for issue one TRANSFORMERS: TALES OF THE FALLEN comic book – Limited to only 1000 copies
      • STAR TREK: NERO comic, issue number one, “Spock Variant” edition – Limited to 1000 copies
      • ULTIMATE AVENGERS comic #1, “Sketch cover variant” edition (Limited to 1500 copies)
      • GREEN LANTERN: BLACKEST NIGHT Art Lithograph (Limited to 1500 copies) free and only available when you purchase a Fan Expo Premium Package

    Stay tuned to www.fanexpocanada.com for more additions to this exciting line-up…

    SHOW DETAILS:

    WHEN: AUGUST 28 – 30, 2009

    Friday, August 28th 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

    Saturday, August 29th 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

    Sunday, August 30th 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

    WHERE: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building

    222 Bremner Blvd. Toronto, Ontario

    TICKETS: Basic Adult Day Pass $25.00

    Kids under 12 years old are FREE when accompanied by an adult

    See website for further details

    SPECIAL EVENT TICKETS: Some celebrity presentations are specially ticketed events – for dates, times and prices, please call Ticketmaster (416) 872-7777 or visit www.fanexpocanada.com

    FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT www.fanexpocanada.com

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