Wizard World Chicago Comic Con 2014 Report! (Including an Interview with Lou Ferrigno)

It is a truth universally acknowledged . . . No. Let me rephrase. Waiting sucks.

I was in line at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. Shoulders smarting, back stiff as a statute, legs wobbly like a wooden easel, I was waiting for Josh Peck, a guest at this year’s (August 21-24) Chicago Wizard World Con. Josh is best known for starring opposite Drake Bell in the Nicklodeon show Drake & Josh. My daughter loved that show, and I was standing in line for her.

Josh finally arrived, and a great cheer went up–until he realized neither he nor his handler had any photos for him to sign. So we waited another 20 minutes. Chatted him up (his take on appearing in the remake of Red Dawn: “Awesome.”). Someone asked if he would yell “Megan!”, his signature line from Drake & Josh; he politely declined. Oh, and I got a selfie.


(OK, it wasn’t a selfie; I asked someone to take the pic. Shows you how superannuated I am.)

Josh was friendly but ill-at-ease. You could tell he was a convention novice, as opposed to, say, Lou Ferrigno. A regular at Wizard World cons, Lou is best known for his role as the Hulk in the 1978 CBS television series. I got a chance to talk to him for a few minutes.

Me: How did you get started doing conventions?

Lou: I was out with a friend of mine one time, and I went to a place in Hollywood where they had a convention. I walked around, and they kept telling me I ought to do a convention because the fans really want my autograph. I’m so used to giving autographs, and I thought, why not have a table? That’s how it started. It’s a good living.

Me: How long have you been doing conventions?

Lou: About 15 years.

Me: What are some crazy fan stories you can share?

Lou: I had a woman one time who came to me about a year ago, and she had a Hulk tattoo on her leg, and she had my signature tattooed on her leg. She had both legs done, and she wanted to take a picture, and her husband is standing there looking like, every morning I have to get up and look at my wife’s legs with your signature and the Hulk’s picture.

Me: I guess we saw where her loyalties lie. How did you get into character to play the Hulk?

Lou: It came naturally to me. I use pantomiming, acting without speaking, and they just loved it. I used the sensitive part of me to become the character.

Me: You have talked a lot about an actual actor playing the Hulk versus CGI. You’ve said people have told you they preferred your version.

Lou: Over 90% of the people have said that.

Me: Why do you think that is?

Lou: CGI cannot compete with a human Hulk. There is no sensitivity. The Hulk, the character I created, with his vulnerability and sensitivity—it can never be replaced.

Me: When I was growing up, my mother didn’t let me watch the Hulk because she said he was “vulgar.” Did you ever get negative comments from people who didn’t like the character?

Lou: The only negative was a lot of mothers hated me because their sons ripped their shirts and walked around the house that way.


Another headliner was Stan Lee, whose first autograph session was scheduled for 5:00pm on Friday. I had paid online for an autograph ($80!), and though the ticket was good all weekend, I thought going the first day would help me eschew half-day lines. At 4:00, I strolled to his booth, saw about 20 people standing there, and got in line. Wonderful! I thought. Then: this doesn’t seem right. Next, I noticed three things in the span of 10 seconds:

  1. The Stan Lee VIP badges around the necks of the people in front of me;
  2. To my left, a separate line of proletariat-looking people, where I clearly belonged; and
  3. A con staffer walking toward me.

Once I was moved to the correct line, I waited about an hour, which isn’t bad. At one point, someone said Stan Lee was somewhere in the exhibit hall posing for pictures FREE. I found him, took this picture, and noticed something strange. Do you see it too?


Five points to Gryffindor if you recognize that this person isn’t Stan Lee. I don’t know whether he was a cosplayer, a doppleganger, or something else, but I later got a candid (read: surreptitious) pic of the real deal.


Stan was terrific, charming and humble, and his line managers took a bend-but-don’t-break approach that I appreciated. In fact, all the crowds were well managed. One helpful feature was a signing schedule at every celebrity’s booth, like this one at Josh Peck’s.


Despite being the biggest event in the Wizard World portfolio, Chicago was a delight. I did a lot of waiting, but that is unavoidable, and I passed the time gawking at some world-class cosplayers. The rooms were laid out well, prices were clearly advertised, most things happened on time, and I saw little tension among staff or attendees. CGC was doing comic book grading on site, and that also went well, probably because Stan Lee had his own booth.


If you go to only one Wizard World con ever, make it Chicago. You’ll have a ball. Here are a few more pics to show you why.


No, this isn’t security removing an unruly attendee; it’s just a cadre of cosplayers.


The long and short of it.


Doin’ the Cybertron shuffle.


Looking forward to the Ant Man movie in 2015.


Even the queen had a good time hanging with a few (dis)loyal subjects.

Programming for Wizard World Chicago Comic Con 2014 Includes Bruce Campbell, David Boreanaz

Bruce Campbell

Press Release:

‘Guardians Of The Galaxy,’ David Boreanaz Q&A’s, Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival, Creator Sessions, TV & Film Screenings Headline Programming At Wizard World Chicago Comic Con

‘Gotham’ Screening, ‘Star Trek: TNG,’ Reunion, ‘Doctor Who,’ John Barrowman, Karl Urban, Stan Lee Sessions, Game Show, Leonard Nimoy Via Skype, Speed Dating, Film Festival Among 150+ Hours Of Panels At Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, August 21-24

ROSEMONT, Ill., August 13, 2014
 – In its largest and most diverse programming schedule to date, Wizard World Chicago Comic Con will feature more than 150 hours of Q&A’s, movie and TV screenings, special events, creator sessions, meet and greets, parties, fan-driven panels and more over four full days at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Thursday through Sunday, August 21-24Most programming is included as part of the standard event admission.

Sure to be among the most popular panels are the Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival (13 film screenings and several themed panels) and exclusive screening of the highly anticipated new Fox drama series “Gotham” (Sat., 1 p.m.). Q&A’s featuring Marvel’s Guardian of the Galaxy standouts Dave Bautista (Drax the Destroyer), Karen Gillan (Nebula) and Michael Rooker (Yondu) (Saturday, 5:15 p.m.), “Doctor Who” stars Matt Smith and Gillan(Sunday, 10 a.m, requires additional ticket), David Boreanaz (“Bones,” “Angel”) (Saturday, 2 p.m.), John Barrowman (“Torchwood,” “Arrow”) (Saturday, 4 p.m.), James Marsters (“Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” “Caprica”) (Friday, 1:30 p.m.), Karl Urban (“Buffy,” “Angel”) (Saturday, 11 a.m.), Stan Lee (Sunday, 11 a.m.), a Skype session with Leonard Nimoy (“Star Trek”) (Sunday, 2:30 p.m.) and other celebrities are also big fan favorites. “Bruce Campbell vs. the Audience” (Sat., 6:30 p.m.) as well as Wizard World Presents: Bruce Campbell’s Fanatic’s Face-Off, a frenetic game show (Friday, 7 p.m.) are among the offerings hosted by the inimitable star.

Some of the other Wizard World Chicago Comic Con programming highlights include the following:

  • Star Trek: The Next Generation” Reunion Event, hosted by William Shatner and featuring series stars Sir Patrick StewartJonathan FrakesLevar Burton, Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner and Gates McFadden (“Dr. Beverly Crusher”) (Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N River Rd., Sunday, 5 p.m. requires additional ticket)

  • Arrow” stars Katie Cassidy and Michael Jai White in a discussion of all things Starling City (Sat., 5 p.m.); and “How to Survive a Killer TV Show” with Sarah Wayne Callies and Scott Wilson(Sun., noon)

  • FILM:CON Presents Special Guest Kevin Conroy, the animated voice of Batman in dozens of films and shows, includes screening of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and discussion (Saturday, 6 p.m.)

  • Individual Q&A’s with Josh Peck (Fri., 3 p.m.), J. August Richards (Fri., 4:30 p.m.), Erica Durance (Sat., noon), Jason David Frank (Sat., 3:30 p.m.), Nicole Behaire (“Sat., 4 p.m.), Peter Criss(Fri., 5 pm.), “Elvira” Cassandra Peterson (Sun., 1 p.m) and others.

  • Informative discussions with noted comics creators Marv Wolfman, Tom Richmond, Jason Yungbluth, Danny Fingeroth, Dan Mishkin, Alan J. Porter, Gillian Porter, Michael Golden, Jenn Blake, Leinil Yu, Kevin West and more

  • Screening of The Crow (Saturday, 7 p.m., preceded by 6:30 p.m. “Creating the Crow with James O’Barr”) as well as exclusive viewing of the pilot of “Scorpion” (Sat., 3 p.m.)

  • Evening Events including “Wizard World Game Night” (Thurs., 8:30 p.m., Five Roses Pub, 5509 Park Place) (21+ only); “Creator Pro Am: Drink & Draw, (Fri., 8:30 p.m., Five Roses Pub) (21+ only); Wizard World After Party (Sat., 8:30 p.m., Hyatt Regency O’Hare, 9300 Bryn Mawr) (21+ only)

  • Con Radio Live” with host Mo Lightning and Aaron Sagers, with special guest Joel Hodgson of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (Saturday, 4:30 p.m.)

  • Costume contests for adults (Saturday, 7:15 p.m.) and kids (Sunday, 2:30 p.m.), plus cosplay-themed sessions with featured cosplayer Eric “The Smoke” Moran and others

  • Wizard World Comic Con Film Festival, featuring selected shorts and music videos (Thurs., 3-8 p.m., Fri. noon-5 p.m., Sat., 10-11:30 a.m., Sun., 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)

  • Sci-Fi Speed Dating (Thurs., 5 p.m.; Fri., 2 p.m.5 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.2 p.m.4 p.m..; Sun., 11 a.m.2 p.m.), 90-minute sessions

  • Meet-and-greets with Jason David Frank (Fri., 11:30 a.m.; Sat., 9:30 a.m.; Sun., 10:30 a.m.) (paid events) and Joel Hodgson (Sat., 3 p.m.)

  • Kids Day (Sunday), with an array of kids and family activities designed just for the younger set, highlighted by the Half-Hour Of Power With The Green Power Ranger (1:45 p.m.)

Unless noted, programming events take place in the designated General Programming Rooms at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. VIP tickets or additional costs may apply to ensure access to select activities, as noted. (*Note: Frank and Hodgson Meet & Greets, “Doctor Who” panel with Smith and Gillan, “Star Trek: TNG” Reunion require separate respective tickets.)

A full list of Wizard World Chicago Comic Con programming is available at http://www.wizardworld.com/programming-ch.html (subjects, guests, times and rooms subject to change).

Wizard World Chicago is the 10th of 16 events scheduled in the 2014 series produced by Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) and will also feature a top-drawer collection of well-known comics artists and writers and a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions. For more on the event, visit http://www.wizd.me/ChicagoPR.

About Wizard World:

Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD) produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests.

The full event schedule can be found at http://www.wizd.me/PR.

Michael Golden to Debut Dangerous Curves at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con 2014

August 21, 2014 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Illinois

Press Release:

“Dangerous Curves” Around the Bend at Wizard Chicago! (Thanks to artist Michael Golden)

Dangerous CurvesChicago– Fresh off the presses, the new hardcover, deluxe format, full color sketchbook by Michael Golden will debut at the upcoming Wizard World Chicago show, Aug. 21-24, at his table in the Featured Artist section of this year’s show.

“Michel Golden: Dangerous Curves” is a lush book, at 48 pages, full of powerful pieces by this renowned artist and storyteller.

But why call it “Dangerous Curves?”

Because the name is multi-layered. Golden is known for his strong female characters with their piercing eyes (and yes, curves). And indeed, Michael always says that the first thing he draws for any female character IS the eyes–the window to the soul. And each of Golden’s women express their own strength and individuality on every page, drawn in an authentic and complimentary style.

But “Dangerous Curves” also features other characters–those that lurk around the corner as well as those that seek adventure–providing a good sampling of familiar characters, human and otherwise, providing the drama and/or confronting it.

Being the master storyteller that Michael is, known for his work on “G.I. Joe,” “Spawn,” “Bucky O’Hare,” “The ‘Nam” and much more, of course each piece in this book tells a story of it’s own on each page, with a solid and substantial art style that roots them firmly in your imagination.

In addition to the new book making it’s debut at the show, with the artist in attendance to sign it, all VIP packages for the show will include a free Michael Golden poster in a limited edition. Ask for details on the Wizard World convention website!

“Michael Golden: Dangerous Curves” is limited to 1,000 copies. So, if you haven’t ordered yours from Diamond Distribution, you can still order one while supplies last from evaink@aol.com

For more information on the artist or for ordering, contact evaink@aol.com

Hero Initiative Announces 20 Convention Stops in 2014

Herb Trimpe
Press Release:

Hero Initiative Announces 2014 Convention Schedule—20 dates in all!

LOS ANGELES, CA (January 22, 2014) Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that raises money for comic veterans in medical and financial need, will be attending 20 comic conventions in 2014!

Yes! The Hero crew will be busy bees this year bringing you special guests, parties, and much more from San Diego to Calgary to New York City! We may be attending a convention near you, so make sure you stop by and help us help others who have paved the way for many others and have brought us years of joy! JUST DO IT!

Schedule is as follows:

March 7-9
Wizard World Sacramento

March 14-16
Planet Comicon, Kansas City, MO

March 21-23
Orlando MegaCon With special guest Herb Trimpe appearing EXCLUSIVELY at the Hero booth, #733

March 28-30
Emerald City Seattle

April 4-6
Wizard World St. Louis

April 18-20
Awesome Con Washington DC

April 25-27
Reed Chicago C2E2

April 24-27
Calgary Comic Expo

May 2-4
Wizard World Minneapolis

May 17-18
Big Wow San Jose

May 31-June 1
Long Beach Comic Expo

June 5-8
Phoenix Comic Con

June 20-22
Charlotte HeroesCon

July 23-27
San Diego With Hero Board of Directors member Dennis O’Neil in attendance!

August 21-24
Wizard World Chicago

September 5-7
Baltimore Comic Con

September 27-28
Long Beach Comic Con

October 2-4
Wizard World Austin

October 9-12
Reed New York Comic Con

October 31-November 2
Wizard World Ohio

About The Hero Initiative

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly 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 $500,000 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.

For more information, please visit us at www.heroinitiative.org.

Scene on the Web Weekly: August 12-18, 2013

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Florida Supercon adds John Romita Sr. and Tom DeFalco, New York Comic Con adds Ryan North and Kate Beaton, and Wizard World Chicago Comic Con and D23 Expo wrap up.

Scene on the Web Weekly: August 5-11, 2013

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Emerald City Comicon gets Stephen Amell, NYCC gets JMS (and lots more), Wizard World Chicago starts, and Boston Comic Con wraps up.

Wizard World Announces More Than 100 Hours of Programming for Chicago Comic Con 2013

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Michael Shannon Zod

Press Release:

More Than 100 Hours Of Programming Set For All Four Days At Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, August 8-11

Q&As With Stars Stan Lee, Michael Shannon, John Barrowman, WWE® Superstar CM Punk®; Firefly, Smallville Cast Reunions; Tons Of Comics And Artist Panels; Costume Contests; Meet-And Greets; Evening Programming Also Featured At Pop Culture Festival At Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

NEW YORK and ROSEMONT, Ill., July 29, 2013 – From interactive Q&As with celebrities like Stan Lee, Michael Shannon, Robert Rodriguez, John Barrowman and WWE® Superstar CM Punk® to reunions of the “Firefly” and “Smallville” casts to comics panels, costume contests, evening parties and more, Wizard World Chicago Comic Con today unveiled its most robust and diverse programming schedule ever, with more than 100 hours scheduled over the full four days in a total of nine programming rooms at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, August 8-11.

Some of the featured programming includes:

  • Q&A sessions with Lee, Shannon, Barrowman,Manu Bennett, Zachary Quinto, James Marsters, Jon Heder, Wil Wheaton, Ralph Macchio, Jason David Frank and many others.
  • WWE extravaganza, featuring a session with Punk and one with WWE® Diva AJ Lee, WWE® Hall Of Famer Ricky “the Dragon” Steamboat™ andWWE® Superstar Dolph Ziggler™.
  • Cast reunions of “Firefly” (Morena Baccarin, Summer Glau, Alan Tudyk) “Smallville” (Aaron Ashmore, Allison Mack, Michael Rosenbaum, Marsters) and “Warehouse 13” (Ashmore, Eddie McClintock).
  • “A Conversation With… Robert Rodriguez,” an evening with the noted filmmaker (first admission for all VIPs, general admission free or suggested donation).
  • Comics-themed panels headed by some of the top names in the industry, including Neal Adams, Michael Golden, Greg Capullo, Scott Snyder, Chris Claremont, Alan Davis, Rob Prior and Esad Ribic.  Superman, Batman and X-Men fans will take special delight in a few of them.
  • Costume contests for adults (Saturday night) and kids (Sunday) bring out the best cosplayers in the Midwest!
  • Evening programming including the inaugural Wizard World Artist Pro-Am (Friday, 5 Roses Pub, 5509 Park Place, Rosemont) and Official After Party (Saturday, Hyatt Regency O’Hare, 9300 Bryn Mawr Ave., across from the Convention Center).
  • Five Sci-Fi Speed Dating sessions to make that match.
  • The Art Of Frank Frazetta, curated by Rodriguez, with original Frazetta masterwork paintings (museum donation required).
  • Kids Day (Sunday) with an array of panels and events designed especially for children

Unless noted, programming events take place in the designated General Programming Rooms at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.  Most are included as part of standard Wizard World Chicago Comic Con admission; VIP tickets or additional costs may apply to ensure access to select activities, as noted.

A full list of Wizard World Chicago Comic Con programming is below; further details on each at http://www.wizardworld.com/programming-ch.html (subjects, guests, times and rooms subject to change):

Thursday, August 8
3:00 – 8:00pm The Art Of Frank Frazetta (Room 49)
4:00 – 4:45pm From The Microscope To The Big Screen: Creepy Crawlies In Pop Culture (Room 34)
4:00 – 4:45pm The Wizard World Film Festival: Coming Soon To A Con Near You (Room 42)
5:00 – 5:45pm Breaking Into Comics (Room 34)
5:00 – 5:45pm Meet The Real Life Superheroes (Room 42)
6:00 – 6:45pm Xion Network Presents: Creating Dynamic Black Female Characters In Fiction (Room 41)
6:00 – 6:45pm Creativity That Lasts (Room 42)
7:00 – 7:45pm Ghosthunting From The Female Perspective: True Paranormal Evidence On Display (Room 34)
7:00 – 7:45pm Costuming Armor And Prop Making 101 (Room 42)

Friday, August 9
12:00 – 7:00pm The Art Of Frank Frazetta (Room 49)
1:00 – 2:45pm Self Publishing: Bringing Your Dream To Market (Room 34)
1:00 – 1:45pm Meet The 501st (Room 41)
1:00 – 1:45pm Dead Fans Walking (Room 42)
1:00 – 1:45pm Putting A Creative Team Together To Launch A New Comic (Room 50)
1:00 – 1:45pm Stan Lee Meet And Greet – Paid Event (Room 60)
2:00 – 2:45pm Trailer Park (Room 24)
2:00 – 2:45pm Super Secrets (Room 34)
2:00 – 2:45pm The Making Of Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan (Room 41)
2:00 – 2:45pm One-On-One With Verne Troyer (Room 42)
2:00 – 2:45pm Webcomics 101 (Room 50)
2:00 – 4:00pm Sci-Fi Speed Dating (Room 52)
2:30 – 3:15pm Jason David Frank Meet And Greet – Paid Event (Room 60)
3:00 – 3:45pm Warehouse 13 With Aaron Ashmore And Eddie Mcclintock (Room 24)
3:00 – 3:45pm Wonder Women For The 21st Century (Room 34)
3:00 – 3:45pm Superman At 75 (Room 41)
3:00 – 3:45pm One-On-One With Jon Heder (Room 42)
3:00 – 3:45pm How To Pitch UcreateComics Million Dollar Fund (Room 50)
4:00 – 4:45pm One-On-One With Wil Wheaton (Room 24)
4:00 – 4:45pm From Oz To Angels: How Big Dog Ink Is Breathing New Life Into Old Favorites (Room 34)
4:00 – 4:45pm One-On-One With James Marsters (Room 41)
4:00 – 4:45pm One-On-One With Andrew Mccarthy (Room 42)
4:00 – 4:45pm Designing Fantasy Worlds (Room 50)
5:00 – 5:45pm One-On-One With Stan “The Man” Lee (Room 24)
5:00 – 5:45pm One-On-One With Linda Blair (Room 34)
5:00 – 7:00pm The Ultimate Dr Who 50th Anniversary Celebration (Room 41)
5:00 – 5:45pm Roger Ebert, Chicago, And Comics (Room 42)
5:00 – 5:45pm Kickstarting Your Comics (Room 50)
6:00 – 6:45pm Girls Gone Gore! (Room 34)
6:00 – 6:45pm Batman And Psychology (Room 42)
6:00 – 6:45pm The Cover Page Demystified (Room 50)
7:00 – 8:00pm A Conversation With… Robert Rodriguez (Room 24)
8:00 – 10:00pm The Artist Pro Am (21 And Over only) (5 Roses Pub, 5509 Park Pl)

Saturday, August 10
10:00am – 7:00pm The Art Of Frank Frazetta (Room 49)
10:30 – 11:15am Comic Geeks, A Web Series (Room 41)
11:00 – 11:45am Reinventing Information: Pop Culture As A Visual Language For The 21st Century (Room 34)
11:00 – 11:45am Competitive Cosplay (Room 42)
11:00 – 11:45am Storytelling With Michael Golden: Taking It To The Next Level (Room 50)
11:00 – 11:45am Jason David Frank Meet And Greet – Paid Event (Room 60)
11:30 – 12:15pm One-On-One With John Barrowman (Room 24)
11:30 – 12:15pm WWE® Superstar CM Punk® Q&A (Room 41)
12:00 – 12:45pm Pitfalls Of Writing (Room 34)
12:00 – 12:45pm One-On-One With Manu Bennett (Room 42)
12:00 – 2:00pm Sci-Fi Speed Dating (Room 52)
12:00 – 3:00pm Zenescope Portfolio Review (Booth Tba)
12:30 – 1:00pm One-On-One With Zachary Quinto (Room 24)
12:30 – 1:15pm Vampire Lore And Other Urban Myths And Legends With Dr. Rebecca Housel (Room 41)
1:00 – 1:45pm Supe On The Big Screen (Room 34)
1:00 – 1:45pm One-On-One With Will Yun Lee (Room 42)
1:00 – 1:45pm Eberron And Beyond (Room 50)
1:30 – 2:15pm Trailer Park (Room 24)
1:30 – 2:15pm One-On-One With Brandon Routh (Room 41)
2:00 – 2:45pm Comics Conspiracy: 50 Years Of The JFK Assassination In Comics (Room 34)
2:00 – 2:45pm One-On-One With Ralph Macchio (Room 42)
2:00 – 2:45pm The Art Of Television Animation With Tom Cook (Room 50)
2:30 – 2:45pm One-On-One With Michael Shannon (Room 24)
2:30 – 2:45pm One-On-One With Dennis Rodman (Room 41)
3:00 – 4:30pm CBLDF: Art Auction (Room 34)
3:00 – 3:45pm Wibbly Wobbly Time: A Doctor Who Panel (Room 41)
3:00 – 3:45pm Who Is Batman To You? (Room 42)
3:00 – 3:45pm Voice Over With Tara Strong (Room 50)
3:00 – 5:00pm Sci-Fi Speed Dating (Room 52)
3:30 – 4:00pm One-On-One With Jon Bernthal (Room 24)
4:00 – 4:15pm One-On-One With Norman Reedus (Room 24)
4:00 – 4:45pm One-On-One With Jason David Frank: Power Ranger (Room 41)
4:00 – 4:45pm Creating A World Together With Art And Music (Room 42)
4:00 – 5:15pm Webcomics Bootcamp (Room 50)
4:00 – 4:45pm Stan Lee Meet And Greet – Paid Event (Room 60)
4:45 – 5:30pm How To Break Into Screenwriting And Show Biz (Room 50)
5:00 – 5:45pm Firefly With Morena Baccarin, Summer Glau And Alan Tudyk (Room 24)
5:00 – 5:45pm The Actors Roundtable With Robert Knepper, Nicholas Lea And Milo Ventimiglia (Room 41)
5:00 – 5:45pm Original Fantasy Content Creation In Chicago (Room 42)
5:30 – 6:15pm Turning Your Art Into Your Business: How To Market & Sell Your Art Online. (Room 50)
5:30 – 7:30pm Sci-Fi Speed Dating (Room 52)
5:45 – 6:30pm Super Villains And Psychology (Room 34)
6:00 – 6:45pm The Best Films You’ve Never Seen (Room 41)
6:00 – 6:45pm Grimm Fairy Tales Animated (Room 42)
6:30pm – 8:30pm Wizard World Adult Costume Contest (Room 24)
6:30pm – 7:15pm Setting The Mood (Room 50)
6:45pm – 7:30pm Tokyo Toy Guy (Room 41)
7:00pm – 8:30pm The Main Event, Artist And Writers Breakout Seminar, Featuring Neal Adams And Chris Claremont (Room 34)
7:00pm – 7:45pm Mindplate Tv (Room 42)
8:30 – 1:00am Official Wizard World Chicago Comic Con After Party (Hyatt Regency O’hare, 9300 Bryn Mawr Ave)

Sunday, August 11
10:00am – 5:00pm The Art Of Frank Frazetta (Room 49)
11:00 – 11:45am Project Urban Legend (Room 41)
11:00 – 11:45am Up, Up And Oy Yeh (Room 42)
11:00 – 11:45am Kids Draw! (Room 50)
11:00 – 11:45pm Jason David Frank Meet And Greet – Paid Event (Room 60)
11:30 – 12:15pm X-Men At 50 (Room 34)
12:00 – 12:45pm Smallville With Aaron Ashmore, Allison Mack, Michael Rosenbaum And James Marsters (Room 41)
12:00 – 12:45pm The Art Of Collaboration With Greg Capullo & Scott Snyder (Room 42)
12:00 – 12:45pm From The Microscope To The Big Screen: Creepy Crawlies In Pop Culture (Room 50)
12:00 – 3:00pm Zenescope Portfolio Review (Booth Tba)
12:00 – 2:00pm Sci-Fi Speed Dating (Lgbt Only) (Room 52)
12:30 – 1:15pm Fear Of The Unknown (Room 34)
1:00 – 1:45pm One-On-One With James & Oliver Phelps (Room 41)
1:00 – 1:45pm One-On-One With Jason Priestly (Room 42)
1:00 – 1:45pm How To Pitch UcreateComics Million Dollar Fund (Room 50)
1:30 – 2:15pm Hack/Slash Retrospective (Room 34)
2:00 – 2:45pm The Green Power Ranger Power Hour (Room 23)
2:00 – 2:45pm Battle For Multicultural Heroes (Room 41)
2:00 – 2:45pm Author Panel: Traditional Or Self-Publishing? (Room 42)
2:00 – 2:45pm U Cre-8 Comics Presents: Character Crafters (Room 50)
2:30 – 3:15pm WWE® With WWE® Diva AJ Lee, WWE® Hall Of Famer Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat™ And WWE® Superstar Dolph Ziggler™ (Room 34)
3:00 – 3:45pm Welcome To Super Rentals: A Special Sneak Peek At The Impersonators (Room 41)
3:00 – 3:45pm Wizard World Kids Costume Contest (Room 42)
3:00 – 3:45pm Exorcising The Spectre Of The Fake Geek Girl (Room 50)
3:30 – 4:15pm Unwritten Rules Of Wrestling With Wrestlingaudio.com (Room 34)

Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.  Wizard World Chicago Comic Con show hours are Thursday, Aug. 8, 3-8 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 9, noon – 7 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 10, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 11, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Chicago Comic Con is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event.  Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed –  will roam the convention floor, often stopping by the Cosplay Stage, the ideal place to see and be seen.

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

About Wizard World:
Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD) produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests.

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

***** SAVE THE 2013-14 DATES *****
August 8-11 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con
September 20-22 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
October 18-20 – Wizard World Nashville Comic Con
November 22-24 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con
January 24-26, 2014 – Wizard World Portland Comic Con
February 7-9, 2014 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con
April 4-6, 2014 – Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con
June 19-22, 2014 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con

Scene on the Web: Wizard World Chicago Comic Con 2012 Photos, Videos, Etc.

Scene on the Web: Wizard World Chicago Photos, Videos, Etc.

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"Wizard World: a Conversion Story" by Wesley SunWizard World: a Conversion Story I’m an unusual geek. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved comic books, video games, RPGs, movies, and dressing up in costumes. I still have the first comic I ever owned: an old, beat up copy of Web of Spider-Man where he fights the Molten Man.
@RealKevinNash with @JohnCena at Wizard World!! #WWE #RAW http://pic.twitter.com/d6zbP5LMxD7oom
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ICv2 – Wizard World’s Chicago Comic Con Photos–Part 1We took in Wizard World’s Chicago Comic Con on Friday after a one year hiatus (ours, not theirs) and found the show larger and the floor significantly different than during our last visit in 2010.
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Weekend of celebs, comics and costumes comes to a close in Rosemont – DailyHerald.comAbout this Article Thousands of TV, movie and comic-book fans, many of them in costume, converged on the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center over the weekend for the annual Wizard World Chicago Comic Con.
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Wizard World Chicago: More Photos From the Floor | ComicBook.comWith everything going on tonight, it may seem as though some pictures from the floor of the Wizard World Chicago Comic-Con are a bit frivolous-but we thought that bringing contributor Jen Aprahamian’s pictures to you could help bring some levity to a pretty rough day for comic book fans.
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Comic Con 2012 Chicago: Where popular culture, art and costumery meet commerceTo enter the Comic Con 2012 convention in Chicago, you must first line up with hundreds of people sporting an array of popular culture costumery spanning decades.
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Photo Dump: Wizard World 2012 – Chicago – Panic FilmsHere’s a big dump of photos I took yesterday at the Wizard World comic-con in Rosemont. Some of my favorite moments were the Star Wars panel with Peter Mahew and Jeremy Bulloch who played Chewbacca and Boba Fett. They were really funny and had some interesting stories.
Scarlett Witch head sketch by George Perez from Wizard World Chicago. http://pic.twitter.com/l7aBfvt3Christopher Codina
Ragdoll by @humberto_ramos from Wizard World Chicago. http://pic.twitter.com/tKgQB7r5Christopher Codina
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Wizard World Chicago 2012 Photos, Part 2 of 5: Sci-Fi Actors Ahoy!In our last exciting adventure, my wife and I attended Friday and Saturday of this year’s four-day Wizard World Chicago entertainment and comics convention up in Rosemont, IL. Much fun was had, many photos were taken, and extensive walking was required. These, then, are more of those photos, centering on those actors we met and…
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Star Trek, Ghostbusters, Star Wars Fan Groups Come Out for Wizard World Chicago Comic Con 2012

USS Chicago

Press Release:

Star Trek, Ghostbusters, Star Wars Groups Boost Wizard World Chicago Comic Con For Fans

Role Playing, Podcaster, Sci Fi, Superhero, Re-Creation Organizations Enhance Experience At Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, August 9-12

NEW YORK and ROSEMONT, Ill., July 31, 2012 – Bringing their favorite cult movies and TV shows, comics, charities and other interests to life, fan groups will again be on hand at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con.  Organizations supporting Star Wars, Ghostbusters, “Star Trek,” and Jurassic Park are among those who will roam the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center floor, August 9-12, many in elaborate costumes – and all making the day just a little more fun for attendees.

Fan groups scheduled to attend Wizard World Chicago Comic Con include:

  • 501st Midwest Garrison, the Illinois chapter of The 501st Legion, a Star Wars Imperial costuming club. The 501st is dedicated to the movie-quality costumes of the “villains” of the Star Wars universe.
  • Comics4kids, literacy champions who collect, receive, purchase, and inherit comic books and then give them away to children for free in hopes of improving literacy and encouraging imagination, as well as promoting the comic book collecting medium as a hobby.
  • Cosplay Chicago, giving, a place to meet, talk and share everything and anything in the world of cosplay. It is set up for all of those that share the addiction of cosplay.
  • D20 Girls, who try to promote a very positive image of female gamers.  They break down stereotypes, aren’t barbie dolls, don’t come in one size, and don’t come in one shape… They are Gamers, and, yes, Girls Game Too!
  • DVM Podcast Empire, which presents some of the funniest and most entertaining fan podcasts about TV favorites from epic sci-fi like “Doctor Who,” “Torchwood” and “The Event” to high concept drama like “Lost,” “FlashForward” and “Person Of Interest.”
  • Ghostbusters: Chicago Division, the Chicago “franchise office” in support of the popular cult movie favorite, hoping to keep the Windy City clean for years to come.
  • Gothams Finest, a group of like-minded individuals who enjoy costuming as members of the DC universe. Everyone had the action figure, watched the movie, and read the comics. No one has ever owned costumes like these.
  • Heroes Fallen Studios, a non-profit 501c-3 veteran based organization that supports our troops by telling their real-life stories based on their service in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Jurassic Park Legacy, the prime information source of Jurassic Park Universe knowledge, with its ever-popular, and all-inclusive “Jurassic Park Encyclopedia,” sprouting many of the efforts put forth into “costuming” research and the like for the community.
  • Mario Godiva Fitness, a fitness expert, celebrity trainer, and master trainer/international presenter for Kangoo Jumps who started in the fitness industry at 18 and has over 12 years of experience. He teaches group fitness classes, privately trains, travels and teaches master classes and holds trainings.
  • Musical of the Living Dead, 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 10 very different people trapped in a farmhouse seeking refuge from the horde of brain-eating (and dancing) zombies outside.
  • The Nerdologues, a sketch comedy show created by a group of comedians that have trained and performed at iO and Second City. The Nerdologues explores nerd and pop culture through hilarious sketches, and allows the performers an outlet for soul touching monologues about growing up nerdy.
  • Sugar Gamers, a female-oriented organization local to Chicago with a focus on bringing women together who enjoy video gaming, also welcoming comic book fans, cosplayersand others. The Sugar Gamer community hosts one of a kind events geared towards the interests of its members, and makes a point to be present for all the Chicago cons.
  • USS Chicago, a chapter of STARFLEET, The International Star Trek Fan Association, Inc. and is based in Homewood, Ill., a south suburb of Chicago.  The USS Chicago also enjoys a charter with The Empire, a Klingon themed club where members can explore Klingon fandom and culture.
  • WGTR “World Grand Theft Radio,” a multi media company with its own radio station “now nine years strong” and TV station, comic/graphic arts studio and live broadcasting from events all over the USA. With over 30 original shows a week live, “our mission to make your on air dreams come true!”

William Shatner, Stan Lee, Scott Bakula, Tom Felton, Jon Bernthal, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and WWE® Superstars CM Punk® and John Cena®, notable artists Carlos Pacheco, George Pérez, Greg Capullo and dozens of others will attend Wizard World Chicago Comic Con.

Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, produced by Wizard World, Inc. (WIZD.PK), will bring together thousands of fans of all ages and dozens of celebrities and industry professionals to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.

For more on the event, including hours, celebrities, creators, vendors, VIP and photo opportunities, programming schedules, evening entertainment, autographs, sponsorship and volunteer information and more, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/home-ch.html.

About Wizard World:
Wizard World produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests.

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

***** SAVE THE 2012 DATES *****
August 9-12, 2012 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con
September 29-30, 2012 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
October 26-28, 2012 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con
November 30 – December 2, 2012 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con
TBD, 2013 – Wizard World Toronto Comic Con
May 30 – June 2, 2013 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con

Coffin Comics and Brian Pulido Take Lady Death to Wizard World Chicago Comic Con 2012

August 9, 2012 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Horror, Illinois

Press Release:

Lady Death INVADES Wizard World Chicago 2012

Show Exclusives and Appearance by Lady Death herself!

Lady Death Stormbringer Wizard World ChicagoSCOTTSDALE, AZ (August 2, 2012) – Coffin Comics announced today that Lady Death creator Brian Pulido will appear at the upcoming Wizard World Chicago 2012 convention, taking place August 9-12, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.  Several new, con-exclusive Lady Death editions and prints will be available.

The highlight for the show is Lady Death #0: Stormbringer Edition, with model Freddie Nova posing as Lady Death on the front cover. This special edition has a limited print run of just 99 serially numbered copies worldwide. “Wizard World Chicago will be ground zero for Lady Death fans,” said Lady Death creator Brian Pulido. “I’m so stoked to return! It’s like a homecoming!”

Other exclusives include Lady Death: Judgment War #1 Crystal Edition (enhanced with actual Swarovski crystals, limited to 77 serially numbered copies), and Lady Death: Icon #1 Censored Edition (printed on heavy-duty Strathmore cover stock, limited to 69 serially numbered copies). Two full-color, 11×17” Lady Death prints will also be available – Lady Death: Gargoyle and Lady Death: Sacred Heart (limited to 200 prints each).

Lady Death creator Brian Pulido will be at Wizard World Chicago 2012 (Booth #4126 in Artist Alley) the entire show and will be available for signing. Stormbringer model Freddie Nova will also be making an appearance as Lady Death on Saturday from 2:00-4:00 PM and will be available for pictures. In addition, an all-new, SECRET convention-only exclusive will be unveiled at the con!

Pricing and Availability

In addition to con availability, preorders on all exclusives are currently being accepted on a first come, first serve basis at www.CoffinComicsShop.com. Pricing is $15.00 for Stormbringer, $40.00 for Crystal and $40.00 for CensoredGargoyle and Sacred Heart 11×17” prints are $15.00 each. All exclusives ship starting August 15, 2012.

About Coffin Comics

Coffin Comics is a boutique publishing company, founded in September 2007, owned and operated by Chaos! Comics founder and Lady Death creator Brian Pulido. Coffin is dedicated to creating authentically rare, hand crafted limited edition comic books and assorted items for the discerning collector. For more info, please visitwww.CoffinComicsShop.com.

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