Wizard World Unveils Free Mobile App in Time for Chicago Comic Con 2012

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Wizard World Unveils Mobile App In Time For Chicago Comic Con

Schedules, Profiles, News, Photos, Maps, Notifications And More Just A Tap Away

Wizard World AppNEW YORK, August 7, 2012 – Just in time for its longest-running and most-attended show, Wizard World today unveiled the “Official Wizard World Comic Con App,” a must-have for attendees to get the most out of events before, during and after each show, beginning with Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, August 9-12 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill.  The free app is available for smartphones running on iOS or Android, in the App Store (Apple) and Google Play.

The Official Wizard World Comic Con App serves as a robust event guide for convention attendees, as well as a way for fans to connect with each other and learn about what’s new with Wizard World year round.  Some of the standout features include:

  • Event schedule, with days, times and details of programming, photo ops, VIP events and more.  Attendees can mark their favorites and share with friends on Facebook and Twitter
  • Push notifications of programming updates and contests
  • Celebrity and artist profiles
  • Convention Map
  • Handy ticketing function for upgrades and upcoming events
  • Exhibitor specials and profiles
  • Photos and videos updated from the show floor
  • News and info from Wizard World’s Twitter, Facebook and Blogs

Features will be added as the app grows, and fans are encouraged to let Wizard World know which they enjoy most and which new ones would be helpful.

“The app is a great way for attendees to keep up with all the fun activities going on at Wizard World shows and to be a part of our shows year round,” said John Macaluso, Wizard World CEO.  “We think it’s a good start and we look forward to feedback from attendees and other fans as to how to make it serve them even better.”

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

Programming Announced For Wizard World Chicago Comic Con 2012

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‘Vampire Diaries,’ ‘NCIS,’ Stan Lee, Jon Bernthal, ‘Star Trek’ Captains Q&A’s, Evening Parties To Highlight Wizard World Chicago Comic Con Programming

Full Four-Day Schedule Includes Sessions With James Marsters, WWE® Superstar CM Punk®, Hayden Panettiere, “Buffyfest” Reunion, Costume Contests, Kids’ Activities, Sci-Fi Speed Dating, Jedi Master Classes and More, August 9-12 at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

NEW YORK and ROSEMONT, Ill., July 23, 2012 – Movies, TV, comics, art, sci-fi and the rest of the pop culture world are covered with the diverse, full four day programming schedule at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, August 9-12 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.  From interactive Q&A sessions with stars like Stan Lee, William Shatner, Jon Bernthal and WWE® Superstar CM Punk®to themed panels highlighting “Vampire Diaries,” “Star Trek,” “NCIS” and more, to a movie screening, evening parties, kids activities, costume contests and Jedi Master Classes, there’s something for everyone in the expanded offerings.

Highlight programming at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con includes:

  • Celebrity Q&A’s featuring Lee, Bernthal, WWE® Superstar CM Punk®, Hayden Panettiere, Bruce Campbell, James Marsters and more
  • Three “Star Trek” captains reunite as Shatner (“Captain Kirk”) Scott Bakula (“Captain Archer”) and Avery Brooks(“Captain Sisko”) compare stories of their respective times at the command of the Enterprise
  • “Vampire Diaries” Q&A with Paul Wesley and Torrey DeVitto
  • Discussion of the hit “NCIS” franchise with lovely ladies Lauren Holly and Scottie Thompson
  • The Boondock Saints trio of Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus and David Della Rocco rekindle memories of the popular 1999 cult movie and sequel 10 years later
  • Screening of the new film Contamination – A Convention Story, an in-depth look at the fans and celebrities who attend Horror, Sci-Fi, and Pop Culture Conventions
  • Party with fellow Wizard World revelers at the Artist Party on Thursday and VIP Launch Party on Friday (sites and times TBD)
  • Love is in the air with Sci-Fi Speed Dating, for those looking to “Terminate” their single lives
  • Kids Day on Sunday, with a full slate of activities specially designed for the youngsters
  • It wouldn’t be Wizard World Comic Con without cosplay and costume contests – adults on Saturday night, kids on Sunday

Unless noted, programming events take place in designated rooms at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.  Many 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.  Seating for panels is strictly limited and available on a first come first serve basis and each room will be cleared between panels.  Programming subject to change; attendees should check the schedule board on site for updates.

Programming at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con is available in detail at http://www.wizardworld.com/programming-ch.html, and scheduled as follows:

Thursday, August 9
1 – 1:45 p.m. Spotlight On CAFU And Daniel Acuna (Room 11)
2 – 2:45 p.m. Wizard School With Paul Jenkins (Room 11)
3 – 3:45 p.m. Portfolio Reviews With Shon C. Bury (Room 11)
4 – 4:45 p.m. Inside The Shadow Show: Legacy Of Ray Bradbury (Room 11)
5 – 5:45 p.m. Portfolio Reviews With David Macho (Room 11)
7 – 8:30 p.m. Jedi Lightsaber Master Class (Show Arena – Show Floor)
evening TBD Artist Party

Friday, August 10
Noon – 1:30 p.m. Jedi Lightsaber Master Class (Show Arena – Show Floor)
1 – 1:45 p.m. Storytelling With Michael Golden: Taking It To The Next Level (Room 14)
1 – 1:45 p.m. Rob Lean And R.B. Silva (Room 11)
2 – 2:45 p.m. Spartacus Q&A (Room 14)
2 – 2:45 p.m. Portfolio Reviews With David Macho (Room 11)
2 – 4 p.m. Jedi Lightsaber Master Class (Show Arena – Show Floor)
3 – 3:45 p.m. Sam Trammell Q&A (Room 14)
3 – 3:45 p.m. Super Secrets: Lifting The Curtain On The Man Of Steel (Room 11)
3 – 5 p.m. Sci-Fi Speed Dating (Room 21)
4 – 4:45 p.m. Art Of Brom (Room 14)
4 – 4:45 p.m. Razor The Mysteriouz–Magic Show (Room 11)
5 – 5:45 p.m. Star Trek Captains Reunion (Room 14)
5 – 5:45 p.m. Comic Con Costuming With The 501st (Room 11)
6 – 6:45 p.m. Five Year Mission Band (Room 14)
6 – 6:45 p.m. Vic Mignogna Q&A (Room 11)
6 – 6:45 p.m. Stan Lee Meet & Greet – Paid Event (TBD)
7 – 7:45 p.m. Rodolfo Migliari Q&A (Room 14)
8 – 9:30 p.m. Film: “Contamination: A Convention Story” (Room 14)
7 – 8:00 p.m. James Marsters 50th Birthday Celebration Concert – Paid Event (Muvico Theater)
evening TBD VIP Launch Party

Saturday, August 11
11 – 11:45 a.m. James Marsters Q&A (Room 14)
Noon – 12:45 p.m. Vampire Diaries Q&A (Room 14)
Noon – 12:45 p.m. NCIS Q&A (Room 11)
Noon – 1:30 p.m. Jedi Lightsaber Master Class (Show Arena – Show Floor)
1 – 1:45 p.m. James Hong Q&A (Room 14)
1 – 1:45 p.m. Charmed Q&A (Room 11)
1 – 1:45 p.m. Troma Entertainment (Room 9)
1 – 3 p.m. Sci-Fi Speed Dating (Room 21)
2 – 2:45 p.m. Hayden Panettiere Q&A (Room 14)
2 – 2:45 p.m. Dean Cain Q&A (Room 11)
2 – 4 p.m. Jedi Lightsaber Master Class (Show Arena – Show Floor)
3 – 3:45 p.m. Tom Felton Q&A (Room 14)
3 – 3:45 p.m. Star Wars Q&A (Room 11)
4 – 4:45 p.m. Bruce Campbell Q&A (Room 14)
4 – 4:45 p.m. Sean Young Q&A (Room 11)
4 – 6 p.m. Sci-Fi Speed Dating (Room 21)
5 – 5:45 p.m. Greg Capullo Workshop (Room 14)
5 – 5:45 p.m. Kevin Sorbo Q&A (Room 11)
6 – 6:30 p.m. WWE® Superstar Cm Punk® Q&A (Room 11)
6 – 6:45 p.m. Stan Lee Meet & Greet – Paid Event (TBD)
6 – 9 p.m. Wizard World Adult Costume Contest (Room 14)

Sunday, August 12
11 – 11:45 a.m. Stan Lee Q&A (Room 14)
11 – 11:45 a.m. Ghostbusters Reading (Room 11)
Noon –12:45 p.m. Buffyfest Q&A (Room 14)
Noon – 1:30 p.m. Jedi Lightsaber Master Class (Show Arena – Show Floor)
Noon – 12:45 p.m. Kids Arts & Crafts (Room 11)
1 – 1:45 p.m. Jon Bernthal Q&A (Room 14)
1 – 1:45 p.m. Wizard World Kids Costume Contest (Room 11)
2 – 2:45 p.m. The Boondock Saints Q&A (Room 14)
2 – 2:45 p.m. Stan Lee Meet & Greet – Paid Event (TBD)
2 – 4 p.m. Jedi Lightsaber Master Class (Show Arena – Show Floor)
2 – 2:45 p.m. Reading With John Sazaklis (Room 11)
3 – 3:45 p.m. Draw Like A Superhero With Art Balthazar (Room 11)
3 – 3:45 p.m. Ben’s Bubbleshow (Room 14)

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.

Wizard World Announces Plans for Kids Day at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con 2012

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Sunday, August 12, Is ‘Kids Day’ At Wizard World Chicago Comic Con

Face Painting, Ghostbusters Reading, Arts & Crafts, Bubble Show, ‘Kid-Friendly’ Booths, Passport Program, Costume Contest Lead Special Children’s Programming At Donald E. Stephens Convention Center; Kids Under 10 Free With Paid Adult

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NEW YORK and ROSEMONT, Ill., July 12, 2012 – In what has become an annual tradition, Sunday, August 12, is Kids Day at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con.  From face painting, a Ghostbusters reading, arts and crafts, ballon artists, a special Bubble Show, kids costume contest, Wizard World Kids Passport program and more, there are activities all day (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.) for the 10-and-under set.

Admission to Kids Day and the entire Wizard World Chicago Comic Con for kids 10 and under is free with a paid adult (two free kids per adult).

Some of the highlights of Kids Day include:

  • Wizard World Chicago Comic Con Passport (all day) – upon arrival, kids should go directly to the Kids Day booth to pick up a Passport, which will guide them to kid-friendly booths, activities, celebrities and artists.  Kids who earn stamps at each stop will win a prize.
  • Ghostbusters Reading (11 a.m.) – Who ya gonna call? Bring the little ones to a special story time reading by the Ghostbusters. Kids can interact with the Ghostbusters as they ask trivia and answer any questions the young ones have always wanted to ask.
  • Superhero Arts and Crafts (noon) – This is not an ordinary arts & crafts session, this is specifically made for superheroes! Kids can come join the Justice Twins, Wonder Woman and Supergirl to make their very own superhero mask to wear for the Kids Costume contest.
  • Kids Costume Contest (1 p.m.) – Too cute to resist! It’s like Halloween in August as kids show off their best costumes and win prizes.  Hosted by our very own superhero, Jarrett “The Defuser” Crippen.
  • Face painting and balloon artists (all day) – Talented Wizard World face painters have kids as their canvas, with butterflies, kitty whiskers, flowers and more.
  • Kid-friendly celebrities (all day) – Well, we like to think every Wizard World celebrity loves kids, but a few will be stamping Passports and saying an extra hello.  Check out the list on arrival.
  • Kid-friendly artists (all day) – Visit super-talented artists in Artists Alley for a Passport stamp and maybe a commissioned piece!  Look for the “Kid-Friendly” sign at their respective tables.

Top celebrities such as 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 what is shaping up as the biggest Wizard World show ever and the Midwest’s No. 1 Pop Culture Convention.

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

For more on the 2012 Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, 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 2012-13 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

Wizard Wizard Chicago Comic Con 2012 Adds Kevin Sorbo

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A ‘Herculean’ Addition:  Kevin Sorbo To Attend 2012 Wizard World Chicago Comic Con

Top TV Star For More Than Two Decades Joins 50+ Other Celebrities, Dozens of Top Creators At Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, August 9-12

Hercules SorboNEW YORK and ROSEMONT, Ill., June 20, 2012 – Kevin Sorbo, known across the globe for his portrayal of the title character in the popular “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys” series, will appear as a special guest at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, August 9-12 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.  Sorbo, who has enjoyed continuous success on television for the past 20 years, will meet fans, sign autographs and pose for photos at Wizard World’s longest running and highest-attended show.

The immense popularity of five initial two-hour “Hercules” telefilms in 1993 resulted in the launch of a weekly series by 1994 and helped launch Sorbo’s path to stardom. The series not only became a breakout hit by becoming the number one first-run program in syndication, it also passed “Baywatch” as the most watched TV show in the world.  The innovative action hour revitalized the entire action/adventure genre on television and fostered two spin-off series, “Xena, Warrior Princess”, and “Young Hercules”.  Sorbo also directed two episodes of the show, and co-wrote one installment.

Following the success of “Hercules,” Sorbo went on to star in the lead role of “Captain Dylan Hunt” in “Gene Roddenberry’s, Andromeda.” The series, based upon writings from the late “Star Trek” creator’s archives, debuted as the number one hour show in first run syndication and held that spot throughout it’s five year run from 2000-2005.

Sorbo will join other headliners like William Shatner, Stan Lee, Tom Felton, Scott Bakula, Jon Bernthal, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and WWE® Superstars CM Punk™ and John Cena®, notable artists Carlos Pacheco, George Pérez, Greg Capullo at the Midwest’s No. 1 Pop Culture Convention.

Wizard World Chicago Comic Con (August 9-12), produced by Wizard World, Inc. (WIZD.PK), will bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.

For more on the 2012 Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, 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

WWE Superstar John Cena to Appear at the Opening Day of Wizard World Chicago Comic Con 2012

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WWE® Superstar John Cena® To Appear Thursday, August 9 At 2012 Wizard World Chicago Comic Con

Cena Appears on Opening Day from 4-8 p.m. at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois

NEW YORK and ROSEMONT, Ill., June 13, 2012 – WWE® Superstar John Cena® will appear as a special guest on Thursday, August 9, Opening Day at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, it was announced today by Wizard World.  Cena will be on hand at the event from 4-8 p.m., and will meet fans, sign autographs and pose for professional photo ops.

Cena’s appearance kicks off an expanded, full four-day Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, August 9-12, in what is shaping up as the biggest Wizard World show ever and the Midwest’s No. 1 Pop Culture Convention.

One of the most popular WWE Superstars since his debut in 2002, Cena combines his athleticism, charisma, strong work ethic and genuine personality to make him one of the brightest stars in WWE and its hit cable program, Monday Night RAW on the USA Network.

“I am looking forward to meeting the enthusiastic fans at my first Wizard World event,” said Cena. “I have heard a lot about the charged-up atmosphere, and I can’t wait to experience it for myself.”

A powerful marketing force with outsized personality and charm, Cena has had numerous Hollywood roles, including The Marine, 12 Rounds, Legendary, The Reunion and Nickelodeon’s teen comedy trilogy Fred: The Movie.

“We are excited to welcome WWE Superstar John Cena to the Wizard World family to help us kick off our longest-running and largest show, Wizard World Chicago Comic Con,” said John Macaluso, CEO, Wizard World.  “His addition continues our commitment to providing fans with an outstanding experience.”

The announcement follows the hugely successful Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con event which featured WWE® Superstar CM Punk®, all five “Star Trek” captains and one of Hollywood’s fastest-risers, Chris Hemsworth (Thor, The Avengers), earlier this month.

WWE® Superstar John Cena® VIP Experience @ Chicago Comic Con Tickets are available athttp://wizardworld.ticketleap.com/johncenavip/#.

For more on the 2012 Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, 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 2012-13 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

Wizard World Chicago Comic Con Presents “Kid’s Day” on Sunday, August 14, 2011

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Kids Rule at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con on Sunday, August 14

Kids Adventure Passport Quest, “Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!®, Face Painting, Balloon Creations, Kids Costume Contest, ‘My Favorite Giant’ Reading Just a Few of the All-Day Activities at Wizard World Digital Booth


My-Favorite-Giant-CoverNEW YORK and ROSEMONT, Ill., August 8, 2011
 – It’s an all-day kid’s extravaganza as Wizard World Chicago Comic Con presents “Kid’s Day” on Sunday, August 14, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.  Kid-friendly activities include meeting (and taking pictures with) characters like the lovable “Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!® from the Nickelodeon® series, Disney® princesses, favorite superheroes and “The Defuser,” plus face painting, balloon art, the impossibly cute Kids Costume Contest and a special reading of “My Favorite Giant” by author Peter Mayhew, well-known for having portrayed “Chewbacca” in STAR WARS.

Kids can stop by the Wizard World Digital Booth and pick up a free Wizard World Kids Adventure Passport, to complete activities all over Chicago Comic Con and get a prize at the end of their journey.  Parents can look for the “Kid-Friendly” button on activities, vendors, booths and sessions throughout the convention center.

Some of the special programming for kids includes learning “How to be a Hero” with Jarrett Crippen, a.k.a. “The Defuser” from “Who Wants to be a Superhero” (noon); a “Draw Like a Superhero” session with Eisner Award winners Franco Aureliani and Art Baltazar (1 p.m.); the Costume Contest (2 p.m.); and “My Favorite Giant” reading (3 p.m.).

Kids can also take their best shot at STAR WARS’ “Jar Jar Binks” with a Nerf blaster rifle at the 501st Legion Midwest Garrison’s “Shoot-Jar Jar” Game, with all donations benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

For more information, parents and kids can visit www.wizardworldkids.com.

Wizard World 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.  Kids 10 and under are admitted free (up to two per paid adult admission).  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).  VIP packages with special entry and exclusive items are also available on a limited basis.

Chicago Comic Con brings 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. Some of the superstar guests include Patrick Stewart, Bruce Campbell, Christopher Lloyd, Morena Baccarin, Felicia Day, Academy Award Winner® Lou Gossett Jr. and James Marsters.

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

Mark Texeira Creates BuffyFest Lithograph for Wizard World Chicago Comic Con 2011

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Texeira “Buffy” Litho Gives Fans Something to Bite Into at Wizard Chicago

Buffy LithographChicago– Buffy fans are sure to be chomping at the bit for the limited edition Buffy VIP lithograph that will be featured at Wizard World Chicago next weekend, this time, featuring the fine watercolor work of artist Mark Texeira.

Featuring an array of “Buffy” characters, Wizard commissioned Texeira to do this print that will be available to all Buffy VIP’s at the convention.

It is limited to 500 copies and measures 11×17.

A great collectible from fine art painter and comic illustrator, Mark Texeira, who has long been associated with a conflagration of characters ranging from Ghost Rider to Black Panther to Wolverine to Sabertooth to Moonknight to Punisher to….it goes on and on…

Not new to media tie-ins, Mark’s work has been explored and highlighted on the DVD of the “Ghost Rider” movie, the look of which he influenced. And, Mark was also tapped to do the movie tie-in for “Wolverine Origins,” which also seemed to be a natural, considering his long association with that character in all his forms!

You can find Texeira’s interiors currently on Ghost Rider, MoonKnight, Wolverine Origins and two upcoming, highly anticipated Punisher mini-series, and right now, “Thor: Heaven and Earth,” all showcasing the signature Texeira style.

And here’s some more good news: The Buffy Fest limited edition litho will also be available to non-VIP’s at Mark’s table in artist alley while supplies last. Priced at just $20. each, they are sure to go fast.

“It’s wonderful to have Mark involved with the Buffy Fest at Wizard Chicago,” said his agent, Renee Witterstaetter. “It’s a strong and ever growing group. The piece that Mark created is beautiful as well, and will be a nice collectible for fans of Buffy and collectors of Mark’s work as well.”

Mark will be in artist alley all days of the show with additional limited prints of various subjects, as well as his new hardcover sketchbook, “Mark Texeira: Nightmares and Daydreams.” These books are available for $20 signed or $40 with a sketch. Other commissions are also available.

Wizard World Chicago takes place August 11-14th at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill.

For more information on this Buffy exclusive, go to: http://www.wizardworld.com/buchcoconvip.html

For more information on Mark Texeira, his availability and commissions, go to:
www.evainkartitgroup.com

Hero Initiative Captures Matt Wagner’s Scent at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con 2011

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Hero Initiative at Wizard’s Chicago Comic Con With Guest Star Matt Wagner!

WORLD PREMIERE

FOUR Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab “Grendel” scents

August 3, 2011, (Los Angeles, CA) Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that provides a financial safety net for comic creators in need, will head to the Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, August 11th thru the 14th, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 North River Road, in Rosemont Illinois.

We are proud to announce that special guest and Grendel creator Matt Wagner will be heading up the Hero booth, #1341-1343, all day Saturday and Sunday to be on hand for the WORLD PREMIERE of FOUR Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab “GRENDEL” scents! The scents include:

MASTERMIND

Grendel Mastermind

Based on Hunter Rose, the first of the Grendel legacy, a stylish, best-selling author who leads a double life as a relentless assassin and all-powerful mob overlord.

Fragrance notes: An elegant cologne of olibanum, opoponax, leather accord, black amber, bois de jasmine, cade wood, pale balsam, orange blossom, oudh, black plum, bourbon vanilla, and sandalwood.

AVENGER

Grendel Avenger 

Based on Christine Spar, a fashionable and fiery journalist who adopts the Grendel persona to avenge the death of her only child and is consumed by the dark identity.

Fragrance notes: Plush vanilla bourbon and rum accord with pink pepper, patchouli, clove, pikaki, golden amber, caraway, tuberose, and jacarandá-da-bahia.

EXORCIST

Grendel Exorcist 

Based on Brian Li Sung, Christine’s lover who, in the aftermath of her violent death, becomes haunted and possessed by what he sees as the “entity” of Grendel.

Fragrance notes: A refined lilac fougère with frankincense, labdanum, styrax, and dark musk.

HARLEQUIN

Grendel Harlequin 

Based on Eppy Thatcher, a futuristic, gothic harlequin, addicted to a heinous hallucinogen with the street name “Grendel,” who leads chaotic attacks against the corrupt Catholic Church.

Fragrance notes: Psychotomimetic: pink grapefruit, white honey, orange blossom, saffron, champagne grape, elemi, guaiac, blonde tobacco, and olibanum.

Each 5 ml bottle is $26, with proceeds benefitting Hero Initiative. Try ’em all!

Matt’s fans can also pick up a copy of the Wagner-covered Hero Comics, regularly $4, now only $2 at the con, and get it signed by Matt himself! And BPAL fans can also pick up on the very few “The Unknown” book/scent combos left. Fewer than 20 combos are left, which consist of a hardcover edition of The Unknownwith an original bookplate illustrated by artist Minck Oosterveer and signed by Oosterveer and Mark Waid, AND a 5 ml bottle of Cat Allingham from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. the fragrance features distilled shadows, a bleak desert landscape at midnight: Myroswelia balsam, gaïac wood, obsidian musk, green cumin, patchouli, myrrh, Siamese benzoin, frankincense, champaca, and sand.

And of course, Hero’s new and exclusive Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #41 will also be available for the mighty Chicago crowd. The limited edition of 500 copies features a GREAT new cover by Marvel Comics legend John Romita Sr. at $35 the copy.

Our booth schedule for the con as follows:

THUR., AUG. 11 (con hours 5-9)

530-730: Ariel Olivetti

630-730: Mike Grell

730-900: Mike Deodato Jr.

 

FRI., AUG 12 (con hours noon-8)

230-430: Tim Seeley

430-630: Ariel Olivetti

 

SAT., AUG. 13 (con hours 10-7)

ALL DAY: Matt Wagner

1200-100: Brian Azzarello, Dave Johnson and Eduardo Risso

230-430: Ariel Olivetti

 

SUN, AUG. 14 (con hours 10-5)

ALL DAY: Matt Wagner

1130-1230: Andy Brase

1230-130: Bill Reinhold

 

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 $400,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

Wizard World Announces Chicago Comic Con 2011 Programming Schedule

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‘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

Original Willy Wonka Kids to Reunite at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con 2011

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Original Willy Wonka kids

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Pure Imagination:  Five Original ‘Willy Wonka’ Kids To Reunite At Wizard World Chicago Comic Con

Peter Ostrum, Paris Themmen, Julie Dawn Cole, Denise Nickerson, Michael Boellner Join 500+ Celebrities And Artists At Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, August 11-14

NEW YORK and ROSEMONT, Ill., July 26, 2011 – It will be a “scrumdiddlyumptious” gathering when the five child stars from the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory reunite 40 years after the release of the now classic film at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, August 11-14.  Peter Ostrum (“Charlie Bucket”), Paris Themmen (“Mike Tee Vee”), Julie Dawn Cole (“Veruca Salt”), Denise Nickerson (“Violet Beauregard”) and Michael Boellner (“Augustus Gloop”) will appear together for an extremely rare reunion, joining more than 500 celebrities and artists at the event, which will bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.

The original 1971 film, based on Roald Dahl’s book and screenplay, told the story of five children who won the opportunity to tour the fictional, world famous Wonka Chocolate Factory after finding a “golden ticket” in packages of Wonka chocolate.  The poor but extremely good-hearted Charlie is joined by the other four, whose quirks have made them among the most memorable characters ever as the film has achieved cult status.  All-time greats Gene Wilder, who played the eccentric Wonka, and Jack Albertson, who portrayed Charlie’s beloved Grandpa Joe, starred in the feature roles.

“This is a truly unique opportunity to meet the five child actors who helped make Willy Wonka such a classic movie,” said Gareb Shamus, Wizard World CEO.  “It is these kinds of once-in-a-lifetime events that make Wizard World shows so interesting and exciting for fans of all ages.”

The five will be among such other distinguished celebrities at Chicago Comic Con as Patrick Stewart, Bruce Campbell, Christopher Lloyd, Morena Baccarin, Felicia Day, Anthony Michael Hall, Academy Award Winner® Lou Gossett Jr. andJames Marsters.

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

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