Chris Hemsworth, Bruce Campbell, and More Celebrity Q&A’s at Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con 2014

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Q&A Sessions With Chris Hemsworth, Bruce Campbell, Evening Parties, Meet-And-Greets, Screenings, Costume Contests Highlight Programming At Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con

WWE® Superstar Sheamus®, Julie Benz, Stan Lee, William Shatner, Other Celebrity Q&A’s, Comics Creator Sessions, ‘The 100′ TV Show Screening, Film Festival, Historical Discussions, ‘Kids Day’ Among Full Three Days Of Panels And Events

SACRAMENTO, Calif., February 25, 2014 – Question-and-answer sessions with top celebrities like Chris Hemsworth, Bruce Campbell, WWE® Superstar Sheamus®, Julie Benz and Stan Lee, meet-and-greets, adult and kids costume contests, a screening of the new CW series “The 100,” historical discussions on comics and video games, a film festival and an array of comics and pop culture themed panels comprise the robust featured programming schedule at Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con, March 7-9 at the Sacramento Convention Center. Most programming is included as part of the standard event admission.

Some of the highlights of the schedule include:

  • Interactive Q&A sessions with Hemsworth (Sun., 4 p.m.), Campbell (Sat., 5:45 p.m.), Sheamus (Fri., 6:45 p.m.), Benz (Sat., 11 a.m), Lee (Sat., 3 p.m.), William Shatner (Sat., 5 p.m.), Michael Rooker (Sun., 2:30 p.m.), Billy Dee Williams (Sat., 12:30 p.m.) and other celebrities
  • Informative discussions with noted comics creators Chris Claremont (Fri., 5 p.m.), Michael Golden (Sun., 11:30 a.m.), Josef Rubinstein, Joe Weems and Danny Fingeroth (Sun., 12:30 p.m.) and more
  • “Hollywood Confidential” with James Marsters, on how to break into the business (Sat., noon, paid event)
  • Advanced screening of the new CW series “The 100”
  • Evening parties on Friday (“Wizard World Creator Pro Am,” 9 p.m.); Saturday (“Wizard World Official Masquerade Party,” 10 p.m.)
  • Costume contests for adults (Saturday, 7 p.m.) and kids (Sunday, 2:30 p.m.)
  • Untold Stories From The Early Days Of Video Game Development (Fri., 6 p.m.)
  • Wizard World Comic Con Film Festival, featuring selected shorts and music videos (Fri., Sat.)
  • 1939: The Year That Changed Everything, discussion about that iconic year for the comics world
  • Meet-and-greets with Lee (Sat, 10:30 a.m.) and Jason David Frank (Sat., noon; Sun., 11 a.m.), (paid events)
  • Kids Day (Sunday), with an array of kids and family activities designed just for the younger set, highlighted by the Green Ranger Power Hour with Jason David Frank (2 p.m.)
  • Unless noted, programming events take place in the designated General Programming Rooms at the Sacramento Convention Center. VIP tickets or additional costs may apply to ensure access to select activities, as noted.

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

Friday, March 7
4:45-5:30pm Returning To Carl Sagan’s Cosmos (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)
5:00 – 5:45pm Spotlight On Chris Claremont (Room 104)
5:00 – 8:00pm Wizard World Film Festival (Big Sur Room)
5:45 – 6:30pm Costumes + Playing = Cosplay! So What Does That Actually Mean? (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)
6:00 – 6:45pm Untold Stories From The Early Days Of Video Game Development (Room 104)
6:45 – 7:30pm WWE® Superstar Sheamus® (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)
7:00 – 7:45pm Cosplay Filmmaking 101 (Room 104)
9:00 – 11:00pm Creator Pro Am: Drink & Draw (Pizza Rock, 1020 K St, Sacramento, 21+)

Saturday, March 8
10:30 – 11:15am Stan Lee Meet And Greet – Paid Event (Room 201)
11:00 – 11:45am Create-A-Comics-Story With Chris Claremont And Jimmie Robinson (Room 103)
11:00 – 11:45am Sexuality In Cosplay (Room 104)
11:00 – 11:30am One-On-One With Julie Benz (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)
11:45 – 12:15am One-On-One With Michael Rosenbaum (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)
12:00 – 12:45pm The History Of Q-Bert (Room 103)
12:00 – 1:30pm Hollywood Confidential – Paid Event (Room 104)
12:00 – 12:45pm Jason David Frank Meet And Greet – Paid Event (Room 201)
12:30 – 1:00pm One-On-One With Billy Dee Williams (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)
1:00 – 1:45pm Unleashing Creativity (Room 103)
1:15 – 1:45pm One-On-One With Jason David Frank: Power Ranger (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)
2:00 – 2:45pm Figure Drawing For Popular Media (Room 103)
2:00 – 2:45pm 1939: The Year That Changed Everything (Batman Was Just The Beginning!) (Room 104)
2:00 – 2:45pm CW31 Presents An Advanced Screening Of “the 100” (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)
2:00 – 5:00pm The Wizard World Film Festival (Big Sur Room)
3:00 – 3:45pm The Art Of Animation Production With Animator/Director Tom Cook (Room 103)
3:00 – 3:45pm Cosplay & Fanfilms (Room 104)
3:00 – 3:45pm One-On-One With Stan Lee (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)
4:00 – 4:45pm TV & Film Production In Sacramento (Room 103)
4:00 – 4:45pm Will Eisner Week: Why Eisner Matters (Room 104)
4:00 – 4:45pm One-On-One With James Marsters (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)
5:00 – 5:45pm The Ace Of Geeks: How Can We Stop Bullying At Conventions? (Room 103)
5:00 – 5:45pm Grimm Fairy Tales Animated (Room 104)
5:00 – 5:30pm One-On-One With William Shatner (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)
5:45 – 6:30pm Bruce Campbell Versus The Audience (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)
6:00 – 6:45pm The History Of Us Vs Them (Room 103)
6:00 – 6:45pm Super Hero Cinema: Sequels And Spin-Offs (Room 104)
7:00 – 7:45pm H.P. Lovecraft In Popular Culture (Room 104)
7:00 – 9:00pm Wizard World Costume Contest (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)
10:00pm – Close Wizard World Official Masquerade Party (D30, 1022 K St, Sacramento) (Dress Code Enforced, 21+)

Sunday, March 9
11:00 – 11:45am Jason David Frank Meet And Greet – Paid Event (Room 201)
11:30am – 12:15pm Storytelling With Michael Golden (Room 103)
11:30am – 12:15pm Jumping Through The Looking Glass: Cosplay as Hobby and Lifestyle (Room 104)
11:45am – 12:15pm One-On-One With Ralph Macchio (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)
12:30 – 1:15pm Inkers On Inking With Josef Rubinstein And Joe Weems (Room 103)
12:30 – 1:15pm Who Can Be A Geek? Anyone Who Wants To/Women In The Geek World (Room 104)
12:30 – 1:00pm One-On-One With James Hong (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)
1:15 – 1:45pm One-On-Two With The Boondock Saints (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)
1:30 – 2:15pm Battle For Multicultural Heroes (Room 103)
1:30 – 2:15pm Superstar Artists Roundtable With Humbero Ramos, Paolo Rivera, Jimmie Robinson and Eric Nguyen (Room 104)
2:00 – 3:00pm The Green Power Ranger Power Hour (Room 201)
2:00 – 2:30pm How To Survive A Killer Tv Show With Jon Bernthal (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)
2:30 – 3:15pm Wizard World Kids Costume Contest (Room 104)
2:30 – 3:00pm Michael Rooker Vs The Audience (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)
4:00 – 4:45pm One-On-One With Chris Hemsworth (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)

Seating for panels is strictly limited and available on a first served basis. We do not clear panel rooms unless you are seated in a section that is marked with a sign at the end of the row reading: ROW WILL BE CLEARED AT THE END OF EACH PANEL

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 Sacramento Comic Con show hours are Friday, March 7, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, March 8, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday, March 9, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

A first-class lineup of topical programming takes place all three days at the event, with celebrity Q&A’s, comics-themed sessions, costume contest, movie screenings, evening parties and more. Sunday, March 9, is also Kids Day, with an array of activities and programming specially designed for the younger Wizard World fans.

Sacramento 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 2014 Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/home-sacramento.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.

Wizard World 2014-15 Schedule
March 7-9 – Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con
March 28-30 – Wizard World Louisville Comic Con
April 4-6 – Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con
May 2-4 – Wizard World Minneapolis Comic Con
May 30-June 1 – Wizard World Atlanta Comic Con
June 19-22 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con
August 1-3 – Wizard World San Antonio Comic Con
August 21-24 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con
September 12-14 – Wizard World Richmond Comic Con
September 26-28 – Wizard World Nashville Comic Con
October 2-4 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con
October 31-November 2 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
November 7-9 – Wizard World Tulsa Comic Con
November 21-23 – Wizard World Reno Comic Con
January 9-11, 2015 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con
January 23-25, 2015 – Wizard World Portland Comic Con

Norman Reedus, Matt Smith, Sean Astin, and Summer Glau Headline Wizard World Louisville Comic Con 2014

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Norman Reedus, Matt Smith, Sean Astin, Summer Glau Headline Celebrity Guests At Wizard World Louisville Comic Con, March 28-30

Robert Hays, Michael Rosenbaum, Jon Heder, James Marsters, Dean Cain, Jason David Frank, Sarah Wayne Callies, Top Comics Creators At Inaugural Pop Culture Festival At Kentucky International Convention Center

LOUISVILLE, Ky., February 14, 2014Norman Reedus,Michael Rooker, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies and Scott Wilson of “The Walking Dead,” Matt Smith (“Doctor Who”), Summer Glau (Serenity, “Firefly”), Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Rudy), and Robert Hays (Airplane!, Paranormal Movie) are among the celebrities scheduled to attend the inaugural Wizard World Louisville Comic Con, March 28-30 at the Kentucky International Convention Center.It is the fourth of 16 events currently 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.

Astin, Bernthal, Callies and Glau will appear on Saturday and Sunday, March 28-29; Smith will attend on Saturday only; the others are scheduled for all three days.

Other notables scheduled at press time include Billy Boyd (Lord of the Rings, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World), Michael Rosenbaum (“Smallville,” “Justice League”), Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite, Blades of Glory), James Marsters (“Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” “Torchwood”), Dean Cain (“Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” “Stars Earn Stripes”) and Jason David Frank (“Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers”). Additional celebrities will be announced as the event nears.

Superstar comics creators scheduled to attend include Neal Adams (“Batman,” “X-Men”), Ethan Van Sciver (“Green Lantern,” “Flash”), Phil Ortiz (“The Simpsons,” “Muppet Babies”), Tyler Kirkham (“Action Comics,” “Superboy”), Greg Horn (“Marvel: World of Heroes,” “Walt Disney”), Arthur Suydam (“Marvel Zombies,” “Army of Darkness”), James O’Barr (Creator, The Crow) and Michael Golden (“Hulk,” “Daredevil”).

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 Louisville Comic Con show hours are Friday, March 28, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, March 29, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, March 30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

A first-class lineup of topical programming takes place all three days at the event, with celebrity Q&A’s, the Wizard World Film Festival, comics-themed sessions, costume contest, movie screenings, evening parties and more. Sunday, March 30, is also Kids Day, with an array of activities and programming specially designed for the younger Wizard World fans.

Louisville 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 Show Stage, the ideal place to see and be seen.

For more on the 2014 Wizard World Louisville Comic Con, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/home-louisville.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.

Wizard World 2014-15 Schedule
March 7-9 – Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con
March 28-30 – Wizard World Louisville Comic Con
April 4-6 – Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con
May 2-4 – Wizard World Minneapolis Comic Con
May 30-June 1 – Wizard World Atlanta Comic Con
June 19-22 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con
August 1-3 – Wizard World San Antonio Comic Con
August 21-24 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con
September 12-14 – Wizard World Richmond Comic Con
September 26-28 – Wizard World Nashville Comic Con
October 2-4 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con
October 31-November 2 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
November 7-9 – Wizard World Tulsa Comic Con
November 21-23 – Wizard World Reno Comic Con
January 9-11, 2015 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con
January 23-25, 2015 – Wizard World Portland Comic Con

Matt Smith to Attend Wizard World Louisville Comic Con 2014

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Oh, Doctor! Matt Smith To Attend Wizard World Louisville Comic Con, Saturday, March 29

‘Eleventh Doctor’ In ‘Doctor Who’ Series To Appear At Inaugural Pop Culture Festival At Kentucky International Convention Center

LOUISVILLE, Ky., February 6, 2014 –Matt Smith, who recently completed an acclaimed four-year run as the 11th incarnation of the Doctor in the landmark British television series “Doctor Who,” will appear at the inaugural Wizard World Louisville Comic Con on Saturday, March 29. Smith will greet fans, sign autographs, pose for photo ops and conduct an interactive Q&A during the event, held at the Kentucky International Convention Center.

Smith began his acting career on stage, appearing in various popular London theatrical performances before landing the coveted role in “Doctor Who” in 2010. He received a BAFTA Award nomination in 2011 and his final episode, on Christmas Day, was BBC America’s largest audience ever, attesting to both the popularity of the series in America and Smith’s success in the role.

“Doctor Who” fandom is on full display at Wizard World shows. Fans of the series, which celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a highly-rated program that was simulcast by BBC America at Austin Comic Con, cosplay as numerous characters as well as the TARDIS, the space-time vehicle used in the show.

Other top stars scheduled to appear at Wizard World Louisville Comic Con include Norman Reedus, Michael Rooker, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies and Scott Wilson of “The Walking Dead,” Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Rudy), Michael Rosenbaum (“Smallville,” “Justice League”) and Robert Hays (Airplane!, Paranormal Movie). It is the fourth of 16 events 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.

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 Louisville Comic Con show hours are Friday, March 28, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, March 29, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, March 30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

For more on the 2014 Wizard World Louisville Comic Con, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/home-louisville.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.

LA Comic Book and Sci Fi Con to Feature Alex Nino Plus Guests from The Walking Dead and Teen Wolf for June 2013

LA June 2013

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LOS ANGELES COMIC BOOK AND SCIENCE FICTION CONVENTION PRESENTS STARS FROM THE WALKING DEAD AND TEEN WOLF JUNE 23, 2013

Los Angeles, CA-May 21, 2013-The LOS ANGELES COMIC BOOK AND SCIENCE FICTION CONVENTION presents JON BERNTHAL from THE WALKING DEAD AMC Cable series and TYLER HOECHLIN and HOLLAND RODEN from MTV’S TEEN WOLF appearing in person at the SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 2013 show.

JON BERNTHAL starred as “Shane Walsh” in Season One and Two of THE WALKING DEAD Cable Series. JON will be signing autographs 12:00 P.M.-3:00 P.M. THE WALKING DEAD is the #1 Best Selling Comic Book series and Highest Rated Cable series with over 12 million viewers for the third season. JON’S upcoming Movie roles include The Wolf of Wall Street (Directed by Martin Scorsese and also starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Matthew McConaughey) and Grudge Match (also starring Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone and Kim Basinger).

TYLER HOECHLIN and HOLLAND RODEN, the stars of MTV’S TEEN WOLF appear to sign autographs from 1:00 P.M.-3:00 P.M. TYLER stars as “Derek Hale,” a mysterious werewolf, and HOLLAND stars as “Lydia Martin,” a person who has an immunity to supernatural abilities. MTV’S TEEN WOLF is an edgier adaptation of the 1985 Michael J. Fox Movie. The third season of TEEN WOLF starts in June.

Other Special Guests Appearing:

ALEX NINO, Classic Marvel and DC Comics Artist, will appear in person to sign autographs and do sketches. ALEX’S unique visual style has been featured in such Classic DC Comics as Weird War Tales, House of Mystery, Forbidden Tales of Dark Mansion, Secrets of Sinister House, Weird Mystery Tales, The Witching Hour, Korak, and Rima the Jungle Girl. ALEX’S Marvel Comic work includes The Savage Sword of Conan and Unknown Worlds of Science Fiction. ALEX’S magazine work includes Heavy Metal and Warren Magazines Creepy, Eerie and Vampirella. ALEX will have his recent works Andie and the Alien and Monster Candy (Bliss on Tap Publishing) on sale.

BARBARA LUNA starred as “Lt. Marlena Moreau” in the Classic STAR TREK episode “Mirror, Mirror.” BARBARA’S other television credits include starring as “Koori” in two episodes of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, The Wild, Wild West, Zorro, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Hawaii Five-O, The Invaders and many others.

BUTCH PATRICK starred as “Eddie Munster” in two seasons of THE MUNSTERS and the movie MUNSTER, GO HOME! BUTCH’S other television credits include Lidsville, The Monkees, I Dream of Jeannie, My Favorite Martian, and the animated movie The Phantom Tollbooth (starring as the voice of Milo).

RICHARD ANDERSON starred as “Oscar Goldman” in the ABC-TV series THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN and THE BIONIC WOMAN. RICHARD’S other credits include the movies Stanley Kubrick’s The Paths of Glory, Forbidden Planet, Curse of the Faceless Man and television series such as Boris Karloff’s Thriller, The Green Hornet, Land of the Giants, The Rifleman and many others.

T.C. CARSON starred as the voice of “Mace Windu” in the animated series STAR WARS: CLONE WARS (2003-2005) and STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS (2008-2013) and as the voice of “Kratos” in the GOD OF WAR Video Game series. T.C. is also known for starring as “Kyle Baker” in the television series Living Single.

The LOS ANGELES COMIC BOOK AND SCIENCE FICTION CONVENTION will take place SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 2013 at the Shrine Auditorium Expo Center, 700 West 32nd Street, in Los Angeles, across the street from USC College. Show Hours are 10:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M. Regular Admission is only $10.00, five years and under are free. Early Admission is $12.00. The Dealers Room features over one hundred tables full of Old and New Comic Books, Toys, Action Figures, Trading Cards, Trade Paperbacks, Graphic Novels, DVDs, Movie Memorabilia and many other collectibles! All celebrity guests charge for each autograph but it includes a choice of photo. Check www.comicbookscifi.com for more information!

Jon Bernthal Makes It a ‘Walking Dead’ Trio at Wizard World Austin Comic Con 2012

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Jon Bernthal Makes It A ‘Walking Dead’ Trio At 2012 Wizard World Austin Comic Con

Joins Fellow Cast Members Norman Reedus, Michael Rooker At Austin Convention Center, October 27-28

NEW YORK and AUSTIN, Texas, October 11, 2012 – Fans of “The Walking Dead” have another great reason to rejoice, as Jon Bernthal, who portrayed “Shane Walsh” in the hit AMC series, has been added to the roster at Wizard World Austin Comic Con at the Austin Convention Center.  He joins fellow cast members Norman Reedus(“Daryl Dixon”) and Michael Rooker (“Merle Dixon”); all three are scheduled to appear on Saturday, Oct. 27, and Sunday, Oct. 28.

The classically-trained Bernthal recently completed filming Ric Roman Waugh’s action drama, Snitch, opposite Susan Sarandon and Dwayne Johnson.  He has appeared in such large-scale productions as World Trade Center, The Pacific and Rampart, and has had guest roles on top TV series like “CSI: Miami,” “Boston Legal,” “Without a Trace” and “How I Met Your Mother.”

Bernthal, Reedus and Rooker will greet Wizard World Austin Comic Con fans, sign autographs, pose for photo ops (including a chance to be photographed with all three) and participate together in an interactive Q&A panel.

“The Walking Dead” earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Drama Series, a Writers Guild of America nomination for Best New Series, and recognition as one of AFI’s Ten Best Television Programs of the Year. The series set new records as the most watched drama series in basic cable history, and is aired internationally in over 120 countries and 33 languages.

In addition to Bernthal, Reedus and Rooker, eight stars of the popular series “Star Trek: The Next Generation” will gather for their first 25-year U.S. reunion at Wizard World Austin Comic Con, including the legendary Patrick Stewart, who portrayed the stern, determined “Captain Jean-Luc Picard,” commander of the USS Enterprise.

Other popular Wizard World Austin Comic Con guests include Eliza Dushku (“Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” True Lies), WWE® Superstar CM Punk®, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino (“Jersey Shore”), Dean Cain (“Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” “90210”), Anthony Michael Hall (Sixteen Candles, Weird Science),Lou Ferrigno (“The Incredible Hulk,” “The King of Queens”) and the Boondock Saints trio of Reedus, Sean Patrick Flanery and David Della Rocco, among others.

Wizard World Austin Comic Con (Oct. 26-28), 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.  Admission is free for kids 10 and under, and Sunday, Oct. 28, is “Kids Day,” with an array of programming specially designed for children.

For more on the 2012 Wizard World Austin Comic Con, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/home-tx.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 *****
October 26-28, 2012 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con
November 30 – December 2, 2012 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con
February 22-24, 2013 – Wizard World Portland Comic Con
May 30 – June 2, 2013 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con
August 8-11, 2013 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con
September 20-22, 2013 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con

Programming Announced For Wizard World Chicago Comic Con 2012

Lauren Holly

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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.

Image Comics Announces Signings and Programming Schedules for ECCC 2012

Image Comics ECCC

Via Image Comics

Image Comics is showing up in a big way at Emerald City Comicon (ECCC) in Seattle, Washington this March 30 through April 1, with a slew of convention exclusives (announced here) and an extensive signing and programming schedule. Many Image creators will be at the Image, Skybound, and Top Cow booths, as well as manning their own tables in the Washington State Convention center.

A panel schedule, signing schedule, and full list of Image creators attending ECCC follow. If you are interested in scheduling an interview with any of the Image creators regarding their Image titles, please contact Jennifer de Guzman at jenniferdeguzman@imagecomics.com.

PROGRAMMING

Creator Spotlight: Marc Silvestri
Join Top Cow founder, Image partner, movie producer and top industry artist Marc Silvestri (THE DARKNESS) as he takes a retrospective look at his legendary career spanning three decades. Moderated by Top Cow Publisher Filip Sablik, Silvestri will look back at everything from his early years on such top titles as X-Men and Wolverine to the founding of Image Comics and Cyberforce to the redefining of his company and the creation of mini-icons like Witchblade and The Darkness. Friday, 4pm, Room 211

Robert Kirkman Q&A
Kirkman, one of the most successful writers in comics today, best known for his work on The Walking Dead, Invincible, and Super Dinosaur, will offer fans some insight into the genius behind their favorite hit comics. After becoming an Image Comics partner in 2009, introducing the internationally renowned hit TV show based on the comic, “The Walking Dead” on AMC, and recently announcing an upcoming video game adaptation of the same series from TellTale Games, he has proven to be an unstoppable creative force. Friday, 7pm, Room 4C1-2

Image Comics – 20 Years of Creator-Owned Independence
Some of the most exciting rising stars in comics today and established creators alike will be coming together to talk about the past, present, and future of Image Comics. Join Ed Brubaker (Fatale), Joe Casey (Butcher Baker, Officer Downe, Haunt), Brandon Graham (King City, Prophet), Joe Keatinge (Glory, Hell Yeah), Emi Lenox (Emitown), Nathan Edmondson (Who Is Jake Ellis?, The Activity, Dancer), and Natalie Nourigat (Between Gears) to experience this lively conversation and be among the first to hear some big announcements! Saturday, 12pm, Room 4C3-4

Top Cow’s REBIRTH: The Beginning
Join Top Cow Publisher Filip Sablik as he leads an informative and lively discussion about the 20th Anniversary of Top Cow and the REBIRTH of the Top Cow Universe in 2012 with creators including Marc Silvestri and Jeremy Haun. Be the first to hear exciting new announcements, get added insight into the state of the Top Cow Universe, and get your questions answered! Saturday, 1pm, Room 4C1-2

Talkin’ Dead with Jon Bernthal & Laurie Holden
A “lively” discussion with The Walking Dead stars Jon Bernthal and Laurie Holden. Join them as they talk about the show’s record breaking viewing numbers, what it’s like to film in an apocalyptic, zombie filled world and what the future holds for Shane and Andrea. Hosted by David Boze (KTTH 770 AM). Saturday, 1 pm., Room 4A

Take to the Sky: Skybound and the Next Generation of Independence
Things continue to look up for Skybound, Robert Kirkman’s imprint at Image Comics. The premiere original Witch Doctor has sold out nationwide, the all-ages hit Super Dinosaur  continues to soar, and And Kirkman’s first-ever writers’-room-driven crime drama, Thief of Thieves, is a critical success… what’s next? Join Robert Kirkman as he discusses the future of the imprint with his stable of creators, including the creative teams behind Witch Doctor, Thief of Thieves, and more! Expect only AWESOMENESS. Sunday, 12pm, Room 4C3-4

SIGNINGS

At the Image Booth – #310

Friday
2:00-3:00
Sina Grace (Li’l Depressed Boy)

3:00-4:00
Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, Witchblade, Bloodstrike)
This is a ticketed signing, limited to one ticket per person. Tickets will be available at Image Booth #310 the day of the signing.

4:00-5:00
Shane Houghton (Reed Gunther)

5:00-6:00
Nathan Edmondson & Mitch Gerads (The Activity)

6:00-7:00
Landry Walker (Danger Club)

7:00-8:00
Jean-Paul Bonjour, Robert Love & Dana Shukarsi (Alpha Girl)

Saturday
10:00-11:00
Joshua Williamson (Xenoholics)

11:00-12:00
Gerry Duggan & Phil Noto (The Infinite Horizon)

12:00-1:00
Landry Walker (Danger Club)

1:00-2:00
Nathan Edmondson & Mitch Gerads (The Activity)

2:00-3:00
Kurtis Wiebe & Riley Rossmo (Green Wake, Debris)

3:00-4:00
Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, Witchblade, Bloodstrike)

4:00-5:00
Jean-Paul Bonjour, Robert Love & Dana Shukarsi (Alpha Girl)

5:00-6:00
John Layman (Chew)
This is a ticketed signing, limited to one ticket per person. Tickets will be available at Image Booth #310 the day of the signing.

6:00-7:00
Nick Spencer & Joe Eisma (Morning Glories)
This is a ticketed signing, limited to one ticket per person. Tickets will be available at Image Booth #310 the day of the signing.

Sunday
10:00-11:00
Shane Houghton (Reed Gunther)

11:00-12:00
Jean-Paul Bonjour, Robert Love & Dana Shukarsi (Alpha Girl)

12:00-1:00
Nick Spencer & Joe Eisma (Morning Glories)

1:00-2:00
Richard Starkings (Elephantmen)

1:00-2:00
Lisa Wood (Thought Bubble Anthology)

2:00-3:00
Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, Witchblade, Bloodstrike)

3:00-4:00
John Layman (Chew)

4:00-5:00
Joshua Williamson (Xenoholics)

At the Skybound Booth – #310

Friday
4:00-5:00
Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead, Invincible, Thief of Thieves)
This is a ticketed signing, limited to one ticket per person. Tickets will be available at Image Booth #310 the day of the signing.

Saturday
5:00-7:00
Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead, Invincible, Thief of Thieves)
This is a ticketed signing, limited to one ticket per person. Tickets will be available at Image Booth #310 the day of the signing.

Sunday
3:00-4:00
Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead, Invincible, Thief of Thieves)
This is a ticketed signing, limited to one ticket per person. Tickets will be available at Image Booth #310 the day of the signing.

At the Top Cow Booth – #414

Friday
1:00-2:00
Dennis Calero (Netherworld, City of Refuge)

5:00-6:00
Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, Witchblade)
This is a ticketed signing, limited to one ticket per person. Tickets will be available at Image Booth #310 the day of the signing.

6:00-7:00
Marc Silvestri (Witchblade, The Darkness)

All Day
Phil Hester (The Darkness)
Filip Sablik (Last Mortal)
Matt Hawkins (Think Tank)

Saturday
11:00-12:00
Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, Witchblade)
This is a ticketed signing, limited to one ticket per person. Tickets will be available at Image Booth #310 the day of the signing.

3:00-5:00
Marc Silvestri, Phil Hester & Jeremy Haun (The Darkness)

All Day
Phil Hester (The Darkness)
Filip Sablik (Last Mortal)
Matt Hawkins (Think Tank)

Sunday
12:00-1:00
Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, Witchblade)
This is a ticketed signing, limited to one ticket per person. Tickets will be available at Image Booth #310 the day of the signing.

1:00-2:00
Jeremy Haun (The Darkness)

All Day
Phil Hester (The Darkness)
Filip Sablik (Last Mortal)

Special Guests of ECCC
Mike Allred (Madman) – C-08
Ed Brubaker (Fatale) – M-05
Chris Burnham (Hack/Slash) – F-18
Greg Capullo (Spawn) – N-06
Joe Casey (Butcher Baker) – K-02
Keu Cha (The Darkness, The Magdalena, Witchblade) – B-02
Marian Churchland (Elephantmen) – C-05
Camilla d’Errico (Sky Pirates of Neo Terra) – A-01/02
Gerry Duggan (The Infinite Horizon) – P-03
Nathan Edmondson (The Activity, Dancer) – C-09
Joe Eisma (Morning Glories) – C-07
Jay Faerber (Near Death) – 310
Mitch Gerads (The Activity) – F-17
Chris Giarrusso (G-Man) – C-04
Bryan JL Glass (Mice Templar) – O-04
Brandon Graham (King City, Prophet) – C-05
Brian Haberlin (Witchblade) – K-06
Tony Harris (War Heroes, Chin Music) – 310
Jeremy Haun (The Beauty, The Darkness) – 414
Phil Hester (The Darkness) – 414
Shane Houghton (Reed Gunther) – 402
Jason Howard (Super Dinosaur) – I-12
Joe Keatinge (Hell Yeah, Glory) – C-06
Robert Kirkman (Image Partner – The Walking Dead, Invincible, Thief of Thieves) – 310
Erik Larsen (Image Partner – Savage Dragon) – C-03
Emi Lenox (EmiTown) – C-06
Steve Lieber (Underground) – M-03
Tony Moore (The Walking Dead) – P-01
Steve Niles (Crime and Terror, Chin Music) – G-01
Justin Norman (Elephantmen) – C-05
Phil Noto (The Infinite Horizon) – P-03
Natalie Nourigat (Between Gears) – 222
Michael Avon Oeming (Mice Templar) – O-03
Ryan Ottley (Invincible) – I-12
Jeff Parker (Underground) – F-21
Riley Rossmo (Green Wake, Rebel Blood) – C-07
Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, Bloodstrike) – 310/414
Brandon Seifert (Witch Doctor) – C-09
Marc Silvestri (Image Partner – Witchblade, The Darkness) – 414
Charles Soule (Twenty-Seven) – C-10
Nick Spencer (Morning Glories, Infinite Vacation) – 310
David Hahn (All Nighter) – 222
Ben Templesmith (Pigs) – D-15
Jim Valentino (Image Partner – Shadowhawk) – 310
Matt Wagner (Mage) – H-05
Shane White (Hack/Slash) – F-08
Kurtis Wiebe (Green Wake, Peter Panzerfaust) – C-10
Joshua Williamson (Xenoholics) – 802
Brian Wood (Mara) – K-01
Jim Zub (Skullkickers) – C11

Walking Dead Panelists Announced for NYCC 2011

Walking Dead cast at NYCC

Press Release:

“THE WALKING DEAD” PANELISTS ARE ANNOUNCED FOR NEW YORK COMIC CON 

Participants Include Cast and Executive Producers; Sneak Peek at New Season; More Panelists May be Added!

Norwalk, CT, October 12, 2011:  Norwalk, CT, October XX, 2011:  Robert Kirkman, the Eisner Award-winning creator of The Walking Dead comic book will participate in a highly anticipated panel at New York Comic along with cast including Jon Bernthal, Laurie Holden, Steven Yeun, Chandler Riggs, Lauren Cohan and Norman Reedus.  Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd and Co-Executive producer and Emmy Award winning Makeup Effects Artist Greg Nicotero will also participate on the panel.   Officials at AMC note that a sneak peek at the new season will be part of the presentation and still more participants may be added to the star-studded line up in the next day or two.  

AMC’s The Walking Dead panel will take place in the IGN Theater – Presented by Sprint on Saturday, October 15th, 5:15pm – 6:15pm.  Cast members will do a limited signing for fans after the panel!  Tickets for the signing will be handed out first come, first served in Hall 1C on Saturday, 10/15 at 12 noon.  New York Comic Con is sold out of exhibit space and upwards of 100,000 people are expected to attend the show which takes place this week, October 13 – 16, 2011 at the Jacob K. Javits Center.

“I am hugely impressed with the panelists being provided by AMC for The Walking Dead panel,” notes Lance Fensterman Show Manager for NYCC and Group Vice President for ReedPOP.  “This is going to be one of our signature events and I know that we will have thousands of fans who will want to come to hear and see these awesome personalities who have made The Walking Dead such a huge hit.  I can’t thank AMC and all the participants of this panel enough for giving their time and talent to New York Comic Con.”

The Walking Dead was a comic book series created by writer Robert Kirkman in 2003 which won the 2010 Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series.  A television series was announced in 2009 and premiered to enormous attention and acclaim on October 31, 2010.   The panel at New York Comic Con will focus on the success of season one and will discuss what to look forward to in season two.  The Walking Dead returns October 16 at 9pmEST/8pmCentral only on AMC.

Tickets for NYCC are on sale via the website www.NewYorkComicCon.com.  Limited 4-Day tickets are available.  Tickets will also be on sale on site this weekend, October 13 – 16.  Saturday one day passes are SOLD OUT!  For further information about all ReedPOP shows and activity, please visit Lance Fensterman’s blog, www.MediumAtLarge.net.

 

ABOUT REEDPOP:  ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions which is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena.  ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans.  The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) East & West, Star Wars Celebration V, New York Anime Festival (NYAF), and UFC Fan Expo.  The staff at ReedPOP is a fan based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion.  ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Asia and Europe.

CA – The Walking Dead Panel

Frank Darabont, Robert Kirkman, and the cast of The Walking Dead speak on Friday, March 4, 2011 at 7:00 pm at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills as part of PaleyFest 2011.

Appearing In Person

Frank Darabont, Writer / Director / Executive Producer
Gale Ann Hurd, Executive Producer
Robert Kirkman, Executive Producer / Creator of Comic Book
Andrew Lincoln, “Rick Grimes”
Sarah Wayne Callies, “Lori Grimes”
Jon Bernthal, “Shane Walsh”
Laurie Holden, “Andrea“
Jeffrey DeMunn, “Dale”
Steven Yeun, “Glenn”
Emma Bell, “Amy”

Puchase tickets here…

C2E2 2011 Adds Walking Dead Actors and Other Celebrities

C2E2 Walking Dead

Press Release:

CELEBRITY APPEARANCES AT THE CHICAGO COMIC AND ENTERTAINMENT EXPO (C2E2) SPAN POP CULTURE UNIVERSE

Guests from Entertainment World to Join Artists, Creators and Writers at Annual Convention

Norwalk, CT, February 2, 2011: The Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) has today announced that Jonathan Bernthal, Laurie Holden, Mark Sheppard and Tahmoh Penikett will be among the many high profile guests who will be participating in the annual pop culture convention which takes place March 18 – 20, 2011 at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago. These accomplished actors join previously announced writers, artists, and creators including Brian Michael Bendis, China Miéville, Paul Cornell, and Scott Snyder, among others, in representing the depth and breadth of the pop culture universe.

Programming officials at C2E2 note that a major objective at this year’s show has been to diversify the range of talent participating in the convention. Mr. Bernthal, who is best known for his role on the AMC series The Walking Dead, studied at The School of Moscow Art Theatre where he was later discovered by the director of Harvard University’s Institute for Advanced Theatre Training; a human rights advocate, Ms. Holden has numerous theater and screen credits and is also currently playing a role in AMC’s The Walking Dead; Mr. Sheppard is an accomplished musician as well as successful actor; and Tahmoh Penikett has starred in numerous TV and film productions, including Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse. Despite their varied backgrounds, interests and accomplishments, all the guests at C2E2 have contributed significantly to the growth and evolution of pop culture in recent years.

“The talent that we are lining up for C2E2 is representative of the huge influence of pop culture in our world today,” notes Lance Fensterman, Group Vice President for ReedPOP and Show Manager for C2E2. “Our show is a dynamic meeting ground for talent and fans from all walks of life who all share a common sensibility. Jon Bernthal, Laurie Holden, Mark Sheppard and Tahmoh Penikett are at the very top of their game and they are well known in the pop culture universe as well as beyond. We are extremely grateful to them for their participation in our show and I know that there are many fans who will also be very grateful to have this chance to meet them in person!”

Jonathan E. “Jon” Bernthal: Jon Bernthal is an American actor, best known for his role on the AMC television series The Walking Dead. He has performed in over 30 plays regionally and off-Broadway, including many with his own award-winning theatre company Fovea Floods. He has also appeared in several TV shows such as Law & Order: Criminal Intent in 2002, The Class from 2006 – 2007 and The Pacific in early 2010. Bernthal was born and raised in Washington, D.C. where he graduated from the Sidwell Friends School. After high school, he studied at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York and later attended The School of Moscow Art Theatre, in Moscow, Russia. During his time there, he also played professional baseball in the European Professional Baseball Federation. He was discovered by the director of Harvard University’s Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at the American Repertory Theatre in Moscow and was invited to study for his master’s degree there. He graduated in 2002 from the American Repertory Theatre with a Master of Fine Arts.

Laurie Holden: Heather Laurie Holden is an American-Canadian actress and human rights activist. She is perhaps best known for her roles as Marita Covarrubias on The X-Files, Adele Stanton on The Majestic, Cybil Bennett on Silent Hill, Amanda Dumfries on The Mist, Olivia Murray on The Shield, and now as Andrea on The Walking Dead. The stepdaughter of veteran film director Michael Anderson, Holden traveled the world with her family growing up on various locations and got her first break as Rock Hudson’s daughter in Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles (1980). Holden was raised in Canada, spent her freshman year at McGill University, then transferred to UCLA to do a BA in Theatre Arts. She is a member of the National Honor Society and was the recipient of the prestigious Natalie Wood Acting Award. She is currently enrolled at Columbia University where she is acquiring her Master of Human Rights degree. Holden has starred in numerous television and film projects and has received worldwide critical acclaim and honorable recognition for her diverse and eclectic choice of roles. Early in her career, Holden made a name for herself by costarring opposite Vanessa Redgrave in the TNT miniseries Young Catherine. Later, she also found some success on the small screen, playing a memorable recurring role on the seminal sci-fi series The X-Files, that of Marita Covarrubias, a mysterious government worker who becomes an informant to Special Agent Fox Mulder starting in the fourth season of that show through the final one (1996-2002). She also had a supporting role, as Mary Travis, opposite Michael Biehn and Ron Perlman in the remake of the MGM classic The Magnificent Seven (1998-2000) for CBS. Holden’s most notable roles include starring opposite Jim Carrey in Frank Darabont’s film The Majestic. Her memorable roles are in such hits as Fantastic Four (where she played Michael Chiklis’ love interest), playing cult hero Cybil Bennett in Christophe Gans’ artistic-horror video game adaptation of Silent Hill, and co-starring as Amanda Dumfries opposite Marcia Gay Harden and Thomas Jane in Stephen King’s The Mist. Holden recently starred as Olivia Murray in FX’s critically acclaimed series The Shield and is also been seen in AMC’s The Walking Dead, based on the graphic novel.

Mark Sheppard: Mark Sheppard was born in London, England and began his film career in Jim Sheridan’s In The Name Of The Father playing Guildford Four member Paddy Armstrong alongside Daniel Day-Lewis. An accomplished musician, he has recorded and played drums for The T.V. Personalities, Nikki Sudden, Robyn Hitchcock, The Barracudas, Light A Big Fire, School Of Fish and They Eat Their Own, among others. On stage, he has won several theatre awards, including The 1992 Drama Critic’s Circle Outstanding Achievement Award for his performance in A Cock & Bull Story. He may be best known for his television work, as Romo Lampkin in Battlestar Galactica, Badger in Joss Whedon’s Firefly, Ivan Erwich in Day 5 of 24, plus roles on The X-Files, CSI, Star Trek: Voyager and a host of other characters in films and television. Sheppard currently plays Jim Sterling opposite Timothy Hutton on TNT’s Leverage, the Director of The Ring Organization in NBC’s Chuck, the Demon Crowley in Supernatural for the CW, and mysterious operative Mr. Valda in SyFy’s Warehouse 13. He has lent his voice to various video games and commercials as well, from The Conduit to Dragon Age: Origins and Bear Grylls’ Man vs. Wild. He will portray Canton Everett Delaware III in the upcoming season of Doctor Who.

Tahmoh Penikett: Tahmoh Penikett has starred as Lieutenant Karl “Helo” Agathon on the Emmy Nominated Sci Fi series Battlestar Galactica for which he received the prestigious Peabody Award. Prior to Battlestar Galactica, Tahmoh joined the cast of the critically acclaimed Canadian series The Cold Squad for their final season. His performance on that series earned him a LEO award nomination. Tahmoh Penikett’s next major public production was Joss Whedon’s sci-fi series Dollhouse. He has also been seen in a Guest Starring capacity in a variety of other series including a recurring Guest Star on Whistler (The N), Smallville (FOX) and The L Word (Showtime ). Penikett starred in the short film, Trapped Ashes, directed by renowned director Monte Hellman, which debuted at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival and he had two films which came out in 2007, Trick ‘r Treat (Warner Bros) and The Green Chain (Movie Central) which debuted at the Vancouver Film Festival. Most recently Tahmoh Penikett played the lead role of Matt Ellman on Syfy’s four-hour TV adaptation of Riverworld. Tahmoh was born in the city of Whitehorse in the Yukon, Canada and his background, which includes strong ties to the Upper Tanana tribe and their traditions, led him to his love of storytelling. He has a very strong connection and devotion to his family with whom he spends time whenever possible.

Customers interested in signing up for Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo should contact Larry Settembrini at lsettembrini@reedexpo.com. Tickets for C2E2 may be purchased at www.c2e2.com. Other information about the show, as well as news about ReedPOP, which also organizes New York Comic Con (NYCC) is available at Lance Fensterman’s blog, www.mediumatlarge.net.

ABOUT REEDPOP: ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions which is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena. ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) East & West, Star Wars Celebration V, New York Anime Festival (NYAF), and UFC Fan Expo. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion. ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Asia and Europe.

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