It is a truth universally acknowledged . . . No. Let me rephrase. Waiting sucks.
I was in line at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. Shoulders smarting, back stiff as a statute, legs wobbly like a wooden easel, I was waiting for Josh Peck, a guest at this year’s (August 21-24) Chicago Wizard World Con. Josh is best known for starring opposite Drake Bell in the Nicklodeon show Drake & Josh. My daughter loved that show, and I was standing in line for her.
Josh finally arrived, and a great cheer went up–until he realized neither he nor his handler had any photos for him to sign. So we waited another 20 minutes. Chatted him up (his take on appearing in the remake of Red Dawn: “Awesome.”). Someone asked if he would yell “Megan!”, his signature line from Drake & Josh; he politely declined. Oh, and I got a selfie.
(OK, it wasn’t a selfie; I asked someone to take the pic. Shows you how superannuated I am.)
Josh was friendly but ill-at-ease. You could tell he was a convention novice, as opposed to, say, Lou Ferrigno. A regular at Wizard World cons, Lou is best known for his role as the Hulk in the 1978 CBS television series. I got a chance to talk to him for a few minutes.
Me: How did you get started doing conventions?
Lou: I was out with a friend of mine one time, and I went to a place in Hollywood where they had a convention. I walked around, and they kept telling me I ought to do a convention because the fans really want my autograph. I’m so used to giving autographs, and I thought, why not have a table? That’s how it started. It’s a good living.
Me: How long have you been doing conventions?
Lou: About 15 years.
Me: What are some crazy fan stories you can share?
Lou: I had a woman one time who came to me about a year ago, and she had a Hulk tattoo on her leg, and she had my signature tattooed on her leg. She had both legs done, and she wanted to take a picture, and her husband is standing there looking like, every morning I have to get up and look at my wife’s legs with your signature and the Hulk’s picture.
Me: I guess we saw where her loyalties lie. How did you get into character to play the Hulk?
Lou: It came naturally to me. I use pantomiming, acting without speaking, and they just loved it. I used the sensitive part of me to become the character.
Me: You have talked a lot about an actual actor playing the Hulk versus CGI. You’ve said people have told you they preferred your version.
Lou: Over 90% of the people have said that.
Me: Why do you think that is?
Lou: CGI cannot compete with a human Hulk. There is no sensitivity. The Hulk, the character I created, with his vulnerability and sensitivity—it can never be replaced.
Me: When I was growing up, my mother didn’t let me watch the Hulk because she said he was “vulgar.” Did you ever get negative comments from people who didn’t like the character?
Lou: The only negative was a lot of mothers hated me because their sons ripped their shirts and walked around the house that way.
Another headliner was Stan Lee, whose first autograph session was scheduled for 5:00pm on Friday. I had paid online for an autograph ($80!), and though the ticket was good all weekend, I thought going the first day would help me eschew half-day lines. At 4:00, I strolled to his booth, saw about 20 people standing there, and got in line. Wonderful! I thought. Then: this doesn’t seem right. Next, I noticed three things in the span of 10 seconds:
The Stan Lee VIP badges around the necks of the people in front of me;
- To my left, a separate line of proletariat-looking people, where I clearly belonged; and
- A con staffer walking toward me.
Once I was moved to the correct line, I waited about an hour, which isn’t bad. At one point, someone said Stan Lee was somewhere in the exhibit hall posing for pictures FREE. I found him, took this picture, and noticed something strange. Do you see it too?
Five points to Gryffindor if you recognize that this person isn’t Stan Lee. I don’t know whether he was a cosplayer, a doppleganger, or something else, but I later got a candid (read: surreptitious) pic of the real deal.
Stan was terrific, charming and humble, and his line managers took a bend-but-don’t-break approach that I appreciated. In fact, all the crowds were well managed. One helpful feature was a signing schedule at every celebrity’s booth, like this one at Josh Peck’s.
Despite being the biggest event in the Wizard World portfolio, Chicago was a delight. I did a lot of waiting, but that is unavoidable, and I passed the time gawking at some world-class cosplayers. The rooms were laid out well, prices were clearly advertised, most things happened on time, and I saw little tension among staff or attendees. CGC was doing comic book grading on site, and that also went well, probably because Stan Lee had his own booth.
If you go to only one Wizard World con ever, make it Chicago. You’ll have a ball. Here are a few more pics to show you why.
No, this isn’t security removing an unruly attendee; it’s just a cadre of cosplayers.
The long and short of it.
Doin’ the Cybertron shuffle.
Looking forward to the Ant Man movie in 2015.
Even the queen had a good time hanging with a few (dis)loyal subjects.
DOCTOR WHO’S PAUL MCGANN COMING TO CINCINNATI: TIME LORD ATTENDING 2014 CINCINNATI COMIC EXPO
“Doctor Who” fans of all ages are getting excited with the announcement that veteran English actor Paul McGann will be in attendance for the 2014 Cincinnati Comic Expo being held this September at the Duke Energy Convention Center. There, the star will be interacting with local fans, taking photos, signing autographs and answering questions as part of a panel discussion.
Paul McGann is best known for playing the eighth incarnation of the beloved time traveling alien adventurer, the Doctor, in the 1996 television film “Doctor Who,”a role he reprised in 72 audio dramas and the recent 2013 mini-episode “The Night of the Doctor”. McGann is still a regular face on British television where he has appeared in major roles on the programs “Luther,” “Jonathan Creek,” and “Waking The Dead.” The actor has also appeared in a variety of films over his lengthy career including parts in “My Kingdom,” “Alien 3,”and “Queen of the Damned.”
First airing in 1963, the BBC series “Doctor Who” is recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s longest-running science fiction television show. Since its relaunch in 2005 the series has brought in an entire new generation of devout young fans and is still recognized as a world-wide cult television phenomenon. The announcement of Paul’s participation has met with an enthusiastic response from not only local fans but also other guests coming to Cincinnati as part of the Expo. This includes artist Patrick Baumgardner who has done promotional work for the Dr Who Fan Club of America. Patrick, who has already met several of the other actors who played the seminal time traveler, explains why he is so eager to meet Paul McGann, “For me he is one of the elite actors who was able to capture the soul of the Doctor and make it his own…..on a fan note, I’m soooooo excited.”
Mr. McGann is just the latest celebrity confirmed to be attending this year’s convention. He is joining a roster of special guests that already includes beloved actor and television personality Lou Ferrigno, Dave Prowse and Peter Mayhew from the “Star Wars” film series, John Rhys Davies who is best known for his roles in the “Indiana Jones” and “Lord of the Rings”franchises, and Jewel Staite from the cult hit television program “Firefly.” Many more guest announcements are expected in advance of the 2014 Cincinnati Comic Book Expo.
About Cincinnati Comic Expo
The Cincinnati Comic Expo has been entertaining thousands of fans since 2010 with an annual show celebrating all periods and genres of pop culture with an emphasis on comics. The 2014 Cincinnati Comic Expo will be held from Friday, September 19, through Sunday, September 21, at the Duke Energy Convention Center. Tickets vary in price and are available to purchase online. More information on events and exhibitors attending the show can be found at www.cincinnaticomicexpo.com
CHIC TO BE GEEK IN LAS VEGAS
(Las Vegas) – – The 2nd annual Las Vegas Comic Expo (www.lasvegascomicexpo.com), a family-friendly event, will return to the Riviera Casino & Hotel on the World Famous Las Vegas Strip located at 2901 Las Vegas Boulevard South in Las Vegas on September 28-29, 2013.
Las Vegas Comic Expo will again unite the comic book and pop-culture community’s huge and diverse audience of fans, creators and retailers together in one of the most renowned and unforgettable cities in the U.S.
Charles Lee, organizer of Las Vegas Comic Expo, has proclaimed that “Las Vegas has widely been known as an ideal destination for conventions, and since last year, Vegas has proven to be a city capable of holding comic book and pop culture themed convention events.”
Las Vegas Comic Expo will again feature artist demonstrations, panel discussions and the always entertaining cosplay costume contest. Likewise, there will be vendors, artists, and writers in the exhibitor halls for fans to obtain autographs, art, toys, comic books, statues, and other rare collectibles. Not limited to comic books, this is a pop culture event similar to the ones held in other major cities such as New York, Seattle, Chicago, Boston, Orlando, Los Angeles, and San Diego, where the hip to be square celebrate its chic to be geek.
Fan boys and girls of entertainment like Star Wars, Star Trek, Hunger Games, True Blood, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, Twilight, Walking Dead, and Dr. Who will converge in Las Vegas for an entertaining event.
Exclusive collector items will be available at Las Vegas Comic Expo. This is just the icing on the cake for a comic-book and pop culture convention that will welcome thousands of attendees to the Riviera Hotel located right on the strip at 2901 Las Vegas Boulevard South in Las Vegas, just minutes away from the Las Vegas airport.
This affordable and fun convention will feature a wide variety of family-friendly and pop-culture must-see happenings including:
- Comic Artist Alley featuring a multitude of beloved comic book creators from around the World including Mark Brooks, Joe Benitez, Jim Cheung, Whilce Portacio, Gerry Conway, Brian Pulido, Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez (the Hernandez brothers), Stephane Roux, Ryan Sook, Dean Yeagle, Carlo Pagulayan, Ale Garza, Agnes Garbowska, Brian Buccellato, Kenneth Rocafort, Philip Tan, Nei Ruffino, Eric Basaldua (EBAS), Joe Benitez, Glen Brunswick, Joel Gomez, Marat Mychaels, Jorge Molina, Stephen Segovia, Jay Anacleto, Brian Haberlin, Cat Staggs, and lots more.
- Media guests: Kristin Bauer (True Blood), Sylvester McCoy (Dr. Who, The Hobbit), Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk, Celebrity Apprentice) and more to come….
- Gaming, including HeroClix, Magic, and other popular trading card games.
- Cosplay. Tons of people dressing up as their favorite comic book/sci-fi/fantasy/anime characters, with the climax being a Saturday night costume contest and a Sunday afternoon children’s costume contest.
- Panel discussions, autograph signings and meet & greet opportunities with your favorite guests.
- Sunday Fun Day (Kid’s Day) events.
The show welcomes all audiences including those seeking a family-friendly environment. And for people looking to experience the legendary Las Vegas nightlife, it’s just a short walk away to restaurants, live entertainment and gambling.
“We hope to continue to provide a fun, vibrant atmosphere that brings together the people who love and drive the thriving community of comics – the fans, the retailers and the professional creators – for a unique entertainment experience that will bring them back year after year,” said Charles Lee, organizer for the Las Vegas Comic Expo.
WHAT: Las Vegas Comic Expo (A Comic Book, Entertainment & Pop Culture Convention)
WHERE: Riviera Casino & Hotel
2901 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (800) 634-3420
WHEN: Saturday – September 28, 2013 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday – September 29, 2013 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
WHO: Open to all ages. A family friendly event
COST: $25 Daily Admission $45 Weekend Pass
Discounts for advance ticket purchase, prepaid ticket holders allowed early entry Children 8 years and under free with paid adult ticket (limit 2 children per paid adult).
Confirmed Celebrity guests include…
Kristin Bauer (True Blood) Sylvester McCoy (Dr. Who, The Hobbit)
Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk, Celebrity Apprentice)
To purchase tickets or access a complete guest list, program guide, and exhibitor information, please go to www.lasvegascomicexpo.com. Check the website often for updates and new guests.
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Nearly 10,000 completely awesome attendees partied with us in 2013 – We hope you will join the crowd in 2014!
Tickets go on sale October 15th! Booth space is on sale now!!
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San Jose Super Toy, Comic Book & Collectible Show Hosts actor LOU FERRIGNO & DAWN WELLS.
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Early Bird admission: 9 -11 am, $15
General Admission: 11 am – 4:30 pm, $6
The Santa Clara County Fairgrounds
344 Tully Rd.
San Jose, CA 95111
Toy & Comic Book collectors are invited to the San Jose Super Toy, Comic Book & Collectible Show on Saturday August 18, 2012! Come see over 250 tables filled with every variety of Vintage to Modern Collectibles, including Toys, Magazines, Comic Books, Vinyl Records, Posters, GI Joes, Robots, Disneyana, Legos, Sports, TV, Music, and Movie Memorabilia, and lots more! We are Northern California’s Largest vintage Toy and Collectible show, growing in size and attendance since 1995.
Our Scheduled Media guests are actors LOU FERRIGNO and DAWN WELLS.
Actor and body building legend Lou Ferrigno played the Incredible Hulk in the original 1970’s Television series.
He also was in the 2009 comedy I Love You, Man.
Most recently he was a contestant on season five of the NBC series The Celebrity Apprentice, which premiered in February 2012. He appeared on the program in order to raise money for his charity, the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
DAWN WELLS is best known for her performance as MARY ANN in 1960’s TV Show Gilligans Island.
Lou and Dawn will be signing photos and taking snapshots with attendees for a nominal fee.
All guests are subject to cancellation due to professional commitments.
For Show and Dealer Information:
A reporter from WGNO talks to Lou Ferrigno and more at the Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con.
F.A.C.T.S is proud to announce its full line-up, with most recent the addition of “The Incredible Hulk” Lou Ferrigno as well as Adi Granov, comic-artist famous for his involvement in the Iron Man movies!
“We have been trying to get THE HULK to FACTS for years now and finally the stars and planets are perfectly aligned. Lou Ferrigno is a personal hero and whenever I put on a jeans jacket, I think of that amazing TV-series”, said Emmanuel van Melkebeke, F.A.C.T.S. Convention Director, with a disheartening honesty…
Also to have Adi Granov join the guest line-up is a thrill in itself. Adi has played a fundamental role in designing the Iron Man outfit as well as his allies and adversaries in the Iron Man movies. A Marvel exclusive artist with a major impact in both the comic as well as the movie business!
“I adore his covers to Iron Man as much as any normal FACTS-visitor would, but do not forget his Captain America and Thor coverwork as well”, commented to Emmanuel van Melkebeke.
These latest additions might not be the last even, but for now F.A.C.T.S. has a strong line-up!
– Charisma Carpenter: Buffy, Angel, Charmed.
– Torri Higginsoon: Tekwar, Stargate Atlantis
– Sherilynn Fenn: Twin Peaks
– Dirk Benedict: Battlestar Galactica, The A-Team
– Julian Glover: Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Game Of Thrones
– Keu Cha: Witchblade, Rising Stars, HEX
– Barry Kitson: Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, Legion of Super-Heroes
– Aleksi Briclot: Merlin, Spawn, Wizard of the Coast
– Aleksa Gajic: “Technotise – Edit and I” animation, Scourge Of The Gods
– Clint Langley: Slaine, 2000AD
– Minck Oosterveer: Nicky Saxx, Ruse, The Unknown
– Romano Molenaar: The Darkness, Storm, Lady Death,
– Adrien Floch: Lanfeust of Troy, Ythaq
– Adam Devreux: Game Over
– Lectrr: Belgian cartoonist
F.A.C.T.S Comicon is the signature pop culture event of the Benelux, presenting guests and programming to cater for the top segments of the comics, anime, sci-fi, film, TV, and gaming industries.
Entering its 21th edition, F.A.C.T.S. is expected to draw over 16,000+ attendees to its October 22-23, 2011 convention held at the Gent Flanders Expo Convention Center located in Gent, Belgium.
The show will sport 12,000 square metres and will host dealers of toys, comics, movie merchandise, fantasy merchandise, manga and will see 400+ cosplayers and an entire fanvillage, as well as loads of surprises, brighten up the already amazing venue!
For more information, please go to http://www.facts.be
‘Green Lantern’ Panels, Bruce Campbell, Billy Dee Williams, ‘Batman’ Q&As, ‘Kids’ Day,’ ‘Buffyfests’ Highlight Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con Programming
Julie Benz, Adam Baldwin, Margot Kidder Q&A’s, Evening ‘Zombie Beach Party,’ ‘Terminator’ Panel, ‘Wizard School,’ and Costume Contests Also On Tap For June 17-19 at Pennsylvania Convention Center
NEW YORK and PHILADELPHIA, June 2, 2011 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con today announced its diverse programming schedule, featuring unique celebrity Q&A’s, music, film screenings and discussions, artist schools, contests and more for the event, set for Friday through Sunday, June 17-19 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
Some of the highlights include:
- “Buffyfests” with “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer” stars Nicholas Brendon, Kelly Donovan, Mercedes McNab and Clare Kramer
- “Green Lantern” franchise discussions with featured creators like Ethan Van Sciver, Carlos Pacheco, Shane Davies, Todd Klein and others
- Rare Q&A sessions with Margot Kidder (“Lois Lane” from the SUPERMAN movies), Julie Benz (“Dexter,” “No Ordinary Family), Bruce Campbell (“Burn Notice,” ARMY OF DARKNESS), and Adam Baldwin (SERENITY, “Firefly”)
- “Stargate Universe” Q&A with the beautiful tandem of Alaina Huffman and Julia Benson
- “Kids’ Day” program with face painting, balloons, other fun activities specially designed for children
- Popular panels with Billy Dee Williams and the “Dynamic Duo,” Adam West and Burt Ward of “Batman” fame
- Sessions featuring stars of other huge multiplatform franchises such as STAR WARS (Jake Lloyd, Peter Mayhew, Daniel Logan), TERMINATOR (Michael Biehn, Kristanna Loken), “The Incredible Hulk” (Lou Ferrigno) and “The Walking Dead” (Chandler Riggs, Iron E. Singleton, Addy Miller)
- Wizard Art School and Q&A’s featuring leading creators like Bill Sienkiewicz, Greg Horn, Humberto Ramos, Mike Grell, Francisco Herrera and others
- The popular adult costume contest and fun kids costume contest with great prizes
Unless noted, Philadelphia Comic Con programming will take place in the designated panel rooms at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and is included with admission to the event. Seating for panels is strictly limited and available on a first come first serve basis and each room will be cleared between panels. The full schedule is below:
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)
Margot Kidder Q&A
With a career spanning over forty years, and with countless roles on both the big and small screens, acting veteran Margot Kidder (Superman; Sisters; “Smallville”) makes a rare appearance at Philadelphia Comic Con to share her secrets to longevity in Hollywood. (Room B)
Exposed: The Secrets Of Professional Wrestling
Ted DiBiase, Virgil and Dawn Marie give fans the low down on what’s real and what’s not in the world of professional wrestling. (Room B)
Independent Filmmaking With Dan Fogler
Hollywood actor Dan Fogler (Balls of Fury; Fanboys; Kung Fu Panda) and his producing partner Thomas Sullivan will discuss making films outside of the mainstream Hollywood system, as well as the difficulties and freedoms of producing independent works. (Room B)
Claudia Christian Q&A
“Babylon 5” beauty Claudia Christian shares the secrets to her multi-faceted success, and previews a sneak peek of her new Showtime series “Look.” (Room A)
Terminator Panel With Michael Biehn And Kristanna Loken
Michael Biehn (Terminator) and Kristanna Loken (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines) team up to talk about their respective roles as Sgt. Kyle Reese and T-X in the blockbuster movie trilogy. (Room A)
Jonathan Tiersten Performance
Actor and musician Jonathan Tiersten -from the 80’s classic Horror film Sleepaway Camp, and his latest movie The Perfect House – will be performing his latest CD called We’ll See, which is featured in the film The Perfect House. Q&A will follow. (Room A)
Buffyfest Q&A With Nicholas Brendon And Kelly Donovan
“Buffy The Vampire Slayer” star Nicholas Brendon (Xander Harris) sits down with his on and off-screen twin brother Kelly Donovan to take fan questions about life during and after the pop culture phenomenon. (Room A)
Digital Comics and the New Publishing Model (Room B)
Borders is failing and Comixology is trending. What does this mean for the future of comics? Get advice on formatting, marketing, publishing and more from creators who’ve successfully made the crossover from web to print. (Room B)
Star Wars Q&A With Jake Lloyd, Peter Mayhew And Daniel Logan
The stars behind Anakin Skywalker, Chewbacca and Boba Fett take fan questions and discuss their thoughts on the evolution of one of the highest grossing film franchises in history. (Room A)
Mike Grell Q&A
The legendary comic icon behind classic Legion of Super-Heroes Tales and Warlord talks about his tips of the trade and shares his secrets from making it in comics. (Room B)
Billy Dee Williams Q&A
“Lando” lands at Philadelphia Comic Con! Don’t miss it as the coolest man in STAR WARS history sits down to take fan questions. (Room A)
Breaking Into Comics With Humberto Ramos, Francisco Herrera And Edgar Segura
Fan favorites Humberto Ramos (Wonder Woman; Astonishing X-Men), Francisco Herrera and Edgar Segura (Superman/Batman) team up to give out their tips on refining your art, pitching to publishers, and any other sound advice they can think of about working in comics. (Room B)
This year “The Smurfs” animated series will be celebrating its 30th Anniversary with a new feature film to be released later this summer. The loveable blue gnomes are preparing to Smurf their way into the pop culture landscape yet again! Follow the world’s leading Smurfologist Matt Murray as he traces the Smurfs roots from character concepts for an unproduced Belgian short film, to global TV superstars and beyond. Includes special glimpses from Murray’s upcoming book The World of Smurfs, due from Abrams Image in August. (Room C)
Boondock Saints Q&A With Norman Reedus And Sean Patrick Flanery
The pair known as Murphy and Connor MacManus in The Boondock Saints I and II reteam for a special Q&A session where they will share the details behind the movies, their careers, and everything you never got to see onscreen. (Room A)
Green Lantern Panel Part I
Some of the minds behind Green Lantern team up to discuss the writing and sketching processes behind one of comics’ most popular series. Featuring artists Ethan Van Sciver, Carlos Pachecho, Prentis Rollins and writer Tony Bedard. (Room B)
Julie Benz Q&A
As a star of hit shows like “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Dexter” and “No Ordinary Family,” Benz talks to fans about her extensive career, ups and downs in the industry and her thoughts on the new generation of sci-fi and fantasy on television. (Room A)
Digital Art School W/ Greg Horn
Superstar Marvel and DC artist Greg Horn (Blackest Night covers) leads a discussion on digital art and
takes you through his creative process. (Room B)
Batman And Robin Q&A With Adam West And Burt Ward
The original ’60s Dynamic Duo reteams for this one-of-a-kind Q&A, where Batman and Robin drop their masks and talk about their lady co-stars, the villains they faced and the wild nights after the show! (Room A)
Wizard Art School With Bill Sienkiewicz
Join Eisner Award winning artist Bill Sienkiewicz (Batman: The Widening Gyre covers), as he gives an insiders’ look at his art processes, and gives advice on his personal do’s and don’ts of the trade to new creators interested in sequential storytelling. (Room B)
Bruce Campbell Q&A
Best known for his roles on the big screen in cult classics such as Army of Darkness and Evil Dead, or as Sam Axe in the hit television show “Burn Notice,” Bruce Campbell has proven to be a force to be reckoned with both on-screen and behind-the-scenes as an actor, director and author. Don’t miss an opportunity to ask him questions when he makes a rare appearance at Philadelphia Comic Con. (Room A)
Get your best costume together and come on down to Wizard World’s Philadelphia Comic Con costume contest for fun prizes and some of the craziest outfits you’ll see this weekend. (Room A)
SPECIAL FILM SCREENING – TBD (Room C)
Official Wizard World Zombie Beach Party
After the show, the party continues at The Zombie Beach Party! Professional makeup artists will transform you into a zombie for the night ($10 face painting fee), then let loose and party with DJ Kiltboy and Dave Ghoul. The Slotcars and The Sharkskins will also take the stage, and don’t miss out on the prizes for the most creative zombies of the night. Wizard World Comic Con attendees are free with wristband; guest tickets are $10. (Trocadero Theatre – 1003 Arch Street )
Free Felix The Cat Prints
Visit Don Oriolo -CEO of Felix the Cat Productions- to pick up your free autographed Felix the Cat print. (Booth TBD)
Buffyfest Q&A With Mercedes McNab And Clare Kramer
Join the ladies known as Harmony and Glory on the hit TV show “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” as they discuss their days on the show and dish about what went on behind-the-scenes of the show that just won’t die. (Room A)
Walking Dead Q&A With Chandler Riggs, Iron E. Singleton And Addy Miller
AMC’s ambitious horror series based on Robert Kirkman’s ultra-hot zombie series from Image, now comes to life from director Frank Darabont (“The Green Mile”)! Check out this amazing preview of behind-the-scenes footage and extended clips along with a Q&A with some of the show’s stars. (Room A)
Green Lantern Panel Part II
Green Lantern artists Shane Davis and Tyler Kirkham and writer Todd Klein continue the Green Lantern discussion in part II of the series, sharing the storytelling processes behind some of your favorite comic minds. (Room B)
Stargate Universe Q&A With Alaina Huffman And Julia Benson (Room A)
Alaina Huffman and Julia Benson take to the stage to spill on their days as the leading ladies Tamara Johansen and Vanessa James from the wildly popular sci-fi series “Stargate Universe.” (Room A)
Kids’ Day Program – TBD (Room B)
Adam Baldwin Q&A
With roles on sci-fi classics such as Serenity, “Firefly,” “The X-Files” and “Angel,” Adam Baldwin’s extensive résumé speaks for itself. Don’t miss his Wizard World Comic Con debut, where he will sit down to answer fan questions and share his favorite moments from the shows we’ve all come to love. (Room A)
Kids’ Costume Contest
Bring kids 10 and under for this special event with fun prizes just for families and the youngsters. (Room B)
Sound Of Musical Interlude With Ethan Van Sciver
The halls are alive with the sound of…“music.” Ethan Van Sciver (Flash: Rebirth) invites you to spend the hour trapped in a small room discussing cannibalism, Wolverine, deviancy and all manner of filth and disease through the art of song. Not since Liberace has anyone tickled the ivories with such aplomb. Well, Richard Marx was good… but Ethan is good too! Come and see! (Room B)
Philadelphia Comic Con is the sixth stop on Wizard World’s 2011 North American tour. Hours are Friday, June 17, noon – 8 p.m., Saturday, June 18, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Sunday, June 19, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tickets are available in advance online at http://www.wizardworld.com/philadelphia.html at a savings over tickets purchased at the door. Advance adult single-day tickets are priced at $25 ($35 on site); three-day weekend tickets are $45 ($55 on site), and tickets are free for children age 10 and under when accompanied by a paid adult (limit two children per adult). VIP packages with special entry and exclusive items are also available on a limited basis.
About Wizard World:
Wizard World produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests. Wizard World also produces Wizard World Digital, an online publication covering new and upcoming products and talents in the pop culture world, and is distributed on a weekly basis to online and iPad users worldwide.
For the most recent event information please visit www.wizardworld.com and become a Philadelphia Comic Con Fan on Facebook.
***** SAVE THE 2011/12 DATES *****
June 17-19 – Philadelphia Comic Con
August 11-14 – Chicago Comic Con
September 17-18 – New England Comic Con
September 24-25 – Los Angeles Comic Con
October 22-23 – Mid-Ohio Comic Con
October 28-30 – Central Canada Comic Con (C4)
November 11-13 – Austin Comic Con
January 28-29, 2012 – New Orleans Comic Con
March 23-25, 2012 – Toronto Comic Con
April 27-29, 2012 – Anaheim Comic Con
December 8-9, 2012 – Miami Comic Con
GREENLIGHT COLLECTIBLES TO ATTEND STEEL CITY CON
Pittsburgh, — Orangestone Promotions, Inc., promoters of the Pittsburgh based convention called the Steel City Con ( http://www.steelcitycon.com) is celebrating 21 years as Pennsylvania’s Largest Toy, Comic Book and Pop Culture Show this December 3-5, 2010 at the Monroeville Convention Center. Greenlight Collectibles, a premier manufacturer and marketer of officially licensed authentic die cast replicas will be attending the upcoming Steel City Con. Greenlight Collectibles will be debuting it’s new die cast Hollywood Series and also selling product. Additionally, they will have distributor and whole sale account information for new business as well as promoting the custom projects that they offer.
In addition to a massive selection of new and vintage toys and comic books, attendees will be treated to signing appearances by many pop culture celebrity icons. The following are a few of the guests attending: Lou Ferrigno ( “The Incredible Hulk”); Richard Kiel (“Jaws” from the James Bond Films); Priscilla Barnes (“Terri” from Three’s Company and The Devils Rejects); Kane Hodder (“Jason Voorhees” from the Friday The 13th Films); Bruno Sammartino (Legendary Wrestling Superstar) and TNA Knockout’s Angelia Love and Velvet Sky from the Beautiful People. Attendees can also expect to see a large number of Comic Book Artists, Writers and Illustrators.
Many Pop Culture fans are tired of paying high admission fees just to walk into a big show. The Steel City Con offers attendees one of the biggest shows in the United States at a low price. With vendor space offered at a low cost dealers are able to sell their items to attendees for much less than conventions that charge a huge amount of money for dealer space. Anyone interested in finding out more about the Steel City Con can go to http://www.steelcitycon.com
BUTTERFINGER AND G4 ANNOUNCE NATIONWIDE SEARCH TO FIND FOURTH MEMBER FOR BUTTERFINGER® DEFENSE LEAGUE
Two Finalists to Win VIP Trip to Comic-Con, Winner Gets $20,000 and Joins Pop Culture Icons Erik Estrada, Lou Ferrigno and Charisma Carpenter as Official Butterfinger Defenders
GLENDALE, Calif. – How far would you go to defend your BUTTERFINGER®? Today, Butterfinger and G4, the television network that covers the worlds of gaming, technology, animation, interactivity, and “geek culture,” announce a promotion to find the fourth member for the Butterfinger Defense League (BFDL). Two semi-finalists who best demonstrate an ability to ensure “Nobody’s Gonna Lay A Finger On My Butterfinger!” will win a VIP trip to Comic-Con International on July 21-25. The lucky semi-finalists will meet the current members of the Butterfinger Defense League, Erik Estrada, Lou Ferrigno and Charisma Carpenter, and G4’s “Attack of the Show!” hosts Olivia Munn and Kevin Pereira, during G4’s live coverage of the event.
From May 13 to June 24, viewers are encouraged to submit an audition video for the Butterfinger Defense League Challenge video contest at G4tv.com/ButterfingerDefenseLeague, spotlighting a unique ability that would make them a great defender and a perfect fit for the BFDL. Submissions will be evaluated based on creativity, technical merit, and best use of a Butterfinger to determine who would best complement the existing members. The two finalists will head to Comic-Con, where “Attack of the Show!”s Olivia and Kevin along with the BFDL members will crown one finalist an honorary member of the Butterfinger Defense League and award them a $20,000 grand prize.
“After unveiling the Butterfinger Defense League, we’re now giving consumers an opportunity to really get to know our defenders through an exclusive G4 promotion,” said NestlÃ© Confections & Snacks spokesperson Tricia Bowles. “Two lucky Butterfinger fans, not only will unite with Erik, Lou and Charisma, but they’ll also appear with them at the world’s largest pop culture convention, Comic-Con International.”
Estrada, Ferrigno and Carpenter, known in the TV world as famous defenders, have joined forces to help consumers defend their bars from would-be thieves and to encourage the “Nobody’s Gonna Lay A Finger On My Butterfinger!” tagline-turned-mantra. The celebrities formed the Butterfinger Defense League after connecting through the Butterfinger Bar Insurance program, where consumers reported more than 20,000 stories of Butterfinger thefts and filed 100,000 claims online for replacement candy bars.
“G4 is excited to team up with Butterfinger for this special promotion that gives our viewers the chance to win a VIP trip to Comic-Con and the grand prize of $20,000,” said Neal Tiles, president of G4. “Attack of the Show!” hosts Kevin Pereira and Olivia Munn possess an irreverent brand of comedy that resonates with young guys. This promotion gives Butterfinger the opportunity to connect with this often hard to engage audience in a way that’s fun, clever and organic to the show.
The Butterfinger Defense League Challenge video contest ends 11:59 p.m. PDT, 6/24/10, open to legal residents of the 50 US & DC, 18 or older, subject to full rules and entry requirements at G4tv.com/ButterfingerDefenseLeague.
Additionally, a retail promotion, “The Ultimate Comic-Con Experience courtesy of Butterfinger and G4,” will be promoted in 30,000 convenience and drug stores nationwide, driving consumers to ButterfingerDefenseLeague.com, where they can enter for a chance to win a trip and VIP experience at Comic-Con and other prizes. Olivia Munn and Kevin Pereira will be featured on the Butterfinger store displays across the country, no purchase necessary. Game ends 11:59 p.m. EDT, 6/30/10.
More information may be found online at ButterfingerDefenseLeague.com. Audition videos may be submitted at http://G4tv.com/ButterfingerDefenseLeague.
Butterfinger is a one-of-a-kind candy bar with the crispety, crunchety, peanut-buttery taste people love. No other candy bar comes close to the intense flavor and texture of a Butterfinger. Keep up with the latest news about Butterfinger at Facebook.com/Butterfinger or follow its sweet tweets at http://Twitter.com/ButterfingerMmm.
About Comcast Entertainment Group
Based in Los Angeles, Comcast Entertainment Group operates E! Entertainment Television, the 24-hour network with programming dedicated to the world of entertainment, and E! Online; The Style Network, the destination for women 18-49 with a passion for the best in relatable, inspiring and transformational lifestyle programming; G4, offering the last word on gaming, technology, animation, interactivity and “geek culture” for the male 18-34 demo; and FEARnet, the world’s premier horror and thriller destination on demand, online and on mobile devices. E! is currently available to 96 million cable and direct broadcast satellite subscribers in the United States. In 2006, E! launched the E! Everywhere initiative underscoring the company’s dedication to making E! content available on all new media platforms any time and anywhere from online to broadband video to wireless to radio to VOD. The Style Network currently counts 60 million cable and satellite subscribers and G4, the #1 podcasted cable network in America, is available in more than 65 million cable and satellite homes nationwide. FEARnet is a joint venture between Comcast, Sony Pictures Television and Lionsgate. FEARnet.com ranks as the number one horror web site and FEARnet On Demand is one of the top five VOD networks.
About NestlÃ© USA
Named one of “America’s Most Admired Food Companies” in Fortune magazine for 13 consecutive years, NestlÃ© USA provides quality brands and products that bring flavor to life every day. From nutritious meals with LEAN CUISINE® to baking traditions with NESTLÃ‰® TOLL HOUSE®, NestlÃ© USA makes delicious, convenient, and nutritious food and beverage products that enrich the very experience of life itself. That’s what “NestlÃ©. Good Food, Good Life” is all about. Well-known NestlÃ© brands include: NESTLÃ‰® TOLL HOUSE®, NESTLÃ‰® NESQUIK®, NESTLÃ‰® COFFEE-MATE®, STOUFFER’S®, LEAN CUISINE®, HOT POCKETS® and LEAN POCKETS® brand sandwiches, NESCAFÃ‰®, NESCAFÃ‰® TASTER’S CHOICE®, NESTLÃ‰® JUICY JUICE®, BUITONI®, DREYER’S/EDY’S®, NESTLÃ‰® CRUNCH®, NESTLÃ‰® BUTTERFINGER®, and WONKA®. NestlÃ© USA, with 2009 sales of $10.4 billion is part of NestlÃ© S.A. in Vevey, Switzerland — the largest food company in the world with a focus on Nutrition, Health & Wellness — with 2009 sales of $99 billion.