Fan Groups Ready For Wizard World Mid-Ohio Comic Con 2011

October 20, 2011 by  
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Fan Groups Ready For Wizard World Mid-Ohio Comic Con, Saturday And Sunday At Greater Columbus Convention Center

Cosplayers, Podcasters, Charity Organizations And More Enhance Wizard World Experience


Wizard World fan groupsNEW YORK and COLUMBUS, Ohio, October 19, 2011
 – A variety of fan clubs, podcasters and other groups are making final preparations for this weekend’s Wizard World Mid-Ohio Comic Con, Saturday and Sunday at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.  From cosplayers like the Great Lakes Base of the Rebel Legion and Ohio 501st Legion and Mandalorian Mercs to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Comic Book Connection Initiative, groups will be on site, meeting attendees and enriching the Wizard World experience.

Some groups that fans will run into on site include:

– Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, which exists to fight censorship and defend the first amendment rights of comic book professionals and readers throughout the United States.
– Great Lakes Base of the Rebel Legion, the local chapter of The Rebel Legion Star Wars costuming group.
Mandalorian Mercs Costuming Group, the world’s premier custom Mandalorian costume organization.
– Ohio 501st Legion, the state’s chapter of the national organization which seeks to promote interest in Star Wars through the building and wearing of quality costumes, and to facilitate the use of these costumes for Star Wars-related events as well as contributions to the local community through costumed charity and volunteer work.
– Ohio Star Wars Collectors Club, a resource through which those who live in Ohio can discuss new items arriving, toy & collectible show dates and generally anything Star Wars related.
– Open Forum Radio, a community fueled by collective interests which seeks open dialogue and to encourage debate
Outlook Media, whose content contains both local and national focused features that compliment its mix of columns, editorials, arts & entertainment, sports, celebrity interviews, and community news.
– Pendant Production Company, one of the most prolific and popular podcasting companies today, with more than 800 episodes of audio drama.
– The Comic Book Connection Initiative, a small non-profit organization that takes in donated comic books from dealers, publishers, and individual collectors then distributes them to children in homeless shelters, food pantries, after-school programs , YWCA women’s shelter and hospitals.
– The Hero Initiative, the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterdays’ creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work.
– USS Asgard, a chapter of Starfleet International, which  participates in community events such as Toys for Tots, Operation Feed, etc.
– USS Columbus, which does an annual school supply drive for a local school, helps in the Firefighters Toy Drive, and collects food for Mid Ohio Food Bank along with other local clubs.
– USS Lagrange, which has raised hundreds of dollars for the Akron Children’s Hospital and for various food banks in the state.
– WGTR “World Grand Theft Radio,” the nationwide internet radio station No. 1 worldwide Halloween radio station in Sept & Oct. With over 30 original shows a week live, “our mission to make your on air dreams come true!”

Wizard World Mid-Ohio Comic Con features stars James Marsters, Billy Dee Williams, Adam West, Burt Ward, Claudia Christian and Walter Koenig among dozens of celebrities and industry professionals celebrating the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.

Mid-Ohio Comic Con is the eighth stop on Wizard World’s 2011 North American tour.  Hours are Saturday, October 22, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, October 23, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Tickets are available in advance online at http://www.wizardworld.com/midohio.html at a savings over tickets purchased at the door.  Advance adult single-day tickets are priced at $25 ($35 on site); weekend all-session tickets are $40 ($50 on site), and tickets are free for children age 10 and under when accompanied by a paid adult (limit two children per adult).  VIP packages with special entry and exclusive items are also available on a limited basis.

About Wizard World:
Wizard World produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests. Wizard World also produces Wizard World Digital, an online publication covering new and upcoming products and talents in the pop culture world, and is distributed on a weekly basis to online and iPad users worldwide.

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

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

World’s Largest Comic Book to be Displayed at Wizard World Mid-Ohio Comic Con 2011

October 19, 2011 by  
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Huge Glass Comic Book Makes Public Run Debut At Wizard World Mid-Ohio Comic Con, October 22-23 At Greater Columbus Convention Center

Comangra CityNEW YORK and COLUMBUS, Ohio, October 11, 2011 – Attendees at next weekend’s Wizard World Mid-Ohio Comic Con will have the unique opportunity to check out the “Huge Glass Comic Book,” the world’s first glass comic book, blown up and lit up on glass.  Each of its twelve pages is four feet high and three feet wide, all laser etched on quarter inch glass.  The Huge Glass Comic Book is registered for three world record claims with Guinness World Records, including first glass comic book, largest glass comic book and largest comic book.  At over 500 pounds of comic pages, it may also be the world’s heaviest comic book.

The event, set for the Greater Columbus Convention Center, October 22-23, features stars James Marsters, Billy Dee Williams, Adam West, Burt Ward, Claudia Christian and Walter Koenig among dozens of celebrities and industry professionals celebrating the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.

The comic is a single concise story introducing Comangra City, a place where all the world’s comic and cartoon genres live and interact with each other in a multi-cultural metropolis.  Nearly every country has its own tradition of graphic story.  It’s time these traditions meet, mix and react with each other.  Beyond the story, each page of the Huge Glass Comic Book highlights different graphic storytelling techniques in simple, reproducible ways.  It took over 550 hours to create this comic and, four weeks into its completion, it’s already attracting interest from galleries, educational institutions and even “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!  It’s a one of a kind opportunity to see a first in comics and in art.

Wade Gugino, writer and creator of the Huge Glass Comic Book, will be present to page through the comic with fans and sell print versions of the comic and graphic story layout guide, as well as individual cards, prints and T-Shirts.  This will be the very first public run of the print comic — a limited edition sold out at ArtPrize 2011 in two weeks.

Mid-Ohio Comic Con is the eighth stop on Wizard World’s 2011 North American tour.  Hours are Saturday, October 22, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, October 23, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Tickets are available in advance online at http://www.wizardworld.com/midohio.html at a savings over tickets purchased at the door.  Advance adult single-day tickets are priced at $25 ($35 on site); weekend all-session tickets are $40 ($50 on site), and tickets are free for children age 10 and under when accompanied by a paid adult (limit two children per adult).  VIP packages with special entry and exclusive items are also available on a limited basis.

About Wizard World:
Wizard World produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests. Wizard World also produces Wizard World Digital, an online publication covering new and upcoming products and talents in the pop culture world, and is distributed on a weekly basis to online and iPad users worldwide.

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

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

Hero Initiative Heads to Wizard World Mid-Ohio Comic Con 2011 with Angel Medina

October 18, 2011 by  
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Hero Initiative attends Wizard World’s Mid-Ohio Comic Con With Special Guest Artist Angel Medina!

Venom Dark Origin 1Los Angeles, CA (October 17, 2011) Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that helps comic creators in financial and medical need, is proud to announce its appearance at Mid-Ohio Comic Con with special guest Angel Medina, October 22nd and 23rd at the Greater Columbus Convention Center located at 400 North High Street in Columbus, Ohio.

Angel is a comic book artist known for his work KissSpawnSensational Spider-Man and many more.Currently he is working on a top-secret project due to be released later this year.

At the Hero booth #212-#214, Mr. Medina will be sketching for his beloved fans while all proceeds will be donated to Hero Initiative. Don’t miss out and get in line early. This is your chance to get an amazing sketch while supporting Hero and its great cause.

To find out more information about Hero Initiative check out our You- tube video

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or go to www.heroinitiative.org.

SAT., Oct. 22 (con hours 10-7)

1030-1230: Angel Medina

130-230: Tom Scioli

230-430: Angel Medina

430-530: Mike Grell

 

SUN., Oct. 23 (con hours 10-5)

1030-1230: Angel Medina

230-430: Angel Medina


About The Hero Initiative:

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strict to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment .Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $400,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

Eisner Winners at Wizard World Mid-Ohio Comic Con

September 8, 2011 by  
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A total of 12 Will Eisner Comics Industry Awards winners and nominees are among the more than 150 comic creators scheduled to attend Wizard World Mid-Ohio Comic Con, part of North America’s largest pop-culture tour, October 22-23 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.  Winners include 10-time honoree Jeff Smith (“Bone,” “RASL”), Bill Sienkiewicz (“Elektra,” “Assassin”), Christopher Sprouse (“Tom Strong,” “The Return of Bruce Wayne”) and Eric Wight (“The Escapist,” “Action Comics”).

The eight Eisner nominees scheduled to attend are Eliza Frye (“The Lady’s Murder,” “Lucky House”), Steve Hamaker (“Bone,” “RASL”), David Mack (“Kabuki,” “Daredevil”), Ed Piskor (“Wizzywig,” “American Splendor”), Thomas Scioli (“Godland,” “American Barbarian”), Marc Sumerak (“Power Pack,” “Franklin Richards”), Carol Tyler (“You’ll Never Know: Book I & II,” “Late Bloomer”) and Dave Wachter (“The Guns of Shadow Valley,” “Scar Tissue”).

The creators will be on hand to meet fans, sign autographs and sketch.  Many Greater Columbus-based artists will be in attendance as well.

The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are considered the “Oscars” of the comic book industry. Established in 1987, they are named for renowned cartoonist Will Eisner (creator of “The Spirit” and several award-winning graphic novels).

Other superstar creators scheduled to attend include Pasqual Ferry (“Thor; Ultimate Fantastic Four,” “Ultimate X-Men vs Fantastic Four”), Gerald Parel (“S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Captain America), Stephanie Hans (“Journey into Mystery,” “The Amazing Spider-Man”), Mike Grell (“Green Arrow,” “Green Lantern”), Rob Liefeld (“Deadpool,” “Youngblood”), Greg Horn (“Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark,” “Hero For Hire”),  Phil Jimenez (“Amazing Spider-Man,”  “Astonishing X-Men”), Michael Golden (“Batman,” “Spider-Man”), Arthur Suydam (“Marvel Zombies,” “Army of Darkness”), Mark Texeira (“Wolverine,” “Spider-Man”) and Ryan Ottley (“Invincible,” “The Walking Dead”).

Mid-Ohio Comic Con is the eighth stop on Wizard World’s 2011 North American tour.  Hours are Saturday, October 22, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, October 23, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Tickets are available in advance online at the website at a savings over tickets purchased at the door.  Advance adult single-day tickets are priced at $25 ($35 on site); weekend all-session tickets are $40 ($50 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.

Wizard World Mid-Ohio Comic Con 2011 to Feature Stars of Buffy, Star Wars, Batman, Etc.

Mid-Ohio Comic Con 2011

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James Marsters, Billy Dee Williams, Adam West, Burt Ward, Claudia Christian, Walter Koenig Among Headliners At Wizard World Mid-Ohio Comic Con, October 22-23 At Greater Columbus Convention Center

Superstar Artists Jeff Smith, Mike Grell, Rob Liefeld, Greg Horn, Phil Jimenez, Bill Sienkiewicz, Arthur Suydam And Many Others Scheduled To Appear

NEW YORK and COLUMBUS, Ohio, August 23, 2011 – North America’s largest pop-culture tour continues at Wizard World Mid-Ohio Comic Con at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, October 22-23, with standout guests James Marsters, Billy Dee Williams, Adam West, Burt Ward, Claudia Christian and Walter Koenig headlining the list of celebrity attendees. The event 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.

Williams (STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, BRIAN’S SONG) will appear on Saturday, while Marsters (“Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” “Caprica”), West (“Batman,” “Family Guy”), Ward (“Batman”), Christian (“Look,” “Babylon 5”) and Koenig (“Star Trek,” “Babylon 5”) are scheduled for both days.

The lineup of superstar artists at Wizard World Mid-Ohio Comic Con is impressive, with Jeff Smith (“BONE,” “RASL”), Pasqual Ferry (“Thor; Ultimate Fantastic Four,” “Ultimate X-Men vs Fantastic Four”), Mike Grell (“Green Arrow,” “Green Lantern”), Rob Liefeld(“Deadpool,” “Youngblood”), Greg Horn (“Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark,” “Hero For Hire”),Phil Jimenez (“Amazing Spider-Man,” “Astonishing X-Men”), Bill Sienkiewicz (“Elektra: Assassin,” “Moon Knight”), Michael Golden (“Batman,” “Spider-Man”), Arthur Suydam(“Marvel Zombies,” “Army of Darkness”), Mark Texeira (“Wolverine,” “Spider-Man”) and Ryan Ottley (“Invincible,” “The Walking Dead”) at the head.

“We are excited to be adding the Wizard touch – and slew of celebrity guests and comics creators – to what has been a successful, well-attended event in Columbus,” said Gareb Shamus, Wizard World CEO.

Other popular celebrity guests scheduled to be on hand at the event include Gil Gerard(“Buck Rogers in the 25th Century”), Robyn Griggs (“Another World,” “One Life to Live”),David Harris (THE WARRIORS, “NYPD Blue”), William Holman (“Bachelor Pad,” “The Bachelorette”), and Doug Jones (FANTASTIC FOUR, HELLBOY).

Children and adult attendees are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite villain, superhero or pop culture personality for the chance to win special prizes in costume contests. Event-goers may also try their hand interactive product exhibits and shop for collectible comics, movie and television memorabilia, toys and games at scores of dealer booths.

Mid-Ohio Comic Con is the eighth stop on Wizard World’s 2011 North American tour. Hours are Saturday, October 22, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, October 23, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tickets are available in advance online at http://www.wizardworld.com/midohio.html at a savings over tickets purchased at the door. Advance adult single-day tickets are priced at $25 ($35 on site); weekend all-session tickets are $40 ($50 on site), and tickets are free for children age 10 and under when accompanied by a paid adult (limit two children per adult). VIP packages with special entry and exclusive items are also available on a limited basis.

About Wizard World:

Wizard World produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests. Wizard World also produces Wizard World Digital, an online publication covering new and upcoming products and talents in the pop culture world, and is distributed on a weekly basis to online and iPad users worldwide.

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

***** SAVE THE 2011/12 DATES *****

October 22-23 – Mid-Ohio Comic Con

November 11-13 – Austin Comic Con

January 28-29, 2012 – New Orleans Comic Con

March 24-25, 2012 – Toronto Comic Con

May 19-20, 2012 – Big Apple Comic Con

June 1-3, 2012 – Philadelphia Comic Con

August 9-12, 2012 – Chicago Comic Con

TBD – Los Angeles Comic Con

BONE 20th Anniversary Tour

Jeff Smith celebrates the 20th anniversary of BONE with a world tour stopping in six cities across three countries. It starts at Comic-Con International in San Diego where the 20th Anniversary Box Set makes its official debut! The tour goes on to Baltimore Comic Con, Fan Expo CanadaNew York Comic Con, Mid-Ohio Comic Con, and finally the Lucca Comics & Games Festival in Italy. Check out Jeff’s blog for more details!

Mid-Ohio Comic Con Launches 2010 Charity Auction on eBay

December 7, 2010 by  
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Mid-Ohio Comic Con Launches 2010 Charity Auction on eBay

Columbus, OH – December 2, 2010 – Mid-Ohio Comic Con is pleased to announce the launch of its 2010 charity auction on eBay. The auction features original art and other creative work from the guests at this year’s 30th anniversary show, many of whom made incredibly generous contributions. Of particular note, the auction includes all the giant sketches (19″ x 24″) done by artists on the Main Stage easel during the show as well as other contributed work, including sketchbooks, posters, and comics.

Batman by Matt WagnerProceeds from the auction will go to benefit the Hero Initiative, a non-profit organization that creates a financial safety net for comic creators who need emergency medical aid, financial support for the essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. “We are big believers in the Hero Initiative and are very pleased to see such strong support of its cause from the comic creators who donated their work to this year’s auction,” said James Henry, Managing Director of Mid-Ohio Comic Con.

Creators whose work is featured in the auction include Sergio Aragonés (Groo), Art Baltazar (Tiny Titans), Andy Bennett (Phantom), Pat Block (Scrooge), George Broderick (Christmas Eve), David Finch (Green Lantern), Chris Giarrusso (Mini Marvels), Michael Golden (Sketchbook), Lora Innes (Harley Quinn), Arvell Jones (Iron Fist), Todd Nauck (Impulse), Doug Paszkiewicz (Arsenic Lullaby), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Steve Scott (Hulk), Arthur Suydam (Zombie King Kong), Mark Texeira (Ghost Rider), Billy Tucci (Wonder Woman), and Matt Wagner (Batman).

Mid-Ohio-Con 2010 was held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, OH on the weekend of November 6-7, 2010 and featured a who’s who of creators from the worlds of comics, film, literature, and television, including featured comic guests David Finch, Adam Hughes, Frank Cho and Barry Kitson as well as featured media guests Michael Berryman Lou Ferrigno and many more. Visit Mid-Ohio-Con on Blogger for a recap of the incredible 30th anniversary show and for further information on the 2010 charity auction.

Mid-Ohio Comic Con 2011 will be held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, OH on the weekend of October 22-23, 2011. The event will showcase headline media guests Adam West and Burt Ward (Batman, natch!) along with featured comic guests Rob Liefeld (Deadpool, Youngblood, X-Force), Mike Grell (Warlord, Green Arrow), Greg Horn (Green Lantern, Emma Frost) and many more. Visit Wizard World’s Mid-Ohio Comic Con web site for more information on the 2011 show and stay tuned for regular announcements and updates.