William Shatner, Sean Astin, Robert Englund, Etc. Headline Inaugural Wizard World Minneapolis Comic Con in May 2014

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William Shatner, Sean Astin, Robert Englund, Manu Bennett, Ralph Macchio Headline Celebrity Guests At Inaugural Wizard World Minneapolis Comic Con, May 2-4

Gilbert Gottfried, Dean Cain, James Marsters, Laurie Holden, Michael Rooker, Top Comics Creators At Pop Culture Festival At Minneapolis Convention Center

MINNEAPOLIS, March 11, 2014 – William Shatner (“Star Trek,” “T.J. Hooker”), Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings, Rudy), Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Manu Bennett (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Arrow), Ralph Macchio (The Karate Kid, My Cousin Vinny), Gilbert Gottfried (Problem Child, Beverly Hills Cop II) and Dean Cain (“Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” “Stars Earn Stripes”) are among the celebrities scheduled to attend the inaugural Wizard World Minneapolis Comic Con, May 2-4 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.It is the 6th of 16 events scheduled in the 2014 series produced by Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) and will also feature a top-drawer collection of well-known comics artists and writers and a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions.

Shatner will appear on Friday and Saturday, May 2-3; Astin will attend on Saturday and Sunday; the others are scheduled for all three days.

Other notables scheduled at press time include Laurie Holden, Jon Bernthal and Michael Rookerof “The Walking Dead,”James Marsters (“Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” “Torchwood”), Jason David Frank (“Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers”), James Hong (Blade Runner, Mulan), Lou Ferrigno (“The Incredible Hulk,” “The King of Queens”), Ian Ziering (“Beverly Hills 90210,” Sharknado) and the Boondock Saints duo of Sean Patrick Flanery and David Della Rocco.

Among the superstar comics creators scheduled to attend are Eisner Award Hall of Famer Neal Adams (“Batman,” “X-Men”), Ethan Van Sciver (“Green Lantern,” “Flash”), Mike Grell (“Green Arrow,” “Warlord”), Bob Layton (“Iron Man,” “Uncanny X-Men”), Barry Kitson (“Thor,” “Spider-Man”) and Kevin Maguire (“Justice League,” “Batman Confidential”), with more talented writers and artists to be announced.

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, cosplay, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Wizard World Minneapolis Comic Con show hours are Friday, May 2, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, May 3, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, May 4, 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, May 4, is also Kids Day, with an array of activities and programming specially designed for the younger Wizard World fans.

Minneapolis 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 Minneapolis Comic Con, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/home-minneapolis.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 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
June 19-21, 2015 – Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con

 

Q&A Sessions, 75th Anniversary of Batman, Highlight Programming at Wizard World Louisville Comic Con 2014

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Q&A Sessions With Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Jason Momoa, Sean Astin, Evening Parties, 75th Anniversary Of Batman, Costume Contests Highlight Programming At Inaugural Wizard World Louisville Comic Con

James Marsters, Summer Glau, Dean Cain, Michael Rooker, Jason David Frank, Other Celebrity Q&A’s, Comics Creator Sessions, Film Festival, Marvel Trivia, ‘Kids Day’ Among Full Three Days Of Panels And Events

LOUISVILLE, Ky., March 20, 2014 – Question-and-answer sessions with top celebrities like Matt Smith and Karen Gillan of “Doctor Who,” Jason Momoa, Sean Astin and James Marsters, meet-and-greets, adult and kids costume contests, a discussion on the historic 75th anniversary of Batman, the Wizard World Film Festival and an array of comics and pop culture themed panels comprise the robust featured programming schedule at the inaugural Wizard World Louisville Comic Con, April 4-6 at the Kentucky International 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 Smith (Sat., 6:15 p.m.), Gillan (Fri., 8:15 p.m.), Momoa (Sat., 1:30 p.m.), Astin (Sat., noon), Marsters (Sat., 1 p.m.), Summer Glau (Sat., 4 p.m.), Dean Cain (Sat., 11:30 a.m.), Michael Rooker (Sat., 3 p.m.), Jason David Frank (Sat., 2:30 p.m.), Manu Bennett (Sun., 1 p.m.) and other celebrities

Informative discussions with noted comics creators Michael Golden (Sun., 11:30 a.m.), Danny Fingeroth and Miles Fuller (Sat., 1 p.m.), Rob Prior (Sat., 2 p.m.) and more

“Batman at 75,” a discussion on the Caped Crusader led by Fingeroth, Fuller and Marco Arnaudo

Evening parties on Friday (“Wizard World Creator Pro Am,” 8:30 p.m.); Saturday (“Wizard World Official After Party,” 8:30 p.m.)

Costume contests for adults (Saturday, 7:15 p.m.) and kids (Sunday, 2:30 p.m.)

The Mighty Marvel Trivia Contest (Friday, 5 p.m.) with experts Fingeroth and Jacob Rougemont

Humorist panel with Kentucky native and Fark.com creator Drew Curtis (Friday 7 p.m.)

Wizard World Comic Con Film Festival, featuring selected shorts and music videos (Fri., Sat.)

Meet-and-greets with Frank (Sat., 11 a.m.; Sun., 11:30 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 Frank (1:30 p.m.)

Unless noted, programming events take place in the designated General Programming Rooms at the Kentucky International Convention Center. VIP tickets or additional costs may apply to ensure access to select activities, as noted.

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

Friday, March 28
5:00 – 5:45pm The Mighty Marvel Trivia Contest (Room 208)
5:00 – 8:00pm Wizard World Film Festival (Room 210)
6:00 – 6:45pm Costumes + Playing = Cosplay! So What Does That Actually Mean? (Room 208)
7:00 – 7:30pm Saving The World One Fake News Article At A Time With Drew Curtis (Room 208)
7:30 – 9:00pm Scream At The Screen (Room 208)
8:15 – 9:00pm Time-Traveling With Karen Gillan (Cascade B)
8:30 – 10:30pm Creator Pro Am: Drink And Draw (Maker’S Mark Bourbon House & Lounge, 446 S 4th St.) 21+ Only!

Saturday, March 29
11:00 – 11:45am Jason David Frank Meet And Greet – Paid Event (Room 206)
11:00 – 11:45am To Boldly Go: Star Trek: The Next Generation & Anthropology (Room 210)
11:00 – 11:45am The Strange World Of Abstract Comics (Room 213)
11:30 – 12:15pm One-On-One With The Man Of Steel: Dean Cain (Room 208)
12:00 – 12:45pm Out Of The Shire With Sean Astin (Cascade B)
12:00 – 12:45pm Vampire Lore And Other Urban Myths And Legends W/Dr. Rebecca Housel (Room 210)
12:00 – 12:45pm Superheroes, Psychology And Myth (Room 213)
12:30 – 1:15pm Dead Fans Walking (Room 208)
1:00 – 1:45pm One-On-One With James Marsters (Cascade B)
1:00 – 5:15pm The Wizard World Film Festival (Room 210)
1:00 – 1:45pm How To Write Comics With Danny Fingeroth And Miles Fuller (Room 213)
1:30 – 2:15pm One-On-One With A Dothraki Warlord: Jason Momoa (Room 208)
2:00 – 2:45pm How To Survive A Killer Tv Show (Cascade B)
2:00 – 2:45pm Mworld Creation With Rob Prior (Room 213)
2:30 – 3:15pm One-On-One With Jason David Frank: Power Ranger (Room 208)
3:00 – 3:30pm Michael Rooker Vs The Audience (Cascade B)
3:00 – 4:00pm Batman At 75 (Room 213)
4:00 – 4:30pm One-On-One With Summer Glau (Cascade B)
4:00 – 4:45pm All Things Pro Wrestling With Wrestlingaudio.Com (Room 208)
4:00-6:00pm Documentary Screening: “rude Dude: The Steve Rude Story” And Q & A With Director Ian Fischer (Room 213)
5:00 – 5:45pm Bigger On The Inside Doctor Who Fan Panel (Cascade B)
5:00 – 5:30pm One-On-One With Robert Hays (Room 208)
5:30 – 6:15pm Movie Match-Up (Room 210)
5:45 – 6:30pm Grimm Fairy Tales Animated (Room 208)
6:15 – 7:00pm One-On-One With The Doctor: Matt Smith (Cascade B)
7:00-7:45pm How To Roll Winning Numbers (Room 213)
7:15 – 9:15pm Wizard World Costume Contest (Cascade B)
8:30pm – Close Wizard World Official After Party (Howl At The Moon, 434 S 4th St) 21+ Only

Sunday, March 30
11:30 – 12:15pm Jason David Frank Meet And Greet – Paid Event (Room 206)
11:30am – 12:15pm Storytelling With Michael Golden (Room 210)
12:00 – 12:45pm Jon Heder Will Blow Your Mind (Room 208)
12:00 – 12:45pm Getting Respect: Comics Go To College(Room 213)
12:30 – 1:15pm Vampire Diaries/Originals Fan Panel (Room 210)
1:00-1:45pm One-On-One With Manu Bennett (Room 208)
1:00-1:45pm Another Kind Of Bat-Man: Comics And Baseball (Room 213)
1:30 – 2:30pm The Green Power Ranger Power Hour (Room 206)
1:30 – 2:15pm Super Power Beat Down (Room 210)
2:00 – 2:45pm One-On-Two With The Boondock Saints (Room 208)
2:00 – 2:45pm The Zombie Genre: Not Dead Yet (Room 213)
2:30 – 3:15pm Wizard World Kids Costume Contest (Room 210)

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 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 Schedule
January 24-26 – Wizard World Portland Comic Con
February 7-9 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con
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

WWE Superstar Randy Orton to Attend Wizard World Louisville Comic Con 2014

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WWE® Superstar Randy Orton® To Attend Wizard World Louisville Comic Con on Saturday, March 29

WWE’s ‘Apex Predator’ Joins Top Celebrities Matt Smith, Michael Rooker, Summer Glau, Sean Astin At Inaugural Pop Culture Festival At Kentucky International Convention Center

LOUISVILLE, Ky., February 26, 2014 – WWE® Superstar Randy Orton® makes a triumphant return to Wizard World when he appears at the inaugural Louisville Comic Con on Saturday, March 29, at the Kentucky International Convention Center. Orton will meet fans, sign autographs and pose for photo-ops in a three-hour appearance from 1-4 p.m.

From the moment he was hatched, “The Viper” walked among the ring’s most revered figures, even calling one of them “dad.” His father is WWE Hall of Famer “Cowboy” Bob Orton, his uncle Barry “Barry O” Orton and his grandfather, the late “The Big O,” Bob Orton Sr., all among the most fierce and rugged grapplers of their generations.

The voices coiling through Orton’s head today have not misguided him. And neither did Triple H and Ric Flair, who groomed Orton early on, welcoming him into their elite faction, Evolution. Under their tutelage, the 24-year-old Orton became the youngest World Heavyweight Champion in history at SummerSlam 2004. The next night on Raw, however, an envious Triple H, who coveted Orton’s championship, attacked his stablemate and jettisoned him from the faction.

WWE’s Apex Predator’s next move as the Face of WWE and Champions of Champions remains unknown; all that is certain is that when The Viper next strikes, it will be without warning.

“I greatly enjoyed my first Wizard World show last year, and I can’t wait to meet a whole new set of fans in Louisville, a real hotbed for wrestling,” said Orton.

Wizard World CEO John Macaluso adds, “Randy has a great following, which fans experienced first-hand in St. Louis last year. He adds a great new dimension to our stellar guest list for our first event in Louisville next month.”

Orton joins popular Wizard World celebrity guests Matt Smith, Michael Rooker, Summer Glau, Sean Astin, Billy Boyd and many others among the celebrity roster headliners at Wizard World Louisville Comic Con. They will be joined by a top-drawer collection of well-known artists and writers and a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions in the fourth event on Wizard World’s 16-show 2014 calendar.

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, cosplay, 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.; and 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.

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.

CA – Three Raphaels Talkin’ Toons

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Voice actor Rob Paulsen welcomes Sean Astin and Nolan North to Talkin’ Toons LIVE on Tuesday November 12, 2013 at 8:00 PM! All of them have played the voice of Raphael in different iterations of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

Get tickets at the link!

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The world-famous Hollywood Improv is proud to invite you to join Emmy and Annie award winner Rob Paulsen as he talks about his experiences in voice acting!

Sean Astin is an American film actor, director, voice artist, and producer best known for his film roles as Samwise Gamgee in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Mikey Walsh in The Goonies, and the title character of Rudy. In television, he appeared as Lynn McGill in the fifth season of 24[1] and currently voices Raphael in the 2012 Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV series and Oso in the Disney Junior show Special Agent Oso.

Nolan North is an American actor and voice actor born in New HavenConnecticut. He has been described as “the nearest thing the games industry has to a bona fide leading man.” He is most well known for his voice work as Nathan Drake from the Uncharted series; Desmond Miles from the Assassin’s Creed video game series; The Penguin in Batman: Arkham City and Batman: Arkham OriginsDeadpool in Hulk VsSpider-Man: Shattered DimensionsMarvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds/Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3DeadpoolMarvel Heroes, and Lego Marvel Super Heroes; Cyrille Le Paradox and El Jefe from Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time; Dr Edward Richtofen in the Zombies mode in the Call of Duty games World at WarBlack Ops and Black Ops II; Corrupt Cores and Defective Turrets in Portal 2Superboy and Superman in Young Justice; Cpt. Martin Walker in Spec Ops: The Line; and most recently David in the critically acclaimed game The Last of Us. He also played Raphael in the feature film TMNT.

About Rob Paulsen:
Born in Detroit, Rob Paulsen spent his childhood in Livonia and Rochester, attending Junior and Senior high school in Grand Blanc, Michigan. Rob loved cartoons like most kids but aspired to be a professional hockey player. “Fortunately, thanks to some big, strong, kid from Winnipeg who drilled me so hard my ears are still ringing, I learned around age 18 I had neither the talent nor the temperament to make a living playing hockey. So, I turned to my other passions: singing and acting.”

The goal of bringing absolute believability to a fictional character, live-action or animated, is what every actor strives for. Those who are committed to their career and who combine experience, passion and skill are likely to succeed.

Those gifted with exceptional talent who focus on maximizing their potential by finding their own niche, quickly break away from the pack. After years of honing their craft and consistently delivering memorable performances in which the character impacts an indelible image on the viewer, the public and the industry take notice, singling out the best.
“I’m getting paid to do what I got in trouble for in the 7th grade,” jests Rob, who won a Daytime Emmy in 1999 as “Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program” for Pinky and The Brain (Warner Bros.) Though nominated twice previously, the victory was especially sweet due to some formidable competition – fellow nominees Louie Anderson, Ernest Borgnine, Dennis Franz and Jeffery Tambor. In addition to his Emmy, Rob won back-to-back Annie Awards in 1997 and 1998. “I absolutely love what I do and thank my lucky stars for twenty-five years of full-time employment in this business,” he says.

“It’s a treat to portray a complex character,” Rob explains about Pinky, a goof-ball mouse with funny teeth, a head filled with clouds and an inane imagination that is punctuated with a staccato laugh. “Besides … where else could I find a job where emotional outbursts and odd exclamations like ‘Egad!,’ ‘Narf!,’ ‘Poit!,’ ‘Splonk!,’ and ‘Zort!’ are allowed and in fact, encouraged?” With over 2,000 half-hours of animation to his credit, Rob’s versatility shines in his starring roles as the voices of Yakko, Pinky and Dr. Scratch ‘n’ Sniff in the Peabody and two-time Emmy award-winning series “Animaniacs.”

Some of Rob’s other well-known animated characters include Raphael of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” Arthur in “The Tick,” the title role in “The Mask” (for a WHOLE lot less dough than Mr. Carrey, thank you), the title role in “Mighty Max,” Carl Wheezer in “Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius,” Jack Fenton in “Danny Phantom,” Bobble in the “Tinkerbell” series of DVDs and hopefully more to come.

Paulsen’s extensive credits include on-camera roles in numerous motion pictures including Body Double, Stewardess School, Eyes of Fire, The Perfect Match, and Warlocked. His television acting credits include guest-starring roles on MacGyver and St. Elsewhere. Additionally, he is one of the most sought-after voice actors in the commercial arena, performing in over 1000 commercial spots.

As passionate about “paying it forward” as he is about his lucrative career, Rob supports various charitable organizations, particularly those benefiting children and military veterans. Rob’s volunteer work with GOALmodels has been particularly rewarding. GOALmodels, a high school program in Reseda, California, is designed to inspire 9th graders to set goals and overcome obstacles in life. Blending his life experiences with passion for his work, his presentations are informative, entertaining and inspiring. In his leisure time, Rob enjoys golf, riding his motorcycle and occasionally lacing up his skates for another chance to relive his past glory on the rink. He spends the majority of his free time with his wife, Parrish, and their two Yorkshire terriers, Pooshie and Tala.

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Toronto ComiCon to Feature Star Trek:TNG Reunion and More at March 2013 Show

STTNG Cast

Press Release:

CELEBRITY GUESTS TRAVEL TO TORONTO COMICON FOR MARCH BREAK

ATTENDING STARS INCLUDE THE CAST OF STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, MICHAEL HOGAN OF BATTLESTAR GALACTICA AND SEAN ASTIN FROM THE LORD OF THE RINGS

- Tickets On Sale Now! -

TORONTO, ON (January 28, 2013) – Toronto ComiCon is putting the pop in pop culture with an all-star lineup featuring stars from some of the most treasured TV shows and films in the sci-fi and fantasy universe.

The two-day extravaganza, held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre March 9-10, 2013, will feature the following celebrity guests:

  • Michael Hogan (Battlestar Galactica, Teen Wolf)
  • Sean Astin (The Goonies, The Lord of the Rings)
  • Laura Vandervoort (Smallville, V)
  • Daniel Logan (Star Wars Episode II)

The cast of STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION:

  • Patrick Stewart (Captain Jean-Luc Picard)
  • Jonathan Frakes (Cmdr. William Riker)
  • LeVar Burton (Lt. Cmdr. Geordi LaForge)
  • Michael Dorn (Lt. Worf)
  • Gates McFadden (Dr. Beverly Crusher)
  • Marina Sirtis (Counselor Deanna Troi)
  • Brent Spiner (Lt. Cmdr. Data)

This year’s festivities will also bring together some of the biggest names in comics, horror and anime, including:

  • Kill Shakespeare’s creators: Toronto’s own Anthony Del Col and Connor McCreery made headlines across North American for their innovative comic series featuring epic battles between the bard’s greatest heroes and villains. The duo has inked a follow-up series called Tide of Blood launching in 2013.

For the complete list of Toronto ComiCon guests, visit www.comicontoronto.com.

Returning for a second spectacular year, Toronto’s ComiCon has established itself as one of the city’s defining pop culture and entertainment events. Presented by FAN EXPO CANADA™, Toronto ComiCon is filled with high-profile celebrity presentations, Q&A’s, autographs and photo sessions. Join hundreds of exhibitors and retailers – and a parade of costumed fans – in celebrating a jam-packed weekend of all things pop culture. Other highlights include a Star Wars photo session, sketching duels, as well workshops and seminars featuring some of the industry’s brightest talents.

Escaping to new worlds on March Break has never been so easy!

 

METRO TORONTO CONVENTION CENTRE
(South Building) 222 BREMNER BLVD.

TICKET DETAILS:

Saturday, March 9 All Access One-Day Pass
Sunday, March 10 All Access One-Day Pass
All Access Two-Day Pass
Child All Access One-Day Pass
$25
$20
$39
$16

For more information on Star Trek: The Next Generation cast photo-op sessions, autograph signings and VIP tickets, please visit http://www.lightspeedfineart.com/toronto-comic-con-vip-tickets

CA – TMNT Cast Live

Rob Paulsen welcomes Sean Astin, Greg Cipes, and (via Skype) Jason Biggs to a live recording of the Talkin Toons podcast on Friday, December 14th at 8:00 pm to talk about the newest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles SENSATION! Surprise guests too! BOOYAKASHA!

JUST ADDED: Mae Whitman (April O’Neil), Kevin Michael Richardson (Shredder), and showrunner Ciro Nieli!!

Click here for Tickets $20

18 & over

Two items minimum per person
Seating First Come First Serve
All Shows Have Adult Content
Door Time: 07:15 PM

Jon Lovitz Comedy Club
1000 Universal Studios Blvd #222, Universal City, CA 91608

Boston Super MegaFest to Feature Patrick Stewart, Sean Astin, and More at November 2011 Convention

Media stars including Patrick Stewart, Sean Astin, Tia Carrere, Anthony Michael Hall, Jeremy Bulloch, Daniel Logan, and Sam Trammell and comic artists Ethan Van Sciver, Paul Ryan, and more appear this weekend at SuperMegaFest!

Press Release:

Hollywood comes to Framingham! Movies, Super Heroes, Music, Wrestling and Intergalactic Fun come together in Framingham at the Super Megafest, New England’s premiere Celebrity Pop Culture Fan Fest!

This year’s event will feature Hollywood icons & celebrities, rock and roll, science fiction and wrestling legends. The Super Megafest takes place Saturday, Nov. 19th from 10:30am to 6pm & Sunday, Nov 20th from 10:30am to 5pm at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel located at 1657 Worcester Road, Framingham, MA 01701.

Movie and TV fans will be thrilled with the very rare appearance of  PATRICK STEWART best known as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation and its successor films, and as Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men film series (appearing Saturday only).

Appearing both days is SEAN ASTIN who starred in The Goonies, the title character of Rudy, and Samwise Gamgee in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

ANTHONY MICHAEL HALL – starred in National Lampoon’s Vacation, Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, Edward Scissorhands, The Dead Zone and much more!

SAM TRAMMELL – stage, film and TV actor best known as Sam Merlotte in the HBO Series True Blood.

Star Wars guests include JEREMY BULLOCH who played Boba Fett in The Empire Strikes Back and all of Return of the Jedi plus DANIEL LOGAN who starred as Boba Fett in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones!

TIA CARRERE – motion picture and TV actress as well as Grammy award-winning musical artist. Starred in films Wayne’s World 1 & 2, True Lies, and Rising Sun to name a few!

RON ELY – title character in the 1966 TV series Tarzan plus host of Face the Music and the Miss America Pageant for two years in the 1980s.

TRACEY GOLD – starred as Carol Seavers in TV’s Growing Pains, was awarded the Youth-in-Film Award for Best Actress with performances in at least 30 other TV movies.

REX SMITH – actor and musician popular as a teen idol in the 1970?s. Performed as Jesse Mach in the 1985 TV Series Street Hawk as well as appearances in The Love Boat, Baywatch, Carolina in the City and JAG. Received gold for the Top Ten Single “You Take My Breath Away.”

SALA BAKER – actor and stuntman from Wellington, New Zealand who played Sauron for The Lord of the Rings film trilogy and performed in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and two Pirates of the Caribbean movies!

JANET HUBERT – starred as Vivian Banks in Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Evangeline Williamson on One Life To Live. Also appeared in episodes of Friends, Gilmore Girls and The Bernie Mac Show.

ASHLEY – WWE Diva.

NICK SCOTTI – actor, model and singer who performed two songs that reached the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart. He had the role of Antonio “Tony” Viscardi on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless from 1996-1999 and appeared on TV shows Sex and the City, Tracy Takes On… In 2004 he hosted a cooking, fashion, and lifestyle show on the Style Network titled New York Nick. Many other guests to be announced!

 

Comic artists include ETHAN VAN SCIVER – Green Lantern, Superman/Batman, New X-Men, and The Flash: Rebirth comic book artist. Ethan will be doing free sketches!

JOHN HEBERT- X-Men Adventures, Punisher, Deathlok and current Captain Action artist!

PARIS CULLINS – DC Comics’ Blue Devil and Blue Beetle, and Marvel Comics’ Hyperkind.

PAUL RYAN – DP7, Fantastic Four, Spiderman, Batman, Flash, Superman, Phantom and more.

MARK MCKENNA – Marvel and DC Comics’ X-Men, Spiderman, Batman and The Justice League.

HANNIBAL KING – former Magic: The Gathering artist for Wizards of the Coast and worked on comics ranging from Grendel for old Comico to Marvel’s Excaliber to DC’s Green Arrow.

DAXIONG – has published over 100 books in Asia, 3 in Europe with Solei Publishing and since coming to the States has penciled, inked and colored TOP 10 SPECIAL #1 and JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA 80-PAGE GIANT” 10 Page plus much more!

The stars will be signing autographs and doing Q & A sessions with fans throughout the day. Professional photos with most celebrities will be available on site! There will also be an incredible dealers room chock full of the hottest collectibles, gifts, toys, comics, movie posters, and trading cards from the 1960s to today!

The COME TOGETHER MEGA MUSIC FEST celebrates the magical music of some of your favorite artists! Featuring Peter Tork (original member of the Monkees) and Shoe Suede Blues, PepperTown, the premiere Beatles Tribute Band, Niki Luparelli and the Gold Diggers and Loose Salute who will feature the works of Michael Nesmith! Showtime is 7:30 PM to Midnight on Saturday, November 19th!

For more info log onto www.supermegafest.com.

 

Previewing the Dragon*Con 2010 Guest List

The guest list for Atlanta’s Dragon*Con is always long (and this year’s is no exception) with someone interesting for fans of any genre. While everyone will have their favorites, I just thought that in addition to the recent addition of comics legend Stan Lee, I would highlight a few of the names that stand out to me for 2010:

  • Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings)
  • Morena Baccarin (Firefly/Serenity, V)
  • Avery Brooks (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
  • LeVar Burton (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
  • Erica Cerra (Eureka)
  • Daniel Cudmore (Twilight, X-Men)
  • Jonathan Frakes (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
  • Larry Hagman (Dallas, I Dream of Jeannie)
  • Linda Hamilton (Terminator, Beauty & The Beast)
  • Stan Lee – comic book legend
  • Kellan Lutz (Twilight)
  • James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Smallville)
  • Mike McKone (Teen Titans, Avengers Academy)
  • Mike Mignola (Hellboy)
  • Jason Momoa (Conan)
  • Edward James Olmos (Battlestar Galactica)
  • Adrian Pasdar (Heroes)
  • George Perez – comics legend
  • Sendhil Ramamurthy (Heroes)
  • Elisabeth Rohm (Angel, Law & Order, Heroes)
  • Michael Shanks (Stargate SG-1)
  • Marina Sirtis (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
  • Shawnee Smith (SAW)
  • Kevin Sorbo (Hercules, Andromeda)
  • Chaske Spencer (Twilight)
  • Brent Spiner (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
  • Jewel Staite (Firefly/Serenity, Stargate: Atlantis)
  • Sam Trammel (True Blood)
  • Laura Vandervoort (Smallville, V)

Who else do you think is a highlight?