Wizard World Announces Programming for St. Louis Comic Con 2013

Stan Lee

Press Release:

Q&A Panels With Stan Lee, Laurie Holden, Tom Felton, Spotlight On Neal Adams Highlight Programming At Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con

Morena Baccarin, Dean Cain/John Shea, Billy Dee Williams, Other Celebrity Panels, Creator Q&A’s, Private ‘Meet and Greets,’ Saturday After Party, Costume Contests, ‘Kids Day’ at America’s Center, March 22-24

NEW YORK and ST. LOUIS, March 11, 2013 – A robust selection of Q&A sessions with celebrities and superstar artists, comics industry and pop culture discussions, evening parties, costume contests and more highlight the panel room programming offerings at the inaugural Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con, March 22-24 at America’s Center.  Legend Stan Lee, “The Walking Dead” star Laurie Holden and Harry Potter’s Tom Felton are among the top celebrities conducting panels; Neal Adams, Michael Golden, Chris Samnee and numerous other creators will interact with fans for a full lineup of comic programming including workshops and comic craft panels; and Sunday features a full slate of fun for the kids.

Compelling sessions focusing on various aspects of the comics and film industries dominate Friday sessions, with film making (4 p.m.), Steampunk (5 p.m.), artists Samnee and Freddie Williams (6 p.m.) and Doctor Who (7 p.m.) among the top offerings, capped by the popular Wizard World Drink & Draw (8:30-11 p.m.) and a paid meet and greet with Lee himself.

Saturday’s full day – and then some – kicks off with meet and greets with the original Green Power Ranger Jason David Frank (11 a.m.) and Lee (noon).  The All-Star lineup continues with the “Lois & Clark” duo of Dean Cain and John Shea (1 p.m.), creators of St. Louis’ own “Voltron” comics and TV franchise, “Batman” guru Adams (2 p.m.), “Firefly” and “Homeland” star Morena Baccarin (2 p.m.), Lee’s general Q&A (3 p.m.), “The Fonz” Henry Winkler (4 p.m.) and Felton (5 p.m.).  The Wizard World Adult Costume Contest (7-9 p.m.) and Official After Party (9 p.m. – 2 a.m.) at Copia (1122 Washington Ave.) close the day with a bang.

Sunday is Kids Day, with a slate of panels just for the 10-and-under set, including book readings by Brimstone (noon), how to make a cartoon by Voltron (1 p.m.), the impossibly cute Kids Costume Contest (2 p.m.) and Green Ranger Power Hour with Jason David Frank (3 p.m.).  Adults needn’t feel left out, as Q&A’s featuring Holden (noon), Billy Dee Williams (1 p.m.) and the tandem of James Marsters and Juliet Landau (2 p.m.) highlight a full day of activity in the panel rooms.  A power roundtable of four superstar artists, Rick Burchett, Tyler Kirkham, Jorge Molina and Samnee (1 p.m.), is a can’t-miss for comic fans.

Unless noted, programming events take place in the designated General Programming Rooms at America’s Center.  Most are included as part of standard Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con admission; VIP tickets or additional costs may apply to ensure access to select activities, as noted.

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

Friday, March 22
4:00 – 4:45pm Filmmaking On A Zero Budget (Room 120)
4:00 – 4:45pm Iconography: Judging A Book By Its Cover w/Jai Nitz (Room 123)
5:00 – 5:45pm Dirigible Days – St. Louis’ Steampunk Web Series! (Room 120)
6:00 – 6:45pm Turkish Rip-Offs And Foreign Remakes (Room 120)
6:00 – 6:45pm Panel By Panel: Comic Art 101 (Room 123)
7:00 – 7:45pm The Story Of Doctor Who (Room 120)
7:00 – 7:45pm ComicsOnline Podcast (Room 123)
8:00 – 8:45pm Stan Lee Meet And Greet – Paid Event (Room 122)
8:30 – 11:00pm Wizard World Drink & Draw (Flamingo Bowl, 1117 Washington Ave.)

Saturday, March 23
11:00 – 11:55am Lion Forge Comics Presents: The Writer’s Journey (Room 120)
11:00 – 11:45am Jason David Frank Meet And Greet – Paid Event (Room 122)
11:00 – 11:45am Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey (Room 123)
11:30 – 12:15pm Storytelling With Michael Golden: Taking It To The Next Level (Room 127)
12:00 – 12:45pm Little Leonardo (Room 120)
12:00 – 12:45pm Stan Lee Meet And Greet – Paid Event (Room 122)
12:00 – 12:45pm Vampire Lore And Other Urban Myths And Legends w/Dr. Rebecca Housel (Room 123)
12:00 – 12:45pm Costumes + Playing = Cosplay! So What Does That Actually Mean? (Room 130)
12:30 – 1:15pm Sibling Rivalry On The Comics Page w/Gary And Glenn Mccoy (Room 127)
1:00 – 1:45pm Lion Forge Comics: Welcome To The Lion’s Den (Room 120)
1:00 – 1:45pm Superman And Lex Luthor Reunited: Dean Cain And John Shea (Room 123)
1:00 – 1:45pm Voltron: St. Louis Hometown Hero! (Room 130)
1:30 – 2:15pm Perspective And Foreshortening: Keeping It Simple – Workshop (Room 127)
2:00 – 2:45pm Creator Spotlight: Neal Adams (Room 120)
2:00 – 2:45pm The Struggles Of An Indie Game Developer (Room 123)
2:00 – 2:45pm Firefly, Homeland And Beyond w/Morena Baccarin (Room 130)
2:30 – 3:15pm Kid’s Stuff: Behind The Scenes Of Jl8 w/Yale Stewart – Workshop (Room 127)
3:00 – 3:45pm Illegal Alien Icons w/Jai Nitz. (Room 120)
3:00 – 3:45pm James Hong Q&A (Room 123)
3:00 – 3:45pm Stan “The Man” Lee Q&A (Room 130)
3:30 – 4:15pm Turning Your Art Into Your Business: How To Market & Sell Your Art Online (Room 127)
4:00 – 4:45pm CBLDF: Protecting The Freedom To Read Comics (Room 120)
4:00 – 4:45pm Henry Winkler Q&A (Room 123)
4:00 – 4:45pm Stan Lee Heroes And Psychology (Room 130)
4:30 – 5:15pm Create Comics On The iPad – Workshop (Room 127)
5:00 – 5:45pm Spotlight On The Sixth Gun (Room 120)
5:00 – 5:45pm Jason David Frank: Power Ranger Q&A (Room 123)
5:00 – 5:45pm Tom Felton Q&A (Room 130)
5:30 – 6:15pm The Art Of Scribble Sketching: How To Take The Pressure Off Yourself And Simply Find Your Drawing w/Freddie Williams Ii – Workshop (Room 127)
6:00 – 6:45pm Geek Girls: Who Are They And Are They Real (Room 120)
6:00 – 6:45pm Late Night With Zombie Squad (Room 123)
6:00 – 6:45pm Straight Outta Comicon w/Matt Mcinnis And Matt Keck (Room 130)
7:00pm – 9:00pm Wizard World Adult Costume Contest (Room 130)
9:00pm – 2:00am Official Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con After Party (Copia: 1122 Washington Ave.)

Sunday, March 24
11:00 – 11:45am Jason David Frank Meet And Greet – Paid Event (Room 122)
11:00 – 11:45am 50 Years In The Tardis (Room 123)
11:00 – 11:45am Pitfalls, How-Tos, And Musts For Writing A Compelling Story (Room 127)
11:30 – 12:15pm Comic Geeks (Room 120)
12:00 – 12:45pm Hound Kids Presents Border-Pups: Crashbat And Super Space Sheriffs Book Reading (Room 123)
12:00 – 12:45pm Webcomics: Taking Your Comic Digital (Room 127)
12:00 – 12:45pm The Walking Dead’s Laurie Holden Q&A (Room 130)
12:30 – 1:15pm Arch Reactor (Room 120)
1:00 – 1:45pm Voltron Force: How To Make A Cartoon! (Room 123)
1:00 – 1:45pm Artist Roundtable W/ Rick Burchett, Tyler Kirkham, Jorge Molina And Chris Samnee (Room 127)
1:00 – 1:45pm Billy Dee Williams Q&A (Room 130)
1:30 – 2:15pm Swords, Steam, And Sorcery: Authors Tell All (Room 120)
2:00 – 2:45pm Wizard World Kids Costume Contest (Room 123)
2:00 – 2:45pm Panel Flow In Comic Layouts – Workshop (Room 127)
2:00 – 2:45pm James Marsters & Juliet Landau Q&A (Room 130)
2:30 – 3:15pm Batman And Psychology (Room 120)
3:00 – 3:45pm The Green Power Ranger Power Hour (Room 123)
3:00 – 3:45pm R2 Builder’s Club – So You Want To Build A Droid? (Room 127)

*Seating for panels is strictly limited and available on a first served basis. Wizard World does not clear panel rooms unless attendee is 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 St. Louis Comic Con, produced by Wizard World, Inc. (WIZD.PK), will bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.  Admission is free for kids 10 and under, and Sunday, March 24, is “Kids Day,” with an array of programming specially designed for children.

Event hours are Friday, March 22, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, March 23, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, March 24, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For more on the 2013 Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/home-stlouis.html.

About Wizard World:
Wizard World produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests.

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

***** SAVE THE 2013-14 DATES *****
March 22-24 – Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con
May 30 – June 2 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con
June 28-30 – Wizard World New York City Experience
August 8-11 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con
September 20-22 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
October 18-20 – Wizard World Nashville Comic Con
November 22-24 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con
January 24-26, 2014 – Wizard World Portland Comic Con
February 7-9, 2014 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con

Wizard World to Premiere the New York City Experience in June 2013 with Stan Lee, Patrick Stewart, Etc.

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Save The Date For The Premiere Wizard World New York City Experience, June 28-29-30, 2013; ‘The Walking Dead’ Stars Join Stan Lee, Patrick Stewart As Early Guests

Norman Reedus, Jon Bernthal, Michael Rooker From ‘TWD’ To Attend Fan Extravaganza With Celebrities, Creators, Exhibitors, Sports Stars And More Set For New Riverside Location At Basketball City (Pier 36), just north of the Manhattan Bridge near South Street Seaport

Wizard World New York City Experience
NEW YORK, February 8, 2013
 – Experience New York City, differently, as Wizard World brings together celebrities, creators, sports stars, music, exhibitors, parties and other attractions at the 2013 Wizard World New York City Experience, June 28-30.  Comics legend Stan Lee, “Star Trek: The Next Generation” icon Patrick Stewart and “The Walking Dead” trio of Norman Reedus, Michael Rooker and Jon Bernthal are the first stars scheduled to attend the extravaganza at Basketball City (Pier 36) in lower Manhattan, overlooking the iconic Brooklyn Bridge and Statue of Liberty and steps away from vibrant South Street Seaport.

“Fans will want to keep the last weekend of June open,” said John Macaluso, Wizard World CEO.  “We have a star-studded affair planned and we are excited to launch with an early guest list, with more to follow. This show will have an all new look and feel that encompasses talented artists, unique shopping opportunities, specialty programming, sports heroes and much more.  It will be a true experience unlike any other for New York fans.”

Tickets go on sale for this exclusive event, with limited tickets available, on March 1 at www.wizardworld.com.  Additional guests, special receptions and events, start and end times and ticket prices will be announced shortly.

Wizard World NYC Experience will be the fourth of eight events on the 2013 calendar, which also currently includes shows in Portland, Ore. (Feb. 22-24), St. Louis (March 22-24), Philadelphia (May 30 – June 2), Chicago (Aug. 8-11), Columbus, Ohio (Sept. 20-22), Nashville, Tenn. (Oct. 18-20) and Austin, Texas (Nov. 22-24).  Wizard World has also scheduled its next New Orleans date (Feb. 7-9, 2014).

Wizard World 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, music, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.

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, creators, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, workshops, and costume contests.

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

***** SAVE THE 2013-14 DATES *****
February 22-24 – Wizard World Portland Comic Con
March 22-24 – Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con
May 30 – June 2 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con
June 28-30 – Wizard World New York City Experience
August 8-11 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con
September 20-22 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
October 18-20 – Wizard World Nashville Comic Con
November 22-24 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con
February 7-9, 2014 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con

Stan Lee Taking a “small break from doing convention appearances,” Cancels for MegaCon 2013

Stan Lee

According to MegaCon’s Facebook page, Stan Lee has canceled his appearance at the 2013 convention and “is taking a small break from doing convention appearances.”

Stan Lee Cancels Amazing Arizona Comic Con 2013 Appearance Due to Illness

Arizona Stan Lee

Via Amazing Arizona Comic Con:

*** UPDATE: SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING MR. STAN LEE ***

We here at Amazing Arizona Comic Con regret to announce that we have been informed by Mr. Stan Lee’s representatives that he is physically unable to travel and appear for this weekend’s events due to illness. Fortunately, we have a full weekend of great programming, over hundred of comic creators coming to the convention, and nearly 300 exhibitors on the main floor. Further headline guest Jim Lee, the Best Selling comic artist of all time, will be on hand at the event to meet with attendees, sign FREE autographs, and share in the spirit of comics and pop culture. Amazing Arizona Comic Con apologizes for the inconvenience and wishes Mr. Stan Lee a speedy recovery.

For those attendees who purchased Stan Lee Photo Ops or Stan Lee Packages, you may contact INFO@AmazingArizonaComicCon.com to inquire about refund eligibility. Please contact us no later than Friday, January 25, 2013 for more information. Amazing Arizona Comic Con reserves the right to process and issue refunds for eligible and qualified attendees, which will be dispersed from February 18 through 28.

Amazing Arizona Comic Con, in cooperation with Desert Wind Comics, has the following options available to those who have previously purchased INDIVIDUAL SIGNING TICKETS for the Stan Lee Autograph sessions taking place this Saturday, January 26, 2013. You may choose from one of the following choices:

1. The purchaser of a Stan Lee signing ticket may submit to Desert Wind Comics one item for each signing ticket to be signed by Stan Lee. Desert Wind Comics will personally take the items to be signed to Stan Lee’s office in Los Angeles, Ca and once signed, will then ship the items to their appropriate owners. (A minimal shipping fee applies)

2. The purchaser of a Stan Lee signing ticket may choose to submit their comic book to Desert Wind Comics to be signed by Stan Lee as per option 1 and then have the book submitted to CGC for Signature Series grading (additional fees apply) and then have the graded comic shipped back to the owner.

3. The purchaser of a Stan Lee signing ticket may get a refund of the paid ticket. The refund is in accordance with the policy stated in the Desert Wind Comics web store advertisement for Stan Lee signing tickets.

See a Desert Wind Comics representative at Booth #620 for details and restrictions.

Please note that if you have not already purchased a signing ticket you may still purchase a Stan Lee signing ticket and then choose either option 1 or 2. (All fees apply)

Stan Lee signing tickets may be purchased at the Desert Wind Comics booth located at booth 620.

We look forward to seeing you this weekend in Phoenix!

Legendary Comic Creator JI

Wizard World Expands to Seven Events in 2013; Adds Comic Cons in St. Louis and Nashville

St. Louis and Nashville

Press Release:

Wizard World Adds New St. Louis, Nashville Comic Con Events To 2013 Schedule; Stan Lee, Dean Cain, Billy Dee Williams Among Early Guests

St. Louis Set For March 22-23-24, Nashville Oct. 18-19-20; James Marsters, Ernie Hudson Also Commit As Wizard World Schedule Extends To Seven Events In 2013

NEW YORK, December 26, 2012 – Wizard World, Inc. (PK.WIZD) today announced the addition of shows in St. Louis and Nashville to its 2013 schedule of pop culture conventions, with Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con set to make its debut March 22-24 at America’s Center and Wizard World Nashville Comic Con debuting October 18-20 at Music City Center.  Popular Wizard World celebrity guests Stan Lee, Dean Cain, James Marsters, Ernie Hudson, Billy Dee Williams and Jason David Frank are the early celebrity roster headliners at both events.

Additional celebrities, artists, exhibitors and other attractions will be announced in the coming weeks.

St. Louis and Nashville fit comfortably in the 2013 Wizard World calendar, which also currently includes shows in Portland, Ore. (Feb. 22-24), Philadelphia (May 30 – June 2), Chicago (Aug. 8-11), Columbus, Ohio (Sept. 20-22), and Austin, Texas (Nov. 22-24).  Wizard World has also scheduled its next New Orleans date (Feb. 7-9, 2014).

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.  St. Louis Comic Con show hours are Friday, March 22, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, March 23, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, March 24, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Nashville Comic Con will take place on Friday, Oct. 18, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 20, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For more on the 2013 Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/home-stlouis.html.  For Nashville Comic Con information, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/home-nashville.html.

About Wizard World:
Wizard World produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests.

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

***** SAVE THE 2013-14 DATES *****
February 22-24 – Wizard World Portland Comic Con
March 22-24 – Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con
May 30 – June 2 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con
August 8-11 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con
September 20-22 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
October 18-20 – Wizard World Nashville Comic Con
November 22-24 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con
February 7-9, 2014 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con

Stan Lee, Bruce Campbell, Morena Baccarin, and Dean Cain Highlight 2013 Wizard World Portland Comic Con Celebrity Roster

Stan Lee WW Portland

Press Release:

Stan Lee, Bruce Campbell, Morena Baccarin, Dean Cain Highlight 2013 Wizard World Portland Comic Con Celebrity Roster, Feb. 22-23-24

Also To Feature Michael Rooker, Norman Reedus, James Marsters, Juliet Landau, Superstar Artists Chris Claremont, Carlos Pacheco, Mike Deodato Jr. At Oregon Convention Center

NEW YORK and PORTLAND, Ore., December 11, 2012 – Comics legend Stan Lee, Evil Dead star Bruce Campbell, “Homeland” headliner Morena Baccarin and “Superman” Dean Cain top the standout lineup of celebrities scheduled to attend Wizard World Portland Comic Con, Feb. 22-24, 2013, at the Oregon Convention Center.  They will be joined by a top-drawer collection of well-known artists and a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions in the first event on Wizard World’s 2013 calendar and the first Wizard World event in the “City of Roses.”

Lee is scheduled to attend all three days, while Baccarin will appear on Saturday and Sunday, Cain is set for Friday and Saturday and Campbell will be on hand on Friday only.

Other headliners slated for the Wizard World Portland roster include Michael Rooker (“The Walking Dead,” Henry), Norman Reedus (“The Walking Dead,” Boondock Saints), James Marsters (“Buffy: The Vampire Slayer,” “Caprica”), Jason David Frank (“Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers,” The One Warrior), Juliet Landau (“Buffy: The Vampire Slayer,” “Angel”),James Hong (Blade Runner, Kung Fu Panda), Lou Ferrigno (“The Incredible Hulk”) and theBoondock Saints duo of Sean Patrick Flanery and David Della Rocco joining Reedus.

The lineup of superstar comic creators in Portland is also impressive, with Chris Claremont(“Uncanny X-Men,” “Spider-Man”), Carlos Pacheco (“Green Lantern,” “Wolverine”), Mike Deodato Jr. (“Wonder Woman,” “Batman”), Eisner Award winner Kurt Busiek (“Astro City,” “Superman”), Kaare Andrews (“Astonishing X-Men,” “Iron Man”) and “Zombie King”Arthur Suydam (“Marvel Zombies,” “Army of Darkness”) among the top talent.

Wizard World Portland Comic Con, produced by Wizard World, Inc. (WIZD.PK), will bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.  Admission is free for kids 10 and under, and Sunday, February 24, is “Kids Day,” an array of programming specially designed for children.

Event hours are Friday, Feb. 22, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 23, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 24, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For more on the 2013 Wizard World Portland Comic Con, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/home-portland.html.

About Wizard World:
Wizard World produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests.

The 2013 event schedule to date can be found at www.wizardworld.com.

***** SAVE THE 2013 DATES *****
February 22-24 – Wizard World Portland Comic Con
May 30 – June 2 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con
August 8-11 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con
September 20-22 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
November 22-24 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con

Wizard World Announces Programming for New Orleans Comic Con 2012 with Stan Lee, CM Punk, Etc.

New Orleans Comic Con 2012

Press Release:

Q&A’s With Stan Lee, Eliza Dushku, WWE® Superstar CM Punk®, Evening Parties, Screening, Creator Spotlights Highlight Programming At 2012 Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con 

Dean Cain, ‘Star Trek: TNG,’ ‘The Walking Dead’ Casts, Other Celebrities, Comics, Movies, TV Panels At Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Friday through Sunday

NEW YORK and NEW ORLEANS, November 26, 2012 – Interactive Q&A sessions with stars Stan Lee, Eliza Dushku, WWE® Superstar CM Punk®, Dean Cain and the casts of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “The Walking Dead” are among the featured programming announced for this weekend’s Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, Friday through Sunday at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.  Sessions with stars like Michael Madsen, Kevin Eastman, Jason David Frank and others, supplemented by “Creator Spotlights” with leading artists, a screening of Madsen’s film Vice and evening parties on Friday and Saturday further bolster the most diverse panel schedule ever at the event.

Some of the more interesting sessions include:

  • Interactive celebrity Q&A’s with Lee, Dushku, Punk, Cain, Madsen, Frank and others.
  • Seven cast members of “Star Trek: TNG,” including Jonathan Frakes(Commander William T. Riker), LeVar Burton (Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge), Michael Dorn (Lieutenant Worf), Marina Sirtis (Counselor Deanna Troi), Brent Spiner (Lt. Commander Data), Gates McFadden (Dr. Beverly Crusher) and John de Lancie (Q).  This is a paid event requiring an additional admission.
  • “The Walking Dead” stars Norman Reedus, Michael Rooker and Jon Bernthal discuss the popular AMC show.
  • Unique, personal meet and greet with Lee (paid event).
  • “Star Trek: TNG” breakout sessions featuring select actors from the series.
  • Screening of the feature film Vice, with brief Q&A with star Madsen
  • “Creator Spotlights” with industry giants Lee, Eastman, Jesus Saiz, Greg Capullo, Neal Adams and Ethan Van Sciver
  • Comprehensive discussions of a wide range of topics from cosplay, special effects, vampires, zombies, the public library, Grimm’s Fairy Tales and more.
  • Costume contests for adults (Saturday) and Kids (Sunday).
  • Kids Day on Sunday, with a full slate of activities specially designed for the youngsters.

Unless noted, programming events take place in the designated General Programming Rooms on the second floor of the Morial Convention Center.  Most are included as part of standard Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con admission; VIP tickets or additional costs may apply to ensure access to select activities.  Seating for panels is strictly limited and available on a first come first serve basis and each room will be cleared between panels.  Programming subject to change; attendees should check the schedule board on site and the Wizard Cons smartphone app for updates.

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

Friday, November 30
5:30 – 6:15pm Portfolio Review With David Macho (Booth #1031)
6:00 – 6:45pm Stan Lee Meet And Greet – Paid Event (Room 264)
8:00 – 11:00pm Wizard World Cosplay Drink & Draw (The Metropolitan @ 310 Andrew Higgins Dr.)

Saturday, December 1
11:00 – 11:45am Gates McFadden, Jonathan Frakes & Michael Dorn Q&A (Room 265)
11:00 – 11:45am Dean Cain Q&A (Room 272)
11:00 – 11:45am Cosplay 101 (Room 275)
11:00 – 11:45am The Artist’s Life (Room 279)
12:00 – 12:45pm Eliza Dushku Q&A (Room 265)
12:00 – 12:45pm Designing The Next Star Trek Television Show (Room 272)
12:00 – 12:45pm Basic Mold Making For Props And Special Effects Make-Up (Room 275)
12:30 – 1:15pm Stan Lee Meet And Greet – Paid Event (Room 264)
12:00 – 12:45pm Creator Spotlight: Jesus Saiz (Room 279)
1:00 – 2:00pm Portfolio Review With David Macho (Room 263)
1:00 – 1:45pm The Boondock Saints Q&A (Room 265)
1:00 – 1:45pm Vampire Lore And Other Urban Myths And Legends W/Dr. Rebecca Housel (Room 272)
1:00 – 1:45pm Starfleet – Beam Up! (Room 275)
1:00 – 1:45pm Zenescope: Grimm Fairy Tales Gets Busy And Animated In 2013 (Room 279)
2:00 – 2:45pm Kevin Sorbo Q&A (Room 272)
2:00 – 2:45pm 50 Years In The Tardis: The Many Faces Of Doctor Who (Room 275)
2:00 – 2:45pm David Mack: Creative Process Spotlight On Daredevil & Kabuki (Room 279)
3:00 – 3:45pm Creator Spotlight: Stan Lee (Room 265)
3:00 – 3:45pm WWE® Superstar CM Punk® Q&A (Room 272)
3:00 – 3:45pm Getting Graphic In The Library (Room 275)
3:00 – 3:45pm Star Trek: TNG Enterprise Bridge Restoration (Room 279)
4:00 – 4:45pm Stan Lee Heroes And Psychology (Room 265)
4:00 – 4:45pm Jason David Frank: Power Ranger Q&A (Room 272)
4:00 – 4:45pm From Concept To Page (Room 275)
4:00 – 5:45pm Silver Circle Screening And Q&A (Room 279)
5:00 – 5:45pm Creator Spotlight: Kevin Eastman (Room 272)
5:00 – 5:45pm Saving The Day: Ghostbusters Propping And Franchising (Room 275)
5:30 – 7:00pm Star Trek: The Next Generation 25th Anniversary Reunion – Paid Event (Room 265)
6:00 – 8:00pm Vice Screening W/Introduction By Michael Madsen (Room 272)
6:00 – 6:45pm Grimm Fairy Tales: What Your Mother Didn’t Tell You (Room 275)
6:00 – 6:45pm Artists Of The New 52 With Greg Capullo, Jesus Saiz & Ethan Van Sciver (Room 279)
7:00pm – 9:00pm Wizard World Adult Costume Contest (Room 265 / Cosplay Parade, Final Round & Winners Announced At The Metropolitan: 310 Andrew Higgins Dr.)
7:00 – 7:45pm The End Of The World Is Only The Beginning: Preparing For The Zombie Apocalypse (Room 279)
9:00pm – 2:00am Wizard World Masquerade Party (Metropolitan: 310 Andrew Higgins Dr.)

Sunday, December 2
11:00 – 11:45am John De Lancie Q&A (Room 265)
11:00 – 11:45am Storytelling With Michael Golden: Taking It To The Next Level (Room 279)
12:00 – 12:45pm Michael Madsen Q&A (Room 265)
12:00 – 12:45pm Breaking In Without Breaking Ties (Room 279)
1:00 – 1:45pm The Walking Dead Q&A W/Norman Reedus, Michael Rooker And Jon Bernthal (Room 265)
1:00 – 1:45pm Hound Kids Presents Border-Pups: Crashbat And Super Space Sheriffs Book Reading (Room 272)
1:00 – 1:45pm Creator Spotlight: Greg Capullo (Room 279)
2:00 – 2:45pm Levar Burton, Marina Sirtis And Brent Spiner Q&A (Room 265)
2:00 – 2:45pm Wizard World Kids Costume Contest (Room 272)
2:00 – 2:45pm Creator Spotlight: The Adams Family (Room 279)
3:00 – 3:45pm Batman And Psychology (Room 265)
3:00 – 3:45pm Meet The 501st Legion (Room 272)
3:00 – 3:45pm Creator Spotlight: Ethan Van Sciver (Room 279)
4:00 – 4:45pm Kenny Klein In Concert (Room 272)

*Seating for panels is strictly limited and available on a first served basis. each room will be cleared before panels.

Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, produced by Wizard World, Inc. (WIZD.PK), will bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.  Admission is free for kids 10 and under, and Sunday, Dec. 2, is “Kids Day,” with an array of programming specially designed for children.

Event hours are Friday, Nov. 30, 4-8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For more on the 2012 Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/home-neworleans.html.

About Wizard World:
Wizard World produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests.

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

***** SAVE THE 2012-13 DATES *****
November 30 – December 2, 2012 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con
February 22-24, 2013 – Wizard World Portland Comic Con
May 30 – June 2, 2013 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con
August 8-11, 2013 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con
September 20-22, 2013 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
November 22-24, 2013 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con

Stan Lee Explains His Appearance Cancellations…Now More of an Iron Man Than Ever

October 1, 2012 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Top Stories

Stan Lee

Press Release:

POW! ENTERTAINMENT RELEASES A MESSAGE FROM ITS CHAIRMAN STAN LEE

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – SEPTEMBER 28, 2012 – POW! Entertainment (OTCQB: POWN) (Company), the media and entertainment company, today has a message from its founder and Chairman:

Attention, Troops!

This is a dispatch sent from your beloved Generalissimo, directly from the center of Hollywood’s combat zone!

Now hear this! Your leader hath not deserted thee! In an effort to be more like my fellow Avenger, Tony Stark, I have had an electronic pace-maker placed near my heart to insure that I’ll be able to lead thee for another 90 years.

But fear thee not, my valiant warriors. I am in constant touch with our commanders in the field and victory shall soon be ours. Now I must end this dispatch and join my troops, for an army without a leader is like a day without a cameo!

Excelsior!

About POW! Entertainment, Inc.

POW! Entertainment, Inc. (OTCQB: POWN), a multi-media entertainment company, was founded by noted comic book writer Stan Lee, together with award-winning producer Gill Champion and the late intellectual property specialist Arthur Lieberman. POW!’s principals have extensive backgrounds in the creation and production of original intellectual properties, including some of the most successful entertainment franchises of all time. POW! is utilizing Stan Lee’s historical background by perpetuating his legacy while creating and developing all new live-action films, television, digital games, merchandising, licensing and related ancillary markets, all of which contribute to global expansion. POW! partners with third parties and strategic alliances, including studios and networks, in the production and distribution of new POW! character franchises. For further information visit www.powentertainment.com.

Comikaze 2012 Con Report!

On September 15-16, 2012, Los Angeles was home to Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo, the joint venture between the successful Comikaze Expo from the previous year, and the legendary Marvel creator. Following an unexpected but successful show in 2011, I had a feeling that Stan’s involvement would only heighten publicity and draw more fans, and I was happy to see the massive crowds that surrounded the Convention Center on that Saturday morning.

I’m not sure how to attribute Comikaze’s success in a LA market that has seen repeated attempts at a comic convention in downtown met with constant failure, but co-founder Regina Carpinelli utilized social media to its fullest in spreading the word about the show. From Livingsocial deals to advertisements in the paper, to spreading the words in schools to attract kids and twitter, Carpinelli’s efforts were met with a record number crowds in their sophomore show.

The show itself was a lot bigger than its inaugural year. Moving from the underground parking lot to the main floor, the show was definitely more spacious. With artist alley scattered throughout the floor, plenty of space for vendors, along with a huge stage for Q and A’s from special guests and even a huge space towards the back for a zombie obstacle course, Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo had something for everyone. With the amazing progress from year 1 to year 2, I can only see a bright future ahead for Comikaze. In time, I can see it perhaps becoming one of the premiere comic cons in the US. And now, here are some pics from this year’s show!

Welcome to Comikaze 2012!

The line for tickets went out the door!

More fans waiting to get in!

Welcome to Stan Lee’s Comikaze! Excelsior!

Gaming demonstrations set up for interested guests.

People playing quidditch (yeah, it’s a thing).

Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus greets a fan!

Todd McFarlane and Stan “The Man” Lee share a moment at Comikaze!

Wall-E hanging out with R2-D2s.

Fans waiting to run in the Zombie Obstacle Course.

Walking Dead and Venom artist Tony Moore hitting the drawing board at Comikaze.

Stan Lee’s personal memorabilia collection on display!

One of the biggest Magic Card tournaments I’ve ever seen.

JT Krul and Peter Steigerwald chatting at the Aspen booth.

And what good is a comic convention without some great cosplay? Here’s some of my favorites from the show.

Runaway bride.

The Bat family posing at Comikaze.

Batgirl feeling left out.

An adorable Supergirl having a super time at Comikaze.

A lovely and lethal Red Sonja.

Team Cobra wants you!

Nothing brings the family together like cosplay.

Thor Girl in a silly mood.

Harley and Robin also feeling playful.

Hawkgirl wants in on the fun.

Spidey shooting up some webs for guests.

One of the creepiest costumes seen at any comic convention I’ve ever seen.

Best costume of the show. Great Scott!

See you next year in November!

Stan Lee Cancels Appearances, Including Wizard World Ohio Comic Con 2012

September 24, 2012 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Ohio, Top Stories

Stan Lee

UPDATE: Stan Lee has released a statement explaining the cancellations.

Wizard World is reporting that Stan Lee’s management has announced that he will be unable to make any appearances for the near future and has, as a result, canceled his appearances for Ohio Comic Con as well as the “Authors Authors” Toledo-Lucas County Public Library appearance that was planned for Thursday, September 27th. Wizard World will begin issuing refunds starting today for all Stan Lee VIP, Photo Ops and Autograph Tickets for Ohio Comic Con.

We don’t have any further information at this time.

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