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.

Patrick Stewart, Stan Lee, Eliza Dushku, Michael Madsen, and CM Punk Lead Guest List for Wizard World New Orleans 2012

Stan Lee

Press Release:

Patrick Stewart, Stan Lee, Eliza Dushku, Michael Madsen, WWE® Superstar CM Punk® Lead Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con Celebrity Roster, Nov. 30 – Dec. 2

Also To Feature Dean Cain, Michael Rooker, Jon Bernthal, Superstar Artists Greg Capullo, Neal Adams, Many Others At New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

NEW YORK and NEW ORLEANS, September 18, 2012 – “Star Trek: The Next Generation” actor Sir Patrick Stewart, comics legend Stan Lee, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” star Eliza Dushku, Reservoir Dogs headliner Michael Madsen and WWE® Superstar CM Punk® top the standout lineup of celebrities scheduled to attend Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, Nov. 30 – Dec. 2, 2012, at New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.  They will be joined by an All-Star collection of well-known artists and a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions in the final event on Wizard World’s 2012 calendar.

Stewart and Lee will appear on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-2, while Dushku and Punk are scheduled to attend on Saturday and Madsen all three days.

Other headliners on the Wizard World New Orleans roster include Dean Cain (“Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” “90210”), Michael Rooker (“The Walking Dead,” Henry), Jon Bernthal (“The Walking Dead,” Night at the Museum), Kevin Sorbo (“Hercules, The Legendary Journeys,” “Andromeda”) and the Boondock Saints trio of Norman Reedus, Sean Patrick Flanery and David Della Rocco.

The lineup of superstar comic creators in New Orleans is also impressive, with Eisner Award Hall of Famer Neal Adams (“Batman,” “Green Lantern”), Eisner nominees J.G. Jones (“Final Crisis,” “Wanted”), Ethan Van Sciver (“Firestorm,” “Green Lantern”) and Ron Garney (“Captain America,” “Wolverine”), Phil Jimenez (“Spider-Man,” “X-Men”) and Michael Golden (“Hulk,” “Daredevil”) leading the way.

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, December 2, is “Kids Day,” an array of programming specially designed for children.

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 *****
September 28-30, 2012 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
October 26-28, 2012 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con
November 30 – December 2, 2012 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con
February 22-24, 2013 – Wizard World Portland Comic Con
May 30 – June 2, 2013 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con
August 8-11, 2013 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con

Baltimore Comic-Con 2012 Panel Schedule

Press Release:
You demanded it and we’re at last ready to deliver — the 2012 Baltimore Comic-Con panel schedule!  This year is even more chock-full of comic book goodness than in the past, with sessions ranging from creator spotlights to industry tutorials and more — there’s something for everyone!

Saturday, September 8

Room 301

11:00-12:00 - Kickstarter project management

So, you got funding for your comic…now what? Join Mervyn and Jon of Paperlab Studios as they discuss the thrills, perils, and pitfalls of a successfully-funded Kickstarter from their personal experiences with Giant Robot Warrior Maintenance Crew.

12:00-1:00 - Mark Waid and Thrillbent

Award-winning writer and now publisher Mark Waid talks about Thrillbent.com, his new digital-comics website. He’ll have advice for creators looking to break into digital, sneak peeks at upcoming Thrillbent projects, and other surprises!

1:00-2:00 - Spotlight on Paul Levitz

Readers may know Paul Levitz best for his work on DC Comics’ Legion of Super-Heroes, Justice Society, Worlds’ Finest, and as the co-creator of the Earth-2 Huntress. But he also worked on early fanzines, was President & Publisher of DC Comics from 2002-2009, is a member of the CBLDF board, and is the author of75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking. Join Levitz and moderator Robert Greenberger as they look back on Levitz’s life in comics.

2:00-3:00 - BOOM! Studios/KaBOOM!/BOOM! Town 

BOOM! Studios returns to Charm City with a jam-packed panel! Learn what is next from BOOM! as Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon and VP of Publishing and Marketing Filip Sablik run down the most exciting new projects and reveal upcoming titles from BOOM! Studios, KaBOOM!, and BOOM! Town with creators including Roger Langridge (SNARKED), Michael Alan Nelson (VALEN THE OUTCAST), and Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb (ADVENTURE TIME)! This is a panel you won’t want to miss!

3:00-4:00 - Artist Alley Comics 

Come discover the new home for creator-driven digital comics, Artist Alley Comics! We’ll reveal why the company is important to the future of digital comics for both fans and creators alike.

Co-founders Craig Rousseau, Rich Woodall, and Kelly Yates will be joined on the panel by Richard Case, Randy Green, and Chris Kemple. Moderated by Stephen Mayer, co-host of the Acme Wave Projector podcast.

Free copies of the Artist Alley Comics preview book for 50 people.

www.artistalleycomics.com

4:00-5:00 - Creating Your Comic/Manga from Concept to Publication 

The three time Harvey-nominated husband and wife creators of The Uniques, The Uniques Tales, and Rainbow in the Dark, Comfort Love and Adam Withers, teach you how to create your own comic. The entire process – concepting, scripting, thumbnails, pencils, color, PDF’s and CBZ’s, printing, distribution, the web, and even maximizing your convention experience will be covered in this seminar. You will walk away with an understanding of the tools you will need to create and sell your own book.

Room 302-303

11:00-12:00 - Team Cul de Sac

When Richard Thompson, the creator of the comic strip Cul de Sac, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, his friend Chris Sparks began a fundraising effort to honor his friend. With Richard’s support, he asked others to donate artwork featuring the Cul de Sac characters for a Team Cul de Sac book with proceeds going to The Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson’s Research. Now, join Chris Sparks and other members of Team Cul de Sac including Steve Conley, Matt Dembicki, SL Gallant, Roger Landgridge, and others as they discuss the book, Richard Thompson’s work, and their continuing efforts to raise funds in Richard’s name.

12:00-1:00 - The British Invasion 

In the 1980s, a number of British writers and artists started producing work for American comics and brought a fresh take that appealed to fans and critics alike. That creativity is kept alive today by creators including Brian Bolland (Dial H), Mark Buckingham (Fables), and Barry Kitson (Captain America). Join them and moderator Robert Greenberger for a lively and fun look at their work and the British Invasion of American comics.

1:00-2:00 - Creating Comics the comiXology Way

ComiXology has not only transformed the industry in making digital comics available everywhere, but they have also created the foundation for comic storytelling to be expressed in new ways. Originally created to artfully display comics on small screens, comiXology’s revolutionary Guided View reading technology has evolved to dramatically change how comic stories are being told. From early experiments like Box 13, Valentine, andPower Play to more recent efforts like Marvel’s Infinite Comics, comiXology’s Guided View has ushered in a new era of comic book creation. Join comiXology co-founder John D. Roberts alongside PowerPlay and Infinite Comics artist Reilly Brown and Valentine creator Alex De Campi as they talk about the ins and outs of creating comics using the Guided View tools. Roberts will also discuss comiXology’s plans for these tools.

2:00-3:00 - The Future of VALIANT

Valiant is back and, just a few months in, the buzz couldn’t be bigger for the most successful relaunch in comics! Now, find out what the future holds for the Valiant Universe with an exclusive round of announcements and in-depth discussion featuring Robert Venditti & Cary Nord (X-O Manowar), Fred Van Lente (Archer & Armstrong), Justin Jordan (Shadowman), Executive Editor Warren Simons and a few surprise special guests! What fateful events lay beyond the horizon for the Valiant Universe? Who will stand to challenge X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Archer & Armstrong, and the rest of Valiant’s greatest heroes this fall? And with Shadowman just around the corner, who will be the next iconic character to enter the fray? Find out right here as Valiant begins drafting its grand plans for 2013, only at Baltimore Comic-Con!

 

PLUS, no fan will want to miss the special door prizes Valiant will have on hand for every panel attendee.

3:00-4:00 - Dynamite Entertainment presents Garth Ennis 

Join writer Garth Ennis and Dynamite Editor Joe Rybandt for a lively hour of discussion on all things Boys, Battlefields, Dynamite, and more!

4:00-5:00 - The History of Censorship in Comics 

Since the very beginning of the art form, comics have been the victim of near-constant scrutiny and censorship. Learn about the history of this persecution, from book-burnings in the 1940′s, to Senate Hearings in the 1950′s, through to today, when fans routinely have their digital media searched by moral watchdogs. Instances of censorship in every decade will be discussed, as well as why they occur, and how they are fought, and can be prevented. Presented by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Deputy Director Alex Cox, and Comic Author and Historian Fred Van Lente.

Room 307-310

1:00-2:00 - Spotlight on Phil LaMarr

You may know Phil LaMarr from his five-year run on Fox’s MADtv. Or you may know him from his voice work on such animated shows as Justice League Unlimited, Static Shock, Futurama, and Family Guy. Here’s your chance to spend an hour with Phil and learn even more about this talented actor, comedian, and life-long comic fan.

 

2:00-3:00 - Meet the Co-Publisher

DCE Panelist: Dan DiDio

Moderator: Bob Wayne

As the Co-Publisher of DC Entertainment, Dan DiDio is one of the driving forces behind DC Comics - The New 52, DC’s digital initiative, Before Watchmen, and much more. Here’s your chance to discover more behind-the-scenes information from one of the industry’s most dynamic leaders!

 

3:00-4:00 - MARVEL: Marvel NOW! 

A major shake-up is coming for the Marvel Universe, and you can be the first to know the details! In this panel, Tom Brevoort (SVP – Executive Editor) and some special guests will reveal secrets about the launch of a new line of #1 issues including Uncanny Avengers, Iron Man, Indestructible Hulk, Thor: God of Thunder,and Captain America, and answer your questions about what’s coming up in this new iteration of the House of Ideas!

4:00 – Stan Lee VIP ticket-holders may queue up for the Stan Lee Spotlight.

4:15 – General Public may queue up for the Stan Lee Spotlight.

4:30-5:30 - Stan Lee Spotlight

 

Face Front, True Believers! Stan’s back! This is a panel no comics fan will want to miss as Jimmy Palmiotti sits down with the one and only Stan “The Man” Lee! He is a Founding Father of the Marvel Universe and the face of Marvel Comics to legions of fans. Join the writer, editor, actor, and legend as he discusses his illustrious career. Excelsior!

 

Art Auction (2505-2507)

 

Immediately following the Stan Lee panel - Auction of 2012 Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook art

 

The art created for the 2012 Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook celebrating 15 years of Frank Cho’s Liberty Meadows will be auctioned at this special event! Don’t miss this opportunity to own original art featuring Frank’s characters as depicted by artists including Frank Quitely, Brandon Peterson, Gene Ha, David Petersen, Bernard Chang, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Tom Raney, Billy Tucci, Steve Conley, Thom Zahler, Craig Rousseau, Frank Cho, and many others!

 

Sunday, September 9

Room 301 

11:00-12:00 - Future Approaches to Teaching Comics in the High School Classroom

The use of comics as an educational tool to engage students has seen a growing acceptance in many classrooms across the country. While many of the earliest adapters have employed comics to engage challenged and reluctant readers, there is a growing chorus of teachers who are using comics to cover a broad range of subjects at the secondary level. In this session, John Shableski talks with Dr. John Weaver about his experience with introducingWatchmen to his high school students and his more recent endeavors of teaching Ulysses Seen (iPad app). Joining the panel will be Rob Berry, creator of Ulysses Seen, the comic adaptation of James Joyce’s classic work.

 

12:00-1:00 - Ron Marz and Jamal Igle Spotlight

Back in 1994, Jamal penciled eight pages in Green Lantern #52 from a script by series writer Ron Marz. It was Jamal’s first published work, and while the two remained friends ever since, they haven’t worked together in the ensuing years. That’s all about to change, as the two creators meet for a spotlight panel discussing the past, present, and future. Specials guests and the announcement of an exciting new project make this a panel you won’t want to miss.

 

1:00-2:00 - Christianity and Comics With Billy Tucci

In an industry dominated by secular heroes, join award-winning writer/artist Billy Tucci for a enlightening discussion on his Christmas graphic novella, “A Child Is Born” and the portrayal of Christianity in comics.

 

2:00-3:00 - IDW Publishing

2012 has been a huge year for IDW.  Join Vice President of Marketing Dirk Wood, and a guest or two, for inside information on what else is in the works! Announcements, excitement, gossip, prizes, and Q&A!

 

3:00-4:00 - Avatar Press: News and Q&A

Join the Avatar staff and special guest, writer/artist Mike Wolfer (Stitched, Lady Death, Night of the Living Dead), and get all the fresh news from Avatar Press, the industry’s most ground-breaking, risk-taking publisher! Want insight into the hottest titles from such industry luminaries as David Lapham, Garth Ennis, and Alan Moore? Can’t get enough Ferals, Fashion Beast, or Crossed? Find out what new terrors and triumphs this rogue publisher will unleash in the months ahead, and get your questions answered!

 

Room 302-302

 

11:00-12:00 - Tribute to Joe Kubert

The world of comics lost one of its legendary creators recently with the death of Joe Kubert. Whether through his work on the page, the work done through The Kubert School, or his sons Adam and Andy, his legacy will live on in comics for years to come. Join Paul Levitz, Robert Greenberger, and former students Tom Raney, Timothy Truman, and Thom Zahler as they remember Joe Kubert.

 

12:00-2:00 - MARVEL: Marvel Boot Camp Seminar

 To benefit the Hero Initiative, this special ticketed seminar takes you behind the scenes into the inner philosophy of Marvel Publishing, as SVP – Executive Editor Tom Brevoort shares with the public for the first time the training indoctrination lecture he gives to the Marvel editorial staff. Revealing how Marvel editors think about the business of storytelling as well as inside secrets and tricks-of-the-trade, this lecture will be followed up as time permits with an open Q & A in which attendees can probe Tom’s mind on any and all questions relating to finding a career in the industry. And the proceeds all go to an excellent cause! Tickets will be available throughout the show at the Hero Initiative Booth (1705-1706) for $10.

 

2:00-3:00 - Spotlight on Frank Quitely 

Frank Quitely is a fan-favorite artist whose work includes All-Star Superman and New X-Men. Now’s your chance to learn more about Frank as he discusses his work with artist and teacher, José Villarrubia.

 

3:00-4:00 - Breaking into Comics Right Now!

If you’re an aspiring comic book creator, this is a panel you don’t want to miss! Join BOOM! Studios Founder and CEO Ross Richie and VP of Publishing and Marketing Filip Sablik as they give you up-to-date and practical advice on how to break into the comic book industry. Learn what you need to do to make your comic book dreams come true in a world where the Internet and social media have changed everything. This won’t be your grandfather’s “breaking into comics” panel.

 

Room 307-310

 

1:00-4:00 - 4th Annual Costume Contest sponsored by StylinOnline.com

The fun begins at 1:00 pm! With $1,000 up for grabs for the best overall costume and prizes for each of the 10 categories, this is one event all of you cosplayers don’t want to miss! Adult Categories have a $5 entry fee per person and, as always, kids up to age 17 can enter the costume contest for free! For more information and a complete list of categories, visit our website’s Costume Contest page.

 

Kids Love Comics Pavilion (2403)

Kids Love Comics Pavilion is brought to you by The Comic Book Diner (comicbookdiner.com) Comics Podcast, all about the business and fun of creating comics and graphic novels; and the Baltimore Comic-Con.

 

SATURDAY

All Day - Coloring and Drawing Area for Kids of All Ages

Artists and volunteers will be on hand to help kids draw, create their own comics, and have 4 Color Fun! KLC balloons and temp tattoos while supplies last!

 

Kids Comic Contest!

Kids can draw and enter their own comic and win a piece of original art from the KLC Creators! (Please hand in entries by 4:30 pm Saturday to John Gallagher’s booth in the KLC Pavilion!)

(Please note: Kids 12and under should be accompanied by an adult at all times.)

 

11am – 12 noon - Create-A-Cape

Kids can make their own capes and decorate them, with the help of KLC Artists & Volunteers! Please note: these capes do NOT let you fly!

 

12 Noon - Bloop!

Steve Conley draws his little green space monkey, showing how simple shapes allow you to create just about anything!

 

12:45 pm - Betty vs. Veronica with Archie’s Dan Parent

Dan Parent is the writer and artist of many of Archie Comics’ top sellers– now he gives a tutorial on drawing characters in the style of Betty, Veronica, and Jughead!

 

1:30 pm - Kids! Make! Comics! with John & Katie Gallagher

Mr. Gallagher and his 10-year old daughter Katie have created “Zoey & Ketchup,” a graphic novel about a dog & his girl — now it’s YOUR turn! The creators discuss the history of comics, the steps and process of writing, pencilling, inking, & more — then we’ll help you start your own comic!

 

2:15 pm - Mash Up!! with Jamar Nicholas

In 15 minutes, you can create your own superhero or character by combining different ideas, elements, and occupations– Cartoonist Jamar Nicholas shows you how!

 

3 pm - Owly! with Andy Runton

Mr. Runton draws everybody’s favorite forest creatures, including Owly, Wormy, and more!

 

3:45 pm - Jamal Igle Draws Molly Danger!

See how Jamal Igle (Supergirl, Action Comics) draws his own super heroic Molly Danger!

 

4:30 pm - Creating Comics Workshop

Several Kids Comics Creators team up to discuss how they create comics, and take questions from aspiring creators.

6:30 pm – All Comic Contest Entries are Due at John Gallagher’s Booth; KLC Stage closes

 

SUNDAY

 

All Day - Coloring and Drawing Area for Kids of All Ages

Artists and volunteers will be on hand to help kids draw, create their own comics, and have 4 Color Fun! Also, KLC balloons and temp tattoos while supplies last!

(Please note: Kids 12 and under should be accompanied by an adult at all times.)

 

11 am – 12 noon - Mask Mania!

Kids can make their own super-duper masks and decorate them, with the help of KLC Artists & Volunteers. Warning: No Super Villains Allowed.

 

12 Noon - Amelia Rules!

Jimmy Gownley shows you how to draw Amelia & her friends and shows how you can create comics from real life situations

 

12:45 pm - Manga Blitz! with Mary Cagle (www.kiwiblitz.com)

Miss Cagle will give kids guidance on drawing in the Manga style, and making your comics fun!

 

1:30 pm - Aw Yeah, Franco!

Tiny Titans and Aw Yeah Comics! creator Franco takes you on an artistic journey of cool cats, powerful pups, and Tiny… uh, you get the picture!

 

2:15 pm - Knight of the Drawing Board! with Frank Cammuso!

The creator of Max Hamm and Knights of the Lunch Table shows you how to create fun and interesting characters!

 

3 pm – Kids Comics Contest Winners Announced!

 

3:15 pm - Create-A-Hero!

KLC Artists team up with the audience to create original super heroes and silly sidekicks!

 

SIGNINGS

(All times subject to change)

Garth Ennis at the Dynamite Entertainment Booth (1501)

Saturday: 12:30-2:30, 4:30-5:30

Sunday: 1:00-3:00

 

Hero Initiative Booth (1705-1706)

Saturday

10:00-11:00: Chris Ivy

11:00-1:00: John Romita Jr.

2:00-3:30: Herb Trimpe

3:00-5:00: John Romita Jr.

4:00-5:00: Jeff Lemire

5:00-6:00: Mike Choi

 

Sunday

10:00-11:00: John Romita Jr.

11:00-12:00: Jeff Lemire

12:00-1:00: Chris Ivy

1:00-2:00: Herb Trimpe

2:00-4:00: Chris Ivy

 

Phil LaMarr (1810) – fee required

Saturday: 11:00-12:30, 2:30-5:00

Sunday: 11:00-1:00, 2:00-5:00

Portfolio Reviews

Artists: Bring your portfolio and have it reviewed by Greg Tumbarello, Assistant Editor at Legendary Comics. 2:00-4:00 Saturday at Table A312.

Artists: Amazon Studios is doing portfolio reviews throughout the weekend at booth 1602. Times to be announced.

 

TICKETS

Tickets are now available for VIP GOLD, VIP, and General Admission at the Baltimore Comic-Con!

Buy your convention tickets and save time at the show! -http://baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets/
For Harvey Award Tickets - http://baltimorecomiccon.com/harvey-awards/

Scene on the Web: Fan Expo Canada 2012

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Scene on the Web: Fan Expo Canada 2012

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Fan Expo Canada 2012 Comic Book Expo Lineup to Include Stan Lee, Neal Adams, J. Scott Campbell, Greg Capullo, and More

August 10, 2012 by  
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Press Release:

IT’S A BIRD…IT’S A PLANE…IT’S THIS YEAR’S COMIC BOOK EXPO LINEUP

Among This Year’s Featured Guests: Stan Lee, Neal Adams, Kevin J Anderson, J. Scott Campbell, Greg Capullo and Many More!

Tickets On Sale Now For This Ultimate Four-Day Fan Experience – August 23-26

TORONTO, ON (August 9, 2012) – As if having Stan Lee on board isn’t enough, this year’s Fan Expo Canada™ offers amazing programming supported by some of the biggest names in Comic Art. Festival-goers will have the opportunity to face-off in sketching duels, have their portfolios reviewed by industry experts, contribute to a mega mural as well as meet and interact with legendary comic artists.

Festival highlights include:

· Screenwriting for animation panel discussion
· ReBoot Retrospective with creator Gavin Blair
· Pitching you creator-owned comics
· Industry Roundtable discussion with Ty Templeton, Canadian comic book artist and writer
· A unique Q&A with the creators of CHEW
· Power Rangers mega mural created by fans

Some of this year’s celebrity guests, comprising some of the world’s most legendary names in Comic Art, include:

· STAN LEE (Legendary creator of Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men, Iron Man and many more)

· KEVIN J ANDERSON (International best-selling and award winning author)

· KAARE ANDREWS (Ultimate comics cover artist)

· GREG CAPULLO (Batman artist)

· J. SCOTT CAMPBELL (Marvel cover artist – Spider-Man)

· JIMMY CHEUNG (Avengers vs. X-Men Artist)

· NEAL ADAMS (Legendary comic artist)

Celebrating 18 years as the Comic Con of the North, Fan Expo Canada™ will be at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre August 23-26, 2012.

With over 80,000 fans expected and more than 700 exhibitors and retail vendors covering over 400,000 square feet, Fan Expo CanadaÔ is going to be the hottest event of the summer.

For ticket information visit: http://www.fanexpocanada.com/tickets/

Visit fanexpocanada.com for exciting announcements and join the official Facebook fan site at facebook.com/fanexpocanada

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