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  • Big Wow! ComicFest Previews Art Auction

    vampi-sakaiPress Release:

    The annual Big Wow! ComicFest Art Auction will be held on Saturday April 18th, 2015. The blind auction will run throughout the day in the art gallery in the back of the hall, and will wrap up at 5:30 PM Interested parties must sign up for a bidder/paddle number and then can begin placing blind bids on the art they are interested in.

    Art that does not receive three bids will sell for the highest offer at 5:30 PM, and ones that do get at least three bids will be placed in the live auction that begins at 6:30 PM in Panel Room B. There will be a cash bar in the room, and hopefully a number artists that submitted their works to the auction in attendance. Pictured is Stan Sakai’s submission, additional pieces contributed by Neal Adams, Joe Linsner, Brandon Peterson, and many more can be seen at the link…

    Get tickets at the link!

    Guests include: Brent Anderson, Sanya Anwar, Stephen Bissette, Mark Bode, Nick Bradshaw, Tim Bradstreet, Dan Brereton, Danny Bulanadi, Frank Cho, Frank Cirocco, Lela Dowling, Tom Felton, Stephen E. Gordon, Adi Granov, Mick Gray, Rich Koslowski, Jake Lloyd, Ron Lim, Toshio Maeda, Steve Mannion, Chris Marrinan, Bill Morrison, Darick Robertson, Tone Rodriguez, Don Rosa, Stuart Sayger, Liam Sharp, Scott Shaw, Bill Sienkiewicz, John Totleben, Herb Trimpe, Rick Veitch, Tim Vigil, Ben Wolstenholme, Thomas Yeates, and more.

    For more information on Big WOW! Comicfest please check the website (www.bigwowcomicfest.com) and follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

    Big Wow! ComicFest Returns to San Jose

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    Big Wow Comic Fest arrives to the San Jose Convention Center on April 18-19, 2015, bringing two days of comic books, art, collectable toys, sci-fi, fantasy, and celebrity FUN! Many of the nation’s best vendors of all things cool and collectible will tempt your wallets with the perfect gifts for geeks, nerds, fans and true collectors, everywhere!

    As the original comic-friendly show, we have fantastic comic book creator guests spanning all decades and genres! This year we are pleased to welcome as our Featured Guests:

    Jim Steranko (Legendary artist of Captain America & Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD)
    Neal Adams (Legendary Illustrator of Superman, Batman, Avengers, X-Men, and lots more)
    Dave Gibbons (Co-Creator of the classic comic “Watchman” made into a major Motion Picture)

    Fan-Favorites: Art Adams (X-Men, Godzilla, and more), Bill Morrison (The Simpsons, Futurama, Disney Poster Artist), Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), Herb Trimpe (Co-Creator of Wolverine) and over 75 more confirmed and added to our website!

    Meet, get autographs, and learn the secrets of Show Biz from our spectacular CELEBRITY GUESTS:

    Tom Felton (Harry Potter’s “Draco Malfoy” and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes)
    Daniel Cudmore (X-Men’s “Colossus”, and Twilight’s “Felix”)
    Jake Lloyd (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace’s “Anakin Skywalker” and Jingle All The Way)

    Also appearing will be Richard Hatch (Battlestar Galactica), Gary Graham (Alien Nation, Star Trek: Enterprise), George “The Giant” (Big Fish), John Stanley (Creature Features) and more.

    Admission is only:

    •  1 Day Adult (15 and older) $25.00 and 2 Day Adult $35.00

    • 1 Day Child (8-14) $10.00 and 2 Day Child $15.00 Children under 8 are Free!

    Save $5.00 off tickets by purchasing them online at www.bigwowcomicfest.com or at participating comic book retailers.

     

    Draco Malfoy Apparates into BIG WOW! ComicFest 2015

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    Big celebrity guest announcement! We are pleased to welcome Tom Felton to Big Wow 2015! Saturday only!

    Tom was born in Epsom, Surrey, to Sharon and Peter Felton. He has been acting since he was eight years old at the suggestion of an actress friend of his family who recognized Felton’s theatrical qualities. Felton met with an agent, and two weeks later, after auditioning with over 400 other children, he landed an international commercial campaign and went abroad to work.

    A talented singer, he started singing in a church choir at the age of seven and has been a member of four choirs at school. He declined an offer to join the Guildford Cathedral Choir. He is a keen sportsman enjoying football (soccer), ice skating, roller blading, basketball, cricket, swimming, and tennis.

    After working on Anna and the King with Jodie Foster, Tom received his big break in Harry Potter (and the Sorcerer’s Stone) as Draco Malfoy, school boy rival to the titular character as played by Daniel Radcliffe. Tom managed to film the part of Draco in all eight Harry Potter movies while also having an active life outside the magical world it created. In between shoots he filmed independent horror movies The Disappeared, Night Wolf, and The Apparition with Twilight’s Ashley Greene. It was directly after completing his filming on Harry Potter that he landed his roles in Rise of the Planet of the Apes and From the Rough. His newest projects are In Secret, and Fangs of Warand.

    In between acting gigs, Tom still manages times with his music. He is one of the founding owners and talent of Six String Productions, a recording company devoted to signing young musical artists overlooked by the major recording industry.

    Get tickets at the link!

    Guests include: Brent Anderson, Sanya Anwar, Stephen Bissette, Mark Bode, Nick Bradshaw, Tim Bradstreet, Dan Brereton, Danny Bulanadi, Frank Cho, Frank Cirocco, Lela Dowling, Stephen E. Gordon, Adi Granov, Mick Gray, Rich Koslowski, Ron Lim, Toshio Maeda, Steve Mannion, Chris Marrinan, Bill Morrison, Darick Robertson, Tone Rodriguez, Don Rosa, Stuart Sayger, Liam Sharp, Scott Shaw, Bill Sienkiewicz, John Totleben, Herb Trimpe, Rick Veitch, Tim Vigil, Ben Wolstenholme, Thomas Yeates, and more to be announced.

    For more information on Big WOW! Comicfest please check their website (www.bigwowcomicfest.com) and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

    Super Megafest, New England’s Premiere Celebrity Pop Culture Fan Fest, Returns in November 2013

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    Megafest flyerHollywood comes to Massachusetts! 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. 23rd from 10:30am to 6pm & Sunday, Nov 24th from 10:30am to 5pm at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel located at 1657 Worcester Rd., Framingham, MA 01701.

    Comic, Movie and TV fans will be thrilled with the rare appearance of  CHRISTOPHER LLOYD – Doc Brown from Back to  the Future. TOM FELTON – best known for playing the role of Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter film series. ELIZA DUSHKU – Known for her television roles including recurring appearances as Faith on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spinoff series Angel. JON HEDER – Napolean Dynamite! BARBARA EDEN and BILL DAILY – the sitcom I Dream of Jeannie! MANU BENNETT – Sparticus, The Hobbit and Arrow. RAY PARK- Darth Maul and Snake Eyes plus much more! KAREN ALLEN is best known for her role as Marion Ravenwood in Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. JEREMY BULLOCH – who starred as Boba Fett in Star Wars! JOSH SUSSMAN – current role as Jacob Ben Israel on the smash hit Glee! BRONSON PINCHOT – Balki Bartokomous on the ABC sitcom Perfect Strangers! AARON ASHMORE – best known for his roles in American TV shows, as Jimmy Olsen in Smallville and as Steve Jinks in Warehouse 13 plus much more. LARRY KENNY – voiced Lion-O of the Thundercats throughout the mid eighties! ELVIRA – Mistress of the Dark! LARRY STORCH – Corporal Agarn on the TV series F-Troop! VIC MIGNOGNA – voice actor and musician best known for his work for ADV Films/Seraphim Digital, Funimation Entertainment/OkraTron 5000, and Viz Media/Studiopolis plus much more! RON MOSS – recognized for his role of 25 years portraying Ridge Forrester on “The Bold And The Beautiful”! FRANK AVRUCH – Boston’s own Bozo the Clown! CARROL SPINNEY- original one and only for playing Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street! MIA ST JOHN – 5x World Boxing Champion and Playboy Cover Model plus much more! Many other guests to be announced!
    Wrestling guests include SGT SLAUGHTER and KELLY KELLY! Many other guests to be announced!

    Comic artists include ETHAN VAN SCIVER – best known for illustrating a number of titles including Green Lantern, Superman/Batman, New X-Men, and The Flash: Rebirth. AL PLASTINO – best known as one of the most prolific Superman artists of the 1950s! PAUL RYAN – worked extensively for Marvel Comics and DC Comics on a number of super-hero comics including DP7, Fantastic Four, Spiderman, Batman, Flash, Superman and the Phantom plus much more! JOHN HEBERT- X-Men Adventures, Punisher, Deathlok and current Captain Action artist! GREG LAROCQUE – Spider-man, The Avengers, Justice League, Legion of Super-Heroes, & the Flash among many more! JOSE DELBO – main artist on Wonder Woman plus much, much more! 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. JAMAL IGLE – Green Lantern, G.I. Joe, Martian Manhunter and Supergirl 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!

    Start the Megafest on Friday night, Nov 22nd, with the SUPER MEGAFEST COMEDY KICKOFF PARTY featuring 3 top comedians! Surprise celebrity guests will mix and mingle! Every attendee will be entered into a free raffle with awesome prizes and those in full costume will receive a free Super Megafest T-Shirt! A cash bar will be available. Doors open at 8 PM and showtime is 9 PM until midnight! Start the weekend off with a memorable fun-filled night!

    The COME TOGETHER MEGA MUSIC FEST celebrates the magical music of some of your favorite artists! Featuring CHUCK NEGRON, formerly of Three Dog Night, MARK LINDSAY, 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 23rd!

    For more info visit www.supermegafest.com

    Wizard World Announces Programming for St. Louis Comic Con 2013

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    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

    Tom Felton and Henry Winkler Added to Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con 2013

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    Tom Felton, Henry Winkler Added To Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con Celebrity Roster, March 22-23-24

    ‘Draco Malfoy’ From ‘Harry Potter’ Joins ‘Happy Days’ Actor, Successful Producer, Director As Additions To Inaugural Event At America’s Center; Stan Lee, Laurie Holden, Billy Dee Williams, WWE® Superstar Randy Orton®, Superstar Comics Creators Also Headlining

    NEW YORK and ST. LOUIS, February 20, 2013 – Tom Felton, best known for his portrayal of “Draco Malfoy” in the Harry Potter series, and Henry Winkler, who first became a pop culture icon as “The Fonz” in the classic TV series “Happy Days,” have been added to the standout celebrity roster at the inaugural 2013 Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con, March 22-24 at America’s Center.  The two join previously announced guests Stan Lee, Laurie Holden, Billy Dee Williams, WWE® Superstar Randy Orton®, James Marsters and Dean Cain among the headliners.

    Felton, who began filming commercials at age eight and auditioned for the Malfoy role at age 12, appeared as the increasingly prominent villainous character in all eight films based on J.K. Rowlings’ blockbuster fantasy series, from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in 2001 through Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 in 2011.  He also appeared as “Dodge Landon” in Rise of the Planet of the Apes in 2011.

    After taking the entertainment world by storm in his breakout role as “Fonzie” in the popular sitcom “Happy Days” (1974-84), Winkler established himself as an award-winning producer and director, mixing in a few well-placed acting roles like Scream, Waterboy and last year’s Here Comes the Boom along the way.  After achieving success as “Fonzie,” originally written as a minor character but which soon earned him billing alongside other series stars Ron Howard and Tom Bosley, Winkler quickly transitioned to produce the successful television series “MacGyver” and direct the film Memories of Me, among dozens of off-screen credits over the past four decades.

    Felton will appear at Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con on Saturday, March 23, and Sunday, March 24, while Winkler is scheduled to attend all three days.

    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 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.

    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 *****
    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

    MegaCon 2012 Media Guest List Keeps Getting Bigger

    Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy

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    ORLANDO MEGACON MEDIA GUEST LIST IS GETTING BIGGER

    MegaCon, the largest comic book, anime, gaming and multi media event in the Southeast, is pleased to announce the addition of guests and events to its February 17th – 19th, 2012 show. MegaCon will take place at the Orange County Convention Center at 9800 International Drive in Orlando, FL.

    TOM FELTON just added to the Megacon Media Guest list.  Tom played Draco Malfoy in all eight of the award winning Harry Potter movies. He also recently portrayed Dodge Landon in the award winning Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

    Other media stars include:

    Star Trek Voyager – Robert Picardo (The Doctor), Tim Russ (Tuvok)

    Vampire Diaries – Joseph Morgan (Klaus), David Anders (John Gilbert), Lauren Cohan (Rose)

    Babylon 5 – Bruce Boxleitner (John Sheridan), Peter Jurasik (Londo Mollari), and Stephen Furst (Vir Cotto)

    Star Wars – David Prowse (Darth Vader), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Richard LeParmentier (Admiral Motti) and Daniel Logan (Boba Fett)

    Warehouse 13 – Eddie McClintok (Pete Lattimer), Sal Rubinek (Artie Nielson), Kate Mulgrew (Jane Lattimer

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel – Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia Chase), Nicholas Brendon (Xander Harris)

    StarGate – Tony Amendola (Natchok Var), Paul McGillion (Dr. Carson Beckett), Corin Nemec (Jonas Quinn)

    Wayne’s World, True Lies, Krull the Conquerer, Warehouse 13 – Tia Carrere

    Ghosthunter’s International – Scott Tepperman, Paul Bradford

    Robot Chicken – Matt Senreich, Zeb Wells

    Other events include:

    Friday evening Indy Film Festival, Zombie Walk, Friday evening reception at the Doubletree International for MegaCon Hotel guests, Lightning Fast Speed Dating, Live music by Emerald Rose, Frenchy and the Punk, and Vic Mignogna, Saturday night anime dance, anime viewing room, Saturday night party at the Rosen Plaza, all three days Paint and Take, RPG, LARP, Card gaming and much more…

    MegaCon sponsors: I AM 3D, Funimation, Comics Guaranty Corporation and Students of the Unusual

    Check www.MegaConvention.com frequently for more updates.

     

    MegaCon 2012

    Orange County Convention Center – West Building

    Orlando, Florida

    Contact Info: info@megaconvention.com or www.megaconvention.com

    Fan Expo Canada 2011 Adds Hayden Panettiere and William Shatner

    Hayden Heroes

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    TOP 10 MUST SEES AT FAN EXPO CANADA™

    The ultimate four-day fan experience adds Heroes star HAYDEN PANETTIERE and the one and only WILLIAM SHATNER to line-up!

    TORONTO, ON (August 17, 2011) – Only eight more days until FAN EXPO CANADA™ arrives in Toronto!   Canada’s premier combined gaming, horror, comic, science fiction and anime event – the third largest in the world – is celebrating 17 years of Comic-Con North!  This year’s expanded four-day festival takes place August 25-28, 2011 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre showcasing more than 600 exhibitors and retailers covering over 250,000 square feet.

    Tickets to FAN EXPO CANADA™ are on sale in advance until August 21st and available at the door.  Prices range from $79 (DELUXE Fan Expo Pass); and SINGLE Fan Expo Passes from $40$30 and $25.  All prices include HST and are available through the FAN EXPO CANADA™ website, www.fanexpocanada.com.

    In addition to NEW features and events including Nerd Speed Dating, fans can also expect returning popular favourites such as Canada’s largest costume Masquerade, Artist Alley, Sketching Duels, National Gaming Tournaments and, of course, celebrity autograph and Q&A panels.  For the complete programming schedule, visit www.fanexpocanada.com.

    TOP 10 MUST SEES AT FAN EXPO CANADA

    CANADA’S LARGEST COSTUME MASQUERADE - SATURDAY NIGHT ONLY! 8PM (All genres) If you’ve never been to a masquerade or costume play, THIS is the one to attend!  This annual event features creative fans showcasing their original costumes derived from the comic, sci-fi, horror, anime and fantasy worlds – all on stage for a chance to win bragging rights.  Master of Ceremonies, Gordon Rose, brings you the most popular event of the weekend and the largest show of its kind in Canada!
    (Saturday, Aug. 27, 8 pm, Hall G)

    NERD SPEED DATING (All genres)
    For the first time ever, speed dating is coming to FAN EXPO CANADA™!  Come and enjoy good music, great company, and the thrilling potential to meet your soul mate!  Each genre will have its own session and is free for all attendees!  This is the perfect opportunity to seek out like-hearted individuals at the biggest fan party of the year!  This event is for adults 18 years of age or older.
    (Thursday-Saturday, various times, Room 803)

    TELETOON CANADA PRESENTS THE WORLD PREMIERE OF “STAR WARS: CLONE WARS”
    Season Four, Episode One (Sci-Fi)
    The season will be an exciting one where viewers will see the heroic Jedi Knights and their clone army fight to preserve order.  Season four will show efforts met with strong resistance from the massive Separatist droid army.  Escalating and expanding into uncharted corners of the galaxy, Star Wars: The Clone Wars grows with exotic adventures and enhanced animation.  Within the galactic battle, fearsome foes from the past return to settle the score, including lethal adversaries such as bounty hunter Cad Bane and the monstrous Savage Opress.  Hosted by TELETOON at Night’s Fred Kennedy, fans in attendance will get the chance to win one of three mystery prize packs to be revealed onsite.
    (Saturday, Aug. 27, 5 pm, Room 718)

    SKETCHING DUELS (Comic)
    Check out your favourite comic artists as they go pen to pen!  The original art they produce goes up for grabs once they’re done!  An amazing experience to witness, these friendly competitions show who’s got the edge in comic book illustration!
    (Thursday-Sunday, various times, Room 716)

    STAR WARS – JEDI SCHOOL (Sci-Fi/Fantasy)
    Lightsaber Dueling Demo & Workshop.  How do Jedis do it?  It looks so cool!  Find out here.
    (Saturday, Aug. 27, 4 pm, Room 715B)

    501ST GRAND MARCH
    Have your cameras ready as the 501st Legion of Stormtroopers march the floor en masse as they travel to the location of their much looked forward to Grand Assembly photo opportunity.  When they get rolling they can’t stop, so get your shot and then get yourself to the Gallery on 800 for the Assembly.
    (Saturday, Aug. 27, 5 p.m., 800 Level)

    REMEMBERING FRIGHTENSTEIN
    Join VICTORIA PRICE and producer/co-star MITCH MARKOWITZ as we take a walk down memory lane of The Hilarious House of Frightenstein, Canada’s legendary monster kid’s show starring Vincent Price and Billy Van.  Moderated by Rue Morgue’s Paul Corupe!
    (Friday, Aug. 26, 5 pm, Room 715B)

    ANIMOTION J POP DANCE (Anime)
    Coming to you from the heart of downtown Toronto, Fan Expo is proud to present our annual J-Pop dance. Featuring a mix of the hottest hits from the hottest shows, to classics everyone remembers and loves, ANIMOTION promises to give you the beats to unleash your inner dance machine!

    LOLITA FASHION 101 (Anime)
    Lolita,a Japanese street fashion know for its intricate and delicate doll-like look, has become one of the most recognized street stylesin Japan, and is now a popular movement in North America.  Members of ‘The Southern Ontario Lolita Community’ will give you an opportunity to find out all about this growing fashion style and how to get involved in it!  Check out the fashion show too!
    (Sunday, Aug. 28, 1 pm, Room 707; Fashion Show, Sunday, Aug. 28, 1:30 pm, Room 718)

    VIDEO GAME TOURNAMENTS and CARD TOURNAMENTS (Gaming)
    GX offers the largest destination for live competitive console and PC gaming tournaments featuring all the latest and hot titles.  GX has been the site of the Canadian National Championships for Magic: the Gathering, Pokemon, and UFS Universal Fighting System, and is hosting the national championship for the Great Canadian Board Game Blitz.  FAN EXPO CANADA™ is home to the largest gathering of gamers in the country!
    (Daily, various times and locations)

    FAN EXPO CANADA™ recently announced its stellar line up of celebrity guests comprising of the world’s most legendary names in pop culture, many of today’s hottest film and television stars, as well as industry luminaries including:

    Sci-Fi / Fantasy:

    • ANTHONY DANIELS (Star Wars)
    • ELIZA DUSHKU (Dollhouse)
    • TOM FELTON (Harry Potter)
    • LARRY HAGMAN and BARBARA EDEN (I Dream of Jeannie)
    • LEE MAJORS (The Six Million Dollar Man)
    • HAYDEN PANETTIERE (Heroes) – NEW
    • KATEE SACKHOFF (Battlestar Galactica)
    • ROBERT J. SAWYER (Bestselling author of Flashforward)
    • WILLIAM SHATNER (Star Trek) – NEW
    • KEVIN SORBO (Hercules)
    • SAM TRAMMELL (True Blood)

     

    Horror:

    • ROBERT ENGLUND (A Nightmare On Elm Street)
    • JOHN WATERS (Legendary director of Pink Flamingos, Multiple Maniacs, Serial Mom)
    • MARTIN LANDAU (Ed Wood) – NEW
    • JOHN ASTIN (The Addams Family)
    • DOUG BRADLEY (Hellraiser)
    • HEATHER BREWER (NY Times bestselling author of The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod)
    • LANCE HENRIKSEN (Aliens)
    • VICTORIA PRICE (Daughter of Vincent Price and author of A Daughter’s Biography)
    • STEVEN SEVERIN (London Punk pioneer and founder of Siouxsie And the Banshees)

     

    Comic:

    • CHRIS CLAREMONT (Legendary Comic Writer) – NEW
    • DAVID FINCH (Batman:The Dark Knight Artist) – NEW
    • JOE KUBERT (Legendary Comic Book Artist)
    • ADAM KUBERT (Artist of ASTONISHING SPIDER-MAN & WOLVERINE)
    • ANDY KUBERT (Artist of BATMAN & FLASHPOINT)
    • JEFF SMITH (Cartoonist Guest of Honour – Creator of BONE)
    • DOUG SNEYD (Legendary Playboy cartoonist)
    • CLAY MANN (Artist — X-Men: Legacy) – NEW

     

    Anime:

    • JASON DELINE, SHAWN MEUNIER (Stars of Bakugan)
    • MIKE MCFARLAND, CHRIS SABAT (Stars of Dragonball Z)
    • JUNKO MIZUNO (Acclaimed manga artist)
    • VIC MIGNOGNA (Star of Fullmetal Alchemist:Brotherhood)
    • VERONICA TAYLOR (Star of Pokemon)

     

    Gaming:

    • JARETT CALE, GEOFF LAPAIRE (Pure Pwnage)
    • ROBIN D. LAWS (Author – Dungeons & Dragons, Heroquest)
    • ED GREENWOOD (Author of Forgotten Realms)
    • VICTOR LUCAS, SHAUN HATTON (The Electric Playground)

     

    For the complete list of celebrity guests, go to www.fanexpocanada.com.

    TICKET DETAILS: All advance ticket sales are available August 21st through the Fan Expo Canada
    website: www.fanexpocanada.com.  (All prices include HST)

    DELUXE Fan Expo Pass: $79 — BEST VALUE, LIMITED QUANTITIES
    ·        Includes unlimited access to Fan Expo Canada for up to 4 days
    ·        Access to Special Expo Preview on Thursday, August 25 at 2:00 pm
    ·        (Excludes special ticketed events and anything otherwise noted)

    SINGLE Fan Expo Pass:
    ·        Includes unlimited access Fan Expo Canada on specified date
    ·        (Excludes special ticketed events and anything otherwise noted)

     

    Thursday, August 25, 2011
    (starting at 4pm)
    Friday, August, 26, 2011
    Saturday, August 27, 2011
    Sunday, August 28, 2011
    $25$30
    $40
    $30

     

    SHOW DETAILS:

    WHEN: AUGUST 25- 28, 2011

    Thursday, August 25Friday, August 26
    Saturday, August 27
    Sunday, August 28

    WHERE:

    2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Special Preview for Deluxe Pass holders)
    4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    10:00 am – 8:00 pm
    10:00 am – 8:00 pm
    10:00 am – 6:00 pmMetro Toronto Convention Centre South Building
    222 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    For more information visit, www.fanexpocanada.com

    Fan Expo Canada 2011 Adds Sci-Fi and Fantasy Icons

    Tom Felton Draco Deathly Hallows

    Press Release:

    Pop Culture’s Sci-Fi & Fantasy Icons Added to Powerhouse Lineup at 2011 Fan Expo Canada™

     

    Stars of True Blood and Harry Potter join C-P3O, The Six Million Dollar Man and Hercules on SFX Science Fiction Expo Stage

    Toronto, ON (May 11, 2011) – Fan Expo Canada™, Canada’s largest gaming, horror, comic, science fiction and anime event, today announced a star-studded lineup of science fiction celebrities that is sure to thrill fans of all ages. The Science Fiction Expo spotlights a plethora of television and film idols spanning generations including

    Lee Majors (The Six Million Dollar Man), Larry Hagman and Barbara Eden (I Dream of Jeannie), Kevin Sorbo (Hercules) as well as today’s hottest fantasy stars such as True Blood’s Sam Trammell, Harry Potter’s Tom Felton and Sci-Fi “it” girls Eliza Dushku and Katee Sackhoff.

    Original Star Wars actor, Anthony Daniels, who played CP3O, joins the weekend-long “Celebrating Star Wars” programming featuring 501st Legion, The Droid Hunt, Masquerade, Lightsaber Duel demonstrations, video presentations, costume and prop making workshops, photo sessions and more!

    Also announced, returning by popular demand is Fan Expo Canada’s Steampunk programming – a growing sub-genre of Sci-Fi, inspired by the industrial Victorian era. The introduction of STEAMPUNK to last year’s event drew massive crowds of enthusiasts from all corners of the world.

    The SFX Science Fiction Expo Celebrity Guests Include:

    · ANTHONY DANIELS (C-3PO in Star Wars feature films)

    · ELIZA DUSHKU (Echo in Dollhouse)

    · BARBARA EDEN (Jeannie in I Dream of Jeannie)

    · TOM FELTON (Draco in Harry Potter feature films)

    · LARRY HAGMAN (Major Anthony Nelson in I Dream of Jeannie)

    · LANCE HENRIKSEN (Bishop in the Aliens feature films)

    · LEE MAJORS (Steve Austin in The Six Million Dollar Man)

    · NICHELLE NICHOLS (Uhura in the original Star Trek)

    · KATEE SACKHOFF (Captain Kara of Battlestar Galactica)

    · MICHAEL SHANKS (Dr. Daniel Jackson in Stargate SG-1)

    · MARINA SIRTIS (Deanna Troi in Star Trek: The Next Generation)

    · KEVIN SORBO (Captain Dylan Hunt in Andromeda and star of Hercules)

    · SAM TRAMMELL (Sam Merlotte in True Blood)

    Key Features and Highlights of the SFX Science Fiction Expo:

    · “Celebrating Star Wars” with an entire weekend-long programming including 501st Legion Conference, The Droid Hunt, Masquerade, Light saber Duel demonstrations, Video presentations, Costume & Prop making workshops, Photo Sessions and more!

    · Intimate and Interactive – celebrity presentations allow fans the opportunity to meet their favourite celebrities and learn some of Sci-Fi’s best kept secrets in an open Q & A forum

    · Autograph Sessions with Science Fiction celebrities – always a crowd pleaser

    · Canada’s largest Masquerade on Saturday, Aug. 27 – dress up as a popular Science Fiction character

    · 600 commercial exhibitors supporting a full complement of science fiction and entertainment themes including collectibles, videos and more

    · Science Fiction industry professional workshops for the public

    · Industry Preview Area – see the latest products and services and get a sneak peek at upcoming projects

    For the 17th consecutive year, visitors from across Ontario and around the world will have the opportunity to experience the very best in pop culture first-hand at the upcoming 2011 Fan Expo Canada™. In addition to the Science Fiction Expo, the country’s largest combined event will include Anime, Comic Books, Festival of Fear Horror Expo and GX – Gaming Expo. Stay tuned for more announcements in the upcoming weeks.

    SHOW DETAILS:

    WHEN: AUGUST 25- 28, 2011

    Thursday, August 25 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Special Preview)

    4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    Friday, August 26 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

    Saturday, August 27 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

    Sunday, August 28 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

    WHERE: Metro Toronto Convention Centre South Building

    222 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    For more information visit, www.fanexpocanada.com

    Marsters, Felton, Baccarin, and Loken Headline Big Apple Comic Con 2011

    James Marsters

    Press Release:

    James Marsters, Tom Felton, Morena Baccarin, Kristanna Loken Among Headliners At Wizard World Big Apple Comic Con ‘Spring Edition,’ May 21-22 At Manhattan’s Penn Plaza Pavilion

    Mike Grell, Arthur Suydam, Jerry Robinson, Greg Horn, Jim Cheung, Kaare Andrews, Christos Gage, Phil Ortiz, Ryan Ottley Among Leading Comics Creators To Attend

    NEW YORK, April 2011 – Wizard World Big Apple Comic Con ‘Spring Edition,’ part of North America’s largest pop-culture tour, is set for Saturday and Sunday, May 21-22, at the Penn Plaza Pavilion in Manhattan. The event, the largest and longest-running Comic Con in New York, will bring together thousands of fans of all ages and plenty of celebrities and industry professionals to celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, comics, toys, video gaming, television, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.

    James Marsters, who played “Spike” on “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer,” Tom Felton, best known for playing the role of “Draco Malfoy” in the HARRY POTTER film series, Morena Baccarin, who starred as “Inara Serra” in the sci-fi television series “Firefly,” “Adria” in “Stargate SG-1,” and as “Anna” in “V,” and Kristanna Loken, whose credits include TERMINATOR 3, “Painkiller Jane,” and “The L Word,” are the headline celebrities scheduled to attend. “Response to the Big Apple Comic Con shows the past two years was so strong that we had to add the Spring event,” said Gareb Shamus, CEO, Wizard World. “Everyone – the celebrities, the fans, the dealers, manufacturers, artists, and the entire community we deal with was begging us to bring a huge Spring Comic Con to New York.”

    Fans can also meet their favorite comic creators and artists, including Arthur Suydam (“Marvel Zombies,” “Batman”), Greg Horn (“Blackest Night,” “Elektra,” “Ms. Marvel”), Mike Grell (“Green Arrow,” “Green Lantern”), Jerry Robinson (“The Joker,” “Robin”), Matt Kindt (“Revolver,” “Pistolwhip”), Jim Cheung (“Avengers,” “Uncanny X-Men”), Kaare Andrews (Astonishing XMen,” “Iron Man”), Christos Gage (“X-Men,” “Spider-Man”), Phil Ortiz (“The Simpsons,” “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe”), Ryan Ottley (“Invincible,” “The Walking Dead”) and many other national and local creators. There will also be a special appearance all the way from Brazil, making a rare U.S. appearance, by Luke Ross (“Captain America,” “Amazing Spider-Man”).

    Other celebrities set to be on hand include Tony Award winner Dan Fogler (“Balls of Fury,” “Good Luck Chuck”), Bonnie Piesse (STAR WARS: EPISODE III – REVENGE OF THE SITH, STAR WARS: EPISODE II – ATTACK OF THE CLONES) and Chandler Riggs (“The Walking Dead”).

    Children and adult attendees are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite villain, superhero or pop culture personality for the chance to win special prizes in costume contests. Event-goers may also try their hand interactive product exhibits and shop for collectible comics, movie and television memorabilia, toys and games at more than 200 dealer booths.

    Special events at Big Apple Comic Con include the TCG Gaming tournament, professional photo opportunities (Photo Ops) with celebrities and others to be announced.

    The Penn Plaza Pavilion is located at 401 Seventh Avenue at 33rd St., in the historic Hotel Pennsylvania. Big Apple Comic Con Spring Edition is the fifth stop on Wizard World’s 13-city 2011 North American tour. Hours are Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, May 22, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    Tickets are available in advance or by calling 1-866-882-5860 and online at http://www.wizardworld.com/newyorkcity.html at up to a 15% savings over tickets purchased at the door. Advance adult single-day tickets are $20 in advance, $30 at the door; two-day weekend tickets are $35, $45 at the door. Tickets are free for children age 10 and under when accompanied by a paid adult (limit two children per adult). VIP packages with special entry and exclusive items are also available.

    About Wizard World: Wizard World is a producer of pop culture and multimedia conventions across North America that markets movies, TV shows, video games, technology, toys, social networking/gaming platforms, comic books and graphic novels. It has the rights to the names, marks, domains, customer lists and production rights for a portfolio of pop culture and multimedia conventions.
    For the most recent event information please visit www.wizardworld.com and become Big Apple Comic Con Fan on Facebook.

    ***** SAVE THE 2011/12 DATES *****
    April 29 – May 1 – Anaheim Comic Con
    May 21-22 – Big Apple Comic Con ‘Spring Edition’
    June 17-19 – Philadelphia Comic Con
    August 11-14 – Chicago Comic Con
    September 17-18 – New England Comic Con
    September 24-25 – Big Apple Comic Con
    October 22-23 – Mid-Ohio Comic Con
    October 28-30 – Central Canada Comic Con (C4)
    November 11-13 – Austin Comic Con
    December 3-4 – Atlanta Comic Con
    January 28-29, 2012 – New Orleans Comic Con
    March 23-25, 2012 – Toronto Comic Con
    December 8-9, 2012 – Miami Comic Con
    TBA – New Jersey Comic Con
    TBA – Cincinnati Comic Con
    TBA – Cleveland Comic Con
    TBA – Nashville Comic Con

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