More Than 100 Top Creators Scheduled for Wizard World Toronto Comic Con 2012

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More Than 100 Top Creators Already Scheduled To Attend 2012 Wizard World Toronto Comic Con, April 14-15 At Metro Toronto Convention Centre

World-Class Lineup Includes Mike Deodato Jr., “Jock,” John McCrea, Dale Keown, Tyler Kirkham, Greg Horn, Arthur Suydam, Emmy Award Winner Phil Ortiz of “The Simpsons”

NEW YORK and TORONTO, March 7, 2012 – Artist Alley will be abuzz as more than 100 talented  creators, known for their work on virtually every blockbuster comics franchise, are scheduled attendance at Wizard World Toronto Comic Con, April 14-15 at Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC).  The collection of superstars features international guests as well as top GTA talent, and more are expected to join in the coming weeks.

The world-class lineup includes such notables as Mike Deodato Jr. (“Amazing Spider-Man,” “Wonder Woman”), “Jock” (“Detective Comics,” “Batman”), John McCrea (“Hitman,” “Transmetropolitan”), Javi Fernandez (“Flashpoint: The Outsider,” “Captain America: First Vengeance”), Dale Keown (“Hulk,” “The Pitt”), Tyler Kirkham (“Green Lantern Corps,” “Blackest Night”), Emmy Award Winner Phil Ortiz (“The Simpsons,” “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe”), Greg Horn (“Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark,” “X-Force”), Francis Manapul (“The Flash,” “Adventure Comics”) and Arthur Suydam (“Marvel Zombies,” “Army of Darkness”).

The third annual Toronto Comic Con, produced by Wizard World, Inc. (WIZD.PK), will bring together thousands of fans of all ages and dozens of celebrities and industry professionals to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.

Marcus To (“The Huntress,” “The Authority”), Ken Lashley (“Batwing,” “Avengers”), David Mack (“Kabuki,” “Daredevil”), Greg Tocchini (“Batman and Robin,” “Hulk”), Michael Golden (“Batman,” “Spider-Man”), Mike del Mundo (“Venom,” “The Amazing Spider-Man”) and Leonard Kirk (“X-Factor,” “Wonder Woman”) are among the other top artists scheduled to attend.

Top celebrities such as Scott Bakula (“Star Trek: Enterprise,” “Quantum Leap”), Amy Acker (“Angel,” THE CABIN IN THE WOODS), Paul Wesley (“The Vampire Diaries,” “24”), Jeri Ryan (“Star Trek: Voyager,” “Boston Public”), WWE® Hall of Famer Edge® and Dean Stockwell (MARRIED TO THE MOB, “Battlestar Galactica”) are also scheduled to appear at Toronto Comic Con, which has moved to the more prominent downtown venue for 2012.

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 at interactive product exhibits and shop for collectible comics, movie and television memorabilia, toys and games at scores of dealer booths.

Toronto Comic Con is scheduled as the second stop on Wizard World’s 2012 North American tour.  Hours are Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, April 15, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.  Tickets are available in advance online at http://www.wizardworldcomiccon.com/toronto.html at a savings over tickets purchased at the door.  Advance adult single-day tickets are priced at $25 ($38 on site); two-day tickets are $40 ($55 on site), and tickets are free for children age 10 and under when accompanied by a paid adult (limit two children per adult).  VIP packages with special entry and exclusive items are also available on a limited basis.

About MTCC
The Metro Toronto Convention Centre (http://www.mtccc.com) is Canada’s #1 convention and trade show facility.  It is located in the heart of downtown Toronto, within walking distance of almost 13,000 hotel rooms, shopping, restaurants and Toronto sites.

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.wizardworldcomiccon.com.

***** SAVE THE 2012 DATES *****
April 14-15 – Toronto Comic Con
June 1-3 – Philadelphia Comic Con
August 9-12 – Chicago Comic Con
September 29-30 – Mid-Ohio Comic Con
October 26-28 – Austin Comic Con
TBD 2013 – New Orleans Comic Con

Dean Stockwell Makes it a Quantum Leap Reunion at Wizard World Toronto Comic Con 2012

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Another Giant Leap:  Academy Award, Emmy Nominee Dean Stockwell To Attend 2012 Wizard World Toronto Comic Con, April 14-15 At Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Veteran Of More Than Six Decades In Movies and TV To Make First Wizard World Appearance, Joining Fellow Quantum Leap Star Scott Bakula, Paul Wesley, Jeri Ryan, Other Notables

NEW YORK and TORONTO, February 20, 2012 – In a career which began as a standout child actor in the 1940s, Dean Stockwell has appeared in nearly 200 movies and television shows.  Now after having starred in “Quantum Leap” and performed memorable roles in shows like “Battlestar Galactica” and films like MARRIED TO THE MOB, the Academy Award nominee and four-time Emmy nominee will be making his first appearance at a Wizard World show when he meets fans, signs autographs, poses for photos and takes part in a Q&A panel at Wizard World Toronto Comic Con, April 14-15 at Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC).

Stockwell will be joined at the event by Scott Bakula, the lead in “Quantum Leap,” for which Stockwell earned all four of his Emmy nods.  Other popular stars scheduled to attend Toronto Comic Con include Paul Wesley, Jeri Ryan and Amy Acker along with WWE® Superstar Edge® and dozens of standout celebs and talented comic book artists and writers.

Stockwell, who will turn 76 on March 3, is one of a handful of Hollywood child stars who has gone on to on-screen success as an adult.  His preteen roles included 1940s blockbusters ANCHORS AWEIGH (1945) and GENTLEMAN’S AGREEMENT (1947), followed by well-received parts in SONS AND LOVERS (1960) and LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT (1962).

After a hiatus, Stockwell resumed his film career, taking on sophisticated supporting roles, including his Oscar-nominee-worthy performance in MARRIED TO THE MOB (1988) before playing the “boss” to Bakula in “Quantum Leap” (1989-93), appearing in the sci-fi series’ entire 97-episode run.

Toronto Comic Con, produced by Wizard World, Inc. (WIZD.PK), will bring together thousands of fans of all ages and dozens of celebrities and industry professionals to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.

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

Toronto Comic Con is scheduled as the second stop on Wizard World’s 2012 North American tour.  Hours are Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, April 15, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.  Tickets are available in advance online at http://www.wizardworldcomiccon.com/toronto.html at a savings over tickets purchased at the door.  Advance adult single-day tickets are priced at $25 ($38 on site); two-day tickets are $40 ($55 on site), and tickets are free for children age 10 and under when accompanied by a paid adult (limit two children per adult).  VIP packages with special entry and exclusive items are also available on a limited basis.

About MTCC:
The Metro Toronto Convention Centre (http://www.mtccc.com) is Canada’s #1 convention and trade show facility.  It is located in the heart of downtown Toronto, within walking distance of almost 13,000 hotel rooms, shopping, restaurants and Toronto sites.

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.wizardworldcomiccon.com.

***** SAVE THE 2012 DATES *****
April 14-15 – Toronto Comic Con
June 1-3 – Philadelphia Comic Con
August 9-12 – Chicago Comic Con
September 29-30 – Mid-Ohio Comic Con
October 26-28 – Austin Comic Con
TBD 2013 – New Orleans Comic Con

Paul Wesley, Jeri Ryan, Scott Bakula, Edge, Amy Acker Among Headliners At 2012 Wizard World Toronto Comic Con

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Paul Wesley, Jeri Ryan, Scott Bakula, WWE® Superstar Edge®, Amy Acker Among Headliners At 2012 Wizard World Toronto Comic Con, April 14-15 At Metro Toronto Convention Centre

World-Class Comics Creator Lineup Includes Mike Deodato Jr., “Jock,” John McCrea, Dale Keown, Tyler Kirkham, Greg Horn, Arthur Suydam Among Dozens Of Others

NEW YORK and TORONTO, February 2, 2012 – A state-of-the-art downtown venue, new dates and fresh celebrity guests mark the third Wizard World Toronto Comic Con, which today announced its standout lineup scheduled to attend the event, April 14-15 at Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC).  Popular screen stars Paul Wesley, Jeri Ryan, Scott Bakula and Amy Acker will be joined by WWE® Superstar Edge® and dozens of standout celebs and talented comic book artists and writers at the convention, which promises to be even bigger and better in 2012.

Bakula (“Star Trek: Enterprise,” “Quantum Leap”) and Acker (“Angel,” THE CABIN IN THE WOODS) will appear both days, while Wesley (“The Vampire Diaries,” “24”), Ryan (“Star Trek: Voyager,” “Boston Public”) and Edge® are scheduled to attend on Saturday only.

“Toronto and the entire region have embraced Wizard World Toronto Comic Con over the past two years, and we’re excited to bring a first-class event to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre,” said John Macaluso, Wizard World Board of Directors.  “From well-known, relevant stars like Paul Wesley and Jeri Ryan and classic and cult actors and actresses to an outstanding collection of big-time artists and a unique array of exhibitors and vendors, there’s something for everyone.”

The event, produced by Wizard World, Inc. (WIZD.PK), will bring together thousands of fans of all ages and dozens of celebrities and industry professionals to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.

Wizard World shows always have top-notch comics creators on hand, and Toronto Comic Con boasts one of the most impressive rosters ever.  Headlining the group are Mike Deodato Jr. (“Amazing Spider-Man,” “Wonder Woman”), “Jock” (“Detective Comics,” “Batman”), John McCrea (“Hitman,” “Transmetropolitan”), Javi Fernandez (“Flashpoint: The Outsider,” “Captain America: First Vengeance”), Dale Keown (“Hulk,” “The Pitt”), Tyler Kirkham (“Green Lantern Corps,” “Blackest Night”), Marcus To (“The Huntress,” “The Authority”), Ken Lashley (“Batwing,” “Avengers”), David Mack (“Kabuki,” “Daredevil”), Greg Tocchini (“Batman and Robin,” “Hulk”), Michael Golden (“Batman,” “Spider-Man”), Greg Horn (“Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark,” “X-Force”) and Arthur Suydam (“Marvel Zombies,” “Army of Darkness”).

Other popular celebrity guests scheduled for Toronto include Colin Ferguson (“Eureka,” THE OPPOSITE OF SEX), Sean Maher (“Serenity,” “Firefly”), Jeremy Bulloch (STAR WARS: EPISODE V, VI, III, “Doctors”), Sam Witwer (“Smallville,” THE MIST), Sam Huntington (SUPERMAN RETURNS, FANBOYS), Meaghan Rath (“Being Human,” LOST AND DELIRIOUS) and Catherine Mary Stewart (WEEKEND AT BERNIE’S, THE LAST STARFIGHTER).

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

Toronto Comic Con is scheduled as the second stop on Wizard World’s 2012 North American tour.  Hours are Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, April 15, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.  Tickets are available in advance online at http://www.wizardworldcomiccon.com/toronto.html at a savings over tickets purchased at the door.  Advance adult single-day tickets are priced at $25 ($38 on site); two-day tickets are $40 ($55 on site), and tickets are free for children age 10 and under when accompanied by a paid adult (limit two children per adult).  VIP packages with special entry and exclusive items are also available on a limited basis.

About MTCC
The Metro Toronto Convention Centre (http://www.mtccc.com) is Canada’s #1 convention and trade show facility.  It is located in the heart of downtown Toronto, within walking distance of almost 13,000 hotel rooms, shopping, restaurants and Toronto sites.

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.wizardworldcomiccon.com.

***** SAVE THE 2012 DATES *****
April 14-15 – Toronto Comic Con
June 1-3 – Philadelphia Comic Con
August 9-12 – Chicago Comic Con
September 29-30 – Mid-Ohio Comic Con
October 26-28 – Austin Comic Con
TBD 2013 – New Orleans Comic Con

Wizard World Toronto Comic Con 2011 Programming Announced

Wizard World Toronto Comic Con 2011

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‘Buffyfest,’ ‘Star Wars,’ ‘BSG,’ Julie Benz, Billy Dee Williams, Scott Thompson Panels Plus Fan Groups Parade Highlight Wizard World Toronto Comic Con Programming

‘Secrets of Pro Wrestling,’ Wizard Spotlights, ‘Wizard School’ and Costume Contests Also On Tap For March 18-20 at Direct Energy Centre

TORONTO, March 8, 2011 – Wizard World Toronto Comic Con today announced its diverse programming schedule, featuring unique celebrity Q&A’s, parades, artist schools and more for the event, set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 18-20 at the Direct Energy Centre.

Some of the highlights include:
Rare Q&A panels with Scott Thompson and Julie Benz, as well as popular Comic Con guest Billy Dee Williams
“Battlestar Galactica” panels featuring stars Aaron Douglas and Kate Vernon
STAR WARS sessions with Ray Park (Darth Maul), Daniel Logan (Boba Fett), Jake Lloyd (Anakin Skywalker), Peter Mayhew (original Chewbacca) and Jeremy Bulloch (original Boba Fett)
“Buffyfest” Q&As with Nicholas Brendon, Clare Kramer, Mercedes McNab and Mark Metcalf
Troopers, knights, Ghostbusters and other groups take over the Direct Energy Centre floor with a parade of fan groups
Wizard Art School and Q&A’s featuring leading artists like Mitch Breitweiser, Michael Golden, Bill Sienkiewicz, Mike Grell, Phil Jimenez, Greg Horn and others
The popular adult costume contest and fun kids costume contest with great prizes
Toronto Comic Con programming will take place in Room A and Room B at the Direct Energy Centre, and is included with admission to the event. Seating for panels is strictly limited and available on a first come first serve basis and each room will be cleared between panels. The full schedule is below, as well as linked at http://www.wizardworld.com/programming-toronto.html:

Friday

5:00-5:45PM
Exposed: Secrets Of Professional Wrestling
Ted DiBiase and Virgil give fans the low down on what’s real and what’s not in the world of professional wrestling. (Room B)

6:00-6:45PM
Aaron Douglas Q&A
Best known for his role on “Battlestar Galactica” as Chief Galen Tyrol, Douglas can now be seen on “Hellcats” on The CW, and here he answers all of your questions during this exclusive Wizard World Toronto Comic Con session. (Room A)

7:00-8:00PM
Constellation Awards Preview (room A)

Saturday

11:00-11:45AM
Claudia Christian Q&A
“Babylon 5” beauty Claudia Christian shares the secrets to her multi-faceted success, and previews a sneak peek of her new Showtime series “Look.” (Room A)

12:00-12:45AM
Julie Benz Q&A
As a star of hit shows like “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Dexter” and “No Ordinary Family,” Benz talks to fans about her extensive career, ups and downs in the industry and her thoughts on the new generation of sci-fi and fantasy on television. (Room A)

Francis Manapul Q&A
Francis Manapul (The Flash) gives his advice on the do’s and don’ts of the trade to new creators interested in becoming professional comic artists. (Room B)

1:00-1:45PM
Billy Dee Williams Q&A
Lando lands at Toronto Comic Con! The coolest man in Star Wars history sits down to take fan questions. (Room A)

Who Wants To Be On A Reality Show?! Hosted by Jarrett “The Defuser” Crippen
Have you ever wanted to be on a reality show? Are you curious as to what the producers are looking for? Come get inside tips about reality shows and what it takes to win from the winner of Stan Lee’s “Who Wants to be a Superhero?” Season II. The Defuser (Jarrett Crippen) will talk about and answer questions regarding the audition process, competition, living conditions and other topics related to his show and reality shows in general. (Room B)

2:00-2:45PM
Buffyfest Q&A With Nicholas Brendon
Buffy’s Xander Harris sits down to take fan questions about life during and after the pop culture phenomenon. (Room A)

Mitch Breitweiser Q&A
Mitch Breitweiser (Captain America; Fantastic Four) discusses his drawing style and his part in the neoclassical illustration movement. (Room B)

3:00-3:15PM
Groups Of The Con Parade
Join troopers, knights, Ghostbusters and more, as they parade around the convention floor.

3:00-3:45PM
Peter Mayhew And Jeremy Bulloch Q&A
The original Chewbacca and Boba Fett take fan questions and discuss their thoughts on the evolution of one of the highest grossing film franchises in history. (Room A)

The Hulk Q&A With Jeff Parker And Dale Keown
Two of the minds behind The Hulk team up to discuss the writing and sketching processes behind one of comics’ most popular franchises. (Room B)

4:00-4:45PM
Jake Lloyd And Daniel Logan Q&A
As the newest and youngest generation of Star Wars icons, Lloyd and Logan discuss their roles as Anakin Skywalker and Boba Fett, and what it was like being the child stars on set. (Room A)

Storytelling With Michael Golden
No matter if you’re a writer, artist or a reader of comics, come for this sit-down with one of the most renowned storytellers in the business, Michael Golden, as he tells you a few tricks of the trade that will help you no matter what type of story you tell or enjoy, in whatever medium. It’s a rare opportunity to talk with the co-creator of X-Men Rogue, and groundbreaking penciler on such projects as Bucky O’Hare, The ’Nam, Micronauts, G.I. Joe, and much more. (Room B)

5:00-5:45PM
Behind The Scenes Of “Danny Husk: The Hollow Planet”
Scott Thompson (“The Kids in the Hall”) will take you behind the scenes and into the pages of his newest Frozen Beach graphic novel “Danny Husk: The Hollow Planet.” At the Q&A panel, several lucky attendees will win an autographed copy of “Danny Husk: The Hollow Planet,” the signed CGC preview of the OGN and a CGC certified autographed photo of Scott Thompson. (Room A)

Bill Sienkiewicz Q&A
Legendary artist Bill Sienkiewicz (Batman: The Widening Gyre covers) gives an insiders’ look at his award winning art process. (Room B)

6:00-6:30PM
Kid’s Costume Contest
Bring any kids 10 and under for this special event with great prizes just for families and the youngsters. (Room A)

6:30-8:30PM
Costume Contest: Sponsored By Warner Bros. “Sucker Punch”
Here’s your chance to witness some of the craziest outfits you’ll see this weekend, and catch a sneak preview of Warner Bros. new film “Sucker Punch.” There will be a special “Sucker Punch” category, so get your best costumes together for a chance at a special prize. (Room A)

Sunday

12:00-12:45PM
Battlestar Galactica Q&A With Kate Vernon And Aaron Douglas
Vernon and Douglas talk about their roles as Ellen Tigh and Chief Galen Tyrol, and share what went on behind-the-scenes on the set of the popular sci-fi series “Battle Star Galactica.” (Room A)

Between The Lines With Mike Grell
The legendary comic icon behind classic Legion of Super-Heroes Tales and Warlord talks about his tips of the trade and shares his secrets from making it in comics. (Room B)

1:00-1:45PM
Chandler Riggs Q&A With Walking Dead Preview
AMC’s ambitious horror series, based on Robert Kirkman’s ultra-hot zombie series from Image, now comes to life from director Frank Darabont (“The Green Mile”)! Check out this amazing preview of behind-the-scenes footage and extended clips along with a Q&A with Chandler Riggs. (Room A)

Buffyfest Q&A With Mercedes Mcnab, Clare Kramer And Mark Metcalf
Join “Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s” Harmony, Glory and The Master, as they discuss their days on the hit TV show. (Room B)

2:00-2:45PM
Ray Park Q&A
The “X-Men” and “Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace” star engages fans in this one-of-a-kind Q&A, where he discusses his extensive film biography and his evolution to genre icon. (Room A)

Phil Jimenez: Breaking Into Comics
Have your questions ready because School of Visual Arts instructor and comic pro Phil Jimenez is ready to give fans an interactive tutorial on everything you need to know to draw comics. (Room B)

3:00-3:15PM
Groups Of The Con Parade
Join troopers, knights, Ghostbusters and more, as they parade around the convention floor.

3:00-3:45PM
Wizard’s Digital Art School With Greg Horn
Superstar Marvel and DC artist Greg Horn (Blackest Night covers) leads a discussion on digital art and
takes you through his creative process. (Room A)

Comic Con Costuming With The Rebel Legion
The Rebel Legion costuming group shares their tips, skills and ideas on how to build and improve your comic con costumes. Whether you’re a Jedi, Rebel Pilot, Trooper, or Princess, they will share their knowledge on how to make sure your costume is the best. (Room B)

Toronto Comic Con is the third stop on Wizard’s 2011 North American tour, which to date has 13 events scheduled. Hours are Friday, March 18, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Saturday, March 19, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday, March 20, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tickets are available in advance online at www.wizardworld.com/toronto.html at up to a 40% savings over tickets purchased at the door. Advance adult single-day tickets are $25 ($35 on site); three-day weekend tickets are $45 ($55 on site), and tickets are free for children age 10 and under when accompanied by a paid adult (limit two children per adult). VIP packages with special entry and exclusive items are also available.

The Direct Energy Centre is located at Exhibition Place in Toronto. It is Canada’s largest facility for conventions, exhibitions and events. Exhibition Place, a 192 acre waterfront campus located in downtown Toronto, is home to a variety of venues including Direct Energy Centre, Allstream Centre, Better Living Centre and the Queen Elizabeth building among various other tenant properties.

About Wizard World, Inc.
In addition to the new online publication Wizard World, the company Wizard World, Inc. (the “Company”) is a producer of Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America. These events feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists, writers and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, exhibitors, retailers, panels, and costume contests. The Company began its 2011 Comic Con Tour in New Orleans in January 2011, and has scheduled 12 other Comic Cons in 2011 in large cities such as Anaheim, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, Austin, and Boston.

For the most recent event information please visit www.wizardworld.com and become a Toronto Comic Con Fan on Facebook.

Julie Benz, No Ordinary Family Star, Joins the Wizard World Tour

Come Meet the Buffy, Dexter, & Desperate Housewives Star @ New Orleans, Miami, Toronto & Philadelphia Comic Cons!

Born in Pennsylvania, Julie Benz’s father is a Pittsburgh surgeon and her mother is a figure ice skater. The family settled in nearby Murrysville, when Julie was two, and she started ice skating at age three. She competed in the 1988 U.S. Championships in junior ice dancing with her partner David Schilling, coming in 13th. Her older brother and sister, Jeffrey and Jennifer, were in the 1987 U.S. Junior Champions in ice dancing and competed internationally. When Julie was 14, she had a bad stress fracture and had to take time off.

By 1989, with her figure skating career over, Julie turned to acting and got involved in the local theater where she got a role in the play “Street Law”. Her first movie role was a small, credited, speaking part in in the Black Cat episode in the Dario Argento/George A. Romero co-direction horror flick, Two Evil Eyes (1990) playing in one scene alongside Harvey Keitel. A year later, she got a role on a TV show called “Hi Honey, I’m Home” (1991).

After graduating from high school, Julie entered New York University to study acting there. After graduation, Julie moved to Los Angeles to further pursue her career and landed some small roles in movies and TV shows including a guest appearance on “Married with Children” (1987) and in the Aaron Spelling TV pilot Crosstown Traffic (1995) (TV).

In 1996, Julie auditioned for the role of “Buffy” in the series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (1997), but lost out to Sarah Michelle Gellar. However, she was offered a small role as a vampire girl in which she did such a good job that her part was expanded to a few more episodes in playing the vampire “Darla”. With that, Julie Benz’s career had finally taken off. She reprised her role as “Darla” in the Buffy spin-off series “Angel” (1999) for two years and has had several small roles in various film productions. She also had a small, but memorable, role playing a receptionist in the movie As Good as It Gets (1997).

Even after her role on “Angel” (1999) wrapped up, Julie continued to find work on television in playing many guest staring roles in numerous popular TV shows from “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (2000), to “Supernatural” (2005), to playing the lead and supporting roles in various made-for-TV movies. Most recently, she landed another notable role on the TV-cable series “Dexter” (2006) playing “Rita”, a troubled divorcée and lover of the title character played by Michael C. Hall.

Join tens of thousands of fellow fans as they converge on the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center at New Orleans Comic Con to celebrate the best in pop culture. New Orleans Comic Con brings it all – Movies, Comics, Toys, Video Gaming, Games, TV, Horror, Wrestling, MMA, Original Art, Collectibles, Anime, Manga & More! This is Louisiana’s best new Comic Con! New Orleans Comic Con is brought to you by the group who produces the most widely attended Comic Con tour!

For more information check our Wizard World’s site here!

Kids Get Free Gogos Crazy Bones Toy at Toronto Comic Con

March 26, 2010 by  
Filed under Canada, Collectibles, Comic Books, Convention News

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It’s Crazy! Gogos Crazy Bones Free To Kids 10 And Under At Toronto Comic Con Courtesy of Irwin Toy

NEW YORK and TORONTO, March 22, 2010 – Fans 10 and under attending Toronto Comic Con, March 26-28, 2010, at the Direct Energy Centre will receive a free Gogos Crazy Bones toy, courtesy of Toronto-based Irwin Toy. The popular items will be distributed, while supplies last, at the Registration area upon arrival.

Gogos Crazy Bones are a collectable, mini game toy sensation. They are small, colorful figures whose gaming origins date back to Ancient Greece, where children played by bouncing and throwing knuckle bones. These more refined, plastic characters are available in the hundreds, each one having a unique face and name.

Gogos Crazy Bones was named the 2009 British Toy and Hobby Association (BTHA) Collectable Toy of the Year. The characters have recently been hugely popular in Europe and Australia and were first a big hit in the U.S. more than a decade ago, when 31.5 million packages were sold from 1998-2000.

“Having an international sensation like Gogos Crazy Bones available free to kids is a great bonus for Toronto Comic Con attendees,” said Gareb Shamus, Wizard Entertainment CEO. “It’s particularly gratifying to be partnering with Irwin Toy, which in addition to being based in Toronto, has been a leader in the industry for more than 80 years.”

“We are pleased to be providing free Gogos Crazy Bones right in our backyard at Toronto Comic Con,” said Peter Irwin, Irwin Toys. “It is extremely special for Irwin Toys to participate in the inaugural show here, since Gareb has been a family friend for as long as my father and I can remember.”

Toronto Comic Con brings together fans of comics, toys, collectibles and offers a chance to see actors, writers, artists and the best each industry has to offer.

For more Toronto Comic Con guest and programming updates, check out our fan page TORONTO COMIC CON on Facebook.

Save up to 15 percent off the price of tickets by ordering your tickets in advance. Tickets are priced higher at the door.

About Gareb Shamus:
Gareb Shamus founded Wizard Entertainment in 1991. Today, Shamus publishes consumer magazines Wizard, ToyFare, FunFare and numerous books about pop-culture’s top talent, comic books and toys. Shamus also produces a North American Comic Con tour.

Wizard World Comic Con Tour:
March 26-28, 2010, Toronto Comic Con, Direct Energy Centre
April 16-18, 2010, Anaheim Comic Con, Anaheim Convention Center
June 11-13, 2010, Philadelphia Comic Con, Pennsylvania Convention Center
August 19-22, 2010, Chicago Comic Con, Donald E. Stephens (Rosemont) Convention Center
October 1-3, 2010, New England Comic Con, John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center
October 7-10, 2010, Big Apple Comic Con, Pier 94
October 15-17, 2010, New Jersey Comic Con, New Jersey Convention and Expo Center
November 12-14, 2010, Austin Comic Con, Austin Convention Center
December 3-5, 2010, Atlanta Comic Con, Cobb Galleria Centre
Cincinnati Comic Con, TBD
Cleveland Comic Con, TBD
Nashville Comic Con, TBD

About Irwin Toy
IToys Inc. has been actively capturing children’s imaginations for more than 80 years.

Founded in 1926 by Sam and Beatrice Irwin as an importer and distributor of dry goods and apparel in Canada, Irwin Toy (www.irwintoy.com) broadened its merchandise focus in the decades that followed, ultimately landing the company firmly in the toy arena, where it has earned its well-deserved reputation as a venerable family-led enterprise with its finger on the pulse of today’s kids.

Known as IToys, Inc. since 2003, the toy and game manufacturer is now led by the Irwin’s sons, George and Peter, who have effectively reshaped the business for a new generation of children. IToys Inc. has emerged as a leading international manufacturer of homegrown and licensed toys available at leading retailers around the globe.

Scene on the Web: Toronto Comic Con in the Press

Source: Wizard World

The first stop on the 2010 Wizard World Tour is getting a lot of press, as evidenced by the links gathered by Wizard themselves. And hey, we’re on there, too. Follow the links below:

Metro News – Comic Con: A lot more than comics

Eye Weekly – Requiem for WrestleMania

Canadian Press – Canadian Magda Apanowicz longs for more of ‘Battlestar’ prequel ‘Caprica’

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Toronto Sun – Fairplay dishes on ‘Survivor’ villains

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Hero Initiative at Toronto Comic Con

March 26, 2010 by  
Filed under Canada, Comic Books, Convention News

Press Release:

Hero Initiative at Canada’s best comic con Wizard World Toronto!

Get your Grove on at Wizard World’s Official Party at The Social

Sponsored by Hero Initiative

(For Immediate Release), Los Angeles, CA: Join Hero Initiative and thousands of fellow fans as they converge in Canada at Toronto Comic Con, March 26, 27 & 28 at the Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place. Hero Initiative, the non profit organization helping comic creators in hard times, will be celebrating the best in pop culture by bringing special guests for signatures and sketches.

In addition, we are proud to sponsor the Official Wizard World party! Saturday evening from 9pm to 2am at the Social, 1100 Queen Street West in Toronto. Come get your grove on with the folks from Wizard, your favorite comic creators and actor guests. Fifteen dollars at the door will get you to this most exclusive party of the weekend. The first lucky100 party-goers will receive a bag of exclusive goodies, and you can bid on art donated by many of the guests! You won’t want to miss out on this bash!

Our Wonderful guest line up is as follows:

Red Robin art by Marcus To

FRI., 26 MAR, con hours 1200-800:

300-400: Marcus To

600-700: Gail Simone

SAT., 27 MAR, con hours 1000-700:

1030-1230: Ken Lashley

1230-230: Leonard Kirk

230-430: Richard Isanove

300-400: Marcus To

430-630: Phil Jiminez

SUN., 28 MAR, con hours 1000-500:

1230-230: Leonard Kirk

300-400: Marcus To

230-430: Richard Isanove

About The Hero Initiative:

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strict to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $400,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

Wizard Kicks Off Their 2010 Twelve City Tour in Toronto

Press Release:

Wizard Entertainment Kicks Off North American 2010 Comic Con Tour This Weekend

World’s leading pop-culture festival organizers launch first-ever series of events across North America for fans of pop-culture, video games, action films and celebrity… stops include Toronto, Anaheim, Philadelphia, Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, Austin, Texas, and the New York Metro area throughout the calendar year

(New York, March 24, 2010) — Wizard Entertainment, the producer of North America’s largest tour of pop-culture events, will kick off its most ambitious tour to date with Toronto Comic Con, this coming weekend, March 26-28 at the Direct Energy Centre.  This weekend will be the first of twelve shows, making Wizard’s Comic Con tour the only year-long series of pop-culture festivals for fans, exhibitors and brands across North America.

“Whether you are a fan of movies, television, toys, video games, action figures, comic books, sports, music or more, there is something at each of our events for everyone. This is an affordable weekend of fun for the whole family,” said Wizard Comic Con CEO Gareb Shamus.  “By linking all these fun worlds together with a common theme, we will be able to expose brands to the largest audience possible for the first time. This is critical at a time when businesses are looking to interact with consumers in a very direct way.  Our shows will provide a national consumer platform that has never existed before on a consistent basis.”

Brands ranging from  Xbox, Ubisoft, Microsoft, THQ, EA Sports, Disney Interactive, and LEGO to Nintendo, Warner Bros. and THQ will all be participating and engaging the fans at stops throughout the 2010 Comic Con tour.  The schedule, which will make its first U.S. stop at the Anaheim Convention center on April 16-18, will also give the movie and television industries a chance to market new releases targeted to major cities and times of the year, as well as providing toy and video game makers the ability to immerse their consumers in a very fan-friendly setting. The 2010 Comic Con tour will also present hundreds of popular celebrities to their fans at all stops, ranging from the original cast of Batman to Star Trek legend William Shatner as well as cast members from pop-culture classics like the SAW movie series, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, X-Men, Iron Man, Star Trek, Dark Knight, among many, many others.  The appearances are in addition to the hundreds of national, regional and local comic book creators and vendors who will be on the show floor, as well as countless seminars and special appearances at each of the Comic Con stops.

The current 2010 Wizard Comic Con schedule to date is as follows:
March 26-28 – Toronto Comic Con – Direct Energy Centre
April 16-18 – Anaheim Comic Con – Anaheim Convention Center
June 11-13 – Philadelphia Comic Con – Pennsylvania Convention Center
August 19-22 – Chicago Comic Con – Donald E. Stephens (Rosemont) Convention Center
October 1-3 – New England Comic Con (Boston) – John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center
October 7-10 – Big Apple Comic Con (New York) – Pier 94
October 15-17 – New Jersey Comic Con – New Jersey Convention and Expo Center, Edison
November 12-14 – Austin Comic Con – Austin Convention Center
December 1-3 – Atlanta Comic Con – Cobb Galleria Centre

For a full guest and vendor list and more information on the event go to www.wizardworld.com.

About Wizard Entertainment
Gareb Shamus founded Wizard Entertainment in 1991. Today, Wizard Entertainment publishes consumer magazines Wizard, ToyFare, FunFare, and numerous books about pop-culture’s top talent, comic books and toys in addition to the Comic Con event series and the ever-growing daily dish on the goings-on with cool new products, www.GeekChicDaily.com.

SAW Cast Joins Wizard World Tour Starting in Toronto

Press Release:

SAW Cuts into Toronto Comic Con

NEW YORK, March 18, 2010 – SAW fans can experience the truly terrifying world of Jigsaw firsthand.  Come to the Toronto Comic Con March 26-28 at the Direct Energy Centre and experience the opportunity of a life-time – meet SAW star Costas Mandylor (“Hoffman”) and other actors from the SAW horror franchise. Twisted Pictures and Lionsgate are set to release the seventh installment of the SAW franchise in theaters on October 22, 2010, and Maple Pictures will distribute the film in Canada. This SAW event in Toronto, Canada will be the first in a yearlong SAW Comic Con Tour that no SAW fan will want to miss.

Costas Mandylor

The SAW franchise will be the anchor of the new horror pavilion at Wizard Comic Cons all across North America.

The seventh installment is currently filming in Toronto.  Mandylor and other cast members (to be announced shortly) will sign autographs and conduct a special Q&A session.  Rare and never-before-seen props from the SAW movies will also be on display.

“Meeting Costas Mandylor and other members of the SAW cast at our Toronto Comic Con gives fans a truly unique experience,” says Gareb Shamus, Wizard Entertainment CEO.  “For everyone here to get an up close taste of SAW is incredible. We’re extremely happy that the SAW franchise is providing this rare opportunity to our Wizard Comic Con fans.”

The popular SAW franchise follows the terrifying and blood-soaked trail of “Jigsaw.” This mastermind constructs horrific “games” in which those who do not appreciate their lives and blessings must fight for survival, thereby teaching the value of life. A SAW movie has been released each year since the original’s debut in 2004. SAW is one of the most successful horror movie franchises.

“Fans of the SAW movies will become part of the SAW world at Wizard Comic Con shows in North America over the next year,” says Mark Burg and Oren Koules, Co-Founders of Twisted Pictures, and producers of the SAW movies. “This is a unique chance for all of our loyal supporters to get up-close and personal with their favorite SAW actors.” Fans will have the rare opportunity to take photos with and get autographs of their favorite SAW stars. They can also go to Question and Answer Sessions and see never-before-seen traps and props from the SAW movies. There will also be plenty of surprises at stops on the yearlong Comic Con tour.

Toronto Comic Con brings together fans of comics, horror, toys, collectibles and offers a chance to see actors, writers, artists and the best each industry has to offer.

For more Toronto Comic Con guest and programming updates, check out our fan page TORONTO COMIC CON on Facebook.

Save up to 15 percent off the price of tickets by ordering your tickets in advance.  Tickets are priced higher at the door.

About Gareb Shamus:
Gareb Shamus founded Wizard Entertainment in 1991. Today, Shamus publishes consumer magazines Wizard, ToyFare, FunFare and numerous books about pop-culture’s top talent, comic books and toys. Shamus also produces a North American Comic Con tour.

Wizard World Comic Con Tour:
March 26-28, 2010, Toronto Comic Con, Direct Energy Centre
April 16-18, 2010, Anaheim Comic Con, Anaheim Convention Center
June 11-13, 2010, Philadelphia Comic Con, Pennsylvania Convention Center
August 19-22, 2010, Chicago Comic Con, Donald E. Stephens (Rosemont) Convention Center
October 1-3, 2010, New England Comic Con, John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center
October 7-10, 2010, Big Apple Comic Con, Pier 94
October 15-17, 2010, New Jersey Comic Con, New Jersey Convention and Expo Center
November 12-14, 2010, Austin Comic Con, Austin Convention Center
December 3-5, 2010, Atlanta Comic Con, Cobb Galleria Centre
Cincinnati Comic Con, TBD
Cleveland Comic Con, TBD
Nashville Comic Con, TBD

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