Michael Golden Provides Dardevil Variant for Wizard World Louisville Comic Con 2014

Daredevil VariantPress Release:

Marvel Comics & Wizard World Reveal ‘Daredevil #1′ Exclusive Variant Cover By Michael Golden For Louisville Comic Con

VIP Attendees Receive Free Copy, March 28-30; Continues Year-long Series In Which Marvel Will Offer Exclusive Books At All 16 Wizard World Shows

NEW YORK, March 4, 2014 – Marvel Comics and Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) today revealed the latest edition of its 2014 series of exclusive variant covers of the best Marvel titles with the unveiling of Daredevil #1, drawn by veteran artist Michael Golden. VIP attendees at Wizard World Louisville Comic Con, March 28-30 at the Kentucky International Convention Center, will receive a free copy of the limited-edition book at registration.

Golden is scheduled to be on site at the event to sign copies (autograph fees may apply). Leading professional comic grader CGC will also be on hand to accept books for grading and Signature Series.

The colored version of Daredevil #1 will be limited to 3,000 copies and provided free at registration to all Wizard World Louisville Comic Con VIP attendees, including any celebrity VIP packages. The Black & White sketch version is limited to just 2,500 copies and will be available for sale at the Wizard World Store on the convention floor. Quantities per purchase may be limited.

Golden’s Daredevil #1 follows the first three entries, Miracleman #1 and Miracleman #2, both drawn by Eisner Award Hall of Famer Neal Adams for Wizard World Portland Comic Con (Jan. 24-26) and New Orleans Comic Con (Feb. 7-9), respectively, and Wolverine #1, illustrated by noted cover artist Greg Horn, for Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con (March 7-9). Artwork is also complete for Wolverine And The X-Men #1 by David Mack for Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con (April 4-6).

“Having the entire Eisner-Award Winning Daredevil creative team back to help bring the series into All-New Marvel NOW! has been a real treat for us,” says Marvel SVP, Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “We’re proud to partner with Wizard to commemorate the launch of this exciting new title by having the legendary Michael Golden contribute an exclusive variant.”

Golden, co-creator of the X-Men’s Rogue character, Spartan X and Bucky O’Hare, is known worldwide for his groundbreaking work on “The ‘Nam,” “Micronauts,” “G.I. Joe Yearbook,” and “Dr. Strange,” among many other works. He is counted as one of the best cover designers and storytellers in the business.

“Michael is one of the most popular artists to attend Wizard World Comic Con events, as evidenced by his very well-attended ‘Storytelling’ panels and the lines of fans at his table.” says John Macaluso, Wizard World CEO. “Daredevil #1 is a perfect addition to what has proven to be Marvel’s very successful series at our shows.”

Join Marvel’s fearless hero as he begins his most awe-inspiring adventure yet in the sunny city of San Francisco! Gifted with an imperceptible radar sense and a passion for justice, blind lawyer Matt Murdock—a.k.a. Daredevil—protects the Golden City’s streets from all manner of evil. But big changes are in store for Matt Murdock as old haunts and familiar faces rise to give the devil his due. Hold on tight, because here comes Daredevil…the Man Without Fear! Written by Mark Waid and illustrated by Chris Samnee. 32 PGS./Rated T+

For more on the 2014 Wizard World Louisville Comic Con, go to http://www.wizardworld.com/home-louisville.html.

About Wizard World:

Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, cosplay, 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.

About Marvel Entertainment, LLC

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information, visit marvel.com.

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

Wizard World 2014-15 Schedule
March 7-9 – Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con
March 28-30 – Wizard World Louisville Comic Con
April 4-6 – Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con
May 2-4 – Wizard World Minneapolis Comic Con
May 30-June 1 – Wizard World Atlanta Comic Con
June 19-22 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con
August 1-3 – Wizard World San Antonio Comic Con
August 21-24 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con
September 12-14 – Wizard World Richmond Comic Con
September 26-28 – Wizard World Nashville Comic Con
October 2-4 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con
October 31-November 2 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
November 7-9 – Wizard World Tulsa Comic Con
November 21-23 – Wizard World Reno Comic Con
January 9-11, 2015 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con
January 23-15, 2015 – Wizard World Portland Comic Con

Hero Initiative Makes First-ever Trip to Wizard World Sacramento in 2014

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Hero Initiative makes first-ever trip to Wizard World Sacramento!

Dark Knight Strikes AgainLOS ANGELES, CA (February 27, 2014) Hero Initiative will be heading to Wizard World Sacramento March 7-9 at the Sacramento Convention center located at 1400 J Street to raise money for comic creators in need.

Artists around the floor have volunteered to be goodwill ambassadors, asking for donations to help Hero throughout the weekend. Make sure to drop by Paolo Rivera (Booth #A17), Jimmie Robinson (B14), and Arthur Suydam (A41) to help out!

In addition, Hero will be raffling off a Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again statue based on the art of Frank Miller, courtesy of Sacramento’s own Empires Comic Vault! You could be the lucky winner, so stop by booth 600A! See you there!

About The Hero Initiative

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly 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 $500,000 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.

Chris Hemsworth, Bruce Campbell, and More Celebrity Q&A’s at Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con 2014

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Q&A Sessions With Chris Hemsworth, Bruce Campbell, Evening Parties, Meet-And-Greets, Screenings, Costume Contests Highlight Programming At Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con

WWE® Superstar Sheamus®, Julie Benz, Stan Lee, William Shatner, Other Celebrity Q&A’s, Comics Creator Sessions, ‘The 100′ TV Show Screening, Film Festival, Historical Discussions, ‘Kids Day’ Among Full Three Days Of Panels And Events

SACRAMENTO, Calif., February 25, 2014 – Question-and-answer sessions with top celebrities like Chris Hemsworth, Bruce Campbell, WWE® Superstar Sheamus®, Julie Benz and Stan Lee, meet-and-greets, adult and kids costume contests, a screening of the new CW series “The 100,” historical discussions on comics and video games, a film festival and an array of comics and pop culture themed panels comprise the robust featured programming schedule at Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con, March 7-9 at the Sacramento Convention Center. Most programming is included as part of the standard event admission.

Some of the highlights of the schedule include:

  • Interactive Q&A sessions with Hemsworth (Sun., 4 p.m.), Campbell (Sat., 5:45 p.m.), Sheamus (Fri., 6:45 p.m.), Benz (Sat., 11 a.m), Lee (Sat., 3 p.m.), William Shatner (Sat., 5 p.m.), Michael Rooker (Sun., 2:30 p.m.), Billy Dee Williams (Sat., 12:30 p.m.) and other celebrities
  • Informative discussions with noted comics creators Chris Claremont (Fri., 5 p.m.), Michael Golden (Sun., 11:30 a.m.), Josef Rubinstein, Joe Weems and Danny Fingeroth (Sun., 12:30 p.m.) and more
  • “Hollywood Confidential” with James Marsters, on how to break into the business (Sat., noon, paid event)
  • Advanced screening of the new CW series “The 100”
  • Evening parties on Friday (“Wizard World Creator Pro Am,” 9 p.m.); Saturday (“Wizard World Official Masquerade Party,” 10 p.m.)
  • Costume contests for adults (Saturday, 7 p.m.) and kids (Sunday, 2:30 p.m.)
  • Untold Stories From The Early Days Of Video Game Development (Fri., 6 p.m.)
  • Wizard World Comic Con Film Festival, featuring selected shorts and music videos (Fri., Sat.)
  • 1939: The Year That Changed Everything, discussion about that iconic year for the comics world
  • Meet-and-greets with Lee (Sat, 10:30 a.m.) and Jason David Frank (Sat., noon; Sun., 11 a.m.), (paid events)
  • Kids Day (Sunday), with an array of kids and family activities designed just for the younger set, highlighted by the Green Ranger Power Hour with Jason David Frank (2 p.m.)
  • Unless noted, programming events take place in the designated General Programming Rooms at the Sacramento Convention Center. VIP tickets or additional costs may apply to ensure access to select activities, as noted.

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

Friday, March 7
4:45-5:30pm Returning To Carl Sagan’s Cosmos (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)
5:00 – 5:45pm Spotlight On Chris Claremont (Room 104)
5:00 – 8:00pm Wizard World Film Festival (Big Sur Room)
5:45 – 6:30pm Costumes + Playing = Cosplay! So What Does That Actually Mean? (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)
6:00 – 6:45pm Untold Stories From The Early Days Of Video Game Development (Room 104)
6:45 – 7:30pm WWE® Superstar Sheamus® (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)
7:00 – 7:45pm Cosplay Filmmaking 101 (Room 104)
9:00 – 11:00pm Creator Pro Am: Drink & Draw (Pizza Rock, 1020 K St, Sacramento, 21+)

Saturday, March 8
10:30 – 11:15am Stan Lee Meet And Greet – Paid Event (Room 201)
11:00 – 11:45am Create-A-Comics-Story With Chris Claremont And Jimmie Robinson (Room 103)
11:00 – 11:45am Sexuality In Cosplay (Room 104)
11:00 – 11:30am One-On-One With Julie Benz (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)
11:45 – 12:15am One-On-One With Michael Rosenbaum (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)
12:00 – 12:45pm The History Of Q-Bert (Room 103)
12:00 – 1:30pm Hollywood Confidential – Paid Event (Room 104)
12:00 – 12:45pm Jason David Frank Meet And Greet – Paid Event (Room 201)
12:30 – 1:00pm One-On-One With Billy Dee Williams (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)
1:00 – 1:45pm Unleashing Creativity (Room 103)
1:15 – 1:45pm One-On-One With Jason David Frank: Power Ranger (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)
2:00 – 2:45pm Figure Drawing For Popular Media (Room 103)
2:00 – 2:45pm 1939: The Year That Changed Everything (Batman Was Just The Beginning!) (Room 104)
2:00 – 2:45pm CW31 Presents An Advanced Screening Of “the 100” (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)
2:00 – 5:00pm The Wizard World Film Festival (Big Sur Room)
3:00 – 3:45pm The Art Of Animation Production With Animator/Director Tom Cook (Room 103)
3:00 – 3:45pm Cosplay & Fanfilms (Room 104)
3:00 – 3:45pm One-On-One With Stan Lee (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)
4:00 – 4:45pm TV & Film Production In Sacramento (Room 103)
4:00 – 4:45pm Will Eisner Week: Why Eisner Matters (Room 104)
4:00 – 4:45pm One-On-One With James Marsters (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)
5:00 – 5:45pm The Ace Of Geeks: How Can We Stop Bullying At Conventions? (Room 103)
5:00 – 5:45pm Grimm Fairy Tales Animated (Room 104)
5:00 – 5:30pm One-On-One With William Shatner (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)
5:45 – 6:30pm Bruce Campbell Versus The Audience (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)
6:00 – 6:45pm The History Of Us Vs Them (Room 103)
6:00 – 6:45pm Super Hero Cinema: Sequels And Spin-Offs (Room 104)
7:00 – 7:45pm H.P. Lovecraft In Popular Culture (Room 104)
7:00 – 9:00pm Wizard World Costume Contest (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)
10:00pm – Close Wizard World Official Masquerade Party (D30, 1022 K St, Sacramento) (Dress Code Enforced, 21+)

Sunday, March 9
11:00 – 11:45am Jason David Frank Meet And Greet – Paid Event (Room 201)
11:30am – 12:15pm Storytelling With Michael Golden (Room 103)
11:30am – 12:15pm Jumping Through The Looking Glass: Cosplay as Hobby and Lifestyle (Room 104)
11:45am – 12:15pm One-On-One With Ralph Macchio (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)
12:30 – 1:15pm Inkers On Inking With Josef Rubinstein And Joe Weems (Room 103)
12:30 – 1:15pm Who Can Be A Geek? Anyone Who Wants To/Women In The Geek World (Room 104)
12:30 – 1:00pm One-On-One With James Hong (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)
1:15 – 1:45pm One-On-Two With The Boondock Saints (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)
1:30 – 2:15pm Battle For Multicultural Heroes (Room 103)
1:30 – 2:15pm Superstar Artists Roundtable With Humbero Ramos, Paolo Rivera, Jimmie Robinson and Eric Nguyen (Room 104)
2:00 – 3:00pm The Green Power Ranger Power Hour (Room 201)
2:00 – 2:30pm How To Survive A Killer Tv Show With Jon Bernthal (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)
2:30 – 3:15pm Wizard World Kids Costume Contest (Room 104)
2:30 – 3:00pm Michael Rooker Vs The Audience (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)
4:00 – 4:45pm One-On-One With Chris Hemsworth (Big Bang Ballroom/Room 203)

Seating for panels is strictly limited and available on a first served basis. We do not clear panel rooms unless you are seated in a section that is marked with a sign at the end of the row reading: ROW WILL BE CLEARED AT THE END OF EACH PANEL

Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con show hours are Friday, March 7, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, March 8, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday, March 9, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

A first-class lineup of topical programming takes place all three days at the event, with celebrity Q&A’s, comics-themed sessions, costume contest, movie screenings, evening parties and more. Sunday, March 9, is also Kids Day, with an array of activities and programming specially designed for the younger Wizard World fans.

Sacramento Comic Con is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor, often stopping by the Cosplay Stage, the ideal place to see and be seen.

For more on the 2014 Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/home-sacramento.html.

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

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

Wizard World 2014-15 Schedule
March 7-9 – Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con
March 28-30 – Wizard World Louisville Comic Con
April 4-6 – Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con
May 2-4 – Wizard World Minneapolis Comic Con
May 30-June 1 – Wizard World Atlanta Comic Con
June 19-22 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con
August 1-3 – Wizard World San Antonio Comic Con
August 21-24 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con
September 12-14 – Wizard World Richmond Comic Con
September 26-28 – Wizard World Nashville Comic Con
October 2-4 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con
October 31-November 2 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
November 7-9 – Wizard World Tulsa Comic Con
November 21-23 – Wizard World Reno Comic Con
January 9-11, 2015 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con
January 23-25, 2015 – Wizard World Portland Comic Con

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

Randy Orton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, cosplay, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Wizard World Louisville Comic Con show hours are Friday, March 28, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, March 29, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, March 30, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For more on the 2014 Wizard World Louisville Comic Con, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/home-louisville.html.

About Wizard World:

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

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

Wizard World 2014-15 Schedule
March 7-9 – Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con
March 28-30 – Wizard World Louisville Comic Con
April 4-6 – Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con
May 2-4 – Wizard World Minneapolis Comic Con
May 30-June 1 – Wizard World Atlanta Comic Con
June 19-22 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con
August 1-3 – Wizard World San Antonio Comic Con
August 21-24 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con
September 12-14 – Wizard World Richmond Comic Con
September 26-28 – Wizard World Nashville Comic Con
October 2-4 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con
October 31-November 2 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
November 7-9 – Wizard World Tulsa Comic Con
November 21-23 – Wizard World Reno Comic Con
January 9-11, 2015 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con
January 23-25, 2015 – Wizard World Portland Comic Con

Norman Reedus, Matt Smith, Sean Astin, and Summer Glau Headline Wizard World Louisville Comic Con 2014

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Norman Reedus, Matt Smith, Sean Astin, Summer Glau Headline Celebrity Guests At Wizard World Louisville Comic Con, March 28-30

Robert Hays, Michael Rosenbaum, Jon Heder, James Marsters, Dean Cain, Jason David Frank, Sarah Wayne Callies, Top Comics Creators At Inaugural Pop Culture Festival At Kentucky International Convention Center

LOUISVILLE, Ky., February 14, 2014Norman Reedus,Michael Rooker, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies and Scott Wilson of “The Walking Dead,” Matt Smith (“Doctor Who”), Summer Glau (Serenity, “Firefly”), Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Rudy), and Robert Hays (Airplane!, Paranormal Movie) are among the celebrities scheduled to attend the inaugural Wizard World Louisville Comic Con, March 28-30 at the Kentucky International Convention Center.It is the fourth of 16 events currently scheduled in the 2014 series produced by Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) and will also feature a top-drawer collection of well-known comics artists and writers and a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions.

Astin, Bernthal, Callies and Glau will appear on Saturday and Sunday, March 28-29; Smith will attend on Saturday only; the others are scheduled for all three days.

Other notables scheduled at press time include Billy Boyd (Lord of the Rings, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World), Michael Rosenbaum (“Smallville,” “Justice League”), Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite, Blades of Glory), James Marsters (“Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” “Torchwood”), Dean Cain (“Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” “Stars Earn Stripes”) and Jason David Frank (“Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers”). Additional celebrities will be announced as the event nears.

Superstar comics creators scheduled to attend include Neal Adams (“Batman,” “X-Men”), Ethan Van Sciver (“Green Lantern,” “Flash”), Phil Ortiz (“The Simpsons,” “Muppet Babies”), Tyler Kirkham (“Action Comics,” “Superboy”), Greg Horn (“Marvel: World of Heroes,” “Walt Disney”), Arthur Suydam (“Marvel Zombies,” “Army of Darkness”), James O’Barr (Creator, The Crow) and Michael Golden (“Hulk,” “Daredevil”).

Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Wizard World Louisville Comic Con show hours are Friday, March 28, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, March 29, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, March 30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

A first-class lineup of topical programming takes place all three days at the event, with celebrity Q&A’s, the Wizard World Film Festival, comics-themed sessions, costume contest, movie screenings, evening parties and more. Sunday, March 30, is also Kids Day, with an array of activities and programming specially designed for the younger Wizard World fans.

Louisville Comic Con is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor, often stopping by the Show Stage, the ideal place to see and be seen.

For more on the 2014 Wizard World Louisville Comic Con, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/home-louisville.html.

About Wizard World:

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

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

Wizard World 2014-15 Schedule
March 7-9 – Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con
March 28-30 – Wizard World Louisville Comic Con
April 4-6 – Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con
May 2-4 – Wizard World Minneapolis Comic Con
May 30-June 1 – Wizard World Atlanta Comic Con
June 19-22 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con
August 1-3 – Wizard World San Antonio Comic Con
August 21-24 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con
September 12-14 – Wizard World Richmond Comic Con
September 26-28 – Wizard World Nashville Comic Con
October 2-4 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con
October 31-November 2 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
November 7-9 – Wizard World Tulsa Comic Con
November 21-23 – Wizard World Reno Comic Con
January 9-11, 2015 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con
January 23-25, 2015 – Wizard World Portland Comic Con

Cinedigm And Wizard World Partner To Launch A Digital Comic Con Channel

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Cinedigm And Wizard World Partner To Launch A Digital Comic Con Channel

The network will feature highly curated feature films, television episodes, web series, live panel conversations, original programming and an e-commerce component. Releasing widely on internet connected devices, the network will be accessible to Comic Con fans via mobile, tablets, gaming consoles, connected TVs and set top boxes.

Los Angeles, CA, February 12, 2014 – Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM) announced today it has partnered with Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) to create a direct-to-consumer, branded digital network targeted to Comic Con fans and curated with a wide array of sci-fi, horror, fantasy, action, adventure, gamer, anime, animation and comedy content, as well as an e-commerce retail destination featuring collectible and exclusive merchandise.

With Cinedigm’s vast library of over 33,000 films and TV episodes, 650 digital content partnerships and an acquisitions team sourcing new films, series and other original programming, the new network will provide Comic Con enthusiasts with year-round access to compelling content. Both free-to-consumer, advertising supported streaming, as well as a premium subscription option will be available, featuring exclusive access to the events, panels, talent, and fans that make the Comic Con experience so exciting.

Wizard World is the leading producer of live pop culture multimedia conventions across North America and will host 16 Wizard World Comic Con conventions in 2014, with a broader schedule planned for 2015.  The conventions bring communities together to celebrate their favorite films, TV shows, celebrities, video games, technology, toys, social networking/gaming platforms, comic books and graphic novels. With an active database of over one million followers, and more than 250 million impressions on Twitter, Wizard World’s Comic Con fans are rabid entertainment enthusiasts, collectors and technology savants, ideally positioned to support a Comic Con-focused digital network.

“This is an exciting day for the fans of pop-culture around the country,” said John Macaluso, Wizard World’s CEO. “To have 24/7 access to all the content that Cinedigm and Wizard World collectively provide, at the touch of a button, provides tremendous value for our fans.”

The yet-to-be named channel will include films, TV episodes and web-originated programming targeted to 18-44 year old consumers, including titles from Cinedigm’s nearly 2,000 episode anime library. Wizard World has already started compiling top panels and talent from Comic Cons nationwide to premier on the network and will continue filming at upcoming Comic Cons across North America throughout the winter and spring. Fans can expect to see between 150-200 hours of new footage in 2014. Additionally, Wizard World is leveraging its more than 2,000 vendor, exhibitor and artist relationships to create an exclusive Comic Con shopping experience on the digital network for its collector fans.

Already, the quickly evolving digital entertainment ecosystem is demonstrating the staying power of digital video streaming.  Game-changing digital networks are now bringing broadcast-quality TV experiences to audiences wherever and whenever they want to watch on the connected device(s) of their choice. Cinedigm’s first channel, DOCURAMA, launched as part of YouTube’s Paid Channel initiative in summer 2013, and is currently available on Roku, Xbox and Samsung, with additional platforms rolling out by April 2014. Leveraging its vast library of content and digital expertise, Cinedigm plans to launch a series of new branded digital channels over the next 18 months.

“We are excited to be diving further into this emerging, high growth business and have found an ideal partner in Wizard World for this Comic Con-targeted digital network,” said Chris McGurk, Chairman and CEO of Cinedigm.  “We are confident that the combination of their fan base, live event expertise, access to talent, audience focus and in-house production capabilities coupled with Cinedigm’s infrastructure, technology, content and distribution expertise, positions us for great success.”

The parties were advised on the partnership by ROAR, a Beverly Hills based entertainment management and consulting company.

ABOUT CINEDIGM
Cinedigm is the leading independent content distributor in the United States, with direct relationships with over 60,000 physical stores and digital retailers, including Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Target, iTunes, Netflix, and Amazon, as well as the national Video On Demand platform on cable television.  The company’s library of over 32,000 titles and episodes encompasses award-winning documentaries from Docurama Films®, next-gen Indies from Flatiron Film Company®, acclaimed independent films and festival picks through partnerships with the Sundance Institute and Tribeca Films and a wide range of content from brand name suppliers, including National Geographic, Discovery, Scholastic, WWE, NFL, Shout Factory, Hallmark, Jim Henson and more.

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ABOUT WIZARD WORLD
Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD) is the leading provider of multiple Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across the world that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, celebrities, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels and costume contests.

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

Wizard World 2014 Schedule:
January 24-26 – Wizard World Portland Comic Con
February 7-9 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con
March 7-9 – Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con
March 28-30 – Wizard World Louisville Comic Con
April 4-6 – Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con
May 2-4 – Wizard World Minneapolis Comic Con
May 30-June 1 – Wizard World Atlanta Comic Con
June 19-22 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con
August 1-3 – Wizard World San Antonio Comic Con
August 21-24 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con
September 12-14 – Wizard World Richmond Comic Con
September 26-28 – Wizard World Nashville Comic Con
October 2-4 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con
October 31-November 2 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
November 7-9 – Wizard World Tulsa Comic Con
November 21-23 – Wizard World Reno Comic Con

2015 schedule to be announced.

Matt Smith to Attend Wizard World Louisville Comic Con 2014

Matt Smith

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Oh, Doctor! Matt Smith To Attend Wizard World Louisville Comic Con, Saturday, March 29

‘Eleventh Doctor’ In ‘Doctor Who’ Series To Appear At Inaugural Pop Culture Festival At Kentucky International Convention Center

LOUISVILLE, Ky., February 6, 2014 –Matt Smith, who recently completed an acclaimed four-year run as the 11th incarnation of the Doctor in the landmark British television series “Doctor Who,” will appear at the inaugural Wizard World Louisville Comic Con on Saturday, March 29. Smith will greet fans, sign autographs, pose for photo ops and conduct an interactive Q&A during the event, held at the Kentucky International Convention Center.

Smith began his acting career on stage, appearing in various popular London theatrical performances before landing the coveted role in “Doctor Who” in 2010. He received a BAFTA Award nomination in 2011 and his final episode, on Christmas Day, was BBC America’s largest audience ever, attesting to both the popularity of the series in America and Smith’s success in the role.

“Doctor Who” fandom is on full display at Wizard World shows. Fans of the series, which celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a highly-rated program that was simulcast by BBC America at Austin Comic Con, cosplay as numerous characters as well as the TARDIS, the space-time vehicle used in the show.

Other top stars scheduled to appear at Wizard World Louisville Comic Con include Norman Reedus, Michael Rooker, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies and Scott Wilson of “The Walking Dead,” Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Rudy), Michael Rosenbaum (“Smallville,” “Justice League”) and Robert Hays (Airplane!, Paranormal Movie). It is the fourth of 16 events in the 2014 series produced by Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) and will also feature a top-drawer collection of well-known comics artists and writers and a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions.

Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Wizard World Louisville Comic Con show hours are Friday, March 28, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, March 29, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, March 30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

For more on the 2014 Wizard World Louisville Comic Con, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/home-louisville.html.

About Wizard World:

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

Neal Adams, Mike Mignola, Marv Wolfman, and Stan Lee to Appear at Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con 2014

Neal Adams Wizard World New Orleans

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Eisner Hall of Famers Neal Adams, Mike Mignola, Marv Wolfman, Stan Lee Among Top Comics Creators At Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, February 7-9

Mike Zeck, Humberto Ramos, Carlos Pacheco, Eric Powell Also Among Most Decorated Artists, Writers At Pop Culture Festival At Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

NEW ORLEANS, January 28, 2014 – Eisner Award Hall of Famers Neal Adams (“Batman,” “Green Lantern”), Mike Mignola (“Hellboy,” “The Avengers”), Marv Wolfman (“DCU Online,” “The New Teen Titans”) and Stan Lee (“Spider-Man,” “X-Men”) headline a roster of nearly 150 comics creators scheduled to attend Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, February 7-9 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The all-star lineup also includes such notables as Mike Zeck (“Punisher,” “Secret Wars”), Humberto Ramos (“Amazing Spider-Man,” “Impulse”), Carlos Pacheco (“Captain America,” “Superman”), Eric Powell (“The Goon,” “Buffy”), Chris Claremont (“Uncanny X-Men,” “Daredevil”) and many others.

In all, six Eisner Award winners and five other nominees will populate the show floor, for one of the most decorated Artist Alleys ever in New Orleans. Local favorites like Eisner winner Rob Guillory (“Chew”) and Kody Chamberlain (“Sweets,” “Punks”) will also be prominent at the fourth annual event.

Fans will also be excited to meet other special guest creators such as Bob Layton (“Iron Man,” “Valiant Comics”), Dustin Nguyen (“Batman Beyond Unlimited,” “American Vampire”) Pere Perez (“Birds of Prey,” “Action Comics”), Phil Ortiz (“The Simpsons,” “Muppet Babies”), Arthur Suydam (“Marvel Zombies,” “Army of Darkness”), Greg Horn (“Marvel: War of Heroes” iPhone app, “Guardians of the Galaxy”), Michael Golden (“Hulk,” “Batman”), Tyler Kirkham (“Action Comics,” “Superboy”), J.G. Jones (“Green Lantern Corps,” “Before Watchmen”), Robert “Corpsy” Rhine (“Girls and Corpses Magazine,” “My Brain Escapes Me”) and Joe Eisma (“Morning Glories,” “Existence 3.0″).

Celebrities attending New Orleans Comic Con include Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Jon Bernthal and Michael Rooker of “The Walking Dead,” Matt Smith (“Doctor Who”), Robert Englund (“Freddy Kruger” of A Nightmare on Elm Street) and John Ratzenberger (“Cheers,” Toy Story). It is the second of 16 events currently scheduled in the 2014 series produced by Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) and will also feature a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions.

Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, cosplay, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con show hours are Friday, Feb. 7, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 8, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 9, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

A first-class lineup of topical programming takes place all three days at the event, with celebrity Q&A’s, comics-themed sessions, costume contest, movie screenings, evening parties and more. Sunday, Feb. 9, is also Kids Day, with an array of activities and programming especially designed for the younger Wizard World fans.

New Orleans Comic Con is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor, often stopping by the Show Stage, the ideal place to see and be seen.

For more on the 2014 Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/home-neworleans.html.

About Wizard World

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

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

Wizard World 2014 Schedule

February 7-9 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con

March 7-9 – Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con

March 28-30 – Wizard World Louisville Comic Con

April 4-6 – Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con

May 2-4 – Wizard World Minneapolis Comic Con

May 30-June 1 – Wizard World Atlanta Comic Con

June 19-22 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con

August 1-3 – Wizard World San Antonio Comic Con

August 21-24 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con

September 12-14 – Wizard World Richmond Comic Con

September 26-28 – Wizard World Nashville Comic Con

October 2-4 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con

October 31-November 2 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con

November 7-9 – Wizard World Tulsa Comic Con

November 21-23 – Wizard World Reno Comic Con

Hero Initiative Announces 20 Convention Stops in 2014

Herb Trimpe
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Hero Initiative Announces 2014 Convention Schedule—20 dates in all!

LOS ANGELES, CA (January 22, 2014) Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that raises money for comic veterans in medical and financial need, will be attending 20 comic conventions in 2014!

Yes! The Hero crew will be busy bees this year bringing you special guests, parties, and much more from San Diego to Calgary to New York City! We may be attending a convention near you, so make sure you stop by and help us help others who have paved the way for many others and have brought us years of joy! JUST DO IT!

Schedule is as follows:

March 7-9
Wizard World Sacramento
http://www.wizardworld.com/home-sacramento.html

March 14-16
Planet Comicon, Kansas City, MO
http://planetcomicon.wordpress.com/

March 21-23
Orlando MegaCon With special guest Herb Trimpe appearing EXCLUSIVELY at the Hero booth, #733
http://www.MegaConvention.com/

March 28-30
Emerald City Seattle
http://www.emeraldcitycomicon.com/

April 4-6
Wizard World St. Louis
http://www.wizardworld.com/home-stlouis.html

April 18-20
Awesome Con Washington DC
http://awesomecondc.com/

April 25-27
Reed Chicago C2E2
http://www.c2e2.com/

April 24-27
Calgary Comic Expo
http://calgaryexpo.com/

May 2-4
Wizard World Minneapolis
http://www.wizardworld.com/home-minneapolis.html

May 17-18
Big Wow San Jose
http://www.bigwowcomicfest.com/

May 31-June 1
Long Beach Comic Expo
http://longbeachcomiccon.com/

June 5-8
Phoenix Comic Con
http://www.phoenixcomicon.com/

June 20-22
Charlotte HeroesCon
http://www.heroesonline.com/heroescon/

July 23-27
San Diego With Hero Board of Directors member Dennis O’Neil in attendance!
http://comic-con.org/cci

August 21-24
Wizard World Chicago
http://www.wizardworld.com/home-ch.html

September 5-7
Baltimore Comic Con
http://baltimorecomiccon.com/

September 27-28
Long Beach Comic Con
http://longbeachcomiccon.com/

October 2-4
Wizard World Austin
http://www.wizardworld.com/home-tx.html

October 9-12
Reed New York Comic Con
http://www.newyorkcomiccon.com/

October 31-November 2
Wizard World Ohio
http://www.wizardworld.com/home-ohio.html

About The Hero Initiative

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly 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 $500,000 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.

For more information, please visit us at www.heroinitiative.org.

Wizard World Reveals Wolverine #1 Exclusive Variant Cover by Greg Horn for Sacramento Comic Con 2014

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Marvel Comics & Wizard World Reveal ‘Wolverine #1′ Exclusive Variant Cover By Greg Horn For Sacramento Comic Con

VIP Attendees Receive Free Copy, March 7-9; Continues Year-long Series In Which Marvel Will Offer Exclusive Books At All 16 Wizard World Shows

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NEW YORK, January 16, 2014 – Marvel Comics and Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) today revealed the latest edition of its 2014 series of exclusive variant covers of the best Marvel titles with the unveiling of Wolverine #1, drawn by prolific cover artist Greg Horn. VIP attendees at the inaugural Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con, March 7-9 at the Sacramento Convention Center, will receive a free copy of the limited-edition book at registration. The exclusive will be limited to 3,000 copies.

Horn is scheduled to be on site at the event to sign copies (autograph fees may apply). Leading professional comic grader CGC will also be on hand to accept books for grading and Signature Series.

Horn’s Wolverine #1 follows the first two entries, Miracleman #1 and Miracleman #2, both drawn by Eisner Award Hall of Famer Neal Adams for Wizard World Portland Comic Con (Jan. 24-26) and New Orleans Comic Con (Feb. 7-9), respectively.

“Greg Horn’s bombastic variant cover will hit Wizard attendees like a freight train made of pure Adamantium, but it’s just a hint of what’s in store for Marvel readers,” said David Gabriel, Marvel Comics’ SVP of Sales.  “Brace yourself for one of the most anticipated, controversial and inevitable stories in the long, hard saga of Logan’s life.”

Horn is best known for his artwork on Marvel titles Elektra, Emma Frost, and She-Hulk. He was also the regular cover artist on the acclaimed series Ms. Marvel by Brian Reed. His work in comic books has opened up opportunities on high profile projects in advertising, video games, magazine covers, editorial, boardgames, and novels.

“Greg’s work is absolutely amazing and his Wolverine pops from the cover in an extraordinary way.” says John Macaluso, Wizard World CEO.  “We are once again thrilled to bring our fans the best books with the top artists from the Marvel universe. As always, we love having Greg as a Special Guest at our show.”

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.  A first-class lineup of topical programming takes place at each event, with celebrity Q&A’s, comics-themed sessions, costume contest, movie screenings, evening parties and more. Sunday is also Kids Day, with an array of activities and programming specially designed for the younger Wizard World fans.

Wizard World Comic Con is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event.  Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed –  will roam the convention floor, often stopping by the Show Stage, the ideal place to see and be seen.

For more on the 2014 Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con, go to http://www.wizardworld.com/home-sacramento.html.

About Wizard World:
Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, cosplay, 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.

About Marvel Entertainment, LLC
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information, visit marvel.com.

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

Wizard World 2014 Schedule
January 24-26 – Wizard World Portland Comic Con
February 7-9 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con
March 7-9 – Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con
March 28-30 – Wizard World Louisville Comic Con
April 4-6 – Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con
May 2-4 – Wizard World Minneapolis Comic Con
May 30-June 1 – Wizard World Atlanta Comic Con
June 19-22 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con
August 1-3 – Wizard World San Antonio Comic Con
August 21-24 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con
September 12-14 – Wizard World Richmond Comic Con
September 26-28 – Wizard World Nashville Comic Con
October 2-4 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con
October 31-November 2 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
November 7-9 – Wizard World Tulsa Comic Con
November 21-23 – Wizard World Reno Comic Con

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