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

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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

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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

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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
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March 14-16
Planet Comicon, Kansas City, MO
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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

Dark Horse Will Have Big Presence At Wizard World Portland Comic Con 2014

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Award-Winning Publisher Dark Horse Will Have Big Presence At Wizard World Portland Comic Con, January 24-26

Top-5 Premier Publisher Will Create Exclusive Comic Book For Attendees, Host Booth And Programming Panels At Oregon Convention Center

PORTLAND, Ore., January 2, 2014 – Dark Horse, bridging the gap between the best licensed and original comics work from the industry’s top talent, will make their debut at Wizard World Portland Comic Con, January 24-26 at the Oregon Convention Center. The Oregon-based Premier Publisher, which produces such notable titles as Tomb Raider, Mass Effect, Halo, Terminator, Serenity, Star Wars, Hellboy, and Conan, will be appearing at Portland Comic Con for the first time.

Located in nearby Milwaukie, Ore., Dark Horse will feature several of its top creators signing at its booth including Christos Gage (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Eric Powell (The Goon) and more! Dark Horse will host three panels throughout the show, with details to be announced shortly!

Additionally, fans will enjoy special exclusive items produced by Dark Horse and available for the first time at Wizard World Portland Comic Con! Visitors to the Dark Horse booth (#201) can check out new and classic offerings as well as giveaways throughout the event.

“Dark Horse is one of the premier publishers in the industry today,” said John Macaluso, Wizard World CEO. “What makes them unique is many of their properties, including Hellboy, have been seen on the big screen. And knowing that Hellboy’s Ron Perlman is attending, and Dark Horse is located in Portland, there are so many synergies that make this work. It is exciting for the fans, vendors, and everyone involved.”

“After Wizard World’s impressive first year in Portland, we knew Dark Horse would enthusiastically join the 2014 line up of exhibitors” said Dark Horse president and publisher, Mike Richardson. “We’ve got one of our biggest years yet coming in in 2014, and what better place to kick it off than right here in our own backyard.”

Norman Reedus of “The Walking Dead,” “Star Trek’s” “Captain Kirk” William Shatner, WWE® Superstar CM Punk® and Eisner Award Hall of Famer Stan Lee are among the top celebrities scheduled to attend Wizard World Portland Comic Con.  The standout roster will also include Ron Perlman of Hellboy, Robert Englund (“Freddy Kruger” of A Nightmare on Elm Street), Bruce Campbell of Evil Dead, pop culture icons Billy Dee Williams (The Empire Strikes Back, Brian’s Song) and Adam West (“Batman”), Nicholas Brendan (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and many others.

It is the first 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 artists and writers and a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions. Wizard World Portland Comic Con show hours are Friday, Jan. 24, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 25, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 26, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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

About Dark Horse

Founded by Mike Richardson in 1986, behind the concept of establishing an ideal atmosphere for creative professionals, Dark Horse Comics (www.darkhorse.com) has grown to become the third-largest comics publisher in the United States and is acclaimed internationally for the quality and diversity of its line. By attracting the top talent in the field, Dark Horse Comics continues to change the shape of the industry and grow its brand throughout the world.

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

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

Academy Award Winner Whoopi Goldberg to Attend Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con 2014

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‘Star Trek: The Next Generation,’ Ghost, The Color Purple, ‘The View,’ ‘Sister Act,’ Star, International Celebrity To Greet Fans, Sign Autographs, Pose For Photos At Massive Pop Culture Festival At Pennsylvania Convention Center

PHILADELPHIA, January 7, 2014 – Oscar® winner Whoopi Goldberg will make her Wizard World debut at Philadelphia Comic Con, June 20-21 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  With dozens of television and film credits, including “The View,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” Sister Act, The Color Purple, and a wide range of talents and accomplishments, Goldberg is known to millions as an actress, comedian, host, producer, author, activist, and singer-songwriter.

Goldberg began performing at age eight in New York with the Children’s Program at the Hudson guild and the Helena Rubinstein Children’s Theatre. Her successful Broadway show led to her being cast in Stephen Spielberg’s The Color Purple, earning Goldberg the 1985 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Dramatic Motion Picture. She has also starred in such motion pictures as Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Burglar, Fatal Beauty, Clara’s Heart, Ghost, The Long Walk Home, Soapdish, and Robert Altman’s The Player.

Her TV career began with an appearance on a 1986 episode of “Moonlighting,” which earned her an Emmy Award nomination as Best Guest Performer in a Dramatic Series. Honored for many of her guest spots, Goldberg also earned acclaim for her recurring portrayal of the sentient bartender “Guinan” in “Star Trek: The Next Generation” from 1988-1993.

Today, in addition to her tireless humanitarian efforts on behalf of children, the homeless, human rights, substance abuse and the battle against AIDS, as well as many other worthwhile causes and charities, Goldberg has gained a fervent following as co-hostess of the daytime talk show “The View.”

At Philadelphia Comic Con, Goldberg will greet fans, pose for photo ops, sign autographs and conduct an interactive Q&A during the event. She will appear on Friday evening, June 20, and the full event day Saturday, June 21.

“Our fans have put Whoopi at the top of their wish lists and have been waiting for this day, in many cases 25 years, to meet the incomparable Whoopi Goldberg. They will get that chance at Philadelphia Comic Con 2014,” said John Macaluso, Wizard World CEO. “Whoopi’s appeal is broad, from those who loved her ‘TNG’ work to the many who have enjoyed her movies, TV shows, books and specials.”

Goldberg joins a standout roster of celebrities scheduled to attend Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con (June 19-22), including Norman Reedus of “The Walking Dead,” Daniel Cudmore (X-Men, Days of Future Past), John Carpenter (Director, Halloween, Escape from L.A.), David Hasselhoff (“Knight Rider,” “Baywatch”), Alan Tudyk (“Serenity,” Wreck-it Ralph) and dozens of others. It is the second-largest and second-longest running of 16 events scheduled in the 2014 series produced by Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) and will also feature a top-drawer collection of well-known 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, cosplay, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con show hours are Thursday, June 19, 3-8 p.m.; Friday, June 20, noon-7 p.m.; Saturday, June 21, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday, June 22, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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

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

Wizard World Portland Comic Con 2014 Welcomes Comic Creators Zeck, Cheung, Sandoval, Adams, Ramos, Etc.

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Mike Zeck, Jim Cheung, Rafa Sandoval, Neal Adams, Humberto Ramos Headline Superstar Comic Creators At Wizard World Portland Comic Con, January 24-26 2014

George Pérez, David Marquez, Jim Valentino, Mike Allred, Matt Wagner, Arthur Suydam, Eric Powell, Michael Golden, 150+ Artists And Writers, Including 15 Eisner Award Winners At Pop Culture Festival At Oregon Convention Center

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PORTLAND, Ore., January 10, 2014 – A world-class roster of more than 150 comics artists and writers, including notables Mike Zeck (“Spider-Man,” “Punisher”), Jim Cheung (“Avengers vs. X-Men,” “Iron Man”), Rafa Sandoval (“Catwoman,” “Ultimate Hawkeye”), Neal Adams (“Batman,” “Green Lantern”) and Humberto Ramos (“Amazing Spider-Man,” “Impulse”), will be on hand at Wizard World Portland Comic Con, January 24-26 at the Oregon Convention Center. A total of 15 winners of the prestigious Eisner Award are among the scheduled attendees.

Fans can meet the creators, commission original art, have pieces signed, and attend many programming sessions featuring the leaders in the comics industry all weekend.

In addition to Hall of Famers Adams and Stan Lee, Eisner winners on hand at Portland Comic Con include Adams, Laura Allred (“Madman,” “Daredevil”), Mike Allred (“Thor,” “X-Men”), Kurt Busiek (“Astro City,” “JLA”), Jonathan Case (“Dear Creature,” “Green River Killer”), Tyler Crook (“B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: Monsters,” “Petrograd”), Steve Lieber (“Detective Comics,” “Hawkman”), Kevin Maguire (“Justice League,” “Batman Confidential”), George Pérez (“Superman,” “Crisis on Infinite Earths”), Eric Powell (“The Goon,” “Hellboy”), Paul Tobin (“Bandette,” “LotDK”), Matt Wagner (“Grendel,” “Batman”), Shannon Wheeler (“Too Much Coffee Man,” “Oil and Water” and Douglas Wolk (“Judge Dredd: Mega City Two,” “Reading Comics”). Ten other Eisner nominees will also dot the star-studded Artist Alley.

Other top creators scheduled to appear are David Marquez (“Ultimate Spider-Man,” “Fantastic Four: Season One”), Jim Valentino (“Image Comics,” “ShadowHawk”), “Zombie King” Arthur Suydam (“Marvel Zombies,” “Army of Darkness”), Michael Golden (“Batman,” “Hulk”), Greg Horn (“Marvel: War of Heroes” iPhone app, “Walt Disney”) and Tyler Kirkham (“Action Comics,” “Superboy”).

Adams has also drawn an exclusive variant cover of Miracleman #1. Marvel Comics and Wizard World have announced a program by which VIP attendees will receive a free copy of the color version (limited to 3,000 copies), and the black & white version will be available for sale at the Wizard World Store on the convention floor (limited to 2,500 copies).

Norman Reedus of “The Walking Dead,” “Star Trek’s” “Captain Kirk” William Shatner, WWE® Superstar CM Punk®, Ron Perlman of Hellboy and many other celebrities will attend the first of 16 events currently scheduled in the 2014 series produced by Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD). Also featuring a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions, this marks the second Wizard World Portland Comic Con following a successful debut in Feb. 2013.

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, cosplay, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.  Wizard World Portland Comic Con show hours are Friday, Jan. 24, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 25, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 26, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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

Wizard World Portland Comic Con 2014 Programming Highlights Include Stan Lee, William Shatner, and Bruce Campbell

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Q&A Sessions With Stan Lee, William Shatner, Bruce Campbell, Evening Parties, Meet-And-Greets, Costume Contests Highlight Programming At Wizard World Portland Comic Con

WWE® Superstar CM Punk®, Michael Rooker, Ray Park, Billy Dee Williams Q&A’s, ‘Hollywood Confidential’ Symposium, Pub Crawl, Comics Creator Sessions, Film Festival, Evening Parties, ‘Kids Day’ Among Full Three Days Of Panels And Events

PORTLAND, Ore., January 14, 2014 – Question-and-answer sessions with top celebrities like Stan Lee, Bruce Campbell, William Shatner and WWE® Superstar CM Punk®, meet-and-greets, adult and kids costume contests, film festival and an array of comics and pop culture themed panels comprise the robust featured programming schedule at Wizard World Portland Comic Con, Jan. 24-26 at the Oregon 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 Lee (Sat., 1:30 p.m..), Campbell (Sat., 5:45 p.m.), Shatner (Sat., 2 p.m.), Punk (Fri., 6:30 p.m.), Michael Rooker (Sat., 3:30 p.m.), Ray Park (Sun., 11:30 p.m.), Billy Dee Williams (Sun., 12:30 p.m.), Jason David Frank (Sat., 2 p.m.) and other celebrities
  • Informative discussions with noted comics creators Kurt Busiek (Fri., 5 p.m.), Rob Prior and Dan Schaefer (Sat., 5 p.m.), Humberto Ramos, Michael Oeming, Steve Lieber and David Marquez (Sun., 12:30 p.m.) and others
  • “Hollywood Confidential,” what it takes to make it in Hollywood as an actor (Sat. noon) (paid event)
  • Evening parties on Friday (“#Nerdnightout,” 7 p.m.; “Wizard World Creator Pro Am,” 8 p.m.); Saturday (“Wizard World Official After Party,” 9 p.m.); and Sunday (“Gotham A Go Go!”, 10 p.m.)
  • Costume contests for adults (Saturday, 7 p.m.) and kids (Sunday, 2:30 p.m.)
  • Wizard World Art Auction presented by Neal Adams featuring exclusive artwork created by top artists (Sat., 7:30 p.m.)
  • Wizard World Comic Con Film Festival, featuring selected shorts and music videos (Fri., Sat.)
  • Table gaming tournaments all weekend
  • Sci-Fi Speed Dating (Fri., 6 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m., 5 p.m..; Sun., 1 p.m.) two hour sessions
  • Meet-and-greets with Lee (Fri., 3:15 p.m.) and Frank (Sat. and Sun., 11 a.m.), (paid events)
  • Kids Day (Sunday), with an array of kids and family activities designed just for the younger set

Unless noted, programming events take place in the designated General Programming Rooms at the Oregon Convention Center. VIP tickets or additional costs may apply to ensure access to select activities, as noted.

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

Friday, January 24
3:15 – 4:00pm Stan Lee Meet And Greet – Paid Event (C126)
4:00 – 4:45pm Haymakers And Hellhounds – The Thought Process Behind The Generalist (C120)
4:30 – 5:15pm Fan Film Creation Presented By Reckless Geeks
4:30 – 5:15pm Space Ghost Productions Portfolio Review (C126)
5:00 – 8:00pm Wizard World Film Festival (B110)
5:00 – 5:45pm Spotlight On Kurt Busiek (C120)
5:30 – 6:15pm Video Games And Out Future: We’re All Gamers (B119)
6:00 – 6:45pm Costumes + Playing = Cosplay! So What Does That Actually Mean? (C120)
6:00 – 8:00pm Love In The Air @ Portland Comic Con – Speed Dating Style (C126)
6:30 – 7:30pm WWE® Superstar CM Punk® (B119)
7:00 – 7:45pm Chasing Ghosts With Aaron Goodwin (C120)
7:00pm – ? #Nerdnightout
8:30 – 10:30pm Creator Pro Am: Drink & Draw (Stir, Convention Center)

Saturday, January 25
11:00 – 11:45am Cosplay & Fanfilms (B110)
11:00 – 11:45am The Art Of Animation Production With Animator/Director Tom Cook (B119)
11:00 – 11:45am Comic Life On The Web (C120)
11:00 – 11:45am Jason David Frank Meet And Greet – Paid Event (C126)
11:00 – 11:45am Doctor Who Fan Panel! (Oregon Ballroom 201)
11:30 – 12:15pm Image Comics And The Rise Of Creator-Owned (Oregon Ballroom 202)
12:00-12:45pm Storyboarding 101: The Art Of The Storyboard (B110)
12:00 – 1:00pm A Backstage Pass To Laika Animation Studio (Oregon) (B119)
12:00 – 12:45pm CBLDF Presents: Tales From The Code – True Tales Of Censorship (C120)
12:00 – 1:30pm Hollywood Confidential – Paid Event (C124)
12:00 – 12:45pm Space Ghost Productions Portfolio Review (C126)
12:00 – 12:45pm: One-On-One With Robert Englund (Oregon Ballroom 201)
12:30 – 1:15pm: Getting Respect: Comics Go To College (Oregon Ballroom 202)
1:00 – 1:45pm Crowdfunding 101 (B110)
1:00 – 1:45pm One-On-One With Nicholas Brendon (B119)
1:00 – 1:45pm The Mike And Matt Show (C120)
1:00 – 1:45pm The Truth About All The Lies You Were Ever Told – How To Launch A Comic Book Company With Neal & Josh Adams (Oregon Ballroom 201)
1:30 – 2:30pm Create The Next Hypothetical Star Trek Series (Oregon Ballroom 202)
1:30 – 2:15pm One-On-One With Stan Lee (Oregon Ballroom 203)
2:00 – 5:00pm The Wizard World Film Festival (B110)
2:00 – 2:45pm Dark Horse Builds Characters (B119)
2:00 – 2:45pm Does The Sci In Science Fiction Matter? (C120)
2:00 – 4:00pm Love In The Air @ Portland Comic Con – Speed Dating Style (C126)
2:00 – 2:45pm One-On-One With Jason David Frank: Power Ranger (Oregon Ballroom 201)
2:30 – 3:15pm How To Break Into Comics (Oregon Ballroom 202)
2:30 – 3:15pm How To Survive A Killer TV Show With Jon Bernthal And Laurie Holden (Oregon Ballroom 203)
3:00 – 3:45pm Grimm Fairy Tales Animated (B119)
3:00 – 3:45pm Titans Of Independent Comics With Mike Allred, Shannon Wheeler, David Chelsea And Jonathan Hill (C120)
3:00 – 3:45pm Morgan Gendel’s Journey To The Inner Light (Oregon Ballroom 201)
3:30 – 4:15pm Wonder Women Of The 21st Century (Oregon Ballroom 202)
3:30 – 4:00pm Michael Rooker Vs The Audience (Oregon Ballroom 203)
4:00 – 4:45pm Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10 Preview (B119)
4:00 – 4:45pm Recent Graphic Novels That Could Change Your World-View (C120)
4:00 – 4:45pm Super Power Beat Down (Oregon Ballroom 201)
4:30 – 5:15pm How To Write Comics With Kurt Busiek, Michael Oeming And Danny Fingeroth (Oregon Ballroom 202)
4:30 – 5:30pm The Actors Of Anarchy (Oregon Ballroom 203)
5:00 – 5:45pm Art Of Hollywood With Rob Prior And Dan Schaefer (B110)
5:00 – 5:45pm Sequelcast/Resident Evil (B119)
5:00 – 5:45pm Gays In Comics: Northwest Edition (C120)
5:00 – 7:00pm Love In The Air @ Portland Comic Con – Speed Dating Style (C126)
5:00 – 5:45pm Ghost Hunting With Grant Wilson (Oregon Ballroom 201)
5:30 – 6:15pm The Devil’s Panties (It’s Not Satanic Porn.. Honest) (Oregon Ballroom 202)
5:45 – 6:30pm Bruce Campbell Versus The Audience (Oregon Ballroom 203)
6:00 – 6:45pm Daughter Of Time – Official Launch (B110)
6:00 – 6:45pm Apocalypse How? The A(Liens) To Z(Ombies) Of The World’s End (B119)
6:00 – 7:00pm The Comics Of Comic Con (C120)
6:00 – 6:45pm Answer This! Trivia (Oregon Ballroom 201)
6:00 – 9:00pm Costume Pub Crawl (Dirty Nightlife 6pm, Embers Avenue 7:30pm, And Splash Bar 9pm.)
7:00 – 9:00pm Wizard World Costume Contest (Oregon Ballroom 203)
7:30 – 8:30pm Wizard World Art Auction Presented By Neal Adams (C120)
9:00pm – Close Wizard World Official After Party (Splash Bar, 904 Nw Couch St.)

Sunday, January 26
10:30 – 11:15am Droid Building (Oregon Ballroom 201)
11:00 – 11:45am Jason David Frank Meet And Greet – Paid Event (C126)
11:30am – 12:15pm Storytelling With Michael Golden (C120)
11:30 – 12:15pm One-On-One With Ray Park (Oregon Ballroom 201)
11:30 – 12:15pm Colorists On Coloring (Oregon Ballroom 202)
12:00 – 12:45pm Meet The Crew From Discovery’s Tv Show Gold Rush (C124)
12:00 – 12:45pm One-On-One With Summer Glau(Oregon Ballroom 203)
12:30 – 1:15pm Meet Comics4kids Inc (C120)
12:30 – 1:15pm One-On-One With Billy Dee Williams (Oregon Ballroom 201)
12:30 – 1:15pm Superstar Artists Roundtable With Humberto Ramos, Michael Oeming, Steve Lieber And David Marquez (Oregon Ballroom 202)
1:00 – 3:00pm Love In The Air @ Portland Comic Con – Speed Dating Style (C126)
1:00 – 1:45pm Inside The Batcave With Adam West & Burt Ward (Oregon Ballroom 203)
1:30 – 2:15pm Speed Dating With Speculative Fiction Authors (C120)
1:30 – 2:15pm One-On-One With Chewbacca (Oregon Ballroom 201)
1:30 – 2:15pm Spotlight On Eric Powell & The Goon (Oregon Ballroom 202)
2:00 – 3:00pm The Green Power Ranger Power Hour (C124)
2:00 – 2:45pm One-On-One With William Shatner (Oregon Ballroom 203)
2:30 – 3:15pm Wizard World Kids Costume Contest (C120)
2:30 – 3:15pm One-On-One With Elvira (Oregon Ballroom 201)
2:30 – 3:15pm Create The Next Hypothetical Star Trek Series (Oregon Ballroom 202)
3:30 – 4:15pm Geek And Gamer Fitness (Oregon Ballroom 201)
3:30 – 4:15pm Cosplay Filmmaking 101 (Oregon Ballroom 202)
10pm – Close Gotham A Go Go!(Holocene 1001 Se Morrison St.)

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 Portland Comic Con show hours are Friday, Jan. 24, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 25, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 26, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Portland 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 Portland Comic Con, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/home-portland.html.

Matt Smith to Attend Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con 2014

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Oh, Doctor! Matt Smith To Attend Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, Feb. 7-8

‘Eleventh Doctor’ In ‘Doctor Who’ Series To Make First Wizard World Appearance At Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

Matt Smith the 11th DoctorNEW ORLEANS, January 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 make his first Wizard World appearance at New Orleans Comic Con on February 7-8. Smith will greet fans, sign autographs, pose for photo ops and conduct an interactive Q&A during the event, held at the Ernest N. Morial 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.

Smith joins an impressive roster of celebrities scheduled to attend Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con (Feb. 7-9), including Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Jon Bernthal and Michael Rooker of “The Walking Dead,” Robert Englund (“Freddy Kruger” of A Nightmare on Elm Street), Eisner Award Hall of Famer Stan Lee, Wil Wheaton (“Star Trek: The Next Generation,” Stand By Me), John Ratzenberger (“Cheers,” Toy Story), WWE® Diva AJ Lee™, Linda Hamilton (Terminator, Beauty and the Beast), Alan Tudyk (“Serenity,” Wreck it Ralph) and many others. 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 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 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, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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.

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