By Shawn Scott Smith| July 6, 2010 | Comments Off
NEW YORK and ROSEMONT, Ill., July 6, 2010 — It will be like a trip to the Batcave for “Batman” fans as Burt Ward, who played “Robin” in the original television series, makes his first trip to Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, August 19-22 at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill. Ward, who was a huge hit at Anaheim Comic Con in April, joins Adam West (Batman) and Julie Newmar (Catwoman) as Chicago Comic Con guests from the popular program, which ran from 1966-68 and has lived on for decades in syndication.
Though an avid comic fan growing up, Ward had somehow never read an issue of “Batman” when he first auditioned for the role of Robin. Quickly impressing the producers, Ward was cast as Robin alongside West’s Batman for an unforgettable three season run that lasted 120 episodes.
The legacy of Batman has stayed with Ward throughout his career. He has reunited with West numerous times to reprise his role as Robin, and has also written an autobiography about his Batman experiences called Boy Wonder: My Life in Tights, signed copies of which will be available at Chicago Comic Con.
Outside of Batman, Ward has appeared in Moving Targets, Homeboys In Outer Space, Alien Force, The Dwelling, Smoothtalker And Kill Crazy.
In recent years, Ward has founded a charitable organization called Gentle Giants Rescue and Adoptions, Inc, which rescues giant breed dogs like Great Danes and some smaller breed dogs. He also runs Logical Figments, a special effects contractor that provides graphics and animation for commercials and occasional feature films including Bulletproof Monk.
Visit www.burtwardlive.com for updated information and news on Ward, and http://gentlegiantsrescue.com for more on Gentle Giants.
Chicago Comic Con runs from August 19-22, 2010 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. This major pop-culture convention brings together fans of comics, toys, collectibles and offers a chance to see actors, writers, artists that each industry has to offer.
About Wizard Entertainment:
Gareb Shamus founded Wizard Entertainment in 1991. Today, Shamus publishes consumer magazines Wizard, ToyFare, FunFare and numerous books about pop-culture’s top talent, comic books and toys. Shamus also produces a North American Comic Con tour.
For the most recent event information please visit www.wizardworld.com and become a Chicago Comic Con Fan on Facebook.
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Wizard World Conventions:
August 19-22 – Chicago Comic Con – Donald E. Stephens (Rosemont) Convention Center
October 1-3 – Big Apple Comic Con (New York) – Penn Plaza Pavilion
October 15-17 – New England Comic Con (Boston) – John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center
November 12-14 – Austin Comic Con – Austin Convention Center
December 3-5 – Atlanta Comic Con – Cobb Galleria Centre
March 18-20, 2011 – Toronto Comic Con – Direct Energy Centre
June 10-12, 2011 – Philadelphia Comic Con – Pennsylvania Convention Center
Anaheim Comic Con – Anaheim Convention Center
TBA – Cincinnati Comic Con
TBA – Cleveland Comic Con
TBA – Nashville Comic Con
TBA – Connecticut Comic Con
TBA – New Jersey Comic Con