By Shawn Scott Smith| July 25, 2012 | Comments Off
Vampire Diaries,’ ‘NCIS,’ Stan Lee, Jon Bernthal, ‘Star Trek’ Captains Q&A’s, Evening Parties To Highlight Wizard World Chicago Comic Con Programming
Full Four-Day Schedule Includes Sessions With James Marsters, WWE® Superstar CM Punk®, Hayden Panettiere, “Buffyfest” Reunion, Costume Contests, Kids’ Activities, Sci-Fi Speed Dating, Jedi Master Classes and More, August 9-12 at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
NEW YORK and ROSEMONT, Ill., July 23, 2012 – Movies, TV, comics, art, sci-fi and the rest of the pop culture world are covered with the diverse, full four day programming schedule at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, August 9-12 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. From interactive Q&A sessions with stars likeStan Lee, William Shatner, Jon Bernthal andWWE® Superstar CM Punk® to themed panels highlighting “Vampire Diaries,” “Star Trek,” “NCIS” and more, to a movie screening, evening parties, kids activities, costume contests and Jedi Master Classes, there’s something for everyone in the expanded offerings.
Highlight programming at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con includes:
- Celebrity Q&A’s featuring Lee, Bernthal, WWE® Superstar CM Punk®, Hayden Panettiere, Bruce Campbell, James Marsters and more
- Three “Star Trek” captains reunite as Shatner (“Captain Kirk”) Scott Bakula (“Captain Archer”) and Avery Brooks (“Captain Sisko”) compare stories of their respective times at the command of the Enterprise
- “Vampire Diaries” Q&A with Paul Wesley and Torrey DeVitto
- Discussion of the hit “NCIS” franchise with lovely ladies Lauren Holly and Scottie Thompson
- The Boondock Saints trio of Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus and David Della Rocco rekindle memories of the popular 1999 cult movie and sequel 10 years later
- Screening of the new film Contamination – A Convention Story, an in-depth look at the fans and celebrities who attend Horror, Sci-Fi, and Pop Culture Conventions
- Party with fellow Wizard World revelers at the Artist Party on Thursday and VIP Launch Party on Friday (sites and times TBD)
- Love is in the air with Sci-Fi Speed Dating, for those looking to “Terminate” their single lives
- Kids Day on Sunday, with a full slate of activities specially designed for the youngsters
- It wouldn’t be Wizard World Comic Con without cosplay and costume contests – adults on Saturday night, kids on Sunday
Unless noted, programming events take place in designated rooms at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. Many are included as part of standard Wizard World Chicago Comic Con admission; VIP tickets or additional costs may apply to ensure access to select activities. Seating for panels is strictly limited and available on a first come first serve basis and each room will be cleared between panels. Programming subject to change; attendees should check the schedule board on site for updates.
Programming at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con is available in detail at http://www.wizardworld.com/
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By Shawn Scott Smith| July 24, 2012 | Comments Off
Meta Con Announces Linkara and Possible Oscar
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Bloomington, MN – July 23, 2012 – Meta Con, Minneapolis’s massively-multigenre fan convention, is pleased to announce that comic-book reviewer Linkara and comedy rock band Possible Oscar will be appearing at the upcoming 2012 convention. Possible Oscar and Linkara join other guests including musicians Rumgumption and YTCracker, television stars Nakia Burrise, Michael Copon, Jessica Rey and Jason Faunt, martial artist Samurai Dan, abridged series creator LittleKuriboh, and voice actor Todd Haberkorn. Over 2,000 fans will convergence on the Doubletree by Hilton in Bloomington, Minneapolis for Meta Con, from August 31 to September 2, 2012. The full guest list can be found at http://metaconvention.com/
Lewis “Linkara” Lovhaug has had the misfortune of being cursed to review comic books on the internet. Somehow this has made him popular on the website That Guy With the Glasses, though many suspect it’s more so people can stare and laugh at the weirdo. On his show, Atop the Fourth Wall, he regularly contends with the surreal, the stupid, and the senseless books that the comic industry has produced over the last eighty years. If that wasn’t sad enough, he also has done a retrospective on Power Rangers (released on the schedule of when a blue moon rises on the 13th hour of the 13th day of the 13th month), actually attempting to grant serious analysis to a series about guys in spandex punching rubber-suited monsters. It’s best not to make direct eye contact with him. Read more
By Shawn Scott Smith| July 23, 2012 | Comments Off
@ Chicago Comic Con!
Renowned illustrator and world famous comic book artist J. Scott Campbell, best known for his work on ‘Danger Girl’, ‘Spider-Man’, ‘Gen 13′ and ‘Wildsiderz’, will meet fans, do sketches and conduct an interactive Q&A panel at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con.
Campbell rose to fame as an artist for WildStorm Comics, though he has since done work for Marvel Comics (most notably as a cover artist on Amazing Spider–Man), and the video game industry.
Meet this cutting-edge creator at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center next month!
By Shawn Scott Smith| July 23, 2012 | Comments Off
Oct 26th-28th, 2012
Chiller Theatre Parsippany, NJ
April 26th-28th, 2013
Eeriecon Niagra Falls, NY
By Shawn Scott Smith| July 22, 2012 | Comments Off
July 27th-29th, 2012
Anime Iowa Iowa City, IA
Armadillo Con Austin, TX
California Extreme Santa Clara, CA
Condition London, ON
Con Bravo Oakville, ON
Confluence Pittsburgh, PA
Creation Vamp Diaries San Fransico, CA
Cyphan Wheeling, IL
Dark Shadows Tarrytown, NY
DC Zinefest Washington, DC
Faerie Worlds Eugene, OR
Game Warp Show Orlando, Florida
Megaplex Kissimee, Fl
Zombiefest Orlando, FL
Osfest Omaha, NE
Otakon Baltimore, MD
Pirate festPunta Gorda, FL
Play on con Birmingham, AL
Steel City ConMonroeville, PA
Toy And Hobby Show Raleigh, NC
Transformers Con Mississaugo, ON
Wausaubicon Wasua, WI
By Shawn Scott Smith| July 21, 2012 | Comments Off
On Monday July 23rd, at 7 p.m., fans will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation in dozens of movie theaters nationwide.
NCM Fathom and CBS TV are coming together to present a special one night event, showing two of the most popular Next Generation episodes, Ep. 106 “Where No One Has Gone Before” and Ep. 114 “Datalore” on the big screen.
This special event will include exclusive looks at the massive restoration of season one, never-before-seen interviews with the original cast members and behind-the-scenes looks at the artists who created the original FX elements and photography during the making of the show. Audiences will also be privy to an unseen sneak-peak of “Measure of a Man.”
Go here to see where it’s playing near you, and to get your tickets!
By Shawn Scott Smith| July 20, 2012 | Comments Off
By Shawn Scott Smith| July 19, 2012 | Comments Off
Stan Lee, William Shatner, WWE® Superstar CM Punk®, Eliza Dushku Among Stars At Wizard World Ohio Comic Con, Sept. 28-30
By Shawn Scott Smith| July 19, 2012 | Comments Off
Cain, Ferrigno, ‘Boondock Saints’ Della Rocco, Flanery, Reedus Also Join Neal Adams, Alan Davis, Other Superstar Artists In Wizard World’s Expanded Return To Greater Columbus Convention Center
NEW YORK and COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 18, 2012 – Comics legend Stan Lee, pop culture icon William Shatner, WWE® Superstar CM Punk® and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” star Eliza Dushku headline the celebrity roster as Wizard World Ohio Comic Con returns to the Greater Columbus Convention Center, September 28-30. They will be joined by many of the world’s greatest comics creators, exhibitors and thousands of fans in a celebration of all things pop culture in an expanded format, which now includes a preview on Friday evening and two full weekend days.
Lee, creator of “Spider-Man,” “X-Men” and dozens of the world’s most popular characters and titles, will appear on both Saturday and Sunday, while Shatner (“Star Trek,” “T.J. Hooker”) and WWE® Superstar CM Punk™ will all attend on Saturday.
Fans will also be excited to meet popular actors like Dean Cain (“Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” “90210”), Lou Ferrigno (“The Incredible Hulk”) and The Boondock Saints trio of David Della Rocco, Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus. Read more
By Shawn Scott Smith| July 19, 2012 | Comments Off
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - July 17, 2012 - The Baltimore Comic-Con is happy to announce the addition of Mark Buckingham to the “British Invasion” taking place at this year’s show, which will be held on September 8-9, 2012 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Buckingham joins already-announced British creators Brian Bolland and Barry Kitson for the 13th annual show.
Buckingham, who is best-known and most-celebrated for his work on the long-running Vertigo title Fables, began his career in 1990 working with Neil Gaiman on Miracleman from Eclipse Comics. Working on such titles as 2000 AD, Hellblazer, and Shade, the Changing Man, he became a mainstay at DC Comics after taking over art duties on Fables with issue #6.
His run on the popular imprint title has earned him four Eisner Awards, including Best New Series in 2003, Best Serialized Story in 2005 and 2006, and Best Artist/Penciler/Inker in 2007.
“We are delighted to be adding another amazing artist from across the pond in Mark Buckingham,” said Marc Nathan, show promoter for the Baltimore Comic-Con. “His influence on the landscape of American comics has helped propel Fables to one of longest-running and most popular titles in Vertigo’s library.”
This year’s confirmed guests for the show including: Guest of Honor, Stan “The Man” Lee (Saturday only!); Ken Bald (Golden Age Timely/Marvel artist); Marty Baumann (Pixar artist); Brian Bolland (Dial H, Cover Story: The DC Comics Art of Brian Bolland); Greg Capullo (Batman, Spawn); Tommy Castillo (Grimm Fairy Tales); Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman); Frank Cho (Avengers vs. X-Men, Liberty Meadows); Steve Conley (Bloopwebcomic www.bloopstree.com); Amanda Conner (Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre); Lar deSouza (Looking For Group, Least I Could Do); Dan Didio (O.M.A.C.); Garth Ennis (The Shadow, Hellblazer, Preacher, The Boys); Rich Faber (Roboy Red); David Finch (Batman: The Dark Knight); John Gallagher (Buzzboy); Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman); Keith Giffen (Superman, O.M.A.C., Green Arrow); Gene Ha (Justice League); Larry Hama (G.I. Joe, Wolverine, The ‘Nam); Cully Hamner (Action Comics); Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma, ACT-I-VATE, Trip City); Jamal Igle (KISS, Supergirl, The Ray); J.G. Jones (Wanted, Doc Savage); Barry Kitson (Captain America, Iron Man, Fantastic Four); Joe Kubert (Before Watchmen: Nightowl); Scott Kurtz(PvPonline.com); David Mack (Kabuki); Ron Marz (Artifacts, Voodoo); Bob McLeod (DC Comics Presents: Wonder Woman); Mark Morales (Avengers vs. X-Men); Jimmy Palmiotti (All-Star Western); David Petersen (Mouse Guard); Brian Pulido (Lady Death); Frank Quitely (All Star Superman, Batman & Robin); John Romita, Jr. (Avengers Vs. X-Men); Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge); Stuart Sayger (Infestation 2: 30 Days of Night One-Shot); Walter Simonson (Thor, Legion of Super-Heroes, Avengers); Ryan Sohmer (Looking For Group, Least I Could Do); Scott Snyder (Batman, Severed, Swamp Thing); Jim Starlin (Breed: Book of Revelation, The Art of Jim Starlin: A Life in Words and Images); Brian Stelfreeze (ICE); Karl Story (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9); Peter Tomasi (Batman and Robin); Billy Tucci (A Child Is Born, Shi); Matt Wagner (Tower Chronicles, Mage, Grendel); Mark Waid (Daredevil, Incorruptible, Irredeemable); Bernie Wrightson (Frankenstein) Read more
By Shawn Scott Smith| July 18, 2012 | Comments Off
Nov 30th-Dec 3rd, 2012
Bentcon Burbank, CA
By Shawn Marshall| July 17, 2012 | Comments Off
Whether you had the opportunity to attend last week’s San Diego Comic-Con or not, we all lament the end of the event. While some of us battled in lines to get near our favorite creators, others watched closely from the comfort of their own homes via sources like G4, Spike, Twitter, YouTube, etc. Wherever you were during the “King of Cons,” it’s safe to say that the end of SDCC is a sad day for us all. So, with SDCC 2013 so far away, what are we left to do to keep the spirit and excitement alive? Here are 10 ideas to keep a little bit of that SDCC feeling alive: Read more
By Shawn Scott Smith| July 17, 2012 | Comments Off
By Shawn Scott Smith| July 16, 2012 | Comments Off
Face Painting, Ghostbusters Reading, Arts & Crafts, Bubble Show, ‘Kid-Friendly’ Booths, Passport Program, Costume Contest Lead Special Children’s Programming At Donald E. Stephens Convention Center; Kids Under 10 Free With Paid Adult
NEW YORK and ROSEMONT, Ill., July 12, 2012 – In what has become an annual tradition, Sunday, August 12, is Kids Day at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con. From face painting, a Ghostbusters reading, arts and crafts, ballon artists, a special Bubble Show, kids costume contest, Wizard World Kids Passport program and more, there are activities all day (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.) for the 10-and-under set.
Admission to Kids Day and the entire Wizard World Chicago Comic Con for kids 10 and under is free with a paid adult (two free kids per adult).
Some of the highlights of Kids Day include:
- Wizard World Chicago Comic Con Passport (all day) – upon arrival, kids should go directly to the Kids Day booth to pick up a Passport, which will guide them to kid-friendly booths, activities, celebrities and artists. Kids who earn stamps at each stop will win a prize.
- Ghostbusters Reading (11 a.m.) – Who ya gonna call? Bring the little ones to a special story time reading by the Ghostbusters. Kids can interact with the Ghostbusters as they ask trivia and answer any questions the young ones have always wanted to ask.
- Superhero Arts and Crafts (noon) – This is not an ordinary arts & crafts session, this is specifically made for superheroes! Kids can come join the Justice Twins, Wonder Woman and Supergirl to make their very own superhero mask to wear for the Kids Costume contest.
- Kids Costume Contest (1 p.m.) – Too cute to resist! It’s like Halloween in August as kids show off their best costumes and win prizes. Hosted by our very own superhero, Jarrett “The Defuser” Crippen.
- Face painting and balloon artists (all day) – Talented Wizard World face painters have kids as their canvas, with butterflies, kitty whiskers, flowers and more.
- Kid-friendly celebrities (all day) – Well, we like to think every Wizard World celebrity loves kids, but a few will be stamping Passports and saying an extra hello. Check out the list on arrival.
- Kid-friendly artists (all day) – Visit super-talented artists in Artists Alley for a Passport stamp and maybe a commissioned piece! Look for the “Kid-Friendly” sign at their respective tables. Read more
By Shawn Scott Smith| July 15, 2012 | Comments Off
July 19th-Aug 2nd, 2012
Fantasia Fest Montreal, QB
July 20th-22nd, 2012
Ai-kon Winnipeg, MB
Ancient city Jacksonville, FL
Camp Necon Bristol, RI
Historicon Fredericksburg, VA
Kansasfest Kansas City, MO
Lebowski Fest Louisville, KY
Nappa Decatour, Al
North Coast Comic Con Akron, OH
Rob-con Bristol, TN
Sogen Con Sioux Falls, SD
Soycon Rolling Meadows, IL
Texicon Ft. Worth, TX
Tokyo In Tulsa Tulsa, OK
By Shawn Scott Smith| July 14, 2012 | Comments Off
Nov 9th-10th, 2012
Comicconway Conway, AR
March 15th-17th, 2013
Texas Pinball Dallas, TX
March 22nd-24th, 2013
Triad Anime Con Winston Salem, NC
March 29th-31st, 2013
Anime Matsuri Woodlands, TX
By Shawn Scott Smith| July 13, 2012 | Comments Off
Bakula, hugely popular at Wizard World Toronto and Philadelphia earlier this year, will meet fans, sign autographs, pose for photo ops and team with fellow “Star Trek” captains William Shatner and Avery Brooks for an interactive Q&A.
Bakula has appeared in more than 50 films and television series, including a recurring role in the recently-concluded season of “Desperate Housewives.”
By Shawn Scott Smith| July 12, 2012 | Comments Off