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Marvel Comics & Wizard World Reveal Miracleman 2 Exclusive Variant

Marvel Comics and Wizard World have announced a program by which VIP attendees at each of the 16 scheduled 2014 Wizard World Comic Con pop culture conventions will receive exclusive variant covers of the best Marvel titles, continuing with Miracleman #2 at New Orleans Comic Con which runs February 7-9. The limited-edition book, with cover illustrated by comics legend and Eisner Award Hall of Famer Neal Adams, features an interlocking cover with Adams’ Miracleman #1 from Portland Comic Con which is January 24-26, and will be available in both color and black & white sketch editions.

The colored version of Miracleman #2 will be limited to 3,000 copies and provided free at registration to all Wizard World New Orleans 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.

Adams 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.

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Marvel & Wizard World are Doing What for VIPs?

Marvel and Wizard World have announced a program by which VIP attendees at each of the 16 scheduled 2014 Wizard World Comic Con pop culture conventions will receive exclusive variant covers of the best Marvel titles, beginning with Miracleman #1 at Portland Comic Con which takes place January 24-26, and Miracleman #2 at New Orleans Comic Con, which runs February 7-9. The first two limited-edition books, with covers illustrated by comics legend and Eisner Award Hall of Famer Neal Adams, feature interlocking covers, and will be available in both color and black & white sketch editions.

The colored version of Miracleman #1 will be limited to 3,000 copies and provided free at registration to all Wizard World 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.

Adams is scheduled to be on site at each 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.

Fan Communities at New Orleans Comic Con

The folks at Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con have released a list of the fan communities you might see wandering the floor this Friday through Sunday at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.  Cosplayers from these groups love to interact with fans, adding another level of fun and in many cases raising money for charity.

Some organizations that fans will enjoy meeting include:

  • Adventure League of GEARS, a family-friendly Steampunk Performance Group based out of New Orleans, and a fan and homage group to the League of S.T.E.A.M which uses its talents and skills to help raise money for charities, and volunteer for charitable events.
  • 501st Legion/Bast Alpha Garrison, the Louisiana chapter of the 501st Legion, featuring the “bad guys” from the Star Wars Universe. The 501st Legion has over 4000 members from all 50 states and 22 countries around the world.
  • Anne Rice’s Vampire Lestat, the official fan club for Anne Rice’s “Vampire Lestat,” the Vampire Chronicles and the annual New Orleans Vampire Ball.
  • Barony of Axemoor, the local chapter of the SCA, an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-Century Europe.
  • BayouCon, held in the heart of Southwest Louisiana, is Lake Charles’ original fan produced convention. BayouCon V will take place the last weekend of June 2013.
  • Cast Aways Open Theatre Troupe, whose costumed volunteers perform at fairs, festivals, conventions, and charity events. They appear in parades and in films. New Orleans Comic Con attendees are welcomed to come and visit the Royal Court of Cast Aways and participate in the Quest for the King of the Realm.
  • CoastCon, Mississippi’s oldest and largest science fiction, fantasy and gaming convention. It is the main sponsored event of CoastCon, Inc., a non-profit literary organization run by a 10-member volunteer board who give their time during the year to develop events and gatherings to promote reading, education, fellowship, and of course science fiction, fantasy and gaming.
  • CONtraflow, a fan convention held in the Greater New Orleans area.  It focuses on science fiction, fantasy, comics, and related literary genres in any form, including but not limited to writing, visual arts, dramatic arts, and interactive fiction.
  • CyPhaCon, Southwest Louisiana’s premier, family-friendly Anime, Gaming & Sci-Fi/Fantasy convention venue. With nearly 700 attendees in its second year, it includes expanded board and video game tourneys, anime panels, costuming & cosplay displays, Musical guests, fan produced panels and much more.
  • Fans for Christ, for all believers in Christ who are also fans of comics, anime, fantasy, sci-fi, gaming, computers, costuming and cosplay.
  • The Garou Nation, a national organization of networked “Live Action Werewolf: The Apocalypse” role-playing games that share a universe in White Wolf’s original “World of Darkness” game setting. Its goal is to enhance and expand different chronicles across the country as a shared network that shares those experiences with friends and fellow players throughout the country.
  • Geek Girls with Guns, officially Geek Endowment Krewe, a non profit organization that schedules fundraising events for children with special needs.
  • The Greater New Orleans Krewe of the Living Dead, to glorify all things Zombie and call upon fans of the genre to join and rejoice in the persistent and exponential rise in popularity of the Living-Dead in pop culture that has now grown into an international phenomena.
  • HMS Death Claw, part of the Royal Manticoran Navy based on best seller books from David Weber. The Death Claw is the flagship of 6th Sphinx Fleet which comprises of 10 states and Manitoba, Canada.
  • Krewe du Who, over 375 strong and consists of fans of the New Series, Classic Series and All things “Doctor Who!” The open group members are fans of “Torchwood,” the “Sarah Jane Adventures”, “Big Finish Audio Dramas” and all “Whoniverse” related spin off media.
  • Krewe of P.U.E.W.C, a new fantasy, horror and anime themed New Orleans Mardi Gras parade organization for the most happily insane Harry Potter wizards, Lord of the Rings hobbits, Dungeon & Dragon warriors, SCA fighters, Sailor Moons, Astro Boys, were-beasties, faeries, and the like.
  • Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus, a parade organization for the most revelrous of Star Wars Freaks, Trekkies, Whovians, Mega-Geeks, Circuit Benders, Cryptozooligists, UFO Conspiracy Theorists, and all the rest of Super Nerdom.
  • Louisiana Ghostbusters, a fan-based “Ghostbusters” franchise. As costumers and fans of “Ghostbusters,” LG represents an open costuming policy with movie-accurate props and wardrobe representing all aspects of the “Ghostbusters” series of movies, cartoons, games, and novels. As a service organization, the group directs money to charities, participates in fundraisers for charities, attends fund-raising events, and performs charitable acts and community service.
  • Louisiana Science Fiction and Costume Festival,  “The Unconventional Convention” April 20-22 at the Hampton Inn Port Allen, La.  It includes fan films, panels, workshops, live entertainment, and a costume ball.
  • Mind’s Eye Society, founded in 1992, an international fan organization dedicated to White Wolf’s “World of Darkness” in all its incarnations. One of the world’s largest gaming fan communities, with thousands of members all over the globe, The Mind’s Eye Society not only offers global “World of Darkness” roleplaying chronicles but also supports charity fundraising, community service activities and social events organized by its members.
  • Mississippi Ghostbusters, a fan based Ghostbuster franchise that promotes acts of charity with our open based costuming that represents all forms of the Ghostbusting community, attending all manner of events to raise money for a various number of charities.
  • Mobicon, Mobile, Alabama’s annual 3 day science fiction, fantasy, gaming, anime, paranormal, horror, and comic convention. Always on the third full weekend in May; MOBICON XVI will be May 17-19, 2013, at the Ashbury Hotel & Suites.
  • New Orleans Public Library, the premier cultural institution that celebrates and preserves the collective memory and living history of New Orleans, Louisiana and the world. NOPL fosters the future aspirations and democratic dreams of all.
  • One World by Night, an organization dedicated to creating links between White Wolf’s Mind’s Eye Theatre LARP games around the world. By combining the various stories of member Chronicles, OWbN hopes to enhance the enjoyment of its members by expanding local plots to the world, truly creating a World of Darkness. OWbN currently stretches to over 100 chronicles in the US, Canada, Brazil, New Zealand, and Israel.
  • Red Stick Rebellion Star Wars Collectors Club, a Star Wars collectors group based in Baton Rouge, La.  Every month it has a different focus topic presented by individuals who have a great deal of knowledge in the area – plus they always have our regular general discussion, trading and lots of fun.
  • Star Wars Museum, a nonprofit group of like-minded individuals working for a goal: To Build a Star Wars Themed Children’s Museum. Our Mission “To Inspire and Educate.
  • Steampunk Americans, a group of Steampunk enthusiasts in New Orleans. NOLA is truly Victorian city where the ships still run on steam and the Absinthe flows like water. As one of the last bastions of the civilized world, this city still let citizens smoke tobacco in the taverns and openly drink in the glow of the gas streetlights.
  • USS Corsair, which provides fans a way to meet each other, make friends, have fun, give back to their community, and show that the dream of Star Trek’s creator Gene Roddenberry can endure. In 2007, the club was awarded “Shakedown Mission of the Year” by its parent organization, Starfleet International and in 2010, it received the Regional Chapter of the Year Award.
  • USS New Orleans, a Chapter with Starfleet: The International Star Trek Fan Association, currently located in the city of New Orleans and the outlying areas, founded in May 2010, five years after Hurricane Katrina destroyed its predecessor.
  • Visual Art League, which wants to spread knowledge of the arts and encourage creativity throughout the community of the University of New Orleans, other neighboring colleges, and the city of New Orleans. The group also aspires to function as a real world platform for students to further develop their artistic endeavors and gain professional experience.

Event hours are Friday, Nov. 30, 4-8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Wizard World New Orleans Programming Announced

Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con has announced the programming folks can expect at this weekend’s show. Interactive Q&A sessions with stars Stan Lee, Eliza Dushku, WWE Superstar CM Punk, Dean Cain and the casts of Star Trek: The Next Generation and The Walking Dead are among the featured programming announced. The convention takes place Friday through Sunday at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.  Sessions with stars like Michael Madsen, Kevin Eastman, Jason David Frank and others, supplemented by “Creator Spotlights” with leading artists, a screening of Madsen’s film Vice and evening parties on Friday and Saturday further bolster the most diverse panel schedule ever at the event.

Some of the more interesting sessions include:

  • Interactive celebrity Q&A’s with Lee, Dushku, Punk, Cain, Madsen, Frank and others.
  • Seven cast members of “Star Trek: TNG,” including Jonathan Frakes (Commander William T. Riker), LeVar Burton (Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge), Michael Dorn (Lieutenant Worf), Marina Sirtis (Counselor Deanna Troi), Brent Spiner (Lt. Commander Data), Gates McFadden (Dr. Beverly Crusher) and John de Lancie (Q).  This is a paid event requiring an additional admission.
  • “The Walking Dead” stars Norman Reedus, Michael Rooker and Jon Bernthal discuss the popular AMC show.
  • Unique, personal meet and greet with Lee (paid event).
  • “Star Trek: TNG” breakout sessions featuring select actors from the series.
  • Screening of the feature film Vice, with brief Q&A with star Madsen
  • “Creator Spotlights” with industry giants Lee, Eastman, Jesus Saiz, Greg Capullo, Neal Adams and Ethan Van Sciver
  • Comprehensive discussions of a wide range of topics from cosplay, special effects, vampires, zombies, the public library, Grimm’s Fairy Tales and more.
  • Costume contests for adults (Saturday) and Kids (Sunday).
  • Kids Day on Sunday, with a full slate of activities specially designed for the youngsters.

Unless noted, programming events take place in the designated General Programming Rooms on the second floor of the Morial Convention Center.  Most are included as part of standard Wizard World New Orleans 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 and the Wizard Cons smartphone app for updates.

Here’s the full list of programming.

Friday, November 30
5:30 – 6:15pm Portfolio Review With David Macho (Booth #1031)
6:00 – 6:45pm Stan Lee Meet And Greet – Paid Event (Room 264)
8:00 – 11:00pm Wizard World Cosplay Drink & Draw (The Metropolitan @ 310 Andrew Higgins Dr.)

Saturday, December 1
11:00 – 11:45am Gates McFadden, Jonathan Frakes & Michael Dorn Q&A (Room 265)
11:00 – 11:45am Dean Cain Q&A (Room 272)
11:00 – 11:45am Cosplay 101 (Room 275)
11:00 – 11:45am The Artist’s Life (Room 279)
12:00 – 12:45pm Eliza Dushku Q&A (Room 265)
12:00 – 12:45pm Designing The Next Star Trek Television Show (Room 272)
12:00 – 12:45pm Basic Mold Making For Props And Special Effects Make-Up (Room 275)
12:30 – 1:15pm Stan Lee Meet And Greet – Paid Event (Room 264)
12:00 – 12:45pm Creator Spotlight: Jesus Saiz (Room 279)
1:00 – 2:00pm Portfolio Review With David Macho (Room 263)
1:00 – 1:45pm The Boondock Saints Q&A (Room 265)
1:00 – 1:45pm Vampire Lore And Other Urban Myths And Legends W/Dr. Rebecca Housel (Room 272)
1:00 – 1:45pm Starfleet – Beam Up! (Room 275)
1:00 – 1:45pm Zenescope: Grimm Fairy Tales Gets Busy And Animated In 2013 (Room 279)
2:00 – 2:45pm Kevin Sorbo Q&A (Room 272)
2:00 – 2:45pm 50 Years In The Tardis: The Many Faces Of Doctor Who (Room 275)
2:00 – 2:45pm David Mack: Creative Process Spotlight On Daredevil & Kabuki (Room 279)
3:00 – 3:45pm Creator Spotlight: Stan Lee (Room 265)
3:00 – 3:45pm WWE® Superstar CM Punk® Q&A (Room 272)
3:00 – 3:45pm Getting Graphic In The Library (Room 275)
3:00 – 3:45pm Star Trek: TNG Enterprise Bridge Restoration (Room 279)
4:00 – 4:45pm Stan Lee Heroes And Psychology (Room 265)
4:00 – 4:45pm Jason David Frank: Power Ranger Q&A (Room 272)
4:00 – 4:45pm From Concept To Page (Room 275)
4:00 – 5:45pm Silver Circle Screening And Q&A (Room 279)
5:00 – 5:45pm Creator Spotlight: Kevin Eastman (Room 272)
5:00 – 5:45pm Saving The Day: Ghostbusters Propping And Franchising (Room 275)
5:30 – 7:00pm Star Trek: The Next Generation 25th Anniversary Reunion – Paid Event (Room 265)
6:00 – 8:00pm Vice Screening W/Introduction By Michael Madsen (Room 272)
6:00 – 6:45pm Grimm Fairy Tales: What Your Mother Didn’t Tell You (Room 275)
6:00 – 6:45pm Artists Of The New 52 With Greg Capullo, Jesus Saiz & Ethan Van Sciver (Room 279)
7:00pm – 9:00pm Wizard World Adult Costume Contest (Room 265 / Cosplay Parade, Final Round & Winners Announced At The Metropolitan: 310 Andrew Higgins Dr.)
7:00 – 7:45pm The End Of The World Is Only The Beginning: Preparing For The Zombie Apocalypse (Room 279)
9:00pm – 2:00am Wizard World Masquerade Party (Metropolitan: 310 Andrew Higgins Dr.)

Sunday, December 2
11:00 – 11:45am John De Lancie Q&A (Room 265)
11:00 – 11:45am Storytelling With Michael Golden: Taking It To The Next Level (Room 279)
12:00 – 12:45pm Michael Madsen Q&A (Room 265)
12:00 – 12:45pm Breaking In Without Breaking Ties (Room 279)
1:00 – 1:45pm The Walking Dead Q&A W/Norman Reedus, Michael Rooker And Jon Bernthal (Room 265)
1:00 – 1:45pm Hound Kids Presents Border-Pups: Crashbat And Super Space Sheriffs Book Reading (Room 272)
1:00 – 1:45pm Creator Spotlight: Greg Capullo (Room 279)
2:00 – 2:45pm Levar Burton, Marina Sirtis And Brent Spiner Q&A (Room 265)
2:00 – 2:45pm Wizard World Kids Costume Contest (Room 272)
2:00 – 2:45pm Creator Spotlight: The Adams Family (Room 279)
3:00 – 3:45pm Batman And Psychology (Room 265)
3:00 – 3:45pm Meet The 501st Legion (Room 272)
3:00 – 3:45pm Creator Spotlight: Ethan Van Sciver (Room 279)
4:00 – 4:45pm Kenny Klein In Concert (Room 272)

*Seating for panels is strictly limited and available on a first served basis. each room will be cleared before panels.

Event hours are Friday, Nov. 30, 4-8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Gillian Anderson To Attend Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con

Viewers of The X-Files were told to “Trust No One” and to “Deny Everything.”  Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con attendees, on the other hand, can trust that Gillian Anderson, who starred as Agent Dana Scully in the popular Fox TV show, will be appearing at Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, and confirm that she will be attending on Saturday, December 1, and Sunday, December 2, at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Anderson an award-winning film, television, and theatre actress whose other credits include the ill-fated socialite Lily Bart in Terence Davies’ masterpiece The House of Mirth and Lady Dedlock in the very successful BBC production of Charles Dickens’ Bleak House.

In 2003, she won the Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers’ Choice Best Actress Award for her West End debut in Michael Weller’s two-hander What the Night Is For. The following year, she starred in Rebecca Gilman’s play The Sweetest Swing in Baseball which ran at London’s Royal Court Theatre from March 25 through May 15, 2004. From May 14 through July 18, 2009, she played Nora in a new version of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House at the Donmar Warehouse in London. She received a Laurence Olivier Nomination for her performance.

Anderson joins Star Trek: The Next Generation actor Sir Patrick Stewart, comics legend Stan Lee, Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Eliza Dushku, Reservoir Dogs headliner Michael Madsen and WWE® Superstar CM Punk® atop the standout lineup of celebrities scheduled to attend the event, Nov. 30 – Dec. 2.  An All-Star collection of well-known artists and a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions will also be on hand in the final event on Wizard World’s 2012 calendar.

Patrick Stewart, Stan Lee, Eliza Dushku at New Orleans Comic Con

Star Trek: The Next Generation actor Sir Patrick Stewart, comics legend Stan Lee, Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Eliza Dushku, Reservoir Dogs headliner Michael Madsen and WWE® Superstar CM Punk® top the standout lineup of celebrities scheduled to attend Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, Nov. 30 – Dec. 2, 2012, at New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.  They will be joined by an All-Star collection of well-known artists and a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions in the final event on Wizard World’s 2012 calendar.

Stewart and Lee will appear on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-2, while Dushku and Punk are scheduled to attend on Saturday and Madsen all three days.

Other headliners on the Wizard World New Orleans roster include Dean Cain (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, 90210), Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead, Henry), Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead, Night at the Museum), Kevin Sorbo (Hercules, The Legendary Journeys, Andromeda) and the Boondock Saints trio of Norman Reedus, Sean Patrick Flanery and David Della Rocco.

The lineup of superstar comic creators in New Orleans is also impressive, with Eisner Award Hall of Famer Neal Adams (Batman, Green Lantern), Eisner nominees J.G. Jones (Final Crisis, Wanted), Ethan Van Sciver (Firestorm, Green Lantern) and Ron Garney (Captain America, Wolverine), Phil Jimenez (Spider-Man, X-Men) and Michael Golden (Hulk, Daredevil) leading the way.

For more on the 2012 Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/home-neworleans.html.

Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con To Return Nov. 30 – Dec. 2

Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con Returns To Ernest N. Morial Convention Center November 30 – December 2, 2012

Expansion To Three-Day Event Follows Successful Conventions In 2011 And January 2012

NEW YORK and NEW ORLEANS, April 6, 2012 – Following hugely successful shows in its first two trips to the “Big Easy,” Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con will return to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in an expanded, three-day format, November 30 – December 2, 2012, Wizard World announced today.  Headline celebrities, artists and other details will follow in the coming weeks.

“Fans throughout the Southeast have made Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con a tremendous hit,” said John Macaluso, Wizard World CEO.  “In January, thousands came to see stars like William Shatner, Adam Baldwin, Mary McDonnell and James Marsters, comics icon Stan Lee and dozens of others.  We are working now on assembling another standout lineup of guests, VIP experiences and parties for what has become one of our most popular shows.”

On January 28-29, 2012, thousands of Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con fans met Shatner, Baldwin, McConnell, Marsters and Lee along with dozens of superstar artists such as Carlos Pacheco, George Pérez, Greg Horn, Jesus Merino, Tyler Kirkham and Arthur Suydam.  That followed up a strong debut at the Morial Convention Center in January 2011.

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

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

***** SAVE THE 2012 DATES *****
April 14-15 – Wizard World Toronto Comic Con
May 31 – June 3 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con
August 9-12 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con
September 29-30 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
October 26-28 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con
November 30 – December 2 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con

Around the Tubes

It’s the start of a new week, which just means I’m counting down until the weekend….

Around the Blogs:

Reuters – At New Orleans comic event, mere humans become heroesThe usual convention puff piece.

The Beat – The $235K (And Counting) Kickstarter ComicCongrats!

DC Women Kicking Ass – Women in Refrigerators 13 years later: time for additional way to examine women in comicsIsn’t this just more lazy writing than really anything to do with women?

Big Hollywood – Marvel Studios Now Making the Lazy Comic Cash-Ins It Was Founded to Replace – Can’t say I agree with Big Hollywood too often and don’t agree with it all, but there’s some good points here.

Kotaku – Sunday Comics: Better With Kinect – Each week Kotaku posts some great web comics.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews:

CBR – Angel & Faith #6

Eight Eisner Winnners & Nominees At New Orleans Comic Con

Official Press Release

Eight Eisner Award Winners and Nominees, Including Hall Of Famer Stan Lee, To Attend Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, January 28-29

Stan Lee Plus Three Eisner Winners Among 170+ Top Creators At New Orleans Comic Con

NEW YORK and NEW ORLEANS, January 18, 2012 – A total of eight Will Eisner Comics Industry Awards winners and nominees, including Hall of Famer Stan Lee, are among the more than 170 comic creators scheduled to attend Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, January 28-29 at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.  Lee, who co-created Spider-Man, the Hulk, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor, and dozens of other classic and world-famous characters, will be joined by Eisner winners George Pérez (“Superman,” “JSA”), Rob Guillory (“Chew”) and John Layman (“Chew,” “Puffed”).

The four Eisner Award nominees scheduled to attend are John Dell (“Ultimate Spider-Man,” “X-Men”), Joe Eisma (“Morning Glories,” “Existence 3.0”), Jesus Merino (“Avengers Forever,” “Superman/Batman”) and Alex Saviuk (“Spider-Man Newspaper Strip,” “The X-Files”).

The creators will be on hand to meet fans, sign autographs and sketch.  Many Greater New Orleans and Louisiana-based artists will be in attendance as well.

The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are considered the “Oscars” of the comic book industry. Established in 1987, they are named for renowned cartoonist Will Eisner (creator of “The Spirit” and several award-winning graphic novels).

Other superstar creators scheduled to attend include Tyler Kirkham (“Green Lantern Corps,” “Amazing Spider-Man”), Barry Kitson (“Uncanny X-Force,” “Iron Man”), Greg Horn (“Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark,” “X-Force”), Mike McKone (“Avengers,” “Fantastic Four”), Michael Golden (“Batman,” “Spider-Man”), Clayburn Moore (The CS Moore Studio Ltd.), Norm Breyfogle (“Batman Beyond,” “Life with Archie”), “Zombie King” Arthur Suydam (“Marvel Zombies,” “Army of Darkness”) and Scott Clark (“Batman Inc.,” “Brightest Day”).

New Orleans Comic Con will also feature popular celebrities such as William Shatner, Adam Baldwin, Mary McDonnell, James Marsters and Michael Biehn.

New Orleans Comic Con is the first stop on Wizard World’s 2012 North American tour.  Hours are Saturday, January 28, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, January 29, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Tickets are available in advance online at http://www.wizardworldcomiccon.com/neworleans.html at a savings over tickets purchased at the door.  Advance adult single-day tickets are priced at $30 ($40 on site); weekend all-session tickets are $45 ($55 on site), and tickets are free for children age 10 and under when accompanied by a paid adult (limit two children per adult).  VIP packages with special entry and exclusive items are also available on a limited basis.

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

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

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

Fan Groups at New Orleans Comic Con

Official Press Release

Star Wars, Ghostbusters, Steampunk Fan Clubs, Charities, Podcasters Among Special Groups To Attend Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, Jan. 28-29 At Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

Organizations From Across The Southeast Enhance Wizard World Experience

NEW YORK and NEW ORLEANS, January 17, 2012 – Nearly 30 organizations from across the Southeast, from favorite genre movie and TV show fan clubs, podcasters and charities will be attending Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, Jan. 28-29 at New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.  From cosplayers like the 501st Garrison/Bast Alpha Garrison, Louisiana Ghostbusters, Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus and NOLA Krewe of Pirate Wenches to podcasters such as the Down the Road Show and WGTR Radio to worthy charities like Comics4Kids, various groups will be on site, meeting attendees and enriching the Wizard World experience.

Some groups that fans will run into on site include:

  • 501st Garrison/Bast Alpha Garrison, the Louisiana chapter of the 501st Legion, featuring the “bad guys” from the Star Wars Universe. The 501st Legion has over 4000 members from all 50 states and 22 countries around the world.
  • Anne Rice’s Vampire Lestat, the official fan club for Anne Rice’s “Vampire Lestat,” the Vampire Chronicles and the annual New Orleans Vampire Ball.
  • Barony of Axemoor, the local chapter of the SCA, an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-Century Europe.
  • BayouCon, held in the heart of Southwest Louisiana, is Lake Charles’ original fan produced convention. This two event will offer new and exciting things in 2012 (June 30 – July 1), including a move to a better location, Exhibition Hall.
  • Cast Aways Open Theatre Troupe, whose costumed volunteers perform at fairs, festivals, conventions, and charity events. They appear in parades and in films. New Orleans Comic Con attendees are welcomed to come and visit the Royal Court of Cast Aways and participate in the Quest for the King of the Realm.
  • CoastCon, Mississippi’s oldest and largest science fiction, fantasy and gaming convention. It is the main sponsored event of CoastCon, Inc., a non-profit literary organization run by a 10-member volunteer board who give their time during the year to develop events and gatherings to promote reading, education, fellowship, and of course science fiction, fantasy and gaming.
  • Comics4Kids, a not for profit organization that collects, receives, purchases, and inherits comic books and then gives them away to children for free in hopes of improving literacy and encouraging imagination, as well as promoting the comic book collecting medium as a hobby.
  • CONtraflow, a new three-day general science fiction convention which took place at the Clarion Inn Westbank in Gretna November 4-6, 2011, just minutes from the French Quarter. Highlights included a dealers’ room, 24-hour table top gaming, a dance, a costume contest, an art show, hospitality suite and more. Guests for the first year included Author Guest of Honor David Brin, Musical Guest of Honor the great Luke Ski,Gaming Guest of Honor Michael Scott and Fan Guest of Honor Robert Neagle; as well as author and comics writer Victor Gischler and NASA science guest Les Johnson.
  • D20 Girls Project, a semi-unique business that combines Social Networking, Talent Management, and Event Services. D20 also arranges with manufacturers, publishers and conventions to provide trade show models and spokes models at gaming and fandom related industry conventions across the U.S.
  • Down the Road Show, a great, fun-loving, light-hearted, and professionally produced entertainment-oriented talk show that focuses on discussions about film, music, TV, food, comics, charity events, local happenings, etc., and bacon.
  • Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus, a parade organization for the most revelrous of Star Wars Freaks, Trekkies, Whovians, Mega-Geeks, Circuit Benders, Cryptozooligists, UFO Conspiracy Theorists, and all the rest of Super Nerdom.
  • Louisiana Ghostbusters, a fan-based Ghostbusters franchise. As costumers and fans of Ghostbusters, LG represents an open costuming policy with movie-accurate props and wardrobe representing all aspects of the Ghostbusters series of movies, cartoons, games, and novels. As a service organization, the group directs money to charities, participates in fundraisers for charities, attends fund-raising events, and performs charitable acts and community service.
  • MechaCon™ bridges the genres of Anime and Transformers with Japanese cultural exhibits, panels and presentations, MechaCon™ was the first convention of its kind.  It will be held Sept. 7-9 at Hilton New Orleans Riverside.
  • Mind’s Eye Society, founded in 1992, an international fan organization dedicated to White Wolf’s World of Darkness in all its incarnations. One of the world’s largest gaming fan communities, with thousands of members all over the globe, The Mind’s Eye Society not only offers global World of Darkness roleplaying chronicles but also supports charity fundraising, community service activities and social events organized by its members.
  • Mississippi Mandalorians, founded in April 2005, now grown to be the premier and largest Sci-Fi appreciation group in the state of Mississippi having also appeared at Celebration IV and V.
  • Mobicon, Mobile, Alabama’s annual three-day science fiction, fantasy, gaming, anime, paranormal, horror, and comic convention, set for May 18-20, 2012.  Mobicon is a not for profit convention and proceeds benefit a local charity.
  • New Orleans Public Library, the premier cultural institution that celebrates and preserves the collective memory and living history of New Orleans, Louisiana and the world. NOPL fosters the future aspirations and democratic dreams of all.
  • NOLA Krewe of Pirate Wenches, Piratical social club based in the 300 year old City of New Orleans. Founded in August 2007, its mission is to bring a taste of the revelrous high seas into the lives of modern-day pirates and wenches as they eat, drink, and terrorize the town for great causes.
  • One World by Night, an organization dedicated to creating links between White Wolf’s Mind’s Eye Theatre LARP games around the world. By combining the various stories of member Chronicles, OWbN hopes to enhance the enjoyment of its members by expanding local plots to the world, truly creating a World of Darkness. OWbN currently stretches to over 100 chronicles in the US, Canada, Brazil, New Zealand, and Israel.
  • Rebel Legion, Dagobah Base, a chapter of the Rebel Legion serving the state of Louisiana, is a volunteer Star Wars costuming organization of fans who enjoy researching and recreating a wide range of costumes that represent the “good guys” of the Star Wars stories.
  • Red Stick Rebellion Star Wars Collectors Club, a Star Wars collectors group based in Baton Rouge, La.  Every month it has a different focus topic presented by individuals who have a great deal of knowledge in the area – plus they always have our regular general discussion, trading and lots of fun.
  • The Steam Engine Intrepid, a renegade steampunk group out of San Antonio Texas but with scouts in other cities, which prefers to travel by rail because the thought of an airship sickens its leader, the Dark Professor.
  • Steampunk Americans, a group of Steampunk enthusiast in New Orleans. NOLA is truly Victorian city where the ships still run on steam and the Absinthe flows like water. As one of the last bastions of the civilized world, this city still let citizens smoke tobacco in the taverns and openly drink in the glow of the gas streetlights.
  • The Garou Nation, a national organization of networked Live Action Werewolf: The Apocalypse Role-playing games that share a universe in White Wolf’s original World of Darkness game setting. The Garou Nation’s goal is to enhance and expand different chronicles across the country as a shared network that shares those experiences with friends and fellow players.
  • UltimaCon, an Anime, Gaming and LARPing Convention that seeks to cater to a variety of interests such as Japanese culture and animation, video gaming, tabletop miniatures and collectible card gaming, Live-Action-Roleplaying, and other intertwining interests.  Set for Friday May 25, through Sunday, May 27, at the Sheraton New Orleans.
  • USS Azrael, the only correspondence chapter of Starfleet International in Louisiana, part of Starfleet the International Star Trek fan club, with members all over the state and afar. The Chapter is unique that it is designed for the busy person still wanting to enjoy Fun, Family, and Friendship in a Sci-Fi environment.
  • USS Corsair, provides fans a way to meet each other, make friends, have fun, give back to their community, and show that the dream of Star Trek’s creator Gene Roddenberry can endure. In 2007, the club was awarded “Shakedown Mission of the Year” by its parent organization, Starfleet International and in 2010, it received the Regional Chapter of the Year Award.
  • WGTR “World Grand Theft Radio,” the nationwide internet radio station No. 1 worldwide Halloween radio station in Sept & Oct. With over 30 original shows a week live, “our mission to make your on air dreams come true!”

Wizard World Austin Comic Con features stars William Shatner, Stan Lee, Adam Baldwin, Mary McDonnell and James Marsters among dozens of celebrities and industry professionals celebrating the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.

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

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

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

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