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Family-Friendly Activities Dominate Sunday At Wizard World Toronto Comic Con

Family-Friendly Activities Dominate Sunday At Wizard World Toronto Comic Con

Full Day of Events Planned; Kids Under 10 Free With Paid Adult

NEW YORK and TORONTO, March 29, 2012 – Kids take center stage on Sunday, April 15, at Wizard World Toronto Comic Con with activities specially designed for youngsters taking place through out the day.  Families will be able to enjoy activities such as Build a Bear featuring Mascot Bearemy; face painting, the impossibly cute Kid’s Costume Contest; Star Wars Kids: Power Hour, and Toronto Mediatheque Animation Workshop.

Build a Bear, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Mascot Bearemy will be onsite to take photos with kids. Build a Bear will be handing out colouring pages and activity sheets and the final works will be placed in a very cool display.

Face Painting, noon – 6 p.m. – Children will enjoy face painting throughout the day.

Kid’s Costume Contest, 1 – 1:45 p.m., Children ages 10 and under can participate in this special event with fun prizes just for families and the youngsters.

- Star Wars Kids: Power Hour, 2 – 2:45 p.m. – It’s never too early to experience Star Wars. Bring the whole family for this special activity session featuring Star Wars-themed games, crafts and activities for children ages 3 to 10.

Animation Domination, 4 – 6 p.m. – The National Film Board of Canada invites you to explore the process of animation with this special animation workshop designed for children ages 3 to13. Participants will have the opportunity to create their own original short film that they can keep! Space limited to 25 children. To sign up visit http://bit.ly/animationworkshop.

Toronto Comic Con is scheduled as the second stop on Wizard World’s 2012 North American tour.  Hours are Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, April 15, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.  Tickets are available in advance online at http://www.wizardworldcomiccon.com/toronto.html at a savings over tickets purchased at the door.  Advance adult single-day tickets are priced at $25 ($38 on site); two-day tickets are $40 ($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.wizardworldcomiccon.com.

***** SAVE THE 2012 DATES *****
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 2013 – New Orleans Comic Con

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Fan Groups To Attend Toronto Comic Con

Ghostbusters, Star Wars, Steampunk Fan Clubs, Podcasters, Roller Derby Stars Among More Than 20 Organizations Set To Attend Wizard World Toronto Comic Con

Groups Add Fun Fan Experiences At Metro Toronto Convention Centre, April 14-15

NEW YORK and TORONTO, March 21, 2012 – Cosplay groups supporting their favorite movie and TV franchises, podcasts and radio shows, comics events and roller derby athletes are among the more than 20 organizations scheduled to attend Wizard World Toronto Comic Con, April 14-15 at Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC).  The appearance of fan-friendly groups like the 501st Vaders Fist, N.Y. Jedi, Ontario Ghostbusters, Toronto Steampunk Society and many more is a staple of Wizard World events, greatly enhancing the atmosphere and involving attendees in photos, interviews and more.

Groups Toronto Comic Con-goers can meet next month include:

  • 501st Vader’s Fist, which since 1997 spread the magic of the Star Wars genre worldwide through its authentic-looking costumes, and has become the leading force in fan-based charity events. The 501st, also known as “Vader’s Fist,” is truly dedicated to brightening the lives of those less-fortunate. www.501st.com.
  • ActionFigureNews.ca, premier community for Canadian Action Figure Collectors to share news, toy sightings and discuss everything collectible toy related online.
  • Anime North, Toronto’s fan-run not-for-profit Japanese anime convention, one of the largest in North America, held each year on the May Memorial Day weekend.
  • Canadian Joe Con, the Canadian G.I. Joe Convention, the largest gathering of G.I. Joe fans in Canada, hosted by JoeCanuck.com.
  • Can’t Stop the Serenity, a global effort to raise funds to support NGO, Equality Now, equalitynow.org in their fight to end violence against women around the world.
  • Cross the Streams Radio, a radio show that deals with anything Ghostbusters related or any nerdy topic the hosts hold dear and love, whether it is news about the possible third film or remembering the old cartoons and video games
  • Doctor Who Society of Canada, a social network for Whovians of all ages from coast to coast. It is a fledgling community, focusing on social interaction, intelligent exchange and commonality
  • 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.
  • e-Sports Championship (ESC), an e-sports event series dedicated to competitive play. Owned and operated by Pownz e-Sports, the ESC’s events primarily take place in Canada.
  • Epoch Toronto, a demonstrative, high fantasy LARP that has a strong focus on combat as well as role play in the game and social activities out of game
  • Klingon Assault Group/Crimson Knight Fleet, a not-for-profit Star Trek fan club. For over twenty years, KAG has been the world’s foremost costuming-based Klingon fan club, with thousands of members across North America, as well as Europe, Australia, and elsewhere.
  • The Mind Reels, bloggers and podcasters who focus on television shows, movies, books, and other arenas of pop culture
  • N.Y. Jedi, a community of sci-fi fans, actors, martial artists, costumers and performers who share a particular passion for fight choreography and Light Sabers.
  • Ontario Ghostbusters, a fan-based costuming group interested in attending events in costume to entertain and educate the fans about Ghostbusters and raise money for charity while having a great time doing what they love to do.
  • Polaris, a weekend long celebration of science fiction and fantasy, running strong for 26 years, with celebrities and hundreds of hours of events and programming for every type of fan.
  • Pretty in Geek, a sitcom about a game that has received loved and dedication from millions of geeks the world over – tabletop gaming. This is a show about the ladies who risk everything in a dungeon crawl. And the male LARPer who complicates everything else.
  • Rebel Legion Canadian Base, an international Star Wars costuming organization created by, of and for people interested in creating costumes from the Star Wars mythos.
  • Sexy Nerd Girl, a fictional web series that follows the life of vlogger Valerie Lapomme, a self-professed sexy nerd girl, who digs comics, sci-fi, fantasy, computers, video games, Pokemon and sex.
  • TdotComics, a website Alice Quinn started to bring together the Toronto comics community in 2008, providing local event coverage, spotlighting the local creators, discussing the comics industry at large and bringing the fans to the front lines with recent news.
  • Tfcon, Canada’s 11th Annual Transformers Collectors Convention is July 27th through 29th, 2012, at the Delta Meadowvale Resort and Conference Centre, 6750 Mississauga Road, Mississauga, Ontario.
  • Tights and Fights, a comedy Web and Transmedia Series that gives viewers a hilarious peek into the day to day lives of super heroes and super villains.
  • Toronto Roller Derby League, the largest flat-track derby league in Canada. Founded in 2006, ToRD boasts four house teams, one travel team, a farm team, and roster of over 100 active skaters hitting the concrete – literally!
  • Toronto Steampunk Society, a meeting place for all the steampunk enthusiasts in the GTA, and a local community of people who take an interest in the science fiction genre and the subculture surrounding it. Its goal is to provide a social environment for enjoyment and promotion of steampunk culture.

Toronto Comic Con, which features headliners Scott Bakula, Jeri Ryan, Paul Wesley, WWE® Superstar EDGE® and Amy Acker among its top celebrity guests, is scheduled as the second stop on Wizard World’s 2012 North American tour.  Hours are Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, April 15, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.  Tickets are available in advance online at http://www.wizardworldcomiccon.com/toronto.html at a savings over tickets purchased at the door.  Advance adult single-day tickets are priced at $25 ($38 on site); two-day tickets are $40 ($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.wizardworldcomiccon.com.

***** SAVE THE 2012 DATES *****
April 14-15 – Toronto Comic Con
May 31 – June 3 – Philadelphia Comic Con
August 9-12 – Chicago Comic Con
September 29-30 – Mid-Ohio Comic Con
October 26-28 – Austin Comic Con
TBD 2013 – New Orleans Comic Con

Toronto Comic Con Announces Programming

‘Quantum Leap,’ ‘Being Human’ Panels, Jeri Ryan, Paul Wesley, WWE® Hall of Famer Edge®, Amy Acker Q&A’s, Evening Parties Highlight Wizard World Toronto Comic Con Programming

‘The Last Starfighter’ Movie Screening, Colin Ferguson, Sean Maher Panels, Comics Sessions with Top Creators, Portfolio Screenings And More At Metro Toronto Convention Centre, April 14-15

NEW YORK and TORONTO, March 13, 2012 – Interactive sessions with “Quantum Leap” headliners Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell, the “Being Human” trio of Sam Witwer, Sam Huntington and Meaghan Rath and stars like Jeri Ryan, Paul Wesley, WWE® Hall of Famer Edge® and Amy Acker, evening parties, movie screenings, comics sessions and more highlight the special programming offerings at Wizard World Toronto Comic Con, April 14-15 at Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC).  The two days are packed with fun, informative panels which span the world of pop culture from movies to comics to television and more.

Some of the top sessions include:

  • A “Quantum Leap” reunion, with stars Bakula and Stockwell sharing stories about the award-winning sci-fi series
  • Witwer, Huntington and Rath show their human sides in discussing the hit Syfy series which already has a huge cult following
  • Q&A and unique meet-and-greet opportunity with Ryan, “Seven of Nine” on “Star Trek: Voyager” and standout character actress in “Boston Public” and “Body of Proof”
  • WWE® Hall of Famer Edge® won’t throw any chairs – we don’t think – but fans will want to grab one for this larger-than-life superstar’s panel
  • Acker, Paul Wesley, Colin Ferguson and Sean Maher dish on their respective careers and roles
  • Informative, interactive sessions with superstar artists including Michael Golden, Dave Ross, Mike Deodato Jr., John McCrea, Ken Lashley, Francis Manapul, Dale Keown, Greg Horn and others
  • Screening of the groundbreaking 1984 film THE LAST STARFIGHTER, hosted by stars Catherine Mary Stewart and Lance Guest
  • Portfolio reviews by Glass House Graphics CEO David Campiti and his professional team, looking for the next big star artists
  • Party time… including Wizard World Toronto Drink And Draw, hosted by artist Tommy Castillo, and the Official After Party (locations TBD)
  • The popular adult costume contest and fun kids costume contest with great prizes

Unless noted, Toronto Comic Con programming will take place in the designated panel rooms at the MTCC, and is included with admission to the event.  The Jeri Ryan Meet and Greet requires a separate ticket purchase.  Seating for panels is strictly limited and available on a first come first serve basis and each room will be cleared between panels.

The full schedule is at http://www.wizardworldcomiccon.com/programming-toronto.html and below:

Saturday 04/14

Portfolio Reviews
Calling all artists! If you’re an aspiring comic illustrator, make sure to visit the Glass House Graphics booth where CEO David Campiti will conduct professional art and portfolio reviews.  David has discovered and trained such superstars as Ed Benes, Ivan Reis, Joe Bennett, Luke Ross, Al Rio, Stephen Segovia, Harvey Tolibao, Bong Dazo, Cliff Richards, Will Conrad, and Mike Deodato – and you could be next! (BOOTH 919)

11:00 – 11:45AM
How To Fail In Comics
Big City Comics hosts this informative panel dissecting some of the biggest failures and successes of in the comic industry, including video clips from the documentary How to Fail in Comics, which features interviews with dozens of comic greats – including Stan Lee, Neal Adams, Michael Golden and more! (ROOM A)

Storytelling With Michael Golden: Taking It To The Next Level
Join groundbreaking storyteller Michael Golden – known for his work on Dr. Strange, The ‘Nam, G. I. Joe, and Batman – as he shares his fundamental rules for how to craft your story and take it to a professional level. (ROOM B)

12:00 – 12:45PM
Penciling For Comics With Dave Ross
Max the Mutt Animation Studios presents this interactive workshop where students will be introduced to the step-by-step process involved in the art of illustrating comic books, including script breakdowns, page and panel design, and the roughing out of story sequences through to the finished “pencils” stage. (ROOM A)

Colin Ferguson Q&A
Actor Colin Ferguson makes his Wizard World debut at Toronto Comic Con, and will take to the stage to spill on his days as Sheriff Jack Carter on the wildly popular Syfy series “Eureka.” (ROOM B)

1:00 – 1:30PM
Vampire Lore And Other Urban Myths And Legends
If a little “love bite” could make you faster, stronger, more beautiful and immortal, why wouldn’t you do it? The “Pop Culture Professor” Dr. Rebecca Housel answers this question and more as she explores the world’s fascination with vampires, wolves, ghosts and everything supernatural. (ROOM B)

1:00 – 1:45PM
Chalk Talk With Mike Deodato Jr.
Don’t miss the chance to learn from superstar artist Mike Deodato Jr. (The Amazing Spider-Man; Wonder Woman) in a special workshop where he will share the tricks and tips behind some of his best works.  Moderated and abetted by Glass House Graphics artist agency’s CEO David Campiti, who will also do portfolio reviews all weekend for their 2012 talent hunt! (ROOM A)

1:30 – 2:00PM
Wizard Spotlight: WWE® Superstar EDGE®
WWE® Superstar Edge® sits down in a very special session where he will share the story behind his rise to wrestling superstardom. (ROOM B)

2:00 – 2:45PM
Being Human Panel
Sam Huntington (“Cavemen”; Superman Returns), Sam Witwer (“Smallville”; “Battlestar Galactica”) and Meaghan Rath (“The Assistants”) reunite to dish on their on-screen double lives, and all of the shenanigans that go on behind-the-scenes of their Syfy series “Being Human.” (ROOM A)

Breaking Into Comics: International Invasion
International superstar artists John McCrea (Batman; Superman), Javi Fernandez (Flashpoint; The Outsider) and Jock (Detective Comics; Batman) share how they propelled to the top of the American market, as well the differences and difficulties they have when dealing with American editors and publishers. This is a rare USA appearance for all three artists, so don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from these comic masters! (ROOM B)

3:00 – 3:45PM
Paul Wesley Q&A
Paul Wesley’s fame reached new heights with his role as Stefan Salvatore on the breakout series “The Vampire Diaries.” Don’t miss his Wizard World Comic Con debut, where he will share his favorite moments from the show at the core of America’s vampire obsession. (ROOM A)

Steampunk 101
Join the Toronto Steampunk Society as they give you a tour of the exciting world of prop weapons and Steampunk fashion! They will share the tricks and short cuts to building your own Steampunk armory and wardrobe, including step-by-step instruction on everything from corset construction and bustling, to distressing your weapons. (ROOM B)

4:00 – 4:45PM
Jeri Ryan Q&A
With a résumé that includes impressive roles including Seven of Nine on “Star Trek: Voyager,” Ronnie Cooke on “Boston Public,” or her newest role as Kate Murphy on “Body of Proof,” Ryan talks to fans about her extensive career, ups and downs in the industry and her thoughts on the new generation of sci-fi and fantasy on television.  (ROOM A)

Comic Scene: 2012 Preview
Ken Lashley (Batwing; Lucas Films), Marcus To (Batwing; The Huntress), Francis Manapul (The Flash; Adventure Comics) and Marco Rudy (Action Comics; Superboy) – four incredible artists working on one of the most anticipated re-launches yet – team up to discuss all of the great new projects we can expect to see in 2012. (ROOM B)

5:00 – 5:30PM
Jeri Ryan Meet And Greet
Don’t miss your chance to meet Jeri Ryan, and you will also have the opportunity to take one photo with her on your own camera. Refreshments will be served. Spots are very limited and this event will be closed once we reach capacity. You must present a Jeri Ryan Meet and Greet ticket to gain entry to this event.

5:00 – 5:45PM
Doctor Who: From Totter’s Lane To Demon’s Run – Adventures In Time, In Space
Doctor Who is the longest running science fiction series in the world. Travel by TARDIS and explore this phenomenon with fans of both the classic and new series. It’s a panel about everything Doctor Who! (ROOM B)

5:00 – 7:00PM
The Last Starfighter Screening – With Catherine Mary Stewart And Lance Guest
Lance Guest and Catherine Mary Stewart host a special screening of the 1984 sci-fi adventure film The Last Starfighter, where Lance Guest stars as Alex Rogan, an average teenage boy that runs away from his family and girlfriend (Stewart) after he is recruited by an alien defense force to fight an interstellar war.     (ROOM A)

6:00 – 6:45PM
Comic Con Costuming With The 501st
The 501st costuming group shares their tips, skills and ideas on how to build and improve your comic con costumes. Whether you’re a Jedi, Rebel Pilot, Trooper or Princess, they will share their knowledge on how to make sure your costume is the best. (ROOM B)

7:00 – 9:00PM
Adult Costume Contest
Get your best costume together and come on down to Wizard World’s Toronto Comic Con costume contest for fun prizes and some of the craziest outfits you’ll see this weekend! (ROOM A)

8:00 – 10:00PM
Wizard World Toronto Drink And Draw – Hosted By Tommy Castillo
Some will drink…some will draw…and the best will take on the challenge of doing both! Don’t miss your chance to hang out with some of your favorite artists at the official Wizard World Drink and Draw, hosted by Tommy Castillo! (Location TBD)

Official Wizard World Toronto Comic Con After Party
All dressed up with nowhere to go? Come hit the dance floor and show us what you’ve got at the official Wizard World Toronto Comic Con After Party!  It’s the perfect chance to mingle and show off your costumes, or just have a drink at the bar. There will be lots of surprises in store for the night and you never know just who will pop in, so make sure to get there early.  Free admission with show wristband. Must be 21+ to enter. (Location TBD)

Sunday 04/15

Portfolio Reviews
Calling all artists! If you’re an aspiring comic illustrator, make sure to visit the Glass House Graphics booth where CEO David Campiti will conduct professional art and portfolio reviews.  David has
discovered and trained such superstars as Ed Benes, Ivan Reis, Joe Bennett, Luke Ross, Al Rio, Stephen Segovia, Harvey Tolibao, Bong Dazo, Cliff Richards,  Will Conrad, and Mike Deodato – and you could be next! (BOOTH 919)

12:00 – 12:45PM
Quantum Leap Reunion With Scott Bakula And Dean Stockwell
Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell reunite for a very special appearance at Toronto Comic Con. The two will take a leap back in time to dish on their days as Dr. Sam Beckett and Admiral Al Calavicci on the hit show “Quantum Leap.” (ROOM A)

The Makings Of A Superhero
Tyler Kirkham (Green Lantern Corps; Amazing Spider-Man) Greg Tocchini (Batman and Robin; FF) and Dale Keown (Hulk; The Pitt) are the super artists behind some of your favorite superheroes, and will share the art processes behind their work on legendary series such as X-Men, The Hulk and The Amazing Spider-Man. (ROOM B)

1:00 – 1:45PM
Sean Maher Q&A
Sean Maher – better known to Whedonites as Simon Tam on the sci-fi series “Firefly” and its spin-off movie Serenity – is sure to keep you laughing when he shares the stories behind how his jump into Whedonverse has changed life as he knew it. (ROOM B)

Kid’s Costume Contest
Bring kids 10 and under for this special event with fun prizes just for families and the youngsters. (ROOM B)

2:00 – 2:45PM
Amy Acker Q&A
With leading roles in shows such as “Angel,” “Alias” and “Dollhouse,” it’s no wonder why Amy Acker has become a fan favorite. Acker sits down to talk to fans about her favorite career roles, and shares her thoughts on the new generation of sci-fi and fantasy on television.  (ROOM A)

Star Wars Kids: Power Hour
It’s never too early to experience Star Wars. Bring the whole family for this special activity session featuring Star Wars-themed games, crafts and activities for kids ages 3 – 10. (ROOM B)

3:00 – 3:45PM
Digital Art School With Greg Horn
Marvel and DC artist Greg Horn (Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark; Blackest Night covers) leads a discussion on the future of digital art, and takes you through his creative process in creating all of your favorite pieces. (ROOM A)

4:00 – 6:00PM
Gaming 101 With Anime North
Gamers unite! Anime North hosts the gaming panel of all panels, and will share the tips, tricks and secrets that you won’t find anywhere else. (ROOM B)

Animation Domination
The National Film Board of Canada invites you to explore the process of animation with this special animation workshop designed for kids ages 3-13, where they will have the opportunity to create their own original short film that they can keep! (ROOM A)

Toronto Comic Con is scheduled as the second stop on Wizard World’s 2012 North American tour.  Hours are Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, April 15, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.  Tickets are available in advance online at http://www.wizardworldcomiccon.com/toronto.html at a savings over tickets purchased at the door.  Advance adult single-day tickets are priced at $25 ($38 on site); two-day tickets are $40 ($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.wizardworldcomiccon.com.

***** SAVE THE 2012 DATES *****
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 2013 – New Orleans Comic Con

100 Top Creators To Attend Toronto Comic Con

More Than 100 Top Creators Already Scheduled To Attend 2012 Wizard World Toronto Comic Con, April 14-15 At Metro Toronto Convention Centre

World-Class Lineup Includes Mike Deodato Jr., “Jock,” John McCrea, Dale Keown, Tyler Kirkham, Greg Horn, Arthur Suydam, Emmy Award Winner Phil Ortiz of “The Simpsons”

NEW YORK and TORONTO, March 7, 2012 – Artist Alley will be abuzz as more than 100 talented  creators, known for their work on virtually every blockbuster comics franchise, are scheduled attendance at Wizard World Toronto Comic Con, April 14-15 at Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC).  The collection of superstars features international guests as well as top GTA talent, and more are expected to join in the coming weeks.

The world-class lineup includes such notables as Mike Deodato Jr. (“Amazing Spider-Man,” “Wonder Woman”), “Jock” (“Detective Comics,” “Batman”), John McCrea (“Hitman,” “Transmetropolitan”), Javi Fernandez (“Flashpoint: The Outsider,” “Captain America: First Vengeance”), Dale Keown (“Hulk,” “The Pitt”), Tyler Kirkham (“Green Lantern Corps,” “Blackest Night”), Emmy Award Winner Phil Ortiz (“The Simpsons,” “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe”), Greg Horn (“Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark,” “X-Force”), Francis Manapul (“The Flash,” “Adventure Comics”) and Arthur Suydam (“Marvel Zombies,” “Army of Darkness”).

The third annual Toronto Comic Con, produced by Wizard World, Inc. (WIZD.PK), will bring together thousands of fans of all ages and dozens of celebrities and industry professionals 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.

Marcus To (“The Huntress,” “The Authority”), Ken Lashley (“Batwing,” “Avengers”), David Mack (“Kabuki,” “Daredevil”), Greg Tocchini (“Batman and Robin,” “Hulk”), Michael Golden (“Batman,” “Spider-Man”), Mike del Mundo (“Venom,” “The Amazing Spider-Man”) and Leonard Kirk (“X-Factor,” “Wonder Woman”) are among the other top artists scheduled to attend.

Top celebrities such as Scott Bakula (“Star Trek: Enterprise,” “Quantum Leap”), Amy Acker (“Angel,” THE CABIN IN THE WOODS), Paul Wesley (“The Vampire Diaries,” “24”), Jeri Ryan (“Star Trek: Voyager,” “Boston Public”), WWE® Hall of Famer Edge® and Dean Stockwell (MARRIED TO THE MOB, “Battlestar Galactica”) are also scheduled to appear at Toronto Comic Con, which has moved to the more prominent downtown venue for 2012.

Children and adult attendees are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite villain, superhero or pop culture personality for the chance to win special prizes in costume contests.  Event-goers may also try their hand at interactive product exhibits and shop for collectible comics, movie and television memorabilia, toys and games at scores of dealer booths.

Toronto Comic Con is scheduled as the second stop on Wizard World’s 2012 North American tour.  Hours are Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, April 15, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.  Tickets are available in advance online at http://www.wizardworldcomiccon.com/toronto.html at a savings over tickets purchased at the door.  Advance adult single-day tickets are priced at $25 ($38 on site); two-day tickets are $40 ($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 MTCC
The Metro Toronto Convention Centre (http://www.mtccc.com) is Canada’s #1 convention and trade show facility.  It is located in the heart of downtown Toronto, within walking distance of almost 13,000 hotel rooms, shopping, restaurants and Toronto sites.

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 – 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 2013 – New Orleans Comic Con

Dean Stockwell Joins Toronto Comic Con Lineup

Another Giant Leap:  Academy Award, Emmy Nominee Dean Stockwell To Attend 2012 Wizard World Toronto Comic Con, April 14-15 At Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Veteran Of More Than Six Decades In Movies and TV To Make First Wizard World Appearance, Joining Fellow Quantum Leap Star Scott Bakula, Paul Wesley, Jeri Ryan, Other Notables

NEW YORK and TORONTO, February 20, 2012 – In a career which began as a standout child actor in the 1940s, Dean Stockwell has appeared in nearly 200 movies and television shows.  Now after having starred in “Quantum Leap” and performed memorable roles in shows like “Battlestar Galactica” and films like MARRIED TO THE MOB, the Academy Award nominee and four-time Emmy nominee will be making his first appearance at a Wizard World show when he meets fans, signs autographs, poses for photos and takes part in a Q&A panel at Wizard World Toronto Comic Con, April 14-15 at Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC).

Stockwell will be joined at the event by Scott Bakula, the lead in “Quantum Leap,” for which Stockwell earned all four of his Emmy nods.  Other popular stars scheduled to attend Toronto Comic Con include Paul Wesley, Jeri Ryan and Amy Acker along with WWE® Superstar Edge® and dozens of standout celebs and talented comic book artists and writers.

Stockwell, who will turn 76 on March 3, is one of a handful of Hollywood child stars who has gone on to on-screen success as an adult.  His preteen roles included 1940s blockbusters ANCHORS AWEIGH (1945) and GENTLEMAN’S AGREEMENT (1947), followed by well-received parts in SONS AND LOVERS (1960) and LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT (1962).

After a hiatus, Stockwell resumed his film career, taking on sophisticated supporting roles, including his Oscar-nominee-worthy performance in MARRIED TO THE MOB (1988) before playing the “boss” to Bakula in “Quantum Leap” (1989-93), appearing in the sci-fi series’ entire 97-episode run.

Toronto Comic Con, produced by Wizard World, Inc. (WIZD.PK), will bring together thousands of fans of all ages and dozens of celebrities and industry professionals 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.

Children and adult attendees are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite villain, superhero or pop culture personality for the chance to win special prizes in costume contests.  Event-goers may also try their hand interactive product exhibits and shop for collectible comics, movie and television memorabilia, toys and games at scores of dealer booths.

Toronto Comic Con is scheduled as the second stop on Wizard World’s 2012 North American tour.  Hours are Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, April 15, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.  Tickets are available in advance online at http://www.wizardworldcomiccon.com/toronto.html at a savings over tickets purchased at the door.  Advance adult single-day tickets are priced at $25 ($38 on site); two-day tickets are $40 ($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 MTCC
The Metro Toronto Convention Centre (http://www.mtccc.com) is Canada’s #1 convention and trade show facility.  It is located in the heart of downtown Toronto, within walking distance of almost 13,000 hotel rooms, shopping, restaurants and Toronto sites.

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 – 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 2013 – New Orleans Comic Con

Toronto Comic Con Celebrities and Creators

Official Press Release

Paul Wesley, Jeri Ryan, Scott Bakula, WWE® Superstar Edge®, Amy Acker Among Headliners At 2012 Wizard World Toronto Comic Con, April 14-15 At Metro Toronto Convention Centre

World-Class Comics Creator Lineup Includes Mike Deodato Jr., “Jock,” John McCrea, Dale Keown, Tyler Kirkham, Greg Horn, Arthur Suydam Among Dozens Of Others

NEW YORK and TORONTO, February 2, 2012 – A state-of-the-art downtown venue, new dates and fresh celebrity guests mark the third Wizard World Toronto Comic Con, which today announced its standout lineup scheduled to attend the event, April 14-15 at Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC).  Popular screen stars Paul Wesley, Jeri Ryan, Scott Bakula and Amy Acker will be joined by WWE® Superstar Edge® and dozens of standout celebs and talented comic book artists and writers at the convention, which promises to be even bigger and better in 2012.

Bakula (“Star Trek: Enterprise,” “Quantum Leap”) and Acker (“Angel,” THE CABIN IN THE WOODS) will appear both days, while Wesley (“The Vampire Diaries,” “24”), Ryan (“Star Trek: Voyager,” “Boston Public”) and Edge® are scheduled to attend on Saturday only.

“Toronto and the entire region have embraced Wizard World Toronto Comic Con over the past two years, and we’re excited to bring a first-class event to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre,” said John Macaluso, Wizard World Board of Directors.  “From well-known, relevant stars like Paul Wesley and Jeri Ryan and classic and cult actors and actresses to an outstanding collection of big-time artists and a unique array of exhibitors and vendors, there’s something for everyone.”

The event, produced by Wizard World, Inc. (WIZD.PK), will bring together thousands of fans of all ages and dozens of celebrities and industry professionals 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 shows always have top-notch comics creators on hand, and Toronto Comic Con boasts one of the most impressive rosters ever.  Headlining the group are Mike Deodato Jr. (“Amazing Spider-Man,” “Wonder Woman”), “Jock” (“Detective Comics,” “Batman”), John McCrea (“Hitman,” “Transmetropolitan”), Javi Fernandez (“Flashpoint: The Outsider,” “Captain America: First Vengeance”), Dale Keown (“Hulk,” “The Pitt”), Tyler Kirkham (“Green Lantern Corps,” “Blackest Night”), Marcus To (“The Huntress,” “The Authority”), Ken Lashley (“Batwing,” “Avengers”), David Mack (“Kabuki,” “Daredevil”), Greg Tocchini (“Batman and Robin,” “Hulk”), Michael Golden (“Batman,” “Spider-Man”), Greg Horn (“Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark,” “X-Force”) and Arthur Suydam (“Marvel Zombies,” “Army of Darkness”).

Other popular celebrity guests scheduled for Toronto include Colin Ferguson (“Eureka,” THE OPPOSITE OF SEX), Sean Maher (“Serenity,” “Firefly”), Jeremy Bulloch (STAR WARS: EPISODE V, VI, III, “Doctors”), Sam Witwer (“Smallville,” THE MIST), Sam Huntington (SUPERMAN RETURNS, FANBOYS), Meaghan Rath (“Being Human,” LOST AND DELIRIOUS) and Catherine Mary Stewart (WEEKEND AT BERNIE’S, THE LAST STARFIGHTER).

Children and adult attendees are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite villain, superhero or pop culture personality for the chance to win special prizes in costume contests.  Event-goers may also try their hand interactive product exhibits and shop for collectible comics, movie and television memorabilia, toys and games at scores of dealer booths.

Toronto Comic Con is scheduled as the second stop on Wizard World’s 2012 North American tour.  Hours are Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, April 15, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.  Tickets are available in advance online at http://www.wizardworldcomiccon.com/toronto.html at a savings over tickets purchased at the door.  Advance adult single-day tickets are priced at $25 ($38 on site); two-day tickets are $40 ($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 MTCC
The Metro Toronto Convention Centre (http://www.mtccc.com) is Canada’s #1 convention and trade show facility.  It is located in the heart of downtown Toronto, within walking distance of almost 13,000 hotel rooms, shopping, restaurants and Toronto sites.

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 – 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 2013 – New Orleans Comic Con

Wizard World Toronto Comic Con To Move to MTCC in 2012

Official Press Release

Wizard World Moves 2012 Toronto Comic Con to Metro Toronto Convention Centre, To April 14-15

Early Guest Confirmations Include Paul McGillion of ‘Stargate: Atlantis,’ Guest of Honor Mike Deodato Jr., Eisner Hall Of Famer Marv Wolfman

NEW YORK and TORONTO, October 26, 2011 – Coming off extremely successful events in its first two annual Toronto shows, Wizard World Inc. (WIZD. PK) today announced a venue change for the 2012 Wizard World Toronto Comic Con, part of North America’s largest pop-culture tour.  The event will be held April 14-15, 2012, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) in downtown Toronto.

Among the guests that have already committed to the event are actor Paul McGillion (“Stargate: Atlantis,” “Star Trek”), Eisner Award Hall of Fame writer Marv Wolfman (“DCU Online,” “Crisis on Infinite Earths”), and artists Mike Deodato Jr. (“Amazing Spider-Man,” “Wonder Woman”), John McCrea (“Hitman,” “Transmetropolitan”) and Barry Kitson (“Uncanny X-Force,” “FF”).  Additional celebrities and creators will be announced at a later date.

“Wizard World Toronto Comic Con has grown tremendously in its first two years, making this move to the Metro Toronto Convention Center a natural,” said John Macaluso, Wizard World Board of Directors.  “The support from Toronto and across Canada for this event has continued to increase, and this will allow us to accommodate even more fans, vendors, celebrities, artists and sponsors next April in a state-of-the-art venue in a great downtown location.”

Toronto Comic Con is scheduled as the second stop on Wizard World’s 2012 North American tour.  Hours are Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, April 15, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.  Tickets are available in advance online at http://www.wizardworldcomiccon.com/toronto.html at a savings over tickets purchased at the door.  Advance adult single-day tickets are priced at $25 ($38 on site); two-day tickets are $40 ($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 MTCC
The Metro Toronto Convention Centre (http://www.mtccc.com) is Canada’s #1 convention and trade show facility.  It is located in the heart of downtown Toronto, within walking distance of almost 13,000 hotel rooms, shopping, restaurants and Toronto sites.

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. Wizard World also produces Wizard World Digital, an online publication covering new and upcoming products and talents in the pop culture world, and is distributed on a weekly basis to online and iPad users worldwide.

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

***** SAVE THE 2011/12 DATES *****
November 11-13 – Austin Comic Con
January 28-29, 2012 – New Orleans Comic Con
April 14-15, 2012 – Toronto Comic Con
June 1-3, 2012 – Philadelphia Comic Con
August 9-12, 2012 – Chicago Comic Con
Fall 2012 – Mid-Ohio Comic Con
TBD, 2012 – Big Apple Comic Con

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C2e2 is over and Sunday brought some news from Marvel.  We got a look of some of the new creative teams and some new series.  Below is a wrap up of the latest news as well as our special C2e2 section.

Around the Blogs:

Kotaku – Sunday ComicsWaste some of your Monday morning checking out some web comics.

Rabble – Women at the forefront of the graphic novel revolution!You go girl.

Bleeding Cool – Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Dark Knight Rises Role Revealed – Well this is interesting.

Comicvine – WWTCC: More cosplay photos!These get me want to head to Toronto Fan Expo even more.

C2e2 Coverage:

Newsrama – Rucka Returns to Marvel with ‘Back to Basics’ PUNISHER

Bleeding Cool – “I’ll Have A Hawkman Turkey Panini” – That Was C2E2 That Was

Bleeding Cool – Greg Baldino Wraps Up C2E2

Bleeding Cool – Greg Pak Off Hulk, David Liss And Patrick Zircher On Mystery Men, Rob Williams And Rebekah Isaacs On Iron Age, Kyle Higgins And Manuel Garcia On Supreme Power And Brian Bendis Has Left The Building

Bleeding Cool – Garth Ennis To Write Nick Fury MAX Series With Goran Parlov

Comicvine – C2E2 2011: Nick Spencer

Comicvine – C2E2 2011: Dennis Calero

Comicvine – C2E2 2011: Scott Snyder Part 1 (American Vampire)

Comicvine – C2E2 2011: Gail Simone

Around the Tubes Reviews:

Blogomatic 3000 – Greek Street Vol.2 – Cassandra Complex

Bookin Las Vegas – Andrew’s Graphic Novel Picks

Wizard World Toronto Comic Con Programming Schedule

Official Press Release

‘Buffyfest,’ ‘Star Wars,’ ‘BSG,’ Julie Benz, Billy Dee Williams, Scott Thompson Panels Plus Fan Groups Parade Highlight Wizard World Toronto Comic Con Programming

‘Secrets of Pro Wrestling,’ Wizard Spotlights, ‘Wizard School’ and Costume Contests Also On Tap For March 18-20 at Direct Energy Centre

TORONTO, March 8, 2011 – Wizard World Toronto Comic Con today announced its diverse programming schedule, featuring unique celebrity Q&A’s, parades, artist schools and more for the event, set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 18-20 at the Direct Energy Centre.

Some of the highlights include:

  • Rare Q&A panels with Scott Thompson and Julie Benz, as well as popular Comic Con guest Billy Dee Williams
  • “Battlestar Galactica” panels featuring stars Aaron Douglas and Kate Vernon
  • STAR WARS sessions with Ray Park (Darth Maul), Daniel Logan (Boba Fett), Jake Lloyd (Anakin Skywalker), Peter Mayhew (original Chewbacca) and Jeremy Bulloch (original Boba Fett)
  • “Buffyfest” Q&As with Nicholas Brendon, Clare Kramer, Mercedes McNab and Mark Metcalf
  • Troopers, knights, Ghostbusters and other groups take over the Direct Energy Centre floor with a parade of fan groups
  • Wizard Art School and Q&A’s featuring leading artists like Mitch Breitweiser, Michael Golden, Bill Sienkiewicz, Mike Grell, Phil Jimenez, Greg Horn and others
  • The popular adult costume contest and fun kids costume contest with great prizes

Toronto Comic Con programming will take place in Room A and Room B at the Direct Energy Centre, and is included with admission to the event.  Seating for panels is strictly limited and available on a first come first serve basis and each room will be cleared between panels.  The full schedule is below, as well as linked at http://www.wizardworld.com/programming-toronto.html:

Friday

5:00-5:45PM
Exposed: Secrets Of Professional Wrestling
Ted DiBiase and Virgil give fans the low down on what’s real and what’s not in the world of professional wrestling. (Room B)

6:00-6:45PM
Aaron Douglas Q&A
Best known for his role on “Battlestar Galactica” as Chief Galen Tyrol, Douglas can now be seen on “Hellcats” on The CW, and here he answers all of your questions during this exclusive Wizard World Toronto Comic Con session. (Room A)

7:00-8:00PM
Constellation Awards Preview (room A)

Saturday

11:00-11:45AM
Claudia Christian Q&A
“Babylon 5” beauty Claudia Christian shares the secrets to her multi-faceted success, and previews a sneak peek of her new Showtime series “Look.” (Room A)

12:00-12:45AM
Julie Benz Q&A
As a star of hit shows like “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Dexter” and “No Ordinary Family,” Benz talks to fans about her extensive career, ups and downs in the industry and her thoughts on the new generation of sci-fi and fantasy on television. (Room A)

Francis Manapul Q&A
Francis Manapul (The Flash) gives his advice on the do’s and don’ts of the trade to new creators interested in becoming professional comic artists. (Room B)

1:00-1:45PM
Billy Dee Williams Q&A
Lando lands at Toronto Comic Con! The coolest man in Star Wars history sits down to take fan questions. (Room A)

Who Wants To Be On A Reality Show?! Hosted by Jarrett “The Defuser” Crippen
Have you ever wanted to be on a reality show? Are you curious as to what the producers are looking for? Come get inside tips about reality shows and what it takes to win from the winner of Stan Lee’s “Who Wants to be a Superhero?” Season II. The Defuser (Jarrett Crippen) will talk about and answer questions regarding the audition process, competition, living conditions and other topics related to his show and reality shows in general. (Room B)

2:00-2:45PM
Buffyfest Q&A With Nicholas Brendon
Buffy’s Xander Harris sits down to take fan questions about life during and after the pop culture phenomenon. (Room A)

Mitch Breitweiser Q&A
Mitch Breitweiser (Captain America; Fantastic Four) discusses his drawing style and his part in the neoclassical illustration movement. (Room B)

3:00-3:15PM
Groups Of The Con Parade
Join troopers, knights, Ghostbusters and more, as they parade around the convention floor.

3:00-3:45PM
Peter Mayhew And Jeremy Bulloch Q&A
The original Chewbacca and Boba Fett take fan questions and discuss their thoughts on the evolution of one of the highest grossing film franchises in history. (Room A)

The Hulk Q&A With Jeff Parker And Dale Keown
Two of the minds behind The Hulk team up to discuss the writing and sketching processes behind one of comics’ most popular franchises. (Room B)

4:00-4:45PM
Jake Lloyd And Daniel Logan Q&A
As the newest and youngest generation of Star Wars icons, Lloyd and Logan discuss their roles as Anakin Skywalker and Boba Fett, and what it was like being the child stars on set. (Room A)

Storytelling With Michael Golden
No matter if you’re a writer, artist or a reader of comics, come for this sit-down with one of the most renowned storytellers in the business, Michael Golden, as he tells you a few tricks of the trade that will help you no matter what type of story you tell or enjoy, in whatever medium. It’s a rare opportunity to talk with the co-creator of X-Men Rogue, and groundbreaking penciler on such projects as Bucky O’Hare, The ’Nam, Micronauts, G.I. Joe, and much more. (Room B)

5:00-5:45PM
Behind The Scenes Of “Danny Husk: The Hollow Planet”
Scott Thompson (“The Kids in the Hall”) will take you behind the scenes and into the pages of his newest Frozen Beach graphic novel “Danny Husk: The Hollow Planet.” At the Q&A panel, several lucky attendees will win an autographed copy of “Danny Husk: The Hollow Planet,” the signed CGC preview of the OGN and a CGC certified autographed photo of Scott Thompson. (Room A)

Bill Sienkiewicz Q&A
Legendary artist Bill Sienkiewicz (Batman: The Widening Gyre covers) gives an insiders’ look at his award winning art process. (Room B)

6:00-6:30PM
Kid’s Costume Contest
Bring any kids 10 and under for this special event with great prizes just for families and the youngsters. (Room A)

6:30-8:30PM
Costume Contest: Sponsored By Warner Bros. “Sucker Punch”
Here’s your chance to witness some of the craziest outfits you’ll see this weekend, and catch a sneak preview of Warner Bros. new film “Sucker Punch.” There will be a special “Sucker Punch” category, so get your best costumes together for a chance at a special prize. (Room A)

Sunday

12:00-12:45PM
Battlestar Galactica Q&A With Kate Vernon And Aaron Douglas
Vernon and Douglas talk about their roles as Ellen Tigh and Chief Galen Tyrol, and share what went on behind-the-scenes on the set of the popular sci-fi series “Battle Star Galactica.” (Room A)

Between The Lines With Mike Grell
The legendary comic icon behind classic Legion of Super-Heroes Tales and Warlord talks about his tips of the trade and shares his secrets from making it in comics. (Room B)

1:00-1:45PM
Chandler Riggs Q&A With Walking Dead Preview
AMC’s ambitious horror series, based on Robert Kirkman’s ultra-hot zombie series from Image, now comes to life from director Frank Darabont (“The Green Mile”)! Check out this amazing preview of behind-the-scenes footage and extended clips along with a Q&A with Chandler Riggs. (Room A)

Buffyfest Q&A With Mercedes Mcnab, Clare Kramer And Mark Metcalf
Join “Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s” Harmony, Glory and The Master, as they discuss their days on the hit TV show. (Room B)

2:00-2:45PM
Ray Park Q&A
The “X-Men” and “Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace” star engages fans in this one-of-a-kind Q&A, where he discusses his extensive film biography and his evolution to genre icon. (Room A)

Phil Jimenez: Breaking Into Comics
Have your questions ready because School of Visual Arts instructor and comic pro Phil Jimenez is ready to give fans an interactive tutorial on everything you need to know to draw comics. (Room B)

3:00-3:15PM
Groups Of The Con Parade
Join troopers, knights, Ghostbusters and more, as they parade around the convention floor.

3:00-3:45PM
Wizard’s Digital Art School With Greg Horn
Superstar Marvel and DC artist Greg Horn (Blackest Night covers) leads a discussion on digital art and
takes you through his creative process. (Room A)

Comic Con Costuming With The Rebel Legion
The Rebel Legion costuming group shares their tips, skills and ideas on how to build and improve your comic con costumes. Whether you’re a Jedi, Rebel Pilot, Trooper, or Princess, they will share their knowledge on how to make sure your costume is the best. (Room B)

Toronto Comic Con is the third stop on Wizard’s 2011 North American tour, which to date has 13 events scheduled.  Hours are Friday, March 18, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Saturday, March 19, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday, March 20, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.  Tickets are available in advance online at  www.wizardworld.com/toronto.html at up to a 40% savings over tickets purchased at the door.  Advance adult single-day tickets are $25 ($35 on site); three-day weekend 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.

The Direct Energy Centre is located at Exhibition Place in Toronto.  It is Canada’s largest facility for conventions, exhibitions and events. Exhibition Place, a 192 acre waterfront campus located in downtown Toronto, is home to a variety of venues including Direct Energy Centre, Allstream Centre, Better Living Centre and the Queen Elizabeth building among various other tenant properties.

About Wizard World, Inc.
In addition to the new online publication Wizard World, the company Wizard World, Inc. (the “Company”) is a producer of Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America. These events feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists, writers and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, exhibitors, retailers, panels, and costume contests. The Company began its 2011 Comic Con Tour in New Orleans in January 2011, and has scheduled 12 other Comic Cons in 2011 in large cities such as  Anaheim, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, Austin, and Boston.

For the most recent event information please visit www.wizardworld.com and become a Toronto Comic Con Fan on Facebook.

Wizard World Toronto Comic Con 2011

Official Press Release

Billy Dee Williams, Julie Benz, David Prowse, Daniel Logan, John Schneider, Scott Thompson Among Headliners At Wizard World Toronto Comic Con, March 18-19-20 At Direct Energy Centre

Nicholas Brendon, Clare Kramer, Claudia Christian, Kate Vernon Among 150+ Celebrity Guests, Leading Comics Artists, Creative Directors


NEW YORK and TORONTO, January 17, 2011
– North America’s largest pop-culture tour continues as Wizard World Toronto Comic Con returns to the Direct Energy Centre, March 18-20, with superstar guests Billy Dee Williams, Julie Benz, David Prowse, Daniel Logan, John Schneider and Scott Thompson headlining the list of celebrity attendees.  The event will bring together thousands of fans of all ages and dozens of celebrities and industry professionals to celebrate the best in pop culture, movies, comics, toys, video gaming, television, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.

The iconic Williams, known to millions as “Lando Calrissian” in STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK and for memorable roles in BATMAN and BRIAN’S SONG, will be joined in Toronto by other popular STAR WARS guests Logan (“Boba Fett”) and Prowse (“Darth Vader”).

Fans are also greatly anticipating the appearances of Benz, who has starred in “Dexter,” “No Ordinary Family,” “Desperate Housewives,” and “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer,” Schneider (“Dukes of Hazzard,” “Smallville,” “Desperate Housewives”) and Thompson (“Kids in the Hall,” “Star Trek: Voyager”).

“We are looking forward to following up last year’s hugely successful debut in Toronto with an array of exciting new guests,” said Gareb Shamus, Wizard World CEO. “Fans from across the region embraced Toronto Comic Con and we’re confident that even more will be on hand this March.”

Other popular Toronto Comic Con celebrity guests include Claudia Christian (“Look”; “Babylon 5”), Nicholas Brendon and Clare Kramer (“Buffy: The Vampire Slayer”), Kate Vernon (“Battlestar Galactica,” PRETTY IN PINK), Academy Award Winner© (special effects) Tom Woodruff Jr. (THE TERMINATOR, SPIDER-MAN), Daniel Kash (ALIENS, ROBOCOP), Robert Maillet (300, SHERLOCK HOLMES) and Chandler Riggs (“The Walking Dead”).

Fans can also meet their favorite comic creators and artists, including Carlos Pacheco (“X-Men,” “Green Lantern”),  Mike Grell (“Green Lantern,” “Green Arrow”), Yanick Paquette (“Batman,” “Superman”), Mitch Breitweiser (“Captain America,” “Deadpool”), Jeff Parker (“Hulk,” “Spider-Man: 1602”), Gabriel Hardman (“Hulk,” “X-Men”), Bruce Jones (“Incredible Hulk,” “Nightwing”), Phil Jimenez (“Amazing Spider-Man,” “Astonishing X-Men”), Greg Horn (“Daredevil,” “Green Lantern”) and Michael Golden (“Wolverine: First Class,” “New Exiles”).

The Toronto Comic Con Wrestling section includes the popular Ted “The Million Dollar Man” DiBiase and diva Lisa Marie “Tara” Varon.

Children and adult attendees are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite villain, superhero or pop culture personality for the chance to win special prizes in costume contests.  Event-goers may also try their hand interactive product exhibits and shop for collectible comics, movie and television memorabilia, toys and games at more than 100 dealer booths.

Special events at Toronto Comic Con include the “Magic: The Gathering” card game tournament, professional photo opportunities (Photo Ops), movie screenings with celebrities and others.

Toronto Comic Con is the third stop on Wizard’s 2011 North American tour, which to date has 13 events scheduled.  Hours are Friday, March 18, 4-9 p.m.; Saturday, March 19, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Sunday, March 20, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m..  Tickets are available in advance online at www.wizardworld.com/toronto.html at up to a 40% savings over tickets purchased at the door.  Advance adult single-day tickets are $25 ($35 on site); three-day weekend 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.

The Direct Energy Centre is located at Exhibition Place in Toronto.  It is Canada’s largest facility for conventions, exhibitions and events. Exhibition Place, a 192 acre waterfront campus located in downtown Toronto, is home to a variety of venues including Direct Energy Centre, Allstream Centre, Better Living Centre and the Queen Elizabeth building among various other tenant properties.

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.  Wizard World Comic Con – The Pop-Culture Capital of the World!

For the most recent event information please visit www.wizardworld.com and become a New Orleans Comic Con Fan on Facebook.

Wizard World Toronto Comic Con