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Wizard World Madison Attendees To Receive a Walking Dead #1 Variant Cover By Rob Liefeld

wizard world madison liefeld walking deadWizard World and Skybound have announced that noted creator Rob Liefeld will draw the third in a yearlong series of Limited Edition Exclusive Variant Covers of The Walking Dead #1 comic, to be provided free to all full-price attendees at the inaugural Wizard World Madison Comic Con, February 6-8.

The exclusive The Walking Dead #1 edition will be produced in extremely limited quantities and is available at registration to fans at the Alliant Energy Center only while supplies last. VIP attendees will receive an additional black & white sketch version of the comic.

In the early 1990s, the self-taught artist Liefeld became prominent due to his work on Marvel Comics’ The New Mutants and later X-Force. Later he published Youngblood #1 by Image Comics. His creations Deadpool, Cable, Youngblood and X-Force helped change the comic book landscape and remain staples of both Marvel and Image comics.

Stars of The Walking Dead TV series scheduled to attend Wizard World Madison Comic Con include Emily Kinney, Josh McDermitt, Michael Rooker and Scott Wilson. Other top celebrities on hand include Ian Somerhalder, William Shatner, Bruce Campbell, Brett Dalton, Kristin Bauer, WWE Divas The Bella Twins and many others.

In addition to Liefeld, Artist Alley at Madison Comic Con will feature Neal Adams, Mike Zeck, James O’Barr, Michael Golden, Tom DeFalco, Phil Ortiz, Mike Grell, Arthur Suydam and more.

Wizard World Comic Con Madison show hours are Friday, February 6, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, February 7, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, February 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Bruce Campbell’s Groovy Fest Moved To August 22-23, Co-Locating With Wizard World Comic Con Chicago

bruce campbellWizard World and Dangerous Entertainment have announced that Wizard World Presents Bruce Campbell’s Groovy Fest will co-locate with the 2015 Wizard World Comic Con Chicago, August 22-23 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. The event, formerly known as “Bruce Campbell’s Horror Fest,” is being moved to accommodate taping of Campbell’s new TV show, Ash vs. Evil Dead.

Those who had purchased admissions for the original event will receive full refunds, along with special offers. Additionally, fans with admission to Wizard World Comic Con Chicago, August 20-24, will also be able to attend the event with no extra admission fee. Single-day and VIP admissions will be available shortly.

In addition, all full-price Bruce Campbell’s Groovy Fest attendees will receive a limited edition exclusive variant cover “The Walking Dead” comic, drawn by one of Wizard World’s talented artist guests (to be announced shortly). Comics will be issued at registration while supplies last and VIP attendees will receive an additional black & white sketch version.

Wizard World Presents Bruce Campbell’s Groovy Fest show hours are Saturday, August 22, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and Sunday, August 23, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Dark Horse’s Wizard World Portland Schedule

Dark_Horse_Comics_logoJoin Dark Horse Comics at Wizard World Portland Comic Con! They’ll be at booth #109 handing out giveaways and offering free signings with comics creators! Come check out their comics, books, and products for sale!

Special appearance in the Dark Horse booth from their friends at Happymatic Photo Booth! Come by with your friends or in cosplay and get your picture taken as a souvenir – for FREE!

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Certain restrictions may apply. All events are subject to change.

SIGNINGS

Below are featured comics and the writers and artists who will be signing them. Free comics, prints, or posters will be available at each signing while supplies last. Comics will also be available for sale (availability pending).

FRIDAY, JANUARY 23

6:00 p.m.–6:50 p.m. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, ANGEL & FAITH Christos Gage, Rebekah Isaacs

SATURDAY, JANUARY 24

10:30 a.m.–11:15 a.m. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, ANGEL & FAITH Christos Gage, Rebekah Isaacs

12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. MASS EFFECT Jeremy Barlow

2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. LADY KILLER Joëlle Jones, Jamie S. Rich

3:45 p.m.–4:30 p.m.  MISFITS OF AVALON Kel McDonald

SUNDAY, JANUARY 25

12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES Jeremy Vanhoozer (franchise creative director at PopCap Games), Paul Tobin, Ron Chan

1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, ANGEL & FAITH Christos Gage, Rebekah Isaacs

2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. BANDETTE, COLDER, PROMETHEUS, THE WITCHER Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover (Bandette)

PANELS

FRIDAY, JANUARY 23

Getting Respect: Comics Go to College with Dark Horse’s Diana Schutz, Too Much Coffee Man’s Shannon Wheeler, PSU’s Susan Kirtley, and PSU’s Jon Holt

Room: C120
Time: 6:30 p.m.–7:15 p.m.

Comics and graphic novels have come into their own as subjects worthy of—indeed, demanding—attention from academia. Historians and cultural theorists teach courses, hold conferences, and publish books on various aspects of sequential art, and colleges and universities teach courses in comics as literature and social history as well as how to make them. Here to give an overview of various ideas about and approaches to comics studies are a cross section of comics scholars and teachers, including Diana Schutz (longtime Dark Horse executive editor and instructor at Portland Community College), Shannon Wheeler (creator of Too Much Coffee Man and instructor at Portland State College of the Arts), Susan Kirtley (director of rhetoric and composition at Portland State University; author of Lynda Barry: Girlhood through the Looking Glass), and Jon Holt (assistant professor of Japanese literature and manga at Portland State University). The panel is moderated by Danny Fingeroth (Superman on the Couch, Disguised as Clark Kent).

SATURDAY, JANUARY 24

Buffy Birthday Party!

Room: C120
Time: 1:30 p.m.–2:15 p.m.

Dark Horse Comics is hosting a party celebrating Buffy Summers’s birthday (just a bit belatedly—her birthday is January 19)! At this special panel, there will be Buffy trivia, Buffy “Hush” Pictionary, and more—fun times with PRIZES! Plus, find out what it’s like to continue the Whedonverse in comics with Dark Horse editor Sierra Hahn, writer Christos Gage, and artist Rebekah Isaacs! Happy birthday, Buffy!

Dark Horse Manga: An Afternoon with Carl Horn
Room: C123
Time: 2:30 p.m.–3:15 p.m.

Dark Horse’s history with Japanese comics can be traced back to the company’s earliest years, with a legacy that includes such legendary series as Oh My Goddess!, Lone Wolf and Cub, Berserk, and many more! Today the publisher continues to print some of the industry’s best-selling titles, including Neon Genesis Evangelion, Oreimo: Kuroneko, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, Satoshi Kon’s Opus, Unofficial Hatsune Mix (as seen on David Letterman), and the works of the creative powerhouse CLAMP. Join Dark Horse’s resident manga guru and editor extraordinaire, Carl Horn, for a look at the past, present, and future of manga at Dark Horse!

Dark Horse Builds Characters
Room: C120
Time: 4:30 p.m.–5:15 p.m.

Dark Horse Comics kicks off 2015 at Wizard World, right here in Portland! Join Dark Horse president and publisher Mike Richardson, editor in chief Scott Allie, publicist Aub Driver, and special guests for a sneak peek at some of the year’s most newsworthy comics and programs, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Archie vs. Predator, The Strain, and more!

SUNDAY, JANUARY 25

Plants vs. Zombies!
Room: C120

Time: 1:30 p.m.–2:15 p.m.

Ready your PEASHOOTERS! Dark Horse Comics brought you the official Plants vs. Zombies comic series as well as The Art of Plants vs. Zombies, released in a partnership with PopCap Games, creators of the smash-hit video game. Now meet some of the people behind these hilarious, all-ages, action-filled zombie romps—Jeremy Vanhoozer, creative director of Plants vs. Zombies at PopCap; Paul Tobin, PVZ writer; PVZ artist Ron Chan; and Dark Horse PVZ editor Philip Simon!

Liefeld, Adams, Zeck, Ortiz Highlight Artist Alley At Inaugural Wizard World Madison

liefeldRob Liefeld, Neal Adams, Mike Zeck, Phil Ortiz, Mike Grell and Michael Golden headline the roster of more than 35 comics artists and writers scheduled to attend Wizard World Madison Comic Con, February 6-8 at the Alliant Energy Center. It is the first trip to Madison for Wizard World and the third event on the 2015 Wizard World Comic Con calendar.

Others in Artist Alley include Jeff Balke, Renee Witterstaetter, Jai Nitz, Steve Lieber, Joanna Estep, and Bob Luedke.

In addition, all full-price Wizard World Madison Comic Con attendees will receive a limited edition exclusive variant cover The Walking Dead comic, drawn by Lieber. Comics will be issued at registration while supplies last and VIP attendees will receive an additional black & white sketch version.

Celebrities attending include Ian Somerhalder, William Shatner, Bruce Campbell, Brett Dalton, Emily Kinney, WWE Divas The Bella Twins, Josh McDermitt, Kristin Bauer and many others.

Wizard World Madison Comic Con show hours are Friday, February 6, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, February 7, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, February 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

WoW Videogame Tribute Band Critical Hit To Perform At All 2015 Wizard World Shows

Jason HayesMusic and videogames will come together at Wizard World Comic Con events throughout 2015, when composer Jason Hayes and Critical Hit, a videogame music band performing original arrangements and electrifying live concerts of music from the most celebrated videogames of all time, performs at every Wizard World event of the year.

Hayes, lead composer on the original release of Blizzard’s hit title World of Warcraft, performs alongside all-star musicians that record for top-grossing videogames and tour with the biggest names in popular music. Critical Hit’s unique sound blends a variety of musical styles from rock to classical and beyond.

Embark on a rediscovery of timeless pieces from The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, Mario, Kingdom Hearts, Skyrim, World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, Metal Gear Solid, Halo, Mega Man, Pokemon, Sonic The Hedgehog, Tetris, and more.

An exclusive Critical Hit VIP experience is available for sale through Wizard World’s website, where music lovers and video game enthusiasts will have the rare opportunity to go behind the scenes to enjoy a personalized, unplugged concert in a small venue, hang out with the composer and musicians, and even learn tricks and tips for getting into the music and video game industries.

If you want to see what they’re about, check out Critical Hit’s new music video below.

Wizard World, Cinedigm Announce Green ‘Power Ranger’ Jason David Frank’s ‘My Morphing Life’ On CONtv

Jason David FrankCONtv, the new on-demand streaming service from Wizard World and Cinedigm targeted to Comic Con fans, has announced its third original series with My Morphing Life, helmed by fan favorite television and digital star Jason David Frank. Based on Frank’s popular YouTube web series, My Morphing Life will be a featured part of CONtv’s original programming slate. The new network will launch in early February 2015, with the new series set to premiere in early March.

A Power Ranger for over 20 years, Frank has truly embodied his role as the celebrated and heroic Green Ranger. My Morphing Life follows Frank through his daily adrenaline-fueled antics to give fans a thrilling look inside his base-jumping, high-flying, ass-kicking life as he breaks world records, greets fans, raises his daughter and tackles death-defying stunts.

Given the success of the series’ first season (originally titled My Morphin Life) on YouTube, Frank has become a new media star in his own right, engaging his loyal fans with regular video vlogs and messaging across YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. With support from Saban Brands, home to the Power Rangers franchise, Season One has generated over 1.5 million views to date. Directed, produced and often times shot by Frank himself, the newly created, action-packed second season will bring 11 new short-form episodes to CONtv.

Bruce Campbell To Host New Original Series Last Fan Standing For CONtv

last fan standingThe forthcoming digital streaming service CONtv has announced it will be kicking off production for a new original series, Last Fan Standing, a game show hosted and produced by fan-favorite actor Bruce Campbell. Created in partnership with Pop Quiz Entertainment, the series will be filmed live on the ground at Comic Con conventions nationwide with first show taping on Saturday, January 10 at New Orleans Comic Con. Last Fan Standing engages event attendees through a proprietary audience response system, where all patrons plays along, competing for cash and prizes. The show culminates with the top four players vying for the coveted tilted as Campbell hunts for the Last Fan Standing.

Scheduled to launch next month, CONtv is a joint venture between Cinedigm and Wizard World, a leading producer of live pop culture multimedia conventions. Last Fan Standing will be shot throughout various Wizard World events throughout 2015, and will premiere on CONtv later this year.

Wonder how much Thor’s hammer weighs? Or how much damage the Vorpal blade would inflict on a 5th-Level Cleric? Fans finally find vindication in their hours studying comics, films, movies and more with host and horror icon Campbell in this outrageous new quiz show. A collaboration between his own production entity and Pop Quiz Entertainment, this will be Campbell’s first digital series.

Upon its launch in February 2015, the digital service will be offered as a free ad-supported platform as well as a low-cost monthly subscription of $6.99/month with content exclusives, audience rewards, a dynamic second-screen experience, and ticketing bundle opportunities for Wizard World conventions. CONtv plans to launch across a wide spectrum of devices including Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox, PlayStation, Android, Samsung Smart TV, Windows, Mac OS, mobile, and tablet devices.

Bell, Labine, Tudyk, Hicks Top Celebrities As Wizard World Presents Bruce Campbell’s Horror Fest, March 6-8 In Rosemont, Ill.

bruce campbellWizard World continues its 2015 schedule with the inaugural Wizard World Presents Bruce Campbell’s Horror Fest, March 6-8 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. Held at the same venue as the famed Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, the Horror Fest will focus on all things horror, with appearances by noted celebrities from numerous genre films and television series. In addition to Campbell, fans can meet Tobin Bell, Tyler Labine and Alan Tudyk of Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, Dee Snider, Danny Hicks, Michael Rooker, Kristy Swanson, Adrienne Barbeau and others.

Bell will attend on Friday and Saturday; Snider and Tudyk will attend on Saturday and Sunday; the others are scheduled for all three days of the event.

Other well-known Wizard World Presents Bruce Campbell’s Horror Fest guests include Evil Dead stars Ted Raimi, Betsy Baker, Ellen Sandweiss and Theresa Tilly, Evil Dead II standouts Sarah Berry and Kassie DePaiva, and Cerina Vincent.

Wizard World is also the home of the most creative comics artists and writers on the planet. Artist Alley at Bruce Campbell’s Horror Fest will feature Phil Ortiz, Arthur Suydam, Tyler Kirkham, Mort Castle and many others.

In addition, all full-price Bruce Campbell’s Horror Fest attendees will receive a limited edition exclusive variant cover “The Walking Dead” comic, drawn by one of Wizard World’s talented artist guests (to be announced shortly). Comics will be issued at registration while supplies last and VIP attendees will receive an additional black & white sketch version.

Bruce Campbell’s Horror Fest show hours are Friday, March 6, 5-11 p.m.; Saturday, March 7, noon-8 p.m., Sunday, March 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Wizard World, Skybound Reveal The Walking Dead Exclusive Variant Cover for Portland Comic Con

Portland Comic Con The Walking DeadWizard World and Skybound have revealed that Eisner Award winning artist Steve Lieber will draw the second in a yearlong series of Limited Edition Exclusive Variant Covers of The Walking Dead #1 comic, to be provided free to all full-price attendees at Wizard World Portland Comic Con, January 23-25.

The exclusive The Walking Dead #1 edition will be produced in extremely limited quantities and is available at registration to fans at the Oregon Convention Center only while supplies last. VIP attendees will receive an additional black & white sketch version of the comic.

Lieber, whose publishers include DC Comics, Marvel, Dark Horse, Image, Scholastic and many others, The Portland resident has worked on characters like Batman, Superman, Hellboy and Road to Perdition, but he’s best known as the artist of the graphic novel Whiteout and its Eisner-winning sequel, Whiteout: Melt, which were adapted by Warner Brothers as a movie starring Kate Beckinsale. He recently completed two Alabaster graphic novels at Dark Horse, and is currently illustrating Superior Foes of Spider-Man for Marvel.

The artists for future books will be announced as they are selected. A similar series in 2013 featuring exclusives of The Walking Dead #1 proved to be wildly popular with fans.

Stars of The Walking Dead TV series scheduled to attend Wizard World Portland Comic Con include Steven Yeun, Sarah Wayne Callies, Michael Cudlitz, Josh McDermitt, Michael Rooker and Jon Bernthal. Other top celebrities on hand include Stephen Amell, Evan Peters, Tyler Posey, Karl Urban, Ming-Na Wen, WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan and many others.

In addition to Lieber, Artist Alley at Portland Comic Con will feature Neal Adams, Julian Totino Tedesco, Chris Claremont, Dean Haspiel, Ethan Van Sciver, Arthur Suydam and more.

Wizard World Portland Comic Con show hours are Friday, January 23, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, January 24, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, January 25, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Zenescope Entertainment announces YEAR10 Convention Tour!

Zenescope is traveling the United States and Canada to promote their 10th anniversary. Here’s their schedule and what conventions you can catch them at.

Wizard World New Orleans – January 9, 10, 11
Wizard World Portland – January 23, 24, 25
Salt Lake Fan X – January 29, 30, 31
Wizard World Cleveland – February 20, 21, 22
London Supercon – March 14, 15
Emerald City Comic Con – March 27, 28, 29
Wondercon – April 3, 4, 5
Fan Expo Vancouver – April 3, 4, 5
Megacon – April 10, 11, 12
Calgary Expo – April 16, 17, 18, 19
C2E2 – April 24, 25, 26
Wizard World Philadelphia – May 7, 8, 9, 10
Atlantic City Boardwalk Con – May 14, 15, 16
Motor City Comic Con – May 15, 16, 17
Phoenix Comic Con – May 28, 29, 30, 31
Dallas Fan Expo – May 29, 30, 31
Wizard World Sacramento – June 19, 20, 21
Heroes Con – June 19, 20, 21
Amazing Las Vegas – June 19, 20, 21
San Diego Comic Con – July 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Boston Comic Con – July 31, August 1, 2
Wizard World Chicago – August 20, 21, 22, 23
Fan Expo Toronto – August 27, 28, 29
DragonCon – September 4, 5, 6, 7
Pittsburgh Comic Con – September 11, 12, 13
Baltimore Comic Con – September 25, 26, 27
Salt Lake Comic Con – September 24, 25, 26
New York Comic Con – October 8, 9, 10, 11

For those heading to Wizard World New Orleans this weekend, you can pick up this copy of Realm War: Age of Darkness with art by Elias Chatzoudis.

realm war Cover Art  by Elias Chatzoudis
Included in Zenescope’s Year10 is the release of 3 celebratory rare and exclusive variant covers by some of Zenescope’s top artists (Limited to 200). These issues will only be sold at YEAR10 Convention Tour Stops and only 20 will be made available at each show.

Lucky fans attending Wizard World New Orleans can pick up the Zenescope Year10 Red Riding Hood Exclusive Cover Artwork by Lucio Parrillo (1 per person per day. While supplies last.)

Premiering at Wizard World Portland (January 23, 24, 25), is the first of ten Zenescope YEAR10 character-centered Photo Shoot covers (Limited to 350).

Zenescope Year10 Red Riding Hood  Exclusive Cover Artwork by Lucio Parrillo

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