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Five WWE Superstars And Divas To Appear During 2015 Wizard World Philadelphia, May 7-9

StingFive popular WWE Superstars and Divas will be in attendance at Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia when Sting, Roman Reigns, Dolph Ziggler, Randy Orton and WWE Diva Paige appear the pop culture extravaganza, set for May 7-10 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Reigns and Paige will appear on Thursday, May 7, greeting fans, signing autographs, posing for dual and solo photo ops and conducting a dual Q&A panel. Ziggler (who will conduct a solo Q&A panel) and Orton will attend on Friday, May 8; Sting is scheduled for Saturday, May 9, and will make a rare appearance in face paint..

It will be the first Wizard World appearance for Sting, often dubbed “The Franchise of WCW,” and one of the most recognizable and unique faces in sports-entertainment history. Although his first appearance in a WWE ring will be at WrestleMania 31 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., he remains one of the most popular and respected competitors of all-time..

Randy Orton, Roman Reigns, Dolph Ziggler and Paige return to Wizard World after wildly successful appearances at previous shows.

The five join a star-studded lineup of celebrities at Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia which already includes David Tennant and Billie Piper from the fan favorite Doctor Who, Ben McKenzie and Robin Lord Taylor of the hit show Gotham, Nathan Fillion, Stephen Amell, Karl Urban, Hayley Atwell, Danny Trejo, Penn Badgely, Kelly Frye, Katie Cassidy, Michael Cudlitz and dozens of others.

Philadelphia show hours are Thursday, May 7, 3-8 p.m.; Friday, May 8, 12-7 p.m.; Saturday, May 9, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Sunday, May 10, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Tennant, Piper To Appear Together At Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia

David TennantDavid Tennant, who starred as the Tenth Doctor on the long-running series Doctor Who, and Billie Piper, who was his love Rose Tyler, will make their first dual U.S. public signing and photo op appearance at Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Tennant will appear Saturday and Sunday, May 9-10; Piper will attend Sunday, May 10, only. They will greet fans, sign autographs, pose for dual and solo photo ops and conduct a Dual interactive Q&A panel. The show will also mark the second Wizard World appearance for Tennant, who was a huge hit last weekend in Raleigh, N.C., and the first for Piper.

Fans who purchase VIP admissions will be guaranteed autographs, photo ops and seating at the panel. It is unlikely general admission sales will be available.

Since his early work on local Scottish television through roles in some of the most beloved fantasy and sci-fi franchises of all time, Tennant has been entertaining audiences with his unique brand of wit, warmth and humanity.

In 2005, Tennant lived out a childhood dream by being cast as the indomitable Doctor Who. Tennant’s run as the Tenth Doctor won massive praise from fans and critics alike, with the readers of Doctor Who magazine voting him “Best Doctor.” Tennant’s run as the Doctor lasted five years and made an indelible impact on the series and its appeal not only among longtime fans but converts as well. His final appearance as the Tenth Doctor was for the 50th anniversary special “The Day of the Doctor,” a landmark event in the series’ history that brought together the series’ past, present and future.

Piper’s career started at just 15 when she became the youngest artist to ever debut at number one; since then she has gone on to become one of Britain’s most beloved and acclaimed actresses winning over audiences, critics and award panels alike, covering almost every area of performance. In 2003, she was selected to play Alison in the BBC’s adaptation of The Miller’s Tale. The show was a success and less than a year later she had landed parts in several films and BBC 2’s Bella and the Boys, a drama focusing on three residents of a children’s care home.

However, success really peaked for Billie when she was chosen to play the part of Rose Tyler. She went on to receive several awards including, “Most Popular Actress,” “Best Actress” and “Breakthrough British Talent” at numerous different ceremonies.

The pair join a strong lineup of stars at Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia which already includes Ben McKenzie, Nathan Fillion, Stephen Amell, Hayley Atwell, Karl Urban, Danny Trejo, Penn Badgley, Michael Cudlitz, Lacey Chabert and more.

Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia show hours are Thursday, May 7, 3-8 p.m.; Friday, May 8, 12-7 p.m.; Saturday, May 9, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Sunday, May 10, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Wizard World Raleigh Attendees to Receive The Walking Dead #1 Cover By Dean Haspiel

Dean Haspiel Walking Dead #1 CoverWizard World and Skybound, Robert Kirkman’s imprint at Image Comics, have announced that Billy Dogma creator Dean Haspiel has drawn the sixth 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 Comic Con Raleigh, March 13-15.

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

Emmy award winner and Eisner Award nominee Haspiel created Billy Dogma, illustrated for HBO’s “Bored To Death,” was a Master Artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, is a Yaddo fellow, a playwright of the critically acclaimed “Switch To Kill,” and the co-founder of Hang Dai Editions. Haspiel has written and drawn many superhero comic books, including The Fox, Spider-Man, Batman, X-men, The Fantastic Four, Deadpool, Godzilla, Mars Attacks , and semi-autobiographical collaborations with Harvey Pekar, Jonathan Ames, Inverna Lockpez, and Jonathan Lethem.

Stars of The Walking Dead TV series scheduled to attend Wizard World Comic Con Raleigh include Soneque Martin-Green, Sarah Wayne Callies and Addy Miller. Other top celebrities on hand include David Tennant, William Shatner, Ian Somerhalder, Tyler Hoechlin, Liam McIntyre, WWE Diva Eva Marie, John Schneider and many others.

In addition to Haspiel, Artist Alley in Raleigh will feature Shane Pierce, Arthur Suydam, Michael Golden, Sandy Jarrell, Tom DeFalco, Rob Liefeld and many others.

Wizard World Comic Con Raleigh show hours are Friday, March 13, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, March 14, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, March 15, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

CONtv to Launch March 3

ConTVCinedigm and Wizard World have announced that CONtv will be available on March 3. CONtv is a new channel geared towards the Comic Con community and will feature films, television series, comics, behind the scenes access to Wizard World Comic Cons and more. The channel will be a free ad-supported service as well as a subscription service for $6.99 that will also feature exclusive content, rewards, a dynamic social experience, and deals when it comes to Wizard World conventions.

The service will launch with over 1600 hours of programming across a wide spectrum of devices including Roku, Apple iOS, Android, Xbox, Samsung, Smart TV, mobile, and tablet devices.

Spanning cult television, sci-fi, horror and fantasy films, grindhouse classics, thrilling martial arts adventures, and more, CONtv’s extensive launch offering includes:

  • Superhero Action: He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe, Voltron, Trial of the Incredible Hulk, She-Ra: Princess Of Power
  • Cult Classics: Godzilla, Death Race 2000, Elvira: Mistress Of The Dark, Return Of The Killer Tomatoes, Beware The Blob, Transylvania 6-5000, Night Patrol
  • Horror: Evil Dead, Re-Animator, Hellraiser, I Spit On Your Grave (#1 and #2), Hellboy: Blood & Iron, Rob Zombie Presents The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, Ichi The Killer, Puppet Master, Embrace of the Vampire
  • Martial Arts: Fists of Fury, Shaolin, Man From Nowhere, War of the Arrows, Legend of the Fist, Yakuza Weapon, Blade of Kings, Lady Ninja
  • Gaming: Sonic The Hedgehog, Super Mario Bros, Legend Of Zelda, Stargate Infinity, Street Fighter Alpha, Heavenly Sword
  • Sci-Fi/Fantasy Television: UK’s Being Human, Farscape, Highlander, Demon King, Stargate Infinity
  • Anime: Yu-Gi-Oh, Beyblade, Digimon, Ghost in the Shell, High School Of The Dead, Saint Seiya, Angel Beats, Clannad

CONtv will also have original series debuting throughout 2015, including the horror/reality series Fight of the Living Dead, a genre-bending show that follows digital celebrities including Joey Graceffa, Jesse and Jeana, and Justine Ezarik, as they fight to survive the undead’s relentlessly grisly, and frighteningly realistic onslaught through a “real-world” Zombie apocalypse. In addition there’s the Game show Last Fan Standing, hosted by pop culture icon Bruce Campbell, and the reality series My Morphing Life that follows actor and Wizard World regular Jason David Frank, the original Green Power Ranger, through many of his thrilling convention experiences.

Wizard World Indianapolis Attendees Receive The Walking Dead #1 Cover By Michael Golden

walking dead liefeldWizard World and Skybound have announced that “Rogue” co-creator Michael Golden has drawn the fourth 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 Comic Con Indianapolis, February 13-15.

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

A hugely popular Wizard World guest, Golden has penciled everything from Batman to Captain America to Vampirella. If a fan brings up a character, Golden has probably worked on it at some point in his career. And his ‘Storytelling’ panel is not to be missed by aspiring artists, or those who just want a little more insight into this iconic artist’s work.

Stars of The Walking Dead TV series scheduled to attend Wizard World Comic Con Indianapolis include Michael Cudlitz, Emily Kinney, Sonequa Martin-Green, Michael Rooker and Andrew J. West. Other top celebrities on hand include William Shatner, Liam McIntyre, Katie Cassidy, WWE Divas The Bella Twins, James & Oliver Phelps and many others.

In addition to Golden, Artist Alley in Indianapolis will feature John Tyler Christopher, Neal Adams, James O’Barr, Dr. Travis Langley, Renee Witterstaetter, Troy Brownfield, Jeremiah Lambert, C.S. Marks, Arthur Suydam and more.

Wizard World Comic Con Indianapolis show hours are Friday, February 13, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, February 14, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, February 15, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Christopher, Adams, O’Barr Among Top Creators At Wizard World Indianapolis

john tyler christopher spider-manJohn Tyler Christopher, Neal Adams, James O’Barr and Michael Golden headline the roster of comics artists and writers scheduled to attend Wizard World Comic Con Indianapolis, February 13-15 at the Indianapolis Convention Center. It is the first trip to Indianapolis for Wizard World and the fourth event on the 2015 Wizard World Comic Con calendar.

Others in Artist Alley include Dr. Travis Langley, Renee Witterstaetter, Troy Brownfield, Jeremiah Lambert and C.S. Marks.

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

Celebrities attending include Liam McIntyre, William Shatner, Katie Cassidy, James and Oliver Phelps, Michael Cudlitz, WWE Divas The Bella Twins, Sonequa Martin-Green, Emily Kinney and many others.

Wizard World Comic Con Indianapolis show hours are Friday, February 13, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, February 14, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, February 15, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

For more on the 2015 Wizard World Indianapolis Comic Con, visit http://wizd.me/IndianapolisPR.

Wizard World Comic Con Presents Fan Fest Chicago Added To 2015 Calendar, March 7-8

wizard worldWizard World has announced the addition of Wizard World Comic Con Presents Fan Fest Chicago to its 2015 schedule, March 7-8 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. The event, added as a “thank you” to loyal Wizard World fans, will be specially priced at $25 for the weekend and $15 for either day.

Additionally, fans who have purchased VIP or four-day admissions to Wizard World Comic Con Chicago (August 20-23) will receive free admission to Fan Fest Chicago. Celebrity and comics creator guests and other details about the event will be announced shortly.

Wizard World Comic Con Presents Fan Fest Chicago show hours are Saturday, March 7, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Sunday, March 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Wizard World Comic Con Fan Fest Chicago is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor.

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!

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