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Wizard World Tapped as Exclusive Amateur Tour for Tekken 7

Tekken 7Wizard World, Inc. and Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc. today announces that the arcade version of Tekken 7, the latest chapter of the popular fighting game franchise published by Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc., will be featured at Wizard World comic con, pop culture and gaming conventions throughout 2016.

Fans attending Wizard World Portland will have a thrilling opportunity to play Tekken 7 at a touring event in North America in 2016. The Tekken franchise has garnered a passionate and loyal following in North America and we’re enabling these fans to experience Tekken 7 starting in Portland. There, attendees will enjoy both free-play and a sanctioned tournament during the event that is taking place February 19-21 at the Oregon Convention Center.

As previously announced; Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc. is the Official Anime Entertainment Partner for the 2016 Wizard World comic con and gaming tours, bringing Bandai Namco Entertainment games to fans throughout the country.

Tekken 7 will be one of the marquee titles that Bandai Namco Entertainment America will have featured at Wizard World events all year. The gaming leader’s presence at Wizard World shows will be even greater in 10 key markets that will feature major gaming activations and an eSports tournament streaming stage: Portland, Ore. (Feb. 19-21); St. Louis (April 1-3); Minneapolis (May 6-8); Philadelphia (June 2-5); Sacramento, Calif. (June 17-19); Columbus, Ohio (July 29-31); Orlando, Fla. (August 5-7); Chicago (August 18-21); Austin, Texas (September 23-25); and Pittsburgh (November 4-6).

Van Lente, Golden, Isherwood, Ortiz Among Creators To Attend Wizard World Cleveland

Wizard World ClevelandFred Van Lente, Michael Golden, Geof Isherwood and Phil Ortiz are among the leading comics artists and writers scheduled to attend Wizard World Comic Con Cleveland, February 26-28 at the FirstMerit Convention Center of Cleveland. It is the third event on the 2016 Wizard World calendar and second year for the show in Cleveland.

Other top Wizard World Comic Con Cleveland Artist Alley guests include Marc Sumerak, Shawn Coss, Clinton Hobart, James O’Barr, Jose Delbo, Stuart Sayger, Greg Horn, Andrew Griffith, Joe Corroney, Tony Isabella, Danny Fingeroth and many others.

Cleveland show hours are Friday, February 26, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, February 27, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, February 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Busiek, Waid, Valentino, Haspiel Headline Artist Alley At Wizard World Portland

unnamedEisner Award winners Kurt Busiek, Mark Waid, Dean Haspiel, and Steve Lieber, as well as standouts Bob Camp, Mark Kistler, Miguel Sepulveda, Tom Cook, Michael Golden, Arthur Suydam and Phil Ortiz are among the leading comics artists and writers scheduled to attend Wizard World Comic Con Portland, February 19-21.

Other superstars in Artist Alley in Portland include Rob Liefeld, Simon Fraser, Marat Mychaels, Keith Tucker, Rebekah Isaacs, Dennis O’Neil, Genese Davis, James O’Barr, Colleen Houck, Danny Fingeroth, Barry Deutsch, Stuart Sayger and many others.

Top celebrities attending the event include Matt Smith, Karen Gillan , Arthur Darvill, and Alex Kingston from Doctor Who, Jennifer Morrison, John Barrowman, William Shatner, Mike Colter, Cassandra Peterson, Elizabeth Henstridge, Tobin Bell, Jewel Staite, James Marsters, Scott Wilson and Chris 51 and more.

Portland show hours are Friday, February 19, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, February 20, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, February 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Back to the Future Stars Michael J. Fox, Lea Thompson to Attend Wizard World Philadelphia June 4

Michael J. FoxHello, McFly! From the Back to the Future franchise to TV hits like “Family Ties” and “Spin City,” Michael J. Fox has thrilled, touched and moved millions with his performances as well as his commitment to the campaign for increased Parkinson’s disease research. And Lea Thompson, who portrayed Marty’s mother in the trilogy in one of her most memorable roles, has appeared in more than 80 films and TV series. Now fans will have the chance to meet two of the most beloved stars of the past four decades as Wizard World, Inc. has announced that Fox and Thompson will attend Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia on Saturday, June 4 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Thompson will also appear on Sunday, June 5.

The Edmonton, Alberta, Canada native debuted as a professional actor at 15, co-starring in the sitcom “Leo and Me” on CBC. When he was 18, Fox moved to Los Angeles. He had a series of bit parts, including one in “Palmerstown USA” before winning the role of lovable conservative Alex P. Keaton on NBC’s enormously popular “Family Ties” (1982-89). During Fox’s seven years on “Ties,” he earned three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe, making him one of the country’s most prominent young actors.

“Spin City” reunited Fox with “Family Ties” creator/executive producer Gary David Goldberg. Together with Bill Lawrence, Goldberg created the series expressly for Fox, establishing it as a joint venture of Dreamworks SKG, Goldberg’s UBU Productions, and Lottery Hill Entertainment (run by Fox and partner Nelle Fortenberry, now a member of the Board of Directors of The Michael J. Fox Foundation).

Fox also had time during his busy TV work to become an international film star, appearing in over a dozen features showcasing his keen ability to shift between comedy and drama. These include the Back to the Future trilogy, The Hard Way, Doc Hollywood, The Secret of My Success, Bright Lights, Big City, Light of Day, Teen Wolf, Casualties of War, Life With Mikey, For Love or Money, The American President, Greedy, The Frighteners, and Mars Attacks!

Though the five-time Emmy Award winner (in addition to the three for “Family Ties,” he also won one for “Spin City” and one for a guest role on “Rescue Me”) would not share the news with the public for another seven years, Fox was diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson’s disease in 1991. Upon disclosing his condition in 1998, he committed himself to the campaign for increased Parkinson’s research. Fox announced his retirement from “Spin City” in January 2000, effective upon the completion of his fourth season and 100th episode. Today the largest nonprofit funder of Parkinson’s drug development in the world, the Foundation has galvanized the search for a cure for Parkinson’s disease, and Michael is widely admired for his tireless work as a patient advocate.

Lea ThompsonIn addition to playing “Lorraine Baines McFly” alongside Fox, Thompson starred in SpaceCamp, Howard The Duck, Dennis The Menace, Some Kind of Wonderful and numerous other hit films. She has guest starred in many TV series, and had success with the NBC situation comedy “Caroline in the City” in the late 1990s before starring in several Broadway plays.

Fox and Thompson join a select group of celebrities already committed to attend Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia, including Norman Reedus (“The Walking Dead,” Boondock Saints), Sean Patrick Flanery (Boondock Saints , “Dexter”), Billy Martin (Lead Guitarist/Keyboardist – Good Charlotte, Artist – TMNT New Animated Adventures), James Remar (“The Warriors,” “Dexter”) and Jason David Frank (“Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers”), with many more to be announced.

Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, cosplay, comics, television, sci-fi, toys, video gaming, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. The ninth event currently scheduled on the 2016 Wizard World calendar, Philadelphia show hours are Thursday, June 2, 3-8 p.m.; Friday, June 3, noon-7 p.m.; Saturday, June 4, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, June 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Doctor Who: Eleventh Doctor Wizard World Exclusive Variant Cover

Titan Comics and Wizard World Convention are teaming up to bring you an exclusive show variant cover for Doctor Who: Eleventh Doctor comic for their event in Portland on Feb 19-21.

Cover art is by artist Simon Fraser, who will also be attending the show.

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Bandai Namco Joins Wizard World As Official Anime Entertainment Partner

Dark Souls IIIWizard World, Inc. and Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc. have announced an agreement by which the leading interactive entertainment publisher will become the Official Anime Entertainment Partner for the 2016 Wizard World Comic Con and Gaming Tours, bringing Bandai Namco games to fans throughout the country. As part of this designation, Bandai Namco will provide major live event experiential activations that will give event attendees the opportunity to experience some of its most anticipated video games, such as Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4, Dark Souls III and more.

Esports fans can view tournament competitions and gaming celebrity content via live stream, while Wizard World event attendees can meet Bandai Namco game talent, Pro-Gamers, experience gaming specific content and be a part of cosplay contests thriving in the Anime pop-culture community.

Bandai Namco’s presence at Wizard World shows will be even greater in 10 key markets that will feature major gaming activations and an eSports tournament streaming stage: Portland , Ore. (Feb. 19-21); St. Louis (April 1-3); Minneapolis (May 6-8); Philadelphia (June 2-5); Sacramento, Calif. (June 17-19); Columbus, Ohio (July 29-31); Orlando , Fla. (August 5-7); Chicago (August 18-21); Austin, Texas (September 23-25); and Pittsburgh (November 4-6).

Smith, Gillan, Grillo, Winkler Among Top Celebrities At Wizard World Cleveland, February 26-28

Frank GrilloWizard World, Inc. continues its 2016 schedule with its second trip to the Cleveland Convention Center at Wizard World Comic Con Cleveland, February 26-28. Matt Smith and Karen Gillan, Frank Grillo and directors Joe and Anthony Russo, Jason Mewes, Henry Winkler, and Michael Rooker headline the roster of celebrity guests scheduled to attend the pop culture extravaganza.

The Russo brothers will attend on Friday and Saturday, February 26-27; Smith, Gillan, Grillo, and Mewes will attend on Saturday and Sunday; and Winkler and Rooker are scheduled for all three days of the event.

Other well-known Wizard World Comic Con Cleveland guests include Corbin Bernsen, Brent Spiner, Tara Reid, Jason David Frank, Larry Wilcox, Cas Anvar and others.

Wizard World is also the home of the most creative comics artists and writers on the planet. Artist Alley at Comic Con Cleveland will feature Marc Sumerak, Phil Ortiz, Clinton Hobart, James O’Barr, Michael Golden, Fred Van Lente, Geof Isherwood, Jose Delbo, Stuart Sayger, Andrew Griffith and many others.

Cleveland show hours are Friday, February 26, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, February 27, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, February 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Wizard World Gaming To Move Debut To Portland, February 19-21, 2016

wizard worldWizard World, Inc. has announced that it will press START on its Wizard World Gaming series in conjunction with Wizard World Comic Con Portland, February 19-21 at the Oregon Convention Center. The Gaming area in Portland will maintain many of the planned events and guests originally scheduled for the standalone Gaming convention in Atlanta (January 22-24), which will not be held.

Wizard World Gaming Portland attendees will participate in video game tournaments and eSports competitions for prize pools, meet top gaming influencers and pros, attend game developer panels, sample free-play demos from top publishers and interact with like minded fans in the Pacific Northwest.

Dedicated Wizard World Gaming only admissions will be available; all Wizard World Comic Con Portland attendees will also have full access to the Gaming area.

ORIGIN PC will power the PC Zone at Wizard World Gaming Portland. Additional partners, events and special guests will be announced as they are confirmed in the coming weeks.

Wizard World Gaming Portland kicks off a season-long series of gaming-focused events which will coincide with Wizard World Comic Con shows throughout 2016 in the following additional cities: St. Louis (April 1-3); Minneapolis (May 6-8); Philadelphia (June 2-5); Sacramento, Calif. (June 17-19); Columbus, Ohio (July 29-31); Orlando, Fla. (August 5-7); Chicago (August 18-21); Austin, Texas (September 23-25); and Pittsburgh (November 4-6).

Wizard World Gaming Portland show hours are Friday, February 19, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, February 20, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, February 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill and Alex Kingston from Doctor Who, Jennifer Morrison, John Barrowman, William Shatner, Mike Colter and Gary Cole headline the roster of celebrity guests scheduled to attend the pop culture extravaganza.

Timm, Palmiotti, Conner, Ha Headline Artist Alley At Wizard World New Orleans

Gate CrasherBruce Timm, Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner, Peter Kuper, Gene Ha, Billy Martin, Rafa Sandoval, Tom Cook, Sara Richard, Christos Gage and Ruth Fletcher Gage are among the leading comics artists and writers scheduled to attend Wizard World Comic Con New Orleans, January 8-10. It is the sixth visit to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center for Wizard World, Inc. and the first event on the 2016 Wizard World Comic Con calendar.

Other superstars in Artist Alley in New Orleans include Arthur Suydam, Michael Golden, Rob Guillory and John Layman, Phil Ortiz, Danny Fingeroth, Dean Haspiel, Ben Templesmith, Doug Sneyd, Joe Eisma and many others.

Top celebrities attending the event include Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner , Hayley Atwell, Frank Grillo, Anthony Mackie and directors Anthony and Joe Russo, Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, and Jenna Coleman, Norman Reedus , Chandler Riggs, Jon Bernthal, Steven Yeun , Emily Kinney, Michael Cudlitz, and Scott Wilson, Ben McKenzie and Erin Richards, William Shatner, Jason Isaacs, WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair and Diva Charlotte, Edward James Olmos, and more.

The first event on the 2016 Wizard World calendar, New Orleans show hours are Friday, January 8, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, January 9, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, January 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Captain America Stars, Doctor Who Standouts Among Celebrities At Wizard World New Orleans

Chris EvansWizard World, Inc. opens its 2016 schedule with its sixth trip to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center — and biggest lineup ever —  at Wizard World Comic Con New Orleans, January 8-10. Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner and Hayley Atwell highlight six from the Captain America franchise, while Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Jenna Coleman represent Doctor Who. The Walking Dead standouts Chandler Riggs and Steven Yeun, Ben McKenzie, William Shatner and Jason Isaacs also headline the roster of celebrity guests scheduled to attend the pop culture extravaganza.

Coleman, Gillan, McKenzie, Riggs, Yeun, Isaacs, Captain America star Frank Grillo and directors Anthony and Joe Russo are scheduled to attend on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 9-10; Shatner will attend Friday and Saturday, Jan. 8-9; Smith, Evans and Renner will appear on Saturday only.

Other well-known Wizard World Comic Con New Orleans guests include WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair and Diva Charlotte, Edward James Olmos, additional The Walking Dead stars Emily Kinney and Scott Wilson, Barry Bostwick and Chris 51.

Wizard World is also the home of the most creative comics artists and writers on the planet. Artist Alley at Comic Con New Orleans will feature Peter Kuper, Gene Ha, Christos Gage, Billy Martin, Rafa Sandoval, Tom Cook, Sara Richard, Michael Golden, Rob Guillory, Phil Ortiz, Danny Fingeroth and many others.

New Orleans show hours are Friday, January 8, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, January 9, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, January 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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