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The Top 25 Fictional Presidents

Happy Presidents’ Day!

With everyone else running their lists of the top Presidents and the worst and because our current occupant of the Oval Office is, ahhem, how do I put it?

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Quite right. So, we thought we’d bring you the list of the top fictional Presidents to help us set our sights higher.

Let’s start with a couple of honorable mentions. While they didn’t make the top list, it’s worth noting that Roy Schieder, James Cromwell, and Bruce Greenwood have all played presidents multiple times. Because when someone says, “We need a President—who’s an actor who exudes gravitas?” the obvious answer is the guy who blew up Jaws, Farmer Hoggett, and. . .well, Bruce Greenwood. Robert Rodriguez also seems to like to cast random people as presidents in his movies, including George Clooney in Spy Kids and Charlie Sheen as the most hilariously named fictional president ever, “President Rathcock,” in Machete Kills.

And with that, I present to you, the Top 25 Fictional Presidents of all time

25. Stephen Colbert / President Hathaway — Marvel Comics/Monsters vs. Aliens played by Stephen Colbert.

Because the Executive Producer of Our Cartoon President has also been. . . a cartoon president. Specifically, a president who decides that the best way to attack aliens is with monsters. This film was genius and I never quite understood why it didn’t take off more.

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Also, we should always remember that time in Marvel comics when Colbert (his persona as a loudmouth host of The Colbert Report, not his nicer, more mainstream self as host of The Late Show) ran as an independent, won the popular vote, and lost the Electoral College to Obama.

Losing the popular vote but being elected anyway? “Preposterous! Only in comic books!” you say? Sounds right.

Ok, so not exactly a president. But he’s right in that hall of almost presidents with Hillary Clinton, Al Gore and Samuel Tilden. And none of them got to team up with Spider-Man. (Yet.)

24. James Dale — Mars Attacks! played by Jack Nicholson.

Stealing a vibe from Dr. Strangelove and other b-movie alien invasion films, Nicholson is able to channel quite well the hapless president overwhelmed by alien invasion. My favorite is how he keeps believing the worst possible advice. For style, not for substance, you made the list.

23. Tom Beck — Deep Impact played by Morgan Freeman. Ok, I know he belongs on this list, but I get seriously confused about which asteroid movie this was? Oh, this was the one where the asteroid actually hits. Ok. Not with Ben Affleck and Bruce Willis. And was Morgan Freeman also the President in “Olympus Has Fallen”? Oh, no, that was Aaron Eckhart. Almost.

Anyway — Morgan Freeman. That is all.

doctorow wheaton22. Cory Doctorow / Wil Wheaton, Ready Player One

Are you ready for Ready Player One?

With the movie coming in just a few weeks, hype is in full gear. Worth noting, in Ernest Cline’s book that the film is based off of, it mentioned the very real people Cory Doctorow and Wil Wheaton had been elected president and vice-president of the Oasis, the giant online system everyone uses for games, education, second life. At this point, who controlled the Oasis was far more important than who was actually president, as the real world really sucked.

Real people, fake product, fake presidents– but we could use more people like them in politics and fewer like, well, most of the people in charge these days.

21. Preston Rickard / Beth Ross, Prez from DC Comics

Kids elected president? We could do much worse. In this satire where future presidents are elected by Twitter because turnout is so low and kids are allowed to vote, somehow a social media star gets elected president. In the 2015 reboot, they even bring back the original Prez from the 1970’s. It’s great satire because our politics have literally gotten just that bad. You can read a more full review we ran here and also here, and here, and an interview with the writer here. A series that was cancelled too soon, maybe it will get rebooted again in another 40 years.

20. Thomas Whitmore, Independence Day played by Bill Pullman.

Ok, just watch that clip above. That’s the only reason why. Yeah, he flew a fighter jet to save the earth, but so what? Big summer movie speech– the biggest summeriest speechiest movie speech ever. And please try to forget that Independence Day 2 ever happened.

19. Vanellope Von Schweetz – Wreck-It Ralph played by Sarah Silverman. Upon being restored to her rightful place as Princess of Sugar Rush land, Vanellope decides to transition her government into a constitutional democracy and become President. Hey, it’s better than ordering the execution of Taffeta Muttonfudge and the others who were mean to her. For being a president who is able to give up supreme executive power in favor of giving it to the people, you made the list, Vanellope. Also, looking forward to your sequel and you possibly becoming. . . a Disney Princess?

18. Merkin Mufflin – Dr. Strangelove played by Peter Sellers. 

On this list if only for the classic line “Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the war room!” And because Peter Sellers.

17. Zaphod Beeblebrox — The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Finally, a president whose narcissism rivals that of our own! Two heads, three arms, and the biggest idiot, he was elected president of the galaxy — a position which has no power and is only there to distract people from who’s really in charge. There are a lot of satirical presidents on this list, but this is one of the best. If he had Twitter, no doubt he’d be tweeting about being “a very stable genius” “despite all the negative press covfefe.” Also, the only president with his own music video (from the 2005 film starring Sam Rockwell as our president) — and he’s better looking, too.

16. President Skroob — Spaceballs played by Mel Brooks.

It’s good to be the king, er, president. Floozies. Unlisted walls. Nobody telling you your ass is so big. Your own canned air supply.

Too bad you run a civilization so dumb that it is running out of oxygen. (I’m betting Scott Pruitt runs Spaceballs’ EPA) But still, hail Skroob!

15. James Marshall — Air Force One played by Harrison Ford. “Get off of my plane!” That’s all you need to make the list. Also, James Marshall seems like a pretty good guy. He’s resourceful enough to contact his people and sabotage his own hijacked plane, he can speak Russian in remarks to the Russian government.

I always thought this was the “President Jack Ryan” movie that we never got (because, let’s face it, Debt of Honor and Executive Orders will never be made into movies) as a follow up to Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger. Plus, it’s Harrison Ford.

14. Richard Nixon’s head — Futurama played by Billy West. “NIXON’S BACK!!!” Disproving the adage that there are no second acts in politics, Nixon served as President of Earth for most of the run of Futurama, providing some awesome times along the way– brought to you by Shenkman’s Rubbing Compound and the great taste of Charleston Chew.

Corrupt, easy to anger, and also pretty stupid, it makes us almost forget how bad the actual Richard Nixon was. And it also seems pretty spot-on these days.

13. Jackson Evans – The Contender played by Jeff Bridges.

One of my personal and pet favorites, President Jackson Evans spends most of the film trying to outmaneuver a slimy and hypocritical Gary Oldman (the second time he’s been the villain on the list! Whaddya know?!?) to get a woman confirmed as his Vice President. Oh, and also trying to order the most ridiculous things from the White House kitchen staff to show them they’re unprepared. Jeff Bridges is also part of a family of presidential stars, including his father Lloyd Bridges president in Hot Shots Part Deux, and brother Beau Bridges as president three times in 10.5, its sequel 10.5 Apocalypse and an episode of Stargate SG-1.

12. Kang – The Simpsons played by Harry Shearer. When Kang and his sister Kodos take over as Bill Clinton and Bob Dole in the 1996 elections, it was only a matter of time before one of them became president. They were sure fire winners, especially with classy campaign rhetoric like: “Abortions for some, tiny American flags for others.” “My fellow Americans. As a young boy, I dreamed of being a baseball; but tonight I say, we must move forward, not backward; upward, not forward; and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom!” When it was pointed out that they were aliens, Kodos pointed out it was a two party system. When some idiot said he would vote for a third party candidate, Kang sealed his place in history by saying “Go ahead– throw your vote away.” And that’s what make him so high on this list. Don’t like it? “Don’t blame me, I voted for Kodos.”

11. President Business – The Lego Movie played by Will Farrell. 

Both greed and conformity personified, President Business is perhaps the most subversive choice on this entire list. Most kids will never get the dystopian overtones, but if Gordon Gecko and Big Brother made a child out of Legos, this would be it.

Also, that awesome hat and those legs.

Those legs. 

Genius.

Also genius– you notice those are coffee mugs on his hat, right?

If only we’d heeded the warning of electing a “businessman” to be president. If Trump invited everyone to a Taco Tuesday, we know something evil is about to happen.

10. Lex Luthor – Superman.

Compared to the other villains on this list (and the current POTUS) who knew that Lex Luthor would be one of the least evil and least overt of the great villain presidents?

The best thing about Luthor as president (and always with Luthor) is he doesn’t think he’s the villain. He even gets the majority of America to agree with him. True genius. 

9. Leslie Knope – Parks and Recreation played by Amy Poehler. Ok, so she was never explicitly president on the show. But the show’s finale sure seemed to hint at it. And let’s be honest? She is exactly what we need right now.

Because unlike most of the rest of these dopes in the top 10, Leslie Knope embodies gumption and honesty and has yet to be corrupted by political power. And we hope she never does. We love you, Leslie Knope.

Knope/Swanson 2020.

8. Lisa Simpson – The Simpsons played by Yeardley Smith. 

Speaking of competent, smart, earnest women who could take over the presidency in a heartbeat. . . .

This is the clip everyone knows where The Simpsons predicted President Trump and a huge debt crisis because of his policies. But what we can hope for is the next occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue will have the intelligence and empathy of Lisa Simpson. I’m not so sure about Secretary of the Treasury Milhouse Van Houten, though. I guess if (Producer of Suicide Squad) Steve Mnuchin can do it. . .

7. Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Comacho — Idiocracy played by Terry Crews. 

The smartest president in the not-too-distant-future (and Cassandra-like warning of our current administration), President Comacho was wise enough to let his Secretary of the Interior, Not Sure, put water from the toilet on the crops, even though we all know plants crave the electrolyes in Brawndo, the thirst mutilator. Also, he’s a champion wrestler, and who doesn’t want that in the White House?

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6. Dave Kovic impersonating President Bill Mitchell — Dave played by Kevin Kline. 

In the second-greatest Ivan Reitman film of all time, we get to see what would happen if we actually let a regular guy be president. And the answer is a not half-bad job. Dave’s jobs program makes sense to me, and his approach to trimming the budget to keep a homeless shelter open? Would that we could actually do that. While not the most accurate portrayal of Washington, it’s a version I wish we lived in and less like the real world Washington, which is more petty and full of incompetents — like Veep.

5. President Lindberg — The Fifth Element played by Tiny Lister.

As one of the many presidents on this list who have faced destruction of the planet, he handled it the best.

Because what every president should do when facing disaster in the 90’s? Throw Bruce Willis (in this case Corbin Dallas) at it. And perhaps the best part is where he gets yelled at by Corbin Dallas’s overbearing mother.

Wait. . . Gary Oldman’s the bad guy in this one, too! Definitely a pattern. . . and maybe a metaphor for this year’s Best Actor Oscar race, too.

4. David Palmer — 24 played by Dennis Haysbert.

Possibly the most badass of our top 5 presidents, David Palmer stood up to assassination attempts, terror attacks, and Kim getting menaced by a cougar (ok, so not that last one).  He was also the only guy who seemed to be able to control Jack Bauer, which probably qualifies you to be on this list anyway. Also, a crazy murdery wife. And a competent brother who made a good president in his own right. But he was no David Palmer. Few people are.

2. [tie] Josiah “Jed” Bartlett/Andy Shepard — The West Wing/The American President played by Martin Sheen/Michael Douglas.

This is a tie because you can’t truly separate these two characters, as they both personify Aaron Sorkin’s idealized White House full of competent, well-meaning people. Yes, it’s a fantasy in itself. But it’s one we wish we had.

Still one of my favorite tv shows of all time and one of my favorite movies of all time. Also, I think it’s time to reboot The West Wing. Sorkin said he’d reboot it with Sterling K. Brown as president, but I think we could do even better. Pitch: It’s the first two years of President Seaborn’s first term. Except President Seaborn is actually Sam’s wife, and she’s played by, oh, I dunno. . . Gina Torres, Eva Mendes, Eva Longoria, or Rosario Dawson.  Who’s with me?

Honorable mention here to President Santos, our first Latino fictional president.

1. Laura Roslin — Battlestar Galactica played by Mary McDonnell.

A lot of fictional presidents have faced down apocalyptic threats to Earth. Few of them have had to live on after the apocalypse.

Laura Roslin did that and more. Despite being completely unintentionally thrown into the presidency (she was a schoolteacher and Sec of Education before) she filled the role like few others could. And she held her own against Adama, against Tom Zarek, against those fraking cylons, and finally against cancer. She made mistakes along the way, but she rose to what she needed to do. And that is why she is the best. So say we all.

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So, who did we miss? There’s a couple intentionally left off here for very real, non fictional reasons, but if we missed your favorite, or think we rated someone too high or too low, let us know in the comments!

New Orleans Comic Con Programming Schedule

Official Press Release

William Shatner, Stan Lee, Meet-and-Greets, James Marsters, Mary McDonnell, Adam Baldwin Q&A’s, Evening Parties Highlight Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con Programming

Jedi Master Classes, ‘Boondock Saints’ Reunion, ‘The Victim’ Movie Screening And More At  Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, January 28-29

NEW YORK and NEW ORLEANS, January 3, 2012 – Rare meet-and-greets and Q&A sessions with legends William Shatner and Stan Lee, panels with movie and TV stars James Marsters, Mary McDonnell and Adam Baldwin, and several themed parties headline a broad, diverse schedule of special programming at the 2012 Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, January 28-29 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.  Unique Jedi lightsaber classes, sessions with stars of classic favorites, a screening of the new film THE VICTIM and artist schools to costume contests are some of the activities that reflect the wide variety of interests shared by Comic Con attendees.

Some of the top sessions include:

  • Once-in-a-lifetime, extremely limited meet-and-greet opportunities with pop culture legends Shatner and Lee, including photo ops and special gifts
  • Q&A panels with Marsters (“Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” “Angel”), McDonnell (“Battlestar Galactica”), Baldwin (FULL METAL JACKET, SERENITY), and Lou Ferrigno (“The Incredible Hulk”)
  • Cult classic BOONDOCK SAINTS reunion featuring the personable duo of Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flanery
  • Young stars Chandler Riggs and Madison Lintz of the hit AMC series “The Walking Dead”
  • Informative, interactive sessions with superstar artists including John Layman, Rob Guillory, Tyler Kirkham, Carlos Pacheco, Vic Mignogna and others
  • Jedi Lightsaber classes, in which fans can learn the same techniques used in STAR WARS films, taught by sword master Nick Gillard, who choreographed the fight scenes for three of the blockbuster films
  • Screening of the new feature film THE VICTIM, with director/producers Michael Biehn and Jennifer Blanc
  • Party time… including the Official Kick Off Party on Friday night, Saturday After-Party and popular Masquerade Ball
  • Wizard World New Orleans Drink And Draw, hosted by artist Tommy Castillo, during which some will drink…some will draw…and the best will take on the challenge of doing both
  • The popular adult costume contest and fun kids costume contest with great prizes

Unless noted, New Orleans Comic Con programming will take place in the designated panel rooms at the Morial Convention Center, and is included with admission to the event.  Notable events requiring additional ticket purchase include the Shatner and Lee meet-and-greets and lightsaber classes.  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-neworleans.html and below:

Friday 01/27

6:00PM – 7:00PM
Stan Lee Meet And Greet
Don’t miss your chance to meet comic book legend Stan Lee! Light food and refreshments will be served, and you will also have the opportunity to take one photo with Stan Lee on your own camera. Spots are very limited and this event will be closed once we reach capacity, so get your tickets now before it’s too late. You must present a Stan Lee Meet and Greet ticket to gain entry to this event. (ROOM D)

8:00PM – 12:00AM
Wizard World Weekend Extraganza Part I- Kick-Off Party
Kick off the con the right way at new bar and restaurant The District! Don’t miss your chance to mix and mingle with fellow con-goers from near and far, and meet some of our special guests of honor for part one of the Wizard World Weekend Extravaganza! Enjoy $2 Millers, $3 Coors Lights and $4 well drinks and wines from 8-10pm, or choose anything from Wizard World’s special super-hero themed menu for great discounts all night! (The District – 711 Tchoupitoulas Street)

Saturday 01/28

11:00 – 11:45AM
Chew With John Layman And Rob Guillory
Comic minds John Layman and Rob Guillory reunite for their very first panel together in New Orleans, and sit down to spill on the breakout success of their creative (and sometimes bizarre) comic series Chew. (ROOM A)

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)

12:00 – 12:45PM
Sci-Fi Jeopardy
Test your knowledge of all things sci-fi in this high energy and fast paced version of Jeopardy. Compete for total bragging rights and show everyone who the real geek of the galaxy is! Did somebody say Daily Double? (ROOM A)

Making It In Comics With Norm Breyfogle, Bernie Wrightson And Barry Kitson
Norm Breyfogle (Batman; Superman), Barry Kitson (Uncanny X-Force; Spider-Man) and Bernie Wrightson (Batman; House of Mystery) share what it takes to make it in comics. (ROOM B)

12:00 – 1:30PM
Jedi Lightsaber Master Class
Learn lightsaber fighting from Star Wars stunt coordinator and sword master Nick Gillard, who choreographed the fight scenes for Star Wars I, II and III! In this 90-minute master class, Nick (assisted by CC Weske) will teach a complicated run from Revenge Of The Sith, which will cover all of the moves and the rules involved in Jedi fighting. Must purchase a separate ticket for this class. (ROOM C)

1:00 – 1:45PM
Steampunk 101
Join the Steam Engine Intrepid 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)

1:15 – 2:45PM
William Shatner Q&A And Interlude
Get your seats for the panel early and listen to a musical interlude by band Five Year Mission, as they open up with up a special Star Trek medley.

With a career spanning over five decades, and an extensive résumé that includes starring roles in shows such as “Star Trek” and “Boston Legal,” or as the funny and familiar face of Priceline, Emmy-award winner Shatner takes the stage to dish on the roles that have made him a household name and one of the most renowned men in television history. (ROOM A)

2:00 – 3:00PM
Vampire Lore And Other Urban Myths And Legends
Lord Chaz and the Vampire Street Theater will take you on a spooky and mystifying tour of New Orleans’ macabre history through tales of vampires, ghosts and other things that go bump in the night. This one’s for brave souls only, as these are tales that are sure to chill you to the bone. (ROOM B)

2:00 – 3:30PM
Jedi Lightsaber Master Class
Learn lightsaber fighting from Star Wars stunt coordinator and sword master Nick Gillard, who choreographed the fight scenes for Star Wars I, II and III! In this 90-minute master class, Nick (assisted by CC Weske) will teach a complicated run from Revenge Of The Sith, which will cover all of the moves and the rules involved in Jedi fighting. Must purchase a separate ticket for this class. (ROOM C)

2:00PM – 3:00PM
Stan Lee Meet And Greet
Don’t miss your chance to meet comic book legend Stan Lee! Light food and refreshments will be served, and you will also have the opportunity to take one photo with Stan Lee on your own camera. Spots are very limited and this event will be closed once we reach capacity, so get your tickets now before it’s too late. You must present a Stan Lee Meet and Greet ticket to gain entry to this event. (ROOM D)

3:00 – 3:45PM
Mary McDonnell Q&A
Having starred in one of the most popular and longest running sci-fi shows ever on television, Mary McDonnell dishes on her extensive career, what went on behind-the-scenes of “Battlestar Galactica,” and gives her thoughts on the new generation of sci-fi and fantasy on television. Then stick around for a Wizard World exclusive preview of Daniel Radcliff’s upcoming film The Woman in Black! (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, whether it’s for animation, film or comic books. (ROOM B)

4:00 – 4:45PM
Boondock Saints Reunite
Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flanery – the pair known as Murphy and Connor MacManus in The Boondock Saints I and II – re-team with “The Funny Man” Rocco (David Della Rocco) for a special Q&A session. (ROOM A)

5:00 – 6:00PM
Vic Mignogna Concert
Experience the creative works of anime’s own rockstar Vic Mignogna, in a memorable concert featuring music from his voice acting career, as well as original works composed and produced by Vic himself. You must purchase a separate ticket for this event. (ROOM A)

The Incredible Lou Ferrigno Q&A
Lou Ferrigno became a household name after starring in the original “Incredible Hulk,” but decades later the former Mr. Universe discusses how continues to build his empire through his health and fitness brands, and how he’s managed to make it a family affair. (ROOM B)

5:00 – 6:00PM
William Shatner Meet And Greet
Come meet superstar William Shatner, and receive an autographed copy of his “Timeless” lithograph. Light food and refreshments will be served, and you will also have the opportunity to take one photo with William Shatner on your own camera. Spots are very limited and this event will be closed once we reach capacity, so get your tickets now before it’s too late. You must present a Timeless Meet and Greet ticket to gain entry to this event. (ROOM D)

6:00 – 7:00PM
Dragon Song Forge Presents: Selecting A Katana
A how-to guide for selecting a katana, caring for your blade and choosing a school, including a live cutting demonstration. (ROOM B)

6:00 – 8:00PM
Adult Costume Contest
Get your best costume together and come on down to Wizard World’s New Orleans Comic Con costume contest for fun prizes and some of the craziest outfits you’ll see this weekend! Then stick around for a Wizard World exclusive preview of Daniel Radcliff’s upcoming film The Woman in Black! (ROOM A)

8:00 – 10:00PM
Special Screening Of THE VICTIM – Hosted By Michael Biehn And Jennifer Blanc
Husband and wife team Michael Biehn (The Terminator) and Jennifer Blanc (“Dark Angel”) directed and produced the new psychological thriller The Victim, which will make you question your own trust in mankind. Join them in this exclusive screening, including live commentary and behind-the-scenes scoop from the film’s stars. (ROOM B)

8:00PM – 12:00AM
Wizard World Weekend Extravaganza Part Ii – After Party
The party continues as we take over the Hampton Inn Riverside rooms for a night of fun with three simultaneous events, all under the same roof! So whether you want to dance, drink or draw, we’ve got you covered. There will be lots of surprises in store for the night and you never know just who will pop in, so make sure you get there early. Free admission with your Wizard World Comic Con wristband.

8:00-10:00pm
Live Art Show
We’re pulling back the curtain and transporting you directly into the art studio with some of our top artists. Watch them battle it out against the clock and each other in this music-infused live art demo, hosted by Kody Chamberlain. (Riverside Room 2)

8:00-10:00PM
Drink And Draw
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! (Riverside Room 3)

9:00PM-12:00AM
Masquerade Ball
All dressed up with nowhere to go? Come hit the dance floor and show us what you’ve got at the New Orleans Comic Con Masquerade Ball. It’s the perfect chance to mingle and show off your costumes, or visit the karaoke booth and sing along to one of over 40,000 songs. Costumes preferred but not required. (Riverside Room 1)

The Intergalactic Nemesis Live-Action Graphic Novel Show
The stage version of The Intergalactic Nemesis projects more than 1,250 images into comic book artwork panel-by-panel with voices from actors Jason Neulander, Amy Hackerd and David Higgins. The live performance also features Foley artist Buzz Moran to orchestrate sound effects and keyboardist Graham Reynolds to play the score. *A separate ticket must be purchased for this event. Attendees must be 21+ (Harrah’s Casino – 228 Poydras St.)

Sunday 01/29

11:00 – 11:45AM
James Marsters Q&A
Best known for his role as Spike, the platinum blonde vampire on hit shows “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel,” James Marsters answers questions about everything from his evolution from acting to music and back, and the projects he plans to conquer in the next few years. Then stick around for a Wizard World exclusive preview of Daniel Radcliff’s upcoming film The Woman in Black! (ROOM A)

Breaking Into Comics With Thomas Yeates, Tyler Kirkham And Arvell Jones
Fan favorites Thomas Yeates (The Outlaw Prince; Conan), Tyler Kirkham (Green Lantern Corps; Amazing Spider-Man) and Arvell Jones (Captain America; All-Star Squadron ) team up to give out their tips on refining your art, pitching to publishers, and other sound advice for working in comics. (ROOM B)

12:00 – 12:45PM
Walking Dead Q&A
Based on Robert Kirkman’s ultra-hot zombie graphic novel series, “The Walking Dead” has come to life in one of the top-rated shows on cable! Join the cast members for a Q&A, followed by behind-the-scenes footage and extended clips from the show. Then stick around for a Wizard World exclusive preview of Daniel Radcliff’s upcoming film The Woman in Black! (ROOM A)

Making It In Comics With Carlos Pacheco, Jesus Merino And George Perez
Superstar artists Carlos Pacheco, Jesus Merino and George Perez reveal the startling and sometimes silly secrets of drawing comics, dealing with editors and breaking into the business. This is a rare USA appearance for all three artists, so don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from these international comic masters! (ROOM B)

12:00 – 1:30PM
Jedi Lightsaber Master Class
Learn lightsaber fighting from Star Wars stunt coordinator and sword master Nick Gillard, who choreographed the fight scenes for Star Wars I, II and III! In this 90-minute master class, Nick (assisted by CC Weske) will teach a complicated run from Revenge Of The Sith, which will cover all of the moves and the rules involved in Jedi fighting. Must purchase a separate ticket for this class. (ROOM C)

1:00 – 1:45PM
Vic Mignogna Q&A
Meet the man that has taken the anime world by storm as the voice behind dozens of your favorite anime characters in shows such as “Full Metal Alchemist,” “Dragon Ball Z” and “Reservoir Chronicle: Tsubasa.” (ROOM A)

KIDS PROGRAMMING TBD
(ROOM B)

2:00 – 2:45PM
Adam Baldwin Q&A
With roles on sci-fi classics such as Serenity, “Firefly,” “The X-Files” and “Angel,” Adam Baldwin’s extensive résumé speaks for itself. Don’t miss his Wizard World New Orleans debut, where he will sit down to answer fan questions and share his favorite moments from the shows we’ve all come to love. (ROOM A)

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 – 3:00PM
Stan Lee Meet And Greet
Don’t miss your chance to meet comic book legend Stan Lee! Light food and refreshments will be served, and you will also have the opportunity to take one photo with Stan Lee on your own camera. Spots are very limited and this event will be closed once we reach capacity, so get your tickets now before it’s too late. You must present a Stan Lee Meet and Greet ticket to gain entry to this event. (ROOM D)

2:00 – 3:30PM
Jedi Lightsaber Master Class
Learn lightsaber fighting from Star Wars stunt coordinator and sword master Nick Gillard, who choreographed the fight scenes for Star Wars I, II and III! In this 90-minute master class, Nick (assisted by CC Weske) will teach a complicated run from Revenge Of The Sith, which will cover all of the moves and the rules involved in Jedi fighting. Must purchase a separate ticket for this class. (ROOM C)

3:00 – 3:45PM
Wizard Spotlight: Stan Lee
Legendary writer, editor, actor, producer, publisher and Eisner Award-winning hall-of-famer, Stan Lee is responsible for many of the iconic characters that we have all come to love. Stan Lee will make his Wizard World debut to discuss bringing characters such as Spider-Man, Captain America and The Avengers to the big screen, and how he’s cemented his place in pop-culture history for decades to come. (ROOM A)

4:00 – 5:30PM
Kid’s Mosaic Building Workshop
Galeria Alegria is known for their breathtaking mosaic pieces, with proceeds from many of the pieces going to local charities in the city of New Orleans. Children 8 years and older are invited to join Stephan Wanger in this interactive session to create mosaic masterpieces of their own. Limited to the first 25 children. Please register at the Guest Registration booth. (ROOM B)

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

About Wizard World:
Wizard World produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests. 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 2012 DATES *****
January 28-29 – New Orleans Comic Con
April 14-15 – Toronto Comic Con
June 1-3 – Philadelphia Comic Con
August 9-12 – Chicago Comic Con
September 29-30 – Mid-Ohio Comic Con
TBD, 2012 – Big Apple Comic Con
TBD, 2012 – Austin Comic Con