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Wizard World VIP Exclusive Limited Edition Comics At Five 2016 Shows

Captain America Sam Wilson #7 Wizard WorldFive upcoming 2016 Wizard World Comic Cons will be bonanzas for comic book fans when “Wizard World VIP” attendees receive six limited edition exclusive variant covers of three all-time favorite comics by three superstar artists at each event.

Only an extremely limited number of Wizard World VIPs at each event will receive the following highly collectible comics:

  • Justice League of America #1 Wizard World Presents Comic Con Box Exclusive Die-Cut Variant Cover by Tyler Kirkham
  • Justice League of America #1 Wizard World Presents Comic Con Box Exclusive Black & White Variant Cover by Tyler Kirkham
  • Star Wars: Vader Down #1 Wizard World Presents Comic Con Box Exclusive Variant Cover by Mike Mayhew
  • Star Wars: Vader Down #1 Wizard World Presents Comic Con Box Exclusive Black & White Variant Cover by Mike Mayhew
  • Captain America #7 75th Anniversary Wizard World Presents Comic Con Box Exclusive Variant Cover by Mahmud Asrar
  • Captain America #7 75th Anniversary Wizard World Presents Comic Con Box Exclusive Black & White Variant Cover by Mahmud Asrar

Note that the offer applies to “Wizard World VIPs” only; no celebrity VIPs include the comics, and only while supplies last. Dates of each show and quantities are as follows:

  • Columbus, Ohio (July 29-31), 100 VIPs
  • Richmond, Va. (Sept. 9-11), 100 VIPs
  • Austin, Texas (Sept. 23-25), 100 VIPs
  • Tulsa, Okla. (Oct. 21-23), 125 VIPs
  • Pittsburgh (Nov. 4-6), 100 VIPs

Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival Lineup Highlights Announced

Bruce CampbellBruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival returns for its third annual festivities on August 18-21, in conjunction with Wizard World Chicago. The Festival has announced highlights of the groovy lineup featuring the critically acclaimed opening night nail-biter Don’t Breathe, directed by Fede Alvarez; a salute to genre hero Fred Dekker; an epic event featuring comedian Doug Benson; and a 25th anniversary celebration of the most excellent sequel, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (originally titled Bill & Ted Go To Hell).

The festivities will kick off on Thursday, August 18, with the opening night film Don’t Breathe, the highly anticipated shocker from director-producer-writer Fede Alvarez (Evil Dead) and produced by Sam Raimi & Rob Tapert. Alvarez will be in attendance. This will reunite Campbell with Alvarez, who directed the successful 2013 remake of Evil Dead . Sony Pictures is set to release Don’t Breathe on August 26, 2016.

The inaugural “Groovy as Hell” award will be presented to writer/director Fred Dekker (Fox’s upcoming The Predator). The awards ceremony will consist of a 30th anniversary screening of the cult classic Night of The Creeps and a very special screening of The Monster Squad with actors Andre Gower (Sean) & Ryan Lambert (Rudy) also in attendance.

Festival favorite Doug Benson (Doug Loves Movies, Chromic-Con, Super High Me) will be in town for a very special ‘Doug Benson Movie Interruption’ of Army of Darkness, with guest interrupter Bruce Campbell ! The two will sit in the front row together with a selection of mystery comedy guests, and say whatever hilarious stuff that pops into their head. A limited amount of single tickets for this event are on sale now!

BCHFF is thrilled to present a 25th anniversary celebration of everyone’s favorite time-traveling metalhead slackers, a screening of Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey with director Peter Hewitt in attendance! Additional guests for this screening will be announced at a later date.

The festival will also mark the World Premieres of Found Footage 3D, the long-awaited satirical horror film produced by Kim Henkel (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and directed by Steven DeGennaro, and Show Yourself, a haunting & remarkable genre-bending feature debut from Billy Ray Brewton (subject of the wonderful award-winning 2014 documentary Skanks, and programmer for Slamdance Film Festival).

Fans in the region will also experience the Chicago premieres of:

  • The Greasy Strangler – The most hilariously disturbing film of the year. From Elijah Wood’s Spectrevision, Drafthouse Films, & Ant Timpson.
  • Here Alone  – Winner of the 2016 Tribeca Audience Award.
  • Abattoir – From Darren Bousman, the director of Saw 2, 3, 4, Repo: The Genetic Opera, Mother’s Day, and The Devil’s Carnival. Darren will be in attendance to present the film.
  • Pet – The SXSW hit starring Dominic Monaghan (Lord of The Rings Trilogy).
  • I am Not a Serial Killer – Starring Christopher Lloyd in yet another career defining performance.
  • Beyond The Gates – Winner of the midnight audience award at Los Angeles Film Festival.

The Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival jury this year includes a few dignitaries well-known to horror fans: Tom Holland (writer/director, Fright Night, Child’s Play); Barry Bostwick (Rocky Horror Picture Show ); Cerina Vincent ( Cabin Fever); and Zach Hagen (producer, He Never Died).

Many additional titles, surprises and guest announcements will be announced over the coming month, along with a very special closing night feature, presented by Bloody-Disgusting.com.

Festival badges are $100, and are on sale now at www.bchff.com! Limited single tickets sales for screenings will go on sale Wednesday, July 6th.

The festival and all screenings will be held at the Carmike Muvico Rosemont 18.

First Wave

Opening Night:

DON’T BREATHE

A trio of friends break into the house of a wealthy blind man, thinking they’ll get away with the perfect heist. They’re wrong

Cast: Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovato, Stephen Lang

Dir: Fede Alvarez

Distributor: Sony Pictures

U.S. Release Date: August 26

ABATTOIR

How do you build a haunted house? Ask the enigmatic Jebediah Crone, the main suspect in a case of stolen rooms where horrific tragedies have occurred.

Cast: Jessica Lowndes, Joe Anderson, Lin Shaye, Dayton Callie, Bryan Batt,, J. Larose

Dir: Darren Lynn Bousman

BEYOND THE GATES

Seven months after their father’s disappearance, two brothers reunite to liquidate the family video store. Unfortunately, things go from bad to worse when they find an old VHS boardgame with evil powers, and all hell breaks loose.

Cast: Chase Williamson, Graham Skipper, Brea Grant, Barbara Crampton, Matt Mercer, Jesse Merlin

Dir: Jackson Stewart

FOUND FOOTAGE 3D

A group of low-budget filmmakers sets out to make “the first 3D found footage horror film,” but find themselves *in* the first 3D found footage horror film when the evil entity from their movie escapes into their behind-the-scenes footage.

Cast: Carter Roy, Alena von Stroheim, Chris O’Brien, Tom Saporito, Scott Allen Perry, Jessica Perrin, Scott Weinberg

Dir: Steven DeGennaro

THE GREASY STRANGLER

Pure. Fucking. Chaos.

Cast: Michael St. Michaels, Sky Elobar, Elizabeth De Razzo

Dir: Jim Hosking

HERE ALONE

A young woman struggles to survive on her own in the wake of a mysterious epidemic that has decimated society and forced her deep into the unforgiving wilderness.

Cast: Lucy Walters, Adam David Thompson, Gina Piersanti, Shane West

Dir: Rod Blackhurst

I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER

In a small Midwestern town, a troubled teen with homicidal tendencies must hunt down and destroy a supernatural killer whilst keeping his own inner demons at bay.

Cast: Christopher Lloyd, Laura Fraser, Max Records

Dir: Billy O’Brien

PET

Seth works at an animal shelter, and for years has been secretly in love with a waitress named Holly . When he repeatedly fails in his attempts to woo her, he naturally decides to lock her in a cage at the shelter where he works. And that’s just the beginning…

Cast: Dominic Monaghan, Ksenia Solo, Jenette McCurdy, Nathan Parsons

Dir: Carles Torrens

SHOW YOURSELF

When his friend dies unexpectedly, Travis heads into the woods with his ashes to say goodbye. But as he deals with his grief, and the way it has affected the relationships in his life, he starts to realize that he actually might not be alone.

Cast: Ben Hethcoat, Corsica Wilson, Barak Hardley, Stephen Cone, David McElwee, Robert Longsteet.

Dir: Billy Ray Brewton

Corroney, Golden, Sayger, Banks Top Comics Creators At Wizard World Comic Con Columbus, July 29-31

Star WarsJoe Corroney (“Star Wars,” “Star Trek”), Michael Golden (“Batman,” “Spider-Man”), Stuart Sayger (“Infestation 2: 30 Days of Night,” “Machete”), Darryl Banks (“Green Lantern,” “JLA”) and Guy Gilchrist (“NANCY,” “Muppet Babies”) are among the talented comics creators scheduled to attend Wizard World Comic Con Columbus, July 29-31. Wizard World, Inc. continues its 2016 schedule with its sixth trip to the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Other superstar artists and writers populating Artist Alley at the popular event include James O’Barr (“The Crow”), Steve Geiger (“Bloodshot,” “Scion”), Tom Cook (“He-Man,” “She-Ra”), Larry Elmore (painter, “Magic: The Gathering,” “Dungeons & Dragons”), Phil Ortiz (“The Simpsons,” “Muppet Babies”), Daniel Leister (“Wonderland,” “Hack/Slash”), Sam Ellis (BOOM Studios, Cartoon Network), Danny Fingeroth (group editor, “Spider-Man,” author, Superman on the Couch) and Columbus native Victor Dandridge (“The Samaritan,” “Origins Unknown”).

They join a lineup of Wizard World Comic Con Columbus celebrities that includes Eliza Taylor (“The 100,” The November Man), Amy Jo Johnson (“Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,” “Felicity”), Ian Somerhalder (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Lost”), James Marsters (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Caprica”), Jewel Staite (“Firefly”), Lindsey Morgan (“The 100,” “General Hospital”), Elizabeth Rodriguez (“Fear the Walking Dead,” “Orange is the New Black”), Kevin Sorbo (“Hercules,” “Andromeda”), Nicholas Brendon (“Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” “Criminal Minds”) and Charles Martinet (voice actor, “Mario”).

Wizard World Comic Con Columbus show hours are Friday, July 29, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, July 30, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, July 31, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Wizard World Chicago VIP attendees to receive Batman #50, Superman #50

WW Batman #50As if appearances by superstars from Star Wars, Back to the Future, “The X-Files,” “The Walking Dead” and many more film and TV favorites weren’t enough, there’s another reason for fans to grab VIP admissions to Wizard World Comic Con Chicago, as the first 800 “Wizard World VIP” attendees will receive copies of the “Batman #50” and “Superman #50” exclusive black & white variant covers, both drawn by Patrick Gleason. The Midwest’s largest pop culture convention is set for August 18-21 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

Note that this applies to “Wizard World VIP” purchasers only; celebrity VIP packages are not included in this offer.

Batman has returned to Gotham City! In this extra-sized conclusion to Snyder and Capullo’s epic story “Superheavy,” Bruce Wayne returns to the cape and cowl to battle Mr. Bloom alongside Jim Gordon for the fate of the city they both love. “Batman #50” is written by Scott Snyder, with art by Greg Capullo and Danny Miki. Gleason’s cover is an homage to Jim Lee’s Batman #608 2nd Print.

WW Superman #50Superman returns in all his glory in this very special issue that sees the Man of Steel back to full power as he faces his greatest enemy and also comes face to face with the pre-Flashpoint Kal-El! At last, it’s the meeting of the Supermen you’ve been waiting for! “Superman #50” is written by Gene Luen Yang, art by Howard Porter. Gleason’s cover is an homage to Jim Lee’s Superman #204.

Among the standout celebrities attending Wizard World Comic Con Chicago are Carrie Fisher (Star Wars); Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson (Back to the Future); David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson (“The X-Files”); Norman Reedus (“The Walking Dead”), Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Rosario Dawson, Elodie Yung and Elden Henson (“Daredevil”) and many more.

Top creators, in addition to Gleason, include Gene Ha (“Justice League”), Humberto Ramos (“Amazing Spider-Man”), Greg Weisman (“Captain Atom”), Claudio Aboy (“Heavy Metal”), Fernando Dagnino (“Suicide Squad”), J.J. Sedelmaier (“Sat TV Funhouse/SNL cartoons”), Clinton Hobart (Licensed Disney Fine Artist), Jorge Molina (“Uncanny X-Men”), Manuel Garcia (“Iron Man”), Rafa Sandoval (“Action Comics”) Tim Seeley (“Revival”), Guy Gilchrist (“Nancy”), Greg Horn (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) and dozens of others.

Chicago show hours are Thursday, August 18, 3-8 p.m.; Friday, August 19, noon-7 p.m.; Saturday, August 20, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, August 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.

 

Wizard World and Crypt TV Launch Eight-City Horror Series

wizard worldWizard World, Inc. and Crypt TV have announced a new eight-city video showcase series that will treat Wizard World Comic Con attendees to some of the scariest video content available today.

Crypt TV, co-founded by famed horror director Eli Roth, will curate the exclusive showcase for select Wizard World Comic Con dates. The series will debut in Philadelphia on June 2nd-6th, followed by showcases at Wizard World events in Sacramento, Columbus, Chicago, Richmond, Austin, Tulsa and Pittsburgh (dates below).

Crypt TV, which has over one million fans and averages over 15 million video views a month, prides itself on bringing new scary stories from talented filmmakers into the world.

Crypt TV Screening Events will be held at the following Wizard World Comic Cons:

Philadelphia, PA June 2 – 6
Sacramento, CA June 17 – 19
Columbus, OH July 29 – 31
Chicago, IL Aug 18 – 21
Richmond, VA Sept 9 – 11
Austin, TX Sept 22 – 25
Tulsa, OK Oct 21 – 23
Pittsburgh, PA Nov 5 – 6

JSA, Wizard World Announce Autograph Authentication Partnership

Wizard World JSAWizard World, Inc. and James Spence Authentication (JSA) have announced a partnership by which Wizard World Comic Con attendees can utilize the services of the leader in autograph authentication on line or at the autograph kiosk at Wizard World events beginning this weekend in Des Moines and June 2-5 in Philadelphia.

JSA will offer a variety of authentication services through the agreement. The Wizard World / JSA Autograph Authentication Service COA, for $20.00 flat fee per signer for a Basic Certificate of Authenticity (includes 8x10s / memorabilia); and Wizard World / JSA Autograph Authentication Service LOA for $40.00 flat fee per signer for Letter of Authenticity (high-end items valued at Over $200 (i.e. Original Artwork, etc).

Chloe Bennet, Casper Crump, WWE Superstars Dean Ambrose and Sasha Banks, Billy Boyd and Rebecca Mader headline the roster of celebrities attending Wizard World Comic Con Des Moines, Friday through Sunday at the Iowa Events Center.

Marvel franchise headliners Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie and others plus Back to the Future stars Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson, David Duchovny, Norman Reedus and WWE Superstar John Cena are among the stars attending Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia, June 2-5, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

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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Wizard World To Offer Exclusive Bandai Power Rangers Figurines at Wizard World Comic Con Chicago

Mighty Morphin Green Ranger Wizard World ChicagoWizard World, Inc. has announced that for the first time it has partnered with Bandai America Incorporated to offer an exclusive Wizard World Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Limited Edition Glow-In-The-Dark Tokyo Vinyl Green Ranger figures, Thursday through Sunday during Wizard World Comic Con Chicago at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. With 1,500 total figures produced, only 500 will be available at Comic Con Chicago, exclusively at the Wizard World Store on the show floor, while supplies last.

The offering, a must-have for all toy collectors and Power Ranger fans, is an example of new Wizard World initiatives to offer high-end exclusive collectible figures. The Green Ranger figurines are the first Glow-in-the-Dark Tokyo Vinyl by Bandai, manufacturer and master toy licensee of some of the most popular brands in children’s toys and interactive entertainment today.

Celebrating more than 20 years of Power Rangers history, the powerful Mighty Morphin Green Ranger is now captured in a stylized, modern design as the Wizard World Power Rangers Limited Edition Glow-In-The-Dark Tokyo Vinyl Green Ranger figure. Designed by acclaimed Japanese vinyl artist Touma, this figure’s sharp angular features and oversized forearms and hands make this limited edition Ranger a statement in Tokyo pop art. This collectible figure is sixth in the series of Limited Edition Mighty Morphin Tokyo Vinyl figures and an essential piece to any Power Rangers collection.

In addition to Jason David Frank, the original Green Power Ranger, the Wizard World Comic Con Chicago celebrity lineup will include Norman Reedus, Nathan Fillion, Jeremy Renner, Stephen Amell, Burt Reynolds and dozens of others.

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 15th of 24 events currently scheduled on the 2015 Wizard World calendar, Chicago show hours are Thursday, August 20, 3-8 p.m.; Friday, August 21, 12-7 p.m.; Saturday, August 22, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, August 22, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Wizard World Comic Con 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 and participate in the famed Wizard World Costume Contest on Saturday night.

Is Wizard World About to Get New Owners? (Updated)

wizard worldIs Wizard World Comic Con about to get new owners? Arriving in our inbox not long ago was a message concerning the convention/geek box/content provider to pause any affiliate links we might have linking to the company.

Affiliate links are one way to monetize links/products promoted (and we do disclose it when a post contains them).

The email cites “transferring ownership” as the reason to pause the campaign. Here’s the full email:

Wizard World Comic Con (MID: 5972) has to pause its affiliate program for the time being due to the merchant transferring ownership.

Please stop your campaigns until further notice. We will be providing new links within the next few days to begin promoting the merchant again.

Thank you for your efforts in promoting this merchant. We apologize for the lack of notice regarding this down time, but this is only ever done in extenuating circumstances.

Please be on the look out for updates on the program’s re-launch.

Wizard World Inc. is a publicly traded company and during their first quarter filing for 2015 announced while they had convention revenue of $6,101,429 they had a loss of $981,941 for the quarter and working capital of $2,496,995

We’ve asked Wizard World Inc. for clarification and a statement.

Updated: We’ve heard from Wizard World, and the only change being made is with the management of the affiliate program. Nothing to see here. Move along.

Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival Returns To Chicago, August 20-23

Fright NightBruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival, in conjunction with Wizard World Comic Con, returns to Chicago with an even bloodier sequel, chopping & chain-sawing its way through 4 days (8/20-8/23) of cinematical horror mayhem & badassness.

BCHFF is thrilled to kick off the festivities on Thursday, August 20th with the much anticipated horror anthology Tales of Halloween, featuring 10 ghastly tales, including films written & directed by: Neil Marshall, Lucky McKee, Darren Lynn Bousman, and Mike Mendez. Many of the filmmakers will be in attendance for a Q&A following the screening, a Hallows Eve themed after-party, a panel at Wizard World hosted by horror film critic Scott Weinberg, and a few more surprises.

The festival will close on Sunday, August 23rd with the Chicago Premiere of He Never Died, written and directed by Jason Krawczyk, and featuring the forever awesome punk rock legend Henry Rollins as an immortal cannibal, in a career defining performance. Special guests for this screening will be announced shortly.

On Saturday August 22nd, the festival will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the beloved 1980’s vampire classic, Fright Night, with a screening & discussion to follow from writer/director (and Master of Horror!), Tom Holland.

The 2nd annual Bruce Campbell Horror Fest is delighted to play host to the U.S. Premiere of Contracted: Phase 2, the (very) bloody sequel that delivers the goods and then some to 2013’s indie hit & gross-out exercise in body horror.

Also making its U.S. Premiere at the festival is quite possibly the most insane film of the year (or any year for that matter), Bunny The Killer Thing. This soon to be cult classic will have audiences jaws on the floor as they watch a sadistic man in a bunny rabbit suit….well, you’ll just have to wait & see it for yourself. You’ve been warned!

The full schedule of films, panels, events, and of course Bruce Campbell, will be released in mid-July. An extremely limited number of festival badges will go on sale at noon (PST) today for $66.6, and festival-goers will have 6 days, 6 hours, & 6 minutes to obtain a badge at the reduced rate. All Wizard World Comic Con ticket holders will have access to the festivities, space permitting.

The festival will be held at The Muvico Rosemont & Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

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