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wizard worldTomorrow is San Diego Comic-Con and new comic book day! We’re preparing for both (so a bit busy).

While we count down the hours here’s some news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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FiercePharma – Takeda says Ka-Pow! to IBD in new Marvel comics campaign – Not sure what to think about this.

Ep.tc – Welcome to TRUMP TRACTS – These are awesome!

ICv2 – Wizard World Turns Profit in First Quarter – Mazel Tov!

DC Comics – DC Announces New Wristband Policy for Events and Signings at Comic-Con International: San Diego – For those going!


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Science Fiction – Kill or Be Killed #1 and The Black Monday Murders #1

WWE Stars Cena, Rollins, Ambrose, Bellas among Seven at Wizard World Chicago

John CenaIn one of the most impressive gatherings of professional wrestling talent in Wizard World history, fans can meet some of wrestling’s biggest names when WWE Superstars John Cena, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Sasha Banks, The Bella Twins and Becky Lynch attend Wizard World Comic Con Chicago, August 18, 19 and 20 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

The dates and times for each appearance are as follows:

Thursday, August 18

  • WWE® Superstar Seth Rollins (4-7 p.m.)


  • WWE® Superstar Sasha Banks (5-8 p.m.)

Friday, August 19


  • WWE® Superstar John Cena (3-7 p.m.)


  • WWE® Superstar Dean Ambrose (4-7 p.m.)


  • WWE® Superstar Becky Lynch (2-5 p.m.)

Saturday, August 20

  • WWE® Superstars The Bella Twins (11 a.m.-2 p.m.)

They will greet fans, pose for photo ops, sign autographs and more, at the largest and longest-running Wizard World show.

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

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peggy carter captain americaHow was everyone’s 4th? Any cool fireworks? Sound off in the comments! Tomorrow’s new comic day too! We’ll have our picks in a few hours. Until then, here’s some comic news from around the web in our morning roundup. It’s a light morning due to the holiday.

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iO9 – How Has It Taken Us This Long to Get Peggy Carter as Captain America? – Looks like it?

The Beat – Con Wars: Wizard World Lauches/Scuttles “Wizard World Cruise” to the Bahamas – Another one down.

CBR – Noel Neill, Lois Lane on “Adventures of Superman,” Dead at 95 – Our thoughts go out to her friends and family.


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:


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


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


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


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


Pure. Fucking. Chaos.

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

Dir: Jim Hosking


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


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


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


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.


Carrie Fisher, Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd and More to Attend Wizard World Chicago

princess leiaWizard World, Inc., has announced that Star Wars’ Carrie Fisher will make her first Wizard World appearance ever in Chicago, where she will join the Back to the Future trio of Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, and Lea Thompson. Also, The X-FilesGillian Anderson will join the previously announced David Duchovny, Mitch Pileggi & William B. Davis for a cast reunion, August 20-21!

The beloved Back to the Future stars will take part in a Wizard World Q&A panel, hosted by Michael Klastorin, the production publicist on the second and third films in the series, and author of “Back to the Future: The Ultimate Visual History.”  The panel will discuss entertaining behind the scenes stories of the making of the films, and reflect upon the impact the film has had on movie-going fans of all ages for more than three decades!

Located at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL, they will join previously announced guests including Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead), Sebastian Stan (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead), the cast of Netflix’s “Marvel’s Daredevil” including Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock/Daredevil), Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page), Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson), Jon Bernthal (Frank Castle/The Punisher), Elodie Yung (Elektra Natchios), and Rosario Dawson (Claire Temple), and more.

You can purchase Admissions and VIP Admissions for the event, set for August 18-21, and to view the schedule, location, show hours, hotel & travel info online.

More Shake Ups with Wizard World?

wizard worldLooks like there are more changes and shake ups at Wizard World. In April it was announced that John D. Maata would be taking over as President and CEO for the company in May. Now, it looks like there are more changes going on.

The change in leadership came after the company reported a $4.3 million loss in 2015.

Wizard World is one of the numerous affiliate programs we’ve signed up for (though not often used). Last night we received the following email:

Wizard World Comic Con (MID: 6508) has to pause its affiliate program for the time being due to the merchant’s change in management.

Please pause your campaigns until further notice. 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.

In August of 2015 a similar email went out. That turned out to be just a change in the management system for the program. This is different though.

Notice it says “due to the merchant’s change in management.” That’s pretty charged wording.

We’ve reached out to our contacts to find out more details and have confirmed the COO is also changing for the company as well as “some other changes.”

Sounds like things are settled with Wizard World, and we’ll be keeping abreast of the situation.

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

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