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WizardWorld Chicago Comic Con 2014 – A Look Back

[Editor’s Note: The dreaded Con Funk infected us here at ASM headquarters, causing the delay in this article.]

We’ve been going to WizardWorld Chicago, also known as Chicago Comic-Con, for over a decade, so we’ve seen the convention go through many changes over the years.   We’ve seen the convention grow, we’ve seen the floor layout expand and change, we’ve seen the focus switch from a comic convention to a pop-culture gathering.  So, while we like to look at each year as its own separate entity, it’s hard to not compare the convention to those from the past.

WizardWorld Chicago 2014 had a very different vibe than in past years.  Part of this can be attributed to the new floor layout.  In the past, the convention hall contained the autograph area in front, dealers’ booths behind it, artist alley near the back, and the photo ops at the very back.  In 2013, the room was split into two floors on the other side of the Donald E. Stephenson Convention Center, which made for a unique feel, but there was still a buzz on both floors… as well as congestion in the aisles. Read more

WizardWorld Chigago Comic Con 2014 – Saturday Costumes

Hello, folks!  Sorry for the delay in getting these up.  Our time at WizardWorld this year was limited, so we didn’t get to stay as long as we normally do.  Here’s a selection of costumes that we saw on Saturday.

‘Guardians Of The Galaxy,’ David Boreanaz Q&A’s, Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival, Creator Sessions, TV & Film Screenings Headline Programming At Wizard World Chicago Comic Con

‘Gotham’ Screening, ‘Star Trek: TNG,’ Reunion, ‘Doctor Who,’ John Barrowman, Karl Urban, Stan Lee Sessions, Game Show, Leonard Nimoy Via Skype, Speed Dating, Film Festival Among 150+ Hours Of Panels At Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, August 21-24

ROSEMONT, Ill., August 13, 2014 – In its largest and most diverse programming schedule to date, Wizard World Chicago Comic Con will feature more than 150 hours of Q&A’s, movie and TV screenings, special events, creator sessions, meet and greets, parties, fan-driven panels and more over four full days at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Thursday through Sunday, August 21-24. Most programming is included as part of the standard event admission.

Sure to be among the most popular panels are the Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival (13 film screenings and several themed panels) and exclusive screening of the highly anticipated new Fox drama series “Gotham” (Sat., 1 p.m.). Q&A’s featuring Marvel’s Guardian of the Galaxy standouts Dave Bautista (Drax the Destroyer), Karen Gillan (Nebula) and Michael Rooker (Yondu) (Saturday, 5:15 p.m.), “Doctor Who” stars Matt Smith and Gillan (Sunday, 10 a.m, requires additional ticket), David Boreanaz (“Bones,” “Angel”) (Saturday, 2 p.m.), John Barrowman (“Torchwood,” “Arrow”) (Saturday, 4 p.m.), James Marsters (“Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” “Caprica”) (Friday, 1:30 p.m.), Karl Urban (“Buffy,” “Angel”) (Saturday, 11 a.m.), Stan Lee (Sunday, 11 a.m.), a Skype session with Leonard Nimoy (“Star Trek”) (Sunday, 2:30 p.m.) and other celebrities are also big fan favorites. “Bruce Campbell vs. the Audience” (Sat., 6:30 p.m.) as well as Wizard World Presents: Bruce Campbell’s Fanatic’s Face-Off, a frenetic game show (Friday, 7 p.m.) are among the offerings hosted by the inimitable star.
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Wizard World Presents ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ Panel Featuring Sir Patrick Stewart, Moderated By William Shatner, August 24 During Chicago Comic Con

Below is the press release announcing a special “Star Trek: The Next Generation” panel at Wizard World Chicago.  Six TNG members will be in attendance, and the panel will be moderated by William Shatner himself.  The reason for this panel?  It’s been twenty years since the finale, “All Good Things” aired.

Twenty years?  Good Lord, I’m old.  See the press release below and hit the jump for more.

Wizard World Presents ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ Panel Featuring Sir Patrick Stewart, Moderated By William Shatner, August 24 During Chicago Comic Con

Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Levar Burton, Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner, Gates McFadden Reunite For Special Celebration Of 20th Anniversary Of Final Episode At Rosemont Theater

Fans of “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” the highly successful 1987-1994 follow up to the original “Star Trek” television series, are in for a special treat as six of its stars reunite for a unique celebration of the 20th anniversary of the program’s final episode on Sunday, August 24 from 5-6:45 p.m. “Captain Kirk” from the original, William Shatner, hosts as the “TNG” bridge crew of Sir Patrick Stewart (“Captain Jean-Luc Picard”) Jonathan Frakes(“Commander William T. Riker”), Levar Burton (“Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge”),Michael Dorn (“Lieutenant Worf”), Marina Sirtis (“Counselor Deanna Troi”), Brent Spiner(“Lt. Commander Data”), and Gates McFadden (“Dr. Beverly Crusher”) relive the memories of the program’s seven-year run. Read more

Boreanaz, Reedus, Smith, Gillan Headline Wizard World Chicago Comic Con Celebrity Roster

David Boreanaz, Norman Reedus, Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Katie Cassidy, Stan Lee Headline Celebrity Guests At Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, August 21-24

Five WWE® Standouts Including Superstar John Cena®, Five ‘The Walking Dead’ Stars, Anthony Mackie, Evan Peters, Top Comics Creators Also Among Top Stars At Pop Culture Festival At Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

ROSEMONT, Ill., June 25, 2014 – David Boreanaz (“Bones,” “Angel”), Norman Reedus (“The Walking Dead,” Boondock Saints), Matt Smith and Karen Gillan (“Doctor Who,”), Katie Cassidy (“Arrow”), William Shatner (“Star Trek,” “T.J. Hooker”) and comics legend Stan Lee are among the celebrities scheduled to attend Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, August 21-24 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. It is largest and longest-running of the 16 events in the 2014 series produced by Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) and will also feature a top-drawer collection of well-known comics artists and writers and a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions.

Reedus and Cassidy are scheduled to appear on Saturday and Sunday, August 23-24; Boreanaz and Shatner will attend on Friday and Saturday, August 22-23; Smith and Gillan are set for Saturday only; and Lee will be on site Friday through Sunday.

Popular celebrities on the Wizard World Chicago Comic Con roster include a host of “The Walking Dead” cast members, including Reedus, Danai Gurira, Scott Wilson, Sarah Wayne Callies and Michael Rooker. Read more

Wizard World Chicago Comic Con 2013 – The Stuff We Wished We Saw

As mentioned in our previous Chicago Comic Con gallery article, there was a lot that we felt we missed this year at the con.  Well, thanks to Jerry Milani and the other fine folks at Wizard, we were provided some images that their staff photographers took.  After looking through them, here are some of the best things that I personally wish we had seen.  A bunch of pictures, so they’re hidden behind the jump. Read more

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Wizard World Chicago Comic Con 2013 In Pictures

While at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con this past weekend, we were on a mission to take pictures of some of the cooler costumes and displays we saw.  Interestingly enough, it seemed that although the extra space made it easier to get around, having two floors to cover made it seem like we were always missing some cool costume disappearing down an aisle, never to be seen again.  There was a fantastic Brienne costumer that we were unable to photograph, and we couldn’t find her again.  Besides the two floors, another reason could be that with the new layout of the convention, costumers found new areas to hang out; in past years, you could be sure to find costumers in the lobby or by Artist Alley.  This year, they had new and different areas to pose for attendees.

But, we didn’t come home empty-handed.  So, please enjoy this gallery of photographs from Saturday at the convention, and we’ll be posting some of the pictures that Wizard World itself has provided later.

(ASM would like to thank Jerry Milani and the entire staff and crew of the Chicago Comic Con for their help with our coverage of Chicago Comic Con 2013)

Wizard World Chicago Comic Con: A New Look for 2013!

Wizard World Chicago Comic Con sported a new look this year, taking over a completely different area of the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. As attendees of the con for over a decade, it felt odd to walk in through the main entrance and turn to the right to enter the show rather than the hall(s) to the left that used to host the con.

The most notable change in 2013 was that the con was spread out over two levels of the convention center. The ground level show floor hosted the celebrity autographs, the photo op area, Artists’ Alley, and a few vendors. The second level hosted the majority of the vendors and the fan groups/clubs. The total floor space definitely seemed to be more square footage than the old layout. Aisles were much wider, and there was much less congestion than prior years. This really helped with the ability to browse, as you didn’t feel like you had to keep moving in order to not hold up the traffic flow in the vendors’ area. The room temperature in most spots felt much less oppressive than some prior years. It almost felt like a different con at times just because the layout was so different. There were several times we had to stop and figure out which direction to head for the main lobby and escalators, but that is to be expected for the first year of such a large change in floor layout. Overall, I think the change in location and layout was a positive change. There was more floor to cover but it was worth it for just the lessened congestion alone.

Artists’ Alley had a different feel to it this year. There seemed to be more traffic in this area than in prior years. I think much of this was due to the fact that there was more space. The booths were arranged in shorter aisles with more “cross aisles” in between, and this seemed to allow more movement. The booths themselves looked larger, but that is something an artist would have to confirm. I think positioning Artists’ Alley by the celebrity autographs also encouraged more traffic as well. In the old floor layout, the artists were in the back of the convention hall behind the vendors. Read more

Wizard World Chicago Comic Con Is On!

Wizard World’s Chicago Comic Con ( has started, and we at ASM will be hitting the show on Saturday.  If you are going, please look for us and say “Hi!”

To whet your appetite for the show, here are a few video links, courtesy of the folks at Wizard.

And be sure to check out their fan page for updates from the floor!

Sunday Is Kids Day At Wizard World Chicago Comic Con

Arts & Crafts, Face Painting, ‘Creepy Crawlies,’ Green Ranger Power Hour, ‘Kid-Friendly’ Booths, Exclusive Lithographs, Passport Program, Costume Contest Lead Special Children’s Programming; Kids Under 10 Free With Paid Adult

Photo by Lamont Abrams

ROSEMONT Ill., August 5, 2013 – Move over, mom and dad!  Sunday is Kids Day at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, with an array of programming, kid-friendly celebrities, creators and exhibitors designed especially for children, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.  From the impossibly cute Kids Costume Contest to the positively “icky” Creepy Crawlies in Pop Culture panel, children of all ages will enjoy a variety of activities all day long.  Kids 10 and under are free all weekend (two children admitted per paid adult).

As kids arrive on Sunday, they will receive an official “Wizard World Kids Day Passport” and sheet detailing all of the places they can visit to have the passport stamped at Wizard World Kids Day Booth, #2429.  Those include creators like artists Art Balthasar and Franco Aureliani and writer Thomas Finley, fan groups like the 501st Midwest Garrison and Northern Illinois Lego Train Club, exhibitors like J&J Collectibles, and celebrities like “The Green Power Ranger” Jason David Frank.  Awesome!

Kids will also receive an exclusive Chicago Comic Con Kids Day Lithograph by visiting Terry Huddleston‘s Artist Alley table (#I7).

Some of the highlights of the day include:

  • Arts & Crafts and Face Painting all day at Wizard World Kids Day Booth #2429
  • AlphaPet City story Time with Finley at the Kids Day booth (11 a.m., 2 p.m.)
  • Kids Draw! With Eisner Award Winners Balthasar and Aureliani teach the basics of drawing… with an emphasis on fun (11 a.m., Room 50)
  • From The Microscope To The Big Screen: Creepy Crawlies In Pop Culture, a lesson how monsters and giant insects in the movies compare to real life (noon, Room 50)
  • Kick it at the Green Ranger Power Hour with Frank – a special hour-long karate class (2 p.m.. Room 23)
  • UcreateComics Presents: Character Crafters, where kids design their own characters from start to finish (2 p.m., Room 50)
  • Kids Costume Contest (3 p.m., Room 42), hosted by Wizard World’s own superhero, “The Defuser” Jarrett Crippen

Man of Steel star Michael Shannon, Zachary Quinto (Star Trek and “American Horror Story”), Eisner Award Hall of Famer Stan Lee, “Torchwood” and Zero Dark Thirty headliner John Barrowman, WWE® Superstar CM Punk® and Norman Reedus of “The Walking Dead” are among the top celebrity guests scheduled to appear at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, Thursday through Sunday.  It is the fifth in the 2013 series produced by Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) and will also feature a top-drawer collection of well-known artists and writers and a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions.

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, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.  Wizard World Chicago Comic Con show hours are Thursday, Aug. 8, 3-8 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 9, noon – 7 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 10, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 11, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For more on the 2013 Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, visit

About Wizard World:
Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD) 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.

The full event schedule can be found at

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August 8-11 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con
September 20-22 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
October 18-20 – Wizard World Nashville Comic Con
November 22-24 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con
January 24-26, 2014 – Wizard World Portland Comic Con
February 7-9, 2014 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con
April 4-6, 2014 – Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con
June 19-22, 2014 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con