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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.

Fillion, Reedus, Cohan, Marsters Top Celebs At Wizard World Atlanta Comic Con

Nathan Fillion, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, James Marsters, Milo Ventimiglia, Michael Rooker Headline Celebrity Guests At Wizard World Atlanta Comic Con, May 30 – June 1

Jon Bernthal, Jason David Frank, Robert Knepper, Top Comics Creators Also Among Top Stars At Pop Culture Festival At Georgia World Congress Center

ATLANTA, April 8, 2014 – Nathan Fillion (“Castle,” Serenity), Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Jon Bernthaland Michael Rooker of “The Walking Dead,” James Marsters (“Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” “Torchwood”), Milo Ventimiglia (“Heroes,” Rocky Balboa), Darryl McDaniels “D.M.C.” (“Run-D.M.C.”) Jason David Frank (“Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers”), and Robert Knepper (“Prison Break,” Hitman) are among the celebrities scheduled to attend Wizard World Atlanta Comic Con, May 30-June 1 at the Georgia World Congress Center. It is the seventh of 16 events currently scheduled 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, Cohan and McDaniels will appear on Saturday and Sunday, May 31-June 1, and Fillion will attend on Saturday only; the others are scheduled for all three days. Read more

Wizard World Chicago Presents: Bruce Campbell’s Horror Fest March 6-8, 2015

 

Wizard World Chicago Presents: Bruce Campbell’s Horror Fest March 6-8, 2015

‘The Evil Dead,’ ‘Army of Darkness’ Star To Emcee Full Three-Day Event Celebrating Everything Horror; Many Other Genre Stars, Directors, Writers To Attend; New Content To Be Available On Wizard World’s Cinedigm Channel

ROSEMONT, Ill., March 24, 2014 – It will be a Wizard World show like fans have never seen when the one and only Bruce Campbell emcees an entire weekend of horror at Wizard World Chicago Presents: Bruce Campbell’s Horror Fest, March 6-8, 2015, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill. The Army of Darkness and The Evil Dead star puts on what many fans agree is the best programming panel at most Wizard World shows; now fans can get even more of one of the best pure entertainers on the circuit, signing, posing for photos and moderating multiple panels all weekend long.

With the focus on horror, fans can expect to see some of their favorite genre stars, directors and writers from great television shows, movies, graphic novels and comics. It’s a celebration of all things horror, and Bruce will be inviting some of the many superstars he’s worked with over the years. Special guest announcements to follow as they are secured.

The full three-day event, produced by Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD), which conducts pop culture conventions and Comic Cons across the country, including Wizard World Chicago Comic Con (August 21-24, 2014; August 20-23, 2015), will also feature nighttime events like concerts, costume contests, movie screenings and more. It’s all horror all the time, with the Wizard World touch.

Additionally, content from Wizard World Chicago Presents: Bruce Campbell’s Horror Fest will be available as part of the recently announced Wizard World channel with Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM), the largest distributor of non-theatrical content in the U.S., upon its launch.

We are thrilled to add a second Chicago event at a venue where we have achieved much success over the years,” says John Macaluso, Wizard World CEO. “And teaming up with the great Bruce Campbell to put on the ultimate horror event really gives the fans a reason to come out to the Donald E. Stephens Center twice a year!”

This is really a dream come true for me,” says Campbell. “I have always wanted to be part of a great organization and run a top-notch horror convention that sees my vision of what it could be. The fans have supported me all these years, so I look forward to giving back and providing a unique experience.”

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 www.wizardworld.com.

Wizard World 2014 Schedule
January 24-26 – Wizard World Portland Comic Con
February 7-9 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con
March 7-9 – Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con
March 28-30 – Wizard World Louisville Comic Con
April 4-6 – Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con
May 2-4 – Wizard World Minneapolis Comic Con
May 30-June 1 – Wizard World Atlanta Comic Con
June 19-22 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con
August 1-3 – Wizard World San Antonio Comic Con
August 21-24 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con
September 12-14 – Wizard World Richmond Comic Con
September 26-28 – Wizard World Nashville Comic Con
October 2-4 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con
October 31-November 2 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
November 7-9 – Wizard World Tulsa Comic Con
November 21-23 – Wizard World Reno Comic Con
Wizard World’s 2015 Schedule To Be Announced Shortly

Marvel Comics & Wizard World Reveal ‘Amazing Spider-Man #1′ Exclusive Variant Cover By John Tyler Christopher For Atlanta Comic Con

Marvel Comics & Wizard World Reveal ‘Amazing Spider-Man #1′ Exclusive Variant Cover By John Tyler Christopher For Atlanta Comic Con

VIP Attendees Receive Free Copy At Georgia World Congress Center, May 30 – June 1; Continues Year-long Series In Which Marvel Offers Exclusive Books At All 16 Wizard World Shows

1NEW YORK, March 21, 2014 – Marvel Comics and Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) today revealed the latest edition of its 2014 series of exclusive variant covers of the best Marvel titles with the unveiling of Amazing Spider-Man #1, drawn by noted artist David Mack.VIP attendees at Wizard World Atlanta Comic Con, May 30 – June 1 at Georgia World Congress Center, will receive a free copy of the limited-edition book at registration.

Christopher is scheduled to be on site at the event to sign copies (autograph fees may apply). Leading professional comic grader CGC will also be on hand to accept books for grading and Signature Series.

The colored version of Amazing Spider-Man #1 will be limited to 3,000 copies and provided free at registration to all Wizard World Atlanta Comic Con VIP attendees, including any celebrity VIP packages.

Tyler’s Amazing Spider-Man #1 follows the first three entries, Miracleman #1 and Miracleman #2, both drawn by Eisner Award Hall of Famer Neal Adams for Wizard World Portland Comic Con (Jan. 24-26) and New Orleans Comic Con (Feb. 7-9), respectively, Wolverine #1, illustrated by noted cover artist Greg Horn, for Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con (March 7-9). Artwork is also complete for the upcoming Daredevil #1 by Michael Golden for Wizard World Louisville Comic Con (March 28-30) and Wolverine & The X-Men #1 by David Mack for Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con (April 4-6).

Amazing Spider-Man #1 is on track to become one of the biggest comic launches of the past few decades,” says Marvel SVP, Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “And we’re proud to celebrate with Wizard through this beautiful and elegant variant from artist John Tyler Christopher.”

Christopher is an illustrator from Seattle, Wash., currently based out of Atlanta. A member of Studio Revolver, his work has appeared on the covers of Witchblade, as a designer for Star Wars Miniatures, and in the pages of Dungeon & Dragons, a variety of White Wolf publications & Mutants and Masterminds.

John Tyler Christopher’s work on big hits like Amazing Spider-Man, X-Men and Iron Man makes him a big hit with fans,” says John Macaluso, Wizard World CEO. “His take on the iconic Amazing Spider-Man is a great addition to this highly collectible series of popular Marvel titles.”

The Greatest Super Hero of All Time RETURNS! The world may have changed since Spidey’s been gone, but so has Peter Parker. This is a man with a second chance at life, and he’s not wasting a moment of it. Same Parker Luck, new Parker attitude. Putting the “friendly” back in the neighborhood, the “hero” back into “super hero,” and the “amazing” back into “Spider-Man!” Also returning: The recharged and re-energized ELECTRO! Writer: Dan Slott; artist: Humberto Ramos.

For more on the 2014 Wizard World Atlanta Comic Con, go to http://www.wizardworld.com/home-atlanta.html.

About Wizard World:

Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, cosplay, 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.

About Marvel Entertainment, LLC

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information, visit marvel.com.

The full event schedule can be found at www.wizardworld.com.

Wizard World 2014 Schedule
January 24-26 – Wizard World Portland Comic Con
February 7-9 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con
March 7-9 – Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con
March 28-30 – Wizard World Louisville Comic Con
April 4-6 – Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con
May 2-4 – Wizard World Minneapolis Comic Con
May 30-June 1 – Wizard World Atlanta Comic Con
June 19-22 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con
August 1-3 – Wizard World San Antonio Comic Con
August 21-24 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con
September 12-14 – Wizard World Richmond Comic Con
September 26-28 – Wizard World Nashville Comic Con
October 2-4 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con
October 31-November 2 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
November 7-9 – Wizard World Tulsa Comic Con
November 21-23 – Wizard World Reno Comic Con

Marvel Comics & Wizard World Reveal ‘Wolverine #1′ Exclusive Variant Cover By Greg Horn For Sacramento Comic Con

VIP Attendees Receive Free Copy, March 7-9; Continues Year-long Series In Which Marvel Will Offer Exclusive Books At All 16 Wizard World Shows

NEW YORK, January 16, 2014 – Marvel Comics and Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) today revealed the latest edition of its 2014 series of exclusive variant covers of the best Marvel titles with the unveiling of Wolverine #1, drawn by prolific cover artist Greg Horn. VIP attendees at the inaugural Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con, March 7-9 at the Sacramento Convention Center, will receive a free copy of the limited-edition book at registration. The exclusive will be limited to 3,000 copies.

Horn is scheduled to be on site at the event to sign copies (autograph fees may apply). Leading professional comic grader CGC will also be on hand to accept books for grading and Signature Series.

Horn’s Wolverine #1 follows the first two entries, Miracleman #1 and Miracleman #2, both drawn by Eisner Award Hall of Famer Neal Adams for Wizard World Portland Comic Con (Jan. 24-26) and New Orleans Comic Con (Feb. 7-9), respectively. Read more