Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Stan Lee, William Shatner, 'Charmed' and 'Firefly' Reunion Q&As, Comics Panels, Evening Parties, Movies Fuel Largest Programming Schedule At Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con, May 30 - June 2


Philadelphia, PA -- May 21, 2013 -- Interactive Q&A sessions featuring celebrities Stan Lee, William Shatner, Henry Winkler, John Barrowman, Manu Bennett and stars of "Charmed" and "Firefly," a full slate of comics-themed panels, evening parties and movie screenings are some of the highlights of a comprehensive schedule of programming at Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con, May 30 - June 2 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. 

Standout programming at the event includes:
  • Q&As with Lee, Shatner, Winkler, Barrowman, Bennett, James Marsters, Ray Park, Michael Rooker and other stars
  • Reunions of "Firefly" headliners Adam Baldwin, Summer Glau, Jewel Staite and Gina Torres; the "Charmed" trio of Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs and Brian Krause; and the pairing of two "Supermans" in Dean Cain and Brandon Routh; and the tag-team of WWE® Superstar Daniel Bryan® and WWE® Hall Of Famer Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat™
  • Two Marvel Comics panels, "Breaking Into Comics The Marvel Way" and "From Now! To Infinity"
  • Evening parties on Thursday, May 30 (Con Bro Chill concert for VIP badgeholders, Trocadero Theatre), Friday, May 31 (Super Art Fight, Tavern on Broad) and Saturday, June 1 (After Party, Field House)
  • Screenings of Weekend at Bernie's with Andrew McCarthy (Friday 7 p.m., Terrace Ballroom) and Police Academy with Steve Guttenberg (Saturday 7 p.m., Room 108) sponsored by The Awesome Fest, and Skull World (Thursday, 6 p.m., Room 111)
  • Dozens of comics-themed panels with industry leaders with advice on how to break into the field, get work seen, etc., plus portfolio reviews by Marvel and Zenescope
  • Costume contests for adults (Saturday) and Kids (Sunday)
  • Kids Day (Sunday) with an array of panels and events designed especially for children
Thursday, May 30
4:00 - 4:45 p.m. One Small Step For Fans: Browncoats In Space (Room 109)
4:00 - 4:45 p.m. Creating A Web-Series In Today's Market Place: Simply, Crest (Room 111)
5:00 - 5:45 p.m. Getting Your Comic Books Signed And Protecting Your Investment (Room 109)
5:00 - 5:45 p.m. Drawing Cult-Classics To Fairytales To Old School Comic Books (Room 111)
6:00 - 6:45 p.m. Creativity That Lasts (Room 109)
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Skull World Screening (Room 111)
7:00 - 7:45 p.m. The Return Of Audio Drama (Room 109)
8:00 - 10:30 p.m. Con Bro Chill VIP Concert - VIP Badge Holders Only - All Ages (Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St.)

Friday, May 31
1:00 - 1:45 p.m. Gam3r: Be As Famous As The Games You Play (Room 108)
1:00 - 1:45 p.m. Writing Captivating Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror Comics & Novels (Room 109)
1:00 - 1:45 p.m. Teen Manga: New Era G (Room 111)
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Sci-Fi Speed Dating (Room 112)
1:00 - 1:45 p.m. Linda Blair Q&A (Room 113)
1:00 - 1:30 p.m. Alliance Larp Combat Demo (Cosplay Stage)
1:00 - 2:45 p.m. Zenescope Portfolio Review (Booth 417)
2:00 - 2:45 p.m. Hollywood And Comics (Room 108)
2:00 - 2:45 p.m. How We Got Here (Room 109)
2:00 - 2:45 p.m. Wanna Make Your Own Toy? (Room 111)
2:00 - 2:45 p.m. Wibbly Wobbly Time: A Doctor Who Panel (Room 113)
2:00 - 2:30 p.m. Imperial Klingon Forces Photo Ops (Cosplay Stage)
2:30 - 3:00 p.m. Spawn Photo Ops (Cosplay Stage)
3:00 - 3:45 p.m. Kevin Sorbo Q&A (Room 108)
3:00 - 3:45 p.m. Pen And Ink: Making An Old Style New Again (Room 109)
3:00 - 3:45 p.m. Stan Lee Meet And Greet - Paid Event (Room 110)
3:00 - 3:45.p.m. Creating Characters That Readers Love To Hate (Room 111)
3:00 - 3:45 p.m. Basic Costuming, Fx Makeup & Armor-Like Creation (Room 113)
3:00 - 3:30 p.m. Rob Prior: Two Handed Art Demo (Cosplay Stage)
4:00 - 4:45 p.m. The Fun Side Of Comics And Graphic Novels (Room 108)
4:00 - 4:45 p.m. Jason David Frank Meet And Greet - Paid Event (Room 110)
4:00 - 4:45 p.m. Topps In 2013: The Year Of Sci-Fi (Room 111)
4:00 - 4:45 p.m. Ray Park Q&A (Room 113)
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Superhero Photoshoot (Cosplay Stage)
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Marvel: Breaking Into Comics The Marvel Way (Room 108)
5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Webcomics Bootcamp (Room 109)
5:00 - 5:45 p.m. Animation In Today's Industry (Room 111)
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Sci-Fi Speed Dating (Room 112)
5:00 - 5:45 p.m. James Marsters Q&A (Room 113)
5:00 - 5:45 p.m. Michael Rooker Q&A (Terrace Ballroom)
6:00 - 6:45 p.m. Movie And Puppet Improv With Deleted Scenes! (Room 108)
6:00 - 6:45 p.m. Flashfall/The Joe Files Cosplay And Fanfilms Panel (Room 111)
6:00 - 6:45 p.m. Stan "the Man" Lee Q&A (Terrace Ballroom)
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Barbizon Models Fashion Show (Cosplay Stage)
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. 80's Night With Andrew McCarthy: Presented By Awesomefest (Terrace Ballroom)
8:30 -11:00 p.m. Wizard World Presents Super Art Fight - 21 And Over (Tavern On Broad, 200 S Broad St)

Saturday, June 1
11:00 - 11:45 a.m. Vampire Lore And Other Urban Myths And Legends With Dr. Rebecca Housel (Room 108)
11:00 - 11:45 a.m. Cheap And Dirty Cosplay: Lessons From Shewolf Cosplays (Room 109)
11:00 - 11:45 a.m. Jason David Frank Meet And Greet - Paid Event (Room 110)
11:00 - 11:45 a.m. Curtis Sliwa Q&A (Room 111)
11:00 - 11:45 a.m. Philly Geek: What To Do In Philadelphia Area Fandom The Other 363 Days Of The Year! (Room 113)
11:00 - 12:00 p.m. Star Trek Photo Ops W/ USS Sovereign NCC-75000 And The Imperial Klingon Forces (Cosplay Stage)
12:00 - 12:45 p.m. Grimm Fairy Tales Animated (Room 108)
12:00 - 12:45 p.m. Storytelling With Michael Golden: Taking It To The Next Level (Room 109)
12:00 - 12:45 p.m. The Next Evolution Of Zombie: Romper Zombie! (Room 111)
12:00 - 12:45 p.m. Kris Holden-Ried Q&A (Room 113)
12:00 - 12:45 p.m. Zenescope Portfolio Review (Booth 417)
12:30 - 1:15 p.m. William Shatner Q&A (Terrace Ballroom)
1:00 - 1:45 p.m. Costumes + Playing = Cosplay! So What Does That Actually Mean? (Room 108)
1:00 - 1:45 p.m. Creator Spotlight: Doug Sneyd (Room 109)
1:00 - 1:45 p.m. Stan Lee Meet And Greet - Paid Event (Room 110)
1:00 - 1:45 p.m. Building Fantasy Worlds (Room 111)
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Sci-Fi Speed Dating (Room 112)
1:00 - 1:45 p.m. Henry Winkler Q&A (Room 113)
1:30 - 2:15 p.m. Charmed Reunion With Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs & Brian Krause (Terrace Ballroom
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Saber Academy Lightsaber Fight Demo (Cosplay Stage)
2:00 - 2:45 p.m. Lauren Holly Q&A (Room 108)
2:00 - 2:45 p.m. Getting Your Comic Books Signed And Protecting Your Investment - Part Ii (Room 109)
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Marvel Portfolio Review
2:00 - 2:45 p.m. Hip-Hop & Comics: Cultures Combining (Room 111)
2:00 - 2:45 p.m. Superhero Battle Royale (Room 113)
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Dragonsong Forge Swordsmanship Demo (Cosplay Stage)
2:30 - 3:15 p.m. Buffyfest! With James Marsters, Charisma Carpenter And Juliet Landau (Terrace Ballroom)
3:00 - 3:45 p.m. Aaron & Shawn Ashmore Q&A (Room 108)
3:00 - 3:45 p.m. Wonder Women For The 21st Century (Room 109)
3:00 - 3:45 p.m. Head Smash, The Biggest Graphic Novel Release Of 2013! With Creator Vlad Yudin And Producer Edwin Mejia (Room 111)
3:00 - 3:45 p.m. WWE® Superstar Daniel Bryan® And Wwe® Hall Of Famer Ricky "the Dragon" Steamboat™ Q&A (Room 113)
3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Marvel vs DC Photoshoot (Cosplay Stage)
3:45 - 4:30 p.m. The Walking Dead With Norman Reedus, Michael Rooker And Jon Bernthal (Terrace Ballroom)
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Marvel: From Now! To Infinity (Room 108)
4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Artist Alley 101 With Interrobang Studios (Room 109)
4:00 - 4:45 p.m. U Cre-8 Comics Presents: Character Crafters (Room 111)
4:00 - 4:45 p.m. Giancarlo Esposito Q&A (Room 113)
4:30 - 5:00 p.m. Rob Prior: Two Handed Art Demo (Cosplay Stage)
5:00 - 5:45 p.m. Kickstarting Your Own Project (Room 108)
5:00 - 5:45 pm Id Comics Studios - How To Be A Functioning Studio (Room 111)
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Sci-Fi Speed Dating (Room 112)
5:00 - 5:45 p.m. Jason David Frank: Power Ranger Q&A (Room 113)
5:00 - 5:45 p.m. Firefly With Adam Baldwin, Summer Glau, Jewel Staite, & Gina Torres (Terrace Ballroom)
5:00 - 5:30 p.m. Alliance Larp Combat Demo (Cosplay Stage)
5:30 - 6:00 p.m. Imperial Klingon Forces Photo Ops (Cosplay Stage)
6:00 - 6:45 p.m. An Evening With Steve Guttenberg (Room 108)
6:00 - 6:45 p.m. My Grandmother Wants To Fly Jets (Room 109)
6:00 - 6:45 p.m. Dr. How/Torchwood Cosplay And Fanfilms Panel (Room 111)
6:00 - 6:45 p.m. Artists United (Room 113)
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Barbizon Models Fashion Show (Cosplay Stage)
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Police Academy Screening Sponsored By Awesomefest (Room 108)
7:00 - 7:45 p.m. How I Switched From Print To Webcomics And Why (Room 109)
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Wizard World Adult Costume Contest (Terrace Ballroom)
9:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. Official Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con After Party - 21 And Over (Field House, 1150 Filbert St.)

Sunday, June 2
11:00 - 11:45 a.m. From The Microscope To The Big Screen: Creepy Crawlies In Pop Culture (Room 109)
11:00 - 11:45 a.m. Why Do They Call Them That? How Mlb Teams Got Their Names And Other Fun Facts (Room 111)
11:00 - 1:00 p.m. LGBT Sci-Fi Speed Dating (Room 112)
11:00 - 11:45 a.m. John Barrowman Q&A (Room 113)
11:00 - 12:00 p.m. Junior Saber Training (Cosplay Stage)
12:00 - 12:45 p.m. Compelling Storytelling (Room 109)
12:00 - 12:45 p.m. Jason David Frank Meet And Greet - Paid Event (Room 110)
12:00 - 12:45 p.m. Digital Age (Room 111)
12:00 - 12:45 p.m. Manu Bennett Q&A (Room 113)
12:00 - 12:30 p.m. 66 Batman & Batgirl Photo Ops (Cosplay Stage)
1:00 - 1:45 p.m. Independent Writing And Publishing (Room 109)
1:00 - 1:45 p.m. Doodle! Scribble! Draw! (Room 111)
1:00 - 1:45 p.m. What's Better Then Superman? Supermen! With Dean Cain & Brandon Routh (Room 113)
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Whovian/Torchwood Photoshoot (Cosplay Stage)
2:00 - 2:45 p.m. The Geek Culture: We've Taken Our First Step Into A Larger World (Room 109)
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Marvel Portfolio Review
2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Super Art Fight (Room 111)
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. The Green Power Ranger Power Hour (Room 113)
3:00 - 3:45 p.m. Wizard World Kids Costume Contest (Room 113)
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Junior Saber Training (Cosplay Stage)

*Seating for panels is strictly limited and available on a first served basis. Wizard World does not clear all panel rooms unless attendees are seated in a section that is marked with a sign at the end of the row reading: Row will be cleared at the end of each panel.

Terrace Ballroom will cleared after each panel.

Unless noted, programming events take place in the designated General Programming Rooms at Pennsylvania Convention Center.  Most are included as part of standard Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con admission; VIP tickets or additional costs may apply to ensure access to select activities, as noted. 

A full list of Wizard World Philadelphia programming is online at  http://www.wizardworld.com/programming-pa.html (subjects, guests, times and rooms subject to change):

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 Philadelphia Comic Con show hours are Thursday, May 30, 3-8 p.m.; Friday, May 31, noon - 7 p.m.; Saturday, June 1, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sunday, June 2, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

For more on the 2013 Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/home-pa.html.
 
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.  The full event schedule can be found at www.wizardworld.com.

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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
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Jerry Milani, Wizard World, 646-380-2479, pr@wizardworld.com
Jim DeLorenzo (Philadelphia), 215-266-5843, jim@jhdenterprises.com