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Wizard World Relaunches Website

Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD) today announced the relaunch of its website,, with a fresh redesign providing users more relevant information on its nationwide tour of pop culture conventions and associated business units, in a highly intuitive and sleek format. The all-encompassing new look and feel is in line with the Wizard World brand’s standing as a leader in the industry and the company’s expansion into other areas of the entertainment world. The website was designed in partnership with and under the direction of Charles Bell of Tool Studios, a leader in creative custom solutions.

“Our website is the front facing look of the company and a critical component of how our fans discover and experience all that Wizard World has to offer,” said John D. Maatta, Wizard World President & CEO. “That’s why it is so important for us to have a professional, easily navigable site that highlights our shows and entertainment options, but that also has the ability to seamlessly include two very important and transcendent new Wizard World business units which will be announced in the coming days. Wizard World is shedding its old small-time skin and is aggressively moving into the vanguard of the pop culture event and entertainment space.”

Maatta added: “Charles Bell’s team at Tool Studios was instrumental in helping the Wizard World Team design an improved user experience that will allow us to better connect digitally with consumers. We are very proud to showcase Wizard World on the new site as we progress forward into new verticals.”

On the refreshed site, fans are able to more easily:

  • purchase tickets and VIP packages for Wizard World Comic Con, SocialCon, Touring and related events across North America

  • discover which celebrities, comic creators, hosts and other guests will attend shows

  • find information and schedules of entertainment, special events, photo ops, autographs and other attractions at each convention

Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests and more. The 2017 Wizard World Comic Con schedule continues in Portland, February 17-19, at the Oregon Convention Center, the second event on the 16-convention slate.

About Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD)

Wizard World, Inc. ( produces comic, gaming and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests and more. A first-class lineup of topical programming and entertainment takes place at each event, with celebrity Q&A’s, comics-themed sessions, costume contests, movie screenings, evening parties and more. Wizard World has also launched ComicConBox™ (, a premium subscription-based monthly box service, SocialCon™ ( and Wizard World Touring. Fans can interact with Wizard World on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and other social media services.

The Wizard World 2017 schedule is available at:

Wizard World Announces 2017 Comic Con TOUR Schedule

Wizard World, Inc. today announced its 2017 Tour with 16 shows, beginning in New Orleans, January 6-8, 2017 and completing the year in Austin, November 17-19. For a complete list of shows, visit

“We have been working diligently to put together a schedule which will allow fans from across the country to enjoy the world-class celebration of pop culture and fandom that every Wizard World Comic Con show provides,” said John Maatta , President and CEO of Wizard World. “We are excited to return to some of our most successful and longest-running shows in Chicago, Philadelphia, New Orleans and Portland.”

Some of the top celebrities that have attended Wizard World events in 2016 include Chris Evans ( Captain America:The First Avenger, The Winter Soldier, Civil War), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers ), Sebastian Stan ( Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The First Avenger), Stephen Amell (“Arrow”), David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson (“The X-Files”), Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson (Back To the Future),WWE® Superstar John Cena®, Carrie Fisher (Star Wars), Norman Reedus (“The Walking Dead”), Matt Smith and David Tennant (“Doctor Who”), William Shatner (“Star Trek”) and many others.

Headliners, programming and superstar comics creators who will appear at 2017 Wizard World Comic Cons will be announced closer to each show.

In addition to the Wizard World Comic Con experience, each show brings fans the Wizard World Gaming Con which presents the best gaming, technology, exhibitors and competition.

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. Wizard World 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. The famed Wizard World Comic Con Costume Contest will take place at each show on Saturday night.

The Wizard World 2016-17 schedule is available at: .

Review – Wizard World Comic Con Chicago 2016

Well, another WizardWorld Comic Com is in the books.  WizardWorld Comic Con Chicago 2016 did not disappoint.  We have been attending this Con for several years, and it just seems to get better and better.  With over 100 panels to choose from there was literally something for everyone who loves comics, sci fi, TV and movie pop culture, WWE, and gaming.

The main floors were packed full of merchandise and artwork.  (I even found some merchandise from Hamilton-An American Musical!) The big draw this year was the “mystery box.”  If you are a gambler, this is the purchase for you.  Tshirts, action figures, and random fan favorite souvenirs were guaranteed in the various boxes.  We saw big crowds checking out those who took the plunge and bought a box.  So much fun!

If photos and autographs are your thing, then you certainly need to attend a WizardWorld Comic Con.  The lines of people were just bubbling with excitement as they waited to meet their favorite celebrities.  When we arrived Sunday morning, people were still gushing about the Back to the Future reunion. For those who saw the movie in an actual movie theater as part of our youth this was an outstanding panel.  We also caught a glimpse of some of our favorites from The Walking Dead.  WizardWorld Comic Con is perfect if you are a Daryl Dixon fanatic.

Our oldest daughter was so disappointed that she had to move in at college during WizardWorld Comic Con Chicago because she absolutely LOVES to Cosplay.  She was with us in spirit as we walked to main floors though.  If you are unfamiliar with the magic of Cosplay then I implore you to attend a Con.  People are so happy as they express themselves by dressing as their favorite characters.  We have literally seen our daughter come to life when others ask for a photo or compliment her Cosplay.  There were even panels that taught the basics of Cosplay including sewing and wigs.

Again, WizardWorld Comic Con Chicago had something for everything.  If you missed the Chicago convention, don’t worry.  You still have time to join other fans in this awesome experience as it moves around the country. Check out the WizardWorld website for a location near you.  As the slogan goes, “beware of herds of nerds.”  I guarantee you will have a great time!

Carrie Fisher, ‘Back to the Future,’ ‘X-Files,’ ‘Daredevil’ Q&As Highlight Programming At Wizard World Chicago, August 18-21


Charlie Elden STL 2016.jpgROSEMONT, Ill., August 12, 2016 – Q&A sessions with Star Wars star Carrie Fisher, Back to the Future standouts Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, and Lea Thompson, X-Files headliners David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, and William B. Davis, and “Daredevil’s” Charlie Cox, Rosario Dawson, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, and Elodie Yung, costume contests, comics-themed sessions, screenings, gaming and more are among the programming highlights at Wizard World Comic Con Chicago, Thursday through Sunday, August 18-21, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. Most programming is included as part of the standard event admission.


Some highlights of the more than 150 panels scheduled include:


  • Interactive Q&As with Back to the Future standouts Fox, Lloyd and Thompson (Saturday, 1 p.m.); “X-Files” stars Duchovny, Anderson, Pileggi, and Davis (Saturday, 2 p.m.), “Daredevil’s” headliners Cox, Dawson, Woll, Henson and Yung (Sunday, 11:30 a.m.)

  • Solo Q&A sessions with Fisher (Sunday, 12:30 p.m.); “Ash vs Evil Dead’s” Bruce Campbell (Saturday, 3 p.m.); “Heroes” Milo Ventimiglia (Friday, 3 p.m.); “Arrow’s” Colin Donnell (Saturday, 11 a.m.); “iZombie’s” Rose McIver (Saturday, noon); The Karate Kid’s Macchio (Sunday, noon); Boondock Saints stars Sean Patrick Flanery and David Della Rocco (Friday, 6 p.m.); Clerks’ Jason Mewes (Friday, 6 p.m.); Bill & Ted’s William Sadler (Friday, 4 p.m.); “The Librarians’” Christian Kane (Sunday, 11 a.m.); and Power Rangers Megaforce Andrew Gray (Saturday, 2 p.m.)

  • “In the Ring” with WWE® Superstars Becky Lynch™ (Friday, 2 p.m.), Seth Rollins™ (Thursday, 6:30 p.m.), Dean Ambrose™ (Friday, 4 p.m.), Bayley™ (Thursday, 7:30 p.m.), and The Bella Twins™ (Saturday, 1:30 p.m.)

  • Learn everything about Back to the Future with Michael Klastorin , author of “Back to the Future: The Ultimate Visual History” (Friday, 4 p.m.)

  • Celebrate 40 years of the (Wizard World) Chicago Comic Con with Mike Gold, George Hagenauer, Larry Charet, and Maggie Thompson (Friday, 3:30 p.m.)

  • Sessions featuring superstar creators “Spider-Man’s” Danny Fingeroth, “Gargoyles’” Greg Weisman, “The Red Hook’s” Dean Haspiel, and “Dream Thief’s” Jai Nitz (Saturday, 6 p.m.), “SNL’s” J.J. Sedelmaier (Friday, 3 p.m.); and many others

  • Live painting demo with world-renowned ambidextrous artist Rob Prior (Thursday, 6 p.m./Saturday, 2 p.m.)

  • Cosplay instruction with Wizard World’s cosplay pro Brit Bliss (Saturday, 3 p.m.), and Mogchelle (Friday, 5 p.m.)

  • World famous Wizard World Costume Contest for adults (Saturday, 6 p.m., with pre-show concert by Critical Hit) and kids (Sunday, 3 p.m.)

  • Gaming tournaments featured: Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4, Tekken 7, Street Fighter V (For more info, visit


Unless noted, programming events take place in the designated General Programming Rooms at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. VIP tickets or additional costs may apply to ensure access to select activities, as noted.


A full list of Wizard World Chicago programming is available at (subjects, guests, times and rooms subject to change).


Wizard World Chicago is 13th in the 2016 series produced by Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD). For more on the event, visit

Comic Con 2016: 15 Things to Know About Disney’s ‘Moana’

Move over, Elsa. Moana is coming. The next Disney princess to grace movie theaters is a fearless Polynesian teenager, setting out on a daring mission to save her people. On her journey, a musical adventure rooted in Polynesian mythology and Pacific Islander culture, she sails across the ocean, befriends a demigod, saves the world — and most importantly, finds herself.

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In "Moana," Walt Disney Animation Studios' upcoming big-screen adventure, a spirited teenager named Moana (left) sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder. Along the way, she meets once-mighty demi-god Maui (right). Featuring Native Hawaiian newcomer Auli'i Cravalho as the voice of Moana, and Dwayne Johnson as the voice of Maui, "Moana" sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016. ©2015 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

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Chadwick Boseman from ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ Premieres a First-Ever Revealed Clip from Bonus Features at Comic-Con!

Today at San Diego Comic-Con, Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa/Black Panther from “Captain America: Civil War”) unveiled a sneak peek of a bonus feature clip from the in-home release of “Captain America: Civil War.” This is the first piece of bonus material to ever be revealed from this year’s biggest blockbuster.

The clip is from the 60-minute, behind-the-scenes featurette titled “United We Stand, Divided We Fall – The Making of Captain America: Civil War Part 1 & 2.” It showcases how Marvel selected Black Panther and features interviews with all-star cast members who explain what it was like to welcome an all-new character to the MCU family.

Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” arrives on Digital HD, Digital 3D and Disney Movies Anywhere on Sept. 2 and on Blu-ray™ 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand on Sept. 13.

To view all-new bonus clip:

To view Black Panther photos:

Wizard World Comic Con Chicago VIPs To Receive Limited Edition Exclusive Batman #50, Superman #50 Variant Covers by Patrick Gleason

As 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.

Superman 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 andElden 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”superman50b.jpg), Guy Gilchrist(“Nancy”), Greg Horn (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) and dozens of others.

Wizard World comic con and gaming 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. 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.m.

For more on the 2016 Wizard World Comic Con Chicago, visit

Star Wars’ Carrie Fisher, Fox, Lloyd, Anderson Among 2016 Wizard World Chicago Guests

Wizard World, Inc.,the preeminent producer of Wizard World Comic Cons across North America, is proud to announce 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!

“Great Scott! Looking forward to meeting everyone at Wizard World in Chicago,” exclaimed Christopher Lloyd.

“We are thrilled with these amazing new guest additions,” says John Maatta, Wizard World Chairman & CEO. “The fans have come to expect the very best TV & Film stars in Chicago, and we are delivering. Stay tuned for more exciting guest announcements over the coming weeks!”

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.

To purchase Admissions and VIP Admissions for the event, set for August 18-21, and to view the schedule, location, show hours, hotel & travel info, please visit:


We are excited to announce that our inaugural cruise will he attended by both Norman Reedus andChris Hemsworth! Other announced guests include Ernie Hudson, Barry Bostwick, Joel Hodgson &Sara Underwood. Many more celebrity guests, artists and cosplayers will be announced soon.

Cabins go onsale to the general public on Wednesday April 20th at 12PM ET. Register your cruise accounts today. All guests will need a cruise account to book.

Full details and pricing will be posted soon to Info is also available

All guests will get:
• The following photo ops included in your reservation:
• (1) Cabin Photo Op with Chris Hemsworth & your cabinmates ($175 Value)
• (1) Cabin Photo Op with Norman Reedus & your cabinmates ($105 Value)
• At least (1) Cabin Photo op with another celebrity of your choice & your cabinmates
• A cabin onboard the NCL Sky for 3 nights (Dec 2-5, 2016)
• A Cruise sailing from Miami to Nassau on the Norwegian Sky
• All onboard meals during the cruise in the onboard dining rooms and buffet (Specialty dining will be available for purchase)
• A beverage package that includes designated spirits, cocktails, bottled beer, draft beer, and wines by the glass and unlimited fountain soda and juices at all bars
• Access to all Wizard World cruise events over 3 days (Dec 2-5, 2016)
• (1) Cruise commemorative ConBox per person

Guests who purchase a suite or balcony level cabin will receive the above and:
• (1) Individual Photo Op (In lieu of cabin photo op) with Chris Hemsworth ($175 Value)
• (1) Individual Photo Op (In lieu of cabin photo op) with Norman Reedus ($105 Value)
• (1) Chris Hemsworth autograph per person ($200 value)
• (1) Norman Reedus autograph per person ($80 value)
• First access to the panels in the onboard showroom

Stay tuned for more info coming soon!

See you onboard

Rose Tours & Wizard World


Norman Reedus On Board First Wizard World Cruise, Dec. 2-5

Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) and Rose Tours today announced its first Wizard World Cruise, a pop-culture, comic con themed, three-night journey on the Norwegian Sky, December 2-5, from Miami to Nassau, Bahamas. The event will feature celebrities including Norman Reedus as well as an Artist Alley with noted comics creators, cosplay contests, exhibitors, parties, video game tournaments and more.

This will be the only cruise appearance for Reedus. Others scheduled to appear include Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters), Barry Bostwick (The Rocky Horror Picture Show, “Spin City”), Sara Underwood (“Attack of the Show”), Billy Martin (lead guitarist/keyboardist, Good Charlotte; artist, “TMNT”), Phil Ortiz(animator, “The Simpsons,” “Muppet Babies”), cosplayers Jackie Craft, Abby Dark Star and Zen Dragon. Additional celebrities and creators to appear aboard Wizard World Cruise will be announced in the coming weeks.

“We are excited to partner with Rose Tours for our first-ever Wizard World Cruise!,” said Randy Malinoff , Wizard World COO. “Rose Tours has the best reputation for providing the fans with a great experience on their celebrity cruises. And having Norman Reedus among our inaugural guests is the best treat we can give our loyal fans!”

A variety of packages will be available, starting at $749.00 per person. The Wizard World Cruise base package includes photos with the celebrities, all meals onboard as well as open bar, a special cruise-only gift item and access to all Wizard World events on the ship. The Norwegian Sky ( also features a casino, spa, full gym, basketball/volleyball court, arcade, 10 bars (all included), four restaurants (included) and three of Norwegian’s famed specialty restaurants.

For more on the 2016 Wizard World Cruise, visit .