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Review: 2016 Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis by Sean Pollock

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the 2016 Wizard World Comic Convention in St. Louis with my girlfriend, the famous cosplay-loving daughter of WDW Daily News’ creator. It would be an understatement to say that this convention was a smorgasbord of fandoms ranging from comics to movies, games, television and everything in between. Housed in America’s Center (the stadium of the former St. Louis Rams), the convention showcases gaming, vendors, artist booths, and panels with the weekend’s special guests.

Upon first entering the convention floor, we were immersed in a dojo of competitive electronic gaming.  The gaming area was cluttered with arcade consoles and PCs each playing a different yet equally immersive game. The big ticket items being promoted were the new installments of the Tekken and Dark Souls franchises. Street Fighter and Marvel vs. Capcom were just a few of the games that pitted competitors against each other in fiery combat. One of the highlights of my experience was looking onto the giant screen on stage and seeing Lou Ferrigno test his might on Marvel vs. Capcom with the very same green brute he originated so many years ago.

Next, we were off to the Exhibitor floor and Artist’s Alley. There, I witnessed countless pieces of merchandise that I had no clue I wanted until I first saw them. I will admit, I hovered at the booth where buyers could design their own combat-grade lightsaber for what seemed like a millennia before I finally decided I had to move on. Each booth had its own crowd to cater to and variety of products to offer. One aspect that surprised me the most was the popularity of the mystery boxed items, guaranteeing at least a certain price equivalent in assorted convention goodies. On the other side of the dome was where artists showcased their crafts for sale. Most artists specialized in art prints of the fandoms they belonged to in their own unique artistic style. Although I was a bit skeptical at first, I eventually caved and purchased a few pieces of art that suited my particular tastes.

Celebrity guest headliners of this weekend in St. Louis included Doctor Who cast members, Wizard World veterans, and crowd favorites David Tennant, Matt Smith and Billie Piper. Representing Netflix’s new hit shows based on Marvel comics were Charlie Cox and Elden Henson of Daredevil, and Mike Colter of Jessica Jones and the upcoming Luke Cage. Other guests such as William Shatner, Lou Ferrigno, James Marsters and many other icons of television and comics graced the convention with their presence. We decided to attend and thoroughly enjoyed the Daredevil panel, as I had recently become a fan of the show. The celebrity panels are a great way to see some of your favorite actors and artists outside of the world you know them, and in some cases can give you a whole new appreciation for their work.

But I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the reason why many of us go to these conventions. The fan-made costumes were phenomenal. I even got in on the action on Saturday and it was mind-blowing. Of course, that tends to happen when Deadpool asks to take a picture with you and your girlfriend in costume. And even if the costumes don’t get you, some of the clever t-shirts that others wear might do the trick. Truly the best part of the weekend was the costume contest, where contestants were paraded across a stage to display their hard work for the adoring masses. Whether or not you dress up, watching peoples’ faces light up as they recognize a character and ask for their picture is a treat all its own.

I recommend a Wizard World Convention to anyone wanting to satisfy their inner geek. There are still 13 more Wizard World conventions scheduled across the country for the rest of 2016, with the next coming to Madison, Wisconsin from April 8-10. No matter where you are, there is a Wizard World coming to a city near you. Go online to www.wizardworld.com for more information on events and how to purchase tickets. Hope to see you at the next one!

Photos – Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis by Jacey Donahue – Part 2

Take a look at some more photos from the 2016 Wizard World Comic Con at St. Louis, MO.

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Photos – Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis by Jacey Donahue – Part 1

Take a look at some photos from the 2016 Wizard World Comic Con at St. Louis, MO.

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Part 2 of our photo gallery and our write up of the event.

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Wedded Bliss: Wizard Wizard, noel.events To Launch Wizard World Weddings

Wizard World fans have shown their love and devotion to all things pop culture for years. Now couples can put their love for each other on full display as Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) has teamed up with noel.events founded by world leading event designerTom Noel to bring themed weddings to the popular comic con and gaming convention circuit throughWizard World Weddings .

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Interested couples can choose from a variety of all-inclusive packages or create their own custom events, to be held in conjunction with Wizard World shows throughout the country. With the help of noel.events fans can turn their perfect wedding visions into reality.

“It seems fans are getting engaged at every Wizard World show, so this is a natural next step,” said John Macaluso , CEO, Wizard World Inc. “We’re happy to be working with noel.events and event designerTom Noel to help make Wizard World a memorable part of their dream weddings. Love is in the air!”

Fans can learn more about Wizard World Weddings and how to get started at http://www.noel.events/wizard-world/

Wizard World events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, television, cosplay, comics, gaming, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, anime, original art, collectibles, contests and more. The 2016 Tour schedule is currently comprised of 19 events, in major cities such as New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Minneapolis and others.

Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival Returns To Wizard World Comic Con Chicago August 18-21

Horror fans across the Midwest will again be treated to the best in genre film as Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival returns to the Chicago area from August 18-21. The 3rd annual festivities will feature dozens of films including the U.S. and World Premieres of both features and shorts, special anniversary screenings, 35mm repertory screenings, and a variety of special guests. The festival will once again be held in conjunction with Wizard World Chicago, all under the guidance of the inimitable, one-of-a-kind host, Bruce Campbell.

Submissions are now open for both short and feature films; details and information on how to submit are available at www.BCHFF.com .

“As the Festival enters its third year, we are more excited than ever,” said Campbell. “The number of quality films exploded last year and we hope to have the same type of growth in 2016. Our goal is to become the premiere destination for all things horror, so filmmakers submit your movies!”

In 2015, BCHFF featured the U.S. Premiere of Tales of Halloween , a 30th anniversary screening of Fright Night with writer/director Tom Holland , special guest Eli Roth, along with the Chicago premieres of He Never Died, Turbo Kid, Dude Bro Party Massacre III, and many more!

Further details on the program, guests, venues, and tickets will be announced at a later date.

Tom Hiddleston added to Wizard World Philadelphia

Tom Hiddleston (“Loki”) has been added to the Wizard World Philadelphia roster. He will attend on Saturday, June 4, only.

Hiddleston, who appeared in Thor: The Dark World, The Avengers and Thor, will also be featured in the lead role this month’s I Saw the Light, about the life of country-western singer Hank Williams. The London-born star has top billing in the series “The Night Manager” and had a co-starring role in last year’s hit film Crimson Peak.

ASUS to Serve As Preferred Gaming Monitor Partner On 2016 Wizard World Tour

Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) today announced that ASUS will serve as the Preferred Gaming Monitor Partner at Wizard World pop culture, comic con and gaming conventions throughout 2016, beginning with Portland, February 19-21

ASUS monitors will be featured in eSports competitions and free play areas at Wizard World comic con and Gaming events. The industry-leading monitors will also be integrated with Official Anime Entertainment Partner BANDAI NAMCO’s Tekken 7 gaming cabinets. Wizard World is the only tour in the U.S. offering consumers a chance to free play the pre-release game and even compete in tournaments for cash and prizes.

“Teaming with ASUS is another important step in providing our fans with the best quality to enhance their experience at Wizard World shows,” said John Macaluso , CEO, Wizard World, Inc., “We hope that this is just the beginning of a mutually prosperous partnership with such a significant global player in the tech world.”

Vivian Lien, Chief Marketing Officer at ASUS Computer International, believes this close partnership strongly supports both eSports and the growing community of gamers. “Although eSports has become an incredible phenomenon recently, ASUS has been developing industry leading motherboards, notebooks, graphics cards and monitors for gamers since day one. We’re excited about this opportunity to provide monitors for the Wizard World Tour, and can’t wait to see the results from these intense the competitions.”

The 2016 Wizard World convention schedule is comprised of 18 events, celebrating pop culture, movies, television, cosplay, comics, gaming, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, anime, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Wizard World will also allocate significant space on the exhibit floor for major gaming-focused activations and a live streaming competition stage at 10 of its conventions to be held in the following cities: Portland, Ore. (Feb. 19-21); St. Louis (April 1-3); Minneapolis (May 6-8); Philadelphia (June 2-5); Sacramento , Calif. (June 17-19); Columbus, Ohio (July 29-31); Orlando, Fla. (August 5-7); Chicago (August 18-21); Austin, Texas (September 23-25); and Pittsburgh (November 4-6).

Meet Norman Reedus Of ‘The Walking Dead’ At Wizard World Comic Con in Philadelphia, Chicago

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Meet Norman Reedus Of ‘The Walking Dead’
At Wizard World Philadelphia, Chicago

Norman Reedus, star of “The Walking Dead,” returns to Wizard World when he appears at flagship comic con shows in Philadelphia(June 4-5) and Chicago (August 20-21).

Reedus, a hugely popular Wizard World guest also well-known to fans for his work as “Murphy MacManus” in The Boondock Saintsand “Scud” in Blade II, portrays the volatile “Daryl Dixon” in the hit cable series. His character’s breakout stardom on the show is one of the biggest in television history.

The personable Reedus — an overnight sensation, 15 years in the making — is scheduled to appear at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and Donald E. Stephens Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday at both shows.

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ComicConBox™ To Include Exclusive ‘Star Wars: Darth Vader Down’ #1 Variants In December

Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) and Marvel today announced that the Star Wars: Darth Vader Down #1 Mike Mayhew ComicConBox™ Variant Covers will pay tribute to the iconic original Star Wars Episode VI: Revenge Of The Jedi Movie Poster (the name of the film was later changed to Return of the Jedi).

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There are actually three versions of the cover; the first is a regular edition, the second version is a Black & White Sketch cover version, and a third – Subscription Only Variant, is a Virgin cover, so the original art can be seen in its entirety.

“Mike Mayhew was the first and only choice to pay homage to this classic Movie poster,” says John Macaluso , Wizard World CEO. “Mike captured the essence and power of Darth Vader, and we were super-excited when he accepted the job! We were so taken aback by the original art that we saw from Mike, that we decided to bonus every single ComicConBox for December. Every subscriber will receive both the original and Sketch Black & White version. Consider this an early holiday gift from Wizard World and Comic Con Box!”

“Vader Down is going to be nothing short of epic and we’re thrilled that Mike Mayhew could bring his classic style to this exciting variant cover,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel . “We can’t wait for fans to get their hands on this twist on the iconic poster.”

The extremely limited Virgin Variant Cover will be available to 3-month subscribers only.

Go to http://comicconbox.com to order your subscription today.

Fans can join ComicConBox™ at http://ComicConBox.com and can interact with the service on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and other social media outlets as well as via email atSupport@ComicConBox.com .

2016 San Diego Comic Con International Dates by Scott Donahue

The 2016 San Diego Comic Con will take place Thursday, July 21 through Sunday July 24, 2016.  The Preview night will take place Wednesday July 20, 2016.  Stay tuned for more information as we receive it.