Wizard World has released an impressive list of celebrities for its Chicago show this August.  The Chicago show is the largest Wizard World convention, and one of the largest pop culture conventions in the United States, so it is no surprise that we see the quantity and quality of names on this list.

As the press release puts the spotlight on the TV and film media guests, and just a few of the comic creators in attendance, I’d like to run through a partial list of the comic artists that are slated to attend:  Dan Parent, Mike Zeck, Mike Grell, Michael Golden, Jose Pulido, Arthur Suydam, Joe Rubinstein, Whilce Portacio, James O’Barr, Art Baltazar, Clay Mann, Tyler Kirkham, Dean Haspiel, Gerhard, Neal Adams, Larry Elmore, and more.  There are also animation artists Tom Cook, Phil Ortiz, and Kurt Lehner, some of the designers behind cartoon series such as The Superfriends, Gargoyles, and The Simpsons.

Let those names sink in for a minute.  At the same convention, you could possibly get sketches from artists associated with Betty and Veronica, Warlord, The Micronauts, The Master of Kung Fu, Marvel Zombies, The Crow, Itty Bitty Hellboy, The Fox, Green Lantern, SnarfQuest, The Superfriends, Gargoyles, and The Simpsons.  If you’re a collector of comic book or animation art and heading to this con in August, start saving those dollars now…

Official press release:

Norman Reedus, Nathan Fillion, Jeremy Renner, Stephen Amell, WWE® Superstar Undertaker® Among Top Celebrities Scheduled To Attend Wizard World Comic Con Chicago, August 20-23

Burt Reynolds, Ben McKenzie, Billie Piper, David Morrissey, WWE Stars Randy Orton®, Sting™, Daniel Bryan®, Diva Paige™, Bruce Campbell, Matt Ryan Also Headline Guest Roster; Talented Comics Creators, Variety of Exhibitors, Cosplayers, Robust Programming In Midwest’s Largest Pop Culture Convention At Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

ROSEMONT, Ill., June 22, 2015 – Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) continues its 2015 schedule at Wizard World Comic Con Chicago, August 20-23 with the Midwest’s largest Pop Culture Convention. Norman Reedus (“The Walking Dead,” Boondock Saints ), Nathan Fillion (Serenity , “Castle”), Jeremy Renner ( Avengers, The Hurt Locker), Stephen Amell (“Arrow”), Billie Piper (“Doctor Who”), David Morrissey (“The Walking Dead,” “The Reaping”), Burt Reynolds ( Boogie Nights, “Evening Shade”), Ben McKenzie , (“Gotham,” “The O.C.”), Bruce Campbell ( The Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) and WWE® Superstar Undertaker® , Randy Orton®, Sting™ , Daniel Bryan® and Diva Paige™ headline the roster of celebrity guests scheduled to attend the pop culture extravaganza.

Filion, Amell, McKenzie, Piper and Morrissey will appear on Saturday and Sunday, August 22-23; Orton and Bryan are scheduled for Thursday, August 20; Undertaker and Paige will attend on Friday, August 21; Reynolds will attend on Saturday; Reedus and Renner are set to appear on Sunday; Campbell will attend Friday through Sunday.

Other well-known Wizard World Comic Con Chicago guests include Matt Ryan (“Constantine,” Flypaper), Toby Kebbell ( Fantastic Four, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ), Tobin Bell (Saw franchise), Alan Tudyk (Serenity , Wreck-it Ralph), Brett Dalton (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), Caroll Spinney (“Sesame Street”), Emilie De Ravin (“Once Upon a Time,” “Lost”), Jodie Sweetin (“Full House”), Adam Baldwin ( Full Metal Jacket, “Firefly”), Jon Bernthal ( The Wolf of Wall Street, “The Walking Dead”), Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy, “The Walking Dead”), Kristy Swanson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dude, Where’s My Car? ) and Arthur Darville (“Doctor Who”).

Wizard World is also the home of the most creative comics artists and writers on the planet. Artist Alley at Wizard World Comic Con Chicago will feature Manuel Garcia (“Iron Man,” “Black Widow”), Gerhard (“Cerebus”), Pere Perez (“Birds of Prey,” “Marvel Adventures Spider-Man”), Whilce Portacio (“Artifacts,” “Uncanny X-Men”), Arthur Adams (“Guardians of the Galaxy Team-Up,” “Monkeyman and O’Brien”), Neal Adams (“Batman,” “Green Lantern”), Mike Zeck (“Spider-Man,” “Punisher”), Phil Ortiz (“The Simpsons,” “Muppet Babies”), James O’Barr (creator, “The Crow”) and Michael Golden (“Spider-Man,” “Daredevil”).

In addition, all full-price Wizard World Comic Con Chicago attendees will receive a limited edition exclusive variant cover “The Walking Dead” comic, drawn by one of Wizard World’s talented artist guests (to be announced shortly). Comics will be issued at registration while supplies last and VIP attendees will receive an additional black & white sketch version.

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. The 15th of 26 events currently scheduled on the 2015 Wizard World calendar, Chicago show hours are Thursday, August 20, 3-8 p.m.; Friday, August 21, 12-7 p.m.; Saturday, August 22, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, August 22, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Wizard World Comic Con Chicago 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 and participate in the famed Wizard World Costume Contest on Saturday night.

For more on the 2015 Wizard World Comic Con Chicago, visit www.wizardworld.com/home-chicago.html .

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