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Wizard World Las Vegas Is This Weekend – Here Are The Highlights!

Wizard World pulls in the Las Vegas Convention Center this Friday, March 18th for Wizard World Comic Con Las Vegas!  The three-day event will features many great celebrities, artists, creators, cosplayers, contests, autograph and photo ops, and so much more! PopCultHQ has compiled the info you need to know about this event, from what to expect and who will be in attendance.

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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 Comic Con Las Vegas show hours are Friday, March 18, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, March 19, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, March 20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Wizard World Comic Con 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 Las Vegas Costume Contest will take place on Saturday night.

Jewel StaiteJewel Staite (Actress – Firefly; Serenity; Stargate: Atlantis; Warehouse 13)
Appearing Saturday and Sunday

Jewel Staite most recently starred as Raquel in the CW series The L.A. Complex, which premiered in the Spring of 2012. Prior to that, she was seen starring in the Hallmark Channel telefilm Call Me Mrs. Miracle opposite Doris Roberts. This premiere was the highest rated Hallmark Channel telecast of the year. Prior to that, Jewel was seen as Dr. Keller in the SyFy Channel hit series “Stargate: Atlantis.” Her stellar work has earned her rave reviews, as well as recognition from The Gemini Awards (Canada’s prestigious equivalent of our Emmy) with a nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role in 2008. This was followed up with a nomination from the Leo Awards in 2009 for Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series.

Jewel made her 2005 feature film debut in Universal Pictures “Serenity,” Joss Whedon’s adaptation of the FOX science fiction television series “Firefly,” of which Jewel was a series regular. Jewel played the ship’s mechanic Kaylee Frye, a sweet, happy and sensual farm girl who loves life and is a genius at fixing anything.


 

Elizabeth HenstridgeElizabeth Henstridge (Actress – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. [Jemma Simmons])
Appearing Saturday and Sunday

Having grown up on a farm in England’s northern city of Sheffield, Elizabeth became the black sheep of the family when she chose to pursue acting in lieu of a proper job. She studied at Birmingham University followed by East 15 Acting School, London and soon thereafter moved to Los Angeles. Within 6 weeks of arriving, she booked a leading role in J.J. Abrams and Mark Schwahn’s CW pilot Shelter. Her first year culminated with filming the feature Reach Me with Sylvester Stallone, and being offered the role of Agent Jemma Simmons in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.


Brett DaltonBrett Dalton (Actor – Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. [Grant Ward])
Appearing Saturday and Sunday

Brett Dalton is currently shooting Season 2 of the ABC show MARVEL’s AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D (created by Joss Whedon). Other television credits include Blue Bloods, Army Wives and the Fox pilot Nurses. Most recently, Brett was seen in National Geographic Channel’s Killing Lincoln, a Tony and Ridley Scott Production. Brett can also be seen later this year in the independent film Beside Still Waters (dir. Chris Lowell). Most recently, Brett wrapped production on the independent feature THE TOURIST.

Theater credits include Passion Play, Romeo and Juliet, and Happy Now(Yale Repertory); Sweet Bird of Youth and Demon Dreams (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Macbeth (Macbeth) and You Cant Take It With You (Chautauqua Theater Company).

Brett Dalton received degrees in Art and Theater from the University of California at Berkeley and an MFA in Acting from Yale School of Drama (class of 2011).


 

Mark PelligrinoMark Pellegrino (Actor – Supernatural [Lucifer]; The Returned [Jack Winship]; Lost; Dexter)
Appearing Saturday and Sunday

Mark Pellegrino has built a career entertaining audiences and impressing critics with his work in numerous films and television series delivering standout performances time and again with his tremendous range of characters. On television, he has made a lasting impression as the tortured, Paul Bennett, in Showtime’s widely acclaimed, Dexter. Pellegrino then went on to portray the villainous Lucifer on the CW Network’s hit series, ‘supernatural, the mysterious Jacob on ABC’s final season of the critically hailed, LOST, and fan-favorite attorney Gavin Q. Baker III during the final season of TNT’s popular original series, The Closer. Additionally, he appears as the Vampire-Mob Boss of Boston Bishop in the supernatural-drama, BEING HUMAN, a U.S. adaptation for the SyFy Channel based on the original BBC program. Pellegrino will next be seen in the feature film The Trials of Cate McCall starring opposite Kate Beckinsale, Nick Nolte, Taye Diggs and James Cromwell.

Having been acting since the age of 23, Pellegrino has turned in powerful performances from working with the likes of some of the industry’s biggest names in directing such as Joel Schumacher, David Mamet, Steven Spielberg, David Lynch and the Coen Brothers among many others. With the reputation as a well-respected actor, Pellegrino has appeared in such high-profile feature films as HBO’s Hemingway & Gellhorn, The Big Lebowski, Lethal Weapon 3, Mulholland Dr., Capote, National Treasure, The Number 23 and more. Television credits include, but not limited to Revolution, Grimm, Chuck, ER, The X-Files, NYPD Blue, The Practice, The Unit, Criminal Minds, Prison Break, Grey’s Anatomy, Ghost Whisperer, CSI, The Mentalist and A&E’s original series Breakout Kings.


 

Michael RookerMichael Rooker (Actor – Guardians of the Galaxy [Yondu]; The Walking Dead; Mallrats; Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer; Cliffhanger; Jumper; The Bone Collector; The 6th Day)
Appearing Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Michael Rooker is an American actor best known for his turn as the blue-skinned alien Yondu Udonta in 2014’s top grossing film Guardians of the Galaxy, and as the character fans loved to hate on AMC’s worldwide hit television show The Walking Dead, as Merle Dixon.

Rooker has thrilled fans for decades with complex portrayals of characters audiences cant help but cheer on despite their dark personas. He made his film debut in 1986 playing the title role in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, a film based on the confessions of serial killer Henry Lee Lucas. He has since appeared in numerous films including Mississippi Burning, Sea of Love, Days of Thunder, JFK, Cliffhanger, Tombstone, Mallrats, Rosewood, The 6th Day, and Jumper. Rooker also has a prolific relationship with writer/director James Gunn, appearing in Gunn helmed productions Slither, Super and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

He has guest starred on several TV shows including Stargate SG-1, CSI: Miami, Las Vegas, JAG, Numb3rs, Law & Order, Chuck, Criminal Minds, Psych, Burn Notice, and Archer. He added his voice talents to Activision’s video game The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct. Rooker’s voiceover work in video games has also included Mike Harper, the lead character in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, and the villain Vikke in Lollipop Chainsaw.


 

JLAJoey Lauren Adams (Actress – Chasing Amy; Big Daddy; Dazed and Confused; The Breakup)
Appearing Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Joey Lauren Adams began her film career in 1977 with a small part in Exorcist II: The Heretic. In 1991, she appeared in the 100th episode of Married… with Children entitled Top of the Heap and subsequently starred in its short lived spinoff. In 1993, Adams landed her first major film role as Simone in Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused. The same year, she appeared in the Saturday Night Live spinoff film Coneheads as one of Connie Conehead’s friends.

Two years later, Adams appeared in Mallrats, written and directed by Kevin Smith. The two started dating during the film’s post-production, and their relationship provided the inspiration for Smith’s next film, Chasing Amy. Meanwhile, in 1996, while Smith was finalizing the script for Chasing Amy, Adams was cast in the slapstick comedy Bio-Dome, which was directed by Jason Bloom. Adams played the role of Monique, Bud Macintosh’s (Pauly Shore) girlfriend.

In 1997’s Chasing Amy, Adams played the lead role of Alyssa Jones, a lesbian who falls in love with a man, played by Ben Affleck. Later, Smith would describe Chasing Amy as a ‘sort of penance/valentine and a thank-you homage to Adams. In addition to her acting work on the film, Adams wrote and performed the song Alive for the film’s soundtrack.

Adams performance in Chasing Amy earned her both the 1997 Chicago Film Critics Award and Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Most Promising Actress, and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress-Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. From there, Adams was originally slated to play the female lead in Smith’s next film, 1999’s Dogma, but Linda Fiorentino ultimately got the part. However, she would later make brief appearances in two other Smith projects: the 2001 film Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and the 2004 animated short Clerks: The Lost Scene, featured on the Clerks X DVD. In both of these appearances, Adams reprised the role of Alyssa Jones.

Her post-Smith projects included playing a spunky veterinarian’s assistant who falls in love with a single father (Vince Vaughn) in 1998’s A Cool, Dry Place. The following year, Adams appeared in her first big-budget Hollywood release, playing Adam Sandler’s love interest in the successful comedy Big Daddy. She then went on to appear in many other films, including Beautiful and In the Shadows. In 2005, she had a guest role in an episode of the TV show Veronica Mars. Also in 2006, Adams released her directorial debut film, Come Early Morning, starring Ashley Judd, Jeffrey Donovan, Diane Ladd, Tim Blake Nelson and Laura Prepon. The film, shot on location in Little Rock, Arkansas, was selected for the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.


Sean MaguireSean Maguire (Actor – Once Upon a Time [Robin Hood]; Meet the Spartans [Leonidas])
Appearing Saturday and Sunday

Sean Maguire began acting at age five in the motion pictures VOYAGE ROUND MY FATHER with Sir Lawrence Olivier and WATERLAND with Jeremy Irons. He went on to television fame in the United Kingdom in the hit Children series, DODGEM and GRANGE HILL followed by DANGERFIELD and the hugely successful series EASTENDERS.

Immediately upon arriving in the U.S. Sean landed the title role in theTNT movie PRINCE CHARMING with Christina Applegate and Martin Short. He went on to work in the independent films, THE DUKES, THIRD WISH and L.A. BLUES before being cast in the lead role in the Fox genre comedy, MEET THE SPARTANS.

On American television Sean has had lead roles in the series OFF CENTRE created by the Weitz Brothers for the WB, EVE for UPN and last season’s comedy series THE CLASS for CBS, created by Jeffrey Klarik and David Crane (Friends).

On stage, Sean has performed in ROMEO AND JULIET as Romeo, Joe Orton’s LOOT and FUNNY ABOUT LOVE. He is also a member of the Los Angeles Shakespeare Company headed by Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks and a member of BAFTA Los Angeles.


Jason MewesJason Mewes (Actor – Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back; Clerks.; Clerks II; Mallrats)
Appearing Saturday and Sunday

Jason Mewes is most widely known as the never-silent half of the cult heroes Jay and Silent Bob, first appearing in 1994’s Clerks and moving on with the ever-growing popularity of Kevin Smith’s subsequent films Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and Clerks II.

In addition to his ongoing role as the hilariously inappropriate ying to Silent Bob’s yang , the Jersey native has also appeared in a variety of indie films, television roles and video game voiceovers. To name only a few, Jason has appeared in the films Pauly Shore is Dead, National Lampoon’s TV: The Movie, Gone Baby Gone, Bitten, Breath of Hate, Silent But Deadly and Noobz. He has also worked on several television series, most notably Vigilante Diaries and Todd and the Book of Pure Evil. Jason has also performed in several voiceover roles such as Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie, the animated series Clerks, and a brief voiceover role in the videogame Scarface.

The ongoing podcast with Kevin Smith, Jay and Silent Bob Get Old was established in February of 2007 and has continued to rise in popularity as it fast approaches its 150th episode. Weve also been promised that a Clerks III is in the near future, much to the delight of eternally loyal Jay and Silent Bob fans worldwide.


 

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Plus so many more! Also a monster list of comic book artists, writers and creators, including award winners. Plus, you know cosplay will be in full effect as Las Vegas attendees always impress. Here are Official Wizard World Cosplay Guests you can expect to see…

MogchelleMogchelle (Official Wizard World Cosplay Guest)

Mogchelle started in cosplay by just being an average geek attending an anime convention in 1999. Her love for the artwork in anime, video games, and comic books made her want to bring the 2D images from the pages and screen to real life. She’s also been featured in several national and international magazines, and several online entertainment news sources for her costuming. Over the years she has won countless awards internationally for both craftsmanship and performance on the masters level, and is considered a master craftsman by the International Costumers Guild. Conventions across the country often ask Michelle to present panels/workshops on various topics within Cosplay. They vary from lightweight armor creation, thermoplastics, molding and casting, wig design, special FX makeup, wings, etc. More are added every year, in the effort to spread her love for Cosplay. She has done work for The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Manga Entertainment, Studio Ironcat LLC, and video game, comic book, and anime publishers across the country. She can also be seen doing workshops for public libraries during the summer throughout the Midwest.

Every year, she chooses a charity organization to help raise funds for by donating a portion of the profits of her craft and print sales!

FRIDAY – SUNDAY
Come visit Mogchelle at the official Wizard World Cosplay Booth for photo-ops, autographs, and merch table!


Jackie CraftJackie Craft (Official Wizard World Cosplay Guest)

Jackie is from the Outer banks, NC and is an avid cosplayer and gamer. She enjoys creating just as much as wearing the props and costumes she makes. Her goal is to push herself to experiment with as many materials as possible so that she can be a properly informed and experienced creative outlet for young cosplayers. Her fandom is not just about the characters and props they wear but the crafters that are behind the scenes bringing to life her favorite movies and shows.

FRIDAY – SUNDAY
Come visit Jackie Craft at the official Wizard World Cosplay Booth for photo-ops, autographs, and merch table!


Ganda KrisGanda Kris (Custom Amiibo Artist and Official Wizard World Cosplay Guest)

Hello I’m GandaKris!

Growing up was difficult with me being insecure about who I was and what I wanted to be. I didnt like the skin I was born in but knew that I needed to love myself before I could help others.

Ma Ganda in my native language means beautiful and so my first step forward was making sure I knew whole heartedly that I was beautiful!

From there my love of video games grew into a combination of art cosplay and competitive gaming! I found a community that loved all of me and the talent that I as given.

Today I continue to share my stories and passion for gaming through my art! I hope that you not only enjoy what Ive created but also find a passion in what makes you happy.

FRIDAY – SUNDAY
Come visit Ganda Kris at the official Wizard World Cosplay Booth for photo-ops, autographs, and merch table!


For more information on the event, be sure to visit Wizard World Las Vegas website.

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Jason Bennett
Jason Bennett is PopCultHQ's senior editor, a contributing writer, and comic book reviewer/reporter. He is a big lover of coffee, cats, cooking and comics (plus all things Green Lantern). He is a strong supporter of indie comics, creators, and publishers and Chris Hardwick is his spirit animal (we don't know how to respond to that). Follow Jason on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @TahoeJBennett
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