Eliza Taylor, Amy Jo Johnson, Ian Somerhalder & James Marsters Added to Wizard World Columbus July 29-31

Wizard World continues its 2016 schedule with its sixth trip to the Greater Columbus Convention Center at Wizard World Columbus, July 29-31. The three-day event will feature some of today’s popular actors, top artists & writers, hot comic book publishers, cosplay and more!

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Wizard World Comic Con Columbus (Ohio) brings it all – Movies, Comics, Toys, Video Gaming, Games, TV, Graphic Novels, Horror, Wrestling, MMA, Original Art, Collectibles, Anime, Manga, & More! This is Ohio’s longest running and most widely attended Comic Con! Brought to you by the group who produces the most widely attended Comic Con tour!

Celebrity Guests

Ian Somerhalder
Appearing Saturday only

Ian Somerhalder
(Actor – The Vampire Diaries [Damon Salvatore]; Lost [Boone Carlyle])

Ian Somerhalder stars in The CW’s hit drama, “The Vampire Diaries” as Damon Salvatore, the elder and far more dangerous of the two brothers who share a long and bitter history. For his portrayal of Damon, Somerhalder has received multiple Teen Choice Awards, including four consecutive wins for “Choice TV Actor Fantasy/Sci-Fi.” The show returned for its sixth season this fall.

Somerhalder is well known for his role as Boone on J.J. Abrams’ critically acclaimed drama “Lost.” He won the 2005 SAG Award as part of “Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series” and “Lost” won the 2005 Emmy Award for “Best Television Series – Drama.” The show was also nominated for the 2004 Golden Globe Award and the 2004 People’s Choice Award. Somerhalder returned to “Lost” for several episodes during its final season.

Somerhalder’s other television credits include HBO’s “Tell Me You Love Me,” a leading role in The WB series “Young Americans,” and guest starring roles in “CSI,” “CSI: Miami,” “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” and “Smallville.”


Amy Jo Johnson
Appearing Saturday & Sunday

Amy Jo Johnson
(Actress – Mighty Morphin Power Rangers [Kimberly Hart / The Pink Ranger]; Flashpoint [Jules Callaghan]; Felicity [Julie Emrick])

Amy Jo Johnson is a multi-faceted artist with over twenty years experience in the entertainment industry. Working successfully as an actress for more than two decades, Johnson is most known for her roles as Julie Emrick on the critically-acclaimed series “Felicity,” and Jules Callaghan on the award-winning Canadian series “Flashpoint.”

As a child she competed as a gymnast, learning skills that would later be of great use to her in her breakthrough role as Kimberly Hart the Pink Ranger on “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.” She gave up competing when she was 17, and concentrated more on her acting interests, appearing in various community theatre projects. Once she graduated from high school she went to New York to study at the American Musical Dramatic Academy. After two years there she moved to California where she landed the aforementioned part as the Pink Ranger also in “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie.”

Amy Jo is also a musician with three albums under her belt. Her latest project, Never Broken, is a compilation of original tunes about the struggles we face in life, and what it takes to persevere through them. Never Broken, as well as Amy Jo’s other albums, The Trans-American Treatment and Imperfect, have been featured on various TV shows and are available on iTunes. They can also be heard on streaming radio stations such as Pandora and Spotify.


Eliza Taylor
Appearing Saturday & Sunday

Eliza Taylor
(Actress – The 100 [Clarke Griffin]; The November Man; Neighbours)

Australian native Eliza Taylor was first discovered on the Aussie television staples, All Saints and Neighbours. After moving to the United States in 2013, she was almost immediately offered the lead of ‘Clarke’ in the critically-acclaimed CW drama The 100. Since the show’s onset, Taylor has made waves playing the network’s first openly bi-sexual lead character. Set 97 years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization, the show revolves around 100 juvenile delinquents sent back to Earth to investigate the possibility of re-colonizing the planet. The 100 returned for a third season this January 2016, and has recently announced its renewal for Season 4.

In 2014, Taylor also appeared in Roger Donaldson’s THE NOVEMBER MAN with Pierce Brosnan, Luke Bracey and Olga Kurylenko, and will be starring in upcoming film THUMPER alongside Daniel Webber. She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA and is represented by CAA, ROAR and Active Artists Management.


Appearing Saturday & Sunday
Appearing Saturday & Sunday

Lindsey Morgan
(Actress – The 100 [Raven Reyes]; General Hospital)

As one of the most popular up and coming Latina actresses in the business, Lindsey Morgan has built an extensive resume between her work in television and film. She currently stars as series regular, Raven Reyes, on The CW’s popular sci-fi drama “The 100.”

It wasn’t long before casting agents took notice of her natural talent and she was later cast for small guest roles in some of television’s critically acclaimed series “My Generation” and “Friday Night Lights.”

Lindsey’s television work has included appearances on “How I Met Your Mother,” “Happy Endings,” “Supah Ninjas,” and “A Think Line.” Lindsey is still widely recognized for her work as a series regular in the ABC soap “General Hospital”, which garnered her a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series. Lindsey has also wrapped a leading role in the Pixl television movie Casa Vita as Ariana Vita ABC Family’s “Baby Daddy” star Jean Luc Bilodeau.


Appearing Saturday & Sunday
Appearing Saturday & Sunday

Jewel Staite
(Actress – Firefly; Serenity; Stargate: Atlantis; Warehouse 13)

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, 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, a sweet, happy and sensual farm girl who loves life and is a genius at fixing anything.

Additionally, Jewel has several TV series under her belt including Fox Family’s Higher Ground with Hayden Christensen, a recurring role on the highly praised FOX series Wonderfalls, NBC’s Just Deal and Nickelodeon’s Space Cases. Her MOW credits are just as impressive, with starring roles opposite James Brolin and Natasha Henstridge in Lifetime’s Widow on the Hill, Showtime’s Damaged Care opposite Laura Dern, as well as SyFy’s Mothman and Doomsday Prophecy. Some guest appearances include the CW’s Supernatural, her memorable role in the Showtime pilot Huff with Hank Azaria and Oliver Platt, Syfy’s Warehouse 13, as well as Showtime’s Dead Like Me opposite Ellen Muth and Rebecca Gayheart, and FOX’s The X-Files opposite David Duchovny.


Appearing Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Appearing Friday, Saturday & Sunday

James Marsters
(Actor – Buffy The Vampire Slayer; Caprica; Torchwood; Smallville)

American actor, singer and songwriter James Marsters first found international fame playing punk-goth Brit vampire Spike in the critically acclaimed American TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the equally popular spin-off Angel.

Film roles include live action film Dragon Ball, romantic love story P.S. I Love You with Hilary Swank, Gerard Butler and Kathy Bates, USA Original true-crime film Cool Money, independent thriller Shadow Puppets, Winding Roads, The House On Haunted Hill and Chance with Buffy co-star Amber Benson.

The Californian actor, who grew up in Modesto, has also played Brainiac in TV’s Smallville and guest starred in Without A Trace, Millennium, Andromeda, The Mountain, Saving Grace, Caprica and most recently Warehouse 13, Supernatural and Hawaii Five-O.

James’s voiceover talents can be found portraying Lex Luthor on the DVD release of Superman: Doomsday and he continues to read for the very popular Dresden Files books on tape series.


Appearing Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Appearing Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Nicholas Brendon
(Actor – Buffy: The Vampire Slayer [Xander Harris]; Criminal Minds)

Nicholas Brendon is an American actor and writer. He got his big break as an actor when he landed the role of Xander Harris on the hugely successful TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003). The series ran from 1997 until 2003, garnering a huge cult following as well as a large fan base for Brendon. Brendon and brother Kelly appeared together in the episode “The Replacement,” in which Xander has to cope with having a seemingly sinister double.

His first major role in a feature film came with the Charles Busch satire Psycho Beach Party (2000). Brendon has also starred in the ABC Family Channel original movie Celeste in the City (2004). In 2007, Brendon began appearing on the popular TV series Criminal Minds in the recurring role of FBI technical analyst Kevin Lynch. He has appeared in episodes in each season since, through the tenth season. Since 2014 he has been writing the Buffy Season 10 comic book.


Appearing Saturday & Sunday
Appearing Saturday & Sunday

Elizabeth Rodriguez
TONY AWARD NOMINEE

(Actress -Fear the Walking Dead [Liza Ortiz]; Orange is the New Black [Aleida Diaz])

An award-winning actress who crosses seamlessly from studio films to independent, from the stage to television, Rodriguez has played the emotionally complex Aleida Diaz for the past four seasons on the groundbreaking Netflix series “Orange Is The New Black.” She was also recently seen as a series regular in the role of Liza Ortiz on AMC’s smash hit “Fear the Walking Dead” and continues to recur as Paz Valdez on Starz’ “Power.” Some of Rodriguez’s other series regular roles have included NBC’s “Prime Suspect,” ABC’s “All My Children,” and Cinemax’s “Blanco.” Other work includes “Devious Maids,” ”Grimm,” “The Shield,” “ER,” “Six Feet Under,” “Third Watch,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Cold Case,” “Just Shoot Me,” “NYPD Blue.” Rodriguez’s film credits include co-starring in Michael Mann’s “Miami Vice,” “The Drop,” “Tio Papi” (for which she garnered an Imagen Award Nomination), “Return to Paradise,” “Jack Goes Boating,” “Glass Chin” and the soon to be released independent “11:55.” Rodriguez received a 2011 Tony Award nomination, and won the Outer Critics Circle Award, as well as a Theatre World Award, for her role as “Veronica” on Broadway in Stephen Adly Guirgis’ “The Motherfu**er With The Hat.” Additional theater includes three world premieres at NYC’s acclaimed Public Theater in “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” (directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman), “Unconditional” and “A View from 151st Street.” Other notable plays include “Beauty of the Father” (MTC), “Roger and Vanessa” (Actors’ Gang), “Den of Thieves” (Black Dahlia), “Unorganized Crime” (Elephant Theater), “Robbers” (American Place Theater) and “The Power of Duff” (Geffen).


Appearing Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Appearing Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Kevin Sorbo
(Actor – Hercules, The Legendary Journeys; Andromeda; Meet the Spartans; Kull the Conqueror)

As a strong leading man and a hunky half-god, Kevin Sorbo brings a refreshing cadence to Hollywood. He has appeared in over 150 commercials and made prime time appearances as a guest star on shows such as “Dallas”, “Cheers”, “The Commish,” and “Murder She Wrote.” He also had leading roles in two pilots. “Aspen Extreme” for ABC and “Condition Critical” for CBS.

Sorbo received international stardom when he booked the lead role in “Hercules, the Legendary Journeys” (1993-1999). Originally designed as a 5-movie mini-series, the innovative action show received a tremendous response and proved that Kevin was just what Hollywood was looking for. The movies were transformed into a weekly show and exploded onto the mainstream, passing up ratings topper “Baywatch” as the most watched TV show in the world, airing in 176 countries. Sorbo also directed and wrote on the series. The worldwide success of Hercules spun off two other series: “Xena, Warrior Princess” and “Young Hercules”, starring Ryan Gosling as the teenage Hercules.

Following the success of a 7 year run on Hercules, Sorbo went straight into tackling another iconic role to star in the lead as “Captain Dylan Hunt” in “Gene Roddenberry’s, Andromeda”. This was the first pilot written by Roddenberry in 1969 after the original Star Trek series was cancelled. Andromeda debuted as the number one, hour-long show in first run syndication and remained at number one for its entire run from 2000-2005.


Appearing Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Appearing Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Brit Bliss
(Official Wizard World Cosplay Guest)

Brit is a cosplayer, gamer, and model from Columbus, OH. After wanting to indulge her interests more, she began to use her sewing skills to bring her favorite video game characters and super heroes to life. To design her costumes, she drafts the majority of her patterns from scratch and then completes them. Each new character presents a unique challenge in order to keep testing and improving her abilities. What was once a hobby has now become a lifestyle for her. Her favorite fandoms from which to take inspiration for new costumes are Star Wars and Marvel. For Brit, cosplay is a way to say “thank you” to the creators of the characters she portrays.

Come visit Brit Bliss at the official Wizard World Cosplay Booth for photo-ops, autographs, and merch table!


Kiani from Aspen Comics; model YuffieBunny. Shot for Cosplay Trading Cards and Webble.
Appearing Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Yuffie Bunny
(Official Wizard World Cosplay Guest)

YuffieBunny is a professional costumer, clothing designer, model, and cosplayer with over 13 years of experience and a background in both fashion and graphic design. With a passion for both visual art and avant-garde fashion, she works to bring creative ideas to life. Her cosplay and modeling work have been featured worldwide on MTV, in documentaries, magazine editorials, and various other media. Most recently, she has collaborated with Nerd Block for Nerd Play, the first ever set of cosplay trading cards featuring a talented group of world-renowned cosplayers.

In addition to cosplay and modeling, YuffieBunny is the owner and head designer of Head Kandi, an accessories company specializing in cyber falls and headdresses. Her designs are highly sought after by dancers, DJs, and models.

To learn more, visit www.yuffiebunny.com or visit her YuffieBunny channel on Youtube, where she shares important updates and documents some of the most exciting moments in her life as a model and designer.

Come visit Yuffie Bunny at the official Wizard World Cosplay Booth for photo-ops, autographs, and merch table!


Shaggin WagonThe ‘Shaggin’ Wagon’
(‘Dumb and Dumber’ Car)

Harry and Lloyd are two good friends who happen to be really stupid. The duo set out on a cross country trip from Providence to Aspen, Colorado to return a briefcase full of money to its rightful owner, a beautiful woman named Mary Swanson. After a trip of one mishap after another, the duo eventually make it to Aspen. But the two soon realize that Mary and her briefcase are the least of their problems.

The Shaggin Wagon is modified beyond recognition. The 1989 Ford Econoline Van with its furry exterior includes a nose, mouth, tongue and tail, as well as matching ears, feet and corporate signage. Harry best sums up the allure of this street legal sheep dog, Hey, chicks love it. It’s a shaggin wagon.

The Shaggin Wagon isnt central to Dumb and Dumber plotlines, although it does represent an interesting symbol of Harry and Lloyd’s dumbness (after getting fired by Mutt Cutts, Harry laments that he spent his life savings converting the van to a dog; Lloyd later trades it for a moped, straight up).


ThorThor the ‘Supernatural’ Tribute Impala
(‘Supernatural’ Car)

Experience Entertainment is the brainchild of Kim and Jimmy LeMay, proud owners of “Thor the Impala” – a screen accurate replica of Baby, the 1967 Chevy Impala from the CW’s hit tv show Supernatural.

Thor is a professionally restored and filled with all of the most cherished details, right down to the Legos in the vent, and little green army man in the ashtray! The weapons trunk is even fully stocked and ready to go on a hunt! Thor has been autographed by almost the entire cast of Supernatural, and has even worked with many of them at appearances.

Experience Entertainment also provides costumes and props for fans to us in their professional photo op with Thor. You will even meet professional cosplay Bobby Ringer at the booth, who is available for photo ops and autographs as well. Come and see the one and only Thor the Impala!


KITTK.I.T.T.
(‘Knight Rider’ Car)

KITT is the short name of a fictional character from the adventure TV series Knight Rider. It is known as the Knight Industries Two Thousand, which appeared in the original TV series Knight Rider. KITT is an artificially intelligent electronic computer module installed in a highly advanced, very mobile, robotic automobile: the original KITT (Knight Industries Two Thousand) is a 1982 Pontiac Trans Am.


Batmobile‘1966 Batmobile’ Replica
(Crime Fighting Super Car)

Batman uses a number of weapons in his fight against crime but the most powerful is the Batmobile.

Over the years the Batmobile has had several designs but the most recognizable is the classic 1966 Batmobile. The Batmobile is constructed of a number of things to make it indestructible. Its ceramic bulletproof coating helps with stand any semi-automatic weapon, handgun, and even armor piercing bullets. Not to mention the puncture proof tires.

The Batmobile has the number of gadgets to help fight crime such as the front nose mounted aluminum chain slicer, lasers, monitors, a on board computer, police beacon, and even an on board telephone better known as the “BATPHONE”.

Some other features of the Batmobile are its 1500 HP gas turbine engine. The engine is ran on 97% octane aircraft fuel. This makes the Batmobile capable of going from 0 to 90 mph in 5.2 seconds.

In addition it also has separate turbine afterburners which can give the Batmobile a boost to make the vehicle hit speeds well over 300 miles per hour. Rear portals emit smoke screens and oil slicks that help protect Batman from being followed too closely. The dashboard has a number of aircraft style component’s such as a police shortwave, a hidden mechanism that opens the door to the Batcave. This allows Batman to enter the Batcave in seconds and a voice controlled Batmobile relay unit.

However, the coolest feature is the two rear-mounted 10-foot parachutes these make the Batmobile capable of making a quick 180″ turn, better known as the BAT TURN. These are just a few of the Batmobile’s crime-fighting powers. Batman can’t reveal all his crime fighting secrets.


JP Jeep‘Jurassic Park’ Jeep
(‘Jurassic Park’ Car)

On the island of Isla Nublar, the site of Jurassic Park. A lush jungle environment with many terrains, the park recruited the Jeep Wrangler Sahara as a main service vehicle for maintenance around the park as well as private tour’s for special clients.

With a powerful in line 6 cylinder engine, super bright utility light’s and a 8000 lbs. winch, it was capable of dealing with just about any scenario that might arise.

The most attractive features of the jeep was the collapsible soft top roof. On perfect days on the island, workers could ride through lush jungles with no confinement what so ever. Having sturdy 3 inch over- head roll bars to protect occupants, there was little worry when getting close to containment areas.

Most famous for its scene where Dr. Satler, Dr. Malcom and park security head Maldoom narrowly escape a charging Tyrannosaurus Rex while they investigate the disappearance of Dr.Allen grant and John Hammond’s grandchildren.

Fast forward 23 years and the Jeep makes another appearance in the franchise’s newest film, Jurassic World! The Iconic Jeep is fired up once more by the young boys, Zack and Gray who were chased now by the parks newest asset: The Indominus Rex. The boys manage to start the 29 jeep in the garage of the original park and escape the jungle.


F7Dom Toretto’s 1970 Plymouth Roadrunner
(‘Furious 7’ Screen Used Car)

You can’t have a fast & furious movie and not have a custom Mopar driven by Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto.

This beautiful roadrunner is painted in a Mopar deep burnt orange with metal flake and was driven in “furious 7,” by Vin Diesel’s character Dominic Toretto.

Under the hood is a powerful gm 6.2 litre LS3 engine modified to put out more than 500 horsepower with a magna flow exhaust. It has a Kilgore turbo 400 transmission connected to a 4.56 rear end. Braking for all this power is achieved with custom Brembo brakes on all four corners. The sub-frame is by Reilly Motorsports with street lynx rear suspension. Sweeny FX provided the safety cage.

After the filming of the movie was completed it was placed on display at Universal Studios theme park for the premier of the film.


 

Captain America Motorcycle‘Captain America’ Motorcycle
(Tribute Bike)

Iron Man Motorcycle

‘Iron Man’ Motorcycle
(2001 Yamaha Road Warrior)

Batman Motorcycle

‘Batman’ Motorcycle
(Yamaha Road Star)


Wizard WorldWizard World is the home of the most creative comics artists and writers on the planet. Artist Alley in Columbus will feature Guy Gilchrist (“NANCY,” “Jim Henson’s Muppets Comic Strip”), Steve Geiger (“Bloodshot,” “Scion”), Joe Corroney (“Star Wars,” “Star Trek”), Larry Elmore (“Magic: The Gathering,” “Dungeons & Dragons”), Stuart Sayger (“Infestation 2; 30 Days of Night,” “Machete”), Michael Golden (“Batman,” “Spider-Man”), Phil Ortiz (“The Simpsons,” “Muppet Babies”) Victor Dandridge (“The Samaritan,” “Origins Unknown”) and many others.

Wizard World comic and gaming 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 Columbus show hours are:

  • Friday, July 29, 3-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 30, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 31, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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 Columbus Costume Contest will take place on Saturday night.

Admissions Details::
• All Admissions Gain Entry to Wizard World Comic Con Columbus (Ohio)
• Important: Bring your printed out e-Admissions to the event to gain admittance.
Up to 2 Children 10 and under get in FREE when accompanied by a paid adult
• Save $5 by ordering your Admission in advance.
• 3-Day Weekend Admissions are: $79.95 in Advance & $90.00 On-Site
• 1-Day Friday Admissions are: $39.95 in Advance & $50.00 On-Site
• 1-Day Saturday Admissions are: $49.95 in Advance & $60.00 On-Site
• 1-Day Sunday Admissions are: $44.95 in Advance & $55.00 On-Site
• All admissions have a $4.87 Admission Processing Fee Added
• Admissions are non-refundable.
• Admissions that are purchased from unauthorized websites (sites such as craigslist, eBay, StubHub, etc.) will not be honored for entry
• Wristbands are non-transferable (e.g. If you buy a 3-Day Admission, you may not remove your wristband and re-attach to someone else)
• Credit card will be charged at time of purchase.
• Autograph fees may be required for some guests.
• Talent subject to change.

If you would like to attend Wizard World Columbus, you can purchase tickets online here.

For more on the 2016 Wizard World Columbus, visit http://wizd.me/ColumbusPR.


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