Wizard World Columbus is Today! Your Look at What to Expect July 29-31 in Columbus, Ohio!

Join tens of thousands of fellow fans as they converge at the Greater Columbus Convention Center at Wizard World Comic Con Columbus (Ohio) to celebrate the best in pop culture. 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!

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. 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.


ElizaEliza Taylor, Lindsey Morgan & Zach McGowan, “The 100,” Coming to Columbus (Ohio)!

Eliza (Sat/Sun): 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.

Lindsey (Sat/Sun): 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 scifi drama “The 100.”

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.

Zach (Fri/Sat/Sun): Zach currently plays Captain Charles Vane on “Black Sails” (Starz) and Roan on “The 100” (WB). Before that he played Jody Silverman on “Shameless” (Showtime).

Zach’s film work includes “Dracula Untold” directed by Gary Shore, “Terminator Salvation” directed by McG, “The Hunt For Eagle One” (Sony Screen Gems) directed by Brian Clyde, “Crash Point” (Sony Screen Gems) directed by Henry Crum, and “Seal Team Six” directed by Mark Andrews. Zach guest-starred in the premiere episode of the 5th season of “Numb3rs,” and in “CSI Miami,” and “Law and Order: Special Victims.”


ISIan Somerhalder, Damon Salvatore, “The Vampire Diaries” Coming to Columbus (Sat. Only)

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.


ERElizabeth Rodriguez, Liza Ortiz, “Fear the Walking Dead,” Coming to Columbus (Sat/Sun)

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.”


RPRobert Patrick, T-1000, TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY, Coming to Columbus (Sat/Sun)

Robert Patrick is an actor who’s worked with some of the top actors and directors in his field for the last 20 years. His breakthrough role came as the legendary T-1000 in Terminator 2 and since then, he has worked on iconic films and television shows including Die Hard 2, Wayne’s World, Last Action Hero, Fire in the Sky, Cop Land, The Faculty, Walk the Line, Bridge to Terabithia, Spy Kids, Flags of Our Fathers and on the television hits The Sopranos, The Outer Limits, Elvis, The Unit, The X-Files and Sons of Anarchy. He can currently be seen as Agent Cabe Gallow in the ensemble “fun-cedural” SCORPION for CBS which was recently given an early second season renewal as it was the #3 new television show of 2014 and consistently in the week’s top 10 highest rated programming.

On the small screen, Robert was a series regular on Season 6 of HBO’s TRUE BLOOD and appeared in the final season. He was also in the final season of SONS OF ANARCHY, did a cameo role on the cult favorite COMMUNITY and had a supporting role in Season 1 of Robert Rodriguez’ From Dusk til Dawn for the El Rey Network. His recent films include Universal Picture’s IDENTITY THIEF with Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman, Warner Bros GANGSTER SQUAD in which he played a member of Josh Brolin’s “squad” going up against Sean Penn as Mickey Cohen, TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE opposite Clint Eastwood, LOVELACE opposite Sharon Stone and Amanda Seyfried and Universal’s remake of ENDLESS LOVE with Alex Pettyfer and Focus Features’ KILL THE MESSENGER, opposite Jeremy Renner. He will next be seen in THE ROAD WITHIN opening April 2015 with Kyra Sedgwick, Dev Petel, and Zoe Kravitz.


AJJAmy Jo Johnson, Kimberly Hart/The Pink Ranger, “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,” Coming to Columbus (Fri/Sat/Sun)

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.


JMJason Mewes: Actor – Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back; Clerks.; Clerks II; Mallrats (Sat/Sun)

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.


NNNichelle Nichols: Actress – Star Trek [Uhura] (Fri/Sat/Sun)

Nichelle Nichols began her professional singing and dancing career in her home town, Chicago, at the tender age of 14. As a teenager she was discovered by the great Duke Ellington, who hired her to choreograph and perform a ballet for one of his musical suites, and finished the tour as his lead singer. When Nichelle was cast by Gene Roddenberry to create Chief Communications Officer Lt. Uhura, fourth in command of the Starship Enterprise, in his legendary TV series Star Trek – in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King – “The first non-stereotypical role portrayed by a black woman in television history.”

Nichelle was awarded her much deserved star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 9, 1992. Just a few weeks before she became the first African-American to place her handprints and signature in the cement walk at the famous Grauman’s Chinese Theater. Using her Star Trek fame to bring good back to the world, Nichelle, at the behest of NASA, led a national campaign to recruit the first women and minorities into the space program. Her personal recruits include Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman to travel in space, and Charles Bolden, the current administrator of NASA. @NichelleIsUhura


ProgrammingPROGRAMMING:

PANEL & PRESENTATION ROOMS
E160– GENERAL PROGRAMMING
C210 (SECOND FLOOR) – GENERAL PROGRAMMING
C213 (SECOND FLOOR) – GENERAL PROGRAMMING
SHOW STAGE- CELEBRITY Q&A / GENERAL PROGRAMMING

FRIDAY, JULY 29
3:00 – 8:00PM MINIATURE “PAINT AND TAKE” (TABLE TOP GAMING / SHOW FLOOR)
Try your hand out on the hobby side of tabletop gaming! Select your favorite miniature from our varied selection, borrow our brushes and paints to customize your figure, and then take it home to use in your next gaming session! Fee: $5.00

3:00PM – ONSITE TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION OPENS!! (VIDEO GAMING / SHOW FLOOR)
This is your chance to register for one or ALL of our major e-sports tournaments. Please see tournament start times below. For more information, please visit Registration located in the center of the show floor or check out our website Wizardworldgaming.com
REGISTRATION CLOSES FRIDAY @ 7:00PM OR WHEN BRACKETS MAX OUT

4:00PM HEROES HONORING HEROES (SHOW STAGE)

4:00–4:45PM WWE® WOMEN’S CHAMPION SASHA BANKS™ VS. THE FANS!
Time for the ultimate Legit Boss Fight! Go one on one against WWE® Superstar Sasha Banks™ as she takes on the fans in Street Fighter V! Who will Rise Up to the challenge?

4:30-5:15PM GETTING TO KNOW LEGACY RISING PUBLICATIONS (C210)
Legacy Rising Publications is a new publisher based out of Columbus, Ohio.
A panel including the CEO, Doug Simms, a Lead Editor in Erik McAlister, and some of Legacy’s creators like Michael Watson and Mason Easley will be discussing what it takes to launch a new company, pitch a new idea or create a unique character.

4:45-6:00PM STREET FIGHTER V BOOTCAMP (VIDEO GAMING / SHOW FLOOR)
Do you have trouble controlling your Satsui no hado? Shadowloo bringing you down? If so, let mastersGootecks & Justin Wong help you RISE UP. Participate for free and learn how to become a better Street Fighter V player. Maybe you’ll be the next Wizard World Gaming Champion!

5:00-5:45PM SATURDAY MORNING (CARTOON) FEVER AND NEW COMICS DAY FLU:ANIMATION AND COMICS OF THE ‘70s AND ‘80s with HE-MAN’S TOM COOK AND SPIDER-MAN’S DANNY FINGEROTH (C213)
In the 1970s and ‘80s, action-adventure and superhero comics and cartoons were at creative and commercial peaks! Superstar creators—including Jack Kirby, Gil Kane and Steve Gerber—worked in both media. Today, animator Tom Cook, who worked on popular cartoons including Superfriends, He-Man, Thundarr and The Smurfs) and writer-editor Danny Fingeroth (whose comics credits include Spider-Man, the X-Men, Iron Man and The Avengers) discuss what was going on in the parallel worlds of comics and cartoons of the era, their experiences creating characters and stories, and about working with greats such as Hanna, Barbera, Lee, Claremont and and Ditko.

5:00-5:45PM SHOULD COMIC BOOK MOVIES FOLLOW THE SOURCE MATERIAL? (E160)
From Civil War, Apocalypse and Batman V Superman, should comic book movies stay true to the source material. Join us in discussing whether it’s OK to take liberties or if they should leave the stories alone, we will look at where it went right and wrong.

5:30-6:15PM THE REAL PHYSICS OF TIME MACHINES AND TRAVEL – RIGHT NOW! (C210)
The nature of time and time travel are the most misunderstood topics in physics and popular culture. None of the popular scientists have it right let alone those outside of the exclusive club of PhD theoretical physicists save for research and development engineer Marshall Barnes who has the only viable time machine program in operation in the world. He is the most read writer on time and time travel at Quora.com. Marshall has written the only book on time travel that solves all the major issues, not just discusses them (see Paradox Lost: The True Geometries of Time Travel at blurb.com) and he has built the first device that is opening micro wormholes that can be scaled up – the Verdrehung Fan. He successfully presented research on it at the 2014 SpaceUp sessions of the International Space Development Conference in Los Angeles, the basis for which was subsequently echoed in New Scientist magazine via the work of Luke Butcher. Don’t miss this authoritative panel concentrating on how time travel for humans can be possible within the next two years!

6:00-8:00PM TEKKEN 7 FATED RETRIBUTION BOOT CAMP
Be one of the first to get your hands on the highly anticipated Tekken 7 Fated Retribution! Go head to head with a Markman & TempoRip, and learn how to better improve your game.

6:00-6:45PM LEAVE ‘EM LAUGHING: HOW TO DRAW FUNNY! with THE SIMPSONS’ PHIL ORTIZ, NANCY’S GUY GILCHRIST & DONALD DUCK’S THOM PRATT (C213)
Ever wonder how humor artists are able to create characters and stories that leave us laughing like idiots? Here, some of the finest practitioners of the simple art of humor, Phil Ortiz (The Simpsons), Guy Gilchrist(Nancy) and Thom Pratt (Donald Duck) tell and show you how they do it! Moderated by Danny Fingeroth (How to Create Comics from Script to Print).

6:00-6:45PM CHARACTER ACTING IN COSPLAY (E160)
Moderated by SAG/AFTRA actor Karl Brevik, this panel is filled with tips on how to not only look like your character, but act like them too. Providing examples, exercises, and using their experience as professional characters, the panel will discuss topics such as improvising as a character, how to interact with others in fun and respectful ways, posing for different character types, and how to make cosplaying a full experience for children and fellow fans. Other topics will include how to respectfully but genuinely portray villainous and mischievous characters (A.K.A. avoiding the Con Deadpool syndrome) and how to make almost any character kid friendly. There will also be a thorough Q&A portion to answer specifics about your favorite characters and costumes to provide you with the exact tools you need.

6:30-7:15PM ALL THINGS PRO WRESTLING WITH WRESTLINGAUDIO.COM (C210)
Win autographed goodies from your favorite WWE superstars and talk all things “sports entertainment”! Join WrestlingAudio’s own, Mo Lightning and Ballz, who have been podcasting for over a decade, for a fan-focused discussion on World Wrestling Entertainment, NXT’s growing influence on the industry, reasons why you should be watching Lucha Underground, and more! The more interactive you are, the better your chances to win a prize! Follow @wrestlingaudio on Twitter and Facebook.

7:00-7:45PM GAME OF FANDOM: A ‘GAME OF THRONE’ FAN EXPERIENCE (C213)
Join Liz and Lindi, creators of PureFandom.com and writers for Entertainment Weekly, to talk about the latest in the land of Westeros. You’ll have a chance to win some awesome ‘Game of Thrones’ swag and prizes, PLUS talk about how much you miss Jon Snow (and theories, of course.) Dragons allowed. Follow @Pure_Fandom on Twitter to get a sneak peek of prizes!

7:00-7:45PM COSTUMES + PLAYING = COSPLAY! SO WHAT DOES THAT ACTUALLY MEAN? (E160)
Join cosplay guests Brit Bliss and Yuffie Bunny as they tell you everything you need to know about dressing up in costumes and going out in public. From wardrobe malfunctions to crazy fans, to how to construct your own costumes and even how to go to the bathroom (you know, in costume), this cosplay squad will give you the inside skinny on the ultimate in spandex fandom.

7:30-8:00PM IN THE RING WITH WWE® SUPERSTAR SASHA BANKS™ (C210)
Moderated by Mo Lightning (Host of ConSmash on ConRadio.com, WrestlingAudio.com)

8:30-10:00PM DRINK & DRAW
Local Comic Creator, Victor Dandridge (Vantage: Inhouse Productions/U Cre-8 Comics) is partnering withComic Town and Legacy Rising to host the Drink&Draw Contest at BD’s Mongolian BBQ! Bring your sharpened wits and pencils, as you tackle comic-themed prompts, competing for CASH and other assorted prizes! Join us at BDs Mongolian BBQ in the Arena District! (295 Marconi Blvd, Columbus, OH 43215).

SATURDAY, JULY 30
10:00 – 7:00PM MINIATURE “PAINT AND TAKE” (TABLE TOP GAMING / SHOW FLOOR)
Try your hand out on the hobby side of tabletop gaming! Select your favorite miniature from our varied selection, borrow our brushes and paints to customize your figure, and then take it home to use in your next gaming session! Fee: $5.00

11:00 – 1:00PM STREET FIGHTER V BOOTCAMP (VIDEO GAMING / SHOW FLOOR)
Do you have trouble controlling your Satsui no hado? Shadowloo bringing you down? If so, let mastersGootecks & Justin Wong help you RISE UP. Participate for free and learn how to become a better Street Fighter V player. Maybe you’ll be the next Wizard World Gaming Champion!

11:30-12:15PM D&D, IF YOU’RE NOT HAVING FUN YOU’RE NOT DOING IT RIGHT (C213)
We will be going over different components of playing D&D that will ensure a fun and epic game. The components consist of characters, music, the story, time, committing to the group, remembering that it’s a game, enabling player to get what they want, homework, and training.

11:30-12:15PM STORYTELLING with MICHAEL GOLDEN (C210)
Join groundbreaking storyteller Michael Golden – known for his work on Dr. Strange, The ‘Nam, G. I. Joe, and Batman – as he shares his fundamental rules for how to craft your story and take it to the professional level.

12:00-12:45PM VAMPIRE DIARIES’ IAN SOMERHALDER (SHOW STAGE)
Moderated by Liz Prugh (PureFandom.com, Entertainment Weekly, and ConRadio.com)

12:00-12:45PM CON RADIO PRESENTS: A LIVE RECORDING OF THE CONSMASH PODCAST (E160)
Over the last year, conSMASH has fought to the death on topics such as Team Cap vs Team Iron Man, 80s Cartoons vs 90s Cartoons, Sitcom Laugh Track vs No Laugh Track, How Much Time Before You Should Post Spoilers, and many, many more! Now YOU can help determine the winner of our next “Dorkly Dispute” taking place live from Wizard World. Catch up on the show before the show by following @consmash on Twitter. Hosted by Mo Lightning

12:30-1:15PM THE ART OF SATURDAY MORNING CARTOON PRODUCTION WITH ANIMATOR/DIRECTOR TOM COOK (C213)
Wizard World is proud to present world-renown animator Tom Cook (Tarzan; Flash Gordon; He-Man and the Masters of the Universe; She-Ra Princess of Power). This panel will be a demonstration of the steps taken to bring an idea from script to screen.

12:30-1:15PM TRIPLE DC ANNIVERSARY: FLASH, BATMAN & WONDER WOMAN (C210)
2016 is a landmark year for three key comics characters. 75 years ago, WONDER WOMAN debuted in 1941, establishing herself as the first important female superhero! 60 years ago, in 1956, the modern FLASH first appeared, starting not only his own career, but ushering in what has come to be known as “The Silver Age of Comics!” And in 1966, 50 years ago, the BATMAN “camp” TV series debuted (starring Adam West and Burt Ward), marking what is seen as both a high and low point in the history of the character! Comics historian Danny Fingeroth (Superman on the Couch) takes you on a slideshow-guided tour of the histories of the heroes and the highlights of their careers in comics, on TV and in the movies! Join the celebration!

1:00PM STREET FIGHTER V – DOUBLE ELIMINATION TOURNAMENT POOLS (VIDEO GAMING / SHOW FLOOR)
Columbus, OH! Many will enter, but who will RISE UP and become our Street Fighter V Champion? With $3,000 on the line, competition is sure to be tough.

1:00-1:45PM BACK ON EARTH: THE 100 with ELIZA TAYLOR, LINDSEY MORGAN and ZACH McGOWAN (SHOW STAGE)
Moderated by Lindi Smith (PureFandom.com, Entertainment Weekly, and ConRadio.com)

1:00 – 1:45PM THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE with X-FILES MITCH PILEGGI (E160)
Moderated by Mo Lightning (Host of ConSmash on ConRadio.com, WrestlingAudio.com)

1:00PM OFFICIAL BANDAI NAMCO ANIME COSPLAY GROUP PHOTO (BANDAI BOOTH / SHOW FLOOR)
Calling all anime cosplayers! Come down to the Bandai Namco booth on the gaming floor for the official group photo! Photographers will be on hand to capture all of the action!

1:30-2:15PM VIPS OF SELF PUBLISHING (C213)
Self-publishing creator, Victor Dandridge, heads a forum-style discussion on the practices of self-publishing comic books. Guided with his own years of experience as both a comic book fan and creator, Victor aims to lead this discussion, interacting with the attending audience, to share ideas for comic book production, marketing and distribution.

1:30-2:15PM SILVERBLADE PRODUCTIONS (C210)
A panel for the popular YouTube film channel, SilverBladeProductions, featuring four members of the channel. They will be showing one of their most well-known fan-films, based off of the popular horror game Five Nights at Freddy’s, FNAF: 1983, with live commentary, along with previewing their upcoming films. They will also be taking questions in a Q&A session.

2:00PM MAGIC: THE GATHERING BOOSTER DRAFT (TABLE TOP GAMING / SHOW FLOOR)
Check out the latest MTG set “Shadows over Innistrad” and play in our booster draft tournament! Fee: $15.00

2:00-2:45PM IN THE BIG HOUSE with ELIZABETH RODRIGUEZ (SHOW STAGE)
Moderated by Liz Prugh (PureFandom.com, Entertainment Weekly, and ConRadio.com)

2:00-2:45PM SAVIOR OF THE UNIVERSE: SAM JONES (E160)
Moderated by Lindi Smith (PureFandom.com, Entertainment Weekly, and ConRadio.com)

2:30-3:15PM DRAFTING AN UNDERBUST CORSET PATTERN with WIZARD WORLD COSPLAY GUEST BRIT BLISS (C210)
Learn the basics of constructing a simple underbust corset pattern by using your own measurements and some everyday sewing tools.

2:30-3:15PM SCIENCE OF COMICS (C213)
Join a panel of local experts as they discuss the science behind our favorite comics and movies! How can Superman absorb energy from the sun? Would the Flash burn himself alive? How exactly could a lightsaber work? How much does it cost to clean up the world’s major cities after every superhero fight? In addition, we’ll reflect on the impact of cultural aspirations and fears on comics, and have a lightning round Superhero Reality Check.

3:00PM TEKKEN 7: THE KING OF THE IRON FIST TOURNAMENT POOLS (VIDEO GAMING / SHOW FLOOR)
The Tournament continues. This is our 6th city of this multi-city tournament in where each winner not only wins the city grand prize of $3,000, but also a chance to compete in the grand finals for a chance at $20,000! Who will represent Columbus, OH, in The King of the Iron Fist Tournament Grand Finals?

3:00-3:45PM T-1000 AND BEYOND: ROBERT PATRICK (SHOW STAGE)
Moderated by Mo Lightning (Host of ConSmash on ConRadio.com, WrestlingAudio.com)

3:00-3:45PM IT’S MORPHIN TIME with THE ORIGINAL PINK RANGER, AMY JO JOHNSON (E160)
Moderated by Liz Prugh, (PureFandom.com, Entertainment Weekly, and ConRadio.com)

3:30-4:15PM THE GAME FIX PODCAST PRESENTS: A VIDEO INTENSIVE GAMING PANEL WITHOUT LOADING SCREEN (C210)
Join Verlane, Spanish, and Link for their 4th Wizard World appearance, guaranteed to be better than ever. Featuring new glitches, funny moments, original content, and of course tons of giveaways. Don’t forget to submit your glitches on Twitter with #EmbraceTheGlitch by July 29, 2016 to see your glitch at the panel on the big screen and win a prize!

3:30-4:15PM THE PEOPLE VS J. JONAH JAMESON (C213)
J. Jonah Jameson himself is being flown in from New York on his latest press tour stop to discuss such topics as to why Spider-Man is a menace, why Spider-Man isn’t a hero, why Spider-Man can’t be trusted and why we would be better off without Spider-Man. Have a differing opinion? That means it’s up to you, the audience, as guest reporters to this press conference to prove it. Square off against a professional character actor to see if you can be the reporter that forces the Daily Bugle’s editor to announce a retraction. Listen to Jameson’s editorial, hear him answer the panel’s reporters and then prepare your own defense of Spider-Man in this interactive, entertaining, performance based panel. J. Jonah Jameson is presented by Karl Brevik, a member of SAG/AFTRA and an Official Wizard World Cosplay Guest.

4:00-4:45PM JASON MEWES’ SECRET STASH (E160)

4:00-4:45PM COSI: LIVE SCIENCE SHOW! (SHOW STAGE)
Dive into the spectacular side of science with the most breath-taking materials out there in COSI’s explosive Live Science show, featuring ultra-cold liquid nitrogen!

4:30-5:15PM THE MARVEL LEGACY: THE 77-YEAR HISTORY OF THE HOUSE OF IDEAS, FROM THE BEGINNING TO DEADPOOL TO CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR with SPIDER-MAN’S DANNY FINGEROTH (C213)
In 1939, Marvel Comics #1 debuted, unleashing The Sub-Mariner and The Human Torch on the world, and launching what would come to be known as the Marvel Universe. Today, Danny Fingeroth (Deadly Foes of Spider-Man; The Stan Lee Universe) presents an illustrated tour through the many decades of comics, movies and TV series that make up the phenomenon that is Marvel.

4:30-5:15PM WE CAN BE HEROES CAMPAIGN DISCUSSION (C210)
Ever wanted to be like Superman, Batman or Wonder Woman? Just because you may not have their superpowers, doesn’t mean you can’t be a Superhero! The We Can Be Heroes Campaign is about finding and owning your own super powers and using them for good, just like DC superheroes. Join us for an exciting discussion on how you can be a superhero right here in Columbus and around the world.

In the spirit of this campaign and in order to help strengthen children’s superpowers, we will be participating in a local project to collect school supplies and reading books for local schools. Please bring one or two items to donate to local schoolchildren in Columbus.

5:00PM NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: ULTIMATE NINJA STORM 4 TOP 8 FINALS (VIDEO GAMING / SHOW FLOOR)
We are down to our final 8. $1,000 is on the line and the title of Wizard World Gaming, Naruto Champion!

5:00-5:45PM DEAD FANS WALKING: ‘THE WALKING DEAD’ FAN PANEL (E160)
Calling all ‘The Walking Dead’ fans! Join Liz and Lindi, creators of PureFandom.com and writers for Entertainment Weekly for a chance to win some awesome ‘The Walking Dead’ prizes. They’ll also share their insane theories for who Negan’s victim was! Follow @Pure_Fandom on Twitter to get a sneak peek of prizes!

5:00-7:00PM WIZARD WORLD COSTUME CONTEST SPONSORED BY BANDAI NAMCO (SHOW STAGE)
Hosted by our very own superheroes Mo Lightning and Victor Dandridge, the Wizard World Comic Con Costume Contest is no joke. The best of the best will be dressed to impress in their superhero & pop culture finest, so be prepared for some serious cosplay. You could win an amazing prize package thanks to Bandai Namco in our new special category, “Best Anime Costume”! Grab your buddies and suit up to take a chance at bringing home the gold! Special guest judges! Anyone interested in participating can sign-up at the Wizard World Information booth inside the exhibition floor on Saturday. Registration closes at 3PM! We’ll see you there! (Recommended for ages 13+)

5:30-6:15PM GOLDEN BELL PRESENTS: FROM THE SUNDAY COMICS TO SATURDAY MORNING CARTOONS (C213)
An all ages interactive experience for the young at heart and lifelong fans of all forms of entertainment. Golden Bell brings to you a new way to look at original content and storytelling. With an art lesson taking place behind the scenes for the kids, to showcasing some of the newest original content offered, there will be something for everyone. Whether you’re a fan of comics, animation, film, or novels, come check it out!

5:30-6:15PM ELI ROTH’S CRYPT TV FIRST LOOK (C210)
CryptTV First Look at Wizard World Columbus will give fans an early look at never before seen Crypt TV original horror shorts and showcase our most exciting content. Don’t miss these Wizard World exclusives. (Recommended for ages 18+)

6:00-6:45PM TEA TIME WITH DEADPOOL (E160)
The Merc With the Mouth (And tea!) is back! Deadpool will be making his way back to Columbus Wizard World, and he’s not coming alone!
Come join Deadpool and his Marvel buddies for an evening like no other, as they discuss ANY and EVERY thing that is relevant, and hot issues in the world of comics, movies, entertainment, maybe even how to properly groom Grandma’s grey hair!

6:30-7:15PM THE CREATIVE MIND: TOP ARTISTS ON DRAWING COMICS with SPIDER-MAN’S STEVE GEIGER, BATMAN’S RICK BURCHETT, STAR WARS’ JOE CORRONEY & DEADPOOL’S MIKEY BABINSKI (C213)
Top comics artists talk about their careers, their craft, the comics business and whatever else might come up—and may even show you some of their top-secret techniques! Join peerless pencilers Steve Geiger(Spider-Man; The Hulk), Rick Burchett (Batman & Robin Adventures; The Flash), Joe Corroney (Star Wars; Star Trek), and incredible inker Mikey Babinski (Deadpool; Spider-Man) as they pull back the curtain and tell you what it’s really like to be a comics artist! Danny Fingeroth (How to Create Comics from Script to Print; Spider-Man) moderates.

6:30-8:30PM WIZARD WORLD’S MYSTERY (BAD) SUPERHERO MOVIE SHOWING (C210)
The superhero blockbusters we now enjoy on the big screen weren’t always this well-made. For decades, superhero movies were known to feature bad acting, cheesy dialogue, campy costumes and poor special effects, all on little-to-no budget. In their own way, these mismanaged movies were quite entertaining. Join us as we celebrate the best – of the worst – of these forgotten superhero films in this mystery screening. You won’t know what we’re showing until you’ve secured your seat for a super-powered flick so bad.. it’s good!

7:00PM STAR TREK BEYOND SCREENING
Come join us for a screening of Star Trek Beyond at Studio Movie Grill: Arena Grand! Doors open at 7:00pm and movie will start at 7:30pm.FREE entry with Wizard World admission, please RSVP at the following:STAR TREK BEYOND RSVP . RSVP tickets do not guarantee admission to the movie, please arrive early to grab your seats!

7:30PM – 2:00AM LEVEL ONE BAR + ARCADE’S COSTUME PARTY
Come join us for our roam around costume contest, there will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place costumes, which will be determined by our customers and participants votes! Voting starts at 7:30pm. If you come in costume you will receive 20% off your bar tab! Location: 130 Hutchinson Ave, Columbus, OH 43235

SUNDAY, JULY 31
10:00 – 3:00PM MINIATURE “PAINT AND TAKE” (TABLE TOP GAMING / SHOW FLOOR)
Try your hand out on the hobby side of tabletop gaming! Select your favorite miniature from our varied selection, borrow our brushes and paints to customize your figure, and then take it home to use in your next gaming session! Fee: $5.00

11:00-11:45AM THE VOICE IN YOUR HEAD: NINTENDO’S CHARLES MARTINET (VIDEO GAMING STAGE)
WAHOOO! Charles Martinet, the voice of Super Mario takes the gaming stage to talk to the audience and the twitch viewers.

11:30-12:15PM THE FORCE HAS AWOKEN…NOW WHAT? (C210)
Now that Disney and the Kathleen Kennedy led Lucasfilm have brought back Star Wars, Kevin and Nate from “There is Another” take a look to the star systems ahead. They breakdown the Anthology Films, the sequel trilogy to come, the comics, the novels, and also the toys that lay ahead for the next year and beyond.

11:30-12:15PM BACK TO THE FUTURE: ADVENTURES IN A DELOREAN TIME MACHINE (C213)
“How to: Build a Time Machine, Fall in Love, Become Rich and Famous, Travel the World, and Cure PD -in 5 Easy Steps.”
Terry and Oliver Holler used inspiration from their favorite movie ‘Back to the Future’, and hand-built their own DeLorean Time Machine. They have taken life-threatening adversity and turned a passion toward a purpose, promoting the official website ‘BackToTheFuture.com’ and raising awareness and funding for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research

12:00PM TEKKEN 7: THE KING OF THE IRON FIST TOURNAMENT – TOP 8 FINALS (VIDEO GAMING / SHOW FLOOR)
The final 8 have been determined. Who will be crowned Wizard World Gaming Columbus, OH, Tekken 7 Champion and claim $3,000? Who will go on to represent Columbus in the grand finals?

12:00-12:45PM ONE-ON-ONE WITH NICHOLAS BRENDON (E160)
Moderated by Lindi Smith (PureFandom.com, Entertainment Weekly, and ConRadio.com)

12:00-12:45PM U CRE-8 COMICS PRESENTS: CHARACTER CRAFTERS (SHOW STAGE)
Are you the next GREAT comic creator?! Take the Raconteur’s challenge and design your own character from start to finish! Establish powers, design costume ideas, create an origin story and more with U Cre-8 Comics — the PERFECT jumpstart to YOUR comic universe! Hosted by Columbus’ own Victor Dandridge.

12:30-1:15PM THE FIGURATIVELY SPEAKING PODCAST PRESENTS “WHY WE COLLECT WHAT WE COLLECT” (C210)
Reliving your childhood, love for a character, even profit, We all have different reasons why we collect action figures and collectibles. Join us as we swap stories and compare collections on this interactive podcast recording. Follow us at @figspeakpodcast for more news and panel details.

12:30-1:15PM COLUMBUS: THE COMICS CAPITAL with CXC’S TOM SPURGEON & OSU’S JARED GARDNER (C213)
Between The Billy Ireland Museum, the new CXC Conference, Wizard World Ohio and some dedicated comics professors at OSU, Columbus is starting to look like the comics capital of the Midwest, if not of the entire USA! Join Tom Spurgeon (CXC co-founder; The Comics Reporter website), Jared Gardner (OSU professor and author of Projections: Comics and the History of 21st-century Storytelling) and out-of- towner Danny Fingeroth (Disguised as Clark Kent) as they discuss where and how Columbus fits into the past, present—and especially future!—of comics, and about what’s coming up for comics lovers in the area.

1:00-1:45PM 4TH IN COMMAND: NICHELLE NICHOLS (SHOW STAGE)
Moderated by Liz Prugh (PureFandom.com, Entertainment Weekly, and ConRadio.com)

1:00-1:45PM BEHIND THE VOICE: ROBIN ATKIN DOWNES (E160)
Moderated by Lindi Smith (PureFandom.com, Entertainment Weekly, and ConRadio.com)

1:30-2:15PM COSPLAY TIPS AND TRICKS WITH WIZARD WORLD COSPLAY GUEST YUFFIE BUNNY (C210)
Make your cosplay life easier; pick up some of the best tips and tricks for building and wearing cosplay!

1:30 – 2:15PM HISPANICS IN COMICS (C213)
“El Arto” illustrator, John Marroquin, gives insight into an exciting movement gaining momentum in indie comics: the Latin genre. He touches on the culture vs the market and bringing centuries of Latin-American history to the panels.

2:00PM STREET FIGHTER V – TOP 8 FINALS (VIDEO GAMING / SHOW FLOOR)
It’s been a long tournament, but now only 8 remain. The finalist continue for their chance at $3,000 cash and the title of Wizard World Gaming Street Fighter V Champion!

2:00-2:45PM OUT FOR A BITE WITH JAMES MARSTERS (SHOW STAGE)

2:00-2:45PM HANGING WITH HERCULES: KEVIN SORBO (E160)

2:30-3:15PM THE LIFE AND TIMES OF HARVEY PEKAR: CELEBRATING AMERICAN SPLENDOR AT 40 with OSU’S JARED GARDNER & ROUGH GUIDE TO GRAPHIC NOVELS’ DANNY FINGEROTH (C213)
Harvey Pekar, creator and writer of American Splendor comics—which inspired the 2003 Paul Giamatti movie—and through them, inspiration for a whole branch of memoir comics, who passed away in July, 2010. And this year Splendor celebrates it’s 40th anniversary since it first exploded out “from off the streets of Cleveland.” Pekar’s influence on comics is as strong today as ever. To celebrate his legacy, Jared Gardner (OSU professor and author of Projections: Comics and the History of 21st-century Storytelling) and comics historian Danny Fingeroth (The Rough Guide to Graphic Novels)—whose work has appeared in a pair of Pekar-edited anthologies—will be on hand to talk about Harvey’s work and legacy.

2:30-3:15PM EXPLORING THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN POWERED AND NON POWERED SUPERHEROES (C210)
Do you prefer the Batman and Iron Man type or prefer the Super-man and Captain America type! We discuss what’s great about both types.

3:00-3:45PM KIDS COSTUME CONTEST (E160)
Calling all kids ages 13 and under to come out and strut your stuff at the Wizard World Kids Costume Contest! You won’t want miss this Kodak moment packed with a whole lot of fun, laughs and prizes for all participants! (Light-hearted competition. Not intended for serious competitors.)


Wizard World Comic Con Columbus VIPs To Receive Six Limited Edition Exclusive Variant Covers

Wizard World Comic Con Columbus will be a bonanza for comic book fans, July 29-31, when “Wizard World VIP” attendees receive six limited edition exclusive variant covers of three all-time favorite comics by three superstar artists.

WWC exclusives
Only the first 100 Wizard World VIPs at the event, held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, will receive the following highly collectible comics:

• Justice League of America #1 Wizard World Presents Comic Con Box Exclusive Die-Cut Variant Cover by Tyler Kirkham

• Justice League of America #1 Wizard World Presents Comic Con Box Exclusive Black & White Variant Cover by Tyler Kirkham

• Star Wars: Vader Down #1 Wizard World Presents Comic Con Box Exclusive Variant Cover by Mike Mayhew

• Star Wars: Vader Down #1 Wizard World Presents Comic Con Box Exclusive Black & White Variant Cover by Mike Mayhew

• Captain America #7 75th Anniversary Wizard World Presents Comic Con Box Exclusive Variant Cover by Mahmud Asrar

• Captain America #7 75th Anniversary Wizard World Presents Comic Con Box Exclusive Black & White Variant Cover by Mahmud Asrar

Note that the offer applies to “Wizard World VIPs” only; no celebrity VIPs include the comics, and only while supplies last.


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LOCATION:
500 North High Street
Columbus , OH 43215
SHOW HOURS:
Friday, July 29, 2016 – 3pm – 8pm
Saturday, July 30, 2016 – 10am – 7pm
Sunday, July 31, 2016 – 10am – 4pm
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.
*** info courtesy of Wizard World

 

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