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Wizard World Comic Con Chicago

Comics, Celebs, Cosplay and Pop Culture converge in Chicago!

Location

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
5555 North River Road
Rosemont, Illinois 60018

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Hours

Thursday, Aug 24, 2017 - 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday, Aug 25, 2017 - 12:00pm - 7:00pm
Saturday, Aug 26, 2017 - 10:00am - 7:00pm
Sunday, Aug 27, 2017 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Celebrity Guests

*TALENT SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Elizabeth Olsen, Gaten Matarazzo, and Jon Heder cancelled due to scheduling conflicts. Dule Hill and James Roday cancelled due to filming conflicts.

David Tennant

David Tennant

Saturday - Sunday
Doctor WhoJessica Jones

David Tennant

Celebrity Guests

Saturday - Sunday

Photo Ops Autographs VIP Admission More info
Alex Kingston

Alex Kingston

Saturday - Sunday
Doctor WhoER

Alex Kingston

Celebrity Guests

Saturday - Sunday

Photo Ops Autographs VIP Admission More info
John Barrowman

John Barrowman

Saturday - Sunday
Arrow [Malcolm Merlyn]Doctor Who [Captain Jack Harkness]Torchwood

John Barrowman

Celebrity Guests

Saturday - Sunday

Photo Ops Autographs VIP Admission More info
Catherine Tate
VIP COMING SOON

Catherine Tate

Friday - Sunday
Doctor WhoThe Catherine Tate ShowThe Office

Catherine Tate

Celebrity Guests

Friday - Sunday

Photo Ops Autographs More info
Jenna Coleman
Just Added!

Jenna Coleman

Saturday - Sunday
Doctor Who

Jenna Coleman

Celebrity Guests

Saturday - Sunday

Photo Ops Autographs VIP Admission More info
Paul Bettany

Paul Bettany

Saturday
Captain America: Civil WarIron ManAvengers: Age of Ultron

Paul Bettany

Celebrity Guests

Saturday

Photo Ops Autographs VIP Admission More info
WWE® Superstars The Hardy Boyz™

WWE® Superstars The Hardy Boyz™

Saturday
WWE Superstars

WWE® Superstars The Hardy Boyz™

Celebrity Guests

Saturday

Photo Ops Autographs VIP Admission More info
WWE® Superstar Alexa Bliss™

WWE® Superstar Alexa Bliss™

Thursday
WWE® Superstar

WWE® Superstar Alexa Bliss™

Celebrity Guests

Thursday

Photo Ops Autographs VIP Admission More info
 WWE® Superstar Kevin Owens™

WWE® Superstar Kevin Owens™

Friday
WWE® Superstar

WWE® Superstar Kevin Owens™

Celebrity Guests

Friday

Photo Ops Autographs VIP Admission More info
WWE® Superstar Charlotte Flair™

WWE® Superstar Charlotte Flair™

Friday
WWE® Superstar

WWE® Superstar Charlotte Flair™

Celebrity Guests

Friday

Photo Ops Autographs VIP Admission More info
 WWE® Superstar Roman Reigns™

WWE® Superstar Roman Reigns™

Thursday
WWE® Superstar

WWE® Superstar Roman Reigns™

Celebrity Guests

Thursday

Photo Ops Autographs VIP Admission More info
Danny Trejo

Danny Trejo

Saturday - Sunday
MacheteDeath Race: Inferno

Danny Trejo

Celebrity Guests

Saturday - Sunday

Photo Ops Autographs VIP Admission More info
Lennie James

Lennie James

Saturday - Sunday
The Walking DeadSnatch

Lennie James

Celebrity Guests

Saturday - Sunday

Photo Ops Autographs More info
Christian Kane

Christian Kane

Thursday - Sunday
LeverageThe Librarians

Christian Kane

Celebrity Guests

Thursday - Sunday

Photo Ops Autographs VIP Admission More info
Gene Simmons

Gene Simmons

Saturday - Sunday
Legendary Rock Icon

Gene Simmons

Entertainment Guests Celebrity Guests

Saturday - Sunday

Photo Ops Autographs VIP Admission More info
Michael Rooker

Michael Rooker

Thursday - Friday
Guardians of the Galaxy • The Walking Dead • Mallrats

Michael Rooker

Celebrity Guests

Thursday - Friday

Photo Ops Autographs More info
Tom Wilson

Tom Wilson

Friday - Sunday
Back to the Future Trilogy

Tom Wilson

Celebrity Guests

Friday - Sunday

Photo Ops Autographs More info
Summer Glau

Summer Glau

Saturday - Sunday
FireflyArrow

Summer Glau

Celebrity Guests

Saturday - Sunday

Photo Ops Autographs VIP Admission More info
Jewel Staite

Jewel Staite

Saturday - Sunday
FireflySerenityStargate: AtlantisWarehouse 13

Jewel Staite

Celebrity Guests

Saturday - Sunday

Photo Ops Autographs VIP Admission More info
Elizabeth Henstridge

Elizabeth Henstridge

Saturday
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Elizabeth Henstridge

Celebrity Guests

Saturday

Photo Ops Autographs VIP Admission More info
Cobie Smulders
Just Added!

Cobie Smulders

Saturday - Sunday
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Avengers

Cobie Smulders

Celebrity Guests

Saturday - Sunday

Photo Ops Autographs More info
Vic Mignogna

Vic Mignogna

Thursday - Sunday
Full Metal AlchemistSoul Eater

Vic Mignogna

Celebrity Guests

Thursday - Sunday

Photo Ops Autographs More info
Colin Donnell

Colin Donnell

Saturday - Sunday
Arrow

Colin Donnell

Celebrity Guests

Saturday - Sunday

Photo Ops Autographs More info
Arryn Zech

Arryn Zech

Thursday - Sunday
RWBYRed vs. Blue

Arryn Zech

Thursday - Sunday

Photo Ops Autographs More info
Caleb McLaughlin

Caleb McLaughlin

Saturday - Sunday
Stranger Things

Caleb McLaughlin

Celebrity Guests

Saturday - Sunday

Photo Ops Autographs VIP Admission More info
Steve Blum

Steve Blum

Thursday - Sunday
ToonamiCowboy BebopNaruto

Steve Blum

Celebrity Guests

Thursday - Sunday

Photo Ops Autographs More info
Billy Boyd

Billy Boyd

Saturday - Sunday
The Lord of the Rings [Peregrin Pippin Took]

Billy Boyd

Celebrity Guests

Saturday - Sunday

Photo Ops Autographs VIP Admission More info
Loni Anderson

Loni Anderson

Thursday - Sunday
WKRP in Cincinnati

Loni Anderson

Celebrity Guests

Thursday - Sunday

Photo Ops Autographs More info
John Cusack

John Cusack

Saturday - Sunday
Serendipity • Sixteen Candles • Better Off Dead • Say Anything

John Cusack

Celebrity Guests

Saturday - Sunday

Photo Ops Autographs VIP Admission More info
Charisma Carpenter

Charisma Carpenter

Saturday - Sunday
Angel [Cordelia Chase] • Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Charisma Carpenter

Celebrity Guests

Saturday - Sunday

Photo Ops Autographs More info
Nicholas Brendon
Caritas Karaoke

Nicholas Brendon

Thursday - Sunday
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Nicholas Brendon

Celebrity Guests

Thursday - Sunday

Photo Ops Autographs More info
Dean Cain

Dean Cain

Friday - Sunday
Lois & Clark • Supergirl • Smallville • Ripley's Believe It or Not!

Dean Cain

Celebrity Guests

Friday - Sunday

Photo Ops Autographs More info
Kevin Conroy

Kevin Conroy

Friday - Sunday
Batman: The Animated Series • Justice League • Batman Beyond

Kevin Conroy

Celebrity Guests

Friday - Sunday

Photo Ops Autographs More info
Loren Lester

Loren Lester

Friday - Sunday
Batman: The Animated Series

Loren Lester

Celebrity Guests

Friday - Sunday

Photo Ops Autographs More info
Thomas Ian Nicholas

Thomas Ian Nicholas

Thursday - Sunday
Rookie of the YearAmerican Pie

Thomas Ian Nicholas

Celebrity Guests

Thursday - Sunday

Photo Ops Autographs More info
Barry Bostwick

Barry Bostwick

Thursday - Sunday
The Rocky Horror Picture Show • Spin City • Tales of Halloween

Barry Bostwick

Celebrity Guests

Thursday - Sunday

Photo Ops Autographs More info
Kevin Sorbo

Kevin Sorbo

Thursday - Sunday
Hercules: The Legendary JourneysAndromedaMeet the SpartansKull

Kevin Sorbo

Celebrity Guests

Thursday - Sunday

Photo Ops Autographs More info
Lou Ferrigno

Lou Ferrigno

Thursday - Sunday
The Incredible Hulk • The King of Queens • Hercules

Lou Ferrigno

Celebrity Guests

Thursday - Sunday

Photo Ops Autographs More info
MORE GUESTS COMING SOON!

MORE GUESTS COMING SOON!


MORE GUESTS COMING SOON!

Celebrity Guests

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Mike Grell

Mike Grell

Thursday - Sunday
Green ArrowBatmanWarlord

Mike Grell

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
James O’Barr

James O’Barr

Thursday - Sunday
The Crow

James O’Barr

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Ben Templesmith

Ben Templesmith

Thursday - Sunday

Ben Templesmith

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Tim Seeley

Tim Seeley

Saturday

Tim Seeley

Artists & Creators

Saturday

Guest Info
Philip Moy

Philip Moy

Thursday - Sunday

Philip Moy

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Jeffrey Moy

Jeffrey Moy

Thursday - Sunday

Jeffrey Moy

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Steve Geiger

Steve Geiger

Thursday - Sunday
PunisherSpider-manHulk

Steve Geiger

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Stuart Sayger

Stuart Sayger

Thursday - Sunday

Stuart Sayger

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Des Taylor

Des Taylor

Thursday - Sunday

Des Taylor

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Ant Lucia

Ant Lucia

Thursday - Sunday

Ant Lucia

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Gene Ha

Gene Ha

Thursday - Sunday

Gene Ha

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Simon Fraser

Simon Fraser

Thursday - Sunday

Simon Fraser

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Mark Crilley

Mark Crilley

Thursday - Sunday

Mark Crilley

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Samantha Gorel

Samantha Gorel

Thursday - Sunday

Samantha Gorel

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Charles Dunbar

Charles Dunbar

Thursday - Sunday

Charles Dunbar

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Tim Vigil

Tim Vigil

Thursday - Sunday

Tim Vigil

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Joe Corroney

Joe Corroney

Thursday - Sunday

Joe Corroney

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
REN

REN

Thursday - Sunday

REN

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Bruce Gerlach

Bruce Gerlach

Thursday - Sunday

Bruce Gerlach

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Rob Schamberger

Rob Schamberger

Thursday - Sunday

Rob Schamberger

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Jeremy Clark

Jeremy Clark

Thursday - Sunday

Jeremy Clark

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Mostafa Moussa

Mostafa Moussa

Thursday - Sunday

Mostafa Moussa

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Alex de Campi

Alex de Campi

Thursday - Sunday

Alex de Campi

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Genese Davis

Genese Davis

Thursday - Sunday

Genese Davis

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Victor Dandridge

Victor Dandridge

Thursday - Sunday

Victor Dandridge

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Danny Fingeroth

Danny Fingeroth

Thursday - Sunday

Danny Fingeroth

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Lani Sarem

Lani Sarem

Thursday - Sunday

Lani Sarem

Artists & Creators Entertainment Guests

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Barbara Slate

Barbara Slate

Thursday - Sunday

Barbara Slate

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Dean Haspiel

Dean Haspiel

Thursday - Sunday

Dean Haspiel

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Joe Rubinstein

Joe Rubinstein

Thursday - Sunday

Joe Rubinstein

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Jenny Parks

Jenny Parks

Thursday - Sunday

Jenny Parks

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Mark Kistler

Mark Kistler

Thursday - Sunday

Mark Kistler

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Photo Ops Autographs Guest Info
Matthew Waite

Matthew Waite

Thursday - Sunday

Matthew Waite

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Aaron Sparrow

Aaron Sparrow

Thursday - Sunday
Darkwing Duck

Aaron Sparrow

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
​Michelle Delecki

​Michelle Delecki

Thursday - Sunday

​Michelle Delecki

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Dan Duncan

Dan Duncan

Thursday - Sunday

Dan Duncan

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Kurt Lehner

Kurt Lehner

Thursday - Sunday

Kurt Lehner

Artists & Creators Celebrity Guests

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Andrew Pepoy

Andrew Pepoy

Friday-Saturday
SimpsonsArchieX-Men

Andrew Pepoy

Friday-Saturday

Guest Info
Clinton Hobart

Clinton Hobart

Thursday - Sunday

Clinton Hobart

Celebrity Guests

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Dirk Manning

Dirk Manning

Thursday - Sunday

Dirk Manning

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Jim Lawson

Jim Lawson

Thursday - Sunday

Jim Lawson

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Dave Pryor

Dave Pryor

Thursday - Sunday
AnimaniacsBojack Horseman

Dave Pryor

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Bob Rissetto

Bob Rissetto

Thursday - Sunday

Bob Rissetto

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Dan Dougherty

Dan Dougherty

Thursday - Sunday

Dan Dougherty

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
DJ Corchin

DJ Corchin

Thursday - Sunday

DJ Corchin

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
El Arto

El Arto

Thursday - Sunday

El Arto

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Dancakes

Dancakes

Friday and Saturday

Dancakes

Entertainment Guests

Friday and Saturday

Guest Info
Andrew Heath

Andrew Heath

Thursday - Sunday

Andrew Heath

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Scott Larson

Scott Larson

Thursday - Sunday

Scott Larson

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Rick Goldschmidt

Rick Goldschmidt

Thursday - Sunday

Rick Goldschmidt

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Tony Miello

Tony Miello

Thursday - Sunday

Tony Miello

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Mog Park

Mog Park

Thursday - Sunday

Mog Park

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Jeremiah Lambert

Jeremiah Lambert

Thursday - Sunday

Jeremiah Lambert

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Mitchell Blumenshine

Mitchell Blumenshine

Thursday - Sunday

Mitchell Blumenshine

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Scott Smith, Skahfee Studios

Scott Smith, Skahfee Studios

Thursday - Sunday

Scott Smith, Skahfee Studios

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Alejandro Juvera

Alejandro Juvera

Thursday - Sunday

Alejandro Juvera

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Camron Johnson

Camron Johnson

Thursday - Sunday

Camron Johnson

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Zac Atkinson

Zac Atkinson

Thursday - Sunday

Zac Atkinson

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
John Rodriguez

John Rodriguez

Thursday - Sunday

John Rodriguez

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Pungent Basement Art - Kurt Dinse

Pungent Basement Art - Kurt Dinse

Thursday - Sunday

Pungent Basement Art - Kurt Dinse

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
JM Hunter

JM Hunter

Thursday - Sunday

JM Hunter

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Tony Vargas

Tony Vargas

Thursday - Sunday

Tony Vargas

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Amanda Mayer - 42 Nerdtastic Place

Amanda Mayer - 42 Nerdtastic Place

Thursday - Sunday

Amanda Mayer - 42 Nerdtastic Place

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
PescEffects

PescEffects

Thursday - Sunday

PescEffects

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Jamie Tyndall

Jamie Tyndall

Thursday - Sunday

Jamie Tyndall

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Billy Martinez

Billy Martinez

Thursday - Sunday

Billy Martinez

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Autographs Guest Info
Jason Metcalf

Jason Metcalf

Thursday - Sunday

Jason Metcalf

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Mike Watson

Mike Watson

Thursday-Sunday

Mike Watson

Thursday-Sunday

Guest Info
Kristian Lehner

Kristian Lehner

Thursday - Sunday

Kristian Lehner

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Here's To Ears

Here's To Ears

Thursday - Sunday

Here's To Ears

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Brian E Lau

Brian E Lau

Thursday - Sunday

Brian E Lau

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Russell Lissau

Russell Lissau

Thursday - Sunday

Russell Lissau

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
John Sloboda

John Sloboda

Thursday - Sunday

John Sloboda

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Bill Pulkovski

Bill Pulkovski

Thursday - Sunday

Bill Pulkovski

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Stephanie Quinn

Stephanie Quinn

Thursday - Sunday

Stephanie Quinn

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Nate Michaels

Nate Michaels

Thursday - Sunday

Nate Michaels

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Brian Linss

Brian Linss

Thursday - Sunday

Brian Linss

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
The Pumpkin Geek

The Pumpkin Geek

Thursday - Sunday

The Pumpkin Geek

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Niya Studios

Niya Studios

Thursday - Sunday

Niya Studios

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Justin Castaneda

Justin Castaneda

Thursday - Sunday

Justin Castaneda

Celebrity Guests

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Jay Erickson

Jay Erickson

Thursday - Sunday

Jay Erickson

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Jim Ferguson

Jim Ferguson

Thursday - Sunday

Jim Ferguson

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Paul Erickson

Paul Erickson

Thursday - Sunday

Paul Erickson

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
James Finn Garner

James Finn Garner

Thursday - Sunday

James Finn Garner

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Angel Egle Wierenga

Angel Egle Wierenga

Thursday - Sunday

Angel Egle Wierenga

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Lauren Mormino

Lauren Mormino

Thursday - Sunday

Lauren Mormino

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Andrew Day

Andrew Day

Thursday - Sunday

Andrew Day

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Caleb King

Caleb King

Thursday - Sunday

Caleb King

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Mike Babinski

Mike Babinski

Thursday-Sunday

Mike Babinski

Thursday-Sunday

Guest Info
Steve Weigl

Steve Weigl

Thursday - Sunday

Steve Weigl

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Dailen Ogden

Dailen Ogden

Thursday - Sunday

Dailen Ogden

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Audra Lockwood

Audra Lockwood

Thursday - Sunday

Audra Lockwood

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Geannina Gutiérrez

Geannina Gutiérrez

Thursday - Sunday

Geannina Gutiérrez

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Krayon Brothers

Krayon Brothers

Thursday - Sunday

Krayon Brothers

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Joe Harris

Joe Harris

Thursday - Sunday

Joe Harris

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Mandah "Foresaken Faerie"

Mandah "Foresaken Faerie"

Thursday - Sunday

Mandah "Foresaken Faerie"

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Maxina Storibrook

Maxina Storibrook

Thursday - Sunday

Maxina Storibrook

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Ben Green

Ben Green

Thursday - Sunday

Ben Green

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Emily Evans

Emily Evans

Thursday - Sunday

Emily Evans

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Bella Maria Jewelry and Gifts

Bella Maria Jewelry and Gifts

Thursday - Sunday

Bella Maria Jewelry and Gifts

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Jay Rollins

Jay Rollins

Thursday - Sunday

Jay Rollins

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Scott Beaderstadt

Scott Beaderstadt


Scott Beaderstadt

Guest Info
Travis Langley

Travis Langley

Thursday - Sunday

Travis Langley

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Krayon Brothers

Krayon Brothers

Thursday - Sunday

Krayon Brothers

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Gavin Smith

Gavin Smith

Thursday - Sunday

Gavin Smith

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Penelopeloveprints

Penelopeloveprints

Thursday - Sunday

Penelopeloveprints

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Heather Schilling

Heather Schilling

Thursday - Sunday

Heather Schilling

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Trevor Mueller

Trevor Mueller

Thursday - Sunday

Trevor Mueller

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Nick Dertinger

Nick Dertinger

Thursday - Sunday

Nick Dertinger

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Tom Richmond

Tom Richmond

Thursday - Sunday

Tom Richmond

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Bob Hickey Gray Hat Media

Bob Hickey Gray Hat Media

Thursday - Sunday

Bob Hickey Gray Hat Media

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Mike Flynn

Mike Flynn

Thursday - Sunday

Mike Flynn

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Rob Hogan

Rob Hogan

Thursday - Sunday

Rob Hogan

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Doug Kallberg

Doug Kallberg

Thursday - Sunday

Doug Kallberg

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Steph Stanga

Steph Stanga

Thursday - Sunday

Steph Stanga

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Ken MacMillan Robo Ohno

Ken MacMillan Robo Ohno

Thursday - Sunday

Ken MacMillan Robo Ohno

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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D.B. Stanley

D.B. Stanley

Thursday - Sunday

D.B. Stanley

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Andrew Sheppard

Andrew Sheppard

Friday - Sunday

Andrew Sheppard

Artists & Creators

Friday - Sunday

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J. Gunnar Persson

J. Gunnar Persson

Thursday - Sunday

J. Gunnar Persson

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Edward Sims Kensai Productions

Edward Sims Kensai Productions

Thursday - Sunday

Edward Sims Kensai Productions

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Bill Reinhold

Bill Reinhold

Thursday - Sunday

Bill Reinhold

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Linda Lessmann Reinhold

Linda Lessmann Reinhold

Thursday - Sunday

Linda Lessmann Reinhold

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
JaCo Tartaruga

JaCo Tartaruga

Thursday - Sunday

JaCo Tartaruga

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Virginia Kruta

Virginia Kruta

Thursday - Sunday

Virginia Kruta

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Ginger Breo

Ginger Breo

Thursday - Sunday

Ginger Breo

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Sean Anderson

Sean Anderson

Thursday - Sunday

Sean Anderson

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Rich Perez

Rich Perez

Thursday - Sunday

Rich Perez

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
SNORTHRO

SNORTHRO

Thursday - Sunday

SNORTHRO

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
LVLDEAD

LVLDEAD

Thursday - Sunday

LVLDEAD

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Universe M

Universe M

Thursday - Sunday

Universe M

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Woodside Illustrations - Brent Woodside

Woodside Illustrations - Brent Woodside

Thursday - Sunday

Woodside Illustrations - Brent Woodside

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Sun Bros

Sun Bros

Thursday - Sunday

Sun Bros

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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K. Lynn Smith

K. Lynn Smith

Thursday - Sunday

K. Lynn Smith

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Jewell Walton

Jewell Walton

Thursday - Sunday

Jewell Walton

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Archangelo Crelencia

Archangelo Crelencia

Thursday - Sunday

Archangelo Crelencia

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
1 More Round Entertainment RJ Reyes

1 More Round Entertainment RJ Reyes

Thursday - Sunday

1 More Round Entertainment RJ Reyes

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Jim Mehsling

Jim Mehsling

Thursday - Sunday

Jim Mehsling

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Chris Ehnot

Chris Ehnot

Thursday - Sunday

Chris Ehnot

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Andrew Sheppard

Andrew Sheppard

Thursday - Sunday

Andrew Sheppard

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Jisu Art

Jisu Art

Thursday - Sunday

Jisu Art

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Martin M Rocha Art

Martin M Rocha Art

Thursday - Sunday

Martin M Rocha Art

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Hallopino

Hallopino

Thursday - Sunday

Hallopino

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Chris Oz Fulton

Chris Oz Fulton

Thursday - Sunday

Chris Oz Fulton

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Dale Lazarov

Dale Lazarov

Thursday - Sunday

Dale Lazarov

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Logan Carroll

Logan Carroll

Thursday - Sunday

Logan Carroll

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Legendary Storm, Inc. Amitai Sela

Legendary Storm, Inc. Amitai Sela

Thursday - Sunday

Legendary Storm, Inc. Amitai Sela

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Chad Tuura

Chad Tuura

Thursday - Sunday

Chad Tuura

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Onrie Kompan

Onrie Kompan

Thursday - Sunday

Onrie Kompan

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Vheto Gutierrez

Vheto Gutierrez

Thursday - Sunday

Vheto Gutierrez

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Alexandra Olson

Alexandra Olson

Thursday - Sunday

Alexandra Olson

Thursday - Sunday

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Brian Bradley

Brian Bradley

Thursday - Sunday

Brian Bradley

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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James Meyer

James Meyer

Thursday - Sunday

James Meyer

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Kelsi Jo Silva

Kelsi Jo Silva

Thursday - Sunday

Kelsi Jo Silva

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Patrick Olsen

Patrick Olsen

Thursday - Sunday

Patrick Olsen

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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The Rabbit Hero

The Rabbit Hero

Thursday - Sunday

The Rabbit Hero

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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LeoPerezArt

LeoPerezArt

Thursday - Sunday

LeoPerezArt

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Sean Phillips

Sean Phillips

Thursday - Sunday

Sean Phillips

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Richard "Thor" Coryell

Richard "Thor" Coryell

Thursday - Sunday

Richard "Thor" Coryell

Thursday - Sunday

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Brock Beauchamp

Brock Beauchamp

Thursday - Sunday

Brock Beauchamp

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Katie Houston

Katie Houston

Thursday - Sunday

Katie Houston

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Gomez

Gomez

Thursday - Sunday

Gomez

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Erin Schectman - Super Group Hugs

Erin Schectman - Super Group Hugs

Thursday - Sunday

Erin Schectman - Super Group Hugs

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Aaron Lambert

Aaron Lambert

Thursday - Sunday

Aaron Lambert

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Varian Grant & Last Call Comics

Varian Grant & Last Call Comics

Thursday - Sunday

Varian Grant & Last Call Comics

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Button Fox

Button Fox

Thursday - Sunday

Button Fox

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Bordin Marsinkul

Bordin Marsinkul

Thursday - Sunday

Bordin Marsinkul

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Rock It Man Entertainment - Dueling Pianos

Rock It Man Entertainment - Dueling Pianos

Thursday

Rock It Man Entertainment - Dueling Pianos

Entertainment Guests

Thursday

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Nerfect Artistic Novelties

Nerfect Artistic Novelties

Thursday - Sunday

Nerfect Artistic Novelties

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Scott Straka

Scott Straka

Thursday - Sunday

Scott Straka

Thursday - Sunday

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Blake Brady

Blake Brady

Thursday - Sunday

Blake Brady

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Michael Calero

Michael Calero

Thursday - Sunday

Michael Calero

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Dave Morris

Dave Morris

Friday - Saturday

Dave Morris

Friday - Saturday

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Raks Geek

Raks Geek

Saturday

Raks Geek

Entertainment Guests

Saturday

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Dave Fox

Dave Fox

Thursday - Sunday

Dave Fox

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Matt Peppler

Matt Peppler

Thursday - Sunday

Matt Peppler

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Jeremiah Schmidt

Jeremiah Schmidt

Thursday - Sunday

Jeremiah Schmidt

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Queersplay

Queersplay

Thursday - Sunday

Queersplay

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Geannina Gutièrrez

Geannina Gutièrrez

Thursday - Sunday

Geannina Gutièrrez

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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SA McClure

SA McClure

Thursday - Sunday

SA McClure

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Arc Impulse

Arc Impulse

Friday

Arc Impulse

Entertainment Guests

Friday

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Adam Hicks

Adam Hicks

Thursday - Sunday

Adam Hicks

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Lee Bots Nancy Solbrig

Lee Bots Nancy Solbrig

Thursday - Sunday

Lee Bots Nancy Solbrig

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Golden Bell's Rachel Korsen

Golden Bell's Rachel Korsen

Thursday - Sunday

Golden Bell's Rachel Korsen

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Kris Kehasukjaren Minion Me

Kris Kehasukjaren Minion Me

Thursday - Sunday

Kris Kehasukjaren Minion Me

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Kevis Mitchell

Kevis Mitchell

Thursday - Sunday

Kevis Mitchell

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Nick Minor

Nick Minor

Thursday - Sunday

Nick Minor

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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T.J Mixon

T.J Mixon

Thursday - Sunday

T.J Mixon

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Carlations

Carlations

Thursday - Sunday

Carlations

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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The Second City

The Second City

Friday

The Second City

Entertainment Guests

Friday

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Joseph Cisneros-Frausto

Joseph Cisneros-Frausto

Thursday - Sunday

Joseph Cisneros-Frausto

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Tom Bacon

Tom Bacon

Thursday - Sunday

Tom Bacon

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Matt Paskell

Matt Paskell

Thursday - Sunday

Matt Paskell

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Environmental Encroachment

Environmental Encroachment

Sunday

Environmental Encroachment

Entertainment Guests

Sunday

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Rooms by Roman - Roman Denallo

Rooms by Roman - Roman Denallo

Thursday - Sunday

Rooms by Roman - Roman Denallo

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Ryan Kennedy

Ryan Kennedy

Thursday - Sunday

Ryan Kennedy

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Dominic LoBello's Art - Steelbred Studios

Dominic LoBello's Art - Steelbred Studios

Thursday - Sunday

Dominic LoBello's Art - Steelbred Studios

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Lazy Nerd Designs

Lazy Nerd Designs

Thursday - Sunday

Lazy Nerd Designs

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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3D Geek Models

3D Geek Models

Thursday - Sunday

3D Geek Models

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Christopher Ness

Christopher Ness

Thursday - Sunday

Christopher Ness

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Donovan Scherer

Donovan Scherer

Thursday - Sunday

Donovan Scherer

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Jester Puppets

Jester Puppets

Thursday - Sunday

Jester Puppets

Entertainment Guests

Thursday - Sunday

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Mesiree Ceramics

Mesiree Ceramics

Thursday - Sunday

Mesiree Ceramics

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Jenny Wang Musetap Studios

Jenny Wang Musetap Studios

Thursday - Sunday

Jenny Wang Musetap Studios

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Putrid Penguins on Emerson Layne

Putrid Penguins on Emerson Layne

Thursday - Sunday

Putrid Penguins on Emerson Layne

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Jeremiah Lambert

Jeremiah Lambert

Thursday - Sunday

Jeremiah Lambert

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Jess Scutella

Jess Scutella

Thursday - Sunday

Jess Scutella

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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MoriaSilver.com

MoriaSilver.com

Thursday - Sunday

MoriaSilver.com

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Shield Labs

Shield Labs

Thursday-Sunday
Replica shields and props

Shield Labs

Cosplay & Fan Communities

Thursday-Sunday

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Shane Lewis

Shane Lewis

Thursday - Sunday

Shane Lewis

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Chris Milnes

Chris Milnes

Thursday - Sunday

Chris Milnes

Artists & Creators

Thursday - Sunday

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Time Crash

Time Crash

Saturday

Time Crash

Entertainment Guests

Saturday

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David Casas Magician

David Casas Magician

Thursday and Saturday

David Casas Magician

Entertainment Guests

Thursday and Saturday

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The Breakfast Club Band

The Breakfast Club Band

Saturday

The Breakfast Club Band

Entertainment Guests

Saturday

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The Saber Legion

The Saber Legion

Thursday - Sunday

The Saber Legion

Entertainment Guests

Thursday - Sunday

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The Klingon Pop Warrior

The Klingon Pop Warrior

Saturday

The Klingon Pop Warrior

Entertainment Guests

Saturday

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James Morris

James Morris

Thursday - Sunday

James Morris

Entertainment Guests

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Jumpin' Jamie

Jumpin' Jamie

Thursday - Sunday

Jumpin' Jamie

Entertainment Guests

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Brit Bliss

Brit Bliss

Thursday - Sunday

Brit Bliss

Cosplay & Fan Communities

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Nicole Marie Jean

Nicole Marie Jean

Thursday - Sunday

Nicole Marie Jean

Cosplay & Fan Communities

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
The Age Of Geeks

The Age Of Geeks

Thursday - Sunday

The Age Of Geeks

Cosplay & Fan Communities

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Mogchelle

Mogchelle

Thursday - Sunday

Mogchelle

Cosplay & Fan Communities

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Princess Morgan

Princess Morgan

Thursday - Sunday

Princess Morgan

Cosplay & Fan Communities

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Face Time Police

Face Time Police

Thursday

Face Time Police

Entertainment Guests

Thursday

Guest Info
Pockytheif

Pockytheif

Thursday - Sunday

Pockytheif

Cosplay & Fan Communities

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Too Sweet Cosplay

Too Sweet Cosplay


Too Sweet Cosplay

Cosplay & Fan Communities

Photo Ops Autographs Guest Info
Termina Cosplay

Termina Cosplay

Thursday - Sunday

Termina Cosplay

Cosplay & Fan Communities

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Laycee

Laycee

Thursday - Sunday

Laycee

Cosplay & Fan Communities

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
DeLorean Time Machine

DeLorean Time Machine

Thursday - Sunday

DeLorean Time Machine

Vehicles

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
'MegaForce' Buggy & Motorcycle

'MegaForce' Buggy & Motorcycle

Thursday - Sunday

'MegaForce' Buggy & Motorcycle

Vehicles

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
SCOUT-1 Z.O.D. Apocalypse Vehicle

SCOUT-1 Z.O.D. Apocalypse Vehicle

Thursday - Sunday

SCOUT-1 Z.O.D. Apocalypse Vehicle

Cosplay & Fan Communities Vehicles

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Thor the 'Supernatural' Impala

Thor the 'Supernatural' Impala

Thursday - Sunday

Thor the 'Supernatural' Impala

Vehicles

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
'Stranger Things' - The Byer's Living Room

'Stranger Things' - The Byer's Living Room

Thursday - Sunday

'Stranger Things' - The Byer's Living Room

Cosplay & Fan Communities

Thursday - Sunday

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​'Iron Man' 65 Shelby Cobra

​'Iron Man' 65 Shelby Cobra

Thursday - Sunday

​'Iron Man' 65 Shelby Cobra

Vehicles

Thursday - Sunday

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'Ghost Rider' Hell Cycle

'Ghost Rider' Hell Cycle

Thursday - Sunday

'Ghost Rider' Hell Cycle

Vehicles

Thursday - Sunday

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'Speed Racer' Mach 5

'Speed Racer' Mach 5

Thursday - Sunday

'Speed Racer' Mach 5

Vehicles

Thursday - Sunday

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1966 Batmobile

1966 Batmobile

Thursday - Sunday

1966 Batmobile

Vehicles

Thursday - Sunday

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Mischief Managed 'Flying' Ford Anglia

Mischief Managed 'Flying' Ford Anglia

Thursday - Sunday

Mischief Managed 'Flying' Ford Anglia

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
Murphy, the"Wayne's World" AMC Pacer

Murphy, the"Wayne's World" AMC Pacer

Thursday-Sunday

Murphy, the"Wayne's World" AMC Pacer

Vehicles

Thursday-Sunday

Guest Info
'Ghostbusters' Ecto-1

'Ghostbusters' Ecto-1

Thursday - Sunday

'Ghostbusters' Ecto-1

Vehicles

Thursday - Sunday

Guest Info
TALENT SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Elizabeth Olsen, Gaten Matarazzo, and Jon Heder cancelled due to scheduling conflicts. Dule Hill and James Roday cancelled due to filming conflicts.
  • Thursday, Aug. 24, 20174:00 PM - 4:45 PM location: ROOM 3

    the business of art with rob schamberger

    Making art is the smallest part of a career in creativity. Rob Schamberger is a globally-recognized artist who negotiates with billion-dollar corporations on a daily basis and is here to give you the inside scoop on things like marketing, negotiations, revenue streams and how to make it full time in the creative world!

  • Thursday, Aug. 24, 20174:00 PM - 8:00 PM location: Room 49

    wizard world comic con blood drive by heartland blood centers

    The 3rd annual Blood Drive hosted by Wizard World’s largest and longest running comic con at the Donald E. Stephens Center in Rosemont will help boost the blood supply prior to expected Labor Day blood shortages. Chicago Comic Con attendees generously donated 380 pints of blood last year over the four days and this year’s goal is 430!  Donate, just in time to help keep up inventories for patients in the 70+ Chicagoland hospitals supplied by Heartland Blood Centers. This year’s blood donors will receive a free Wizard World Comic Con Blood Donor t-shirt, a $5 Target Gift Card and will be entered into exciting daily drawings and photos! You can be part of this year’s Wizard World Comic Con Blood Drive! Call: 1-800-7TO-GIVE (1-800-786-4483), Text: “APPT” to 444-999 or Click HERE to schedule for a mobile appointment. Walk-ins are Welcome!

  • Thursday, Aug. 24, 20174:30 PM - 5:15 PM location: ROOM 14

    anime openings through the decades

    A look at various anime openings from the 1980’s to present time.

  • Thursday, Aug. 24, 20174:30 PM - 5:15 PM location: ROOM 1

    imagination for radical resistance

    With so many incredible people in the field pushing for a more inclusive world on the pages, the screen and behind the scenes how do we transfer some of this incredible energy into politics, organizing and changing the world. We will be discussing the worlds and fantasies we have fallen in love with, their politics and how we can use those stories and ideas within our own politics. Then from there discuss how we can organize, what that would look like, and how we can put this into practice. If we help encapsulate the love and passion of comics and sci-fi into organizing and using these characters as a means of education, we can all be super.

  • Thursday, Aug. 24, 20174:30 PM - 5:45 PM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

    rock it man entertainment dueling piano show

    Based in the Twin Cities, Rock It Man Entertainment is proud to provide unique and unforgettable live music including our dueling piano shows throughout Minnesota and across North America.

  • Thursday, Aug. 24, 20175:00 PM - 5:30 PM location: ROOM 3

    inside the ring with wwe® superstar roman reigns™

    Moderated by Ryan Ball (WrestlingAudio.com)

  • Thursday, Aug. 24, 20175:00 PM - 5:45 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE

    how to draft an underbust corset with wizard world cosplay guest brit bliss

    Join Wizard World's cosplay guest and host Brit Bliss to learn how to make an underbust corset pattern! In this panel, you'll learn how to use your own measurements to make a corset made to fit you or anyone else, regardless of gender. You'll see a live demonstration of how one is made using tools you already have in your sewing collection and the measurements from an audience member, who will receive the pattern at the end of the panel. This will be followed by a quick discussion about materials and sewing techniques will also be shared.

  • Thursday, Aug. 24, 20175:00 PM - 5:45 PM location: ROOM 5

    unbreakable skin?: how to critique creations of color without sounding…you know

    As diversity continues to be a hot button issue, the spotlight on minority-rich content is at a pop cultural high.  But is it all good and can YOU question its execution without sounding...well...you know?  Join self-publishing author and comic culture enthusiast, Victor Dandridge in a light-hearted convo on aesthetics, intent and good taste!

  • Thursday, Aug. 24, 20175:30 PM - 6:15 PM location: ROOM 1

    start your creativity engines

    Having trouble revving up your creativity engine? Writer's block and general creator's block often succeeds in stalling every type of artist at one time or another, but thankfully, there are creative solutions that can bulldoze those standstill challenges! With the right tools and inspiration, the wonderful world of art, writing, and creativity becomes your oasis. Join Genese Davis (The Holder's Dominion), Sam Weller (Shadow Show), Tim Lees (Steal the Lightning) and Brian Pinkerton (How I Started the Apocalypse) as they divulge their experience when creating worlds and storytelling. Discover the routine, environment, and even networking and collaborative solutions that can bolster creativity during this fantastic discussion!

  • Thursday, Aug. 24, 20175:30 PM - 6:15 PM location: ROOM 14

    convention live by shield labs

    Join Shield Labs in a panel sharing the life experience of living a life inside comic cons for nearly a decade. From meeting his future wife at Comic con, to quitting his day job as an engineer, and spending years meeting celebrities traveling the country going to Comic Cons professionally and living the "Geek Dream!”

  • Thursday, Aug. 24, 20176:00 PM - 6:30 PM location: ROOM 3

    inside the ring with wwe® superstar alexa bliss™

    Moderated by Ryan Ball (WrestlingAudio.com)

  • Thursday, Aug. 24, 20176:00 PM - 6:45 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE

    drawing disney with clinton hobart

    Learn to draw the Disney way with Clinton Hobart!

  • Thursday, Aug. 24, 20176:00 PM - 6:45 PM location: ROOM 5

    doing it all: comics creators who write and draw! with green arrow’s mike grell, the red hook’s dean haspiel, and getting married’s barbara slate

    The model of comics creators tethered to one or two major publishers, working on adventures of corporately-owned characters is no longer the only game in town. Many of the writer-artists in comics work either exclusively on their own material, while others work both sides of the street, alternating independent work with mainstream assignments done in their own distinctive styles. Here, speaking about how they have forged their own paths, are some of the most distinctive creators in comics today: Mike Grell (Green Arrow) Dean Haspiel (The Red Hook) and Barbara Slate (Getting Married and Other Mistakes). The panel is moderated by Danny Fingeroth (The Rough Guide to Graphic Novels).

  • Thursday, Aug. 24, 20176:00 PM - 7:30 PM location: ROOM 41

    sci-fi speed dating session

    Ladies and Gentlemen! Are you tired of lookin' for love in Alderaan places?  We have the solution!  Sci-Fi Speed Dating is returning to Chicago! Sign up on-site at the Sci-Fi Speed Dating booth!

  • Thursday, Aug. 24, 20176:15 PM - 7:00 PM location: KIDS STAGE

    h.e.r.o.s by jester puppets

    Captain Obvious, Mr. Oblivious and Recycle Rabbit are on a quest to help young people face difficult bullying situations.  Whether it’s face to face or it’s cyber-bullying, our heroes are here to help navigate the confusion of “What can I do?” Join the fun to learn how both boys and girls can be heroes! Jester Puppets’ hilarious escapades will leave kids rolling with laughter as they learn how to show respect for others and manage a bullying situation – in person or online.

  • Thursday, Aug. 24, 20176:15 PM - 7:00 PM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

    caritas karaoke preview with nicholas brendon

    Come join Nicholas Brendon American actor and writer known for his role as Xander Harris on the hugely successful TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer in a sneak peek karaoke session on the entertainment stage. Join him later that night for the official event from 9:30-11:30 pm Location: Bub City Rosemont- 5441 Park Pl, Rosemont, IL 60018. Tickets are available for $25 Pre-Sale Online and $30 On-Site. TICKETS AVAILABLE AT wizd.me/buffychi.

  • Thursday, Aug. 24, 20176:30 PM - 7:15 PM location: ROOM 1

    modern mythology and urban fantasy: the magic today

    The influence of mythology can be found almost everywhere from superhero movies to our favorite fantasy novel. From the iconic gods of old mythology to the most influential urban fantasy, panelists will share their creative process and how these genres have been a looking glass through which to see the spiritual and ethical realities of our world. How will modern mythologies and urban fantasy affect our heroes stories and ultimately whisper their lore and lessons into future entertainment? Don't miss this thrilling discussion with Genese Davis (The Holder's Dominion), Tim Lees (God Hunter), Lani Sarem (Handbook for Mortals) and Sam Weller (Shadow Show).

  • Thursday, Aug. 24, 20176:30 PM - 7:15 PM location: ROOM 14

    the first anime with charles dunbar

    Its Astro Boy, right? That series from 1963 that brought television animation to life and would go on to start the medium we call anime. Wait, it’s NOT? This panel explores animation in Japan from 1917 to 1963, when the first commercial productions appeared, tested the boundaries of the medium, were thrown back after the war, and evolved into the landmark shows of that first groundbreaking year.

  • Thursday, Aug. 24, 20177:00 PM - 7:15 PM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

    mike grell hall of legends induction ceremony

    Artist Mike Grell of Green Arrow, Green Lantern, and Warlord fame will be inducted into the Wizard World Hall of Legends. Since his comic debut in 1973, Grell has brought his many creations and their worlds to life through an impressive style of visual storytelling. Along with those previously mentioned, some of his more famed work includes StarslayerJon SableFreelanceShaman’s TearsMaggie the Cat, and Batman. Grell recently announced his return to Green Arrow, just in time to also celebrate the 30th anniversary of his series, The Longbow Hunters.

  • Thursday, Aug. 24, 20177:00 PM - 7:45 PM location: ROOM 3

    dead fans walking: ‘the walking dead’ fan panel

    Calling all ‘The Walking Dead' fans! Join Lindi, co-creator of PureFandom.com, and YA author Meg Bonney, for a chance to win some killer 'The Walking Dead' prizes. They'll also give you fans the floor to share your theories for what's next for Rick and Co. Follow @Pure_Fandom on Twitter and Instagram to get a sneak peek of prizes!

  • Thursday, Aug. 24, 20177:00 PM - 7:45 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE

    comics startup 101: intellectual property issues in making comics

    Join attorney Dirk Vanover (Vanover Legal, LLC; ComicsLawyer.com), Dan Dougherty (Beardo; Touching Evil) and Gene Ha (Mae; Top 10) as we discuss intellectual property, protecting intellectual property, and intellectual property infringement. We’ll discuss copyrights, trademarks, right of publicity, fan art and high-profile cases involving intellectual property disputes from the comic book world. If you want to learn more about intellectual property, then you should attend this panel.

  • Thursday, Aug. 24, 20177:00 PM - 7:45 PM location: ROOM 5

    words into pictures: how to write comics with the red hook’s dean haspiel, wonder woman’s alex de campi, albert the alien’s trevor mueller, x-files’ joe harris and spider-man’s danny fingeroth

    Accomplished comics writers Dean Haspiel (The Red Hook), Alex De Campi (Wonder Woman), Joe Harris (The X-Files), Trevor Mueller (Albert the Alien) and Danny Fingeroth (Spider-Man) talk about how to put together a compelling comics story. Plus, they’ll answer your questions about both the creative and business sides of the comics writing profession, including how to find an artist to work with (hint: a comics convention is the number one place!) and how to write exciting dialogue!

  • Thursday, Aug. 24, 20177:15 PM - 7:30 PM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

    marvel vs. dc cosplay meet- up

    Wizard World would like to introduce Cosplay meetups! Come join us on the stage for a photo session with other Marvel and DC cosplayers and fans alike.

  • Thursday, Aug. 24, 20177:30 PM - 8:00 PM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

    david casas magician

    David's high energy performances combine hilarious family friendly comedy, along with jaw dropping sleight of hand, and plenty of audience interaction.

  • Thursday, Aug. 24, 20177:30 PM - 8:00 PM location: KIDS STAGE

    iowa rogues jedi training

    The Iowa Rogues is a local light saber fight club which participates in full contact dueling as well as exciting stage combat.

  • Thursday, Aug. 24, 20177:30 PM - 8:15 PM location: ROOM 14

    cosplay on a budget

    There's always talk about how cosplay is expensive, and that can scare people away! Join Wizard World guest cosplayer Mogchelle in this interactive cosplay Q&A, where you will learn tips and tricks from professional cosplayers on how to cosplay on a budget!  Because every fan CAN cosplay!

  • Thursday, Aug. 24, 20177:30 PM - 8:15 PM location: ROOM 1

    storytelling in song: a songwriting workshop

    Join songwriter, music artist, and author James Morris (Catch Fire, Vans Warped Tour, Sky Bound) at the Creators Stage for an interactive workshop on writing songs. Learn the basic components of a song and how they all fit together. Learn some writing tips and hear songs broken down into their fundamental components in real time as James shares the fundamentals of songwriting and plays through the process using original songs. Come with questions and ideas- as part of the fun will be creating a song on the spot!

  • Thursday, Aug. 24, 20178:00 PM - 8:45 PM location: Room 5

    characters of color: from black panther to aqualad

    This round table discusses the progression of the Black presence in mainstream comics since the 1960s. Throughout the history of comics, the black image may have been jaded in popularity, but there have been many successes. This is an opportunity to analyze what makes a character of color successful throughout the ages despite their race, and how the diversity of these characters solidify their presence within the comic book universe. Hosted by the creators of Pocket Con: The comic book convention that celebrates characters of color in the comic book world.

  • Thursday, Aug. 24, 20178:00 PM - 8:45 PM location: ROOM 3

    make a nerdy living

    Follow your passion and you will never work a day in your life." You hear many versions of that idea, but what does it really take to make a living following your passions? Is it about persistence, determination, talent, skill, or who you know? Dr. Travis Langley (Star Trek Psychology: The Mental Frontier; Doctor Who Psychology: A Madman with a Box) asks a panel of experts how they brought their passions and their professional pursuits together to make a nerdy living: Emily Evans (Dark Cornerz Artistry), Onrie Kompan (Yi Soon Shin triology), Scott Larson (Visitations), Amanda Mayer (42 Nerdtastic Place), Mogchelle, and the Pumpkin Geek. Find out how doing the things you love can pay the bills.

  • Thursday, Aug. 24, 20178:15 PM - 8:45 PM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

    face time police

    Join the multi-faceted masked duo, Face Time Police, for a special stripped-down acoustic show!

  • Thursday, Aug. 24, 20178:15 PM - 8:45 PM location: KIDS ZONE

    jester puppets free- play

    Come Enjoy Puppets in the Kids Zone!!!

  • Thursday, Aug. 24, 20179:30 PM - 11:30 PM location: BUB CITY: 5441 PARK PL, ROSEMONT, IL 60018

    caritas karaoke with nicholas brendon

    Come enjoy a night full of karaoke with your friends and Nicholas Brendon, Xander Harris on the hugely successful TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Tickets include admission to the event, (1) drink ticket and appetizers. $25 Pre-Sale Online and $30 On-Site. Purchase Tickets at wizd.me/buffychi.

  • Friday, Aug. 25, 201712:00 PM - 6:00 PM location: ROOM 49

    wizard world comic con blood drive by heartland blood centers

    The 3rd annual Blood Drive hosted by Wizard World’s largest and longest running comic con at the Donald E. Stephens Center in Rosemont will help boost the blood supply prior to expected Labor Day blood shortages. Chicago Comic Con attendees generously donated 380 pints of blood last year over the four days and this year’s goal is 430!  Donate, just in time to help keep up inventories for patients in the 70+ Chicagoland hospitals supplied by Heartland Blood Centers. This year’s blood donors will receive a free Wizard World Comic Con Blood Donor t-shirt, a $5 Target Gift Card and will be entered into exciting daily drawings and photos! You can be part of this year’s Wizard World Comic Con Blood Drive! Call: 1-800-7TO-GIVE (1-800-786-4483), Text: “APPT” to 444-999 or Click HERE to schedule for a mobile appointment. Walk-ins are Welcome!

  • Friday, Aug. 25, 201712:30 PM - 1:15 PM location: ROOM 14

    welcome to the world of yo-kai watch!

    YO-KAI WATCH has dominated the Japanese market ever since 2013, and has been gaining steam in the United States since landing here in November 2015. With the release of the Disney XD show, the Nintendo 3DS games and the fun, collectible merchandise, it’s time to jump on board! Join Abdallah [YouTube Gamer/Entertainer] as he helps audience members learn what makes YO-KAI WATCH one of the most charming and lovable franchises, as well as a chance to win some awesome YO-KAI WATCH prizes!

  • Friday, Aug. 25, 201712:30 PM - 1:30 PM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

    arc impulse

    Arc Impulse brings video game music to life by infusing it with their special dose of energetic synth-rock.

  • Friday, Aug. 25, 20171:00 PM - 1:45 PM location: ROOM 3

    drawn but not haphazard: organizational principles for graphic novels

    “Drawn But Not Haphazard” is a craft-oriented lecture that presents a discipline for writing, editing and/or anthologizing graphic novels. It replaces the erratic “assemblage of loosely-related items” standard that we’ve inherited from underground and mainstream comics with an articulate, organic and resilient organizational poetics – either editorial or narrative – that is as emotionally and intellectually-affecting and sophisticated as the best of the world’s narrative art.  Presented by Aldo Alvarez, Ph.D. AKA Dale Lazarov of Sticky Graphic Novels.

  • Friday, Aug. 25, 20171:00 PM - 1:45 PM location: ROOM 5

    michael rooker vs. the audience

    The breakout star of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” takes charge and (possibly) answers some questions during this one-of-a-kind panel. We won't spoil GOTG2 for you...but Rooker might!

  • Friday, Aug. 25, 20171:00 PM - 1:45 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE

    how to draw the marvel way with former marvel comics art director, steve geiger

    One lucky audience member will have a chance to win the sketch that is created during the panel.

  • Friday, Aug. 25, 20171:30 PM - 2:15 PM location: ROOM 1

    stand out and break in: entertainment industry careers

    How do you break into the entertainment industry and become a writer, creator, or developer? If you are interested in authorship, video games, screenwriting, or being a part of the entertainment industry in some form or fashion, don't miss this panel! Special guest speakers, Genese Davis (The Holder's Dominion), Sam Weller (Shadow Show), James Morris (Skybound) and Lani Sarem (Handbook for Mortals) will share their insider experiences and divulge the minute details that unexpectedly led to their professional careers in the entertainment industry. This panel is sure to fill your career "tool-box" with practical tools and advice to springboard you toward landing your dream career.

  • Friday, Aug. 25, 20171:30 PM - 2:15 PM location: Room 42

    an inside look at second city

    A renowned comedy institution for more than 50 years, The Second City is one of the most influential and prolific comedy theaters in the world. Get an inside look into the world of improv and satire, and hear stories about A-list comedy icons before they were stars!

  • Friday, Aug. 25, 20171:45 PM - 2:30 PM location: ROOM 14

    diversity in cosplay by papa bear

    The panel will cover racial diversity in cosplay, everything that entails! The positive and sometimes negative experiences one would have being a minority cosplayer. This team of cosplayers will also cover barriers and breakthroughs that can come across in the cosplay community based on their experiences.

  • Friday, Aug. 25, 20172:00 PM - 2:45 PM location: ROOM 5

    wonder woman, batman and superman: history of the justice league with wonder woman: lassoing the truth’s travis langley, wonder woman’s alex de campi and comics historians maggie thompson & danny fingeroth

    With the recent record-breaking success of the Gal Gadot-starring Wonder Woman movie and excitement building for the upcoming JUSTICE LEAGUE film (starring Gadot, Ben Affleck as Batman and Henry Cavill as Superman), a super-team of superhero experts discusses the League past, present and future. Join a panel including Dr. Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology; Wonder Woman: Lassoing the Truth), Alex de Campi (Sensation Comics: Wonder Woman; Archie vs. predator), Maggie Thompson (Comic Buyers Guide; Comic Book Superstars) and Danny Fingeroth (Superman on the Couch; Disguised as Clark Kent) as they reveal what makes these heroes work.

  • Friday, Aug. 25, 20172:00 PM - 2:45 PM location: ROOM 3

    q&a with wwe artist rob schamberger

    WWE's Artist in Residence Rob Schamberger is on hand for a lively Q&A talking about what it's like working with the sports entertainment giant. His paintings are displayed regularly on shirts, prints, at WrestleMania, with the WWE 2K video game, in the Topps Slam trading card app, and soon with the Mattel WWE Elite action figures! Rob's Canvas 2 Canvas series on YouTube is WWE's longest-running original show ever on the platform with millions of views!

  • Friday, Aug. 25, 20172:00 PM - 2:45 PM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

    dancakes

    Creating live Pancake Art of anything you want!

  • Friday, Aug. 25, 20172:00 PM - 2:45 PM location: KIDS STAGE

    h.e.r.o.s by jester puppets

    Captain Obvious, Mr. Oblivious and Recycle Rabbit are on a quest to help young people face difficult bullying situations.  Whether it’s face to face or it’s cyber-bullying, our heroes are here to help navigate the confusion of “What can I do?” Join the fun to learn how both boys and girls can be heroes! Jester Puppets’ hilarious escapades will leave kids rolling with laughter as they learn how to show respect for others and manage a bullying situation – in person or online.

  • Friday, Aug. 25, 20172:30 PM - 3:15 PM location: ROOM 1

    women creators breaking stereotypes

    From Jane Eyre and Little Women to Hunger Games, Star Wars Rogue One, and Wonder Woman... Female heroes have spurred many discussions! What have creators fought for in the past for their women title characters and what key ingredients do creators pour into their female leads today? Hear from Genese Davis (The Holder's Dominion), Jamie Freveletti (Dead Asleep), Tina Jens (The Blues Ain't Nothin') and Cina Pelayo (Loteria) as they share their creation process for women heroes, what they think about when creating a female lead or collaborating on women superheroes, and what they foresee happening to female stereotypes in the future.

  • Friday, Aug. 25, 20172:30 PM - 3:15 PM location: ROOM 42

    the expanding firefly ‘verse

    Over the past couple years, Browncoats have seen more in ‘Verse content than ever before. We’ve gotten multiple board games, a new comic series, a video game and loads of shiny merch including a subscription box! This panel will be a fan discussion of all of the above, as well as where the ‘Verse might be expanding to next.

  • Friday, Aug. 25, 20172:45 PM - 3:30 PM location: ROOM 14

    rwby rwby rwby: a conversation with the voice of blake belladonna, arryn zech

    Come meet Arryn Zech, the voice behind anime favorites like Blake Belladonna on RWBY and Emily Grey on Red vs. Blue! Moderated by YouTuber RealBreakingNate!

  • Friday, Aug. 25, 20173:00 PM - 3:15 PM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

    disney cosplay meet-up

    Wizard World would like to introduce Cosplay meetups! Come join us on the stage for a photo session with other Disney cosplayers and fans alike.

  • Friday, Aug. 25, 20173:00 PM - 3:30 PM location: ROOM 3

    inside the ring with wwe® super star kevin owens™

    Moderated by Ryan Ball (WrestlingAudio.com)

  • Friday, Aug. 25, 20173:00 PM - 3:45 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE

    drawing disney with clinton hobart

    Learn to draw the Disney way with Clinton Hobart!

  • Friday, Aug. 25, 20173:00 PM - 3:45 PM location: ROOM 5

    two centuries of genius: celebrating the spirit’s will eisner and the avengers’ jack kirby at 100 with fantastic four’s dean haspiel, the avengers’ danny fingeroth, and pop culture historians maggie thompson and george hagenauer

    Celebrate two titans as we mark their 100th birthdays in 2017. Will Eisner was creator of The Spirit and an innovator of the graphic novel, starting with A Contract With God. Jack Kirby was co-creator of Captain America, Fantastic Four, the Avengers and more. Join panelists including Dean Haspiel (The Thing), Danny Fingeroth (Chair of Will Eisner Week), Maggie Thompson (Comic Buyers Guide) and George Hagenauer (Men’s Adventure Magazines in Postwar America) as they discuss what made these two great.

  • Friday, Aug. 25, 20173:30 PM - 4:15 PM location: ROOM 12

    yogaquest presents stranger things: a narrated yogic adventure!

    Fireball him! Gather your friends and get ready to fight the demogorgon in this narrated yogic adventure! YogaQuest is unlike any yoga class you have experienced before! It is a unique blend of yoga and fan-fiction story-telling. Your quest is guided by a narrator and a certified yoga instructor, as the class embarks on an epic and often ridiculous journey through a popular fandom. Move through the story by following a yoga routine designed to improve strength, balance and flexibility. No previous yoga experience, special clothing, or mats necessary. Pose nerdy with us!

  • Friday, Aug. 25, 20173:30 PM - 4:15 PM location: ROOM 42

    the street wizard's apprentice web series screening + q & a

    Join the Muscular Clown Comedy Collective for a screening of their genre-bending urban-fantasy comedy web series, The Street Wizard's Apprentice. Creator Q& A to follow!  The Street Wizard’s Apprentice is a six-episode comedy web series from Chicago sketch group Muscular Clown, which follows the magical misadventures of the wizard Malfazar and his apprentice, Drake. A loving riff on urban fantasy like Angel or The Dresden Files, the series looks at such a society from the very bottom, through the eyes of its most desperate characters. Malfazar (Kyle Talley), allegedly once the guardian of ‘medieval Chicago’, has been cursed to appear as a crazed vagrant to all non-wizards. The sole exception is Drake (Matt Kidd), an aspiring but naive drug-dealer who signs on for a high-fantasy adventure, only to discover that his new mentor’s agenda is somewhat lower. Wizard training will begin any day now, Mal assures him- but first they’re going to need a little seed money…

  • Friday, Aug. 25, 20173:30 PM - 4:15 PM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

    james morris- songwriter, musician and author

    This two-time Warped Tour artist will be joining us on the Entertainer Stage with an all acoustic alternate rock performance, including his original songs from hit video games, film and TV.  Along with his music, James is joining us here at Wizard World bringing his sci fi trilogy of books along. Come experience the joined story of two medias, both at our stage and at his booth.  www.jamesmorris.com

  • Friday, Aug. 25, 20173:30 PM - 4:15 PM location: ROOM 1

    only sheep eat rotten tomatoes

    BEHOLD sweet children — you’re being led astray!!  Critics have roasted and lampooned the DC cinematic universe, leaving a ROTTEN taste in the mouths of fans.  But self-publishing comic writer, Victor Dandridge will reveal how Man of Steel, Batman v. Superman and Suicide Squad are the foundations of possibly the greatest franchise in cinematic history.

  • Friday, Aug. 25, 20173:45 PM - 4:15 PM location: KIDS STAGE

    fauxchella: music and puppet show with jumpin’ jamie!

    A kindie rock music festival featuring a lineup of original puppet characters. Get ready to participate as we do interactive games and songs about Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, and more!

  • Friday, Aug. 25, 20173:45 PM - 4:30 PM location: ROOM 14

    cosplay 101 with wizard world cosplay guests

    Want to begin cosplaying but don’t know how to get started? Join Nicole Marie Jean, Brit Bliss, PockyTheif, and Termina Cosplay in a discussion that will provide you with a guideline on crafting supplies, wigs, contacts, makeup, etc! Bring your questions for this Q&A and get some answers!

  • Friday, Aug. 25, 20174:00 PM - 4:30 PM location: ROOM 3

    inside the ring with wwe® superstar charlotte flair™

    Moderated by Ryan Ball (WrestlingAudio.com)

  • Friday, Aug. 25, 20174:00 PM - 4:45 PM location: ROOM 5

    this one time at band camp: a converstaion with thomas ian nicholas

    He made a pact with his friends as Kevin Myers in the “American Pie” movies, helped the Cubs win the world series as Henry Rowengartner in “Rookie of the Year, brought the early years of Walt Disney to life in “Walt Before Mickey” and went back in time to save Kate Winslett and Daniel Craig as Calvin Fuller of Reseda in “A Kid in King Arthur's Court.” Come ask your questions about these and find out about what he's doing next! He might even tell you about American Pie 5!  Bring your thinking cap, there will be some trivia with prizes. Moderated by Lani Sarem.

  • Friday, Aug. 25, 20174:00 PM - 5:30 PM location: ROOM 41

    sci-fi speed dating session

    Ladies and Gentlemen! Are you tired of lookin' for love in Alderaan places? We have the solution!  Sci-Fi Speed Dating is returning to Chicago!  Sign up on-site at the Sci-Fi Speed Dating booth!

  • Friday, Aug. 25, 20174:30 PM - 5:00 PM location: KIDS STAGE

    iowa rogues jedi training

    The Iowa Rogues is a local light saber fight club which participates in full contact dueling as well as exciting stage combat.

  • Friday, Aug. 25, 20174:30 PM - 5:15 PM location: ROOM 1

    making webcomics

    Ever read a comic on the internet and said, "Hey, I'd like to do that!" Well, here's your chance to learn how. Trevor Mueller and Dean Haspiel have over 11 years experience in webcomics, and he wants to share his knowledge with you!

  • Friday, Aug. 25, 20174:30 PM - 5:15 PM location: ROOM 42

    lost star wars diary discovered!

    Paul Erickson, Nerd Parodist claims to have found a 1973 diary that provides amazing insights into the earliest ideas for STAR WARS. Be among the first people to hear the unbelievable facts, like how Ron Howard was almost cast as Luke Skywalker, or how Jar Jar Binks was the original hero of the story. Attendees will learn about the influence of earlier films such as CASABLANCA, THE GRAPES OF WRATH, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, and YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE. The event features: Actor Readings from the newly published paperback THE LOST STAR WARS DIARY: A PARODY (IMAGINED PRODUCTION NOTES), an all-ages parody production art coloring contest with prizes, a Nerd Parodist Club Secret Handshake demo, the 100% accurate "Are You A Jedi?" Self-Assessment for the audience and the traditional STAR WARS Singalong. Erickson’s programming event last year was called “The quintessential comic con panel,” by the Chicago Tribune. Don’t miss it this year!

  • Friday, Aug. 25, 20174:30 PM - 5:15 PM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

    dancakes

    Creating live Pancake Art of anything you want!

  • Friday, Aug. 25, 20174:45 PM - 5:30 PM location: ROOM 14

    hayao miyazaki: a storyteller’s journey

    The worlds of Ghibli are brimming with colorful characters, wondrous places, and sinister foes. This lecture looks at these films, how they reflect the world we live in, and how they display the philosophies of a complicated man living through very complicated times.

  • Friday, Aug. 25, 20175:00 PM - 5:45 PM location: ROOM 5

    holy legendary voice actor, batman! it’s a conversation with loren lester

    The voice of Robin and Nightwing from “Batman: The Animated Series” and “The New Batman Adventures” is here to answer your questions! Did you know he also voiced Barbecue on “G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero,” and Jordan Knight on the New Kids on the Block cartoon? Come ask him about it!

  • Friday, Aug. 25, 20175:00 PM - 5:45 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE

    foam fabrication with termina cosplay

    Come join Wizard World Cosplay Guest Termina Cosplay and learn the basics of how to use foam to create armor, props and just about anything you want.

  • Friday, Aug. 25, 20175:00 PM - 5:45 PM location: ROOM 3

    bring your character to life

    Writer? Roll player? Game designer? Come one, come all who have ever wondered what else they can do to flesh out their character designs and add life to their creations! We’re here to talk about characters on screen, on paper, and at the tabletop. Join James Morris (Sky Bound, Water Tower, Surface) and Genese Davis (The Holder’s Dominion, MMORPG.com) as they share their experiences, including tips and tricks to create unique, living characters. Bring your questions to talk directly with these creators.

  • Friday, Aug. 25, 20175:15 PM - 5:45 PM location: KIDS STAGE

    fauxchella: music and puppet show with jumpin’ jamie!

    A kindie rock music festival featuring a lineup of original puppet characters. Get ready to participate as we do interactive games and songs about Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, and more!

  • Friday, Aug. 25, 20175:30 PM - 5:45 PM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

    dc comics meet-up

    Wizard World would like to introduce Cosplay meetups! Come join us on the stage for a photo session with other DC Comics cosplayers and fans alike.

  • Friday, Aug. 25, 20175:30 PM - 6:15 PM location: ROOM 1

    nerd out with pure fandom: it's time for geek trivia!

    Join Lindi, co-creator of PureFandom.com, and YA author Meg Bonney, for a round of geek trivia! They will be giving away prizes for winners, including a free comic con day pass and swag from your favorite fandoms, like 'Doctor Who', 'Game of Thrones', 'The Walking Dead', Marvel, DC, and more. No need to be a geek expert, this is for geeks of all types. Follow them on Twitter and Instagram @Pure_Fandom for a sneak peek at prizes! Grab a cocktail and join us!

  • Friday, Aug. 25, 20175:30 PM - 6:15 PM location: ROOM 42

    so you want to be internet famous huh?

    A comical & informative look at internet fame from April the Giraffe to Vine Celebrities with comedian & internet personality Charles Wieand, aka Wild Charles. Streamed LIVE on Twitter to my thousands of followers. Your chance at Internet fame just being there. Let’s laugh at some funny videos & you’ll have a chance to show the internet you own star potential and win some prizes. We’ll also take a look at profound questions like what makes a video viral? And how the heck did Cash me Outside girl get 5 million Instagram followers? Charles has been seen on the TV show Right this Minute, The Weather Channel, The London times, collabed with internet celebs like Jake Paul & Alissa Violet and even TV stars like Godwin from Duck Dynasty.

  • Friday, Aug. 25, 20175:45 PM - 6:30 PM location: ROOM 14

    what’s that anime?

    So you think you're Otaku?  Prove it!  Do you also enjoy watching people make a fool of themselves?  Great!  In this game show you can do both!  Join Mogchelle and her friends, as we read scripts from various anime from the 90s to today, in ways you never thought you would hear the lines read!  If you can guess that Anime, you will leave with some awesome prizes!  

  • Friday, Aug. 25, 20176:00 PM - 6:30 PM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

    second city improv

    See Chicago’s finest improvisers perform unscripted and unequaled improvisational comedy. This show is interactive, hilarious and thoroughly original.

  • Friday, Aug. 25, 20176:00 PM - 6:45 PM location: ROOM 5

    back to the future: adventures in a delorean time machines

    How to: Build a Time Machine, Fall in Love, Become Rich and Famous, Travel the World, and Cure PD. 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.

  • Friday, Aug. 25, 20176:00 PM - 6:45 PM location: ROOM 3

    myths gone mad: the truth about american gods, supernatural, wonder woman thor, darkseid, and more!

    From superheroes to supernatural hunters, modern heroes echo the heroes whose tales have been told throughout the ages. Ancient myths and legends laid the foundation for modern entertainment in so many ways. Dr. Travis Langley (Supernatural Psychology: Roads Less Traveled; Game of Thrones Psychology) brings together Scott Jordan (Star Trek Psychology: The Mental Frontier), Justine Mastin (Supernatural Psychology: Roads Less Traveled), Leandra Parris Griffis (Illinois State University), and Eric Wesselmann (Wonder Woman Psychology: Lassoing the Truth), and for a fun and enlightening look at why we love so many modern movies and TV shows about Amazons, Asgardians, old gods and new.

  • Friday, Aug. 25, 20176:00 PM - 6:45 PM location: KIDS STAGE

    iowa jones and the search for the last mummy by jester puppets

    Enjoy an exciting adventure as Iowa Jones searches for the last mummy, who is cursed and has no friends. During his travels, Iowa Jones meets others who are different than he is - Pirates! And though they have their differences, together they find common ground in order to find the last mummy and build a better world.

  • Friday, Aug. 25, 20176:00 PM - 7:30 PM location: ROOM 41

    sci-fi speed dating session

    Ladies and Gentlemen! Are you tired of lookin' for love in Alderaan places? We have the solution!  Sci-Fi Speed Dating is returning to Chicago! Sign up on-site at the Sci-Fi Speed Dating booth!

  • Friday, Aug. 25, 20176:30 PM - 7:15 PM location: ROOM 1

    dungeons & dragons & improv

    Join the Wizards of the Windy City, a group of comedians and tried-and-true geeks from Chicago & New York, as they improvise and play a live Dungeons & Dragons game. The Wizards embark on an epic quest built entirely from audience suggestions. With special guests, video-projected dice, and YOU cheering along with every Critical Hit!

  • Friday, Aug. 25, 20176:30 PM - 7:15 PM location: ROOM 14

    chicago ghost history

    Comic book creator Scott Larson and Chicago ghost historian Amelia Cotter talk about some of Chicago's most haunted places featured in the graphic novel, Visitations. Visitations is the history of Chicago as seen through the eyes of the citizens of the city's oldest cemetery.

  • Friday, Aug. 25, 20177:30 PM - 9:30 PM location: FIVE ROSES PUB- 5509 Park Pl, Rosemont, IL 60018

    wizard world presents drink n' draw hosted by victor dandridge and trivia presented by asap entertainment

    For all professional, amateur artists & writers come participate in Drink N' Draw! And if you’re wondering what the event is all about it's as simple as the name, drinking and drawing! Hosted by Victor Dandridge, Creator of Vantage Inhouse productions and trivia presented by ASAP Entertainment. Participate for a chance to win prizes! Free with your Wizard World wristband. Location: FIVE ROSES PUB- 5509 Park Pl, Rosemont, IL 60018

  • Friday, Aug. 25, 20177:30 PM - 9:30 PM location: JOE'S LIVE- 5441 PARK PLACE ROSEMONT, IL 60018

    wizard world celebrity concert series presents: beecake featuring billy boyd "pippin" from the lord of the rings

    Wizard World Presents BEECAKE featuring Billy Boyd "Pippin" from The Lord of the Rings and a Live Acoustic Performance by special guest Thomas Ian Nicholas. The event takes place at Joe's Live on Saturday August 26th at 7:30 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm for Billy Boyd Platinum VIP's to watch an exclusive sound check. General Admission will enter at 7:30 pm. Purchase Beecake Tickets $25 Pre-Sale Online and $30 On-Site. Purchase Billy Boyd Platinum VIP's which includes an exclusive sound check and meet & greet after the performance. 

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 20179:00 AM - 10:30 AM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

    the breakfast club band

    Moonwalk down memory lane with The Breakfast Club as they spin you right round to all the radical sounds of the 80's!

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 201710:00 AM - 6:00 PM location: ROOM 49

    wizard world comic con blood drive by heartland blood centers

    The 3rd annual Blood Drive hosted by Wizard World’s largest and longest running comic con at the Donald E. Stephens Center in Rosemont will help boost the blood supply prior to expected Labor Day blood shortages. Chicago Comic Con attendees generously donated 380 pints of blood last year over the four days and this year’s goal is 430!  Donate, just in time to help keep up inventories for patients in the 70+ Chicagoland hospitals supplied by Heartland Blood Centers. This year’s blood donors will receive a free Wizard World Comic Con Blood Donor t-shirt, a $5 Target Gift Card and will be entered into exciting daily drawings and photos! You can be part of this year’s Wizard World Comic Con Blood Drive! Call: 1-800-7TO-GIVE (1-800-786-4483), Text: “APPT” to 444-999 or Click HERE to schedule for a mobile appointment. Walk-ins are Welcome!

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 201710:30 AM - 11:15 AM location: ROOM 24 - BALLROOM

    joining the psycho circus: a conversation with gene simmons

    It’s The Demon himself - the legendary KISS bassist and member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is here in Illinois Rock City, Wizard World! He’s the man behind songs like “Rock and Roll all Nite,” “Shout it Out Loud,” “Strutter” and one of the most incredible and expansive media empires in history. Come ask him about his legacy, KISS’ enduring appeal, and his short-lived magazine called Gene Simmons’ Tongue.

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 201710:30 AM - 11:15 AM location: ROOM 1

    intro to podcasting (how to get your show off the ground)

    Learn how to go from an idea for a show to public distribution and building an audience. The DVM Production Empire is a podcast network that has been producing and publishing original podcasts since 2009 and have received over 5 MILLION downloads.

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 201710:30 AM - 11:15 AM location: KIDS STAGE

    h.e.r.o.s by jester puppets

    Captain Obvious, Mr. Oblivious and Recycle Rabbit are on a quest to help young people face difficult bullying situations.  Whether it’s face to face or it’s cyber-bullying, our heroes are here to help navigate the confusion of “What can I do?” Join the fun to learn how both boys and girls can be heroes! Jester Puppets’ hilarious escapades will leave kids rolling with laughter as they learn how to show respect for others and manage a bullying situation – in person or online.

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 201710:45 AM - 11:15 AM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

    klingon pop warrior

    The Klingon Pop Warrior sings songs you thought you knew... in the original Klingon.

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 201710:45 AM - 11:30 AM location: ROOM 14

    cosplay makeup by pockytheif

    Learn or Brush up on your basic makeup skills and maybe learn some new tips and trick along the way! Learn about why make is important for cosplay, as well as different makeup products. Also learn some general makeup tips, as well as tips and techniques that you can utilize for both feminine and masculine characters.

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 201711:00 AM - 11:45 AM location: ROOM 5

    hello, mcfly: a conversation with tom wilson

    This is heavy, Doc! The man behind Biff Tannen from the Back to the Future trilogy is here to answer all your questions about DeLorean time machines, hoverboards and sports almanacs from the future!

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 201711:00 AM - 11:45 AM location: ROOM 42

    the nothing stay dead in comics

    A discussion on the cyclical nature of death and rebirth in comics moderated by Brian Walton

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 201711:00 AM - 12:30 PM location: ROOM 41

    sci-fi speed dating session: lgbtpq

    Ladies and Gentlemen! Are you tired of lookin' for love in Alderaan places? We have the solution!  Sci-Fi Speed Dating is returning to Chicago!  Sign up on-site at the Sci-Fi Speed Dating booth!

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 201711:00 AM - 1:00 PM location: ROOM 2

    cosplay workshop: working with worbla

    Worbla is a more commonly known word heard within the cosplay crafting community in armor builds.  But what is it?  How do you use it?  Where can I get it?  Come join internationally award winning cosplayer, Mogchelle, for a hands on workshop so you can try your hand at creating your own piece of armor!  Materials for this workshop will all be provided, and you get to bring home the piece you make!  In this workshop we will go step by step in creating a basic bracer(s) and how to add details to it.  From patterning to forming, this workshop will prepare you for your next steps! (Must Purchase Separate Ticket to the Workshop HERE!)

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 201711:15 AM - 12:15 PM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

    raks geek

    "Never seen a Wookiee bellydance? This can be remedied." – MSN

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 201711:30 AM - 12:00 PM location: KIDS STAGE

    saber legion combat training

    The Saber Legion is a worldwide saber combat organization with over 4K members internationally. We also have over 40 TSL charters around the world. Come enjoy some TSL full contact Saber Combat!

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 201711:30 AM - 12:15 PM location: ROOM 1

    science fiction, fantasy, and suspense storytelling

    Having trouble instituting your sci-fi saga? What about your epic fantasy story? Or that heart-pounding thriller? Creating worlds and characters can be a daunting idea. However, with the right tools and inspiration, storytelling and world building hindrances can disappear. Join Genese Davis (The Holder's Dominion), Jeff Jacobson (Sleep Tight) and John Everson (Redemption) as they unlock their writing process and experiences as creatives.

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 201711:30 AM - 12:15 PM location: ROOM 24 - BALLROOM

    life given by the mind stone: conversation with paul bettany

    Aside from being Vision in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he was also Geoffrey Chaucer in “A Knight’s Tale” and (SPOILERS!) the imaginary dude in “A Beautiful mind.”  You’re definitely going to want to check out this Q&A!

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 201711:45 AM - 12:30 PM location: ROOM 14

    anime name that tune! with wizard world cosplay guest laycee

    Do you think you know your animes? Can you name the anime solely based on its opening or closing song theme? Come test your knowledge on this prize-filled, fun packed game!

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 201712:00 PM - 12:45 PM location: ROOM 3

    secret empire

    This is a great moment for fans to come together to learn about the newest event in Marvel, Secret Empire. This will talk about the events leading to this event and the sides. Possible fan speculations about where it could lead.

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 201712:00 PM - 12:45 PM location: ROOM 42

    breathing new life into vintage heroines

    Reboot the surprisingly numerous, and mostly forgotten, golden and silver age comic heroines for stage and film with Chicago's Babes With Blades Theatre Company (adapters of the beloved Russell Stamm 40s-50s syndicated comic strip, Invisible Scarlet O’Neil) and L.A. producing artist Dawn Alden of Vicarious Films (Her-POW: an adaptation of comic classics The Woman in Red, The Veiled Avenger, and Ghost Woman). Panelists includes Leigh Barrett (Director, The Invisible Scarlet O’Neil), Barbara Lhota (Adaptor, Writer, The Invisible Scarlet O’Neil), Libby Beyreis (Violence Designer, The Invisible Scarlet O’Neil), Kathrynne Wolf (Co-Artistic Director, The Invisible Scarlet O’Neil) and Dawn Alden (L.A. Producer, Actor, Writer, Her-POW). Moderated by Elyse Dawson (Co-Artistic Director, The Invisible Scarlet O’Neil)

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 201712:00 PM - 12:45 PM location: ROOM 5

    it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s...a conversation with dean cain!

    The star of Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman is ready to take your questions on everything you wanted to know about putting on the big red “S” and making out with Teri Hatcher.

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 201712:15 PM - 12:30 PM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

    star wars cosplay meet- up

    Wizard World would like to introduce Cosplay meetups! Come join us on the stage for a photo session with other Star Wars cosplayers and fans alike.

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 201712:15 PM - 12:45 PM location: KIDS STAGE

    fauxchella: music and puppet show with jumpin’ jamie!

    A kindie rock music festival featuring a lineup of original puppet characters. Get ready to participate as we do interactive games and songs about Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, and more!A kindie rock music festival featuring a lineup of original puppet characters. Get ready to participate as we do interactive games and songs about Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, and more!

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 201712:30 PM - 1:00 PM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

    saber legion combat

    The Saber Legion is a worldwide saber combat organization with over 4K members internationally. We also have over 40 TSL charters around the world. Come enjoy some TSL full contact.

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 201712:30 PM - 1:15 PM location: ROOM 1

    geektastic careers in video games

    The videogames industry is a growing platform teeming with viable avenues for geektastic careers including design, production, art, programming, human relations, public relations, and even podcasting, journalism, literary writing, columns, and broadcasting! Join this discussion with Genese Davis (The Holder's Dominion), Darold Higa (Wargaming), Frank Marquart (Volition) and JJ Bakken (Wargaming) as they divulge how to break into the video game industry and the ins and outs for producing quality and unique content.

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 201712:30 PM - 1:15 PM location: ROOM 24 - BALLROOM

    secret agent women: a conversation with cobie smulders & elizabeth henstridge

    Agents Maria Hill and Jemma Simmons, two of the top ranking spies from S.H.I.E.L.D. are here to tell you all about super-sleuthing and their experiences in the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 201712:30 PM - 1:15 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE

    makeup demo with princess morgan

    Have you ever wanted to be blue or green? Learn how to effectively apply face and body paint to last all convention long. A live demonstration will show application methods, different products, and how to achieve a realistic effect

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 201712:45 PM - 1:30 PM location: ROOM 14

    j jonah jameson by captain k

    J. Jonah Jameson comes to Chicago and, surprise: he hates Spider-Man. Jameson joins us with evidence to help everyone understand that Spider-Man can't be trusted, why we would be better off without masked vigilantes and why he truly is a menace. Have a differing opinion? That means it's up to you to appear as guest reporters to this Daily Bugle press conference to defend the friendly neighborhood super-hero. See if you can be the first to catch Jameson off guard and force a rare 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 a Marvel.com featured presentation by Karl Brevik, a member of SAG/AFTRA. Full of audience participation, it's a mix of a stand up act, a roast, a Q&A and a good old fashioned celebration of Spider-Man knowledge.

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 20171:00 PM - 1:30 PM location: KIDS STAGE

    the wildlife sanctuary

    Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary interactive program allows you to get up close to Lucian our Brazilian Tufted Capuchin, learning all about him – what he eats, natural habitat, how he came to the sanctuary, his favorite foods, how smart he is… the list goes on and on, of course we LOVE questions so if there is something you are wanting to know, do not hesitate to ask at the end of the program! We have one of the coolest jobs on earth!

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 20171:00 PM - 1:45 PM location: ROOM 42

    batman: a celebration of the classic tv show

    Panelists remember the colorful blockbuster superhero TV show with super villains looking like their comic book counterparts; a Batmobile that put James Bond's tricked-up Aston Martin to shame, and the beloved Adam West and Burt Ward as the Dynamic Duo. Join Batman: A Celebration of The Classic TV Series authors Bob Garcia and Joe Desris; Fiberglass Freaks owner [and builder of the only DC licensed 1966 Batmobile replicas) Mark Racop; and Gotham City 14 Miles editor Jim Beard as they discuss the show's origins, Batman’s wonderful toys and its place in Bat-history.  Moderator: Bob Garcia.

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 20171:00 PM - 1:45 PM location: ROOM 3

    chicago fandom special: remembering weinberg and (dr.) who with larry charet, maggie thompson, mike gold, george hagenauer,gary colabuono and phyllis weinberg

    Chicago has always had its special brand of comics and pop culture fandom, and today we celebrate two important figures in the Windy City’s fan-history. Writer-editor-publisher Bob Weinberg, who was also a guiding force behind the Chicago Comic-Con (now Wizard World Chicago) passed away last fall. Here to celebrate his life are his wife, Phyllis, and some folks who knew and worked with him, including Larry Charet (co-founder Chicago Comic Con), Maggie Thompson (Comic Buyers Guide), Mike Gold (ComicMix), George Hagenauer (Men’s Adventure Magazines in Postwar America), and Gary Colabuono (Moondog’s). The same group will also share 35th anniversary memories of the (in)famous 1982 Dr. Who Convention held at Chicago’s Pick Congress/Americana Hotel. New Yorker Danny Fingeroth will again moderate and learn.

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 20171:00 PM - 1:45 PM location: ROOM 5

    tommy, can you hear me: a conversation with colin donnell

    He may currently be starring on “Chicago Med,” but you know him best as Tommy Merlyn on “Arrow.” Did you know he also starred in “Jersey Boys” on Broadway? Come ask Colin all your questions, and find out if there just might be a Lazarus Pit still out there waiting for Tommy Merlyn!

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 20171:00 PM - 2:30 PM location: ROOM 41

    sci-fi speed dating session

    Ladies and Gentlemen! Are you tired of lookin' for love in Alderaan places? We have the solution!  Sci-Fi Speed Dating is returning to Chicago! Sign up on-site at the Sci-Fi Speed Dating booth!

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 20171:15 PM - 2:00 PM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

    dancakes

    Creating live Pancake Art of anything you want!

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 20171:30 PM - 2:15 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE

    drawing disney with clinton hobart

    Learn to draw the Disney way with Clinton Hobart!

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 20171:30 PM - 2:15 PM location: ROOM 24 - BALLROOM

    allons-y! a conversation with david tennant

    Kilgrave on “Jessica Jones,” Alec Hardy on “Broadchurch” and Barty Crouch Jr. in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.” Oh, and he’s the Doctor. He’s a Time Lord. He’s from the planet Gallifrey in the constellation of Kasterborous. He’s 903 years old, and he’s the man who’s gonna save your lives and all six billion people on the planet below. You got a problem with that?

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 20171:30 PM - 2:15 PM location: ROOM 1

    podlander drunkcast: an outlander podcast

    If you've ever wished for a friend who'll get sloppy drunk and watch Outlander with you, you've come to the right paragraph. Podlander Drunkcast: an Outlander Podcast is a slightly tipsy exploration of all things having to do with the hit Starz series, up to and including sick burns, knitwear, and the fact that Claire is a terrible time-traveler. Oh, and we find room for some in-depth TV criticism, too. Join Allison (The AV Club, Consequence of Sound), Julie (Down in Front), and their beloved Janine (a delightful guy named Aaron) for a live taping of the show and loads of double entendres. Recommended for ages 18+

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 20171:45 PM - 2:30 PM location: ROOM 14

    prop making 101 by shield labs

    An introduction into how, what and where to get started on making props - whether you're a novice just doing it for fun and making things for yourself, or an experienced cosplayer looking to take your cosplay to a professional or seller level and want to know where to start.

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 20172:00 PM - 2:45 PM location: ROOM 5

    he’s batman: a conversation with kevin conroy

    The definitive voice of Batman and Bruce Wayne from “Batman: The Animated Series” and “The New Batman Adventures” is here to answer your questions about being awesome and acting opposite Mark Hamill’s Joker for all these years!

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 20172:00 PM - 2:45 PM location: ROOM 3

    words create worlds: lessons from a storyteller

    If you have ever thought “I want to write a book” or wonder if your story can be told in song but don’t know where to begin or how to continue, this is perfect for you! Aspiring and current writers will want to take part in this interactive workshop to ask questions and learn about what it takes to write a book and be a published author or songwriter! Come and learn about the writing process from author, singer/songwriter, and advocate James Morris (Sky Bound, Water Tower, Surface) as he shares the challenges and excitement that comes with creating new worlds. This workshop will discuss the art of storytelling and share valuable tips, tricks, and organizational skills to help get you started and keep going. Be sure to bring your questions. This workshop is perfect for writers and aspiring writers of all ages.

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 20172:00 PM - 2:45 PM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

    kids costume contest

    Calling all kids ages 13 and under to come out and strut your stuff at the Wizard World Comic Con Kids Costume Contest! You won’t want to miss this Kodak moment packed with a whole lot of fun, laughs and prizes for all participants! (Serious competitors please note: This is a light-hearted event for all skill levels. (The Wizard World Adult Costume Contest should be considered for more professional-seeking 

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 20172:00 PM - 4:00 PM location: ROOM 2

    cosplay workshop: mold making and resin casting

    You always hear about something is cast in resin…but just nodded and smiled! Here’s your chance to not only learn what resin is, but the different kinds, their applications, and learn hands on how to use it! Hosted by internationally award winning cosplayer Mogchelle, who’s cast things as small as tiny gems to a life size Chinese Terra Cotta Warrior costume!  We will go from start to finish in this workshop on creating a basic 1 part mold, and using it to cast an object with resin.  You will be supplied with trial kits of mold making material, and resin that you will also be able to bring home to continue practicing what you've learned in the workshop. (Must Purchase Separate Ticket to the Workshop HERE!)

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 20172:30 PM - 3:15 PM location: ROOM 1

    united we stand, divided we fall:the psychology of teamwork dynamics in comic books and cinema

    The comic universe is comprised of powerful characters that are driven to accomplish a goal...protect or conquer. When these individuals can't achieve the goal themselves, they often band together and form teams such as the X-men, the Justice League, and the Legion of Doom. Join the panelists as they explore teamwork dynamics within comic books and cinema. The panel will address the psychology behind what makes or breaks a team, the pivotal roles that specific characters play in the group dynamic, and the depiction of teamwork in comic films.

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 20172:30 PM - 3:15 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE

    doodle to drawing

    Chicago-area comic artist and children's author, Justin Castaneda introduces aspiring artists to the basics of drawing. You learn how to break down what you want to draw into simple shapes and turn a doodle into a work of art. (Ages 8+)

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 20172:30 PM - 3:15 PM location: ROOM 24 - BALLROOM

    one season and a movie: a conversation with firefly’s summer glau & jewel staite

    It’s been almost 16 years since Joss Whedon’s “Firefly” premiered on Fox, and even with just one 14-episode season and the feature-length film “Serenity,” the series is still a cultural juggernaut! Summer Glau and Jewel Staite, the actors behind River Tam and Kaylee Frye, are here to talk about their experience making the show and its enduring popularity.

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 20172:45 PM - 3:30 PM location: ROOM 14

    how to make $$$ as an manga artist

    Learn the basics of artist alley, how to get published and even print your own comic books.Taught by Samantha Gorel, Manga/Anime instructor at the International School of Comics in Chicago and author/artist of Manga: The Mega Guide published by Search Press.

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 20172:45 PM - 3:30 PM location: KIDS STAGE

    iowa jones and the search for the last mummy by jester puppets

    Enjoy an exciting adventure as Iowa Jones searches for the last mummy, who is cursed and has no friends. During his travels, Iowa Jones meets others who are different than he is - Pirates! And though they have their differences, together they find common ground in order to find the last mummy and build a better world.

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 20173:00 PM - 3:45 PM location: ROOM 42

    star wars vs lord of the rings: which is better this year?

    At last year’s event we were unable to conclusively establish a winner, despite a passionate audience survey. This year, Paul Erickson, Nerd Parodist will again ask the audience for help to pick a champion (Tolkien or George Lucas) in a fun, interactive event featuring: a Nerd Parodist Club Secret Handshake demo, actor Readings from nerd parody classics THE WOBBIT and JAR JAR WARS, audience participation: attendees will again be surveyed to prove which is best: STAR WARS or LORD OF THE RINGS? Which villain is more evil: Emperor Palpatine or Sauron? Which monster is worse: the Sarlacc or the Balrog? Which sidekick is more adorable: R2-D2 or Sam Gamgee? Vote for your favorite! SW/LOTR Cosplay Contest with prizes and the traditional STAR WARS Singalong. Last year’s event was called “The quintessential comic con panel,” by the Chicago Tribune. Don’t miss it this year!

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 20173:00 PM - 3:45 PM location: ROOM 5

    stranger things are happening: a conversation with caleb mclaughlin

    The 15-year-old actor behind Lucas Sinclair on the breakout hit “Stranger Things” is here! Did you know Caleb got his start playing the young Simba in “The Lion King” on Broadway? Come ready to ask your questions about Season 2 of “Stranger Things” and that amazing new trailer!

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 20173:00 PM - 3:45 PM location: ROOM 12

    yogaquest presents doctor who: a narrated yogic adventure

    Allons-y! The Doctor finds himself in a Titanic disaster in this narrated yogic adventure! YogaQuest is unlike any yoga class you have experienced before! It is a unique blend of yoga and fan-fiction story-telling. Your quest is guided by a narrator and a certified yoga instructor, as the class embarks on an epic and often ridiculous journey through a popular fandom. Move through the story by following a yoga routine designed to improve strength, balance and flexibility. No previous yoga experience, special clothing, or mats necessary. Pose nerdy with us!

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 20173:00 PM - 3:45 PM location: ROOM 3

    the secret histories of batman and the joker: the saga of jerry and bill with jens robinson, maggie thompson, travis langley, mike gold, george hagenauer, kim “howard” johnson & danny fingeroth

    To celebrate a new, art-infused memoir by the late Jerry Robinson, Jerry and the Joker: Adventures and Comic Art, this panel tells of how 17-year-old Jerry became the artist on Detective Comics and Batman and created the Joker. We’ll also shed light on Batman’s long-neglected co-creator and writer, Bill Finger. Join Jerry’s son, Jens Robinson (CartoonArts International), Batman experts/historians/friends-of-Jerry Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology), Maggie Thompson (Comic Buyers Guide), Mike Gold (ComicMix), George Hagenauer (Men’s Adventure Magazines in Postwar America), Kim “Howard” Johnson (Superman: True Brit) and Danny Fingeroth (The Stan Lee Universe) as they tell tales of the giants who created some of the most popular characters of all time.

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 20173:00 PM - 3:45 PM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

    david casas magician & demo

    David's high energy performances combine hilarious family friendly comedy, along with jaw dropping sleight of hand, and plenty of audience interaction

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 20173:30 PM - 4:15 PM location: ROOM 1

    game of fandom: a 'game of thrones' fan experience

    Join Lindi, co-creator of PureFandom.com, and YA author Meg Bonney, to talk about the latest in the land of Westeros. This is your chance to win some awesome ‘Game of Thrones' prizes and talk expert theories now that the show has finally returned. Dragons allowed. Follow @Pure_Fandom on Twitter and Instagram for a sneak peek of prizes!

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 20173:30 PM - 4:15 PM location: ROOM 24 - BALLROOM

    he’s no fool of a took: a conversation with billy boyd

    The man behind Pippin, everyone’s favorite hobbit in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, is here! Come ready to ask your questions about his involvement with those legendary films, his band Beecake, and the song he wrote for “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.”

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 20173:30 PM - 5:00 PM location: ROOM 41

    sci-fi speed dating session

    Ladies and Gentlemen! Are you tired of lookin' for love in Alderaan places? We have the solution!  Sci-Fi Speed Dating is returning to Chicago!  Sign up on-site at the Sci-Fi Speed Dating booth!

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 20173:45 PM - 4:15 PM location: KIDS STAGE

    saber legion combat training

    The Saber Legion is a worldwide saber combat organization with over 4K members internationally. We also have over 40 TSL charters around the world. Come enjoy some TSL full contact Saber Combat!

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 20173:45 PM - 4:30 PM location: ROOM 14

    introducing the space cowboy, steve blum

    Join veteran voice actor Steve Blum in answering questions from you, the fans! Steve is best known as the voice of “Spike Spiegel” from Cowboy Bebop, “Wolverine” from several incarnations of X-Men, “Orochimaru” and “Zabuza” from Naruto! Moderated by Youtuber RealBreakingNate!

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 20174:00 PM - 4:30 PM location: ROOM 5

    inside the ring with wwe® superstars the hardy boyz™

    Moderated by Ryan Ball (WrestlingAudio.com)

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 20174:00 PM - 4:45 PM location: ROOM 3

    supervillain psychology: who wants to be a supervillain?

    What attracts so many people to the deadliest villains? Is it the villain's ego, confidence, defiance, or endless determination? Why does it sometimes look good to be bad? On hand to discuss the appeal of the dark side are Dr. Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight), Danny Fingeroth (Superman on the Couch), Eric Wesselmann (Captain America vs. Iron Man: Freedom, Security, Psychology), Pat O'Connor (comicspedia.net), and Leandra Parris Griffis (Supernatural Psychology: Roads Less Traveled). Beware!

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 20174:00 PM - 4:45 PM location: ROOM 42

    capt america and crispr: transforming steve rogers into capt america through crispr gene editing

    Steve Rogers was transformed into Captain America with the vaguely described Super-Soldier Serum. In this panel, we will explore the possibility of transforming Steve Rogers into Captain America using modern gene editing techniques like CRISPR.  A panel of scientist and ethicists will discuss how far gene editing has progressed and how close we are to creating modern day superheroes.  The editing of human genes also poses significant moral questions so the panel will also discuss the ethics and long term implications of editing human genes.

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 20174:00 PM - 4:45 PM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

    dancakes

    Creating live Pancake Art of anything you want!

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 20174:30 PM - 5:00 PM location: ROOM 24 - BALLROOM

    standing outside your window, holding up a boombox: a conversation with john cusack

    The star of “Say Anything...,” “High Fidelity,” “Being John Malkovich,” “Hot Tub Time Machine” and more is here to answer your questions about his extraordinary career. Find out what it was like playing The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson in “Love and Mercy” and acting opposite Nicholas Cage and his infamous southern accent in “Con Air.”

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 20174:30 PM - 5:00 PM location: KIDS STAGE

    fauxchella: music and puppet show with jumpin’ jamie!

    A kindie rock music festival featuring a lineup of original puppet characters. Get ready to participate as we do interactive games and songs about Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, and more!

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 20174:30 PM - 5:15 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE

    getting started with etsy

    Etsy has become the place to find some awesome handmade geeky merch and support indie artists, some of whom you’ll see on the convention floor! With more than 5 years experience on the site, come learn from Ask Kaylee Frye about using Etsy to supplement your spending money, showcase & sell your hobby, or even create your own small business!

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 20174:30 PM - 5:15 PM location: ROOM 1

    getting indie with it: tips on getting published, marketing and networking for indie and self-published writers

    Whether you are self-published, an indie author or aspiring to do either, you will be the head of your own marketing department once your book is out there. Join Meg Bonney (author of the award-winning YA-Fantasy novel EVERLY from Pandamoon Publishing) and guests for tips on breaking into the publishing world and what to do when you get there. Signed paperback copy of EVERLY to the first 30 attendees (limited 1 per person).

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 20174:30 PM - 5:15 PM location: ROOM 12

    the noncompliant geek's guide to self care

    Caring for yourself because you are worth it – and not to attain some media-fueled, idealized image of what you should be – is a radical, political act. Through our engagement with comics, sci-fi, and fantasy, members of the geek community have become experts at re-imagining the world around us. We have the skills needed to be at the forefront of this movement for social change. Come prepared to question society's body shaming narrative on wellness, commit the radical act of self-acceptance, and reclaim your heroic destiny. Your non-compliant journey starts now.

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 20174:45 PM - 5:30 PM location: ROOM 14

    cosplay in character - captain k & princess morgan

    Moderated by SAG/AFTRA actor Karl Brevik and professional cosplayer Princess Morgan, this panel is filled with tips on how to not only look like your character, but act like them too! Providing examples and interactive exercises, this panel covers topics such as improvising as a character, how to interact with others in fun and respectful ways (while staying true to your character), posing for photographs as different character types and how to make cosplaying for children and fellow fans a full experience. Other topics will include how to portray villainous or mischievous characters (how to avoid being THAT Deadpool) and how to make any character kid friendly. This panel relies on formal theatrical training and personal experience to answer all questions and provide interested cosplayers the tools they need to begin character performances.

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 20175:00 PM - 5:45 PM location: ROOM 3

    game design - the crash course

    No programming skills? No Problem. No artistic talent? No problem. Technology has gotten to the point where anyone can design and publish their own tabletop and video games. In this panel Mark Kakareka (Guilty 10 Games) share what he has learned with a Game Design degree, and 6 years of indie game development. The highs of going out there and doing it your own way, and the lows of going other and doing it your way. We'll talk, we'll learn and at the end you leave knowing how to make your own games. Other panelists includes, Dan Kakareka, Greg Whang, Josh Song, and Julie Song.

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 20175:00 PM - 5:45 PM location: ROOM 5

    buffy turns 20: a conversation with nicholas brendon & charisma carpenter

    Can you believe it's been 20 years since Joss Whedon's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" tv series captured our hearts (and subsequently drove a stake through them)? Neither can we! Come hear about the experience of making the show from the actors behind Xander Harris and Cordelia Chase!

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 20175:00 PM - 5:45 PM location: ROOM 42

    the future of dc films

    DC has 15 films in development but have been frustratingly mum on what's coming out when. Join Ryan Murphy as he attempts to decode the list.

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 20175:15 PM - 5:30 PM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

    doctor who cosplay meet up

    Wizard World would like to introduce Cosplay meetups! Come join us on the stage for a photo session with other Doctor Who cosplayers and fans alike.

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 20175:30 PM - 6:15 PM location: ROOM 24 - BALLROOM

    wizard world concert: performed by world of warcraft composer jason hayes and video game band “critical hit”

    Wizard World is proud to present an electrifying live concert of music from the most celebrated video games of all time! Embark on a rediscovery of timeless pieces from The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, World of Warcraft, Super Mario, Kingdom Hearts, Metal Gear Solid, Tetris, Pokémon, Halo, Mega Man, Sonic the Hedgehog, and more! Featuring Jason Hayes, lead composer on the original release of World of Warcraft, Critical Hit’s award-winning musicians record for top-grossing video games, movies, and TV shows and perform live at the The Emmy’s, Cirque Du Soleil, American Idol, and symphony orchestras worldwide.

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 20175:30 PM - 6:15 PM location: ROOM 1

    nerdprov

    Join improvisers from ComedySportz Chicago as they battle for your laughs Thunderdome style in a head to head battle of wits using your nerdiest suggestions and featuring cosplay volunteers from the audience. With your host, New York comedian, Mike Gregorek. Laugh your Asgard off!

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 20175:30 PM - 6:15 PM location: KIDS STAGE

    h.e.r.o.s by jester puppets

    Captain Obvious, Mr. Oblivious and Recycle Rabbit are on a quest to help young people face difficult bullying situations.  Whether it’s face to face or it’s cyber-bullying, our heroes are here to help navigate the confusion of “What can I do?” Join the fun to learn how both boys and girls can be heroes! Jester Puppets’ hilarious escapades will leave kids rolling with laughter as they learn how to show respect for others and manage a bullying situation – in person or online. 

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 20175:30 PM - 6:45 PM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

    time crash band

    TIME CRASH is equal parts hard-rocking space band and sci-fi dance explosion, inspired by the stories and characters of Doctor Who. 

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 20175:45 PM - 6:30 PM location: ROOM 14

    yokai girls gone wild

    Female Monsters of Japan- Japanese folklore is full of angry, vengeful spirits and monsters, and more than half of those are of the female variety. This panel explores the creepy, the quirky, and the angry women who populate Japan's hidden world, what to look out for, how to survive encounters with them, and how they reflect Japanese views on femininity and female life.

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 20176:00 PM - 7:30 PM location: ROOM 41

    sci-fi speed dating session

    Ladies and Gentlemen! Are you tired of lookin' for love in Alderaan places? We have the solution!  Sci-Fi Speed Dating is returning to Chicago!  Sign up on-site at the Sci-Fi Speed Dating booth!

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 20177:00 PM - 9:00 PM location: ROOM 24 - BALLROOM

    wizard world costume contest

    Hosted by our very own superheroes Victor Dandridge and Brit Bliss, 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. Grab your buddies and suit up to take a chance at bringing home the gold! Categories include Best in Show, Best Male/Female Heroes, Best Male/Female Villains, Best Group and Best Anime!

    Anyone interested in participating can sign-up at the Wizard World Info booth inside the exhibition floor on Saturday. Registration closes at 5PM! We’ll see you there! (Recommended for ages 13+)

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 20179:00 PM - 11:30 PM location: ROOM 24 - BALLROOM

    rocky horror picture show extravaganza!

    Wizard World has teamed up with legendary film producer Lou Adler, FOX Studios and the Rocky Horror Fan Club to bring you a special event, an evening screening of the original Rocky Horror Picture Show movie, with host and original movie cast member, Barry Bostwick (Brad) and a display of original props and costumes from the movie! 

    Fans of the original RHPC movie, cos-players and all pop culture fans are going to love this! 

    Purchase Tickets Here!

  • Saturday, Aug. 26, 20179:30 PM - 12:00 AM location: THE HYATT REGENCY O’HARE

    the official wizard world costume after party

    Just because the show floor is closed doesn’t mean the party skips a beat! Don't miss the hottest event of the Wizard World weekend! Head on over to the Official Wizard Costume After Party starting at 9:30 pm at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare. Enjoy live music all night as the DJ spins, cash bar, and costumes encouraged! Costume contests and prizes all night too. Age Requirement 18+. Location: Hyatt Regency O’Hare- 9300 W. Bryn Mawr Ave, Rosemont, IL 60018. Tickets are $5 Pre-Sale Online and $10 On-Site. Buy Tickets at wizd.me/afterpartychi

  • Sunday, Aug. 27, 20179:15 AM - 10:30 AM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

    environmental encroachment

    Chicago group Environmental Encroachment (EE) uses a mobile brass band, costumes, performance art and theatrics to create unique entertainment environments.

  • Sunday, Aug. 27, 20179:30 AM - 4:00 PM location: KIDS ZONE

    jumpin’ jamie free sock puppet making workshop

    Come create your own unique sock puppet in the kids zone with Jumpin’ Jamie.

  • Sunday, Aug. 27, 201710:00 AM - 3:00 PM location: ROOM 49

    wizard world comic con blood drive by heartland blood centers

    The 3rd annual Blood Drive hosted by Wizard World’s largest and longest running comic con at the Donald E. Stephens Center in Rosemont will help boost the blood supply prior to expected Labor Day blood shortages. Chicago Comic Con attendees generously donated 380 pints of blood last year over the four days and this year’s goal is 430!  Donate, just in time to help keep up inventories for patients in the 70+ Chicagoland hospitals supplied by Heartland Blood Centers. This year’s blood donors will receive a free Wizard World Comic Con Blood Donor t-shirt, a $5 Target Gift Card and will be entered into exciting daily drawings and photos! You can be part of this year’s Wizard World Comic Con Blood Drive! Call: 1-800-7TO-GIVE (1-800-786-4483), Text: “APPT” to 444-999 or Click HERE to schedule for a mobile appointment. Walk-ins are Welcome!

  • Sunday, Aug. 27, 201710:30 AM - 11:15 AM location: KIDS STAGE

    h.e.r.o.s by jester puppets

    Captain Obvious, Mr. Oblivious and Recycle Rabbit are on a quest to help young people face difficult bullying situations.  Whether it’s face to face or it’s cyber-bullying, our heroes are here to help navigate the confusion of “What can I do?” Join the fun to learn how both boys and girls can be heroes! Jester Puppets’ hilarious escapades will leave kids rolling with laughter as they learn how to show respect for others and manage a bullying situation – in person or online.

  • Sunday, Aug. 27, 201710:30 AM - 11:30 AM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

    rock it man entertainment dueling piano show

    Based in the Twin Cities, Rock It Man Entertainment is proud to provide unique and unforgettable live music including our dueling piano shows throughout Minnesota and across North America.

  • Sunday, Aug. 27, 201710:45 AM - 11:45 AM location: ROOM 3

    get over here! 25 years of mortal kombat

    25 Years ago, circa 1992…a video game came out that changed the face of fighting games forever…that game was called, MORTAL KOMBAT! The 2008 edition of Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition awarded the Mortal Kombat series with seven world records, including "most successful fighting game series". The franchise holds ten world records in the 2011 Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition, including the "largest promotional campaign for a fighting video game" (Mortal Kombat 3), "highest grossing film based on a beat ‘em up video game" (Mortal Kombat 1996), and "most successful video game spin-off soundtrack album" (Mortal Kombat: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack).

    The Age of the Geeks is honored to present some of the cast and members of the Mortal Kombat franchise in a very fun filled hour-long panel in Room 3! Panelists include: Doc Mack – Owner/Operator of Galloping Ghost Arcade, Master Daniel Pesina – Choreographer/Johnny Cage, Scorpion, Sub Zero, Reptile, Smoke/MK/MK II, Dr. Phillip Ahn – Shang Tsung/MK II, Carlos Pesina – Action Hero/Villain lead choreographer/Creative Director for NetherRealm Studios/Raiden/MK/MK II…and more!

  • Sunday, Aug. 27, 201711:00 AM - 11:45 AM location: ROOM 24 - BALLROOM

    wizard world concert: performed by world of warcraft composer jason hayes and video game band “critical hit”

    Wizard World is proud to present an electrifying live concert of music from the most celebrated video games of all time! Embark on a rediscovery of timeless pieces from The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, World of Warcraft, Super Mario, Kingdom Hearts, Metal Gear Solid, Tetris, Pokémon, Halo, Mega Man, Sonic the Hedgehog, and more! Featuring Jason Hayes, lead composer on the original release of World of Warcraft, Critical Hit’s award-winning musicians record for top-grossing video games, movies, and TV shows and perform live at the The Emmy’s, Cirque Du Soleil, American Idol, and symphony orchestras worldwide.

  • Sunday, Aug. 27, 201711:00 AM - 12:30 PM location: ROOM 41

    sci-fi speed dating session: lgbtpq

    Ladies and Gentlemen! Are you tired of lookin' for love in Alderaan places?  We have the solution!  Sci-Fi Speed Dating is returning to Chicago!  Sign up on-site at the Sci-Fi Speed Dating booth!

  • Sunday, Aug. 27, 201711:00 AM - 3:00 PM location: KIDS ZONE

    free face painting for all kids

    Come enjoy free face painting in the kids zone from 11-3 pm!

  • Sunday, Aug. 27, 201711:30 AM - 12:15 AM location: ROOM 5

    he’s no angel: a conversation with christian kane

    The star of “Leverage,” “Angel” and “The Librarians” is here! Come ready to ask your questions about his expansive acting career and his awesome rock band Kane.

  • Sunday, Aug. 27, 201711:30 AM - 12:00 PM location: KIDS STAGE

    saber legion combat training

    Start your journey where every saber student begins, from grip to footwork to flow begin your saber mastery here!

  • Sunday, Aug. 27, 201711:30 AM - 12:15 PM location: ROOM 1

    how to get published: from concept to under contract

    How do you wrangle a writing contract, snag an agent, or gain the interest of a publishing house or film studio? Find out what really makes a page-turning story so gripping and what entertainment agencies, film producers, agents and publishers alike are looking for during this dynamic discussion! Genese Davis (The Holder's Dominion), Jay Bonansinga (The Walking Dead: Invasion), Tim Lees (Devil in the Wires) and John Everson (Redemption) will divulge how to best navigate the often confusing waters of the writing, screenwriting, and the publishing world. Panelists will share their insider experiences for their genres including tips and tricks for creating stories that captivate!

  • Sunday, Aug. 27, 201711:45 AM - 12:30 PM location: ROOM 14

    cool japan: the panel

    We watch anime. We read manga. We play games. And we love them dearly. But these modern media elements are the more recent and visible parts of a culture trade that has been going on for over a hundred years. Join anthropologist Charles Dunbar as he goes back and looks at how Japan and the United States have traded all sorts of properties, from music to fashion to zombies, and beyond.

  • Sunday, Aug. 27, 201712:00 PM - 12:15 PM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

    all anime cosplay meet up

    Wizard World would like to introduce Cosplay meetups! Come join us on the stage for a photo session with other Anime cosplayers and fans alike.

  • Sunday, Aug. 27, 201712:00 PM - 12:45 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE

    drawing disney with clinton hobart

    Learn to draw Disney with Clinton Hobart!

  • Sunday, Aug. 27, 201712:00 PM - 12:45 PM location: ROOM 3

    super women rule! wonder woman, jessica jones, black widow, catwoman, and company!

    While Wonder Woman breaks one box office record after another, Jessica Jones intrigues us on Netflix and the Black Widow one-ups the Avenger boys. They join Ellen Ripley, Sarah Connor, Xena, and a long line of other female characters who prove audiences are eager for heroines. Join Dr. Travis Langley (Wonder Woman Psychology: Lassoing the Truth), Danny Fingeroth (Dazzler), Leandra Parris Griffis (Supernatural Psychology: Roads Less Traveled), Scott Jordan (Captain America vs. Iron Man: Freedom, Security, Psychology), and Justine Mastin (Supernatural Psychology) for a look at these amazing super women, an examination of why Hollywood hasn't given us more fantastic heroines, and a discussion of whether filmmakers will learn the right lessons from Wonder Woman's success.

  • Sunday, Aug. 27, 201712:00 PM - 12:45 PM location: ROOM 24 - BALLROOM

    what’s life without a companion: a conversation with doctor who’s alex kingston, jenna coleman and catherine tate

    We’ve got the Doctor’s wife and two of his most famous companions! Alex Kingston (River Song), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald) and Catherine Tate (Donna Noble) are here representing all different time periods of the Nu Who era. It seems impossible...unless you think of time as a big ball of wibbly wobbly time-y wime-y stuff. At any rate, come ask these lovely ladies your questions about Doctor Who and beyond!

  • Sunday, Aug. 27, 201712:00 PM - 12:45 PM location: TBA

    portfolio review with former marvel comic art director steve gieger

    Aspiring artists here is your chance to have your portfolio reviewed at Wizard World Chicago. Steve Geiger (Spider-ManIncredible Hulk, former managing art director for The Marvel Entertainment Group) wants to help guide you as you take the next step as a comic book artist!

    Submit your 3 best pieces to evilgeiger@gmail.com . If selected for an official portfolio review you will be contacted with location info.

  • Sunday, Aug. 27, 201712:15 PM - 12:45 PM location: KIDS STAGE

    exotic wildlife sanctuary

    Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary interactive program allows you to get up close to Lucian our Brazilian Tufted Capuchin, learning all about him – what he eats, natural habitat, how he came to the sanctuary, his favorite foods, how smart he is… the list goes on and on, of course we LOVE questions so if there is something you are wanting to know, do not hesitate to ask at the end of the program! We have one of the coolest jobs on earth!

  • Sunday, Aug. 27, 201712:30 PM - 1:00 PM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

    saber legion combat

    The Saber Legion is a worldwide saber combat organization with over 4K members internationally. We also have over 40 TSL charters around the world. Come enjoy some TSL full contact Saber Combat!

  • Sunday, Aug. 27, 201712:30 PM - 1:15 PM location: ROOM 1

    villains: creating the perfect antagonist

    Join this panel on villains versus villains! What makes a great monster or just plain psycho-antagonist? Creators divulge how they create fantastic villains and which characters claim the best villain award. Why do some win our hearts while others creep us out? Genese Davis (The Holder's Dominion), Tim Lees (Steal the Lightning) and Jay Bonansinga (The Walking Dead: Invasion) will share their perspectives and creative process including what key ingredients they focus on when creating vicious characters. Don't miss this thrilling discussion.

  • Sunday, Aug. 27, 201712:30 PM - 1:15 PM location: ROOM 5

    his legendary journeys: a conversation with kevin sorbo

    The man behind Hercules in "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" and Captain Dylan Hunt in "Andromeda" joins Wizard World Chicago! Ask him about the time he guest starred on the virtual reality episode of "Murder She Wrote." Because it was, um, awesome.

  • Sunday, Aug. 27, 201712:45 PM - 1:30 PM location: ROOM 14

    equivalent exchange with voice actor vic mignogna

    Join veteran voice actor Vic Mignogna in answering questions from you, the fans! Vic is known for his prolific voice-over work in the English dubs of Japanese anime shows, the most notable being the brother who sacrificed everything, Edward Elric from the Fullmetal Alchemist!  Moderated by Youtuber RealBreakingNate!

  • Sunday, Aug. 27, 20171:00 PM - 1:15 PM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

    video game cosplay meet- up

    Wizard World would like to introduce Cosplay meetups! Come join us on the stage for a photo session with other video game cosplayers and fans alike.

  • Sunday, Aug. 27, 20171:00 PM - 1:30 PM location: KIDS STAGE

    iowa jones and the search for the last mummy by jester puppets

    Enjoy an exciting adventure as Iowa Jones searches for the last mummy, who is cursed and has no friends. During his travels, Iowa Jones meets others who are different than he is - Pirates! And though they have their differences, together they find common ground in order to find the last mummy and build a better world.

  • Sunday, Aug. 27, 20171:00 PM - 1:45 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE

    doodle to drawing

    Chicago-area comic artist and children's author, Justin Castaneda introduces aspiring artists to the basics of drawing. You learn how to break down what you want to draw into simple shapes and turn a doodle into a work of art. (Ages 8+)

  • Sunday, Aug. 27, 20171:00 PM - 1:45 PM location: ROOM 3

    who’s the most neurotic superhero? inside the minds of batman, spider-man, captain america, jessica jones and more with spider-man’s danny fingeroth, batman and psychology’s dr. travis langley, the red hook’s dean haspiel and geek culture’s dr. patrick o’connor

    Ever since the dawn of Marvel’s “superheroes with real problems,” costumed adventurers have been letting their psychological damage show. Spider-Man’s guilt and insecurity, Batman’s tango with trauma, Captain America’s survivor’s guilt and Jessica Jones’ smorgasbord of symptoms are just a few of the mental challenges that modern superheroes deal with. Today, psychologist Travis Langley (Batman Psychology; Captain America vs. Iron Man: Freedom, Security, Psychology), Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma; The Red Hook), Dr. Patrick O’Connor (Geek Culture and Therapy), and comics writer and historian Danny Fingeroth (Superman on the Couch: What Superheroes Really Tell Us About Ourselves and Our Society) discuss the psychological challenges a variety of heroes (and maybe some villains) deals with.

  • Sunday, Aug. 27, 20171:00 PM - 2:00 PM location: ROOM 24 - BALLROOM

    does this man age? seriously, i don’t think he does. he’s perfect: a conversation with john barrowman

    The man behind Captain Jack Harkness on “Doctor Who” and “Torchwood,” Malcolm Merlyn on the CW DC shows and much much more is here! Come join him for this can’t-miss panel and get ready!

  • Sunday, Aug. 27, 20171:00 PM - 2:30 PM location: ROOM 41

    sci-fi speed dating session

    Ladies and Gentlemen! Are you tired of lookin' for love in Alderaan places?  We have the solution!  Sci-Fi Speed Dating is returning to Chicago!  Sign up on-site at the Sci-Fi Speed Dating booth!

  • Sunday, Aug. 27, 20171:15 PM - 2:00 PM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

    james morris- songwriter, musician and author

    This two-time Warped Tour artist will be joining us on the Entertainer Stage with an all acoustic alternate rock performance, including his original songs from hit video games, film and TV.  Along with his music, James is joining us here at Wizard World bringing his sci fi trilogy of books along. Come experience the joined story of two medias, both at our stage and at his booth.  www.jamesmorris.com

  • Sunday, Aug. 27, 20171:30 PM - 2:00 PM location: KIDS STAGE

    saber legion combat training

    Start your journey where every saber student begins, from grip to footwork to flow begin your saber mastery here!

  • Sunday, Aug. 27, 20171:30 PM - 2:15 PM location: ROOM 5

    let’s do the time warp again: a conversation with barry bostwick

    Dammit, Janet, I love you! The original Brad Majors is here to talk about his experiences in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Spin City and more! Is The Scorpion King 4: The Quest for Power your favorite movie? Well, now’s your chance to ask Barry Bostwick about his role in it!

  • Sunday, Aug. 27, 20171:30 PM - 2:15 PM location: ROOM 12

    yogaquest presents buffy the vampire slayer: a narrated yogic adventure!

    Grr! Argh! Buffy will patrol tonight in this narrated yogic adventure! YogaQuest is unlike any yoga class you have experienced before! It is a unique blend of yoga and fan-fiction story-telling. Your quest is guided by a narrator and a certified yoga instructor, as the class embarks on an epic and often ridiculous journey through a popular fandom. Move through the story by following a yoga routine designed to improve strength, balance and flexibility. No previous yoga experience, special clothing, or mats necessary. Pose nerdy with us!

  • Sunday, Aug. 27, 20171:30 PM - 2:15 PM location: ROOM 1

    this week in geek live

    The boys from the This Week in Geek Podcast bring their show to Wizard World for a live discussion of all things geek.  They will be performing popular segments from their live shows including Geektastic Cage Match and Pop Culture Countdown, as well as talking about the latest nerd news.  Don't be surprised if guests from Artist Alley show up hang out and joke around. Panelists include Rob Southgate, Chris Mau, Alil Kunica, and Jacob Bates.

  • Sunday, Aug. 27, 20171:45 PM - 2:30 PM location: ROOM 14

    the best of japanese horror manga and anime

    Do you enjoy the Walking Dead? Looking to expand your horror-genre collection? In this panel, we will discuss all the popular Japanese horror manga’s and anime’s throughout the decades guaranteed to send chills down your spine.

  • Sunday, Aug. 27, 20172:00 PM - 2:45 PM location: ROOM 3

    the marvel saga: the 78-year history of the house of ideas, from the beginning to spider-man: homecoming with the thing’s dean haspiel, spider-man’s mikey babinski & the avengers’ danny fingeroth

    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, Dean Haspiel (The Thing; The Red Hook), Mikey Babinski (Scarlet Spider; Deadpool), and Danny Fingeroth (Deadly Foes of Spider-Man; The Stan Lee Universe) present an illustrated tour (with lots of commentary) through the many decades of comics, movies and TV series that make up the phenomenon that is Marvel.

  • Sunday, Aug. 27, 20172:00 PM - 2:45 PM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

    kids costume contest

    Calling all kids ages 13 and under to come out and strut your stuff at the Wizard World Comic Con Kids Costume Contest! You won’t want to miss this Kodak moment packed with a whole lot of fun, laughs and prizes for all participants! (Serious competitors please note: This is a light-hearted event for all skill levels. (The Wizard World Adult Costume Contest should be considered for more professional-seeking participants)

  • Sunday, Aug. 27, 20172:15 PM - 3:00 PM location: ROOM 24 - BALLROOM

    those commercials do make me want to get sling tv, btw: a conversation with danny trejo

    It’s Machete himself! The legendary action star is here to talk about his incredible career, convince you to get rid of cable and acting opposite Nicholas Cage and his infamous southern accent in “Con Air.”

  • Sunday, Aug. 27, 20172:30 PM - 3:15 PM location: ROOM 5

    wkrp in chicago: a conversation with loni anderson

    The legendary sex symbol and star of the sitcom “WKRP in Cincinnati” joins Wizard World Chicago! She was the voice of Flo in “All Dogs Go to Heaven,” which still makes us cry. Come ready to ask about Loni’s role as the evil Medusa in “3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain.”

  • Sunday, Aug. 27, 20172:30 PM - 3:15 PM location: ROOM 14

    the enchanted world of rankin/bass productions with official historian/biographer rick goldschmidt

    Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of his first book The Enchanted World of Rankin/Bass: A Portfolio (Miser Bros Press), 50 years of Rankin/Bass' classic film Mad Monster Party and 40 years of their Peabody award winning special The Hobbit.  Rick will show a few quick, behind-the-scenes clips, discuss the Rankin/Bass history and answer a few questions.

  • Sunday, Aug. 27, 20172:30 PM - 3:15 PM location: ROOM 1

    indie game design, the early stages

    Join us in a discussion focused on tabletop and video game design. Our creators, The Morris Brothers, James and David (Toast Party 4) will discuss their efforts in developing a new tabletop RPG system and an indie First Person Shooter video game. Join us to talk about the various design stages of tabletop and game development from a creator’s perspective. Q&A will be available at the end of the panel.

  • Sunday, Aug. 27, 20172:45 PM - 3:15 PM location: KIDS STAGE

    fauxchella: music and puppet show with jumpin’ jamie!

    A kindie rock music festival featuring a lineup of original puppet characters. Get ready to participate as we do interactive games and songs about Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, and more!

  • Sunday, Aug. 27, 20173:00 PM - 3:45 PM location: ROOM 3

    accio potterheads: a 'harry potter' fan experience

    Calling all muggles, pure-bloods, half-bloods, and squibs! Board the Hogwarts Express and journey into the ultimate Harry Potter fan experience with your fellow Potterheads. Join PureFandom.com co-founder Lindi Smith and YA author Meg Bonney for a discussion on mind-blowing Harry Potter fan theories, a wizard's duel, and plenty of opportunities to win amazing prizes. Follow @Pure_Fandom on Twitter and Instagram to get a sneak peek of the prizes!

  • Sunday, Aug. 27, 20173:30 PM - 4:30 PM location: ROOM 104

    sci-fi speed dating session

    Ladies and Gentlemen! Are you tired of lookin' for love in Alderaan places?  We have the solution!  Sci-Fi Speed Dating is returning to Chicago! Sign up on-site at the Sci-Fi Speed Dating booth!