Cook, Ortiz, Weldele, Hallett Among Top Creators At Wizard World Portland, January 24-26
Industry veterans Tom Cook (Hanna-Barbera Studios, “Smurfs”), Phil Ortiz (“The Simpsons,” “Muppet Babies”), Brett Weldele (“The Surrogates,” “Vampirella 1969”), Jonathan Hallett (“Hereditary,” “Action Point”), Christopher Priest (“Black Panther,” “Captain America: Civil War”), Jed Thomas (CryptTV, “The Amity Wars”), Joe Wos (“Mazetoons,” “Charlie the Tuna”) and Randy Emberlin (“Amazing Spider-Man,” “Venom”) are among the leading creators scheduled to populate Artist Alley at the eighth annual Wizard World Portland at the Oregon Convention Center, January 24-26. The weekend will also feature many demonstrations and discussions at the Creative Stage, as well as numerous local Oregon creators.
Greater Portland creators on hand include Mitzi Fordyce (sculptures/jewelry), Tayler Howard (illustrations), Dezra Otto (Disney, Motion Logic Studios), Christopher Levin (graphic design, illustrations), Michael Flynn (graphic art/retro), Brad Eastburn (Lucky Comics, video game art), Celeste Ingalls (original art prints, stickers), Collin Schlicht ("Jak and Daxter," Hero Complex Gallery), Kate Patrick (illustrations), Becca Wilson (Geek it Up Portland, pop culture pillows), Alexander Burrows (illustrations, fantasy art), Melissa Kaylor (pixel art, plush toys), Misty Figueredo (sculptures).
Wizard World Portland will also include non-stop live entertainment, gaming, exclusive Q&A sessions with select celebrities and autographs/photo ops with top stars such as “Smallville” headliners Tom Welling (“Clark Kent”), Michael Rosenbaum (“Lex Luthor”), Erica Durance (“Lois Lane”), John Glover (“Lionel Luthor”) and Laura Vandervoort (“Kara/Supergirl”), Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride), Dylan McDermott (“American Horror Story,” “The Practice”) and James Marsters (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Vidiots”), Chandler Riggs (“The Walking Dead,” “A Million Little Things”), Robin Lord Taylor (“Gotham”), Craig Parker (Lord of the Rings, “Spartacus”), Nick Zano (“Legends of Tomorrow,” Minority Report), Holly Marie Combs (“Charmed,” “Pretty Little Liars”) and more, along with Wizard World’s Master of Ceremonies, Kato Kaelin.
Wizard World events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests and more. The second event scheduled on the 2020 Wizard World calendar, Portland show hours are Friday, January 24, 4-9 p.m.; Saturday, January 25, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, January 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Kids 10 and under are admitted free with paid adult.
Wizard World Portland is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor and participate in the famed Wizard World Costume Contest on Saturday evening.
For more on the 2020 Wizard World Portland, visit http://wizd.me/PortlandPR.
Cover image: "Cozy Space Baby" by Brett Weldele