‘Doctor Who,’ ‘Buffy,’ Sheen Q&A’s, Creative Panels Head Programming At Wizard World Comic Con Minneapolis
MINNEAPOLIS, April 26, 2017 - Dual Q&A sessions with the stars of “Doctor Who,” “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” and “The Monkees,” panels featuring standout celebrities Charlie Sheen (Hot Shots, “Two and a Half Men”), Barry Bostwick (Rocky Horror Picture Show, “Spin City”), James Marsters (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Vidiots”) and others, “Pokémon,” and other gaming-themed panels, storytelling and comics creator sessions, adult and kids costume contests, after parties and cosplay panels highlight the programming offerings at Wizard World Comic Con Minneapolis, May 5-7 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Most programming is included as part of the standard event admission and is in addition to the live entertainment options (magic, dancing, music, etc.) all weekend.
Some highlights of the more than 50 panels scheduled include:
Dual Q&A’s with the “Doctor Who” tandem of Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman (“Saturday, noon), “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” twosome of Nicholas Brendon and Charisma Carpenter (Saturday, 3 p.m.) and Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz (“The Monkees,” Sunday, noon)
Solo interactive sessions with Sheen (Saturday, 2 p.m.), Bostwick (Saturday, 1 p.m.), Marsters (Saturday, 4 p.m.) and Marina Sirtis (“Star Trek: The Next Generation,” Sunday, 1 p.m.)
Creator-themed hours featuring industry superstars Guy Gilchrist (“Nancy,” “Muppets”), Phil Ortiz (“The Simpsons”) and Bob Camp (“Ren & Stimpy”) (“How to Draw Comedy,” Friday, 5 p.m.), licensed Disney Fine Artist Clinton Hobart (Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 3 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.), WWE artist Rob Schamberger (Friday, 6 p.m.), Tom Cook (“Tarzan,” “Flash Gordon”; Saturday, 12:30 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m.), Guardians of the Galaxy writer Sam Humphries and Spider Man’s Danny Fingeroth (Saturday, 1:30 p.m.) and many others
“Rocky Horror Picture Show Extravaganza” screening of the cult classic film, featuring introduction by Bostwick and performance by the local shadow cast group “Transvestite Soup,” (Saturday, VIP M&G with Bostwick, 7-8 p.m. at Convention Center, film at midnight at The Riverview Theater, 3800 42nd Ave S. in Minneapolis.) (*note additional admission required)
“Pokémon” panels (Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1:30 p.m.)
Pop culture topically themed panels such as “Getting Started on YouTube” (Friday, 6 p.m.); “Marvel vs. DC: Infinity War” (Friday, 6:30 p.m.); “Comics, Rock & Roll and Censorship” (Friday, 7 p.m.); “I’m Not A Sidekick: A Diversity In Pop Culture Discussion” (Saturday, 3 p.m.) and more
Video gaming free play all three days, featuring Street Fighter V, Tekken 7 and Super Smash Bros. Wii U and more, at the dedicated gaming area
Kids programming all three days, including magic face painting, balloon animals, celebrity storytelling, superhero dance tournaments, ventriloquism, learn to draw, gaming tournaments (and Kids 10 and under are free every day with paid adult)
World-famous Wizard World Comic Con Adult Costume Contest, Saturday at 7 p.m. and Kids Costume Contests on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Cosplay with special guests Mogchelle, SuperKayce, Captain K and Hannah Eva, throughout the weekend
Unless noted, programming events take place in the designated General Programming Rooms or show floor stages at the convention center. VIP tickets or additional costs may apply to ensure access to select activities, as noted. (*Note: the Rocky Horror Picture Show Extravaganza event requires a separate ticket.)