‘Legends of Tomorrow,’ ‘Charmed,’ ‘Firefly’ Q&A’s, Cosplay, Creative Panels Head Programming At Wizard World Bay Area; Most Included With Any Admission
Q&A sessions with the casts of Legends of Tomorrow (Brandon Routh, Caity Lotz and Matt Ryan), “Charmed” (Holly Marie Combs and Brian Krause), “Firefly” (Jewel Staite and Sean Maher), plus women in science fiction (Combs, Courtney Ford and Katrina Law), solo panels with Sam Jones (Flash Gordon), Claudia Wells (Back to the Future), Barry Williams (“The Brady Bunch”), Kevin Nash (pro wrestler), Neil McDonough (“Star Trek: First Contact”), cosplayer and comics creator sessions, adult and kids costume contests, short film screenings and more highlight the programming offerings at Wizard World Bay Area, Friday through Sunday at the Oakland Convention Center. Most programming is included as part of the standard event admission and is in addition to the live entertainment options (dancing, music, etc. hosted by Kato Kaelin) all weekend.
Some highlights of the more than 75 hours of panels scheduled to date include:
- Group panels with Legends (Routh, Lotz, Ryan, Saturday, 2 p.m.).; “Charmed” (Combs, Krause, Saturday, 4 p.m.), “Firefly” Staite, Maher, Saturday, 1 p.m.); women of Sci-Fi (Combs, Ford, Law, Sunday, noon)
- Q&A sessions with Jones (Saturday, 5 p.m.); Wells (Saturday, 11:30 a.m.); McDonough (Sunday, 1 p.m.); and Williams (Sunday, 11 a.m.)
- Pro wrestling legends Kevin Nash (Saturday, 12:30 p.m.) and Honky Tonk Man and Lisa Marie Varon (Saturday, 3 p.m.) dish on their favorite ring promotions
- Creator sessions with industry superstars Joe Wos, Lex Fajardo, Shaenon K. Garrity, Andrew Farago, Ron Marz, M. Todd Gallowglas and more
- Fan- and industry-based panels on subjects ranging from literary theory, collecting, foam basics, animated villains, board games, animated TV characters, heroes and mental illness, comics in the classroom, the wrestling business, writing the first draft, cosplay and consent, pareidolia, Star Wars, Nerdprov, Marvel films, Batman, engaging fiction, psychology of horror and more
- Disney Trivia with Thomas Ian Nicholas and Samm Levine, hosted by Handbook for Mortals author Lani Sarem (Saturday, 3 p.m.)
- Screenings of short films and web series (Saturday, 11:30 a.m.) and Best Fan Films (Sunday, 11:30 a.m.) from the GeekFest 2019 Tour
- Kids programming all three days, including free sketches, face painting, hero training, Jedi training, mask making and more
- World-famous Wizard World Adult Costume Contest, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Kids Costume Contests on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
- Cosplay with special guests SparkleStache, Camislyce, McThor, Captain Kaycee and more, 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.
A full list of Wizard World Bay Area programming is available at http://wizardworld.com/programming-entertainment/Bay-Area (subjects, guests, times and rooms subject to change).
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 14th and final event scheduled on the 2019 Wizard World calendar, Bay Area show hours are Friday, November 22, 4-9 p.m.; Saturday, November 23, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, November 25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Kids 10 and under are admitted free with paid adult.
Wizard World Bay Area 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 2019 Wizard World Bay Area, visit http://wizd.me/BayAreaPR.