'Deadpool' Creator Liefeld, Gossett, Marz, Fajardo, Wong Among Top Creators At Inaugural 2019 Wizard World Bay Area, November 22-24
Industry veterans Rob Liefeld (“Deadpool,” “Cable,” “X-Force”), Christian Gossett (“Star Wars,” “Call of Duty”), Ron Marz (“Silver Surfer,” “Thor”), Alexis Fajardo ("Kid Beowulf," Senior Editor of publishing at the Charles M. Schulz Studio), Andrew Farago (“Batman the Definitive History,” “Looney Tunes Treasury”), Joe Wos (“Mazetoons,” “An Animation Celebration: The Top 100 Animated TV Characters”). Shaenon K. Garrity (“The Zombie Gnome Defense Guide,” “Willowweep Manor”), Walden Wong (“Batman,” “Captain America”) and Albert Nguyen (Upper Deck, Marvel sketchcards) are among the leading creators scheduled to populate Artist Alley at the inaugural Wizard World Bay Area at the Oakland Convention Center, November 22-24. The weekend will also feature many demonstrations and discussions at the Creative Stage, as well as numerous local Bay Area creators.
Other notable artists and writers among the 50+ attending are Kevin Glover (“Fractured Scary Tales,” “Supered-up Monster Kids”), Michael Calero ("Tandar," "All New Fathom"), Jimmy Tran (“Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister 6”), Megan Withey (“Myths of Legend”), James Pascoe (“Thor,” “Gambit”) and Jon Del Arroz ("For Steam and Country").
In addition to Wong, Nguyen, Del Arroz, Tran and Pascoe, local Bay Area creators on hand include Dennis Bolen (jewelry design), Thomas Chiaramonte (“Wrongrobot”), Zizani Cochran (pop art), Melissa Pagluica (Above the Clouds), Sara Hurley (woodworking), Devin Hughes (“Bremen”), Brandon Lyons (“Bastard Gunman #1), Jamie Firenze (“Yojambo”), Alexis Villanueva (fine art), Huy (Jack) Nguyen (“Metalsouls”), Jack Le (“Metalsouls”), Lawrence Washington (pop art), Rob Gardner (pop art), David Farrar (fine art), Darren Murata (pop art), Deborah Blandino (“Badass Girl”), Brittni Paul (watercolors, inks), Shawna Arzadon (jewelry), Bonnie Collins (steampunk/gothic), Steph Dere (prints), Neal (“Lopan 4000”) Bergmann (“Basnectar”), Gitano DePaola (pop art), Arezu Sarvestani (pop art), Kim Kelley (jewelry) and Levi Craig (pop art).
Wizard World Bay Area will also include non-stop live entertainment, gaming, exclusive Q&A sessions with select celebrities and autographs/photo ops with top stars such as Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park, Independence Day), Jewel Staite (“Firefly,” “Stargate: Atlantis”), Sam J. Jones (Flash Gordon), Brian Krause (“Charmed,” Return to the Blue Lagoon), Claudia Wells (Back to the Future), pro wrestler Kevin Nash, Barry Williams (“The Brady Bunch,” “A Very Brady Renovation”), Thomas Ian Nicholas (American Pie, Rookie of the Year), Samm Levine (“Freaks and Geeks,” Inglourious Basterds) 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 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 24, 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.
(photo credit: Luigi Novi)