‘Smallville,’ ‘The Walking Dead,’ ‘Gotham’ Q&A’s, Cosplay, Creative Panels Head Programming At Wizard World Portland; Most Included With Any Admission
Q&A sessions with the casts of “Smallville” (Tom Welling, Erica Durance, Michael Rosenbaum, Laura Vandervoort and John Glover), “The Walking Dead” tandem of Chandler Riggs and Ross Marquand, “X-Men” voice actors Larry Houston, Cal Dodd, George Buzza, Lenore Zann and Chris Britton, “Gotham” duo of Robin Lord Taylor and Drew Powell, Sci Fi/fantasy women stars Holly Marie Combs (“Charmed”) and Emily Swallow (“The Mandalorian”), solo panels with Dylan McDermott (“American Horror Story”), James Marsters (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) and more plus cosplayer and comics creator sessions, adult and kids costume contests, live podcasts and more highlight the programming offerings at the eighth annual Wizard World Portland, Friday through Sunday at the Oregon Convention Center. Most programming is included as part of the standard event admission and is in addition to the live entertainment options (dancing, music, trivia, etc. hosted by Kato Kaelin) all weekend.
Some highlights of the more than 150 hours of panels scheduled to date include:
- Group panels with “Smallville” (Welling, Durance, Rosenbaum, Glover, Vandervoort, Saturday, 1:30 p.m.); “The Walking Dead” (Riggs, Marquand, Friday, 5:30 p.m.), “Gotham” (Taylor, Powell, Saturday, 12:45 p.m.); “Arrowverse” (Teddy Sears and Nick Gano, Sunday 1:30 p.m.); “X-Men” (Saturday, 11:15 a.m.); “Child Stars All Grown Up” (Thomas Dekker, Samm Levine; Saturday, 3:45 p.m.); “Women of Sci-Fi & Fantasy” (Combs, Swallow, Saturday, noon); and “Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir” stars Christina Vee and Mela Lee (Saturday, 5:15 p.m.)
- Solo Q&A sessions with McDermott (Saturday, 3 p.m.), Marsters (Saturday, 4:30 p.m.); and Craig Parker (“Spartacus,” Saturday, 2:15 p.m.)
- Creator sessions with industry superstars Jonathan Hallett, Joe Wos, Keith Tucker, Tom Cook, Phil Ortiz, Kevin Glover, Brett Weldele, Christopher Priest, James Morris and more
- Fan- and industry-based panels on subjects ranging from Conan the Barbarian, X-Men Movies, Pareidolia, retro gaming, tabletop RPG/D&D, fan fiction, sci fi and teaching, anime, storytelling, platform games, Star Trek, The Flash, Dungeon Mastering and more
- “Smallville Nights,” an intimate evening with Welling and Rosenbaum (Friday, 7:15 p.m.; *Extra Ticket Required)
- “Nerdprov” with Rip City’s own ComedySportz Portland (Friday, 7 p.m.); Advanced Minions & Mazes: An RPG Improv Show (Saturday, 6 p.m.); and YA Distopian Improv Show with CSz Portland (Sunday, 1 p.m.)
- “X-Men” Masterclass (Saturday, 5:30 p.m., *Extra Ticket Required) with Larry Houston and X-Reads (Saturday, 4:15 p.m., *Extra Ticket Required) with the four “X-Men the Animated Series” cast members
- Acting and Improv Workshop with David Alpay (“The Vampire Diaries,” Saturday, 1 p.m.) (*Extra Ticket Required)
- “How To Toon: Cartooning Basics” with Wos (Sunday, 1 p.m., *Extra Ticket Required)
- Live recording of “Worst. Comic. Podcast. Ever.” with host Cullen Stapleton (Saturday, 11 a.m.)
- 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.
- Official Drink & Draw (Friday, 9:30 p.m., Spirit of 77, 500 NE MLK Jr. Blvd.) and After Party (Saturday, 9 p.m., The Barrel Room 105 NW Third Ave.)
- Cosplay with special guests K8sarkissian, Colleen Cole, Roze Masquerade and Victoria Paege with live demos from Hogyoku Cosplay, 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 Portland programming is available at http://wizardworld.com/programming-entertainment/Portland (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 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.