See you next year!
Friday, Jul. 13, 20185:00 PM - 5:45 PM location: 410C
vips of self publishing
Self-publishing creator, Victor Dandridge, heads a forum-style discussion on the practices of self-publishing comic books. Guided with his own years of experience as both a comic book fan and creator, Victor aims to lead this discussion, interacting with the attending audience, to share ideas for comic book production, marketing and distribution.
Friday, Jul. 13, 20185:00 PM - 5:45 PM location: 410B
the art and craft of story openings
"Hook them from the first sentence." We've head that before, but what exactly does that mean? How do you do it? Join writer and educator M. Todd Gallowglas as he gives examples of memorable story openings, breaks down why and how those openings work so well, and gives you ways that you can apply that to your own work.
Friday, Jul. 13, 20185:00 PM - 6:30 PM location: 410A
learn to play pokemon workshop!
Calling all Pokémon fans! Have you ever wanted to learn how to play the official Pokémon Trading Card Game? I mean it’s only been around for 20 years! Like many people, you buy the cards because of your love for Pokémon but haven’t exactly mastered how to play the game with the correct rules. Well now you can learn how to play with the help of Pokémon YouTuber RealBreakingNate! Bring your own deck or learn play with one of our pre-made decks! Come learn to play as RealBreakingNate takes you through the game card. Breaking down what cards do and a step by step play through of the game. Not only will you get an introduction on how to play the game but every paid attendee will walk away with a Burning Shadows booster pack! This is a great opportunity to bond with your child and learn how to play the game together or to finally put all those cards to use after buying them for years on end!
*All children under 10 years old must be accompanied by an adult! Unpaid adults won't receive a booster pack.
Friday, Jul. 13, 20185:30 PM - 6:15 PM location: 400AB
filmmaking in boise
Join local professional filmmakers as they discuss the current status of filmmaking in the greater Boise area, as well as what’s coming soon and how to get involved.
Friday, Jul. 13, 20185:30 PM - 6:15 PM location: 400C
Laugh Your Asgard Off with improvisers from ComedySportz Boise, as they battle for your laughs Thunderdome style in a head to head battle of wits using your nerdiest suggestions and featuring cosplay volunteers from the audience.
Friday, Jul. 13, 20186:00 PM - 6:45 PM location: 410B
a handbook to working in video games
How does one create a viable career in video games? Genese Davis (Omensight; The Holder's Dominion) and Michael Wilson (Ponywolf) will divulge tips and tricks for stepping foot inside the video game industry. Whether you are interested in video game development for fun or for a potential career, this discussion, moderated by Alex Wer (The Pumpkin Geek), offers an in-depth look at the opportunities and day-to-day experiences emerging within and around video game studios
Friday, Jul. 13, 20186:00 PM - 6:45 PM location: 410C
how to self promote
Learn how to promote yourself, the brand and the comic you created. Mike Watson, the most enthusiastic man in comics and one half of the Masters of Self Promotion will give you tips how to make your voice heard at the comic con. Giving tips of how to interact before, during and after the show.
Using your social media to your advantage, pushing the limits of interaction, using your voice at the con, and ending with great reflection after the show is over.
Bring your creator tool box with you because Mike will stock you with plenty of tools to build your comic brand.
Friday, Jul. 13, 20186:30 PM - 7:15 PM location: 400C
Want to begin cosplaying but don’t know how to get started? Join Wizard World Cosplay Guests in a discussion that will provide you with a guideline on crafting supplies, wigs, contacts, makeup, etc! Bring your questions for this Q&A and get some answers!
Friday, Jul. 13, 20186:30 PM - 7:15 PM location: 400AB
youtube 101: where do i start?
YouTube is one of the greatest platforms of our generation! A place where you can voice an opinion, share your love of a fandom, or just post daily updates about your cat! Whatever it is you want to do you can do it on YouTube and YES you can make a living out of it all you nay sayers! BUT…getting started on YouTube can be one of the scariest journeys on the interwebz and in life! With over 300 hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute how do you get noticed? Join YouTuber RealBreakingNate as he breaks down all the details that go into having your own channel and answers whatever questions you may have. Don’t forget to like, comment, and SUBSCRIBE!
Friday, Jul. 13, 20187:00 PM - 7:45 PM location: 410B
horror & comedy: one side of the same coin
Join internationally-bestselling horror author and Bram Stoker Award Finalist Michaelbrent Collings for a discussion on horror, comedy, and why they work so well together (and are pretty much the same thing!). Laughs and screams are closer than you know... so come find out how to make people laugh while you scare them to death!
Friday, Jul. 13, 20187:00 PM - 8:30 PM location: 410A
cosplay body painting workshop
Have you ever wanted to be blue, green, or anywhere in between? Join cosplayer and professional makeup artist Princess Morgan to learn all about applying and refining face and body paint to last all convention long. All attendees will receive a disc of Mehron Paradise Paint and applicators to apply their face paint together.
Friday, Jul. 13, 20187:30 PM - 8:15 PM location: 400C
creatures of the night!
A look at disturbing and terrifying real-life paranormal encounters with The Black Eyed Kids, The Bloody Bones Man, The Faceless and more Frightmare Creatures with host Dave Schrader.
Friday, Jul. 13, 20187:30 PM - 8:30 PM location: 400AB
marvel vs dc:the great debate
Which company has better heroes, villains, cartoons, movies, storylines, etc? Join comic industry pro’s, cosplayers and professional nerds as they discuss all aspects of this age old rivalry and with the help of the crowd declare a winner.
Friday, Jul. 13, 20188:30 PM - 9:00 PM location: MANGA LIBRARY
cosplay & cocktails vip meet & greet
Wizard World Cosplay VIP’s here is your chance to meet, hang out and ask your questions to the Wizard World Cosplay Guests in a friendly setting!
Saturday, Jul. 14, 201811:00 AM - 12:30 PM location: 410A
introduction to sculpting workshop
Learn how to sculpt and model your own clay creatures and original creations with Expert Sculptor & Prop builder Calen Hoffman of Propcustomz. Propcustomz will provide everything attendees need to make their our custom clay creation! Several physical pre-made examples will be shown along with attendees receiving one on one instructions throughout the course of the workshop! Come for the fun and leave with your own creation.
Saturday, Jul. 14, 201811:30 AM - 12:15 PM location: 410B
becoming an actor in the boise area
Learn the first steps to getting started as an actor in the Boise market. Whether you want to do Boise area films, TV productions and/or commercials; or to start an acting career with an eventual move to another area, it will all be reviewed. Casting professional/director/actor Brian Jagger (Smosh, I [Almost] Got Away With It) will host and be joined by Casting Society of America (CSA) member, and producer, Catrine McGregor and actress April Matson (Kyle XY, NCIS, Psych).
Saturday, Jul. 14, 201811:30 AM - 12:15 PM location: 410C
cosplay in character
Moderated by SAG/AFTRA actor Karl Brevik (Captain K) and professional cosplayer Princess Morgan, this panel is filled with tips on how to not only look like your character, but act like them too! Providing examples and interactive exercises, this panel covers topics such as improvising as a character, how to interact with others in fun and respectful ways (while staying true to your character), posing for photographs as different character types, and how to make cosplaying for children and fellow fans a full experience. Other topics will include how to portray villainous or mischievous characters (How to avoid being THAT Deadpool) and how to make any character kid friendly. This panel relies on formal theatrical training and personal experience to answer all questions and provide interested cosplayers the tools they need to begin character performances.
Saturday, Jul. 14, 201812:00 PM - 12:30 PM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE
scripts to panels: create a live comic with mike watson
Taking the words of a writer can be a difficult task as we have a variety of scripts. I will show you how I lay comic pages out. When to go over the top for action and how to pull back to tell the story. Action and Interesting panels are great but if you don't focus on telling the story first all that will be lost.
Saturday, Jul. 14, 201812:30 PM - 1:15 PM location: 410B
forge creativity with time management secrets
Whether you are a writer, creator, fine-artist, or musician, going after your artistic dream can be full of creative roadblocks. Especially when balancing real life responsibilities simultaneously. Don’t miss this panel with Genese Davis (Omensight; The Holder's Dominion) and Pamela Thompson (Career Coach and Writer) as they unlock their production processes and how they use time management to forge creativity and meet deadlines. Discover the routine, environment, and exactly what solutions can help bolster creativity and help you complete your artistic endeavors during this fantastic discussion!
Saturday, Jul. 14, 201812:30 PM - 1:15 PM location: 410C
finding your story's voice
You've got your characters. You have a plot. Now you have to put them together in a way that's going make your audience fall in love with both. Whether you're writing a short story, a novel, a movie script, or a comic, every truly engaging story has a voice that speaks to the audience. Come and learn four steps you can use to discover the voice that will draw the reader in and get them to fall in love with your story. Be sure to bring a pencil and paper or remember to charge your tablet or laptop.
Saturday, Jul. 14, 20181:00 PM - 1:45 PM location: 400C
Wizard World will be screening some of the newest and most anticipated trailers from upcoming movies/tv series and discussing them with you the fans! Join SuperKayceCosplay & RealBreakingNate to discuss our initial thoughts and fears for each trailer, and maybe learn a thing or two about the latest and greatest news regarding newly announced film and tv projects.
Saturday, Jul. 14, 20181:30 PM - 2:15 PM location: 410B
"saturday morning to the future, the history of animation" with legendary animator and director tom cook
Join Tom Cook for a trip through animation history starting with Saturday morning cartoons all the way to what’s on television right now.
Saturday, Jul. 14, 20181:30 PM - 2:15 PM location: 410C
cosplay makeup and special effects
Learn or brush up on your basic makeup skills! Plus maybe learn some new tips and trick along the way! Join Wizard World Cosplay Guest Alkali Layke as she demonstrates creating some of your favorite characters!
Saturday, Jul. 14, 20181:30 PM - 3:30 PM location: 410A
introduction to worbla workshop
Would you like to create armor, props, accessories, and so much more? Not sure where to start? Join cosplay artist Princess Morgan for a hands on Worbla workshop. Worbla is a thermoplastic popular among cosplayers for a wide array of crafting purposes. Attendees will be provided with the proper tools and materials to create a piece of Worbla armor. Princess Morgan will help walk you through the steps of molding and shaping your armor that you get to keep and a sample piece to take home!
Saturday, Jul. 14, 20182:00 PM - 2:45 PM location: 400AB
disney trivia against thomas ian nicholas
Calling all Disney fans! Join us as audience members battle it out against Walt Disney himself, from ‘Walt Before Mickey’ Thomas Ian Nicholas, in this epic trivia event! Questions could cover anything….Disney Movies, Parks, and even Walt Disney himself! There will be tons of fun and even more laughs! So come test your skills and win some prizes along the way!
Saturday, Jul. 14, 20182:00 PM - 2:45 PM location: 400C
it's morphing time: a conversation with jason david frank
Join the CONversation with the legendary Power Ranger, Jason David Frank!
Saturday, Jul. 14, 20182:30 PM - 3:15 PM location: 410B
truly outrageous! a conversation with the voice of jem
Jem and the Holograms stands as an 80’s girl power icon, join us for a Q&A with Jem herself Samantha Newark!
Saturday, Jul. 14, 20182:30 PM - 3:15 PM location: 410C
using beats and micro beats to take your writing to the next level
In a novel, pacing is everything. Bad pacing, or not using beats correctly, can destroy a book. But more powerful than a beat is a term I call the micro beat. In this class you'll learn what a micro beat is by watching video instead of reading. I'll then teach you how to identify what things on screen bring you to the edge of your seat, and how to apply the same techniques to your writing. Learn how to create killer action scenes, nail biting drama and romantic moments that will leave your readers swooning for more.
Saturday, Jul. 14, 20183:00 PM - 3:45 PM location: 400AB
boldly going: a conversation with marina sirtis and denise crosby
Join the CONversation with Star Trek's very own, Marina Sirtis and Denise Crosby!
Saturday, Jul. 14, 20183:00 PM - 3:45 PM location: 400C
hey i know that guy! a conversation with david krumholtz
You’ve seen David in everything from Numb3rs, Superbad, Serenity, The Santa Clause 1&2, Harold & Kumar, Ten Things I Hate About You and so much more! Now here’s your chance to ask David anything as he answers questions about his career and all the projects he’s been on.
Saturday, Jul. 14, 20183:30 PM - 4:15 PM location: 410C
what a rush! a conversation with road warrior
Join Pro Wrestling legend and WWE Hall of Famer Animal for an in depth discussion on all things Pro Wrestling!
Saturday, Jul. 14, 20183:30 PM - 4:15 PM location: 410B
getting published! and it's many colorful forms
There are new methods in the mix for becoming a professional writer or published author. Join this panel and get an insider look at today’s fast-evolving creative platforms! In this panel, speakers will divulge how to best navigate the often confusing waters of the publishing world and the various ways one can become a professional writer. Genese Davis (Omensight; The Holder's Dominion), Devri Walls (Venators) and Donna Cook (Gift of the Phoenix) will share their insider experiences to creating stories that captivate and ways to jumpstart your professional writing and publishing career.
Saturday, Jul. 14, 20183:45 PM - 4:15 PM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE
learn to draw slimer from ghostbusters
Ever wanted to catch your own Class 5 Free Roaming Vaporous Apparition? How about learning to draw one instead? Join Dan Schoening, comic artist for IDW’s Ghostbusters, in a live demonstration on how to draw everyone’s favorite Ugly Spud, Slimer!
Saturday, Jul. 14, 20184:00 PM - 4:45 PM location: 400AB
intriguing! a conversation with brent spiner and john de lancie
Join the CONversation with Lieutenant Commander Data, Brent Spiner!
Saturday, Jul. 14, 20184:00 PM - 4:45 PM location: 400C
the voices in your head: caitlin glass & patricia summersett
Join Caitlin Glass (FullMetal Alchemist, Street Fighter, My Hero Acadamia, Fairy Tail) and Patricia Summersett (The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild) for an in depth voice acting discussion and Q&A!
Saturday, Jul. 14, 20184:00 PM - 5:00 PM location: 410A
wiz art: basics of drawing workshop
Whether you have never drawn before, only drawn digitally, or are just looking to brush up on some techniques, this workshop has got you covered! You’ll learn about drawing exercises, use of a fine tip brush pen as well as choosing the right tools, as well as taking a piece of art from sketch to inks! Come and Explore the World of Wiz‐Art and take home your finished art piece and tools!”
Saturday, Jul. 14, 20184:30 PM - 5:15 PM location: 410C
today and tomorrow's sci-fi, fantasy, and the thriller storytelling
What does it take to create stories and worlds in the science fiction, fantasy, or thriller genres and what do we hope to see in the future for these genres as well? Join Genese Davis (The Holder's Dominion), Heather Dyer (Recycling Humanity) and Devri Walls (Venators) as they unlock their writing process and experiences as creatives. These writers will divulge not only how they approach writing and developing captivating stories, but also how they build new worlds and conquer writer's block in order to complete their next sci-fi saga, epic fantasy, or heart-pounding thriller!
Saturday, Jul. 14, 20184:30 PM - 5:15 PM location: 410B
the geek's guide to literary theory
Once upon a time, some English teacher may have tried to convince you of the right way to read a piece of literature. Lit theory is not about the "right" or "wrong" way to read a text. It's like a wibbly wobbly group of lenses through which we view writing in order to gain a greater understanding of the work. What's more, nerd and geek culture are already masters at several of these lenses. Join writer and educator M. Todd Gallowglas and find out what lenses you already use as well as other ways to look increase understanding of literary texts, yours and others, in order to deepen your understanding of the craft of fiction. Plus, you'll sound hecka smart at parties.
Saturday, Jul. 14, 20185:00 PM - 5:45 PM location: 400C
the nerd off
Just because we are all nerds doesn’t mean we are all on the same side or know what the heck we are talking about when it comes to a fandom. During this panel hosted by YouTuber RealBreakingNate two audience members at a time will debate on which is better and why. For example a single round debate could be who would win in a battle Batman vs. Iron Man or which franchise is better Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter? Has this description already started an argument? Then this is your type of panel. Oh and did I mention…..PRIZES!
Saturday, Jul. 14, 20185:30 PM - 6:00 PM location: MANGA LIBRARY
anime vip only meet & greet
Wizard World Anime VIP badge holders here is your chance to meet, chat and grab a bite with Caitlin Glass, Patricia Summersett and Samantha Newark!
Saturday, Jul. 14, 20185:30 PM - 6:15 PM location: 410C
how to draw comics
Learn tips and tricks from artists currently making comics. Ask how we persevere and get our comics out through the long hours, new techniques, or old forgotten jewels featuring Dan Schoening (Ghostbusters), Mike Watson (FreeStyle Komics) and more!
Saturday, Jul. 14, 20185:30 PM - 6:15 PM location: 410B
10 steps to overnight success
Internationally-bestselling author and screenwriter Michaelbrent Collings takes you on a tour of the 10 Steps that allowed him to quit his day job (lawyer - blech!) and become a full-time writer. Applicable to anyone looking to become a professional in the arts, 10 Steps to Overnight Success is a blueprint for making it in one of the most competitive industries in the world.
Saturday, Jul. 14, 20185:30 PM - 7:00 PM location: 410A
introduction to resin casting workshop
A step by step introductory to making silicone molds and solid urethane resin cast with professional Maker & Prop builder Casey McBroom of Shield Labs. Complete the Sculpting workshop and bring your creation along with you or grab one of the pre-made sculpts provided and jump right into molding/casting your own item! Attendees will receive instructions and have any questions answered along the way!
Saturday, Jul. 14, 20186:00 PM - 6:45 PM location: 400C
how we roll improv show
Join performers and tried-and-true geeks from your hometown CSz Boise as they improvise a live role-playing game. These wizards of comedy will embark on an epic adventure built entirely from audience suggestions, with dice rolls along the way, and YOU cheering along with every Critical Hit!
Saturday, Jul. 14, 20186:30 PM - 7:15 PM location: 410B
Real Experiences of Hauntings, UFOs and Mysterious Creature sightings of Idaho with panel moderator Dave Schrader of www.MidnightInTheDesert.com
Saturday, Jul. 14, 20187:30 PM - 9:00 PM location: 400AB
wizard world costume contest
Hosted by our very own superheroes Victor Dandridge and RealBreakingNate, the Wizard World Comic Con Costume Contest is no joke. The best of the best will be dressed to impress in their superhero & pop culture finest, so be prepared for some serious cosplay. Grab your buddies and suit up to take a chance at bringing home the gold! Categories include Best in Show, Best Hero, Best Villain, Best Group and Best Anime (Prize Package Sponsored by RightStufAnime.com)!
Anyone interested in participating can sign-up at the SHIELD LABS Booth inside the exhibition floor on Saturday. Registration closes at 5PM! We’ll see you there! (Recommended for ages 13+)
Saturday, Jul. 14, 201810:00 PM - 2:00 AM location: The Balcony Club
wizard world after party: the next generation
Just because the show floor is closed doesn’t mean the party skips a beat! Don’t miss the hottest event of the Wizard World weekend!
Join us for a night full of Dancing, Music and Prizes. Costume Contest at Midnight with cash prizes!! Free admission with Wizard World wrist band.
Location: The Balcony Club, 150 N. 8th Street (Up the escalator)
Age Requirement: 21+
Sunday, Jul. 15, 201811:00 AM - 12:00 PM location: 410A
wiz-art: concept to creation
From dragons to robots, from heroes to villains, and even creatures of unusual sizes, character design is always fun! Come join us to learn the core principles of concept art and character designing, and let your imagination flow. Get tips on creating characters for various medias, and how to create a character that is iconic! You, as a group will decide the topic, and from there we will create our own wonders! Take home your finished art piece as well as a small kit!
Sunday, Jul. 15, 201811:30 AM - 12:00 PM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE
learn to draw the ghostbusters' stay puft marshmallow man
The form of the Destructor has been chosen and now you have an opportunity to learn to draw a larger than life confection, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man! Join IDW’s Ghostbusters artist Dan Schoening in a live drawing demo, illustrating Ol’ Tubby Soft Squeeze himself!
Sunday, Jul. 15, 201811:30 AM - 12:15 PM location: 410C
starting your child in acting
Learn the things needed to get your child started in real acting opportunities locally and in other areas. This includes a review of training, headshots, what casting directors are looking for, the “look” & being “gifted,” and how to find acting opportunities. The panel will also touch on legal regulations and guidelines parents need to know about. Casting professional Brian Jagger (Smosh, August Falls ) will host, and be joined by Casting Society of America (CSA) member, and producer, Catrine McGregor and child actress Kayla Jagger (Smosh, Returning Andrew).
Sunday, Jul. 15, 201811:30 AM - 12:15 PM location: 410B
the 4th language of genre fiction
In his book, How Fiction Works, James Wood claims, "...the novelist is working with at least three languages." Hey, the guy teaches English at Harvard, so he's probably on to something. Scholar of genre literature, M. Todd Gallowglas, suggests a fourth language, one of vast importance to genre fiction, largely specific to science fiction and fantasy. Find out what these four languages are, and how having a conscious understanding of how to weave these languages together will create a more immersive experience for your readers.
Sunday, Jul. 15, 201812:00 PM - 12:45 PM location: 400AB
a conversation with a sci-fi legend: william shatner
Join the KHAN!!!versation with Star Trek legend, William Shatner!
Sunday, Jul. 15, 201812:00 PM - 12:45 PM location: 400C
she's no angel: a conversation with charisma carpenter
Join the CONversation with Buffy and Angel star, Charisma Carpenter!
Sunday, Jul. 15, 201812:30 PM - 1:15 PM location: 410C
stand out and break in: entertainment careers
How do you stand out and break in to creative careers? Hear from our special guest speakers as they divulge their secrets for creating original content and making a career out of it! Genese Davis (The Holder's Dominion), Alex Wer (The Pumpkin Geek), and Mike Watson (Freestyle Komics) will share their insider experiences and divulge the minute details that unexpectedly led to their professional careers in entertainment. This panel is sure to fill your career "tool-box" with practical tools and advice to springboard you toward landing your dream career.
Sunday, Jul. 15, 201812:30 PM - 1:15 PM location: 410B
cosplay on a budget
Cosplay doesn’t need to be expensive to be awesome! Come learn from Wizard World Cosplay Guests, Princess Morgan and Alkali Layke about the different ways to make your cosplays on a budget.
Sunday, Jul. 15, 20181:00 PM - 1:45 PM location: 400AB
a helluva ride: a conversation with ron perlman
Join the CONversation with Sons of Anarchy star, Ron Perlman!
Sunday, Jul. 15, 20181:00 PM - 1:45 PM location: 400C
j. jonah jameson against the crowd
J. Jonah Jameson comes to Boise and, surprise: he hates Spider-Man. Jameson joins us with evidence to help everyone understand that Spider-Man can't be trusted, why we would be better off without masked vigilantes and why he truly is a menace. Have a differing opinion? That means it's up to you to appear as guest reporters at this Daily Bugle press conference and defend the friendly neighborhood super-hero. See if you can be the first to catch Jameson off guard and force a rare retraction. Listen to Jameson's editorial, hear him answer the panel's reporters and then prepare your own defense of Spider-Man in this interactive, entertaining performance-based panel. J. Jonah Jameson is a Marvel.com featured presentation by Karl Brevik, a member of SAG/AFTRA. Full of audience participation, it's a mix of a stand up act, a roast, a Q&A and a good old fashioned celebration of Spider-Man knowledge.
Sunday, Jul. 15, 20181:30 PM - 2:00 PM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE
coloring with markers by mike watson
I love markers, I am going to show you how to color with them. Its not as easy as you may think. Marker coloring is becoming very popular and if you want to see how I do it then join me for the show.
Sunday, Jul. 15, 20181:30 PM - 2:15 PM location: 410B
We take a look at unusual activity during the filming of some of the most famous movies in history. From Poltergeist to Passion of the Christ, eerie and unexplained phenomena to untimely deaths of celebrities associated with the films. Hosted by Dave Schrader of MidnightInTheDesert.com
Sunday, Jul. 15, 20182:00 PM - 3:00 PM location: 400C
pokemon game show
Calling all Pokémon fans! Join RealBreakingNate as audience members battle it out in this epic game show event! You might just have to answer a simple trivia question OR you could get stuck with a Pokémon dare challenge! Either way there will be tons of fun and even more laughs! So come test your Poke skills and win some prizes along the way!