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  • Thursday, Aug. 23, 20185:00 PM - 5:45 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE

    comic draw presents: how to draw manga tutorial

    JEYODIN walks observers through how he creates manga on an iPad and some tips to create that unique manga look.

  • Thursday, Aug. 23, 20185:00 PM - 5:45 PM location: ROOM 3

    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.

  • Thursday, Aug. 23, 20185:00 PM - 6:30 PM location: Room 12

    learn to play pokémon 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.

    ADDITIONAL TICKET REQUIRED

  • Thursday, Aug. 23, 20185:30 PM - 6:15 PM location: ROOM 1

    writing to get read

    If you want people to read your work, it’s got to grab people’s attention in a couple of words. Unlock the keys to a great story with memorable characters, impossible obstacles, and a hook that makes people want to pick it up and never put it down.

  • Thursday, Aug. 23, 20186:00 PM - 6:45 PM location: ROOM 13

    cinema's best of the worst

    "Oh hai Wizard World." Join pop culture historian, Joe Wos, for a discussion on what makes for a truly "great" bad movies. Joe will share a few of his picks for movies you will love to hate and welcomes audience discussion for picks on the best of the worst! From the "Citizen Kane" of bad cinema- Plan 9 from Outer Space to more obscure awful fare, we will watch previews and clips that will leave you writhing in the aisles.

  • Thursday, Aug. 23, 20186:00 PM - 6:45 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE

    saturday am presents: how to create fan art

    ANDREA VOROS brings her popular Instagram fan art to WW Chicago and will show how she draws some of your favorite characters!

  • Thursday, Aug. 23, 20186:30 PM - 7:15 PM location: ROOM 5

    how to marathon movies and tv

    Netflix brought another meaning to the word ‘marathon,’ and though it may involve sweat and tears, it doesn’t usually involve any running. With new series coming out more and more frequently, this panel is full of #lifehacks for getting the most out of watching a whole season of something in less than a day. What equipment makes for the best viewing? What are the best snacks & meals? Who can you drag along for the ride? The answers to all this and more!

  • Thursday, Aug. 23, 20186:30 PM - 7:15 PM location: ROOM 1

    foam for beginners

    Come learn the basics on how to use foam to create armor, weapons, props and just about anything you want for your cosplay with Wizard World Cosplay Guests Knightmage, Hendo Art and OhMySophii.

  • Thursday, Aug. 23, 20187:00 PM - 7:45 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE

    drawing disney with clinton hobart

    Join Disney artist CLINTON HOBART for a live demonstration on drawing Disney.

  • Thursday, Aug. 23, 20187:00 PM - 7:45 PM location: ROOM 13

    batman vs. daredevil: dark knight psychology

    Dr. Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight: Daredevil Psychology: The Devil You Know) invites you on a journey through the shadows of Gotham and New York. Two boys, one the heir to a great fortune and the other the son of a struggling boxer, lose parents to violence in dark alleyways and both embark on missions to keep others from suffering the same. Who will be broken by great losses and who will grow stronger? What kind of person actively enters dangerous situations and goes to extraordinary lengths to help others? Why would anybody decide to fight the good fight - and do so dressed as a devil or a bat?!

  • Thursday, Aug. 23, 20187:00 PM - 7:45 PM location: ROOM 3

    anime openings

    Since 1963, animators have strove to showcase new techniques, influences, and elements within their series. Often, the opening sequences are an important method of conveying these innovations. This panel will explore how anime openings have broached ideas of building atmosphere, characters and character narrative, music and style from outside Japan, missed opportunities, and the contributions of fans.

  • Thursday, Aug. 23, 20187:30 PM - 8:30 PM location: ROOM 5

    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, Aug. 24, 20181:00 PM - 1:45 PM location: ROOM 5

    a star wars fan experience: all ages welcome!

    A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, Liz Prugh and Eric Prugh of PureFandom.com decided they were going to put on the ultimate Star Wars fan experience. Join the uber-fans as they give away Star Wars prizes and swag, plus discuss new theories based on what happened in The Last Jedi and Solo: A Story Wars Story! Follow @Pure_Fandom on Twitter and Instagram to get a sneak peek of prizes!

  • Friday, Aug. 24, 20181:00 PM - 1:45 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE

    drawing disney with clinton hobart

    Join artist CLINTON HOBART for a live demonstration on drawing Disney.

  • Friday, Aug. 24, 20181:30 PM - 2:15 PM location: ROOM 3

    from time lord to time lady: the current (re)generation of doctor who and its fandom

    After 54 years, Doctor Who has its most radical regeneration in its lead from Peter Capaldi to Jodie Whittaker. As fandom places a greater focus on female representation, what does this change in the popular science-fiction franchise mean in our current context? And has Doctor Who always taken the lead in driving representation...or is it only catching up? Join several Doctor Who fans for a conversation about the show.

  • Friday, Aug. 24, 20181:30 PM - 2:15 PM location: ROOM 13

    teen titans go!

    A Teen Titans fan discussion panel with Wizard World Cosplay Guests Newdll and Lookie.

  • Friday, Aug. 24, 20181:30 PM - 3:30 PM location: Room 11

    cosplay foam building workshop with cosawesome

    Come learn to build with floor-mat and craft (EVA) foam while James T. Wulfgar and other members of CosAwesome Studios guide you through your choice of a few foam builds. We will help you by presenting how to build them, answering questions, showing tricks, etc.

    ADDITIONAL TICKET REQUIRED

  • Friday, Aug. 24, 20182:00 PM - 2:45 PM location: ROOM 5

    a charmed life: a conversation with holly marie combs & brian krause

    Come join the CONversation with HOLLY MARIE COMBS and BRIAN KRAUSE from Charmed.

  • Friday, Aug. 24, 20182:00 PM - 2:45 PM location: ROOM 1

    family with a touch of yellow, my life with america's favorite family the simpsons

    Simpsons designer Phil Ortiz will share stories of his career in animation and talk about the simpsons and his journey with them all while answering your questions.

  • Friday, Aug. 24, 20182:00 PM - 2:45 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE

    how to toon

    Join Joe Wos, the visiting resident cartoonist of the Charles M. Schulz Museum, for a hands on cartooning workshop for all ages.

    The workshop breaks down the art of cartooning into easy to follow instructions for all ages. It is a fast paced class that covers the art of visual storytelling from basic line work to developing characters.

  • Friday, Aug. 24, 20182:00 PM - 2:45 PM location: ROOM 40

    cosplay & anxiety

    Join Thousand Faces Cosplay in a roundtable discussion on how to combat anxiety while at a convention and other techniques for helping to cope with anxiety generally.

  • Friday, Aug. 24, 20182:00 PM - 3:30 PM location: Room 12

    heroic posing workshop with hendo art

    Join our heroic posing workshop to refine your cosplay techniques with a hands-on training session and photoshoot! Join Hendo as she gives you tips on posing while Nerdy Pictures takes some shots of YOU in your heroic cosplay! While this workshop will focus on Spider-Man cosplay posing, tons of hero styles are covered and all heroes or all ages are welcome! Please come cosplay ready so you can go home with AWESOME pictures of YOU!

    ADDITIONAL TICKET REQUIRED

  • Friday, Aug. 24, 20182:30 PM - 3:15 PM location: ROOM 13

    diversity in manga

    Saturday AM’s founder Frederick L. Jones brings his popular discussion about the importance of fresh ideas to anime and manga and how new perspectives can prove financially rewarding to creators, publishers, and the industry.

  • Friday, Aug. 24, 20182:30 PM - 3:15 PM location: ROOM 3

    star trek: build a crew

    Not all bridge crews are created equal. What if we could pick and choose our favorite characters to build an ideal crew to boldly go where no man has gone before? We don’t have time for a 5 year mission, but we’ll do our best to fill out a crew with a Captain, 1st officer, security, entertainment and more in this Star Trek panel.

  • Friday, Aug. 24, 20183:00 PM - 3:45 PM location: ROOM 5

    disney trivia against the disney brothers

    Calling all Disney fans! Join us as audience members battle it out against the stars of ‘Walt Before Mickey’, Jon Heder and 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! Hosted by Lani Sarem

  • Friday, Aug. 24, 20183:00 PM - 3:45 PM location: ROOM 1

    defending the defenders: daredevil! luke cage! iron fist! jessica jones! (the punisher too!)

    What kind of person active enters dangerous situations and takes risks few would dare? When does the wounded person who does not want to be a hero stand up and do the right thing? Who suffers mental illness after great losses, and who grows stronger? Join Dr. Travis Langley (Daredevil Psychology: The Devil You Know; Captain America vs. Iron Man: Freedom, Security, Psychology) and a super-team of experts as they debate Marvel's Defenders: Can Daredevil and Luke Cage really protect entire New York neighborhoods? Would healing help Jessica Jones and other become stronger heroes, or do they need their pain? Is the Punisher's path to justice ever right? And why do our experts hold such wildly different opinions about Iron Fist?

  • Friday, Aug. 24, 20183:00 PM - 3:45 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE

    cosplay make up 101 featuring a smile and a song

    Learn the basics of using makeup to reshape and accentuate your features! Not all of us were born with giant anime eyes, tiny button noses, sharp jawlines, or high cheekbones but that doesn't mean we can't fool the camera into thinking we were. This panel will cover some of the makeup tricks you can use to help you achieve that cartoony cosplay look for both masculine and feminine faces.

  • Friday, Aug. 24, 20183:30 PM - 4:15 PM location: ROOM 13

    evil animated

    "Mirror, mirror on the wall who's the baddest of them all?" Find out as cartoon historian Joe Wos list the top ten meanest of the mean animated movie villains to ever terrorize the silver screen. From devilish Disney denizens to more surprising forgotten fiends, we will discuss the finer points of what makes a truly great cartoon villain.

  • Friday, Aug. 24, 20183:30 PM - 4:15 PM location: ROOM 3

    ghostbuster's daughter: a conversation with violet ramis stiel

    The author of "Ghostbuster's Daughter: Life with My Dad, Harold Ramis" is here to talk about her memoir and growing up with her famous father, actor/director/writer/comedian Harold Ramis. Don't miss this Q&A for an intimate look at the man behind "Ghostbusters," "Groundhog Day," "Caddyshack," "Animal House" and more!

  • Friday, Aug. 24, 20184:00 PM - 4:45 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE

    comic draw presents: fire art league competition

    Get the first glimpse of our upcoming ART LEAGUE as two Saturday AM artists go Mano-A-Mano with a set time limit to produce the BEST FAN ART (one person on traditional paper and another on an iPad)! FUN FOR EVERYONE - audience participation and prizes are included!

  • Friday, Aug. 24, 20184:00 PM - 4:45 PM location: ROOM 1

    building a geek brand

    Do you dream of a career in the pop culture industry? Do you have an idea or product but don’t know how to get it to market? Do you have a geeky brand but feel stuck trying to get it to the next level? Hosted by Tony B. Kim (Hero Within, Crazy 4 Comic Con), pop culture entrepreneurs will share how they transformed their hobby into an exciting career and offer advice to attendees who hope to do the same.

  • Friday, Aug. 24, 20184:00 PM - 5:30 PM location: Room 11

    introduction to sculpting workshop with shield labs

    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!

    ADDITIONAL TICKET REQUIRED

  • Friday, Aug. 24, 20184:30 PM - 5:15 PM location: ROOM 5

    dark arts and magic: a conversation with john constantine himself, matt ryan

    Join the CONversation with Constantine's, MATT RYAN!

  • Friday, Aug. 24, 20184:30 PM - 5:15 PM location: ROOM 25

    boy meets world reunion with ben savage, danielle fishel, will friedle and rider strong

    "Believe in yourselves. Dream. Try. Do good." Join the CONversation with Boy Meets World stars, BEN SAVAGEDANIELLE FISHELWILL FRIEDLE, and RIDER STRONG!

  • Friday, Aug. 24, 20184:30 PM - 5:15 PM location: ROOM 12

    basics to social media workshop

    There’s no better place for creators and businesses alike to share their content and build an audience than Social Media - but with today’s algorithms, it’s more difficult than ever to build your brand.

    Take Sophii’s social media workshop and walk away with a wealth of new knowledge about how various social media platforms work, how to maintain a healthy algorithm and better organic reach, self promotion and more!

    Print outs of the slides will be provided for you to take home and note taking is encouraged!

    ADDITIONAL TICKET REQUIRED

  • Friday, Aug. 24, 20184:30 PM - 5:15 PM location: ROOM 13

    between the ropes: a conversation with billy gunn, velvet sky, and enzo amore

    Join the CONversation with professional wrestlers BILLY GUNN, VELVET SKY, and ENZO AMORE!

  • Friday, Aug. 24, 20185:00 PM - 5:45 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE

    wiz-art preview with josh lyman

    Join Josh for a demonstration of all the techniques and skills you will learn during his Wiz-Art workshops.

  • Friday, Aug. 24, 20185:00 PM - 5:45 PM location: ROOM 1

    making webcomics

    Ever read a comic on the internet and said, "Hey, I'd like to do that!" Well, here's your chance to learn how. Trevor Mueller is a multi-award winning webcomic creator with over 12 years experience in digital comic creator. Join him as he shares his knowledge with you and helps you make a webcomic!

  • Friday, Aug. 24, 20185:30 PM - 6:15 PM location: ROOM 3

    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!

  • Friday, Aug. 24, 20185:30 PM - 6:15 PM location: ROOM 5

    animation domination: a conversation with maurice lamarche and rob paulsen

    Narf! Join Rob Paulsen (Pinky and the Brain, Animaniacs, TMNT)  and Maurice LaMarche (Pinky and the Brain, The Real Ghostbusters) for behind the scenes tales of world domination!

  • Friday, Aug. 24, 20185:30 PM - 6:15 PM location: ROOM 25

    urban legend: a conversation with karl urban

    Join the CONversation with KARL URBAN!

  • Friday, Aug. 24, 20185:30 PM - 6:15 PM location: ROOM 13

    american anime: the ultimate oxymoron

    "Western Anime" has long been considered an oxymoron - anime is Japanese, so how can Western nations lay claim to it? But in the contemporary world, these lines blur more and more. This panel explores two different lines of thinking: inspirations that draw from anime style of Japanese visual culture, and the outright adaptation of style found in series like Avatar, Teen Titans GO!, Neo Yokio, and the recent live-action Death Note.

  • Friday, Aug. 24, 20186:00 PM - 6:45 PM location: ROOM 1

    villains versus villains

    Join this panel on villains versus villains! What makes a great monster or just plain psycho-antagonist? Creators divulge how they create fantastic villains and which characters claim the best villain award. Why do some win our hearts while others creep us out? Genese Davis (Omensight; The Holder's Dominion) Devri Walls (Venators), Sam Weller (Shadow Show) and Cina Pelayo (Loteria) will share their perspectives and creative process including what key ingredients they focus on when creating vicious characters. Don't miss this thrilling discussion.

  • Friday, Aug. 24, 20186:00 PM - 6:45 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE

    upperdeck sketch card session with mike watson

    Lets create awesome sketch cards. As a freelancer sketch card artist for UpperDeck. I am gonna show you how I make these cards come to life.

  • Friday, Aug. 24, 20186:30 PM - 7:15 PM location: ROOM 13

    nerd out with purefandom.com: it's time for geek trivia!

    Join Liz and Eric Prugh of PureFandom.com for a round of geek trivia! They'll be giving away prizes for winners, including swag from your favorite fandoms like 'Star Wars', 'Marvel', ‘DC', and more. No need to be a geek expert, this is for geeks of all types. Follow them on Twitter and Instagram @Pure_Fandom for a sneak peek at prizes!

  • Friday, Aug. 24, 20186:30 PM - 7:15 PM location: ROOM 5

    we ain't afraid of no ghosts: real chicagoland hauntings

    Join the Windy City Ghostbusters as they share some real haunting stories around the Greater Chicago Land Area!

  • Friday, Aug. 24, 20186:30 PM - 7:30 PM location: ROOM 3

    nerdprov

    Laugh Your Asgard Off with improvisers from Wizards of the Windy City featuring performers from CSz Chicago, 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. With your host, New York comedian, Mike Gregorek.

  • Friday, Aug. 24, 20187:30 PM - 8:15 PM location: ROOM 5

    podlander drunkcast live!

    In need of a friend to get sloppy drunk and watch Outlander with? You've come to the right panel. Podlander Drunkcast is a slightly tipsy exploration of all things Fraser, up to and including sick burns, great sex, knitwear, and the fact that Claire is a terrible time-traveler. Oh, and we find room for some in-depth TV criticism, too. Join Allison (The AV Club), Julie (Down in Front), and their beloved Janine (a guy named Aaron) for a live show and loads of double entendres. Expect two different shows this weekend—join us for one or both!

  • Saturday, Aug. 25, 201811:00 AM - 11:45 AM location: CREATIVE STAGE

    scripts to panels

    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, Aug. 25, 201811:00 AM - 12:00 PM location: Room 12

    graphic design in the service of narrative workshop

    Veteran writer and artist Howard Chaykin (American Flagg!, Star Wars, Hey, Kids, Comics!) takes you inside storytelling to walk you through page layout and show you WHAT works and WHY. Comics are way more then just pretty pictures! You have to tell a story, and Chaykin shows you how!

    ADDITIONAL TICKET REQUIRED

    DAY 1, MUST ATTEND BOTH DAYS

  • Saturday, Aug. 25, 201811:00 AM - 1:00 PM location: ROOM 11

    introduction to resin casting with shield labs

    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!

    ADDITIONAL TICKET REQUIRED

  • Saturday, Aug. 25, 201811:30 AM - 12:15 PM location: ROOM 25

    women of pop culture

    Join Holly Marie Combs (Charmed), Charisma Carpenter (Buffy), Pom Klementieff (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol2), as they share stories and answer your questions about being a woman in the male dominated industry that is Pop Culture.

  • Saturday, Aug. 25, 201811:30 AM - 12:15 PM location: ROOM 13

    breaking into film and game production

    Interested in learning what it takes to land a job in film/game production? Join professional animator, Thomas Estrada as he shares his inspiring story and offers practical advice for those looking to break in! Learn about the different types of jobs available, the various challenges that await and how your skills can cross industries to arm you with greater opportunities. Thomas will discuss the reality of working in animation and offer insight into how studios differ to one another. Don’t miss this opportunity to gather valuable advice on how to break into your future career.

  • Saturday, Aug. 25, 201811:30 AM - 12:15 PM location: ROOM 3

    cosplay for a cause

    Learn about fundraising, hospital visits, and other various ways you can turn the hobby you love into a charitable act of love with Knightmage and Thousand Faces Cosplay.

  • Saturday, Aug. 25, 201812:00 PM - 12:45 PM location: ROOM 1

    all things pro wrestling with wrestlingaudio.com

    With SummerSlam behind, what does the rest of 2018 have in store?  Join the hosts of WrestlingAudio.com, Mo Lightning & Ballz - pro wrestling podcasters for over 12 years - as they look to the future of WWE in 2018, and give away autographs from your favorite superstars.

  • Saturday, Aug. 25, 201812:00 PM - 12:45 PM location: ROOM 5

    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, Aug. 25, 201812:00 PM - 12:45 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE

    how to be a pro inker with mostafa moussa

    Join professional inker MOSTAFA MOUSSA for a live demonstration of what it takes to be an inker.

  • Saturday, Aug. 25, 201812:00 PM - 12:45 PM location: ROOM 40

    saturday am- the future of manga & independent comics

    Come and meet the diverse creators of Saturday AM, the world's MOST DIVERSE SHONEN MANGA ANTHOLOGY. As we head to our 100th issue - we'll showcase Saturday AM's upcoming new products including ANIMATION, APP, and BRANDED ART SUPPLIES. Meet our creators and feel free to ask anything as it relates to your own independent comic ambitions.

  • Saturday, Aug. 25, 201812:30 PM - 1:15 PM location: ROOM 13

    "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, Aug. 25, 201812:30 PM - 1:15 PM location: ROOM 25

    trailer park

    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, Aug. 25, 201812:30 PM - 1:15 PM location: ROOM 3

    star wars vs lord of the rings: which is better?

    At last year’s event we were unable to conclusively establish a winner, despite a passionate audience survey. This year, Paul Erickson, Nerd Parodist will again ask the audience for help to pick a champion (Tolkien or George Lucas) in a fun, interactive event featuring:
    1.            A Nerd Parodist Club Secret Handshake demo
    2.            Audience participation survey to prove which is best: STAR WARS or LORD OF THE RINGS?
    3.            Actor Readings from nerd parody classics like THE WOBBIT and JAR JAR WARS
    4.            STAR WARS parody art coloring contest with prizes, all ages welcome!
    5.            SW/LOTR Cosplay Contest with prizes
    6.            The highly-accurate “Am I A Jedi?” self-assessment
    7.            The traditional STAR WARS Singalong
    This event was called “The quintessential comic con panel,” by the Chicago Tribune. Don’t miss it this year!

  • Saturday, Aug. 25, 20181:00 PM - 1:45 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE

    once upon a toon

    Cartoonist and storyteller Joe Wos present his program featuring storytelling and live cartoon illustration. This all ages show features original stories and folktales with a twist. Joe draws the stories as he tells them! It's like watching a picture book be created before your very eyes.

    Join Joe on a pun-filled adventure for all ages!

  • Saturday, Aug. 25, 20181:00 PM - 1:45 PM location: ROOM 1

    horror stories: vampires and zombies and weres, oh my!

    What really scares you? Movies, comic books, novels, and other modern forms of entertainment all play on the same fears that grabbed the earliest people telling scary stories by the campfire, but why? Travis Langley (The Walking Dead Psychology: Psych of the Living Dead; Supernatural Psychology: Roads Less Traveled) and a team of monster-busting experts look at how horror storytellers send chills up our spines and why we love it when they do.

  • Saturday, Aug. 25, 20181:00 PM - 1:45 PM location: ROOM 5

    firefly season 1

    What happened after the movie 'Serenity'? Who was Shepherd Book? Will Mal and Inara ever actually get together? Find out in this panel & fan discussion of Joss Whedon's Firefly 'Verse. Over the past years, Browncoats have seen more in ‘Verse content than ever before. We’ve gotten multiple board games, comic series, and loads of shiny merch including a subscription box! This panel will be a fan discussion of all of the above, as well as where the ‘Verse might be expanding to next.

  • Saturday, Aug. 25, 20181:30 PM - 2:15 PM location: ROOM 3

    tales from burger town: how to write, produce, and direct your own horror film

    Is The Goonies one of your favorite movies? Want to produce your own comedy-horror film? This panel will show you how. Join writer, director, and CEO of Cartridge Thunder Productions Jack Pochop for an exclusive screening to his latest film for his comedy-horror anthology series, Tales From Burger Town. The screening will be followed by a Q&A, and there will be exclusive prize bags for the first 25 guests and more prizes will be given away during the panel! Follow @burgertownmovie on Instagram for more details!

  • Saturday, Aug. 25, 20181:30 PM - 2:15 PM location: ROOM 13

    between the ropes: a conversation with christian, tommy dreamer, and road warrior animal

    Join professional wrestlers CHRISTIAN, TOMMY DREAMER, and ROAD WARRIOR ANIMAL for a CONversation on all things pro wrestling.

  • Saturday, Aug. 25, 20181:30 PM - 3:30 PM location: Room 11

    working with worbla workshop

    Worbla is a more commonly known word heard within the cosplay crafting community in armor builds. But what is it? How do you use it? Where can I get it? Come join us for a hands on workshop so you can try your hand at creating your own piece of armor! Materials for this workshop will all be provided, and you get to bring home the piece you make! From patterning to forming, this workshop will prepare you for your next steps!

    ADDITIONAL TICKET REQUIRED

  • Saturday, Aug. 25, 20182:00 PM - 2:45 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE

    comic draw presents: fire art league competition

    Get the first glimpse of our upcoming ART LEAGUE as two Saturday AM artists go Mano-A-Mano with a set time limit to produce the BEST FAN ART (one person on traditional paper and another on an iPad)! FUN FOR EVERYONE - audience participation and prizes are included!

  • Saturday, Aug. 25, 20182:00 PM - 2:45 PM location: ROOM 5

    welcome to the fang club: a conversation with ian somerhalder

    Join the CONversation with The Vampire Diaries' IAN SOMERHALDER

  • Saturday, Aug. 25, 20182:00 PM - 2:45 PM location: ROOM 1

    playing in the sandbox: writing transmedia tie-ins

    Transmedia is influencing entertainment at large intertwining video games, film, and the literary industry. How do writers expand worlds beyond the original platform? How will this synergy impact these industries in the future? Join Genese Davis (Omensight; The Holder's Dominion) and Jay Bonansinga (The Walking Dead: Invasion) as they divulge their perspectives and discuss these colliding genres.

  • Saturday, Aug. 25, 20182:00 PM - 2:45 PM location: Room 12

    creating characters with rob liefeld

    Creating Characters with Rob Liefeld is a workshop you will not want to miss!  Learn first hand from one of the most prolific comic creators in this 45-minute session that also included a Deadpool variant comic book!

    ADDITIONAL TICKET REQUIRED

  • Saturday, Aug. 25, 20182:30 PM - 3:15 PM location: ROOM 13

    becoming a magical girl

    So we hear a lot about magical girls, but how does one actually define them? Joseph Campbell wrote extensively on the hero. But he left out the heroine. While her journey mimics his, it has its own markers and transformations, and her outcome is hers alone. This panel explores the different types of magical girls and how their stories are timeless.

  • Saturday, Aug. 25, 20182:30 PM - 3:15 PM location: ROOM 3

    creating cosplay content: patreon, social media, etc!

    Creators and their content go hand in hand in today’s community. We discuss the ways social media outlets have changed the face of cosplay and the good practices you need for your professional pages. This Q&A format panel encourage audience participation and allows Wizard World guest cosplayers to give tips & tricks while explaining their own public content! Join OhMySohpii and A Smile and a Song!

  • Saturday, Aug. 25, 20183:00 PM - 3:45 PM location: ROOM 1

    writing for comics

    Comics are written very differently from other media. Join Trevor Mueller as he explains the ins and outs of this unique storytelling medium, and learn how to make your stories come to life!

  • Saturday, Aug. 25, 20183:00 PM - 3:45 PM location: ROOM 5

    a conversation with team rwby

    Grab your scythe and get your questions ready for a rare Q&A featuring all four members of Team RWBY! Lindsay Jones (Ruby), Kara Eberle (Weiss), Arryn Zech (Blake) and Barbara Dunkelman (Yang) take the stage to tell stories and answer all your questions!

  • Saturday, Aug. 25, 20183:00 PM - 3:45 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE

    intro to props & armor

    Come learn the basics of creating, painting, and handling cosplay props and armor with Wizard World Cosplay Guest Hendo Art

  • Saturday, Aug. 25, 20183:30 PM - 4:15 PM location: ROOM 3

    marvel infinity war challenge

    The countdown has begun and half of mankind stands in the balance. Join professional nerds as they compare and contrast all the Marvel films leading up to Avengers: Infinity War. In this comical debate, panelists will pit various films together to come up with the ultimate winner. With a ton of interaction with the audience, this is a must for any MCU fan. Hosted by Tony Kim (Crazy4Comiccon.com, HeroWithin)

  • Saturday, Aug. 25, 20184:00 PM - 4:45 PM location: ROOM 25

    michael rooker vs the audience

    Join the CONversation with MICHAEL ROOKER!

  • Saturday, Aug. 25, 20184:00 PM - 4:45 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE

    drawing disney with clinton hobart

    Join professional artist CLINTON HOBART for a live demonstration on drawing Disney.

  • Saturday, Aug. 25, 20184:00 PM - 4:45 PM location: ROOM 1

    supervillain psychology: killmonger! thanos! the joker! menaces galore!

    Every great superhero faces a rogues gallery full of colorful supervillains. What makes a great supervillain? How evil do they have to be? Do they resemble real criminals in any way? Are they truly insane or just having fun? Dr. Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight; Wonder Woman Psychology: Lassoing the Truth) assembles Wizard World's mightiest minds to explore what a supervillain really is, how could any person become one, and whether any of them happen to right.

  • Saturday, Aug. 25, 20184:00 PM - 4:45 PM location: ROOM 5

    a conversation with outlander author, diana gabaldon

    Join the CONversation with DIANA GABALDON author of Outlander!

  • Saturday, Aug. 25, 20184:00 PM - 5:00 PM location: Room 12

    wiz-art: basic training tools with josh lyman

    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 WizArt and take home your finished art piece and tools!”

    ADDITIONAL TICKET REQUIRED

  • Saturday, Aug. 25, 20184:30 PM - 5:15 PM location: ROOM 3

    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!

  • Saturday, Aug. 25, 20184:30 PM - 5:15 PM location: ROOM 13

    disney princess (twisted) coronation

    The Disney Universe's continued expansion has brought  Marvel, LucasFilms and even the Muppets into the house of mouse. With Fox now entering the fold there are new opportunities to bestow one of Disney's highest honors upon classic characters by coronating them as Disney Princesses! Pop culture historian Joe Wos takes a tongue in cheek look at characters now eligible for this prestigious honor. From the Xenomorph Alien Queen to Princess Leia we will explore the traditional role of the Disney Princess and how it could be transformed by the annexation of new realms into the Disney Kingdom.

  • Saturday, Aug. 25, 20185:00 PM - 5:45 PM location: ROOM 5

    marvel's the runaways with james marsters and greg sulkin

    Join the CONversation with Marvel's The Runaways, JAMES MARSTERS and GREGG SULKIN!

  • Saturday, Aug. 25, 20185:00 PM - 5:45 PM location: ROOM 1

    modern mythology and urban fantasy: the magic today

    The influence of mythology can be found almost everywhere from superhero movies to our favorite fantasy novel. From the iconic gods of old mythology to the most influential urban fantasy, panelists will share their creative process and how these genres have been a looking glass through which to see the spiritual and ethical realities of our world. How will modern mythologies and urban fantasy affect our heroes stories and ultimately whisper their lore and lessons into future entertainment? Don't miss this thrilling discussion with Genese Davis (Omensight; The Holder's Dominion), Tim Lees (Steal the Lightning) and Devri Walls (Venators).

  • Saturday, Aug. 25, 20185:00 PM - 5:45 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE

    creating art with dramatic lighting

    Using only traditional materials, star artist Stuart Sayger shows you how lighting effects and accents can have dynamic effects on your art!

  • Saturday, Aug. 25, 20185:15 PM - 6:00 PM location: ROOM 25

    the truth is out there: a conversation with david duchovny and gillian anderson

    Join the CONversation with The X Files stars, DAVID DUCHOVNY and GILLIAN ANDERSON!

  • Saturday, Aug. 25, 20185:30 PM - 6:15 PM location: ROOM 3

    tales from the hokage: maile flanagan q&a

    What’s it like voicing one of the most recognizable characters in anime? Join Maile Flanagan, the voice of Naruto, as she talks about the series and answers all your questions.

  • Saturday, Aug. 25, 20185:30 PM - 6:15 PM location: ROOM 13

    kin q&a with directors, the baker brothers jonathan and josh

    Come join the CONversation with The Baker Brothers!

  • Saturday, Aug. 25, 20185:30 PM - 7:00 PM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

    trash can cosplay competition

    Come on stage and join a team of fellow creators to make an original costumed character using only the scraps you are given. Do you have the creativity to become the Trash Can Cosplay Champions?

    Sign ups available at Knightmage’s booth in the Cosplay Corner

  • Saturday, Aug. 25, 20186:00 PM - 6:45 PM location: ROOM 5

    dungeons & dragons & improv

    Join comedians and tried-and-true geeks from Chicago’s own  Comedy Sportz Chicago as they play a live Dungeons & Dragons game. These Wizards of the windy city will embark on an epic quest built entirely from audience suggestions. With New York based DM & host Mike Gregorek, video-projected dice, and YOU cheering along with every Critical Hit!

  • Saturday, Aug. 25, 20186:00 PM - 7:00 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE

    cyanide and happiness sketch jam! with shawn coss

    Come hang out with Shawn Coss of Cyanide & Happiness as he randomly creates absurd and humorous sketches from the box of topics as well as suggestions from you! Come hang out and get a chance to win a free sketch! Not for the easily disturbed or the shy! Shawn will describe in detail (sometimes too much detail) on how he was raised by feral cats that taught him how to draw. Audience participation is encouraged but not required. He can literally talk to himself the whole time. It's kinda freaking us out.

  • Saturday, Aug. 25, 20186:30 PM - 7:15 PM location: ROOM 13

    haunted chicago

    From Haunted graveyards and monuments to cursed Indian Burial Grounds, Comic book creator Scott Larson and Chicago ghost author Amelia Cotter discuss about some of Chicago's creepiest final resting places as seen in the graphic novel, Visitations. Visitations is the history of Chicago as seen through the eyes of the citizens of the city's oldest cemetery.

  • Saturday, Aug. 25, 20186:30 PM - 7:15 PM location: ROOM 3

    go to numerous hells: the afterlives of anime

    You close your eyes, breathe your last... and then what? Where does one go after they die? Well in Japan...that can get complicated. This panel focuses on death mythology and storytelling: from the fiery pits of the Jigoku to the corrupted realms of the yomi, even unto the paradise of the Pure Lands or the family kami, the various worlds and denizens of the "other" will be explored for those with a strong heart, compassion, and a thirst to know what lies beyond.

  • Saturday, Aug. 25, 20187:15 PM - 8:00 PM location: ROOM 5

    podlander drunkcast live!

    In need of a friend to get sloppy drunk and watch Outlander with? You've come to the right panel. Podlander Drunkcast is a slightly tipsy exploration of all things Fraser, up to and including sick burns, great sex, knitwear, and the fact that Claire is a terrible time-traveler. Oh, and we find room for some in-depth TV criticism, too. Join Allison (The AV Club), Julie (Down in Front), and their beloved Janine (a guy named Aaron) for a live show and loads of double entendres. Expect two different shows this weekend—join us for one or both!

  • Saturday, Aug. 25, 20187:30 PM - 8:15 PM location: ROOM 3

    francois le foutre's raunchy romp with the raging queen (+18)

    It's the gay pirate romance adventure you’ve always secretly (or openly) wanted! Join the most fearsome fruit in all of France as he shares the sauciest exploits from his banned books, There's Seamen on the Poop-Deck! and the rest of the six-part series The Seamen Sexology. Guaranteed to offend even the sturdiest of sailors: it's the tantalizing tail everyone's talking about! (And the tale's not bad, either).

  • Sunday, Aug. 26, 201811:00 AM - 11:45 AM location: CREATIVE STAGE

    coloring with markers with 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, Aug. 26, 201811:00 AM - 12:00 PM location: Room 12

    graphic design in the service of narrative workshop

    Veteran writer and artist Howard Chaykin (American Flagg!, Star Wars, Hey, Kids, Comics!) takes you inside storytelling to walk you through page layout and show you WHAT works and WHY. Comics are way more then just pretty pictures! You have to tell a story, and Chaykin shows you how!

    ADDITIONAL TICKET REQUIRED

    DAY 2, MUST ATTEND BOTH DAYS

  • Sunday, Aug. 26, 201811:30 AM - 12:15 PM location: ROOM 5

    a kim possible reunion: a conversation with christy carlson romano & will friedle

    What’s the sitch, Wizard World Winston Salem? The talented voice actors behind Kim Possible and Ron Stoppable are here to dish about what made this seminal animated series so special, and what they’ve been doing since. Booyah!

  • Sunday, Aug. 26, 201811:30 AM - 12:15 PM location: ROOM 3

    getting started with etsy

    Etsy has become the place to find some awesome handmade geeky merch and support indie artists, some of whom you’ll see on the convention floor! With years of experience on the site, come learn from Ask Kaylee Frye about using Etsy to supplement your spending money, showcase & sell your hobby, or even create your own small business!

  • Sunday, Aug. 26, 201811:30 AM - 12:15 PM location: ROOM 25

    a conversation with the cast of outlander

    A once in a lifetime chance to get your questions answered by the cast of Outlander featuring Sophie Skelton, Richard Rankin, Lotte Verbeek and Graham McTavish!

  • Sunday, Aug. 26, 201811:30 AM - 12:15 PM location: ROOM 3

    saturday am presents pitch session live

    Our popular YOUTUBE show is now LIVE with American Idol style feedback and commentary on new artists pitching their comic ideas.

  • Sunday, Aug. 26, 201811:30 AM - 1:00 PM location: Room 11

    cosplay painting and weathering workshop with cosawesome

    Come learn to paint props and armor while James T. Wulfgar and other members of CosAwesome Studios & Wulfgar Weapons guide you through your choice of a few foam builds. You’ll be learning on provided pre-primed props or you can bring your own pre-primed weapon of choice!

    ADDITIONAL TICKET REQUIRED

  • Sunday, Aug. 26, 201812:00 PM - 12:45 PM location: ROOM 1

    get published and paid! from concept to under contract

    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 get out there and get paid. Genese Davis (Omensight; The Holder's Dominion), Sam Weller (Shadow Show) and Ami Lutkus-Philips (Rite of Wands) will share their insider experiences to creating stories that captivate and ways to jumpstart your professional writing and publishing career.

  • Sunday, Aug. 26, 201812:00 PM - 12:45 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE

    cosplay body paint: tips & tricks

    A beginners guide to cosplaying characters with inhuman skin hues. This panel will cover some of the many methods of cosplaying colorful characters! From the types of paints and methods of application to alternatives to painting and even how to choose what specifically is right you.

  • Sunday, Aug. 26, 201812:30 PM - 1:15 PM location: ROOM 13

    animation celebration: top ten animated cartoon characters

    Cartoon historian and former executive director/founder of the ToonSeum, Joe Wos gives a sneak peek at the top ten animated television characters from his upcoming book "Animation Celebration: The 100 greatest characters in television animation." Did you favorite make the top ten? Attend this presentation to find out! The list is sure to trigger a lively debate! Joe will be joined by his co-author Martin Gitlin.

  • Sunday, Aug. 26, 201812:30 PM - 1:15 PM location: ROOM 5

    naruto next generations: a father and son conversation

    Join Amanda C Miller (Boruto) and Maile Flanagan (Naruto) for a spirited conversation on all things Naruto!

  • Sunday, Aug. 26, 20181:00 PM - 1:45 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE

    drawing disney with clinton hobart

    Come see renowned artist CLINTON HOBART as he demonstrates how to draw Disney.

  • Sunday, Aug. 26, 20181:00 PM - 1:45 PM location: ROOM 1

    video game design

    How do video games come to be? Genese Davis (Omensight; The Holder's Dominion), Darold Higa (Wargaming), Frank Marquart (Volition) and JJ Bakken (Wargaming) will divulge a sneak peak into video game design. Whether you are interested in video game development for fun or for a potential career, this discussion offers an in-depth look at the opportunities and day-to-day experiences emerging within and around video game studios.

  • Sunday, Aug. 26, 20181:00 PM - 1:45 PM location: ROOM 25

    back to smallville with tom welling, michael rosenbaum, and james marsters

    It's a bird! It's a plane! It's....TOM WELLING, MICHAEL ROSENBAUM, and JAMES MARSTERS. Come join the CONversation with the cast of SMALLVILLE.

  • Sunday, Aug. 26, 20181:30 PM - 2:15 PM location: ROOM 3

    cosplay on a budget

    There's always talk about how cosplay is expensive, and that can scare people away! Join Wizard World guest cosplayers Hendo Art, OhMySophii and Knightmage in this interactive cosplay Q&A, where you will learn tips and tricks from this professional cosplayer on how to cosplay on a budget!  Because every fan CAN cosplay!

  • Sunday, Aug. 26, 20182:00 PM - 2:45 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE

    comic draw presents: fire art league competition

    Get the first glimpse of our upcoming ART LEAGUE as two Saturday AM artists go Mano-A-Mano with a set time limit to produce the BEST FAN ART (one person on traditional paper and another on an iPad)! FUN FOR EVERYONE - audience participation and prizes are included!