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  • Friday, Oct. 25, 20194:00 PM - 5:00 PM location: KIDS ZONE

    free sketches for kids

    Kids can join artist Joe Wos for free sketches in the Kids Zone!

  • Friday, Oct. 25, 20194:00 PM - 5:15 PM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

    musical performance by michael mcfarland

    Don't miss this live performance!

  • Friday, Oct. 25, 20195:00 PM - 5:30 PM location: KIDS ZONE

    make your own halloween bat!

    Kids should head to the Kids Zone for this fun spooky activity!

  • Friday, Oct. 25, 20195:00 PM - 5:45 PM location: MENDOTA 7-8

    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, Oct. 25, 20195:15 PM - 5:30 PM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

    wizard world giveaways

    Hosted by Kato Kaelin!

  • Friday, Oct. 25, 20195:30 PM - 6:15 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE

    how to be a pro inker in comics

    Join artists Mostafa Mousa and Jeremy Clark for this discussion and demo!

  • Friday, Oct. 25, 20195:30 PM - 6:30 PM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

    musical performance by the klingon pop warrior

    Check out this live performance!

  • Friday, Oct. 25, 20196:00 PM - 6:45 PM location: MENDOTA 6-7

    pro wrestling 101 with wrestlingaudio.com

    What a time to be a wrestling fan! WWE, NXT, AEW, NWA, ROH, MLW, Impact Wrestling, the list goes on... us fans haven't had this many serious options since the Attitude Era. But what does each company need to do to continue to stand out from the competition? Join Mo Lightning - podcaster for 14 years - as he breaks down the current boom of televised wrestling promotions and gives away autographed goodies from your favorite superstars!

  • Friday, Oct. 25, 20196:00 PM - 6:45 PM location: MENDOTA 7-8

    cosplay 101

    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, Oct. 25, 20196:00 PM - 7:00 PM location: KIDS ZONE

    free face painting by holly berry

    Kids should head to the Kids Zone for free face painting!

  • Friday, Oct. 25, 20196:30 PM - 6:45 PM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

    cosplay meet-up and wizard world giveaways

    Hosted by Kato Kaelin!

  • Friday, Oct. 25, 20196:30 PM - 7:15 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE

    once upon a toon with joe wos

    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!

  • Friday, Oct. 25, 20196:45 PM - 7:15 PM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

    performance by arthur j daniel

    Don't miss this live performance!

  • Friday, Oct. 25, 20197:00 PM - 7:45 PM location: MENDOTA 5-6

    diversity in cosplay with wizard world cosplay guest papa bear

    Cosplay is a chance for ANYbody to express themselves and their passions for ANY character, regardless of skin color, orientation, disability, gender, or body type. It’s about living the character in the moment. Join the panelists as they give their diverse perspectives on the cultural impact, barriers, triumphs, and empowerment in the cosplay community.

  • Friday, Oct. 25, 20197:00 PM - 7:45 PM location: MENDOTA 7-8

    nerdprov!

    Laugh your Asgard off with improvisers from Madison’s own Atlas Improv Company, as they make up scenes on the spot, Whose Line Is It Anyway style, all while using your nerdiest suggestions and featuring cosplay volunteers from the audience. With your ComedySportz New York host, Mike Gregorek.

  • Friday, Oct. 25, 20197:15 PM - 7:30 PM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

    cosplay meet-up and wizard world giveaways

    Hosted by Kato Kaelin!

  • Friday, Oct. 25, 20197:30 PM - 8:00 PM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

    the live art of d. whitaker ink

    Don't miss this live art demo!

  • Friday, Oct. 25, 20197:30 PM - 8:15 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE

    foam 101

    Come learn foam basics to help you on your next costume adventure. Complete with a demo of building foam armor from scratch.

  • Friday, Oct. 25, 20198:00 PM - 8:45 PM location: MENDOTA 5-6

    geek trivia

    With great intelligence comes great responsibility. Join New York trivia host, Mike Gregorek, as he takes you down the rabbit hole of nerdy knowledge. Comics, collectibles and show passes will be awarded. Both single players and teams welcome. In the end, one team will rule them all.

  • Friday, Oct. 25, 20198:00 PM - 8:45 PM location: MENDOTA 7-8

    behind the scenes at comic con

    Mo Lightning (Professional geek, Morning Radio Host) has been hosting guest panels on comic-con stages nationwide for over 8 years, and 100 celebrities. Hear some of the most comical, fanatical, and simply unbelievable moments he's experienced over his career, involving Stan Lee, Sebastian Stan, Gilbert Gottfried, Mike Tyson and many others.

  • Friday, Oct. 25, 20198:00 PM - 8:45 PM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

    official wizard world karaoke

    Come show off your vocal chops (or lack thereof!) at our official Wizard World Karaoke!

  • Saturday, Oct. 26, 201910:00 AM - 11:00 AM location: KIDS ZONE

    free sketches for kids

    Kids can join artist Joe Wos for free sketches in the Kids Zone!

  • Saturday, Oct. 26, 201911:00 AM - 11:45 AM location: MENDOTA 5-6

    harry potter fan celebration

    Through books, films, amusement parks, and more, the Harry Potter phenomenon has captivated people worldwide. What is it about Harry, Hermione, Ron, Dumblemore, and company that keeps us enthralled? Join Wind Goodfriend (The Psychology of Harry Potter), Scott Jordan (Supernatural Psychology: Roads Less Traveled), and more for an exploration and celebration of the world of Hogwarts.

  • Saturday, Oct. 26, 201911:15 AM - 11:30 AM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

    wizard world giveaways

    Hosted by Kato Kaelin!

  • Saturday, Oct. 26, 201912:00 PM - 12:45 PM location: MENDOTA 5-6

    investing in comics: what makes a comic worth so much?

    Ever wonder why some comics are worth thousands if not millions of dollars while there are others barely worth a dime? Come to this informative session where you will learn the numerous factors that determine a comic book’s worth. Whether you are new to collecting or a seasoned veteran, arm yourself with knowledge and come learn what makes a comic worth so much!

  • Saturday, Oct. 26, 201912:00 PM - 12:45 PM location: MENDOTA 3-4

    top 10 animated tv 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!

  • Saturday, Oct. 26, 201912:00 PM - 1:00 PM location: KIDS ZONE

    free face painting by holly berry

    Kids should head to the Kids Zone for free face painting!

  • Saturday, Oct. 26, 201912:15 PM - 1:00 PM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

    performance by magician john greene

    Don't miss this magic performance!

  • Saturday, Oct. 26, 201912:30 PM - 1:15 PM location: MENDOTA 7-8

    black panther psychology: hidden kingdoms

    Who is the Black Panther? Join Drs. Vanessa Hicks (Black Panther Psychology: Hidden Kingdoms) and Scott Jordan (Illinois State University) for this panel discussion in an in-depth discussion of the popularity and importance of Black Panther, including cultural representation, social exclusion, gender roles, role models, bullying, and more. What is about T'Challa and his personal mythos that can resonate with everyone?

  • Saturday, Oct. 26, 201912:30 PM - 1:15 PM location: ARENA

    as you wish: a princess bride reunion with cary elwes & chris sarandon

    Inconceivable! We’ve reunited The Dread Pirate Roberts, Westley himself, and Prince Humperdinck to discuss their experiences making the classic film “The Princess Bride.”

  • Saturday, Oct. 26, 20191:00 PM - 1:45 PM location: MENDOTA 5-6

    the blake and sal show live

    Blake Reilly, Sal Costa & Mark Palkowski hosts a rousing debate about the MCU, comics, television and more. You as the audience get to pick the winner of each round and the winner will be decided in a best of 5 format. Think Movie Fights but turned up a notch.

  • Saturday, Oct. 26, 20191:00 PM - 1:45 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE

    cosplay makeup 101

    Join Wizard World Cosplay Guests to learn the basics of makeup and other SFX techniques to transform your cosplay!

  • Saturday, Oct. 26, 20191:00 PM - 1:45 PM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

    performance by dld dance center

    Don't miss this live performance!

  • Saturday, Oct. 26, 20191:30 PM - 2:15 PM location: MENDOTA 7-8

    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.

  • Saturday, Oct. 26, 20191:30 PM - 2:15 PM location: ARENA

    a smallville reunion with tom welling, michael rosenbaum, laura vandervoort and erica durance

    Come join the stars of Smallville to celebrate the enduring popularity of this fan-favorite show!

  • Saturday, Oct. 26, 20192:00 PM - 2:45 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE

    what it takes to work for dc and marvel comics

    Join artist Mostafa Mousa for this discussion and demo!

  • Saturday, Oct. 26, 20192:00 PM - 2:45 PM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

    kids costume contest

    Hosted by Kato Kaelin and Wizard World Cosplay Guests!

  • Saturday, Oct. 26, 20192:00 PM - 2:45 PM location: MENDOTA 3-4

    no holds barred: a conversation with pro wrestler kevin nash

    Moderated by Mo Lightning.

  • Saturday, Oct. 26, 20192:30 PM - 3:15 PM location: MENDOTA 7-8

    is fan art legal?

    Join attorney Dirk Vanover of ComicsLawyer.com for an in-depth discussion of the legal issues surrounding fan art, fan fiction, and fan films.

  • Saturday, Oct. 26, 20193:00 PM - 3:45 PM location: MENDOTA 5-6

    the terror of robots and a.i.: terminator! blade runner! westworld! and beyond!

    When do synthetic beings become sentient? When is artificial intelligence simply intelligence? Are droids and replicants actually slaves? Should we sweettalk Siri today so Skynet doesn't attack us tomorrow? Wind Goodfriend (Westworld Psychology: Violent Delights), Vanessa Hicks (Black Panther Psychology: Hidden Kingdoms), and Scott Jordan (Star Trek Psychology: The Mental Frontier) tackle those questions and examine fears of technology gone awry in terms of twenty-first century concerns about rapidly evolving A.I. Will these mechanical delights lead to violent ends?

  • Saturday, Oct. 26, 20193:00 PM - 3:45 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE

    how to draw “disney’s gargoyles” - goliath & easy to remember animation tips

    Official Disney Artist Kurt Lehner will walk fans through a fun step by step how to draw Goliath from "Disney's Gargoyles.” Also learning simple & easy to remember animation tips & the chance to have a question & answer period. Don't miss out on this great & exciting opportunity.

  • Saturday, Oct. 26, 20193:30 PM - 4:15 PM location: MENDOTA 7-8

    cosplay on a budget

    Want to start cosplaying but don’t want to lay out a lot of cash? Join Wizard World Cosplay Guests for innovative tips on breaking into the field! They’ll discuss why cosplay is okay for any budget, where to look to find cheap cosplays, and ways to achieve the character’s look without an expensive cosplay.

  • Saturday, Oct. 26, 20193:30 PM - 4:15 PM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

    wizard world giveaways

    Hosted by Kato Kaelin!

  • Saturday, Oct. 26, 20193:30 PM - 4:15 PM location: ARENA

    one season and a movie: a conversation with firefly's jewel staite and sean maher

    It’s been almost 16 years since Joss Whedon’s “Firefly” premiered on Fox, and even with just one 14-episode season and the feature-length film “Serenity,” the series is still a cultural juggernaut! Jewel Staite and Sean Maher are here to talk about her experience making the show and its enduring popularity.

  • Saturday, Oct. 26, 20193:45 PM - 4:30 PM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

    cookie demo with crumby art bakehouse

    Don't miss this delicious live demo!

  • Saturday, Oct. 26, 20194:00 PM - 4:45 PM location: MENDOTA 5-6

    intellectual property and comics

    It’s undeniable that comic books, and the characters they contain, have been at the forefront of pop culture lately. However, there is a long history of intellectual property disputes involving comic book characters. Join attorney Dirk Vanover (ComicsLawyer.com) as he discusses what is intellectual property, important and interesting intellectual property disputes from the comic book world, and tips to protect your creations.

  • Saturday, Oct. 26, 20194:15 PM - 5:15 PM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

    musical performance by face time police

    Don't miss this live performance!

  • Saturday, Oct. 26, 20194:30 PM - 5:15 PM location: MENDOTA 7-8

    supervillain psychology: who wants to be the bad guy?

    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? Scott Jordan (Daredevil Psychology: Hidden Kingdoms), Wind Goodfriend (The Joker Psychology: Evil Clowns and the Women Who Love Them; Westworld Psychology: Violent Delights), and Vanessa Hicks (Black Panther Psychology: Hidden Kingdoms) weigh what it means to be a supervillain and what kind of person could become one. Beware!

  • Saturday, Oct. 26, 20194:30 PM - 5:15 PM location: ARENA

    a nightmare before christmas reunion with chris sarandon & ken page

    Few films define “cult classic” quite like Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” The voice actors behind Jack Skellington and Oogie Boogie are here to talk about making the film and its enduring popularity.

  • Saturday, Oct. 26, 20195:00 PM - 5:45 PM location: MENDOTA 5-6

    competitive cosplay

    Ready to compete in the world-famous Wizard World Costume Contest? Before you do, come learn some tips and tricks from Wizard World Cosplay Guests! You’ll learn what to expect in a competition, how to make your cosplay “competitive” and how to act professional in a competition!

  • Saturday, Oct. 26, 20195:00 PM - 5:45 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE

    inking comics with jeremy clark

    Join Wizard World guest artist Jeremy Clark for this tutorial on inking comics!

  • Saturday, Oct. 26, 20195:30 PM - 6:00 PM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

    wizard world auction

    Hosted by Kato Kaelin!

  • Saturday, Oct. 26, 20195:30 PM - 6:15 PM location: MENDOTA 7-8

    dungeons & dragons & improv

    Join comedians and tried-and-true geeks from Madison’s own Atlas Improv Company as they play a live D&D game. These Wizards of T-Town 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, Oct. 26, 20196:00 PM - 6:45 PM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

    official wizard world karaoke

    Come show off your vocal chops (or lack thereof) at Wizard World’s official karaoke!

  • Saturday, Oct. 26, 20197:00 PM - 8:00 PM location: ARENA

    wizard world costume contest

    Hosted by our very own superheroes, 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, Best Video Game Character and Best Anime Character. Compete for cash prizes totalling $12,500! Anyone interested in participating must sign up online or in the COSPLAY CORNER inside the exhibition floor on Saturday. Space is limited, so registration online is strongly encouraged. On-site registration closes at 3PM or earlier if all slots are filled! We’ll see you there! (Ages 13+)

  • Sunday, Oct. 27, 201910:00 AM - 11:00 AM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

    musical performance by michael mcfarland

    Don't miss this live performance!

  • Sunday, Oct. 27, 201911:00 AM - 11:45 AM location: MENDOTA 3-4

    getting published: write here, write now!

    Trouble finding a book publisher? How about a literary agent? Do you really need your own publicist? Is getting into print different when your book’s topic is particularly geeky? Hear how these bookworms got their works into print, how they made money at it, and how you might, too. Moderated by Dr. Scott Jordan (Supernatural Psychology: Roads Less Traveled; Black Panther Psychology: Hidden Kingdoms).

  • Sunday, Oct. 27, 201911:00 AM - 11:45 AM location: CREATIVE STAGE

    the art of pareidolia: seeing faces everywhere

    Do you look at a building and see a face smiling back at you? Pareidolia is the act of seeing faces in objects. Join cartoonist Joe Wos as he literally draws inspiration from everyday objects with extraordinary expressions!

  • Sunday, Oct. 27, 201911:00 AM - 11:45 AM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

    cookie demo by crumby art bakehouse

    Don't miss this delicious live demo!

  • Sunday, Oct. 27, 201911:30 AM - 12:15 PM location: MENDOTA 5-6

    cosplay is for everyone: cosplay and body positivity

    Join Wizard World Cosplay guests for this discussion!

  • Sunday, Oct. 27, 201912:00 PM - 12:45 PM location: MENDOTA 3-4

    bringing dc comics to tv with laura vandervoort, sean pertwee and teddy sears

    Come join actors from Smallville, Gotham and the Arrowverse to talk about bringing DC Comics to life on the small screen in the modern era! Moderated by Samm Levine.

  • Sunday, Oct. 27, 201912:00 PM - 1:00 PM location: KIDS ZONE

    free face painting by holly berry

    Kids should head to the Kids Zone for free face painting!

  • Sunday, Oct. 27, 201912:15 PM - 12:45 PM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

    performance by magician john greene

    Don't miss this live magic performance!

  • Sunday, Oct. 27, 201912:30 PM - 1:15 PM location: MENDOTA 5-6

    geeks and depression: how are you holding up?

    Professional geek and Mental Health Awareness advocate Mo Lightning looks at the growing amount of depression and anxiety us pop culture face day-to-day and what we can do to combat these dark feelings. Discussion is open to those who struggle and those who want to help the struggling.

  • Sunday, Oct. 27, 201912:45 PM - 1:15 PM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

    musical performance by face time police

    Don't miss this live musical performance

  • Sunday, Oct. 27, 20191:00 PM - 1:45 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE

    how to draw franklin the turtle and easy to remember animation tips

    Join artist Kurt Lehner for this fun demo!

  • Sunday, Oct. 27, 20191:30 PM - 2:15 PM location: MENDOTA 5-6

    creating comics

    Who creates comics? How? Why? Where do they get their start, and what keeps them going? Find out how writing and drawing stories you love can become a full-time job. Dr. Scott Jordan (Daredevil Psychology: The Devil You Know; The Joker Psychology: Evil Clowns and the Women Who Love Them) speaks with comic book industry pros as they share their experience, insight, and humor with anyone interested in telling their own comic book stories or simply finding out more about the creative and publishing process. For writers, artists, and fans of every kind!

  • Sunday, Oct. 27, 20192:00 PM - 2:45 PM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

    kids costume contest

    Hosted by Kato Kaelin and Wizard World Cosplay Guests!