Friday, Jul. 26, 20194:30 PM - 5:15 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE
building your own transformation dress
With Wizard World Cosplay Guest Rachel Meikle
Friday, Jul. 26, 20195:00 PM - 5:45 PM location: ROOM 306-307
what is a man?: the legacy of castlevania
Join Wizard World Cosplay’s Princess Morgan to discuss all things Castlevania: the video games, the multimedia series and its many stories, variations and Belmonts!
Friday, Jul. 26, 20195:00 PM - 5:45 PM location: ROOM 315-316
dc movies: from the bottom to the top
DC has had a string of hits lately. WHY is DC succeeding now in films? With the success of Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Shazam, a rebooted and retooled Suicide Squad on the horizon, does DC see need their Caped Crusader and their Man of Steel? Why are these films being hailed in grace? What’s different about them and will this continue? Do any of the old films still work for this new direction? #LetsTalkAboutIt! In this panel we will ask the tough questions and see where the truth takes us.
Friday, Jul. 26, 20196:00 PM - 6:45 PM location: ROOM 306-307
annabelle: from haunting to silver screen
Did you know that the movie franchise "Annabelle" is based on actual paranormal events!? Join Ghosts N'at Paranormal Adventures as they tell the real story of the possessed doll Annabelle, and the differences in the film adaption. Hear about their personal encounter with the real Annabelle Doll at Lorraine Warren's home in Connecticut! They will also have an exact replica of the real Annabelle Doll and case on hand - perfect for photo ops!
Friday, Jul. 26, 20196:00 PM - 6:45 PM location: ROOM 315-316
Want to begin cosplaying but don’t know how to get started? Join Wizard World Cosplay Guests Knightmage, Princess Morgan, Casey Nichole and Rachel Meikle 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. 26, 20196:30 PM - 7:15 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE
Come watch as Mike Watson, Publisher of Short Fuse Media, and freelance artist of Upper Deck/Marvel Comics, as he shows you how he uses markers to bring sketch cards to life. Using color to bring awesome, definition and power to comics. One lucky person will get to keep the original art.
Friday, Jul. 26, 20197:00 PM - 7:45 PM location: ROOM 306-307
carrying on: the psychology of “supernatural” and its fandom
Supernatural is a cultural phenomenon that has impacted the lives of millions. The characters have become models of persistence in the face of tremendous challenge, and the fandom is known for its dedication to helping others. Come hear Dr. Chrisha Anderson talk about the lessons that Supernatural can teach us and how we can use those lessons to impact the world. And join us for a lively discussion of what we do now!
Friday, Jul. 26, 20197:00 PM - 7:45 PM location: ROOM 315-316
spider-man and beyond the spider-verse
From Sam Raimi's 2002 movie to Miles Morales in "Into the Spider-Verse," and the most recent "Far From Home," Spider-Man has had a lot of iterations! Join host Aaron Sagers to discuss which versions of Spider-Man have been the best on screen, and where would we like to see the character go from here!
Friday, Jul. 26, 20197:30 PM - 8:15 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE
Join Wizard World Cosplay guest Knightmage to learn the basics of using one of the most popular materials to use in building a cosplay!
Saturday, Jul. 27, 201911:30 AM - 12:15 PM location: ROOM 306-307
fandom saving lives: how film, tv and fandom can help people with depression, anxiety, trauma and mental illness
We know WHY film, TV, and fandom can help us with mental health, but do you know the science behind it? Come hear licensed therapist Dr. Chrisha Anderson talk about why fandom is such a powerful therapeutic tool, tell your story, and get practical tips on dealing with depression, anxiety, and trauma.
Saturday, Jul. 27, 201911:30 AM - 12:15 PM location: ROOM 315-316
ghosts of the stratosphere live
Come see and participate in a live recording of Ghosts of the Stratosphere, a Pittsburgh based comic book podcast! We'll be reviewing our Top 10 recommendations to help you and your friends get into comics as well as playing interactive comic book related games! Visit our website at gotstratosphere.com!
Saturday, Jul. 27, 201912:00 PM - 12:45 PM location: ROOM 302-305
most haunted: pittsburgh
The crew from Ghosts N'at Paranormal Adventures - a team of REAL paranormal investigators - breaks down some of Pittsburgh's most haunted locations! Find out what's lurking in the shadows of The Burgh when they present REAL paranormal evidence captured right in the Steel City!
Saturday, Jul. 27, 201912:00 PM - 12:45 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE
cosplay makeup 101
Join Wizard World Cosplay Guest Knightmage to learn the basics of makeup and other sfx techniques to transform your cosplay!
Saturday, Jul. 27, 201912:30 PM - 1:15 PM location: ROOM 306-307
3 geeks podcast live: comic books vs. film adaptations
Join the 3 Geeks Podcast as they ruminate, discuss and argue over what makes a good comic book and a good comic book film. Prepare to go on a fun ride through geekdom with several tangents that go absolutely nowhere. Audience participation is highly encouraged.
Saturday, Jul. 27, 201912:30 PM - 1:15 PM location: ROOM 315-316
disney, animation studios & saturday morning cartoons
If you love Cartoons, Superheroes & old school Saturday mornings, then come and enjoy this fun Q & A panel with professional Disney & Warner Bros Animation Artist / Marvel & DC Illustrator Kurt Lehner. An over 25 year veteran in the industry, Mr. Lehner will showcase his career while walking the audience through memory lane with the love from Saturday Morning Cartoons. Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity.
Saturday, Jul. 27, 20191:00 PM - 1:45 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE
cyanide & happiness live
Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind live demo with Shawn Coss from Cyanide & Happiness!
Saturday, Jul. 27, 20191:30 PM - 2:15 PM location: ROOM 306-307
who are bts? a kpop celebration
Want to know more about the Kpop boy band currently sweeping the globe? Join Wizard World Cosplay guest Princess Morgan to learn about the members, their music, and their impact.
Saturday, Jul. 27, 20191:30 PM - 2:15 PM location: ROOM 315-316
the game fix podcast presents: the best of the best glitches
Join Verlane, Spanish, and Link for our 9th Wizard World appearance. Since this is our first panel in Pittsburgh we will introduce ourselves by presenting you with a best of the best panel with our very best video game glitches ever. Assemble with us for awesome glitches, funny moments, original content, and of course a ton of giveaways, including an NES Classic Mini! When we say a ton of giveaways, we mean 2,000 lbs. (or less) of giveaways. Come have a laugh with us, you will not regret it. Can't wait to meet you all!
Saturday, Jul. 27, 20192:00 PM - 2:45 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE
direct a comic page
Ever wanted to be the writer/director of your very own action filled comic page? Join Mike Watson, Publisher of Short Fuse Media and freelance artist of Upper Deck/Marvel Comics as he draws the page you direct. You get to control the camera, the poses and the budget. Get an inside look at how comics are put together as this LIVE event happens with you in the captain’s chair!
Saturday, Jul. 27, 20192:00 PM - 4:00 PM location: ROOM 310
introduction to worbla workshop
Would you like to create armor, props, accessories, and so much more? Not sure where to start? Join Wizard World Cosplay Guest 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! Additional ticket required.
Saturday, Jul. 27, 20192:30 PM - 3:15 PM location: ROOM 306-307
from character to world to multiverse: a history of team-ups, crossovers and shared realities
Independent characters have been enlisted into ever-expanding multiverses since the days of myth, and have crossed over in literature, comics, and movies ever since. Whether it’s the DCU (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman) or Marvel-Timely (Captain America, Sub-Mariner, Human Torch), the individual creative vision has been the building block of modern pantheons. Veteran comics pro Don Simpson has created his own characters and worlds (Megaton Man, Border Worlds) and freelanced in shared universes (Marvel, DC, Image Comics). Now he offers some unique historical perspectives on how the impulse to share, crossover, and miscegenate has driven narratives from the Wold-Newton Universe of Doc Savage, the Shadow, and Tarzan to modern extravaganzas like Secret Wars and Crisis on Infinite Earths, and the cinematic universes they have spawned! There will be something for every kind of fan in this richly-illustrated slide show lecture.
Saturday, Jul. 27, 20192:30 PM - 3:15 PM location: ROOM 315-316
the truth is out there: from elvis to area 51
There's always at least two versions of the truth, right? Let's get together and talk about the darker side of reality - conspiracy theories! Elvis...alive!? Aliens....in the middle of the Nevada desert!? The moon...made of cheese!? The paranormal crew from Ghosts N'at is ready to talk weird!
Saturday, Jul. 27, 20193:00 PM - 3:45 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE
cosplay wig styling
Wig styling can be intimidating - trust us! Wizard World Cosplay Guest Casey Nichole was horrified of styling a wig when she started. But that all changed when she grabbed her sheering scissors and Got2B hairspray and went nuts. Join her for this demo where she showcases how she styles her wigs and walks through the basics of wig styling!
Saturday, Jul. 27, 20193:30 PM - 4:15 PM location: ROOM 306-307
3 geeks remake revolution: mortal kombat
Have you viewed a movie only to think 'hey, I could have made that better'? Remake Revolution is a contest where two teams compete to build a better film. Join The 3 Geeks Podcast and help shape an imaginary remake of one of our favorites - Mortal Kombat!
Saturday, Jul. 27, 20193:30 PM - 4:15 PM location: ROOM 315-316
Join Wizard World Cosplay Guests Princess Morgan and Casey Nichole for this body-positive panel focus on plus size cosplayers and how create amazing costumes without being an expert seamstress!
Saturday, Jul. 27, 20194:00 PM - 4:45 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE
penciling the old school way with don simpson
Drawing with pencil and paper on the ol' drawing board is the way most of today's most popular comics and movie icons were created! Comics veteran Don Simpson (creator of Megaton Man and Border Worlds) reveals the mysteries of stick figures, ovals, cylinders, and fleshing out your action poses with convincing musculature in the live demonstration! Bring your sketchbooks to sketch along; there will also be a question-and-answer session! Part 1 of 2.
Saturday, Jul. 27, 20194:30 PM - 5:15 PM location: ROOM 306-307
skywalkers, fetts and those we haven’t met yet: family legacy, personal destiny and mental health in star wars
Family plays a pivotal role in our mental health -- for good or for bad -- and Star Wars has a lot of practical things to say about dealing with family dynamics, finding our identity, and creating spaces where we can flourish. Join Project FanCare for this thought-provoking panel!
Saturday, Jul. 27, 20194:30 PM - 5:15 PM location: ROOM 315-316
marvel studios ultimate mega fan list off!
Lets rate and discuss the Marvel Studio Films.What’s the best Marvel Studios film? What’s the worst? Can you justify and sway the crowd to move your choice up in the rankings? What’s in the Marvel top 10 and what’s in the bottom? This is your chance to join your peers and make the definitive list, the decisions that will be heard around the convention world. Come on, #LetsArgue!!!
Saturday, Jul. 27, 20195:00 PM - 5:45 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE
building your hero from scratch
Join Wizard World Cosplay Guest Rachel Meikle for this tutorial on bringing your cosplay to life from beginning to end!
Saturday, Jul. 27, 20195:30 PM - 6:15 PM location: ROOM 306-307
comic book pitt podcast live
Since 2008, Comic Book Pitt has been one of the longest running podcasts in Pittsburgh, reviewing comics, talking with creators, and discussing comic-related topics. The hosts of CBP are going to record a live episode of the podcast, so don't miss a chance to be a part of the discussion!
Saturday, Jul. 27, 20195:30 PM - 6:15 PM location: ROOM 315-316
ghost hunting live: spirit communication session
Is the David L. Lawrence Convention Center haunted!? Maybe! Join the team of REAL paranormal investigators from Ghosts N'at Paranormal Adventures on a LIVE interactive ghost hunting experience right in the panel room! They'll be using the latest & greatest in paranormal technology, attempting to breakthrough to "The Other Side"!
Saturday, Jul. 27, 20196:30 PM - 7:15 PM location: ROOM 306-307
pittsburgh fandoms and charity
Pittsburgh is the home to many fandoms, from Imperial Stormtroopers to Ghostbusters, Hogwarts Wizards to Firefly Browncoats. In addition to cosplaying for fun, members of these organizations don their capes, masks, proton packs and lightsabers for charity events as well, combining their love for their respective fandoms with the opportunity to do some good and give back to their communities in the process.
Saturday, Jul. 27, 20197:30 PM - 9:00 PM location: ROOM 302-305
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 and Best Anime (Prize Package Sponsored by RightStufAnime.com)
Anyone interested in participating can sign-up at the ENTERTAINMENT STAGE inside the exhibition floor on Saturday. Registration closes at 5PM! We’ll see you there! (Recommended for ages 13+)
Sunday, Jul. 28, 201911:00 AM - 11:45 AM location: CREATIVE STAGE
how to make comics
Want to know how comics are put together? Well the most enthusiastic person in comics wants to show you from script to colors how some of your favorites comics are put together. Get to see behind the veil of Freestyle Komics/Short Fuse Media as they assemble some of the hottest comics in the land. If you ever wanted to know what it takes to make comics this is the panel for you.
Sunday, Jul. 28, 201911:30 AM - 12:15 PM location: ROOM 306-307
women in comics
Join comic creators Angela Oddling and Teresa Logan as they discuss the importance of the female voice in the comic book medium. They’ll be discussing their own backgrounds and experiences in the sphere. Moderated by Lani Sarem.
Sunday, Jul. 28, 201911:30 AM - 12:15 PM location: ROOM 315-316
cosplay wig styling
Join Wizard World Cosplay guest Casey Nichole for this informative panel!
Sunday, Jul. 28, 201912:30 PM - 1:15 PM location: ROOM 306-307
cosplay your way
Cosplay can be intimidating! Join Wizard World Cosplay Guest Knightmage to learn that there’s no wrong way to do it as we talk about how you, the artist can create your fan art from your vision that transcends race, sex, age, body size, accuracy and other social cosplay stigmas.
Sunday, Jul. 28, 201912:30 PM - 1:15 PM location: ROOM 315-316
does pop culture matter?
There is a long standing debate between the nature of ‟High Culture” and ‟Low Culture” and their comparative value. This group of panelists recently saw an article that proposed the idea that Pop Culture is, essentially, a waste of time. The proliferation of conventions such as this shows there is a tremendous hunger for Pop Culture. Are we, to paraphrase Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons, ‟wasting our lives,” or is there a cultural value to all of this beyond simple entertainment? Join panelists Danny Anderson, Christopher “Mav” Maverick and Wayne Wise as they address these issues.
Sunday, Jul. 28, 20191:00 PM - 1:45 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE
pattern making demo
With Wizard World Cosplay guest Rachel Meikle!
Sunday, Jul. 28, 20191:30 PM - 2:15 PM location: ROOM 306-307
comics: representation or pop culture affirmative action?
Are the big houses in comics really helping when it comes to representation or diversity, or is it just their version of affirmative action? Should we be happy with what they are doing it or should we demand better? Let’s look at legacy characters versus brand new characters. Why can we simply not just make new characters? We will examine if this is the change we need or simply a cash grab to fill the cooperate pockets. #LetsTalkAboutIt in this panel we will ask the tough questions and see where the truth takes us.