1. Marvel Comics & Wizard World Reveal ‘God of Thunder #25’ Exclusive Variant Cover By Tom Raney For Nashville Comic Con

    Marvel Comics and Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) today revealed the latest edition of its 2014 series of exclusive variant covers of the best Marvel titles with the unveiling of God of Thunder #25, drawn by noted artist Tom Raney.VIP attendees at the Wizard World Nashville Comic Con, September 26-28 at the Music City Center, will receive a free copy of the limited-edition book at registration.

    Raney is scheduled to be on site at the event to sign copies of God of Thunder #25 (autograph fees may apply). Leading professional comic grader CGC will also be on hand to accept books for grading and Signature Series.

    The exclusive version of God of Thunder #25 will be limited to 3,000 copies and provided free at registration to all Wizard World Nashville Comic Con VIP attendees, including any celebrity VIP packages.

    Raney’s work follows the first 11 entries in the Wizard World variant cover series: Miracleman #1 and Miracleman #2, both drawn by Eisner Award Hall of Famer Neal Adams for Portland Comic Con (Jan. 24-26) and New Orleans Comic Con (Feb. 7-9), respectively; Wolverine #1, illustrated by noted cover artist Greg Horn, for Sacramento Comic Con (March 7-9); Daredevil #1 by Michael Golden for Louisville Comic Con (March 28-30); Wolverine & The X-Men #1 by David Mack for St. Louis Comic Con (April 4-6); Hulk #1 by Mike Grell for Minneapolis Comic Con (May 2-4); Christopher’s Amazing Spider-Man #1 for Atlanta Comic Con (May 30 – June 1), Amazing Spider-Man #1.2 by J.G. Jones for Philadelphia Comic Con (June 19-22); 100th Anniversary X-Men Special #1 by Jorge Molina for San Antonio Comic Con (Aug. 1-3) and Guardians of the Galaxy #17 by Alvaro Martinez for Chicago Comic Con (Aug. 21-24). Christopher has completed a variant of Death of Wolverine #1 for the upcoming Richmond Comic Con (Sept. 12-14).

    Featuring the Thor of each era, the oversized Thor: God of Thunder #25 is set to deliver an epic stories spanning space and time,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “Tom Raney truly captured the essence of the ‘God of Thunder’ for this exclusive variant cover and we’re thrilled he could bring his iconic style to Wizard World Nashville”

    Raney has drawn for some of the most iconic titles in comics, including Avengers Academy, Blockbusters of the Marvel Universe, X-Men Legacy, Thor, Superman and more. Recently he has been focusing on creator owned work.

    “’Thor’ has had a big presence at Wizard World shows, from hundreds of cosplayers all the way to Chris Hemsworth,” says John Macaluso, Wizard World CEO. “Tom Raney’s interpretation of the popular hero is a welcome addition to the series.”

    Redefining the word “epic,” it’s the god-sized 25th issue of Thor: God Of Thunder featuring an amazing artistic line-up: Young Thor vs. Frost Giants. It’s the untold origin of Malekith the Accursed. King Thor’s granddaughters uncover a startling secret chapter from the history of the Thunder God, and Thor deals with the shocking fall-out from Original Sin.

    William Shatner (Star Trek, “T.J. Hooker”), Lauren Cohan (“The Walking Dead,” “The Vampire Diaries”), WWE® Superstar Kane®, WWE® Divas The Bella Twins™, Evan Peters (X-Men: Days of Future Past, American Horror Story), Eliza Dushku (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel”), Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs and Brian Krause (“Charmed”)and Alan Tudyk (“Firefly,” 42) are among the celebrities scheduled to attend Wizard World Nashville Comic Con, September 26-28 at the Music City Center.It is the 12th of 16 events in the 2014 series produced by Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) and will also feature a top-drawer collection of well-known comics artists and writers and a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions.

    In addition to Raney, superstar comics creators scheduled to attend include Ron Garney (“Thor,” “Uncanny X-Force”), Ethan Van Sciver (“Green Lantern,” “Flash”), Phil Ortiz (“The Simpsons,” “Muppet Babies”), Arthur Suydam (“Marvel Zombies,” “Army of Darkness”),Golden(“Spider-Man,” “Hulk”), Horn(“Walt Disney,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”), and many others.

    For more on the 2014 Wizard Nashville Comic Con, go to http://www.wizd.me/NashvillePR.

  2. Gehrig Day Yankees Jerseys Auction To Benefit ALS Research

    The fight against ALS has gained national attention through the “Ice Bucket Challenge,” and ‎Steiner Sports is proud to support the fight by‎ auctioning off game-used pinstripe jerseys of over 30 Yankee players and coaches worn on ‎Lou Gehrig Day (July 2) at Yankee Stadium. These exclusive jerseys, including those worn by 2014 All-Stars Derek Jeter, Masahiro Tanaka and Dellin Betances, will be included as part of Steiner Sports “Derek Jeter Farewell Auction” beginning on September 3 and running through October 7.
     
    All proceeds from the Lou Gehrig Day jerseys will benefit the ALS Association in the fight against Lou Gehrig’s Disease. To participate in the auction visit auction.steinersports.com‎.

  3. Topps® Introduces Fantasy Football with 2014 NFL Trading Cards

    The Topps Company, Inc. has integrated NFL.com Fantasy Football insights to help take card collecting to the next level. Just in time for your fantasy draft, Topps® Football cards hit the streets with special NFL.com Fantasy strategies, tips and fantasy football content.  The relationship makes 2014 Topps® Football cards more engaging and relevant than ever before!

    In 2014 Topps ® Football, all 300 base cards featuring the most prominent veterans and the hottest rookies will feature fresh new NFL.com Fantasy Football stats on the backs including:

    · Fantasy Football Position Rank (FFRP)  - Where they rank among other NFL players in Fantasy performance
    · Fantasy Football Points Per Game (FFPPG) – How many points this player scores each game on average
    2014 Topps Football will also include exclusive collectible “Insert” cards celebrating players’ fantasy performance such as:
    · Topps ® Fantasy Focus cards – exclusive cards that feature all the big time NFL.com Fantasy Football performers
    · Topps ® Fantasy Strategy cards – special cards featuring NFL.com Fantasy Football’s perspective regarding which players to target during your draft

    “Card collectors are obviously passionate sports fans, so our relationship with Topps helps reach more of this audience and differentiate from our competitors” say Ben Gaedy, Director of Integrated Sales, NFL.

    “Participation in fantasy football is enormous and continues to grow annually so this is a great way to reach new audiences and make sure our product stays relevant amongst NFL fans,” said Marc Stephens, Marketing Manager at Topps.

    2014 Topps Football cards are available now at hobby shops and retail stores nationwide.

  4. Karl Urban, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Emily Kinney, Robert Englund Headline Celebrity Guests At Wizard World Ohio Comic Con, October 31-November 1-2

    Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus, Emily Kinney, Alanna Masterson, Andrew J. West and Jon Bernthal of “The Walking Dead,” Karl Urban (Star Trek, The Bourne Supremacy),Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street) andWWE® Superstars The Wyatt Family™ are among the celebrities scheduled to attend Wizard World Ohio Comic Con, October 31-November 2 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.It is the 14th of 16 events scheduled in the 2014 series produced by Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) and will also feature a top-drawer collection of well-known comics artists and writers and a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions.

    Yeun, Reedus, Kinney, Masterson, West, Urban and Englund will appear on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 1-2; the WWE stars (Bray Wyatt, Erick Rowan, Luke Harper) will attend on Saturday only; Bernthal is scheduled for all three days.

    Other notables scheduled include Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Rudy), Giancarlo Esposito (“Once Upon a Time,” “Breaking Bad”), the “Charmed” trio of Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs and Brian Krause, Manu Bennett (The Hobbit; An Unexpected Journey, “Arrow”), Eric Roberts (“Doctor Who,” The Dark Knight), Jason David Frank (“Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers”), Josh Gates (“Destination Truth: Memoirs of a Monster Hunter”), Verne Troyer (Austin Powers, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone) and Steve Gonsalves (“Ghost Hunters”).

    Superstar comics creators scheduled to attend include Patrick and Shelly Block (“Donald Duck,” “Uncle Scrooge”), Michael Golden (“Hulk,” “Star Wars”), Kevin Maguire (“Justice League,” “Batman Confidential”), James O’Barr (“The Crow”), Barry Kitson (“Thor,” “Spider-Man”), Joanna Estep (“The Fantastic Four,” “Bravest Warriors”), Renee Witterstaetter (“She Hulk,” “Avengers”) and Rob Prior (“Heavy Metal,” “Spawn the Impaler”).

    Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, cosplay, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Wizard World Ohio Comic Con show hours are Friday, Oct. 31, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 2, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

    A first-class lineup of topical programming takes place all three days at the event, with celebrity Q&A’s, the Wizard World Film Festival, comics-themed sessions, costume contest, movie screenings, evening parties and more. Sunday, Nov. 2, is also Kids Day, with an array of activities and programming specially designed for the younger Wizard World fans.

    Ohio Comic Con is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor, often stopping by the Show Stage, the ideal place to see and be seen.

    For more on the 2014 Wizard World Ohio Comic Con, visit http://wizd.me/OhioPR.

  5. Kevin Eastman, Neal Adams, Joe Caramagna, Ethan Van Sciver Among Top Comics Creators At Inaugural Wizard World Richmond Comic Con, September 12-14

    Kevin Eastman (Co-Creator, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”), Eisner Award Hall of Famer Neal Adams (“Batman,” “X-Men”), Joe Caramagna (“Iron Man & The Armor Wars,” “Marvel Universe Ultimate Spider-Man”) and Ethan Van Sciver (“Green Lantern,” “Flash”) are among the dozens of top comics creators scheduled to attend Wizard World Richmond Comic Con, September 12-14. More than 60 writers and artists are slated for the inaugural event at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.

    Other standouts in Artist Alley include Kevin Maguire (“Justice League,” “Batman Confidential”), John Tyler Christopher (“Amazing Spider-Man,” “X-Men”), Michael Golden (“Hulk,” “Star Wars”), Arthur Suydam (“Marvel Zombies,” “Army of Darkness”), Greg Horn (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Avengers”) and Rob Prior (“Heavy Metal,” “Spawn the Impaler”).

    Additionally, the first 3,000 VIP attendees will receive an exclusive limited-edition of Death of Wolverine #1, with variant cover drawn by Christopher.

    Sarah Wayne Callies, Michael Rooker and Jon Bernthal of “The Walking Dead,” Adam West and Burt Ward of “Batman”, Manu Bennett (The Hobbit, “Arrow”), Dave Bautista (a.k.a. WWE® Superstar Batista™, also starring in the summer blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy), WWE® Hall of Famer Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat™ and James Marsters (“Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” “Torchwood”) are among the celebrities scheduled to attend Wizard World Richmond Comic Con.It is the 11th of 16 events scheduled in the 2014 series produced by Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) and will also feature a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions.

    Wizard World Richmond Comic Con show hours are Friday, Sept. 12, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 13, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 14, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For more on the event, visit http://wizd.me/RichmondPR.

  6. Author, Media Personality Mike Lupica Added As Guest Chair Umpire For August 21 Johnny Mac Tennis Project Event at Sportime Randall’s Island

    The Johnny Mac Tennis Project today announced that New York media personality and best-selling author Mike Lupica will serve as a guest chair umpire on Thursday August 21 at Sportime Stadium on Randall’s Island, for its the 2014 benefit night. Lupica will join the announced lineup of Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic, Hall of Famer John McEnroe, New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, actor Edward Norton, World No. 17 Lucie Safarova, 2014 Wimbledon Junior Boys’ and now USTA National Boys 18’s Champion Noah Rubin, NCAA Number One Jamie Loeb, for a fun night of tennis prior to this year’s 2014 US Open.

    “I am very pleased that my old friend Mike has decided to join us for a fun night of tennis that will raise funds to help us continue our mission of bringing tennis to young people in and around New York City” McEnroe said. “He better bring his eyeglasses though, because if he misses any line calls, he’ll be hearing from me.”

    The JMTP benefit night will feature Djokovic, World No. 1 and 2014 Wimbledon champion, taking on John McEnroe Tennis Academy star Noah Rubin, the 2014 Wimbledon Junior Boys’ champion who more recently won the 2014 US National Boys 18 title in Kalamazoo, MI, earning him a wild card into the main draw of the upcoming US Open at Flushing Meadows.

    The evening will open with a match-up of 2014 Wimbledon singles semifinalist Lucie Safarova taking on another McEnroe Academy standout, Jamie Loeb, who recently finished her freshman year at North Carolina as the 2014 NCAA Player of the Year.

    The benefit night will conclude with the eagerly awaited pro-celebrity doubles match featuring Djokovic, McEnroe, Lundqvist and Norton, with long-time NY Daily News columnist and ESPN Radio personality Mike Lupica presiding from the umpire’s chair. All net proceeds from the evening will go to support the efforts of Johnny Mac Tennis Project, a 501(c)(3) public charity formed in 2011.

    The twin purposes of JMTP are:
    • To make tennis accessible to hundreds and even thousands of under-resourced kids from the NYC communities surrounding Randall’s Island each year, and to do so in a manner that allows those kids to  excel at the game of tennis and to progress as far as their talent and interest takes them.
    • To help train a smaller group of NYC kids to be serious players, with many receiving  college scholarships, with the hope that someday soon many of those young athletes will be coming out of these community programs and outreach efforts.

    JMTP provides scholarships, coaching, transportation and other financial assistance to qualified young tennis players in the greater New York area, as well as introducing the sport to hundreds of new junior players each year in the neighborhoods surrounding Academy locations. JMTP benefit nights in previous years have featured the likes of Bjorn Borg (2011), Andre Agassi (2012) and Jim Courier (2013). JMTP and Sportime Clubs, home of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, have already provided more than $1.5 million in scholarships and no-cost programming to young players in New York City and its communities. Sportime Randall’s Island has been the flagship location of JMTA since 2010.

    Tickets to the event start at $75. To purchase tickets, and for more information about special VIP packages, corporate packages or to become a sponsor, go to JMTPBenefit.com, call (888) 988-6921 or e-mail JMTP2014@sportimeny.com.

  7. 'Guardians Of The Galaxy,' David Boreanaz Q&A's, Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival, Creator Sessions, TV & Film Screenings Headline Programming At Wizard World Chicago Comic Con

    In its largest and most diverse programming schedule to date, Wizard World Chicago Comic Con will feature more than 150 hours of Q&A’s, movie and TV screenings, special events, creator sessions, meet and greets, parties, fan-driven panels and more over four full days at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Thursday through Sunday, August 21-24. Most programming is included as part of the standard event admission.

    Sure to be among the most popular panels are the Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival (13 film screenings and several themed panels) and exclusive screening of the highly anticipated new Fox drama series “Gotham” (Sat., 1 p.m.). Q&A’s featuring Marvel’s Guardian of the Galaxy standouts Dave Bautista (Drax the Destroyer), Karen Gillan (Nebula) and Michael Rooker (Yondu) (Saturday, 5:15 p.m.), “Doctor Who” stars Matt Smith and Gillan(Sunday, 10 a.m, requires additional ticket), David Boreanaz (“Bones,” “Angel”) (Saturday, 2 p.m.), John Barrowman (“Torchwood,” “Arrow”) (Saturday, 4 p.m.), James Marsters (“Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” “Caprica”) (Friday, 1:30 p.m.), Karl Urban (“Buffy,” “Angel”) (Saturday, 11 a.m.), Stan Lee (Sunday, 11 a.m.), a Skype session with Leonard Nimoy (“Star Trek”) (Sunday, 2:30 p.m.) and other celebrities are also big fan favorites. “Bruce Campbell vs. the Audience” (Sat., 6:30 p.m.) as well as Wizard World Presents: Bruce Campbell’s Fanatic’s Face-Off, a frenetic game show (Friday, 7 p.m.) are among the offerings hosted by the inimitable star.

    Some of the other Wizard World Chicago Comic Con programming highlights include the following:

    • Star Trek: The Next Generation” Reunion Event, hosted by William Shatner and featuring series stars Sir Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Levar Burton, Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner and Gates McFadden (“Dr. Beverly Crusher”) (Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N River Rd., Sunday, 5 p.m. requires additional ticket)

    • Arrow” stars Katie Cassidy and Michael Jai White in a discussion of all things Starling City (Sat., 5 p.m.); and “How to Survive a Killer TV Show” with Sarah Wayne Callies and Scott Wilson (Sun., noon)

    • FILM:CON Presents Special Guest Kevin Conroy, the animated voice of Batman in dozens of films and shows, includes screening of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and discussion (Saturday, 6 p.m.)

    • Individual Q&A’s with Josh Peck (Fri., 3 p.m.), J. August Richards (Fri., 4:30 p.m.), Erica Durance (Sat., noon), Jason David Frank (Sat., 3:30 p.m.), Nicole Behaire (“Sat., 4 p.m.), Peter Criss (Fri., 5 pm.), “Elvira” Cassandra Peterson (Sun., 1 p.m) and others.

    • Informative discussions with noted comics creators Marv Wolfman, Tom Richmond, Jason Yungbluth, Danny Fingeroth, Dan Mishkin, Alan J. Porter, Gillian Porter, Michael Golden, Jenn Blake, Leinil Yu, Kevin West and more

    • Screening of The Crow (Saturday, 7 p.m., preceded by 6:30 p.m. “Creating the Crow with James O’Barr”) as well as exclusive viewing of the pilot of “Scorpion” (Sat., 3 p.m.)

    • Evening Events including “Wizard World Game Night” (Thurs., 8:30 p.m., Five Roses Pub, 5509 Park Place) (21+ only); “Creator Pro Am: Drink & Draw, (Fri., 8:30 p.m., Five Roses Pub) (21+ only); Wizard World After Party (Sat., 8:30 p.m., Hyatt Regency O’Hare, 9300 Bryn Mawr) (21+ only)

    • Con Radio Live” with host Mo Lightning and Aaron Sagers, with special guest Joel Hodgson of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (Saturday, 4:30 p.m.)

    • Costume contests for adults (Saturday, 7:15 p.m.) and kids (Sunday, 2:30 p.m.), plus cosplay-themed sessions with featured cosplayer Eric “The Smoke” Moran and others

    • Wizard World Comic Con Film Festival, featuring selected shorts and music videos (Thurs., 3-8 p.m., Fri. noon-5 p.m., Sat., 10-11:30 a.m., Sun., 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)

    • Sci-Fi Speed Dating (Thurs., 5 p.m.; Fri., 2 p.m., 5 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m..; Sun., 11 a.m., 2 p.m.), 90-minute sessions

    • Meet-and-greets with Jason David Frank (Fri., 11:30 a.m.; Sat., 9:30 a.m.; Sun., 10:30 a.m.)(paid events) and Joel Hodgson (Sat., 3 p.m.)

    • Kids Day (Sunday), with an array of kids and family activities designed just for the younger set, highlighted by the Half-Hour Of Power With The Green Power Ranger (1:45 p.m.)

    Unless noted, programming events take place in the designated General Programming Rooms at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. VIP tickets or additional costs may apply to ensure access to select activities, as noted. (*Note: Frank and Hodgson Meet & Greets, “Doctor Who” panel with Smith and Gillan, “Star Trek: TNG” Reunion require separate respective tickets.)

    A full list of Wizard World Chicago Comic Con programming is available at http://www.wizardworld.com/programming-ch.html (subjects, guests, times and rooms subject to change).

    Wizard World Chicago is the 10th of 16 events scheduled in the 2014 series produced by Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) and will also feature a top-drawer collection of well-known comics artists and writers and a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions. For more on the event, visit http://www.wizd.me/ChicagoPR.

  8. Morena Baccarin, Karen Gillan, Evan Peters, WWE Phenom The Undertaker® Headline Celebrity Guests At Wizard World Austin Comic Con, October 2-4

    Morena Baccarin (“Homeland,” “Stargate SG-1”), Karen Gillan (“Doctor Who,” Guardians of the Galaxy), Evan Peters (X-Men: Days of Future Past, American Horror Story), WWE Phenom The Undertaker® and Katie Cassidy (“Arrow,” “Gossip Girl”) are among the celebrities scheduled to attend Wizard World Austin Comic Con, Thursday through Saturday, October 2-4 at the Austin Convention Center. It is the 13th of 16 events in the 2014 series produced by Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) and will also feature a top-drawer collection of well-known comics artists and writers and a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions.

    Baccarin and Peters will appear on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3-4, while Gillan and Cassidy will attend on Saturday only. The Undertaker is scheduled for Friday only (4:30-8:30 p.m.).

    Superstar comics creators scheduled to attend include Neal Adams (“Batman,” “Green Lantern”), Kaare Andrews (“Astonishing X-Men,” “Iron Man”), Bob Layton (“Avengers,” “Captain America”), CAFU (“Earth-2,” “Trigon – Villains Month”), Ethan Van Sciver (“Green Lantern,” “Flash”), Ramon F. Bachs (“Infinity: Heist,” “Red Robin”), Rob Prior (“Heavy Metal,” “Spawn the Impaler”), Kevin Maguire (“Justice League,” “Batman Confidential”), Greg Horn (“Walt Disney,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”), Michael Golden (“Spider-Man,” “Hulk”), Arthur Suydam (“Marvel Zombies,” “Army of Darkness”) and many others.

    Other notable celebrities on the Wizard World Austin Comic Con roster include Manu Bennett (“Arrow,” The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), Rebecca Mader (“Once Upon a Time,” “Lost”), Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings, Rudy), Shannen Doherty (“Charmed,” “Beverly Hills 90210”), Holly Marie Combs (“Charmed,” “Picket Fences”), Christopher Judge (“Stargate SG-1,” “X-Men: Evolution”), Alfonso Ribeiro (“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Silver Spoons”), Grant Wilson (“Ghost Hunters”), Michael Rooker (“The Walking Dead,” Guardians of the Galaxy), J. August Richards (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Angel”), Jason David Frank (“Mighty Morphin Power Rangers”) and Eric Roberts (“Doctor Who,” The Dark Knight).

    Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Wizard World Austin Comic Con show hours are Thursday, October 2, 4-9 p.m.; Friday, October 3, 2-9 p.m.; and Saturday, October 4, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

    A first-class lineup of topical programming takes place all three days at the event, with celebrity Q&A’s, the Wizard World Film Festival, comics-themed sessions, costume contest, movie screenings, evening parties and more.

    Wizard World Austin Comic Con is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event.  Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor, often stopping by the Show Stage, the ideal place to see and be seen.

  9. John McEnroe Tennis Academy Student Noah Rubin Completes Sweep Of Singles, Doubles In Kalamazoo, Earns US Open Wild Cards

    When Noah Rubin’s new classmates at Wake Forest ask him what he did this summer, he’ll have quite a list to rattle off. The Wimbledon juniors champion and John McEnroe Tennis Academy student completed a sweep of the singles and doubles championships at the USTA Boys 18’s National Championships this weekend, defeating defending champion Collin Altamirano in three straight sets, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 in singles action in the final today.  

    He teamed with Stefan Kozlov as the No. 2 seeded duo to win yesterday’s doubles championship, 6-2, 6-2 over Altamirano and Deiton Baughman.

    Rubin, the No. 3 seed, won seven matches in the 128-player draw, dropping just two sets along the way.

    The two victories earn Rubin the automatic wild card entries into the main draw of the US Open singles and doubles championships later this month in Flushing. Play begins in men’s singles on Monday, August 25.

    He also became the first to win the Wimbledon juniors and USTA Boys 18s titles in the same year since Van Winitsky in 1977.

    “Noah has had a tremendous summer, and by following up the Wimbledon title with a win at the USTA’s he has shown exceptional resolve and determination,” said Hall of Famer John McEnroe, “Everyone at the Academy is excited to see him play on August 21 at the Johnny Mac Tennis Project benefit match at SPORTIME Randall’s Island and in the US Open the following week.”

    "Noah played very well today in his first best of five match. He got broken serving for each of the first two sets at 5-2 but held at love serving for them again at 5-4," said JMTA and SPORTIME Director of Tennis Lawrence Kleger. "Other than those two hiccups he played a near flawless match. Winning singles and doubles here is quite a feat so I am extremely proud of his accomplishment.  I’m thinking he is going to be a tough out in men’s draw at the Open!"

    In addition to McEnroe and Rubin, the JMTP benefit will also feature World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, Wimbledon Semifinalist Lucie Safarova, National College Player of the Year Jamie Loeb,  N.Y. Rangers superstar goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and actor Edward Norton for a gala evening of tennis and fun.

  10. Neal Adams, Leinil Yu, Rafael Albuquerque, Salvador Larroca, Jim Cheung Headline More Than 315 Comics Creators At Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, August 21-24

    Neal Adams (“Batman,” “Green Lantern”), Leinil Yu (“Hulk,” “Wolverine”), Rafael Albuquerque (“Superboy,” “American Vampire”), Salvador Larroca (“Avengers vs. X-Men,” “Captain America”) and Jim Cheung (“Iron Man,” “Fantastic Four”) are among the more than 315 comics artists and writers scheduled to attend Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, August 21-24 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. It is largest and longest-running of the 16 events in the 2014 series produced by Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) and will also feature more than 50 celebrities as well as a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions.

    Mike Zeck (“Spider-Man,” “Punisher”), Marv Wolfman (“DCU Online,” “Crisis on Infinite Earths”), Arthur Suydam (“Marvel Zombies,” “Army of Darkness”), Greg Horn (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Avengers”), Rob Prior (“Heavy Metal,” “Spawn the Impaler”), Andrés Guinaldo (“Superboy,” “JLA’s Vibe”), Alvaro Martinez (“Cataclysm,” “Ultimate X-Men”),Carmen Carnero (“The Punisher,” “The Superior Foes of Spider-Man”), Michael Golden (“Batman,” “Hulk”), James O’Barr (“The Crow,” “Uncoffined”)), Mike McKone (“Justice League United,” “Astonishing X-Men”) and many others will appear in Artist Alley throughout the four-day convention.

    In addition, VIP attendees will receive a free copy of Guardians of the Galaxy #17, featuring an exclusive variant cover drawn by Martinez. Many other artists will have exclusive lithographs and prints, provided free to VIPs and available to all fans for purchase.

    David Boreanaz (“Bones,” “Angel”), Norman Reedus (“The Walking Dead,” Boondock Saints), Matt Smith and Karen Gillan (“Doctor Who,”), Katie Cassidy (“Arrow,” “Gossip Girl”), Patrick Stewart (X-Men, “Star Trek: TNG”) William Shatner (“Star Trek,” “T.J. Hooker”) and comics legend Stan Lee top the celebrity roster at the event. Wrestling fans are geared for the appearance of five WWE standouts, including WWE® Superstars John Cena®, Batista™ and Bray Wyatt™, WWE® Hall of Famer Bruno Sammartino™ and WWE® Diva Paige™.

    Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.  Wizard World Chicago Comic Con show hours are Thursday, August 21, 3-8 p.m.; Friday, August 22, noon-7 p.m.; Saturday, August 23, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, August 24, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

    For more on the 2014 Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, visit http://wizd.me/ChicagoPR.