1. Marvel Comics & Wizard World Reveal ‘Superior Iron Man #1’ Exclusive Variant Cover By Ty Templeton For Reno Comic Con

    Marvel Comics and Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) today revealed the latest and final edition of the 2014 series of exclusive variant covers of the best Marvel titles with the unveiling of Superior Iron Man #1, drawn by noted Canadian artist Ty Templeton. VIP attendees at the inaugural Wizard World Reno Comic Con, November 21-23 at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, will receive a free copy of the limited-edition book at registration.

    Templeton is scheduled to be on site at the event to sign copies of Superior Iron Man #1 (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 Superior Iron Man #1 will be limited to 3,000 copies and provided free at registration to all Wizard World Reno Comic Con VIP attendees, including any celebrity VIP packages.

    Templeton’s work follows the first 15 entries in 2014: 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); John Tyler 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); Guardians of the Galaxy #17 by Alvaro Martinez for Chicago Comic Con (Aug. 21-24); Death of Wolverine #1 by Christopher for Richmond Comic Con (Sept. 12-14); God of Thunder #25 by Tom Raney for Nashville Comic Con (Sept. 26-28); and Captain America #25 by Julian Totino Tedesco for Austin Comic Con (Oct. 2-4). Carlo Barberi has also completed a variant of Death Of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy #1 for Ohio Comic Con (Oct. 31-Nov. 2), as has Grell for Captain America and the Mighty Avengers #1 for Tulsa Comic Con (Nov. 7-9).

    “Superior Iron Man is going to be a thrill from page 1, panel 1,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “Tony Stark is going to be put through the wringer and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have Ty Templeton commemorate the first issue with this exciting variant cover!”

    A newly-minted member of the Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame, Templeton has worked on such characters as Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, The Simpsons, the Avengers, among many others. The Shuster Award-winning and Eisner Award-nominated writer and artist has hundreds of credits, including his own graphic novel, Bigg Time and cult favorite Stig’s Inferno.

    “Ty Templeton’s Iron Man is a striking, bold way to complete this popular Marvel limited edition series,” says John Macaluso, Wizard World CEO. “These books have been a big hit all year and having such a talented artist and new Hall of Famer create the final issue is a great bonus for our VIP attendees.”

    Be Superior! How much would you pay for perfection? Beauty? Immortality? Tony Stark knows, and he’s ready to give it to you in Superior Iron Man #1! But at a terrible price. Spinning out of Avengers & X-Men: AXIS, the old Tony Stark is back, only this time he’s SUPERIOR! More stylish, more confident, and more cunning than ever before. And he’s ready to lead you into the future! San Francisco is about to become the prototype for his new world concept. The first step? Release Extremis upon the entire city! Only Daredevil isn’t down with Stark’s new vision of the future. Does the Man Without Fear have a place in the city of tomorrow? A bold new direction for the Armored Avenger begins this November from the all-new creative team of Tom Taylor (Injustice: Gods Among Us, Earth 2) and Yildray Cinar (Supergirl).

    Norman Reedus (“The Walking Dead, Boondock Saints), William Shatner (“Star Trek,” “Boston Legal”), Jewel Staite (“Firefly,” “Stargate: Atlantis”), Bruce Campbell (Army of Darkness, Evil Dead), Billy Dee Williams (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Brian’s Song), Adam West and Burt Ward (“Batman”) and WWE® Superstar Roman Reigns™ and Divas The Bella Twins™ are among the celebrities scheduled to attend Wizard World Reno Comic Con. It is the final of 16 events scheduled in the 2014 series and will also feature a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions.

    In addition to Templeton, superstar comics creators scheduled to attend include Eisner Award Hall of Famer Neal Adams (“Batman,” “X-Men”), Phil Ortiz (“The Simpsons,” “Muppet Babies”), Kevin Maguire (“Justice League,” “Batman Confidential”), Michael Golden (“Hulk,” “Star Wars”), Arthur Suydam (“Marvel Zombies,” “Army of Darkness”), Ken Kelly (KISS album covers, “He-Man”), Pop Mhan (“DC Universe vs. The Masters of the Universe,” “Gears of War”), Greg Horn (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Avengers”) and many others.

    For more on the 2014 Wizard Reno Comic Con, go to www.wizd.me/RenoPR.

  2. Barberi, Patrick & Shelly Block, Golden Top Creators At Wizard World Ohio October 31-November 2

    Carlo Barberi (“Avengers,” “Deadpool”), Patrick and Shelly Block (“Donald Duck,” “Uncle Scrooge”), Michael Golden (“Hulk,” “Star Wars”) and Kevin Maguire (“Justice League,” “Batman Confidential”) headline the roster of comics creators 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 notable celebrities and a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions.

    Other top writers and artists among the 50 attending include James O’Barr (“The Crow”), Barry Kitson (“Thor,” “Spider-Man”), Joanna Estep (“The Fantastic Four,” “Bravest Warriors”), Renee Witterstaetter (“She Hulk,” “Avengers”), Drew Blank (“Memoirs of an Antihero”), Danny Fingeroth (“Spider-Man,” “Iron Man”) and Stuart Sayger (“Infestation 2: 30 Days Of Night,” “Machete”).

    Additionally, all VIP attendees will receive a free copy of the exclusive variant cover edition of Death Of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy #1, drawn by Barberi.

    Celebrity guests at Wizard World Ohio Comic Con include Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus, 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), Bruce Campbell (The Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) andWWE® Superstars The Wyatt Family™.

    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.

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

  3. Marvel Comics & Wizard World Reveal ‘Captain America and the Mighty Avengers #1’ Exclusive Variant Cover By Mike Grell For Tulsa Comic Con

    Marvel Comics and Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) today revealed the latest edition of the 2014 series of exclusive variant covers of the best Marvel titles with the unveiling of Captain America and the Mighty Avengers #1, drawn by veteran artist Mike Grell.VIP attendees at the inaugural Wizard World Tulsa Comic Con, November 7-9 at the Cox Business Center, will receive a free copy of the limited-edition book at registration.

    Grell is scheduled to be on site at the event to sign copies of Captain America and the Mighty Avengers #1 (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 Captain America and the Mighty Avengers #1 will be limited to 3,000 copies and provided free at registration to all Wizard World Tulsa Comic Con VIP attendees, including any celebrity VIP packages.

    Grell’s work is his second in the Wizard World variant cover series and follows the first 14 entries in 2014: 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 Grell for Minneapolis Comic Con (May 2-4); John Tyler 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); Guardians of the Galaxy #17 by Alvaro Martinez for Chicago Comic Con (Aug. 21-24); Death of Wolverine #1 by Christopher for Richmond Comic Con (Sept. 12-14); God of Thunder #25 by Tom Raney for Nashville Comic Con (Sept. 26-28); and Captain America #25 by Julian Totino Tedesco for Austin Comic Con (Oct. 2-4). Carlo Barberi has also completed a variant of Death Of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy #1 for Ohio Comic Con (Oct. 31-Nov. 2).

    Mike Grell is a legend in the comic industry,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “His unique, inimitable style has given birth to some beautiful covers over the years and we’re thrilled he could produce such a stunning Captain America & The Mighty Avengers #1 cover for Wizard World Tulsa.”

    Grell knows a thing or two about comics… he’s been in the industry for more than 40 years, writing and drawing iconic strips and characters from Superboy to Tarzan to Batman. Most famously, Grell brought his own interpretation to the Green Arrow series, writing and occasionally drawing a redesigned look for the hero.

    “It’s no accident that Mike Grell is doing a second cover in the series,” says John Macaluso, Wizard World CEO. “He is a favorite of Wizard World attendees, his work on the ‘Hulk’ variant in Minneapolis was very well received, and fans in Tulsa will love his take on ‘Captain America.’”

    Spinning directly out of AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS! Sam Wilson has become Captain America, and when he assembles the Mighty Avengers, he has a whole new mission statement in mind for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. But how do the events of AXIS already spell doom for the team’s new direction? And what is Luke Cage doing meeting with the head of the notorious Cortex corporation? And why is Spider-Man trying to rejoin the team – doesn’t he know Luke and Jessica have been itching for payback ever since he tried to take their daughter to Child Services back when he was “Superior”?!

    They’re the Avengers for the people, of the people – helping whoever needs it, however they need it. And together with Sam Wilson – the all-new Captain America – they are Mighty. But in the wake of the earth-shattering events of AXIS, are they truly together? Or about to fall apart? Guest-starring the apologetic arachnid – Spider-Man! Writer- Al Ewing.

    Norman Reedus (“The Walking Dead, Boondock Saints), William Shatner (“Star Trek,” “Boston Legal”), Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Manu Bennett (“Arrow,” The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), Eliza Dushku (“Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” True Lies) and Ralph Macchio (The Karate Kid, The Outsiders)are among the celebrities scheduled to attend the inaugural Wizard World Tulsa Comic Con. It is the 15th of 16 events scheduled in the 2014 series produced by Wizard World, Inc. and will also feature top celebrities and artists as well as a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions.

    In addition to Grell, superstar comics creators scheduled to attend include Eisner Award Hall of Famer Neal Adams (“Batman,” “X-Men”), Ethan Van Sciver (“Green Lantern,” “Flash”), Billy Martin (Lead Guitarist/Keyboardist - “Good Charlotte”), Phil Ortiz (“The Simpsons,” “Muppet Babies”), Kevin Maguire (“Justice League,” “Batman Confidential”), Michael Golden (“Hulk,” “Star Wars”), Arthur Suydam (“Marvel Zombies,” “Army of Darkness”), James O’Barr (Creator – “The Crow”) and Greg Horn (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Avengers”) and many others.

    For more on the 2014 Wizard Tulsa Comic Con, go to www.wizd.me/TulsaPR.

  4. 'Perfect' Night As 0-0-0 Trio To Celebrate 58th Anniversary Of Fall Classic 'Perfecto'

    It will be a “Perfect” Night at the Steiner Store on Wednesday, October 8. Don Larsen, David Cone and David Wells, the only three Yankees standouts hurlers to ever pitch a perfect game in the storied history of the franchise, will appear together at the Steiner flagship Long Island location from 6:30-8 p.m. at Roosevelt Field Mall (630 Old Country Road) in Garden City, N.Y. The trio will celebrate the 58th Anniversary of Larsen’s “Perfecto,” the only one ever pitched in World Series history.

    Larsen gained immortality by pitching the only Perfect Game in World Series history on October 8, 1956. In all, he posted a 4-2 World Series mark and 2.75 ERA with the Yankees and, later, the San Francisco Giants. He won 81 big league games in 14 seasons with seven clubs.
     
    The perfect threesome will be available to sign autographs, pose for photos, and to meet and greet fans. Cone and Wells will be signing Balls and Flats for $99, as well as jerseys, bats and other equipment for $129. Larsen will be signing any item for $49.

    Combo tickets are also available for $199. For tickets and more information call the Steiner Store at 516-739-0580 or 800-242-7139.
     
    David “Boomer” Wells threw the second perfect game in Yankees history (and the 13th in regular season history) on May 17, 1998, against the Minnesota Twins. He was the MVP of the 1998 ALCS in 1998. He ironically graduated from the same high school as Don Larsen, Point Loma High School in San Diego, California. In 2000, at age 37, he became the second-oldest pitcher to win 20 games. Wells has World Series rings with the Blue Jays and Yankees.
     
    David Cone, now an analyst for YES Network, is the strikeout artist who endeared himself to New York Yankees fans for his gutsy clutch performances and for hurling a perfect game on July 18, 1999. Cone compiled a 194-126 record, 3.46 ERA and 2,688 strikeouts in his 17-year major league career. He captured the American League Cy Young Award in 1994 and was a five-time All-Star. The Kansas City, Mo. native, known for coming up big in critical games, posted an 8-3 post-season record, and played on five world championship teams with the Blue Jays and Yankees.

  5. Skybound & Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD) To Provide Robert Kirkman’s ‘The Walking Dead’ Limited Edition Exclusive Variant Covers For 2015 Wizard World Comic Con Attendees

    Skybound’s The Walking Dead created by Robert Kirkman, the groundbreaking, Eisner Award winning comic book series, continues to captivate audiences worldwide. With anticipation high for the debut of Season 5 of the television series in a few weeks, Skybound, Kirkman’s imprint at Image Comics, and Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) today announced the launch of an entirely new series of Limited Edition Exclusive Variant Covers of popular issues of The Walking Dead comic, to be provided free to all full-price attendees at every Wizard World Comic Con event in 2015.

    Superstar artists who regularly appear at Wizard World events will draw the unique covers for each of the 24 shows scheduled to date, beginning with Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, January 9-11 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The artists for each book will be announced as they are selected. A similar series in 2013 featuring exclusives of The Walking Dead #1 proved to be wildly popular with fans.

    The exclusive The Walking Dead editions will be produced in extremely limited quantities and are available at registration to fans only while supplies last at each Wizard World convention. VIP attendees will receive an additional black & white sketch version of the comic. The full schedule of 2015 Wizard World shows is available at www.wizd.me/PRSchedule2015.

    “Skybound is pleased to work with Wizard World and many talented artists to bring this series to thousands of fans,” said Kirkman, “Wizard World attendees have been great supporters of The Walking Dead for years, so these books are particularly appropriate for this audience.”

    “Wizard World fans have shown a strong desire for everything The Walking Dead, and we are proud that this partnership with Robert Kirkman and Skybound will allow us to give these books free to all of our paid attendees,” said John Macaluso, Wizard World CEO and President. “We have seen the rise in popularity of The Walking Dead, from popular celebrity guests like Norman Reedus, Jon Bernthal, Michael Rooker and many others, to cosplay of dozens of characters, to artwork and merchandise at our shows. We know that fans will appreciate the return of one of our most popular promotions ever.”

  6. Topps Expands Its Archives Collection And Digital Offerings for 2014 MLB Postseason

    The Topps Company, Inc. today unveiled a new series of limited edition apparel, hats and wall art to their Topps Archives Collection, which was launched last spring. The new Series 2 launch adds in the legendary MLB teams from the Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals and Minnesota Twins, as well as updating the original seven championship clubs that were put forward earlier this year. Topps mined its archives to create all new collectible products that are inspired by the greatest teams and most memorable moments from America’s national pastime earlier this year, and the response has given rise to this latest limited edition release.

    In addition, Topps will be offering online one of a kind wall art every day during the postseason with the “MLB Playoff Player of the Day,” as selected by Topps and Bloomberg Sports, the world’s leaders in sports analytic technology and the newest member of the STATS global network.

    Following the completion of every day of the postseason, fans can go to Topps.com to see who has been selected both by a combination of popularity as well as statistical analysis and download that player’s custom wall art to be shipped to them the next day. The player and wall art will also be featured every day on Bsports’ “Stats Insights,” show on Fantasy Sports Network. Hosted by Shannon Somerville, “Stats Insights” is BSports nightly look at all things in sports analytics at 6:30 pm EDT.
     
    "We see big growth in the collectable area for us as a brand, and are proud to be able to bring this new series to fans as the MLB postseason gets going," said Jeff Heckman, Manager of Marketing, Topps Digital.  "The access to such iconic images and items gives us a unique position in the marketplace, and the response from fans of a certain age wanting to both re-live and share their memories of their favorite teams with a new generation has been very encouraging. Between the collector’s series and the wall art of the day, fans can have the best of past and present right at their fingertips.”

    The Topps Archives Collection, Series 2 honors the following Major League Baseball teams:

    • 1975 Boston Red Sox: “Stay Fair”
    • 1980 Philadelphia Phillies “Back On Top”
    • 1982 St. Louis Cardinals “We’re Red Hot”
    • 1987 Minnesota Twins   “No Place like Dome”

    The Topps Archives Collection, Series 2 will be sold in box sets containing the following items:    1 Wax Pack Poster Set (5 posters),  6 Team Patches, 6 Team Buttons, 1 Team Pennant,1 Team T-shirt, 1 Team Hat. It will be boxed and limited to only 99 kits, with the series never to be sold again.

    The Topps Archives Collection, Series 2 pays tribute to superstars and unsung heroes alike, capturing players in their heyday, just as fans remember them. The individual collections feature players as well known and diverse as Carlton Fisk, Ozzie Smith, Mike Schmidt, Bert Blyleven and many others.

    The Topps Archives Collection, Series 2 is available now on Topps.com.  Fans can collect them all individually or buy each team’s complete box set, just like baseball cards.

    To see The Topps Archive Collection video, visit: https://vimeo.com/91329596

  7. Topps and Bloomberg Sports Create Partnership to Revolutionize Baseball Trading Card Statistics with Advanced Analytics

    The Topps Company, Inc. and Bloomberg Sports, the world’s leaders in sports analytic technology and the newest member of the STATS global network, today formally unveiled a partnership to provide custom-designed advanced analytics on select trading card offerings for 2014. The new-look analytics have been featured on the backs of Topps Major League Soccer cards, which launched earlier this season, and content will be showcased now on the back of the 2014 Bowman Chrome Baseball, which releases at the end of September, and other select 2014 Bowman trading card products.

    “This is a great way to marry the traditional collector with a new audience looking for something different in trading cards, be it baseball or other sports,” said Bill Squadron, STATS EVP and head of Bloomberg Sports. “Our analytic work in a wide range of sports can provide a whole set of unique and compelling data for fans to discuss and enhance their enjoyment of the game, and there is no more elite platform to deliver that data on than a hallmark brand like Topps.”

    “Every year we strive to find new ways to engage both the casual fan and the ardent collector, and we feel that the partnership with Bloomberg Sports accomplishes that. These revolutionized card backs has given us another unique point of engagement that is both eye-catching and educational and fun for all,” said Zvee Geffen, Topps MLS and Bowman Brand Manager.  “Analytics are an essential part of today’s conversations in every sport and this new content will document that emerging trend, and the new data we are providing will help enhance the experience for all.”

    The just-released Bowman Chrome baseball card sets will feature six different analytical templates created by Bloomberg Sports, including spray charts that document veteran power hitters’ home run locations and strikeout pitchers’ pitch selections. For MLB® prospects, statistics will include organizational rankings and comparisons to minor league averages.

    Among the stars featured in 2014 Bowman Chrome are MLB® rookies Jose Abreu, George Springer and Masahiro Tanaka, veterans Mike Trout, Yu Darvish and Bryce Harper, and prospects Byron Buxton and Kris Bryant. The set also features autographed cards and an assortment of colorful parallel cards.

    The 2014 Bowman Chrome Baseball set will be available in hobby stores this week. Topps® MLS Soccer, which also included unique analytics from Bloomberg Sports, are available at retail outlets now.

  8. Norman Reedus, William Shatner, Jewel Staite, Bruce Campbell Headline Celebrity Guests At Inaugural Wizard World Reno Comic Con, November 21-23

    Norman Reedus (“The Walking Dead, Boondock Saints), William Shatner (“Star Trek,” “Boston Legal”),Jewel Staite (“Firefly,” “Stargate: Atlantis”), Bruce Campbell (Army of Darkness, Evil Dead), Billy Dee Williams (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Brian’s Song), Adam West and Burt Ward (“Batman”) and WWE® Superstar Roman Reigns™ and Divas The Bella Twinsare among the celebrities scheduled to attend the inaugural Wizard World Reno Comic Con, November 21-23 at the Cox Business Center.It is the final 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.

    Reedus, Staite and Campbell will appear on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 22-23; Shatner will attend on Friday evening and Saturday, Nov. 21-22; the WWE stars will attend on Saturday; Williams, West and Ward are scheduled for all three days.

    Other notables scheduled include “The Walking Dead” stars Michael Rooker, Andrew J. West, Jon Bernthal and Scott Wilson, Alan Tudyk (“Firefly,” Wreck-It Ralph), Eliza Dushku (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer, True Lies), Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Rudy), Lou Ferrigno (“The Incredible Hulk,” “The King of Queens”), Jason David Frank (“Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers”), Kevin Sorbo (“Hercules,” “Andromeda”), Walter Koenig (“Star Trek,” “Babylon 5”), Sara Underwood (“Attack of the Show”) and the Boondock Saints duo of Sean Patrick Flanery and David Della Rocco.

    Superstar comics creators scheduled to attend include Eisner Award Hall of Famer Neal Adams (“Batman,” “X-Men”), Ethan Van Sciver (“Green Lantern,” “Flash”), Phil Ortiz (“The Simpsons,” “Muppet Babies”), Kevin Maguire (“Justice League,” “Batman Confidential”), Michael Golden (“Hulk,” “Star Wars”), Arthur Suydam (“Marvel Zombies,” “Army of Darkness”), Ty Templeton (“Batman & Robin Adventures,” “JLA”), Ken Kelly (KISS album covers, “He-Man”), Pop Mhan (“DC Universe vs. The Masters of the Universe,” “Gears of War”), Greg Horn (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The 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 Reno Comic Con show hours are Friday, Nov. 21, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 22, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 23, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Reno 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.

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

  9. Neal Adams, Kaare Andrews, Julian Totino Tedesco, Ethan Van Sciver Top Superstar Creators To Attend Wizard World Austin Comic Con, October 2-4

    Eisner Award Hall of Famer Neal Adams (“Batman,” “Green Lantern”), Kaare Andrews (“Astonishing X-Men,” “Iron Man”), Julian Totino Tedesco (“X-Treme X-Men,” “Venom”) and Ethan Van Sciver (“Green Lantern,” “Flash”) headline the roster of more than 50 top comics artists and writers scheduled to attend Wizard World Austin Comic Con, Thursday through Saturday, October 2-4 at the Austin Convention Center. The 13th of 16 events in the 2014 series produced by Wizard World, Inc., (OTCBB: WIZD), the event will also feature dozens of well-known celebrities and a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions.

    Other superstar comics creators scheduled to attend include Ramon F. Bachs (“Infinity: Heist,” “Red Robin”), Rob Prior (“Heavy Metal,” “Spawn the Impaler”), Pere Perez (“Birds of Prey,” “Marvel Adventures Spider-Man”), 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.

    VIP attendees will receive a copy of Captain America #25, with limited-edition exclusive variant cover by Totino Tedesco. VIPs also can claim a selection of exclusive prints from various top artists as part of their admission.

    Norman Reedus (“The Walking Dead,” Boondock Saints),Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”), Evan Peters (X-Men: Days of Future Past, American Horror Story), WWE Phenom The Undertaker®, Katie Cassidy (“Arrow,” “Gossip Girl”), Tyler Posey (“Teen Wolf,” Maid in Manhattan), 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”) and Holly Marie Combs (“Charmed,” “Picket Fences”) are among the celebrities scheduled to attend.

    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.

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

  10. 'Star Trek: TNG,' William Shatner, Sean Astin, Evan Peters Q&A's, Creator Sessions Headline Programming At Wizard World Nashville Comic Con

    Question-and-answer sessions featuring “Star Trek: The Next Generation” bridge crew members Jonathan Frakes, Levar Burton, Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner and Gates McFadden, “Star Trek” star William Shatner, Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings), Evan Peters (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Michael Rooker (“The Walking Dead”) highlight the diverse programming schedule at Wizard World Nashville Comic Con, next Friday through Sunday, September 26-28 at the Music City Center. Most programming is included as part of the standard event admission.

    Some of the highlights of the more than 70 scheduled panels are:

    • Interactive Q&A sessions with the Next Gen crew, in pairs: Sirtis and Dorn (Saturday, noon), Burton and Spiner (Saturday, 3 p.m.) and Frakes and McFadden (Sunday, 2:30)

    • Q&As with Shatner (Saturday, 5:30 p.m), Astin (Saturday, noon), Peters (Sunday, 12:30 p.m.), Rooker (Saturday, 4:45 p.m.), Eliza Dushku (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” Sunday, 1:30 p.m.), Alan Tudyk (“Firefly,” Saturday, 1 p.m.), WWE Superstar Kane® (Saturday, 2:45 p.m.) and Divas The Bella Twins™ (Saturday, 3:30 p.m.), Jon Bernthal (“The Walking Dead,” Saturday, 4 p.m.), the “Charmed” duo of Shannen Doherty and Holly Marie Combs (Sunday, noon) and others

    • Informative discussions with noted creators Peter Bagge and Phil Ortiz (Friday, 5:30 p.m.), John Lucas and Roland Boschi (Saturday, 12:30 p.m.), Michael Golden (Saturday, 5:30 p.m.), Drew Geraci (Sunday, 2 p.m.) and more, many moderated by Danny Fingeroth

    • Screening of the Season 2 Finale of “Arrow” (Saturday, 2 p.m.), followed by discussion with series star Manu Bennett (2:45 p.m.)

    • Latest version of “Con Radio Live” featuring Wizard World’s own Mo Lightning and Aaron Sagers and featuring special guest Rooker (Saturday, 5 p.m.)

    • Costume contests for adults (Saturday, 7 p.m.) and kids (Sunday, 2 p.m.), plus cosplay-themed sessions with Wizard World personality Damian Beurer and others

    • Sci-Fi Speed Dating (Fri., 6 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m.), 90-minute sessions

    • Meet-and-greets with Jason David Frank (Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m.)(Paid events)

    Unless noted, programming events take place in the designated General Programming Rooms at the Music City Center. VIP tickets or additional costs may apply to ensure access to select activities, as noted. (*Note: Frank Meet & Greets require a separate ticket, and there may be an additonal fee for Speed Dating.)

    A full list of Wizard World Nashville Comic Con programming is available at http://wizd.me/PRProgrammingNashville (subjects, guests, times and rooms subject to change).

    Wizard World Nashville Comic Con is the 12th of 16 events currently scheduled in the 2014 series produced by Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD). For more on the event, visit http://www.wizd.me/NashvillePR.