This year's show includes a host of celebrity guests including "Twilight" stars Cameron Bright, Alex Meraz, & Christopher Heyerdahl, Academy Award Nominee Edward James Olmos, the "Stand & Deliver" and "Battlestar Galactica" star, the stunning Michelle Rodriguez from "The Fast and the Furious," Ray Park, Snake Eyes, in the new G.I. Joe film (also Darth Maul from Star Wars), UFC former Heavyweight Champion Andrei "the Pitbull" Arlovski, "Hellboy II" and "Blade 2" star Luke Goss; "Baywatch" actress Donna D'Errico; "Star Wars" actor Billy Dee Williams; "The Incredible Hulk," Lou Ferrigno, and "Ghostbusters" star Ernie Hudson.
Also scheduled to appear are actresses Margot Kidder, pop star Taylor Dayne and "Buffy: The Vampire Slayer" star Emma Caulfield.
The convention features selections from every corner of the pop-culture world, including movies, TV, toys, comics, video games, anime, manga, sci-fi, horror, WWE, MMA and other forms of entertainment - along with video game tournaments and costume contests.
All fans attending the show are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite character, with an opportunity to win thousands of dollars in cash and prizes. Top entries also will reach millions of fans via Wizard Magazine, wizarduniverse.com and wizardworld.com as well as other fan web sites.
The convention opens with a special preview night beginning at 4 p.m. on Thursday, August 6, and continues through the weekend of August 7-9, beginning each day at 10 a.m. (9 a.m. for Advance Ticket Buyers.) Tickets are on sale now at www.wizardworld.com or call 877-402-3748 for single day tickets, weekend passes and VIP packages. Tickets start at $25. Kids 10 years old and younger are FREE with a paid adult ticket.
Everyone is encouraged to attend dressed as their favorite pop culture icon.
Gareb Shamus founded Wizard Entertainment in 1991. Today, Wizard Entertainment publishes consumer magazines Wizard, ToyFare and FunFare, and numerous books about today's top talent, comic books and toys. Gareb produces Chicago Comic-Con at the Rosemont Convention center, August 6-9, Big Apple Comic-Con at Pier 94, October 16-18, Anaheim Comic-Con at the Anaheim Convention Center, April 16-18, 2010, Wizard World Philadelphia at the Philadelphia Convention Center June 11-13, 2010 and Toronto Comic-Con, dates TBD
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
Jill Thompson, Comicbook artist
Jill Thompson is one of the most well-known, female comicbook artists working in the comics industry today. She graduated in 1987 from the American Academy of Art in Chicago and has been working non-stop as a cartoonist and illustrator ever since. She has garnered acclaim for her work on WONDER WOMAN, and the award winning title SANDMAN with Neil Gaiman. A multiple EISNER AWARD winner, Jill writes and illustrates most of the work she produces today. She has co-created and illustrated the dark-satire FINALS in 1999 and has also written and illustrated manga style books for DC COMICS called AT DEATH'S DOOR and THE DEAD BOY DETECTIVES.
She has illustrated books for nearly every comic book publisher in the United States.
In 1997, Jill's first children's graphic novel, THE SCARY GODMOTHER was released to critical acclaim and the film and tv rights were optioned in 1999 by Mainframe Entertainment. Subsequent books in the series include Scary Godmother-The Revenge of Jimmy, Scary Godmother-The Mystery Date and Scary Godmother- The Boo Flu. There are also as series of delightful comicbook tales published by Sirius Entertainment featuring everyone's favorite winged witch. An all ages favorite, these comics and books are enjoyed by both young and old alike and fans of the Scary Godmother range in age from three to eighty three!
Not content to simply sit home and draw, Jill travels the US and beyond meeting fans and speaking about comics, literacy and art.