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‘BuffyFest,’ ‘Star Wars,’ ‘BSG,’ Julie Benz, Billy Dee Williams, Scott Thompson Panels Plus Fan Groups Parade Highlight Wizard World Toronto Comic Con Programming!
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‘Secrets of Pro Wrestling,’ Wizard Spotlights, ‘Wizard School’ and Costume Contests Also On Tap For March 18-20 at Direct Energy Centre!
‘BuffyFest,’ ‘Star Wars,’ ‘BSG,’ Julie Benz, Billy Dee Williams, Scott Thompson Panels Plus Fan Groups Parade Highlight Toronto Comic Con Programming!‘BuffyFest,’ ‘Star Wars,’ ‘BSG,’ Julie Benz, Billy Dee Williams, Scott Thompson Panels Plus Fan Groups Parade Highlight Wizard World Toronto Comic Con Programming

‘Secrets of Pro Wrestling,’ Wizard Spotlights, ‘Wizard School’ and Costume Contests Also On Tap For March 18-20 at Direct Energy Centre

TORONTO, March 8, 2011 – Wizard World Toronto Comic Con today announced its diverse programming schedule, featuring unique celebrity Q&A’s, parades, artist schools and more for the event, set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 18-20 at the Direct Energy Centre.

Some of the highlights include:
• Rare Q&A panels with Scott Thompson and Julie Benz, as well as popular Comic Con guest Billy Dee Williams
• “Battlestar Galactica” panels featuring stars Aaron Douglas and Kate Vernon
• STAR WARS sessions with Ray Park (Darth Maul), Daniel Logan (Boba Fett), Jake Lloyd (Anakin Skywalker), Peter Mayhew (original Chewbacca) and Jeremy Bulloch (original Boba Fett)
• “BuffyFest” Q&As with Nicholas Brendon, Clare Kramer, Mercedes McNab and Mark Metcalf
• Troopers, knights, Ghostbusters and other groups take over the Direct Energy Centre floor with a parade of fan groups
• Wizard Art School and Q&A’s featuring leading artists like Mitch Breitweiser, Michael Golden, Bill Sienkiewicz, Mike Grell, Phil Jimenez, Greg Horn and others
• The popular adult costume contest and fun kids costume contest with great prizes

Toronto Comic Con programming will take place in Room A and Room B at the Direct Energy Centre, and is included with admission to the event. Seating for panels is strictly limited and available on a first come first serve basis and each room will be cleared between panels. The full schedule is below:

Toronto Comic Con Programming

Friday 3/18

5:00-5:45PM
EXPOSED: SECRETS OF PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING
Ted DiBiase, Virgil, Rhyno, Tatanka and Eugene give fans the low down on what’s real and what’s not in the world of professional wrestling. (Room A)

GAMING 101 WITH ANIME NORTH
Gamers unite! Anime North hosts the gaming panel of all panels! They will share tips, tricks and secrets that you won’t find anywhere else. If you’re a true gamer, we better see you there. (Room B)

6:00-6:45PM
AARON DOUGLAS Q&A
Best known for his role on “Battlestar Galactica” as Chief Galen Tyrol, or as Frank Leo on “The Bridge,” Douglas can now be seen on “Hellcats” and is here to answer all of your questions during this exclusive Wizard World Toronto Comic Con session. (Room A)

TRANSFORMERS COLLECTING 101
Cybertron.ca hosts a look into Canadian Transformers collecting. See how the hobby has evolved over the years thanks to the internet and local conventions. (Room B)

7:00-7:45PM
COSTUMING WITH THE 501ST
The 501st continues to spread the magic of the Star Wars genre worldwide, and today will teach you how they create the most authentic costumes anywhere. (Room B)

7:00-8:00PM
THE 2011 CONSTELLATION AWARDS NOMINEE ANNOUNCEMENT Wizard World Toronto Comic Con will be the FIRST place to find out this year's Constellation Awards nominees! Now in their 5th year, the Constellation Awards are Canada's awards for excellence in Sci-Fi Film & Television, and the only awards where YOU, Canada's sci-fi film & TV fans, get to vote on the best of the best. Find out who this year's nominees are here! (Room A)

Saturday 3/19

11:00-11:45AM
CLAUDIA CHRISTIAN Q&A
“Babylon 5” beauty Claudia Christian shares the secrets to her multi-faceted success, and previews a sneak peek of her new Showtime series “Look.” (Room A)

DUSTIN DIAMOND Q&A
Dustin Diamond is best known for his role as the pesky Screech from the hit 90’s show “Saved By the Bell,” and is here to answer all of the burning questions you’ve always wanted to ask.

12:00-12:45PM
JULIE BENZ Q&A
As a star of hit shows like "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Dexter" and "No Ordinary Family," Benz talks to fans about her extensive career, ups and downs in the industry and her thoughts on the new generation of sci-fi and fantasy on television. (Room A)

FRANCIS MANAPUL Q&A
Francis Manapul (The Flash) gives his advice on the do's and don’ts of the trade to new creators interested in becoming professional comic artists. (Room B)

1:00-1:45PM
BILLY DEE WILLIAMS Q&A
Lando lands at Toronto Comic Con! The coolest man in Star Wars history sits down to take fan questions. (Room A)

TORCHWOOD: A WHOLE NEW WORLD?
A discussion on the events of "Children of Earth" and the speculation about "Miracle Day" and how the fans feel this affects the future of the show. (Room B)

2:00-2:45PM
BUFFYFEST Q&A WITH NICHOLAS BRENDON
Buffy's Xander Harris sits down to take fan questions about life during and after the pop culture phenomenon. (Room A)

MITCH BREITWEISER Q&A
Mitch Breitweiser (Captain America; Fantastic Four) discusses his drawing style and his part in the neoclassical illustration movement. (Room B)

3:00-3:45PM
PETER MAYHEW AND JEREMY BULLOCH Q&A
The original Chewbacca and Boba Fett take fan questions and discuss their thoughts on the evolution of one of the highest grossing film franchises in history. (Room A)

THE HULK Q&A WITH JEFF PARKER AND DALE KEOWN
Two of the minds behind The Hulk team up to discuss the writing and sketching processes behind one of comics’ most popular franchises. (Room B)

4:00-4:45PM
CARTOON NETWORK’S TOTAL DRAMA ISLAND WITH TODD KAUFFMAN
The director and character designer of Cartoon Network and TELETOON's record breaking animated series “TOTAL DRAMA ISLAND,” Kaufmann hosts an interactive panel on bringing comics from the page to the screen. (Room A)

STORYTELLING WITH MICHAEL GOLDEN
No matter if you’re a writer, artist or a reader of comics, come sit-down with one of the most renowned storytellers in the business, Michael Golden, as he tells you a few tricks of the trade that will help you no matter what type of story you tell or enjoy, in whatever medium. It’s a rare opportunity to talk with the co-creator of X-Men Rogue, and groundbreaking penciler on such projects as Bucky O’Hare, The ’Nam, Micronauts, G.I. Joe, and much more. (Room B)

5:00-5:45PM
BEHIND THE SCENES OF “DANNY HUSK: THE HOLLOW PLANET” Scott Thompson (“The Kids in the Hall”) will take you behind the scenes and into the pages of his newest Frozen Beach graphic novel “Danny Husk: The Hollow Planet.” At the Q&A panel, several lucky attendees will win an autographed copy of “Danny Husk: The Hollow Planet,” the signed CGC preview of the OGN and a CGC certified autographed photo of Scott Thompson. (Room A)

WHO WANTS TO BE ON A REALITY SHOW?! Hosted by Jarrett “The Defuser” Crippen
Have you ever wanted to be on a reality show? Are you curious as to what the producers are looking for? Come get inside tips about reality shows and what it takes to win from the winner of Stan Lee’s “Who Wants to be a Superhero?” Season II. The Defuser (Jarrett Crippen) will talk about and answer questions regarding the audition process, competition, living conditions and other topics related to his show and reality shows in general. (Room B)

6:00-6:30PM
KID’S COSTUME CONTEST
Bring any kids 10 and under for this special event with great prizes just for families and the youngsters. (Room A)

6:30-8:30PM
COSTUME CONTEST: SPONSORED BY WARNER BROS. “SUCKER PUNCH”
Here’s your chance to witness some of the craziest outfits you’ll see this weekend, and catch a sneak preview of Warner Bros. new film “Sucker Punch.” Giveaways include “Sucker Punch” prize packs, The Art of Sucker Punch book, and passes to the special advance screening at the Scotiabank Theatre on March 23rd at 10pm at Scotiabank. There will be a special “Sucker Punch” costume category, so get your best costumes together for a chance at a special prize! (Room A)

Sunday 3/20

12:00-12:45PM
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA Q&A WITH KATE VERNON AND AARON DOUGLAS
Vernon and Douglas talk about their roles as Ellen Tigh and Chief Galen Tyrol, and share what went on behind-the-scenes on the set of the popular sci-fi series “Battlestar Galactica.” (Room A)

BETWEEN THE LINES WITH MIKE GRELL
The legendary comic icon behind classic Legion of Super-Heroes Tales and Warlord talks about his tips of the trade and shares his secrets from making it in comics. (Room B)

1:00-1:45PM
CHANDLER RIGGS Q&A WITH WALKING DEAD PREVIEW
AMC’s ambitious horror series, based on Robert Kirkman’s ultra-hot zombie series from Image, now comes to life from director Frank Darabont (“The Green Mile”)! Check out this amazing preview of behind-the-scenes footage and extended clips along with a Q&A with Chandler Riggs. (Room A)

BUFFYFEST Q&A WITH MERCEDES MCNAB, CLARE KRAMER AND MARK METCALF
Join “Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s” Harmony, Glory and The Master, as they discuss their days on the hit TV show. (Room B)

2:00-2:45PM
RAY PARK Q&A
The “X-Men” and “Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace” star engages fans in this one-of-a-kind Q&A, where he discusses his extensive film biography and his evolution to genre icon. (Room A)

PHIL JIMENEZ: BREAKING INTO COMICS
Have your questions ready because School of Visual Arts instructor and comic pro Phil Jimenez is ready to give fans an interactive tutorial on everything you need to know to draw comics. (Room B)

3:00-3:45PM
WIZARD’S DIGITAL ART SCHOOL WITH GREG HORN
Superstar Marvel and DC artist Greg Horn (Blackest Night covers) leads a discussion on digital art and takes you through his creative process. (Room A)

DR. WHO? HOSTED BY ANIME NORTH
Do you love Doctor Who? Would you LIKE to love Doctor Who? Do you have friends who you would LIKE to love Doctor Who? Bring them too, to our panel on the past, present and future of Doctor Who! (Room B)

4:00-4:45PM
COMIC CON COSTUMING WITH THE REBEL LEGION
The Rebel Legion costuming group shares their tips, skills and ideas on how to build and improve your comic con costumes. Whether you’re a Jedi, Rebel Pilot, Trooper, or Princess, they will share their knowledge on how to make sure your costume is the best. (Room A)

HARRY POTTER: IS THE END NEAR?
A discussion on how the epilogue of the books affect the fandom, and whether or not popularity may dwindle with the end of the movie approaching. (Room B)

* Seating for panels is strictly limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. Each room will be cleared between panels.
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