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PROGRAMMING @ CHICAGO COMIC CONPANEL ROOM LOCATIONS
ROOM 1 – GENERAL PROGRAMMING
ROOM 2 – GENERAL PROGRAMMING/WORKSHOP
ROOM 4 – GENERAL PROGRAMMING
ROOM 6 – GENERAL PROGRAMMING
ROOM 7 – SCI-FI SPEED DATING
ROOM 8 – MEET & GREET
ROOM 14 – THE AWESOME FEST PRESENTS: BRUCE CAMPBELL’S HORROR FILM FESTIVAL
ROOM 21 – PHYSICALLY ACTIVE PROGRAMMING
ROOM 24 – GENERAL PROGRAMMING *LOCATED ON THE 2nd FLOOR*

Programming is FREE with your Wizard World wristband unless otherwise noted.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 21
3:00 – 8:00PM THE WIZARD WORLD FILM FESTIVAL (ROOM 14)
Calling all independent filmmakers and fans of independent film: Wizard World is proud to present the Wizard World Film Festival! Here, filmmakers from all around the world will compete for fame, glory and great prizes, such as priceless VIP Experiences, exclusive autographs and photo ops with celebrities. The latest and greatest in independent film will be screened all weekend, with a red carpet awards ceremony to be held at the conclusion of the festival. For more details on how to submit to a future Wizard World Film Festival (to be held at every Comic Con,) interested filmmakers should visit wizardworldfilmfestival.com.

5:00 – 7:00PM LOVE IN THE AIR @ CHICAGO COMIC CON – SPEED DATING STYLE (ROOM 7)
Ladies and Gentlemen! Are you single and tired of looking for love in Alderraan places? Are you ready to let your geek flag fly? Then it is time to try Sci-Fi Speed Dating! Sci-Fi Speed Dating returns by popular demand! You asked for it, we got it! The fantastic crew from Sci-Fi Speed Dating will host 4 sessions this weekend! If you are single and over 18 head over to the Speed Dating room to sign up for a session! Sci-Fi Speed Dating is Fun, Safe, and it works! They are now responsible for 5 marriages, 19 engagements, 2 babies, and over 100 couples dating seriously. (Questions? Please e-mail inquiries@scifispeeddating.com).

5:30 – 6:15PM FROM KICKSTARTER TO CONVENTION: HOW TO PRINT, SELF-PUBLISH AND PROFIT AS AN INDIE CREATOR (ROOM 1)
The Sun Bros have published all three of their comic books—Chinatown, Apocalypse Man, and Monkey Fist—through tremendously successful Kickstarter campaigns, bringing in over $40,000 from more than 900 backers from around the world. Now their books are featured at comic conventions and on the shelves of bookstores and comic shops throughout Chicagoland, and they continue to receive online orders for their books every week. But how did they do it? From creating to crowdfunding to tabling at your next con, join Wesley Sun and Brad Sun from Sun Bros Studios for an interactive panel discussion and learn how to get your own work out there!

5:30 – 6:15PM THE #POPCULTUREPROFESSOR & THE WHEDONVERSE: ARE YOU A DIE-HARD BUFFY FAN? (ROOM 6)
Love Angel? Secretly keep a brown coat in your closet? Think Nathan Fillion is a god? Then you've come to the right place! Wizard World's own Professor of Pop Culture, Dr. Rebecca Housel, moderator for WW guests like James Marsters & Charisma Carpenter from Buffy and Angel, as well as Summer Glau, Ron Glass & Morena Baccarin from Firefly & Serenity, talks all-things-Joss-Whedon in this multi-media Whedonverse extravaganza! The Doc features over 200 of your favorite pop culture moments, including the COMPLETE history of Joss Whedon's work.

6:00 – 6:45PM CREATE A COMIC WITH MARV WOLFMAN, CORY HAMSCHER AND DANNY FINGEROTH (ROOM 2)
Ever wonder what it would be like to collaborate on making comics with top professionals? In this fun-and-educational session, superstar writer Marv Wolfman (New Teen Titans; Blade) and celebrated artist Cory Hamscher (Supreme; Marvel Adventures Spider-Man) create a new character and story before your eyes, incorporating audience members' ideas and suggestions! Come see—and join in—the creative process! The panel will be moderated by longtime Marvel writer and editor Danny Fingeroth (How to Create Comics from Script to Print).

6:30 – 7:15PM THE FUNNY THING ABOUT “THE HOBBIT” IS.. (ROOM 1)
Ever since the "The Hobbit" was first published by Allen & Unwin, experts in folklore, languages and British stuff have all asked the same question: Is Tolkien funny? After 40 years of research, the answer is a confident "Yes," so long as we provide Tolkien with the correct context. This interactive program is a scholarly review of the funniest elements of Tolkien's writings, featuring a costume contest and a trivia game (very small prizes will be awarded), sing-alongs, an audience-participation reading, a Tolkien parody raffle and nose flutes.

6:30 – 7:15PM PARANORMAL CITY: CHICAGO WITH AARON SAGERS (ROOM 6)
Is it just a breeze from The Windy City that is giving you chills or perhaps there is a spectre nearby? From murders to curses to lost loves and town tragedies, Second City is among the first stops for any fan of the paranormal and supernatural. Join journalist and TV host Aaron Sagers (Paranormal Paparazzi, ParanormalPopCulture.com) along with Dave Schrader (Darkness Radio, Coast to Coast), Chris Fleming (Psychic Kids, Dead Famous) and Ursula Bielski (Chicago Hauntins, Creepy Chicago) as they discuss their favorite spooky stories of Chicago as well as uncover history and debunk myths of the haunted hotspot.

7:00 – 7:45PM HOW TO DRAW FUNNY! WITH MAD’S TOM RICHMOND, JASON YUNGBLUTH AND JIM BROZMAN (ROOM 2)
Ever wonder how humor artists are able to create characters and stories that leave us laughing like idiots? Here, three of the finest practitioners of the simple art of humor—Tom Richmond (MAD Magazine; 2012 National Cartoonist Society’s “Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year”), Jason Yungbluth (MAD Magazine; Weapon Brown) and Jim Brozman (Dick Tracy; Dr. Weird)—tell and show you how they do it! Moderated by Danny Fingeroth (How to Create Comics from Script to Print).

7:30 – 8:15PM PODCASTING AND JOURNALISM: HOW WE GET STARTED (ROOM 1)
Professional podcasters & bloggers discuss the process of breaking into the business and answer questions about the world of podcasting and geek journalism.

7:30 – 8:15PM COSTUMES + PLAYING = COSPLAY! SO WHAT DOES THAT ACTUALLY MEAN? (ROOM 6)
Join Wizard World’s Damian Beurer and an assembly of top-notch cosplayers, including Eric “The Smoke” Moran and others who will tell you everything you need to know about dressing up in costumes and going out in public. From wardrobe malfunctions to crazy fans, to how to construct your own costumes and even how to go to the bathroom (you know, in costume), this cosplay squad will give you the inside skinny on the ultimate in spandex fandom. We’ll share photos, take questions from the audience, and hopefully inspire you to join in.

7:30PM BRUCE CAMPBELL’S HORROR FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS: SUBURBAN GOTHIC U.S. Premiere (Muvico Rosemont, 9701 Bryn Mawr Ave, Rosemont, IL 60018)
(Director: Richard Bates Jr., Writers: Richard Bates Jr., Mark Bruner)
Raymond can channel the paranormal, but he’s afraid of chatting with a cute girl.. Kicked out of his big city apartment, Raymond returns home to his overbearing mother, ex-jock father, and beer-bellied classmates. But when a vengeful ghost terrorizes the small town, Ray recruits Becca, a badass local bartender, to help solve the mystery. From the director of the admirably strange Excision, and starring Matthew Gray Gubler, Ray Wise, and Kat Dennings. FREE TO WIZARD WORLD ATTENDEES BUT SPACE IS LIMITED. However, to secure your seat now you can purchase a screening ticket here: http://wizardworld.ticketleap.com/awesomefest/

8:30 – 10:30PM WIZARD WORLD’S GAME NIGHT
Combine your favorite board games with your favorite beverages to create a brand new experience! Enjoy Dungeons & Dragons, Superfight!, Mage Wars, Ticket to Ride and a countless amount of other tabletop games in a comfortable setting with other gamers. Join us at the Five Roses Pub, 5509 Park Place, Rosemont to get your game (& drink) on!

9:30PM BRUCE CAMPBELL’S HORROR FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS: WOLFCOP U.S. Premiere (Muvico Rosemont, 9701 Bryn Mawr Ave, Rosemont, IL 60018)
(Director: Lowell Dean, Writer: Lowell Dean)
It's not unusual for alcoholic cop Lou Garou to black out and wake up in unfamiliar surroundings, but lately things have taken a strange turn. Crime scenes seem oddly familiar. Lou's senses are heightened, and when the full moon is out, he's a rage-fueled werewolf. WOLFCOP is one cop's quest to become a better man...one transformation at a time. FREE TO WIZARD WORLD ATTENDEES BUT SPACE IS LIMITED. However, to secure your seat now you can purchase a screening ticket here: http://wizardworld.ticketleap.com/awesomefest/

FRIDAY, AUGUST 22
11:30 – 12:15PM JASON DAVID FRANK MEET AND GREET – PAID EVENT (ROOM 8)
Here’s your chance to meet the original Green Power Ranger Jason David Frank in a more private setting, away from the convention crowds. Make sure to bring your questions because JDF will have your answers. Must purchase separate ticket for this event.

12:00 – 5:00PM THE WIZARD WORLD FILM FESTIVAL (ROOM 14)
Calling all independent filmmakers and fans of independent film: Wizard World is proud to present the Wizard World Film Festival! Here, filmmakers from all around the world will compete for fame, glory and great prizes, such as priceless VIP Experiences, exclusive autographs and photo ops with celebrities. The latest and greatest in independent film will be screened all weekend, with a red carpet awards ceremony to be held at the conclusion of the festival. For more details on how to submit to a future Wizard World Film Festival (to be held at every Comic Con,) interested filmmakers should visit wizardworldfilmfestival.com.

12:30 – 1:15PM 1939: BATMAN’S BEGINNING AND THE YEAR THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING WITH THOMPSON, MASSENGILL, CHARET & FINGEROTH (ROOM 2)
75 years ago, as fateful events that would lead to the outbreak of World War II in September 1939 were coming together in Europe, the U.S.A. was experiencing, in the same year, an explosion of popular culture. In 1939, Batman debuted in Detective Comics #27; Timely (later Marvel) Comics released Marvel Comics #1, showcasing the first Marvel superheroes, Sub-Mariner and the Human Torch; and Hollywood produced classic films including The Wizard of Oz, Gone With the Wind and Stagecoach. Discussing historical and cultural factors that made that year so important is a panel including Maggie Thompson (The Comics Buyers Guide; Maggie’s World), Ron Massengill (Superman expert and pioneering Chicago comics retailer), Larry Charet (owner of Larry’s Comics and co-founder of the Chicago Comic Con) and Danny Fingeroth (Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics and the Creation of the Superhero).

12:30 – 1:15 VAMPIRE LORE AND OTHER URBAN MYTHS AND LEGENDS W/DR. REBECCA HOUSEL (ROOM 4)
If a little “love bite” could make you fast, stronger, more beautiful and immortal, why wouldn’t you do it? The “Pop Culture Professor” Dr. Rebecca Housel answers this question and more as she explores the world’s fascination with vampires, wolves, ghosts and everything supernatural.

1:00 – 1:45PM WOMEN IN GEEK CULTURE (ROOM 6)
Reflecting on the portrayal of women in the media, bringing awareness of how different tropes and memes continue to stigmatize female presence in geek culture, and how we can move forward and make a difference.

1:30 – 2:15PM DREDD: CURSED EDGE/DEEP END FILM PANEL (ROOM 1)
Together Brothers Productions and Sunnymeade Films present from the hit web UK series, "The Cursed Edge." We’re proud to present the Wizard World debut of the spin off US series, "The Deep End". Hosted by Eric The Smoke Moran, there will be an introduction to the Cursed Edge series followed by The Deep End debut , the making of Cursed Edge/Deep End and a Q&A with the cast.

1:30 – 2:15PM HOW TO BE A NERD FOR A LIVING (ROOM 2)
Do you want to work in the industry you’re passionate about, but you’re not sure how to get from where you are to where you want to be? This panel of professional “Nerds for a Living” will discuss different types of jobs that exist within their area of pop-culture entertainment, and share how they got to where they are. Get advice and insights from those already working within “Nerd Culture”, including: Jon Schnepp (Producer/Director - Metalocalypse; The Venture Bros); Josh Blaylock (CEO - Devil’s Due Entertainment), Kurt Lehner (Animation Artist/Illustrator/Designer - Gargoyles; Marvel Action Hour; Rescue Heroes; Space Jam; Beauty & The Beast), and Jenny Frison (comic book cover artist - Revival; Spike; Angel; Hack/Slash.) Moderated by Adron Buske (Creative Director - Nerdforaliving.com), this panel offers a unique look at how to find your way into your dream industry.

1:30 – 2:15PM ONE-ON-ONE WITH JAMES MARSTERS (ROOM 4)
Best known for his role as Spike, the platinum blonde vampire on hit shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, James Marsters answers questions about everything from his evolution from acting to music, and the projects he plans to conquer in the future.

2:00 – 2:45PM CREATIVITY THAT LASTS (ROOM 6)
As an artist, writer, actor, musician or creator, there is nothing more challenging than the development of the creative process. Is art birthed from the spontaneous or is it a result of a carefully crafted rhythm and structure? In this panel, esteemed creators will describe how to overcome creative obstacles and share their keys to unleashing creativity.

2:00 – 4:00PM LOVE IN THE AIR @ CHICAGO COMIC CON – SPEED DATING STYLE (ROOM 7)
Ladies and Gentlemen! Are you single and tired of looking for love in Alderraan places? Are you ready to let your geek flag fly? Then it is time to try Sci-Fi Speed Dating! Sci-Fi Speed Dating returns by popular demand! You asked for it, we got it! The fantastic crew from Sci-Fi Speed Dating will host 4 sessions this weekend! If you are single and over 18 head over to the Speed Dating room to sign up for a session! Sci-Fi Speed Dating is Fun, Safe, and it works! They are now responsible for 5 marriages, 19 engagements, 2 babies, and over 100 couples dating seriously. (Questions? Please e-mail inquiries@scifispeeddating.com).

2:30 – 3:15PM GUILTY 10 GAMES – WE MADE A CARD GAME (ROOM 1)
Guilty 10 Games would like to show you our new trading card game, Union, Fight Together. We'll go through the process from early ideas to the final design. We'll talk about what inspired us to do this and where trading card games stand today.

2:30 – 3:15PM CONSPIRACY CIRCUS: THE WARREN COMMISSION REPORT ON THE JFK ASSASSINATION 50TH ANNIVERSARY GRAPHIC NOVEL WITH DAN MISHKIN AND DANNY FINGEROTH (ROOM 2)
As with movies, TV, and novels, comics creators have been fascinated with the facts—and the maddening mysteries—surrounding the murder of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy in Dallas on November 22, 1963. The still-controversial Warren Commission issued its report on the assassination on September 27, 1964. Just in time for that anniversary, Abrams ComicsArts is releasing The Warren Commission Report: A Graphic Investigation into the Kennedy Assassination by Dan Mishkin, Ernie Colon, and Jerzy Drozd. The book’s writer, Dan Mishkin (Amethyst; Blue Devil) discusses the book and the commission’s history with Danny Fingeroth (Spider-Man; Studs Terkel’s Working) who is writing a graphic novel biography (drawn by legendary artist Rick Geary) of Jack Ruby, the man who killed Lee Harvey Oswald on live TV.

2:30 – 3:15PM ON THE ENTERPRISE WITH THE NEXT GENERATION’S GATES MCFADDEN (ROOM 4)
Relive all of your favorite Star Trek: The Next Generation memories through the eyes of the Enterprise’s Chief Medical Officer: Gates McFadden. As Beverly Crusher, she has helped inspire Pop Culture as we know it today and has the stories to prove it! Ask this Starfleet officer your best, toughest questions during this sure-to-be-entertaining sit-down interview.

3:00 – 3:45PM KEEPING UP WITH JOSH PECK (ROOM 6)
He’s an actor, director, comedian and voice actor. We’ve watched him grow up on-screen. What’s next for Josh Peck? He’ll tell you! The former Drake & Josh actor will reveal details from the set, of his former projects, the difference between live & voice acting, the pressures of being a young star & anything else you want to ask him.

3:30 – 4:15PM THE ILLUSTRATED 007: DECLASSIFIED (ROOM 2)
The number of original James Bond adventures told in comics far outnumbers those on film or in novels, yet most fans of the world's greatest secret agent remain unaware of them. Join Alan J. Porter and Gillian Porter, writers of JAMES BOND: The History of the Illustrated 007 and the upcoming James Bond Lexicon, as we take a look at the strange and often off-beat adventures of 007 in comics from around the world.

3:30 – 4:15PM SUPERFIGHT LIVE! (ROOM 1)
The ultimate game of imaginary fights! Many times compared to Cards Against Humanity or Apples to Apples, Superfight! is a very simple, awesome game that makes you argue with friends. Come meet the creator, Darin Ross, and participate in a live fight! You can finally argue who would win in a fight between Mr. Rogers (who is made of sand and armed with a rotating machine gun turret) vs. Stephen Hawking (who is armed with a kitten cannon and 3 stories tall.) Superfight, a game of absurd arguments!

3:30 – 4:15PM ON THE ENTERPRISE WITH THE NEXT GENERATION’S MARINA SIRTIS & MICHAEL DORN (ROOM 4)
Relive all of your favorite Star Trek: The Next Generation memories through the eyes of the Ship’s Counselor and Chief Security & Tactical Officer: Marina Sirtis and Michael Dorn. As Deanna Troi and Worf, these two have helped inspire Pop Culture as we know it today and have the stories to prove it! Ask these Starfleet officers your best, toughest questions during this sure-to-be-entertaining sit-down interview.

4:00 – 4:45PM THE HILLYWOOD SHOW (ROOM 6)
The Hillywood Show is the brainchild of internet celebrities, comedy sister duo Hilly & Hannah Hindi. Each parody features song & dance parodies of blockbuster films such as The Hobbit, Harry Potter and Twilight along with popular TV shows & celebrities such as Doctor Who, The Vampire Diaries & Lady Gaga! Their incredible costumes & makeup would impress even the most seasoned Saturday Night Live cast member! With over 100,000,000 views The Hillywood Show® continues to grow! Two sisters creating everything with just one camera.. and in one panel room!

4:00 – 4:45PM YOGAQUEST PRESENTS BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: A NARRATED YOGIC ADVENTURE (ROOM 21)
Grrr! Argh! Join Buffy and the Scoobies in their fight against bleached-blond vampire Spike in this narrated yogic adventure! YogaQuest is a unique and hilarious blend of yoga and fan-fiction storytelling, as a narrator and a certified yoga instructor lead the class through a yoga routine designed to improve strength, balance, and flexibility, while making exercise riotously fun! No previous yoga experience, special clothing, or mats necessary. Come as you are!

4:30 – 5:15PM CON RADIO LIVE - JOIN US FOR THE "CON SMASH” PODCAST (ROOM 1)
Con Radio is a brand new podcast service that covers all things pop culture - from movie & TV news to comic reviews, action figures to pro wrestling, the scary to the geeky! Join us for the latest recording of Con Radio's premiere program "Con SMASH," featuring special guest Joel Hodgson (Mystery Science Theater 3000), prize giveaways and more, hosted by Mo Lightning (Voice of Wizard World, WrestlingAudio.com) and Aaron Sagers (Editor At Large of Blastr.) Learn more by following us @radioforgeeks and @consmash.

4:30 – 5:15PM HOW TO SELF-PUBLISH COMICS, NOT JUST CREATE THEM, WITH DEVIL’S DUE’S JOSH BLAYLOCK (ROOM 2)
There's no such thing as breaking in (to Comics)! Creating Comics, self-publishing, and traditional publishing have been disrupted. With that said, how do you stand out? And "break in"? Josh Blaylock has done all three, building a comic book company from an artist alley table to a chart-topping operation managing billion dollar licensed properties and expanding to Hollywood. Then he lost everything… only to use the new landscape of Comics to build it all over again. A veteran who had to "break in" to Comics again, and rebuild a company, now with an entirely new successful publishing library, Josh will show you the ropes as he discusses his own amazing journey! Danny Fingeroth (The Rough Guide to Graphic Novels) moderates.

4:30 – 5:15PM ONE-ON-ONE WITH MARVEL’S DEATHLOK – J. AUGUST RICHARDS (ROOM 4)
Do you know what S.H.I.E.L.D. stands for? You can bet this (former) agent does! Join one of the stars of ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., J. August Richards, as he talks Mike Peterson’s growth into Deathlok, his future in the Marvel Universe and what it was like portraying Charles Gunn in the fan-favorite television show Angel.

5:00 – 7:00PM LOVE IN THE AIR @ CHICAGO COMIC CON – SPEED DATING STYLE (ROOM 7)
Ladies and Gentlemen! Are you single and tired of looking for love in Alderraan places? Are you ready to let your geek flag fly? Then it is time to try Sci-Fi Speed Dating! Sci-Fi Speed Dating returns by popular demand! You asked for it, we got it! The fantastic crew from Sci-Fi Speed Dating will host 4 sessions this weekend! If you are single and over 18 head over to the Speed Dating room to sign up for a session! Sci-Fi Speed Dating is Fun, Safe, and it works! They are now responsible for 5 marriages, 19 engagements, 2 babies, and over 100 couples dating seriously. (Questions? Please e-mail inquiries@scifispeeddating.com).

5:30 – 6:15PM ALL THINGS PRO WRESTLING WITH WRESTLINGAUDIO.COM (ROOM 1)
Win autographed items from your favorite superstars and talk all things pro-wrestling/sports entertainment! Join WrestlingAudio.com’s lead hosts, Mo Lightning & Ballz, for an interactive discussion on anything you want to talk about: the future of WWE, how to “fix” Impact Wrestling, the good ol’ days of ECW, whatever! Nothing is off-limits in this rowdy pro-wrestling discussion! Follow @wrestlingaudio for even more wrestling action.

5:30 – 8:15PM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION: “DIAGRAM FOR DELINQUENTS,” THE STORY OF FREDRIC WERTHAM AND THE BATTLE FOR THE SOUL OF COMICS! POST-FILM DISCUSSION WITH CAROL TILLEY, PRODUCER JULIAN DARIUS, GEORGE HAGENAUER & DANNY FINGEROTH (ROOM 2)
Join us for a screening of the new documentary Diagram for Delinquents, which captures the zeitgeist of late 1940s and early 1950s America and investigates how the funny books found themselves on the fire. Using expert and comic book insider interviews, never seen before historical photographs and films, and animation, Diagram goes further than any previous comic book documentary to explore and understand the controversial figure at the center of this American tale: Fredric Wertham. After the screening, there will be a fascinating discussion of Wertham and his legacy with one of the film’s producers, Julian Darius, as well as Wertham researcher Carol Tilley and comics historians George Hagenauer (Men’s Adventure Magazines in Postwar America) and Danny Fingeroth (The Stan Lee Universe).

5:30PM BRUCE CAMPBELL’S HORROR FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS: CYBERNATURAL Special Screening (Room 14 at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont IL)
(Director: Levan Gabriadze, Writer: Nelson Greaves)
While video chatting one night, six high school friends receive a Skype message from a classmate who killed herself exactly one year ago. A first they think it's a prank, but when the girl starts revealing the friends' darkest secrets, they realize they are dealing with something out of this world, something that wants them dead. Told entirely from a young girl's computer desktop, Cybernatural redefines 'found footage' for a new generation of teens. From producer Timur Bekmambetov (Night Watch, Wanted). FREE TO WIZARD WORLD ATTENDEES BUT SPACE IS LIMITED. However, to secure your seat now you can purchase a screening ticket here: http://wizardworld.ticketleap.com/awesomefest/

6:30 – 7:15PM GEEK ON THE SPOT WITH AARON SAGERS (ROOM 1)
"Whose Line Is It Anyway" meets "Heroes of Cosplay" with Geek On The Spot - an interactive, improvisational show of geeky proportions. Guided by professional nerd and TV personality Aaron Sagers with some improv experts, audience members take the stage to act out scenes based on suggestions from the crowd. It's rowdy, weird and nerdy to see what might take place if, for instance, Batman went on a speed date with Mr. Spock on the Death Star. Show up and decide if you're among the brave and the bold to take part in this amazing fantasy. Cosplayers encouraged to participate!

6:30 – 7:15PM RIFFING MYSELF WITH JOEL HODGSON (ROOM 6)
Robot Roll Call! Join Joel Hodgson, the mastermind behind the beloved Mystery Science Theater 3000, as he shares the creation story behind the bots, The Satellite of Love, and the world of professional riffing! In this special "one man show", Joel will give his fans a rare glimpse into the early days of MST3K, Cinematic Titanic, and beyond! MSTies won't want to miss this unique opportunity!

7:00 – 8:00PM WIZARD WORLD PRESENTS: BRUCE CAMPBELL’S FANATIC’S FACE-OFF (ROOM 4)
A game show hosted by Bruce Campbell.

7:15PM BRUCE CAMPBELL’S HORROR FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS: INNER DEMONS Chicago Premiere (Room 14 at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont IL)
(Director: Levan Gabriadze, Writer: Nelson Greaves)
Inner Demons follows an 'Intervention'-style reality show crew that films an episode about a sixteen-year old girl, a former A-student, who is fighting addiction but may in fact be suffering from something even more destructive: demonic possession. Director Seth Grossman was a producer on A&E’s award winning series “Intervention,” which certainly lends an air of authenticity to a gradually more unpredictable horror story. FREE TO WIZARD WORLD ATTENDEES BUT SPACE IS LIMITED. However, to secure your seat now you can purchase a screening ticket here: http://wizardworld.ticketleap.com/awesomefest/

8:30PM – 10:30PM CREATOR PRO AM: DRINK & DRAW
Come join host Rob Prior for the Creator Pro Am: Drink & Draw. All artist and writers are invited to come and compete in this live drawing and writing competition. You bring the creativity and we will take care of the rest. Scenarios and scenes will be described to the artist and writers, where you will have 1 hour to compete. Stay through to the end where one writer and one artist will be selected to win amazing prizes such as Corel PainterX3, Artograph lightpad and a Canson prize pack. Additional prizes will be given throughout the night brought to you by Corel, Canson, Royal Talens and Artograph. Located at Five Roses Pub, 5509 Park Place, Rosemont, IL. 21+

9:30PM BRUCE CAMPBELL’S HORROR FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS: STARRY EYES Chicago Premiere (Muvico Rosemont, 9701 Bryn Mawr Ave, Rosemont, IL 60018)
(Director: Kevin Kolsch, Dennis Widmyer, Writers: Kevin Kolsch, Dennis Widmyer)
A hopeful young starlet uncovers the ominous origins of the Hollywood elite and enters into a deadly agreement in exchange for fame and fortune. From the producer of Cheap Thrills and Jodorowsky’s Dune, Dennis Widmyer & Kevin Kolsch’s Starry Eyes is an occult tale of ambition, possession, and the true cost of fame. Leading lady Alex Essoe is an absolute revelation, but there’s a lot for horror fans to get behind here. FREE TO WIZARD WORLD ATTENDEES BUT SPACE IS LIMITED. However, to secure your seat now you can purchase a screening ticket here: http://wizardworld.ticketleap.com/awesomefest/

11:30PM BRUCE CAMPBELL’S HORROR FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS: ZOMBEAVERS Chicago Premiere (Muvico Rosemont, 9701 Bryn Mawr Ave, Rosemont, IL 60018)
(Director: Jordan Rubin, Writers: Jordan Rubin, Al Kaplan, Jon Kaplan)
An action-packed horror/comedy in which a group of college kids staying at a riverside cabin are menaced by a swarm of deadly zombie beavers. Yes, really. That’s the plot! FREE TO WIZARD WORLD ATTENDEES BUT SPACE IS LIMITED. However, to secure your seat now you can purchase a screening ticket here: http://wizardworld.ticketleap.com/awesomefest/

SATURDAY, AUGUST 23
9:30 – 10:15AM JASON DAVID FRANK MEET AND GREET – PAID EVENT (ROOM 8)
Here’s your chance to meet the original Green Power Ranger Jason David Frank in a more private setting, away from the convention crowds. Make sure to bring your questions because JDF will have your answers. Must purchase separate ticket for this event.

10:00 – 11:30AM THE WIZARD WORLD FILM FESTIVAL (ROOM 14)
Calling all independent filmmakers and fans of independent film: Wizard World is proud to present the Wizard World Film Festival! Here, filmmakers from all around the world will compete for fame, glory and great prizes, such as priceless VIP Experiences, exclusive autographs and photo ops with celebrities. The latest and greatest in independent film will be screened all weekend, with a red carpet awards ceremony to be held at the conclusion of the festival. For more details on how to submit to a future Wizard World Film Festival (to be held at every Comic Con,) interested filmmakers should visit wizardworldfilmfestival.com.

11:00 – 11:45AM QUESTIONSTUCK – THE CHARACTERS OF HOMESTUCK ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS (ROOM 1)
Come on out and ask the characters from Homestuck any question you please!

11:00 – 11:45AM STORYTELLING WITH MICHAEL GOLDEN (ROOM 2)
Join groundbreaking storyteller Michael Golden – known for his work on Dr. Strange, The ‘Nam, G. I. Joe, and Batman – as he shares his fundamental rules for how to craft your story and take it to the professional level.

11:00 – 11:45AM DOCTOR WHO FAN CELEBRATION – HOSTED BY THE ULTIMATE TV (ROOM 4)
The Doctor has arrived and it's time to party! Enjoy a fun-filled Doctor Who panel with The UltimateTV host, Rachell Montgomery and her special guest panelists from Peter Capaldi News as they to celebrate the arrival of the 12th Doctor, Peter Capaldi!

Answer questions regarding the man who now has the keys to the TARDIS like:
Do you know he’s currently in BBC AMERICA’s The Musketeers? Did you catch him in Torchwood? And in David Tennant Doctor Who episode?

... and you might win the Twelfth Doctor Quiz or a prize for best cosplay!!

11:00 – 1:00AM LOVE IN THE AIR @ CHICAGO COMIC CON – SPEED DATING STYLE (ROOM 7)
Ladies and Gentlemen! Are you single and tired of looking for love in Alderraan places? Are you ready to let your geek flag fly? Then it is time to try Sci-Fi Speed Dating! Sci-Fi Speed Dating returns by popular demand! You asked for it, we got it! The fantastic crew from Sci-Fi Speed Dating will host 4 sessions this weekend! If you are single and over 18 head over to the Speed Dating room to sign up for a session! Sci-Fi Speed Dating is Fun, Safe, and it works! They are now responsible for 5 marriages, 19 engagements, 2 babies, and over 100 couples dating seriously. (Questions? Please e-mail inquiries@scifispeeddating.com).

11:30 – 12:15PM HOW TO BREAK INTO SCREENWRITING AND SHOW BIZ (ROOM 6)
Writer for Star Trek: The Next Generation; Thundercats; Spiderman and other hits will tell you the inside info on how to become a screenwriter. Writer Sandy Fries will also discuss how to break into other Show Biz careers. Meet and talk to a person who has worked for Paramount Studios, NBC, Marvel and “ran with the big dogs” like Gene Roddenberry, Patrick Stewart and Stan Lee.

12:00 – 12:45PM WHAT'S THE STORY? CREATING STORIES THAT CAPTIVATE (ROOM 1)
Whether you are a seasoned writer or a brand new one, the journey of writing a compelling story is a tumultuous one. It is often time ladened with all kinds of discouraging land-mines or creative dead-ends. Join our special guest speakers as they discuss the essentials to writing captivating stories on this one-of-a-kind panel. This experienced team of writers, directors, and producers will share their secrets to not only completing a compelling story but developing habits to be a more effective content creator.

12:00 – 12:45PM THE ART OF SATURDAY MORNING CARTOON PRODUCTION WITH ANIMATOR/DIRECTOR TOM COOK (ROOM 2)
The Art of Saturday Morning Cartoon Production with Animator/Director Tom Cook Wizard World is proud to present world-renown animator Tom Cook (Tarzan; Flash Gordon; He-Man and the Masters of the Universe; She-Ra Princess of Power) to Chicago! This panel will be a demonstration of the steps taken to bring an idea from script to screen. Cook will begin with a short story of how he became an animator back in the late 1970s and then describe the different departments in an animation studio and what they do to move the development of the cartoon forward. Tom will have a few scenes he has worked on over the years on video and then will open the floor for questions about either the process or any other question you may have. So come out and see first-hand how your favorite cartoons were made!

12:00 – 12:45PM ONE-ON-ONE WITH ERICA DURANCE (ROOM 4)
Best known for her role as Lois Lane on the Superman-inspired television series Smallville, join Erica Durance as she talks about her time playing the iconic character, her role as Dr. Alex Reid on Saving Hope, what draws her to sci-fi projects & anything you ask her during this exciting Q&A!

12:00PM BRUCE CAMPBELL’S HORROR FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS: MEET ME THERE Chicago Premiere (ROOM 14 at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont IL)
(Director: Lex Lybrand, Writer: Brandon Stroud)
After several years of sexual dysfunction, Ada and her boyfriend, Calvin travel to her hometown in rural Oklahoma in the hopes of piecing together her fragmented childhood memories. They find their answers, but can they find their way back home? Starring WWE’s Goldust & DC Comic’s Jill Thompson.FREE TO WIZARD WORLD ATTENDEES BUT SPACE IS LIMITED. However, to secure your seat now you can purchase a screening ticket here: http://wizardworld.ticketleap.com/awesomefest/

12:00 – 12:45AM NO “BONES” ABOUT IT: KARL URBAN (ROOM 24)
What do Star Trek, Star Trek- Into The Darkness, Dredd, Pathfinder, Priest, Doom, The Bourne Supremacy, The Chronicles of Riddick, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Ghost Ship, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and Ghost Ship all have in common? The talents of Karl Urban! Come meet the man behind so many memorable characters on the Wizard World stage in this special Q&A session!

12:30 – 1:15PM HOW TO GET PUBLISHED (ROOM 6)
An informative interactive discussion with creators and publishers Matt Joudrey and Alana Brooker on how to get published along with the trails and successes of large and indie press publishing.

1:00 – 1:45PM ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE 70S (ROOM 1)
In the probably-alternate 1970s, killer robots live among us and a strange portal in time and space hovers above the city. Scientist heroes fight evil with rayguns and disco in this retro sci-fi adventure! This block includes a special presentation of the webseries, followed by a panel discussion about the show and practical effects in low budget filmmaking.

1:00 – 1:45PM 100 YEARS OF SUPER! CELEBRATING THE 100TH BIRTHDAYS OF BATMAN CO-CREATOR BILL FINGER AND SUPERMAN CREATORS JERRY SIEGEL & JOE SHUSTER, WITH MAGGIE THOMPSON, RON MASSENGILL, DAN MISHKIN AND DANNY FINGEROTH (ROOM 2)
More than 75 years after the debuts of their creations—Superman and Batman—and on what would have been their 100th birthday years, Bill Finger (co-creator of Batman) and Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster (creators of Superman) are still in the news, both for the mega-successes of their creations, as well as the never-ending battles over credit and money involving those characters. Today, an all-star panel celebrates the titanic trio’s centennials and discusses their legacies. Panelists include Maggie Thompson (The Comics Buyers Guide; Maggie’s World), Ron Massengill (Superman expert), Dan Mishkin (Warren Commission Report; Blue Devil) and Danny Fingeroth (Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics, and the Creation of the Superhero).

1:00 – 1:45PM DECADE OF THE DEAD: A ZOMBIE-VERSARY WITH AARON SAGERS (ROOM 4)
Ten years ago, the dead came back to life in a big way, and the zombie genre has been shambling along ever since. From "28 Days Later," "Shaun Of The Dead," "The Zombie Survival Guide," "The Walking Dead" comic, "Dawn of the Dead" remake and more, 2003/04 was a period that kickstarted the current wave of undead heads. Join zombie guru and TV personality Aaron Sagers, Darkness Radio host Dave Schrader, The Daily Dead's Jonathan James and "Zombie, Illinois" author Scott Kenemore as they discuss the important Zombie-versary, and why the era was so important. Zombies encouraged to attend!

1:00 – 1:45PM YOGAQUEST PRESENTS THE AVENGERS: A NARRATED YOGIC ADVENTURE! (ROOM 21)
Avengers, assemble! It’s a showdown between seven of Earth’s greatest heroes and the power-hungry trickster Loki in this narrated yogic adventure! YogaQuest is a unique and hilarious blend of yoga and fan-fiction storytelling, as a narrator and a certified yoga instructor lead the class through a yoga routine designed to improve strength, balance, and flexibility, while making exercise riotously fun! No previous yoga experience, special clothing, or mats necessary. Come as you are!

1:00 – 2:00PM GOTHAM: PRESENTED BY FOX 32 CHICAGO (ROOM 24)
FOX 32 Chicago presents an exclusive screening of highly anticipated new drama series GOTHAM with surprise appearances by cast for a fan Q&A. Be one of the first to experience the dangerous and compelling world of this iconic city brought to life. GOTHAM premieres Monday, Sept. 22 at 8/7c on FOX.

1:30 – 2:15PM YELLOW FEVER, YELLOW PERIL AND THE YELLOW RANGER: ASIAN AMERICANS IN GEEK CULTURE & HISTORY (ROOM 6)
From otaku fan culture to the myth of the "model minority," there's a rising interest, enthusiasm, and host of assumptions around Asian Americans in geek culture today. But how have Asian Americans been represented in popular culture and what effect does this have on creators and fans? How does one's ethnic identity affect the art we create and the way we consume it? Join Dawn Xiana Moon (producer/director, Raks Geek, web developer, singer-song writer), Michi Trota (managing editor, Uncanny Magazine, Chicago Nerd Social Club board member), Wesley and Brad Sun from Sun Bros Studios (comic book creators, Chinatown, Monkey Fist), and Kat Tanaka Okopnik (geek culture and social justice writer), for an interactive discussion and Q&A of Asian Americans in geek culture and history! Sponsored by the Chicago Nerd Social Club.

2:00 – 2:45PM SUPERFIGHT LIVE! (ROOM 1)
The ultimate game of imaginary fights! Many times compared to Cards Against Humanity or Apples to Apples, Superfight! is a very simple, awesome game that makes you argue with friends. Come meet the creator, Darin Ross, and participate in a live fight! You can finally argue who would win in a fight between Mr. Rogers (who is made of sand and armed with a rotating machine gun turret) vs. Stephen Hawking (who is armed with a kitten cannon and 3 stories tall.) Superfight, a game of absurd arguments!

2:00 – 2:45PM CELEBRATING THE FIRST COMIC BOOK: “NEW FUN” COMICS 80TH ANNIVERSARY! WITH MAGGIE THOMPSON, RON MASSENGILL, LARRY CHARET AND GEORGE HAGENAUER & JIM BROZMAN. (PLUS: LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE AND L’IL ABNER’S 80TH BIRTHDAYS, TOO!) (ROOM 2)
Eighty years ago, in 1934, Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, through his company National Allied Publications (later to become DC Comics) released the first regular, ongoing comic book composed of new material, New Fun Comics! Celebrating this milestone—as well as the 80th anniversaries of the debuts of classic comic strips Little Orphan Annie and L’il Abner—are Maggie Thompson (The Comics Buyers Guide; Maggie’s World), Ron Massengill (comics historian and pioneering Chicago comics retailer), Larry Charet (owner of Larry’s Comics and co-founder of the Chicago Comic Con), George Hagenauer (Men’s Adventure Magazines in Postwar America; many items form his collection are on display at the 2014 Kenosha Festival of Cartooning) and Jim Brozman (Dick Tracy; Green Hornet). Danny Fingeroth (The Rough Guide to Graphic Novels) moderates.

2:00 – 4:00PM LOVE IN THE AIR @ CHICAGO COMIC CON – SPEED DATING STYLE (ROOM 7)
Ladies and Gentlemen! Are you single and tired of looking for love in Alderraan places? Are you ready to let your geek flag fly? Then it is time to try Sci-Fi Speed Dating! Sci-Fi Speed Dating returns by popular demand! You asked for it, we got it! The fantastic crew from Sci-Fi Speed Dating will host 4 sessions this weekend! If you are single and over 18 head over to the Speed Dating room to sign up for a session! Sci-Fi Speed Dating is Fun, Safe, and it works! They are now responsible for 5 marriages, 19 engagements, 2 babies, and over 100 couples dating seriously. (Questions? Please e-mail inquiries@scifispeeddating.com).

2:00 - 2:45PM BRUCE CAMPBELL’S HORROR FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS: A CONVERSATION WITH JOHN CARPENTER (ROOM 4 at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont IL)
The Master of Horror reveals all of his secrets.. well, maybe not all of them!

2:00 – 2:45PM LOOKING FOR EVIDENCE WITH DAVID BOREANAZ (ROOM 24)
While relatively new to acting when he landed a guest-starring role on the series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Boreanaz vaulted to stardom as the mysterious and tortured character ‘Angel’ on the series. He continued the role in his own series, Angel from 1999 – 2004. With leading man and charismatic charm that translates on the big screen, TV and stage, David Boreanaz is a force to be reckoned with. Boreanaz has continued to earn rave reviews as ‘Special Agent Seeley Booth,’ opposite Emily Deschanel, in Fox’s crime/drama hit “Bones”. Now he joins his fans at Wizard World for a rare Q&A! Come for a rare opportunity to hear about David's incredible career firsthand!

2:30 – 3:15PM WHAT YOU NEED TO THINK ABOUT BEFORE YOU START WRITING (ROOM 6)
Join the Eisner Ward Hall of Famer, Marv Wolfman, writer for The New Teen Titans, Crisis On Infinite Earths, Superman, Amazing Spider-Man & many others, as he reveals the preparation all aspiring writers should take before “putting pen to paper.”

3:00 – 3:45PM GAME OF THRONES FAN PANEL (ROOM 1)
Join Liz, Co-Creator of TeamTSD (Team TV Supernatural Dramas) and writer for Entertainment Weekly's EW Community, to talk about the latest in the land of Westeros. You'll have a chance to win some awesome GoT swag and prizes, and there will also be an opportunity for an ultimate grand prize - something you won't want to miss! PS - Dragons allowed.

3:00 – 3:45PM THE ULTIMATE PITCH: THE STEP-BY-STEP PROCESS OF TURNING YOUR COMIC INTO A GLOBAL PROPERTY (ROOM 2)
In today's pop culture landscape, creators are faced with the potential (and challenge) of turning their characters and series into cross-platform properties. From games to toys and television to film, the opportunities for global success have never been greater. The potential pitfalls, however, have never been more challenging. Moderator Sohaib Awan (creator of IDW Publishing's Jinnrise) will explain the step-by-step process each creator must take to protect his or her intellectual properties. What do creators need to do from beginning to end? How long does the process from comic to TV/film take? What are the greatest obstacles to success?

3:00 – 3:45PM SCORPION: PILOT SCREENING (ROOM 4)
SCORPION, inspired by a true story, is a high-octane drama about eccentric genius Walter O’Brien and his team of brilliant misfits who comprise the last line of defense against complex, high-tech threats of the modern age. As Homeland Security’s new think tank, O’Brien’s “Scorpion” team includes Toby Curtis, an expert behaviorist who can read anyone; Happy Quinn, a mechanical prodigy; and Sylvester Dodd, a statistics guru. Pooling their extensive technological knowledge to solve mind-boggling predicaments amazes federal agent Cabe Gallo, who shares a harrowing history with O’Brien. However, while this socially awkward group is comfortable with each other’s humor and quirks, life outside their circle confounds them, so they rely on Paige Dineen, who has a young, gifted son, to translate the world for them. At last, these nerdy masterminds have found the perfect job: a place where they can apply their exceptional brainpower to solve the nation’s crises, while also helping each other learn how to fit in.

Join us for a special screening of the pilot.

3:00 - 3:45PM BRUCE CAMPBELL’S HORROR FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS: THE MANY TALENTS OF JON SCHNEPP (ROOM 14 at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont IL)
(Metalocalypse, Dethklok, The ABC’s of Death, The Death of “Superman Lives”: What Happened?)
Death Metal is the horror genre of the music industry and Adult Swim’s Metalocalypse may just be its greatest tribute ever. Join us as we chat with one of the masterminds behind that show (and so much more), as well as his discuss his upcoming feature: The Death of “Superman Lives.”

3:00 – 3:45PM JOEL HOGDSON MEET AND GREET - PAID EVENT (ROOM 8)
Must purchase separate ticket for this event.

3:00 – 3:45PM ON THE ENTERPRISE WITH THE NEXT GENERATION’S LEVAR BURTON & BRENT SPINER (ROOM 24)
Relive all of your favorite Star Trek: The Next Generation memories through the eyes of the Enterprise’s Chief Engineer and Lieutenant Commander: LeVar Burton and Brent Spiner. As Geordi La Forge and Data, these two have helped inspire Pop Culture as we know it today and have the stories to prove it! Ask these Starfleet officers your best, toughest questions during this sure-to-be-entertaining sit-down interview.

3:30 – 4:15PM ONE-ON-ONE WITH POWER RANGER: JASON DAVID FRANK (ROOM 6)
Come see the original Green Power Ranger, Jason David Frank live on the Wizard World stage. Don’t miss your chance to ask your questions in this special audience Q&A session and learn more about his reality TV show My Morphin Life.

4:00 – 4:45PM MARKETING AGENCY SECRETS FOR CROWDFUNDED INDIE PROJECTS (ROOM 1)
Crowdfunding? Your odds are between 10-44% of hitting your goal, depending on your choice of platform, the nature of your project and the amount of time, money and effort you are willing to expend. Crowdfunding is a hard road full of tough choices, many leading to #failure. For creators of graphic novels, films and comic books, the setback of a failed crowdfunding campaign is calculated in wasted time, expense and emotional distress. Marketing experts and authors Steve Lundin (BIGfrontier Communications Group) and Melissa G. Wilson (Networlding) will share a playbook for crowdfunding strategies through the application of Advertising Agency campaign marketing techniques. All attendees will receive a Kindle copy of Steve Lundin's new book: The Manipulator: A Private Life in Public Relations.
Attendees will learn how crowdfunding used to be done: Raising money for The Evil Dead (hey, it worked and still can!)
1) Should you crowdfund? Making the initial based on cost, time and expected results.
2) Selecting a platform.
3) How to conceive of the crowfunding project as a campaign.
4) Developing a timeline.
5) Identifying an audience.
6) Conducting preliminary research and putting your infrastructure together.
7) Online tools for your kit including tracking and paid advertising.
8) Launching your campaign.
9) Managing your campaign.
10) Examples of the holy grail: going viral.

4:00 – 4:45PM WORDS CREATE WORLDS – LESSONS FROM A STORYTELLER (WRITER’S WORKSHOP) (ROOM 2)
Have you ever said, "I want to write a book" or what about a song? Is it possible to do both? Aspiring writers will want to take part in this hands-on opportunity to ask questions and learn about what it takes to write a book and be a published author! Join author, songwriter, touring music artist and community activist, James Morris (Sky Bound) as he talks about his journey, experiences, motivation and shares valuable tips and organizational skills to help get you writing and see you through the process. James will also be discussing his music and how novel writing and music writing influence and inspire each other. This workshop is perfect for all ages of writers and aspiring writers age 10 and up.

4:00 – 4:45PM SOLVING THE MYSTERY WITH NICOLE BEHARIE (ROOM 4)
Join the star of Fox’s hit show Sleepy Hollow, Nicole Beharie, for this exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the mystery-adventure drama. Not only will Nicole discuss her role as Lieutenant Mills, she will share stories from her big screen work including critical-hits 42 and Shame!

4:00 - 5:30PM MARVEL PORTFOLIO REVIEW (ROOM 8)
Marvel editors will be conducting portfolio reviews. Here's what you need to know:
• Portfolios will need to be dropped off between the hours of 4:00-6:00PM on Friday and 3:00-5:00PM on Saturday at the Wizard World Information Booth #5000
• Portfolios MUST contain your contact information. This includes your full name, cell phone number, and e-mail address.
• Portfolio reviews will happen Saturday from 4:00-5:30PM and Sunday from 1:00-2:30PM in ROOM 8. If you will not or cannot be present at this time, do not leave your portfolio.
• Do not leave original work with us. Whatever your portfolio contains, make sure you keep the original work. We cannot be responsible for any lost or misplaced work.
• Please respect the Marvel editors time and opinions.
• Focus on your sequentials. While cover artwork is important, most new artists are hired to do interiors.
• Review sessions are limited to artists only.
• Not all submissions will be chosen for review.
• PORTFOLIO REVIEW SCHEDULE WILL BE POSTED AT 11AM ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY AT THE WIZARD WORLD INFORMATION BOOTH #5000

4:00PM BRUCE CAMPBELL’S HORROR FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS: EXTRATERRESTRIAL Chicago Premiere (ROOM 14 at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont IL)
(Director: The Vicious Brothers, Writers: The Vicious Brothers) A group of friends on a weekend trip to a cabin in the woods find themselves terrorized by alien visitors, who promptly chase everyone all over the place. So it’s a slasher movie, a suspense thriller, and a pretty gruesome alien abduction tale all at once. Plus it’s got some solid humor and an amazing final shot. From the directors of the found footage horror flick Grave Encounters. Oh, also Michael Ironside pops up! FREE TO WIZARD WORLD ATTENDEES BUT SPACE IS LIMITED. However, to secure your seat now you can purchase a screening ticket here: http://wizardworld.ticketleap.com/awesomefest/

4:00 – 5:00PM JOHN BARROWMAN TAKES OVER (ROOM 24)
If you had to ask “the Most Interesting Man In The World” to name his hero, he wouldn’t hesitate to name John Barrowman as his favorite person. The most charismatic man in show business takes a break from his busy schedule to answer your questions about his roles on Arrow, Torchwood, Zero Dark Thirty, Doctor Who and everything between!

4:30 – 5:15PM GLASS CEILINGS, MISSING STAIRS & GATEKEEPERS: GEEKS STILL DEAL WITH SEXISM (ROOM 6)
We’ve established that yes, women can be geeks, so what gives? Con harassment is still a problem, we still haven't gotten a Wonder Woman or Captain Marvel movie and geeky women continue to face barriers in geek spaces. Join SoosheBot (science writer/communicator), Carlye Frank (comic artist), Laura Koroski (Challenge by Geek), Kate Lansky (SFF fiction writer), Dawn Xiana Moon (producer/director, Raks Geek, senior front end web developer, University of Chicago Booth Booth School of Business, singer-songwriter), Erin Tipton (geek culture speaker), and Michi Trota (managing editor, Uncanny Magazine) and find out why talking about sexism and fighting for geeky gender equality is still needed and what we can do to create more inclusive geek spaces. A Q&A session will follow discussion with the panelists. Panel sponsored in part by the Chicago Nerd Social Club.

5:00 – 5:45PM NO BUDGET FILMMAKING 101 (ROOM 1)
Have a great idea for a movie? Clueless about where to start? Jus Riddick (Hero Story, Only in L.A.) takes you through the no budget filmmaking process from start to finish. He will discuss what crew positions are most important and how to stretch every dollar or even how to get it for free. From pre-production to the day of shooting to post-production, he will cover every aspect of the filmmaking process. Riddick's short, "Hero Story", premiered at Comic Con International 2013 and his feature, "Only in L.A.", was an official finalist at the Barcelona International Film Festival 2013 and will screen at the Costa Rica International Film Festival 2014.

5:00 – 5:45PM SUPERSTAR ARTISTS: LEINIL YU, KEVIN WEST, MIKEY BABINSKI & ADELSO CORONA (ROOM 2) Five top comics artists talk about their careers, their craft, the comics business and whatever else might come up—and may even show you some of their top-secret techniques! Join peerless pencilers Leinil Yu (Wolverine; Fantastic Four) and Kevin West (Guardians of the Galaxy; The Authority) and acclaimed inkers Mikey Babinski (Deadpool; Spider-Man) and Adelso Corona (Deadpool; Blindside) for this eye-popping panel. Danny Fingeroth (How to Create Comics from Script to Print) moderates.

5:00 – 5:45PM UNDER THE HOOD: EXPLORING ARROW WITH KATIE CASSIDY AND MICHAEL JAI WHITE (ROOM 4)
Starling City can feel a little bit safer with Katie Cassidy (Laurel Lance) around to help protect its citizens. Well, that is until Michael Jai White (Bronze Tiger) shows up to wreak havoc! Join two stars of the hit CW show, Arrow, as they discuss the exciting first two seasons of the show, share a detail or two about the upcoming season 3, their roles outside of Arrow & much more!

5:00 – 7:00PM LOVE IN THE AIR @ CHICAGO COMIC CON – SPEED DATING STYLE (ROOM 7)
Ladies and Gentlemen! Are you single and tired of looking for love in Alderraan places? Are you ready to let your geek flag fly? Then it is time to try Sci-Fi Speed Dating! Sci-Fi Speed Dating returns by popular demand! You asked for it, we got it! The fantastic crew from Sci-Fi Speed Dating will host 4 sessions this weekend! If you are single and over 18 head over to the Speed Dating room to sign up for a session! Sci-Fi Speed Dating is Fun, Safe, and it works! They are now responsible for 5 marriages, 19 engagements, 2 babies, and over 100 couples dating seriously. (Questions? Please e-mail inquiries@scifispeeddating.com).

5:15 – 6:00PM MEETING MARVEL’S GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (ROOM 24)
Join the cast of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Dave Bautista (Drax the Destroyer,) and Michael Rooker (Yondu) as they reveal exclusive details from the intergalactic adventure, how it feels to join the ever-popular Marvel Cinematic Universe, the possibility of GOTG growing into a franchise, talking raccoons & so much more!

5:30 – 6:15PM VIDEO GAMES AND OUR FUTURE: WE’RE ALL GAMERS (ROOM 6)
Video game industry pros join forces for this highly-anticipated panel. Don't miss our special guest speakers give their insight on everything ranging from creating futuristic video games to delving into themes that span the most prevalent elements of pop culture. Get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at video game story details, gameplay features, and the influence video games possess in both video game culture and pop culture at large. These high-power panelists will discuss the past of video game culture as it compares to today and how "gamification" is making it possible for everyone to become a gamer.

6:00 – 6:45PM BACK TO THE FUTURE: ADVENTURES IN A DELOREAN TIME MACHINE (ROOM 1)
Join professional time travelers Terry and Oliver Holler as they take you BACK through their incredible journey to find one's Density, then inspire you forward into the FUTURE! Terry and Oliver Holler are theatre veterans who, using inspiration from their favorite movie 'Back to the Future', hand-built their own DeLorean Time Machine. They travel the states (and several other countries!) promoting the official website 'BackToTheFuture.com' and raising awareness and funding for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

6:00 – 6:45PM THE SECRET HISTORY OF COMICS CENSORSHIP WITH WERTHAM EXPERT CAROL TILLEY (ROOM 2)
In 1954, comic books were put on trial by the US Government whose Senate investigation prompted the birth of the Comics Code, a censorship body that shackled the medium for decades. New research by scholar Carol Tilley reveals a secret history behind the trials, including insights into the methods of Dr. Fredric Wertham whose findings weren’t merely faulty, but also fabricated! Go behind the scenes of this fateful moment in comics history with Wertham researcher Carol Tilley (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and learn the untold stories of Fredric Wertham, Estes Kefauver and the kids who tried to fight the tide of anti-comics momentum. Danny Fingeroth (Superman on the Couch: What Superheroes Really Tell Us About Ourselves and Our Society) moderates.

6:00 – 8:00PM FILM:CON PRESENTS SPECIAL GUEST KEVIN CONROY (ROOM 4)
FILM:CON's first featured guest - in honor of the 75th Anniversary of The Batman - is the voice inside the detective's head, Kevin Conroy! Kevin will revisit the very seminal animated feature that started it all, "Batman : Mask of the Phantasm" ... Gotham hasn't been the same since.

Following the screening of "Batman : Mask of the Phantasm" Mr. Conroy will appear in-person to discuss the film and the ascendant arc of Bat Culture, with Modern School of Film's founder, Robert Milazzo.

6:15 – 7:00PM BRUCE CAMPBELL VERSUS THE AUDIENCE (ROOM 24)
Best known for his roles on the big screen in cult classics Army of Darkness and Evil Dead, as well as his role as Same Axe in the hit TV series Burn Notice, Bruce Campbell has proven to be a force to be reckoned with as an actor, director and author. Don’t miss your chance to ask him your most interesting questions as he makes an appearance at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con.

6:30 – 7:00PM CREATING THE CROW WITH JAMES O’BARR (ROOM 6)
Created when the author when was facing tough times, The Crow has grown into a vital part of both comic book & movie history. Join James O’Barr as he revisits the circumstances that lead to the iconic character’s creation, provides his thoughts the upcoming big screen reboot, explains the process behind his long-time work on Sundown & much more.

7:00 – 8:30 SCREENING OF THE CROW (ROOM 6)
Immediately following the James O’Barr Q&A, join Wizard World for a celebration of O’Barr’s greatest creation in his 1994 big screen debut, The Crow, shown unedited and uninterrupted.

7:15 – 9:15PM WIZARD WORLD COSTUME CONTEST (ROOM 24)
Hosted by our very own superhero Eric “The Smoke”Moran, the Wizard World Chicago Comic Con adult 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! With special guest judges including the Green Power Ranger, Jason David Frank and professional cosplayer Sentai Superchick. Anyone interested in participating can sign-up at the Information booth on Saturday.

8:00PM BRUCE CAMPBELL’S HORROR FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS: THE EVIL DEAD MARATHON! Chicago Premiere (The Dome at the Ballpark, 34 Jennie Finch Way, Des Plaines, IL 60018)
The Evil Dead (1981), Evil Dead 2 (1987), and Army of Darkness (1992)
You’ve almost definitely seen the Evil Dead movies before, but we guarantee you’ve never seen them like this! Join us under The Dome at Rosemont Ballpark as we screen the original entire Evil Dead trilogy on a giant 30 foot movie screen. Special surprises, and guests TBA. This marathon is completely FREE for all to attend! No badges or Wizard World ticket necessary.

Make sure to bring your own towels to sit on, as chairs are not allowed on the grass.

11:30PM BRUCE CAMPBELL’S HORROR FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS: DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS. DEAD (Muvico Rosemont, 9701 Bryn Mawr Ave, Rosemont, IL 60018)
(Director: Tommy Wirkola, Writers: Stig Frode Henriksen, Vegar Hoel, Tommy Wirkola)
If the worst day of your life consisted of accidentally killing your girlfriend with an axe, chain-sawing your own arm off, and watching in horror as your closest friends were devoured by a zombified Nazi battalion, you'd have to assume that things couldn't get much worse. In Martin's case, that was only the beginning. From the director of Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters and (of course) Dead Snow.FREE TO WIZARD WORLD ATTENDEES BUT SPACE IS LIMITED. However, to secure your seat now you can purchase a screening ticket here: http://wizardworld.ticketleap.com/awesomefest/

8:30 – 12:00AM WIZARD WORLD AFTER PARTY
Do you like to dance? Do you like music? Just because the show floor is closed doesn’t mean the party skips a beat. Freshen up, change your digs and head on over to the Official Wizard World Chicago Comic Con After Party at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare. DJ delaChapelle keeps you moving all night long! 9300 Bryn Mawr, Rosemont, IL 60018. Free with Wizard World wristband. 21+

SUNDAY, AUGUST 24
10:00 – 11:15AM MEET THE DOCTOR: MATT SMITH & KAREN GILLAN – PAID EVENT (Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N River Rd, Des Plaines, IL 60018)
Must purchase separate ticket to this event.

10:30 – 11:15AM MEET AND GREET WITH JASON DAVID FRANK - PAID EVENT (ROOM 8)
Must purchase separate ticket to this event.

11:00 – 1:00PM LOVE IN THE AIR @ CHICAGO COMIC CON – SPEED DATING STYLE (ROOM 7)
Ladies and Gentlemen! Are you single and tired of looking for love in Alderraan places? Are you ready to let your geek flag fly? Then it is time to try Sci-Fi Speed Dating! Sci-Fi Speed Dating returns by popular demand! You asked for it, we got it! The fantastic crew from Sci-Fi Speed Dating will host 4 sessions this weekend! If you are single and over 18 head over to the Speed Dating room to sign up for a session! Sci-Fi Speed Dating is Fun, Safe, and it works! They are now responsible for 5 marriages, 19 engagements, 2 babies, and over 100 couples dating seriously. (Questions? Please e-mail inquiries@scifispeeddating.com).

11:00 – 12:30PM THE WIZARD WORLD FILM FESTIVAL (ROOM 14)
Calling all independent filmmakers and fans of independent film: Wizard World is proud to present the Wizard World Film Festival! Here, filmmakers from all around the world will compete for fame, glory and great prizes, such as priceless VIP Experiences, exclusive autographs and photo ops with celebrities. The latest and greatest in independent film will be screened all weekend, with a red carpet awards ceremony to be held at the conclusion of the festival. For more details on how to submit to a future Wizard World Film Festival (to be held at every Comic Con,) interested filmmakers should visit wizardworldfilmfestival.com.

11:30 – 12:15PM JENN BLAKE: THE MY LITTLE PONY ARTIST EVERY PONY SHOULD KNOW (ROOM 1)
What you’ve always wanted to know about being a MLP fan and artist, but were afraid to ask! Jenn Blake will be discussing a little bit about herself, her desire to get into comics and how she became involved with My little Pony and IDW Limited!

11:30 – 12:15PM FIGURATIVELY SPEAKING ACTION FIGURE PANEL (ROOM 2)
What kind of collector are you? Feeling the need to vent your frustration at Mattel's lack of a DC-themed line or the current state of Marvel Legends? Need help deciding which Funko POP figure to buy? Join Ballz from Wrestlingaudio.com to discuss the latest action figure news and rumors.

11:30 – 12:15PM BUILDING YOUR CREATIVE PLATFORM: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SELF PROMOTION (ROOM 6)
As an artist, writer, producer, designer, actor, musician or creator, self-promotion is an important part of building a career. However, if poorly executed, self-promotion can do more harm than good. How is the conventional wisdom wrong? What are the more advisable but underrated neglected approaches? Hear our special guest speakers discuss this pivotal topic. Find out what promotional techniques they use, have seen, or have adopted, and their personal experiences building a business, an online presence, and best practices to utilize in every entertainment industry.

11:30 – 12:15PM ONE-ON-ONE WITH STAN LEE (ROOM 24)
There is only one Stan “The Man” Lee. Co-creator of the X-Men, the Avengers, Spider-Man, Agents of SHIELD, Iron Man, and countless other characters, Lee—at age 91!—is still going strong with his Pow! Entertainment company and projects such as Stan Lee’s Mighty 7! Danny Fingeroth, longtime Stan-colleague—and co-editor (with Roy Thomas) of The Stan Lee Universe—interviews Stan about his incredible career—and then makes sure there’s plenty of time for questions from the audience!

12:00 – 12:45PM HOW TO SURVIVE A KILLER TV SHOW (ROOM 4)
They survived the zombie apocalypse, now learn about the newest projects keeping Sarah Wayne Callies & Scott Wilson busy! Sarah will share stories about her roles as “Lori Grimes” and “Dr. Sara Tancredi” from Fox’s Prison Break. While Scott will reflect on his time as “Hershel Greene” as well as his other 50+ movie & TV credits! Join the (former) stars of cable’s #1 drama as they relive their adventures escaping the walkers and dealing with Rick!

12:30 – 1:15PM UNCONVENTIONAL (ROOM 1)
One-part fanboy rant, one-part DIY guidebook -- all in good fun! UnConventional is a multimedia platform, sharing creator, Victor Dandridge's WILD ideas about comics (makin' 'em, sellin' them and more). If you're interested in joining the comics industry as a fan, creator or OTHER, don't miss this panel, sure to inspire the UnConventional ideas in YOU!

12:30 – 1:15PM FROM CAP’S SHIELD TO AGENTS OF SHIELD (AND GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY!): MARVEL COMICS AT 75 WITH DANNY FINGEROTH AND MAGGIE THOMPSON (ROOM 2)
In 1939, Marvel Comics #1 debuted, unleashing The Sub-Mariner and The Human Torch on the world, and launching what would come to be known as the Marvel Universe. Danny Fingeroth (Spider-Man; The Stan Lee Universe; longtime Marvel writer/editor, researcher on Taschen’s upcoming 75 Years of Marvel: From the Golden Age to the Silver Screen) and Maggie Thompson (The Comics Buyers Guide; Maggie’s World) present an illustrated tour through the more than seven decades of the phenomenon that is Marvel.

12:30 – 1:15PM MINECRAFT: A NOVEL EXPERIENCE (ROOM 6)
Awarding winning teenage author, Jason Hewitt, and his best friend, Mark Ervin, explore Minecraft from the inside out. In their presentation you will learn what brought about the ideas in the Minecraft adventure, “Depleting Ore” and how the story was influenced by the game. Along with questions and answers, these young men will guide you through their server and help you explore the game of Minecraft, even further. Visit Hewitt Authors in Artist's Row, during the convention, and enter a chance for a new character to be named after you in the 2015 Minecraft sequel, “The Outside”.

12:30 – 1:15PM YOGAQUEST PRESENTS STAR TREK: A NARRATED YOGIC ADVENTURE! (ROOM 21)
What happens in the holodeck stays in the holodeck… or does it? Join Captain Picard, Data, and the rest of the crew of the Enterprise-D as they match wits with the evil genius of Moriarty in this narrated yogic adventure! YogaQuest is a unique and hilarious blend of yoga and fan-fiction storytelling, as a narrator and a certified yoga instructor lead the class through a yoga routine designed to improve strength, balance, and flexibility, while making exercise riotously fun! No previous yoga experience, special clothing, or mats necessary. Come as you are!

12:30 – 1:15PM ON THE BATTLEFIELD WITH MARVEL’S FALCON AND WINTER SOLDIER (ROOM 24)
Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson/Falcon) and Sebastian Stan (Bucky/The Winter Soldier) take center stage for their first Wizard World Chicago Comic Con appearance! Get a rare behind the scenes look into this year’s biggest superhero blockbuster as these two share stories and answer your questions!

1:00 – 1:45PM ONE-ON-ONE WITH ELVIRA (ROOM 4)
Get to know the woman behind the Mistress of the Dark, Cassandra Peterson. Better known as Elvira, Cassandra has been entertaining fans of the macabre for over 30 years now through television, cinema, comic books and various forms of merchandising. Hear her favorite stories and maybe hear some new ones during this 45 minute fan Q&A.

1:00 - 2:30PM MARVEL PORTFOLIO REVIEW (ROOM 8)
Marvel editors will be conducting portfolio reviews. Here's what you need to know:
• Portfolios will need to be dropped off between the hours of 4:00-6:00PM on Friday and 3:00-5:00PM on Saturday at the Wizard World Information Booth #5000
• Portfolios MUST contain your contact information. This includes your full name, cell phone number, and e-mail address.
• Portfolio reviews will happen Saturday from 4:00-5:30PM and Sunday from 1:00-2:30PM in ROOM 8. If you will not or cannot be present at this time, do not leave your portfolio.
• Do not leave original work with us. Whatever your portfolio contains, make sure you keep the original work. We cannot be responsible for any lost or misplaced work.
• Please respect the Marvel editors time and opinions.
• Focus on your sequentials. While cover artwork is important, most new artists are hired to do interiors.
• Review sessions are limited to artists only.
• Not all submissions will be chosen for review.
PORTFOLIO REVIEW SCHEDULE WILL BE POSTED AT 11AM ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY AT THE WIZARD WORLD INFORMATION BOOTH #5000

1:00PM BRUCE CAMPBELL’S HORROR FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS: KILLERS Chicago Premiere (ROOM 14 at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont IL)
(Directors: The Mo Brothers, Writers: Takuji Ushiyama, Timo Tjahjanto)
A dark look into the minds of two men with nothing in common: Nomura, a self-obsessed serial killer residing in Tokyo and Bayu, a failing journalist who lives in Jakarta. Connected through a series violent incidents, both men inexplicably start to feed off each other. (Not literally). Co-directors “The Mo Brothers” (Macabre, V/H/S/2) deliver an epic tale that works as action, suspense, and disturbing horror at the same time. FREE TO WIZARD WORLD ATTENDEES BUT SPACE IS LIMITED. However, to secure your seat now you can purchase a screening ticket here: http://wizardworld.ticketleap.com/awesomefest/

1:30 – 2:15PM CHARACTERS OF COLOR: FROM BLACK PANTHER TO AQUALAD (ROOM 1)
Hosted by the creators of Pocket Con: The comic book convention that celebrates characters of color in the comic book world.

This round table discusses the progression of the Black presence in main stream comics since the 1960s. Throughout the history of comics, the black image may have been jaded in popularity, but there have been many successes. This is an opportunity to analyze what makes a character of color successful throughout the ages despite their race, and how the diversity of these characters solidify their presence within the comic book universe.

1:30 – 2:15PM HOW TO WRITE COMICS WITH MARV WOLFMAN, DAN MISHKIN, AND DANNY FINGEROTH (ROOM 2)
Accomplished comics writers Marv Wolfman (Teen Titans; Blade), Dan Mishkin (Amethyst; Blue Devil), and Danny Fingeroth (How to Create Comics From Script to Print) show and tell you how to write comics and graphic novels, going from initial idea to outline to script to finished story. Plus, the panelists will answer your questions about both the creative and business sides of the comics writing profession, including how to find an artist to work with (hint: a comics convention is the number one place!) and how to write exciting dialogue!.

1:30 – 2:15PM THE CINEMA SNOB ON CINEMA (ROOM 6)
Join Brad Jones and Jake Norvell for The Cinema Snob Q&A session. TheCinemaSnob.com features reviews of current movies, plus comedic riffs on exploitation films and original full length movies and web series.

1:30 – 1:45PM TO BE ANNOUNCED (WIFE OF JASON DAVID FRANK) DEMONSTRATIONS (ROOM 21)

1:30 – 2:15PM INSIDE X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST WITH EVAN PETERS, SHAWN ASHMORE AND BOOBOO STEWART (ROOM 24)
Born with special abilities, mutants have fought for decades to be accepted by humankind. Their latest battle has taken place on the big screen in the smash hit X-Men: Days of Future Past! Join three of X-Men: scene-stealing Quicksilver, Evan Peters (American Horror Story; Kick Ass,) Iceman, Shawn Ashmore (X-Men franchise, Frozen) and Booboo Stewart (The Twilight Saga) as they talk the summer’s biggest blockbuster, working with incredible stars like Patrick Stewart & James McAvoy, if they do their own stunts, their future projects & anything else YOU want to ask them!

1:45 – 2:15PM THE GREEN POWER RANGER HALF-HOUR OF POWER (ROOM 21)
Attention children of all-ages, their parents and anyone else that loves karate. Come KICK IT with Jason David Frank in this special ˝ hour long karate class.

2:00 – 2:45PM MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER W/ JOEL HODGSON (ROOM 4)
"In the not-too-distant future, next Sunday A.D., there was a guy named Joel, not too different from you or me." Wizard World is proud to present Joel Hodgson, the creator and first host of the beloved Mystery Science Theater 3000! Bring your questions for the man behind the bots and hear behind-the-scenes stories from The Satellite of Love! We've got Movie Sign!

2:00 – 4:00PM LOVE IN THE AIR @ CHICAGO COMIC CON – SPEED DATING STYLE (ROOM 7)
Ladies and Gentlemen! Are you single and tired of looking for love in Alderraan places? Are you ready to let your geek flag fly? Then it is time to try Sci-Fi Speed Dating! Sci-Fi Speed Dating returns by popular demand! You asked for it, we got it! The fantastic crew from Sci-Fi Speed Dating will host 4 sessions this weekend! If you are single and over 18 head over to the Speed Dating room to sign up for a session! Sci-Fi Speed Dating is Fun, Safe, and it works! They are now responsible for 5 marriages, 19 engagements, 2 babies, and over 100 couples dating seriously. (Questions? Please e-mail inquiries@scifispeeddating.com).

2:30 – 3:15PM THE MORALITY OF THE JEDI (ROOM 1)

2:30 – 3:15PM HOW TO COLOR COMICS WITH FANTASTIC FOUR’S LINDA LESSMANN REINHOLD AND THE LIFE AFTER'S GABRIEL BAUTISTA (ROOM 2)
With literally millions of colors in their digital palettes, comics colorists have a more challenging job than ever, with the responsibility of adding mood to the stories they work on, while keeping the narrative clear and compelling. Ace color artists Linda Lessmann Reinhold (Spider-Man; Fantastic Four) and Gabriel Bautista (aka GABO; The Life After; All-Star Western) discusses their careers and their craft. Includes DEMONSTRATIONS OF HOW COMICS ARE COLORED! Moderated by Danny Fingeroth (How to Create Comics From Script to Print).

2:30 – 3:15PM WIZARD WORLD KID’S COSTUME CONTEST (ROOM 6)
Calling all kids ages 10 and under to come out and strut your stuff at the Wizard World Chicago Comic Con Kids Costume Contest! You won’t want to miss this Kodak moment packed with a whole lot of fun, laughs and prizes for all participants!

2:30 – 3:00 LEONARD NIMOY SKYPE PANEL (ROOM 24)
One of the most influential men in science fiction and television history will beam into Chicago Comic Con via Skype for this rare Q&A. Leonard Nimoy will reflect on his career, his influence as the pointy-eared Vulcan, the importance of Star Trek to pop culture entertainment & anything else on this legendary actor’s mind! As Spock would say, “Live long and prosper.”

3:30 - 4:15PM BRUCE CAMPBELL’S HORROR FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS: A CRITICAL DEFENSE OF B-MOVIES (ROOM 14 at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont IL)
Panel discussion and Q&A with film critics Steve “Capone” Prokopy (Ain’t It Cool News), Erik “The Movieman” Childress (Chicago Film Critics Association), & Scott Weinberg (FEARnet, The Horror Show). Special guest filmmakers will also be joining the panel!

4:30PM BRUCE CAMPBELL’S HORROR FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS: ASMODEXIA North American Premiere (ROOM 14 at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont IL)
(Director: Marc Carrete, Writers: Marc Carrete, Mike Hostench)
Written by Mike Hostench (Deputy Director of Sitges Film Festival), Asmodexia documents five days in the lives of an exorcist and his granddaughter working in the Barcelona area. If you think you’ve seen every exorcism angle imaginable, prepare to be surprised. And a little grossed out. FREE TO WIZARD WORLD ATTENDEES BUT SPACE IS LIMITED. However, to secure your seat now you can purchase a screening ticket here: http://wizardworld.ticketleap.com/awesomefest/

5:00 – 6:45PM STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION REUNION EVENT (Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N River Rd, Des Plaines, IL 60018) – PAID EVENT
Hosted by Captain Kirk, William Shatner! Must purchase separate ticket for this event.

7:30PM BRUCE CAMPBELL’S HORROR FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS: SAVAGED (Muvico Rosemont, 9701 Bryn Mawr Ave, Rosemont, IL 60018)
(Director: Michael S. Ojeda, Writer: Michael S. Ojeda)
A deaf girl is brutalized by a murderous gang who are then hunted by her when the bloodthirsty spirit of an Apache warrior inhabits her lifeless body. Local Chicago filmmaker, Michael S. Ojeda, brings home his fantastically brutal supernatural shocker, a cross between THE CROW & I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE. Definitely not for the squeamish (and that's a major compliment)! FREE TO WIZARD WORLD ATTENDEES BUT SPACE IS LIMITED. However, to secure your seat now you can purchase a screening ticket here: http://wizardworld.ticketleap.com/awesomefest/

*Listed programming subject to change. Please check the wizardworld.com for the most up-to-date Programming information.

*Seating for panels is strictly limited and available on a first-served basis. Only V.I.P. ticket holders are guaranteed seats for designated panels. Panel rooms are not cleared after each session.
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