|Broward Convention Center|
1950 Eisenhower Blvd
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316
Friday 3pm - 8pm
Saturday 10am - 7pm
Sunday 11am - 5pm
PROGRAMMING ROOM LOCATIONS
SHOW STAGE – CELEBRITY & GENERAL PROGRAMMING
ROOM 113 – CELEBRITY & GENERAL PROGRAMMING
ROOM 123 – MEET & GREETS
Programming is FREE with your Wizard World wristband unless otherwise noted. Seating for panels is strictly limited and available on a first-come first-served basis. Only V.I.P. ticket holders are guaranteed seats for designated panels. Panel rooms are not cleared after each session.
FRIDAY, OCT. 2ND
4:00PM - 4:45PM A JOURNEY FROM NOVEL TO SCREENPLAY TO MAJOR MOTION PICTURE (ROOM 113)
Follow along with Keith Rommel as he takes you from novel to screenplay to major motion picture! You will be able to compare script to the movie actors behaviors and verbiage as you will be shown a short clip of the movie to follow along to! Keith will lead you through a discussion about what you saw and how it was converted from novel to screenplay and will touch on some of the basics of the writing and movie business.
4:30PM - 5:15PM VIP’S OF SELF-PUBLISHING (SHOW STAGE)
Self-publishing creator, Victor Dandridge, heads a forum-style discussion on the practices of self-publishing comic books. Guided with his own years of experience as both a comic book fan and creator, Victor aims to lead this discussion, interacting with the attending audience, to share ideas for comic book production, marketing and distribution.
5:00PM- 5:45PM THE SYNERGY OF VIDEO GAMES, FILM AND BOOKS (ROOM 113)
Transmedia is influencing entertainment at large intertwining video games, film, and the literary industry. Today, you'd be hard pressed to find a video game without cinematics and filmic cutscenes, not to mention how many countless films are based on novels. How will this synergy impact these industries in the future? Join Genese Davis (The Holder's Dominion; MMORPG.com), Matt Liff (Clockwork Elements), Cameron Bolinger (TBA Games), and Jake Mackessy (Mercenary Art Studio) as they divulge their perspectives and discuss these colliding genres.
5:30PM - 6:15PM FINANCIAL TIPS FOR COMIC CREATORS AND FANS (SHOW STAGE)
James Haick, the writer/creator of the ongoing comic series SOLAR FLARE, also runs his own financial service practice in Bonita Springs Florida. In this panel, James plans on discussing some basic financial and investing concepts designed specifically for people in the comics industry. He plans on going over types or IRA's, what a mutual fund is, along with some self publishing advice. A free 1st printing copy of James' comic, Solar Flare #1, will be given to the first 25 attendees.
6:00PM - 6:45PM BELOVED VILLAINS: THE MAGIC BEHIND CRUELLA DE VIL, THE JOKER AND MORE! (ROOM 113)
A great villain can leave the most lasting impression and memories! Sometimes even more so than a great hero. Why is that? Hear from Genese Davis (The Holder's Dominion), David Rico (Dead Man Walking), Russell Lissau (The Batman Strikes; Old Wounds) and Anthony Bowling (Samurai 7; The Devil is a Part Timer) as they dive into what makes villains memorable, what type of villains should be invented next, and how to transform just an average evil character into an epic evil villain!
6:30PM - 7:15PM THE WALKING DEAD PSYCHOLOGY: PSYCH OF THE LIVING DEAD (SHOW STAGE)
Why do some people seem to welcome the idea of a zombie apocalypse? Why does it bring out heroism in some people but evil in others?? How would people really react when dead friends, relatives, and millions of strangers rise to bite the living? Is there room for hope in the world of The Walking Dead? Find out as Dr. Travis Langley (The Walking Dead Psychology; Batman and Psychology) looks at what it takes to stay human when humans have lost the world.
7:00PM - 7:45PM CON RADIO PRESENTS: ALL THINGS PRO WRESTLING WITH WRESTLINGAUDIO.COM (ROOM 113)
Win autographed goodies from your favorite WWE superstars or divas and talk all things "sports entertainment"! Join WrestlingAudio’s lead hosts, Mo Lightning and Ballz, for an interactive discussion of WWE, the future of NXT, Impact (TNA) Wrestling, the good ol’ days of ECW, Lucha Underground, Ring of Honor.. Nothing is off-limits in this rowdy pro-wrestling discussion! Follow @wrestlingaudio for even more wrestling action.
8:00PM - 8:30PM INSIDE THE RING WITH WWE® DIVA NATALYA™ (ROOM 113)
Moderated by Mo Lightning. (“Wrestlingaudio Presents” on CON Radio)
SATURDAY, OCT. 3RD
11:00AM - 11:45AM FROM THUMBS TO PRINT: CREATING YOUR OWN COMIC BOOK WITH KOOLASHECK (ROOM 113)
Join independent comic creator KoolAsHeck, one of the founding members of the Twin Cities Comic Collective, as he gives you tips and hints on how to create your own professional comic book. As a writer, penciller, inker, colorist, and letterer, Kool handles every job on his comic series, Evenfall. From the original thumbnails to the final printed version, Kool provides guidance, wisdom, and the lessons he has learned along the way as an up-and-coming talent in comics. As a bonus, each panel attendee will receive a limited edition art print!
11:30PM - 12:15PM THE MONSTER PANEL (SHOW STAGE)
The Monster Panel focuses on the story behind the successful products because everything that is good has to have a good story. The panelists are made up of writers, illustrators, filmmakers, cosplayers, musical artists, actors, bloggers and industry insiders. With topics that range from: Why we love the apocalypse to what makes a good superhero. Other topics include ghosts, our love for zombies, why more people watch sci-fi in film than read it in books, when is hip hop going to move from sci-fi music videos to full out films address gender and the racial imbalances in Sci-fi and why there are so few black and latino people in comic books and sci-fi.
12:00PM - 12:45PM SEX, LOVE, AND SUPERHEROES (ROOM 113)
Would a superhero’s love life be like that of a real world soldier, firefighter, undercover detective, or rock star? Frankly, who wants to date a superhero? They show up late for dates, they run out on you at random times just to go save the world, and they bring danger into your life simply by knowing you. Dr. Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight, Captain America vs. Iron Man) explores superheroes’ relationships, the human and superhuman nature of sex and love in capes and tights.
12:00PM - 12:45PM STORYTELLING WITH MICHAEL GOLDEN (ROOM 123)
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.
12:30PM - 1:00PM LIVING BY HIS OWN RULES: CHRISTIAN KANE (SHOW STAGE)
A television career that include The Librarians, Leverage, and Angel, with movie credits that include Just Married and Life or Something Like It, and a music career that is only getting better, it’s no wonder Christian Kane has a dedicated following like no other! Join other “Kaniacs” and meet a true rock star of all forms of entertainment.
1:00PM - 1:45PM THE ART OF SATURDAY MORNING CARTOON PRODUCTION WITH ANIMATOR/DIRECTOR TOM COOK (ROOM 113)
Wizard World is proud to present world-renowned animator Tom Cook (Tarzan; Flash Gordon; He-Man and the Masters of the Universe; She-Ra Princess of Power). 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!
1:15PM - 1:30PM ONE ON ONE WITH DENNIS RODMAN (SHOW STAGE)
Here is your chance for a courtside experience with five times NBA champion, Dennis Rodman, please join us on the show stage for this unique Q&A opportunity!
1:45PM - 2:15PM OUT OF THE SHIRE WITH SEAN ASTIN (SHOW STAGE)
Back in 2001, moviegoers became familiar with names such as Frodo, Sauron, Gollum, Mordor and many others thanks to the release of Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Join one of the movies’ stars, Sean Astin, as he discusses his time as Samwise Gamgee as well as the rest of his impressive list of credits that include The Goonies, Rudy and the latest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon.
2:30PM - 3:00PM INSIDE THE RING WITH WWE® HALL OF FAMER RICKY “THE DRAGON” STEAMBOAT™ (ROOM 113)
Moderated by Mo Lightning. (“Wrestlingaudio Presents” on CON Radio)
2:30PM - 3:00PM OUT FOR A BITE WITH JAMES MARSTERS (SHOW STAGE)
Best known for his role as Spike, the platinum blonde vampire on hit shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, James Marsters speaks on everything from his evolution from acting to music, and the projects he plans to conquer in the future. Join James in this special Q&A where he pulls the curtain back on his long and diverse career!
3:15PM - 3:45PM CONtv PRESENTS: GREEN POWER RANGER JASON DAVID FRANK (SHOW STAGE)
Meet the original Green Power Ranger Jason David Frank in this exciting Wizard World panel. Don’t miss your chance to ask questions in this special audience Q&A session with JDF, and learn more about his action-packed new show, premiering exclusively on CONtv!
3:30PM - 4:15PM WHAT’S EVERYBODY LOOKING AT?! (ROOM 113)
J.J. Sedelmaier screens for the first time EVER - episodes 1- 12 of he and Robert Smigel's "The Ambiguously Gay Duo" back to back ! Ace and Gary have entertained audiences for 2 decades but this is the first time for such an extensive (and hilarious) screening festival!
4:00PM - 4:30PM BOLDLY GOING WITH WILLIAM SHATNER (SHOW STAGE)
With a career spanning over five decades and an extensive résumé that includes starring roles in shows such as Star Trek and Boston Legal, Emmy-award winner William Shatner takes the stage to dish on the roles that have made him a household name and one of the most renowned men in television history.
4:30PM - 5:00PM CHRISTIAN KANE ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE (ROOM 123)
Calling all “Kaniacs” VIPs! Here is your opportunity to be part of an exclusive acoustic performance in an intimate setting with the true rock star of all forms of entertainment! Christian Kane VIP Only Event.
4:30PM- 5:15PM PAVING THE WAY (THE INDIE-WAY) IN VIDEO GAMES (ROOM 113)
Find out what it takes to create video games while pioneering new ideas in game design, game production, game leadership and more! Power-house game developers such as Drew Clark (Reactor Interactive), Loris Malek (Moon Spider Studio), David Rico (Dead Man Walking) and Ricardo Aguilo (Depth First Games) join together in this one-of-a-kind panel to share why they chose this heartwarming and rewarding path in video games and all the ways you can get involved in your local gaming community, too! Moderated by video game author, Genese Davis.
5:30PM- 6:15PM A CAREER IN VIDEO GAMES: IS IT ALL IT’S CRACKED UP TO BE? (ROOM 113)
As one of the fastest evolving industries we've seen to date, find out what to expect when seeking a career in gaming, and get exclusive tips and tricks for landing the job you're most passionate about. Hear from Genese Davis (The Holder's Dominion; MMORPG.com), Matt Liff (Clockwork Elements), Adam Meyer (Steamroller Studios), Alex Murphy (GameSim) and Ryan Buhr (Reactor Interactive) as they discuss the opportunities as well as the challenges. You won't want to miss this outstanding panel.
5:30 – 6:15PM JASON DAVID FRANK MEET AND GREET- PAID EVENT (ROOM 123)
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.
5:30 – 6:30PM WIZARD WORLD COSTUME CONTEST (SHOW STAGE)
Hosted by our very own superheroes Mo Lightning and Victor Dandridge, the Wizard World Comic Con 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! Anyone interested in participating can sign-up at the Wizard World Information booth inside the exhibition floor on Saturday! No cosplay? no problem, come watch and help us choose the winner! We’ll see you there!
6:30PM - 7:15PM THE BATMAN LEGACY: THE TRIUMPH OF BILL FINGER (ROOM 113)
DC and Warner have recently announced that Batman's uncredited co-creator Bill Finger will receive credit in future film and television projects. In recognition and celebration, Dr. Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight) gathers together a team ready to discuss the impact and lasting legacy of our favorite Dark Knight: Marc Tyler Nobleman (Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman), Russell Lissau (The Batman Strikes), Jamie Walton (The Wayne Foundation), and the cape creator's own family, Athena Finger and her son Benjamin.
7:00PM - 8:30PM SWORD FIGHTING CLASS WITH ADRIAN PAUL (ROOM 123)
Wizard World and Coolwaters Productions LLC is proud to present actor ADRIAN PAUL performing a live swordsman demo at the Wizard World Comic Con! Adrian is known worldwide as Duncan Macleod, the lead role in the TV series “The Highlander.” On the show Adrian did a lot of his own sword battles and now is your chance to see him do it live! A few lucky people will even get to wield a sword with Adrian as he teaches the crowd about proper sword handling and battle! Must purchase separate ticket for this event.
9:00PM - CLOSE WIZARD WORLD OFFICIAL AFTERPARTY
Just because the show floor is closed doesn’t mean the party skips a beat! Don’t miss the hottest event of the Wizard World weekend! Head on over to the Official Wizard World Comic Con Afterparty at Bamboo Beach Tiki Bar (4040 Galt Ocean Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL)
SUNDAY, OCT 4TH
12:00PM - 12:30PM THE MAN OF STEEL: DEAN CAIN (SHOW STAGE)
Some people are born to be great while others are born to be SUPER! Join Dean Cain as he reflects on his time as the legendary hero in the hit TV series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, how playing the Man of Steel has changed his career, what it meant to him to don the cape, the other projects he’s worked on over the years & much more!
12:30PM - 1:15PM NOW YOU WILL RECEIVE US: THE BOONDOCK SAINTS (ROOM 113)
The bad boys of the blockbuster picture The Boondock Saints, Sean Patrick Flanery and David Della Rocco, will be storming the stage in style at Wizard World. Join one half of the MacManus brothers and Rocco as they share stories and give fans a behind-the-scenes look into this iconic film!
12:45PM - 1:15PM THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE: ADRIAN PAUL (SHOW STAGE)
There can be only one and he is Duncan Macleod of the clan Macleod, Adrian Paul. Through television and film Highlander has been part of Pop Culture for years and here is your chance to ask questions and hear the stories straight from your favorite immortal.
1:30PM – 2:00PM THE GREEN POWER RANGER HALF-HOUR OF POWER (RECOMMENDED AGES 12 AND UP) (ROOM 123)
Attention Green Ranger fans and anyone that loves karate! Come KICK IT with the Green Power Ranger himself, Jason David Frank, in this special ½ hour long karate Q&A! Please come prepared to get into the action! This Q&A is free and open to all attendees and is recommended for ages 12 and up! We'll see you there!
1:30PM- 2:15PM THE CREATIVITY ENGINE: WHERE DOES THE POWER COME FROM? (ROOM 113)
There is often 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, Genese Davis (The Holder's Dominion; MMORPG.com), J.J. Sedelmaier (Artist/Co-Creator/Director), Emilyann Girdner (Author/Writer) and Anthony Bowling (Samurai 7; The Devil is a Part Timer) will describe how to overcome creative obstacles and share their keys to unleashing creativity.
1:45PM – 2:30PM U-CRE-8 COMICS PRESENTS: CHARACTER CRAFTERS (SHOW STAGE)
Are you the next GREAT comic creator?! Take the Raconteur's challenge and design your own character from start to finish! Establish powers, design costume ideas, create an origin story and more with U Cre-8 Comics -- the PERFECT jumpstart to YOUR comic universe!
2:30PM- 3:15PM BE IMPACTFUL: THE FUTURE OF VIDEO GAMES AND TECHNOLOGY (ROOM 113)
What does the future hold for online games, console games, and technology, and how can you influence the video game industry as a whole? Sit in on this exciting panel as Genese Davis (The Holder's Dominion; MMORPG.com), Adam Meyer (Steamroller Studios), Stephen Eckman (GameSim), and Jalil Sadool (Steamroller Studios) divulge what they foresee happening in the video game and technology industries and how many opportunities there are for you to make an impact as well. Don't miss this exciting discussion; you'll be glad you attended!
2:45PM - 3:30PM ARTIST SKETCHING DEMO: GREG HORN (SHOW STAGE)
Come join us on the stage with an opportunity to experience a sketching demo from well known Marvel and DC cover artist, Greg Horn!
3:30PM - 4:15PM THE COMIC BOOK SUPERHERO CARTOONS OF J.J. SEDELMAIER PRODUCTIONS! (ROOM 113)
Join Animation Director J.J. Sedelmaier, for a showcase of his studio's weird and whacky superhero cartoons! See everyone from SNL's Ambiguously Gay Duo to Adult Swim's Captain Linger, all handpicked by J.J. himself!
3:45PM - 4:30PM WIZARD WORLD KID’S COSTUME CONTEST (SHOW STAGE)
Calling all kids ages 13 and under to come out and strut your stuff at the Wizard World 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!
(Serious competitors please note: This is a light hearted event for all skill levels. The Wizard World Adult Costume Contest should be considered for more professional-seeking participants)