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PANEL & PRESENTATION ROOMS
E160– GENERAL PROGRAMMING
C210 (SECOND FLOOR) - GENERAL PROGRAMMING
C213 (SECOND FLOOR) – GENERAL PROGRAMMING
SHOW STAGE- CELEBRITY Q&A / GENERAL PROGRAMMING

FRIDAY, JULY 29
3:00 – 8:00PM MINIATURE “PAINT AND TAKE” (TABLE TOP GAMING / SHOW FLOOR)
Try your hand out on the hobby side of tabletop gaming! Select your favorite miniature from our varied selection, borrow our brushes and paints to customize your figure, and then take it home to use in your next gaming session! Fee: $5.00

3:00PM – ONSITE TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION OPENS!! (VIDEO GAMING / SHOW FLOOR)
This is your chance to register for one or ALL of our major e-sports tournaments. Please see tournament start times below. For more information, please visit Registration located in the center of the show floor or check out our website Wizardworldgaming.com
REGISTRATION CLOSES FRIDAY @ 7:00PM OR WHEN BRACKETS MAX OUT

4:00-6:00PM STREET FIGHTER V BOOTCAMP (VIDEO GAMING / SHOW FLOOR)
Do you have trouble controlling your Satsui no hado? Shadowloo bringing you down? If so, let masters Gootecks & Justin Wong help you RISE UP. Participate for free and learn how to become a better Street Fighter V player. Maybe you’ll be the next Wizard World Gaming Champion!

4:30-5:15PM GETTING TO KNOW LEGACY RISING PUBLICATIONS (C210)
Legacy Rising Publications is a new publisher based out of Columbus, Ohio.
A panel including the CEO, Doug Simms, a Lead Editor in Erik McAlister, and some of Legacy's creators like Michael Watson and Mason Easley will be discussing what it takes to launch a new company, pitch a new idea or create a unique character.

5:00-5:45PM SATURDAY MORNING (CARTOON) FEVER AND NEW COMICS DAY FLU:ANIMATION AND COMICS OF THE ‘70s AND ‘80s with HE-MAN’S TOM COOK AND SPIDER-MAN’S DANNY FINGEROTH (C213)
In the 1970s and ‘80s, action-adventure and superhero comics and cartoons were at creative and commercial peaks! Superstar creators—including Jack Kirby, Gil Kane and Steve Gerber—worked in both media. Today, animator Tom Cook, who worked on popular cartoons including Superfriends, He-Man, Thundarr and The Smurfs) and writer-editor Danny Fingeroth (whose comics credits include Spider-Man, the X-Men, Iron Man and The Avengers) discuss what was going on in the parallel worlds of comics and cartoons of the era, their experiences creating characters and stories, and about working with greats such as Hanna, Barbera, Lee, Claremont and and Ditko.

5:00-5:45PM SHOULD COMIC BOOK MOVIES FOLLOW THE SOURCE MATERIAL? (E160)
From Civil War, Apocalypse and Batman V Superman, should comic book movies stay true to the source material. Join us in discussing whether it's OK to take liberties or if they should leave the stories alone, we will look at where it went right and wrong.

5:30-6:15PM THE REAL PHYSICS OF TIME MACHINES AND TRAVEL - RIGHT NOW! (C210)
The nature of time and time travel are the most misunderstood topics in physics and popular culture. None of the popular scientists have it right let alone those outside of the exclusive club of PhD theoretical physicists save for research and development engineer Marshall Barnes who has the only viable time machine program in operation in the world. He is the most read writer on time and time travel at Quora.com. Marshall has written the only book on time travel that solves all the major issues, not just discusses them (see Paradox Lost: The True Geometries of Time Travel at blurb.com) and he has built the first device that is opening micro wormholes that can be scaled up - the Verdrehung Fan. He successfully presented research on it at the 2014 SpaceUp sessions of the International Space Development Conference in Los Angeles, the basis for which was subsequently echoed in New Scientist magazine via the work of Luke Butcher. Don't miss this authoritative panel concentrating on how time travel for humans can be possible within the next two years!

6:00-8:00PM OVERWATCH GAMEPLAY (VIDEO GAMING / SHOW FLOOR)
“Heroes never die!” Stop by and cheer on as the 10/0 crew takes on the online masses in the years biggest first person shooter, Overwatch!

6:00-6:45PM LEAVE ‘EM LAUGHING: HOW TO DRAW FUNNY! with THE SIMPSONS’ PHIL ORTIZ, NANCY’S GUY GILCHRIST & DONALD DUCK’S THOM PRATT (C213)
Ever wonder how humor artists are able to create characters and stories that leave us laughing like idiots? Here, some of the finest practitioners of the simple art of humor, Phil Ortiz (The Simpsons), Guy Gilchrist (Nancy) and Thom Pratt (Donald Duck) tell and show you how they do it! Moderated by Danny Fingeroth (How to Create Comics from Script to Print).

6:00-6:45PM CHARACTER ACTING IN COSPLAY (E160)
Moderated by SAG/AFTRA actor Karl Brevik, this panel is filled with tips on how to not only look like your character, but act like them too. Providing examples, exercises, and using their experience as professional characters, the panel will discuss topics such as improvising as a character, how to interact with others in fun and respectful ways, posing for different character types, and how to make cosplaying a full experience for children and fellow fans. Other topics will include how to respectfully but genuinely portray villainous and mischievous characters (A.K.A. avoiding the Con Deadpool syndrome) and how to make almost any character kid friendly. There will also be a thorough Q&A portion to answer specifics about your favorite characters and costumes to provide you with the exact tools you need.

6:30-7:15PM ALL THINGS PRO WRESTLING WITH WRESTLINGAUDIO.COM (C210)
Win autographed goodies from your favorite WWE superstars and talk all things “sports entertainment”! Join WrestlingAudio’s own, Mo Lightning and Ballz, who have been podcasting for over a decade, for a fan-focused discussion on World Wrestling Entertainment, NXT's growing influence on the industry, reasons why you should be watching Lucha Underground, and more! The more interactive you are, the better your chances to win a prize! Follow @wrestlingaudio on Twitter and Facebook.

7:00-7:45PM GAME OF FANDOM: A ‘GAME OF THRONE’ FAN EXPERIENCE (C213)
Join Liz and Lindi, creators of PureFandom.com and writers for Entertainment Weekly, to talk about the latest in the land of Westeros. You’ll have a chance to win some awesome ‘Game of Thrones' swag and prizes, PLUS talk about how much you miss Jon Snow (and theories, of course.) Dragons allowed. Follow @Pure_Fandom on Twitter to get a sneak peek of prizes!

7:00-7:45PM COSTUMES + PLAYING = COSPLAY! SO WHAT DOES THAT ACTUALLY MEAN? (E160)
Join cosplay guests Brit Bliss and Yuffie Bunny as they 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.

7:30-8:00PM IN THE RING WITH WWE® SUPERSTAR SASHA BANKS™ (C210)
Moderated by Mo Lightning (Host of ConSmash on ConRadio.com, WrestlingAudio.com)

SATURDAY, JULY 30
10:00 – 7:00PM MINIATURE “PAINT AND TAKE” (TABLE TOP GAMING / SHOW FLOOR)
Try your hand out on the hobby side of tabletop gaming! Select your favorite miniature from our varied selection, borrow our brushes and paints to customize your figure, and then take it home to use in your next gaming session! Fee: $5.00

11:00 – 1:00PM STREET FIGHTER V BOOTCAMP (VIDEO GAMING / SHOW FLOOR)
Do you have trouble controlling your Satsui no hado? Shadowloo bringing you down? If so, let masters Gootecks & Justin Wong help you RISE UP. Participate for free and learn how to become a better Street Fighter V player. Maybe you’ll be the next Wizard World Gaming Champion!

11:30-12:15PM D&D, IF YOU’RE NOT HAVING FUN YOU’RE NOT DOING IT RIGHT (C213)
We will be going over different components of playing D&D that will ensure a fun and epic game. The components consist of characters, music, the story, time, committing to the group, remembering that it's a game, enabling player to get what they want, homework, and training.

11:30-12:15PM STORYTELLING with MICHAEL GOLDEN (C210)
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.

12:00-12:45PM 4TH IN COMMAND: NICHELLE NICHOLS (SHOW STAGE)
Moderated by Liz Prugh (PureFandom.com, Entertainment Weekly, and ConRadio.com)

12:00-12:45PM CON RADIO PRESENTS: A LIVE RECORDING OF THE CONSMASH PODCAST (E160)
Over the last year, conSMASH has fought to the death on topics such as Team Cap vs Team Iron Man, 80s Cartoons vs 90s Cartoons, Sitcom Laugh Track vs No Laugh Track, How Much Time Before You Should Post Spoilers, and many, many more! Now YOU can help determine the winner of our next "Dorkly Dispute" taking place live from Wizard World. Catch up on the show before the show by following @consmash on Twitter. Hosted by Mo Lightning

12:30-1:15PM THE ART OF SATURDAY MORNING CARTOON PRODUCTION WITH ANIMATOR/DIRECTOR TOM COOK (C213)
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). This panel will be a demonstration of the steps taken to bring an idea from script to screen.

12:30-1:15PM TRIPLE DC ANNIVERSARY: FLASH, BATMAN & WONDER WOMAN (C210)
2016 is a landmark year for three key comics characters. 75 years ago, WONDER WOMAN debuted in 1941, establishing herself as the first important female superhero! 60 years ago, in 1956, the modern FLASH first appeared, starting not only his own career, but ushering in what has come to be known as “The Silver Age of Comics!” And in 1966, 50 years ago, the BATMAN “camp” TV series debuted (starring Adam West and Burt Ward), marking what is seen as both a high and low point in the history of the character! Comics historian Danny Fingeroth (Superman on the Couch) takes you on a slideshow-guided tour of the histories of the heroes and the highlights of their careers in comics, on TV and in the movies! Join the celebration!

1:00PM STREET FIGHTER V - DOUBLE ELIMINATION TOURNAMENT POOLS (VIDEO GAMING / SHOW FLOOR)
Columbus, OH! Many will enter, but who will RISE UP and become our Street Fighter V Champion? With $3,000 on the line, competition is sure to be tough.

1:00-1:45PM BACK ON EARTH: THE 100 with ELIZA TAYLOR, LINDSEY MORGAN and ZACH McGOWAN (SHOW STAGE)
Moderated by Lindi Smith (PureFandom.com, Entertainment Weekly, and ConRadio.com)

1:00 - 1:45PM THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE with X-FILES MITCH PILEGGI (E160)
Moderated by Mo Lightning (Host of ConSmash on ConRadio.com, WrestlingAudio.com)

1:00PM OFFICIAL BANDAI NAMCO ANIME COSPLAY GROUP PHOTO (BANDAI BOOTH / SHOW FLOOR)
Calling all anime cosplayers! Come down to the Bandai Namco booth on the gaming floor for the official group photo! Photographers will be on hand to capture all of the action!

1:30-2:15PM VIPS OF SELF PUBLISHING (C213)
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.

1:30-2:15PM SILVERBLADE PRODUCTIONS (C210)
A panel for the popular YouTube film channel, SilverBladeProductions, featuring four members of the channel. They will be showing one of their most well-known fan-films, based off of the popular horror game Five Nights at Freddy's, FNAF: 1983, with live commentary, along with previewing their upcoming films. They will also be taking questions in a Q&A session.

2:00PM MAGIC: THE GATHERING BOOSTER DRAFT (TABLE TOP GAMING / SHOW FLOOR)
Check out the latest MTG set "Shadows over Innistrad" and play in our booster draft tournament! Fee: $15.00

2:00-2:45PM IN THE BIG HOUSE with ELIZABETH RODRIGUEZ (SHOW STAGE)
Moderated by Liz Prugh (PureFandom.com, Entertainment Weekly, and ConRadio.com)

2:00-2:45PM SAVIOR OF THE UNIVERSE: SAM JONES (E160)
Moderated by Lindi Smith (PureFandom.com, Entertainment Weekly, and ConRadio.com)

2:30-3:15PM DRAFTING AN UNDERBUST CORSET PATTERN with WIZARD WORLD COSPLAY GUEST BRIT BLISS (C210)
Learn the basics of constructing a simple underbust corset pattern by using your own measurements and some everyday sewing tools.

2:30-3:15PM SCIENCE OF COMICS (C213)
Join a panel of local experts as they discuss the science behind our favorite comics and movies! How can Superman absorb energy from the sun? Would the Flash burn himself alive? How exactly could a lightsaber work? How much does it cost to clean up the world's major cities after every superhero fight? In addition, we'll reflect on the impact of cultural aspirations and fears on comics, and have a lightning round Superhero Reality Check.

3:00PM TEKKEN 7: THE KING OF THE IRON FIST TOURNAMENT POOLS (VIDEO GAMING / SHOW FLOOR)
The Tournament continues. This is our 6th city of this multi-city tournament in where each winner not only wins the city grand prize of $3,000, but also a chance to compete in the grand finals for a chance at $20,000! Who will represent Columbus, OH, in The King of the Iron Fist Tournament Grand Finals?

3:00-3:45PM T-1000 AND BEYOND: ROBERT PATRICK (SHOW STAGE)
Moderated by Mo Lightning (Host of ConSmash on ConRadio.com, WrestlingAudio.com)

3:00-3:45PM IT’S MORPHIN TIME with THE ORIGINAL PINK RANGER, AMY JO JOHNSON (E160)
Moderated by Liz Prugh, (PureFandom.com, Entertainment Weekly, and ConRadio.com)

3:30-4:15PM THE GAME FIX PODCAST PRESENTS: A VIDEO INTENSIVE GAMING PANEL WITHOUT LOADING SCREEN (C210)
Join Verlane, Spanish, and Link for their 4th Wizard World appearance, guaranteed to be better than ever. Featuring new glitches, funny moments, original content, and of course tons of giveaways. Don’t forget to submit your glitches on Twitter with #EmbraceTheGlitch by July 29, 2016 to see your glitch at the panel on the big screen and win a prize!

3:30-4:15PM THE PEOPLE VS J. JONAH JAMESON (C213)
J. Jonah Jameson himself is being flown in from New York on his latest press tour stop to discuss such topics as to why Spider-Man is a menace, why Spider-Man isn't a hero, why Spider-Man can't be trusted and why we would be better off without Spider-Man. Have a differing opinion? That means it's up to you, the audience, as guest reporters to this press conference to prove it. Square off against a professional character actor to see if you can be the reporter that forces the Daily Bugle's editor to announce a retraction. Listen to Jameson's editorial, hear him answer the panel's reporters and then prepare your own defense of Spider-Man in this interactive, entertaining, performance based panel. J. Jonah Jameson is presented by Karl Brevik, a member of SAG/AFTRA and an Official Wizard World Cosplay Guest.

4:00-4:45PM JASON MEWES’ SECRET STASH (E160)

4:00-4:45PM COSI PRESENTATION (SHOW STAGE)

4:30-5:15PM THE MARVEL LEGACY: THE 77-YEAR HISTORY OF THE HOUSE OF IDEAS, FROM THE BEGINNING TO DEADPOOL TO CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR with SPIDER-MAN’S DANNY FINGEROTH (C213)
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. Today, Danny Fingeroth (Deadly Foes of Spider-Man; The Stan Lee Universe) presents an illustrated tour through the many decades of comics, movies and TV series that make up the phenomenon that is Marvel.

4:30-5:15PM WE CAN BE HEROES CAMPAIGN DISCUSSION (C210)
Ever wanted to be like Superman, Batman or Wonder Woman? Just because you may not have their superpowers, doesn’t mean you can’t be a Superhero! The We Can Be Heroes Campaign is about finding and owning your own super powers and using them for good, just like DC superheroes. Join us for an exciting discussion on how you can be a superhero right here in Columbus and around the world.

In the spirit of this campaign and in order to help strengthen children's superpowers, we will be participating in a local project to collect school supplies and reading books for local schools. Please bring one or two items to donate to local schoolchildren in Columbus.

5:00PM NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: ULTIMATE NINJA STORM 4 TOP 8 FINALS (VIDEO GAMING / SHOW FLOOR)
We are down to our final 8. $1,000 is on the line and the title of Wizard World Gaming, Naruto Champion!

5:00-5:45PM DEAD FANS WALKING: ‘THE WALKING DEAD’ FAN PANEL (E160)
Calling all ‘The Walking Dead' fans! Join Liz and Lindi, creators of PureFandom.com and writers for Entertainment Weekly for a chance to win some awesome 'The Walking Dead' prizes. They'll also share their insane theories for who Negan's victim was! Follow @Pure_Fandom on Twitter to get a sneak peek of prizes!

5:00-7:00PM WIZARD WORLD COSTUME CONTEST SPONSORED BY BANDAI NAMCO (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. You could win an amazing prize package thanks to Bandai Namco in our new special category, “Best Anime Costume”! Grab your buddies and suit up to take a chance at bringing home the gold! Special guest judges! Anyone interested in participating can sign-up at the Wizard World Information booth inside the exhibition floor on Saturday. Registration closes at 3PM! We’ll see you there! (Recommended for ages 13+)

5:30-6:15PM GOLDEN BELL PRESENTS: FROM THE SUNDAY COMICS TO SATURDAY MORNING CARTOONS (C213)
An all ages interactive experience for the young at heart and lifelong fans of all forms of entertainment. Golden Bell brings to you a new way to look at original content and storytelling. With an art lesson taking place behind the scenes for the kids, to showcasing some of the newest original content offered, there will be something for everyone. Whether you’re a fan of comics, animation, film, or novels, come check it out!

5:30-6:15PM ELI ROTH’S CRYPT TV FIRST LOOK (C210)
CryptTV First Look at Wizard World Columbus will give fans an early look at never before seen Crypt TV original horror shorts and showcase our most exciting content. Don’t miss these Wizard World exclusives. (Recommended for ages 18+)

6:00-6:45PM TEA TIME WITH DEADPOOL (E160)
The Merc With the Mouth (And tea!) is back! Deadpool will be making his way back to Columbus Wizard World, and he's not coming alone!
Come join Deadpool and his Marvel buddies for an evening like no other, as they discuss ANY and EVERY thing that is relevant, and hot issues in the world of comics, movies, entertainment, maybe even how to properly groom Grandma's grey hair!

6:30-7:15PM THE CREATIVE MIND: TOP ARTISTS ON DRAWING COMICS with SPIDER-MAN’S STEVE GEIGER, BATMAN’S RICK BURCHETT, STAR WARS’ JOE CORRONEY & DEADPOOL’S MIKEY BABINSKI (C213)
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 Steve Geiger (Spider-Man; The Hulk), Rick Burchett (Batman & Robin Adventures; The Flash), Joe Corroney (Star Wars; Star Trek), and incredible inker Mikey Babinski (Deadpool; Spider-Man) as they pull back the curtain and tell you what it’s really like to be a comics artist! Danny Fingeroth (How to Create Comics from Script to Print; Spider-Man) moderates.

6:30-8:30PM WIZARD WORLD'S MYSTERY (BAD) SUPERHERO MOVIE SHOWING (C210)
The superhero blockbusters we now enjoy on the big screen weren't always this well-made. For decades, superhero movies were known to feature bad acting, cheesy dialogue, campy costumes and poor special effects, all on little-to-no budget. In their own way, these mismanaged movies were quite entertaining. Join us as we celebrate the best - of the worst - of these forgotten superhero films in this mystery screening. You won't know what we're showing until you've secured your seat for a super-powered flick so bad.. it's good!

7:30PM – 2:00AM LEVEL ONE BAR + ARCADE'S COSTUME PARTY
Come join us for our roam around costume contest, there will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place costumes, which will be determined by our customers and participants votes! Voting starts at 7:30pm. If you come in costume you will receive 20% off your bar tab! Location: 130 Hutchinson Ave, Columbus, OH 43235

SUNDAY, JULY 31
10:00 – 3:00PM MINIATURE “PAINT AND TAKE” (TABLE TOP GAMING / SHOW FLOOR)
Try your hand out on the hobby side of tabletop gaming! Select your favorite miniature from our varied selection, borrow our brushes and paints to customize your figure, and then take it home to use in your next gaming session! Fee: $5.00

11:00-11:45AM THE VOICE IN YOUR HEAD: NINTENDO’S CHARLES MARTINET (VIDEO GAMING STAGE)

11:30-12:15PM THE FORCE HAS AWOKEN...NOW WHAT? (C210)
Now that Disney and the Kathleen Kennedy led Lucasfilm have brought back Star Wars, Kevin and Nate from “There is Another” take a look to the star systems ahead. They breakdown the Anthology Films, the sequel trilogy to come, the comics, the novels, and also the toys that lay ahead for the next year and beyond.

11:30-12:15PM BACK TO THE FUTURE: ADVENTURES IN A DELOREAN TIME MACHINE (C213)
“How to: Build a Time Machine, Fall in Love, Become Rich and Famous, Travel the World, and Cure PD -in 5 Easy Steps.”
Terry and Oliver Holler used inspiration from their favorite movie 'Back to the Future', and hand-built their own DeLorean Time Machine. They have taken life-threatening adversity and turned a passion toward a purpose, promoting the official website 'BackToTheFuture.com' and raising awareness and funding for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research

12:00PM TEKKEN 7: THE KING OF THE IRON FIST TOURNAMENT – TOP 8 FINALS (VIDEO GAMING / SHOW FLOOR)
The final 8 have been determined. Who will be crowned Wizard World Gaming Columbus, OH, Tekken 7 Champion and claim $3,000? Who will go on to represent Columbus in the grand finals?

12:00-12:45PM ONE-ON-ONE WITH NICHOLAS BRENDON (E160)
Moderated by Lindi Smith (PureFandom.com, Entertainment Weekly, and ConRadio.com)

12:00-12:45PM 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! Hosted by Columbus’ own Victor Dandridge.

12:30-1:15PM THE FIGURATIVELY SPEAKING PODCAST PRESENTS “WHY WE COLLECT WHAT WE COLLECT” (C210)
Reliving your childhood, love for a character, even profit, We all have different reasons why we collect action figures and collectibles. Join us as we swap stories and compare collections on this interactive podcast recording. Follow us at @figspeakpodcast for more news and panel details.

12:30-1:15PM COLUMBUS: THE COMICS CAPITAL with CXC’S TOM SPURGEON & OSU’S JARED GARDNER (C213)
Between The Billy Ireland Museum, the new CXC Conference, Wizard World Ohio and some dedicated comics professors at OSU, Columbus is starting to look like the comics capital of the Midwest, if not of the entire USA! Join Tom Spurgeon (CXC co-founder; The Comics Reporter website), Jared Gardner (OSU professor and author of Projections: Comics and the History of 21st-century Storytelling) and out-of- towner Danny Fingeroth (Disguised as Clark Kent) as they discuss where and how Columbus fits into the past, present—and especially future!—of comics, and about what’s coming up for comics lovers in the area.

1:00-1:45PM VAMPIRE DIARIES’ IAN SOMERHALDER (SHOW STAGE)
Moderated by Liz Prugh (PureFandom.com, Entertainment Weekly, and ConRadio.com)

1:00-1:45PM BEHIND THE VOICE: ROBIN ATKIN DOWNES (E160)
Moderated by Lindi Smith (PureFandom.com, Entertainment Weekly, and ConRadio.com)

1:30-2:15PM COSPLAY TIPS AND TRICKS WITH WIZARD WORLD COSPLAY GUEST YUFFIE BUNNY (C210)
Make your cosplay life easier; pick up some of the best tips and tricks for building and wearing cosplay!

1:30 - 2:15PM HISPANICS IN COMICS (C213)
"El Arto" illustrator, John Marroquin, gives insight into an exciting movement gaining momentum in indie comics: the Latin genre. He touches on the culture vs the market and bringing centuries of Latin-American history to the panels.

2:00PM STREET FIGHTER V – TOP 8 FINALS (VIDEO GAMING / SHOW FLOOR)
It’s been a long tournament, but now only 8 remain. The finalist continue for their chance at $3,000 cash and the title of Wizard World Gaming Street Fighter V Champion!

2:00-2:45PM OUT FOR A BITE WITH JAMES MARSTERS (SHOW STAGE)

2:00-2:45PM HANGING WITH HERCULES: KEVIN SORBO (E160)

2:30-3:15PM THE LIFE AND TIMES OF HARVEY PEKAR: CELEBRATING AMERICAN SPLENDOR AT 40 with OSU’S JARED GARDNER & ROUGH GUIDE TO GRAPHIC NOVELS’ DANNY FINGEROTH (C213)
Harvey Pekar, creator and writer of American Splendor comics—which inspired the 2003 Paul Giamatti movie—and through them, inspiration for a whole branch of memoir comics, who passed away in July, 2010. And this year Splendor celebrates it’s 40th anniversary since it first exploded out “from off the streets of Cleveland.” Pekar’s influence on comics is as strong today as ever. To celebrate his legacy, Jared Gardner (OSU professor and author of Projections: Comics and the History of 21st-century Storytelling) and comics historian Danny Fingeroth (The Rough Guide to Graphic Novels)—whose work has appeared in a pair of Pekar-edited anthologies—will be on hand to talk about Harvey’s work and legacy.

2:30-3:15PM EXPLORING THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN POWERED AND NON POWERED SUPERHEROES (C210)
Do you prefer the Batman and Iron Man type or prefer the Super-man and Captain America type! We discuss what's great about both types.

3:00-3:45PM KIDS COSTUME CONTEST (E160)
Calling all kids ages 13 and under to come out and strut your stuff at the Wizard World Kids Costume Contest! You won’t want miss this Kodak moment packed with a whole lot of fun, laughs and prizes for all participants! (Light-hearted competition. Not intended for serious competitors.)