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PROGRAMMING @ OHIO COMIC CONLast updated 10/24


PANEL ROOM LOCATIONS:
BALLROOM 1 – GENERAL PROGRAMMING
BALLROOM 2 – GENERAL PROGRAMMING
C111 – GENERAL PROGRAMMING
C114 – GENERAL PROGRAMMING
C121 – WORKSHOP / GENERAL PROGRAMMING
C124 – MEET & GREET

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

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

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31
4:00 – 4:45PM VAMPIRES, FROM A TO V (C111)
From Dracula to True Blood, vampires romance the modern imagination, but what breathes life into their immortal appeal? Explore the vampire's curious evolution from a folkloric boogeyman to a powerful and enduring icon of popular culture. Join vampire researcher & TV personality Michelle Belanger (Paranormal State; A&E's Vampire Secrets) & Paranormal Pop Culture expert & journalist Aaron Sagers (Travel Channel's Paranormal Paparazzi; Editor At Large, Blastr.com) as they sink their teeth into these creatures on a special Halloween night panel!

5:00 – 5:45PM HOW TO WRITE COMICS WITH BLACK LIGHTNING’S TONY ISABELLA, LOVE AND CAPES’ THOM ZAHLER & SPIDER-MAN'S DANNY FINGEROTH (C111)
Acclaimed comics writers Tony Isabella (Black Lightning; Ghost Rider), Thom Zahler (Love and Capes; My Little Pony), and Danny Fingeroth (Spider-Man; How to Create Comics From Script to Print) show and tell you how to write comics and graphic novels. 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!

5:00 - 5:45PM HALLOWHAT?!: A GHOULISH GUIDE TO OCTOBER 31 LORE (C121)
Prepare for tricks and treats when we turn Columbus in Halloweentown. In a special on this special Oct. 31 comic con panel, we explore the roots of the orange-and-black holiday! Folklore, superstitions and legends come alive courtesy paranormal author & TV personality Michelle Belanger (Paranormal State; A&E's Vampire Secrets) & Paranormal Pop Culture expert & journalist Aaron Sagers (Travel Channel's Paranormal Paparazzi; Editor At Large, Blastr.com).

6:00 - 6:45PM COSTUMES + PLAYING = COSPLAY! SO WHAT DOES THAT ACTUALLY MEAN? (C111)
Join Wizard World’s Damian Beurer and an assembly of top-notch cosplayers 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.

6:00 – 6:45PM A HALLOWEEN HUNT FOR GHOSTS WITH A PROFESSIONAL GHOSTHUNTER (C121)
Join the TAPS Technology Master and Evidence Analyst from TV’s Ghosthunters, Steve Gonsalves, as well as Blastr’s Editor-At-Large, Aaron Sagers, as the two host a special Halloween panel sharing the best in paranormal tales & hauntings!

7:00 - 7:45PM WIZARD WORLD KID’S COSTUME CONTEST (C111)
Calling all kids ages 10 and under to come out and strut your stuff at the Wizard World Ohio 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!

7:00 – 7:45PM THE GREAT OUIJA BOARD EXPERIMENT (C121)
Ouija, The Mystifying Oracle: The name conjures a response in most ranging from fear, suspicion, curiosity, amusement or skepticism. Whether you view it as a direct line to the other side or as just a piece of cardboard, join us as we embark on a sensational experiment unlike any you’ve witnessed before. Participate (or simply observe) as we show you the way to use the board, offer a brief history of its mystery and explain long-held "Ouija-stitions.” Your guides of the unexplained include the world’s foremost Ouija board expert Bob Murch and TV Host/Paranormal Pop Culture expert Aaron Sagers (Travel Channel, Syfy). Boards for your use will be provided by Hasbro toy company! Limited edition Ouija boards will be given away! (Panel is for entertainment purposes only)

7:45 – 8:30PM BRUCE CAMPBELL VERSUS THE AUDIENCE (BALLROOM 2)
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 Ohio Comic Con.

8:30-10:30PM CREATOR PRO AM: DRINK & DRAW HOSTED BY VICTOR DANDRIDGE
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. At the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Free with your Wizard World wristband! 21+

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1
11:00 – 11:45 TO BE ANNOUNCED (C114)

11:00 – 11:45AM JASON DAVID FRANK MEET AND GREET – PAID EVENT (C124)
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.

11:30 – 12:15PM JUXCRAFT/MINECRAFT: LET’S PLAY (BALLROOM 1)
Members of the JuxCraft community will present about Minecraft, YouTube, and their experiences with both. They will show how to get started with YouTube, the game, and other related subjects.

JuxCraft is an online community of YouTube content creators who specialize in the creation of Minecraft let's plays. Established in 2012, JuxCraft has earned tens of thousands of subscribers and has raised thousands of dollars for various charities.

11:30 – 12:15PM WHAT’S SO GREAT ABOUT COSPLAY? HOSTED BY SONI ARALYNN (C111)
Learn tips and tricks from idea to the execution of the costume. Why is it that some of the most enthusiastic people in the Cosplay community put so much heart and effort into their craft? Learn all this and more at "What’s So Great About Cosplay" where anyone can Cosplay!

11:30 – 12:15PM FROM HAL FOSTER TO DAVE STEVENS: THE GREAT ROMANTIC COMICS ARTISTS with SANDY PLUNKETT (C121)
Legendary comics artist Sandy Plunkett (The Defenders; Conan) gives an illustrated talk about the great “Romantic” artists who have defined the look and feel of so many comics up through the present day. Artists discussed include: Hal Foster, Alex Raymond, Al Williamson, Frank Frazetta, Dave Stevens, and Mark Schultz. Danny Fingeroth (The Rough Guide to Graphic Novels) moderates.

12:00 – 12:45PM TO BE ANNOUNCED (C114)

12:30 – 1:15PM BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER FAN PANEL (BALLROOM 1)
Who's up for a trip to Sunnydale? Join Liz and Lindi of TeamTSD (Team TV Supernatural Dramas) and writers for Entertainment Weekly's EW Community, to talk about all things Buffy The Vampire Slayer. You'll be able to voice whether you're Team Spike or Team Angel, and have a chance to win awesome prizes! Go Team Scoobies!

12:30 – 1:15PM HEARTLAND – THE MARRIAGE BETWEEN COMICS & OHIO (C111)
The marriage between comics and Ohio has been long and fruitful, with many comic notables from Joe Shuster, Jerry Siegel, Harvey Pekar, Paul Pope and MANY more, calling the Buckeye State their home. That tradition of creativity and innovation continues on both the mainstream and alternative fronts, with new and established voices for the comic medium. Introduce yourself to the creators who live just next door and their wonderful works!

12:30 – 1:15PM COMICS ASSEMBLED PRESENTS: SMALL PUBLISHERS, BIG BOOKS! (C121)
Join panelist/host Thom Zahler (Love and Capes, My Little Pony) along with Lora Innes (The Dreamer), Alan Evans (Rival Angels) and Trevor Mueller (Albert the Alien) as they discuss the challenges and rewards of being a small/self publisher.

1:00 - 1:45PM STORYTELLING WITH MICHAEL GOLDEN (C114)
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.

1:30 - 2:15PM ONE-ON-ONE WITH VERNE TROYER (BALLROOM 1)
Verne Troyer earned his claim to fame as “Mini Me” in the Austin Powers film franchise. Since then he has appeared in numerous films including Men in Black; Instinct; Jingle All The Way; Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas; Bubble Boy; The Grinch Who Stole Christmas; Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, The Love Guru and The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus. Learn all about these roles, his time on reality TV & so much more in this rare Q&A.

1:30 – 2:15PM CYANIDE AND HAPPINESS – WHO NEED TV??? (C111)
Cyanide and Happiness has always been about humor first and never worried about censorship. With the internet becoming the new outlet for entertainment, Cyanide and Happiness decided to bypass the tv networks and go straight to the web and directly to our fans. Shawn Coss is the architect of the backgrounds on the show as well as the artist for the shirts and posters and will be presenting a selection of his favorite shorts and have a Q&A about the new show, what's ahead, and maybe the meaning of life.

1:30 - 2:15PM WILL EISNER: LIFE AND LEGACY, A PRESENTATION BY BONE’S JEFF SMITH (C121)
In celebration of the current exhibition at The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum, Jeff Smith creator of the bestselling graphic novel Bone and friend of Will Eisner will discuss the legacy and impact of Will Eisner’s life and career. Danny Fingeroth (Chair of the Will Eisner Week organizing committee) moderates.

2:00 – 2:45PM DEAD FANS WALKING (BALLROOM 2)
That's right - it's that time of year again ... season 5 of The Walking Dead is back! Join Liz and Lindi of TeamTSD (Team TV Supernatural Dramas) and writers for Entertainment Weekly's EW Community to talk about the hottest show on TV. You'll have a chance to win TWD swag and prizes, and talk about how much you miss Daryl Dixon. Walkers allowed!

2:00 – 2:45PM “FIGURATIVELY SPEAKING” ACTION FIGURE PANEL (C114)
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.

2:30 - 3:15PM ONE-ON-ONE WITH POWER RANGER: JASON DAVID FRANK (BALLROOM 1)
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.

2:30 – 3:15PM CON RADIO LIVE - JOIN US FOR THE "CON SMASH” PODCAST (C111)
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 prize giveaways, geek discussion and much 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.

2:30 - 3:15PM SPOTLIGHT ON THE BILLY IRELAND CARTOON LIBRARY & MUSEUM (C121)
Columbus’s own amazing Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum houses the world’s largest collection of comic strip tear sheets and clippings. It also is home to unique, original art and manuscript materials. The museum’s Caitlin McGurk tells us about its incredible holdings and fascinating current exhibitions, which include “Will Eisner: 75 Years of Graphic Storytelling” and “The Long March: Civil Rights in Cartoons and Comics.” Danny Fingeroth (The Stan Lee Universe) moderates.

3:00 - 3:45PM THE CHARMED ONES: SHANNON DOHERTY, HOLLY MARIE COMBS & BRIAN KRAUSE (BALLROOM 2)

3:00 – 3:45PM OUIJA – FROM FAMILY FUN NIGHT TO FAMILY FRIGHT NIGHT! (C114)
Robert Murch, the world's foremost expert on Ouija® and spirit boards will take you on a journey through the board's 124 year history and explore how the Mystifying Oracle® has captivated a nation, inspiring both fear and wonder as a pop icon to some, and portal to the beyond for others. Has Hollywood given this toy a bad rap or has the Ouija earned its dark reputation? Can wood, cardboard, and plastic truly be evil? Discover the mystery for yourself. After all, it's only a game — isn't it?

3:30 – 4:15PM BUFFY REVISITED WITH EMMA CAULFIELD (BALLROOM 1)
Join Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Emma Caulfield as she reflects on the hit show, share secrets and stories from the set, talks about the Buffy comic (“Season 10”)and the other projects keeping her busy!

3:30 – 4:15PM VIDEO GAME WRITING FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE INTERESTED IN THAT SORT OF THING (C111)
Join professional video game writers Brick Stonewood and Sydney Meeker as they discuss video game narrative and storytelling, technical freedoms and limitations, how to write interesting dialogue, and many more topics. For anyone curious about both the technical and creative processes on anything from visual novels to MMORPGs, come get your questions answered!

3:30 – 4:15PM THE ART OF SATURDAY MORNING CARTOON PRODUCTION WITH ANIMATOR/DIRECTOR TOM COOK (C121)
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 Ohio! 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!

4:00 – 4:45PM HAUNTING YOUR DREAMS WITH ROBERT ENGLUND (BALLROOM 2)
“What's wrong, Lori? Miss your wake-up call?” Meet the man behind Freddy Krueger, Robert Englund as he talks his experiences during The Nightmare on Elm St. film franchise, the “V” television show and the rest of his 70+ film projects in this exclusive Q&A!

4:00 – 4:45PM TALKIN’ COMICS TO TV: WALKING DEAD, GOTHAM, FLASH, AGENTS OF SHIELD, AND MORE with DANNY FINGEROTH & JARED GARDNER (C114)
Comics and pop culture experts Jared Gardner (OSU professor and author of Projections: Comics and the History of 21st-century Storytelling) and Danny Fingeroth (longtime Spider-Man writer & editor and author of Superman on the Couch: What Superheroes Really Tell Us About Ourselves and Our Society) talk with each other and with the audience about why and how we are now living in a golden age of media adaptations of comics properties.

4:30 – 5:15PM DOCTOR WHO: THE COMIC INVASION (BALLROOM 1)
The Doctor has himself a new companion... er... companions. Starring the cast of Tea Tea Time with Deadpool, this epic crossover panel will feature audience participation and show clips as the Doctor and his Marvel-ous companions attempt to heal a rip in the fabric of reality, one that has shoved two dimensions together. Comic characters are becoming flesh and blood and the Doctor faces a new villain, the devious Sinister. Who will triumph? Will the Doctor save the day? What the heck is a chimichanga? Only time will tell.

4:30 – 5:15PM SPOTLIGHT ON NATE BEELER, AWARD-WINNING EDITORIAL CARTOONIST FOR THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH (C121)
Nate Beeler, the award-winning editorial cartoonist for The Columbus Dispatch, talks about his amazing life and career. Beeler has earned the reputation of being both a top-flight artist and first-rate journalist. Formerly the cartoonist for the Washington Examiner, he won the 2009 Thomas Nast Award from the Overseas Press Club and the 2008 Berryman Award from the National Press Foundation, among other awards. Beeler is a native of Bexley and earned a journalism degree at American University. His cartoons have appeared in such publications as Time, Newsweek and USA Today.

5:00 – 5:45PM OUT OF THE SHIRE WITH SEAN ASTIN (BALLROOM 2)
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.

5:00 – 5:45PM FROM CAP’S SHIELD TO AGENTS OF SHIELD TO GROOT! MARVEL COMICS AT 75 with DANNY FINGEROTH & TONY ISABELLA (C111)
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 Tony Isabella (Black Lightning; Ghost Rider), present an illustrated tour through the more than seven decades of the phenomenon that is Marvel.

5:00 – 5:45PM ALL THINGS PRO WRESTLING WITH WRESTLINGAUDIO.COM (C114)
Win autographed items from your favorite superstars and talk all things pro-wrestling/sports entertainment! Join WrestlingAudio.com’s lead hosts, Mo Lightning , Gregg the Sound Guy & Ballz, for an interactive discussion on anything you want to talk about: WWE storylines, the future of TNA/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 – 6:15PM TEA TIME WITH DEADPOOL (BALLROOM 1)
Coming back at you for a second year in a row, Tea Time With Deadpool proudly brings to you an all out show like you've never seen. Accompanied by his pals Cyclops and Spider-Man, the merc with the mouth Deadpool discusses any and everything going on in the world, along with a bag full of who knows what kind of schenanigans!...Oh and there's tea!!!

5:30 – 6:15PM WRITE OR WRONG: THE 10 COMMANDMENTS OF WORKING WITH ARTISTS (C121)
Writer Dirk Manning (TALES OF MR. RHEE, NIGHTMARE WORLD) has worked with several dozen artists throughout the years on a number of creator-owned as well as corporately-controlled series, and in this practical, insightful, and ultimately motivational panel session, he talks to aspiring writers about how to successfully network and collaborate with artists to make comics. If you're a writer interested in getting advice concerning this important topic, don't miss this panel!

6:00 –7:30 BEHIND THE MASK: THE BATMAN: DEAD END STORY (C111)
In the winter of 2003, commercial director Sandy Collora and some of his friends, set out to make a little short film, to serve as a demo reel, that would hopefully showcase his talents as a filmmaker. What they wound up actually doing, was making one of the most elaborate, most watched, most talked about, and most controversial short films, ever made... 'Batman Dead End' premiered in July 2003 at the San Diego Comic Con and instantly threw Batman fans into a frenzy about what exactly it was, who made it and most importantly, where they could get their hands on it. This documentary will reveal the true story not only behind the making of film, but chronicle as well, the impact and influence it has had on what has come after it. Hardcore fans of both The Batman and Predator around the world, including Kevin Smith and Alex Ross, cite 'Batman Dead End' as the quintessential representation of those characters on film, and to this day, they remain part of the lexicon and mythos of both franchises. Through never before seen footage, photographs and interviews with the cast and crew, this retrospective will reveal, step by step, what it took to get to the screen and follow a few of the key players through the last ten years, to see how this little, 8 minute short film changed their lives forever.

6:00 – 6:45PM WWE® DIVA PAIGE® (C114)
Moderated by Mo Lightning.

7:00 - 9:00PM WIZARD WORLD COSTUME CONTEST (BALLROOM 2)
Hosted by our very own superheroes Mo Lightning & Billy Patterson, the Wizard World Ohio 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 cosplayers Sentai Superchick, Bad Wolfe and Knightmage! Anyone interested in participating can sign-up at the Information booth on Saturday.

9:00 – 2:30AM 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 Ohio Comic Con After Party at Sway, 445 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215. FREE cover with Wizard World wristband (must arrive before midnight.) Costumes encouraged. No dress code. 21+

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2
11:30 – 12:15PM JASON DAVID FRANK MEET AND GREET – PAID EVENT (C124)
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 – 12:45PM MAKING FRIENDS WITH THE INCONCEIVABLY NERDY YOUNG ADULTS OF COLUMBUS OHIO (C114)
The Inconceivably Nerdy Young Adults of Columbus, Ohio (TINYACO, pronounced "Tiny Eck-o") is a group for young adults who are nerds, geeks, and quite possibly dorks. We hang out. We eat, we see movies, we go try new things. But the most important thing is to get a bunch of people together who like imaginative, crazy, fun things. And no one will ever have to start a sentence with any sort of apology for being a nerd - because if you're a nerd, we need you. Come to our panel to hear more about who we are and what we do. We’ll introduce TINYACO, share some of our experiences, and talk about escaping introversion. And if that’s not enticing enough, there will be fun surprises for those who attend!

12:30 – 1:15PM BEHIND THE ROLE: GIANCARLO ESPOSITO (BALLROOM 1)
Giancarlo Esposito is a celebrated television, film and stage actor whose acting career spans over several decades. He’s recently earned rave reviews and awards buzz starring as Gustavo 'Gus' Fring in AMC’s critically acclaimed award-winning series Breaking Bad opposite Bryan Cranston, as well as playing Major Tom Neville on the hit series Revolution.

12:30 – 1:15PM THE AMAZING, TRUE STORY OF BAZOOKA JOE AND HIS GANG (C111)
Bazooka Joe is one of the most iconic and familiar comics characters of all time, his adventures chronicled in the wrapping of countless pieces of bubble gum since 1953. Kirk Taylor, author of Abrams ComicArts’ Bazooka Joe and His Gang, shows and tells us how and why this came to be, and reveals untold secrets of Joe and the Gang.

1:00 – 1:45PM COSPLAY & FANFILM (C114)
Check out three of the hottest fan-films including a sneak preview of the newest upcoming episode of Legacy after a Q&A on how to merge cosplay into film. Hosted by Eric “The Smoke” Moran.

1:30 – 2:00PM THE GREEN POWER RANGER HALF-HOUR OF POWER (C124)
Attention children of all-ages, their parents and anyone else that loves karate. Come KICK IT with Jason David Frank and his wife Tammy in this special ½ hour long karate class.

1:30 – 2:15PM INSIDE THE MIND OF MANU BENNETT (BALLROOM 1)
Wizard World is pleased to be joined by rising star, Manu Bennett! Having portrayed Crixus in the STARZ Original Series Spartacus: Vengeance, Manu has taken his rugged good looks and acting chops to the big screen in Peter Jackson’s thrilling epics, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. On the small screen, you can catch Manu as the mysterious Slade Wilson (Deathstroke) on the hit CW series Arrow.

1:30 – 2:15PM AMERICAN SPLENDOR: CELEBRATING HARVEY PEKAR AT 75 (C111)
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 2010, would have been 75 years old on October 8th. His influence on comics is as strong today as ever. To celebrate his legacy, artist and photographer Danielle Batone, to whom Harvey and his wife Joyce Brabner were legal guardians, will be on hand to talk about growing up with Harvey and about Pekar’s legacy with comics historian Danny Fingeroth (The Rough Guide to Graphic Novels). Plus: A surprise special guest or two!

2:00 – 2:45PM A CHAT WITH DAVE AIKINS ABOUT HIS CAREER ILLUSTRATING DORA, SPONGEBOB.. AND ZOMBIES! (C114)
Join Dave for a discussion about his career illustrating everything from cute children’s books for Nickelodeon to walking dead zombies for board games. We’ll discuss how the work is created, what it’s like working with licensed characters, and what it takes to make it as a freelance illustrator.

2:30 – 3:15PM ONE-ON-TWO WITH THE BOONDOCK SAINTS (BALLROOM 1)
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 Ohio Comic Con. Join one half of the MacManus brothers and Rocco as they rehash their experiences on set.

2:30 – 3:15PM U CRE-8 COMICS PRESENTS: CHARACTER CRAFTER (C111)
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!

*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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