PANEL ROOM LOCATIONS
BALLROOM A – GENERAL PROGRAMMING (SUNDAY ONLY)
BALLROOM C – GENERAL PROGRAMMING (SATURDAY ONLY)
206 – MEET & GREET/GENERAL PROGRAMMING
305 A/B – GENERAL PROGRAMMING
306 A – GENERAL PROGRAMMING
306 B/C – GENERAL PROGRAMMING
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.
Only David Tennant V.I.P. ticket holders will be granted access to David Tennant’s panels.
FRIDAY, MARCH 13
5:00–5:45PM HOW TO WRITE COMICS WITH SPIDER-MAN’S TOM DeFALCO, HULK’S PETER DAVID, DAREDEVIL’S ANN NOCENTI, ARCHIE’S BARBARA SLATE, AND DARKHAWK’S DANNY FINGEROTH (ROOM 206)
Accomplished comics writers Tom DeFalco (Spider-Man), Peter David (Hulk), Ann Nocenti (Daredevil), Barbara Slate (You Can Do a Graphic Novel) 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!
6:00–6:45PM VIPs OF SELF-PUBLISHING (ROOM 206)
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.
7:00-7:45PM IMPROV WITH THE CIA (ROOM 206)
A series of short-form (& maybe long-form) improvisational comedy performed by the Comedic Improvisational Alliance, N.C. State’s one and only improve troupe.
8:30–10:30PM CREATOR PRO AM: DRINK & DRAW
Location & details to be announced.
SATURDAY, MARCH 14
11:00–11:45AM MEET THE 105TH SQUAD (ROOM 305A/B)
Come meet North Carolina's largest costuming group, the 105th Squad. This multi-genre costume charity group has been helping its members learn many skills to create amazing works while also using their talents to raise money and awareness for many other charity organizations. See what Fun, Passion, Creativity and Charity mean to the Engineers of the 105th Squad.
11:30-12:15PM VAMPIRE DIARIES’ IAN SOMERHALDER (BALLROOM C)
Ian Somerhalder is best known as the supernatural blood-sucking Salvatore brother in The CW’s Vampire Diaries. Going six seasons strong, he has made his mark on the long list of vampire-centric dramas. Catch him on the Wizard World stage where he’ll answer fan questions and share stories from the set of Mystic Falls!
11:30-12:15PM WILL EISNER: A SPIRITED LIFE & TWOMORROWS PUBLISHING: SPECIAL WILL EISNER WEEK EVENT WITH BOB ANDELMAN, MICHAEL EURY, ERIC NOLEN-WEATHINGTON & DANNY FINGEROTH (ROOM 306A)
Just in time for the 75th anniversary of the 1940 debut of comics pioneer Will Eisner’s iconic character The Spirit comes the revised, lavishly illustrated edition of Bob Andelman’s Eisner biography, Will Eisner: A Spirited Life, published by Raleigh’s own TwoMorrows publishing. Bob will read from the book and discuss Eisner’s career. Plus, the TwoMorrows crew, including editors Michael Eury (Back Issue magazine), Eric Nolen-Weathington (the Modern Masters series) and Danny Fingeroth (co-editor with Roy Thomas of The Stan Lee Universe) will be on hand to talk about what’s coming up from TwoMorrows.
11:30-12:15PM WHAT I LEARNED FROM SOAP OPERAS: KYLE LOWDER (ROOM 306B/C)
Once known as Brady Black on Days of Our Lives, then Rick Forrester on The Bold and The Beautiful, actor/singer Kyle Lowder has since branched out to appear on the big screen as well as billboards & magazine ads as a model for both Abercrombie & Fitch and Speedo. Join this talented heartthrob and find out what’s next for Kyle in this rare Q&A.
12:00-12:45PM CREATIVITY: 20 TIPS FOR AMPING IT UP! WITH YUPPIES FROM HELL’S BARBARA SLATE (Room 305 A/B)
Barbara Slate, comics creator—artist and/or writer of over 200 comics from Marvel, DC, Disney, and Archie—will inspire you with her top 20 creative tips. Come get some solid info from Barbara, whose published works include Angel Love, Yuppies from Hell, Beauty and the Beast, Betty and Veronica, and her new how-to book, You Can Do a Graphic Novel.
12:30-1:15PM CW 22 PRESENTS: iZOMBIE RALEIGH PREMIERE (BALLROOM C)
In The CW’s quirky and mysterious new iZombie, Rose McIver stars as Liv Moore, an exuberant rosy-cheeked medical student, who, after being attacked during a zombie feeding frenzy, unexpectedly turns into the newly undead. To blend in and appear human to her family and friends, Liv takes a job at the morgue where she must snack on the brains of murder victims in order to survive. Liv finds that with every brain she consumes, she retains a portion of the victim’s memories and sees the crime scene through their eyes. Working with a detective, she finds that helping solve murders of those who are actually dead breathes new life into her undead existence! From the creator of Veronica Mars, this fun new series premieres Tuesday March, 17th at 9PM on CW 22, your new home of The CW. Get a sneak peek by attending Raleigh’s premiere screening of iZombie.
12:30-1:15PM THE ART OF SATURDAY MORNING CARTOON PRODUCTION WITH ANIMATOR/DIRECTOR TOM COOK (ROOM 306A)
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!
12:30-1:15PM ARREST THEM DUKE BOYS! CATCHING UP WITH A GOOD OL’ BOY: JOHN SCHNEIDER (ROOM 306B/C)
You may know John Schenider from his iconic role as Bo Duke in the Dukes of Hazard, or as Superman’s father figure Johnathan Kent on Smallville, but did you know he was an 80’s country music hit maker? Get your questions ready for this legendary actor, director & singer!
1:00-1:45PM LEAVING BEHIND & LOOKING AHEAD WITH BOSS KEY: WHAT IT TAKES TO CREATE A NEW FPS GAME (ROOM 305 A/B)
Get insight from acclaimed game creator Cliff Bleszinski and the team at his brand new game studio Boss Key Productions about what it takes to create a start-up from scratch. Why did Cliff move on from a huge franchise to start something new? What does it take to bring people from around the country to one place to share one vision? All that and more, plus an opportunity to ask questions!
1:30-2:15PM OUT OF THE SHIRE WITH SEAN ASTIN (BALLROOM C)
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.
1:30–2:15PM SPOTLIGHT ON ROB LIEFELD (ROOM 306A)
Rob Liefeld is an American comic book writer, illustrator, and publisher, a prominent artist in the 1990s. In the early ‘90s, self-taught artist Liefeld became prominent due to his work on Marvel Comics' The New Mutants and later X-Force. In 1992, he and several other popular Marvel illustrators left the company to found Image Comics, which started a wave of comic books owned by their creators rather than by publishers. The first book published by Image Comics was Rob's Youngblood #1. His creations Deadpool, Cable, Youngblood and X-Force helped change the comic book landscape and remain staples of both Marvel and Image comics. Danny Fingeroth (Superman on the Couch: What Superheroes Really Tell Us About Ourselves and Our Society) moderates.
1:30–2:15PM HEAD-TO-HEAD WITH THE GREEN POWER RANGER: JASON DAVID FRANK (ROOM 306B/C)
Come see the original Green Power Ranger, Jason David Frank live in this exciting Wizard World panel. 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!
2:00–2:45PM WORLD OF WARCRAFT’S JASON HAYES PRESENTS: BREAKING INTO THE VIDEO GAME INDUSTRY WITH SPECIAL PERFORMANCE BY VIDEO GAME TRIBUTE BAND “CRITICAL HIT” (ROOM 206)
World of Warcraft’s Jason Hayes brings together the world’s best musicians to celebrate the greatest video game music of all time! From Tetris to Legend of Zelda to Halo to Skyrim to Final Fantasy and beyond, Critical Hit performs original arrangements and electrifying live performances! Plus, hear video game industry secrets directly from professionals in the field! Join Jason and fellow industry pros as they discuss what it takes to have a successful career in video games.
2:00-2:45PM TO BE ANNOUNCED
2:30–3:15PM CREATE-A-COMICS-STORY WITH SPIDER-MAN’S TOM DeFALCO AND THE FOX’S DEAN HASPIEL (ROOM 306A)
Ever wonder what it would be like to collaborate on making comics with top professionals? In this fun-and-educational session, superstar writer Tom DeFalco (Spider-Man; Thor) and celebrated artist Dean Haspiel (The Fox; Billy Dogma) 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 (Spider-Man; How to Create Comics from Script to Print)
2:30-3:15PM HANGING WITH HERCULES: KEVIN SORBO
What does it take to be legendary? Bring your questions for Kevin Sorbo, star of Hercules, Andromeda and much more! Find out what's next for the former son of Zeus, including a first look at Kevin’s work with ConTV!
3:00–3:45PM ALLONS-Y! MEET THE 10TH DOCTOR, DAVID TENNANT – V.I.P.S ONLY (BALLROOM C)
3:00-3:45PM ZERO TO COSPLAY (ROOM 305A/B)
Come and see Wizard World's Charlie Rocket along with a panel of fellow cosplayers as they show you how to go from zero to cosplay! Ever wonder how to make your favorite comic book or sci fi character come to life? Join us as we explore the step by step process of making your ideal costume. From research and planning to the small details that make all the difference, these cosplayers have you covered! Come and see construction examples and ask all of your remaining questions. Let's help this amazing community grow!
3:30–4:15PM EXPERIENCING GEEKDOM FROM A MINORITY PERSPECTIVE (ROOM 306A)
Join us as we share our experiences as minorities and geeks. We’ll look at the different paths of fandom (TV, film, comics, video games, cosplay) and rate how well they portray race, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic class, and physical ability. We’ll also discuss how our group, The Color of Fandom, fosters a diverse and inclusive geek experience for the Triangle area.
3:30–4:15PM HOWL AT THE MOON WITH TYLER HOECHLIN (ROOM 306B/C)
Tyler Hoechlin may play a werewolf with a dark past on MTV’s hit series Teen Wolf, but he’s not just another pretty face. He won awards for his roles in 7th Heaven and Road to Perdition (opposite Tom Hanks.) Learn even more about this talented actor by securing your seat for this hair-raising Q&A.
4:00–4:45PM “DEAD FANS WALKING” – WALKING DEAD FAN PANEL (ROOM 306A)
Liz and Lindi (TeamTSD.com), writers for Entertainment Weekly's EW Community, talk about the hottest show on TV—The Walking Dead. You'll have a chance to win TWD swag and prizes, plus talk about how much you love Daryl Dixon. Walkers allowed!
4:00-4:45PM BOLDLY GOING WITH WILLIAM SHATNER (BALLROOM C)
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.
4:30-5:15PM TO BE ANNOUNCED (ROOM 306A)
4:30-5:15PM MARRIED WITH… DAVID FAUSTINO (ROOM 306B/C)
Ever wonder what it was like growing up with Al and Peg Bundy as parents? David Faustino will answer your questions about working on the ground breaking television series Married with Children and his recent voice over work on “The Legend of Korra” and “Dreamworks Dragons” in this rare Q&A!
5:00–5:45PM JASON DAVID FRANK MEET AND GREET- PAID EVENT (ROOM 206)
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.
5:00-5:45PM STAR TREK NEW VOYAGES/PHASE 2 (ROOM 305A/B)
5:30–6:15PM THE UNAMBIGUOUSLY AMAZING J. J. SEDELMAIER PRESENTS HIS AWESOME ANIMATION FROM SNL, TEK JANSEN, TV FUNHOUSE AND MORE! (ROOM 306A)
Join us for a rare treat as legendary animator J.J. Sedelmaier (The Ambiguously Gay Duo, Tek Jansen, X-Presidents) shows some of his most outrageous, genre-bending cartoons and talks about his fascinating life and career, from Saturday Night Live to TV Funhouse and beyond. Danny Fingeroth (Spider-Man; WhirlGirl) moderates.
5:30-6:15PM HUNTING FOR GHOSTS WITH A PROFESSIONAL GHOSTHUNTER (ROOM 306B/C)
Join the TAPS Technology Master and Evidence Analyst from TV’s Ghosthunters, Steve Gonsalves as he hosts a spooky panel sharing the best in paranormal tales & hauntings!
6:00-6:30PM WOLFCOP'S BOSS: LOWELL DEAN (ROOM 305A/B)
Lowell Dean is a Canadian filmmaker with a talent for the twisted, whose projects have been screened and recognized internationally. Come meet the mind behind the international cult phenomenon WolfCop. In this Q&A you can learn what it takes to build a franchise, a world-wide following, and a riotous movie about an alcoholic, lycanthropic cop, all while keeping a tongue firmly in cheek.
6:00–7:00PM WIZARD WORLD CONCERT: PERFORMED BY WORLD OF WARCRAFT COMPOSER JASON HAYES AND VIDEO GAME BAND "CRITICAL HIT" (BALLROOM C)
Wizard World is proud to present an electrifying live concert of music from the most celebrated video games of all time! Embark on a rediscovery of timeless pieces from The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, World of Warcraft, Super Mario, Kingdom Hearts, Metal Gear Solid, Tetris, Pokemon, Halo, Mega Man, Sonic the Hedgehog, and more! Featuring Jason Hayes, lead composer on the original release of World of Warcraft, Critical Hit’s award-winning musicians record for top-grossing video games, movies, and TV shows and perform live at the The Emmy’s, Cirque Du Soleil, American Idol, and symphony orchestras worldwide.
6:30–8:30PM “WOLF COP” SCREENING (ROOM 305A/B)
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. (Ages 18+)
7:00–9:00PM WIZARD WORLD COSTUME CONTEST (BALLROOM C)
Hosted by our very own superheroes Billy Patterson and Mo Lightning, 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! With special guest judges including Charlie Rocket Cosplay. Anyone interested in participating can sign-up at the Information booth on Saturday! We’ll see you there!
9:00PM–CLOSE OFFICIAL WIZARD WORLD AFTER PARTY
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 After Party – location to be announced. Free with your Wizard World wristband! 21+
SUNDAY, MARCH 15
11:00-11:45PM ALLONS-Y! MEET THE 10TH DOCTOR, DAVID TENNANT – V.I.P.S ONLY (BALLROOM A)
11:30–12:15PM MAKING STEAMPUNK: THE FUTURE THAT NEVER WAS (ROOM 305A/B)
Learn about steampunk, the science fiction movement inspired by the Victorian tales of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. Award-winning steampunk maker and costumer Brett King will talk about the history of the movement and demonstrate amazing steampunk devices.
11:30– 12:15PM FROM CAP’S SHIELD TO AGENTS OF SHIELD TO GROOT! MARVEL COMICS AT 76 with DANNY FINGEROTH & PETER DAVID (ROOM 306A)
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. Peter David (The Incredible Hulk; X-Factor) and Danny Fingeroth (Spider-Man; researcher on Taschen’s 75 Years of Marvel: From the Golden Age to the Silver Screen) present an illustrated tour through the more than seven decades of the phenomenon that is Marvel.
12:00–12:45PM ARROW FAN PANEL (ROOM 306B/C)
Join Liz and Lindi (TeamTSD.com), writers for Entertainment Weekly's EW Community, to talk about the latest in Starling City! You'll also have a chance to win some amazing 'Arrow' prizes!
12:30-1:15PM TO BE ANNOUNCED (ROOM 305A/B)
12:30–1:15PM MINECRAFT YOUTUBERS: JUXCRAFT SMP (ROOM 306A)
1:00-1:45PM OUT FOR A BITE WITH JAMES MARSTERS (ROOM 306B/C)
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!
1:30–2:15PM HARRY POTTER & THE GENETICS OF WIZARDING (ROOM 305A/B)
Dr. Eric Spana, a Duke Biology Professor, discusses the genetics of the Wizarding gene in the Harry Potter Universe. By examining the evidence in the books and films, he finds that wizarding is a dominant, autosomal gain-of-function mutation. He goes on to calculate the mutation rate in the muggle population and proposes a new theory for the occurrence of Squibs. Fun for all ages and you just might learn something.
1:30-2:15PM SUPERWOMEN OF COMICS WITH X-MEN’S ANN NOCENTI, DISNEY’S POCAHANTAS’ BARBARA SLATE, BILLY DOGMA’S DEAN HASPIEL & AZA ENTERTAINMENT’S JAZMIN TRUESDALE (ROOM 306A)
Jazmin Truesdale, founder and creator of Aza Entertainment, home of a roster of all-new multicultural female superheroes (debuting in 2016) will tell us why and how she decided to launch this new venture. Joining her are Aza writer Ann Nocenti (Daredevil; the X-Men), as well as Barbara Slate (Disney’s Pocahontas; You Can Do a Graphic Novel) and Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma; The Fox). Danny Fingeroth (Dazzler; Spider-Man) moderates.
1:30–2:00PM THE GREEN POWER RANGER HALF-HOUR OF POWER (TBD)
Attention children of all-ages, their parents and anyone else that loves karate! Come KICK IT with the Green Power Ranger himself, Jason David Frank, in this special ½ hour long karate class!
2:00-2:45PM THE MISTRESS OF THE DARK: ELVIRA (ROOM 306B/C)
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 favorites stories and maybe hear some new ones during this 45 minute fan Q&A.
2:30-3:15PM GAME OF THRONES FAN PANEL (ROOM 305A/B)
Join Liz and Lindi (TeamTSD.com), writers for Entertainment Weekly's EW Community, to talk about the latest in the land of Westeros. We'll be talking about the amazing new promo that was released, and you'll have a chance to win some awesome GoT swag and prizes—you won't want to miss it! PS, keep your dragons on a leash.
2:30–3:15PM WHAT YOU CAN DO TO PREVENT BULLYING (ROOM 306A)
Have you ever wondered how you can be a hero? Either for yourself or for others? Bullying affects over 3.2 million students each year, yet 1 in 4 teachers think it's a problem. And the effects can last a lifetime. Nor does it necessarily stop when you leave school. Learn warning signs to help identify bullying and tactics for how to handle it as a victim, loved one or bystander. Hosted by Nick Popier.
3:30–4:15PM WIZARD WORLD KID’S COSTUME CONTEST (ROOM 305A/B)
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!
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