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PANEL & PRESENTATION ROOMS
120 – GENERAL PROGRAMMING
123 – THE TIPSY WIZARD LOUNGE*
130 – GENERAL PROGRAMMING
131 – GENERAL PROGRAMMING
132 – GENERAL PROGRAMMING
163 – GENERAL PROGRAMMING
224/225 – CELEBRITY PROGRAMMING (SATURDAY ONLY)
GAMING STAGE - SHOW FLOOR

*Need a relaxing hideaway from the show floor? Come enjoy Wizard World's all new lounge – The Tipsy Wizard

FRIDAY, APRIL 1
4:00-8:00PM FORTUNE, FINANCIALS & THE FUTURE: FREE TAROT CARD READING WITH LITTLE FOX TAROT (ROOM 123)
Melissa Cynova is owner of Little Fox Tarot, and has been reading tarot cards and teaching classes since 1989. She can be found in the St. Louis area, and is available for personal readings, parties and beginner and advanced tarot classes. Look for her first book, "Kitchen Table Tarot" to be released January 2017 from Llewellyn Publishing.

Stop by The Tipsy Wizard (Room 123) to get a tarot reading with her Justice League Tarot Deck by artist Sara Richards! Tips appreciated.

4:00-5:30PM STREET FIGHTER V BOOT CAMP (GAMING STAGE)
Get one on one training on Street Fighter V, from top pro players, Gootecks and Justin Wong! Learn Tips and Tricks and get better to take down your competition. Rise Up!

4:30-5:15PM COSABILITY – DISABLED AND PROUD (ROOM 130)
Join Kirsten and Kaitlin at the CosAbility panel and learn how to cosplay with a disability!! The girls explore the amazing world of cosplaying thru the eyes of those with special needs. Kirsten presents numerous beloved characters and super heroes who deal with actual disAbilities and Kaitlin brings her sketching to life with a state of the art camera system that enables the audience to participate as she develops her drawings. Come and be a part as we make cosplaying something everyone can do. You never know, your disability could be your greatest superpower!

5:00-5:45PM BUSINESS FOR GEEKS 101: A Q&A (ROOM 132)
Do you own or want to own a business doing what you love? Are you a crafter, artist, or entrepreneur and have questions on how to start or grow a business? Join our panel of small business owners for a Q & A session to answer those questions. Presented by Craft Hackers. Panelists include Toni Smith, James L Young, and Alexa Heart

5:30-7:00PM TEKKEN 7 EXHIBITION (GAMING STAGE)
Be one of the first to play Tekken 7 and go one-on-one against veteran gamers.

5:30-6:15PM THE REBIRTH OF THE SWORD: A LOOK INTO THE MODERN PRACTICE OF HISTORICAL EUROPEAN MARTIAL ARTS (ROOM 130)
Discussion of the modern-day Historical European Martial Arts rebirth, in which today’s martial artists attempt to recreate the works of historical masters. With a primary focus on sword arts, including rapier, longsword, sidesword, dagger, and smallsword, we will talk about historical sources and demonstrate some of the weapons being practiced today. Movie/TV sword buffs can ask questions about the actual practice of their favorite weapons.

5:30-6:15PM HOW TO DRAW FUNNY! WITH THE SIMPSONS’ PHIL ORTIZ, REN & STIMPY’S BOB CAMP AND NANCY’S GUY GILCHRIST (ROOM 131)
Ever wonder how humor artists are able to create characters and stories that leave us laughing like idiots? Today, some one of the finest practitioners of the simple art of humor—Phil Ortiz (The Simpsons), Bob Camp (Ren & Stimpy), and Guy Gilchrist (Nancy) tell and show you how they do it! Moderated by Danny Fingeroth (How to Create Comics from Script to Print).

6:00-6:30PM FALCONRY – AN ANCIENT ART – FLYING PERFORMANCES (ROOM 123)
The sport of Kings has humble beginnings, some warrior in the heartlands of Asia decided that a raptor was quicker than an arrow. Listen and be entertained as Wildlife Command Center tells the tale of taking a wild and majestic bird of prey and training it to hunt alongside you to take wild quarry.

6:00-6:45 BASIC WIG SELECTION AND CARE (ROOM 132)
Join SuperKayce in a panel that will cover basic wig selection, how to care for your wigs, and styling tricks! Find that you have a hard time putting on a wig or you’re losing the quality of your wig? Bring your questions and get some answers!

6:30-7:15PM ODE TO LEADING LADIES (ROOM 130)
Woman Leads and Female Heroes are rapidly evolving. Rey in Star Wars 7 has spurred many discussions! What have creators fought for in the past for their women title characters and what key ingredients do creators pour into their female leads today? Hear from Genese Davis (The Holder's Dominion), Shawntelle Madison (Under My Skin), Ellie Ann (Slice of Life), and Meredith Tate (Missing Pieces) as they share their creation process for women heroes, what they think female characters can tackle, and what they foresee happening to female heroes in the future.

6:30-7:15PM HOW TO WRITE COMICS with DREAM THIEF’S JAI NITZ, ORIGINS UNKNOWN’S VICTOR DANDRIDGE & SPIDER-MAN’S DANNY FINGEROTH (ROOM 131)
Accomplished comics writers Jai Nitz (Dream Thief; Amazing Spider-Man), Victor Dandridge (Vantage: Inhouse Productions; Origins Unknown) and Danny Fingeroth (How to Create Comics From Script to Print; Spider-Man) talk about how to put together a compelling comics story. Plus, they’ll 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!

7:00-7:45PM COSPLAY CHARACTER IMMERSION AND IMPROV WITH WIZARD WORLD COSPLAY GUEST AARON RABE (ROOM 132)
In this panel, professional cosplayer Aaron Rabe will cover ways and techniques he uses to achieve cosplay immersion while he is at a convention. He will demonstrate some things then will have people help him with some demonstrations and have them do some improvisation. The purpose is to get people more comfortable in character and to not be afraid to put on a voice or act.

7:00-8:00PM GAMING WITH JAMES MARSTERS (GAMING STAGE)
Come out and game with Buffy the Vampire Slayers own James Marsters! James Marsters, will be picking out fans from the audience to come up on stage to play games so get your hand eye coordination ready. (Game TBD)

7:30-8:15PM GAME OF FANDOM: A ‘GAME OF THRONES’ FAN EXPERIENCE (ROOM 130)
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!

7:30-8:15PM SPOILERS! PHASE THREE SPECULATION ON THE MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE (ROOM 131) If you read comics at all, chances are good that you have your own theories on what’s to come in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and how Feige, the Russo Brothers, James Gunn and all the Creatives at Marvel Studios are shaping it all up. Come listen to comic book author Victor Dandridge (self-publishing writer of Vantage: Inhouse Productions and co-host of Black, White & Read All Over), Damian Beurer (Super Power Beat Down) and Matt Key (Kevin Smith’s Fatman on Batman, PopCorn Talk’s Marvel Movie News) discuss what is to come and answer all your burning questions!

8:30–10:30PM CREATOR PRO AM: DRINK & DRAW (ROOM 123 – THE TIPSY WIZARD)
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! Hosted by Victor Dandridge. Vantage:Inhouse Productions and U Cre-8 Comics are providing special content as prizes for the D&D winners.

SATURDAY, APRIL 2
10:30-12:00PM STREET FIGHTER V BOOTCAMP (GAMING STAGE)
Get one on one training on Street Fighter V, from top pro players, Gootecks and Justin Wong! Learn Tips and Tricks and get better to take down your competition. Rise Up!

11:00-11:45AM COMICS STARTUP 101: LEGAL AND BUSINESS TIPS FOR THE INDEPENDENT COMICS CREATOR (ROOM 131)
If you are just starting out making independent comics, or would like to professionalize and elevate your current business model, then you should attend this panel that will explore the key legal and business issues you will need to be aware of as you launch your comics career. Join Douglas Paszkiewicz (Creator - Arsenic Lullaby), Jen Patton (Co-founder - C4: Comic Creators Coffee Club, Artist - You've Got Tail), and attorney Dirk Vanover as we discuss corporate formation, trademarks, copyrights, contracts, and many more issues affecting your business. We'll also cover major legal disputes from the comic book world and explain how you can avoid them.

11:30-12:15PM VISIBILITY ISN’T A SUPERPOWER (ROOM 120)
The landscape of publishing seems to be blossoming at last with diverse characters in strong, positive roles. But is this just a passing phase, or have publishers truly opened the inclusive door to minorities, the LGBT+ community, and those with disabilities? Join special guest speakers Zac Brewer, NYT Bestselling author of The Vladimir Tod series, Shawntelle Madison (Coveted series) and John Herrick (Between These Walls) to hear their perspectives and share yours. Respectful questions and discussion are largely encouraged!

11:30-3:30PM FORTUNE, FINANCIALS & THE FUTURE: FREE TAROT CARD READING WITH LITTLE FOX TAROT (ROOM 123)
Melissa Cynova is owner of Little Fox Tarot, and has been reading tarot cards and teaching classes since 1989. She can be found in the St. Louis area, and is available for personal readings, parties and beginner and advanced tarot classes. Look for her first book, "Kitchen Table Tarot" to be released January 2017 from Llewellyn Publishing.

Stop by The Tipsy Wizard (Room 123) to get a tarot reading with her Justice League Tarot Deck by artist Sara Richards! Tips appreciated.

11:30-12:15PM POKEMON GAME SHOW (ROOM 130)
Calling all Pokemon fans! Join SuperKayceCosplay and RealBreakingNate as audience members battle it out in this epic game show event! You might just have to answer a simple trivia question OR you could get stuck with a Pokemon dare challenge! Either way there will be tons of fun and even more laughs! So come test your Poke skills and win some prizes along the way!

11:30-12:15PM DC HEROES ON TV (ROOM 132)
In the last year the DC Comics universe has grown as Super Girl and Legends of Tomorrow have joined the brand's current roster of television programming. This panel asks how are these show doing while also examining the continuing adventures of The Flash, the Arrow while also looking at why these shows are so popular.

12:00PM NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: ULTIMATE NINJA STORM 4 - TOURNAMENT POOL A (GAMING STAGE)
Watch as the top Naruto players in St. Louis go head to head to see who will move on to compete in the final 8.

12:00-12:45PM WORDS CREATE WORLDS – LESSONS FROM A STORYTELLER (ROOM 131)
If you have ever thought “I want to write a book” or wonder if your story can be told in song but don’t know where to begin or how to continue, this is perfect for you! Aspiring and current writers will want to take part in this interactive workshop to ask questions and learn about what it takes to write a book and be a published author or songwriter! Come and learn about the writing process from author, singer/songwriter, and advocate James Morris (Sky Bound, Water Tower, Surface) as he shares the challenges and excitement that comes with creating new worlds. This workshop will discuss the art of storytelling and share valuable tips, tricks, and organizational skills to help get you started and keep going. Be sure to bring your questions. This workshop is perfect for writers and aspiring writers of all ages.

12:30-1:30PM ANIME FAMILY FEUD (ROOM 120)
Anime Family Feud is like the game show but with questions containing Japanese culture and anime you see on TV. Teams will will face off against each other to claim victory!

12:30-1:15PM VILLAINS VERSUS VILLAINS (ROOM 130)
A battle royale between villains! What makes a great monster or just plain psycho-antagonist? Creators divulge which characters claim the best villain award. Why do some win our hearts while others creep us out? Special guest speakers Genese Davis (The Holders Dominion), Ryan Dalton (The Year of Lighting), Emilyann Girdner (The Labyrinth Wall) and Brad R. Cook (The Iron Chronicles) will share their perspectives and creative process including what key ingredients they focus on when creating vicious characters. Don't miss this thrilling discussion.

12:30-1:15PM GR1ND: WHERE TRUE CRIME AND COMICS CLASH (ROOM 132)
GR1ND Studios is bringing variety to the comic shelf by way of the American underground. These groundbreaking graphic novels tell the true story of prohibition-era mobsters, inner-city drug lords, and suburban drug dealers. Penned by true-crime historians and urban fiction authors, the works are raw and authentic. GR1ND is also creating opportunities for convicts to make comics based on real-life experience. Let the writers and artists introduce you to this modern take on golden age crime comics.
GR1ND is a collaboration between Seth Ferranti (VICE, Gorilla Convict) and Anthony Mathenia (Stache) The goal is to take American comics into new frontiers by pairing urban-fiction writers like Wahida Clark (NYT, Ebony Bestseller) and true-crime historians like Christian Cipollini (A&E Biography, History Channel) with indie comic illustrators. Together they are creating compelling tales of criminal enterprise and gangster lore not seen since the Comic Code.

We will be showcasing Supreme Team and Easter Bunny Assassin. Additional panelists include Joe Wills (The Illustrata, Ink & Drink) and Levi Barnes (Easter Bunny Assassin).

12:30-1:15PM COSABILITY – DISABLED AND PROUD (ROOM 163)
Join Kirsten and Kaitlin at the CosAbility panel and learn how to cosplay with a disability!! The girls explore the amazing world of cosplaying thru the eyes of those with special needs. Kirsten presents numerous beloved characters and super heroes who deal with actual disAbilities and Kaitlin brings her sketching to life with a state of the art camera system that enables the audience to participate as she develops her drawings. Come and be a part as we make cosplaying something everyone can do. You never know, your disability could be your greatest superpower!

1:00PM OFFICIAL BANDAI NAMCO ANIME COSPLAY GROUP PHOTO (BANDAI BOOTH – GAMING 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!

1:00-2:00PM GAMING WITH SEAN SCHEMMEL (GAMING STAGE)
KAMEHAMEHA! Come out and catch Sean Schemmel, the voice of Goku from the highly popular Dragon Ball Z series. Watch as he takes on fans and plays as Goku in more ways than one.

1:00-1:45PM THE ART OF SATURDAY MORNING CARTOON PRODUCTION WITH ANIMATOR/DIRECTOR TOM COOK (ROOM 131)
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. 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.

1:00-1:45PM ALLONS-Y! DAVID TENNANT AND BILLIE PIPER (ROOM 224/225)

1:30-2:15PM CREATING EPIC SCI-FI AND FANTASY WORLDS (ROOM 130)
Join authors Ellie Ann and Ryan Dalton as they discuss how to build convincing science fiction worlds that engage readers and make your story better.

1:30-2:15PM WHAT IS STEAMPUNK? (ROOM 132)
Starting quietly in fandom, this movement has gained so much popular support that steam has made the jump to mainstream, but what is it? Fashion, sub culture, role playing game? Everyone knows this this aesthetic has a design sensibility that borrows from our steam-engine past to imagine a Victorian future that never was. From Victorian England to American Wild West, to the deepest of darkest Africa, fashion from all over the world is fair game. But how to you take part and look like a expert? This panel will talk about how to build props and devices for the steam punk costume of your dreams and about the how different people Approach this thing called Steampunk. This Panel will focus on questions starting at basic level that allows for beginners, but informative enough that experts can also gain insight from this panel, it is open to all who wish to learn about steam punk, in a half lecture, half Q and A format.

Come explore Steampunk with Joshua Hart AKA Baron Bon Bar, noted local to St Louis Steampunk artist who has had nationwide exposure, at other conventions such at DragonCon nationally and local favorites like Archon, and also made appearances in several books and websites, including Geeks are Sexy, Boing Boing, 1000 incredible costume ideas, and the international steam punk book of fashion to name just a few.

1:30-2:15PM VIPs OF SELF-PUBLISHING (ROOM 163)
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.

2:00PM TEKKEN 7 - TOURNAMENT POOL B (GAMING STAGE)
Catch all the action and watch as the best in St. Louis go head to head in the highly anticipated, unreleased, Tekken 7! With $3,000 on the line, this is sure to be a battle!

2:00-2:45PM DEAD FANS WALKING: ‘THE WALKING DEAD’ FAN PANEL (ROOM 120)
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 the epic 90-minute season 6 finale and give you a chance to share yours, too! Follow @Pure_Fandom on Twitter to get a sneak peek of prizes!

2:00-2:45PM WONDER WOMAN AT 75: FROM DIANA TO LYNDA TO GAL with SUPERMAN ON THE COUCH’S DANNY FINGEROTH AND SUPERHERO’S PETER COOGAN (ROOM 131)
Everyone knows the iconic image of Wonder Woman—but who is she really? Debuting in 1941’s All Star Comics #8, Wonder Woman has from the very beginning been a symbol of female empowerment. But exactly what that means and how it has been represented over the decades and across media have been topics of intense speculation and debate. What were WW creators William Moulton Marston and Harry G. Peter trying to convey through the Amazon princess—and what has been the character’s subtext as she went through numerous incarnations in comics, the Lynda Carter-starring 1970s TV series, her animated version in DC cartoons, and her most recent portrayal in the just-opened Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice? Join comics historians Danny Fingeroth (Superman on the Couch: What Superheroes Really Tell Us About Ourselves and Our Society) and Dr. Peter Coogan (Superhero: The Secret Origin of a Genre) as they present a slideshow history of Wonder Woman and discuss her cultural significance over more than seven decades.

2:00-2:30PM MIKE COLTER: HERO FOR HIRE (ROOM 224/225)
We caught a brief glimpse of his powers in Marvel’s Jessica Jones, but later this year, we get to see the full extent of Luke Cage’s powers! Join the Hero for Hire himself, Mike Colter, as he tells stories from the Jessica Jones set and previews (spoiler-free, of course) what we should expect from the upcoming Marvel’s Luke Cage, debuting in September.

2:30-3:00PM FALCONRY – AN ANCIENT ART – FLYING PERFORMANCES (ROOM 123)
The sport of Kings has humble beginnings, some warrior in the heartlands of Asia decided that a raptor was quicker than an arrow. Listen and be entertained as Wildlife Command Center tells the tale of taking a wild and majestic bird of prey and training it to hunt alongside you to take wild quarry.

2:30-3:15PM DOCTOR WHO: THE TENNANT/SMITH YEARS (ROOM 130)
Join members of the St. Louis Celestial Intervention Agency for a look at the similarities and differences of The Doctor as portrayed by David Tennant and Matt Smith. Because of these actors the show achieved unprecedented global popularity and moved into mainstream popularity. This panel compares their respective eras and discusses why they remain so popular.

2:30-3:15 VILLAINESSES: THE BAD WOMEN OF COMICS AND GAMES AND WHY WE LOVE THEM (ROOM 132)
Join the women of Super Heroines, Etc. as we explore our favorite villainesses. Continuing our women-focused series, we take a look at our favorite women villains. From evil queens and witches, to sinister seductresses, to calculating political players, these women have played key roles in the stories we've come to love. But what makes them so compelling? What drives them? What keeps them going? And why are they sometimes so much more complex than their heroine counterparts? We will explore these and other questions, as we talk everything villainess.

2:30-3:15 SURVIVING HELL’S KITCHEN: CHARLIE COX & ELDEN HENSON (ROOM 224/225)
Now that you’re (hopefully) done binge-watching season 2 of Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix, grab a seat and hear behind-the-scenes stories from the actors who graced the set: Charlie Cox (Daredevil), Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson). Where are these characters heading? How does Hell’s Kitchen fit into the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe? Charlie, Jon, and Elden will give their thoughts and take your questions!

3:00-3:45PM ONE-ON-ONE WITH POWER RANGER: JASON DAVID FRANK (ROOM 120)
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.

3:00-3:45PM GETTING STARTED IN COMICS (ROOM 131)
Sometimes the first step is the hardest. Want to produce your comic for the world to see? Then find out what it takes from Xeric Grant winner, and successful Kickstarter campaigner Jai Nitz. Find out the first steps from the inception of an idea to how to get your comics distributed globally. Take your first step today!

3:30-4:15PM NERDTREPRENEURS: LADIES TURNING FANDOMS INTO CAREERS (ROOM 130)
Are you a passionate gamer looking to start your own studio? Or a crafter who wants to sell your awesome creations to others? This panel is for you! The nerd world has endless possibilities when it comes to stories and imagination – but it also offers a landscape where many can discover their inner-entrepreneur. This group of talented, creative women are some of the many who are forging their own career path through nerdy pursuits. Join Wendy Buske (co-founder of Nerd For A Living), Fox Smith (actress, singer, president of Super Heroines, Etc.), Mary McKenzie (co-founder of indie game studio, Volcano Bean), Amanda Nuckolls (CEO of GnomeAcres) and more as they share advice with those looking to start their own nerdy business or pursuit.

3:30-4:15PM COSPLAY CONSTRUCTION FOR BEGINNERS (ROOM 132)
Is the idea of breaking into the cosplay scene a daunting one? Sisters Hannah and Sarah Ashley of CulinaryCosplay are here to address these worries- by giving insight into skills, methods, and material that all amateur cosplayers should know about before making their very first costumes, as well as discussing personal mishaps in their own costumes along the way. Covering where to shop, materials, tools, workshop spaces, construction, and questions.

3:30-4:15PM BOLDLY GOING WITH WILLIAM SHATNER (ROOM 224/225)
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.

4:00-4:45PM WIZARD WORLD PRESENTS: THE HILLYWOODS (ROOM 120)
The Hillywood Show is the brainchild of internet celebrities, comedy sister duo Hilly & Hannah Hindi. Each parody features song & dance parodies of blockbuster films such as The Hobbit, Harry Potter, The Hobbit and Twilight along with popular TV shows & celebrities such as Doctor Who, The Vampire Diaries & Lady Gaga! Their incredible costumes & makeup would impress even the most seasoned Saturday Night Live cast member! With over 100,000,000 views The Hillywood Show continues to grow! Two sisters creating everything with just one camera! The Hillywood Show has been recognized and approved by BBC AMERICA, CAST MEMBERS FROM DOCTOR WHO, LADY GAGA, CHRIS HARDWICK, PSY, IAN SOMERHALDER, NINA DOBREV, PAUL WESLEY, TERESA PALMER, THE CAST OF THE TWILIGHT SAGA, MTV, RYAN SEACREST and more!

4:00-5:00PM FINISH THE FIGHT! (GAMING STAGE)
Come see the main stars of the Halo universe. Steve Downes (Voice of Master Chief) and Jen Taylor (Voice of Cortana) live on the Gaming Stage. Don’t miss your chance to ask your questions in this special audience Q&A.

4:00-5:00PM COMIC CON CONCERTO IN F MAJOR—THE FERAL FILKER (ACOUSTIC GUITAR AND VOCAL) (ROOM 123)
Described as a mix of "Weird Al" and Classic Celtic, fantasy author and Feral Filker C.S. Marks performs a few of her humorous original pieces as well as some old favorites. Come and find out "Why Elves Don't Get Dirty," what really happened at the Council of Elrond, and why one should think twice before consuming "Con-Suite Chili." Rated PG for occasional innuendo and intermittent tastelessness.

4:00-4:45PM BATMAN 1966/2016: FROM ‘60s CAMP TO DAWN OF JUSTICE with SUPERMAN ON THE COUCH’S DANNY FINGEROTH AND SUPERHERO’S DR. PETER COOGAN (ROOM 131)
Every generation gets their own Batman—sometimes more than one. Join comics historians Danny Fingeroth (Superman on the Couch: What Superheroes Really Tell Us About Ourselves and Our Society) and Dr. Peter Coogan (Superhero: The Secret Origin of a Genre) as they present a slideshow history of The Dark Knight, with an emphasis on his evolution from ‘60s “camp” TV phenomenon to ‘80s grim & gritty creature of the night to today’s media phenomenon of Gotham and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

4:30-5:15PM VIDEO GAME INDUSTRY: FORGE YOUR CAREER! (ROOM 130)
Video games have created innovative careers with their unique design and development process. From artwork and programming to marketing, promotion, pro-gaming and entertaining, this panel will unveil unique sides to the video game industry. Hear from special guest speakers Genese Davis (The Holder's Dominion) Carol Mertz (Happy Badger Studio), Andrew Garrison (Jundroo Games), and TJ Hughes (Happy Badger Studio) about the game creation process, what questions developers ask, and what key ingredients they pour into each segment of game design and game play. Find out what brings it all together and the career possibilities in the video game industry.

4:30-5:15PM COSPLAY & SOCIAL MEDIA (ROOM 132)
Cosplay and social media go hand in hand in today's community. We discuss the ways social media has brought our wide world community together, changed the face of cosplay and good practices for your personal Cosplay pages.

4:30-5:15PM THE DOCTOR WILL SEE YOU: MATT SMITH (ROOM 224/225)
English TV actor, thespian and film director, Matt Smith, is joining Wizard World for an inside look into his journey as actor. Best known for his portrayal of the wibbly-wobbly Doctor in the BBC's Doctor Who, Matt Smith has not only left his indelible mark on the 50-year-old legacy, but also taught us that bow ties and fish sticks with custard are cool. Smith began carrying the mantel of Time Lord back in 2009 as the youngest Doctor in the show's history, and just retired his sonic screwdriver during the sentimental and heartfelt Christmas Special episode this past December. Join us for this discussion with Matt Smith as he shares his favorite memories of traveling through time, his growth as an actor over the past 4 years, and how being the iconic Doctor has changed his life.

5:00PM STREET FIGHTER V – TOURNAMENT POOL C (GAMING STAGE)
Who will Rise Up above the competition?! Come support your favorite fighters in St. Louis. Watch them battle it in Street Fighter V and see who will move on to compete in the final 8 for a chance at $3,000 in cash prizes!

5:00-5:45PM FROM THE AVENGERS TO AGENT CARTER TO JESSICA JONES—AND SOME DUDE NAMED DEADPOOL! MARVEL COMICS AT 77 WITH SPIDER-MAN’S DANNY FINGEROTH (ROOM 131)
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 (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.

5:30-7:30PM LIVE GAME JAM: WHERE VIDEO GAME DEVELOPMENT COMES TO LIFE!
A must-see special event, join local video game developers as they unveil a Live Game Jam right before your eyes! A game jam is an organized get-together with the intention of creating a full game – from conception to completion – in a pre-determined, short period of time. In this case, two-action-packed-hours! Popular Indie games such as World of Goo and Surgeon Simulator 2013 were both created during this same type of rapid prototyping. So bring your family and friends to this one-of-a-kind adventure where creatives from the St. Louis Game Developer Co-Op including Jenny Gibbons and Malcolm Pierce from Thesis Games will team up with audiences to decide on the theme for the jam, brainstorm the game idea, and then create a brand new video game live on stage!

5:30-6:15PM IT’S YOUR WRITE! (ROOM 130)
Creating worlds and characters can be a daunting idea. However, with the right tools, research, and inspiration, the wonderful world of creating and writing becomes your oasis. Join Genese Davis (The Holder's Dominion), Rob Prior (Heavy Metal), James Young (On Seas So Crimson), and Jennifer Stolzer (Write Pack Radio) as they divulge their experience creating worlds and storytelling and how gender and genre sometimes conflict or combine in interesting ways.

5:30-6:15PM COSTUMING FOR BEGINNERS WITH ROBIN JOHNSON JR (ROOM 132)
Ever want that perfect suit but don't have the money? You don't know how to sew but want to piece together your next project? Well come listen in as Costumer Robin Johnson Jr. will help you work through starting that perfect suit regardless of your experience level. I will cover sewing and non-sewing and working with basic materials that you can find at home or even your favorite restaurant.

5:30-6:15PM JASON DAVID FRANK MEET AND GREET – PAID EVENT (ROOM 163)
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.

6:00-6:45PM CHARACTERS OF COLOR: FROM BLACK PANTHER TO AQUALAD (ROOM 131)
This round table discusses the progression of the Black presence in main stream comics since the 1960s. Throughout the history of comics, the black image may have been jaded in popularity, but there have been many successes. This is an opportunity to analyze what makes a character of color successful throughout the ages despite their race, and how the diversity of these characters solidify their presence within the comic book universe. Hosted by the creators of Pocket Con: The comic book convention that celebrates characters of color in the comic book world.

6:00-7:00PM NERD STUFF COMEDY (ROOM 123)
Impolite Company presents Nerd Stuff: A Stand-Up Comedy Showcase featuring some of St. Louis's funniest comedians, who also happen to be big nerds. Come laugh with us as Brandon Judd, Chris Cyr, Justin Luke, Sarah Bursich, and Tree Sanchez give you just a small sampling of the St. Louis Independent Comedy scene.

6:30-7:15PM BACK TO THE FUTURE: ADVENTURES IN A DELOREAN TIME MACHINE (ROOM 130)
"Join professional time travelers Terry and Oliver Holler as they take you BACK through their incredible journey, then inspire you forward TO THE FUTURE!"

Terry and Oliver Holler hand-built their own DeLorean Time Machine, inspired by the film, Back to the Future. They travel the world raising awareness and funding for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research and promoting the official website BackToTheFuture.com.

7:00-9:00PM WIZARD WORLD COSTUME CONTEST SPONSORED BY BANDAI NAMCO (ROOM 224/225) Hosted by Victor Dandridge and Aaron Rabe, 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 Kayce Super, Robin Johnson Jr., and Liz Schuster! Anyone interested in participating can sign-up at the Wizard World Information booth inside the exhibition floor on Saturday. Registration closes at 5PM! We’ll see you there! (Recommended for ages 13+)

8:00PM–1:00AM 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 After Party! Music supplied by DJ A-Flex Show your wristband for FREE admission. Located at Budweiser Signature Club, located upstairs at The Dome. 18+

SUNDAY, APRIL 3
10:00AM NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: ULTIMATE NINJA STORM 4 - TOURNAMENT TOP 8 FINALS (GAMING STAGE)
The time has come. Who will be the ULTIMATE NINJA?! Watch as the top 8 finalists compete and see who walks always St. Louis Naruto Champion!

11:00-3:00PM FORTUNE, FINANCIALS & THE FUTURE: FREE TAROT CARD READING WITH LITTLE FOX TAROT (ROOM 123)
Melissa Cynova is owner of Little Fox Tarot, and has been reading tarot cards and teaching classes since 1989. She can be found in the St. Louis area, and is available for personal readings, parties and beginner and advanced tarot classes. Look for her first book, "Kitchen Table Tarot" to be released January 2017 from Llewellyn Publishing.

Stop by The Tipsy Wizard (Room 123) to get a tarot reading with her Justice League Tarot Deck by artist Sara Richards! Tips appreciated.

11:00-11:45AM GEEKEN OUT AROUND TOWN (ROOM 130)
Join us as we discuss geeky happenings around town. Hear from several groups such as C4, Gateway Ghosterbusters, Gateway Superfriends, Super Heroines, Etc, St Louis Sci- Fi and Fansty Club, Z.O.D. and Zombie Squad about how they can help connect you to the fan community of your dreams. Groups will discuss local events and how to get involed! JOIN US AND GET YOUR GEEK ON!

11:30-12:15PM THE VOICES IN YOUR HEAD WITH SEAN SCHEMMEL (ROOM 120)
Sean Schemmel (English voice of Goku, Dragon Ball Z) tells stories and answers your questions on voicing one of geekdoms most beloved characters.

11:30-12:15PM SATURDAY MORNING CARTOONS: A 55 YEAR HISTORY (ROOM 131)
The year 2015 marked the first year since 1960 that there are no cartoons being shown on network TV on Saturday Mornings. Come and celebrate the 55 year run of Saturday Morning Cartoons as we explore the scheduling and hundreds of great cartoons that we all grew up with... learn a bit about the history of cartoons and see if you can find a few favorites of yours that have been lost in your memory banks. This will be a fast moving interactive panel hosted by Hanna-Barbera and Filmation Studios Animator/Director Tom Cook as he references most all of the cartoons that graced the Saturday Morning schedule from 1960 until the early 1990s... prepare your minds for 45 minutes of Nostalgic Cartoon Memories and get ready to say "Hey... I remember that one".

12:00PM TEKKEN 7 - TOURNAMENT TOP 8 FINALS (GAMING STAGE)
Many have entered but only 8 remain. Watch the final 8 ground and pound their way to the top until there is only one. Who will be the St. Louis Tekken Master?

12:00-12:30PM FALCONRY – AN ANCIENT ART – FLYING PERFORMANCES (ROOM 123)
The sport of Kings has humble beginnings, some warrior in the heartlands of Asia decided that a raptor was quicker than an arrow. Listen and be entertained as Wildlife Command Center tells the tale of taking a wild and majestic bird of prey and training it to hunt alongside you to take wild quarry.

12:00-12:45PM ‘DOCTOR WHO’ ULTIMATE FAN PANEL (ROOM 130)
What’s that noise?! It’s the sound of the TARDIS! Liz and Lindi, creators of PureFandom.com and writers for Entertainment Weekly, bring you a family-friendly 'Doctor Who’ panel. They'll have prizes and giveaways, plus a chance for you to share your love for your favorite Doctor. Kids welcomed and encouraged! Follow @Pure_Fandom on Twitter to get a sneak peek of prizes!

12:30-1:15PM AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D.: ELIZABETH HENSTRIDGE (ROOM 120)
As Agent Jemma Simmons, Elizabeth Henstridge has seen every side of the Marvel Universe: She’s fought alongside S.H.I.E.L.D., infiltrated Hydra, survived the harsh conditions of a mysterious, possibly Inhuman planet & more! What’s next for Agent Simmons? Bring your questions and find out.

12:30-1:15PM SUPERSTAR ARTISTS: ALIAS/JESSICA JONES’ MICHAEL GAYDOS, BATMAN’S RICK BURCHETT, TMNT’S BILLY MARTIN & THE TWELFTH DOCTOR’S RACHAEL STOTT (ROOM 131)
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 Michael Gaydos (Alias/Jessica Jones; Spider-Man), Rick Burchett (Batman; Wonder Woman), Billy Martin (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; lead Guitarist of multi-platinum selling band Good Charlotte) and Rachael Stott (The Twelfth Doctor Year 2; Star Trek/Planet of the Apes). Danny Fingeroth (How to Create Comics from Script to Print; Spider-Man) moderates.

12:30-1:15PM U CRE-8 COMICS PRESENTS: CHARACTER CRAFTERS (ROOM 163)
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 the magical Victor Dandridge
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1:00-1:45PM THE 80’S AND VIDEO GAMES RESPAWNED (ROOM 130)
What is on the horizon for upcoming video games and pop culture? Special guest speakers including Genese Davis (The Holder's Dominion), Matt Raithel (Graphite Lab), Robin Rath (Pixel Press), Matt Stevens (Graphite Lab) and Jillian Stiles (Graphite Lab) divulge the trends they've witnessed developing from iconic 80s brands respawning right here in St. Louis! Creators will reveal how My Little Pony, Adventure Time, Knight Rider, Air Wolf, and Care Bears comebacks are influencing more than just their genre. What could this resurgence mean for the future of video games and entertainment? What questions do developers ask when respawning these brands and what key ingredients do they foresee influencing these unique genres? Join the discussion on Sunday!

1:00-1:45PM AWESOME ARCHERY (ROOM 132)
Writers and film-makers have long been making use of archery in their stories—the bow is arguably the most elegant weapon ever invented, and has turned the tide of human history. That said, it is important to have at least a rudimentary understanding of the mechanics of the bow and arrow in order to write/portray archery with any degree of accuracy. Come and learn the fundamentals, and how to avoid those “ridiculous archery moments” with author and bowyer C.S. Marks. She might even show you how to make a bow out of a tool handle!

1:30-2:15PM OUT FOR A BITE WITH JAMES MARSTERS (ROOM 120)
Best known for his role as Spike, the platinum blonde vampire on hit shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, James Marsters answers questions about everything from his evolution from acting to music, and the projects he plans to conquer in the future.

1:30-2:15PM BREAKING IN AND STAYING IN (ROOM 131)
Learn how to realize your dreams of becoming a working comic book professional instead of a one hit wonder. Learn tips, tricks, and secrets from award-winning veteran comic book writer and publisher Jai Nitz. Come with questions, leave with answers.

2:00PM STREET FIGHTER V - TOURNAMENT TOP 8 FINALS (GAMING STAGE)
This is it! 8 remain but there can be only one. Who will RISE UP and become St. Louis Street Fighter V Champion?

2:00-2:45PM HOW TO BE A NERD FOR A LIVING: FINDING YOUR CAREER IN POP CULTURE (ROOM 130)
Do you want to start a career in the "nerdy" industry you love, but you’re not sure where to begin? Get advice on how to create a path to the career you want from those already doing it. This panel of professional "Nerds for a Living" will share insights into a variety of careers that exist within comics, gaming, publishing, and more. Join Rachael Stott (comic artist: The Twelfth Doctor Year 2; Star Trek/Planet of the Apes), Rick Burchett (comic artist: Batman; Wonder Woman), Ellie Ann (author: Slice of Life; The Silver Sickle), and Carol Mertz (co-founder: Happy Badger video game studio) as they share their experiences with moderator, Adron Buske (host, Nerd For A Living Podcast) - and with you. Learn about types of training, mentorship opportunities, and overall tools & tactics to employ when trying to get your foot in the door.

2:00-2:45PM YOU CAN DRAW IN 30 MINUTES (ROOM 132)
Join Emmy award winner Mark Kistler for an inspiring FUNTASTIC interactive family ART ATTACK! Mark has taught millions around the world with his Public Television Series, books, and interactive LIVE webcasts atwww.MarkKistler.com. Mark’s former students have helped create characters for Kung Fu Panda, Shrek, Madagascar, and Frozen!

2:30-3:15PM WIZARD WORLD PRESENTS: THE HILLYWOODS (ROOM 120)
The Hillywood Show is the brainchild of internet celebrities, comedy sister duo Hilly & Hannah Hindi. Each parody features song & dance parodies of blockbuster films such as The Hobbit, Harry Potter, The Hobbit and Twilight along with popular TV shows & celebrities such as Doctor Who, The Vampire Diaries & Lady Gaga! Their incredible costumes & makeup would impress even the most seasoned Saturday Night Live cast member! With over 100,000,000 views The Hillywood Show continues to grow! Two sisters creating everything with just one camera! The Hillywood Show has been recognized and approved by BBC AMERICA, CAST MEMBERS FROM DOCTOR WHO, LADY GAGA, CHRIS HARDWICK, PSY, IAN SOMERHALDER, NINA DOBREV, PAUL WESLEY, TERESA PALMER, THE CAST OF THE TWILIGHT SAGA, MTV, RYAN SEACREST and more!

2:30-3:15PM DOCTOR WHO: TAKING THE LONG WAY AROUND (ROOM 131)
From its beginning in 1963 through the upcoming tenth season of the new series, The Doctor has been traveling through time and space fighting aliens and megalomaniacs to save the Universe. For this panel members of the Celestial Intervention Agency, St. Louis' own Doctor Who fanclub, will talk all things Time Lord and preview what may lie ahead with show's new producer.

3:00-3:45PM KIDS COSTUME CONTEST (ROOM 132)
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 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.)