2006 Merchandise & Miscellaneous News Archives

Wizard World

August 1, 2006: Wizard World Chicago - August 3-6

Wizard World returns to its roots this weekend for the much anticipated 10th anniversary of the Wizard World Chicago pop culture extravaganza. Hot on the heels of the debut of Wizard: The Magazine of Comics, Entertainment and Pop-culture new larger-size format, more than 55,000 attendees of all ages are expected to visit the three and a half day family-friendly event at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center to explore comic books, toys, anime, movies, manga and video games, and meet some of the biggest stars in comics, film and television.

Pop culture enthusiasts will be given a chance to meet and interact with this year's Guest of Honor Jeph Loeb, who has worked as both a comic book writer (Superman/Batman, Batman: The Long Halloween,Ultimates 3) and a film/TV producer/writer (NBC's Heroes, Lost, Smallville). In addition to panel and autograph appearances, Loeb will be co-hosting a Saturday art auction featuring all of the original artwork for Superman/Batman #26, with all proceeds benefiting the Sam Loeb College Scholarship Fund. Celebrity guests will include screenwriter and film director Kevin Smith (Clerks 2, Chasing Amy, etc.); actress Erica Durance, (Smallville) who is co-hosting Saturday's Sam Loeb Scholarship Fund Art Auction; actress Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars, Pulse); actor Thomas Jane (The Punisher, The Mutant Chronicles); and many more.

Signing autographs will be actor Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk); actress Noel Neill (The Adventures of Superman); actor Dirk Benedict (The A-Team); wrestling superstar Al Snow; actress Joyce DeWitt (Three's Company), actress Priscilla Barnes (Three's Company, Devils Reject) and others.

"Wizard World first started in Chicago, and coming back for our 10th year with such a strong program and first-class guest list is a great homecoming for us," said Gareb Shamus, chairman and CEO of Wizard Conventions. "With over 130 exhibitors from across the entertainment spectrum and some of the top names in television, film and comics attending the show, Wizard World Chicago gives attendees a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with their favorite artists, creators and entertainers."

Many notable Superman comic book artists, writers and creators will also be in attendance, including: Adam Kubert (Action Comics), Michael Turner, Geoff Johns (Infinite Crisis, 52, Flash), Josh Middleton (Superman, Shazam: First Thunder), and others.

The Superman Homepage will also be in attendance, with our very own table in the Artist Alley. Be sure to drop by and say hello to Neal Bailey and Barry Freiman.

For a complete list of events, guests, activities, ticket prices and times, visit www.wizardworld.com.

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