Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Wizard World Philly last minute news & notes

Judging by my facebook and twitter accounts, plenty of people already know that from Thursday night's "preview night" through Sunday of this coming weekend (5/31 - 6/3), Wizard World will be invading Philadelphia with their comic con.  I'll be there the whole time so be sure you check back here and there for updates, as I'll be doing photo-album-styled postings about the goings on; ESPECIALLY once I get back from preview night on Thursday.

What I wanted to take a second to do though, was just toss out various press release blurbs that I've collected lately about the comic con just in case someone may not have known one item or another.  that said, here ya go:

--Via twitter, I discovered that unfortunately for all of us, Jeri Ryan won't be making it to the convention at all this weekend.

--the event will now take up THREE halls of the Philadelphia Convention center. Initially set for two, due to overwhelming demand, they've expanded and I couldn't be happier.  There is nothing worse than a room that equates to human sardines.  It is nice to see a con promoter see that they could use a little more body room...and get it.

  Get Your Comics Graded by CGC @Philadelphia Comic Con!

Ever wonder how much your comics are really worth? Condition can make a difference of thousands of dollars in the value of a book.

Philadelphia Comic Con attendees have a one-stop shop in respected industry leader CGC, which will be grading coming books on site during the event.  Fans can stop by booth 333/335 to submit comic books or magazines for regular turnaround (books dropped off will be evaluated by the end of the show, Sunday, June 3, 2012).

Fans who visit the CGC booth can even have a few books witnessed under the prestigious Signature Series designation. Be sure to stop by their booth for deta ils about this program!

                                            Kids Day is Sunday, June 3rd!

Move over, mom and dad.  Sunday, June 3, is "Kids Day" at Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con, with activities designed especially for children all day (10 a.m. - 5 p.m.) at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  Face painting, Superhero-themed panel room programming, an appearance by the Camden Riversharks mascot, the famous Wizard World Kids Passport program, Costume Contest and more are all a part of the fun for the younger ones.

Admission for kids 10 and under is free with a paid adult (two free kids per adult).

Some of the highlights of Kids Day include:
  • Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con Passport (all day) - upon arrival, kids should go directly to the Kids Day booth (No. 613) to pick up a Passport, which will guide them to kid-friendly booths, activities, celebrities and artists.  Kids who earn stamps at each stop will win a prize.
  • Walnut Street Theatre - Superhero Improv (11 a.m.) - Working with a "Superhero theme" participants will take on a superhero persona. Kids will use their superhero power to tackle a specific mission given by the teaching artists.  Limited to the first 30 to sign up!
  • Superhero Arts and Crafts (noon) - This is not an ordinary arts & crafts session, this is specifically made for superheroes! Kids can come join the Justice Twins, Wonder Woman and Supergirl to make their very own superhero mask to wear for the Kids Costume contest.
  • Kids Costume Contest (1 p.m.) - Too cute to resist! It's like Halloween in June as kids show off their best costumes and win prizes.
  • Camden Riversharks (all day) - Meet the fun Camden Riversharks mascot, usually seen greeting kids and other fans at the Atlantic League baseball team's games in the shadow of the Ben Franklin bridge, but today roaming the Pennsylvania Convention Center
  • Face painting (all day) - Talented Wizard World face painters have kids as their canvas, with butterflies, kitty whiskers, flowers and more.
  • Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer (all day) - Learn a little more about the game and how to get on the field as the EPYS celebrates 40 years of promoting youth soccer in the region.
  • Fun Fan Groups - Meet costumed characters from the N.Y. Jedi, Philadelphia Ghostbusters, 501st Legion and Mandalorian Mercs.  What a blast!
  • Kid-friendly celebrities (all day) - Well, we like to think every Wizard World celebrity loves kids, but Peter Mayhew and Melissa Joan Hart will be stamping Passports and saying an extra hello.
  • Kid-friendly artists (all day) - Visit super-talented artists Christine Larsen, Sara Richard, Mark Pingitore and Georgia Ball in Artists Alley for a Passport stamp and maybe a commissioned piece!

First Look:  New Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino Comic Book Unveiled

Comic Created By Sorrentino, Superstar Artist Greg Horn, Produced by Wizard World, MPS Entertainment Scheduled For Release At Wizard World Chicago Comic Con In August

NEW YORK, May 30, 2012 – “The Situation” as a superhero is about to become reality.  Just weeks after announcing his latest venture, an “abs-first” foray into the world of comics, pop culture icon and reality television star Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino is unveiling the cover of his Situation comic book produced by Wizard World and MPS Entertainment and painted by superstar artist Greg Horn.  The first books are due on shelves in time for Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, August 9-12, at which Sorrentino will make his first appearance in support of the new project.

The first artwork depicts “The Situation” fully charged and ready to go.

“I was confident that an amazing artist like Greg Horn would come up with a great look, but I was still blown away by his painting,” said Sorrentino.  “It has me more excited than ever to see what’s coming next.”

The team of artists and writers collaborating on the effort include Eisner Award winning writer Paul Jenkins (Wolverine: Origins, Batman, Hulk, Spider-Man), pencil and inks by Talent Caldwell (Superman, X-Men, G.I. Joe), and coloring by Paul Mounts (Avengers, Ultimate X-Men, Wolverine, and Thor).

“This team we’ve assembled is our commitment to put out a comic book of the highest quality that will have a compelling story and amazing art,” said John Macaluso, Wizard World CEO.  “Our creative team is hard at work creating a book that will appeal to a wide new audience, and will also interest long-time comic fans.”

LAST and certainly not least....c'mon and join us. You can even reply on facebook!

GeekNation Celebrates Their (Beta) Launch @ Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con


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