Wizard World’s biggest show rolls into the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois tomorrow with a host of comic pros, a few media guests and some fun events planned over the show’s four days.
Guests include Brian Michael Bendis, Warren Ellis, Alex Ross, Todd McFarlane, Geoff Johns, Greg Rucka, Erik Larsen, Marc Silvestri, Rob Liefeld, David Finch, Gail Simone, Bruce Timm, Whilce Portacio, Alex Maleev, Jessica Abel, Brian Azzarello, Tony Daniel, C.B. Cebulski, Peter David, Olivier Coipel, Sean McKeever, Matt Madden, Humberto Ramos, Brian Reed, author Max Brooks, wrestler Mick Foley, actress Missy Peregrym and many more.
Some of the programming highlights (which start Friday; Thursday is “premiere night”):
– The direct-to-DVD animated movie Batman Gotham Knight will debut at the show, followed by a panel with many of the creators who worked on it.
– The Hero Initiative will host “The Green Room,” featuring original Hulk #1 covers by 100 different artists.
– There’s an American Gladiators Q&A panel at 2 p.m. Friday in the Steve Gerber room. If you don’t see anything wrong with that sentence, I probably can’t help you.
– Johns vs. Bendis takes place at 5 p.m. Friday, sponsored by A&E/The History Channel. Everyone who attends gets a free Last Stand of the 300 DVD. I’m not sure what the connection is between the two, unless they’re supposed to represent the two sides of the conflict. I’ll let you decide who’s who …
– According to their Twitter feed, Devil’s Due will be announcing something, probably at their 3 p.m. panel on Saturday.
– The weekend’s most “WTF?”-inducing panel (and the competition was pretty tough) … how to start your own wiki, on Saturday. A close second is the Ogeno.com panel: “Ever wondered what Entertainment Networking would be like? Have you ever thought about what it would be like to have all your bookmarked sites in one place? If you’ve ever thought about this, your dreams are about to come true!” Egad, it’s like they’ve been reading my mind!
– Friday night Warren Ellis will host a panel in a room with two bars.
More info on the show can be found on Wizard’s site.