Diana Gabaldon (Outlander novels), Dan Brereton (“Nocturnals,” “Batman: Thrillkiller”), Gene Ha (“Mae,” “Justice League”), Tom Cook (“Masters of the Universe,” “Smurfs”), Bob Camp ("Ren & Stimpy"), Andrew Pepoy (“The Simpsons,” “Archie”), Kurt Lehner (“Gargoyles,” “Marvel Action Hour”), Jose Delbo (“Raggedy Ann,” “The Beatles”), Dan Dougherty (“Beardo,” “Touching Evil”), Jonathan Glapion ("Batgirl," "Wonder Woman") and Arthur Suydam ("Deadpool," "Marvel Zombies") are among the dozens of professional writers and artists scheduled to attend Wizard World Comic Con Chicago, August 23-26 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.
This marks the 20th anniversary of the first Wizard World Comic Con Chicago, with a weekend that will feature many demonstrations and discussions at the Creative Stage.
Artist Alley in Chicago will also feature top creators such as Greg Horn (“Phoenix,” “Venom”), Arvell Jones (“Black Panther,” “Luke Cage”), Ryan North ("Adventure Time," "Squirrel Girl"), Tony "KO!" Kordos ("Cyborg"), Mostafa Moussa ("Superman," "Fantastic Four"), Phil Ortiz ("The Simpsons"), Shawn Coss ("Cyanide & Happiness"), Rebecca Rothschild ("Warshiner," "Mortal Combat X") and more.
Wizard World Comic Con Chicago will also feature non-stop live entertainment, gaming, and autographs, photo ops and exclusive Q&A sessions with top celebrities such as Tom Welling (“Smallville,” “Lucifer”), Ian Somerhalder (“The Vampire Diaries”), “The X-Files” headliners Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny, six stars of the cast of “Outlander” (Sam Heughan, Catriona Balfe, Graham McTavish, Lotte Verbeek, Richard Rankin, Sophie Skelton), Guardians of the Galaxy standout Pom Klementieff and many others, a dedicated kids zone and more, along with Wizard World’s Master of Ceremonies, Kato Kaelin.
Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests and more. The 10th event scheduled on the 2018 Wizard World calendar, Chicago show hours are Thursday, August 23, 4-9 p.m.; Friday, August 24, noon-7 p.m.; Saturday, August 25, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, August 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Kids 10 and under are admitted free with paid adult.
Wizard World Comic Con Chicago is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor and participate in the famed Wizard World Costume Contest on Saturday evening.
For more on the 2018 Wizard World Chicago, visit https://wizardworld.com/comiccon/chicago.
Year after year the San Diego Comic Con has been the biggest event in comic/sci-fi/nerd culture. Whether you are a Trekkie or the force is strong with you, they always have something entertaining for most. Another major part of the SDCC is the movie and TV trailer reveals. Below are some of the can't miss trailers for new movies, TV shows, and up-coming season of current shows.
Aquaman - December 21, 2018
Aquaman finds himself caught between a surface world that ravages the sea and the underwater Atlanteans who are ready to revolt.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - November 16, 2018
Magizoologist Newt Scamander joins forces with young Albus Dumbledore to prevent the devious Gellert Grindelwald from raising pure-blood wizards to rule over all non-magical beings.
Glass - January 18, 2019
Security guard David Dunn uses his supernatural abilities to track Kevin Wendell Crumb, a disturbed man who has 23 personalities.
Shazam! - April 5, 2019
Shazam! is an upcoming American superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name. It is intended to be the seventh installment in the Worlds of DC shared film universe.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars - No release date set
Lucasfilm Animation surprised Star Wars fans at Comic-Con by announcing that Star Wars: The Clone Wars will return and pick up where the animated series left off in 2013.
Arrow Season 7- October 15, 2018, The CW
It’s Arrow’s seventh season, and by now the show knows what works: superhero landings, martial arts, and gratuitous shots of Stephen Amell’s abs.
Better Call Saul Season 4 - August 6, 2018, AMC
The fourth season of Better Call Saul promises a first-time introduction to a character who’s always been lurking in the shadows.
Black Lightning Season 2 - October 9, 2018, The CW
Black Lightning is following up its impressive debut season with the promise of an ominous villain who wants to “rip the light out of Black Lightning.”
Doctor Who Series 11 - October 2018, BBC One
Jodie Whittaker is the first woman to play Doctor Who’s title role in the history of the show. She’ll make her debut as the Thirteenth Doctor when season 11 premieres this fall, and this is our first real glimpse of her in action.
The Gifted Season 2 - September 25, 2018, FOX
Fox’s dystopian post-X-Men mutant show is back, and it looks like we’re going to get comic book fixtures like the Morlocks as well as a new mutant on the block that’s looking for world domination.
The Walking Dead Season 9 - October 7, 2018, AMC
The trailer for the ninth season of The Walking Dead shows our survivors coming together and, well, realizing that living together as a new community isn’t going to be as easy or as peaceful as they thought. Season nine — which will also be Andrew Lincoln’s last season playing Rick Grimes.
Titans Season 1 - Fall 2018, The CW
Forget what you know about the Teen Titans on television. DC’s Titans is based on the same comic book super team (who were also a fixture as a cartoon back in the day as the Teen Titans and now as Teen Titans Go!) but ostensibly darker and grittier than ever before. Case in point: Robin saying, “Fuck Batman.”
By Kevin Gray
With great visibility comes great scrutiny. It's important to remember that in this age of social media. Whether you are the President of the United States or Permit Patty, what you do or say in the public eye can hurt you now & in the future. This apparently holds true for popular and highly successful directors as well.
James Gunn, the man who helped bring an obscure Marvel Comic called Guardians of the Galaxy to main stream success, has been fired from his gig at Disney. The firing came the discovery and circulation of several old tweets in which he displayed gross humor and made jokes about rape. The tweets began to circulate Thursday (June 19) and Disney fired Dunn by Friday (June 20) afternoon.
The many of the tweets in question were posted a decade ago and contained jokes about topics like rape, pedophilia, sex, and masturbation. Many have since been deleted. According to the Daily Dot, “they resurfaced online after [Gunn] voiced his opinion on director Mark Duplass’ now-retracted endorsement of the Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro.”
Many conservatives began calling for Gunn’s firing, and encouraged their followers to confront Disney and Gunn himself. They made it clear that Gunn needed to be held to the same standards of conduct that many conservatives are. Gunn is also a vocal critic of President Trump, which may also explain why the push for his firing was so hard.
Gunn has since tried to explain his tweets as his foolish younger self and promised that days of views like that are over, but he has yet to offer any kind of apology.
Gunn was also scheduled to appear at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend as part of Sony’s Hall H presentation, but it’s unclear if he will still be in attendance.
Stan Lee has dismissed his $1 billion lawsuit against POW! Entertainment for fraud and conversion, less than two months after the suit was filed in his name.
The move comes as turmoil continues in Lee’s personal life. The lawsuit was filed when 95-year-old Lee was allegedly under the sway of memorabilia collector Keya Morgan. Morgan is now barred from contacting Lee or coming within 100 yards of him, under a restraining order granted on Friday.
Now that Morgan is out of the picture, at least for the time being, those around Lee are apparently moving to reverse some of the acts he took under Morgan’s influence, including the suit against POW! Entertainment.