Wizard World Sacramento: Highlights, Q&A’s, Screenings, Creative Panels, Exclusives + More – June 16-18

Music, Dancing, Kato Kaelin Appearance Among New Entertainment Slate
At Wizard World Comic Con Sacramento, June 16-18, Most Free With Admission

Plethora Of Ongoing Live Shows, Trivia, Giveaways On Show Stages
Provide Wizard World Fans With Non-Stop Entertainment All Weekend Long

Kaelin-Entertainment Stage-333.jpgFrom hoop dancers, a variety of music styles and personality Kato Kaelin introducing it all, Wizard World announced the highlights of its new non-stop entertainment lineup at Wizard World Comic Con Sacramento, June 16-18 at the Sacramento Convention Center. The initiative, designed to keep the show floor buzzing throughout the weekend, will feature national and local acts of all kinds, allowing fans to enjoy more of the best of pop culture during the event and into the evenings. Nearly all of the entertainment is included free with any admission to the show.

“We want Wizard World Sacramento attendees to come away from our show with a full pop culture experience that goes beyond meeting celebrities and getting autographs and photographs,” said John Maatta, Wizard World CEO. “Whether it’s world-class magicians, interactive Q&A’s with interesting personalities, live music, dance and art demonstrations, it will be wall-to-wall entertainment all weekend. These are in addition to the celebrity sessions, creator panels and other topical programming fans have come to expect at Wizard World events.”

Among the highlights of the Wizard World Comic Con Sacramento entertainment lineup are:

    • Disco Revolution, a showroom-quality disco/dance show, like fans are back at studio 54 (Saturday)

    • SaberCombat, Live saber performances with Q & A session to follow. Workshops in the Kids Zone (Saturday and Sunday)

    • Elementz Of Omni, a visual hip hop dance movement comprised of four elements: Practice, Balance, Harmony, and Whimsicality (Saturday)

    • The Resolute Circles, Hoop Dancers whose mission is to express and celebrate performance art through the cultivation and promotion of healthy self-expression (Friday and Saturday)

    • Business Casual A Cappella, bringing an innovative and energetic a cappella sound (Sunday)

    • 8-Bit Jazz heroes, a duo that arranges and performs jazz interpretations of classic video game music (with the occasional movie or TV theme in there) (Sunday)

    • DJ spinning all weekend!

    • Kaelin hosting many of the performances during the event, including trivia and giveaways right from the entertainment stage

  • An array of Kids programming all day Saturday and Sunday, including costume contests both days!

Celebrities Announced for Wizard World Comic Con Sacramento – June 16-18

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Q&A’s, Screenings, Creative Panels At Wizard World Comic Con Sacramento;
Most Included With Any Admission!

‘The 100’ Cast, Michael Rooker, Jon Heder, Edward James Olmos Q&A’s, Gaming, Cosplay Sessions,
Screenings, Costume Contests All Weekend Long At Sacramento Convention Center!

michael-rooker-panel-portland-333.jpgQ&A sessions with standout celebrities Kate Beckinsale (Underworld, Pearl Harbor), Val Kilmer (Batman Forever , Top Gun), Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy , “The Walking Dead”) and Edward James Olmos (“Battlestar Galactica,” “Miami Vice”), the casts of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “The 100,” “Charmed” and others, video game and comics creator sessions, adult and kids costume contests, cosplay panels and more highlight the programming offerings at Wizard World Comic Con Sacramento, June 16-18 at the Sacramento Convention Center. Most programming is included as part of the standard event admission and is in addition to the live entertainment options (magic, dancing, music, etc.) all weekend.

Some highlights of the more than 75 hours of panels scheduled include:

    • Interactive Q&As with Beckinsale (Saturday, 3:30 p.m.), Kilmer (Saturday, 1:30 p.m.), Rooker (Saturday, 12:30 p.m.), Olmos (Sunday, noon), Sean Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy; Saturday, 11:30 a.m.), Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite, Blades of Glory; Saturday, 2 p.m.), Kevin Sorbo (“Hercules,” “Andromeda”; Sunday, 1 p.m.), Cas Anvar ( Assassin’s Creed, “The Expanse”; Saturday, noon) and Adrienne Barbeau (ARGO, Swamp Thing; Sunday, 2 p.m.)

    • Group sessions with the casts of Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (James Marsters, Nicholas Brendon, Charisma Carpenter and Emma Caulfield, Saturday, 4:30 p.m.); “Charmed” (Holly Marie Combs and Brian Krause, Saturday, 1:30 p.m.); “The 100” (Bob Morley , Eliza Taylor; Saturday, 5:30 p.m.), voice actors Sandy Fox (“The Simpsons,” “King of the Hill”) and Lex Lang (LEGO Star Wars The Resistance Rises, “Avengers Earth’s Mightiest Heroes”) (Saturday, 3:30 p.m.)

    • Creator-themed hours featuring industry superstars Mark Kistler, Victor Dandridge, Genese Davis, Tony Kim and more

    • Video gaming panels featuring Genese and Eric Kieron Davis, Aaron Carter, Tricia Stirling and others

    • Video gaming tournaments and free play all four days, featuring Street Fighter V, Tekken 7 and Super Smash Bros. Wii U and more, at the dedicated gaming area

    • Kids programming all four days, including magic face painting, balloon animals, celebrity storytelling, superhero dance tournaments, ventriloquism, learn to draw, gaming tournaments (and Kids 10 and under are free every day with paid adult)

    • World-famous Wizard World Comic Con Adult Costume Contest, Saturday at 7 p.m. and Kids Costume Contests on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.

  • Cosplay with special guests Brit Bliss, Mogshelle, Ivy Doomkitty and more, throughout the weekend

Unless noted, programming events take place in the designated General Programming Rooms or show floor stages at the convention center. VIP tickets or additional costs may apply to ensure access to select activities, as noted.

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Trina Robbins, First Woman To Draw Wonder Woman, Selected For Wizard World Hall of Legends

Writer, Cartoonist, Historian, Eisner Hall of Famer To Be Honored At Wizard World Comic Con Sacramento, June 16

Trina Robbins, who famously became the first woman to draw the Wonder Woman character more than 30 years ago, and whose work in underground and mainstream comics goes back to the 1960s, was today named the second honoree in the Wizard World Hall of Legends, a new initiative to celebrate the artists, writers and insiders who have built the industry and those continue the traditions. Robbins will receive the award at a ceremony at Wizard World Comic Con Sacramento on Friday, June 16 at the Sacramento Convention Center.

In 1970, Robbins produced the very first all-woman comic book, “It Ain’t me, Babe.”  In 1972 she was one of the founding mothers of “Wimmin’s Comix,” the longest-lasting women’s anthology comic book. (1972 – 1992)

In the mid-1980s, tired of hearing publishers and editors say that girls don’t read comics and that women had never drawn comics, she co-wrote (with Catherine Yronwode) “Women and the Comics,” the first of what would become a series of histories of women cartoonists.  She has been responsible for rediscovering previously forgotten early women cartoonists like Nell Brinkley, Tarpe Mills, Barbara Hall, and Lily Renee.

Robbins was the very first female artist to draw Wonder Woman for DC Comics in 1986, and revisited Wonder Woman in 1996 with Colleen Doran in “The Once and Future Story” in 1998.   

“I’m very pleased to be recognized by Wizard World and accept this in honor of the many women who continue to make their marks in comics,” said Robbins. “I’m looking forward to meeting the many talented creators in Sacramento next week.”

“Trina has paved a path and elevated all women in the comics industry for decades; from her early work in the underground space, to being the first female artist to draw Wonder Woman, to her continued efforts to highlight the work of female creators, she has spent her entire career in the comics industry as a true trailblazer,” said John D. Maatta, Wizard World President and CEO. “Her work as a creator and pioneer in the comics world makes her an ideal selection to the Wizard World Hall of Legends.

Robbins joins Rob Liefeld, creator of the popular Cable, Deadpool, X-Force and Youngblood franchises, who was presented the inaugural award on June 2 in Philadelphia.

The Wizard World Hall of Legends initiative, which will honor one or more figures from the comics world at each convention, is one in a series of enhancements that Wizard World is making in the comics area. Artist Alley in Sacramento features a standout lineup of creators, including Paolo Rivera (“Daredevil,” “The Valiant”), Steve Leialoha (“Spider-Woman,” “Coyote,” “Howard the Duck”), Jeremy Clark (“Escape From Monster Island,” “Grimm Fairy Tales Genesis: Heroes Reborn”), Phil Ortiz (“The Simpsons,” “Muppet Babies”), Tom Cook (“The Smurfs,” “He-Man”), Jorge Molina (“X-Force,” “Thor”), Daniel Parsons (“Star Wars,” “Game of Thrones” Blu-Ray set), Genese Davis (Holder’s Dominion ), and many more.


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James Marsters, ‘Ghost of the Robot’ To Perform At Wizard World Comic Con Sacramento, June 17

Internationally Famed Rock Band Featuring ‘Buffy’ Star To Perform One-Hour Concert Following Saturday’s Event
At Sacramento Convention Center; VIP, Meet-And-Greets Available

GOTR BandPhoto-333.jpgGhost of the Robot, the California-based rock band featuring “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” star James Marsters that has performed to sold-out crowds in major cities across the United States and Europe, will conduct a special performance on Saturday, June 17, following the day’s festivities at Wizard World Comic Con Sacramento at the Sacramento Convention Center. The one-hour set will begin at 8 p.m. on the main entertainment stage, with Marsters joined by GOTR band members Kevin McPherson and Sullivan Marsters .

A limited number of VIP packages featuring a 20-minute meet-and-greet with the band following the performance, front row seating and early entry during sound check are available at http://www.wizardworld.com.

Comprised of musicians with unique skills and diverse backgrounds, the band’s sound ranges from driving rock to upbeat pop, soulful blues and jazz to foot-stomping country.

The band recorded two albums, Mad Brilliant (2003) and B-Sider (2004), before going on hiatus in 2005. They reunited in October 2010 at the very club in Santa Monica where they had played their first show. With the release of their latest studio album Murphy’s Law (2012), Ghost of the Robot has continued to develop their sound.

Ghost of the Robot music is available through iTunes, Amazon, and its webstore at http://gotrmusic.com.

Wizard World Sacramento: Kate Beckinsale & Val Kilmer Added to List of Stars Appearing

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Graphic Club EWOKING DEAD figure
Greenlight Collectibles SUPERNATURAL 1967 CHEVY IMPALA

Ewoking Dead – Chief Putrid Faction from Graphic Club

Supernatural 1967 Chevy Impala from Greenlight Collectibles

Go and get them from Convention Exclusive in booth 217!


Mighty Morphing Power Rangers – Wizard World Comic Con Exclusive Metal Print​​

Mighty Morphing Power Rangers – Wizard World Comic Con Exclusive Metal Print

Artist: Azevedo Bros

8″ x 10″

very Limited Edition to only 10 pieces

Regular price $40, Wizard World Price, $25

Only Available at Draw for Kids’s Booth! 

Mighty Morphing Power Rangers – Wizard World Comic Con Exclusive Puzzle​

Mighty Morphing Power Rangers – Wizard World Comic Con Exclusive 50 piece puzzle

Artist: Azevedo Bros


Limited to 3

Regular price $30, Wizard World Price, $15

Only Available at Draw for Kids’s Booth!

Maniac with a Plan Wizard World Comic Con Sacramento Exclusive Print

Maniac with a Plan Wizard World Exclusive Print

Artist: Dave Farrar – Geek Fine Art
Size: 11×17
Limited to a run of 150 prints
Price: $ 25.00

Only available at Geek Fine Art’s table!


Forces to be Reckoned With – Wizard World Comic Con Sacramento Exclusive Print

Forces to be Reckoned With – Wizard World Comic Con Sacramento Exclusive Print

Artist – Nubia OHare

11″ x 17″ Print

Limited to 20

Selling Price at the show $20

Only available at Nubia OHare’s Table!

The entertainment offerings supplement a top-flite celebrity lineup which includes Nichelle Nichols (“Star Trek”), the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” quartet of James Marsters, Charisma Carpenter, Emma Caulfield and Nicholas Brendon, the Guardians of the Galaxy tandem of Michael Rooker (“The Walking Dead”) and Sean Gunn (“Gilmore Girls”), Kate Beckinsale (Underworld, Pearl Harbor), Val Kilmer (Batman Forever , Top Gun) and Edward James Olmos (“Battlestar Galactica,” “Miami Vice”)  and many others. The event marks Wizard World’s fourth annual show in Sacramento and the eighth on Wizard World’s 2017 calendar.

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. Sacramento show hours are Friday, June 16, 4-9 p.m.; Saturday, June 17, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, June 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Kids 10 and under are admitted free with paid adult.

Wizard World Comic Con Sacramento 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
2017 Wizard World Sacramento,

The 2017 Wizard World convention schedule is available at: http://www.wizardworld.com/comiccon.

About Wizard World

Wizard World, Inc. produces comic, gaming and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests and more. A first-class lineup of topical programming and entertainment takes place at each event, with celebrity Q&A’s, comics-themed sessions, costume contests, movie screenings, evening parties and more. Wizard World has also launched ComicConBox™ , a premium subscription-based monthly box service, SocialCon™ and Wizard World Touring. Fans can interact with Wizard World on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube.

The 2017 Wizard World convention schedule is available at: http://wizardworld.com/comiccon

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