McMillian, Schneider, West, Ward, Masterson Among Headliners At Wizard World Anaheim Comic Con
February 23, 2011
Michael McMillian, John Schneider, Adam West, Burt Ward, Chase Masterson Among Headliners At Wizard World Anaheim Comic Con, April 29-30-May 1 At Anaheim Convention Center

Nicholas Brendon, Jeff Conaway, Claudia Christian, Elizabeth Röhm Among 400+ Celebrity Guests, Leading Comics Artists, Creative Directors


NEW YORK and ANAHEIM, Calif., February 23, 2011
– North America’s largest pop-culture tour continues as Wizard World Anaheim Comic Con returns to the Anaheim Convention Center, April 29 through May 1, with superstar guests Michael McMillian, John Schnieder, Adam West, Burt Ward and Chase Masterson headlining the list of celebrity attendees.  The event will bring together thousands of fans of all ages and dozens of celebrities and industry professionals to celebrate the best in pop culture, movies, comics, toys, video gaming, television, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.

McMillian, known for roles in the TV series “True Blood” and “What I Like About You,” will be making his first Wizard World Comic Con appearance.  Schneider, who has recurring roles in the hits “Smallville” and “Desperate Housewives,” first gained fame in the 1980′s series “The Dukes of Hazzard.”  West and Ward were TV’s original “Dynamic Duo” in the “Batman” series, and Masterson’s most popular roles have come on “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “General Hospital.”

"Anaheim Comic Con was THE most anticipated and attended new event of the Spring, and we are thrilled to come back to the Anaheim Convention Center with one of the hottest new shows going,” said Gareb Shamus, Wizard World CEO.  “We will have an incredible array of celebrity guests, and many award-winning comic creators lined up.”

Other popular Anaheim Comic Con celebrity guests include Nicholas Brendon (“Buffy: The Vampire Slayer”), Electra and Elise Avellan (MACHETE, GRINDHOUSE), Claudia Christian (“Look,” “Babylon 5”), Jeff Conaway (GREASE, “Taxi,”), Erika Eleniak (“Baywatch”), Dan Fogler (“Balls of Fury,” “Good Luck Chuck”), Elisabeth Röhm (“Law & Order,” “Heroes”) and Ian Ziering (“Beverly Hills, 90210,” “Dancing with the Stars”).

Fans can also meet their favorite comic creators and artists, including Judd Winick ("Power Girl, Justice League), William Stout ("The Dinosaurs"), Mike Grell ("Green Arrow," "Green Lantern"), Bill Sienkiewicz ("Elektra," "Assassin"), Arthur Suydam ("Marvel Zombies," "Army of Darkness"), Nathan Edmonson ("Who is Jake Ellis?" "The Light), Ethan Van Sciver ("Green Lantern," "Superman/Batman"), Whilce Portacio ("Artifacts," "Uncanny X-Men"), Phil Jimenez ("Amazing Spider-Man," "Astonishing X-Men"), Mark Texeira ("Wolverine," "Moon Night"), Michael Golden ("Batman," "Hulk") and Greg Horn ("Spider-Man," "Turn off the Dark").

In addition, seven artists from the popular "World of Warcraft" adventures by Blizzard Entertainment will be on hand.  Fans can interact with Thomas Denmark, Cole Eastburn, Lucas Graciano, Mike "Daarken" Lim, Glenn Rane, Tony Washington and Michael C. Hayes.

Children and adult attendees are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite villain, superhero or pop culture personality for the chance to win special prizes in costume contests.  Event-goers may also try their hand interactive product exhibits and shop for collectible comics, movie and television memorabilia, toys and games at more than 100 dealer booths.

Special events at Anaheim Comic Con include the “Magic: The Gathering” card game tournament, professional photo opportunities (Photo Ops) and others.

Anaheim Comic Con is the fourth stop on Wizard World’s 2011 North American tour, which to date has 13 events scheduled.  Hours are Friday, March 29, 5-9 p.m., Saturday, March 30, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Sunday, April 1, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m..  Tickets are available in advance online at www.wizardworld.com/anaheim. html at a savings over tickets purchased at the door.  Advance adult single-day tickets are $25 ($30 on site); three-day weekend tickets are $45 ($50 on site), and tickets are free for children age 10 and under when accompanied by a paid adult (limit two children per adult).  VIP packages with special entry and exclusive items are also available.

About Wizard World:
Wizard World is a producer of pop culture and multimedia conventions across North America that markets movies, TV shows, video games, technology, toys, social networking/gaming platforms, comic books and graphic novels. It has the rights to the names, marks, domains, customer lists and production rights for a portfolio of pop culture and multimedia conventions.

For the most recent event information please visit www.wizardworld.com and become an Anaheim Comic Con Fan on Facebook.

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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