If you couldn’t make it to San Diego Comic Con and live in in the Chicago area you might want to check out Chicago Comic Con by Wizard World. I’ll warn you right now though, it’s nothing like The Big Show. Don’t go in with huge exceptions. I do think it’s a great place to check out some amazing artists though. I know personally, that since there’s just so much to do at San Diego Comic Con, I don’t always make it over to Artist Alley. It’s a shame because you can really get your hands on some amazing pieces of art.
The Chicago Comic Con will be August 11th-14th at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. You can still purchase tickets online. You’ll save a few bucks if you buy in advance. A 4 Day ticket is only $50 online and single days are only $25 online. Just like with any Wizard World convention though they’re offering some special VIP ticket packages. Who are the VIPs this year?
Bruce Campbell: $150
Morena Baccarin: $150
Felicia Day: $150
James Marsters: $175
Julie Benz: $150
Christopher Lloyd: $150
Here’s a sample of the programming:
STAR WARS PANEL WITH PETER MAYHEW, ORLI SHOSAN AND BONNIE PIESSE
The stars behind Chewbacca, Jedi Master Shaak Ti and Beru Whitesun take fan questions and discuss their thoughts on the evolution of one of the highest grossing film franchises in history. (Room B)
STARGATE UNIVERSE Q&A WITH ALAINA HUFFMAN AND JULIA BENSON
Alaina Huffman and Julia Benson take to the stage to spill on their days as the leading ladies Tamara Johansen and Vanessa James from the wildly popular sci-fi series “Stargate Universe.” (Room B)
SAVING THE DAY WITH FELICIA DAY
Join Felicia Day for a panel discussion on filmmaking as she presents an exclusive glimpse of her highly anticipated upcoming feature film, Rock Jocks. The panel also includes Writer/Director Paul Seetachitt, Production Designer/Executive Producer Greg Aronowitz, Producer Sheri Bryant and Executive Producer John Byrnes. Includes a sneak preview of the film’s trailer, exclusive behind-the-scenes film clips, as well as audience Q&A discussion. (Room A)
COMIC CON COSTUMING WITH THE 501st
The 501st costuming group shares their tips, skills and ideas on how to build and improve your comic con costumes. Whether you’re a Jedi, Rebel Pilot, Trooper, or Princess, they will share their knowledge on how to make sure your costume is the best. (Room C)
THE EVIL DEAD REUNION
While we can’t promise flesh-eating zombies, we can promise that the reunion of the five stars of the cult classic The Evil Dead will be a Q&A that you don’t want to miss! Featuring Bruce Campbell (“Ash”), Ellen Sandweiss (“Cheryl”), Richard DeManincor (“Hal Delrich”), Betsy Baker (“Linda”) and Theresa Tilly (“Sarah York”). (Room A)
If you want to see a full list of the exhibitors and special guests click here.
I think that about covers it. As I said before, it’s a nice chance to maybe pick up some new stuff, check out some amazing artists and see a few celebrities that maybe you missed at a larger Con. Are any of you planning on attending?