NEW YORK and PHILADELPHIA, April 10, 2012 - For more than a decade, Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con has brought standout celebrities, comics creators and more to the Pennsylvania Convention Center as one of the highlights of the city's pop culture scene. But the 2012 lineup, set for Thursday, May 31, through Sunday, June 3, featuring mega-stars Chris Hemsworth, William Shatner, Stan Lee, WWE® Superstars Rey Mysterio® and CM Punk™ and more than 60 others, may be the best and most diverse ever.
Shatner ("Star Trek," "Boston Legal") will appear on Saturday and Sunday, while Hemsworth (The Avengers, Thor) and WWE® Superstar CM Punk™ will be on site on Saturday, WWE® Superstar Rey Mysterio® on Sunday, and comics legend Lee ("Spider-Man," "X-Men") on Friday through Sunday.
Other hugely popular stars scheduled to attend include Scott Bakula ("Star Trek: Enterprise," "Quantum Leap"), Paul Wesley ("The Vampire Diaries," "24"), Kate Mulgrew ("Star Trek: Voyager," Remo Williams), James Marsters ("Buffy: The Vampire Slayer," "Torchwood"), Avery Brooks ("Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," "Spenser: For Hire"), Jeri Ryan ("Star Trek: Voyager," "Boston Public"), Bruce Campbell (Army of Darkness, Evil Dead), Sam Witwer ("Smallville," "Being Human"), Sean Patrick Flanery (Boondock Saints, Saw 3D), Melissa Joan Hart ("Sabrina, the Teenage Witch," "Melissa and Joey"), Joey Lawrence ("Melissa and Joey," "Blossom"), Dean Cain ("Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman," "90210"), James Hong (Blade Runner, Kung Fu Panda), Hayden Panettiere ("Heroes," Bring It On), Jason Priestley ("Beverly Hills, 90210," Tombstone), Luke Perry ("Beverly Hills, 90210," "Oz"), Kristy Swanson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Dude, Where's My Car?) and Juliet Landau ("Angel," Ed Wood).
VIP tickets are available now for fans who want to secure their opportunity to meet many of the stars at the event. Fans can visit http://www.wizardworldcomiccon.com/philadelphia.html for links to VIP packages for Hemsworth, Lee, Campbell, Ryan, Panettiere, WWE® Superstars CM Punk™ & Rey Mysterio®, Bakula, Wesley, Shatner, Marsters and group experiences with Boondock Saints, "Buffy: The Vampire Slayer," "Spartacus/Legend of the Seeker" and "Star Trek" Captains.
Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con, produced by Wizard World, Inc. (WIZD.PK), will bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.
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 at interactive product exhibits and shop for collectible comics, movie and television memorabilia, toys and games at scores of dealer booths.
Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con will also feature special children's programming on Sunday, June 3, with face painting, art projects, workshops, costume contest and other youth activities. Kids 10 and under are admitted free with adult paid admission (up to two children per adult).
For more on the 2012 Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con, including hours, celebrities, creators, vendors, programming schedules, evening entertainment, autographs, sponsorship and volunteer information and more, visit http://www.wizardworldcomiccon.com/home-pa.html.
About Wizard World:
Wizard World produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests. The full event schedule can be found at www.wizardworldcomiccon.com.
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April 14-15 - Wizard World Toronto Comic Con
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