Wizard World Inc., formerly known as Wizard Press and Wizard Entertainment, is a producer of multi-genre fan conventions across North America. Starting out in 1991 as the publisher of one monthly magazine (Wizard), the company has evolved into a multi-title publishing company with diversified interests in branded products and related convention operations.
Just a few years after purchasing the Chicago Comicon in 1996, the now renamed "Wizard World Chicago" event boasted a weekend attendance of over 58,000 people.
In May 2002, Wizard branched out from Chicago and produced "Wizard World East" at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. And in 2003 the company produced "Wizard World Texas," adding "Wizard World Los Angeles" in 2004, and "Wizard World Boston" in 2005.
By 2011 the company had discontinued its print division, to focus exclusively on its convention business. Since then they have grown to producing more than 19 annual conventions around North America. Including Chicago, Nashville, Madison, Oklahoma City, Austin, New Orleans and this weekend Columbus OH. Which is the show I covered. During the Convention or the Con as their fans call it. There are comic book, movie previews, panels with stars in the movie, television and artist who created the books of sci-fi and fantasy. This is the highlights of the panels I covered on Saturday August 5, 2017.
Highlights of Wizard World Columbus, OH.
Barry Bostwick is an American stage and screen actor. He is best known for portraying Brad Majors in the musical comedy horror The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) and Mayor Randall Winston in the sitcom Spin City (19962002). Bostwick has also had considerable success in musical theatre, winning a Tony Award for his role in the musical The Robber Bridegroom. And has played two presidents. George Washington and Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR: American Badass!)
- During Rocky Horror Susan Sarandon enjoyed the scene with Peter Hinwood (Rocky) way too much.
- Pepsi Twist Ad - This was an ad used for introducing Pepsi Twist (Pepsi with Lemon). It was shown in 2001, and featured Hallie Eisenberg, Hallie Berry, and Barry Bostwick. Hallie Eisenberg unzips the Pepsi to reveal that its actually Pepsi Twist. Then she unzips herself to reveal Halle Berry, who unzips the Pepsi Twist, showing that its actually Diet Pepsi Twist. Then she goes to unzip herself, to reveal& shes Barry Bostwick! And who is Barry Bostwick? Which Pepsi used without Barry permission. But they paid him $100,000 so they could us it.
- Rocky Horror Saved My Life: A Fan Documentary- A documentary on the fans, collectors, and live performers of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." which has been in Post-Production since 2016- Its a celebration of the high holy days of Rocky Horror and how many people became a family or had family because of Rocky Horror.
- How Disney has helped Barry to become a star again.
David Tennant is a Scottish actor and voice actor. He is best known for his roles as the Tenth Doctor in the British television series Doctor Who, Alec Hardy in Broadchurch, Giacomo Casanova in the TV serial Casanova, Kilgrave in Jessica Jones, and Barty Crouch, Jr. in the film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. In addition to his appearances on screen, he has worked as a voice actor and in theatre, including a critically acclaimed stage production of Hamlet. And now has become the voice of Scrooge McDuck for Disney for a new series coming out in October.
- Disney feels so good about this new version of Scrooge McDuck they are working on the second season and no one has seen the first season yet.
- One of the hardest things to do while playing The Doctor was running with a long coat. He then showed the audience how he did it.
- During the question and answer part of the panel, he accepted food and small gifts from the audience.
- Is it better to play an alien or a human?
- Elizabeth Henstridge is an English actress who trained at East 15 Acting School and is best known for her role in ABC's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Agent Jemma Simmons.
- She is delighted to encourage girls to go into the fields of Sciences (STEM) and engineering.
- She hopes to be in a Marvel movie soon.
- She moved to the USA in order to star in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and she discovered after filming the pilot episode, that the only friends she had were cast members of the show.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Nicholas Brendon and Emma Caulfield)
Emma Caulfield is an American actress best known for her role as Anya Jenkins on the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, as well as Susan Keats, a love interest of Brandon Walsh's on the television series Beverly Hills, 90210. Her film roles include Darkness Falls and Timer.
- Working on a weekly television takes a lot. But the filming of Buffy she had to pee in her pants because they did not give them time to take a break. And she did.
Catherine Tate is an English comedian, actress, and writer. She has won numerous awards for her work on the sketch comedy series The Catherine Tate Show as well as being nominated for an International Emmy Award and seven BAFTA Awards. Following the success of The Catherine Tate Show, Tate played Donna Noble in the 2006 Christmas special of Doctor Who and later temporarily reprised her role, becoming the Tenth Doctor's companion for the fourth series in 2008. In 2011, she began a recurring role as Nellie Bertram in the U.S. version of The Office.
- She hates running, in high heels. During Dr. Who she hated all the running.
- The role in which she liked the best was in the Office because of all the seating.
- She claim she did not remember bits and parts of her parts she played. But during the question and answer she did very well.
- A lot of people did not know that she played all the parts on The Catherine Tate Show. Tate also stars in all but one of the show's sketches, which feature a wide range of characters. The Catherine Tate Show airs on BBC Two and is shown worldwide through the BBC. Collectively, the show has been nominated for six BAFTA Awards, two British Comedy Awards and an Emmy Award, and it has won two Royal Television Society Awards, two British Comedy Awards and a National Television Award since its debut in 2004.
- She wished, that she were had been offer the part of the female doctor.
- She was very funny.
Story and photos by Dan Locke.