Wizard World Comic Con Chicago presents “Kick off the Con!”


Wizard World Comic Con Chicago Presents ‘Kick off the Con,’ Wednesday, August 19, At Level 257, Schaumburg
Celebrities, Creators, Cosplayers Highlight Official Kick Off Event For Midwest’s Largest Pop Culture Convention

ROSEMONT, Ill., August 12, 2015 – Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) today announced details of “ Kick off the Con,” the first official event of Wizard World Comic Con Chicago. The evening features some of the top celebrities, cosplayers, and artists in comic and sci fi entertainment on Wednesday, August 19, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Level 257 (2 Woodfield Mall, Unit A, Schaumburg, located between Sears and the entrance to Stir Crazy on the lower level, east side of Woodfield Mall).

Special guest celebrities expected to attend include Michael Rooker ( Guardians of the Galaxy, “The Walking Dead”), Milo Ventimiglia (“Heroes,” “Gotham”), Sean Patrick Flanery ( Boondock Saints), Barry Bostwick ( Rocky Horror Picture Show, “Spin City”), Chris 51 (“Epic Ink”) and others.

Tickets for “Kick off the Con,” which include a one-hour Level Up card for free game play at Level 257, one house cocktail, beer, or wine and complimentary appetizers, are $20 “early bird,” $30 with transportation to and from Hyatt Regency O’Hare, available at wizd.me/KOTCChicago.

“Kick off the Con” is presented by Wizard World, Level 257 and Verizon.

“Kick off the Con” provides fans a taste of what to expect at Wizard World Comic Con Chicago, August 20-23 with the Midwest’s largest Pop Culture Convention. Norman Reedus (“The Walking Dead,” Boondock Saints), Nathan Fillion (Serenity, “Castle”), Jeremy Renner (Avengers, The Hurt Locker), Stephen Amell (“Arrow”), Billie Piper (“Doctor Who”), Burt Reynolds (Boogie Nights, “Evening Shade”), Ian Somerhalder (“The Vampire Diaries”), Ben McKenzie , (“Gotham,” “The O.C.”), Bruce Campbell ( The Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) and WWE® Superstar Undertaker®, Randy Orton®, Sting™, Daniel Bryan® and Diva Paige™ are among the other celebrity guests scheduled to attend the pop culture extravaganza.

Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, cosplay, comics, television, sci-fi, toys, video gaming, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. The 15th of 24 events currently scheduled on the 2015 Wizard World calendar, Chicago show hours are Thursday, August 20, 3-8 p.m.; Friday, August 21, 12-7 p.m.; Saturday, August 22, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, August 22, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Wizard World Comic Con Chicago 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 night.

For more on the 2015 Wizard World Comic Con Chicago, visit www.wizardworld.com/home-chicago.html .

About Level 257TM

Inspired by NAMCO’s most famous creation PAC-MANTM and named for the legendary level 256 PAC-MAN TM ‘split’ screen that few have ever experienced, Level 257TM is a multifaceted urban-chic space where food takes center stage and play is encouraged. The experience is all about being social – through food, drinks, nostalgia, and a little bit of friendly competition. The venue will continuously evolve; creating a destination that turns convention on its head to celebrate the culture of play. The dining experience is orchestrated to bring contemporary food and spirits to old school play.

The venue enables guests to dine and play without borders! Food and beverage service is available everywhere, with attentive waitstaff stationed throughout the venue.

For more information, visit www.Level257.com or call 847-805-0257.

About Wizard World

Wizard World, Inc. (http://www.wizardworld.com) produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, television, cosplay, comics, graphic novels, toys, video gaming, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. A first-class lineup of topical programming 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 CONtv, a digital media channel in partnership with leading independent content distributor Cinedigm™ (NASDAQ: CIDM), and ComicConBox™, a premium subscription-based monthly box service. Fans can interact with Wizard World on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and other social media services.

The 2015 Wizard World Comic Con schedule is available at: www.wizardworld.com/wizcon.html .

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