Cleveland will be rocking when Marvel superhero Thor comes to town on Saturday, February 27, 2016 for the second annual Wizard World Comic Con.
Joining the big screen god of thunder Chris Hemsworth at First Merit Convention Center this weekend will be A Nightmare on Elm Street horror icon Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund), Happy Days cool guy “The Fonz” (Henry Winkler), Star Trek: Next Generation favorite Data (Brent Spiner), WWE pro wrestler Rusev, and ‘70s CHiPS motorcycle cop Jon Baker (Larry Wilcox).
Oh, and Doctor Who himself.
Er, the Eleventh Doctor, anyways (Matt Smith, accompanied by costar Karen Gillan).
The inaugural Wizard World Cleveland drew thousands downtown on a cold, snowy weekend last year. Featured 2015 celebrities included Captain Kirk (William Shatner of Star Trek), Ash (Bruce Campbell of Evil Dead), and Pippin the Hobbit (Billy Boyd of Lord of the Rings).
In case you haven’t checked your local cable listings or box office receipts lately, it’s a geeks’ world. And Wizard World’s popular traveling exhibit is custom-made for comic book nerds, science fiction buffs, and action movie aficionados.
In addition to the celebrity appearances (with autograph sessions and photo ops), Cleveland will host several breakout interviews, showcases, and programming. Hundreds of comic book writers, artists, inkers, and illustrators will be on hand to demonstrate their skills and hawk their merchandize, and hundreds more vendors will occupy tables crammed with vintage movie and television memorabilia.
Ever want your picture taken with the Back to the Future DeLorean or Ghostbusters ECTO-1? Wizard World is the place to make it happen. Looking to stock up on authentic theater posters and lobby cards, genuine movie props, or trend-setting tees? Come down to Lakeside this weekend.
Other Wizard World city stops include St. Louis, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Orlando, Austin, Las Vegas, and Raleigh.
Ohio-born directors Joe and Anthony Russo (Captain America: Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War) will make a homecoming appearance, and comic book movie villain Brock Remlow / Crossbones Frank Grillo (The Purge: Anarchy) will be there with Agents of SHIELD angels Skye (Chloe Bennet) and Jemma (Elizabeth Henstridge). Other scheduled celebs include Chandler Riggs (The Walking Dead), Jason David Frank (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), Cas Anvar (The Expanse), and Jason Mewes (Clerks, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back).
Three-day VIP tickets are available for $75.00 (see link below). Friday tickets (3-8pm) are $35.00. Saturday (10am-7pm) tickets are $45.00 and Sunday (10am-4pm) cost $40.00.
You might want to book your special photo / autograph in advance, however: It’s going to be crowded at the Con, and on-site sign-ups are cash only. And yes, it’ll cost you a pretty penny to get cozy with Thor and Fonz, and stars like Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Corbin Bernen (L.A. Law, Major League). Bragging rights ain’t free, sister!
Fees vary per guest. See the link below for details / schedules.
Photo ops schedule: http://www.celebphotoops.com/schedules/clevelandops.pdf