Wizard World hosts Austin Comic Con: Convention Returns for Second Year, Showcases Art, Pop Culture

Austin Comic Con, hosted by Wizard World, returns to the Austin Convention Center for the second year in a row November 11 to November 13.

The name ‘Comic Con’ is often associated with San Diego Comic-Con International, the most well-known of the comic book conventions, but the Wizard World made its fair bid for popularity with Wizard World Chicago, second only to San Diego in sheer attendance numbers.

This convergence of pop culture and population brings in people from all over and showcases a variety of well-known guests, fun events, celebrity panels and booths selling comics, graphic novels, anime, merchandise, and other collectible items.

Bringing fans of all ages and interests into one convention center, the Austin Comic Con features writers, artists, actors, games, contests and photo-ops.

“Two of my best friends went to Austin Comic Con last year and they’ve gotten me really intereseted in going,” said sophomore Ashley Scott. “They had a lot of fun and I can’t wait to go with them this year! It’s going to be great!”

This year, the convention brings guests such as Hayden Pantettiere, Adam Baldwin, Kevin Sorbo, four members of the cast of “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer” and many more well-known people, including Academy Award Winner Louis Gossett Jr.

Comic creators Marv Wolfman, Bill Sienkiewicz, Kevin Maguire, and others will be in attendance to meet fans, sign autographs and create sketches. Phil Ortiz, five-time Emmy winning animator, will also be on hand to “Simpsonize” people. There will also be a reunion between four of the children who starred in the original “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” for the movie’s 40th anniversary.

The Dealer’s Room contains many booths and tables where toys, apparel and other kinds of merchandise can be bought with either cash or credit, depending on the vendor.

The Artist Alley features different artists that have come to sell their artwork or commissions of your requested character, game or movie.

The convention encourages people to come in costume.

Information about purchasing tickets and the convention in general can be found on the Comic Con website, http://www.wizardworldcomiccon.com/home-tx.html.

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