(Columbus, August 1, 2017)  — Tens of thousands of pop culture and super hero fans are expected to gather August 4-6 for Wizard World Comic Con Columbus, Ohio’s longest-running and best-attended comic convention.

“We are excited to be making our seventh visit to Columbus, bringing new celebrities, new entertainment options and some of the most talented creators in the business, celebrating the world of pop culture,” said Jerry Milani, Wizard World public relations manager.

 The event will feature movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, comics, cosplay, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests and more.

David Tennant (“Doctor Who,” “Jessica Jones”), John Barrowman (“Arrow,” “Doctor Who”), The “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” trio of James Marsters, Nicholas Brendon and Emily Caulfield, Kate Beckinsale (Underworld, Total Recall), Elizabeth Henstridge (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”). Catherine Tate (“Doctor Who”), Ray Park (Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, X-Men), WWE® Superstar AJ Styles™, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Nash Bridges”), Michael Beach (“Sons of Anarchy,” ‘The 100”), Lori Petty (“Orange is the New Black,” A League of their Own), Lou Ferrigno (“The Incredible Hulk,” “King of Queens”), Thomas Ian Nicholas (Rookie of the Year, American Pie), Monica Real (Dragon Ball Z Super Fullmetal Alchemist) and Barry Bostwick (Rocky Horror Picture Show, “Spin City”) are among the special guests scheduled.

Programming ranges from Q&A sessions with celebrities and creators, sci-fi speed-dating sessions and ninja training with Ohio turtle fans & superheroes to costume contests for kids and adults. Local cartoonist and Bone creator Jeff Smith will be inducted into the Wizard World Hall of Legends on August 4 at 7 p.m. during the non-stop entertainment stage scheduled activities.

Show hours will be:

  • Friday, August 4 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 5 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There are a variety of admission prices. Up to two children age 10 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult paying admission. Guests save $5 by ordering admission in advance at http://wizardworld.com/comiccon/columbus.

Admission charges are:

  • Friday, August 4: $39.95 in advance and $50 at the show
  • Saturday, August 5: $49.95 in advance and $60 at the show
  • Sunday, August 6: $44.95 in advance and $55 at the show
  • Three-Day Weekend Admission: $79.95 in advance and $90 at the show

Additional charges apply to obtain selected celebrity autographs.

Following the action in the exhibit halls, there will be the Wizard World Drink ‘n Draw and Nerd-themed Trivia from 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at b.d.’s Mongolian Grill on Friday, August 4, and the Wizard World Official Costume After-Party on Saturday, August 5 from 10 p.m. to midnight at the Crowne Plaza Columbus.

Throughout North America, Wizard World, Inc. produces a series of comic and pop culture conventions featuring the best of graphic novels, comic books, television shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking, with appearances by celebrities, artists and writers along with tournaments, panel discussions and costume contests.

“Wizard World produces the most widely attended comic convention tour,” said Greater Columbus Convention Center General Manager John R. Page. “This year, attendees will discover the super heroes always featured within our facility as part of the largest contemporary collection of Franklin County art installed during our $140 million expansion & renovation.”