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Comic Con big on celebrities, fans and ghostbusters
by Jerry Nunn, Windy City Times
2018-08-29

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Wizard World Chicago Comic Con was once again held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois, on Aug. 23-26.

Bigger than ever, the programming and layout of the convention continued to grow for its 21st year. Celebrity guests sat in booths to sign autographs and meet their fans over the course of four days. Panels on a variety of topics were showcased throughout the weekend's festivities.

The annual Wizard World Costume Contest had people dressing up on Aug. 25 to compete. Even when the convention center closed, the party kept going with several after show events such as a cosplay variety show at Berlin Nightclub. Workshops were offered to help cosplayers improve their props, makeup and costumes.

From self-publishing to body paint, there were presentations scheduled in private rooms or publicly on the Creative Stage for larger crowds.

There was a family-friendly kids zone and a large gaming area for people to test drive and meet other like minded video game players.

Artist Alley was full of comic artists selling their work and vendors surrounded them offering tons of collectors items for sale.

This year was heavy on the Ghostbusters-themed activities, thanks to cast member Ernie Hudson and producer/director Ivan Reitman in attendance. They participated in autographs, photo ops and a Q&A with fans. More fun is planned for June 2019 for the 35th anniversary of the film.

Visit WizardWorld.com for more information and upcoming information on future shows.


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