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Thursday, August 13 2015 19:43

Kick Off the Con: Celebrate the Start of the Wizard World Chicago Comic Con at Level 257

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Wanna hang with THE ROCK FATHER? How about 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 more? Next Wednesday night you can at 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).

KickoffCHIfinalTickets 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 .

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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