68,000 Fans Descend on Wizard World Chicago!
Posted: Monday, August 20, 2007
Posted By: Keith Dallas
“The Dark Knight” Movie Panel Which Featured A Fan Driven Q&A With Stars Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Director Christopher Nolan and Writers Jonathan Nolan & David Goyer
As Well As A First Look At The Film Itself!
Stars Tricia Helfer & Michael Madsen Greeted Fans
Fan Awards Honor Mark Millar With The Stan Lee Award
Congers, NY (August 20, 2007) – Wizard World returned to Chicago with a record setting army of 68,000 fans for the three-and-a-half day convention at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. The pop-culture event was highlighted on Saturday by “The Dark Knight” the upcoming sequel to the hit movie “Batman Begins.” Warner Brothers and DC Comics surprised attendees with a panel that featured Batman himself, Christian Bale, as well as Gary Oldman (Lt. Gordon), Aaron Eckhart (Harvey Dent/Two-Face), Director Christopher Nolan and Writers Jonathan Nolan & David Goyer. Fans lined up early in the morning to be one of the lucky ones who got bracelets which assured them a seat. They also received t-shirts, which many wore in support of the film. At the conclusion of a 40 minute Q & A with the stars and filmmakers, the lights went out for a look at some never-before-seen footage of “The Dark Knight.” Fans were left chanting “One more time,” for almost 10 minutes after the lights came back on.
Guest of Honor Tricia Helfer signed autographs until every fan who showed up to meet their favorite cylon got a chance to say “hello.” Additionally, Michael Madsen, who came to the convention to support the release of “Shifter,” from Fangoria Comics, had fans lined up for hours waiting to meet the actor-turned-creator.
The 15th annual Wizard Fan Awards ceremony was held Friday night with all the major names in comics in attendance. Mark Millar, Ethan Van Sciver, Joe Quesada and Dan DiDio were all on hand for the festivities.
Millar received a distinct honor, becoming only the second recipient of the prestigious Stan Lee Award, which is given to a comic creator who has made a lasting impact on the industry. “V for Vendetta” pulled double duty as Favorite Movie Project and Favorite DVD Release while “Heroes” emerged as Favorite TV Show. Below is a complete list of winners.
FAVORITE PUBLISHER: Marvel
FAVORITE WRITER: Geoff Johns (Infinite Crisis)
FAVORITE PENCILER: Steve McNiven (Civil War)
FAVORITE INKER: Dexter Vines (Civil War)
FAVORITE COVER ARTIST: J.G. Jones (52)
FAVORITE COLORIST: Morry Hollowell (Civil War)
FAVORITE LETTERER: Richard Starkings & Comicraft (New Avengers)
FAVORITE EDITOR: Steve Wacker (52)
BREAKOUT TALENT: Ed Benes (Justice League of America)
FAVORITE ONGOING SERIES: 52 (DC)
FAVORITE MINISERIES: Infinite Crisis (DC)
FAVORITE ONE-SHOT: Villains United Special (DC)
FAVORITE MALE HERO: Captain America (Captain America)
FAVORITE FEMALE HERO: Renee Montoya (52)
FAVORITE VILLAIN: Superboy Prime (Infinite Crisis)
FAVORITE SUPPORTING CHARACTER: Winter Soldier (Captain America)
COMICS’ GREATEST MOMENT: Spider-Man unmasks (Civil War #2)
FAVORITE MOVIE PROJECT: “V for Vendetta” (Warner Bros.)
FAVORITE TV SHOW: “Heroes” (NBC)
FAVORITE DVD RELEASE: “V for Vendetta” (Warner Bros.)
FAVORITE VIDEO GAME: Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (Activision)
FAVORITE ACTION FIGURE LINE: Marvel Legends (Toy Biz)
FAVORITE COMIC MERCHANDISE: Hawkeye Statue (Bowen Designs)
“Wizard World Chicago was our biggest convention ever,” said VP and Associate Publisher, Rob Felton. “We of course want to say thanks to our great friends at Warner Brothers for delivering a truly unforgettable “Dark Knight” event. The panel was a true convention exclusive for fans who attended; no way to see this one on you tube. We look forward to making every effort to try to out do ourselves at next year's show in June.”
In addition to the stars of comic books, television and films, over 800 exhibitors were on hand for the record setting extravaganza.
Next year’s Wizard World Chicago has moved from August to June 26-29, so please mark it on your calendars.
For a complete wrap-up of all events, guests and activities go to www.wizardworld.com.
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