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NEW ORLEANS, December 2016 - Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD) will open up its 2017 Comic Con tour with a bang in The Big Easy, as Carrie Fisher ( Star Wars), Tom Felton ( Harry Potter franchise), Christopher Lloyd and Tom Wilson ( Back To The Future), Stephen Amell ("Arrow"), David Duchovny ("The X-Files," "Californication"), Michael Rooker ( "The Walking Dead," Guardians of the Galaxy), WWE® Superstars BatistaTM ( Dave Bautista) and F inn Bálor TM, Nichelle Nichols ("Star Trek") and David Ramsey ( "Arrow") are among the all-star cast of celebrities scheduled to appear at Wizard World Comic Con New Orleans, January 6-8, 2017, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The event marks Wizard World's seventh annual show in New Orleans and the first on Wizard World's 2017 calendar.

"We are excited to kick off 2017 in a big way in the ‘The Big Easy' New Orleans with a distinguished group of stars from across many fan bases," said John Maatta, Wizard World CEO. "Collectively, the celebrities who are joining us in New Orleans are part of some of the most iconic franchises in pop culture history, from Star Wars to ‘Star Trek' to Back to the Future and more. There will be celebrities from every genre of pop culture."

Fisher, Felton, Lloyd, Wilson and Ramsey are scheduled to appear on Saturday and Sunday, January 7-8; Bautista and Duchovny will attend on Saturday; Bálor and Amell will appear on Sunday; the others are scheduled for all three days of the event.

Other stars on the 2017 Wizard World Comic Con New Orleans roster include Michael Cudlitz ("The Walking Dead"), Jewel Staite (Serenity, "Firefly"), Theo Rossi ( "Luke Cage," "Sons of Anarchy"), Ray Park ( Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, X-Men), Sean Gunn ( Guardians of the Galaxy, "Gilmore Girls"), Peter Mayhew ( Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back), Sam Jones ("The Flash," Ted), Ryan Hurst ("Sons of Anarchy"), Joonas Suotamo ( Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens), Jason David Frank ("Mighty Morphin Power Rangers") and Chris 51 ("Epic Ink").

New Orleans will also launch an exciting array of activities at Wizard World Comic Con shows in 2017. Fans will experience non-stop live entertainment throughout extended evening hours, Kick off the Con and After Parties, gaming, exclusive Q&A sessions with top celebrities, movie screenings hosted by stars and directors and more. Details to follow soon.

Wizard World is also the home of the most creative comics artists and writers on the planet. Artist Alley in New Orleans will feature Rob Guillory ("Chew"), Neal Adams " Batman," "Green Lantern"), Tom Cook ("He-Man," "Superfriends"), Ming Doyle ( "Constantine: The Hellblazer," "DC Bombshells"), Phil Ortiz ("The Simpsons," "Muppet Babies"), J ordan Gibson ( "Where is Jake Ellis?", "Original Sins"), Michael Golden ( "Spider-Man," "Hulk"), Clinton Hobart ( Disney licensed fine artist), Dan Slott ("Amazing Spider-Man," "Silver Surfer"), Rachael Stott ("Twelfth Doctor Year 2," "Star Trek"), Danny Fingeroth ( group editor, "Spider-Man") and many others.
Wizard World comic and gaming con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, television, sci-fi, toys, video gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.

Wizard World 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. The famed Wizard World Comic Con New Orleans Costume Contest will take place on Saturday night.

About Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD)
Wizard World, Inc. ( produces comic, gaming and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate the best in pop culture, movies, television, cosplay, comics, gaming, graphic novels, toys, sci-fi, original art, collectibles, contests and more. A first-class lineup of topical programming takes place at each event, with celebrity Q&A's, comics-themed sessions, costume contests, movie screenings, evening parties and more. Wizard World has also launched ComicConBoxTM ( , a premium subscription-based monthly box service and Wizard World Rewards among its initiatives. Fans can interact with Wizard World on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and other social media services.

The Wizard World 2017 schedule is available at: