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Geek Chic: Austin Comic Con takes place this weekend

By by aprill brandon
Nov. 8, 2010 at 5:08 a.m.
Updated Nov. 10, 2010 at 5:10 a.m.


TIPS FOR ATTENDING COMIC CON:

1. Arrive early since parking tends to fill up fast.

2. Get a program when you check in.

3. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing because you will be doing a lot of walking and standing.

4. Bring water and snacks with you.

5. Bring a small backpack for your snacks and freebies.

6. Strategize how to spend your day. Check out the program and mark what programs you really want to go to and an alternate in case you can't get in or don't want to wait in a long line.

7. Take some cash to cover unexpected expenses - especially for parking or food. Many booths do not take credit or debit cards.

-Info from Robert Silva, from www.about.com.

Comic Con is coming to Austin.

In case you missed the awesomeness of that first sentence, we'll repeat it.

Comic Con. Is. Coming. To. Austin.

Yes, as the seventh stop on Wizard's eight-city 2010 North American tour, some of the world's most well-known comic book and graphic novel artists and writers, as well as actors and sports stars, will be descending on the city this weekend, starting on Friday, according to a news release. Held at the Austin Convention Center, the event will feature interactive product exhibits, collectible comics, movie and television memorabilia, toys, games, panels, movie screenings and autograph signings from a multitude of comic book, movie and TV stars. Naturally, children and adults are also encouraged to dress up as their favorite character for a chance to win prizes.

Among the featured guests set to appear at the Wizard World Austin Comic Con are the following:

Actors

Lee Majors, from "Six Million Dollar Man" and "The Bionic Woman"

Billy Dee Williams, from "Star Wars" and "Brian's Song"

Nicholas Brendan, from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"

Adam West, from the TV show "Batman" and "Family Guy"

Lindsay Wagner, from "The Bionic Woman"

Lou Ferrigno, from the TV series "Incredible Hulk"

Walter Koenig, from the original "Star Trek"

Peter Mayhew, Chewbacca from "Star Wars"

Comic book/Graphic novel artists and writers

Michael Golden, "Wolverine: First Class," "New Exiles"

Mike Grell, "Green Lantern," "Green Arrow"

Joe Madureira, "Uncanny X-Men"

Bill Sienkiewicz, "ElektraL Assassin," "Moon Knight"

Matthew Sturges, "Jack of Fables," "JSA All-Stars"

Gary Friedrich, "Ghost Rider," "Sgt Fury and his Howling Commandos"

Alé Garza, "Fathom," "Cable," Batgirl"

Greg Horn, "Blackest Night," "Elektra," "Ms. Marvel"

James O'Barr, "The Crow"

Arthur Suydam, "Marvel Zombies," "Batman"

Mike McKone, "Teen Titans," "Fantastic Four"

Angus Oblong, creator of "The Oblongs"

Sports celebrities

Kevin Nash, wrestler, WWF, TNA, WCW

Torrie Wilson, wrestler, WWF/WWE, WCW

Lisa Marie Varon "Tara," wrestler, WWE, TNA

Jerry "The King" Lawler, wrestler - WWE Hall of Famer, Cover Artist - Headlocked

The Austin Convention Center is located at 500 E. Cesar Chavez St. The convention hours are noon-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

Advance adult single-day tickets are $25; three-day weekend tickets are $45, and tickets are free for children age 10 and under when accompanied by a paid adult (limit two children per adult). VIP packages with special entry and exclusive items are also available.

Tickets are available by calling 1-866-882-5860 and online at www.wizardworld.com/austin.html.

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