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KISS’ Gene Simmons to hit Cleveland at Wizard World Con 2017 and Agora!

genesimmonsWizard World, Inc., (WIZD) the preeminent producer of Wizard World Comic Cons across North America, has formed a new Touring Unit in partnership with veteran music and technology executive Nick Turner. The new unit will bring vibrant live entertainment to Wizard World shows, building on the Wizard’s initiative to create an atmosphere of a weekend festival at every Wizard World show.

Wizard World is proud to announce that the first venture of Wizard World Touring a joint venture production with Gene Simmons by which the legendary KISS front-man, bassist and rock icon will perform “An Evening with Gene Simmons and his Band” and attend five Wizard World Comic Con events as an iconic star attraction in 2017. The club venue concerts are in conjunction with appearances at conventions in Cleveland (March 18-19), St. Louis (April 8-9), Philadelphia (June 2-3), Chicago (August 26-27) and Austin (November 17-18).

Evening concerts are planned on Friday in each of the respective cities, with Simmons on hand each Saturday to greet fans, pose for photo ops, sign autographs and conduct live interactive Q&A sessions at each Wizard world Comic Con.

“I’m excited to bring Rock & Roll back to Wizard World Comic Con in 2017,” said Simmons. “It will be great to meet fans and perform for them in every city.”

John D. Maatta, President and Chief Executive Officer of Wizard World stated: “We are thrilled to be working with Gene for our inaugural production by Wizard World Touring. Gene is a showman-businessman hyphenate, and there is no better entertainer whom the fans love more.” Maatta continued: “We are working very hard at Wizard World to build it into a ‘best of breed’ entertainment/live event company. Wizard World Touring is another aggressive step forward into a sector that is extremely promising for us—It is a brand new day at Wizard World. We are very pleased to have a seasoned executive of the caliber of Nick Turner to guide us into this space.”

The agreement is the beginning of a new touring unit spearheaded by Nick Turner, which will bring entertainment to Wizard World shows, building on the promotion’s initiative to create an atmosphere of a weekend festival at every stop.

In Cleveland, fans can rock out on Saturday night, March 18, with “An Evening with Gene Simmons and his Band” at Agora Theater (5000 Euclid Ave.) beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are available for $29.95 in advance at http://agoracleveland.com and http://www.wizardworld.com and $35 at the door, with special meet-and-greet packages also available. Venues, times and pricing for other cities to be announced closer to those respective shows.

Simmons, who was a big hit in his first Wizard World Comic Con appearance in Richmond in 2016, is a multi-hyphenate entrepreneur and one of the world’s most recognized personalities. He co-founded KISS 42 years ago. KISS is America’s #1 Gold Record Award Winning Group of all time, in all categories (RIAA). KISS has sold over 100 million CDs and DVDs worldwide, is celebrating its 43rd year, and continues to sell out stadiums and arenas around the world, breaking box-office records set by Elvis and the Beatles. KISS was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at the 2014 induction ceremony, and the band is recognized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for its pioneering work.

Wizard World comic and gaming con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, 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 Portland Costume Contest will take place on Saturday night.

Wizard World Con 2017 Cleveland brings in guest Michael C. Hall

MICHAEL C. HALL most recently starred as Thomas Newton in the New York Theatre Workshop production of “Lazarus” (Drama Desk, Drama League, Lucille Lortel award nominations) by David Bowie & Enda Walsh, directed by Ivo van Hove and inspired by the novel The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis. The musical will start previews on October 25 and run through January 22 at King’s Cross Theater in London. Hall previously portrayed the title character in the Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, directed by Michael Mayer from the book by John Cameron Mitchell, with music and lyrics by Stephen Trask. He also starred in Will Eno’s Broadway production of The Realistic Jones (Drama League Award nomination) directed by Sam Gold and co-starring Toni Collette, Tracy Letts, and Marisa Tomei.

Hall made his Broadway debut in 1999 as the Master of Ceremonies in Sam Mendes’ revival of Cabaret and portrayed Billy Flynn in 2002 in the revival of Chicago. Off-Broadway, Hall’s credits include the Roundabout Theatre Company’s Mr. Marmalade, Cymbeline, Macbeth, Timon of Athens, and Henry V at the Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival,The English Teachers for MCC, the Manhattan Theatre Club’s Corpus Christi, Romeo and Juliet at Center Stage, R Shoman at Williamstown and Skylight at the Mark Taper Forum. His television credits include “Dexter” (SAG, Golden Globe awards; five Emmy nominations) and “Six Feet Under” (two SAG ensemble awards, Emmy nomination).

On film, Hall co-starred in Jim Mickle’s Cold in July and John Krokidas’ Kill Your Darlings. He will next be seen in Antonio Campos’ Christine (which premiered in Dramatic Competition at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival) with Rebecca Hall. He is currently shooting Peter Landesman’s Felt, a political thriller about Watergate, told from the vantage point of Deep Throat. Hall plays White House Counsel John Dean. MFA: NYU.

‘Rocky Horror’ Screening with Barry Bostwick at Wizard World Cleveland March 18

Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD) presents a screening of the 1975, Twentieth Century Fox classic musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show during the Wizard World Comic Con Cleveland, Saturday, March 18. Barry Bostwick, who starred as “Brad Majors” in the cult favorite, will host the event, along with the local shadow cast group “Simply His Servants,” beginning at 7 p.m. on the main show floor at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland, site of Wizard World Comic Con Cleveland that weekend.

Wizard World, the leading producer of pop culture events nationwide, is expanding its footprint in the entertainment industry. Tickets are available in advance for $10 at www.wizardworld.com.

“Wizard World is excited to bring this all-time cult favorite to our fans in Cleveland,” said John D. Maatta, Wizard World President & CEO. “It exemplifies the additional emphasis we are placing on programming and extra activities at our shows to enhance the entertainment value for attendees throughout the weekend.”

“We are looking forward to bringing the original Rocky Horror Picture Show to Wizard World Comic Con,” said Lou Adler, executive producer of the film. “It is a unique opportunity and a perfect match for both.”

“’It’s just a party, Janet!’ Come and join me for a special screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show with the full Shadow Cast experience,” added Bostwick.

In The Rocky Horror Picture Show, sweethearts Brad Majors (Bostwick) and Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon), stuck with a flat tire during a storm, visit the creepy home of eccentric Dr. Frank N Furter (Tim Curry), a transvestite scientist in search of a phone. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker (Meat Loaf) and a creepy butler (Richard O’Brien). The film, famed for midnight showings, has been screened regularly since its September 1975 U.S. release, often with audiences in full costume playing out the scenes as they are shown.

The event will also feature a display of numerous items from the original movie, for an even more authentic experience for attendees. Among them are original costumes, original costume designs, handwritten song lyrics, scripts, contracts and behind-the-scenes photos, from the collection of Larry Viezel, noted Rocky Horror superfan, historian and collector.

Wizard World Comic Con Cleveland will feature Gene Simmons (Lead Singer, KISS, “Gene Simmons Family Jewels”), Michael C. Hall (“Dexter,” “Six Feet Under”), Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”), Jennifer Carpenter (“Dexter,” “The Exorcism of Emily Rose”), Loren Lester and Kevin Conroy of “Batman: The Animated Series,” Jewel Staite (“Firefly,” Serenity,”), James Remar (The Warriors, “Dexter”), Nichelle Nichols (“Star Trek”) and Bostwick among the all-star cast of celebrities scheduled to appear, March 17-19. The event marks Wizard World’s third annual show in Cleveland and the third on Wizard World’s 2017 calendar of 16 scheduled events.

Cleveland will also feature an exciting array of activities, including 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 Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Cleveland show hours are Friday, March 17, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, March 18, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, March 19, 10 a.m. -4 p.m.

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 Cleveland Costume Contest will take place on Saturday night.

For more on the 2017 Wizard World Comic Con Cleveland, visit http://wizd.me/ClevelandPR.

About Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD)

Wizard World, Inc. (www.wizardworld.com) produces comic, gaming and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests and more. A first-class lineup of topical programming and entertainment 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 ComicConBox™ (www.comicconbox.com), a premium subscription-based monthly box service, SocialCon™ (www.socialcon.com) and Wizard World Touring. Fans can interact with Wizard World on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and other social media services.

The Wizard World 2017 schedule is available at: http://www.wizardworld.com

“Big Dan” Jacobs, Atreyu Guitarist, Launches 80’s Clothing Line – Rokk Clothing

ORANGE COUNTY, CA -Rokk Clothing is the brainchild of Dan Jacobs, guitarist
with Atreyu. An avid fan of eighties rock, Dan would scour the Internet to
find vintage T shirts. One day, in conversation with his brother Joe, they
got to thinking about how much these T shirts cost and surely there must be
a less expensive way to produce them. Dan had a very definite idea of the
design, fabric, fit he wanted and together with Joe’s business skills they
have put together their first range. Says Dan “I wanted to design my own
brand because I wanted to produce the kind of T shirt I would buy, at a
reasonable price. These ‘T’s had to look like real eighties stuff, classic
rock band ‘T’ shirt’s in bold primary colors and design, – they’ve got to
look so good that at first glance you’d think it was the real thing”. ROKK
clothing brings alive the classic rock shirt of today. All are original
authentic designs, inspired by Dan and executed by Joe exclusive to the Rokk
Clothing brand. The range also features Japanese style headbands, like the
ones Dan wears during Atreyu’s performances.

The capsule range of ROKK Clothing was launched on October 1, 2007. Say’s
Joe Jacobs “we have been really encouraged by initial sales and the
excitement the range is generating. Orders have been received from all over
the United States as well as from the United Kingdom, Austria, Germany and
Italy.”

Bio: Dan Jacobs was born in Orange County, California in 1982. He has
played guitar since the age of 12, and is guitarist for the rock band Atreyu since its creation in 1998. His
passion for eighties rock and clothing has been a major influence in
developing his unique style.

For more information on all Rokk Clothing designs, go to
www.Bringtherock.com AND
myspace.com/rokkclothing.

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