Press Release

Sean Maher, best known for his role as “Simon Tam” in the science fiction television series “Firefly” and follow up movie SERENITY, will be a special guest at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, August 11-14 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.  The addition of Maher adds to the already huge presence of Joss Whedon characters, with 10 scheduled to attend, including headliners Felicia Day, James Marsters, Julie Benz and Morena Baccarin.

In addition to his roles in “Firefly” and SERENITY, Maher played the ill-fated lead character “Brian Piccolo” in the 2001 remake of BRIAN’S SONG and has had recurring roles in popular series “The $treet,” “Party of Five” and “Make it or Break It.”  He has also recently made guest appearances in “The Mentalist,” “Human Target” and “Warehouse 13.”

Eight actors and actresses from Whedon’s “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer” will be in Chicago next month.  In addition to Day (who portrayed “Vi”), Marsters (“Spike”) and Benz (“Darla”), fans can meet Nicholas Brendon (“Xander Harris”), Charisma Carpenter (“Cordelia Chase”), Kelly Donovan (“Xander Harris”), Clare Kramer (“Glory”) and Mercedes McNab (“Harmony Kendall”).

Baccarin played “Inara Serra” in “Firefly” and SERENITY.

“The stars of Joss Whedon’s shows and movies are huge hits at Wizard World shows,” said Gareb Shamus, Wizard World CEO.  “The collection from ‘Buffy,’ ‘Firefly’ and SERENITY at Chicago Comic Con will be a real treat for fans of his work, as well as those who know these talented performers from their many other roles.”

Chicago Comic Con is the seventh stop on Wizard World’s 2011 North American tour.  Hours are Thursday, August 11, 5 – 9 p.m.; Friday, August 12, noon – 8 p.m.; Saturday, August 13, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, August 14, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Tickets are available in advance online at at a savings over tickets purchased at the door.  Advance adult single-day tickets are priced at $25 ($35 on site); four-day all-session tickets are $50 ($60 on site), 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 on a limited basis.

About Wizard World:
Wizard World produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests. Wizard World also produces Wizard World Digital, an online publication covering new and upcoming products and talents in the pop culture world, and is distributed on a weekly basis to online and iPad users worldwide.

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