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Wizard World


  • Alliant Energy Center 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way Madison, WI, 53713 United States (map)
Stan Lee. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Stan Lee. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Madison is not at a loss for geeky home-grown fun. Geek.Kon, Game Hole Con, and WisCon have been repping locally-sourced glasses-adjusting in annual instalments for a while now, but while those tackle cosplay, tabletop gaming, and science fiction respectively, none take dead aim at comic books. Enter Wizard World, the national chain of conventions that sprang forth from the fallout of Wizard Magazine. Past years have brought Bruce Campbell, William Shatner, and David Tennant, along with their overpriced photo-ops and autograph sessions. This year the headlining guest is Stan "The Man" Lee, who more or less created or co-created half of the Marvel Universe, but the $120 price tag to get a photo and/or autograph might be too steep for most true believers. Also in attendance: A grip of Joss Whedon-affiliated actors (Juliet Landau, Sean Maher, and Emma Caulfield, who might be emphasizing their non-Whedon experience these days), The Walking Dead's Lennie James, and WWE® Superstar Becky Lynch™ (intellectual property markings theirs). Check out the full-on article that we ran about the con earlier this week for more info and hot takes. —Chris Lay

Earlier Event: September 21
Hausu (free)
Later Event: September 22
Mike Birbiglia (multiple showtimes)