Wizard World announced that “charismatic” Mark Millar will headline what’s now being called the Chicago Comic-Con:

Veteran comic scribe Mark Millar is currently setting Hollywood on fire with properties like Wanted and Kick-Ass, and now the Scottish sensation will be meeting and greeting fans at Chicago Comic-Con. Known for his larger-than-life characters and action sequences that make Michael Bay movies look like “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” fans are guaranteed a rip-roaring good time when they meet Millar at any one of his numerous panels and signings taking place all weekend long.

Millar proved to be the first blockbuster writer of the new millennium with his groundbreaking and high concept action stories in both Ultimate X-Men and The Authority. Millar raised the bar for himself even further with The Ultimates, a series that became the blueprint for how superhero comics are written in the 21st Century. Millar has left his mark on nearly every one of Marvel’s heavy-hitting characters in titles such as Marvel Knights: Spider-Man, Wolverine and, currently, Fantastic Four with Ultimates artist Bryan Hitch.

“We are thrilled to feature Mark as Guest of Honor for Chicago Comic-Con,” said Wizard Senior VP/Operations Joe Yanarella. “Wherever Mark goes, there’s sure to be a party and this show will be no different. Mark has some special surprises planned for the show that will definitely have fans excited.”

Millar’s creator-owned work has proven to be as explosive and popular as his many other projects. His mini-series with fellow Chicago Comic-Con attendee JG Jones, Wanted, became a major motion picture starring Angelina Jolie and was one of the biggest blockbusters of the 2008 summer movie season. The adaptation of his current smash hit comic series, Kick-Ass, stars Nicholas Cage and is being unleashed on theaters later this year.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet Mark Millar. Be sure to go to www.wizardworld.com for updates about guests and programming and to save 15 percent off the price of tickets by ordering now. Chicago Comic-Con returns August 6-9, 2009 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.


  1. Wizard World Chicago is now Chicago Comic-Con? Impressive name change. Similar to calling crap manure. It still is the same thing it was before, only sounds different.

    I always enjoy (for the most part) going to the Chicago convention…whatever they want to call it…,but it is still a Wizard convention. You know what you are getting when you go.

  2. It’s strange to see Wizard falling back on the old “Chicago Comic Con” name. I wonder how much good will they might have generated, back when they took over the show, if they had simply retained it rather than rushing to establish the “Wizard World” brand?

  3. I’d be surprised to learn that Wizard didn’t make this move simply to prevent Reed from branding their Chicago show Chicago Comic Con – regardless of whether Reed planned to or not.

    Paul, I don’t see it as strange. I see it as ironic. Don’t you think?

  4. Question for me is why they didn’t go all the way.

    It was “Chicago Comicon,” not “Chicago Comic-Con.”

    San Diego, however, is “Comic-Con.”