Hordes of comic-book, sci-fi and pop-culture enthusiasts were present in Rosemont, Illinois, as Wizard World Chicago Comic Con took place Aug. 20-23 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.
Among the stars who appeared were two-time Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner, Nathan Fillion ( TV's Castle and Serenity ), Ben McKenzie ( TV's Gotham ), Burt Reynolds, Stephen Amell ( TV's Arrow ), Adrienne Barbeau, Michael Rooker ( Guardians of the Galaxy; TV's The Walking Dead ), Sean Patrick Flannery ( Boondock Saints ) and Norman Reedus ( Boondock Saints; TV's The Walking Dead ).
However, aside from the celebrities, the convention had much more to offer, including interactive opportunities ( such as a zombie shoot-'em-up ), tattoo stands, the artists' exhibits, and vendors peddling everything from T-shirts to comic weapons to, naturally, comic books.
Wizard World Comic Con rolls along, with future stops at San Jose, California ( Sept. 4-6 ), Pittsburgh ( Sept. 11-13 ), Columbus, Ohio ( Sept. 18-20 ), Nashville ( Sept. 25-27 ) and Fort Lauderdale, Florida ( Oct. 2-4 ). See WizardWorld.com .
Photos and text by Andrew Davis