SacAnime Welcomes Frozen's Young Anna (Livvy Stubenrauch) and Young Elsa (Eva Bella). Full Weekend Pre-Registration only $41 until July 2nd. SacAnime Summer 2017 is September 1-3, 2017 at the Sacramento Convention Center

   
SACANIME is being held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday September 1st - 3rd, 2017 at the Sacramento Convention Center and Sheraton Grand Hotel.  For more information, check out our website at:   http://www.sacanime.com 

Pre-Registration only $41

YOUNG ANNA (Disney's Frozen)


LIVVY STUBENRAUCH YOUNG ANNA (Disney's Frozen
LIVVY STUBENRAUCH YOUNG ANNA (Disney's Frozen)
YOUNG ELSA (Disney's Frozen), SHIMMER (Shimmer & Shine)


JOSH PETERSDORF
ROADHOG (Overwatch)
GENJI (Overwatch)
ZENYATTA (Overwatch)

SAM RIEGEL
TEDDIE (Persona 4), PHOENIX WRIGHT


Japanese Artist


Japanese Manga Artist


SUSAN EGAN
MEG (Hercules), ROSE QUARTZ (Steven Universe)
 


KING OF HYRULE (Zelda: Breath of the Wild), BROCK (Pokemon)
 

KRISTIAN NAIRN
HODOR (The Game of Thrones)
 


HYNDEN WALCH
The voice of PRINCESS BUBBLEGUM (Adventure Time),
STARFIRE (Teen Titans) and HARLEY QUINN (Batman: Assault on Arkham)
 


PATRICIA SUMMERSETT
The voice of PRINCESS ZELDA
(The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild)


The voice of URBOSA/RIJU (Zelda: Breath of the Wild) and
WINTER SCHNEE (RWBY)
 


ALI HILLIS
The voice of LIGHTNING (Final Fantasy) and
DR. LIARA T'SONI (Mass Effect 3)
 
The voice of JACK (Mass Effect 3) and
SOLE SURVIVOR (Fallout 4)
 
The voice of 2B (NieR: Automata) and
JULIS (The Asterisk War)
 
The voice of STEVEN (Steven Universe) and
PRINCE JAMES (Sofia the First)

DUNCAN MACLEOD (Highlander: The Series)
The voice of EZIO (Assassins Creed)
TRINA NISHIMURA
The voice of MIKASA (Attack on Titan)
The voice of CIEL (Black Butler)
The voice of SEBASTIAN (Black Butler)
       
The voice of the GAARA (Naruto)
FREE AUTOGRAPH SESSIONS! 
Most of our Guests participate in our FREE AUTOGRAPH SESSIONS.  Some restrictions may apply. 
Free Autograph Sessions 

HUGE EXHIBITOR ROOM 
SacAnime has over 250 Exhibitor Booths and 200+ Artist Alley tables.
Exhibitor Room

COSPLAY MASQUERADE  
SacAnime's Saturday Night Cosplay Masquerade is always standing room only.
Cosplay Masquerade

LATE NIGHT ELECTRONIC DANCE  
SacAnime's Family Friendly Late Night Electronic Dance is held Friday and Saturday nights until 1am.
Electronic Dance   
   
 
 
SacAnime has Great Events!
We've got great events including, KPOP Battle Competition, Maid Cafe, Cosplay Masquerade, Video Gaming Rooms, Table Top and CCG Gaming, Panels, Workshops & Fan Panels, Late Night Electronic Dance, Live Musical Performances, Karaoke, Anime Viewing Rooms and much much more!

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Split Screens Festival Wraps Successful Debut


The inaugural Split Screens Festival began on Friday June 2 and wrapped on Thursday June 8 with jam-packed programming ranging from fan-favourites Mr. Robot and Orphan Black to more indie darlings such as The Girlfriend Experience and Brockmire.

Program director and seasoned film/television critic Matt Zoeller Seitz spoke to us leading up to the festival's premiere and shared that the preparation for a new festival involved playing to their strengths by focusing more on talent and programming based in the New York area. Seitz also took care to keep the fans in mind when selecting shows to highlight, being aware of the power of fandoms such as Orphan Black's Clone Club and Hannibal's Fannibals.

"This is a festival for fans."

Listen to our full interview with Matt Zoeller Seitz here:


Rami Malek attended a one-on-one panel in which he answered many questions about the inner mechanisms of playing Elliot Alderson on USA Network's Mr. Robot. Questions from the moderator and audience ranged from the wear-and-tear of playing such dark material, the portrayal of mental illness, and the filming of the show's complex sequences. Watch the panel here:


With the final season about to premiere, the Clone Club turned out in full force from all over the world in order to attend this send-off panel to the beloved sci-fi series. The cast answered questions about the technical aspects of filming the show, reminisced about the journey, and were moved to tears as many fans in the audience shared stories of the show helping them to come to terms with their sexual orientation. Watch the Orphan Black panel here:


Keeping in line with groundbreaking characters and representation, the series Billions held a panel that focused on the character of Taylor, the first major gender non-binary character to appear on television. In attendance were the show's producers as well as actor Asia Kate Dillon, who is also non-binary, to discuss the character's creative origins, their journey on the series thus far, and more. Watch the Billions panel here:


Brockmire stars Hank Azaria and Amanda Peet delivered tremendous laughs, particularly when Azaria unleashed a wealth of impersonations and characters. But they also shared greater insight into their alcoholic characters, thoughts on social media, and what's to come in season 2. Watch the Brockmire panel here:



Following a screening of the show's first season finale, The Girlfriend Experience co-creators/writers/directors Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz (via Skype call) discussed their creative process as the driving force behind the series, the complexity of the season finale, and shared hints as to how they would be approaching the season season. Watch The Girlfriend Experience panel here:


Following a last-minute cancellation of the Underground panel, a replacement panel was added to the programming. As the original panel was to take place before an already-scheduled Hannibal panel, the Split Screens team were fast-thinking and added another Hannibal panel to lead into it. This one involved a screening of the penultimate episode "The Number of the Beast Is 666" followed by a quick panel with series actor Raúl Esparza, who agreed to come earlier for the audience. Watch his solo panel here:


The final panel of Split Screens was the originally planned Hannibal one that followed a screening of the series finale "The Wrath of the Lamb" to a room full of Fannibals donning flower crowns. Following the screening, Raúl Esparza and a team of creative individuals inspired by Hannibal spoke about how the series inspired them. Bryan Fuller also joined in to speak on the panel via Skype. Watch the full Hannibal panel here:


Despite being a new festival, Split Screens has delivered a high quality of programming and demonstrated a skilled adaptability in their recovery after a last-minute panel cancellation. Program director and moderator Matt Zoeller Seitz was personable with the panelists and engaging with the largely fan-dominant audience. Split Screens has all the makings of becoming a massively popular festival stop for TV-lovers in years to come.

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American Gods S1E8 (Season 1 Finale) "Come To Jesus" RECAP


The episode opens with Mr. Nancy sharing the story of Bilquis to Shadow and Wednesday. Bilquis is a fallen Old Goddess of spring and resurrection who had many men trying to knock her off her throne. She habitually consumes people and was able to continue doing so and survive into the modern era. Despite slipping into a low-point when her temples were destroyed and she lose worshippers, she is visited by Techno Boy who gives her a mobile phone through which she can use dating apps to find new people to consume.

The tale of Bilquis convinces Wednesday that they must find a queen. Mr. Nancy sews Shadow and Wednesday new suits so they can go to Kentucky and visit Easter, an Old Goddess of spring and resurrection. Wednesday warns Shadow that Easter may take a shining to him and that would not be good. He also notes that they might not be welcomed at first.

Upon arriving, they find that Easter is having a large party. She has survived into the modern era by capitalising on the Christian celebration of Christ's resurrection. Shadow begins to believe in the Gods, as more Gods seem to be present at the party.

We see Techno Boy visit Bilquis, saying that he owes her and he is now cashing in on the favour.

Laura and Mad Sweeney reach Easter's estate in search of Shadow, who is speaking with one of the many Jesus that are at Easter's party. Wednesday is speaking with Eastern in private, advising her that in the old days, starvation was a strong motivator for the people to believe in the Gods and pray to them. But Easter is visited by one of her rabbits that tells her of Laura and Mad Sweeney's arrival. Easter is alarmed that a dead woman is walking around and could ruin her party. Mad Sweeney and Laura want her to resurrect Laura properly but Easter is unable to do so, as she determines that she was killed by a god. Laura is furious and forces Sweeney to admit the extent of his involvement. He says that Wednesday ordered Laura's death and orchestrated Shadow's imprisonment so that he would be desperate enough to be malleable for Wednesday's biddings.

Media arrives to the party in the form of Judy Garland in Eastern Parade. Technical Boy and Mr. World are also with her, hoping to get Easter to join their cause and stand against Wednesday. Wednesday emerges with Shadow close behind him and the opposing sides engage in a verbal sparring match. These Gods believe that Wednesday is an old relic that should go quietly into the night but instead, he summons a lightning bolt that destroys all their men. He asks Shadow if he has faith and when Shadow asks who he is, he announces that he is Odin. Odin finally convinces Eastern to unleash her powers and upon doing so, she takes back the spring and casts a drought over America so as to ensure future worship. Mr. World declares that this means war and Odin says to let the people know that they can have spring back when they pray for it. Once more he asks Shadow if he believes and Shadow says he believes everything. It's then that Laura emerges, saying she wants to talk to her husband.

Finally, we see Bilquis on a bus headed to Wisconsin and about to consume another unsuspecting person.

American Gods will return for season 2 on Starz.

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Anton Hagman Releases Debut EP "From Now On"



Anton Hagman made his debut in this year's Melodifestivalen with the song "Kiss You Goodbye", which soon sold platinum, streamed over 7.5 million times on Spotify and become one of spring's most played songs on the radio. Anton Hagman has now released his debut EP From Now On, on which he has contributed as a songwriter on all songs to varying degrees. The EP also contains his latest single "Somebody To Love". On June 29, he will begin his summer tour. He will also appear on Sommarkrysset July 15 and at the RIX FM Festival.

Although most people recognize Anton Hagman from Melodifestivalen, he is far from a newcomer when it comes to music. As a 12-year-old he made his debut on YouTube with his own version of Chris Brown's song "With You," a song that laid the foundation for Anton gaining over 40,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel thus far

On June 5, 300 fans were invited to a special premiere event of Hagman's new EP. It was also broadcast live on his Facebook, see here .

Live (more dates to come): 
29 June – Västerås, Västerås Cityfestival
6 July – Sölvesborg, Killebom
23 July – Stockholm, Barnens Allsång Skansen
29 July – Hudiksvall, Hudikkalaset
9 August – Lysekil, Havsbadsparken
12 August – Solvalla, Djurens Helg
18 August – Lidköping, Scensommar
19 August – Sävjö, Sävsjö Celebration
27 August – Sala, Salamässan

Tracklist From Now On:
01 Somebody To Love 
02 Crime To Love You 
03 Something Good 
04 Let Me In

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American Gods S1E7 "A Prayer for Mad Sweeney" Recap


The episode opens with Mr. Ibis offering to assist Mr. Jaquel, who is tending to a corpose at the funeral home. Mr. Jaquel tells him that he appears to have a story to tell, instead. Mr. Ibis goes to his office and begins to write a story from 1721 about coming-to-America. He begins by explaining that the colonies were only partially a place for the colonists to live with religious freedom. They were also a place for criminals from England to be sent so they could work off their punishment as indentured servants instead of receiving the death penalty.

This relates to the tale of a young Irish woman named Essie MacGowan, who was raised to believe in leprechauns along with other mystical creatures due to the teachings of her grandmother. She leaves offerings for these creatures and begins a relationship with the son of the household where she works. He gives her a family heirloom necklace, promising to return at Christmas and marry her. But when the mother of the household spots Essie wearing the necklace, the son claims that she stole it and Essie is sent on a ship headed for the colonies.

Essie hits it off with the captain of the ship and he agrees to bring her back to London instead. But as soon as he leaves for his next journey, she steals his silver and runs off, beginning a life of thievery so as to maintain her independence. Essie is eventually caught shoplifting and thrown back into prison where she meets another Irish prisoner, Mad Sweeney. The two talk about the new life that the colonies may promise but the next day, he's gone.

Essie is pressured to have sex with the warden so that her stay will be more comfortable and the encounter results in a pregnancy. This grants her the opportunity to go to the colonies with her baby where she works as a wet nurse for a tobacco farmer, who is a recent widower with a new infant. As soon as he becomes interested in Essie, she uses that to get him to commute her indentures servitude so they can get marry. The two are happy together for 10 years before he dies. She lives much longer and shares stories to her children and grandchildren about the supernatural creatures from Ireland. She receives one final visit from Mad Sweeney, who shares how she and others like her are the reason he made it to America.

Back in the present day plot, Laura and Mad are still on the road with Salim, who pulls over so he can pray. When Mad lets the name "House on the Rock" slip, Laura runs back to Salim and tells him to go there to find the Jinn. This results in Salim leaving them stranded, as he leaves with his taxi. Laura proceeds to steal an ice cream truck so she and Mad can carry on their journey. Time is of the essence since Laura's body is deteriorating quickly. Mad shares some cryptic ramblings about his origins, including how he foresaw his death in a war that he proceeded to stay out of. Since he now "owes a battle" this is why he is beholden to Wednesday and his battle. But his story is interrupted by a rabbit hopping into the road.

Laura swerves to avoid hitting the rabbit but this causes the truck to flip and she gets thrown through the windshield. Her Y-incision splits and then Mad's coin goes rolling out onto the street. This causes Laura to be fully dead once more. Once Mad wakes, he climbs out of the truck and spots Laura, causing him to flash back to the accident that killed her. He was there as she was breathing her last breaths and once she died, he spoke to a raven and told it, "Tell him it's done." Assuming that the raven was Wednesday's, this is a point of some serious plot-thickening.

Back in the present, Mad's happiness at having his coin back is short-lived, as he begins cursing before stuffing the coin and Laura's organs back into her body. This causes her to awaken immediately and she punches him in the face, sending him flying. After using her jacket to cover herself back up, she flips the truck back upright and tells Mad to "come on" and "move it" so the two can resume their journey.

American Gods airs on Sundays on Starz at 9/8c.

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"My Cousin Rachel" Review


My Cousin Rachel is a story that at first glance, focuses on the mysterious Rachel and the question of whether or not she is a murderous black-widow type, seeking to rob men of their fortunes. But upon deeper inspection, the film boasts a wealth of commentary about the sexuality and autonomy of women.

Sam Claflin stars as both the young, impressionable Philip, and Philip's older guardian/cousin Ambrose who marries Rachel before his potentially untimely death. Though Philip heeds Ambrose's letter of warnings about Rachel poisoning him, his attitude shifts dramatically when Rachel comes to stay with him. One of the film's few stand-out weaknesses comes in the scene in which Philip and Rachel first meet. Considering the strength of Philip's attraction and how quickly it's meant to escalate, their first encounter is surprisingly flat, with little done in the way of camera work, lighting, or audio to communicate the magnitude of what we assume is supposed to be an instant infatuation. Still, Claflin holds his own as a young man spiraling into the the throes of an intense first attraction.


The overall pacing of the film is more subdued than the trailers may lead the audience to predict. The backdrop is a beautifully gloomy English countryside in the 19th century. Weisz excels throughout, never quite letting on whether Rachel is a murderous fortune-hunter or just a woman ahead of her time in her philosophies pertaining to sexuality and independence. Just like the Du Maurier novel on which the film is based, the film has more questions than answers regarding Rachel's motives.

With a non-traditional storytelling format that doesn't make the central point finding the answer of "Did she or didn't she?" the responsibility falls on the viewers to read between the lines and contemplate the many other facets of the plot. Audiences should come out ready to dissect the intricacies of the plot and enjoy Weisz's gripping performance.

My Cousin Rachel will be released in cinemas June 9.

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Lego Batman DVD Review and Giveaway

Lego Batman hits DVD on June 13th, and brings back the egocentric, broody Batman (Will Arnett) in all his conceited glory. Although Batman doesn't sing his theme song again, there are others that'll have you bopping and laughing along with, I mean how can one go wrong with white suits ala Backstreet Boys. After winning over audiences in The Lego movie, it was only a matter of time before Batman got his own movie, it's darker, and edgier than the Lego Movie, but lets face it, that's expected as a Batman movie and its just what we never knew we needed.

There are big changes brewing in Gotham, but if Batman wants to save the city from the Joker's (Zach Galifianakis) hostile takeover, he may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up. Maybe his superhero sidekick Robin (Michael Cera) and loyal butler Alfred (Ralph Fiennes) can show him a thing or two.

The Lego Batman Movie, like the Lego Movie before it, is smart, imaginative, and funny, with nonstop action. I mean a serious amount of action with villains not just from the DC universe, but pretty much every universe. And while it may take a darker turn than its predecessor, with the characters in constant peril, the stakes at an all-time high, the actual damage remains low and kid-friendly. Lego Batman doesn't take itself too seriously, going so far as to poke gentle fun at the broody “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” It's full of jokes and pop culture references that will keep adults just as entertained as the kids.

The animation is colorful and slick. The writing is inventive, proving that Legos remain fun for all ages, and the voice acting is so on point. Arnett stole the show as the Dark Knight in The Lego Movie, and he has no trouble stepping into the spot light and leading the show here. His deep voice is hypnotic while Cera's higher pitched Dick Grayson/Robin is perfectly perky, naive and hilariously pant less for most of the flick. Rosario Dawson's Barbara Gordon/Batgirl plays the cool tough-chick that you reluctantly like. Fiennes is the perfect balance of droll and fatherly while remaining vastly amusing; and Galifianakis brings a fresh quirk to his menacing Joker.

Lego Batman is pretty irresistible. It's fun and zany, with a great message about family and trust without delving into the off-putting real world that the Lego movie ventured into. It's not without its flaws. The movie while fun and enjoyable is a full length toy ad. It doesn't deliver the big feels that movies like Inside Out does, but it is full of distinct, memorable characters, plenty of growth and more laughs than should be legal for a kids movie.

The Blu-ray and DVD both have a bevy of features including 4 animated shorts, and a slew of deleted scenes. While the animated shorts are pretty funny, my favorite being “Batman Is Just Not That Into You” featuring Harley and Joker in a daytime talk show format, the deleted scenes were definitely deleted for a reason.


Now the reason that all of you are really here. Warner Brothers Home Entertainment has been nice enough to give us three (3!) copies of Lego Batman on Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD to giveaway to our lovely readers. To enter: Send an email to giveaways@museled.com Subject: Lego Batman with your name and address.

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American Gods S1E6 "A Murder Of Gods" Recap


The episode opens with a group of Mexicans attempting to cross the border into the States. They pray to Jesus to help them in their efforts and Jesus arrives in person. However, Jesus is shot by border patrol while trying to protect the Mexicans.

Shadow questions Wednesday about what it was that he saw at the police station, confused by the visit from the Gods. He also admits that Laura has returned from the dead but when they return to the motel she is gone and Wednesday doesn't believe Shadow, thinking it's just a hallucination induced by stress or grief. They leave together just as Laura returns to the motel.

Laura's car was towed by the police, as it belongs to a 'dead woman' (her) so she is forced to team up with Mad Sweeney, who wants to help her get resurrected properly so he can get his coin back. They encounter Salim when trying to steal his cab, and Salim decides to join them so they can find the jinn together.

Wednesday and Shadow head toward Virginia and when Shadow gets a parasite burrowing through his body, Wednesday pulls the car over to pull it out of him and toss it on the side of the road. They eventually reach their destination and meet with the Old God Vulcan who has kept control over a small town by using their strong belief in their right to bear arms. Wednesday hopes to recruit Vulcan to his alliance. Vulcan agrees and even forges a sword but then betrays them by telling the New Gods where they are. As an act of revenge, Wednesday kills him and curses his believers.

American Gods airs on Sundays on Starz at 9/8c.

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Wizard World Hall of Legends To Honor Comic Arts Legacy

‘Cable,’ ‘Deadpool,’ ‘X-Force,’ ‘Youngblood’ Creator Rob Liefeld Named As First Recipient, To Be Honored At Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia, June 2

Rob Liefeld-333.jpgLOS ANGELES, May 29, 2017 – For more than a quarter-century, the name Wizard World has represented the best in comics and pop culture. As one of the media pioneers in the space, Wizard World is proud to be honoring and respecting the legacy of the comic arts through the  Wizard World Hall of Legends, a new initiative to celebrate the artists, writers and insiders who have built the industry and those continue the traditions.

The first recipient of the Wizard World Hall of Legends award is Rob Liefeld, creator of the popular Cable, Deadpool, X-Force and Youngblood franchises. Liefeld will be presented the inaugural award at Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia in a ceremony on Friday, June 2, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

“I'm honored to be inducted into the Wizard World Hall of Legends and have my 30 years of contributions to the industry recognized,” said Liefeld. “I have tremendous love and affection for this art form, its community and the business of creating and selling comic books and graphic novels. It was a passion of mine long before it was my vocation.”

“Comics is where Wizard World began, and the community continues to be a vital part of all facets of our company,” said John D. Maatta, Wizard World President and CEO. “We have worked diligently to make Artist Alley at our shows even more engaging for attendees, and we encourage fans to let us know what else they’d like to see as we continue to improve the experience for the many fans who love comics as much as we do.

“Rob Liefeld is a perfect first Wizard World Hall of Legends recipient: a top creator whose work has gained worldwide acclaim in various media forms, all the way to the big screen,” added Maatta.

Following the success of X-Force (#1 went on to sell an unprecedented five million copies in the United States alone making it the #2 selling comic book of all time), Liefeld teamed with his peers to launch Image Comics, the most successful independent comic book label in comics history. Youngblood, created and illustrated by Liefeld, went on to sell 1 million copies, shattering the sales record for an independent comic book. Liefeld created a comic production label, Extreme Studios which went on to publish Liefeld creations, Brigade, Bloodstrike, Supreme, Glory, Prophet and Avengelyne, many continue their publication at Image today.

More than 25 years after introducing the world to his brilliant creations, Liefeld continues to enjoy the fruits of his imagination as Cable, Deadpool and others expand into multi-media platforms including cartoons, video games and motion pictures.

The Wizard World Hall of Legends initiative, which will honor one or more figures from the comics world at each convention, is one in a series of enhancements that Wizard World is making in the comics area. Artist Alley in Philadelphia features a standout lineup of creators from the worlds of: Marvel Joe Rubinstein (Wolverine inker), Arthur Suydam (Marvel Zombies artist),  Steve Geiger (Spider-Man, Hulk, Wolverine, Punisher artist) and more, DC (JG Jones  (Y the Last Man cover artist), Keith Giffen ( Omega Men, Lobo), Tony Kordos (Cyborg  inker), Indie (Stuart Sayger (Walking Dead, ROM, Shiver in the Dark),  Simon Fraser (UK's 2000 AD), Amy Chu  (Kiss writer), animation (Phil Ortiz ( Simpsons), Sam Ellis (Archer creator), Tom Cook (He-Man) and many more.

Comics creators at Wizard World Comic Cons are engaging with fans more than ever. The Creative Stage, active throughout every show, provides attendees additional opportunities to interact with artists and writers, with demonstrations, interactive Q&As, informative discussions, art raffles and auctions, learn-to-draw instruction and more.

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. The seventh event scheduled on the 2017 Wizard World calendar, Philadelphia show hours are Thursday, June 1, 4-9 p.m.; Friday, June 2, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, June 3, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, June 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Kids 10 and under are admitted free with paid adult.

Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia 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 and participate in the famed Wizard World Costume Contest on Saturday evening.

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