Columbus, OH (PressExposure) September 10, 2012 -- Patrick Stewart, known to millions of fans as "Captain Jean-Luc Picard" on the television series "Star Trek: The Next Generation," and "Professor Charles Xavier" in the X-Men film series, and "Star Trek" franchise standout John de Lancie ("Q") will attend Wizard World Ohio Comic Con, Wizard World, Inc. announced today. They will be joined by headliners Stan Lee, Eliza Dushku, WWE® Superstar CM Punk®, Dean Cain and other special guests at the event, held Sept. 28-30 at Greater Columbus Convention Center.
Stewart will appear on Saturday, Sept. 29, and Sunday, Sept. 30, when he will meet fans, sign autographs, pose for photo ops and lead an interactive Q&A panel. He has been a popular guest at Wizard World events, most recently at Philadelphia Comic Con, where he was joined by the other four "Star Trek" captains. Next month, Stewart will also anchor the 25-year reunion of the cast of "TNG," with all seven primary stars gathering at Wizard World Austin Comic Con (Oct. 26-28).
Wizard World also announced that William Shatner, originally on the celebrity roster, will not attend Wizard World Ohio Comic Con.
The Emmy-nominated Stewart, who has performed in more than 100 television and film roles, is one of several actors to appear in all three "X-Men" films: X-Men (2000), X2 (2003) and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). His role as Picard, which started on "Next Generation," placed him in four Star Trek films: Generations (1994), First Contact (1996), Insurrection (1998) and Nemesis (2002). He also served as the voice of numerous animated characters in movies like Chicken Little and Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, as well as popular TV shows such as "Family Guy" and "American Dad."
De Lancie is best known as a regular guest star on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" as the iconic all-powerful "Q." He also holds the distinction of being one of the few characters to appear in three separate shows in the franchise ("TNG", "Deep Space 9" and "Voyager").
VIP tickets are available now for fans who want to secure their opportunity to meet many of the stars at the event, including Stewart. Fans can also visit http://www.wizardworld.com/ohio.html for links to VIP packages for Lee, Punk, Dushku and a group experience with Boondock Saints actors Norman Reedus, Sean Patrick Flanery and David Della Rocco.
Additionally, Neal Adams ("Batman," "Green Lantern"), Alan Davis ("Captain America," "Thor"), Humberto Ramos ("Amazing Spider-Man," "Impulse") and Paul Jenkins ("Spider-Man," "Batman") are among the more than 80 top comics creators scheduled for Artist Alley at Wizard World Ohio Comic Con.
Wizard World Ohio Comic Con, produced by Wizard World, Inc. (WIZD.PK), will bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.
For more on the 2012 Wizard World Ohio Comic Con, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/home-ohio.html.