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Posted: Saturday, 28 January 2012 11:19AM

Wizard World Comic Con hits New Orleans

 It's a big day for comic fans in the Crescent City and thousands of them will be at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center this weekend to see celebrities and memorabilia.

It's the Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, part of North America's largest pop-culture touring expo.  

Fans will mingle with the Incredible Hulk star, Lou Ferrigno and the former captain of the starship Enterprise, William Shatner  will also be signing autographs.

The fans are part of the fun, as a host of costumed comic book, vampire and sci-fi fans descend on the Convention Center to celebrate what organizers say is the best in pop culture: movies, comics, toys, video gaming, television, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.   

Organizers say there's everything from autograph sessions to Jedi lightsaber master classes.  Although the Captain of the Starship Enterprise is famous for his over 50 years of film work, he is not the only 'big shot' coming to town.

Click here for details from Wizard World.

Organizers say this is a small sample of the artists and personalities coming to the convention:

Peter Mayhew, the actor who played  Chewbacca in Star Wars
Adam Baldwin - Full Metal Jacket, Independence Day, Chuck, Stargate, The X-Files,
James Marsters - Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Torchwood, Caprica,
Mary McDonnell - Dances With Wolves, Battlestar Galactica, Passion,
Wrestling stars Ted DiBlase "The Million Dollar Man" and WWE’s Kelly Kelly and Zack Ryder
Erin Gray - Buck Rogers, Silver Spoons
Kevin Sorbo Actor - Hercules

Stan Lee, the legendary comic book writer, editor, actor, producer, publisher, and current Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of POW! Entertainment, also announced that he will make a special appearance at Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con. Lee, a member of both the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame and the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame, will be on site on Saturday, Jan. 28 to meet fans, sign autographs and pose for photographs.  

Special VIP packages will be available.

New Orleans Comic Con is the first stop on Wizard World's 2012 North American tour.  

Hours are Saturday, January 28, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; and Sunday, January 29, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

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