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Wizard World Cleveland Toons Up with ‘Animation Celebration’

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Wizard World Cleveland Toons Up with ‘Animation Celebration’

Wizard World Cleveland 2020 will soon debut its “Animation Celebration”, featuring creators and voice actors from some of the most iconic animated films and TV shows in history, March 6-8 at Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland. The weekend will feature special guest appearances as well as hands-on drawing and voice acting workshops, screenings and cereal breakfast with the animators and more.

Attendees can meet superstar artists like Jeff Pidgeon (Tiny Toon Adventures, Taz-Mania), Bill Morrison (Futurama, The Little Mermaid), Kurt Lehner (Space Jam, Gargoyles), Greg Peters (Pinky and the Brain, The Lion King), Phil Ortiz (The Simpsons, Tiny Toon Adventures), Jonathan Hallett (The Aquabats! Super Show!), Joe Wos (“Charlie the Tuna”), Tom Cook (He-Man, Superfriends) and more. These animators, storyboard artists and other creators in the field of animation have worked on hundreds of animated films and TV shows.

Voice acting talent on hand includes Wallace Shawn (Toy Story), Phil LaMarr (Futurama, Samurai Jack), Aaron Roberts (My Hero Academia), Kyle Phillips (My Hero Academia, Fire Force) and the Overwatch video game foursome of Anjali Bhimani, Benz Antoine, Carolina Ravassa and Chloe Hollings.

Marty Gitlin, the co-author (along with Wos) of A Celebration of Animation: The 100 Greatest Cartoon Characters in Television History, will also be prominent.

The Animation Celebration supplements the world-class Artist Alley at Wizard World Cleveland, with artists and writers from across the globe and close to home in Ohio. Jim Steranko (Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., Captain America), Barbara Kaalberg (Barbie, Wonder Woman), Mike Watson (Freestyle Komics), Tone Rodriguez (The Simpsons, Dexter), Dan Gorman (Mississippi Zombie, Marvel, DC trading cards) and dozens of others will display their amazing work, and many will demonstrate their talents on the Creative State and are available for commissions.

Beyond these sections, Wizard World Cleveland is teeming with pop culture star power. Stars of the hit series Outlander (Caitriona Balfe, Richard Rankin, Colin McFarlane, Duncan Lacroix) and Teen Wolf (Tyler Hoechlin, Khylin Rhambo, Ian Bowen, Dylan Sprayberry), classic film The Princess Bride standouts (Wallace Shawn and Cary Elwes), The Mandalorian’s Emily Swallow and Chandler Riggs of The Walking Dead are among the headliners also scheduled to appear.

The sixth annual Wizard World Cleveland will feature an outstanding array of programming, live entertainment, cosplay contests, gaming, dedicated Kids Zone and more. Kato Kaelin serves as entertainment host on the main show stage.

WWC 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.

Wizard World 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 Cleveland show hours are Friday, March 6, 4-9 p.m.; Saturday, March 7, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, March 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Kids 10 and under are admitted free with paid adult.

For more info, visit http://wizd.me/ClevelandPR.

Anjali Bhimani

Anjali Bhimani

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Celebration of Animation

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Greg Peters

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Phil Lamarr

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