Wizard World Madison Brings Stars, Programming & a Chance to Win 10K October 25-27th

Fans gathered for Wizard World Chicago in 2018 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. The traveling Convention returns to Madison's Alliant Energy Center October 25-27th.

MADISON, Wis., October 22, 2019—Q&A sessions with the casts of “Smallville” (Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum, Erica Durance and Laura Vandervoort), “Firefly” (Jewel Staite and Sean Maher) plus DC Comics TV stars (Vandervoort and Teddy Sears) and A Nightmare Before Christmas standouts Ken Page and Chris Sarandon, cosplayer and comics creator sessions, adult and kids costume contests, live podcasts and more highlight the programming offerings at Wizard World Madison, Friday through Sunday, October 25-27 at the Alliant Energy Center. Most programming is included as part of the standard event admission and is in addition to the live entertainment options (dancing, music, etc. hosted by Wisconsin native Kato Kaelin) all weekend.

And for the first time in Madison, the world famous Wizard World Costume Contest (Saturday, 7 p.m.) will feature a $12,500 prize pool, including $10,000 for "Best in Show.” The Costume Contest is one of the great Wizard World traditions, with cosplayers showing off their “Saturday best” with every conceivable outfit demonstrating their creativity, fashion sense and fandom.

Attendees holding a weekend (3-day) or Saturday event admission for Wizard World Madison (October 25-27) may register to participate in the contest, held at the Alliant Energy Center on Saturday evening. Signup is available at a designated location on the show floor as well as advance registration online here:

In addition to the Best in Show grand prize of $10,000 to the individual or group selected, Wizard World will award $500 to one winner in each of the following categories: Best Hero; Best Villain; Best Anime Character; Best Video Game Character; Best Group or Duo. For full rules and guidelines, interested fans can visit

“The Costume Contest has always been a huge part of our show, a time to let attendees have the stage and be the star,” said John D. Maatta, Wizard World CEO. “The $10,000 Grand Prize is a way for us to reward those loyal fans who work so hard at showing off their fandom in the amazing cosplay they display. And the category prizes mean that anyone can win, even newcomers, and we encourage everyone to take part.”

‘Freaks & Geeks’ star Samm Levine will host and pro cosplayers Mogchelle, LadyDragon Creations and Papa Bear Cosplay are among the scheduled judges for the event, with others to be added.

Some highlights of the more than 50 hours of panels scheduled to date include:

Group panels with “Smallville” (Welling, Rosenbaum, Vandervoort, Durance, Saturday, 1:30 p.m.); “Firefly” (Staite, Maher, Saturday, 3:30 p.m), The Nightmare Before Christmas (Sarandon and Page, Saturday, 4:30 p.m.); “Bringing DC Comics To TV” with Vandervoort, Sears (Sunday, noon); “Women of Sci Fi & Fantasy” (Dichen Lachman and Kelly Hu, Saturday, noon); “Voice Acting Master Class” with Hu and Page (Sunday, 1 p.m.)

“I Love the 80s with Zach Galligan (Saturday, 11:30 a.m.) and “Acting for the Stage and Screen Masterclass” with Galligan (Saturday, 4 p.m.)

Pro wrestler Kevin Nash dishes on his favorite ring promotions (Saturday, 2 p.m.)

Creator sessions with industry superstars Joe Wos, Mostafa Moussa, Jeremy Clark, Kurt Lehner, Ron Mars, D. Whitaker and more

Fan- and industry-based panels on subjects ranging from Pro Wrestling 101, “Nerdprov,” Foam 101, Geek Trivia, Behind the Scenes at a comic con, Robots and A.I., Harry Potter, investing in comics, Black Panther, comics law, supervillains, D&D Improv, getting published, creating comics and more

“Blake and Sal Show” recording their popular podcast live

Kids programming all three days, including free sketches, face painting, create a Halloween bat and more

World-famous Wizard World Adult Costume Contest, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Kids Costume Contests on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Cosplay with special guests LadyDragon Creations, Papa Bear Cosplay, AYA Cohen and more, throughout the weekend

Unless noted, programming events take place in the designated General Programming Rooms or show floor stages at the convention center. VIP tickets or additional costs may apply to ensure access to select activities, as noted.

A full list of Wizard World Madison programming is available at (subjects, guests, times and rooms subject to change).

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 12th event scheduled on the 2019 Wizard World calendar, Madison show hours are Friday, October 25, 4-9 p.m.; Saturday, October 26, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, October 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Kids 10 and under are admitted free with paid adult.

For more on the 2019 Wizard World Madison, visit