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Wizard World Comic Con blasts into New Orleans Jan. 5-7 

Cosplay costume contests, celebrities, comics artists and more at the pop culture convention

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Wizard World Comic Con returns to New Orleans with a slate of comics artists, actors from popular science fiction movies, adult cosplay and kids' costume contests, sci-fi speed dating, Star Wars-themed standup comedy, fan groups, vehicles from film and TV shows, video gaming, panel discussions and more. Guests include legendary Marvel artist Stan Lee and a host of contemporary artists. The lineup of entertainment celebrities features Kato Kaelin and many actors from popular sci-fi, superhero franchises and comedies, including Jason Mamoa (Aquaman, Game of Thrones), Henry Winkler (Happy Days), Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek), Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite), Charisma Carpenter (Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), David Tennant (Doctor Who), Ian Somerhalder (The Vampire Diaries, Lost) and others. There are celebrities, artists, displays and vendors from movies, comics, anime, manga, graphic novels, video games, TV, horror movies, wrestling and more. There are autograph and photo opportunities (some have fees). Visit the website for a full schedule and list of booths. Daily admission $43.03-$53.28 in advance, $50-$60 at the door; three-day pass $84.05 in advance, $90 at the door (including fees). Jan. 5-7; 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd., (504) 582-3000, www.wizardworld.com.

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