Slideshow, Entertainment News: NEW Fan Expo Convention in Chicago from July 8-10, 2022

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Lana Parrilla of TV’s ‘Once Upon a Time’ and ‘Why Woman Kill.’

CHICAGO – The fan gathering conventions are coming back, and a new one has emerged. The 2022 Fan Expo is the new name for the former Wizard World, which had met in pre-pandemic Chicago for years. The Fan Expo offers the same celebrity meet-and-greets, including Joel McHale (“Star Girl”), Carl Weathers (“Rocky”), Ron Perlman (“Hellboy”), Anthony Daniels (“Star Wars”), Jonathan Frakes (“Star Trek; TNG”) and director Kevin Smith (“Clerks”).

To gear up for the new Fan Expo, is publishing – for the first time – a series of Exclusive Portraits from the last Wizard World in 2021. Photographer Joe Arce was there, and captured these TV and movie stars that attended the event.

Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All photos © Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for

  1. WWFINAL1: Lana Parrilla of TV’s ‘Once Upon a Time’ and ‘Why Woman Kill.’
  2. WWFINAL2: Katie Cassidy of TV’s ‘Arrow,’ ‘I Love Us’ and ‘Agent Game.’
  3. WWFINAL3: Stephen Amell of TV’s ‘Arrow’ and ‘Heels.’
  4. WWFINAL4: Melanie Scrofano of TV’s ‘Wynonna Earp’ and ‘Letterkenny.’
  5. WWFINAL5: Steve Whitmire, voice actor for the Muppets (Kermit, Ernie, etc.).
  6. WWFINAL6: Cartoon voice legend Rob Paulsen of ‘Animaniacs.’

Fan Expo Chicago Comic Con will take place July 8th-10th, 2022, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. Click FAN EXPO for more details and ticket information. senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

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