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Sting

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Appearing
Saturday Only!

Autograph
$60

Photo Ops
$80

Panel/Q&A
TBD

Guest Bio

Sting is an American retired professional wrestler, actor, author and former bodybuilder as well as a member of the WWE Hall of Fame. Sting is regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, having cultivated a legacy over a career spanning more than three decades during which has had a total of 14 major world championship reigns in WCW and TNA.

Sting is best known for his time spent as the public face of two major pro wrestling companies: the now-defunct World Championship Wrestling (WCW), which displaced the World Wrestling Federation as the leading pro wrestling organization in the United States from 1995–1998; and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). Sting is regarded as one of the greatest pro wrestlers of all time, having cultivated a legacy over a career spanning more than three decades.

Sting’s 14-year tenure with WCW and its predecessor, Jim Crockett Promotions (JCP), began in 1987. Dubbed “The Franchise of WCW”, Sting held a total of 15 championships in the promotion – including the WCW World Heavyweight Championship on six occasions, the WCW International World Heavyweight Championship on two occasions, and the NWA World Heavyweight Championship on one occasion – and made more pay-per-view (PPV) appearances for the company than any other wrestler. He headlined the highest-grossing PPV event in WCW history at Starrcade in 1997. Upon the acquisition of WCW by the WWF in March 2001, Sting and his long-term rival Ric Flair were chosen to perform in the main event of the final episode of Nitro.

Following the expiration of his contract with WCW’s parent company, AOL Time Warner, in March 2002, Borden held talks with the WWF but ultimately did not join the promotion, instead touring internationally with World Wrestling All-Stars(WWA) – winning the WWA World Heavyweight Championship – before joining the then-upstart TNA in 2003. Over the following 11 years, he won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship on one further occasion and the TNA World Heavyweight Championship four times, and was the inaugural inductee into the TNA Hall of Fame in 2012. He is the only man to hold

the NWA, WCW, (WWA additionally) and TNA world championships in a career.

Previously described by WWE as the greatest wrestler never to have performed for that promotion, Sting finally joined the company in 2014, making his first appearance at Survivor Series and having his debut match at WrestleMania 31 the following year. His last ever bout, at Night of Champions in 2015, marked his sole PPV main event and WWE World Heavyweight Championship contest (and title match) for the organization. Sting headlined the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2016 on April 2, where he announced his retirement. His induction renders him the only performer to be inducted into both the WWE and TNA Hall of Fame, as well as the second man to be inducted while an active WWE wrestler, after Ric Flair.

Sting held 25 total championships throughout his career, including 21 between WCW and TNA. Readers of Pro Wrestling Illustrated named him “Most Popular Wrestler of the Year” on four occasions, a record he shares with John Cena.

Mena Suvari

Guest Info

Appearing
Sat | Sun

Autograph
$40

Photo Ops
$45

Panel/Q&A
Saturday 2:30pm – Speaker Room 2

Guest Bio

Mena Suvari’s film debut was made working with director Gregg Araki in the cult-classic Nowhere (1997) which was soon followed up by the blockbuster American Pie (1999), for which she did her own singing, and the five-time Oscar-awarded American Beauty (1999) directed by Sam Mendes, in which she was nominated for a BAFTA Award as Best Supporting Actress. People Weekly magazine titled an article about her, “All-American Girl” (1999), and she was declared as the most “patriotic” artist of 2000 by Entertainment Weekly magazine. In 2001, as part of the blockbuster franchise, she added American Pie 2 (2001) to that list, and then more than a decade later with American Reunion (2012). She reunited with Jason Biggs in Amy Heckerling’s romantic comedy Loser (2000) and then continued to showcase her range in ability to costar with John Leguizamo in Jonas Åkerlund’s cult-classic Spun (2002) and then alongside Jennifer Aniston in Rob Reiner’s Rumor Has It (2005) and Tony Scott’s Domino (2005). Mena was named #69 on the Maxim magazine “Hot 100 of 2005” list, was ranked #73 on the Maxim magazine “Hot 100 of 2007” list, and #52 on the Maxim magazine “Hot 100 of 2008” list. Mena rounded out her creative pursuits by playing the iconic Black Dahlia in Ryan Murphy’s television series American Horror Story (2011) and continued working in the medium by following up with an arc in the hit series Chicago Fire (2013), as well as leading the Amazon pilot Hysteria (2014) and WeTv’s mini-series South of Hell (2015), executive produced by both Eli Roth and Jason Blum for Blumhouse Productions.

Bernard Chang

   

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Appearing: Fri l Sat l Sun

 

Guest Bio

Bernard Chang is an Asian American artist/designer, best known for his work in the comic book industry and entertainment design, Some of his most popular works include WONDER WOMAN, SUPERMAN, SUPERGIRL, GREEN LANTERN CORPS, and THE GAME (by Neil Strauss). He currently draws BATMAN BEYOND for DC Comics. Bernard graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY with a bachelors in architecture and was captain of the men’s basketball team.

Thom Zahler

   

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Appearing: Fri l Sat l Sun

 

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Thom Zahler is a comic book creator and animation writer. He created the Harvey-nominated Love and Capes, as well as Long Distance and the new time-traveling wine comic Time and Vine. He also writes and draws for IDW’s successful My Little Pony series. He has written for Disney XD’s Ultimate Spider-Man.  He is a graduate of the Kubert School and lives in Northeast Ohio.