The borrowed "princess searching for a prince" plot from the fairytale "Cinderella" and been borrowed and re-invented countless times for movies and television, often with the twist of a "love triangle" tossed in just to shake things up.
During the decade of the 1980s, the Paramount film "Pretty in Pink" is the classic example. The 1986 American teen romantic comedy-drama dreamed up by Chicago's own favorite filmmaker, the late, great John Hughes, starred Molly Ringwald, fresh from her wave of publicity in 1984 from Hughes' just as successful "Sixteen Candles," and added young talent Andrew McCarthy as her preppy prince charming. While Hughes wanted to reunite Ringwald with actor Anthony Michael Hall, her co-star in "Sixteen Candles," Hall refused fearing typecasting as "the geeky best friend." Instead, her best friend on the big screen this time was actor Jon Cryer as Phil "Duckie" Dale, paving the way for her later adult character persona on CBS' hit sitcom "Two and a Half Men."
McCarthy, 50, is among the parade of stars sharing comic book and sci-fi connections and headed to the Windy City this week to mingle with fans and sign autographs at the 2013 Wizard World Chicago Comic Con event at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 North River Road in Rosemont this Thursday through Sunday.
There will be quite a few fun faces at this year's event hailing from 1980s stardom, including Jason Priestly and Steve Guttenberg.
Here are some of the other scheduled notable names attending: Marvel Comics icon Stan Lee, Zachary Quinto (the new young Spock from the re-booted "Star Trek" film franchise), twins James and Oliver Phelps (from the "Harry Potter" films), Brandon Routh (the man in the famed cape in the 2006 film "Superman Returns"), Broadway's Denis O'Hare, Juliet Landau, Lou Ferrigno, Dennis Rodman, Verne Troyer, Jon Heder aka Napoleon Dynamite and Michael Rosenbaum who played young Lex Luther, Superboy's arch enemy in the "Smallville" TV series, among other great guests.
In addition to the celebrity autograph booths, there will also be Q & A panels each day and plenty of collectibles and memorabilia tables for rare finds to purchase. There is a fee charged for autographs and photo opps with the stars.
Tickets are on sale now at wizardworld.com/chicago and cheaper to buy in advance, rather than at the venue. Tickets range from $40 for a one-day pass and up to $90 for a four-day pass. Children 10 and younger are free. The event runs from noon until 8 p.m. Thursday and 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, and then 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.