Wizard expands con schedule to St Louis and Nashville

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A long ago Wizard World con schedule included stops at New Jersey and Cincinnati—venues that never panned out. But it seems the con biz is going so well that Wizard is adding two shows to its sched: WW St. Louis Comic Con March 22-24 , and WW Nashville Comic Con October 18-20. Both seem promising venues for the pop culture/autograph/comics shows that Wizard has been having great success with of late. Both shows will feature the familiar guests lineup of Stan Lee, Dean Cain, Lando Calrissian, et al.

Nashville was on Wizard’s old list of expansion cities, so this is a plan long held. Some former cities like Los Angeles and Boston that have challenging con situations or a lot of local competition, haven’t been added back however. It’s fun to compare the list in this link with the current schedule.

PR below:

Wizard World, Inc. (PK.WIZD) today announced the addition of shows in St. Louis and Nashville to its 2013 schedule of pop culture conventions, with Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con set to make its debut March 22-24 at America’s Center and Wizard World Nashville Comic Con debuting October 18-20 at Music City Center. Popular Wizard World celebrity guests Stan Lee, Dean Cain, James Marsters, Ernie Hudson, Billy Dee Williams and Jason David Frank are the early celebrity roster headliners at both events.

Additional celebrities, artists, exhibitors and other attractions will be announced in the coming weeks.

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St. Louis and Nashville fit comfortably in the 2013 Wizard World calendar, which also currently includes shows in Portland, Ore. (Feb. 22-24), Philadelphia (May 30 – June 2), Chicago (Aug. 8-11), Columbus, Ohio (Sept. 20-22), and Austin, Texas (Nov. 22-24). Wizard World has also scheduled its next New Orleans date (Feb. 7-9, 2014).

Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. St. Louis Comic Con show hours are Friday, March 22, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, March 23, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, March 24, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Nashville Comic Con will take place on Friday, Oct. 18, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 20, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For more on the 2013 Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/home-stlouis.html. For Nashville Comic Con information, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/home-nashville.html.

About Wizard World:
Wizard World produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests.

The full event schedule can be found at www.wizardworld.com.

***** SAVE THE 2013-14 DATES *****
February 22-24 – Wizard World Portland Comic Con
March 22-24 – Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con
May 30 – June 2 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con
August 8-11 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con
September 20-22 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
October 18-20 – Wizard World Nashville Comic Con
November 22-24 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con
February 7-9, 2014 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con

 

The Holiday Spirit by Rick Veitch

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Rick Veitch has always done things his own way, from Creepy to Swamp Thing to Brat Pack and beyond. His holiday card is no exception.

Holiday Reading Review: I WILL BITE YOU by Joseph Lambert

Though I attended MoCCA Fest 2012 where I WILL BITE YOU debuted, it went under my overwhelmed radar, but fortunately, it caught my attention at the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival. Several people who saw me carrying my copy commented on what a worthy book it was, and that I certainly ought to read it. It made its way into my holiday travel bag and once I flipped it open, I read the entire work without particularly intending to: it’s just that engrossing. This is Joseph Lambert’s first full-length book, though it contains a number of compilations from previously award-winning strips and sequences. Lambert, a graduate of The Center for Cartoon Studies, had been preparing this compilation for several years, and its final release by Secret Acres was much anticipated.

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Stumptown announces 2013 guests

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Not much news this peaceful time, as folks enjoy either going back to work or the US equivalent of Boxing Day, but the Stumptown Festival has announced its guests and it’s a top notch lineup with stars from both indie and mainstream. Stumptown will be held April 27th and 28th, 2013 at the Oregon Convention Center.

Shawn Aldridge (Vic Boone)
Anina Bennett (Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel, Frank Reade)
Matt Bors (War Is Boring, debuting Life Begins at Incorporation)
Boulet (The Bouletcorp) [Appearance sponsered by the French Embassy]
Becky Cloonan (Demo, American Virgin, Victor Von Doom, WOLVES)
Ming Doyle (MARA)
Chynna Clugston Flores (Blue Monday)
Kaja Foglio (Girl Genius)
Phil Foglio (Girl Genius)
Sina Grace (Li’l Depressed Boy)
Paul Guinan (Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel, Frank Reade)
Faith Erin Hicks (Demonology 101)
Morgan Jeske (Change)
Justin Jordan (The Strange Talent of Luther Strode)
James Kochalka (American Elf, Superf*ckers)
Ales Kot (Wild Children, Change)
Jon McNaught (Dockwood, Pebble Island, Birchfield Close) [Appearance sponsored by Reading Frenzy & Nobrow Press]
Dylan Meconis (Family Man, Out Foxed)
Erika Moen (DAR!, Bucko)
Tradd Moore (The Strange Talent of Luther Strode)
Bill Willingham (Elementals, Fables)

RIP ‘Barefoot Gen’ creator Keiji Nakazawa

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BAREFOOT GEN and I SAW IT creator Keiji Nakazawa died on December 19th at age 73. The cause was lung cancer.

As a boy of six, Nakazawa survived the nuclear bomb that fell on Hiroshima, although most of his family died in the bombing. The horrific events that followed were recounted in fictionalized form in BAREFOOT GEN—recently reissued by Last Gasp—and in more autobiographical fashion in I SAW IT, both incredibly powerful and riveting works. These two manga were among the first to attract attention in the US, translated as far back as the ’70s, making Nakazawa one of the first Japanese cartoonists to get more than cult recognition in the US.

Nakazawa had been talking of a sequel to BAREFOOT GEN, but poor eyesight and poor health in general forced him to give up work in the last few years of his life.
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