Baseball, Comic-Cons, and Paying Volunteers

Minimum Wage

Yesterday The Mary Sue published an article suggesting that for-profit comic-cons could be violating federal labor law by not paying minimum wage to workers improperly classified as volunteers. However, a recent case involving Major League Baseball shows how ReedPop and other commercial comic-con ventures could beat the tag.

The Beat Podcasts! More To Come: A New Con for New York Conflicts with Two Existing Cons


Straight from the offices of Publishers Weekly, it’s More to Come! Your podcast source of comics news and discussion starring The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald. In this week’s podcast the More to Come Crew – Heidi “The Beat” MacDonald, Calvin Reid and Kate Fitzsimons – discuss Special Edition, the new New York comics-only show from […]

Shamus takes Cincinnati

Continuing his march to the sea, grading and slabbing everything in his path, Gareb Shamus has added a stop on his pop culture tour in Cincinnati, Ohio with the Cincinnati Comic Con Wizard World Convention. PR in the jump, but the Shamus/Wizard brand acquired the existing Cincinnati Comic & Anime Show which ran once, last […]

Honky Tonk Man makes his Wizard

At least one nerdlebrity is picking Wizard World over the Hall of Fame. On his blog, former wrestler “The Honky Tonk Man’ explained why he would rather be in Toronto for The Toronto Comic-Con than get inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. His reasons are sensible — he wanted to honor the prior booking, […]

Ware, Cho, Hughes join C2E2

Franco Aureliani, Jimmy Cheung, Frank Cho, Geof Darrow, David Finch, Ron Garney, Adam Hughes, Greg Land, and Paul Pelletier have all been announced as guests at C2E2, the Chicago convention taking place April 16 -18. While the list of guests includes many familiar con-going faces, Ware hasn’t appeared at a mainstream comics show in quite […]

Shamus takes New Jersey

Most probably building off the pop culture phenomenon Jersey Shore, Gareb Shamus and the Wizard Convention tour are hitting New Jersey — but the locale will not be the piquant environs of the A.C., but rather Edison, an industrial/shopping complex near the spot where Thomas Alva Edison claims to have invented the light bulb in […]

Tillander on Atlanta Con

Wes Tillander, the previous owner of the Atlanta Comic Convention, sent out a press release clearing up the fact that he’ll still be running three of his smaller shows a year, and he has a contract to prove it. Text below: I’M WESLEY TILLANDER, FOUNDER OF THE 15 YEAR OLD (4 TIMES A YEAR ) […]

CON WARS: Wizard blinks against Star Wars

Well, well, things are moving fast on the Midwestern front! Early this morning a press release went out announcing that Reed Expositions and Lucasfilms were partnering for Celebration V, the occasional all things Star Wars convention thrown in the past by Lucasfilms on its own. The date? August 12-15, 2010 in Orlando. The same date […]

More CON-troversy in Boston!

When we ran the press release announcing the new New England Comic-Con last week, we were puzzled by one aspect of the acquisition by con impresario Gareb Shamus: namely that the show acquired had been running for 35 years. As revealed in the comments section and now a post by A. David Lewis, that’s because […]