We;re ve been telling you for a while now that the Shamus Brother, Gareb and Stephen, were looking to get back into the convention game. And they are back, with the Ace Universe. Gareb, founder of Wizard magazine and the Wizard World shows, got out of the con game years ago to pursue his art […]
With all the money flowing through the con business these days, it’s no surprise that lawsuits are springing up. The last few days have revealed a quartet of complicated CONtroversy stories that are vague and yet spell T-R-O-U-B-L-E. § Nerd-Con, a show in Escondido, is being sued for non-payment by a DJ who appeared at […]
Adding a comic-con and a comedy festival to a usic festival featuring thee likes of Weezer and Crystal Castles, Chris Hardwick’s first IF10T fest could be the start of something big.
Elite Con, will be held one day only, Sunday March 12 in Tampa FL, and it’s a little different, a a trade show/collectors event. It has many unusual features, as laid out on its website, and it fancies itself a bit of an upscale collector marketplace: A Premium Collectibles Marketplace. Are you an advanced collector […]
Yesterday a rather curious message went out from Wizard World to vendors with a new table policy: they will no longer accept credit card payments for booths and tables, but require payment by cash or check. In a separate email to vendors, WW confirmed that they are no longer using TicketLeap for ticketing, which they […]
In a week chock full of con-troversies, the Phoenix Comic Con suddenly asking volunteers to pay to volunteer has created a major rift in the local community with hotly tempered opinions on both sides. And now PCC director Matt Solberg has sent a letter to staff and volunteers making it clear these changes are because of labor laws,
As we reported a few days ago, the New Years Eye themed con Marvelous Nerd Years Eve had a lot of problems: people didn’t show up, fans didn’t always get what they came for, exhibitors didn’t make any money, and cost overruns left some of the celebrity guests with checks that may or may not […]
And now a NEW wrinkle in the continuing con wars of the Terrible Teens! It seems that several conventions are now requiring volunteers to PAY to volunteer. An unusual situation to be sure, but one that perhaps has precedent and legal backing.
Say it ain’t so, Norman Reedus. Last week convention company Wizard World fired their Chief Marketing Officer Stephen Shamus, and they filed suit against him. The suit alleges that Shamus used his position to obtain more than $1 million worth of signed memorabilia and collectibles from Wizard World guests which he then sold. A sweet set-up for some extra cash, if true.
Sten Lee just can’t stay home. Yesterday he trooped down to LA City Hall to make a proclamation. : Stan Lee, creator of Spider-Man and other beloved Marvel superhero characters, made his latest cameo at City Hall Tuesday to promote the re-branding of his Los Angeles-based comics convention. The event previously known as Stan Lee’s […]