Layoffs and changes at Wizard World

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Just a few days ago I was predicting some consolidation in the crowded convention business in 2016, and like clockwork I learned that there have been layoffs at the convention company Wizard World, following the most recent financial statements that revealed a slowdown in convention revenue. I reached out to a WW spokesman for confirmation and was told “We are working to run the shows as efficiently as possible.”

Wizard World Financials: ConTV not so great but ConBox is ok

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Ash is here!! #WizardWorld #ComicCon #Louisville #BruceCampbell #ashvsevildead #armyofdarkness #burnnotice A photo posted by Wizard World (@wizardworld) on Nov 7, 2015 at 1:20pm PST Wizard World Inc. filed it’s quarterly financials the other day, (this link may be easier) and ICv2 has a succinct write-up. The short version is that running conventions continues to be […]

NYCC ’15: Cosplay Fabrics Announces New Line at Jo-Ann’s

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     As cosplay flies from niche to mainstream, so too goes the market for the material used to create it. Quality cosplay is a combination of craft and components – even the most ingenious designer and tailor can find themselves frustrated by poor quality material. One sign of the demand for good cosplay goods: […]

Must Read: The Devastator ends as monthly magazine but continues as book line

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Amanda Meadows—just recently named to PW’s Star Watch 2015 list– is the co-publisher of the hilarious comedy magazine The Devastator and the driving force behind the Con Exhibitor Survey which we co-sponsored last year (2015 edition coming!) She is certainly a star to watch, but on the Devastator tumblr yesterday she announced that the magazine […]

Awesome Con joins LeftField Media as new con entity grows

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A new con conglomerate is on the scene with LeftField Media LLC, launched last year by Greg Topalian, founder of New York Comic Con and some colleagues. They’ve been jetting around teaming with some of the smaller shows on the circuit as opposed to launching new ones — which on the crowded con circuit would […]

NYCC ’15: ICv2 to host White Paper Happy Hour industry event

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In past years Milton Griepp’s ICv2 site hosted an industry event the day before NYCC. This year they’re scaling back a bit with an invite only happy hour event. PR: ICv2 has announced that it will be hosting an invitation-only event for business professionals, the ICv2 White Paper Happy Hour, on Thursday afternoon, October 8, […]

When DC and Marvel cost less than indie comics

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There’s been quite a bit of comment on the price of new comics and it seems to me that newer readers may not quite understand why readers over the age of, say, 35 are quite so flummoxed at the price of a comics.  Let me provide a little context for how DC and Marvel were […]

IDW’s parent company stock splits 10-for-1 and gets new ticker name

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As we’ve mentioned here a few times, the majority owner of IDW is actually a holding company, formerly known as CTM MEDia Holdings, but now renamed IDW Media Holdings, Inc. because IDW is such a prominent part of their business. IT’s just been announced that CTM has completed a ten-for-one stock split and will be […]

SDCC ’15: Barnes & Nobles doubles size of graphic novel sections

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    I don’t have time to do much more than copy the PR on this but…great news for the physical book side of the business, which continues to grow against all odds. And check out the factors that are fueling the growth. Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the nation’s largest retail bookseller and the […]