Along with the announcement of Wizard’s new Winnipeg show, the press release contained a list of all 16 Wizard shows, and although we had previously announced that the most violent conflict of Con Wars was over, based on this schedule, maybe it isn’t.
UPDATE: According to an email from Wizard’s Jerry Milani, these shows are on the schedule for September. So…Con Wars is over. Let there be peace, harmony, Rich Buckler, and Virgil for all times.
The last schedule we saw had the Big Apple and New England Shows — which previously bracketed the ReedPOP run New York Comic-Con — being moved to September 17-18 and Sept. 24-25, a month prior to the 2011 NYCC on October 14-16, 2011. You’ll recall that at one point the Big Apple Con was scheduled to be held the very same weekend as New York Comic Con, and there have been other aggressive scheduling moves on Wizard’s part as they expand.
Well guess what, according to the NEW schedule, Big Apple and New England are back to a vague “Fall 2011” date! So many they are going to move closer to NYCC.
Wizard World Comic Con Tour:
November 12-14, 2010 – Austin Comic Con – Austin Convention Center
December 4-5, 2010 – Atlanta Comic Con – Cobb Galleria Centre
January 29-30, 2011 – New Orleans Comic Con – New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
February 26-27, 2011 – Miami Comic Con – Doubletree Miami Mart Airport Hotel and Exhibition Center
March 18-20, 2011 – Toronto Comic Con – Direct Energy Centre
April 29-May 1, 2011 – Anaheim Comic Con – Anaheim Convention Center
May 21-22, 2011 – Big Apple Comic Con ‘Spring Edition’ – Penn Plaza Pavilion
June 17-19, 2011 – Philadelphia Comic Con – Pennsylvania Convention Center
August 11-14, 2011 – Chicago Comic Con – Stephens Convention Center
Fall 2011 – Big Apple Comic Con
Fall 2011 – New England Comic Con
October 28-30, 2011 – Central Canada Comic Con
November 2011 – Austin Comic Con
December 2011 – Atlanta Comic Con
TBA – Central Canada Comic Con
TBA – New Jersey Comic Con
TBA – Cincinnati Comic Con
TBA – Cleveland Comic Con
TBA – Nashville Comic Con
As we wrote last time, given Wizard’s increasing focus on nerd-lebrities of various levels of fame, and turning their shows into autograph focused events, there is lots of room for events the same weekend. As the comic-con becomes a bigger and bigger draw in and of itself, there are competing events each and every weekend. And as we wrote, the Big Apple is definitely no match for New York Comic Con for size and scope.
Although they were acquired earlier this year, the New Jersey, Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Nashville Wizard shows are not on the schedule and will not have been held this year at all. However, Wizard is cruising along with a show-a-month schedule, so they are certainly very busy bees.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.