Wizard World has returned to Texas, but in indie-friendly Austin, as opposed to Arlington/Dallas the venue of the previous Wizard World Texas. according to a press release, Gareb Shamus is launching the Austin Comic-Con this November — the same time frame as the canceled Wizard World Texas.
Despite being an indie hotbed, and home to several video game and animation studios — Austin is HQ for Richard Linklatter and Robert Rodrigeuz, not to mention Harry Knowles — Austin has yet to become a national stop on the comics tour — perhaps because SXSW, the indie music festival, has such a huge presence. Existing comics events include the very well regarded indie show STAPLE! in March and Webcomics Rampage in December.
Gareb Shamus, CEO of New York based Wizard Entertainment, today announced the launch of Austin Comic Con 2010 Wizard World Convention, to be held at the Austin Convention Center from November 12-14, 2010.
Fans have been asking for this event for some time. In an e-mail to Shamus, Larry Nickels Jr. wrote, “There are many people that I know of personally who would love to attend the convention if it is returned to our great state.”
Another fan, Matthew Adamic put it more succinctly with, “Bring back Wizard World Texas.”
“The fans have spoken and they want us back in Texas. We previously had a great experience here and are thrilled to be back,” said Shamus. “It’s a great city with a top-notch convention center and we’re really looking forward to seeing our fans at the type of pop-culture festival only we can bring.”
Austin is now the seventh city in the Wizard World Comic Con tour. Attendees can anticipate the strong caliber lineup of stars and exhibitors that fans across the nation have come to expect.