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 Menlo Park. Actually, Edison’s nickname was the “Wizard of Menlo Park,” so it is obviously a place where magic can happen.
The cumbersomely named New Jersey Comic Con Wizard World Convention is the NINTH announced WIzard show for 2010, and will take place October 15-17 at the New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center. These dates are, of course, one week after the great NYCC/Big Apple Con showdown when both Shamus and Reed Exhibitions have conventions planned for the same weekend and same street 20 blocks apart. Because what the Northeast needs is ANOTHER comics show right after the double whammy of these two shows.
Now, speaking as someone who grew up in the Garden State, all we can say is…a three-day show in EDISON? Sure, it is a transportation hub — but is anyone going to go to Turnpike Con for three days? And right after the two biggest local shows of the year?
On the pro side, according to the PR, the Shamus family has lived in New Jersey, making it an ideal spot for a fest.
Gareb Shamus announces today that he will produce New Jersey Comic Con Wizard World Convention this fall.
“Much of my family lives or has lived in the Garden State. All my hometown friends there were bugging me to do this for them and their kids.” said Shamus, CEO of New York-based Wizard Entertainment. “Launching this event is exciting because it gives our fans in New Jersey a show to call their own.”
The NJCEC is the largest and most accessible convention center in the region. This venue will ensure fans have a comfortable and modern venue experience. New Jersey Comic Con fans can expect a family entertainment-focused event with a concentration on comics, games and toys, while all aspects of pop-culture will be represented.
Tickets will be on sale shortly. New Jersey represents the latest in the ever-expanding Wizard World Comic Con tour.