For the second year, ReedPOP has hosted a comics-focused mini-con on the Hudson River: Special Editon: New York City, promoted as “a pure celebration of comic book culture created specifically for die-hard comic book fans, creators and publishers!” Which, it was. It was the size of MoCCA Fest (and recalled those shows at the Armory), and almost […]
UPDATE: I’ve learned that this show could have been the victim of Wizard World’s own aggressive scheduling, as there is an existing SC Comicon, which will be held at the exact same venue next week. Possibly the locals wanted to support the local show.
Although this sounds like a change in planning and not part of the Great Con Contraction, even Wizard has decided to postpone one of it’s show by a year. Wizard World Greenville, SC was scheduled for May 29-30, 2015 but has been rescheduled for July 15-17, 2016. The reason for the move was given as a scheduling conflict. The TD Convention Center in Greenville was only available for two days, and “Wizard World feels that the fans of Greenville would be best served by a weekend, three-day show for the full Wizard World Comic Con experience.”
WizardWorld has announced a new Chicago-based show with the Wizard World Comic Con Presents Fan Fest Chicago on March 7-8 at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. In contrast to pricier Wizard shows, the event will be $25 for the weekend and $15 for either day, and people who sign up for VP or four day registration at the regular August show get in free.
Despite a Twitter non-denial denial, from owner Renee George, Wizard World has confirmed they have acquired the long running Pittsburgh Comicon, to be held September 11-13 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
“We are excited to have acquired the long-standing and popular Pittsburgh Comicon from Renee,” said John Macaluso, Wizard World CEO. “We are excited to inject the Wizard World flavor in the Pittsburgh market, a city we’ve been wanting to expand to for many years. We are looking forward to seeing all our fans in September!”
I know you thought the “con kerfuffle” had faded away, but I think it’s definitely an ongoing burning issue for the industry, in a rapidly evolving field, and Chris Butcher, retailer and a show runner himself for TCAF, as well as booth runner for Udon, has posted a brilliant summation that puts all the eggs in one basket and then hits that basket out of the park:
Butcher identifies several trends, which I’ll list for argument:
Wizard World just released its Q2 SEC filings, reporting income up sharply on an increased slate of shows. You’ll recall that Wizard World is a public company having gone “penny stock” a few years ago. The PR cites “higher quality events, including better organization, more programming, and an exciting list of celebrities and artists to […]
Author and historian Danny Fingeroth sent along his panel programming for this weekend’s Wizard World Minneapolis, and whatever the ongoing controversy, it is fair to say that WizWorld programming has improved quite a bit. While looking through the programs, we noticed that one participant is indie comics stalwart Zak Sally</a> of La Mano Press, Sammy the Mouse and more. Let’s just say that if there is one person we never expected to see at a Wizard World show it’s Zak Sally. Maybe he will hang out with “social media sensations” Nash and Hayes Grier and Nathan Fillion, and then the circle will be complete.
By Bruce Lidl The Sacramento Wizard World convention was an opportunity for comic fans in Northern California to gather and celebrate their passions with other fans and celebrities. It was also a chance for Jimmie Robinson, a veteran Bay Area comic book creator (and frequent commentator at The Beat) to meet his readers and spread […]
By Bruce Lidl As the on-going explosion of interest in comics and pop culture conventions continues seemingly unabated, companies like Wizard World are rushing to meet the demand. The first ever Wizard World Sacramento took place this last weekend, making it the first big comic convention in California’s capital city, and likely the biggest show […]
As we reported the other day, the Wizard World convention experience is expanding dramatically in 2014, adding seven shows in comics market ranging from huge—Atlanta—to kind of off the beaten path—Sacramento, Tulsa.
Just how many places can Norman Reedus be in at once? As we’ve been mentioning here time and time again at the Beat, comic cons are big business now, even in smaller markets and clearly Wizard World, the pop culture expo company, has noticed this. They’ve just announced SEVEN new shows, including Sacramento, Louisville, Atlanta, […]
The heat wave that scorched the streets of Philadelphia on the weekend of the show did nothing to stop the stampede of comic universe fans from coming out to Wizard World Philadelphia, an annual convention at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. As we entered the cool oasis of the sales floor, we saw people, many of […]
Wizard World has just filed its annual report for 2012 and the convention business was up a good bit in 2012. Year Ended December 31, 2012 December 31, 2011 Convention revenue $ 6,743,502 $ 3,782,124 Gross profit (loss) $ 2,419,235 $ 950,913 Operating expenses $ (2,221,426 ) $ (4,108,215 ) Income (loss) from operations $ 197,809 […]
A long ago Wizard World con schedule included stops at New Jersey and Cincinnati—venues that never panned out. But it seems the con biz is going so well that Wizard is adding two shows to its sched: WW St. Louis Comic Con March 22-24 , and WW Nashville Comic Con October 18-20. Both seem promising […]