Jimmie Robinson on Five Weapons, the Convention Craze and Digital Challenges

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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 […]

Measuring the Comics Convention Wave: Wizard World Sacramento Hits Local High Water Mark

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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 […]

Wizard World adds seven cities including Tulsa, Sacramento, and San Antonio


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, […]

On the Scene: Revealing Wizard World Philly 2013

Revealing Their Costumes

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 made $6.7 million in conventions in 2012


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 […]