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 […]

Reality stars show bust may prove you need the "Comic" in Comic-con after all

While comics sales may be soft these days, one aspect of the comics lifestyle is still booming: the ever humble comic-con has gone from an affair centered on a few bearded guys in t-shirts sitting behind some yellowing longboxes to what is the modern equivalent of the county fair: a chance to dress up, take pictures, meet nerd people, and buy nerd shit. Comic-cons around the country are booming, with sell-outs, constant media coverage and enthusiastic reports from people of every gender and age.

Despite this upswing, there is some grumbling among the original comics folks about how movies and TV stars are taking over the comic-cons — and not just at San Diego where the Hollywood hype machine throws an annual three- ring circus/orgy of promotion. Reed Pop’s shows — NYCC and C2E2 — have been traditionally lighter on movie panels and nerdlebrities signing autographs, but even the announcement of a few guys from Ghost Hunters threw up alarm bells. Plus, even at real comic-cons the major media coverage always centers on costumes and nerdlebrities — and that’s annoying.