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

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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.

Wizard gets new stock symbol — WIZD

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Via PR, the official launch of the Wizard World “digi-zine” and also news that they have officially changed their stock ticker symbol to WIZD — when Wizard went public, it did so by buying out the failed energy company Go Energy, which had the ticker symbol GOEE. Luckily, you can now find all your Wizard SEC filings right here. In recent news, nothing too exciting, aside from switching accountants:

Wizard World Digital debuts

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The long awaited Wizard World Digital magazine has debuted, and it’s basically a pdf that you can read on your computer or iWhatever.

Weekend Comic-Con: Wizard World Miami Comic Con

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Nothing too notable…people went, wore costumes, made out with Elmo ,and got autographs.

Wizard cons expand potential guest pool

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Is Wizard World trying to turn into TCAF? Of late, the convention tour has been reaching out to indie cartoonists, suggesting a rather unlikely team-up.

Wizard World goes Miami

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Wizard is going Miami! Dexter! Sonny Crockett! Horatio Caine! Michael Westen and Sam Axe! Miami Sound Machine and LeBron! The show will be held at the newly redesigned Miami Airport Convention Center in February. This is already the home to the Florida Supercon, which is held in July each year. As long as this show […]

Breaking: Con Wars over?

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Looking at the Wizard World schedule appended to the New Orleans announcement we just posted, it looks like a truce of sorts has been posted for Con Wars! — at least on the New York City battlefront.