It’s been a long time since we announced a new show on the Wizard World Tour—but a new con has just been announced for Portand, OR in February 22-24, headlined by actors Norman Reedus, Sean Patrick Flanery, David Della Rocco and artist Greg Horn. The show will be held at the Portland Convention Center.Current Portland-based comics events include the indie-centered Stumptown show, traditionally held in April at the Convention Center, and this weekend’s Rose City Comic-Con, which is being held at the Doubletree Hotel.
“We are thrilled to be adding Wizard World Oregon Comic Con to our 2013 schedule of events and introduce a new region to our exciting shows,” said John Macaluso, Wizard World CEO in a statement. “The city of Portland and Oregon Convention Center are a great fit, and the timing is ideal on the convention calendar.”
A few years ago, Wizard World underwent a very aggressive acquisition plan, adding shows from Cincinnati, New Jersey and other points—most of which never even happened. Portland is obviously the premiere Comicstown on the west coast — perhaps in the US — and a prime spot for comics, even though Wizard’s nerdlebrity-heavy guest lists are their big focus now.
Wizard’s upcoming slate is as follows:
September 28-30, 2012 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
October 26-28, 2012 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con
November 30 – December 2, 2012 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con
February 22-24, 2013 – Wizard World Oregon Comic Con
May 30 – June 2, 2013 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con
August 8-11, 2013 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.