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.”
Wizard World Greenville’s dates were previously a Friday-Saturday event; the current Wizard schedule shows several such events, although most are 3 day affairs.
This is a first year show in a new market for Wizard, but when the rookie does reappear, it will be a David v. Goliath event as the show will be smack dab in the middle of Comic-con month. While the dates for the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con haven’t been announced, it’s been speculated that the dates will be July 20-24th. Even if it isn’t the exact same dates, it isn’t likely too many major comics professionals will have much time or attention to even think about another smaller show.
Wizard has hitherto avoided direct conflict with San Diego’s dates; only the traditional Rosemont/Chicago Comic-Con is held in early August.
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