CON-solidation CON-tinues!

The pandemic has wreaked havoc on live events for two years, including comic-cons. And we’re seeing a lot of consolidation and teaming up in the space. Last year it was announced that Fan Expo was taking over the Wizard World portfolio of events,  and it’s just been announced that Leftfield Media and Ace Universe are teaming up for this year’s Awesome Con in Washington, DC – and the team up will continue for more events.

Leftfield Media puts on a wide portfolio of shows, including Anime NYC, Rose City Comic Con and Awesome Con.

Ace Universe is known for putting on celebrity heavy events that bring out some of the biggest names in entertainment that no one else has access to, including Ben Affleck and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The team up of the two makes a lot of sense: Leftfield downsized during the pandemic, like most event companies, and Ace Universe went to a virtual model, and hasn’t put on a live show in years. And this is not a one off: it’s planned to be a long-term and deeper relationship between the two companies.

For Awesome Con, they are bringing out the big guns – or should we say fists: the cast of Shang Chi, including star Simu Liu. The show will be held June 3, 4 and 5, 2022 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

More via PR:

The initial guest lineup featured in The ACE Experience are Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings stars Simu Liu (Shang-Chi), Meng’er Zhang (Xialing) and Florian Munteanu (Razor Fist). General admission tickets to Awesome Con are required for entry and are available for sale now by visiting here. Photo Ops and Autograph tickets for The ACE Experience will be available for purchase starting Tuesday, March 29 at 1 p.m. ET via here.

“We’ve known the folks over at LeftField Media for over 10 years and we discuss working with one another every year or so, but now the time feels right,” says Stephen Shamus, ACE Universe President. “We believe that LeftField Media is the premier showrunner in the industry, and nobody runs a more professional event. The combination of their expertise and our ability to provide the greatest VIP guests in Comic Con history is monumental.”

Operating within the Awesome Con show floor, The ACE Experience will bring fans many of the same experiences they’ve come to know and love from ACE Comic Con including Celebrity Photo Ops, In-Person Autographs and a Q&A from the celebrities in attendance. 

Now in its ninth year, Awesome Con returns to unite fans at one of the largest pop culture events in the country with celebrities and experts hosting panels; cosplay contests; gaming tournaments; iconic pop culture memorabilia; and as always, a diverse array of activities for the entire family. The ACE Experience joins a robust lineup of guests, a full list of which can be found here.

“This is an opportunity for us to continue to provide our fans with top-notch entertainment and ACE Universe is helping us elevate the Awesome Con experience to new levels this year,” shares Kelly Comboni, LeftField Media President. “We’ve always admired the programming that ACE Universe delivers and we look forward to combining our talents.” 

Tickets to Awesome Con are available now at where exciting programming regarding guest announcements, special exhibits, and exclusive panels is updated regularly.

Awesome Con is one of the best comics/fan events on the East Coast, and these ongoing team ups should make for even bigger events with wide appeal.

Awesome Con in before times.