Are the Con Wars East over, or at least moving into a new, less militarized phase? The Beatand his Wizard army have announced a MAJOR pullback from hostilities, moving the 2010 Big Apple Con, which has been scheduled directly opposite and 20 blocks north of the New York Comic Con on October 7-10, to October 1-3, a week earlier.
The Wizard shows had been planning a major offensive against Reed Exhibition’s New York Comic Con, with a slate of three East coast shows in a row — the New England Comic-Con in Boston on October 1-3, Big Apple the same weekend, and the new New Jersey Comic-Con the weekend after on October 15-17.
However, while the main surge has been called off, NYCC will still be surrounded by local shows, with the revamped Big Apple Con — now held back at its original locale, the Penn Plaza Pavilion — held the week before, October 1-3, and the New England Con held the week after, October 15-17. New Jersey, as so often happens, has been consigned to the limbo of “Date to be announced.”
According to PR, Shamus made the move thanks to industry support: ““We spoke with the publishers and their creators, and they worked with us to help facilitate new dates. They pledged their support, and we liked what they had to say.”
If what they were saying to Shamus was anything like what they were saying to us — “It’s nuts to hold Big Apple directly against NYCC and no one is going to support it” — then he must have REALLY liked it.
This infusion of reality to Wizard Central will come as a huge relief to the comics industry, which was increasingly, and uncomfortably, being asked to take sides on the matter. While planning your show a week before a show in the same town is still a jerk move, it’s the kind of jerk everyone can still talk to in the bar.
As noted above and in the PR, the Big Apple is also moving to the Penn Plaza Pavillion, which has had a major renovation. This facility is a good bit smaller than Pier 92, which has 280,000 sq, feet of exhibition space, way too much for a band of tiny Ewoks and hobbits, or the actors who once played them. According to their website, the PPP has over 50,000 square feet of conference space. We haven’t been to the renovated Penn Plaza, but it sure needed one, as previously the roof leaked.
Wizard World CEO Gareb Shamus today announced changes to three of the events on the North American Wizard World Comic Con tour. The Big Apple Comic Con will be held on Oct. 1-3 at the newly renovated Penn Plaza Pavilion in New York City. The new dates for the New England Comic Con are now Oct. 15-17 at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center in Boston, and the New Jersey Comic Con will move to a date to be announced shortly.
“We spoke with the publishers and their creators, and they worked with us to help facilitate new dates. They pledged their support, and we liked what they had to say,” said Shamus.
The new schedule will allow Wizard Entertainment to take advantage of the larger and newly refurbished Penn Plaza Pavilion (7th Ave. at 33rd St.) in New York for Big Apple Comic Con. Located across the street from Penn Station, the Penn Plaza Pavilion is one of the most convenient destinations in all of New York City, and is also one of the highest trafficked areas in the entire country.
“We are excited about the move to the Penn Plaza Pavilion for the Big Apple Comic Con,” added Shamus. “After we saw the upgraded and larger facilities, we knew we had a winning venue for the fans. We are also thankful to the Hynes Convention Center in Boston for accommodating our change for our inaugural New England Comic Con. We look forward to making an announcement regarding New Jersey Comic Con when details are finalized.”
The first guests scheduled to appear at Big Apple Comic Con 2010 are iconic artist Joe Madureira, as well as legendary actors Adam West and Mickey Rooney. Expect a massive guest presence, as is customary with all Wizard World shows.
Fans are encouraged to check the Wizard World Website at www.wizardworld.com to see which special guests, celebrities and artists are scheduled to attend each event, as these will be updated as they confirm. Tickets are available now for Big Apple Comic Con and New England Comic Con.
Tickets purchased for any of the affected events will be honored for the new dates, or fans can request a refund or exchange if the new dates are no longer convenient for them.
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.