Another day, another press release — brings the Wizard/Shamus/Comic-Con slate to 12 shows. This time it’s a show in Nashville, TN, the new Nashville Comic Con Wizard World Convention, acquired from Marc Ballard’s Comic & Horror Festival . Ballard is also the owner of the Cincinnati show which recently joined the Wizard World Tour. Although presently unscheduled, Ballard already has his own Nashville Comic-Con planned for September 24-25 of this year. PR below:

CEO of New York based Wizard Entertainment, Gareb Shamus, announces his latest convention acquisition. Nashville’s Comic & Horror Festival is now Nashville Comic Con Wizard World Convention.
“The fans in Tennessee have supported and have grown this show into what it is today,” said Shamus.  “We will continue to bring our fans more of what they love about comics and pop-culture.”
The 10 year old Comic & Horror Festival was previously managed by Marc Ballard, owner of ComicCityTN. Ballard will act as an advisor and consultant to maintain the local feel of the show.
“It’s an honor that Wizard took note of this show. The new Nashville Comic Con will broaden the fan base and bring an exciting presence to comic conventions in Tennessee,” said Ballard.
New dates, venues and ticket on-sales will be announced soon.  

Wizard World Comic Con Tour:
March 26-28, 2010, Toronto Comic Con, Direct Energy Centre
April 16-18, 2010, Anaheim Comic Con, Anaheim Convention Center
June 11-13, 2010, Philadelphia Comic Con, Pennsylvania Convention Center
August 19-22, 2010, Chicago Comic Con, Donald E. Stephens (Rosemont) Convention Center
October 1-3, 2010, New England Comic Con, John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center
October 7-10, 2010, Big Apple Comic Con, Pier 94
October 15-17, 2010, New Jersey Comic Con, New Jersey Convention and Expo Center
November 12-14, 2010, Austin Comic Con, Austin Convention Center
Atlanta Comic Con, TBD
Cincinnati Comic Con, TBD
Cleveland Comic Con, TBD
Nashville Comic Con, TBD


  1. Most of the attraction of the Nashville Comic and Horror Festival was the horror component. The con always took place in October and was part of the build-up to Halloween. I would hate to lose that.

  2. Franklin is in the minority. The Horror angle is well represented already in the Full Moon show. That show also seems to present a larger amount of top names and talent from the Horror genre already. So there is really no reason to co-opt it onto the comic show.

    Most people think of a comic book show as at least being PG and safe enough to take your kids to. The Nashville comic show has gotten further and further away from that each and every year. We gave up on it in the past few years because they went too far in allowing people dressed up to promote a local haunted attraction to go out on the convention floor and “scare up” business. I didn’t buy a ticket to that sort of experience. So I hope Wizard cleans it up, at least.