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


  1. Interesting that they’d return to the west coast by moving up north instead of coming back to LA, but it’s probably a good move. Southern California has a lot more comic cons outside of San Diego than it did back when Wizard last held a show in Los Angeles, what with Long Beach, Comikaze and now WonderCon (at least this year and next).

  2. I think Long Beach Comic Con should move to January. Long Beach still has great weather in Jan. and there’s nothing on the Calendar in California that time of year. It is quickly being overshadowed by Comikaze.

  3. Long Beach is a really different kind of show than Comikaze, though. Based on last year’s cons, Comikaze is a little-bit-of-everything pop culture kind of show. Long Beach is focused more on the comics, despite the addition of “and Horror” to the name.

  4. As a lifelong LA resident and Also a con goer, I think that Wizard has burned LA and the surrounding areas too many times when it comes to their cons, (three by my last count). Long Beach is Comics driven and has a nice following with both fans and creators, and Comikaze has just exploded since last year and built an instant fanbase that seems eager to continuously return every year. Wizard had the opportunity several times to have that type of loyalty here, but they blew it. Good luck Portland

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