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It’s been quiet on the Wizard front for a while, but they’ve just made some changes to their 2018 show schedule: three shows are being added. Winston-Salem, Springfield-Mo, and Montgomery. Tulsa will return replacing OKC. And dates for the Austin and Sacramento shows have been added. Finally the Madison, WI show has a new date.
In general the new 16 show schedule backs up reports that Wizard would be focusing on smaller markets. They join these already scheduled shows:

  • April 13-15, Portland, Ore., Oregon Convention Center

  • May 17-20, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Convention Center

  • June 1-3, Des Moines, Iowa, Iowa Events Center

  • June 8-10, Columbus, Ohio, Greater Columbus Convention Center

  • *July 13-15, Boise, Idaho, Boise Centre

  • August 23-26, Chicago, Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Here’s all the changes and additions:
  • New show in Winston-Salem, N.C., August 3-5, Benton Convention Center
  • New show in Springfield, Mo., October 26-28, University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center
  • New show in Montgomery, Ala., November 9-11, The Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center
  • Return to Tulsa, Okla., September 7-9, Cox Business Center (moved from Oklahoma City, originally scheduled Oct. 26-28)
  • Return to Austin, Texas, September 21-23, Austin Convention Center (event was not on original 2018 schedule)
  • Return to Sacramento, Calif., October 5-7, Cal Expo (event was not on original 2018 schedule; previously this event was held at Sacramento Convention Center)
  • Madison, Wis., moved to November 30-December 2, Alliant Energy Center (originally scheduled Sept. 21-23)

The full Wizard World 2018 schedule can be found at: https://wizardworld.com/comiccon

Wizard has been roughed up a bit in the financials of late, but the convention market hasn’t maxed out yet. Maybe this smaller market strategy will shore up profits.

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