Wizard World, Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2013 Results
Convention revenue was $4,113,181 for the three months ended September 30, 2013, as compared to $2,792,907 for the comparable period ended September 30, 2012, an increase of $1,320,274 year over year or over 47%. The Company operated two events during the period ended September 30, 2013, as compared to two events during the comparable period ended September 30, 2012.
Average revenue generated per event in the third quarter of 2013 was $2,056,591 as compared to $1,396,454 during 2012. This is the third full quarter in which revenue per event rose by more than 47% on year over year basis.
Operating expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2013, was $928,776, as compared to $734,087 for the three months ended September 30, 2012. The increase is primarily attributable to an increase in salaries and employee headcount as well as share based payments that were made to the Chief Executive Officer upon committing to work for the Company.
Other income (expense) for the three months ended September 30, 2013, was $(2,225,570), as compared to $1,057,744 for the three months ended September 30, 2012. The decrease is primarily attributable to the loss on the fair value of the Company’s derivative liabilities.
Income from operations for the three months ended September 30, 2013, was $1,096,824 as compared to $646,543 for the three months ended September 30, 2012.
Net income (loss) attributable to common shareholder for three months ended September 30, 2013, was $(1,215,115) or loss per share of $ (0.03), as compared to $1,233,141 or income per share of $0.04, for the three months ended September 30, 2012.
Effective August 21, 2013, our Series A Preferred Shareholders converted all outstanding shares of Series A Cumulative Convertible Preferred Stock into approximately 9.5 million shares of the Company’s common stock. We issued approximately 1.6 million shares of common stock as payment for accrued and unpaid dividends related to such conversion. In addition, all outstanding Series A Common Stock Purchase Warrants were exchanged for approximately 4.0 million shares of common stock.
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 and 2012, was $1,306,712 and $310,949, respectively. The net income (loss) attributable to common shareholder for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 and 2012, was $(0.09) and $(0.08), respectively. The Company’s cash provided by (used in) operations increased primarily due to operating profitable events.
The Company believes that our existing available cash, along with our cash flows from operations will enable the Company to meet the working capital requirements for at least 12 months. The estimated working capital requirement for the next 12 months is $2,520,000 with an estimated burn rate of $210,000 per month. The Company continues to explore potential expansion opportunities in the industry in order to boost sales while leveraging distribution systems to consolidate lower costs.
In addition, we encourage our shareholders to view our full Quarterly Report as filed on Form 10-Q which can be found on www.sec.gov.
This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve certain risks and uncertainties. The actual results or outcomes of Wizard World, Inc. may differ materially from those anticipated. Although Wizard World, Inc. believes that the assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements contained herein are reasonable, any such assumptions could prove to be inaccurate. Therefore, Wizard World, Inc. can provide no assurance that any of the forward-looking statements contained in this letter will prove to be accurate.
In light of the significant uncertainties and risks inherent in the forward-looking statements included in this letter, such information should not be regarded as a representation by Wizard World, Inc. that its objectives or plans will be achieved. Included in these uncertainties and risks are, among other things, fluctuations in operating results, general economic conditions, uncertainty regarding the results of certain legal proceedings and competition. Forward-looking statements consist of statements other than a recitation of historical fact and can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “may,” “intend,” “expect,” “will,” “anticipate,” “estimate” or “continue” or the negatives thereof or other variations thereon or comparable terminology. Because they are forward-looking, such statements should be evaluated in light of important risk factors and uncertainties. These risk factors and uncertainties are more fully described in Wizard World, Inc.’s most recent Annual and Quarterly Reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including under the heading entitled “Risk Factors.” Wizard World, Inc. does not undertake an obligation to update publicly any of its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.
Hero Initiative makes first-ever trip to Wizard World Austin!
With legendary writer and editor Dennis O’Neil!
Denny will be signing at the Hero booth, #912, throughout the weekend! Make sure you come by to get your signatures and help raise money for Hero, an organization near and dear to Denny’s heart.
In addition, Hero is offering $1 convention specials at this convention ONLY including Sire #1 variants, Darkness #7 variants, and the Marvel Then & Now DVD featuring Stan Lee, Joe Quesada, and Kevin Smith!
And the support for Hero flows into artist alley! Please visit creators Mark Bagley (Ultimate Spider-Man) at booth B13, Tyler Kirkham (Green Lantern) at A25, and Jai Nitz (Blue Beetle) at E5 in Artist Alley. They all will be collecting for Hero Initiative as well!
About The Hero Initiative
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.
Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $500,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.
BOOM! Studios Announces Exclusive ‘Protocol: Orphans’ Variant For Long Beach Comic and Horror Con 2013
BOOM! STUDIOS ANNOUNCES BOOTH, TALENT, PANEL, AND EXCLUSIVE ‘PROTOCOL: ORPHANS’ VARIANT FOR LONG BEACH COMIC & HORROR CON
Nov. 21st, 2013 – Los Angeles, CA – Award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios announced today it will exhibit at the 5th Annual Long Beach Comic & Horror Con, to be held during the weekend of Nov. 23-24 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif.
BOOM! can be found at booth #201 and will host creators Caleb Monroe (STEED AND MRS. PEEL, ICE AGE) and Eric M. Esquivel (FREELANCERS, the upcoming LOKI: RAGNAROK AND ROLL), plus sketch artists Hannah Nance Partlow and Travis Hill. In addition, a special LBCHC variant cover for newly launched series PROTOCOL: ORPHANS (created by Peter Facinelli and Rob DeFranco, written by Michael Alan Nelson, and illustrated by Mariano Navarro) will be available for purchase.
BOOM! will also put on the following panel on Saturday:
BOOM! Studios Presents: We Are BOOM!, Sat., Nov. 23, 1 p.m., Room 102C
You will not want to miss this jam-packed, inspiring hour as BOOM! Studios VP of Marketing and Publishing Filip Sablik reintroduces BOOM! to the world of comics. This won’t be your average publisher panel droning on and on through a series of press releases and stale cover images. Find out what makes BOOM! Studios different than every other comic publisher in the market and why 2013 has been a transformative year for us. We are BOOM! Come Innovate With Us.
At the booth, BOOM! will have a selection of titles for sale, including books from its imprints, KaBOOM! and Archaia.
ABOUT BOOM! STUDIOS
Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent. BOOM! Studios is the home of Mike Carey’s SUICIDE RISK, Clive Barker’s NEXT TESTAMENT and HELLRAISER, Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos’ FAIRY QUEST, PLANET OF THE APES, Max Bemis’ POLARITY and Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 GUNS was recently released as a feature film from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS, Jim Davis’ GARFIELD, Cartoon Network’s ADVENTURE TIME and REGULAR SHOW, Mike Kunkel’s HEROBEAR AND THE KID, and Roger Langridge’s Eisner Award-winning SNARKED. In June 2013, BOOM! acquired Archaia Entertainment (archaia.com. Archaia is the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel publisher of MOUSE GUARD, COW BOY, GUNNERKRIGG COURT, RUST, SPERA, JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND, RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN, and many other great titles. In October 2013, BOOM! Studios entered into a unique first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox, giving the studio access to its library of titles and giving the publisher access to Fox’s vast catalog of films.
Premiere Props and their Hollywood Extravaganza XII will be an amazing part of the 5th Anniversary Long Beach Comic & Horror Con! Premier Props will auction over 1,000 movie props and costumes at their Hollywood Auction Extravaganza XII on Saturday, November 23 and Sunday, November 24 at the Con.
“We are so excited this year to be doing a Live Auction that will go worldwide. We think the fans will be excited to see the amount of items from various films and TV shows that will be up for auction! As well as the cool Vintage Hollywood Posters that will go up for auction on Sunday,” says Phil Lawrence, Co-Founder and Sales Director.
The event will feature items from THE GODFATHER, TRANSFORMERS, E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL, CITIZEN KANE, THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, FANTASIA, PLANET OF THE APES, STAR WARS and more! There will be a preview from 9-11am PT with the live auction beginning at 11am PT.
- THE GODFATHER – Horse Head – You can’t refuse this one! This is the rehearsal prop that Don Corleone (Marlon Brando) uses to force studio head Jack Woltz (John Marley) to put his friend, singer Johnny Fontane (Al Martino) in his next major movie. **please note that for the actual scene in the film, they used a real horse’s head.
TRANSFORMERS – Bumblebee Head – one of the (massive) full size Bumblebee Heads used in the film
- E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL – Miniature Bike Wheels – from the most iconic image in sci-fi history, the flying of the boys on his BMX Dirt Bike across the moon over the forest at the end of the film.
CITIZEN KANE – Shipping Crate – widely considered one of the greatest films of all-time, a rare crate prop that was used in the Kane’s warehouse scene with “CHARLES FOSTER KANE – XANADU FLORIDA” stenciled on it.
- THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS
- Jack’s Sled – this is the sled that was used when Santa Jack is shot down out of the sky by artillery shells. It includes the “horror gifts” storage trashcan caboose that was lashed to the back of the sled.
- Mayor’s Megaphone – used throughout the film by “The Mayor” of Halloween town.
- PLANET OF THE APES – Female Monkey Tunic – from the original classic (1968) a tunic worn by one of the rare female monkeys.STAR WARS – Lightsabre Effect Filters – from the personal collection of special effects wizard Kim Knowlton, these are the actual green Kodak Wratten filters Knowlton used to create the three-layered famous effects to create the lightsabre.
- BATTLESTAR GALACTICA – Viper Helmet – from the original 1978 hit television series, a hero screen used helmet with the infamous light border around the faceplate, which still lights up.
- KIM NOVAK – 1989 Academy Awards Gown – Novak and Jimmy Stewart were reunited as presenters (they co-starred in VERTIGO and BELL BOOK AND CANDLE in 1958) and Novak stunned in a gold and black gown.
“With the holidays almost upon us, this auction offers movie and television fans a chance to treat themselves to an early holiday present,” said Dan Levin, Vice President of Premiere Props. “Memorabilia makes a terrific gift, as it is something that will be treasured for years to come.”
Fans can start bidding now by placing bids online at http://www.icollector.com and http://www.liveauctioneers.com or calling to set up phone bidding with a Premiere Props representative. Collectors can place proxy bids until the Hollywood Extravaganza Auction goes LIVE at 11am PT on Saturday, November 23. For more information, please visit http://www.premiereprops.com or http://www.hollywoodliveauctions.com or call (310) 322-PROP / (888) 761-PROP.
Celebrating the 5th anniversary with a weekend full of special guests and exhibitors, and engaging panels, Long Beach Comic & Horror Con will be open on Saturday, November 23 from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, and from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sunday, November 24 at the Long Beach Convention Center. Advanced ticket holders gain early admission, starting at 9:30 am each day. Tickets are available now at your local SoCal comic book shop or online.
See you in Long Beach!
Highly-Anticipated 50th Anniversary Special Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor to be Shown at Austin Convention Center in Conjunction with Simulcast on BBC AMERICA and in Over 75 Countries
The Wizard World Austin Comic Con Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Celebration Event will begin on Saturday, November 23 with a fan meetup at 1:00pm CT followed by the simulcast screening at 1:50pm CT in Ballroom D at the Austin Convention Center. The Celebration is open to all Austin Comic Con attendees, with space limited to the capacity of the hall.
The centerpiece of BBC AMERICA’s Doctor Who 50th Anniversary celebrations is the global simulcast of Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor, written by Steven Moffat. BBC AMERICA is celebrating the anniversary this month with new programming including specials and marathons. For broadcast times, visit BBCAmerica.com. In the anniversary special, The Doctors (Matt Smith, David Tennant) embark on their greatest adventure across space and time. In 2013, something terrible is awakening in London’s National Gallery; in 1562, a murderous plot is afoot in Elizabethan England; and somewhere in space an ancient battle reaches its devastating conclusion. All of reality is at stake as the Doctor’s own dangerous past comes back to haunt him. The special stars Matt Smith, David Tennant, Jenna Coleman, with Billie Piper and John Hurt. Watch trailer here.
“We are incredibly excited to be working with BBC AMERICA in bringing the simulcast screening of the 50th Anniversary special, Doctor Who: The Day of The Doctor, to the fans at Austin Comic Con,” said John Macaluso, Wizard World Chairman & CEO. “Our attendees have loved Doctor Who for so many years, and this remarkable screening is just the sort of high-quality programming we strive to deliver.”
Doctor Who is BBC AMERICA’s highest rated series and received an Institutional Peabody Award earlier this year. Since 1963, Doctor Who has been one of the best loved dramas and certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most successful sci-fi series ever.
For more on the 2013 Wizard World Austin Comic Con, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/home-tx.html.
About Wizard World:
Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD) produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests.
August 21st, 2013 – Los Angeles, CA – Fans and aspiring artists always ask us what the best way is to get their work seen by an editor, and now BOOM! Studios has updated our process to make it easier than ever.
BOOM! Studios has launched an Artist Submissions page on Facebook in order to create a venue for artists to submit their work and have it seen by the BOOM! Studios editorial team.
WHAT IT IS: The Artist Submissions Facebook Page is a place for artists (pencilers, inkers, colorists, letterers) to post samples of their work. (Please note that this page is strictly for artists and ALL unsolicited writing submissions will not be reviewed.)
HOW IT WORKS: Upload examples of your work for the BOOM! Studios Editorial staff to review. Post all art samples in the Timeline. DO NOT SEND MESSAGES. Make sure to provide your contact information. BOOM! does not respond directly to the posts or messages. BOOM! has hired a number of artists this way and will contact you if there is interest.
Additionally, the BOOM! Studios editorial staff will regularly post helpful hints and advice for artists to improve their craft on the Facebook page.
“I’m really excited about this new initiative,” said Managing Editor Bryce Carlson. “Not only is the BOOM! Studios Artist Submissions Page an amazing opportunity for aspiring artists, colorists, and letterers to get their samples in front of BOOM! editors on a regular basis and find helpful tips and advice, it’s also a great community for creators to interact and learn from each other. Finding new talent is awesome, but providing a home for people to grow and learn together is what really makes this so special.”
ABOUT BOOM! STUDIOS
Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent. BOOM! Studios is the home of Mike Carey’s SUICIDE RISK, Clive Barker’s NEXT TESTAMENT and HELLRAISER, Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos’ FAIRY QUEST, PLANET OF THE APES, Max Bemis’ POLARITY and Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 GUNS was recently released as a feature film from Universal Pictures starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS, Jim Davis’ GARFIELD, Cartoon Network’s ADVENTURE TIME and REGULAR SHOW, Mike Kunkel’s HEROBEAR AND THE KID, and Roger Langridge’s Eisner Award-winning SNARKED. In June 2013, BOOM! acquired Archaia Entertainment (archaia.com). Archaia is the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel publisher of MOUSE GUARD, COW BOY, GUNNERKRIGG COURT, RUST, SPERA, JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND, RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN, and other many great titles.
Indican Pictures Presents Exclusive Comic-Con Appearances by Martin Kove (Karate Kid) and Lee Meriwether (Catwoman)
Meet Your Favorite Celebrities
LOS ANGELES–(Marketwired – July 12, 2013) – Indican Pictures announces the exclusive Comic-Con debut of the hilarious new comedy, ‘Silent But Deadly,’ starring a Golden Globe and Emmy Nominated cast. “Who wouldn’t pick up a film starring Mary Ann from Gilligan’s Island and the original Catwoman? And if that wasn’t enough, perhaps I could learn from Martin Kove how to ‘sweep the leg’ with ‘no mercy,’” stated Randolph Kret, VP of Indican Pictures.
This hysterical story takes place in a wacky retirement home antagonized by a demented kitty-masked murderer, picking off the residents one by one. Filled with ridiculous comedic moments as the elderly bicker about who wants them gone, ‘Silent But Deadly’ keeps you on your toes…or walker. But the murderer gets more than he or she bargains for when the old farts let it rip.
The star-studded cast includes Dawn Wells, John Tartaglia, Lee Meriwether, Rip Taylor, Bruce Vilanch, Kiersten Warren, Jacqui Holland, with Martin Kove, and David Proval. Indican Pictures will be at Comic-con (Booth 4046) with members of the cast on Saturday, July 20th, from 12 noon to 5 pm.
Check Out What Konami Digital Entertainment Has To Offer At San Diego Comic-Con
Attendees Can Get into Character with Personalized Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Token Cards and Purchase an Exclusive Game Mat
EL SEGUNDO, Calif., July 11, 2013 – San Diego Comic-Con International 2013 attendees will not want to miss what Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (Konami), the makers of the global pop-culture sensation, the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG), has to offer at this year’s show. Konami will be featuring the world’s best-selling Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG at booth #3713 and providing plenty of entertaining and engaging activities for attendees to experience at San Diego Comic-Con International from July 18th – July 21st.
Year after year, tens of thousands of pop-culture buffs of all ages descend upon Comic-Con for this world-renowned four-day show. This year they will want to make the Konami booth their first stop because, for the very first time, Konami will be selling a must-get for Comic-Con attendees, an exclusive Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG double game mat! A limited quantity will be available for $30 during the show. Also fans will want to create their own exclusive one-of-a-kind Yu-Gi-Oh! Token Card. They can choose from five different card backgrounds with characters, including favorites like Yusei, Jaden, Yugi and Yuma – suitable for use during Duels! Duelists can also create their own COSSY ID card.
Fans can also get a first look and purchase Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG products at Comic-Con, including the recently released Battle Pack 2: War of the Giants and Number Hunters! As a bonus, for Comic-Con attendees who purchase a minimum $10 worth of product, Konami is offering a free Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Score pad.
With Token Card in hand, attendees will want to make their way to a game table and get a Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG demonstration from the experts. Those completing a demo will receive a show exclusive coupon good for 50% off the purchase of either a Starter Deck: Xyz Symphony or a Starter Deck: Dawn of the Xyz or they can use a $3 off coupon for Super Starter: V for Victory (redeemable only at Konami’s booth during Comic-Con). Additionally, they can snap a photo with the oversized Utopia statue as a show keepsake!
For the avid Duelist or players looking for a more formal gameplay experience, Konami will host a variety of Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG events in Ballroom 16 A throughout the entire convention including Duel the Master, Duelist League geared toward new players, Battle Pack Sealed Deck Tournaments and Win-A Mat.
San Diego Comic Con hours:
Wednesday, July 17: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Preview Night; some activities not available)
Thursday, July 18: 9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, July 19: 9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 20: 9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 21: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Duelists can tune in every Saturday morning for the all-new Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL animated series and classic Yu-Gi-Oh! episodes on Vortexx on The CW in the United States. In addition, classic Yu-Gi-Oh! episodes air weekdays on Nicktoons, along with Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL airing on the network Saturday and Sunday mornings. In Canada, Duelists can watch episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL every Friday and Saturday on YTV!
For more information on Konami or the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, please visit www.yugioh-card.com or call 310-220-8630.
About The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG
The Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME is the #1 trading card game in the world with over 25 billion cards sold. It is a game of strategy, where players create individual Decks of cards collected from Structure Decks and Booster Packs. Two players engage in a Duel while using cards that represent powerful monsters, magical Spells and surprising Traps. Duelists with well-constructed Decks, dominating monsters, solid strategy and good fortune are the victors in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG. Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. is the exclusive licensee and rights holder to the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG in North America and Latin America.
KONAMI is a leading developer, publisher and manufacturer of electronic entertainment properties and traditional trading card games. KONAMI’s software titles include the popular franchises Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill, DanceDanceRevolution and Castlevania, among other top sellers. KONAMI is also the manufacturer of the wildly popular Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, which has sold more than 25 billion cards worldwide. The latest information about KONAMI can be found on the Web at www.konami.com. KONAMI CORPORATION is a publicly traded company based in Tokyo, Japan with subsidiary offices, Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. in the United States and Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. in Windsor, the United Kingdom. KONAMI CORPORATION is traded in the United States on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol KNM. Details of the products published by KONAMI can be found at www.konami.com.
Award Winning Writer Joe Keatinge’s Survivor Z Debut July 18 at SDCC
Survivor Z, the Interactive Fiction RPG for iOS, has announced today that award-winning comic book writer & editor Joe Keatinge will unveil a special challenge encounter based on his post-apocalyptic vision of the San Diego Comic Con. Joe’s special interactive fiction challenge features artwork by Wook Jin Clark, and will be available as an In-App purchase starting on the first day of the SDCC: July 17, 2013.
Portland, Oregon July 09, 2013
Survivor Z, the Interactive Fiction RPG for iOS, has announced today that award-winning comic book writer and editor Joe Keatinge will unveil a special challenge encounter based on his post-apocalyptic vision of the San Diego Comic Con. The adventure features artwork by Wook Jin Clark, and will be available via download as an In-App purchase starting on the first day of the SDCC: July 17, 2013.
Joe Keatinge is a Portland, OR-based writer published by Image, Marvel and DC Comics with titles including GLORY, INTERGALACTIC, MORBIUS: THE LIVING VAMPIRE, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, HELL YEAH and Executive Editor of the Eisner & Harvey award-winning anthology, POPGUN. Joe has teamed up with Ed Anderson, creator of Survivor Z to write his first interactive story on the Survivor Z platform.
The perfect mobile game for fans of zombie apocalypse fiction like Night of the Living Dead, The Walking Dead, and World War Z, Survivor Z is a touch screen Interactive Fiction Role Playing Game that uses location based data to bring zombie stories to life by placing them in real world locations and challenging players to navigate their perils. Survivor Z imagines a post-apocalyptic world where 90% of the population has been killed by a virus that reanimates its victims. A year after the outbreak, players emerge from their bunker to find that the world is inhabited mostly by the undead and roving bands of thugs. They seek out and find supplies by playing challenges that they find while waiting in an airport, on their lunch break, or on a walk.
Joe Keatinge’s new adventure for Survivor Z introduces players to the brutal life or death fight over Convention Badges in the ruins, as remnants of fandom struggle to survive in the post-apocalyptic wasteland that once was San Diego. Asked about the adventure, Keatinge says, “I was an avid reader of interactive fiction as a kid with the Choose Your Own Adventure Series, so I’ve been having a blast carrying on that tradition in the apocalypse that is Comic Con through the filter of Survivor Z.”
Location based gaming places fictional, interactive stories in real world locations
Advanced RPG game engine
Cloud based server allows for instant access to new game content
Frequent Updates and improvements to gameplay and content keep game experience fresh
Since its release in March 2013, Survivor Z has reached players all over the world in over 40 countries, and continues to gain a following. With the introduction of several new writers from the comic book and entertainment industry, the developers are focused on expanding the content universe of the game through at least Summer 2014, with the goal of infecting the whole world.
iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch and iPad
Requires an internet connection and location services enabled
Xbox Comic-Con 2013 Schedule
Next week, Xbox One and Xbox 360 will be at the 44th annual Comic-Con International in San Diego with the best gaming franchises and new IPs. If you are attending SDCC next week and want to check things out, here is a list of our activities:
Xbox Booth #100 at the San Diego Convention Center
Thursday, July 18 – Saturday, July 20: 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday, July 21: 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.Stop by our booth to be among the first to get your hands with Xbox One games like “Ryse: Son of Rome” and “Killer Instinct” and more.
Xbox Lounge at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
Manchester Ballroom, 1 Market Pl., San Diego, CA 92101
Thursday, July 18 – Saturday, July 20: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday, July 21: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
In addition to the Xbox One and Xbox 360 games being shown at the Xbox Booth at the Convention Center, the Xbox Gaming Lounge located just down the street in the Grand Hyatt will also feature more than a dozen titles, including “Dead Rising 3,” “Halo: Spartan Assault,” and for the first time ever, hands-on demos of “Halo 4 Champions Bundle,” plus hands on with games from 2K Games, Capcom, Disney Interactive, Konami, Ubisoft and Warner Brothers Interactive. Don’t miss out on the rare opportunity to check out these great games all in one place.
(A San Diego Comic-Con Expo pass is required for entrance to the above)
Inside the Looking Glass: Building “Halo” Worlds and Wonders, Past, Present and Future
Room 6BCF, San Diego Convention Center
Thursday, July 18, 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Spartans Unite! Join Frank O’Connor (Franchise Development Director), Dan Ayoub (Executive Producer), and other 343 Industries guests as they celebrate and discuss the exciting new addition to the “Halo” universe (“Halo: Spartan Assault”), the new comic-book series from Dark Horse Comics (“Halo: Initiation”), along with some “Mega” surprises.
Bringing the Roman Empire to Life on Xbox One: The Creation of “Ryse: Son of Rome”
Room 7AB, San Diego Convention Center
Thursday, July 18, 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Spend 60 minutes with award-winning studio Crytek to learn about the making of “Ryse: Son of Rome,” one of the year’s most anticipated blockbusters coming exclusively to Xbox One this November. An epic action-adventure story of struggle, brutality and heroism, “Ryse: Son of Rome” follows a fearless Roman soldier named Marius Titus who joins the army to avenge the slaying of his family and emerges as a hero who must fight to save the Roman Empire. Fans will learn key story details, hear about the technology making “Ryse” possible, and receive a limited edition printed comic book that will prepare them for the intense adventure they will embark on this holiday.
The Future of Xbox Gaming Revealed
Room 6A, San Diego Convention Center
Saturday, July 20, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
For this Panel, yours truly will be moderating as developers from some of the most innovative and celebrated studios on the planet discuss building the biggest blockbuster games for Xbox One. Microsoft Studios’ Justin Robey, Turn 10 Studios’ Dan Greenawalt, Capcom Vancouver’s Josh Bridge, Microsoft Studio’s Ken Lobb and Rare’s Nick Burton will reveal how they are engineering their games to take advantage of the unique attributes of the new platform. Learn how the cloud, the new Kinect sensor, and the powerful and flexible architecture will enable an entire new generation of AAA game titles.
The Video Game Culture of Zombies: How “Dead Rising 3” on Xbox One Kicks Off a New Generation of Mayhem
Room 5AB, San Diego Convention Center
Saturday, July 20, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
From TV and books to video games – especially video games! Come join games and pop culture experts to discuss how zombies have invaded our lives through every avenue of entertainment. Fans will get behind-the-scene insights on the making of “Dead Rising 3” from the Capcom Vancouver team and see gameplay from the upcoming Xbox One exclusive launch title, hear from internationally renowned author and zombie expert Max Brooks and learn Game Informer Senior Editor Jeff Cork thoughts on zombies in video game culture. The panel will be moderated by Jessica Chobot from G4’s Attack of the Show and X-Play, and IGN.
(All panels require a San Diego Comic-Con Expo pass to attend.)
Xbox Partner Activities
Xbox Booth Appearances from Crackle’s Two Upcoming Originals –“Cleaners” and “Extraction,” including Emily Osment (“Hannah Montana”) and Jon Foo (TEKKEN), among others
Xbox Booth #100 at the San Diego Convention Center
Saturday, July 20, 10 – 11 a.m.
Autograph signing with the Cast of Hulu Original Series “The Awesomes,” including “Saturday Night Live’s” Seth Meyers
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, 1 Market Place, San Diego, CA 92101
Saturday, July 20, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Hulu Panel sponsored by Xbox: “The Awesomes” Screening
Hilton San Diego Bayfront, 1 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101
Saturday, July 20, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Join our friends at Hulu for a VIP screening of the first episode of the highly-anticipated original series “The Awesomes.” If you can’t make it Saturday, Xbox Live has you covered with an exclusive preview of the show starting on Thursday, July 25, a week before it is available anywhere else.