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  • Anime Boston 2015 Con Report

    ab2015_gojiraAs geek culture continues to expand the market sees new conventions cropping up regularly. In New England one of the largest, and longest running, is Anime Boston which has been going since 2003 and growing each year. With a dedicated volunteer staff, they fill the Hynes Convention Center year after year with fans of anime, manga, cosplay, and virtually any other stripes of geek. While their guests and programming stick closely to the New England Anime Society’s mandate of concentrating on Japanese pop culture, attendees still represent their individual tastes. Guests such as voice over artists bridge this gap well. This year Anime Boston hosted Cherami Leigh, Mona Marshall, Richard Epcar, Michael Sinterniklaas, and more who have worked dubbing anime television shows and movies into English such as Sword Art Online, Naruto, Robotech, Ghost in the Shell, Mobile Suit Gundam but are equally as well known for their American projects like South Park, Venture Brothers, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

    Several guest were direct from Japan including Godzilla actors Akira Takarada and Haruo Nakajima (see photo at left) who graciously signed for fans and posed for photos on the convention floor all weekend long. Mr. Takarada also offered hand written calligraphy of Godzilla’s name in kanji as a memento. Furthermore, J-Pop star LiSA played to a sold out audience on Friday night.

    The annual charity auction, the proceeds from which benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, saw some records broken when an original watercolor painting of Aang and Appa by Avatar: The Last Airbender co-creator Bryan Konietzko sold for $2,500. Ultimately, the auction raised $23,485.84, its highest amount ever.

    Next year’s Anime Boston has been scheduled for March 25-27, 2016!

     

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    Delaware Train Show and April Fools Toy Show (April 2015)

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    Convention Name
    Delaware Train Show & April Fools Toy Show 2015
    Convention Website Address
    http://www.toyshows.org
    This convention will take place:
    • over multiple days.
    Start Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
    04/11/2015
    End Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
    04/12/2015
    About This Convention
    On Saturday, April 11th, 2015. The 9th Delaware Train Show will take place from 9:00am to 2:00pm at the Nur Shrine Center, Route. 13 / 198 South DuPont Highway, New Castle, DE. 19720. Admission is $5.00, children under the age of 12 are free, $10.00 Early Buyers 8:00am Admission.
    It will feature over 150 tables of trains, accessories, slotcars, and some toys. Toyshows.org Delaware Train Show will have a diversity of trains in all Scales and makes, We have a variety of unique dealers coming from up and down the east coast, Train show is Saturday only.
    On Sunday, April 12th, April Fools Toy Show the east coast largest toy show moves in. 175+ tables of new, collectible and antique toys. 10:00am to 4:00pm. Admission is $5.00, children under the age of 12 are free, $10.00 Early Buyers 9:00am Admission. Collectors you don’t want to miss this show, Great food, Free parking. Rain or shine events. The Nur Shrine Temple, is convenient to I-95, I-295 and US Route 40. 3 miles from the Del. Mem. Bridges. 20 minutes from philly.
    We will return to the Nur Temple on October 24th & 25th for the 10th Delaware Train show and Octoberfest Toy Show. For map or information on attending or participating in this show. Please go to our web site: www.toyshows.org or Call: 856-302-3606
    Venue Name and Address
    Nur Shrine Center
    198 South DuPont Highway
    New Castle, DE 19720
    United States
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    Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
    100
    Projected Attendance
    500
    Please select the Category that best describes the convention
    Collectibles
    Additional Categories
    • Anime
    • Comic Books
    • Horror
    • Science Fiction and Fantasy

    Delaware Train Show

    MegaCon joins with Fan Expo

    MegaConBanner2MegaCon gets sold to Canada’s Fan Expo, becomes MegaCon Orlando!

    Article Via the Orlando Business Journal

    Read it all HERE!

    Hulk Hogan: Uncut at MegaCon 2015

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    MegaCon is pleased to announce that professional wrestling icon Hulk Hogan will be taking part in a special event, Hulk Hogan: Uncut, moderated by the “Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart. Get to hear behind the scenes stories from Hulk Hogan’s career and life on the road, with a special fan Q&A with Hulk Hogan.

    This special 90 minute event, will take place on Saturday, April 11th in the Valencia Ballroom A-C from 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM. This is a Special Event, and requires a separate admission ticket to attend. MegaCon wristband required. No autographs will be given out at this event.

    Don’t wait, tickets are limited and are on sale now. Visit MegaCon’s website to purchase.

    Hulkamaniacs Package: LIMITED
    Cost: $150.00
    Includes: (1) VIP Hulk Hogan Badge, Personal Meet and Greet with Hulk Hogan after the main event (Room Location TBD), (1) Personal Photo Op with Hulk Hogan with your own camera and VIP seating in the first (3) rows.

    Champions Seating: Reserved Seating in Rows 4-6
    Cost: $60.00

    General Admission:
    Cost: $40.00

    Family Four-Pack: General Admission Seating
    Cost: $125.00

    AC Boardwalk Con (May 2015)

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    Convention Name
    AC Boardwalk Con
    Convention Website Address
    http://www.DoACBC.com
    This convention will take place:
    • over multiple days.
    Start Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
    05/14/2015
    End Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
    05/17/2015
    About This Convention
    AC BOARDWALK CON: CREATED BY FANS FOR FANS.

    AC Boardwalk Con has put together a truly unique show that puts the fans center stage. At every turn, there’s an experience that has been designed to capture your attention Some highlights include:

    An expansive array of Publishers who are exhibiting with full booths, including: Marvel, Boom! Studios, Aspen, Zenescope more!

    Special Guest Panels including Stan Lee and Kevin Smith

    Special Musical Guests including Make Out Monday, September Mourning and More!

    Creators! Creators! Creators!

    Celebrity Guest Signings and Photo Opportunities

    Cosplay Ballroom (open 10 AM – 7 PM and 8 PM – 2 AM Thurs, Fri, Sat and 10 – 5 Sunday)

    Venue Name and Address
    Atlantic City Convention Center
    1 Convention Boulevard
    Atlantic City, NJ 08401
    United States
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    Please select the Category that best describes the convention
    Comic Books
    Additional Categories
    • Anime
    • Gaming
    • Horror
    • Science Fiction and Fantasy
    • Collectibles
    Guests
    Stan Lee, Adam West, Alex Minsky, Bernrd Chang, Bob Layton, Brett Dalton, Brian Tee, Bryan Johnson, Bryan Tillman, Burt Ward, Camilla D’Errico, Charles Fleischer, Charles Soule, CJ Draden, Clayton Henry, Dawn McTeigue, Dexter Vines, Drew Johnson, Edgar Delgado, Elias Chatzoudis, Elizabeth Lail, Elvin Hernandez, Frank Tieri, Georges Jeanty, Georgina Haig, Gigi Edgley, Grant Imahara, Gregg Henry, Greg Horn, Henry Simmons, Humberto Ramos, Jamie Tyndall, Jason Mewes, Jay Leisten, Jeff Dekal, J. Scott Campbell, Jeffery Shultz, Jeremy Shada, Jess Harnell, Jim Cummings, Joe Delbeato, Joe Rubinstein, John Tyler Christopher, Josh Keaton, Julie Newmar, Kevin Smith, Manu Bennett, Mark Brooks, Mark Morales, Matt BATT Banning, Maurice LaMarche, Michael Rooker, Mike Zapcic, Ming Chen, Nei Ruffino, Peter David, Phil Jimenez, Reilly Brown, Rebecca Mader, Rich Arons, Rob Paulsen, Sea n Chen, Sean Gunn, Sean Maguire, Steve Cardenas, Tate Steinsiek, Terry Naughton, Tress MacNeille, Tyler Kirkham, Verne Troyer, The Warriors, Willa Holland

    Newark Comic Con (September 2015)

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    Convention Name
    Newark Comic Con
    Convention Website Address
    http://www.NewarkComicCon.org
    This convention will take place:
    • for one day only.
    Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
    09/12/2015
    About This Convention
    Comic Con Is Coming to Newark

    Join us Saturday Sept 12 2015@ The Robert Treat Hotel in downtown Newark, NJ for a day of fun and excitement at the Newark Comic Con. Be a part of our cosplay contest, vendors, zombie walk, panel discussions, artists and so much more.

    Venue Name and Address
    Robert Treat Hotel
    50 Park Place
    Newark, New Jersey 07102
    United States
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    Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
    150
    Projected Attendance
    7,000
    Please select the Category that best describes the convention
    Comic Books
    Additional Categories
    • Anime
    • Gaming
    • Horror
    • Science Fiction and Fantasy
    • Collectibles
    Guests
    Celebrity guests to be announced

    Newark

    Comic Book and Non-Sports Card Show (MD) (June 2015)

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    Convention Name
    Comic Book and non-sports card show
    Convention Website Address
    http://www.clandestinecomics.com
    This convention will take place:
    • for one day only.
    Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
    06/14/2015
    About This Convention
    Maryland’s longest running one day comic book convention. Dealers from across the Mid-Atlantic will be selling Comic Books from Golden Age to Current books. This is your best opportunity to pick up those books you can not find at your local store.
    Dealers will also be selling non-sports cards, supplies original art and much more!
    Venue Name and Address
    Radisson
    2004 Greenspring Dr
    Timonium, Maryland 21009
    United States
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    Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
    30
    Projected Attendance
    125
    Please select the Category that best describes the convention
    Anime
    Additional Categories
    • Comic Books
    • Gaming
    • Science Fiction and Fantasy
    • Collectibles

    Lake Effect Comic Book Convention (May 2015)

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    Convention Name
    Lake Effect Comic Book Convention 2015
    Convention Website Address
    http://comicsandfriends.org/lakeeffectcomiccon/
    This convention will take place:
    • for one day only.
    Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
    05/31/2015
    About This Convention
    Our sixth annual show promises to be our best yet: Free Admission, Free Parking, Guests, Discussion Panels, Comics, Cosplay, Door Prizes, Movie Screenings, and more! All brought to you by Comics And Friends.

    Swords of Sorrow #1 con exclusive cover – limited to 500 copies.  Artist will be on hand to sign copies.

    Swords of Sorrow

    Venue Name and Address
    Atlas Cinema Great Lakes Mall
    7860 Mentor Ave
    Mentor, OH 44060
    United States
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    Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
    75
    Projected Attendance
    1,200
    Please select the Category that best describes the convention
    Comic Books
    Additional Categories
    • Anime
    • Gaming
    • Horror
    • Science Fiction and Fantasy
    • Collectibles
    Guests
    Craig Tucker, Chris Lambert, Dave Nestler, David Russell, Jason Liccardi, Marty Hirchak, Tom Batiuk – check our website for additions/updates!

    Wizard World Conventions Made Over 23 Million in 2014

    Press Release:

    Wizard World Reports 2014 Year End Financials

    106% Increase from 2013

    Wizar d WorldEl Segundo, CA, March 16, 2015 – Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) (the “Company”), a leading provider of Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across the world, announced that the Company has released its 2014 audited financial results in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 (the “YE 2014”).

    Highlights include:

    • The Company hosted seventeen events in 2014: sixteen comic cons and one social con, bringing fans together with their favorite celebrities, artists, exhibitors in a pop culture and multimedia experience. This was an increase of nine events from the Company’s 2013 tour.

    • Convention revenue for the year ended December 31, 2014 was $23,060,178, an increase of $11,874,044 (or 106%) from $11,186,134 reported in the comparable year ended December 31, 2013. The significant increase in revenue in 2014 is primarily accredited to the increased number of events, better advertised and marketed events including more programming, an exciting list of celebrities and artists, and an increasing fan base, which all translates to higher revenue growth. Average revenue per event was $1,356,481.

    • Operating expenses were $6,823,253 in YE 2014, as compared to $3,921,585 for the same period in 2013, which was the result of increases in staffing and employment costs due to the increased number and size of the events, however the Company’s operating margins have improved year-over-year due to operating the events more efficiently.

    • Income from operations was $1,468,162 in YE 2014, as compared to $343,506 for the comparable period in 2013. The increase is primarily attributable to running more events and more profitable events during 2014, as compared to 2013.

    • The Company reported a net income of $995,617 or income per share of $0.02 for YE 2014, as compared to a net loss of $(3,637,735) or loss per share of ($0.09), in the comparable period in 2013. Income in 2014 was primarily generated from convention revenue and stronger profit margin versus the loss in 2013, which was non-cash generated from a loss on the fair value of the Company’s derivative liabilities. By the end of 2013, the Company successfully extinguished all derivative instruments.

    • As of December 31, 2014, the Company had working capital of $3,838,096 and as of March 16, 2015, there were 51,358,386 shares of common stock issued and outstanding.

    Additional highlights:

    • On March 3, 2015, the Company launched CONtv, a new digital network devoted to passionate fans of pop culture entertainment, providing consumers access to thousands of hours of exclusive content showcasing an original slate of programming as well as a vast digital catalog of over 1,200 must-watch titles, included, but not limited to, original series, cult television shows and genre movies encompassing sci-fi, horror, fantasy, anime, grindhouse, martial arts action, and more, to live coverage of events at the cons– all available on-demand either in a free, ad-supported format or a low cost, subscription-based model of $6.99/month for premium content. CONtv is a partnership with Cinedigm Corp., one the nation’s largest independent distributor’s of digital entertainment.

    The digital service brings fans their favorite films, television series, comics, behind the scenes access to the Company’s conventions and more. CONtv is offered as a free ad-supported platform as well as a subscription which includes content exclusives, audience rewards, dynamic social viewing experiences, and ticketing bundle opportunities for fans planning to attend the Company’s conventions. CONtv currently provides over 1600 hours of programming available across a wide spectrum of devices including Roku, Apple iOS, Android, and other digital media.

    • The Company’s 2015 Wizard World tour consists of 27 events in 25 cities, including debut cities Las Vegas, Pittsburgh, Ft. Lauderdale, and San Jose. The Company also announced its first international comic con outside of North America in China, to be held on May 30 through June 1, 2015. The Company will continue to expand its footprint across the world as the Wizard World brand becomes a household brand name. To find a Wizard World Comic Con in a city near you, please go to: http://www.wizardworld.com/.

    As I reflect and look back at the year, it gives me great pleasure to know we are building a brand presence among the pop culture world and the comic con circuit. I cannot be more proud of our management team and staff for delivering an amazing 2014 tour,” commented John Macaluso, CEO of Wizard World, Inc. “2015 will also be an exciting year for us all, fans and shareholders included, as we continue to strive to increase revenues by expanding into other markets and other endeavors such as CONtv.”

    The Company encourages shareholders to not rely on this press release and to refer to the Company’s financial statements included in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for full disclosure relating to the year-end financial report, filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission on March 16, 2015, which can be found at www.sec.gov.

    About Wizard World, Inc.

    Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) is a leading provider of Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across the world that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, celebrities, 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.

    For more information and full event schedule, visit: www.wizardworld.com.

    Forward-Looking Statements

    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.

    MegaCon Returns to Orlando in April 2015

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    Press Release:

    Orlando MegaCon Returns to the Orange County Convention Center April 10-12, 2015

     ORLANDO, Fla. (March 2, 2014) — Orlando MegaCon, the Southeast’s largest comic book, anime, gaming and multi-media event, is returning to the Orange County Convention Center April 10-12.  The popular event promises to be bigger and better than ever with more events, exhibits and the announcement of celebrity guests including comic book icon, Stan Lee (Saturday and Sunday only).

    The weekend starts off with the First Annual MegaWalk at MegaCon 2015, hosted by the Hero Initiative. This event will take place on Friday, April 10 at 11 a.m. with all proceeds going towards the Hero Initiative. The Hero Initiative creates a financial safety net for comic creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. The walk’s grand marshal will be comic book legend George Perez.

    The festivities continue on Friday night at The Cosmos Party. With DJ performances, dancing, laser light show, VIP celebrities and costume contest, The Cosmos Party is the official launch of MegaCon. The Cosmo Party takes place in Ballroom D and tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.  Attendees must be 18 or older with proper ID to attend this event.

    MegaCon’s avid attendees come first and foremost to see the all-star line-up of comic book guests including George Pérez, Ed McGuiness, Mike Perkins, Marv Wolfman, Allen Bellman, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Frank Cho, Ethan Van Sciver, Andy Smith, Darwyn Cooke, Drew Geraci, Rob Hunter, Katie Cook, Bob Layton, Chuck Dixon, Andy Price, Mike Lilly, Sean Chen, Greg Horn, Dan Parent, Sergio Cariello, Billy Tucci and Brian Pulido

    Also big draws at MegaCon are the “media guests” (stars of TV, film and professional sports).  Media guests include:

    • Norman Reedus, Michael Rooker, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies – The Walking Dead
    • Ron Perlman (Hellboy) and Mark Boone Junior – Sons of Anarchy (Saturday and Sunday only)
    • Hulk Hogan – Professional wrestling icon (Saturday and Sunday only)
    • Cary Elwes – The Princess Bride
    • Karen Gillan – Doctor Who, Guardians of the Galaxy (Saturday and Sunday only)
    • Jenna Colman, Arthur Darvill – Doctor Who (Saturday and Sunday only)
    • Summer Glau – Firefly, Arrow (Saturday and Sunday only)
    • Adam Baldwin – Firefly, Chuck
    • Alan Tudyk — Firefly
    • David Ramsey – Arrow
    • Lou Ferrigno – The Incredible Hulk
    • Sean Patrick Flanery, David Della Rocca, Clifton Collins, Jr. – The Boondock Saints
    • Jeremy Shada, Olivia Olson – Adventure Time
    • Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell and Trey MacNeille – The Animaniacs and professional voice actors
    • Grey DeLisle and Troy Baker – professional voice actors

    Other weekend events include the MegaCon video gaming with the Supercon 2K series and an arcade room by Freeplay Florida.

    MegaCon 2015 Showroom Dates and Hours:

    Friday, April 10:        12 p.m. – 7 p.m.

    Saturday, April 11:   10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

    Sunday, April 12:     10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

     

    MegaCon 2015 Ticket Prices:

    Online:  Friday – $30, Saturday – $35, Sunday $30, 3-day – $70
    Onsite:  Friday – $35, Saturday – $40, Sunday $35, 3-day –$75

     

    MegaCon 2015 Location:

    Orange County Convention Center

    West Building – Exhibit Halls A4 through B4

    9899 International Drive

    Orlando, FL  32819

     

    Saturday tickets are expected to sell out, so guests are encouraged to consider attending MegaCon on Friday or Sunday.
    About MegaCon

    MegaCon has grown to become one of the largest comic book and sci-fi conventions in the nation with attendance increasing each year. Designed to appeal to all ages and interests, MegaCon allows attendees to meet and mingle with their favorite comic book artists and TV/film stars, buy amazing collectibles from hundreds of vendors and artists, enjoy gaming events, and participate in numerous activities throughout the weekend.

    The MegaCon guest list is constantly growing. Check www.MegaConvention.com frequently for more updates.

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