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  • ME – FCBD: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Signing

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    TMNT co-creator Peter Laird appears with Steve Lavigne, a fellow artist and Mirage Studios alum, at the Shellback Artworks gallery on Saturday May 2, 2015 from noon till 3:00 PM for Free Comic Book Day!

    Shellback Artworks
    1509 Post Road, Wells, ME 04090
    (207) 251-4340

    Beverly Comic Con II: Bigger, Badder, Nerdier

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    Press Release:

    Artists including Andrew MacLean (Apocalyptigirl, Head Lopper), Paul Hornschemeier (Forlorn Funnies, Marvel Comics) Robert Gill (Batgirl, Valiant Comics), Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb (Adventure Time, Midas Flesh) and more appear at the second Beverly Comic Con will be on Saturday, March 21st for hosted at Porter Mills Studio!

    Free to the public and jam packed with local comic creators and unique vendors. Original art, posters, prints, handmade collectibles, t-shirts, graphic novels and of course comic books, will all be on hand for this one of a kind event.

    DJ Noel Snow will be in the house teaming up with our featured live artist Brett Mason.

    Guests of honor include Andrew MacLean (Apocalyptigirl, Head Lopper), Paul Hornschemeier (Forlorn Funnies, Marvel Comics) and Robert Gill (Batgirl, Valiant Comics).

    FULL LIST of artists & vendors include: Amanda Beard, Andy Driscoll, Ben Donahue, Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb, Chris Letarte, Christian Miller, Daniel Kern, David LeBlanc, Eric Boeker, EyeFormation, Omega Level, Jacob Carignan, Jason Casey, Dennis Burke, Joe DellaGatta, Jon Paddol, Joe Haley, Josh Morrissette, Adam Miller, Montserrat Illustration, Robert Van Wagner, Keith Gleason, Matt Mcguirk, Michael Doherty, Patt Kelley, Randy House, Tom Torrey, Harrison’s Comics, Andrew Houle, Jesse Danger, PressBound, Michael Crockett, & John Cardinal.

    Alongside our new friends at Wicked Art Bar, our old friends at Montserrat College of Art and the gang at Tryptic Press, we hope to put on a killer event of comics, art, and pop culture!

    Plenty of parking across the street & super kid friendly.
    Free admission
    Doors open at 10am

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Studios at Porter Mill
    95 Rantoul Street, Beverly, MA 01915

     

    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.

    The Great Lakes Comic-Con (February 2016)

    The Great Lakes Comic-Con

    Convention Name
    The Great Lakes Comic-Con
    Convention Website Address
    http://www.greatlakescomiccon.org
    This convention will take place:
    • over multiple days.
    Start Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
    02/26/2016
    End Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
    02/27/2016
    About This Convention
    Admission $10 each day, or $15 for both days. Comic books and comic-related material! Costume Contest! Door Prize Raffle! Gaming! Kids ages 10 and under are free.
    Venue Name and Address
    Macomb Community College, Sports and Expo Center
    14500 E. 12 Mile Road
    Warren, MI 48088
    United States
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    Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
    100
    Projected Attendance
    5000
    Please select the Category that best describes the convention
    Comic Books
    Additional Categories
    • Anime
    • Gaming
    • Science Fiction and Fantasy
    • Collectibles
    Guests
    Guest TBA

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    The Great Lakes Comic Expo (December 2015)

    The Great Lakes Comic Expo

    Convention Name
    The Great Lakes Comic Expo
    Convention Website Address
    http://www.greatlakescomicexpo.com
    This convention will take place:
    • for one day only.
    Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
    12/05/2015
    About This Convention
    Comic Books, Toys, and Collectibles
    Venue Name and Address
    United Food and Commercial Workers Hall
    876 Horace Brown Drive
    Madison Heights, MI 48071
    United States
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    Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
    50
    Projected Attendance
    400
    Please select the Category that best describes the convention
    Comic Books
    Additional Categories
    • Collectibles
    Guests
    Keith Pollard, Arvell Jones, William Messner-Loebs, Jason Moore

    The Great Lakes Comic Expo

    New Jersey Comic Expo (November 2015)

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    Convention Name
    New Jersey Comic Expo
    Convention Website Address
    http://www.newjerseycomicexpo.com
    This convention will take place:
    • over multiple days.
    Start Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
    11/21/2015
    End Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
    11/22/2015
    About This Convention
    New Jersey Comic Expo is an annual event held at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center each fall. It’s a celebration of comic books and pop culture that showcases the exceptional works of talented writers, artists, illustrators and creators of all types of pop culture. At New Jersey Comic Expo you’ll find exhibitors promoting and selling all types of related products, as well as entertaining and educational programs, guest signings and meet & greet sessions with celebrities. For more specific information about the show, please check out the FAQ. New Jersey Comic Expo is a MAD Event Management, LLC production.
    Venue Name and Address
    New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center
    97 Sunfield Avenue
    Edison, New Jersey 088337
    United States
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    Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
    125
    Projected Attendance
    7500
    Please select the Category that best describes the convention
    Comic Books
    Additional Categories
    • Anime
    • Gaming
    • Science Fiction and Fantasy
    • Collectibles

    Lehigh Valley Comic Book Expo (June 2015)

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    Convention Name
    Lehigh Valley Comic Book Expo
    Convention Website Address
    http://www.lehighvalleycomicbookexpo.com
    This convention will take place:
    • for one day only.
    Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
    06/20/2015
    About This Convention
    Comics, Non-Sport Cards, Artist TBA, Many dealers from 2 States.
    Venue Name and Address
    Merchant’s Square Mall
    1901 S. 12th St.
    Allentown, Pa 18103
    United States
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    Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
    80
    Projected Attendance
    800
    Please select the Category that best describes the convention
    Comic Books
    Additional Categories
    • Collectibles
    Guests
    TBA

    The Great Lakes Comic Expo (September 2015)

    The Great Lakes Comic Expo

    Convention Name
    The Great Lakes Comic Expo
    Convention Website Address
    http://www.greatlakescomicexpo.com
    This convention will take place:
    • for one day only.
    Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
    09/19/2015
    About This Convention
    Comic Books, Toys, and Collectibles.
    Venue Name and Address
    United Food and Commercial Workers Hall
    876 Horace Brown Drive
    Madison Heights, MI 48071
    United States
    Map It
    Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
    50
    Projected Attendance
    400
    Please select the Category that best describes the convention
    Comic Books
    Additional Categories
    • Collectibles
    Guests
    Keith Pollard, Arvell Jones, William Messner-Loebs, Jason Moore

    The Great Lakes Comic Expo

    Avatar/Korra Exhibit Draws Record-Breaking Crowd

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    Last Saturday night Gallery Nucleus opened a tribute exhibition of art to the Nickelodeon show Avatar: The Last Airbender and its spinoff The Legend of Korra. Hundreds of fans, many of whom cosplaying their favorite characters, waited for hours in eager anticipation with lines ultimately stretching around the building and down the block. Co-creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino were on hand to sign autographs for a limited number of attendees. The artwork on display included both early development art and original pieces created by Avatar/Korra production artists and fans selected for inclusion.

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    Co-creator Mike DiMartino with the sold out Korrasami print

    Nucleus owner Ben Zhu, a self-avowed fan of Korra, said he got in touch with Nickelodeon around the middle of the third season to start planning the art show. “Little did we know that we would be the main event post show and no other fans events were in the works,” said Zhu in an email, “So in that sense, we got lucky.” Avatar/Korra co-creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dimartino remarked that they already knew of Nucleus’s reputation when they were approached because of the animation exhibitions it had hosted in the past. “It worked out nicely,” said Konietzko, “Lots of the crew from both shows are here so it’s kind of a family reunion.”

    When asked about the future of 2D animation, Konietzko said the industry is currently in something of a Golden Age in television with more people going to art school specifically to study animation. Pointing to the artists represented in the exhibition, he and DiMartino agreed that they represent the future and will be the ones creating their own shows in the years to come.

    During the opening only the first people in the gallery were given wristbands to get signatures from Konietzko and DiMartino. But the many attending artists from each show, including Joaquim Dos Santos, Angela Song Mueller, Colin Heck, Johane Matte, Giancarlo Volpe, Emily Tetri, Kenji Ono, Elsa Garagarza, Will Ruzicka, and more, mingled with fans and very graciously signed art books and prints. Also voice actors PJ Byrne (Bolin), Seychelle Gabriel (Asami),Dee Bradley Baker (Tarrlok and every single animal) and his daughter Cora (young Korra) also made appearances to meet fans and snap selfies. All told, a reported 1,500 people showed up to indulge in their fandom. Ben Zhu said, “This event broke attendance records for us and is the most attended show in our gallery’s history just above the Final Fantasy X/X2 game release event and the Harry Potter Tribute Exhibition. We knew the event was going to be big but anticipated maybe 2/3 the actual attendance.”

    When asked if the story of Korra will continue in comic form as Avatar: The Last Airbender has, DiMartino remained cryptic but said if anything were to continue it would be there. He spoke well of the creative team behind the Dark Horse title, writer Gene Luen Yang and artist team Gurihiru, saying they are so talented they need very little direction.

    The artwork for the exhibition will remain on display till March 22. The closing event on Saturday March 21st will feature a Q&A panel with Konietzko and DiMartino but is most likely to be restricted to 100-150 people. Fans are encouraged to follow Gallery Nucleus on their Facebook page and Twitter to get the latest news.

    Record breaking crowd fills Gallery Nucleus

    Record breaking crowd fills Gallery Nucleus

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    Avatar Aang & Katara cosplayers

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    The very first drawing of Aang and early versions of Naga and Momo by co-creator Bryan Konietzko

     

    "Past Lives": Nesting dolls depicting the Avatar's previous incarnations.

    “Past Lives”: Nesting dolls depicting the Avatar’s previous incarnations.

    Artist Kenji Ono poses with his contributed pieces

    Artist Kenji Ono poses with his contributed pieces

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