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  • Big Wow! ComicFest Returns to San Jose

    bigwow2015Press Release:

    Big Wow Comic Fest arrives to the San Jose Convention Center on April 18-19, 2015, bringing two days of comic books, art, collectable toys, sci-fi, fantasy, and celebrity FUN! Many of the nation’s best vendors of all things cool and collectible will tempt your wallets with the perfect gifts for geeks, nerds, fans and true collectors, everywhere!

    As the original comic-friendly show, we have fantastic comic book creator guests spanning all decades and genres! This year we are pleased to welcome as our Featured Guests:

    Jim Steranko (Legendary artist of Captain America & Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD)
    Neal Adams (Legendary Illustrator of Superman, Batman, Avengers, X-Men, and lots more)
    Dave Gibbons (Co-Creator of the classic comic “Watchman” made into a major Motion Picture)

    Fan-Favorites: Art Adams (X-Men, Godzilla, and more), Bill Morrison (The Simpsons, Futurama, Disney Poster Artist), Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), Herb Trimpe (Co-Creator of Wolverine) and over 75 more confirmed and added to our website!

    Meet, get autographs, and learn the secrets of Show Biz from our spectacular CELEBRITY GUESTS:

    Tom Felton (Harry Potter’s “Draco Malfoy” and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes)
    Daniel Cudmore (X-Men’s “Colossus”, and Twilight’s “Felix”)
    Jake Lloyd (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace’s “Anakin Skywalker” and Jingle All The Way)

    Also appearing will be Richard Hatch (Battlestar Galactica), Gary Graham (Alien Nation, Star Trek: Enterprise), George “The Giant” (Big Fish), John Stanley (Creature Features) and more.

    Admission is only:

    •  1 Day Adult (15 and older) $25.00 and 2 Day Adult $35.00

    • 1 Day Child (8-14) $10.00 and 2 Day Child $15.00 Children under 8 are Free!

    Save $5.00 off tickets by purchasing them online at www.bigwowcomicfest.com or at participating comic book retailers.

     

    CA – Ares & Aphrodite Signing

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    Megan Levens, artist of Ares & Aphrodite, Madame Frankenstein, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, appears at Earth-2 Comics on Wednesday April 15, 2015 from 6:30-8:30 pm!

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Earth-2 Comics
    15017 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
    (818) 386-9590

    NYC – Olympians Signing

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    George O’Connor appears at Barnes & Noble to sign Ares: Bringer of War on Friday April 17, 2015 at 4:00 PM!

    Author Event
    The spotlight is thrown on Ares, god of war, and primarily focuses on his battle with the clever Athena. Who will win this epic clash of power in George O’Connor’s latest title from the ‘Olympians’ series?

    Special Instructions
    As part of our Educator Reception, we are pleased to welcome author George O’Connor! He will be here signing copies of his book after his presentation.

    Barnes & Noble – Park Slope
    267 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215
    718-832-9066

    CA – Doberman Launch Party

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    Scott Marder and Rob Rosell (writer/producers of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Unsupervised) along with their co-writer Jack Lambert and cover Artist Bernard Chang (Green Lantern Corps, Wonder Woman) at Hi De Ho Comics on Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 7:00 till 10:00 PM to celebrate the launch of DOBERMAN!  Free drinks will be served, a DJ will be spinning, and entertainment will be provided, including an 80’s action hero costume contest; Break out the duct tape and put on your best John McClane costume because prizes will be awarded for the best 80’s action movie costumes.

    About DOBERMAN:
    If Ron Burgundy had an illegitimate child with Steven Seagal, their bastard prodigy would be DOBERMAN — a roundhouse-kicking, beer-shotgunning, Dodge Stealth-driving badass with a badge! From the twisted minds who brought you “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” comes the story of Frank Doberano, a.k.a. Doberman, a cop who plays by his own rules and rules wherever he plays. But when his partner is killed during a bust gone bad, Doberman must walk the thin line between vengeance… and even more vengeance.

    Hi De Ho Comics
    1431 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
    (310) 394-2820

    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

     

    CA – Predator One Signing

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    Writer Jonathan Maberry appears at Mysterious Galaxy Books on Tuesday April 7th at 7:30 PM to sign his new novel PREDATOR ONE.

    Mysterious Galaxy Books
    5943 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, CA 92111

    OR – Copra Release Party

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    Michel Fiffe appears at Floating World Comics on Thursday April 16th, from 5:00 – 8:00 pm.

    Michel Fiffe is the creator of the monthly action series Copra as well as the one-man anthology Zegas, both of which he produces and self publishes under Copra Press, est. 2011. On top of making comics, Fiffe has also edited the comics anthology Twisted Savage Dragon Funnies and has conducted in-depth creator interviews for several institutions including The Comics Journal.

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Floating World Comics
    400 NW Couch Street, Portland, OR 97209
    (503) 241-0227

    CA – Speculative Fiction Writers Sign

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    Cecil Castellucci and Rachel Searles appear at Mysterious Galaxy Books on Friday March 27th at 6:00 PM for a signing focused on SF for teens, and middle grade readers, but of interest to readers of all ages.

    Mysterious Galaxy Books
    5943 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, CA 92111

    MA – Rebels #1 Signing

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    Writer Brian Wood (The Massive, Star Wars, DMZ) appears at Friendly Neighborhood Comics on Saturday, April 11, 2015 from noon till 3:00 pm to sign the first issue of REBELS!

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Friendly Neighborhood Comics
    191 Mechanic Street (Route 140), Bellingham, MA 02019
    508-799-4406

    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.

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