Wizard World Now a Company, a Tour, and an Online Magazine

Editor’s Note: While this press release does not directly comment on the print publication Wizard Magazine, it would seemingly confirm today’s Bleeding Cool story that Wizard Magazine is ceasing.

Press Release:

GAREB SHAMUS UNDERTAKES PUBLIC COMPANY WIZARD WORLD, INC. AND LAUNCHES NEW ONLINE PUBLICATION ‘WIZARD WORLD’

New York, NY (January 24, 2011) – Gareb Shamus, recently appointed President and CEO of public company Wizard World, Inc. (“Wizard World”) (OTC: GOEE.PK), today announced that the Comic Con Tour, which consists of pop culture conference events that provide high visibility marketing opportunities to pop culture brands and companies in multiple venues throughout the year, is now being produced by public company Wizard World. The Wizard World Comic Con Tour intends to cover 12 cities in 2011, including major cities such as New York City, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Austin and New Orleans. The Tour will include sponsors ranging from major movie studios and TV networks to gaming and toy companies to content publishers.

Wizard World Comic Con Tour logoIn addition, Wizard World plans to launch in February 2011 an all-new digital magazine called ‘Wizard World’ that will appeal to pop-culture fans, the same audience to which Mr. Shamus has catered to, for over 20 years. Wizard World digital magazine will provide coverage of the world of comic books, toys and superheroes, and the personalities behind them.

“This is a very exciting day for Wizard World and the industries it serves,” said Shamus. “Having the Tour produced by a public company provides additional opportunities to expand and grow the Tour. The new digital magazine Wizard World will give consumers the content they want in a magazine format with which they are familiar, but distributed in a form that is always available at any time on any device. It is a natural evolution for us in this market.”

Wizard World Comic Con will begin its North American tour at New Orleans Comic Con held from January 29 to 30, 2011. The full event schedule can be found at www.wizardworld.com.

About Wizard World:

Wizard World is a producer of pop culture and multimedia conventions across North America that markets movies, TV shows, video games, technology, toys, social networking/gaming platforms, comic books and graphic novels. It has the rights to the names, marks, domains, customer lists and production rights for a portfolio of pop culture and multimedia conventions.

Wizard Announces New Orleans Comic Con 2011 Programming

James Marsters playing guitar

Press Release:

James Marsters Concert, “Buffyfest,” Billy Dee Williams, “Batman” Panels, Lou Gossett Jr. Spotlight, Live Art Show/After Party Highlight New Orleans Comic Con Programming

Julie Benz, Ray Park, “Walking Dead” Q&A’s, Artist Schools Also On Tap This Weekend

NEW ORLEANS, January 19, 2011 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con today announced its diverse programming schedule, featuring a James Marsters concert, unique celebrity Q&A’s, artist schools, costume contests and more for the event, set for Saturday and Sunday at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Some of the highlights include:

* A live concert featuring singer-songwriter-actor James Marsters
* “Wizard Spotlight” with legendary actor Louis Gossett Jr.
* Rare Q&A panels with Marsters, Julie Benz and Ray Park, as well as popular Comic Con guests Billy Dee Williams, Walter Koenig, Adam West and Burt Ward
* Two “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer” panels, featuring twins Nicholas Brendon and Kelly Donovon, and Clare Kramer and James Charles Leary
* ‘Walking Dead’ Q&A with stars Chandler Riggs, Keisha Tillis and Adrian Kali Turner
* Wizard Art School and Q&A’s featuring leading artists like David Mack, Bill Sinkiewicz, Cameron Stewart, Kevin Maguire, Yanick Paquette, Phil Jimenez and others
* Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con Live Art Show and After Party with Kody Chamberlain and Rob Guillory at Hey! Cafe (4332 Magazine St.)
* The popular adult costume contest and fun kids costume contest with great prizes

Standard New Orleans Comic Con programming will take place in Room A and Room B at Hall H of the Morial Convention Center. All programming is included with admission to the event, with the exception of the James Marsters Concert, which requires an additional ticket. Seating for panels is strictly limited and available on a first come first serve basis and each room will be cleared between panels. The full schedule is below:

Saturday
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
WHO WANTS TO BE ON A REALITY SHOW? W/ JARRETT CRIPPEN ‘THE DEFUSER’

Have you ever wanted to be on a reality show? Are you curious as to what the producers are looking for? Come get inside tips about reality shows and what it takes to win from the winner of Stan Lee’s “Who Wants to be a Superhero?” Season II. The Defuser (Jarrett Crippen) will talk about and answer questions regarding the audition process, competition, living conditions and other topics related to his show and reality shows in general. (Room B)

12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
JAMES MARSTERS Q&A

Best known for his role as Spike, the platinum blonde vampire on hit shows “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel,” James Marsters answers questions about everything from his evolution from acting to music and back, and the projects he plans to conquer in the next few years. (Room A)

WIZARD ART SCHOOL W/ DAVID MACK AND BILL SIENKIEWICZ
Legendary artists and long-time friends David Mack (Kabuki) and Bill Sienkiewicz (Batman: The Widening Gyre covers) unite for this insider look at their art processes, and give advice and their personal dos and don’ts of the trade to new creators interested in sequential storytelling. (Room B)

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
BILLY DEE WILLIAMS Q&A

Lando lands at New Orleans Comic Con, as the coolest man in Star Wars history sits down to take fan questions. (Room A)

THE ART OF ‘CHEW’ AND ‘SWEETS’
Indie art sensations Kody Chamberlain (Sweets) and Rob Guillory (Chew) join the Wizard World Comic Con Tour and discuss their breakout Image hits. (Room B)

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
BUFFYFEST Q&A W/ NICHOLAS BRENDON AND KELLY DONOVAN

Buffy’s “Xander Harris” sits down with his sinister twin brother to take fan questions about life during and after the pop culture phenomenon. (Room A)

WIZARD ART SCHOOL W/ CAMERON STEWART, KEVIN MAGUIRE AND YANICK PAQUETTE
Three of comics most renowned storytellers—Cameron Stewart (Batman & Robin), Kevin Maguire (Justice League International) and Yanick Paquette (Batman, Inc.)—discuss art, storytelling and working with collaborators in the digital age. (Room B)

3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
BUFFYFEST Q&A W/ CLARE KRAMER AND JAMES CHARLES LEARY

Join “Buffy” stars Clare Kramer (Glory) and James Charles Leary (Clem) as the duo discuss the behind the scenes shenanigans and fun of shooting one of pop culture’s biggest hits. (Room A)

VICTOR GISCHLER Q&A
Famed novelist (Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse) and comic book scribe Victor Gischler (X-Men: Curse of the Mutants) talks about his recent runs on X-Men and Deadpool as well as his novel background and his rise in comics. (Room B)

4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
BATMAN AND ROBIN Q&A W/ ADAM WEST AND BURT WARD

The original ’60s “Dynamic Duo” re-teams for this one-of-a-kind Q&A, where Batman and Robin drop their masks and talk about their lady co-stars, the villains they faced and the wild nights after the show! (Room A)

SUPERSTARS OF WRESTLING
W/ KEVIN NASH

Professional grappler Kevin Nash pile drives and body slams your questions into the mat! (Room B)

5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
AARON DOUGLAS Q&A

Best known for his role on “Battlestar Galactica” as Chief Galen Tyrol, Aaron Douglas can now be seen on “Hellcats” on The CW, and here he answers all your questions during this exclusive Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con session. (Room A)

THE SOUND OF MUSICAL INTERLUDE W/ ETHAN VAN SCIVER
The halls are alive with the sound of…“music.” Ethan Van Sciver (Flash: Rebirth) invites you to spend the hour trapped in a small room discussing cannibalism, Wolverine, deviancy and all manner of filth and disease through the art of song. Not since Liberace has anyone tickled the ivories with such aplomb. Well, Richard Marx was good. But Ethan is good, too! Come and see! (Room 3)

6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
KIDS’ COSTUME CONTEST

Bring any kids 10 and under for this special event with great prizes just for families and the youngsters. (Room A)

6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
ADULT COSTUME CONTEST

Get your best costume together and come on down to the Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con costume contest for huge prizes and some of the craziest outfits you’ll see this weekend. (Room A)

9:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m.
JAMES MARSTERS CONCERT

After enjoying sell-out crowds across the nation, singer/songwriter James Marsters performs a rare and intimate concert up close and personal with Wizard World fans. NOTE: ADDITIONAL TICKET REQUIRED. (Room A)

9:00 p.m.
THE WIZARD WORLD NEW ORLEANS COMIC CON LIVE ART SHOW AND AFTER PARTY W/ KODY CHAMBERLAIN AND ROB GUILLORY

Music by DJ Rüs with Jeff Hebert on drums Join us for this special after-hours event hosted by Kody Chamberlain (Sweets, 30 Days of Night) and Rob Guillory (Chew), and watch some of your favorite comic artists create original work from start to finish right before your eyes. This is a rare opportunity to hang out, network, and get to know some of the top artists in the business. Who knows, you may even get to own an original masterpiece! This is a free event; must be 18 to enter.
LOCATION: Hey! Café, 4332 Magazine St. (Corner of Magazine & Napoleon Ave.)

Sunday
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
JULIE BENZ Q&A

The star of hit shows like “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Dexter” and “No Ordinary Family,” Julie Benz talks to fans about her extensive career, ups and downs in the industry and her thoughts on the new generation of sci-fi and fantasy on television. (Room A)

TERRY MOORE Q&A
The Strangers in Paradise and Echo creator takes fan questions on his plethora of critically acclaimed and fan-favorite comics as well as talks about his upcoming plans. (Room B)

12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
CLAUDIA CHRISTIAN Q&A PANEL W/ ‘LOOK’ PREVIEW

“Babylon 5” beauty Claudia Christian shares the secrets to her multi-faceted success, and previews a sneak peek of her new Showtime series “Look.” (Room A)

WIZARD ART SCHOOL W/ PHIL JIMENEZ AND JASON PEARSON
Superstar artists Phil Jimenez (Adventure Comics) and Jason Pearson (upcoming Astonishing X-Men) assemble to give out their tips on refining your art, pitching to Marvel and DC, and any other sound advice they can think of about working in comics (Room B)

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
RAY PARK Q&A

The “X-Men” and “Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace” star engages fans in this one-of-a-kind Q&A, where he discusses his extensive film biography and his evolution to genre icon. (Room A)

STORYTELLING W/ MICHAEL GOLDEN
No matter if you’re a writer, artist or a reader of comics, come for this sit-down with one of the most renowned storytellers in the business, Michael Golden, as he tells you a few tricks of the trade that will help you no matter what type of story you tell or enjoy, in whatever medium. It’s a rare opportunity to talk with the co-creator of X-Men’s Rogue, and groundbreaking penciler on such projects as Bucky O’Hare, The ‘Nam, Micronauts, G.I. Joe, and much more. (Room B)

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
WIZARD SPOTLIGHT: LOUIS GOSSETT JR.

Screen legend and Academy Award winner Louis Gossett Jr. (“Officer and a Gentleman,” “The Punisher,” “Iron Eagle,” “Enemy Mine”) joins the Wizard World Comic Con Tour and sits down for this exciting Q&A, telling the behind-the-scenes stories from the set and answering the questions you’ve always wanted to ask. (Room A)

MIKE GRELL AND MARK RYAN
The legendary comics icon behind classic Legion of Super-Heroes Tales and Warlord, Mike Grell, teams up with Transformers voice actor Mark Ryan (the voice of Bumblebee) to answer fan questions. (Room B)

3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
WALTER KOENIG Q&A

The original “Star Trek” series’ Pavel Chekov, Walter Koenig beams into this Q&A, where he’ll answer any and all questions from the elite Trek fans at New Orleans Comic Con. (Room A)

JAMES O’BARR Q&A
The Crow creator talks about his dark creation, new comics and the plans for a new Crow franchise in the movies. (Room B)

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
‘WALKING DEAD’ Q&A W/ CHANDLER RIGGS, KEISHA TILLIS AND ADRIAN KALI TURNER

AMC’s ambitious horror series, based on Robert Kirkman’s ultra-hot zombie series from Image, now comes to life from director Frank Darabont (“The Green Mile”)! Check out amazing behind-the-scenes footage and extended clips along with a Q&A with stars from AMC’s show. (Room A)

The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center is located at 900 Convention Center Blvd. in New Orleans. New Orleans Comic Con is the first stop on Wizard’s 2011 North American tour, which to date has 13 events scheduled. Hours are Saturday, Jan. 29, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Jan. 30, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.. Tickets are available in advance or by calling 1-866-882-5860 and online at www.wizardworld.com/neworleans.html at up to a 15% savings over tickets purchased at the door. Advance adult single-day tickets are $25 ($30 on site); two-day weekend tickets are $40 ($45 on site), and tickets are free for children age 10 and under when accompanied by a paid adult (limit two children per adult). VIP packages with special entry and exclusive items are also available.

The freshly renovated New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center is an essential component of what makes the city’s major business events so successful. With 1.1 million square feet of contiguous exhibit space, the Convention Center is the sixth largest convention facility in the nation, and it consistently ranks in the country’s top ten of facilities that hold the most conventions and trade shows annually.

About Wizard Entertainment:
Gareb Shamus founded Wizard Entertainment in 1991. Today, Shamus publishes consumer magazines Wizard, ToyFare, FunFare and numerous books about pop-culture’s top talent, comic books and toys. Shamus also produces a North American Comic Con tour. Wizard World Comic Con – The Pop-Culture Capital of the World!

For the most recent event information please visit www.wizardworld.com and become a New Orleans Comic Con Fan on Facebook.

If You Loved Me Signing Tour

Press Release:

American cartoonist Nick Galifianakis will be touring his book, “If You Loved Me, You’d Think This Was Cute,” signing copies for fans. Galifianakis’ work can be seen alongside ex-wife Carolyn Hax’s nationally recognized advice column – named by Time magazine America’s best advice column. “Carolyn Hax” is syndicated in more than 300 newspapers in the US.

With no formal art training, Galifianakis is not just self-taught, but also influenced by his father who is a sculptor and painter. Galifianakis’ early career saw him as an illustrator for “US News & World Report” and “USA Today.” Almost as famous to locals in Falls Church, Virginia as Nick himself, his beloved dog Zuzu passed away in August 2010. Galifianakis maintains a blog, titled Nick and ZuZu, offering followers updates on his goings on.

Barnes & Noble Signing Information

1/29/2011 2:00 PM – University Village SC, 2675 NE University Village Street, Seattle, WA

1/31/2011 7:00 PM – El Cerrito Plaza, 6050 El Cerrito Plaza, El Cerrito, CA

2/02/2011 7:00 PM – Bella Terra, 7881 Edinger Ave. #110, Huntington Beach, CA

2/05/2011 2:00 PM – Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd #158, Austin, TX

2/06/2011 2:00 PM – Metairie, 3721 Veterans Boulevard, Metairie, LA

2/08/2011 7:00 PM – Buckhead, 2900 Peachtree Road NE Suite 310, Atlanta, GA

2/13/2011 2:00 PM – Burlington, 98 Middlesex Pkwy, Burlington, MA

About the book

Everyone knows the only thing more painful than relationships is not having them–or is it the other way around? Whatever, says author and cartoonist Nick Galifianakis. In his first book, If You Loved Me, You’d Think This Was Cute: Uncomfortably True Cartoons About You, he makes the case that either way, the only recourse is to embrace our frailties and laugh.

Taken from Carolyn Hax’s nationally syndicated advice column, this compilation spins the pain of dating, mothers-in-law, “beneficial” friends and more into … the pain of self-recognition. The intricately drawn pen-and-ink panels and pointed captions explore some of life’s most uncomfortable truths, exposing the humanity in our mistakes, the underbelly of our triumphs and the sheer heroism of trying and trying again.

Throughout this character study of men and women (and the dogs who love them), Galifianakis mines our hopes and insecurities for a unifying truth: If we can’t laugh at ourselves, he’ll do it for us.

“Nick snuck me into my first comedy club when I was only a back-acned teenager. The back acne went away but the comedy stuck. I know that last sentence sounds like a lyric from a Joan Baez song, but trust me, it’s original.” –Zach Galifianakis, from the foreword

“Nick’s cartoons are funny, witty, and smart. But what makes them so special are how universal and true they are, making the laughs they bring all the more poignant. Relationships, in all their glory, have never been captured quite so succinctly and with such charm.” –Amy B. Harris, writer/producer for Sex and the City

“Nick Galifianakis understands relationships unbelievably well, for a guy. My guess is he actually menstruates.” –Gene Weingarten, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Washington Post humor columnist

Source: Amazon’s page for Nick Galifianakis’ “If You Loved Me, You’d Think This Was Cute”

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/

LA – Image Comics Signing

Friday January 21, 2011 Crescent City Comics hosts a signing party with writer NATHAN EDMONDSON (Who is Jake Ellis?), artist/writer KODY CHAMBERLAIN (Sweets) and artist ROB GUILLORY (Chew)–it’ll run from 7-10pm, with FREE beer, sales on select items and more!

RSVP on Facebook.

Crescent City Comics
4916 Freret St, New Orleans, LA

Jake Ellis Sees Everything Tour

Nathan Edmondson, the writer of this new hit from Image Comics, will be touring across the southern part of the country, starting in Los Angles on January 13, and making a U-turn in Pensacola, FL, to wrap up the JAKE ELLIS SEES EVERYTHING TOUR in Atlanta, GA, on January 26.

Unfortunately, Tonci Zonjic can’t make the trip from Croatia to join Edmondson on the tour, but he has provided original art, one piece of which will be given to the first fan in line at each of Edmondson’s stops!

You can meet Edmondson at the following stops on the JAKE ELLIS SEES EVERYTHING TOUR:

THURSDAY, JANUARY 13, 2011
Earth-2 Comics
15017 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
(818) 386-9590
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 14, 2011
Comic Oasis
3121 N. Rainbow Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89108
(702) 212-8885
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 15, 2011
Atomic Comics
3155 West Chandler Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85226
(480) 940-6061
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 16, 2011
Astro-Zombies
3100 Central Avenue SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
(505) 232-7800
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2011
Lone Star Comics #1
1215 S. Cooper St, Arlington, TX 76010
(817) 265-0491
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Lone Star Comics – Dallas
6780 Abrams Rd. #109
Dallas, TX 75231
(214) 553-2555
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2011
Austin Books & Comics
5002 North Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
(512) 454-4197
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2011
Bedrock City
Westheimer Store
6517 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77057
(713) 780-0675
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, 2011
with ROB GUILLORY (CHEW) and KODY CHAMBERLAIN (SWEETS)
Crescent City Comics
4916 Freret St, New Orleans, LA
(504) 891-3796
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 22, 2011
TBS Comics
Fort Walton Beach Store
550 Mary Esther Blvd, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
(850) 244-5441
(Please contact the store for signing time.)

TBS Comics
Pensacola Store
6873 North 9th Ave, Pensacola, FL 32504
(850) 474-1419
(Please contact the store for signing time.)

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2011
Criminal Records
1154-A Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 215-9511
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con Lines Up Headliners for 2011

Batman Inc. cover by Yanick Paquette

Press Release:

James Marsters, Julie Benz, Louis Gossett Jr., Ray Park, Adam West, Burt Ward, Billy Dee Williams, Peter Tork Among Headliners At Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, January 29-30 At New Orleans Morial Convention Center

Nicholas Brendon, Clare Kramer, Kelly Donovon Add to “Buffyfest New Orleans”; Ernie Hudson, Robyn Griggs, Claudia Christian, Walter Koenig Among 150+ Celebrity Guests, Leading Comics Artists, Creative Directors

NEW YORK and NEW ORLEANS, December 2010 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con opens the 2011 season for North America’s largest pop-culture tour, January 29-30 at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, in grand style, with superstar guests James Marsters, Julie Benz, Louis Gossett Jr., Ray Park, Adam West, Burt Ward, Billy Dee Williams and Peter Tork headlining the stellar list. The event will bring together thousands of fans of all ages and dozens of celebrities and industry professionals to celebrate the best in pop culture, movies, comics, toys, video gaming, television, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.

Benz, who has also starred in “Dexter,” “No Ordinary Family,” and “Desperate Housewives,” and Marsters will be part of a “Buffyfest,” which has proven popular at other Wizard World shows and will include other “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer” stars Nicholas Brendon, Clare Kramer, James Leary and Kelly Donovan in New Orleans.

“We are excited to be bringing all these stars and the best comic creators to New Orleans,” said Gareb Shamus, Wizard World CEO. “We feel like fans there have been waiting for an event like New Orleans Comic Con to come to their backyard, and we are ready for a big first year.”

Other popular New Orleans Comic Con celebrity guests include Ernie Hudson (GHOSTBUSTERS), Walter Koenig (“Star Trek”), Robyn Griggs (“Another World,” “One Life to Live”), Claudia Christian (“Look”; “Babylon 5”), Mark Ryan ( TRANSFORMERS 1 and 2) and Cynthia Scott (ALIENS).

Fans can also meet their favorite comic creators and artists, including Kaare Andrews (“Astonishing X-Men”, “Iron Man”), Kody Chamberlain (“Sweets,” “Punks”), John Dell (“JLA,” “Adventure Comics”), Michael Golden (“Wolverine: First Class,” “New Exiles”), Mike Grell (“Green Lantern,” “Green Arrow”), Rob Guillory (“Chew”), Phil Jimenez (“Amazing Spider-Man,” “Astonishing X-Men”), John Layman (“Chew,” “Puffed”), Rob Liefeld (“Deadpool,” “Youngblood”), David Mack (“Kabuki,” “Daredevil”), Joe Madureira (“Darksiders,” “Uncanny X-Men”), Kevin Maguire (“Justice League,” “Batman Confidential”), Terry Moore (“Strangers in Paradise,” “Echo”), Yanick Paquette (“Batman,” “Superman”), Steve Scott (“X-Men Forever,” “Wolverine”) Bill Sienkiewicz (“Elektra,” “Assassin”), Cameron Stewart (“Batman & Robin,” “Catwoman”), Arthur Suydam (“Marvel Zombies,” “Batman”), Mark Texeira (“Wolverine,” “Spider-Man”), Renee Witterstaetter (“She Hulk,” “Avengers”) and Ethan Van Sciver (“Green Lantern,” “Superman/Batman”).

The New Orleans Comic Con Wrestling section includes the popular Kevin Nash and Booker T.

Children and adult attendees are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite villain, superhero or pop culture personality for the chance to win special prizes in costume contests. Event-goers may also try their hand interactive product exhibits and shop for collectible comics, movie and television memorabilia, toys and games at more than 100 dealer booths.

Special events at New Orleans Comic Con include the “Magic: The Gathering” and Yu-Gi-Oh card game tournaments, professional photo opportunities (Photo Ops), movie screenings with celebrities and others.

The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center is located at 900 Convention Center Blvd. in New Orleans. New Orleans Comic Con is the first stop on Wizard’s 2011 North American tour, which to date has 13 events scheduled. Hours are Saturday, Jan. 29, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Jan. 30, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.. Tickets are available in advance or by calling 1-866-882-5860 and online at www.wizardworld.com/neworleans.html at up to a 15% savings over tickets purchased at the door. Advance adult single-day tickets are $25 ($30 on site); two-day weekend tickets are $40 ($45 on site), and tickets are free for children age 10 and under when accompanied by a paid adult (limit two children per adult). VIP packages with special entry and exclusive items are also available.

The freshly renovated New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center is an essential component of what makes the city’s major business events so successful. With 1.1 million square feet of contiguous exhibit space, the Convention Center is the sixth largest convention facility in the nation, and it consistently ranks in the country’s top ten of facilities that hold the most conventions and trade shows annually.

About Wizard Entertainment:
Gareb Shamus founded Wizard Entertainment in 1991. Today, Shamus publishes consumer magazines Wizard, ToyFare, FunFare and numerous books about pop-culture’s top talent, comic books and toys. Shamus also produces a North American Comic Con tour. Wizard World Comic Con – The Pop-Culture Capital of the World!

Wizard World Absorbs NOLA Comic-Con into New Orleans Comic Con

November 4, 2010 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Louisiana, Top Stories

NOLA Comic-Con and Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con

UPDATE: According to the NOLA Comic-Con website, their May event will proceed as planned.

Press Release:

Wizard World Acquires NOLA Comic-Con

NEW YORK, November 3, 2010 – Gareb Shamus, CEO of Wizard Entertainment, today announced the acquisition of NOLA Comic-Con, which had been held the past two years in suburban New Orleans. The event will now become part of the Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con scheduled for January 29-30, 2011, at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

“NOLA Comic-Con has been a well-respected event that has really helped bring out the comics fans in Louisiana,” said Shamus. “We are pleased to be working with Ronnie Prudhomme to help build New Orleans Comic Con in our first year.”

“This can only help increase the interest in the comics industry in New Orleans,” said Prudhomme, NOLA Comic-Con owner and promoter. “The whole reason I started NOLA Comic-Con was to get people excited about comics here, and Wizard World’s involvement will take that interest even further.”

New Orleans Comic Con, part of the world’s largest pop culture convention series, will be the first on the 2011 Wizard World Comic Con schedule, and the first Wizard World convention in “The Big Easy.

The freshly renovated New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center is an essential component of what makes the city’s major business events so successful. With 1.1 million square feet of contiguous exhibit space, the Convention Center is the sixth largest convention facility in the nation, and it consistently ranks in the country’s top ten of facilities that hold the most conventions and tradeshows annually.

About Wizard Entertainment:
Gareb Shamus founded Wizard Entertainment in 1991. Today, Shamus publishes consumer magazines Wizard, ToyFare, FunFare and numerous books about pop-culture’s top talent, comic books and toys. Shamus also produces the largest North American Comic Con tour. Wizard World Comic Con – The Pop-Culture Capital of the World!

For the most recent event information please visit www.wizardworld.com and become a Wizard World Comic Con Fan on Facebook.

Wizard World Comic Con Tour:
November 12-14, 2010 – Austin Comic Con – Austin Convention Center
December 4-5, 2010 – Atlanta Comic Con – Cobb Galleria Centre
January 29-30, 2011 – New Orleans Comic Con – Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
February 26-27, 2011 – Miami Comic Con – Miami Airport Convention Center (MACC)
March 18-20, 2011 – Toronto Comic Con – Direct Energy Centre
April 29-May 1, 2011 – Anaheim Comic Con – Anaheim Convention Center
May 21-22, 2011 – Big Apple Comic Con ‘Spring Edition’ – Penn Plaza Pavilion
June 17-19, 2011 – Philadelphia Comic Con – Pennsylvania Convention Center
August 11-14, 2011 – Chicago Comic Con – Stephens Convention Center
September 17-18, 2011 – New England Comic Con – Hynes Convention Center
September 24-25, 2011 – Big Apple Comic Con – Penn Plaza Pavilion
November 2011 – Austin Comic Con – Austin Convention Center
December 2011 – Atlanta Comic Con
TBA – New Jersey Comic Con
TBA – Cincinnati Comic Con
TBA – Cleveland Comic Con
TBA – Nashville Comic Con

The Great Allentown Comic Con! (October 2010)

Convention Name
The Great Allentown Comic Con!
Convention Website Address
http://www.allentowncomiccon.com
This convention will take place:

  • for one day only.
Date
10/30/2010
About This Convention
The Great Allentown Comic Returns Saturday October 30th! Come Dig up great savings and have a spooktacular time!

Saturday, October 30th, 10am-4pm
Admission: $4 all children 12 and under FREE! with adult.
Over 600 free spaces for parking, Easy exit from Route 78 ->Lehigh St exit.

We have over 75 Dealer tables available, with comics from the Silver Age to New releases, Action Figures, Cards, and Clothing and Much More!

A fun-filled day for eveyone, with hourly Door Prizes, a No-Minimum Bid Auction at 2pm, and Costume Contests and Prizes!
Costume Contest will occur at:
12pm – Kids Costumes – 12 and under only please!
2pm – Auction
3pm – Team and Themed Group costumes
4pm – Best Male and Best Female individual Costume
4:30 – Additional kids costume – 12 and under only, late arrivals, and non-winners from earlier 12pm contest only please!

Special Guests:
Artists/Writers:
Dave Wachter! – Dave is the artist, co-creator and co-writer of the epic adventure web comic The Guns of Shadow Valley, which was nominated for Best Digital Comic in the 2010 Eisner Awards. He began his career as the artist and co-creator of the critically acclaimed independent comic series Scar Tissue. His work has been featured in various anthologies, including: Fiendish Fables, PKD Media Presents, and Hope: New Orleans.

Nick Mockoviak – Nick is a freelance illustrator. His talents have been put to good use as an artist on the “Night of the Living Dead: Re-Animated” project as well as being featured in the Drawgasmic Underground Artists Art Show. Currently he is developing a comic book that will see the light of day at the end of 2010, so be on the look-out!

Shawn Alleyne – Shawn was born and raised on the island of Barbados but later moved and set up in Philadelphia. From an early age he knew he wanted to be involved with art in some capacity and is currently working as a freelance artist, with many clients ranging from the field of comics, to music and film. Shawn is setting up a studio by the name of PYROGLYPHICS, a stylistic name that translates to “Hot Images”, to reflect his self-taught style.

John Kovaleski – John is the creator of the comic strip Bo Nanas and a contributor to MAD Magazine, making him one of the usual gang of idiots. His humorous scribblings have adorned magazines,
newspapers, greeting cards, puzzles, billboards, and that new-fangled Internet that all the kids
are talking about. His new comic strip “Infant Fred” will be coming to an iPhone, Blackberry or hand-held device near you this Fall. In his spare time he practices the ukulele and does the occasional escape-artist trick.

Bill Ellis – All New Issues is a web comic by Bill Ellis. The strip is a humorous look at relationships, being poor, the comic book retailing industry, gaming, and much more through the eyes of some, to put it kindly, flawed individuals.

Publishers/Industry Professionals:
Elizabeth Amber-Love Delaney – Elizabeth is a journalist, blogger, costumer and model who spends her Wednesdays slaving away at Comic Fusion in New Jersey. She is addicted to Nathan Fillion and Tiny Titans. She is best known as New Jersey’s Wonder Woman while participating and promoting an annual comic art auction raising money for domestic violence awareness month.
In Addition she will be participating as our Celebrity Costume Judge – deciding who will win for each Costume category!

The Ultimate Comics Group – NJ Based Ultimate Comics Group, LLC. (www.ultimatecomicsgroup.com) has been publishing amazing FULL COLOR comics since 2005. With 4 comics for sale and a full length Mature Audience Novel, UCG will have something exciting for ALL AUDIENCES!

Mytron Comics – Mytron Comics was formed in November 2009 by Victoria Conrad and Corey Conrad. We are based out of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. Our first series, Livid Outbreak, was launched in January 2010. Currently, we have 3 issues online and were happy to see a good number of people checking it out. We love making comics, so we hope you enjoy reading them!

The Pennsylvania Star Wars Collecting Society – The PSWCS is dedicated to enhancing the collecting experiences of Star Wars memorabilia, share a wealth of information, and socialize. The PSWCS is open to all collectors who currently live in Pennsylvania.
Additional Guests To Be Announced Soon!

Visit our site for additional information about all our guests or email for more information: info@allentowncomiccon.com

Dealer inquiries: Dealers@allentowncomiccon.com Tables still available- Act soon as tables are running out!

Venue Name and Address
Merchant Square Mall
1901 S. 12th Street
Allentown, Pennsylvania 18103
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
75
Projected Attendance
350
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories

  • Anime
  • Gaming
  • Horror
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy

New Orleans Comic Con Added to Wizard World Tour in 2011

Press Release:

Taking It “Easy”: Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con Set For January 29-30, 2011

NEW YORK, October 18, 2010 – Gareb Shamus, CEO of Wizard Entertainment, today announced the addition of New Orleans Comic Con to the world’s largest pop culture convention series. The event is scheduled for January 29-30, 2011, at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

The event will be the first on the 2011 Wizard World Comic Con schedule, and the first Wizard World convention in “The Big Easy.”

“We followed the Super Bowl Champions all the way to New Orleans this year,” said Shamus. “We are thrilled to come to the home of Mardi Gras, the Saints and World Famous Bourbon Street. New Orleans is the perfect place to create the type of pop culture event called Wizard World. We look forward to seeing all our fans there!”

The freshly renovated New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center is an essential component of what makes the city’s major business events so successful. With 1.1 million square feet of contiguous exhibit space, the Convention Center is the sixth largest convention facility in the nation, and it consistently ranks in the country’s top ten of facilities that hold the most conventions and tradeshows annually.

About Wizard Entertainment:
Gareb Shamus founded Wizard Entertainment in 1991. Today, Shamus publishes consumer magazines Wizard, ToyFare, FunFare and numerous books about pop-culture’s top talent, comic books and toys. Shamus also produces the largest North American Comic Con tour. Wizard World Comic Con – The Pop-Culture Capital of the World!

For the most recent event information please visit www.wizardworld.com and become a Wizard World Comic Con Fan on Facebook.

Wizard World Comic Con Tour:
November 12-14, 2010 – Austin Comic Con – Austin Convention Center
December 4-5, 2010 – Atlanta Comic Con – Cobb Galleria Centre
January 29-30, 2011 – New Orleans Comic Con – Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
March 18-20, 2011 – Toronto Comic Con – Direct Energy Centre
April 29-May 1, 2011 – Anaheim Comic Con – Anaheim Convention Center
May 21-22, 2011 – Big Apple Comic Con ‘Spring Edition’ – Penn Plaza Pavilion
June 17-19, 2011 – Philadelphia Comic Con – Pennsylvania Convention Center
August 11-14, 2011 – Chicago Comic Con – Stephens Convention Center
September 17-18, 2011 – New England Comic Con – Hynes Convention Center
September 24-25, 2011 – Big Apple Comic Con – Penn Plaza Pavilion
November 2011 – Austin Comic Con – Austin Convention Center
December 2011 – Atlanta Comic Con
TBA – New Jersey Comic Con
TBA – Cincinnati Comic Con
TBA – Cleveland Comic Con
TBA – Nashville Comic Con

Nola Comic-Con (May 2011)

Convention Nola Comic-Con
Convention Website http://www.nolacomic.com
Start Date 05/14/2011
End Date 05/15/2011
About This Convention: Nola Comic-Con
Hours 10am-5pm
Admission $20 per day or $30 for both. Children 7 and under are free.
Validated parking at Canal Place $5 10 hour parking. Vendors will be selling Golden Age, Silver Age, Bronze Age, Modern Age Comics, Toys, Statues, Artwork and all Comic and Sci-Fi related merchandise
Convention Guests TBA soon!
Venue Name Westin Canal Place
Venue Address 100 Rue Iberville
New Orleans, LA 70130
United States
Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables 30
Projected Attendance 2000
What category best describes your convention? Comic Books
What other categories might be appropriate for your convention? - Anime
- Collectibles
- Gaming
- Horror
- Science Fiction and Fantasy

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