November 25, 2013 by Colin Solan
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Boston Comic Con has announced its initial details for next year’s convention! Following the phenomenal success of the 2013 show, the 2014 convention will again be held in August at the Seaport World Trade Center on Boston’s historic waterfront. The promoters have added an additional day to the convention which is scheduled to run Friday August 8th till Sunday August 10th. Joining the festivities this year is an all-star list of comic creators including: Rafael Albuquerque, Tim Bradstreet, Amanda Conner, Mike Kunkel, Jorge Molina, Dustin Nguyen, Jimmy Palmiotti, Carlos Pacheco, Ramón Pérez, Esad Ribic, Gail Simone, Cat Staggs, and many more! Additionally, the first media guests have been announced: Torchwood’s Eve Myles and Spike himself, James Marsters! More will be added over the coming months so be sure to follow Boston Comic Con on Facebook and Twitter!
About Boston Comic Con:
The Boston Comic Con is a 100% independently run comic book show committed to bringing the biggest and best comic creators to New England. Run by fans for fans, Boston Comic Con is not affiliated with any other convention tour or corporate interests. Hosting over 120,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia, this is a destination event for geeks of any stripe. Next year’s convention will be held Friday August 8th, Saturday August 9th and Sunday August 10th at the Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA 02210. For more information please go to our website at www.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!
Wizard World, Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2013 Results
Convention revenue was $4,113,181 for the three months ended September 30, 2013, as compared to $2,792,907 for the comparable period ended September 30, 2012, an increase of $1,320,274 year over year or over 47%. The Company operated two events during the period ended September 30, 2013, as compared to two events during the comparable period ended September 30, 2012.
Average revenue generated per event in the third quarter of 2013 was $2,056,591 as compared to $1,396,454 during 2012. This is the third full quarter in which revenue per event rose by more than 47% on year over year basis.
Operating expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2013, was $928,776, as compared to $734,087 for the three months ended September 30, 2012. The increase is primarily attributable to an increase in salaries and employee headcount as well as share based payments that were made to the Chief Executive Officer upon committing to work for the Company.
Other income (expense) for the three months ended September 30, 2013, was $(2,225,570), as compared to $1,057,744 for the three months ended September 30, 2012. The decrease is primarily attributable to the loss on the fair value of the Company’s derivative liabilities.
Income from operations for the three months ended September 30, 2013, was $1,096,824 as compared to $646,543 for the three months ended September 30, 2012.
Net income (loss) attributable to common shareholder for three months ended September 30, 2013, was $(1,215,115) or loss per share of $ (0.03), as compared to $1,233,141 or income per share of $0.04, for the three months ended September 30, 2012.
Effective August 21, 2013, our Series A Preferred Shareholders converted all outstanding shares of Series A Cumulative Convertible Preferred Stock into approximately 9.5 million shares of the Company’s common stock. We issued approximately 1.6 million shares of common stock as payment for accrued and unpaid dividends related to such conversion. In addition, all outstanding Series A Common Stock Purchase Warrants were exchanged for approximately 4.0 million shares of common stock.
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 and 2012, was $1,306,712 and $310,949, respectively. The net income (loss) attributable to common shareholder for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 and 2012, was $(0.09) and $(0.08), respectively. The Company’s cash provided by (used in) operations increased primarily due to operating profitable events.
The Company believes that our existing available cash, along with our cash flows from operations will enable the Company to meet the working capital requirements for at least 12 months. The estimated working capital requirement for the next 12 months is $2,520,000 with an estimated burn rate of $210,000 per month. The Company continues to explore potential expansion opportunities in the industry in order to boost sales while leveraging distribution systems to consolidate lower costs.
In addition, we encourage our shareholders to view our full Quarterly Report as filed on Form 10-Q which can be found on www.sec.gov.
This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve certain risks and uncertainties. The actual results or outcomes of Wizard World, Inc. may differ materially from those anticipated. Although Wizard World, Inc. believes that the assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements contained herein are reasonable, any such assumptions could prove to be inaccurate. Therefore, Wizard World, Inc. can provide no assurance that any of the forward-looking statements contained in this letter will prove to be accurate.
In light of the significant uncertainties and risks inherent in the forward-looking statements included in this letter, such information should not be regarded as a representation by Wizard World, Inc. that its objectives or plans will be achieved. Included in these uncertainties and risks are, among other things, fluctuations in operating results, general economic conditions, uncertainty regarding the results of certain legal proceedings and competition. Forward-looking statements consist of statements other than a recitation of historical fact and can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “may,” “intend,” “expect,” “will,” “anticipate,” “estimate” or “continue” or the negatives thereof or other variations thereon or comparable terminology. Because they are forward-looking, such statements should be evaluated in light of important risk factors and uncertainties. These risk factors and uncertainties are more fully described in Wizard World, Inc.’s most recent Annual and Quarterly Reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including under the heading entitled “Risk Factors.” Wizard World, Inc. does not undertake an obligation to update publicly any of its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.
Charlotte Mini-Con, Charlotte’s longest running comic convention, returns to the Grady Cole Center on Saturday January 25, 2014! Featuring great vendors and comic creators including: Skottie Young, Rich Case, Sanford Greene, Jason Latour, Andy Smith, Rob Ullman, and many more!
Reserve your table today at the link!
Vendor tables $100
Artist/Craft/Small Press $50
J Chris Campbell
Presented by Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find
Hero Initiative makes first-ever trip to Wizard World Austin!
With legendary writer and editor Dennis O’Neil!
Denny will be signing at the Hero booth, #912, throughout the weekend! Make sure you come by to get your signatures and help raise money for Hero, an organization near and dear to Denny’s heart.
In addition, Hero is offering $1 convention specials at this convention ONLY including Sire #1 variants, Darkness #7 variants, and the Marvel Then & Now DVD featuring Stan Lee, Joe Quesada, and Kevin Smith!
And the support for Hero flows into artist alley! Please visit creators Mark Bagley (Ultimate Spider-Man) at booth B13, Tyler Kirkham (Green Lantern) at A25, and Jai Nitz (Blue Beetle) at E5 in Artist Alley. They all will be collecting for Hero Initiative as well!
About The Hero Initiative
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.
Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $500,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.
BOOM! Studios Announces Exclusive ‘Protocol: Orphans’ Variant For Long Beach Comic and Horror Con 2013
BOOM! STUDIOS ANNOUNCES BOOTH, TALENT, PANEL, AND EXCLUSIVE ‘PROTOCOL: ORPHANS’ VARIANT FOR LONG BEACH COMIC & HORROR CON
Nov. 21st, 2013 – Los Angeles, CA – Award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios announced today it will exhibit at the 5th Annual Long Beach Comic & Horror Con, to be held during the weekend of Nov. 23-24 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif.
BOOM! can be found at booth #201 and will host creators Caleb Monroe (STEED AND MRS. PEEL, ICE AGE) and Eric M. Esquivel (FREELANCERS, the upcoming LOKI: RAGNAROK AND ROLL), plus sketch artists Hannah Nance Partlow and Travis Hill. In addition, a special LBCHC variant cover for newly launched series PROTOCOL: ORPHANS (created by Peter Facinelli and Rob DeFranco, written by Michael Alan Nelson, and illustrated by Mariano Navarro) will be available for purchase.
BOOM! will also put on the following panel on Saturday:
BOOM! Studios Presents: We Are BOOM!, Sat., Nov. 23, 1 p.m., Room 102C
You will not want to miss this jam-packed, inspiring hour as BOOM! Studios VP of Marketing and Publishing Filip Sablik reintroduces BOOM! to the world of comics. This won’t be your average publisher panel droning on and on through a series of press releases and stale cover images. Find out what makes BOOM! Studios different than every other comic publisher in the market and why 2013 has been a transformative year for us. We are BOOM! Come Innovate With Us.
At the booth, BOOM! will have a selection of titles for sale, including books from its imprints, KaBOOM! and Archaia.
ABOUT BOOM! STUDIOS
Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent. BOOM! Studios is the home of Mike Carey’s SUICIDE RISK, Clive Barker’s NEXT TESTAMENT and HELLRAISER, Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos’ FAIRY QUEST, PLANET OF THE APES, Max Bemis’ POLARITY and Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 GUNS was recently released as a feature film from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS, Jim Davis’ GARFIELD, Cartoon Network’s ADVENTURE TIME and REGULAR SHOW, Mike Kunkel’s HEROBEAR AND THE KID, and Roger Langridge’s Eisner Award-winning SNARKED. In June 2013, BOOM! acquired Archaia Entertainment (archaia.com. Archaia is the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel publisher of MOUSE GUARD, COW BOY, GUNNERKRIGG COURT, RUST, SPERA, JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND, RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN, and many other great titles. In October 2013, BOOM! Studios entered into a unique first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox, giving the studio access to its library of titles and giving the publisher access to Fox’s vast catalog of films.
Citing the need for EPIC registration to fine tune their process, Comic-Con International has announced that 2014 badge registration will not occur in November. Registered members should stay tuned in December as they are only promised a 48 hour prior notice to the registration system going live. You can read the whole announcement via the Toucan blog below:
We wanted to give everyone a heads up that 2014 badge preregistration for Comic-Con will not occur in November. EPIC registration is fine tuning the process and needs a little more time to make sure everything is in order. As soon as we have a better idea of the timeline we will let everyone know at least 48 hours prior to preregistration going live. So in the meantime, please relax and enjoy your upcoming Thanksgiving weekend!
And while the team at EPIC Registration is working hard this weekend, here are some steps you can take to get ready for the big day.
1. Confirm that you are eligible to participate in badge preregistration.
Log in to your Member ID account by clicking here. If you are eligible to participate you will see a message on your homepage that says, “You are eligible to participate in Comic-Con 2014 Attendee badge preregistration.” For eligibility information, please click here.
2. Check your Membership Type.
While logged in to your Member ID account, confirm that your Membership Type is correct. This information is found in the “Change My Preferences/Unsubscribe” section. If you are a junior, senior, or member of the military, make sure that your Membership Type reflects this status so you are shown the available discounts on the day of the sale. If your Membership Type is listed as “Adult,” you will not receive the discount.
3. Do not “opt-out” of emails from Comic-Con.
This information is found in the “Change My Preferences/Unsubscribe” section once you have logged in to your Member ID account. If you have selected to “opt-out” of email notifications from Comic-Con, you will not be notified of the preregistration sale date and time.
4. Double check your EPIC login information.
Once you are logged in to your account, select the “Show My Info” option. Your personal registration login info will be displayed at the top of the gray box. Be sure to use this information only when logging in to the EPIC registration system. Even if your last name is spelled incorrectly, enter the login info exactly as shown on the sale day or you may get locked out! You may change the spelling of your name after the sale.
Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that aids comic creators in need, will attend Long Beach Comic and Horror Con November 23rd and 24th at the Long Beach Convention Center in an entirely new way—with foosball!
That’s right! Hero will have a foosball table at its booth, #406, all weekend. The table comes courtesy of Foosball Master Tour, and you can test your skills in special challenge matches against well-known artists Jon Bogdanove, Jimmy Palmiotti, Darick Robertson, and Alex Sinclair to raise money for Hero Initiative. Get practicing now!
The convention continues its dual traditions of Helping Hero and producing AMAZING limited edition prints with its They Live, Halloween, The Birds and The Hunger prints! Each print is limited to only 100 copies each, and available at $30 each at the Long Beach Con store in the main lobby. In addition, 30 copies each of They Live and Halloween will be available autographed by legendary director John Carpenter for $50 each at the Storm King Productions booth, #913 on the floor. All proceeds from They Live and Halloween benefit Hero, along with partial proceeds from The Birds and The Hunger!
And Hero is having a special $1 sale all weekend! You can pick up great product such as the Salimba graphic novel, Vision Machine graphic novel, and even Hero T-shirts at a mere $1 each! There’s a limit of one per item per customer, and supplies are limited, so get to booth #406 FAST!
And make sure to visit the outstanding Long Beach Artists Alley, where creators are collecting money for Hero Initiative. Please visit Jon Bogdanove (booth #1009), Amanda Conner (#1300), Gene Ha (#1412), Jimmy Palmiotti (#1301), Whilce Portacio (#1200), Brian Pulido (#508), Norm Rapmund (#1901), Darick Robertson (#1709) and Alex Sinclair (#1410). Check them out, and kick in a buck when you ask them to sign your books. It’s a win/win for everyone!
WonderCon sets their 2014 dates, Maleficent gets a trailer, and lots and lots of cosplay in this week’s Scene on the Web.
Hollywood comes to Massachusetts! Movies, Super Heroes, Music, Wrestling and Intergalactic Fun come together in Framingham at the Super Megafest, New England’s premiere Celebrity Pop Culture Fan Fest! This year’s event will feature Hollywood icons & celebrities, rock and roll, science fiction and wrestling legends. The Super Megafest takes place Saturday, Nov. 23rd from 10:30am to 6pm & Sunday, Nov 24th from 10:30am to 5pm at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel located at 1657 Worcester Rd., Framingham, MA 01701.
Comic, Movie and TV fans will be thrilled with the rare appearance of CHRISTOPHER LLOYD – Doc Brown from Back to the Future. TOM FELTON – best known for playing the role of Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter film series. ELIZA DUSHKU – Known for her television roles including recurring appearances as Faith on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spinoff series Angel. JON HEDER – Napolean Dynamite! BARBARA EDEN and BILL DAILY – the sitcom I Dream of Jeannie! MANU BENNETT – Sparticus, The Hobbit and Arrow. RAY PARK- Darth Maul and Snake Eyes plus much more! KAREN ALLEN is best known for her role as Marion Ravenwood in Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. JEREMY BULLOCH – who starred as Boba Fett in Star Wars! JOSH SUSSMAN – current role as Jacob Ben Israel on the smash hit Glee! BRONSON PINCHOT – Balki Bartokomous on the ABC sitcom Perfect Strangers! AARON ASHMORE – best known for his roles in American TV shows, as Jimmy Olsen in Smallville and as Steve Jinks in Warehouse 13 plus much more. LARRY KENNY – voiced Lion-O of the Thundercats throughout the mid eighties! ELVIRA – Mistress of the Dark! LARRY STORCH – Corporal Agarn on the TV series F-Troop! VIC MIGNOGNA – voice actor and musician best known for his work for ADV Films/Seraphim Digital, Funimation Entertainment/OkraTron 5000, and Viz Media/Studiopolis plus much more! RON MOSS – recognized for his role of 25 years portraying Ridge Forrester on “The Bold And The Beautiful”! FRANK AVRUCH – Boston’s own Bozo the Clown! CARROL SPINNEY- original one and only for playing Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street! MIA ST JOHN – 5x World Boxing Champion and Playboy Cover Model plus much more! Many other guests to be announced!
Wrestling guests include SGT SLAUGHTER and KELLY KELLY! Many other guests to be announced!
Comic artists include ETHAN VAN SCIVER – best known for illustrating a number of titles including Green Lantern, Superman/Batman, New X-Men, and The Flash: Rebirth. AL PLASTINO – best known as one of the most prolific Superman artists of the 1950s! PAUL RYAN – worked extensively for Marvel Comics and DC Comics on a number of super-hero comics including DP7, Fantastic Four, Spiderman, Batman, Flash, Superman and the Phantom plus much more! JOHN HEBERT- X-Men Adventures, Punisher, Deathlok and current Captain Action artist! GREG LAROCQUE – Spider-man, The Avengers, Justice League, Legion of Super-Heroes, & the Flash among many more! JOSE DELBO – main artist on Wonder Woman plus much, much more! HANNIBAL KING – former Magic: The Gathering artist for Wizards of the Coast and worked on comics ranging from Grendel for old Comico to Marvel’s Excaliber to DC’s Green Arrow. JAMAL IGLE – Green Lantern, G.I. Joe, Martian Manhunter and Supergirl plus much more!
The stars will be signing autographs and doing Q & A sessions with fans throughout the day. Professional photos with most celebrities will be available on site! There will also be an incredible dealers room chock full of the hottest collectibles, gifts, toys, comics, movie posters, and trading cards from the 1960s to today!
Start the Megafest on Friday night, Nov 22nd, with the SUPER MEGAFEST COMEDY KICKOFF PARTY featuring 3 top comedians! Surprise celebrity guests will mix and mingle! Every attendee will be entered into a free raffle with awesome prizes and those in full costume will receive a free Super Megafest T-Shirt! A cash bar will be available. Doors open at 8 PM and showtime is 9 PM until midnight! Start the weekend off with a memorable fun-filled night!
The COME TOGETHER MEGA MUSIC FEST celebrates the magical music of some of your favorite artists! Featuring CHUCK NEGRON, formerly of Three Dog Night, MARK LINDSAY, Niki Luparelli and the Gold Diggers and Loose Salute who will feature the works of Michael Nesmith! Showtime is 7:30 PM to Midnight on Saturday, November 23rd!
For more info visit www.supermegafest.com
Premiere Props and their Hollywood Extravaganza XII will be an amazing part of the 5th Anniversary Long Beach Comic & Horror Con! Premier Props will auction over 1,000 movie props and costumes at their Hollywood Auction Extravaganza XII on Saturday, November 23 and Sunday, November 24 at the Con.
“We are so excited this year to be doing a Live Auction that will go worldwide. We think the fans will be excited to see the amount of items from various films and TV shows that will be up for auction! As well as the cool Vintage Hollywood Posters that will go up for auction on Sunday,” says Phil Lawrence, Co-Founder and Sales Director.
The event will feature items from THE GODFATHER, TRANSFORMERS, E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL, CITIZEN KANE, THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, FANTASIA, PLANET OF THE APES, STAR WARS and more! There will be a preview from 9-11am PT with the live auction beginning at 11am PT.
- THE GODFATHER – Horse Head – You can’t refuse this one! This is the rehearsal prop that Don Corleone (Marlon Brando) uses to force studio head Jack Woltz (John Marley) to put his friend, singer Johnny Fontane (Al Martino) in his next major movie. **please note that for the actual scene in the film, they used a real horse’s head.
TRANSFORMERS – Bumblebee Head – one of the (massive) full size Bumblebee Heads used in the film
- E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL – Miniature Bike Wheels – from the most iconic image in sci-fi history, the flying of the boys on his BMX Dirt Bike across the moon over the forest at the end of the film.
CITIZEN KANE – Shipping Crate – widely considered one of the greatest films of all-time, a rare crate prop that was used in the Kane’s warehouse scene with “CHARLES FOSTER KANE – XANADU FLORIDA” stenciled on it.
- THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS
- Jack’s Sled – this is the sled that was used when Santa Jack is shot down out of the sky by artillery shells. It includes the “horror gifts” storage trashcan caboose that was lashed to the back of the sled.
- Mayor’s Megaphone – used throughout the film by “The Mayor” of Halloween town.
- PLANET OF THE APES – Female Monkey Tunic – from the original classic (1968) a tunic worn by one of the rare female monkeys.STAR WARS – Lightsabre Effect Filters – from the personal collection of special effects wizard Kim Knowlton, these are the actual green Kodak Wratten filters Knowlton used to create the three-layered famous effects to create the lightsabre.
- BATTLESTAR GALACTICA – Viper Helmet – from the original 1978 hit television series, a hero screen used helmet with the infamous light border around the faceplate, which still lights up.
- KIM NOVAK – 1989 Academy Awards Gown – Novak and Jimmy Stewart were reunited as presenters (they co-starred in VERTIGO and BELL BOOK AND CANDLE in 1958) and Novak stunned in a gold and black gown.
“With the holidays almost upon us, this auction offers movie and television fans a chance to treat themselves to an early holiday present,” said Dan Levin, Vice President of Premiere Props. “Memorabilia makes a terrific gift, as it is something that will be treasured for years to come.”
Fans can start bidding now by placing bids online at http://www.icollector.com and http://www.liveauctioneers.com or calling to set up phone bidding with a Premiere Props representative. Collectors can place proxy bids until the Hollywood Extravaganza Auction goes LIVE at 11am PT on Saturday, November 23. For more information, please visit http://www.premiereprops.com or http://www.hollywoodliveauctions.com or call (310) 322-PROP / (888) 761-PROP.
Celebrating the 5th anniversary with a weekend full of special guests and exhibitors, and engaging panels, Long Beach Comic & Horror Con will be open on Saturday, November 23 from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, and from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sunday, November 24 at the Long Beach Convention Center. Advanced ticket holders gain early admission, starting at 9:30 am each day. Tickets are available now at your local SoCal comic book shop or online.
See you in Long Beach!