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.
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.
Doors open at 10am
Studios at Porter Mill
95 Rantoul Street, Beverly, MA 01915
Wizard World Reports 2014 Year End Financials
106% Increase from 2013
El 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”).
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.
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.
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.
Hero Initiative, the non-profit that aids comic book veterans in medical and financial need, is kicking off the 2015 Orlando MegaCon in an all-new and exciting way!
Hero Board of Directors member George Pérez will be the grand marshal and lead the way for the first-ever MegaWalk, a simple and fun one-mile walk that leads participants right into the 2015 MegaCon.
For $40, participants get an exclusive T-shirt, a super-cool race bling medal, and coupon for a swag bag at the Coliseum of Comics booth at the con! All proceeds benefit Hero Initiative.
The walk starts at the Orange County Convention Center, home of MegaCon, Friday April, 10 at 11 a.m. The doors to MegaCon open at noon!
“With all the heroes I’ve drawn, I take great joy in being able to walk to MegaCon with some real-life heroes on behalf of Hero Initiative,” said George Pérez. “All are welcome. Let’s make this more than a walk—Let’s make this a Parade! See you all there!”
The MegaWalk takes place indoors at the Orange County Convention Center, so it will go on, rain or shine. MegaWalk does not include admission to MegaCon, which must be purchased separately at MegaConvention.com
And even if we don’t see you there…you can still participate! You can sign up for the MegaWalk “Virtual Race” and get a T-shirt and race bling mailed to you! Just do a mile at your convenience, huh? We’ll trust you. The Virtual MegaWalk is at the exact same MegaWalk event page!
Come to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor for the 16th annual Baltimore Comic-Con on September 25-27, 2015 at the Baltimore Convention Center! We are excited to welcome to our show returning guests Amanda Conner, Darwyn Cooke, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Frank Tieri.
Working in the comics industry since the late 1980s, Amanda Conner got her start working for major publishers like Marvel Comics on Solo Avengers and Excalibur, and Archie Comics on Archie and The Adventures of Bayou Billy. As her career progressed, she worked for a number of noteworthy titles at smaller comics companies, including Soulsearchers and Company for Claypool and Vengeance of Vampirella at Harris. She has since had an extensive illustration career, both in and out of comics, and her latest industry work can be seen on DC Comics’ Convergence and Convergence: Action Comics covers, and on Harley Quinn, where she is providing both art and writing (with her husband, Jimmy Palmiotti).
Last with us in 2008, Darwyn Cooke made his mark in the comics industry after working in animation such notable series as Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, and Batman Beyond. His initial success at DC Comics on the graphic novel Batman: Ego parlayed into further work on Marvel’s X-Force, Wolverine/Doop, and Spider-Man’s Tangled Web. He later went on to work on such noteworthy titles as DC’s Just Imagine…, Detective Comics, DC: The New Frontier, and Solo. More recently, Cooke has been the cartoonist behind IDW’s Richard Stark’s Parker series of graphic novels as well as work on a number of DC’s Before Watchmen series and variant covers for Action Comics, Convergence, and Harley Quinn.
Jimmy Palmiotti is renowned in the comics industry as a writer, artist, and editor. Originally working as an inker, he has since gone on to contribute to major titles and runs at comic companies large and small. He co-founded Event Comics in the mid-1990s, where he worked on titles such as Ash and Painkiller Jane. He later moved to Marvel Comics, working on the launch of their Marvel Knights line with the “Guardian Devil” storyline in Daredevil. In addition to co-writing DC Comics’ Harley Quinn with his wife, Amanda Conner, he also writes their Batwing: Future’s End and Star Spangled War Stories featuring G.I. Zombie (both with writing partner Justin Gray), and BOOM! Studios’ Palmiotti & Brady’s The Big Con Job.
Writer Frank Tieri has established a strong voice in the comics industry, working for many publishers and injecting his unique style along with amusing references to popular culture . He has contributed to a broad range of titles across many publishers, including Marvel’s Iron Man, Captain America, Amazing Spider-Man, and Punisher: Noir, DC’s Batman, Detective Comics, Hawkman, and Grifter, Dynamite Entertainment’s Red Sonja: The Black Tower, and Top Cow’s The Darkness. His latest work can be found in DC Comics’ Convergence: Suicide Squad, Convergence: Justice League, and Arkham Manor: Endgame, and Marvel’s AXIS: Revolutions.
“It’s been too long since we’ve seen Darwyn, and we missed Amanda and Jimmy last year,” said Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. “Along with Frank, this is another fantastic group of talented creators that our fans clamor for, and we’re so pleased they’re returning! ”
This year’s confirmed guests for the show include: Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl); Christy Blanch (The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood); Mark Buckingham (Fables); Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman); Frank Cho (Jungle Girl); Steve Conley (Bloop); Amanda Conner (Harley Quinn); Katie Cook (Gronk); Darwyn Cooke (Richard Stark’s Parker); John Gallagher (Buzzboy); Cully Hamner (Convergence: The Question); Dean Haspiel (The Fox); Jaime Hernandez (Love and Rockets); Klaus Janson (Superman); Dave Johnson (Inhumans: Attilan Rising); JG Jones (Strange Fruit); Denis Kitchen (The Best of Comix Book: When Marvel Went Underground); Barry Kitson (Empire: Uprising); Seth Kushner (Schmuck); Mark Mariano (The Other Side of Hugless Hill); Ron Marz (Convergence: Batman and Robin); Terry Moore (Rachel Rising); Tom Palmer (The Avengers); Jimmy Palmiotti (The Con Job); David Peterson (Mouse Guard); Ron Randall (Convergence: Catwoman); Budd Root (Cavewoman); Don Rosa (Donald Duck); Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo); Matteo Scalera (Black Science); Bart Sears (Bloodshot); Louise Simonson (Convergence: Superman – The Man of Steel); Walter Simonson (Convergence: Superman – The Man of Steel); Andy Smith (Earth 2); Charles Soule (Uncanny Inhumans); Ben Templesmith (Gotham by Midnight); Frank Tieri (Suicide Squad); John Totleben (Swamp Thing); Rick Veitch (Saga of the Swamp Thing); Mark Waid (Daredevil); and Thom Zahler (My Little Pony: Friends Forever).
In the coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found on our website, Twitter, and Facebook pages.
The folks at Con*Quest Adventure Journal were kind enough to reach out to us and offer a sample of their product to review, and we jumped at the chance to check out their product.
The Con*Quest Adventure Journal allows you to pack a whole lot of convention-related stuff in one convenient binder. I love the spot for the Sharpie on the side (and it comes with that, too!).
There’s a page for artwork.
Cosplayer info or photos…
Meet up with somebody and need a place for his or her info? There’s a page for that, too.
Hear something funny at a panel? Jot it down.
I thought the Vendor Quest page was a particularly good idea. See something you like at a booth but want to work the room first? Here’s a place to make a note of the booth number, location on the floor show, etc.
I think the Con*Quest Adventure Journal is a clever idea (I wish we had thought of it!). The graphics strike me as a bit kid-oriented so I’m not sure I would pick up one for myself of this version, but I could definitely see getting copies if you are taking your kids with you to conventions.
In addition to the regular edition, they also do convention-variants so be sure to check out where they are going to be setting up next (they just reached a license agreement to produce a Gen Con branded edition!).
The journal itself starts at $35, but you can get an edition with a custom tote for $40.
But hey…the Con*Quest Adventure Journal folks were kind enough to not only give us a copy to review…but also a copy to share with one lucky fan!
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Well hello, what have we here? Actor Billy Dee Williams will be appearing at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim next month. The actor who portrayed Lando Calrissian in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi will be greeting fans and signing autographs in the Celebration Autograph Hall presented by Official Pix, and is also scheduled for the Celebration stage with host James Arnold Taylor.
Hollywood icon Billy Dee Williams was an exceptional addition to the cast of heroes in the Star Wars universe, backed by his powerful performance opposite Diana Ross in the films Mahogany and Lady Sings the Blues. Appearing in both Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, Williams brought the iconic character Lando Calrissian to life on the big screen.
Williams’ career includes roles in the films Undercover Brother, Nighthawks, Bingo Long, Batman, and Bryan’s Song. He’s been nominated for the Emmy and Independent Spirit Awards, and been presented the TV Land and Image Awards for his performances. In the world of television Williams has appeared on Dynasty, Lost, NCIS, Night Shift, and GLEE to name just a few. He has voiced Lando Calrissian in video games, television specials, and in Star Wars: Rebels.
An accomplished artist and author, Williams has been nominated for a Guggenheim Award and won an Hallgarten Award, an honor in the art world.
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:
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.
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.
Jake Lloyd, best known as Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, appears at Big WOW! ComicFest 2015 to meet fans and sign autographs!
Guests include: Brent Anderson, Sanya Anwar, Stephen Bissette, Mark Bode, Nick Bradshaw, Tim Bradstreet, Dan Brereton, Danny Bulanadi, Frank Cho, Frank Cirocco, Lela Dowling, Tom Felton, Stephen E. Gordon, Adi Granov, Mick Gray, Rich Koslowski, Jake Lloyd, Ron Lim, Toshio Maeda, Steve Mannion, Chris Marrinan, Bill Morrison, Darick Robertson, Tone Rodriguez, Don Rosa, Stuart Sayger, Liam Sharp, Scott Shaw, Bill Sienkiewicz, John Totleben, Herb Trimpe, Rick Veitch, Tim Vigil, Ben Wolstenholme, Thomas Yeates, and more to be announced.
Superstar writer Brian K. Vaughan, co-creator of Saga, Ex Machina, Runaways, and Y: The Last Man, appears at Aw Yeah Comics for a signing on Saturday April 11, 2015 from 2:00 – 5:00 PM! In addition to his work in comics Vaughan has written for television programs including Lost and Under the Dome.
Aw Yeah Comics
111 E. Adams Street, Muncie, IN 47305