The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to announce TCAF KIDS DAY 2015, which will see the addition of TCAF Featured Guests Matt Holm & Jenni Holm, and an exclusive promotional poster by Gurihiru!
Featuring some of the best and brightest kids-comic creators in the industry, TCAF KIDS DAY is a stand-alone event that takes place on Saturday, May 9th, from 10am to 4:30pm. It takes place just down the street from TCAF, about 10 minutes walk, at St. Paul’s on Bloor, 227 Bloor Street East. TCAF Kids Day is a great place to view large-format presentations by favourite TCAF Guests, and take part in crafts, activities, and storytimes, and purchase books from your favourite authors! Owlkids, Toronto Public Library, and Little Island Comics will be on hand all day to take part in the fun!
Welcoming Jenni Hom & Matt Holm!
We’re thrilled to announce that Jenni Holm & Matt Holm, the amazing sister & brother team behind the bestselling Babymouse and Squish book series’ will be returning to TCAF to kick off our day with their popular presentation! Jenni and Matt last visited TCAF in 2012, and they were just so awesome we had to have them back! Our thanks to Penguin Random House Canada for supporting their trip!
Their presentation will be followed throughout the day by a who’s who of great kid, tween, and teen creators, including Kean Soo (Jellaby), Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Drama, Sisters) and Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy), George O’Connor (Zeus: King of the Gods), and all the way from Japan, Gurihiru (Avatar: The Last Airbender comics).
TCAF Kids Day Schedule:
10am-4:30pm: Event opens! Drop-in crafts, projects, and presentations all day!
10:30am-11:30am: Jenni Holm & Matt Holm present: Get Graphic with Babymouse & Squish!
11:45am-12:45pm: Kean Soo presents: Making Comics with Kean!
1pm-2:15pm: Raina Telgemeier & Dave Roman present: Comics Dance Party!
2:30pm-3:15pm: George O’Connor presents: Getting Mythological!
3:30pm-4:15pm: Gurihiru will be drawing and chatting, live!
TCAF Kids Day Poster by Gurihiru!
We have a special treat for everyone too! The amazing creative team Gurihiru (two awesome ladies from Japan, working under one name) have produced a special poster celebrating TCAF Kids Day programming, and really everything that’s fantastic about comic books! We are seriously blown away by this image, and we thank Gurihiru for doing such an amazing job on it! This image will be printed as a poster and made available for purchase at TCAF and TCAF Kids Day.
Calling all Flintstones and WWE fans! The Flintstones and WWE have teamed up to bring you Stone Age Smackdown! We will award one lucky fan a Blu-ray+DVD Combo Pack.
About The Flintstones and WWE: Stone Age Smackdown
When Fred loses his family’s vacation money, he hatches one of his hair brained plans to get it back. It’s a sports entertainment spectacle that involves throwing his best bud, Barney into the wrestling ring with the likes of John Cenastone (John Cena), Rey Mysteriopal (Rey Mysterio) and even The Undertaker, with Fred himself as event promoter! The crowds roar, the “clams” are pouring in from ticket sales and even Mr. McMagma (Vince McMahon) is taking notice of all the hoopla. Including all-star appearances from The Boulder Twins (Brie and Nikki Bella) Marble Henry (Mark Henry) and Daniel Bry-Rock (Daniel Bryan), it’s time to get the whole family together for hard-hitting, side-splitting laughs from the most epic event in all of prehistory!
Own it on Blu-ray Combo, DVD and Digital HD 3/10
• Take the quiz to find out which Flintstones & WWE Stone Age Smackdown Star YOU are?
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• Watch the official trailer & click the box art to bring the film home today!
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Each household is only eligible to win One (1) The Flintstones and WWE: Stoneage Smackdown Blu-Ray Combo Pack via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Giveaway open to the U.S. and Canada. The prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS. No P.O. Boxes please. Warner Home Video supplied the prize and contest-related materials.
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.
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!
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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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.
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
Cartoonist Jeff Smith, creator of Bone, RASL, and Tuki Saves the Humans, appears at Laughing Ogre Comics on Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm! They will celebrate Bone’s 10th anniversary with Graphix! The store will be well stocked on all of Smith’s titles but feel free to bring in any of your own Jeff Smith books to be signed.
Laughing Ogre Comics
4258 N. High Street Columbus, OH 43214
Last Saturday night Gallery Nucleus opened a tribute exhibition of art to the Nickelodeon show Avatar: The Last Airbender and its spinoff The Legend of Korra. Hundreds of fans, many of whom cosplaying their favorite characters, waited for hours in eager anticipation with lines ultimately stretching around the building and down the block. Co-creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino were on hand to sign autographs for a limited number of attendees. The artwork on display included both early development art and original pieces created by Avatar/Korra production artists and fans selected for inclusion.
Nucleus owner Ben Zhu, a self-avowed fan of Korra, said he got in touch with Nickelodeon around the middle of the third season to start planning the art show. “Little did we know that we would be the main event post show and no other fans events were in the works,” said Zhu in an email, “So in that sense, we got lucky.” Avatar/Korra co-creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dimartino remarked that they already knew of Nucleus’s reputation when they were approached because of the animation exhibitions it had hosted in the past. “It worked out nicely,” said Konietzko, “Lots of the crew from both shows are here so it’s kind of a family reunion.”
When asked about the future of 2D animation, Konietzko said the industry is currently in something of a Golden Age in television with more people going to art school specifically to study animation. Pointing to the artists represented in the exhibition, he and DiMartino agreed that they represent the future and will be the ones creating their own shows in the years to come.
During the opening only the first people in the gallery were given wristbands to get signatures from Konietzko and DiMartino. But the many attending artists from each show, including Joaquim Dos Santos, Angela Song Mueller, Colin Heck, Johane Matte, Giancarlo Volpe, Emily Tetri, Kenji Ono, Elsa Garagarza, Will Ruzicka, and more, mingled with fans and very graciously signed art books and prints. Also voice actors PJ Byrne (Bolin), Seychelle Gabriel (Asami),Dee Bradley Baker (Tarrlok and every single animal) and his daughter Cora (young Korra) also made appearances to meet fans and snap selfies. All told, a reported 1,500 people showed up to indulge in their fandom. Ben Zhu said, “This event broke attendance records for us and is the most attended show in our gallery’s history just above the Final Fantasy X/X2 game release event and the Harry Potter Tribute Exhibition. We knew the event was going to be big but anticipated maybe 2/3 the actual attendance.”
When asked if the story of Korra will continue in comic form as Avatar: The Last Airbender has, DiMartino remained cryptic but said if anything were to continue it would be there. He spoke well of the creative team behind the Dark Horse title, writer Gene Luen Yang and artist team Gurihiru, saying they are so talented they need very little direction.
The artwork for the exhibition will remain on display till March 22. The closing event on Saturday March 21st will feature a Q&A panel with Konietzko and DiMartino but is most likely to be restricted to 100-150 people. Fans are encouraged to follow Gallery Nucleus on their Facebook page and Twitter to get the latest news.