SHAMUS’ BIG APPLE COMIC CON BREAKS BUILDING ATTENDANCE RECORD, DRAWS WORLDWIDE MEDIA ATTENTION AND SETS THE STAGE FOR 2010’S LARGEST NORTH AMERICAN COMIC CON EVENT SERIES
Fans Flocked in Droves to Pier 94 For New York City’s Largest Pop Culture Event of 2009, to Meet Celebrities, Sample Brands, Get Exclusive News and See the Latest Comic Books, Toys, Movies, Television, Sports, and Video Games
(New York, October 19, 2009) – Gareb Shamus, CEO of Wizard Entertainment, and owner of Big Apple Comic Con, the tri-state area’s largest pop culture festival, today announced this past weekend’s convention broke the event attendance record for Pier 94 in New York, putting a cap on a year of great growth. This sets the stage for a very strong 2010, which currently features events in five cities, including Toronto, Anaheim, Philadelphia, Chicago and the Big Apple.
“The hyper-growth of Big Apple Comic Con’s turnout, in fans, media and celebrities, is a testament to the brand we have been cultivating for the past twenty years. Our Comic Cons consistently provide compelling events for the entire family,” said Shamus.
Over 600 media outlets from countries ranging from all over North America to the UK, Germany, South America and even Russia attended or covered the three days, as well as many major domestic television, print and radio outlets, including People magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Crains, AOL, National Public Radio, CBS, ABC, NBC, AP, Reuters, Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood, Variety and more.
The weekend featured over 500 exhibitors of brands ranging from Nintendo, Hasbro, LEGO, Warner Bros. and THQ displaying new products and conducting competitions and contests. More than 250 entertainment and sports celebrities…including William Shatner, Adam West, Linda Hamilton, Ric Flair, Pete Rose and Doc Gooden…from hit movies and TV shows like Batman, Star Wars, The Sopranos, X-Men, The Dukes of Hazzard and The Terminator were on hand, along with stars from current hit shows like Battlestar Galactica, American Idol, Survivor, Dollhouse, Warehouse 13, The Real Housewives of New Jersey and Smallville. The stars signed autographs, posed for photos, conducted seminars and met with fans, while hundreds of comic book illustrators and vendors also sold and signed original art and comic books. The weekend also featured a full evening lineup, with performances by Grammy Award-winning artists Naughty By Nature (Friday night) and Taylor Dayne (Saturday night).
The full slate of weekend activities as well as photos and links to media coverage can be found at www.wizardworld.com.
About Wizard Entertainment
Gareb Shamus founded Wizard Entertainment in 1991. Today, Wizard Entertainment publishes consumer magazines Wizard, ToyFare, FunFare, and numerous books about pop-culture’s top talent, comic books and toys. Gareb produces Big Apple Comic Con at Pier 94, Toronto Comic Con at the Direct Energy Centre, March 26-28, 2010; Anaheim Comic Con at the Anaheim Convention Center, April 16-18, 2010; Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con at the Philadelphia Convention Center June 11-13, 2010; Chicago Comic Con at the Donald E. Stephens (Rosemont) Convention Center, August 12-15, 2010; and Big Apple Comic Con at Pier 94, October 7-10, 2010.
Disclosure: Big Apple Comic Con was an advertiser with Convention Scene.
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Texeira Adds Bite to Big Apple!
New York–This weekend, Pier 92 in Manhattan is going to be jam-packed with comics, gaming and animation fans, as the Big Apple Convention celebrates the merging with Wizard Entertainment and AND a new location. Artist Mark Texeira will be on hand to add some bite to the event, and celebrate his own first–the release of his new art book from Vanguard Productions!
Currently working on a much anticipated Punisher mini-series from Marvel, fine art painter and illustrator, Texeira is known for his work on “Ghost Rider,” “Moonknight,” “Black Panther,” “Hercules,” “Jonah Hex,” and far too many books to mention here. Mixed in with his love of sequential art, Mark’s old world style meshed with pop art has graced cover after cover for Marvel, DC Comics, Dark Horse, Dynamite Entertainment, Def Jam Records, and again, for too many clients to mention here.
That’s why Vanguard Productions has just released a definitive art book on the man to chronicle this amazing career and keep us all up to date! Entitled “Tex: The Art of Mark Texeira…The Artist’s Great Escape,” the lush 128 book is available in hardcover, softcover and a limited run of deluxe hardcovers (featuring 16 additional pages and slipcase). The book, authored by Renee Witterstaetter (with research by Patricia Snodgrass and Robin Dale), also features a partial bibliography of Mark’s work, to aid all those collectors out there shouting for more information.
Look for more Mark’s new book both at the Renee Witterstaetter/Eva Ink table next to Mark in artist alley and at the Vanguard Productions booth. In addition to this tome, Mark will also have prints and his new softcover sketchbook, “Babes and Brawn,” available while supplies last, while also doing commissions and signing at the event.
Eva Ink and Woodcrest Productions are also proud donors for charity auctions sponsored by Wizard/Big Apple this next weekend at their two parties scheduled to liven up Pier 92 even more!
Friday night will feature a performance by Naughty By Nature!
The Saturday Night party will feature a performance by Taylor Dayne! A live band, comedy show, costume contest, silent auction, and a charity auction on stage will also highlight the Saturday night event!
The Charities being featured are Comix 4 Sight–benefiting comics writer John Ostrander and his fight against Glaucoma, Snowball Express–which is the charity for the children of our fallen military heroes. (It started in 2006 with a simple idea: Provide hope and new memories to the children of our fallen military heroes who died while on active duty since September 11, 2001), and MoCCA–devoted to the preservation, study and display of comic and cartoon art.
Other creators joining Mark Texeira at the Big Apple show include actors and artists such as: Thomas Jane, William Shatner, Joe Simon, Kate Mulgrew, Jim Lee, Jim Seranko, Joe Kubert, Adam Kubert, Andy Kubert, Neal Adams, Yogi Berra, Adam Hughes, Jim Cheung, Herb Trimpe, Billy Tucci, Alex Saviuk, Jim Salicrup, James O’Barr, Mike McKone, Alex Maleev, Leo Liebelman, and many more!
For more information on the show and the charity events, contact www.wizarduniverse.com
For more information on artists Mark Texeira and Leo Liebelman and to inquire about commissions, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Wizard Entertainment is proud to announce that the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) will be providing children’s programming at the Big Apple Comic Con!
On Sunday, Oct 18, MoCCA will host two one hour seminars for children age 8-13 to entertain and to educate the next generation of comic fans about the wonders of the comic medium. Children and their parents are encouraged to attend together to share a unique experience, only at the Big Apple Comic Con!
Additionally, MoCCA will also be joining the impressive line up of exhibitors at the show all weekend long!
On Friday Boilerplate authors/artists Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett will be signing their book at the MoCCA booth.
On Saturday night at our After Party Big Apple Comic Con is holding a Silent Charity Auction. The Auction will benefit various charities, including Snowball Express, MoCCA and many others. Click HERE for additional Silent Auction rules and details.
On Sunday, have Alex Simmons and Arie Kaplan from Archie Comics will be signing at the MoCCA booth.
Here are just a few of the items that will be up for auction on Saturday Night:
Alex Meraz Signed Quad 8×10 Photo
Alex Meraz Signed 8×10 Headshot
Ray Park Signed Darth Maul 8×10 Photo
Ray Park Signed Snake Eyes 8×10 Art
Ray Park Signed Snake Eyes 8×10 Photo
Ray Park Signed Darth Maul 8×10 Headshot
Ray Park Signed GI Joe Movie Poster
Ray Park Signed GI Joe Video Game Poster
Doug Jones Signed Abe Sapien 8×10 Photo
Michelle Rodriguez Signed Chicago Comic Con Exclusive Photo #55/75
Rhona Mitra Signed Chicago Comic Con Exclusive Photo #1/75
Cameron Bright Singed Chicago Comic Con Exclusive Photo #1/200
Cameron Bright/Christopher Heyerdahl/Alex Meraz Signed 11×17 Poster
The Amazing Spider-Man #583 (Obama Cover) – 3rd Printing Variant – CGC 9.8
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Big Apple Comic Con returns October 16-18, 2009 at Pier 94 in New York City.
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OVER 500 EXHIBITORS AND MORE THAN 250 CELEBRITIES AND RECORD CROWDS EXPECTED FOR BIG APPLE COMIC CON THIS COMING WEEKEND, OCTOBER 16 – OCTOBER 18 AT PIER 94 (55th Street & 12th Avenue) IN NEW YORK CITY
Cast Members of the Twilight Saga: New Moon, Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica; Pop Icons William Shatner, Adam West, Billy Dee Williams, and Linda Hamilton; Sports Stars Yogi Berra, Ric Flair, Joe Frazier, Pete Rose and Dwight Gooden all participating in the New York City area’s largest consumer pop culture event of 2009
(THE BIG APPLE, October 12, 2009) Over 500 exhibitors from toys and video games to action figures, sports and entertainment will converge on Pier 94 this coming weekend for Big Apple Comic Con, the tri-state area’s largest pop culture festival.
“Whether you are a fan of comic books, movies, television, toys, video games, sports, music or more, there is something here for everyone. This is an affordable weekend of fun for the whole family,” said Big Apple Comic Con Producer Gareb Shamus.
Brands ranging from Hasbro and LEGO to Nintendo, Warner Bros. and THQ are on hand displaying new products and conducting competitions and contests. Additionally, over 250 celebrities from hit movies and TV shows like Batman, Star Wars, The Sopranos, X-Men, The Dukes of Hazzard and The Terminator are on hand along with stars from current hit shows like Battlestar Galactica, American Idol, Survivor, Dollhouse, Warehouse 13, The Real Housewives of New Jersey and Smallville to speak with fans, conduct seminars and sign autographs. Hundreds of comic book illustrators and vendors are also appearing live, and there will be a Halloween costume contest for participants of all ages.
It is anticipated that tens of thousands of people will attend the three day event, which opens Friday at noon and will run until Sunday at five. There are also a number of after hours VIP events featuring movie screenings, meet and greets, as well as musical performances by Grammy Award Winning artists Naughty By Nature (Friday night) and Taylor Dayne (Saturday night).
WHAT: BIG APPLE COMIC CON
WHEN: October 16-18, 2009, FRI-SAT-SUN
WHERE: PIER 94 MANHATTAN (711 12 th Avenue @ 55th Street)
Tickets are on sale now at www.wizardworld.ticketleap.com/bigapple and by phone at 1-877-402-3751. One day Friday and Sunday tickets are being sold in advance for $25 and 3-day passes are available for $45. Get $5 off with code NYC (online only). Saturday tickets are $30. Kids 10 years old and younger are FREE with a paid adult ticket on Sunday only. For a full guest and vendor list and more information on the event go to www.wizardworld.com.
Friday, October 16: 12 noon – 8 pm
Saturday, October 17: 10 am – 7 pm
Sunday, October 18: 10 am – 5 pm
About Wizard Entertainment
Gareb Shamus founded Wizard Entertainment in 1991. Today, Wizard Entertainment publishes consumer magazines Wizard, ToyFare, FunFare, and numerous books about pop-culture’s top talent, comic books and toys. Gareb produces Big Apple Comic Con at Pier 94 October 16-18, 2009, Anaheim Comic Con at the Anaheim Convention Center, April 16-18, 2010, Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con at the Philadelphia Convention Center June 11-13, 2010, Chicago Comic Con at the Donald E. Stephens (Rosemont) Convention Center, August 12-15, 2010 and Toronto Comic Con, dates TBD.
Disclosure: Big Apple Comic Con is a current advertiser with Convention Scene.
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Wizard has released the schedule for signings, panels, and nighttime events for the Big Apple Comic Con.
Featured signers include Joe Quesada, Jim Lee, Adam Hughes, Carlos Pacheco, Kevin Maguire, J.M. Dematteis, Andy Kubert, Adam Kubert, Joe Kubert, Thomas Jane, Paul Cornell, Phil Jimenez, Dwight Gooden, Bruno Sammartino, Ric Flair, Yogi Berra, George “The Animal” Steele, and Pete Rose.
A PDF of the Floor Map is also available.
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One of the greatest X-MEN artists of all time is coming to the Big Apple Comic Con with THQ for Darksiders
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Joe Madureira got his start in comics with MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS, DEADPOOL and EXCALIBER. After a well received guest stint, Madureira went on to become the regular penciler of UNCANNY X-MEN. Madureira’s anime inspired artwork led the title to new heights of popularity. Madureira also illustrated four issues of ASTONISHING X-MEN during the classic AGE OF APOCALYPSE storyline.
After a three year stint on UNCANNY X-MEN, Madureira left Marvel to work on his creator owned title, BATTLE CHASERS; which Madureira wrote and drew for Wildstorm Comics’ creator-owned Cliffhanger imprint.
Following BATTLE CHASERS, Madureira took a long sabbatical from comics to work in the video game industry. In 2008, Madureira returned to comics as the artist on THE ULTIMATES 3 with writer Jeph Loeb.
Currently, Madureira is the creative director of Vigil Games’ DARKSIDERS, which will be released on Xbox 360 and PS3 in early 2010.
Joe Madureira is making a rare convention appearance at the Big Apple Comic Con October 16-18, 2009 to greet fans and sign autographs. Don’t miss your chance to meet this legendary comic artist!
Big Apple Comic Con returns October 16-18, 2009 at Pier 94 in New York city.
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STEVEN SPIELBERG FIGURES INTO BIG APPLE COMIC CON
Madame Tussauds New York Partners with Big Apple Comic Con to Display Steven Spielberg Wax Figure on the Show Floor
Big Apple Comic Con
October 16-18, 2009
55th Street @ 12th Avenue
New York, NY 10019
New York, NY (Sept. 21, 2009) – Pop culture fans can take a photo with Steven Spielberg at Big Apple Comic Con; or at least with his museum-quality wax likeness. The Stephen Spielberg figure will be provided by Madame Tussauds New York for the entire day on Saturday, October 17, 2009 at Big Apple Comic Con.
“It’s exciting for a local landmark like Madame Tussauds New York to partner with us by bringing such an iconic pop culture figure to our event. I know the fans are going to get a kick out of posing with the creative force behind so many of their favorite films,” said Gareb Shamus, CEO of New York-based Wizard Entertainment and producer of Big Apple Comic Con.
The Steven Spielberg figure will be on display Saturday, October 17 at Big Apple Comic Con. Fans are encouraged to interact with the figure, just like at Madame Tussauds New York. There is no additional charge for snapping your photo with the Steven Spielberg display.
“Being on location at Big Apple Comic Con gives us a chance to bring a sample of the Madame Tussauds experience to fans that can appreciate not only the artistic talent of the piece, but also its interactive and entertaining value,” said Tom Kovacic, Promotions Manager, Madame Tussauds New York.
Big Apple Comic Con is the longest running comic book convention in New York. It is a major pop culture convention bringing fans the latest information on Hollywood, comics, toys, gaming, collectibles and connecting attendees with celebrity guests, artists and industry professionals. Willem Dafoe headlines this year’s celebrity guest list. Tickets are on sale now at 1-866-882-5860 or online at www.wizardworld.ticketleap.com/bigapple. Advance purchasers will save up to 15% on tickets. Tickets are $5 more at the door. All the event information with full guest list is available at www.wizardworld.com.
About Madame Tussauds New York:
Madame Tussauds New York is an interactive “must do” attraction that provides guests with unique opportunities to create memories with some of the world’s biggest icons. Recent additions include the replica Oval Office where guests can get up close and personal with President Barack Obama’s wax figure and put their feet up on the world’s most powerful desk, as well as Cinema 4D where visitors can experience the salty smell of ocean water or the tingle of snowflakes falling on their cheeks. Other recent wax additions include Carrie Underwood, Daniel Craig as James Bond, Eli Manning, Tyra Banks and Miley Cyrus. Prominently located in the heart of Times Square, Madame Tussauds New York is open 365 days a year at 10 a.m. Visit www.nycwax.com or call (800) 246-8872 for more information.
About Wizard Entertainment:
Gareb Shamus founded Wizard Entertainment in 1991. Today, Wizard Entertainment publishes consumer magazines Wizard, ToyFare and FunFare, and numerous books about pop-culture’s top talent, comic books and toys. Gareb produces Big Apple Comic Con at Pier 94 October 16-18, Anaheim Comic Con at the Anaheim Convention Center, April 16-18, 2010, Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con at the Philadelphia Convention Center June 11-13, 2010, Chicago Comic Con at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, August 12-15, 2010 and Toronto Comic Con, dates TBD.
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Big Apple Comic Con is proud to announce the following iconic sports figures are excited to be part of the celebrity Guest list.
Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra is widely regarded as one of the greatest catchers in baseball history. The majority of his career was spent with the New York Yankees. Berra set MLB records in numerous categories, and appeared in fourteen World Series on his way to ten championships. Berra had a long stint as the manager of the New York Mets, including the 1969 World Championship team; before returning to manage the Yankees. He has become one of the most beloved figures in sports and was named to Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1972.
Dwight Gooden was one of the most dominant and feared pitchers in the National League during the 1980s. His penchant for striking out opposing batters quickly earned him the nickname “Dr. K”, which was later shortened to “Doc.” For his extraordinary achievements, Gooden went on to become the youngest-ever recipient of the Cy Young Award. Gooden and the New York Mets won the World Championship in 1986, defeating the Boston Red Sox. Goodwin went on to sign with their cross-town rivals, The New York Yankees in 1996. Goodwin later retired after his second stint with the Yankees.
Pete Rose is best known for his 19 years with the Cincinnati Reds. Rose is the all-time Major League leader in hits, games played, at-bats and outs. He won three World Series rings, three batting titles, one Most Valuable Player Award, two Gold Gloves, the Rookie of the Year Award, and made 17 All-Star appearances at five different positions; a feat no other player has matched. Outside of Baseball, Rose is well known by wrestling fans for his recurring onscreen feud with the WWE’s Kane at the annual WRESTLEMANIA event.
One of the most beloved and iconic wrestlers will also be at Big Apple Comic Con. “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair has become widely regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers to ever enter the ring. Flair’s wrestling career began in the early 70’s, with stints in the AWA and later the NWA. Flair’s signature “Wooo!’ shout is regularly referenced in sports events even to this day, including Baseball, Basketball and Hockey games. Flair ended his active wrestling career with a long stint back in the WWE, where he faced modern wrestling superstars Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Randy Orton, Kurt Angle, Mick Foley and Chris Jericho.
New York City native and boxing legend Jake LaMotta, known as Raging Bull, rounds out the impressive list of sports icons scheduled to meet fans at Big Apple Comic Con. LaMotta, who compiled a record of 83 wins, 19 losses and four draws with 30 wins by way of knockout, was the first man to beat Sugar Ray Robinson, knocking him down in the first round. Robert De Niro later portrayed him in the film Raging Bill, based on LaMotta’s memoir.
Other sports guests include:
Andre Machado Gusmao
The Iron Sheik
The Million Dollar Man – Ted DiBiase
George “The Animal” Steele
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Big Apple Comic Con returns October 16-18, 2009 at Pier 94 in New York City.
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Willem Dafoe, who starred in the first Spider-Man films as the Green Goblin, is represented by Celebrity Authentics and will be making a rare convention appearance at Big Apple Comic-Con October 16-18 to sign autographs and greet fans.
Big Apple Comic-Con returns October 16-18, 2009 at Pier 94 in New York City.
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As an actor with over twenty years of experience, Ioan Gruffudd has had an amazing career with many memorable roles. Among comic book fans, he is best known as Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic in “The Fantastic Four” and its sequel “FantasticFour: Rise of the Silver Surfer.” Further cementing his geek credibility, Gruffudd also provided the voice of Mister Miracle in the DC animated series, “Justice League Unlimited.”
Outside of the comic book genre, Gruffudd has portrayed Lancelot in “King Arthur”, British slavery abolitionist William Wilberforce in “Amazing Grace” and Tony Blair in “W”.
However, he is perhaps most fondly remembered for his role as Horatio Hornblower in eight made-for-TV movies based upon C.S. Forester’s popular series of novels. Gruffudd has stated that he would “love to play this character till he perishes” and is reported to have sought the feature film rights to continue the Hornblower series.
Gruffudd will be appearing at the Big Apple Comic-Con October 16-18, 2009 to sign autographs and meet with fans. Don’t miss your chance to meet this world renowned actor!
Big Apple Comic-Con is held at Pier 94 at 55th Street & 12th Avene in New York City. It is a major pop culture convention bringing fans the latest information on comics, toys, collectibles and connecting attendees with celebrity guests, artists and industry professionals.
Source: Wizard World