Wizard Adds Horror Film Killer Short Competition to 2010 Events

Press Release:

HORROR OF HORRORS! FILM COMPETITION TO JOIN WIZARD WORLD COMIC CON TOUR BEGINNING IN ANAHEIM

NEW YORK and ANAHEIM, Calif., March 15, 2010 – From Frankenstein to Halloween to Saw, horror films have been a staple for moviegoers for generations. Now, fans attending Wizard Comic Con events in 2010, beginning next month in Anaheim, Calif., can take part in The NYC Horror Film Festival’s Killer Short Sudden Death Competition, in which short filmmakers will have their work viewed by a live audience and voted into the NYC Horror Film Festival program later this year. Comic Con audiences will have the opportunity to select one winner at each of six 2010 Wizard Conventions – Anaheim (April 16-18), Philadelphia (June 11-13), Chicago (August 19-22), Philadelphia (June 11-13), New England (Oct. 1-3), New York (October 7-10) and New Jersey (Oct. 15-17) – that will become part of the 2010 NYC Horror Film NYC Festival program later this year.

The competition is part of the “Horror Pavilion,” to be featured at Comic Con shows beginning at Anaheim. Aspiring filmmakers are invited to submit their work for consideration at each show.

“The addition of the Film Competition to the Wizard Comic Con series gives attendees who love horror an early look at some new works from talented filmmakers, and the chance to choose which they like best,” said Gareb Shamus, Wizard Entertainment CEO. “We are always trying to bring unique programming to the Series and, combined with the Horror Pavilion, the offerings in this area are even greater.”

NYC Horror Film Festival’s The Killer Short Sudden Death Competition is the ultimate horror and sci-fi short film series where the audience selects the winners. The brain child of Mauceri and Michael J. Hein, festival director of the NYC Horror Film Festival, The Killer Short Sudden Death Competition was first held at the Monster Mania convention, August 2009. The audience winner was a short from the Dublin-based company First Quarter Films, Wheels of Death, directed by Edward & Rob Kennedy. Coming together swiftly in order to meet the approaching convention deadline, the organizers were stunned by the over 40 submissions and an audience in excess of 150 attendees.

In six major cities, the competition offers filmmakers a unique opportunity to have their short films screened and voted on by hundreds of fans, and a chance to win a coveted programming slot at the 2010 NYC Horror Film Festival’s Killer Short Sudden Death Competition. Submissions will be accepted on the following schedule:

Wizard Anaheim Comic Con. April 16-18, 2010:
Via the mail beginning February 15, 2010 and post marked no later than April 5, 2010
On site beginning April 16, 2010, until 2:00 pm Saturday, April 17, 2010.

Wizard Philadelphia Comic Con. June 11-13, 2010:
Via the mail beginning April 9, 2010 and post marked no later than May 28, 2010
On site beginning June 11, 2010, until 2:00 pm Saturday, June 12, 2010.

Wizard Chicago Comic Con Aug. 19-22, 2010:
Via the mail beginning June 14, 2010, and post marked no later than Aug. 2, 2010
On site beginning Aug. 19, 2010, until 2:00 pm Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010.

New England Wizard World Oct. 1-3, 2010:
Via the mail beginning Aug. 30, 2010, and post marked no later than Sept. 24, 2010
On site beginning Oct. 1, 2010, until 2:00 pm Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010

Big Apple/Wizard Comic Con October 7-10, 2010:
Via the mail beginning August 4, 2010, and post marked no later than Sept. 29, 2010
On site beginning Oct. 7, 2010, until 2:00 pm Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010.

Wizard New Jersey Comic Con October 15-17, 2010:
Via the mail beginning August 11, 2010, and post marked no later than Oct. 06, 2010
On site beginning Oct. 15, 2010, until 2:00 pm Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010.

For information on submitting to the Killer Short Sudden Death Competition, please contact Michael J. Hein at (201) 666-6729 or NYCHorrorFest@aol.com, or Joseph B. Mauceri at (917) 604-4878 or jmauceri@fearsmag.com.

Anaheim Comic Con brings together fans of comics, toys, collectibles and offers a chance to see actors, writers, artists and the best each industry has to offer.

For more Anaheim Comic Con guest and programming updates, check out our fan page ANAHEIM COMIC CON on Facebook.

Save up to 15 percent off the price of tickets by ordering your tickets in advance. Tickets are priced higher at the door.

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

Wizard World Comic Con Tour:
March 26-28, 2010, Toronto Comic Con, Direct Energy Centre
April 16-18, 2010, Anaheim Comic Con, Anaheim Convention Center
June 11-13, 2010, Philadelphia Comic Con, Pennsylvania Convention Center
August 19-22, 2010, Chicago Comic Con, Donald E. Stephens (Rosemont) Convention Center
October 1-3, 2010, New England Comic Con, John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center
October 7-10, 2010, Big Apple Comic Con, Pier 94
October 15-17, 2010, New Jersey Comic Con, New Jersey Convention and Expo Center
November 12-14, 2010, Austin Comic Con, Austin Convention Center
December 3-5, 2010, Atlanta Comic Con, Cobb Galleria Centre
Cincinnati Comic Con, TBD
Cleveland Comic Con, TBD
Nashville Comic Con, TBD

Chicago Comic Con Tickets On Sale

Tickets are now on sale for Wizard World’s largest and longest running Comic Con with Special Guests William Shatner, Adam West and Julie Newmar at www.wizardworld.ticketleap.com/chicago

Join tens of thousands of fans as they converge at Chicago Comic Con 2010 Wizard World Convention to celebrate the best in pop culture. Chicago Comic Con brings it all – Movies, Comics, Toys, Video Gaming, Games, TV, Anime, Manga, Horror, Wrestling, MMA, Original Art, Collectibles & More! Chicago Comic Con is brought to you by the group who produces the most widely attended Comic Con tour!

Special Guests William Shatner, Adam West and Julie Newmar will meet fans and sign autographs at Chicago Comic Con.

Chicago Comic Con runs Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, August19-22, 2010 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

Show Hours:
Thursday, August 19, 2010 – 5 pm – 9pm
Friday, August 20, 2010 – 12 NOON – 8pm
Saturday, August 21, 2010 – 10am – 7pm
Sunday, August 22, 2010 – 10am – 5pm

Tickets Details:
• All Tickets Gain Entry to Chicago Comic Con 2010 Wizard World Convention & Video Game Expo
• The only way to attend the show on Thursday evening is to purchase a Premier Weekend Ticket! All Advance Ticket Holders get in FIRST all weekend long.
• Important: Bring your printed out e-tickets to the event to gain admittance.
• Save $5 by ordering your ticket in advance.
• Tickets are non-refundable.
• Children 10 and under get in FREE when accompanied by a paid adult
• Credit card will be charged at time of purchase.
• All tickets have a convenience charge at checkout.
• Autograph fees may be required for some guests.
Go here for details about the special Magazine Subscription offer with Bonus Free Ticket to Chicago Comic Con: http://www.wizardworld.com/frtitochcoco.html

Wizard Announces New Dates for Chicago Comic Con 2010

Wizard Announces New Dates for Chicago Comic Con 2010

Moved to August 19-22, 2010 (Thursday-Sunday)
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
5555 N. River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018

New York, NY (December 3, 2009) – Gareb Shamus, CEO of Wizard Entertainment, has made the decision to move Chicago’s largest and longest running Comic Con, to the following week, August 19-22, 2010 due to the recent announcement of Star Wars Celebration.

Wizard World Chicago Comic Con“We respect our 20 year relationship with LucasFilms and everything Star Wars has meant to the fan community. In deference to our attendees, guests and friends at Lucas, we are changing dates. We are all fans of the Star Wars films, and this slight change enables us to bring the type of presence the fans would expect at our annual Comic Con,” Shamus says.

This move enables everyone who comes to Chicago to still get a taste of one of their favorite franchises.

Tickets will start at $25 and will be on sale soon.

About Gareb Shamus:
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 also produces a North American Comic Con tour.

Wizard World Comic Con Tour:
Toronto Comic Con, Direct Energy Centre, March 26-28, 2010
Anaheim Comic Con, Anaheim Convention Center, April 16-18, 2010
Philadelphia Comic Con, Philadelphia Convention Center June 11-13, 2010
Chicago Comic Con, Donald E. Stephens (Rosemont) Convention Center, August 19-22, 2010
Big Apple Comic Con, Pier 94, October 7-10, 2010
New England Comic Con, TBD

Hero Initiative and Wizard World to Partner in 2010

November 20, 2009 by  
Filed under Canada, Comic Books, Convention News, Illinois

THE HERO INITIATIVE USES WIZARD WORLD COMIC CON TO INCREASE INDUSTRY SUPPORT

The Hero Initiative will be on site for Toronto Comic Con & Chicago Comic Con
New York, NY (November 19, 2009) – The Hero Initiative and Wizard World Comic Con will partner in 2010 to maximize the reach to fans for this important comic industry charity organization, Gareb Shamus, CEO of New York-based Wizard Entertainment and producer of Wizard World Comic Con tour, announces today.

“It’s important to support The Hero Initiative since they support so many of the folks in our industry. Without this industry support many artists wouldn’t be able to keep producing the wonderful work we love,” said Shamus.

The Hero Initiative will have a booth at Toronto Comic Con and Chicago Comic Con in 2010 to raise awareness among fans of the importance of their continued industry support. They will also invite special comic book guests to sign at their booth to help increase donations for the organization and art auctions will be part of convention programming with proceeds going to The Hero Initiative.

“Being on location at Wizard World Comic Con events helps us reach many fans when they are in a place to understand their role in the industry, and how if you love something, you have the power and the obligation to support it, like our organization does,” said Christina Zietsma, Associate Development Director at The Hero Initiative. “Partnering with Wizard World on a larger scale, outside of only the convention appearances, is strategic move by the organization to maximize awareness and impact for The Hero Initiative.”

More programming and special guest details for The Hero Initiative at Wizard World Comic Con events will be announced soon.

The Hero Initiative is also selling tickets for all Wizard World 2010 Comic Con events with part of the proceeds going back to the charity. Go to www.heroinitiative.org to buy your tickets now for Toronto Comic Con, Anaheim Comic Con and Philadelphia Comic Con. More events will be added as they go on sale.

For more information on the Wizard World Comic Con tour, including show dates, locations and guests go to www.wizardworld.com
About 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. Since inception, the Hero Initiative has been fortunate enough to benefit over 40 creators and their families with over $400,000 worth of much-needed aid, fueled by fan contributions. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

About Gareb Shamus:
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 also produces a North American Comic Con tour.
Toronto Comic Con, Direct Energy Centre, March 26-28, 2010
Anaheim Comic Con, Anaheim Convention Center, April 16-18, 2010
Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con, Philadelphia Convention Center June 11-13, 2010
Chicago Comic Con, Donald E. Stephens (Rosemont) Convention Center, August 12-15, 2010
Big Apple Comic Con, Pier 94, October 7-10, 2010

Chicago Comic Con (August 2010)

October 27, 2009 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention Profiles, Illinois

Chicago ComiCon report via CBR

August 10, 2009 by  
Filed under Con Reports and Photos

There may be something to say about my not being excited to get there, but really it was mostly me waking up a little late and taking my sweet time getting ready.

Follow the link…

Pick Your Side for Blackest Night at the Chicago Comic-Con

August 7, 2009 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Illinois

Green Lantern Brings Rage to Fan Fashion at Wizard World

Online mega-retailer StylinOnline.com will debut eight exclusive Green Lantern t-shirt designs August 6 at Chicago Comic-Con at booths 2210 and 2346. Each design of the closely guarded Green Lantern Corps is based on the DC Comics miniseries. Titled “Blackest Night”, each design references different color and emotional spectrums depicted in the comic, including rage, avarice, fear, will, hope, compassion, love and death.

Chicago, IL – August 6, 2009 — Green Lantern fans at Chicago Comic-con are expecting their hero’s comics books, his comic movies, his comic action figures and now, thanks to one of the biggest t-shirt retailers, are expecting comic t-shirts.

Online mega-retailer StylinOnline.com will debut eight exclusive Green Lantern t-shirt designs August 6 at Chicago Comic-Con at booths 2210 and 2346. Each design of the closely guarded Green Lantern Corps is based on the DC Comics miniseries. Titled “Blackest Night”, each design references different color and emotional spectrums depicted in the comic, including rage, avarice, fear, will, hope, compassion, love and death.

James Stylin, President of StylinOnline.com is very excited for the upcoming event. “Chicago Comic-Con is arguably the second biggest comic book convention out there. For the last three years we’ve seen the show grow, as well as our fan base. We’re excited to share the Green Lantern series with Chicago fans, even though we only have a limited number of these shirts. It’s what’s making comic shirts as rare as special or limited comic issues.”

Select shirts designs will be released prior to the show starting Tuesday, August 4 with other show exclusives at http://www.wizardworld.com/exclusives-ch.html. All of the t-shirts will be available at retail booths on-site, as well as online at www.StylinOnline.com.

About StylinOnline.com:
Based in Michigan, StylinOnline.com is one of the largest retailers of licensed comic books, movie, TV, video game, music and pop culture t-shirts, sweatshirts, belt buckles and pop culture apparel for men, women, teens, juniors, and kids.

Marvel Reviewing Portfolios at Chicago Comic-Con

August 4, 2009 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Illinois

Marvel Entertainment, Inc., one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies with a library of over 5,000 proprietary characters, will be reviewing portfolios of artists, inkers, and colorists for potential future work at the House of Ideas.

All creators interested in having their portfolio reviewed should bring copies of their artwork (no originals) to the Wizard Booth, #1134, by 7 pm on Saturday. After reviewing all samples at the end of each day, we will display a list of creators at the Wizard Booth on Saturday morning, August 8th and Sunday morning August 9th that includes the names and corresponding times of those people we are interested in meeting with.

Depending upon your area of expertise, you should be prepared to leave behind the following at the Marvel Booth for pre-screening review.

Pencilers should be prepared to drop off at least 5 pages of sequential art as well as examples of cover illustrations.

Inkers‘ portfolio samples should contain examples of their work over at least three different pencilers.

Colorists should provide samples that effectively display their different techniques and coloring abilities on various types of pieces.

Samples will not be returned.

Source: Wizard

Catch the Scent of Sachs and Violens at the Chicago Comic-Con

August 1, 2009 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Illinois

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab releases limited edition scents based on Peter David and George Pérez’s “Sachs and Violens” Comic Book Series

JULY 31, 2009 Los Angeles, Ca.- Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab (BPAL) is proud to present limited edition scents based on the groundbreaking comic book series Sachs and Violens, written by Peter David with art by George Pérez. The series is currently available in graphic novel form from DC Comics.

Sachs & Violens Perfume Oil

Sachs & Violens Perfume Oil

These two scents, based on characters J.J. Sachs and Ernie “Violens” Schulz, will debut at the Chicago Comic-Con, August 6-9, at the Hero Initiative booth. They will be available concurrently at www.blackphoenixalchemylab.com.

Proceeds from every bottle sold go to the Hero Initiative, the first federally recognized not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping comic book writers and artists in need. The 501(c)(3) charity aims to assist comic creators with health, medical, and quality-of-life assistance.

George Pérez will be on hand at the Chicago Comic-Con, and is one of the most popular and influential comic book artists currently working. He is best known for his work on Crisis on Infinite Earths, New Teen Titans, Wonder Woman, and Avengers.

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab is a cult perfume house that crafts hand-blended body and household scents. They have over two decades of experience in the field, and specialize in eliciting emotional responses through perfume while creating unique scent environments that capture legends and folklore, poetry, and the stuff of dreams and nightmares.

A special kickoff party with a speed dating theme will be held Thursday night, August 6, to launch the perfume oils. For a mere $35, participants will get either Sachs or Violens perfume oil (a $25 value!), a velveteen bag, a postcard with exclusive George Pérez art, and one complimentary drink, along with the chance to meet 20 like-minded fans in a fun speed-dating event. Tickets are available at: http://qurls.com?i=47916

“My career has taken me to some amazing places, but I’ve never had a scent based on characters I’ve had a hand in creating, nor have I ever played host to a massive speed dating party,” said George Pérez. “I’m looking forward to both. It should be a great weekend in Chicago!”

Chicago Comic-Con will be held August 6 – 9th, 2009 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemount, IL. The Hero Initiative can be found at booth #1340-#1342. For more information, please go to: http://www.wizardworld.com/home-ch.html

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 $400,000 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.

Chicago Comic-Con Presents Celebrity Guests

CHICAGO COMIC-CON RETURNS AUGUST 6-9

Rosemont’s Donald E. Stephens Convention Center to Host Annual Comic-Con, Video Game Expo and Pop Culture Event

Tickets on Sale Now

July 27, 2009 – Chicago Comic-Con returns from August 6-9 with a lineup guaranteed to impress pop culture fans everywhere.

“This year’s lineup of talent is by far our largest and we have brought out guests for people of all ages,” said Wizard CEO Gareb Shamus. “We listened to our fans who told us exactly what they wanted, and we feel this is what we are giving them. Over 600 guests in all, an incredible number.”

This year’s show includes a host of celebrity guests including “Twilight” stars Cameron Bright, Alex Meraz, & Christopher Heyerdahl, Academy Award Nominee Edward James Olmos, the “Stand & Deliver” and “Battlestar Galactica” star, the stunning Michelle Rodriguez from “The Fast and the Furious,” Ray Park, Snake Eyes, in the new G.I. Joe film (also Darth Maul from Star Wars), UFC former Heavyweight Champion Andrei “the Pitbull” Arlovski, “Hellboy II” and “Blade 2″ star Luke Goss; “Baywatch” actress Donna D’Errico; “Star Wars” actor Billy Dee Williams; “The Incredible Hulk,” Lou Ferrigno, and “Ghostbusters” star Ernie Hudson.

Also scheduled to appear are actresses Margot Kidder, pop star Taylor Dayne and “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer” star Emma Caulfield.

The convention features selections from every corner of the pop-culture world, including movies, TV, toys, comics, video games, anime, manga, sci-fi, horror, WWE, MMA and other forms of entertainment – along with video game tournaments and costume contests.

All fans attending the show are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite character, with an opportunity to win thousands of dollars in cash and prizes. Top entries also will reach millions of fans via Wizard Magazine, wizarduniverse.com and wizardworld.com as well as other fan web sites.

The convention opens with a special preview night beginning at 4 p.m. on Thursday, August 6, and continues through the weekend of August 7-9, beginning each day at 10 a.m. (9 a.m. for Advance Ticket Buyers.) Tickets are on sale now at www.wizardworld.com or call 877-402-3748 for single day tickets, weekend passes and VIP packages. Tickets start at $25.

About Us:
Gareb Shamus founded Wizard Entertainment in 1991. Today, Wizard Entertainment publishes consumer magazines Wizard, ToyFare and FunFare, and numerous books about today’s top talent, comic books and toys. Gareb produces Chicago Comic-Con at the Rosemont Convention center, August 6-9, 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 at the Philadelphia Convention Center June 11-13, 2010 and Toronto Comic-Con, dates TBD.

« Previous PageNext Page »