CONtv Launches Original Series ‘Comic Book America with Mike Carbonaro’

July 23, 2015 by  
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CONtv Launches Original Series ‘Comic Book America with Mike Carbonaro’

Mini-Series Features Pop Culture Expert As He Seeks Out Collectibles Across The Globe; Four Episodes Now Available On Digital Entertainment Network

LOS ANGELES, July 23, 2015
– Pop Culture and Comics guru and Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) favorite Mike Carbonaro travels near and far in search of the best books, toys and memorabilia in CONtv’s newest original series, Comic Book America with Mike Carbonaro.

The mini-series debuted this week on CONtv (, where fans can catch up with Mike “Carbo” Carbonaro as he locates comic books, vintage playsets, classic artwork, and sports memorabilia in the first four episodes. CONtv director of programming, Nash Herrington, produces the series.

The show features the enthusiastic Carbonaro as he highlights some of the more unique and interesting collections he’s come across, such as one man’s Doctor Strange collection, classic Joe Palooka, Flintstone playsets, and others. Also, fans can play along at home while they watch by using social media to tell what they would pay for the items that Carbonaro buys in the show.

The highlight of the show is the host himself. An enterprising and successful entrepreneur, Carbonaro began buying and selling comics at age 10. At age 13, Carbonaro set up at his very first comic convention. Later, from 1981 to 1997, he ran his own very successful comic book store, Continental Comics, in Queens, N.Y. In 1996, Carbonaro began the very first Big Apple Convention at St. Paul the Apostle church on 58th St. and Columbus in Manhattan; 12 years later it was the most successful privately owned comic convention in New York City. “Carbo” is currently working as a buyer for Dave & Adam’s Cardworld (also seen at many Wizard World shows) and doing what he loves—buying comic and pop culture collections from around the world.

“’Carbo’ is a fixture at Wizard World shows and one of the most knowledgeable, entertaining figures in the collectibles world,” said John Macaluso, Wizard World CEO. “His enthusiasm, well known to thousands who have attended our events, comes through loud and clear in this fun, informative series that Wizard World fans will love.”

Catering to the enormous and avid Comic Con audience, CONtv currently boasts 2,500 hours of original programming, curated films and TV episodes, and exclusive Comic Con panel coverage from dozens of annual nationwide conventions, with new panel programming added weekly as additional conventions take place.  Spanning star studded panels with pop culture heroes such as William Shatner (“Star Trek”), Lou Ferrigno (“The Incredible Hulk”), Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Bruce Campbell (The Evil Dead, the forthcoming series “Ash vs Evil Dead”), to the best in cosplay, creator workshops, Con after hours events, and more, CONtv is the only service to offer Comic Con event coverage alongside premium feature film, television, and original programming.

About Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD)
Wizard World, Inc. ( produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, television, cosplay, comics, graphic novels, toys, video gaming, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. A first-class lineup of topical programming takes place at each event, with celebrity Q&A’s, comics-themed sessions, costume contests, movie screenings, evening parties and more. Wizard World has also launched CONtv, a digital media channel in partnership with leading independent content distributor Cinedigm™ (NASDAQ: CIDM), and ComicConBox™, a premium subscription-based monthly box service. Fans can interact with Wizard World on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and other social media services.

The 2015 Wizard World Comic Con schedule is available at:

About CONtv
CONtv is a new digital entertainment network devoted exclusively to the fanspace that provides audiences access to thousands of hours of content showcasing an original slate of programming, as well as an eclectic catalog of over 1,200 must-watch titles. Everything from quirky original series, elusive cult films & television shows, celebrated genre movies encompassing sci-fi, horror, fantasy, anime, grindhouse, martial arts action, to exclusive live coverage of Comic Con events nationwide, all available on-demand either in a free, ad-supported format or a subscription-based model for premium content. CONtv is a partnership of Cinedigm, one of the nation’s largest independent distributor of digital entertainment, and Wizard World, producers of the largest Comic Con Tour in the U.S. Together, they provide an unrivalled hub of content, community and conventions across the broad spectrum of devices including Android and Mac iOS, Samsung Smart TV, Roku Players and Roku TV, the web, and mobile and tablet devices. For more information, visit

About Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM)
Cinedigm is a leading independent content distributor in the United States, with direct relationships with thousands of physical retail storefronts and digital platforms, including Wal-Mart, Target, iTunes, Netflix, and Amazon, as well as the national Video on Demand platform on cable television. The company’s library of films and TV episodes encompasses award-winning documentaries from Docurama Films®, next-gen Indies from Flatiron Film Company®, acclaimed independent films and festival picks through partnerships with the Sundance Institute and Tribeca Films and a wide range of content from brand name suppliers, including National Geographic, Discovery, Scholastic, NFL, Shout Factory, Hallmark, Jim Henson and more.

Mike Carbonaro Retiring From Convention Promoting with Final 2012 NYCBM Show

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New York, N.Y. – March 2012 – MIKE CARBO, founder of the Big Apple Comic Convention, and internationally renowned authority on American comic books will produce one last dynamite convention with none other than Stan the Man himself: Stan Lee. Mike, also known as “The Prince of Pop Culture,” states emphatically: “I am only retiring from running comic book conventions, but I will never retire from making deals buying and selling comic books. That’s why I have created my newest venture MIKE CARBO’s COMIC BOX to do just that!”

After successfully running many of the earliest and best comic book conventions in New York City for decades, Mike Carbo will host his very last comic convention Saturday, March 31st at Manhattan’s Penn Plaza Hotel, 31st street and Seventh Avenue across from Madison Square Garden. The convention, showcasing hundreds of dealers from around the nation, will also feature many of the world’s top comic book artists, and popular entertainment celebrities. The doors open at 10AM and the show will rock till 7PM. General admission is $12 at the door.

To kick off his latest comic books & collectibles buying company – Mike Carbo’s Comic Box – Mike will host a unique, and very private, two-hour party the evening before the convention, on Friday March 30th, at a still secret location in Manhattan. Mike’s Special Guest of Honor to help him kick off his new venture is none other than STAN LEE, 89-year-old Marvel Comics “father,” founder and ex-chairman of the board. A very limited number of guest invitations are on offer for $200 per person. Attendees will get to meet, greet, and chat up close and personal with Stan, including a photo with “The Man,” along with the opportunity to share in the conversation, and fine foods at our gourmet food bar.

An enterprising and successful entrepreneur since he began buying and selling comics at age ten, Mike remembers setting up comic sales from a milk crate, on the carpet “outside” the doors of Phil Seuling’s comic convention in New York City. Mike didn’t think he was doing anything wrong till Phil, the “godfather” and worldwide originator of comic book conventions, saw what Mike was up to. Phil kicked the box, saying “Hey, you didn’t pay for a table,” Mike started to cry. Phil then invited him inside to sell along with all the other dealers, if he paid the table fee. Mike was only 13 years-old at the time, and he and Phil became fast friends.

Immediately successful, Carbo put himself through private school with his earnings. Throughout the 1970s Mike was not only selling at other conventions, but he began his own comic book convention business. “The very first convention I ran myself was in 1974, at the “Italian Charities” center on Queens Boulevard, when I was 13. In 1977, we produced the Rolling Rock Show, a gigantic rock n roll amusement park in the old Americana Hotel.” A few years later, he ran the very first Baseball Card Convention ever at the New York Mets, Shea Stadium. Mike recalls, “it was bedlam in the outfield behind the bullpen, the place was swarmed with people.”

From 1981 to 1997, ‘Carbo’ ran his own very successful comic book store, Continental Comics, in Queens, New York. In 1996, Mike and Vincent Zurzuolo (presently of Metropolis Comics) created the very first Big Apple Convention Convention at St. Paul the Apostle church on 58th St. and Columbus in Manhattan. For 12 years the Big Apple Convention was the most successful privately owned comic convention in New York City, over a quarter of million tickets sold, thousands of dealers and artists presenting. In 2009, Wizard World took over the Big Apple Convention while Mike remains a consultant to this day.

After the March 31st Convention with Stan Lee, Mike will concentrate all his efforts on buying and selling comics and collectibles as he builds MIKE CARBO’s COMIC BOX COLLECTIBLES, his greatest entrepreneurial adventure yet!

To purchase tickets to either the Friday party or Saturday convention,


Free Comic Book Appraisals at Big Apple Comic Con

October 1, 2010 by  
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New York, NY – Michael Carbonaro, the country’s foremost authority on comic books and their values, will be offering his expertise based on forty years of experience buying, selling and appraising comic books and collectibles. His free appraisals will be offered on a first come first serve basis. He will only be available between 3-4pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

So, get to the booth early to have your chance at getting a completely free VERBAL appraisal!!!

For further information please call Chris Denis at 646-996-1851.


NYCBM Marches On Despite Snow

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The snow has NOT stopped the show! NYCBM will go on this Saturday, February 27, 2010!!! The Guests, Artists, and Dealers are confirmed and on their way to bring you a GREAT show! So don’t be afraid of the snow and come out and enjoy the show!!! On hand will be over 50 famous comics creators, as well as many local independent artists and small-press publishers.

Famed movie producer Ilya Salkind (Superman 1, 2, & 3) will be giving a talk and signing autographs. The NY Jedi will be holding a “lightsaber arena” with demonstrations, exhibitions, and lessons all day. There will be an open game room of vintage, classic, and hot new video games free to play all day long! Over 150 dealer tables will be filled with comics old and new, toys, posters, trading cards, videos, and related pop-culture collectibles. This is an opportunity no true fan should miss! First 300 customers get free passes to HOT TUB TIME MACHINE! More movie passes given out through the day!

Michael Carbonaro has produced the longest-running comic book convention in New York City for the past 13 years. That convention has grown by leaps and bounds to being one of the largest public events in the city. This show will be a return to his roots: an exciting, affordable show at the Penn Plaza Pavilion with famous artists, wonderful dealers, and devoted fans all in the same building, and the love for a true American art form, the comic book. For more information and updates, and to sign up for the mailing list, go to the website.

NEW YORK COMIC BOOK MARKETPLACE DATE: Saturday February 27th, 10:30 am – 7:00 pm

PLACE: Penn Plaza Pavilion, 401 7th Avenue at 35th Street, New York City