Wizard Changes 2010 Dates for Big Apple, New England, and New Jersey

Press Release:

Gareb Shamus Announces New Dates For Big Apple, New England Comic Cons; New Jersey Date Also To Change

Big Apple Comic Con Moves to Oct. 1-3 and Relocates to the Newly Renovated Penn Plaza Pavilion, New England Comic Con Now Oct. 15-17; New Jersey Comic Con Date To Be Announced

NEW YORK, May 18, 2010 – Wizard World CEO Gareb Shamus today announced changes to three of the events on the North American Wizard World Comic Con tour. The Big Apple Comic Con will be held on Oct. 1-3 at the newly renovated Penn Plaza Pavilion in New York City. The new dates for the New England Comic Con are now Oct. 15-17 at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center in Boston, and the New Jersey Comic Con will move to a date to be announced shortly.

“We spoke with the publishers and their creators, and they worked with us to help facilitate new dates. They pledged their support, and we liked what they had to say,” said Shamus.

The new schedule will allow Wizard Entertainment to take advantage of the larger and newly refurbished Penn Plaza Pavilion (7th Ave. at 33rd St.) in New York for Big Apple Comic Con. Located across the street from Penn Station, the Penn Plaza Pavilion is one of the most convenient destinations in all of New York City, and is also one of the highest trafficked areas in the entire country.

“We are excited about the move to the Penn Plaza Pavilion for the Big Apple Comic Con,” added Shamus. “After we saw the upgraded and larger facilities, we knew we had a winning venue for the fans. We are also thankful to the Hynes Convention Center in Boston for accommodating our change for our inaugural New England Comic Con. We look forward to making an announcement regarding New Jersey Comic Con when details are finalized.”

The first guests scheduled to appear at Big Apple Comic Con 2010 are iconic artist Joe Madureira, as well as legendary actors Adam West and Mickey Rooney. Expect a massive guest presence, as is customary with all Wizard World shows.

Fans are encouraged to check the Wizard World Website at www.wizardworld.com to see which special guests, celebrities and artists are scheduled to attend each event, as these will be updated as they confirm. Tickets are available now for Big Apple Comic Con and New England Comic Con.

Tickets purchased for any of the affected events will be honored for the new dates, or fans can request a refund or exchange if the new dates are no longer convenient for them.

About Wizard Entertainment:
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 the largest North American Comic Con tour.

Wizard World Comic Con Tour:
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, Big Apple Comic Con, Penn Plaza Pavilion
October 15-17, 2010, New England Comic Con, John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center
November 12-14, 2010, Austin Comic Con, Austin Convention Center
December 3-5, 2010, Atlanta Comic Con, Cobb Galleria Centre
March 18-20, 2011, Toronto Comic Con, Direct Energy Centre
New Jersey Comic Con, 2010, New Jersey Convention and Expo Center, TBD

Cincinnati Comic Con, TBD
Cleveland Comic Con, TBD
Nashville Comic Con, TBD

For the most recent event information please visit www.wizardworld.com and become a Comic Con Fan on Facebook.

Wizard Adds Horror Film Killer Short Competition to 2010 Events

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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.

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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

Gareb Shamus Adds New Jersey Comic Con to Wizard World Tour

January 25, 2010 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, New Jersey, Top Stories

GAREB SHAMUS LAUNCHES NEW JERSEY COMIC CON

New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center (NJCEC)
October 15-16-17, 2010
FRI-SAT-SUN
97 Sunfield Avenue
Edison, NJ 08837

Wizard continues tour expansion close to home

New York, NY (January 25, 2010)Gareb Shamus announces today that he will produce New Jersey Comic Con Wizard World Convention this fall.

“Much of my family lives or has lived in the Garden State. All my hometown friends there were bugging me to do this for them and their kids.” said Shamus, CEO of New York-based Wizard Entertainment. “Launching this event is exciting because it gives our fans in New Jersey a show to call their own.”

The NJCEC is the largest and most accessible convention center in the region. This venue will ensure fans have a comfortable and modern venue experience.  New Jersey Comic Con fans can expect a family entertainment-focused event with a concentration on comics, games and toys, while all aspects of pop-culture will be represented.

Tickets will be on sale shortly. New Jersey represents the latest in the ever-expanding Wizard World Comic Con tour.

For information on all Wizard events, visit www.wizardworld.com.

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, Philadelphia Convention Center

August 19-22, 2010, Chicago Comic Con, Donald E. Stephens (Rosemont) 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

Atlanta Comic Con, TBD

New England Comic Con, TBD