Wizard World Comic Con Tour Adds Sanctioned Tabletop Tournament Gaming

February 9, 2010 by  
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GAREB SHAMUS, WIZARD ENTERTAINMENT CEO, ANNOUNCES SANCTIONED TABLETOP TOURNAMENT GAMING ON THE WIZARD WORLD COMIC CON TOUR

The Conflict GT @ Wizard World Comic Con brings tabletop tournaments to Wizard fans

New York, NY (February 9, 2010) – Sanctioned Tabletop Gaming tournaments will be held as part of the Wizard World Comic Con tour, debuting at Toronto Comic Con in March.

Wizard’s Comic Con tour producer Shamus said, “By setting up sanctioned gaming tournaments we can give our fans the space they need to do battle. Bringing in tabletop gaming tournaments gives players the comfort of a professional setting and draws a wide range of opponents for the truly competitive atmosphere that fans crave.”

The Conflict GT @ Wizard World Comic Con tournaments will consist of Warhammer Fantasy Battle and Warhammer 40K from Games Workshop and is the first announcement of tabletop gaming tournaments to be held on the Wizard World Comic Con tour.

REGISTER NOW FOR TORONTO TOURNAMENTS

Paid participants receive discounted Comic Con admission. All fans are encouraged to come into the game area to watch tournaments and visit specialty vendors. There is no charge to enter the gaming area.

For a complete up-to-date schedule of tournaments, rules, registration and prizes go to www.wizardworld.com/gaming-toronto.html. Schedules and registration for Tabletop Gaming tournaments for the entire Wizard World Comic Con tour will be announced soon. Check www.wizardworld.com for updates.

About Warhammer Gaming:

Warhammer Fantasy Battle is played in a Fantasy setting with the main characters being various knights, magic incantations, archers, dragons etc., while Warhammer 40K is staged with tanks, laser guns, spaceships and all the trappings one would imagine in the year 40,000.  An emphasis is placed on high sportsmanship in a highly competitive setting. All players are expected to show an in-depth knowledge of the rules and to act accordingly. The tour promotes an opportunity for many of the elite gamers in their community to meet, play games, and most importantly, have a bunch of good laughs.

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 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

Cincinnati Comic Con, TBD

New England Comic Con, TBD

Hero Initiative and Wizard World to Partner in 2010

November 20, 2009 by  
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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

Toronto Comic Con (March 2010)

October 27, 2009 by  
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Toronto Comic Con 2010 Dates Announced

October 15, 2009 by  
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GAREB SHAMUS, WIZARD ENTERTAINMENT CEO, ANNOUNCES TORONTO COMIC CON DATES

Toronto Comic Con
March 26 -28, 2010

Direct Energy Centre
Exhibition Place
100 Princes Blvd.
Toronto, ON, M6K 3C3
Canada

New York, NY (October 15, 2009) – Gareb Shamus, CEO of New York based Wizard Entertainment, announces the Toronto Comic Con will take place this spring, March 26 -28, 2010.

Toronto Comic Con

Toronto Comic Con

“We’re excited to take our Wizard World Toronto Comic Con brand internationally with our premiere event in Canada,” said Shamus. “We’re thrilled to offer the guests, celebrities, artists, dealers and exhibitors our fans are accustomed to, and I believe this show will be fun for the entire family.”

Peter Dixon, owner of Paradise Conventions and former owner of the Toronto show, will help produce the event, ensuring the continuation of the family friendly atmosphere of the show.

Ben Varadi, Chief Creative Officer of Toronto-based Spin Master Ltd., says, “I’ve always been a fan of Gareb’s Comic Cons. I’m sure I speak for all pop-culture fans when I say I could not be happier that he is holding one of his fine events here.”

This show that has been consistently awarded The Best International Comic Book Convention (non-USA) by ComicBookConventions.com, for the last 5 years.
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 at the Direct Energy Centre, March 26-28, 2010.

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