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  • Diamond and Wizard Expand Strategic Partnership in 2010

    January 15, 2010 by  
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    Diamond and Wizard announce plans for 2010

    Diamond Comic Distributors and Wizard Entertainment have announced a renewal of its strategic partnership, with several new initiatives planned for 2010.

    The first event for both companies will be tied to Wizard’s Philadelphia Comic Con, with Diamond hosting a trade only event for retailers.

    At Wizard’s Philadelphia Comic Con, Diamond will host a hospitality suite where retailers can meet one-on-one with Diamond customer service and sales representatives, as well as schedule exclusive demos on Diamond’s point-of-sale program, ComicSuite.

    “Wizard remains an important vendor for Diamond and its comic book retail accounts,” said Diamond’s VP-Purchasing, Bill Schanes. “We look forward to working together more closely in the coming year, with special events and publishing projects that will help retailers sell more products.”

    “I am proud of my 20 year friendship with Diamond – Steve Geppi, Bill Schanes, Roger Fletcher, and the rest of the Diamond crew,” said Wizard CEO, Gareb Shamus. “By using the combination of Wizard, ToyFare, FunFare and or our ever expanding comic con tour, we are now able to host Diamond retailers.”

    In 2009, Wizard was a top ten publisher to the comic book specialty market, according to Diamond’s year-end market share, and continues to provide successful publications and products for the comics industry. Additional projects are slated between the two companies, with details to be announced at a later date.

    Wizard’s Philadelphia Comic Con is scheduled for June 11-13, 2010 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Retailers will join with tens of thousands of fans to converge at Philadelphia Comic Con 2010 to celebrate what’s great in pop culture: Movies, Comics, Toys, Video Gaming, Games, TV, Anime, Manga, Horror, Wrestling, MMA, Original Art, Collectibles, and more!

    Toronto Comic Con 2010 Dates Announced

    October 15, 2009 by  
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    Toronto Comic Con
    March 26 -28, 2010

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

    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.

    Jim Lee and Joe Quesada to Headline Big Apple Con

    May 5, 2009 by  
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    Press Release:


    New York, NY (May 4, 2009) – Gareb Shamus, CEO of New York-based Wizard Entertainment, today announced that Joe Quesada, editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics, and Jim Lee creator/publisher of DC Comics’ WildStorm Productions, will be co-Guests of Honor at “The 2009 National,” October 16-18, 2009 at Pier 94 in Manhattan.

    “Jim, Joe and I grew up together and are long-time friends. Having them as co-Guests of Honor in NYC is historic, because they are the two most influential creators in comics today.” Shamus said. “Jim and Joe are both modern day legends. They represent everything that’s great about what we are passionate about.”
    “I was honored when Gareb called me to be his inaugural guest of honor,” Lee said. “New York has always been a big part of my career and I can’t wait to go there and meet the fans.”

    “Having grown up in New York, I was thrilled to be named guest of honor for the first new Big Apple con,” Quesada added. “I look forward to sharing my excitement with the hometown crowd and helping make “The 2009 National” a must attend event.”

    Jim Lee began his rise to superstardom and comic book icon status on titles such as X-Men and Punisher War Journal before starting the Image imprint WildStorm Productions, which he eventually sold to DC Comics. Working with DC, Lee was able to return to his first love—drawing. Launching a number of top-selling events including Batman: Hush with Jeph Loeb and All Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder with Frank Miller, Lee continues as an innovator and currently finds himself working as Executive Creative Director of DC’s highly anticipated upcoming MMORPG, DC Universe Online.

    Joe Quesada wowed fans for years as an artist on titles such as Batman: Sword of Azrael and his creator-owned series, Ash. After launching the highly successful Marvel Knights line that included Kevin Smith’s top-selling Daredevil series—which Quesada also penciled—the native New Yorker took over as Marvel’s editor-in-chief. Quesada’s reign lead to a new creative revolution at Marvel, including the launching of the Ultimate line, Grant Morrison’s New X-Men revamp and a focus on character-driven stories. Currently, Quesada still leads Marvel as EIC, but also finds time for his artistic endeavors including numerous Marvel covers and miniseries such as Daredevil: Father, which Quesada wrote and drew.

    The initial launch of “The 2009 National” last month has caused event space to fill faster than expected, with limited space remaining. Those wishing to be a part of the event should contact::
    Show Manager – Benji DeJohn – bdejohn@wizardent.com (440) 567-0801
    Media Contact – Joe Favorito – fatherknickerbocker1@yahoo.com (917) 566-8345

    About Us:
    Gareb Shamus founded Wizard Entertainment in 1991. Today, Wizard Entertainment publishes Wizard, ToyFare and numerous books and magazines about today’s top talent, comic books and toys. Wizard produces Chicago Comic-Con at the Rosemont Convention center, August 6-9, 2009 and Wizard World Philadelphia at the Philadelphia Convention Center June 19-21, 2009.

    Wizard Buys Big Apple Con

    April 8, 2009 by  
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    Press Release:

    Gareb Shamus, CEO of New York-based Wizard Entertainment, today announced he has acquired Big Apple Con, one of the trailblazing brands in the comic book and pop culture world, and the longest running annual show in New York City. The “new” Big Apple Con is moving to Pier 94 in Manhattan the weekend of October 16-18, 2009.

    “I’ve been going to shows in New York City since I was a kid and I have a fondness for Big Apple Con,” Shamus said. “Today’s acquisition fulfills a dream of running a mega-show in New York City unlike anything there’s ever been.”

    This move also enjoys tremendous support and enthusiasm from industry leaders. “Diamond is really looking forward to working closely with our friends at Wizard as they expand into the New York market,” said Bill Schanes, Vice President for Purchasing at Diamond Comics. “We anticipate a great event based on their ability to attract key talent, to promote and market the event, and at the same time to give consumers a tremendous value for their admission price.”

    Ed Fleming, CEO/Founder of Video Game Expo (VGXPO), the largest East Coast expo of its kind, announced recently its partnership with Wizard World Philly. Now, VGXPO will expand its relationship to include Chicago Comic-Con and Big Apple Con, as well. “Our partnership provides VGXPO with the ability to rapidly grow our footprint from Philadelphia to Chicago and now New York City,” he said. “We look forward to working and sharing our passion for video games with all the fans in New York.”

    Michael Carbonaro, the longtime and current producer of the show, will continue to provide his limitless creativity and enthusiasm to the show.

    Exhibitors will need to act fast, though, as Big Apple Con has been sold out for years. Those wishing to be a part of this exciting event should contact:

    Show Manager – Benji DeJohn – bdejohn@wizardent.com (440) 567-0801

    Media Contact – Joe Favorito – fatherknickerbocker1@yahoo.com (917) 566-8345