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Wizard World Comic Con Profile

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Wizard World

Website

www.wizardworld.com

Locations

Wizard Manages a host of comic book conventions around the United States. The locations are as follows:
Portland Comic Con
St. Louis Comic Con
Philadelphia Comic Con
NYC Experience
Chicago Comic Con
Ohio Comic Con
Nashville Comic Con
Austin Comic Con
New Orleans Comic Con

Dates

February 22-24, 2013 - Portland Comic Con
March 22-24, 2013 - St. Louis Comic Con
May 30-31 - June 1-2, 2013 - Philadelphia Comic Con
August 8-11, 2013 - Chicago Comic Con
September 20-22, 2013 - Ohio Comic Con (Columbus)
October 18-20, 2013 - Nashville Comic Con
November 22-24, 2013 - Austin Comic Con
February 7-9, 2014 - New Orleans Comic Con

Days

The Wizard World Comic Con’s typically go from Friday through Sunday. The Chicago and Philadelphia conventions go from Thursday through Sunday.

Hours

3 Day Convention
Friday: 3pm-8pm
Saturday: 10am-7pm
Sunday: 10am-5pm 4 Day Convention
Thursday: 3pm-8pm
Friday: 12pm-7pm
Saturday: 10am-7pm
Sunday: 10am-5pm

Cost

Full Event Passes
Portland Comic Con - On-Site Price: $70.00 Advance Price: $60.00
St. Louis Comic Con - On-Site Price: $75.00 Advance Price: $65.00
Philadelphia Comic Con - On-Site Price: $95.00 Advance Price: $85.00
NYC Experience -
Chicago Comic Con - On-Site Price: $100.00 Advance Price: $90.00
Ohio Comic Con - On-Site Price: $75.00 Advance Price: $65.00
Nashville Comic Con - On-Site Price: $75.00 Advance Price: $65.00
Austin Comic Con - On-Site Price: $90.00 Advance Price: $80.00
New Orleans Comic Con - On-Site Price: $85.00 Advance Price: $75.00 Advanced Prices
Three Days - $ -
One Day - $22.37

Onsite Prices
Three Days - $55
One Day - $24

Contact Info

View their contact page for a full list of contacts.

Attendance

The conventions vary in attendance. The largest of their conventions is the Chicago Comic Con which had numbers as much as seventy thousands attendees.

About This Convention

Main Attractions

Here are some of the attractions:

  • Buying Comics
  • Meeting Creators
  • Comic Book Panels
  • Indie Film Festival
  • Anime/Manga
  • Traditional Belly Dancing
  • Concerts
  • Costume Contest
  • Portfolio Reviews – For Aspiring Artists
  • Gaming
  • Art Auctions
  • Sketches
  • Buying Comic Related Items

History

Wizard World first started as a publishing company back in 1991 when owner Gareb Shamus first launched Wizard: The Guide to Comics. This monthly publication hosted interviews with creators, reviews of comics, showcases of upcoming events, top lists, and even a price guide of popular comic books.

The publishing company then went on to launch other publications that looked into other pop culture genres. They launched Toyfare, a magazine dedicated to action figures and other related pop culture toys and Inquest Gamer, a magazine dedicated to the various collectible games.

In 1997, Wizard entered into the realm of comic book conventions when they purchased the Chicago Comic Con. They began to host and purchase other conventions in the United States and continued to try to grow the brand of Wizard World Conventions. Some conventions didn’t last while others continued to grow under Wizard’s tutelage.

Things changed in 2011 when Wizard ceased publication of its remaining two magazines, Wizard and Toyfare, laying off most of their writing staff and cancelling other freelance engagements. They subsequently went public and announced that they were launching more comic book conventions and a digital magazine entitled Wizard World. They since have eight conventions on their roster and continue to seek ways to grow their brand in this digital age.

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