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September 18, 2013


Festivals Extra: Wizard World Expands Its Slate Again

Heidi MacDonald has a nice report here on the convention organizers Wizard World adding seven shows to its docket. According to MacDonald's post, their forthcoming schedule looks like this now.

image* September 20-22: Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
* October 18-20: Wizard World Nashville Comic Con
* November 22-24: Wizard World Austin Comic Con

* January 24-26: Wizard World Portland Comic Con
* February 7-9: Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con
* March 7-9: Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con
* March 28-30: Wizard World Louisville Comic Con
* April 4-6: Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con
* May 2-4: Wizard World Minneapolis Comic Con
* May 30-June 1: Wizard World Atlanta Comic Con
* June 19-22: Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con
* August 1-3: Wizard World San Antonio Comic Con
* August 21-24: Wizard World Chicago Comic Con
* September 12-14: Wizard World Richmond Comic Con
* September 26-28: Wizard World Nashville Comic Con
* October 11-12: Wizard World Austin Comic Con
* October 31-November 2: Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
* November 7-9: Wizard World Tulsa Comic Con

Here's where that same list runs into some scheduling conflicts with other comics shows, the "competing" show in parentheses.

* September 20-22: Wizard World Ohio Comic Con (Project Comic-Con in St. Louis; Rose City in Portland)
* October 18-20: Wizard World Nashville Comic Con (GeekGirlCon in Seattle)

* January 24-26: Wizard World Portland Comic Con (Amazing Arizona Comic Convention)
* March 28-30: Wizard World Louisville Comic Con (Emerald City in Seattle)
* April 4-6: Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con (Nothing yet, but good chance either MoCCA or WonderCon could fall here)
* June 19-22: Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con (HeroesCon in Charlotte)

I'm sure there will be others as the schedules fill out.

There's nothing here that looks like a big deal, and certainly there's nothing like the close proximity this year's event in Portland had to Emerald City -- and that ended in an Emerald City blowout. I guess it might be worth noting that Wizard is going to have a show the same weekend as the super well-liked HeroesCon in Charlotte for the trivia of it. Wizard futzing around with announcing a competing show in Atlanta was, along with its inability to take the plunge in New York City and thus allowing Reed that foothold, the thing that killed their momentum from several years back when their shows looked like they might become a more serious thing for the comics industry than they've been since.

For the most part, Wizard's cons are their own thing, and you're really only talking about a potential hassle if something were moved close to a super-similar show. It's hard for me to imagine wanting to go to any Wizard show at this point. I know plenty of comics people still do them, both in the "that's my local show" way and the "I'll stand out in this sea of non-creator driven comics" way. Wizard's shows seem mostly -- not entirely, but mostly -- for a certain kind of general genre fan that I'm not these days and to the extent that I married any passion to that love that would put me in a convention hall never was. There's no industry component to them at all, except maybe in an informal sense. Looking at that list, if I had to attend one it would be the New Orleans show because of New Orleans. I've heard people say nice things about the New Orleans and the St. Louis shows, and I still know people that go to their Chicago summer event.
 
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