BREAKING: Wizard acquires Mid-Ohio Con?

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Looks like Wizard is adding another show to its tour, with this listing for the Mid-Ohio Con on the Wizard site:

Mid-Ohio Comic Con 2011

Wizard World Convention

OCTOBER 22-23, 2011

SAT-SUN
Join tens of thousands of fellow fans as they converge at the Greater Columbus Convention Center at Mid-Ohio Comic Con to celebrate the best in pop culture. Columbus’ Comic Con brings it all – Movies, Comics, Toys, Video Gaming, Games, TV, Horror, Wrestling, MMA, Original Art, Collectibles, Anime, Manga, & More! This is Ohio’s longest running and most widely attended Comic Con! Brought to you by the group who produces the most widely attended Comic Con tour! **All show tickets will be e-mailed AND available as a pdf file after purchase.**


Mid-Ohio Con is one of the longest running comics shows in the US, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Founder Roger Price sold it a few years back and the new owners moved it from its traditional Thanksgiving dates to the current floating fall dates.

This year’s show, going on as we speak, is a pretty comics-centric show, featuring Kurt Busiek, Adam Hughes and so on. But the presence of nerdlebrity vets like Lou Ferrigno and Michael Berryman should make the switch to the heavily pop culture-focused Wizard brand fairly easy.

Spotted via Johanna Draper Carlson, who suggests she and husband KC Carlson are much less likely to attend the show under the new management.

Comments

  1. Dave Aikins says:

    file this post under “jumping the gun”…

  2. Wesley Smith says:

    As someone who lives in the central Ohio area, may I just be the first one to say, “Crap.”

  3. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

  4. Dave Aikins says:

    There has been NO OFFICIAL CONFIRMATION of this by the owners of Mid Ohio. At this point, it’s best to just think it might happen, or it might not.
    And if it does happen, the show will still be awesome. Give the owners of Mid Ohio the benefit of the doubt. They’re swell guys, and have run a fantastic show over the past 3 years (and they’ll continue to run it). Many more fantastic years are still to come, with or without Wizard’s name on it.

  5. Mikael says:

    If it does become a reality, count me in as another attendee that will not attend next year. Wizard World Philly was a low-rent bargain basement flea market of a show with junky, sloppy booths and a real “run down circus” feel. If even a tenth of that gets wedged into Mid-Ohio I want no place of that. Somewhere along the line, owners and organizers need to start realizing that branding your show with Wizard World is a step backwards, not forwards.

  6. I’m not in the loop as much as I was when Roger owned the show and I was handling panel programming and other tasks. But I will say, as someone who has attended 28 of the 30 Mid-Ohio-Cons and have often called it my favorite comics convention, that it’s been a swell three decades. I enjoyed this year’s event and, hopefully, will continue to attend and enjoy future events. Thanks to Roger Price, the Henry Boys, the wonderful guests and volunteers, and all the fans who have made those past events so memorable.

  7. Jerry Smith says:

    I’ve been to this con for most of the last 25 years, and this year was no exception. Fantastic show! I’ve never been to a Wizard Con, so not sure what this may mean. I’d hate to see anything negative happen to this show, though. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

  8. Brian Talley says:

    A WIZARD rep was handing out contracts for next year…a dealers booth that went for $450 this year will go for $1050 next year. That’s nuts.

  9. RaymondLui says:

    I attended the latest Mid-Ohio Con, and I loved it for its comics-centric motif. My friends and I enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and concentration on comics, but if Wizard steps in, it’s going to be a room full of losers like that washed-up wrestler Virgil, and useless “celebrities” like the second place finisher on Survivor or Daniel Logan. Gareb Shamus and Wizard are a cancer to real comic book conventions and they will ruin one of the most fun shows I’ve been to in years.

  10. Adam Miller says:

    Ummm, the transition will be fairly easy? Are you joking? Mid-Ohio Con had a total of FIVE media guests this past weekend. I don’t count Brian Pulido since he created Lady Death and is clearly related to comics. Plus, at least the majority of these guests were associated with the genre in some way. Take a look at the list of “guests” at a Wizard show. Reality show losers, wrestlers and actors not even remotely related to the industry. A disgrace and a shame if its true.

  11. i dissagree this weekend was amazingand fun me and my friends loved it there this weekend it was fun with hte raves and the dealers room fm the unque cos play costumes to the skits and the ,next one bi know will be even better ^_^

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  2. […] URL of http://www.wizardworld.com/midohio.html. It’s since been taken down, but Heidi posted a copy. It included the logo shown here and the dates of October 22-23, […]

  3. […] The 2010 installment of the long-running Mid-Ohio-Con took place this past weekend, but the biggest news coming out of the event may be regarding the show’s future: Comics Worth Reading blogger Johanna Draper Carlson found a now-pulled listing on convention magnate/magazine publisher Wizard’s website advertising the 2011 show as as one of theirs. That spotting was picked up by The Beat, who has details here. […]

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