Breaking: Con Wars over?

201010181608 Breaking: Con Wars over?
Looking at the Wizard World schedule appended to the New Orleans announcement we just posted, it looks like a truce of sorts has been posted for Con Wars! — at least on the New York City battlefront.

You’ll recall that last year, The Big Apple Con was at one point schedule for the exact same weekend as New York Comic Con — a move seen as retaliation for ReedPOP starting a show in Chicago. However, cooler heads prevailed, and the Big Apple was moved to the weekend BEFORE NYCC, while the New England Comic-Con in Boston completed the bookend the week after.

However in 2011, this isn’t even an issue. The fall Big Apple Con and New England Comic-Con — have been moved to September 17-18 and Sept. 24-25, respectively, a month prior to the 2011 NYCC which will be held October 14-16, 2011.

There’s still a wee bit of con battle with Wizard World’s Toronto show planned for March 18-20 — the same weekend as next year’s C2E2. However, looking at nationwide attendance this year, it seems that the pie is big enough for everyone.

Wizard World Comic Con Tour:
November 12-14, 2010 – Austin Comic Con – Austin Convention Center
December 4-5, 2010 – Atlanta Comic Con – Cobb Galleria Centre
January 29-30, 2011 – New Orleans Comic Con – Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
March 18-20, 2011 – Toronto Comic Con – Direct Energy Centre
April 29-May 1, 2011 – Anaheim Comic Con – Anaheim Convention Center
May 21-22, 2011 – Big Apple Comic Con ‘Spring Edition’ – Penn Plaza Pavilion
June 17-19, 2011 – Philadelphia Comic Con – Pennsylvania Convention Center
August 11-14, 2011 – Chicago Comic Con – Stephens Convention Center
September 17-18, 2011 – New England Comic Con – Hynes Convention Center
September 24-25, 2011 – Big Apple Comic Con – Penn Plaza Pavilion
November 2011 – Austin Comic Con – Austin Convention Center
December 2011 – Atlanta Comic Con
TBA – New Jersey Comic Con
TBA – Cincinnati Comic Con
TBA – Cleveland Comic Con
TBA – Nashville Comic Con

Comments

  1. The Boston show was held the same time as Rock and Shock in Worcester, MA this past weekend. Not an earth shatteringly bad move, but a silly one as we definitely cut into their Saturday crowd. Wizard needs to start making decisions based on survival and the success on all involved rather than petty politics and ego.

  2. Herb Fine says:

    I’m getting tired of these “pissing contests” between the national and regional show promoters.

    BOSTON COMIC CON – a great big local run PURE COMICS con that used to do 2 shows a year scaled back to 1 when WIZARD decided to set up shop in Boston.

    I don’t want to pay $30 at the door for a weak dealer’s room and then have to pay $30-$60 for autographs and more for photo-ops.

  3. Adam Gary says:

    I have been going to Wizard World Philadelphia since the day it started and this past year was just so disappointing. They really need to take the word comic out of the title. Comics are such an afterthought there. They have laid off all of the people who were in charge of getting the comic guests and replaced them with a make-up artist that uses connections to bring in these has been actors.

    I just don’t know why Wizard continues on this path. Whenever they have a con, you never see any coverage of them on any of the major comic news websites. The only time you see something about it is when patrons are complaining how poorly things are run, the prices of the has beens, and the lack of comic focus. This has to tell them something about their shows, unless they just don’t care and think we are happy. I know for a fact when people complain directly to them, they ban you from the messageboard, (it happened to myself and many others). Plus if you happen to leave a negative comment on any of their con’s Facebook pages, they will delete them and then ban you from there.

    Does anybody know why they ignore us? All we want is a show that lives up to the title.

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