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Wizard CEO buys Big Apple Con

Big Apple Con

Big Apple Con

Wizard.com reports that their CEO, Gareb Shamus, has acquired the 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.”

Per the press release, Big Apple’s fall show, called The National, will move from its traditional November date to Oct. 16-19 at Pier 94 in Manhattan. Also building on a partnership they announced for Wizard’s Philadelphia show, Wizard will also partner with the Video Game Expo on both the Big Apple show and the upcoming Chicago Comic-Con.

This is interesting news for a few reasons, not the least of which is that Wizard recently canceled their Dallas show and postponed their Los Angeles show. They also shut down Anime Insider and have had many, many layoffs over the last couple of years, so it’s a little surprising to see any news on the acquisition front coming from the Wizard camp.

Also, as Heidi MacDonald notes about the new October date, “Should this date hold for next year it would put the show in direct competition with the New York Comic-Con which is moving to a fall date in 2010.”

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Such a strange move. I really can’t handle two big cons in one month.

For a company that has had a string of shady deals going back many years this is something I will steer clear from.

I have to believe Shamus will have to back down, and not try and compete with the NYCC. Or watch this enterprise wither and die as well.

Jill: Actually, there will be no competing cons in 2009 — the next NYCC is in 2010. I would hope the Wizard guys are planning for a different month in 2010.

Yeah, I know, I just figured that’s the date they’re planning to use for the future. They probably feel like they’re getting a jump on that time of year, sliding in before NYCC takes hold of October.

I’ve only been to one Big Apple Con, but it wasn’t what I’d call an amazing experience. Perhaps it will become something a bit more on par with Wizard’s other shows, but Reed’s NY Comic Con is just such a class act that I can’t imagine it being a real competition.

Is Scott Rosenberg now running/owning Wizard?

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