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Toronto Comicon

Toronto Comicon

Conventions | The big news yesterday was the announcement that Wizard Entertainment CEO Gareb Shamus has purchased Toronto Comicon from Paradise Conventions. Former owner Peter Dixon will continue to be involved in the show, which skipped a 2009 event.

The announcement comes at a tumultuous time for Shamus and Wizard. Amid waves of firings, the closing of Anime Insider magazine and the cancellation of conventions in Dallas and Los Angeles, Shamus & Co. have rebranded WizardWorld Chicago, purchased New York City’s Big Apple Con, and revealed plans for a new, or at least retooled, toy publication.

As Heidi MacDonald points out, Toronto Comicon comes with baggage of its own: Namely, a bitter feud with larger rival Fan Expo Canada.

Archie Comics

Archie Comics

Publishing | Archie Comics has named Jon Goldwater, son of company founder John L. Goldwater, as its new chief executive officer. [Archie News]

Publishing | Death Row Records is set to return with, among other things, a line of comics. The label’s assets were acquired earlier this year by Canadian development company WIDEawake. [Billboard]

Publishing | A New England gay newspaper talks with DC Comics Executive Editor Dan DiDio about Batwoman’s starring turn in Detective Comics: “This is the first time since Detective #27 [in 1939] that somebody other than Batman has been the star,” DiDio points out. “It shows a level of dedication from our standpoint, and level of belief in how strongly we feel about this character. We’re putting her in one of the most prestigious DC Comics.”

On a related note, I really enjoyed Joe McCulloch’s review of Detective Comics #854, focusing on the art and design of J.H. Williams III. [Bay Windows]

Conventions | Tom Spurgeon talks with HeroesCon organizer Dustin Harbin. [The Comics Reporter]

Conventions | Lori Henderson provides a helpful survival guide for those attending a large convention for the first time. [Good Comics for Kids]

Retailing | Blogger Sean Kleefeld visits Comics for Collectors in Ithaca, New York. [Kleefeld on Comics]

Aquaman #1 (1986)

Aquaman #1 (1986)

Art | Letterer extraordinaire Todd Klein continues his study of Aquaman logos through the decades. [Todd’s Blog]

Process | Sean Phillips works on the page design for Criminal: The Deluxe Edition. [Sean Phillips]

Process | Artist Paolo Rivera pours one for his homies. [The Self-Absorbing Man]

Process | Vertigo Group Editor Shelly Bond shares edited and final pages for Peter & Max: A Fables Novel. [Graphic Content]

Blogosphere | The comics blog Fortress of Fortitude calls it a day. [Fortress of Fortitude]



I don’t really understand the news about Shamus buying the Toronto Comicon. Did he (Shamus) personally buy it or was it purchased by Wizard?

Kevin Melrose

June 25, 2009 at 8:41 am

The purchase of Toronto Comicon, and Big Apple Con before it, appears to be by Shamus himself. It’s worth noting that FunFare magazine, too, is from Shamus, and not Wizard Entertainment (though announced on the company’s site and at WizardWorld Philadelphia). He appears to be drawing a distinction between himself and the company/brand.

Kevin said:

“He appears to be drawing a distinction between himself and the company/brand.”

I believe he is making the distinction between himself and Wizard in case Wizard goes bankrupt. He would still own a property or two, plus the conventions. All this appears to be legal, IMHO, but I am ill at ease about it.

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