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Ellis: Don’t believe everything you read (at least about his con appearances)

Toronto Comic Con

Toronto Comic Con

Despite what that full-page ad suggests in Wizard’s ToyFare magazine, Warren Ellis won’t be a guest at next year’s Toronto Comic Con.

“First I’ve fucking heard of it,” Ellis writes this morning on his blog. “I’m presuming this is some kind of impossibly convoluted but innocent mistake, as opposed to ‘well, if we just SAY Warren Ellis is showing up, then he’ll HAVE to.’ But I’ve had no contact from Wizard World about this or any other show, so, god knows what actually happened for this to have somehow gotten printed …”

However, Tom Spurgeon notes that Ellis may be a bit generous in his assessment: “While I can’t speak to this specific incident, given the potential dissonance created by their appropriation of the term ‘Comic-Con’ and the direction of their PR regarding same, I wouldn’t be surprised if dubious strategies aren’t going to be par for the course in getting this new generation of Shamus-owned shows on their feet.”

Wizard CEO Gareb Shamus purchased the Toronto Comicon from Paradise Conventions in June, tweaking the name and adding it to a stable that now includes events in five cities. The shows no longer sport the WizardWorld brand.

Toronto Comic Con is scheduled for March 26-28, 2010.



Nice, Shamus. Nice.

This is like when Wizard’s site announced “Steven Spielberg at Big Apple Con!” only to link to a story about how the wax statue of Steven Spielberg will be there.

Shamus on you, Gareb… When is this clown going to close up his dubious enterprises and be forced to actually make an honest living?

Man, I HATE those Comic Con logos: there’s a reason WHY the box is slanted, yet the text is still not positioned in the same perspective as the graphic. It looks jarring and unprofessional.

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