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Shamus announces Cincinnati Comic Con Wizard World Convention

wizardworld_2092_102283471-1There are almost more words in the name than there are conventions on the “Wizard World Tour,” but there you have it: Wizard Entertainment CEO Gareb Shamus has acquired the Cincinnati Comic & Anime Show after its first year of operation and rebranded it as part of his seemingly never-ending expansion of his convention line-up.

As is now custom with Wizard shows, the con’s previous organizer, dealer Marc Ballard, will remain with the show — Shamus’ tenth — as a consultant. New dates and venue information are forthcoming. “Attendees can anticipate the strong caliber lineup of stars and exhibitors that fans across the nation have come to expect,” according to Shamus’s press release.

The announcement comes one week after the creation of the New Jersey Comic Con Wizard World Convention, to be held just one week after dueling Manhattan-based shows: Reed Exhibitions’ New York Comic Con and Shamus’s own Big Apple Comic Con.

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I don’t quite get this. Gareb Shamus clearly wants to be number one in the field of comic conventions (actually “geek” or pop-culture conventions are what these should be called), but all this work he’s putting into it seems to be making people think less of him. As big as San Diego Comic-Con is, it’s also a non-profit, “dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular art forms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture.” That helps a lot of people in the comic book industry.
Gareb Shamus just seems to be in it for himself, or at least the chance to say “I’m #1″ again, since no one seems to care about Wizard anymore.

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