Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Wizard Conventions

People all seem to have widely different opinions about Wizard and it's conventions. Well, now they've announced something else to get people into different camps:

To better serve the needs of exhibitors and fans, Wizard is altering the 2008 Wizard World tour to reflect a more condensed focus on Spring and Summer months. This new condensed schedule will allow Wizard World fans, exhibitors and retailers to visit all of the year’s important pop culture events, and will position Wizard World to deliver more exclusives, special guests and surprises to its fans.

“The Wizard World 2008 schedule will create a rapid-fire succession of the industry’s best events from coast to coast, right in the middle of the year,” said Rob Felton, Vice President and Associate Publisher. “Our exhibitors told us that they want to give Wizard World their full and undivided attention to create the best experience for our fans, and this schedule will allow for just that.”

The full 2007 and 2008 schedules are as follows:

Wizard World Los Angeles: March 16-18, 2007
Wizard World Philadelphia: June 15-17, 2007
Wizard World Chicago: August 9-12, 2007
Wizard World Texas: Nov 2-4, 2007

Wizard World Los Angeles: April 12-14, 2008
Wizard World Philadelphia: May 29-June 1, 2008
Wizard World Chicago: June 26-29, 2008
Wizard World Texas: November 7-9, 2008

As you might notice, Boston and Atlanta WWC's are gone and in 2008 they have a con every month during the summer. Chicago moves up a week or two, placing it BEFORE SanDiego Comic Con 2008.

While this might be convenient for people who just go from convention to convention, I'm not sure it will be very good for publishers and their gaggle of writers and artists who won't get anything done from April until August.

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