Wizard World Grows Again

GAREB SHAMUS, WIZARD ENTERTAINMENT CEO, ACQUIRES NEW YORK CITY’S LONGEST-RUNNING COMIC BOOK SHOW, BIG APPLE CON, AND IS EXPANDING WITH AN OCTOBER 2009 MEGA-EVENT IN MANHATTAN 

The “2009 National” in New York City moves to Pier 94, October 16-18, 2009

New York, NY (April 8, 2009) – Gareb Shamus, CEO of New York-based Wizard Entertainment today announced he has acquired 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. The “new” Big Apple Con is moving to Pier 94 in Manhattan the weekend of October 16-18, 2009.

“I’ve been going to shows in New York City since I was a kid and I have a fondness for Big Apple Con,” Shamus said. “Today’s acquisition fulfills a dream of running a mega-show in New York City unlike anything there’s ever been.”

This move also enjoys tremendous support and enthusiasm from industry leaders. “Diamond is really looking forward to working closely with our friends at Wizard as they expand into the New York market,” said Bill Schanes, Vice President for Purchasing at Diamond Comics. “We anticipate a great event based on their ability to attract key talent, to promote and market the event, and at the same time to give consumers a tremendous value for their admission price.”

Ed Fleming, CEO/Founder of Video Game Expo (VGXPO), the largest East Coast expo of its kind, announced recently its partnership with Wizard World Philly. Now, VGXPO will expand its relationship to include Chicago Comic-Con and Big Apple Con as well. “Our partnership provides VGXPO with the ability to rapidly grow our footprint from Philadelphia to Chicago and now New York City,” he said. “We look forward to working and sharing our passion for video games with all the fans in New York.”

Michael Carbonaro , the longtime and current producer of the show, will continue to provide his limitless creativity and enthusiasm to the show.

Exhibitors will need to act fast, though, as Big Apple Con has been sold out for years. Those wishing to be a part of this exciting event should contact::

Show Manager – Benji DeJohn – bdejohn@wizardent.com (440) 567-0801

Media Contact – Joe Favorito – fatherknickerbocker1@yahoo.com (917) 566-8345

About Wizard Entertainment:


Gareb Shamus founded Wizard Entertainment in 1991. Today, Wizard Entertainment publishes Wizard, ToyFare and numerous books and magazines about today’s top talent, comic books and toys. Wizard produces Chicago Comic-Con at the Rosemont Convention center, August 6-9 and Wizard World Philadelphia at the Philadelphia Convention Center June 19-21, 2009.

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Updated: April 8, 2009 — 5:02 pm

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