NEW YORK, June 11, 2010 – Gareb Shamus, CEO of Wizard Entertainment, today announced the acquisition of ComiCONN to create Wizard World Connecticut Comic Con 2011, to be held on a date and at a site to be determined. The announcement came on the first day of this weekend's Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
Shamus acquired ComiCONN (Alternate Universe LLC), whose officers, including Erik Yacko, Joseph Stinson, Mitchell Hallock and Jay Claus, will promote, advise, and consult on the show. ComiCONN “A Show for the Fans by the Fans!” will continue to run local events in Connecticut and are in the planning phases for their 2011 show.
“We are excited to build on the success of ComiCONN with the new Wizard World Connecticut Comic Con in 2011,” said Shamus. “There is a large base of fans throughout the state and neighboring areas who enjoy comics, pop culture, science fiction, movies, television, anime, and the many other facets of Wizard World Comic Con shows. It is a strong addition to what will be our largest Comic Con lineup ever next year.”
“ComiCONN is proud to join the Wizard World Entertainment family,” said Hallock, chief marketing officer and one of the founders. This new alliance will expand the type of excitement that Connecticut-based comic and genre fans have been craving. Our event was created to be an outlet 'for the fans by the fans,' and we have no doubt that by partnering with Wizard we will fulfill that promise tenfold.”
“This partnership is very positive for everyone: the industry, Connecticut, and most importantly, the fans,” added Yacko, ComiCONN founder and co-owner of the Alternate Universe comic shops.
Our friend Mitchell Hallock follows up the news above with the following:
"Thanks to everyone for making our first show such a success. With this new partnership with Wizard we will make even better fan driven cons. In addition to working with Wizard on the debut Connecticut Comic Con debut show (date tbd) we are hard at work at the our second ComiCONN happening next June in New Haven with a salute to the 30th anniversary of Indiana Jones."
Congrats to all those involved and cheers to another year of fan-driven cons in Connecticut.