Wizard acquires Big Apple Con

Glenn Hauman

Glenn is VP of Production at ComicMix. He has written Star Trek and X-Men stories and worked for DC Comics, Simon & Schuster, Random House, arrogant/MGMS and Apple Comics. He's also what happens when a Young Turk of publishing gets old.

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10 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    Speaking of new comic conventions, DENVER's Majesticon is now under new ownership and is debuting as Comic Fest. It is combined with sci-fi and gamer "fests". Party starts April 17th.

  2. Delmo Walters Jr. says:

    Actually, since moving out of the St.Paul Church's basement, the Big Apple Con has been held not at the Penn Plaza Hotel but at a space adjacent to the hotel that was formerly a Sports Authority store. I don't like the sounds of this.

    • Vinnie Bartilucci says:

      Actually, that store was combined with the mezzanine level of the Penn Plaza/Hotel Pennsylvania to create a standalone convention/event facility, separate from, but likely still owned by the hotel. The space that was the Sports Authority was really only the entryway and a small bit of show space – the lion's share was upstairs. They still used some space in the upper floors of the hotel as well, and it was just as hard to get to as it was in the Fred Greenberg / Creation con days. Elevator access only, and long lines to get up there.The overall feeling the space gave was "cramped" – low ceilings, a lot of columns and narrow aisles. Evan Dorkin and several others gave the last show a severe reaming online for its overcrowding and overheated nature. And all told, that's the impression most people have of it – a FAR cry from the attractiveness and professionalism of the NYCC.

      • Delmo Walters Jr. says:

        The first NYCC was a clusterfuck that was closed temporarily by the fire marshall their first time out. They've improved since but that attractiveness and professionalism wasn't there from the start. The Sports Authority space was a welcome change from the basement of St.Paul's church. It will be interesting to see if Pier 94 is an improvement or more like a lateral move.

        • Vinnie Bartilucci says:

          The first NYCC was a case of underestimating the audience, no more. They had no IDEA how big a hit they'd be. Greenberg's shows at the Hotel Pennsylvania were regularly shut down, and someone stationed at the escalators with a counter, letting up- five people as five left. The fact that there's still enough fams for that to still happen is good news indeed.Carbonaro (and I assume Gareb) are doing one thing very differently from Fred did – they're working with other cons. The NYCC usually has a booth at the National, letting people know about it. Fred would ban anyone who ran their own shows.

  3. Vinnie Bartilucci says:

    Hmm. Wizard deciding to get involved with a comic convention.Where have I heard this before?

  4. Allan Lamberti says:

    isn't october of next year also new york comic-con?

    • Russ Rogers says:

      "If this date holds for next year it would put the show in direct competition with the New York Comic-Con which is moving to a fall date next year." So, yes.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Apprently Wizard also fired two more people at the same time they wasted money buying this convention.