Pushing ahead with an aggressive move into new markets while retaining many of its most popular venues, Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) today announced the first iteration of its 2018 calendar, securing a total of 11 events, including 11 holdovers from successful 2017 shows. The company also announced that five events in Biloxi , Miss., Montgomery, Ala., Peoria, Ill., Springfield, Mo., and Winston-Salem, N.C. have been postponed from their originally scheduled fourth-quarter dates in 2017 to similar dates in 2018.
Most noticeably here at Anime Pad is the Saint Louis date that is moved up to February hopefully it’s a blast as usual. Fans were worried at the end of last year’s con if Saint Louis would be on the chopping block. The PR team quickly came out a couple weeks after the con stating that Saint Louis was a very successful stop for another year.
The 2018 schedule, which will likely add some additional cities to be announced, is comprised as follows (*denotes new for 2018):
- January 5-7, New Orleans, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
- February 2-4, St. Louis, America’s Center
- March 2-4, Cleveland, Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland
- April 13-15, Portland, Ore., Oregon Convention Center
- May 17-20, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Convention Center
- June 1-3, Des Moines, Iowa, Iowa Events Center
- June 8-10, Columbus, Ohio, Greater Columbus Convention Center
- *July 13-15, Boise, Idaho, Boise Centre
- August 23-26, Chicago, Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
- September 21-23, Madison, Wis., Alliant Energy Center
- October 26-28, Oklahoma City, Cox Convention Center
- Fall TBD, Austin, Texas, Austin Convention Center
- *October/November TBD, Biloxi, Miss., Mississippi Coliseum & Convention Center
- *October/November TBD, Montgomery, Ala., Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center
- *October/November TBD, Peoria, Ill., Peoria Civic Center
- *October/November TBD, Springfield, Mo., University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center
- *October/November TBD, Winston-Salem, N.C., Benton Convention Center
The rosters of celebrities and artists at each city are still being formed; to date, a few have already committed to several events, including New Orleans: Stan Lee (Marvel CEO Emeritus), Jason Momoa (Aquaman, Justice League); St. Louis: Bonnie Wright ( Harry Potter franchise), Michael Rosenbaum (“Smallville,” Guardians of the Galaxy 2); Cleveland: Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite, Blades of Glory), Holly Marie Combs (“Charmed,” “Pretty Little Liars”); Portland: Rosenbaum, Wright. Additional celebrities and creators, as well as entertainment and programming schedules, will be announced closer to each respective date.
“The confirmed portion of Wizard World’s 2018 schedule combines many of the cities which have proven most attractive to fans with some new markets that we believe will embrace us similarly,” said John D. Maatta, Wizard World President and C.E.O. “In moving five of our more recently announced shows to 2018, we are better equipped to put on the kind of successful pop culture celebration that our fans have come to expect.”
Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Kids 10 and under are admitted free with paid adult.
Wizard World Comic Con is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor and participate in the famed Wizard World Costume Contest on Saturday evening at each show.