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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.

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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
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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.”

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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.

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Not Really a Reflection of Stan Lee!

 

You all know the great Stan Lee the Godfather of most of your favorite Marvel characters. Possibly, the greatest comic book maker ever in American history. The #GOAT of American comics, debate me on that. Well, if you didn’t know he’s been venturing into creating his own manga and animes. Not to anyone’s surprise they’ve been superb thus far. His new project Reflection, well who can I blame this on besides Lee?

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X-Men, Ironman, Wolverine, Blade

His first four titles for anime were X-Men, Wolverine, Iron Man, and Blade. The shows aired in Japan from 2010 to 2011. Stan Lee and Warren Ellis shared writing credits and Marvel gave the green light for free range. From top to bottom the project was meant to boom, add Madhouse the mega popular animation studio for a long time running about 4-5 years ago, when these aired. They included great voice- acting on both sides of English and Japanese. It was HOT and very successful.

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Then Lee announces a Manga through Shonen Jump called Ultimo. The concept was hugely Stan Lee and yet the story and art was credited to Hiroyuki Takei. I loved the series, enjoyed the story, and the art was amaze-balls. I don’t think it boomed in the States, but I’ve seen it plenty around. Lee couldn’t be stopped he was on an absolute tear for his anime/manga inspired projects.

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Then he comes out with the Heroman Manga and Anime. Written by Stan Lee and illustrated by Tamon Ohta. The anime was animated by recent heavy hitter Bones, along with Stan Lee’s Pow! Entertainment, and Wowmax Media. It had a super solid 26 episodes, great story, great animation, great music, nothing was left un-turned. Music by Flow and Tetsuya of L’Arc-en-Ciel wow big timers in and out of anime. To put the show in perspective it was like Gurren Lagann, but Americanized. Same wavelength and if you know Gurren Lagann it’s a classic.

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We haven’t seen Lee in a while on the anime and manga seen; since Marvel Studios has blown up with its live-action films of Stan Lee’s greatest characters. Until I heard of his Reflection project, and the excitement came immediately. The show started airing this 2017 Summer Season in Japan. Two episodes in and I’m highly disappointed and I’m not too sure why or who made this call. The show’s story is solid thus far and is pretty much the only reason I’m watching. Lee decided to go with this strange animation style with production from Studio Deen.

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Studio Deen hasn’t done too much lately as far as blockbuster worthy anime. They are a respectable animation studio. I’m just not too sure why they would go with the project this way. 1) It doesn’t fit not one bit with the current climate of animation that the huge animes are coming out with. 2) It’s just not visually appealing at all because it doesn’t look like anime. At best Reflection is a good American cartoon with subtitles and Japanese audio. I will finish the show for the great story mind of Stan Lee but this is a fail when it comes to his talent. Maybe it’s is health, age, and wife’s passing that brought this on. Who do I blame?? Comment as always!

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